After a long summer break, it’s wonderful to have our OWIS campuses bustling again with our learners.
But before the start of the school year was an incredibly important day in the school calendar – Orientation Day.
The feelings of excitement and curiosity were palpable across our OWIS Nanyang campus as families embarked on a journey to gain deeper insights into their child’s educational voyage.
Orientation day commenced with presentations by Mr James Sweeney, Head of School, Ms Rashmi Tourani, Head of Early Childhood and Primary School, and Mr David Swanson, Head of Secondary School. With passion and clarity, they elucidated the school’s ethos, values, and educational philosophy.
The next segment of the day gave parents the opportunity to step into their child’s shoes as they embarked on a classroom journey. Walking down the corridors, excitement mingled with nostalgia as parents entered the classrooms to meet their child’s dedicated teachers. The teachers’ warmth and enthusiasm further reinforced the sense of unity and purpose that resonated throughout the school.
Later in the day, Secondary parents were invited to engage with subject specialists of Secondary School. This served as an introduction to how different subjects are given due focus from Grades 6 to 12, including in the IGCSE and IBDP grades. This interaction underscored the school’s commitment to transparency and collaboration, fostering a strong bridge between educators and families.
Beyond academics, parents were introduced to the OWIS Parent Committee—a group dedicated to enriching the school experience. The call for volunteers to contribute to the school’s vibrancy was met with eager faces, highlighting the shared belief that parents play a pivotal role in creating a conducive learning environment.
At the heart of Orientation Day’s events was a profound understanding: parents are integral partners in a student’s educational journey. At One World International School in Singapore, we firmly believe that parental involvement is a cornerstone in supporting students to reach their fullest potential. The orientation didn’t just educate parents; it made them feel valued and included in their child’s growth.
Transitioning from Orientation Day to the first week of the school year was seamless, as engaging classes set the tone for the exciting year ahead. Students, both new and returning, embarked on the journey of discovery, not only about subjects but also about each other.
A unique aspect of the initial week was the creation of classroom essential agreements. This allowed students to voice their opinions, fostering a sense of ownership in their educational experience. By actively participating in the formulation of these agreements, students were empowered to take responsibility for their behaviour, contributing to a positive classroom environment.
With the start of the new school year at OWIS Nanyang, there is so much to look forward to. Parents will have many opportunities to visit the school and be actively involved in their children’s learning. For students, our academic team has been planning exciting events and learning experiences that will ensure that they get the most out of their school life at OWIS.