The Australian International School (AIS) today announces a first in Early Years education worldwide in Singapore, establishing a campus complete with the widest range of state-of-the-art facilities for students from 18 months to 6 years old.
Inaugurated in a groundbreaking ceremony by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Ret'd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove, this specialist early years educational campus offers children access to 22m swimming pool, 470m2 multi-function hall, 5 library and learning resource centres, 9 arts and language specialist classrooms and a dedicated parent café, all in one centrally-located facility.
The campus, set to open in 2017 next to the existing AIS facility at Lorong Chuan, will house teaching and learning for an enhanced Early Years curriculum that launches at AIS this coming January. This progressive curriculum includes daily Mandarin, maths and literacy lessons, Speech and Drama Program, structured Physical Education under the SMART Steps Perceptual Motor Program and weekly violin lessons taught by specialists.
Brian Rogove, CEO at Cognita Asia, states: “This $200 million investment is the largest worldwide for a dedicated Early Years campus, joining the very best in academics and facilities to offer exceptional educational opportunities to young children residing in Singapore. Children at AIS will gain a strong academic foundation and personal confidence ensuring an early passport to success.”
Andre Casson, Principal at AIS comments, “AIS is the only school in Singapore to offer an Australian inquiry based curriculum for children from 18 months to 6 years. Our 22-year history in graduating students in this curriculum sets us in good stead to take our institution into this next phase. We are exceptional excited about our collaboration with specialist educators in delivering an enhanced curriculum from this January which will be significantly developed with the launch of our purpose built Early Years facility in 2017.”
To see photos of the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.