Home to 60 nationalities, children have loads of opportunities to share and learn about their peers’ culture and unique experiences.
At Nexus International School (Singapore), cultural diversity is celebrated not just within the classroom but beyond as well. The school welcomes families from all over the world, having a current population of 60 nationalities. On top of this, no one nationality exceeds 15% of the student body at Nexus. This means that your child could be learning alongside peers in a classroom of up to 14 different nationalities!
Embracing cultural diversity through the curriculum
Nexus follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, one that is academically rigorous and recognised globally. More importantly, the IB has a neutral framework that makes it relevant and suitable for learners from different cultural backgrounds.
Cultural sharing is incorporated as part of the curriculum to give learners the chance to learn and explore different cultures. For example, the Year 3 learners recently had a Cultural Festival as part of their Unit of Inquiry. The theme of the festival was “Cultures Are Reflected Through The Arts”, where learners got to explore different cultures through art from different countries. With a ‘passport’, learners visited different ‘countries’ that are presented in the form of booths and workshops. They played traditional games from Singapore like congkak and capteh, tried Chinese calligraphy, appreciated Australian art, viewed Indian tribal Warli paintings, and even made paper turkeys to celebrate American Thanksgiving.
Celebrating cultural diversity outside the classroom
Nexus Community Group (NCG), the school’s parent group, also actively promotes cultural diversity within the school. One of the many ways the group does this is through the annual International Fair, where the whole school community gathers to share food, language, and traditions from around the world. NCG also organises weekly knowledge sharing workshops to share languages, cultural dances, and craft with parents and learners.
All these efforts work towards developing cultural intelligence in children
Living in an increasingly globalised world means that we and our children get exposed to different cultures on a frequent basis. As such, cultural intelligence, the ability to navigate culturally diverse situations, is a much sought after soft skill.
Nexus understands this, hence it goes the extra mile to ensure all its learners have opportunities to develop this skill, be it within or outside the classroom. Learners at Nexus are exposed to culturally diverse situations from as young as the Early Years, moulding them into tolerant, resilient, and responsible global citizens.
This post is in partnership with Nexus International School (Singapore).