New Gateway International School - Preparing Generations Towards Growth and Prosperity
1. Please mention about the school and its mission/vision and various infrastructural facilities.
NGIS vision is to prepare a generation of thinking and committed citizens who are capable of contributing towards Cambodia’s continued growth and prosperity. Constantly revisiting the curriculum, the school ensures that the skills and knowledge taught meet the challenges of the 21st century and the millennium goals set by the Royal Government of Cambodia. Students are exposed to International Learning Standards while preserving and retaining their Cambodian traditions, culture and identity.
New Gateway International School empowers students to achieve educational, professional and personal success through lifelong learning in our dynamic environment. Students will be prepared to be future leaders and responsible and caring members of the Cambodian society. We provide specialized, comprehensive and supportive educational experiences to foster academic integrity and encourage lifelong learning. The school boasts of a three wing multi -storey building equipped with a library , playground, sports area, ICT Room , Music Room , Art Room , Lunch Area , Nap Rooms as well as a Sick Bay. Each Air-Conditioned Class is equipped with a projector for E-learning as well as students use laptops equipped with E-Books.
2. Kindly mention about the prominent personality of the school and his/her role in the development of the school.
New Gateway International School is led by the honourable Oknha Bun Nary , a visionary who places at heart the needs of her fellow Cambodians as she strives to provide affordable education without the compromise of quality, her aim is to make it a dream come true for most Cambodians to gain access to International Education without burning a hole in their pockets .
3. Kindly describe about the various courses offered by the school and their salient features.
Broad based Curriculum .The NGIS curriculum aims to nurture each child to his/her full potential, to discover his/her talents and to develop in his/her passion of life-long learning. Students go through a broad range of experiences to develop the skills and values they will need for their lives. The broad based curriculum imparts literacy, numeracy, trilingualism, the sciences, humanities, aesthetics, physical education, and moral education.
The curriculum has been revised to address the need for common set of values, knowledge and competencies and at the same time, allow differentiation to meet the need of students with different talents and abilities. To be able to achieve the learning outcomes of each specific subject and the DOE, three broad areas are considered, namely, the curriculum, teaching strategies and assessment.
New Gateway International School is nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh ,a trilingual school that places its focus on three curriculums mainly the Early Years Learn through Play Programme , Cambridge English Primary Checkpoint and Secondary Checkpoint . The Cambridge Checkpoint is an intermediary stage for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) students in which they build on their understanding and skills in English, Science and Mathematics. Examinations , the Cambodian Education Academic Programme which is endorsed by the Ministry of Education ,Youth and Sports of Cambodia (MOEYS ). The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is the government ministry responsible for promoting and regulating education, youth and sport development, in Cambodia and followingly the Chinese Programme which accords the HSK certification .The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test, is the standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency of China for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese.
The Cambridge framework provides curricula for the key subjects of English (or English as an Additional Language), Mathematics and Science. Other subjects are based upon the English National Curriculum. They include Art, Geography, History, ICT (Computers), Music, Physical Education, and Personal and Social Education
4. Please mention what steps are you taking beyond the traditional curriculum to ensure overall development of the students?
-Focusing on Critical Thinking Skills which helps students to be Future Ready with the current global needs and demands of Practical skills.
-Combining both Practical Application and Theoretical Knowledge is essential for learning . For instance ,students are encouraged by teachers to apply the concept of knowledge in their daily lives and this is evident during a Mathematics lesson of Area and Perimeter ,students start of by measuring their classrooms or return home to measure and calculate a space at their homes to give them the ability to apply skills learnt in instead of solely solving Mathematical Problems in the Textbooks. Students also build 3D Mathematical shapes from recyclable materials in an aim to inculcate the healthy habit of recycling, stimulating creativity as well as being innovative. During an English Lesson, a cooking session enables students to use the Sequence Connectors to practice their speaking Skills to further harness their comprehension of the English Language as well as Proficiency. NGIS Teachers strike a fine balance between inductive and deductive lesson preparation in teaching and learning , possibly steering majorly towards the inductive methods .Our students are able to confidently present their findings on assigned topics related to a Subject or a Topic in English, Chinese and Khmer which promotes trilingualism besides preparing for the rigorous Examinations and Tests .
-At NGIS we integrate our Cambridge based Curriculum alongside Project Based Learning (PBL) a student-centered pedagogy concept ideal for our Adolescent learners and Young Learners alike. This enables students various opportunities to conduct projects, researches, findings and experiments based on topics learnt. For our young learners , Teachers are utilizing Visual Arts and Music to engage and stimulate learner’s interest for example the Time’s Table Rap and The Healthy Food Pyramid Chant.
