Q. What kind of future generation does ACG International School try to form?
A. At ACG our curriculum philosophy is founded on the theories of Vygotsky who defined learning as "the creation of meaning that occurs when an individual links new knowledge with existing knowledge". Teachers ascertain children's prior knowledge and beliefs on how the world works and create meaningful learning experiences to enhance their students' knowledge. We encourage active, independent and enjoyable learning experiences which will be sustained throughout their lives.
1. With the evolution of information and communication technologies, our world is getting smaller and smaller. We want our children to have the skills to access, use and adapt to new technologies as this is a fast moving, dynamic industry that will undoubtedly be an integral part of whatever they choose to be in the future. It is never too early to introduce children to computers and digital equipment, in fact, they are often far more adaptable than adults as they are more willing to experiment without fear of failure.
2. The world is becoming a global village via our access to the ever improving information and communication technologies. Now, more than ever, we want children to develop a deep grained sense of respect, curiosity, interest and tolerance towards different cultures and religions and view themselves as global citizens.
Q. How does ACG International School try to integrate that vision in teaching and learning activities?
A. 1. At ACG International School, computers are in every classroom and are available to the students at all times. We make computers one of our daily learning centres where children may choose to play for periods of time throughout the day. At an early stage we want to build their coordination skills (i.e. mouse manipulation; drag and drop; double clicks; single clicks) as well as their computer technology vocabulary. We also guide internet searches for pictures and information when questions arise throughout the course of the day. The children also see adults actively using technology, for example, digital photographs of classroom events are emailed to families, and often emailed on to grandparents and other extended family and friends.
2. At ACG International School we are lucky to have children from 28+ different countries. We like to encourage all of our parents to join in the programme in some way during their child's time at our School. By doing this, parents are enriching every child's learning experience as well as boosting their own child's self esteem and sense of belonging in the world.
3. ACG has an active Parent Support Group who emphasise the philosophy of "parents as partners" in education. These parents are actively involved in numerous projects across the school and work closely within our school community. Each year they plan a range of events including International Week where parents share special food, clothes, music, drafts, sports and customs from their home country with the students. We also involve our students in different cultural and religious celebrations throughout the year. We do this by having special days focusing on a particular celebration that relates directly to the nationalities and religions in our class. Special days include, Chinese New Year Day; Indonesian Independence Day; Diwali Day, Idul Fitri Day, Ibu Kartini Day and Christmas activities.
Q. What facilities does ACG International School have to support teaching and learning activities for preschool students?
A. ACG Kindergarten has an indoor and outdoor play area that hosts different learning centres that focus on the development of healthy minds, bodies and spirits. Areas include puzzles, manipulatives, fine motor activities, dramatic play, reading area, sand play, water play, computer centre, art centre and science area. Our equipment supports a range of learning in these areas. It is important to change the equipment regularly to maintain the children's interest and enthusiasm.
Q. What language does ACG International School use as its medium of instruction?
A. We use English as the common language of instruction, native English Speaking Teachers are employed, for every class. By being immersed in the language from an early age children have a far greater ability to master the language, even though it may be their second, or even third language. In the Kindergarten environment the children not only hear other children speaking English but they are free to practise their English with their friends without fear of failure. The constant exposure gradually hones their use of grammar and builds their vocabulary.