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Our Diverse Faculty

Aside from our base of experienced career teachers, a significant proportion of our faculty are “practitioner-teachers” who bring a wealth of knowledge and field expertise into their classrooms. Over the years, our practitioner-teachers have included a chemistry teacher who has a research background in the nation’s foremost chemical research laboratory, a film teacher who has worked as a cinematographer on commercial films, an environmental system teacher who has set up his own organic farm, and a global politics teacher who has worked in the EU and with Red Cross.

Our practitioner-teachers can take you beyond the theoretical and into the practical aspects of their professions, providing an expert perspective that comes with years of experience.

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Approach to Learning Support

Our classrooms consist of students with varying cultural understandings and language proficiencies. While some may see these differences as impediments, we understand that they are, in fact, our strengths.

We encourage every student to participate in discussions, ensuring that a range of views across cultural backgrounds is expressed and heard. Students use references, including news and current affairs broadcasts, from any language they are comfortable in, opening our discussions to global voices. We commit to nurturing an environment where students can be open, inquisitive, and respectful, helping you break down preconceived notions and be open to new ideas.

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Non-Native Language Speakers

Our primary language of instruction is English, but many students come from backgrounds where they speak another language natively. Students can:

Choose to study literature in their own language through the School-Supported Self-Taught Literature option to fulfil the IB Group 1 requirement. (Literature in over 50 languages is offered by the IB and for special request languages are also available.)

Visit the Language and Writing Centre that supports writing and speaking skills in English, Hindi, and Spanish, staffed by subject teachers and second-year students who have been trained to give language support and writing feedback

First-year students who require extra help in English are invited to be part of a 10-day Language Immersion Programme held two weeks before the start of the academic year that helps them get acquainted with hearing English and getting comfortable on campus before Orientation Week.

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Learning Support & Peer Tutoring

Our Learning Support Office and Coordinator work to:

Help students with skills such as essay writing, time management, or study techniques

Identify students facing difficulties who may benefit from assessment for specific learning difficulties

Identify students in need of academic support

Students with learning or physical difficulties are encouraged to inform us of these and contact the Learning Support Coordinator when they are on campus. All students are encouraged to monitor their progress and proactively approach the support office if they need guidance.

In addition, each academic department organises a weekly peer tutoring group to help students who are having trouble grasping concepts or need extra help with their homework.

Since a student’s mental health can affect their academic performance (and vice versa), the Learning Support Office works closely with the Counsellor and Advisors to maintain a comprehensive overview on students’ performance and well-being.