ISH: Learning beyond the academic | ACCESS
2014-03-20 | By Kevin Rae
First published in ACCESS Spring 2014 e-zine
Academic achievement is an essential part of school life and at the International School of The Hague (ISH), we are proud of the progress and attainment our children achieve.
However, knowledge on its own, although important, is not enough. At ISH, we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) with our Personal Goals and drive towards International Mindedness underpinning all our learning. Our children represent more than 80 nationalities speaking over 60 languages with the development of Mother Tongue being a key feature of the learning. Our staff also represents many nationalities; they are employed for their international outlook. Our diverse international community means we are well placed to provide opportunities for our children to develop the values, skills and knowledge they need to become global -citizens. Our own definition of International Mindedness was refined and adapted in January 2013.
“At The ISH we are proud of who we are and value sharing and celebrating together. We understand that our actions and decisions can impact beyond ourselves. We reflect and act to find solutions, individually and collaboratively, with the support of our Personal Goals”.
Our children are proud of their own national heritage and culture, and are given the opportunity to celebrate this on numerous occasions, which encourages children to appreciate and be deeply respectful of the heritage and culture of others.
At an early age, our children learn that they are responsible for their own actions and as they mature they develop an understanding that their actions and decisions have an impact beyond themselves. They learn that solving problems together, whilst not always agreeing with, but respecting other’s points of view is a key life skill.
The Personal Goals that we develop are;
- Creative, Resilient
- Cooperative, Respectful
These Personal Goals are linked to our Golden Rules:
- Be Honest
- Listen to others
- Take care of property
- Work hard
- Be kind and helpful
- Be careful and safe
- Look after our planet
Opportunities to develop these qualities and values are planned into lessons and their achievement is celebrated with our children in the classroom and at assemblies. The goals and rules are also reinforced at home through the symbol of SquISH the Spider.
Our children are preparing to take their place in a globalised world where an understanding of the values of the many and not the few is critical, where a collaborative and cooperative approach to solving problems is essential. We must, therefore, ensure that learning goes beyond factual knowledge as they strive to create peace and justice in a secure and safe world.
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