SIS and the Singapore Education: An In-depth Look into the Curriculum and Why We’re Using It
More than any other function of society, education plays an integral role in empowering states and nations to shape the community. As a major cornerstone of the state, school provides the platform for young citizens to socialise and hone the necessary skills for their civic and economic roles.
The Singapore Curriculum
In line with the Singaporean Ministry of Education’s vision, “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation,” the Singapore curriculum embodies a solid foundation that prepares a generation of critical thinkers and committed citizens capable of contributing toward the country’s continued growth and prosperity. Outlined in the “Desired Outcomes of Education” is the curriculum’s emphasis on nurturing students holistically to become well-rounded individuals.
Given the multi-racial and multi-cultural characteristics of Singapore, the bilingual policy is a key element in their unique education system. To help retain the students’ ethnic values, heritage, and culture, every student learns competency in English, the common working language, as well as developing proficiency in their mother tongue.
SIS and the Singapore Education
Aligned with Singapore’s mission to focus on education as a means to contribute to the country’s growth, Indonesia’s Singapore Intercultural School (SIS) has taken to heart the use of the world-renowned curriculum.
Recognized as one of Indonesia’s leading international schools, SIS takes pride in its proprietary use of the world’s best curricula, a collaborative fusion of the Singapore Curriculum, the Cambridge IGCSE Programme, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The Singapore Math and Singapore English are inherent in the SIS’ unique curriculum, and Mandarin is a compulsory subject across the SIS system.
SIS zeroes in on discovering every child’s talents and skills, nurturing his fullest potentials, and developing in him the passion for lifelong learning. Its broad-based curriculum focuses on numeracy, literacy, the humanities, science, bilingualism, physical education and sports, aesthetics, moral and civics education.
To ensure that SIS Singapore curriculum remains consistent and parallel with the mission and vision it was primarily built on, it is conscientiously reviewed over the years to protect and safeguard the curriculum’s aim to address and resolve the ever-changing needs of the students and the society. It has gained world recognition for guaranteeing scalability in its system in terms of addressing the need for a standardised set of values – knowledge, skills, and competencies – while at the same time encouraging discernment to meet the needs of students with various abilities and talents.
PISA and the World’s Best Educational System
Considered as the most successful enterprise in comparative education, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has remained to have a significant impact on the establishment of educational systems and policies around the world. This initiative measures and ranks students and school curricula across diverse cultures from different countries. PISA has established a new method of “‘global education governance” where international organizations are able to make a remarkable impact on education policy making and debate worldwide.
Providing the Best of Both Worlds
In an interview with the local media, SIS Founder and Chairman Jaspal Sidhu stated how education in SIS is more than just teaching. “At SIS, we inspire our students to learn . . . [because] we believe curiosity is the engine of achievement . . . so we don’t only teach – we mentor, stimulate, provoke, and engage our students.”
When it comes to producing exceptional graduates, SIS provides great emphasis on their teaching and learning programmes and a regular assessment on their efficiency. And so to add more value to their educational ecosystem, SIS implements the unique curriculum in a family-like environment that prioritises personalised learning for every child.
In addition, SIS students are exposed to a wide array of co-curricular activities, sports, charity programmes, and community immersion activities, where their active participation encourages social and economic awareness, enriches their sense of family and community, and most importantly builds a grounded character.