We are an education-based community dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and culturally expansive environment for your child.
From the minute a learner steps into our school, he or she is ready to learn more about the world, and be a part of it too.
Everywhere, you will see the smiling faces of our energetic children, excited to learn about how trees grow or where colors come from. In the morning, the children wave in reply to the greetings from the cheerful security staff. During story time, students look on with wide-eyed wonder as the teacher reenacts a story. Behind-the-scenes, the kitchen staff begins preparing the wonderful snack and meals of the day. Everyone is a part of this close-knit community dedicated to building the best educational environment.
The education we provide is based on 5 pillars of Socio-emotional development, Multi-lingualism, Peace Education, Integrated Education, and Co-existence with Nature, all of which support us in living out the values that we aspire to live by:
(1) Socio-emotional development
Socio-emotional development is one of the most important aspects of the education at The Khayay International School.
Socio-emotional development is about: having the willingness to learn and explore, respecting others, listening well, communicating clearly about personal opinions without hesitation or fear, and much more within a social context. At the core of all of these traits is high self-esteem, a strong sense of self with empathy.
Our educators create a safe and nurturing environment for our learners to build confidence and grow into themselves. We make sure that every child feels like s/he is part of a loving community and has a voice within it.
As humans, we have a great capacity for growth and development. Having a strong foundation of socio-emotional development prepares our children for a lifetime of learning and growth. Each child is his own, they thrive when allowed to learn at their own pace and in the ways that they learn best.
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At The Khayay International School, we treasure multilingual education and linguistic awareness because we value cultural empathy. With transnational students who come from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds, multilingualism allows each student to continue learning more about his or her own home languages, as well as gain exposure to other foreign languages. It also enables them to see and understand things from different perspectives.
There are also other benefits to multilingualism. For example, it improves the brain’s executive functions of attention, inhibition, and switching. Multi-lingual children need to pay attention to what language they’re speaking, inhibit speaking in the other language, and switch from one language to the next depending on who they’re talking to. This allows them to perform tasks that require high-level thought, multitasking, and sustained attention.
It also encourages greater cognitive flexibility, which enables more creative problem solving. As multilingual children learn that the same exact thought can be expressed in multiple ways, they also learn to perceive situations in different ways and adapt it to the task at hand.
(3) Peace education
Our vision is a peaceful world, where cultural, racial and religious differences do not define politics or economics. Our learners not only appreciate other cultures, but accept and embrace this diversity. They are steeped in an environment where their surrounding community come come from different countries and cultural backgrounds, and are exposed at an early age to different languages. This enables our children to internalise cultural empathy, kindness, and compassion, to become truly a global citizen.
(4) integrated education
Integrated education refers to the provision of education that covers a wider spectrum of subject matters, including areas such as arts and craft, music, and physical education, which may not be found in more traditional educational contexts. It also refers to the integration of different academic disciplines - for instance, using art in math classes to bring to live math concepts, enhancing the understanding of math concepts during science classes, or the integration of science in social studies classes.
This enables our learners to develop critical thinking and creativity, as they are encouraged to be open to using a variety of methods to promote their understanding, and also to using ideas and concepts from a range of disciplines to solve a particular problem, as opposed to be fixated on “one way” of arriving at a desired outcome.
It also enables our learners to be better at embracing ambiguity, as they acquire a better understanding of the complexity of problems of interest, and the associated challenges of solving them.
(5) Co-existence with Nature
Nature is an important part of the way we promote learning at The Khayay International School. As a human being, our connection to the natural world is very profound - who has not experienced a sense of wonder at the sight of the night sky littered with stars, or the roaring of the waves, or the majestic heights of mountains?
Our school is surrounded by greenery, and we encourage our children to play in natural settings such as our wooden playhouse (The Adventure Tower), as well as to get in touch with natural elements through sand and water play.
Nature is important for a child’s development intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. It enhances their creativity and self-discovery, as they think up of different ways of playing, exploring, and spending their time in nature. It encourages physical activity, and children also tend to play more cooperatively during free play in nature, thus supporting the build up of their social and relational capabilities. Greenery is also known to help alleviate stress and even improve eyesight!