Parent Teacher Information Afternoons

Thank you for your support and attendance at our recent Parent Teacher information afternoons which explained the IB programme and classroom requirements.

It was wonderful to see so many parents eager to meet new staff and participate.

At AISPP we see education as a home-school partnership with regular, transparent communications in a supportive environment.

The Best of Both Worlds

Preparing students to become happy, resilient and successful 21st century citizens is our major priority at AISPP.

AISPP uses the world class educational system of the Australian National Curriculum and the internationally renowned International Baccalaureate.

The subjects are offered using an integrated, trans-disciplinary inquiry approach.

The Australian Curriculum is designed to teach students what it takes to be confident and creative individuals and become active and informed citizens.

General capabilities are included in the content of the learning areas. These are the skills and abilities intended to help prepare young Australian to learn, live and work in the 21 st century. The Australian Curriculum has seven general capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding

Teachers use the curriculum to plan in ways that respond to those needs and interests.

The Australian Curriculum is flexible, allowing schools and teachers to personalise student learning.

To deliver this world class combined curricula, Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) recruits highly qualified international educators. All our teachers are passionate about preparing our students for success in the 21st Century.

5 reasons why smaller class sizes can benefit your child

If you’re currently looking for a new independent school for your child in the heart of the Cambodian capital, the chances are ‘smaller class sizes’ might catch your eye! But why are small class sizes so beneficial for children, and what does all of the latest evidence suggest are the overriding benefits?

A smaller class size can positively change your child’s education

AISPP has made a conscious decision about their smaller class sizes believing it not only benefits a child’s learning experience, it also shapes their whole education.

Small class sizes sound great – but what actual difference can it make to your child’s school education?

1. Increased achievement

All of the evidence points to the fact that smaller class sizes lead to better academic achievement. Why? There’s no room for children to hide – even the quiet ones! With fewer students, teachers are able to focus on the individual, encouraging participation, improvement and confidence.

2. Easier to identify issues

If a child does have an issue or a learning problem, it’s much easier for staff to identify it, and put in place measures to deal with it.

3. More ‘one-on-one’ time with teaching staff

Whilst class size alone is not wholly responsible for the achievement of students at AISPP, the number of people in learning groups, coupled with world-class teaching methods, ensures students go on and do well.

With more one-on-one teaching time available per student, it leads to better collaboration, reinforcement of key learning points, the sharing of ideas, etc. This all helps to sew the seeds of success.

4. Promotes a cohesive/community class culture

Evidence confirms that smaller classes gel better than larger ones. That means children have more opportunities to interact and form relationships with different people – promoting a mutually supportive and tolerant community.

5. Students are more engaged

When students feel a part of what’s happening and a bond with their teacher, they will get much more out of their learning experience. Active, enthusiastic learning will become part of their mindset and the quality of their work will soar.

The sheer fact that your child is placed in a smaller, less chaotic, highly structured environment promotes a higher quality of learning – and that’s why AISPP has decided to pursue this policy.

AISPP, an Australian Co-ed IB International K-12 school (Phnom Penh), is fast becoming one of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s leading education providers. Providing a modern Australian private and independent education, its 21st Century philosophy, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching standards, make it ideally placed to prepare children for the global challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.

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Teacher Recruitment at AISPP

AISPP believes that professionally administered and strategically aligned recruiting processes to secure the right staff, both teaching and non-teaching, is the best way for us to realise the vision for our school.

Teacher Recruitment International (TRI Australia) and Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) have formed a partnership to secure great teachers.

TRI has many years of experience in education, placing teachers and administrators, globally from a large pool of candidates, covering all curriculum, specialist areas and ages. AISPP and TRI use safer recruitment processes and all candidates are verified, screened, personally interviewed and reference checked, before submitting to the school for consideration.

AISPP seeks IB trained and experienced teachers, with global experience. Preference will be given to teachers with experience of Australian National Curriculum (ACARA) and independent education.

Recruitment is a critical strategic initiative for AISPP as we seek to appoint the best and brightest staff the profession has to offer and is arguably the most important strategic and operational responsibility in which our educational leaders will engage.

If you are interested in working at AISPP and joining us as we develop, please see our Teacher Recruitment page and contact Robert Lee directly at with the subject line AIS Phnom Penh.

Curriculum Information Sessions

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Academic Year 2018-2019.

