Holistic Development: Connectedness of mind, body and spirit
When Plato wrote about education in The Republic, he proposed a holistic curriculum that requires a balance of training in physical education, the arts, math, science, character and moral judgment. Our school recognizes the connectedness of mind, body and spirit, and focuses on the balanced growth of the young learners. The healthy development of physical, social and emotional aspects is as essential as the development of the cognitive ability of a child. Besides striving for academic achievement, our curriculum emphasizes physical fitness, creativity and social service to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits and positive social outlook.
Our goal is to instil the eastern values of community spirit with the western values of individuality and independence in the minds of young learners. It is imperative that children learn how to be part of a community from an early age. This includes understanding their role in the community. They learn the value of interacting positively with peers, juniors and elders as well as how to be a proactive member of the classroom, school, community and society. Moral and conflict resolution lessons provide students with awareness, and impart skills to navigate relationships and negotiate through any conflict situations with other members of the community.
Experiential Learning: A Hands-on Approach to Learning
The school encourages hands-on activities so that students are directly involved in creating and constructing effective learning experiences rather than being passive recipients of readymade content delivered through one–way lectures. Experiences, inside and outside the classrooms, are integrated with goals and objectives of the curriculum. Students are required to be actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, problem–solving, assuming responsibilities, being creative and constructing meaning.
Service Learning: Connecting Curriculum with Community Service
We encourage our students to appreciate their community and to contribute positively to society in general. One of our core values is “compassion” and students are given opportunities to learn the true essence of “giving”, be it in kind, time or effort. They will be able to participate in charitable activities and programmes that serve not only the local community but also the wider national needs in various areas. Students will collectively be required to brainstorm about needs of the community, plan and organize ways to help, raise funds, implement their plans, and once their work has been completed, reflect and evaluate the efficacy of their efforts.Involvement in community service will thus supplement and meet curriculum objectives as well as impart organizational skills, teamwork and a sense of belonging.
Parental Engagement in Education: A Proven Formula for Success
Children do well in their education when parents take an active and consistent interest in their education. Parental engagement results in children getting better grades, having fewer discipline problems and are more likely to be successful in their lives. At KWS, parents are expected to be engaged throughout the academic year in the learning activities of their children. KWS regularly communicates with our parents through email, parent-teacher meetings (PTM), notices, and SMIS (School Management Information System) to share with them information on school events and their child’s performance. We discuss ways to help students learn more effectively at school and home. The Parent–Teacher Association (PTA) of the school will work with the school team to enhance the children’s school experience, and a foster closer relationship among parents, the faculty and wider school community.
Faculty: Dedicated to Excellence through Rigorous Professional Development
Our faculty members are highly accomplished, experienced and dedicated individuals who are driven by values that place students and their holistic development at the core. We ensure developing a team of teachers who are passionate about the teaching profession, committed to the development of each child, and have the disposition of a perpetual learner. In order to develop our teachers’ professional skills and update their knowledge on the latest teaching and learning pedagogies, we will provide regular on-going professional development workshops and individualized training programs through the KWS Learning Centre to ensure quality in our teaching approaches.
The KWS Learning Centre will organize in-house training for our teachers every week to help them assess, reflect on and improve their current practices and to keep them abreast of the latest developments in education. We ensure our teachers inculcate a passion for learning new skills to enable them to nurture our students in the school in the best possible way.
Visionary and Experienced Leadership: Leading the School Forward
The KWS leadership team comprises individuals with a wealth of experience in the management of schools and the varied aspects of education. The team will be responsible for designing, delivering and continuously upgrading high-quality education programmes and various services as articulated in the vision and mission of the school. The team will work with Fieldwork Education, United Kingdom to implement the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) teaching-learning framework in delivering the National Curriculum of Nepal.
Kathmandu World School aims to become a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and International School Services (ISS), which will give our leadership team an opportunity to share with and to learn from the leaders of international schools in order to incorporate the best practices in our teaching and learning at KWS. Our academic advisors comprise practitioners and educators with a wealth of experience in leading international schools and will provide guidelines and support to the school for better planning and delivery of quality education and related services.