03 Aug Future-Ready Graduates
We do that by giving them an all-round education that focuses on their academics, as well as their emotional, social, ethical, and financial well-being.
When we started our secondary school two years ago, we wanted to live up to our tagline of being ‘Definitely Different’. That meant providing only the best for our scholars.
Our lessons and programmes are crafted to ensure that scholars have the skills that would future-proof them.
That includes emotional and technological intelligence, dynamic agility, mental flexibility, organised teamwork, and original and adaptive intellect.
These may sound like buzzwords whenever people talk about getting children future-ready, but they are indeed essential aspects to have.
These traits are included in the way we coach and educate our scholars, and it has not stopped, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Every school has been affected by the pandemic. Ours is no different. But we are committed to ensuring our scholars continue to get the best education possible online,” said co-founder Veronica Shepherdson.
“The scholars have shown their adaptability in accepting the online lessons, and this is something we try to teach – being flexible in any situation.”
She said while passing examinations with flying colours is essential, she does not want scholars to be only book smart. That could lead them to struggle when they go out into the real world.
Shepherdson added that GOTS International School has many programmes or extracurricular activities that promote self-worth and ethics.
“For instance, our FinancialSmart programme not only teaches our scholars the value of money, but also self-control.
“The scholars are also taught how to emotionally connect with their peers and learn proper social ethics via programmes such as S.H.I.N.E. – the first experiential Emotional Intelligence (EQ) focused training framework in Southeast Asia.”
S.H.I.N.E. stands for (S)ocial, (H)umble, (I)maginative, (N)etwork, (E)ffective.
The school also places importance on teamwork and team building, via its lessons.
“People skills are important, be it in school or the workplace. That is something we help our scholars understand. We do that by the way we act, talk and teach,” said Shepherdson.
The scholars are also allowed to express themselves artistically via music and dance, and speech and drama classes.
They sharpen their intellect through the Literature, Drama and Debating Society, while physical education is not forgotten.
In fact, Physical Education is very much welcomed by scholars, even though it is now done online.
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