International Mindedness

Global politics, worldwide environmental issues and dramatic population movements across continents have become part of our everyday lives. If we want our children to grow up to be innovators and leaders in positive global change, then an international mindset is a must.

It can be argued that particular curriculum types may be better for developing in-depth subject knowledge, however, IB leads the way for independent inquiry and international mindedness.

An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. IB programmes challenge students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a lifelong quest for learning hallmarked by empathy. The IB gathers a worldwide community of supporters who celebrate our common humanity and who share a belief that education can help to build a better world.

Globalisation and increased population mobility have led to communities becoming melting pots for a colourful array of cultures in schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for future learners.

As we enter the final stage of IB authorization at AISPP, we prepare for our verification visit. We have taken some time to clarify upon our identity as a developing school and what is fundamental.

An important aspect for us is being international and instilling this wider perspective in our students.

Internationalism, being international, global citizenship or international mindedness, is a topic worthy of reflection as it forms the basis of our educational philosophy.

The aim of all international schools that utilise the IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB schools strive to instill the core elements of the learner attributes, whereby learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

These represent a range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

They imply a wider social responsibility; a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

All schools are fundamentally the same, but yet very different. Each takes on its own identity and emphasis, so what exactly do we mean by international mindedness? For us international mindedness means understanding, respecting and valuing different cultures, embracing diversity and knowing that different perspectives have a great deal to offer and we value this as we collaborate.

International mindedness enables us to work in harmony and to benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience. It promotes respect, encourages collaboration and sees our students develop high levels of empathy and compassion.

The various signs of an internationally minded person generally include:

  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different cultures
  • increased self-awareness (EQ)
  • increased empathy (EQ)
  • ability to collaborate with peers from different backgrounds
  • deepening knowledge and understanding of global issues
  • ability to see themselves as socially responsible, global citizens
  • various language skills

Children are growing up in an increasingly interconnected world, where overseas travel, expat life and multinational businesses have become the norm. Even if people are based in one country for most of their working lives, they will be working with people from all around the world and will need to be able to collaborate effectively across cultures.

The workforce and industries are actively seeking out multilingual employees; not only for roles in multinational companies, but increasingly for positions within industries such as healthcare, law enforcement, education, customer service and social services, where employees deal with people on a daily basis.

Education is an act of hope and light in the face of an uncertain (but exciting) future. An IB education calls forth the very best in students and educators alike. The IB believes that together we can help to prepare students for living and working in a complex, highly interconnected world.

The Association of Independent School’s New South Wales

“The Association of Independent School’s New South Wales Australia (AISNSW) welcomes the Australian International School Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a new global member.”

The association serves and represents, leading private schools in Australia. AISPP is proud to an Australian school overseas receiving support and advice as we move towards excellence. We join 7 global members from schools in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Congratulations AISPP!

The Association of Independent Schools of NSW is the peak body supporting and representing independent education, specifically independent schools, through offering services in:

  • advice and consultancy
  • professional learning
  • funded programs and projects
  • support for students with diverse needs
  • research and data
  • advocacy and partnerships

AISNSW works with governments, statutory authorities and a wide range of other educational stakeholders on behalf of over 480 independent schools, their boards, their principals and heads, their executive, their teachers and support staff. These schools educate over 200,000 children from the increasing number of families choosing independent education.

Why schools need to encourage innovative thinking

In today’s global work climate, education has a huge part to play in helping to prepare young people for the challenges ahead in life and work, and that
involves encouraging them to approach tasks with an innovative mindset.

Innovation is a necessity in the world of business and education

Businesses need to be constantly innovating if they are to grow their market share, stay ahead and lead by setting new standards. The fact is many of the world’s most successful brands are on the look out for young people that are capable of thinking outside the box – enterprising innovators with the skills to completely change the dynamics of their business.

Innovation paves the way for success, adds value to a proposition, and creates a sense of satisfaction among those working with, buying from, or employed by a business. It is, therefore, a necessity not a choice.

In the 21st Century, an ability to innovate is a prerequisite for any young person who wants to be successful in a fast-paced, interdependent world, where new platforms, technologies and the general economic climate dictate a requirement for a deeper and inquiring mindset.

Students come first where innovation is concerned – an overly rigid teaching approach goes against the concept

So how can a school inspire a young person to innovate? “Innovation in schools starts with the recognition that students come first,” according to AISPP. If educators can find ways of actively and creatively engaging their students, by igniting their interest in different things and subjects, and
dare it be said, even get them excited by it all, then innovation will naturally follow.

Schools need to recognise that to inspire their students to ‘innovate’, they need to be innovative too!

Teachers now need to be using alternative teaching methods, different visual platforms and technologies, and to experiment with learning techniques if they are to provoke an inquiring mindset.

Innovation has its place in today’s modern classroom. It promotes a depth of thinking, a broader understanding and a more rounded appreciation of life and all of its challenges. Most importantly it encourages students to be innovative too – and that’s a skill that will set them up for future success in
the 21 st Century workplace.

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

Women’s International Group

AISPP is a proud supporter of the Women’s International Group in Phnon Penh and the annual Christmas Fair. Our middle years students undertook action and service to support the charity and we promoted our school to the international and local community. Congratulations to all involved a great day. Thank you all for your support. Christmas is coming !