Australian International School: Crafting a New Path towards Excellence
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AIS offers a holistic, rounded education, which cherishes the arts and sport as well as academics as being essential to each student’s learning journey.

Located in Lorong Chuan, within easy access of many of Singapore’s popular residential areas, the Australian International School has over 2700 students across its Early Years, Elementary and Secondary Schools. The Australian International School’s ‘globally focused, distinctly Australian’ approach provides students with an international education that is underpinned by the Australian culture and values. As the only southern-hemisphere school to offer both the IB and Australian curriculums for students aged 2 months to 18 years, the Australian International School is widely regarded as a leading centre of educational excellence in Singapore.

Culture that Develops Young Men and Women of Character

The AIS curriculum and culture not only values academic achievement, but aims to develop students into adults who have a moral commitment to making the world a better place as reflective, caring, knowledgeable and principled people.

Students at AIS enjoy a wealth of opportunities across academics, sport, the arts and co-curricular activities. There is a place for every child at AIS, and as such the school remains non-selective in its admissions policy, confident that it is not intellectual ability alone that determines an individual’s worth or contribution to the world.

Learning at AIS begins with a Reggio-Emilia inspired program of play based learning from 2 months old in the Infant Care and Pre-nursery classes. The IB Primary Years program is introduced from 3 years old, igniting curiosity and providing strong foundations for future learning throughout the Elementary School. The Australian Curriculum forms the basis of the teaching from years 5 through to 8, when the IGCSE curriculum is then introduced in year 9. After completing the 2 year IGCSE program, students are given the opportunity to choose between three different graduating pathways – the Australian HSC, the IBDP or vocational education and training (VET.)

As an international school, diversity is at the heart of the AIS culture. With a community made up of more than 50 different nationalities, students are exposed to a truly global education and the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures.

Excellent Infrastructure and Facilities

The School boasts many excellent facilities which support its diverse range of programs and extra-curricular opportunities. As a school with Australian culture at its heart, there is a strong emphasis on sport and outdoor activities, with facilities including four large gyms, two playing fields, an outdoor climbing wall and two swimming pools. There is also a significant focus on performing and visual arts supported by facilities such as the 270 seat Coral Dixon Theatre and dedicated rooms for art, dance and drama across all three sub-schools.

The School’s Early Learning Village has been purpose built for children under 6 years old and boasts many excellent facilities to nurture and engage young minds. Located next door to the main school campus, and with capacity for 800 students, every detail of the building has been designed with young learners in mind. From the child-height windows and doors to the extensive outdoor play decks with UV cover, the Early Learning Village offers a truly unique learning experience for children, with opportunities to explore and make new discoveries in every corner.

The Leading Persona

In January 2018, Andre Casson was appointed as the Head of School at AIS. Prior to this he had roles as School Principal (November 2014 to January 2018) and Head of Secondary School (2012 to 2014). He brings 25 years’ education experience to the School, teaching in independent educational institutions in Australia and Asia.

Andre strongly believes that good education should be accessible and enjoyable for every child regardless of their academic ability. During his time at AIS he has championed the school’s values of respect, opportunity and achievement, to ensure that every child feels welcome and valued as a member of the school community. He can often be found greeting children at the school gates in the mornings and chatting to students and parents around campus throughout the school day.

Andre began his career at the Christian Brothers Agricultural School, Tardun; a small rural boarding school in Western Australia. He was appointed as the schools Sportsmaster, a reflection of Andre’s passion for sport and holistic education beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Andre has also taught Science and Senior Physics at Aquinas College, Perth, and Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane. In his role as Head of School at AIS he teaches a weekly Physics class to Secondary School students, enabling him to continue his passion for teaching and enriching the minds of young people.

Words of Trust

I’ve had great pastoral support throughout my time at AIS. Special STRIVE (the School’s welfare program) sessions, Elevate study skills workshops and advice from a dedicated HSC coordinator helped me to achieve a great result in the HSC. There is a real sense of community at the school and students really support each other, particularly during difficult times such as busy exam periods.

-Gabriel Van Duinen, Year 12 HSC graduate

I’m really excited to begin my Bioengineering major at Stanford, and better understand Computer Science and Physics. I hope to amass the laboratory and technical skills to contribute to biomedical research and/or start my own biotech entrepreneurial venture”

-Amelia Woodward, Year 12 IB Graduate

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