Reflection on the Bake Sale

As one of the MYP Service as Action teams (MYP SA Team), our goal is to be a positive influence on our community and change our society for the better. In term 2, we have been working on preparing a bake sale to raise money which will be spent on stationery supplies to be donated to a school called “Village 15”.

Our aim is to help students and teachers in the Village 15 School. They allow children to enter and study for free, but the teachers only offer two subjects, Khmer and Math. They teach kindergarteners through to sixth graders. Each class only gets one hour of study a day at different times. For the students who wish to learn science and social studies, they would go to school on Saturday to learn grade one science and social studies. The school facility only has two small rooms (about as big as two parking spaces for a car) and when it rains, the roof leaks. They do not have proper air conditioning, carpets, just concrete.

AISPP students were requested to bring in homemade baked goods that would be sold to the rest of the school. The standard price was one dollar for a set or a snack by itself. They were to make sure that the baked goods were to be baked on the day before the event so it would not taste old.

We asked them to bring in the goods before school or morning break on the day of the event. We split the baked goods into two categories, “Savory” and “Sweet”. Before the day of the bake sale, we had to do a lot of planning and announcing. Going from classroom to classroom, a portion of our team was making sure everyone knew about the event and what was expected to happen. On the day of the bake sale, we had to wear the AISPP “Grow into Something Inspiring” T-shirts to show that we are part of the team who prepared the event.

Team members were expected to arrive early to welcome the people who brought in baked goods that were going to be sold. There were two sales sessions, one that happened during lunchtime and the other after school. The two sessions of the bake sale we managed to make a total of $555 with an additional $200 donation from the school! Due to the support of the people who were baking, bringing in, and buying goods, we managed to earn a lot of money to donate stationery to Village 15.

The bake sale took place on the 16th of November 2018 which was Friday. We had two selling times; Lunch Break and After-school.

The first session of the bake sale was held in The MY zone room and the second session of the bake sale around the entrance of the main school building.

We hosted this bake sale to raise money that will be used for buying school supplies and other things their students need to study. Our main goal was also to have a positive influence on our society that we live in and hopefully inspire those who will inherit the world after us.

The bake sale was a success! We raised a good amount of money so now, we can use this money to buy stationery and books for Village 15. Not to mention we have honed our skills in the process of planning the bake sale and made an effort to help others. We have yet to buy the school supplies and delivered them to our recipients but at least completed the “first phase” of the project.

How to promote creativity in the modern classroom

Creativity is hugely important in the modern classroom. Why? Because a creative classroom helps students to be better thinkers and learners – and that’s what the 21st Century demands!

Schools need to make time for things like brainstorming and the cross-fertilisation of ideas

Many teachers fear that creativity is gradually (but very definitely) disappearing from the Curriculum.

Learning today seems to involve too many standardised worksheets, tests and assessment material – almost a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

AISPP has chosen to offer the IB Learning Framework to promote creativity in the classroom. The framework ensures students have the time to develop a natural tendency to explore different things in different ways, and to question and inquire, so that they develop a much broader mindset and knowledge.

Creativity is an essential 21st Century skill that helps young people to develop into well-rounded people. To not give students the opportunity to creatively develop their ideas is almost certainly going to lead to limited achievement, skills development and even to disengaging them from the whole process of learning.

Role play, mind-maps, brainstorming, storyboards, experimental platforms and technology – learning needs to take on many different forms

So how can a teacher promote creativity in their classroom? To start with they can differ the modes of presentation they use, regularly vary tasks in terms of format, provide choice within the modes of acceptable presentation, use different teaching techniques that encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and try something else – things like role play, brainstorming, regular play, experimentation, visualisation and so on. All of these things help to stimulate a child’s brain, create interest, stir up the imagination and intelligent thoughts and promote a greater depth of thinking and realization about life and learning.

Everyone has creativity within them. It’s the experiences you are introduced to that develops it!

AISPP is an official IB World School candidate and implicitly embraces the need for creativity in learning, believing it exists throughout and in between the IB Learning Framework. It empowers teachers to explore it creativity further – and that’s to be encouraged.

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

How do you develop a cultural awareness amongst students?

The world is changing and the planet on which we live now seems a much smaller place than it was a Decade ago. With greater work mobility and more migration, families are prepared to travel to make the most of a more favourable climate, working conditions and education opportunities if it means they will be happier, healthier and financially better off.

Children are now finding themselves learning alongside different faiths, cultures and nationalities in the classroom. This means they need to be more agile, aware and respectful of those around them despite their differences.

Schools must develop an intercultural understanding in their students as it’s an essential part of living and working in the 21st Century. Why? It helps them to act as responsible local and global citizens, and ensures that they are well equipped (through their education) for life in a multi-cultural society and world.

The Australian Curriculum

There are many that believe the Australian Curriculum helps students to develop a deeper intercultural understanding as it challenges their personal values and beliefs, alongside those of others. For this reason, schools like AISPP have become a popular choice amongst the expat and local community in Phnom Penh.

The Australian Curriculum makes a connection with their world – and the world of others

The focus is on shared interests and values, a better understanding of cultural perspectives and practices, and a common exploring of interests. The Curriculum cultivates values like curiosity, care, empathy, reciprocity, respect and responsibility, along with an open-mindedness. These all help to promote a very positive view of intercultural issues, but also encourage students to consider their own beliefs and attitudes.

To have no intercultural understanding is to limit a child’s ability to communicate, to get on and to develop the skills and personal qualities required to do well in life and work.

Intercultural understanding is more apparent in some learning areas within the Australian Curriculum than others. It is particularly evident when exploring modules concerned with people and their societies, relationships and interactions, and with the cross-curriculum priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, and Sustainability. It’s also promoted across Language Development, The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Maths and English – in fact across all subjects taught at AISPP.

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

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 !

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:

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 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’

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