- Mid-Term Break September 20, 2019
- Half Term Holidays October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am – October 25, 2019 at 10:45 am
- Pensmith STEM Open Day December 10, 2019 at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
In High School, we provide a unique adaptation of the British curriculum. This focuses on the development of 21st Century Skills, including Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education.
The British Curriculum is recognised around the world for its reputation of quality and preparation of students for University. For this reason, the British Curriculum is a popular choice for families around the world when selecting an International School.
Our High School students aged 15 – 19 (years 10 – 13) are expected to take increased responsibility for their learning. As they journey through High School students work towards our High School Diploma, as they prepare for life after school, university and a future career. Additionally, students may choose to take both Cambridge iGCSE and A Level examinations.
Our small class sizes allow our teachers to know each student, which means they can respond to their interests, strengths and needs, ensuring the support and challenge each child needs for them to thrive.
We deliver our curriculum through projects based on themes related to the 2030 UN Goals for Sustainable Development. These include Gender Equality, No Poverty, and Affordable and Clean Energy. Therefore, working on real-world problems and challenges emphasises to the students the relevance and importance of what they are learning.
The Themed Projects referred to as “STEM Projects”, have an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and also benefit from the integration of other subject areas including English, Geography, History, Art, Music and ICT.
STEM Projects combine skills and knowledge from across the curriculum. This develops students’ ability to work in teams to promote their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through discovery and exploratory learning. Students develop and research ideas and work towards developing solutions to real-world problems.
We believe that STEM Education is an outstanding way to prepare children for the future.
There are four principles which guide the development of worthwhile projects:
1. Sustainable: Projects incorporate real-world problems through UN Sustainability Goals and focus on quality and sustainable solutions.
2. Transferable: Projects should allow students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that is transferrable for use in future projects and activities.
3. Engaging: Projects should be engaging, inspiring students taking an active role in completing the project. 4. Meaningful: Projects develop and create meaningful products and outcomes which have an impact on and contribute to the wider community.
Students are expected to develop their 21st Century Skills and skills relating to project management, time management, resource management and financial management while undertaking their projects.
Students use the Design Thinking process to define and progress their projects. It also allows students to understand the experiences and needs of users to aid in generating innovative solutions in the form of products.