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  • Writer's pictureKim Green

Head of School Message - 22nd May

Nurturing Inquiry and Differentiated Learning

In today's rapidly changing world, students must acquire knowledge and develop essential skills to thrive in diverse contexts. At ISHCMC, we are committed to fostering inquiry-based learning, which empowers each student every day and ensures that each student’s unique abilities and interests are honoured and nurtured.

As educators and parents, we are all invested in our children's learning and want the best for them. We envision our children as energized, engaged, and empowered lifelong learners. Our community has a crucial role to play in supporting our children's educational journey. By encouraging them to ask questions, explore their curiosities, and discuss the world around them, we nurture their love for learning and help them grow into well-rounded individuals.

At ISHCMC, we believe in recognising and celebrating the unique strengths and learning styles of our students. One way we do this is by emphasising differentiated evidence of learning. Students are assessed using various methods, including collaborative inquiry projects like the PYP Exhibition (PYP-X). Here, students showcase their understanding of the transdisciplinary themes, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in creative and meaningful ways. For instance, this year, our Grade 5 students delved into the transdisciplinary theme ‘Sharing the Planet’.

As a school community, we must recognise and celebrate the diversity of talents and interests among students. This is truly possible through the PYP-X, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project, and the Diploma Programme (DP) Extended Essay. In each of these culminating projects, our students can delve deep into a topic of personal interest, conduct independent research, and present their findings in a chosen format.

At ISHCMC, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Some students excel in traditional academic subjects, and others shine in the arts, sports, or community service. By embracing this diversity, we encourage our children to pursue their passions and develop their unique strengths. Whether through writing, art, music, technology, or action and service, our students can express themselves and take action meaningfully. This freedom of expression was beautifully showcased at our recent PYP-X exhibition.

At ISHCMC, it is always a joy to see our educators working with our students to create a nurturing environment where every child can thrive and fulfill their potential. Working in partnership with our parents to foster a spirit of inquiry, embrace differentiated learning, and celebrate student diversity is a joy. At ISHCMC, our educators and parents empower our children to become lifelong learners, compassionate global citizens, and agents of positive change.



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