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The Value of Hobbies and Co-curricular activities in education

Posted by Claire Andersen on 16/06/18 07:00

What does Warren Buffet do in his downtime? He plays bridge and ukulele. You can find Richard Branson kite surfing, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo making honey and the actor Liam Neeson fly-fishing. These are just a few examples of the different hobbies enjoyed by successful business leaders and celebrities. This wide range of activities demonstrates just how important hobbies are to personal growth, learning and innovation– and that’s why OWIS encourages all students to pursue their own hobbies and co-curricular activities.

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Topics: theOWISdifference, International School

Learning at home

Posted by Erin Smith on 13/06/18 07:00

Children are naturally curious. Without being aware of it they are constantly wondering about and marvelling at the world that surrounds them. Sometimes this will take the form of enquiring about a word with which they are not familiar. At other times, it will be a stream of constant questions: “why is the sky blue?”, “where do flowers come from?”, “why do people speak different languages?”...

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Curriculum

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles in Children: A Holistic Approach

Posted by Marisa Healy on 09/06/18 15:00

During children's formative years, it is critical that parents and caregivers support every aspect of their development. Parents can serve as excellent role models, teaching by example. Introducing children early to healthy lifestyle choices sets the stage for them to transform these behaviours into lifelong habits.

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Topics: theOWISdifference

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

Why is physical education so important?

Posted by Marisa Healy on 02/06/18 07:00

In recent years, many schools have cut back on their physical education programmes, placing greater emphasis on academics as they strive to prepare students for college and the workforce. Yet research shows that adults who had regular PE classes in school are more than twice as likely to be physically active as their non-PE counterparts. Consider the myriad benefits of a well-designed physical education programme.

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Subjects

OWIS Singapore's Mandarin Programme Prepares Students for the 21st Century

Posted by Angie Tian on 31/05/18 07:00

In an increasingly connected global marketplace, many people consider English to be the universal standard. While the ability to communicate fluently in English can be crucial for success in the global marketplace, we must remember that this marketplace evolves as new players take the stage. China continues to build business ties with an increasing number of nations around the world. As the second largest economy in the world, it is no wonder they are such a major player in global economics. At One World International School (OWIS), we aim to create opportunities that give our students the ability to thrive in the world. Our Mandarin programme is designed to facilitate language learning naturally in an age-appropriate setting.

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Topics: Subjects

The OWIS Approach: Teaching English Language Skills to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Learners

Posted by Susan Sawarkar on 26/05/18 07:00

At One World International School, our goal is for our primary students to develop more than just a basic understanding of the English language. We want our students to become proficient enough to engage in thoughtful, intellectual discussion with their peers and mentors. Our enquiry-based approach encourages students to learn at their own pace and to become confident enough to speak, read and write in English.  Our program is underpinned by the English National Curriculum, ensuring that our students are meeting the targets necessary to succeed in a global environment.

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Topics: Primary School, theOWISdifference, Subjects

Music Plays a LOUD Role in Your Child’s Education

Posted by Claire Andersen on 24/05/18 09:18

Should music play a role in your child's education? Experts think so. According to the National Association for Music Education, music in the classroom is important for several reasons, among them -- the development of vital skills students need to be successful in life.

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Subjects

The Impact of Art Class on Students

Posted by Malathi Therunavukarasu on 19/05/18 07:00

Art class is so much more than just learning to draw a shapely line and studying the position of colours on the colour wheel, especially for young, developing minds. For many children, art is a tool that fosters critical-thinking skills and aids in problem-solving. Exploration, experimentation and reasoning all play huge roles in a quality art curriculum, and all are skills that benefit children as they grow and progress. This is the premise behind the Arts Programme at One World International School.

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Topics: Subjects, Curriculum

Visible Thinking Routines to Promote Lifelong Learning

Posted by Erin Smith on 16/05/18 07:00

As part of its efforts to engage children academically and prepare them for a successful future, One World International School (OWIS) incorporates Visible Thinking Routines (or VTRs) into its world renowned teaching and learning. Regarding classrooms as “ground zero” in the development of solid learning techniques, the VTR approach gives educators the tools that they need to lay the foundation for a “culture of thinking” that will follow students for the rest of their lives.

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Topics: Primary School, theOWISdifference

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