We create independent thinkers, preparing your child for 21st century success
The Australian Curriculum teaches our students to think and learn for themselves. Combined with Visible Learning techniques, proven to increase student learning, we help our students develop the skills they need to be successful 21st century global citizens. Similar to secondary schools in Malaysia, AISM’s Middle School and Senior School are where we prepare our students for tertiary education and their future.
Students in their Middle and Senior School years strive to develop:
- Higher order thinking skills – an important part of the Australian curriculum and essential for 21st century success
- Content knowledge and the ability to analyse it and present their ideas
- Resilience – to bounce back from life’s challenges with our pastoral care programmes
- Emotional intelligence and support through our pastoral care programmes
- Leadership skills – through the many varied opportunities available at AISM.
Middle School – support and challenge your child in transition to secondary school
Over the Middle School years, we work to help develop increasing academic and social independence in our students, readying them for the rigours of Senior School.
The pastoral care programmes for our Middle School students includes support by homeroom teachers experienced in this age group.
In Middle School, your child will study a range of subjects which will give them a breadth of understanding, laying an important foundation for later success. In Years 9 and 10 they will start specialising and choose elective subjects.
Middle School commences in Year 6 or around age 11 years of age and continues until Year 8.
Senior School – challenging our learners with a rigorous internationally recognised qualification
From Year 9 onwards, we help your child to further develop the discipline and high order thinking skills they need for university and careers.
In Australian education, it is expected that all students will complete 13 years of schooling, which culminates in the internationally recognised New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC).
In Years 9 and 10, our students study core subjects as well as electives, in preparation for further specialisation in the Higher School Certificate.
Our learning model has 8 components:
In the Australian Curriculum, we have a strong focus on 'general capabilities'. These refer to a set of knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that can be developed and applied across the curriculum to help students become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. Throughout their schooling, students develop and use these capabilities across all learning areas, in co-curricular programmes such as sport, school camps and drama productions, and in their lives outside school. There are seven general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum:
- Information and communication technology competence
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social competence
- Ethical behaviour
- Intercultural understanding.
Although the curriculum is organised by subjects, it also includes general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities which add richness and depth to each subject and help students see the interconnectedness and relevance of their learning.
How our students learn
Our class sizes
Our class sizes in Middle and Senior School are capped at 25. Many classes are smaller, for example, if they are held in a laboratory environment, particularly in the Senior years. The small groupings allows for greater one-to-one opportunities for our students.
What support is available for my child?
Children have different abilities and learning styles, and we have academic enrichment support in place to assist students with their individual learning needs. These include our Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language and Intensive English Support teachers and those staff who support gifted students.
Homework is an expected part of learning at AISM. As our students progress through the School, the amount of homework needed to support in-class learning will increase.