Academic aims of the school
We aim to create an outstanding learning environment that:
- Develops an ethical education
- Provides excellence and the opportunity for high achievement and the development of 21st century skills.
- Provides an education that creates the opportunities for progression to further education.
- Provides an education suited to the specific needs and strengths of all learners.
- Develops life-long learners who are knowledgeable, effective communicators and enjoy learning through challenging situations.
- Encourages active learning, open enquiry, critical and creative thinking.
- Develops students understanding and responsibility for their own learning.
- Fosters intercultural understanding and actions.
- Provides clear assessment tasks, monitoring, recording and analysis of all learning to improve student achievement.
- Ensures a continuum of learning.
- Offers a rich extra curricular activities program.
- Recruits, retains and develops top quality teachers worldwide.
- Integrates technology to enhance the learning situation.
- Develops, maintains and upgrades facilities for the community to enjoy.
- Undergoes regular self-review and critical analysis.
The 21st Century Learning Classroom
Tzu Chi aims to create a modern learning environment. We have deliberately chosen a curriculum that is focused on Active Learning. This means that students learn through activity and do not simply sit passively receiving information from teachers. We know that learners of the 21st Century need to have highly developed critical thinking skills, have the ability to research and evaluate information skillfully, need to develop leadership and collaborative working abilities and need most importantly to reflect on their own learning so that they can make progress. Lastly, students will need to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills outside their subject areas and find solutions in unfamiliar situations. So we challenge our students always.
Our teachers attend weekly staff development sessions and international workshops to improve their own skills. In every lesson students are focused to make progress and staff carefully track their achievement to develop materials and lessons that suit each learner.
The Learning Centre
The new Learning Centre will become one of the key learning areas in the School. It will include flexible learning areas for group and whole class activity alongside providing individual students with research and creation opportunities. The Learning Centre staff will all be available to help students with their learning and offer advice on source materials, construction of essays and reports and academic honesty etc. This Centre will be available for the whole community to access and the opening times will gradually be extended to allow private study after school hours.
The Centre will build up its collection of books (fiction and non-fiction), as well as periodicals and online resources. A selection of CD’s and DVD’s will be available with multimedia opportunities. In particular there is a Language Centre as part of its facilities which will enable all users to undertake private study in improving their language skills especially Mandarin, English and Indonesian.