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Celebrating festivals and traditions for third culture children

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 14/01/19 10:35

The term "third culture" was coined by the late sociologist Ruth Hill Useem in the 1950s and refers to children who grow up in a culture different from their parents. These children are typically immersed in the local culture but maintain some vestiges of the culture of their country of origin. They often identify with a "third culture", a unique blend of traditions from both cultures, which can influence how they commemorate various holidays and festivals.

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Topics: International School

Overview of Private K-12 Education for Expats in Singapore

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 31/12/18 08:15

The K-12 education system in Singapore covers both primary and secondary education in public and international schools. As seats at public schools are limited and competitive, international parents will often look to enrol their children in international schools (also known as Foreign System Schools).

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Topics: International School

The House System at OWIS

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 31/10/18 13:45

In the long-standing tradition of the world's best schools, we recently restructured our houses at One World International School (OWIS).  Created to support our kindness initiative and emphasising oneness with the world, our four houses represent the diversity that OWIS offers.    

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Topics: International School

The Kindness Council at OWIS

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 20/10/18 16:33

The research is in, and it turns out that kindness in schools reduces bullying, improves student health and helps children focus on their academic progress. At One World International School (OWIS), we trust the experts and we believe our experience, so we know kindness works. We're excited to announce that this term we are launching our new Kindness Council.

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Topics: theOWISdifference

How does IB PYP Help in Transitioning to National Curricula?

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 21/07/18 17:00

Parents who are relocating to a new country often find themselves faced with a lot of decisions that have lasting consequences for their children. One of the most important decisions that parents have to make is deciding which school they will send their child to once they have moved to a new country. Subsequently, parents who are moving back to their home country are often concerned about their children acclimating to the curricula offered in the home country.

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Topics: Primary School, Curriculum

How IGCSE Prepares Young Minds for Academic and Professional Success

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 06/07/18 14:18

At OWIS, we offer curricula specific to the early years, primary school, secondary school and high school. Students enrolled in our secondary school programme will follow a curriculum that culminates in the IGCSE examinations at Grades 9 and 10, one of the most popular secondary school curricula offered in Singapore and throughout the world. Globally, there are more than 70 subjects, including 30 languages, available through IGCSE. This curriculum is considered to be excellent preparation for both A Levels and IBDP subject courses.


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Topics: Secondary school

3 Reasons to Choose the OWIS Early Years Programme for Your Child

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 20/06/18 07:00

As a parent, one of the most important decisions you will make for your child is the decision to enrol your child in a pre-education programme. With multiple early childhood education philosophies such as Reggio Emilia and Montessori, there is much to consider when selecting a preschool or daycare in Singapore.

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Topics: Early Childhood

Why Mindfulness Matters for Student Learning

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 06/06/18 07:00

From smartphones to computers to video games, today’s youth are growing up in a world dominated by screens and multi-tasking. Learning how to focus on the moment at hand – rather than anticipating the future and jumping from one idea to the next – can be a huge challenge. Mindfulness teacher Jack Kornfield shares that “when we get too caught up in the busy-ness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”

 

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Curriculum

What makes an outstanding OWIS teacher?

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 12/05/18 07:00

At OWIS, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have a team of top-class educators. Our teachers do more than walk into the classroom and lay out their lesson plan for the day. They are truly engaged with their students, encouraging discussion at every opportunity and teaching them how to think for themselves. We have assembled a diverse array of the most qualified educators from around the world.

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Topics: International School

Globalization and Multicultural Education

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 09/05/18 07:00

As our communities become increasingly diverse, it is essential for schools to embrace multiculturalism. According to a publication released by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, "It's not just an add-on or an afterthought. Curriculums infused with multicultural education boost academic success and prepare students for roles as productive citizens." At OWIS, respect for our different cultures and backgrounds is built into every aspect of our approach to learning. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and they must be able to thrive in a multicultural environment.

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Topics: Multi-cultural, International School

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