Meet the staff at AISPP

An international school is defined by the quality of its teaching. Without teaching excellence throughout the Curriculum, a deep-rooted commitment to learning and the enthusiasm to deliver inspirational lessons and knowledge, students cannot grow into the best version of themselves.

Additional members of staff have joined the team

Despite the fact that AISPP is a relatively new school, it’s not had any trouble recruiting some of the most experienced senior teachers and support staff available within the Phnom Penh region.

A great teacher is someone that can deliver experiences that go beyond the Curriculum – they nurture and encourage lifelong skills and competencies such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, information literacy, multilingualism and being able to work, respect and understand different cultures.

An IB teacher and education goes one step further and helps to develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics so students can engage with all types of people in our increasingly globalized world.

The ability to deliver all of these skills and to enthuse children to want to learn separates a good teacher from a fantastic one!

“I firmly believe that one of our best resources at AISPP is our teachers. Working within an organisation and set-up that is well equipped, appeals to students and is highly effective,” said Paul Grisewood, Head of School.

“We take recruitment very seriously and always try our best to fit the right person into the right job. Working in collaboration with TRI Australia (Teacher Recruitment International), AISPP will not see or consider any candidates until they have screened, personally interviewed, reference checked and verified each and every job applicant.”

New appointments for a new term

In the Early Years, AISPP is pleased to welcome Ms Nellie Hiku and Mr Tomas Lebreton; in Primary, Ms Sophie White and in the Middle Years Mrs Stacey Hilgenberg, Mr Tim Hilgenberg, Mrs Rosalind Paterson and Mrs Melanie Forbes-Harper.

“Our business management team has also been strengthened – we recently welcomed Mr Todd Martinez, Mrs Jill Martinez and Mrs Julie Grisewood to our school. We are hoping that their expertise and skills, in operations, admissions, and community development respectively, will help our school to grow and to develop even further.”

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: info@aispp.edu.kh

MYP Zone

Schools educational and supporting programs and the transition to these, is a critical issue in early adolescence.

How well the school environment fits the needs of early adolescents during this difficult stage is an influential factor in the shaping of their learning outcomes.

Adolescents typically enter their Middle School (Years 6-9) at a time of heightened self-focus. They bring with them a rising desire for autonomy and self-determination, and an increased ability to use higher level cognitive strategies. They view peer relations as being especially important. They may also be in need of close adult relationships outside the home.

AISPP is reflecting as an organization how the programme, environment, pastoral care strategies and pedagogy can be designed to meet their needs and interests to ensure engagement, support and expression.

Together with our initial staff training of Launching the MYP, we also open our MY Zone recreation area for our students. The students will be involved in designing the remaining components and have a long wish of wishes!

The IB Middle Years Programme, along with our Australian curriculum provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers in a supported specifically designed environment.

These years are a critical period in the development of young people. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self-esteem, the MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life be. Homeroom teachers (with a focus on student well being and organization) and specialist subject teachers collaborate to build programs suited to our students.

The MYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.

The MYP at AISPP is focussed upon high expectations, a safe and supported learning environment for our MYP students.

Recruiting Now 2019-2020

Experienced Staff Required as we expand!

Teachers Required for Early Years, Music, IB Middle Years Science, IB DP Science, IB Middle Years and DP Mandarin

AISPP is a private school modelled on Australian independent education, in an international context. Built in 2016, with its impressive facilities and buildings for education and founded in 2017, AISPP offers the popular International Baccalaureate education from Early Years, Primary education to MYP Middle years. The school will offer the Diploma Programme and IBCP career related programme in the upper years.

The curriculum is taught by native English speakers mainly from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, who utilise the Australian National Curriculum (ACARA) concepts, skills and knowledge through the IB to teach students in a modern way, in enhanced learning environments, suited to 21st century learning and innovation. AISPP is a member of the Australian International Schools (AISA) network globally and is seeking Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association Schools and Colleges (WASC) membership and accreditation in the future. AISPP is entering its final phase of IB PYP authorisation in early 2019.

The school has high expectations of its staff and invests in them by providing training and development opportunities internally through weekly workshops and coaching and externally through international conferences, training and further study. Our teachers are our core focus along with our students, as we believe great schools have great teachers to develop outstanding student learning. Our leadership and management is highly experienced, having led and developed schools and IB programmes globally. The school is ably supported by a governance structure keeping its support directed at education standards and programme development.

