Every year, the International British Academy holds its Open House affair–an event where families are invited to visit their campus to learn about I.B.A. and what they offer. It’s an avenue that gives families a first-hand look at their facilities and to familiarize themselves with the unique curriculum, program of activities, and the welcoming community.
Last Saturday, February 16, I was invited to join their Open House event at their newest Early Years Centre at Salawag, Dasmariñas, Cavite. This event is especially exciting as they gave us a tour of their brand new facility located in Salawag, Cavite–the site where the new campus will be developed in the near future.
The International British Academy (IBA) was founded as a school in November 2001, to provide a British education for English-speaking students of all nationalities from ages three to seventeen.
The school believes that while striving for academic excellence, it is crucial to bring out what is best for each child. The competent, dedicated and caring teachers guide students to develop their full intellectual, creative and physical potential with goals of fostering self-esteem, independence, intellectual curiosity, and moral character.
When we got there, we were welcomed by the Academy’s headmaster Mr. Bryan Riddin and was then introduced to Ms. Divine who gave us a tour in the school.
What makes the International British Academy better than other schools?
THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH
This is the approach used by IBA for their Early Years Education. Its approach is that how a child learns is just as important as what a child learns and this is taken into consideration when they’re planning for the projects and activities for the kids on a term.
The approach focuses on social interaction and lets the children discover their own areas of growth. Unlike the traditional method of Filipino learning where teachers follow a specific curriculum and force the child to learn it, this method builds on what the child already knows, extending their skills to develop their confidence.
I saw it with Dreu while we were there. He knew what he wanted and he played more of it than the other materials presented. Through their approach, he will learn to enhance his skills, per se, painting and the teachers will serve as a guide for the child to deepen his knowledge and understanding.
The school wanted the kids to learn while having fun. So instead of the usual, learning the ABC and numbers, they wanted to make sure the kids love the things while learning at the same time.
The kids get to have their little garden and little tools. The kids water their plants every day, watch it grow and document it happen up through harvesting. They even cook it for the kids. This means that the academy wanted the kids to learn not just academically but through real-life experiences as well.
Besides the classrooms, they bring the kids to the outdoor learning area where there is a pool, a garden, and a playground. This is where they experience learning outside the four corners of their classrooms.
The kids get to have their little garden and little tools. The kids water their plants every day, watch it grow, and document it happen up through harvesting. They even cook it for the kids. This means that the academy wanted the kids to learn not just academically but through real-life experiences as well.
Experiential Learning Center
And since they wanted the kids to learn through real-life experiences, they have an Experiential Learning Center where they will have practical contact and observation of the things. They will truly encounter the things that were taught.
The kids would also be aware of their part in the community because they have this little community for the kids. It has a fire station, hospital, market, supermarkets and the like.
Lastly, these are the things that I loved about IBA:
- A unique curriculum incorporating key aspects of the curriculum of England and Wales
- Low Student to teacher ratio which means they are focused. They have 2 teachers per 10 students which means that the kids get close pastoral
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Awesome play-area
Frequently Asked Questions
The Salawag Campus, Dasmarinas, Cavite houses the International British Academy Early Years Centre. Meanwhile, the grade school and middle school campus are in Imus, Cavite
They are pretty accommodating so it will not be hard to ask questions from them.
You may contact them here:
Tel: (046) 471-5922 or email them at [email protected]