With excellent school facilities, additional activities in music, performing arts and more, as well as an excellent IB PYP program, Global Indian International School is an excellent choice for well-rounded students!
If you’re looking for a school in the East that offers international and Indian K-10 programs, nurtures well-rounded students, and takes its sports seriously, it’s time you heard about it. GIES! We spoke with Ms Odaia, International Baccalaureate Primary Program (IB PYP) Coordinator at GIIS, East Coast, to find out all about this international school. Wait until you hear all about their amazing sports facilities (think an integrated stadium, tennis courts, soccer pitch, cricket pitches, table tennis and badminton courts), specialized training by top instructors without extra fees, extracurricular activities in music, performing arts and how they encourage students to “become the difference the world needs”.
What makes the IB PYP at the GIIS East Coast campus so special?
What makes our program special at GIIS East Coast Campus is our community of PYP teachers, students and parents who have embraced PYP pedagogy and philosophy with open arms and great enthusiasm. From the start of our PYP journey (for grades 1-5) in 2018 until today, our learning community has always been supportive and eager to engage and get involved. in all aspects of our program.
We strive to nurture students holistically, and we have many co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students in music, performing arts, sports, and other fields.
We also have extensive sports facilities at our expansive East Coast campus which spans 8.8 acres including: a 400m synthetic track with an integrated stadium, tennis courts, soccer field, cricket pitches and practice nets, table tennis and several badminton courts. Students also have access to a Gold Squad Acceleration Program (where hand-picked students who show promise and talent in their sport receive additional specialist training from top-in-class instructors at no additional cost) . This gives our students the opportunity for a comprehensive education where they can excel in different fields.
What does a typical day look like for a PP student at the GIIS?
Our day usually starts with Circle Time where the class and their lead teacher come together for a short morning reflection and prayer, review their class essential agreements, talk about the learner profile attributes they wanted to focus on for the day and decide on their agenda for the day. Students have the chance to share whatever they want; it could be a story they read, news they heard, or any special event they had recently. Throughout the day, they will investigate concepts and actively participate in learning engagements that are engaging, meaningful, challenging and relevant to them. There is generally a balance between academic and extracurricular activities each day and throughout the week. There is never a dull moment in PYP classrooms as children are always actively involved in fun learning activities and they always go home with a smile on their face.
The PP is a research-based program. How does this translate into action at the GIIS?
As the IB indicates, the PYP offers a research-based transdisciplinary educational framework that reinforces conceptual understanding. When we talk about inquiry-based learning, we mean that students actively participate in engagements, discussions, questions, experiences and always ask “why”, “what if” and “so what?” We urge students to always find connections in real situations and in their personal experiences. When our students learned about the causes of water pollution, they took the initiative to go to the beach at East Coast Park (ECP) and did a beach cleanup with their friends and family. family. We encourage them to act on their learning, and these small steps are celebrated and recognized in the classroom and in our assemblies. These also transform them into citizens of the world.
How is the PP a transdisciplinary framework? Can you share some examples?
Transdisciplinary means by definition relating to more than one branch of knowledge. In the PYP, we believe that in order for students to have an engaging, relevant, stimulating and meaningful learning experience, it is necessary to use an approach that would allow them to transfer their knowledge, understanding and skills between, to across and beyond subject areas, providing them with the opportunity to integrate local and global issues into the curriculum and enabling students to move beyond the boundaries of subject learning.
Here’s an example: One of the units our 2nd grade PYP students got was on the big idea that “people around the world value money in different ways.” This unit falls within the transdisciplinary theme, “How do we organize ourselves” which focuses on the investigation of human-made systems; economic activities and their impact on humanity. This unity revolves around our social environment. However, this unit allowed students to learn more about measurement – money, numbers and at the same time they were able to integrate languages.
The PP approach is different from traditional learning methods, with varying assessments. Would you like to elaborate?
In the PYP, the purpose of assessment is to inform the learner about his progress (where he is in his learning process), his progress and what he needs to do to go further. Assessment focuses on the learning process rather than the end result.
I always tell parents who are new to or unfamiliar with the IB PYP program that the biggest difference between traditional learning and the PYP is that we focus more on “how” our students learn rather than “what to learn”. Students explore concepts, develop and apply skills, and transfer their learning into their daily lives. We constantly challenge our students to make connections to their personal experiences or interests, or to local and global issues.
In terms of assessments, we don’t rely solely on tests and exams to assess what our students know. We use a variety of assessment strategies (such as projects, presentations, models, video recordings, exhibits, etc.) and tools (such as rubrics, checklists, continuum, etc., which are sometimes co-created with students) to assess what our students know and can do. As a result, students are aware of what quality and success will look like and work towards and can self-assess their work, reflect on their performance and set goals for further improvement.
We carry out these assessments throughout the unit – at any stage of student learning.
What are the key values that GIIS students learn from the IB PYP?
This question makes me reflect on the IB’s mission statement which closely aligns with our school’s mission and vision statement. “The IB aims to develop curious, knowledgeable and caring young people who contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” The ultimate goal of all our IB learners is to become the difference the world needs. Imagine a world full of such individuals, what would our future look like?
In the PYP, students learn to learn and thus become lifelong learners. They become seekers and thinkers by dwelling on global issues and finding solutions to current problems. Students take ownership of their learning and learn to self-regulate it. IB PYP develops international mindedness in students who understand, appreciate and value the diversity of cultures around the world. They see themselves as responsible citizens of the world.
Why do you think parents should choose the PP at the GIIS for their child?
The school provides a solid academic foundation during the primary years which leads to excellent academic results as our students progress through secondary and secondary levels, at a very affordable price without compromising the quality of learning. The GIIS campus provides an environment conducive to an enhanced IB PYP learning experience. Digital classrooms in small cohort sizes provide students with a highly engaging learning experience. Our IB-certified teachers manage the vibrancy of the classroom through creative encouragement and collaboration. They are patient and dedicated individuals with a passion for education and extensive training in dealing with curious and enthusiastic primary school students.
Thank you for your time, Ms. Oadia! If you would like to know more about the IB PYP at GIIS and how we help students develop a love of lifelong learning, contact the GIIS!
Global Indian International School, SMART Campus, 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649, Tel. : (+65) 6914 7100,
GIIS East Coast Campus, 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663, Tel. : (+65) 69147000,