I have 3 children at OSC, in Grade 8, Grade 3 and in Kindergarten. They will be completing their third year at OSC in April 2013.
Our main concern when we moved back to Sri Lanka from Australia in 2010 was our children’s education, and to say we were apprehensive about the adjustment would be an understatement. We found to our relief that our fears were unfounded. Both socially and academically, our children have blossomed over the last few years.
Speaking through my own experience, I can confidently say that my children have gained tremendously from the PYP and MYP programmes offered at OSC. I have seen them being encouraged to develop their strengths and work on areas that require improvement. The feedback is comprehensive, and there is constant interaction between teachers and parents about the children’s progress.
In the Primary Years Programme , my children have been motivated to develop a variety of skills, through which they constantly inquire, experiment and extend themselves. They are taught to relate the knowledge they gather in class to everyday life and use a wide variety of media and resources, and develop the ability to connect information from different disciplines and to avoid thinking of subjects in isolation.
The most significant aspect of the curriculum is that it focuses in providing a solid knowledge base, and emphasizes both the horizontal and vertical development of the child. As an academic myself, I fully understand the importance of this, and I have seen how this approach has turned my children into confident learners at the very early stages of their education. They are unafraid to inquire and take risks. They are encouraged to reflect on what they learn. It is a treat to see the many “a ha” moments my kids encounter through this process.
Similarly, the Middle Years Programme has truly helped my daughter in 8th Grade to push the boundaries of a discipline and make connections between subjects that would impress me if I saw an University undergraduate do it. Whether it is the reflective aspect of Mathematics, the use of technology in a theatrical production, or the connections between Science and the Humanities , they are taught to explore the inter-disciplinary nature of learning, while also analyzing the practical aspect of knowledge and how it can be related to daily life. The programme is often quite grueling but it challenges them to become balanced students. They learn that what they get out of the system, depends greatly on what they put into it. Much like life itself! This discipline, I believe, is invaluable as a preparation for what awaits them in the world outside.
OSC is also a truly multi-cultural school with over 40 nationalities represented within the school population. Most of the children have been exposed to different cultures from a young age, and as a result of this, there is a rich celebration of diverse cultural traditions at OSC. Nowhere is this diversity more apparent than on occasions such as UN day and annual international Food and Fun fair. Sri Lanka being the host country , we also have a colourful celebration of Sinhala New Year, while assemblies conducted throughout the year pay homage to a variety of cultural events celebrated throughout the world.
The benefits have been many and it is very satisfying to see my children growing up to be self-assured young scholars. Both the PYP and MYP programmes demand a high level of interaction with the school from the parents as well. This is something I value, as it gives me the opportunity of being involved in my children’s education.
We all want a wholesome, balanced education for our children. I know that I have definitely found this at OSC.