To ensure a smooth transition, enhance communication and develop our educational partnership further, we would like to invite all parents to attend curriculum information sessions.

This is an opportunity to meet the teacher and they will explain:

IB Curriculum and its alignment with Australian Standards
School Expectations and standards

ELC- 3.30 pm in the Early Years classrooms Tuesday 28th August

PYP- 3.30 in the classrooms lower floor main building Tuesday 28th August

MYP- 3.30 Wednesday 29th August in the Community Room, main building

All parents are encouraged to attend.

Afternoon tea will be provided in the foyer area (from 2.45pm) near the community room in the main building on both days.

MYP Parents will be invited to further detailed curriculum sessions, during September and October.

Please wear your identification to enter the campus and park your car in the designated place.

We look forward to your attendance.
Thank you

Paul Grisewood

Download: Curriculum Information Sessions Letter (PDF)

Teaching kids about the importance of sustainability

There has been much debate and differing opinions across the global education industry about whether or not, and to what extent, sustainability and sustainable development should be integrated into and across subjects forming part of the Curriculum. The fact remains that for children to be successful they need to appreciate how they can play a part in helping to ensure our world’s continuance. Without that, there is no future.

Sustainability practices teach students resilience and responsible citizenship

AISPP understands that sustainability is important. That’s why they are passionate about ensuring that the 21st Century learning experiences that they provide challenge students (and their teachers) to think more seriously about how their personal actions can help to build a more sustainable future.

Sustainability is a both global and local issue

Sustainability is both a local and global issue and AISPP believes that if schools are to prepare students to be responsible 21st Century citizens, they should take every opportunity to introduce them to practical projects that encourage involvement and an understanding of the subject.

An organic garden, compost heap and active recycling

AISPP has an organic garden located on campus that uses sustainable techniques to grow all sorts of delicious fruits and vegetables. Much of what is grown is used in the school’s Smart Café.

But it’s not just about growing great food, children get practically involved too as part of the R.I.S.E. (Recreation, Innovation, Social and Enterprise) programme and through their inquiry units.

Most recently, AISPP has created a compost heat and students have been challenged to grow their own plants for which they are wholly responsible in terms of feeding, watering, etc. From chilli to cucumbers and herbs like basil, children have loved tending for their own plants and watching them grow.

Beyond the garden, AISPP is also trying to contain the amount of paper and plastics it uses by asking students to bring in their own used paper, cardboard, etc. This re-use of material and responsible disposal of it, has helped students to gain a better appreciation of how their personal actions, however small, can help to make our world a better place.

Should sustainability be introduced to children as part of their wider learning experience? AISPP believes it should and that schools can have lots of fun doing just that.

AISPP, an Australian Co-ed IB International K-12 school (Phnom Penh), is fast becoming one of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s leading education providers. Providing a modern Australian private and independent education, its 21st Century philosophy, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching standards, make it ideally placed to prepare children for the global challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.

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The importance of co-curricular learning at AISPP

Most schools offer some form of co-curricular activities as part of their wider offering, but why is it important for students to get involved with these projects and what are the benefits?

Promoting a student’s wider personal and social development

Co-curricular activities encourage a student’s learning potential outside of the traditional classroom environment.

It has been said by some that the classroom can be inappropriate for certain types of enrichment or learning, and even contain a student’s enthusiasm for taking part.

Developing relationships, promoting commitment and raising self esteem through achievement and fun!

Co-curricular learning helps students to develop relationships (and their social skills) with the people around them, it helps them develop self esteem by trying new things, to uncover and nurture new talents and gain a sense of commitment and purpose. All of these 21st Century skills are vital if students are to go on and to be successful in life and work.

The R.I.S.E. initiative (Recreation. Innovation. Social. Experience.)

The R.I.S.E. initiative is at the heart of AISPP’s co-curricular offering.

So what does each letter stand for?

R = Recreation: everyone needs time off to refresh his or her body, mind and spirit. This part of the programme is aimed at increasing the physical competencies of students, their stamina and promotes an enjoyment of being active.
I = Innovation: challenging students to do things they have done before, but with a different enthusiasm, perhaps setting new personal goals or targets.
S = Social: encouraging students to be socially active leads to developing communication skills by conversing with different people, as well as promoting an open-mindedness and caring approach to life and others generally.
E = Experience: getting students to experience life in its fullest – by trying new things.

What sorts of co-curricular activities are on offer at AISPP?