21st Century Learning- Usage of E-Books , Laptops and Google Classroom as a Platform for E-Learning . Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic NGIS was competent enough to continue Online Learning via an array of platforms such as Zoom , Telegram , Google Classroom , Google Hang Outs. Student enrollment was maintained as lessons were conducted as usual based on the regular on Campus Programmes. Classes are equipped with projectors and desktops in addition to students using their laptops.
5. What steps does the school take to motivate and develop the students’ interest towards education?
New Gateway International School or as it is reckoned as NGIS enhances the learners experience by engaging the concepts of STEM which is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics this is an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Students take part in STEM SECONDARY exhibitions that range from PERFORM STEM Primary and Secondary, Performing Arts which includes song ,dance and the playing of instruments that revolve around a Scientific theme . STEM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ART CONTEST which provides a platform for students to express their Scientific and Mathematical ability via Art.
NGIS students also engage in International Competitions such as the OWLYPIA – The Intellectuals’ Challenge is an international platform for students aged 9-11 (Owlins), 12-14 (Owlets) and 15-18 (Owlys). This platform is where you think, write, discuss and enjoy! . Subjects of interest includes Art and Design, Economics and Business, Literature and Culture, Science and Technology and Social Sciences which complements the subjects strand and sub strand in the Cambridge Curriculum . The aims are to inspire intellectual curiosity and develop research skills and academic confidence in young minds.
Besides applying the concept of STEM the school also focuses on holistic learning concepts that impart the importance of respect , understanding , empathy and our highly competitive students at NGIS enjoy partaking in the IMEC (International Mathematics Exam Center) a Mathematics Competition conducted annually and organized by the committee of IMEC. The mission is to advance the understanding of Mathematics.
NGIS partakes in Public Speaking Competitions organized by Springboard Cambodia which aims to improve the capacity of critical thinking, public speaking as well as debating skills. Students learn to engage academically, but also to think out of the box ,to learn and thrive in challenging academic settings beyond the classroom.
Our Senior Management Leaders possess extensive experience in the education arena enabling them to enhance and fine tune the curriculum development process . The capability of trilingualism is also evident as the Educators consist of a multinational team , most of who are competent to communicate in array of languages such as English , Chinese (Mandarin), French , Dutch ,Deutsch ,and Spanish .
6.How are you providing financial assistance to the students in need?
NGIS offers educational scholarships for potential students with stellar results students who are in Grade 9 .
7. What are the career opportunities available to the students after completion of their courses?
At NGIS our students are able to pursue conventional careers and non- conventional careers. Career fields include those in Science and Engineering , Liberal Arts and IT.
8. Other than traditional, occupations, what other career field options are available for them?
Biotechnology , Animation , Research and Development in Health Sciences, Fashion Studies , Digital Arts as well as careers in Green Energy hence the incorporation of STEM.
9. Please enlighten us about the school’s major awards/achievements, its accomplished/renowned alumni, remarkable collaborations, and major accreditations.
Under -12 Cambodian Cup
Participating STEM School
PERFORM STEM PRIMARY – Musical performance feature
PERFORM STEM SECONDARY – Scientific Rap performance feature
OWLYPIA GOLD AWARD (OWLETS) Category.
First Virtual STEM Challenge Award Category Winner- Social Sciences and Public Health
Finalist for MOEYS Mathematics and Science Olympiad held in Vietnam
Public Speaking Champion in Phnom Penh Cambodia
Full Band 6 Scores in Primary and Secondary Checkpoint Examinations.
Cambridge Exams Preparation Centre -Silver Certification and Accreditation by Cambridge
Collaboration with Bright Education Cambodia as the Local Host and Organiser of the Local Owlypia Rounds ,
Collaborations with Bright Education for Tertiary Education Opportunities.
10.Kindly elaborate about the future plans of the school in the same.
NGIS plans to possibly introduce Cambridge C.E.M and Cambridge IGCSE alongside the current Checkpoint Examinations , Chess Competitions , Fashion Studies ,Tertiary Education Counselling Club, Performing Arts, Upgrading of Science Laboratories and Sports ground. Introduction of STEM International Olympiad . Introduction of possible Foreign Languages , NGIS is in the process of building and establishing more campuses in the near future.