To provide an outstanding international educational experience, that enables students to develop into successful and creative global citizens and future leaders.
To ensure every child meets their full potential by developing their intellect, character, and well-being through community collaboration in an exceptional learning environment.
We believe a truly international school not only has international teachers, students, curriculum in a world-class facility, but it also embeds an international perspective that embraces a global community.
The belief that education is a shared responsibility is an important part of our philosophy. Learning occurs through engagement with other children, with adults and with the larger community. It takes a village to raise a child.
Our village approach is built on fostering relationships of open communication, a desire to know one another, and work together to provide the best care and experiences for our children.
I am delighted to welcome you to the International Village School Chennai
The wise old proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is reflected in the philosophy of our school. We believe the true nature of education is a collaboration between child, parent, school and community. This is even more poignant in today’s fast-paced and technology focused world. The village is now global and we must prepare our children to be future leaders of it
Therefore, our most important endeavour is to facilitate a lifelong love of learning in our children. This will enable them to be creative, critical-thinking problem solvers and to be equipped with the confidence and skills to thrive in the modern world.
We are very proud to announce that we are an International Baccalaureate *Candidate school for the Primary Years Programme effective from 1 March, 2019. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
When you visit our school you will experience the family friendly environment which we pride ourselves to say is ‘small enough to care, but big enough to inspire’. Your child will be recognised as a unique individual and a significant member of the IVS family.
We openly welcome you to come and see for yourself the wonderful family atmosphere and attention to detail that will allow us to ensure your child meets their full potential. Please feel free to attend any of our open days or make an appointment for a personal tour of our school.
*Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
Our purpose-designed building has been thoughtfully created with young learners in mind, providing an environment that truly supports each child's learning.
The facility offers a multitude of teaching-learning opportunities in well planned and spacious classrooms. All of our classrooms are filled with natural light and open to their own outdoor area. The multisensory play spaces allow each child's learning to be led by their natural curiosity.
Classrooms are all connected to a large central atelier space, designed to promote the various learning objectives for early childhood through an exploratory approach. The various zones in the atelier provide the perfect setting for children to experience, inquire, and interacts as they build on their understanding of concepts.
Our outdoor playground is designed to allow children to enjoy their childhood and engage in unstructured play in a natural environment. The playground and swimming pool helps children develop a love for being physically active.
A student-centered, holistic and inquiry based learning approach challenges our students to construct a deeper meaning and understanding of concepts. Skills and strategies are learned through systematic instructions and applied in engaging project work, investigations and authentic activities with a blend of child guided and teacher guided learning.
To assist in the delivery of this approach, we are using the International Baccalaureate framework of inquiry based learning for the Primary Years Program (IB PYP - ages 3 to 12) leading to the Middle Years Program (IB MYP - ages 12 to 16) and resulting in the IB Diploma Program (IB DP - ages 16-19).
We believe, that to prepare children for life and to develop a mindset for the challenges of the future, students need a holistic learning experience. Our five learning areas provide a well- rounded educational program that empowers our students to follow the path towards their passions, aspirations, purpose, and personal success.
The Five Holistic Elements lead students to a deeper level of inquiry and understanding, confidence in their skills and abilities. Students grow personally, develop social skills, and acquire a sense of well-being.
In early childhood we have in place a Reggio Emilia The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that utilizes self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. inspired program. It offers a nurturing environment that is learner centered, with an emphasis on exploration and inquiry through play based learning. A foundation for emotional, social, physical and intellectual learning is set through developmentally responsive approaches and a stimulating environment.
Classrooms connect to a large central atelier, where students can interact and explore a variety of materials to stimulate creativity and wonderment. The atelier is designed to engage students in various learning experiences through story telling, art, imagination and discovery.
Outdoor experiences are an integral part of student learning, where the design of classrooms extend to the outdoor learning environment. Students engage in sensorial experiences and build their understanding on the different foundational concepts as they play in the mud kitchen and sandpit areas using various metric aids and references. Children explore music through the different outdoor installations that are set naturally on our campus.
Our instructional approach has a balance of inquiry and systematic instruction. Students deepen their understanding of concepts , develop communication skills and engage in higher level thinking by collaborating, investigative thinking, and problem solving through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and project based learning approach. Our tinkering workspace promotes creativity to envision, plan, test and iterate upon ideas.
