MALAYSIA - Australian International School Malaysia (AISM), the only Australian international school in Malaysia, recently celebrated its expansion and the opening of a new junior school complex at its campus in Seri Kembangan.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap in the presence of Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia Rod Smith.
AISM principal David Kilpatrick said the Australian curriculum emphasises individualised and explicit instruction in learning skills, higher-order thinking, problem solving and values education.
He added that the new junior school had been designed with children in mind and built specifically for the purpose of learning.
"We do not want students sitting in classrooms all the time and have constructed spaces where they are given opportunities to acquire knowledge themselves, innovate and create ideas," he said.
At AISM, students are given ample space and opportunities to learn and explore on their own under the guidance of teachers or in groups with their peers.
There are common areas outside classrooms with comfortable chairs and bean bags for students to discuss and collaborate with their counterparts from different classes.
"Classes are not confined to the classrooms.
"Students spend some time in the classroom but they spend a lot of time breaking out of the four walls and using the spaces outside," said AISM junior school head Graeme Naftel.