AISPP is supported by Teacher Recruitment International (TRI) Australia. 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. If you are interested in working at AIS-PP and joining us as we develop, please contact Robert Lee directly at robertlee@triaust.com with the subject line AIS Phnom Penh.

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree in Education
  • Qualified Teacher Licensed Status from home country
  • IB experience and certification
  • At Least three years experience of teaching in IB schools, either in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK or in international schools
  • Satisfactory Police and reference checks

Teacher benefits

Competitive Salary with low tax in USD, International Health Insurance, Accommodation Allowance, Flights, Tuition for Children, Annual Professional Development Programme.

‘The Australian International School Phnom Penh is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to national and home country police clearance, identity, qualification and past employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references and registration with your home country Teacher Registration service’

Download full details (PDF):  AISPP Recruitment (24 downloads)

A general overview of the AISPP Australian National Curriculum

Top of the preferred education pathways currently available, the Australian National Curriculum has much to offer today’s international student community. With a truly global focus, many parents are opting to send their children to leading international schools providing this as their core Curriculum.

Why is the Australian National Curriculum so popular?

Cast your mind back a few years and you may remember that to study the Australian National Curriculum you had to do so in Australia. But now that we are all globally mobile, the Curriculum is now being implemented across most states and territories, including at AISPP, Phnom Penh.

Combined with the IB (International Baccalaureate) framework it prepares students for 21st Century learning and working

One of the key reasons schools adopt this Curriculum is that teachers can use it to meet the different and often distinct needs and interests of individual learners.

In a nutshell, it’s hugely flexible and can be used alongside other internationally recognised learning frameworks like the IB to deliver globalized learning experiences and skills, introducing students to 21st Century living and working.

How is the Australian Curriculum organised?

There are 3 different aspects to the Curriculum:

  1. Learning/subjects (There are 8 core areas including: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, English, Mathematics, Health and PE, The Arts, Technologies and a choice of 15 languages).
  2. General capabilities (Skills and abilities designed to prepare students for work in the 21st Century: ICT capability, literacy and numeracy, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical and intercultural understanding).
  3. Cross-curriculum priorities (Priorities aligned to Australia and the region: ie: culture and history, engagement with Asia and sustainability).

With flexibility, relevance, wide-ranging subject choice and popularity in its favour, the Australian National Curriculum is often a first choice for expats, local Cambodian families and those looking for a springboard to access top universities across the globe.

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: info@aispp.edu.kh

UK v Australian education? Which is most popular?

Australia is set to overtake the UK as the second most popular country in the world for international study. But why? It’s clear that the Australian National Curriculum has much to offer today’s smart learner. It opens up wide-ranging opportunities and responds to the need for global learning and competency.

An Australian education has lots to offer – families really like it

According to a paper published by the Centre for Global Higher Education, great numbers of international students are now opting for an Australian education. Research predicts that Australia will be the world’s number 2 by 2019, with the UK at number 3. An American education remains the favourite choice.

Whilst the desirability of studying in Australia (the country), ie: job environment, climate, future opportunities etc, has a bearing on the number of students it attracts, the latest stats confirm that the Australian Curriculum is held in high regard with many more worldwide states and territories now offering it.

The shape of the Australian Curriculum

With global integration and international mobility increasing, many new and exciting ways of studying are now possible. The Australian Curriculum embraces this.

It acknowledges the changing ways (and things) that young people need to learn, and provides a broad and balanced framework, helping students to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to tackle the challenges and opportunities posed by the changing climate and times. In short, it helps them to grow.

Encouraging learners themselves to play an active role in managing their own learning journey

AISPP has adopted the Australian National Curriculum in tandem with the IB learning framework. The two combined provide a truly international approach to education and it seems to have caught the eye of expats and local families living and working in the Cambodia region.

But why do families prefer this combination? In addition to core learning areas, there is also a broad choice of language subjects. Learning areas are designed to deliver the skills and abilities that young people need to learn, live and work in the 21st Century and that’s seen as a big bonus.

From developing critical and creative thinking, to personal and social capability and gaining an intercultural understanding, the Australian Curriculum has it all.

