Welcome to The Australian International School Phnom Penh

AISPP offers a modern education within traditional value, whilst preparing students for the future.

It is modelled on Australian private and independent education standards with a balanced focus on academics, pastoral care, co-curricular options, sporting activities, the arts and character development, in an international context, focussed upon the IB.

The curriculum is taught by native English speakers, who utilise the Australian National Curriculum concepts, skills and knowledge through the IB to teach students in a modern way, in enhanced learning environments and innovation.

We have ambitious plans to become the leading 21st Century School in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Our aim is to be a world-class, innovative Early Years to Grade 12, international school located on a single campus.

Our focus is to provide our students with an outstanding, well-rounded education ensuring that they learn beyond the traditional academics to acquire the skills, habits and dispositions required to thrive and be successful.

Located in the North West of Phnom Penh in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Rousey Keo, near Aeon II and the school is spread across 6 hectares (15 acres) of spacious grounds. Brand new purpose-built facilities create an exciting and stimulating learning environment.

We are proud to be members of the Association of Australian International Schools network, globally.

Our campus has a most impressive array of first-class facilities including a purpose-built Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Senior School Buildings containing a variety of learning spaces and creativity centres all linked to 21st Century learning; a large gymnasium, library, swimming pool, toddlers’ pool, smart café, technology centres, maker spaces, science labs, organic vegetable garden, orchard, free range farm and many more amenities to foster learning and recreational pursuits.

However,  our staff are our greatest asset. Our highly qualified staff are  international teachers and leaders with extensive experience globally. They use expertly crafted units of inquiry that  are designed using the Australian National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate IB framework that provides an engaging and relevant focus on real world issues to successfully prepare our students for universities around the world.

Come and visit us to learn more about our amazing school.

We look forward to meeting you and your children.

Paul Grisewood
Head of School

Philosophy

AISPP recognises that successful schools today have an enormous responsibility to educate students for their future. As such AISPP is committed to meet the needs of its students with passion, drive, creativity, innovation and dedication. To undertake this enormous responsibility AISPP strongly believes we must focus our efforts on the following four areas:

1. The Student.

AISPP strives to understand the nature of every child and provide growth-centered, student-focused learning. Each day spent at school provides precious time to learn and to be challenged. We are committed to moving beyond the traditional approach of teaching all children the same way and with the same curriculum. Addressing individual learning needs and ensuring individual learning styles and multiple intelligences are a part of all of our programs ensures a stimulating, targeted, personalised approach.

2. The Teacher.

AISPP believes that the quality of our teachers is paramount. We recruit outstanding internationally qualified teachers to offer the best programs possible.  Our teachers are enthusiastic learners who are inquirers themselves and who develop, nurture and grow inquiry within their students. They are passionate about providing engaging and motivational learning activities and rich assessment tasks.

3. Values, responsibility and a Global Mindset.

AISPP believes that 21st century education recognises the importance of social values and social responsibility. Emotional intelligence, values, social and emotional programs, ‘doing good’ through action and service programs, and developing international-mindedness feature in all of our day-to-day programs.

4. The Learning Environment.

AISPP strongly believes that the environment is the third teacher and as such prides itself on offering a beautiful setting, creative 21st Century learning spaces and a learning environment that focuses on local and global aspects of our shared planet and common humanity.

Strategic Leadership, Management and Governance at AISPP

GOVERNANCE

AISPP has developed a model of governance that is strategic and fiduciary. It shapes the mission and vision, engages actively in strategic decision making and policy design, ensures resource availability,  adequate financial resources, oversees financial management and ensure appropriate risk management and also monitors performance and ensure accountability in all areas to ensure international accreditation standards.

MANAGEMENT

The Head of School is supported by Principals in each division including the ELC, Primary and Secondary.

IB Curriculum Coordinators, in each section, ensure academic standards and support the staff to implement the teaching and learning program.

