They say the best things sometimes come in small packages - this is definitely true for SMMIS’ Secondary School...
Being the Silver Winner for Best Small School in the Singapore Education Awards 2021 means that a school is capable of delivering quality education to their students despite the faculty and campus size – and this is definitely the case for Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS).
Located in the north of Singapore, Sir Manasseh Meyer International School is a small school that has everything their bigger counterparts have to offer – and then some. In fact, you could say that it’s size is actually its strength! Here’s why we think SMMIS’ Secondary School is a hidden gem that’s definitely worth checking out:
It has a nurturing school environment
Imagine a school where everyone knows your name. Well, that’s exactly the case at SMMIS. It’s intentionally designed as a small school, where the average class size in the Secondary School is just 16. This means that every student can enjoy a personalised learning experience, as teachers can easily tailor their lessons to suit each student’s interests and capabilities, allowing them to reach their full potential.
The curriculum ensures students gain a multicultural perspective
Students at SMMIS’ Secondary School study the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Grades 6-8, followed by the iGCSE in Grades 9-10. What makes this school different is that the teachers include an international aspect in each of the units taught, so that the learning outcome is a student who is culturally aware and has a deep understanding of the world around them.
The school also offers the Global Perspectives iGCSE which teaches students about global issues and requires them to learn through collaborative team work and project based learning. This cross-curricular subject teaches students to think critically and to see things from multiple perspectives, which is a skill that will continue to benefit them beyond school and university.
They really do care about their students
For the educators and staff at SMMIS, every student is more than a number. The school has a strong pastoral team that looks after the physical and emotional wellbeing of their students. Every day starts with mindfulness – a simple exercise that can help students deal with stress, regulate their emotions, and make calm decisions. A Form Tutor is also assigned to each class, who checks in on the students daily.
SMMIS strives to be a sustainable school
The school conducts a unique “Kiss the Ground” activity, which is run throughout the year. Students work together to carry out an eco-audit of the school, learn how to fight climate change, and are even encouraged to come up with action plans for the school’s senior leadership team to make SMMIS a more sustainable school. Some of the ideas from students include planting trees around the campus, making compost from canteen food waste, as well as helping the school source for a more eco-friendly uniform supplier.
Last but not least, it has great facilities
Though it’s a small school in terms of scale, SMMIS has “big school” facilities. The state-of-the-art campus has a 450-seater auditorium, a 25m rooftop swimming pool, and even an astro turf sports pitch. There are also conducive learning spaces for students taking specialist lessons, such as a sound-proofed music rooms, two art rooms, three science labs and even a makerspace room.
If these aspects are what you’re looking for in your teenager’s school, you can book a tour with the Admissions Team to learn more about this cool school.
This post is in partnership with Sir Manasseh Meyer International School