The importance of treating every child as an individual
In a recent interview, head of school Richard Henry from GEMS World Academy Singapore explains why at GEMS, each child is treated as an individual and how this sets the school apart. Henry has spent over 30 years in the field of education, and was previously Director of School Services at the IB.
GEMS has students from approximately 70 different countries and is one of the few schools in Singapore to offer Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Its international student population makes for a unique and inspirational learning environment where children can enquire, become independent learners and appreciate other cultures and perspectives.
Through personal teaching and learning, students are encouraged to be innovative, creative and curious, and are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. This inspiring environment enables students to become well-rounded individuals that will make a difference in the world.
“The best part of my job is working with children with such diverse backgrounds yet knowing that there is so much that we have in common as part of humanity. To watch these children develop into genuine citizens of the world is a privilege,” Henry says.
He adds: “IB grads are individuals, very good communicators, they are people that are engaged in their local and global communities through their creativity, their innovation and their communication skills,” says Henry.
James MacDonald, Vice President Education (US & IB Curriculum Schools) for GEMS Education will be speaking at the IB Global Conference The Hague in September 2017. Find out more about the conference.