Secondary School

Developing a deeper understanding

In the Secondary School, students are taught by subject specialists for each individual subject, and in subject specialist venues. Throughout the day, students will move from lesson to lesson and teacher to teacher. Science lessons are taught in our high tech Science laboratories to enable students to carry out practical experiments to enrich their learning experiences. Each subject area has a classroom in which the learning environment supports the subject content through subject specific resources and vibrant learning displays. All students participate in the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA), and attend an Enrichment lesson each week. Students meet with their Form Tutors each day and follow a programme of activities dedicated to
pastoral care (PSHE), this enables Form Tutors to check-in on the well-being of the students daily. We offer
a rigorous Secondary School programme and are very proud that in 2023 over half our students
received A*-A and a grand total of 87% of the class obtained B grade or above.

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International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC Ages 11-14)

The IMYC focuses on building skills that students will need as they move toward adulthood. This curriculum enables students to make sense of what they are learning, as well as to connect and collaborate with others. Each unit has a theme, which helps students to engage with subjects from adaptability to identity, curiosity, tradition and discovery. These Big Idea challenges push students to think broader and to connect subjects and themes together in new ways. The IMYC is based on neuroscientific research of what the adolescent brain requires by following a specific process of learning that helps your child to become a better organiser and planner. Your child will be set learning goals that will develop knowledge, skills and understanding, personal goals that help them connect and grow, and international learning goals that give students a clearer sense of their place in a global community.

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International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Ages 14-16)

SMMIS proudly delivers the Cambridge iGCSE, the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 30 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide. Individualised learning is at the heart of the education that we provide at SMMIS. Our commitment to ensuring the holistic development of every student, to guarantee their well-being, creates a secure and healthy environment in which to tackle the academic rigour of the iGCSE exams. Our expert subject specialists create dynamic learning environments which inspire students’ curiosity about the world, allowing them to flourish academically. The iGCSE pathway will facilitate and enable the next steps of our students’ education, wherever life may lead them. We offer a competitive programme and are very proud that in 2023 over half our students received A*-A and a grand total of 87% of the class obtained B grade or above.

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National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA)

In 2022 SMMIS launched the NYAA programme for our Secondary School students. The NYAA programme is designed to allow youth to engage themselves in the community and learn beyond what they do in the classroom. It equips the students with skills which will allow them to contribute back to the community, cultivate habits that will keep them mentally and physically healthy, as well as better appreciate nature. As part of their NYAA, the students work in groups to engage in 20 hours of service learning and to plan fundraising events to raise money to donate for their chosen charity.

Secondary School: Annual Service Journey

At SMMIS we call our fieldtrips ‘Learning Journeys’ because they are designed for our students to not only enjoy the awe and wonder of visiting a new place but also to grow and learn whilst there. Each year our Secondary School students are offered an amazing opportunity to participate in a Service Journey in Southeast Asia. The carefully crafted activities give our students a sense of a world much bigger than themselves. The programmes include a balance of sightseeing, meeting local communities and participating in service activities.

Last year this included visiting an orphanage, teaching English in a local school in Northern Thailand, a fascinating visit to the Tham Luang Caves, as well as attending to the needs of the elephants at an Ethical Elephant Sanctuary. The students learnt about the importance of Healing the World, one step at a time. Of course, they also enjoyed breathtaking hikes, bike rides, waterfalls, zip lining and some shopping in the Night Market.

Our trips are always a true reflection of the SMMIS values of the importance of teamwork, the responsibility of being a Global Citizen, being part of a community, taking responsibility for yourself and those around you and Tikun Olam, Healing the World.

Co-Curricular and After-School Activities Programme

Research has shown that participation in after-school activities benefits children physically, psychologically and socially. Furthermore, participation in after-school activities can positively contribute to a balanced school day, offering students a multitude of ways to further develop and foster their own creativity, develop their collaborative and interpersonal skills and finally, release their energy and enthusiasm into a productive and fun activity. Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to offer a wide range of after-school activities and we look forward to your child’s active participation.

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