Global School Play Day at AISPP

February 4, 2015 was the first official Global School Play Day where over 65,000 students from schools around the world participated in unstructured play. On the afternoon of February 7, 2018 the Thought Leaders at AISPP, that’s what we call our 21st century teachers, took a step back as students from ELC 3 all the way up to Year 6 joined over 385,000 students worldwide in unstructured play.

The key idea of Global School Play Day is still to educate. In many traditional schools around the world there is a decline in ‘play culture’ so the aim is to teach students, parents, and colleagues about the benefits of learning through unstructured play.

Students at AISPP were encouraged to bring toys from home that they wished to play with on the day. The only restrictions being that the toys were not allowed to be battery or electrically operated, and absolutely no screens were permitted. Board games, lego, jigsaw puzzles, marker pens, empty cardboard boxes, balls and playing cards were some of the items suggested to the students.

Before the unstructured play commenced, the students were gathered together in order to discuss their roles and responsibilities during Global School Play Day. Students agreed that their main responsibilities were sharing and playing fairly with their peers. As the teachers are encouraged to step away once the unstructured play begins it is important to provide a platform for the students to set boundaries for themselves and develop an understanding with each other regarding appropriate actions. A great experience for practising social skills too. Students were even allowed to play wherever they wanted with some students choosing to play outside, whilst others thrived on the chance to play in other learning spaces. Some of the Foundation students loved the idea of playing in the Year 6 learning space for example!

The most important aspect of Global School Play Day is that it is student centred and driven. Teachers must not organise activities for the students and under no circumstances tell them how to play with their toys or games. This is a time for students to discover their inner creativity, design, work cooperatively and problem solve, all important 21st century skills. At AISPP students enjoyed being creative with recycled materials, challenging each other with board games, and working collaboratively to build towers out of wooden and plastic blocks.

In 2019, Global School Play Day will be happening on February 6 with the aim of having 500,000 participants! AISPP will certainly be taking part again. Come and join us!   |


World Book Day at AISPP

World Book Day is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading! World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries across the world and acknowledges authors, illustrators and readers.

On 1st March 2018 children in schools across the world came together to celebrate what was the 21st edition of World Book Day. Children are encouraged to bring their favourite book to school and share it with their class. World Book Day brings readers together to mark the importance that books play in our lives in terms of education, emotion, pleasure, and community.

AISPP celebrated World Book Day with a morning parade around the school with the Year 5/6 students leading the way, collecting students from the other classes (right down to the 2 year olds!) along the way. All the students and teachers were dressed up as their favourite book character with costumes inspired by 101 Dalmatians, Batman, Mr. Men, Eric Carle, May Gibbs, Roald Dahl and more! The parade culminated with a whole school photo in front of the primary building.

AISPP parents were invited to spend the morning reading with their children. Many parents took the opportunity to spend time in their child’s learning space engaging in their child’s learning. This was fantastic to see! The parents also enjoyed the parade with lots of photos being snapped along the way.

After the parade, the children gathered for a Celebration of Learning Meetup where they were encouraged to share how books make them feel, why we should value books, and what different types of books there are. The students were so engaged, sharing that some books made them feel happy whereas others made them feel sad. Some children prefer fiction books, whilst others prefer non-fiction. Teachers and students then all watched a read aloud video of The Gruffalo.

The morning celebration concluded with children returning to their learning spaces to either read independently or listen to a Thought Leader read aloud. Children were encouraged to venture into different learning spaces and listen to different Thought Leaders reading aloud.

One child wondered why we didn’t celebrate book day everyday and whilst today was designated as World Book Day it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate and cherish books everyday of the year!   |

AISPP Open House

The Australian International School Phnom Penh AISPP welcomed over 300 current and prospective parents and students to an Open House event on Sunday 11th February 2018.

Children enjoyed fun activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, football, basketball, and pony rides. Delicious international and local food was served throughout the day as prospective parents and students engaged with AISPP’s internationally qualified Thought Leaders and Head of School. Parents and students were invited to embark on school tours taking in AISPP’s learning spaces, smart cafe, organic garden and world class facilities including the state-of-the-art swimming pool complex and FIBA standard air-conditioned gymnasium where football and basketball activities were taking place.

A presentation from the Founding Head of School, Maxine Driscoll, introduced parents and students to AISPP’s core 21st century learning principles and focus on providing students with an outstanding, well-rounded education that will help them acquire skills, habits and dispositions in order to thrive and be successful in the 21st century. Primary and Early Years Team Leaders, Todd Bazley and Annamaria Kalman discussed the Primary and Early Years curriculum  and spoke about the value of an IB and inquiry based education.

AISPP’s aim to be a world class, innovative Early Years to Grade 12, non-denominational, international school was shared with parents and students along with the school’s chief goal of preparing students to become happy, resilient and successful 21st century citizens.

Join us on Saturday 31st March 2018 for a family fair and enjoy over 20 market stalls, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and learn more about what makes AISPP a world class 21st century IB school!