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: info@aispp.edu.kh

Parent Teacher Conferences and Interim Reports

As part of our School Development Plan and the journey of development, it was decided to review the current assessment guidelines and reporting formats in order to provide more meaningful information to families. This will bring the reporting process in line with current teaching methods, recommendations and accreditation requirements.

Conferences for parents will be held after the October break on:

  • 17 October
  • 18 October
  • 19 October

All parents are expected to attend the 15-minute parent teacher conferences on ONE of these days to speak with your child’s teacher. You will receive an interim report also to ensure you receive regular feedback regarding your child’s progress at AISPP.

The main purpose of interim reporting is to provide parents with relevant information on their child’s progress so far this academic year towards the expected levels of achievement. Effort and attitude are also very important, as is your child’s socialisation. Attendance and punctuality to class will also be discussed. In your parent teacher discussions, academic staff will include suggestions for improvement in the specific subject areas as required and will explain homework expectations.

We hope that these parent teacher conferences and interim reports provide an easy-to-read academic profile for your child.

Download full letter (PDF):  Interim Reports and PT Conferences (16 downloads)

A new term and a new logo for AISPP

Your brand says a lot about you. In an education context, it defines your learning ethos, approach and your wider offering. That’s why AISPP has gone to great lengths to create a new logo that embodies all that it strives to achieve and be, and excellence, growth and development are at the heart of it!

Helping students to grow into something…

It’s hugely important to convey to parents all that your brand proposition stands for. Without that, they cannot fully grasp how you can help to develop and nurture their child’s education. A thoughtfully designed logo is a good starting point for introducing your learning ethos.

With the new term now in full swing, AISPP is pleased to showcase its new logo to the world at large.

The lotus flower is a very beautiful thing!

The beautiful blooming lotus flower adopted by AISPP represents growth, development and opportunity – for all children.

“The lotus flower was the perfect icon for our new brand. It stands for so many different and important things that we respect”

In itself a thing of great beauty and symbolism, each of the delicate blue petals in the logo represents the 10 IB (International Baccalaureate) learner profile traits or aspects.

The 3 gold petals at the top symbolise a philosophy of excellence and the Australian Curriculum with an international context, providing:

  • 21st Century learning opportunities
  • IB education framework (International Baccalaureate)
  • Independent education

The petals are also symbolic of Angkor Wat, at the heart of Cambodia’s heritage and culture.

The true inspiration

But it’s the idea of the flower blossoming and growing into different and wonderful things that was the real inspiration behind the AISPP logo.

“We want to challenge our children to develop and grow into something really special. The idea of growing into something… inspired, beautiful, unique, talented… is what our logo truly symbolises and what we set out to achieve when we started to design it,” said Paul Grisewood, Head of School. “We’re really proud of it.”

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: info@aispp.edu.kh

AISPP’s ambitious plans for the year ahead

With the new academic year now underway, there are great opportunities for AISPP to further establish itself as the preferred school across the Kingdom of Cambodia. So as students old and new commence their studies, AISPP is already hard at work planning and implementing the next phase of their future development.

21st Century learning experiences for all students, across the age ranges

Whilst the new term has only just begun, AISPP’s staff and students are already hard at work. With admissions and enrolments up since the launch of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), across Years 6, 7, 8 and 9, the future is looking bright.

A new brand proposition

So what of the future? Paul Grisewood, Head of School, confirms that this academic year sees the launch of a new, exciting brand that embodies the heart of AISPP’s learning philosophy, standing for excellence, growth and development.

The new logo, featuring the lotus flower, represents the IB learning profile, the excellent education opportunities on offer at AISPP and a school-wide 21st Century learning ethos.

AISPP aspires to be an IB World School

“We have a clear ambition to be members of EARCOS in the immediate future,” (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) said Paul. “We are also seeking authorisation by the IB International Baccalaureate across the age ranges, and to be accredited and recognised by CIS (Council of International Schools).”

“All of these worthwhile awards will continue to help us to provide our children with a truly global education, endorsed by a recognised and independent body.”

Smart, new uniform

Our new branding and learning philosophy will also be reflected in our ‘soon to be available’ school uniform. This will follow a design and theme that is similar to other Australian schools across the globe.

So as our new members of staff settle in, our Middle School students find their way around campus and we begin to establish our brand and build our reputation across the Cambodia region, we hope that parents will continue to support and encourage our ambitions for being ‘up there’ with the very best international schools.

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: info@aispp.edu.kh