Australian International School Singapore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Australian International School Singapore
Australian International School Singapore is located in Singapore
Australian International School Singapore
Australian International School Singapore
1 Lorong Chuan
Singapore 556 818
in Serangoon Gardens area


Coordinates1°20.740′N 103°51.630′E / 1.345667°N 103.860500°E / 1.345667; 103.860500Coordinates: 1°20.740′N 103°51.630′E / 1.345667°N 103.860500°E / 1.345667; 103.860500
School typePrivate International School
Religious affiliation(s)Multi
FounderCoral Dixon
School districtSingapore
PrincipalDr Edward Groughan
Head of schoolAndre Casson
Faculty200 academic; 72 teaching support; 50 admin (2012)
EnrolmentOver 50 nationalities, with 67% from Australia and New Zealand[1]
Average class size25
Education systemIGCSE, IB, HSC
Classes offeredprep-12
LanguageEnglish, Chinese, French and Indonesian
Hours in school day7
Campus size1000-1300m squared
HousesLachan (Devils), Derwent (Storm), Murray (Lions) and Fitzroy (Dragons)
SloganGlobally focused, Distinctly Australian
SongReach for the stars` =
MascotAIS Sharks
AccreditationIB, NSW Board of Studies, University of Cambridge IGCSE, Association of International Schools, EduTrust Singapore

The Australian International School (AIS), in Singapore is a co-educational international school in Singapore. The school is owned by Cognita. AIS is made up of three sub-schools; Early Years, an Elementary School and a Secondary School. Early Years is for children aged 2 months to 6 years. The Elementary School includes students in Prep to Year 5. The Secondary School includes Year 6 to Year 12.

In 2007 the school adopted the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and in 2009 the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for Years 6 – 9.[2] The IB curriculum is taught in conjunction with New South Wales Board of Studies syllabuses. Final year students take the New South Wales Board of Studies Higher School Certificate examinations. In 2013 AIS implemented the IGCSE curriculum and examinations for Years 9 and 10 and no longer follows the IB Middle Years Program.


The Australian International School opened on 3 February 1993 at its first campus on Mount Sophia, an area behind Plaza Singapura and the Cathay Building reconstruction. The School started under the leadership of Miss Coral Dickson with 32 students and 7 teachers, with no air-conditioning, uniform or facilities that are now taken for granted. By the end of 1993 there were over 200 students.

The school experienced rapid growth and by the end of July 1994, with numbers just over 500, the students moved to Emerald Hill, directly behind Orchard Road. Although the School was bigger and could accommodate more students it still did not have a full–sized gym, pool, theatre and other much needed facilities.

As the School continued to expand it was clear that space was running out at Emerald Hill and by the end of 1997, AIS had moved to Ulu Pandan, near Clementi, the site of the old Singapore American School, which had recently moved to a new site at Woodlands.

The School enjoyed just over 5 years at Ulu Pandan during which time it finally secured land to construct a purpose built school at Lorong Chuan, with first class facilities. In February 2002, Mr Peter Bond began as Principal of AIS. The School moved from Ulu Pandan to its final "home" at Lorong Chuan over the holidays in July 2003, with 1100 students enrolled. The school was officially opened by then Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, John Anderson and Singapore's then Acting Minister for Education, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

In October 2007, the School was purchased by the for profit Cognita Group of Schools and in July 2008, a Junior School and Preschool wing were built to house children from Preschool to Year 2 at a purpose-built facility. The campus is a bright, airy and semi-modern building with large pod spaces for group work. In 2011, a new Senior building was opened to accommodate Year 10, 11 and 12 students. This wing incorporates private study spaces, nearly 40 classrooms and a new Science, Art, Music and Technology area.

In January 2012, Dr Nick Miller took over as Principal of AIS, and the School moved to a new school structure with two sub-schools: Elementary School (Preschool, Junior School and Primary School) and Secondary School.

In March 2014, Dr Nick Miller announced his resignation as the Principal of AIS. At the end of 2014, Andre Casson took over as Principal of AIS.[3]

Currently there are roughly 2600 students enrolled and the School employs over 220 members of teaching staff.

Student body and teaching staff[edit]

Today the student body is made of over 50 different nationalities, with 66% coming from Australia and New Zealand. Very few Singaporean students attend the school as the Singaporean government's regulations prevent most of its citizens from attending international schools within the country. The average stay of a student is approximately 2–4 years and the average stay of a teacher is approximately 5–6 years.

Executive Team[edit]

The school's executive team[4] comprises:

  • Andre Casson (Head of School)
  • Edward Groughan (Principal)
  • PJ (Managing Director - Operations)
  • Eric Van Den Berg (Chief Operating Officer, Cognita Schools Asia)
  • Claire Ettinger (Director Of Marketing And Communications)
  • Anita Mahesan (Director of Finance)
  • Adam Patterson (Head of Early Years)
  • Neil Smith (Head of Elementary)
  • Kalea Haran (Head of Secondary)


AIS has been privately owned by Cognita since 2007. Cognita is a for profit international independent schools group. Founded in 2004, the Cognita family of schools now incorporates over 69 schools world-wide, with schools in the UK, Spain, South America, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, covering the age range of 3 – 18 years.


Students in AIS' Early Years programme undergo a curriculum that is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Instead of restricting students to a rigid learning format, the curriculum allows them to acquire knowledge based on their innate learning abilities[5].

Students aged three and up under the IB Primary Years Programme, an inquiry-based curriculum designed for to prepare them for elementary school.

Children aged 6 to 12 undergo the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), which develops knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes across various subjects.


  1. ^ "Information to New Staff for 2009". The Australian International School. Retrieved 6 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Official list (from the IBO) of schools in Singapore offering IB Programs". Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Australian International School Appoints New Principal". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "The School's Executive Team". Australian International School. Australian International School. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Australian International School Singapore: Developing confidence through student-led discovery". Study International. Study International. Study International. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

External links[edit]