LEADERSHIP

The Head of School is responsible for the Leadership and Management of the School, whereby he or she is committed to the mission, leads staff, manages the organisation, has the highest ethical standards, ensures accountability, follows the law, engages with the board, builds relations, develops staff to ensure high functioning processes and learning and ensures satisfaction for all stakeholders.

VISION

AISPP awakens the potential in every child to have a positive impact on their world.

MISSION STATEMENT

We are a diverse community of critical and creative thinkers inspired to create a world-class school in Cambodia that meets the needs of 21st Century Learners to thrive now and into the future.

International Baccalaureate Programmes

AISPP is proud to be a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

We are pursuing authorisation as an IB World School in each of these programmes over the coming years.

The IB was developed 50 years ago and is a world famous, international curriculum. More than 4,000 schools have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development. Those schools employ over 70,000 educators, teaching more than one million students worldwide. Over 3,300 universities from around the world are very happy to accept students with an IB education.

The IB caters for students from 3 – 19 years of age and offers 4 programmes:

  1. The Primary Years Programme PYP
  2. The Middle Years Programme MYP
  3. The Diploma Programme DP
  4. The Career-related Programme CP

IB World Schools share a common philosophy a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.

Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org

Educating the future

Success looks different now than it did in the past.  We educate our students considering there future.

High-achieving people are frequently choosing to opt out of the traditional job market and create their own jobs, live anywhere in the world, travel and work, collaborate seamlessly and choose their own hours.

For people who don’t live like this it can sound far-fetched, but this kind of lifestyle is growing rapidly.

What does it take to access and thrive with this kind of freedom? The answer is surprisingly simple, and can be best summed up as ‘a 21st century education’.

A 21st century education is about giving students the skills they need to succeed in this new world, and helping them grow the confidence to practice those skills.

With so much information readily available to them, 21st century skills focus more on making sense of that information, sharing and using it in smart ways.

Research has identified four ‘Skills for Today’:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

These four themes are not to be understood as units or even subjects, but as themes that should be overlaid across all curriculum mapping and strategic planning. They should be part of every lesson in the same way as literacy and numeracy.

A 20th century education emphasised compliance and conformity over creativity, two skills that were necessary to do well in a professional or corporate environment and to hold down the same job job for decades.

Unfortunately, most students continue to be educated in the same way as they were in the past, being taught a standardised curriculum through rote learning and individualised testing, at a one-size-fits-all pace. Schools are failing to teach students to respond to rapid change and how to handle new information because they are clinging to obsolete methods, used in traditional settings.

At AIS, we are considering the future and how to meet the needs of the next generation to empower them to be 21st century learners through quality curriculum, teaching and learning experiences.

Generations Z and Alpha are also the most internationally connected in history. They encounter people online from all over the world, and can easily make friends on the other side of the planet before they have even left their home state. Schools and parents are also increasingly offering children and young people the opportunity to travel, creating a truly borderless experience of learning.

The students in our schools today are intelligent, independent and extremely capable. They are skilled with technology and comfortable with global and intercultural communication. We can expect that future generations are going to have even more experience in these areas.

Global Citizens

AISPP understands the diverse needs of our children.

As educators, we know intimately the challenges and joys of living abroad and we know how to empathise and sympathise with our students. That doesn’t mean we don’t expect the highest of standards from our students, but we are uniquely placed to gently bring out the best from them.

Our students are global citizens and many operate daily in another language and may even have a third or a fourth language. Students that attend AISPP may have lived in many other countries and understandably may feel a sense of homesickness towards a country they just left.

Through your IB curriculum and pastoral care, we support our students to develop. Our mission is to create determined, positive and optimistic students who will not only have high aspirations for themselves, but for others around them. Our students value teamwork, respect and tolerance.

AISPP fosters an philosophy that encourages our learners to give their best effort at all times and to support others to build a community of tolerant learners.

Our students are happy to take risks and to see the joy in learning for the opportunities it brings. We  develop global citizens who confidently move forward to take their place in the world, whether its here in Cambodia, Australia or abroad.

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.

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