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.
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?”...
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.