Each term the R.I.S.E. offering varies – from karate, cooking, yoga and gardening, to swimming, language development (French, Mandarin and Khmer) robotics and soccer, there is every opportunity for students to take part in activities that they really enjoy.

AISPP, an Australian Co-ed IB International K-12 school (Phnom Penh), is fast becoming one of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s leading education providers. Providing a modern Australian private and independent education, its 21st Century philosophy, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching standards, make it ideally placed to prepare children for the global challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.

Talk to us on t: +855 92 111 136 or email:

What makes a school world-class?

To be honest, no parent wants to send their child to an average school that is not set on being the best it can be. But what makes a school successful, and why is it important for mums and dads to choose a school that aspires to be a world-class education leader?

Learning beyond the traditional academics

The challenges of living, learning and working in a 21st Century world are great. Young people still need the knowledge, qualifications and ambition to do well (just as much as they did 10 year’s ago), but they now also need to be more globally minded and prepared, if they are to go on and succeed. AISPP believes that students will enjoy success if they learn in a world-class education environment, with world-class facilities at their disposal, with world-class teachers guiding them in the right direction.

We live in an increasingly globalized world

AISPP, Phnom Penh’s latest independent school, offering the Australian National Curriculum and IB framework, is extremely aware of the need for school’s to be 21st Century savvy and to be opening their students’ eyes to the opportunities, threats and needs of global working and living.

To do that, they need to be focused on delivering a 21st Century, world-class education – and that starts by introducing students to highly charged learning experiences, delivered by a dedicated, well qualified team of exceptional teachers.

Teaching staff with an international dimension

AISPP teachers are dedicated to promoting a culture of excellence amongst their students. They expect all students to work hard, embrace the opportunities presented to them, and to have a positive mindset from the time they arrive, to the time they leave each day.

World-class teachers are the backbone of a world-class school

AISPP teachers use modern teaching techniques and are committed to giving their students the best possible start in life.

The Curriculum is delivered by native English speakers from Australia, New Zealand and some from the UK.

Ambitious plans for the future – to become an IB World School

In the next 2 years, AISPP aspires to become an IB World School, covering all aspects and every level of the IB (International Baccalaureate) programme. This will further endorse their position as a world-class, 21st Century learning provider.

AISPP, an Australian Co-ed IB International K-12 school (Phnom Penh), is fast becoming one of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s leading education providers. Providing a modern Australian private and independent education, its 21st Century philosophy, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching standards, make it ideally placed to prepare children for the global challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.

Talk to us on t: +855 92 111 136 or email:

Our Teachers Pledge to our wonderful students at AISPP

Our Teachers Pledge to our wonderful students at AISPP, as shared at our Academic Year Opening

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will apply, for the benefit of the students, all measures that are required for their success, with the knowledge that they can and will succeed.
I will remember that I am the key to student success and it is my responsibility. I will form the positive relationships with my students that will directly affect their motivation, effort, confidence and achievement.
I will remember that teaching is an art, and that empathy, compassion, understanding, and individualization of approach may outweigh any accepted practice or research.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues, parents, and the community when the skills of others are needed for a student’s success.
I will conduct myself in a professional manner modeling appropriate appearance, communication, conduct, and social skills.
I will respect, enforce and embody the policies and principles of the school at all times.
I will remember that I remain a member of society representing educators, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, regardless of their connection to my profession or school.
May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of educating those in my care at the Australian International School Phnom Penh.

School Reflection at our Opening

Yesterday we introduced our School reflection at our opening.

I am a member of Australian International School Phnom Penh I am a global citizen learning about the world I am related to those who stand next to me, by the air we breathe, by the light we share, and the hope for a better world, through a global outlook through education.
I have a responsibility to give, to receive, to be open, to be tolerant and kind, to live our school values of: honesty, respect, kindness, trust and tolerance.
I have inherited this world from those who lived here before me.
I occupy space and time for a few years.
I hold this world in trust for those who follow me.
My life with others, can fashion this world toward peace, rather than strife, Hope, rather than despair, Freedom, rather than slavery.
May we develop our attitudes of cooperation, empathy, integrity, respect and tolerance .
May we be principled. May we be caring.
May we be Open minded. May we be reflective I pledge my willing spirit to this thought:
We will do this together as an international community of principles.
May peace prevail in our international school community and in the world in which we live.