Australian International School (AIS)
Last Wednesday, 23 September 2015, I got invited to a GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF THE AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EARLY YEARS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE. I’ve never been to an international preschool in Singapore, and so, out of curiosity, I accepted the invite. Besides, both Sonia and Arnold are in their early years and I thought it would be beneficial to check AIS out! Nothing to lose, right?
I was half an hour early (to avoid traffic jams on PIE and CTE) so the place was quite empty but soon after, guests started streaming in and the event started right on time.
We were first greeted with a short performance by the school’s choir team, some speeches by AIS principal and finally (the most interesting bit) a presentation on this $200 million Early Years Campus for students from 18 months to 6 years old. You can expect a campus complete with the widest range of state-of-the-art facilities! I’m not exaggerating any bit.
AIS EARLY YEARS CAMPUS FACILITIES
Inaugurated in a ground breaking ceremony by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Ret’d), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove, this specialist early years campus will offer children access to a 22 m swimming pool, 470 m² multi-function hall, 5 library and learning resource centres, 9 arts and language specialist classrooms and a dedicated parent café, all in one centrally-located facility. I.M.P.R.E.S.S.I.V.E. I know!!!
DO YOU KNOW
Under MOE regulations, Singaporeans are not allowed to enrol into International schools. So why am I even telling you about these?
BECAUSE while Singaporeans are NOT allowed to enrol into International schools (for primary and secondary school levels), they are allowed to enrol into International Preschools (or so I was told by the PR personnel at AIS). So ‘yeah’ on that!
The campus, set to open in 2017 next to the existing AIS facility at Lorong Chuan, will house teaching and learning for an enhanced Early Years curriculum that launches at AIS this coming January. This progressive curriculum includes daily maths, mandarin and literacy lessons, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) Speech and Drama Program, structured Physical Education under the SMART Steps Perceptual Motor Program and weekly violin lessons taught by specialist teachers.
I was particularly attracted by AIS’ focus on music and arts and wished Sonia’s school provide such classes for the students too!
If your children love music, your budding musicians will thrive under AIS’s new music program, including weekly violin instruction from 3 years up and the Orff Musical Literacy Program starting from age 2, which uses improvisation, composition and a child’s natural instincts to create music.
TAKE A WALK INTO THE CAMPUS NOW
There are so much more and I felt this video clip crafted by AIS will give you a good idea of the campus, facilities, as well as their school curriculum. Take a walk into the campus now ->>
If you would like to take a walk into the current AIS campus, for real, you can join their October Playgroup session on Wednesday, 28 October for a morning of play and interactive learning, including indoor and outdoor sensory activities, storytelling and musical time guided by their Early Years curriculum specialists. FREE OF CHARGE! Just RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule a school visit, click here.
2 YEARS OLD NURSERY
- Early 2-year-old Nursery class is led by 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers with a class of 15 students (maximum).
- Uses play-based program to teach Math and Literacy
- Practice speaking Mandarin for about 20 minutes daily
- Daily exposure to art, music, drama and physical education programs
A TYPICAL DAY IN NURSERY SCHOOL AT AIS
8.30am – School starts. They will head straight to their purpose-built Nursery classroom and join their friends in engaging with shapes and numbers on the light table.
9.00am – Head to the engaging learning areas where teachers will lead the class. If they are learning about weather, for example, the teacher might introduce “The Weather” through a song; the kids will get to play dress-up and play pretend.
10.00am – Morning tea time!
10.15am – Outdoor Physical Activities (PE). The outdoor experiment has been set up for sensory play.
11.00am – Mandarin lessons through story telling and songs.
11.30am – Toilet time. Children do not need to be toilet trained to join the Nursery class.
11.45am – Lunchtime
12.30pm – Rest and relaxation. In other words, nap time.
1.30pm – Storytelling time! The teacher will bring a new basket of books into the class for the children to choose from. This will encourage an early love for literature.
2.15pm – Music and movement activities
2.45pm – Home sweet home! Parents start to arrive 15 minutes before home time and the whole class and their parents take part in singing a goodbye song. What a lovely way to end the day at school!
You can find out more about the Nursery programmes here.
3 & 4 YEARS OLD PRESCHOOL
A TYPICAL DAY IN PRESCHOOL AT AIS
8.30am – Head straight to the lockers outside classroom and unpack schoolbag
8.45am – Units of inquiry and developing cognitive skills
9.30am – Outdoor Physical Activities (PE)
10.15am – Morning tea!
10.45am – Mandarin lessons
11.30am – Storytelling time!
12.30pm – Lunchtime
1.00pm – Rest and relaxation. In another words, nap time. Kids are responsible for making up their own bed. If they choose not to sleep, they can read a book or just laze about.
1.30pm – Music sessions
2.00pm – Kids head to the Early Years Inquiry Centre to delve deeper into specific subjects and develop the foundation of reading and writing. The teacher will story tell and later continue the learning in the classroom the next day.
2.45pm – Developing community connections. Everyday, parents, grandparents and the wider community are invited to read a story to the class at the end of the day.
2.55pm – Home sweet home
You can find out more about the preschool programmes here.
I hope this post has given you an insight on AIS Nursery and Preschool programmes. This is an awesome school and if you live near Lorong Chuan, go visit the school with your child. They have a fantastic curriculum and better still, an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G campus coming 2017. If you have just given birth to a little ‘goat’ baby, the Early Years Campus will be up just in time for Nursery!
School fees are not cheap but it’s worth it. You can check out on their school fees schedule here.
A | 1 Lorong Chuan, Singapore 556818
T | +65 6653 2958 (admissions)
T | +65 6664 8127 (general enquires)
E | email@example.com