A holistic education for global success

Vision Statement:

The Overseas School of Colombo shall be a model of excellence in education, nurturing and empowering our community of learners to achieve global success.

Mission Statement:

The Overseas School of Colombo, an IB World School, is committed to guiding our global community toward international and intercultural understanding. OSC develops the whole person as a responsible learner, striving for personal excellence within a culturally diverse environment.

OSC has an idyllic school motto – ‘Unity in Diversity’ – and this motto is lived throughout the school. I think an appreciation for diversity can be realized only when it is valued. At OSC, diversity and respect for differences are the cornerstone of our mission and our approach to teaching and learning. Our teachers teach how to exchange views respectfully, and how to integrate different ways of thinking. We celebrate language learning and see multilingualism as a huge strength. Our students respect themselves, each other and the adults in their environment.

Our students are exposed to a variety of values that are different from their own. In this environment, and through the delivery of our curriculum and approaches, we teach children how to be flexible and adaptable in life; that we are not competing, but rather we are winning when we cooperate and collaborate and embrace our differences.

OSC is the only IB school in Sri Lanka. Our school and its community are steadfast in upholding the mission of the IB which “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

IB schools like OSC not only promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge, but they also foster the development of the whole child as a life-long learner. With a balanced, connected, and conceptually-based program, the IB helps students appreciate languages, culture, and explore diverse world-views.

Dr. Michelle Kleiss
Head of School