Learning at Stonehill

 

Early Childhood

Every child is born a discoverer, propelled by the instinctive need to know more

Stonehill’s Early Childhood is designed to encourage the natural curiosity and fearless sense of inquiry of children between the ages of 3 and 6. Our child-centred learning philosophy allows each child to develop at his/her own pace.

  • Secure and stimulating environments
  • Enable children to discover and bond with the natural world
  • Exploration and discovery using a variety of resources
  • Opportunities to question and learn
  • Learn through art and activity

 

Early Year

Primary Years

The freedom to question is the freedom to learn

PYP VIDEO

Stonehill recognises the importance of preserving the innate curiosity of early childhood throughout the Primary years. Our philosophy of teaching focuses on the inquiry method.

  • A full-time PYP Coordinator works with the Principal and teachers
  • Every component of the PYP is designed to complement every other component
  • Enabling a holistic and connected learning experience
  • Concept-driven unique curriculum
  • Freedom to question
  • Supported by subject coordinators
  • Traditional academic subjects

Middle Years

Education must be multidimensional – because every child innately is

The Middle Years are a challenging time of transition for learners as they move from childhood to adolescence. This crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual growth is marked by uncertainty on one hand and increasing maturity on the other.

  • Develop critical thinking
  • Solve real-life problems
  • Develop knowledge of local and global issues
  • Communicate ideas
  • Engage in public debate
  • Express creativity through action
  • Building students’ confidence in their academic and personal development
MYP VIDEO

Diploma Programme

Preparing for the best universities and the world beyond

MYP VIDEO

At the threshold of adulthood, students by now usually develop a strong sense of identity while making important choices for their future. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is designed to prepare students for leading colleges and universities.

  • CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Programme
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge in six subject groups
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems

Languages & EAL

Enabling inter-cultural dialogue – so we understand the world better.
English as an Additional Language (EAL): Stonehill provides significant support for English language learners at any stage of development – from early childhood to the Diploma years.

Learning Support

Realising individual potential, through individual attention.
Understanding the needs of individual students is integral to our teaching philosophy. We celebrate diversity not just in the cultural background of our children, but also in their interests and abilities.

Creative Arts

Exploring culture and creativity through the visual and performing arts.
Creative arts enrich people and are critical to an understanding of global cultures and the common themes that unite societies. Music, theatre, visual arts and dance are an integral part of life at Stonehill.

Technology

Staying connected: using technology as a learning resource.
In the last decade, technology has transformed the way we live, work and communicate. Students entering school today have access to tools unimaginable a generation ago.

PE & Sports

Sports and sportsmanship – we aim to encourage both
Physical Education (PE) at Stonehill is an integral part of the PYP and MYP curricula. In addition to health and fitness, we attach equal importance to developing skills, learning to work in teams, building leadership and personal growth, critical thinking and problem solving.

Activities

For education isn’t limited to academics.
Stonehill provides a range of after-school extracurricular activities to meet the varying interests and needs of students. Extracurricular activities aim at holistic development. They give every student a platform to develop their talents, which can turn into enduring hobbies or even professional choices.

Field Trips

Learning beyond the classroom for real world experiences
The Stonehill curriculum requires students to learn through real world problems and have real world experiences. Extended, and often overnight, field trips are an essential component of learning, especially for the higher grades in subjects like biology, geography and economics.

CAS Programme

CAS stands for Creativity, Action, Service
CAS stands for Creativity, Action and Service, and allows students to become involved in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma Programme.

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