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SIA Lifelong Skills | August 21, 2023

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Pioneering Education: The First School to Integrate Lifelong Skills into its Curriculum——Empowering Our Students for a Dynamic Future: Introducing Lifelong Skills at Singapore International Academy


Dear Esteemed Parents,


n today's rapidly evolving world, where change is the only constant, preparing our children to not just navigate, but thrive, becomes paramount. As the Founding Headmaster of Singapore International Academy, I am excited to share an innovative and progressive step we are taking to ensure our students are equipped with the essential tools to excel in life: the incorporation of lifelong skills into our assessment-based curriculum. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to provide a holistic education that goes beyond academics, shaping well-rounded individuals ready to conquer the challenges of the modern world.


The Essence of Lifelong Skills in the Modern World


The landscape of success has transformed, demanding more than just a mastery of traditional subjects. Lifelong skills, often referred to as essential life skills, are the unseen forces that underpin personal growth, interpersonal relationships, and professional success. In today's interconnected world, the ability to communicate effectively, adapt to change, and problem-solve creatively is just as crucial as excelling in mathematics or science. Lifelong skills are the threads that weave resilience, empathy, and leadership, fostering confident individuals capable of making meaningful contributions.


Why Lifelong Skills Matter at Singapore International Academy


At Singapore International Academy, we believe in nurturing the full spectrum of talents within each student. While traditional subjects lay the foundation, lifelong skills provide the scaffold upon which their futures are built. Our pioneering approach aims to create a generation of self-reliant, adaptable, and compassionate global citizens. Through extensive research and consultation, we have meticulously chosen lifelong skills that reflect the evolving demands of the world and empower students to not just survive, but thrive, in any situation.


A Comprehensive Curriculum for a Dynamic Tomorrow



Our commitment to this endeavor is reflected in our curriculum expansion. We are thrilled to announce that we are the first international school to integrate a wide array of lifelong skills into our assessment-based curriculum. These skills include:


1. Understanding Basic Taxes and Personal Finance: Equipping students with the financial literacy to manage their resources effectively.


2. Public Speaking: Instilling confidence and effective communication skills.


3. Self-Defence and Survival Skills: Promoting personal safety and resilience.


4. Basic Home Repairs and Vehicle Maintenance: Fostering practical problem-solving abilities.


5. Stress Management and Timekeeping: Nurturing emotional well-being and time management.


6. Cooking for Survival: Encouraging self-sufficiency and healthy living.


7. Understanding Insurance and Electronics Assembly: Preparing for unforeseen challenges and technological fluency.


8. Designing with Basic Materials: Cultivating creativity and resourcefulness.


9. Self-awareness, Relationship and Wellness: Developing the habit of routinely reflecting on and evaluating oneself.


We are committed to enriching this list further in the future, constantly aligning with the dynamic needs of the world.


The Holistic Connection: Why Lifelong Skills Matter


Incorporating lifelong skills into our curriculum doesn't dilute the importance of traditional subjects; it enhances it. Lifelong skills complement academic excellence, amplifying the value of subjects like English, Math, Science, and languages. They empower students to not just excel in exams, but to excel in life. After all, a brilliant mathematician who struggles to communicate effectively or manage stress is at a disadvantage in a world that demands holistic proficiency.


As Nelson Mandela aptly put it, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." We are taking this quote to heart by ensuring our students wield not only the weapon of knowledge but also the tools of empathy, adaptability, and resilience.


In conclusion, our commitment to introducing lifelong skills at Singapore International Academy reflects our dedication to shaping future leaders, innovators, and problem solvers. We are excited about the prospect of nurturing well-rounded individuals who can face any challenge with confidence and determination. Together, let's empower our children to not only create a future for themselves but also to shape the future of our world.


Warm regards,


Senior Leadership Team

Singapore International Academy