Students will have scheduled lessons with the home room teacher for language arts, science, math and social studies. Computer science, world languages, health and physical education, visual and performing arts, would be taught by specialist teachers.
Outdoor experiences are an integral part of student learning, where the design of classrooms extend to the outdoor learning environment. Students engage in sensorial experiences and build their understanding on the different foundational concepts as they play in the mud kitchen and sandpit areas using various metric aids and references.
The rigorous international curriculum engages students in meaningful learning with a balance of inquiry and systematic learning. Instructional approaches will incorporate best practices such as using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) interdisciplinary learning with a project-based approach. Our tinkering workspace promotes creativity to envision, plan, test and iterate upon ideas. Our curricular areas include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, computer science, health and physical education,world languages, visual and performing arts.
Our middle school educational program will have the essential attributes and characteristics as set out by the Association for Middle Level Education. We will ensure that students at this age are well supported, guided, and challenged as they navigate through adolescence with our robust advisory program.
Our curriculum is a blend of the American Education Reaches Out standards-based framework and the UK National curriculum to ensure seamless transition to our high school programs.
IVS Chennai is pursuing world-renowned international programs; an International Certificate for grades 9 and 10, and an International Diploma for grade 11 and 12. These programs would provide our graduates with excellent educational preparation to pursue their aspirations and future endeavours.
To help graduates be balanced, well rounded and civic minded, our high school academic program will be broadened and complemented by our enrichment program.
Through active participation in initiatives and projects, students will practice and develop good judgement, refine their values, and reflect on their role and impact on the environment. Students will grow in their confidence as they are empowered to act as advocates for the environment within our community.
We will engage in both local and global projects that will occur at all grade levels, building in complexity, student initiative, and leadership. Our projects will range from managing our on-campus recycling, to planting trees, to larger scaled initiatives. Our students will have authentic, hands-on experience in conservation efforts and with the challenges of pollution and environmental degradation.
Students have access to explore our Environmental Awareness Centre. Here the aquaponic facility relies on a symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. The plants are enriched with the nutrient rich water from the fish tank, and the plant beds filter the waste, and return clean water to the fish. It is a highly efficient system for the optimal utilization of water. The Centre is a great platform to explore, research and facilitate the integration of STEAM into our curriculum. All children will have the opportunity to plant seeds to grow trees to further increase the biodiversity in our neighbourhood.
We further demonstrate our commitment to the environment by:
All activities offered by our staff are free of charge. There may be a cost associated with some activities, where the instructor is from outside of our school community, the participant’s parents pay this fee.
Clubs including astronomy, robotics, chess, world-language club, brain-games, etc. based on interest and appropriate adult leaders.
Recreational activities Students may participate in bird walks, table tennis, yoga, jump rope/double-dutch, dance, and cardio / strength training opportunities based on interest and appropriate adult leaders.
Visual and performing arts including drama, arts and crafts, music exploration, choir, etc.
Student leadership will provide a variety of opportunities that are age appropriate to encourage and foster students to develop their leadership skills.
Our teaching community has members from around the world coming together with the same hopes and aspirations for children to become caring, happy, healthy and successful global citizen. Students are prepared to deal with a globally connected world when they have an appreciation of multiple perspectives, a cross cultural understanding and openness to new experiences by developing a growth mindset.
A strong team of qualified professional administrative and teaching staff have come together to create a place of excellent learning experiences in a joyful environment. The education and well-being of our students is the primary responsibility of the team.
We know that teachers and staff are the heart & soul of the school, please feel free to browse our website and learn more about IVS, our campus and the opportunities available for living and working in Chennai. Interested in being a part of our village? You are welcome to apply here.
Peter Bird is a dedicated Principal who has built his reputation for establishing high quality schools both in the UK and the Middle East. His passion is creating a rich and varied learning space allowing pupils to embrace cultural diversity. He has a keen understanding of parent’s aspirations, pupils’ needs and the importance of school collaboration in building a distinctive international school community.
Josephine has spent over 30 years as an administrator across various sectors, including Education and International Development. As the former Director of Personnel of one of the biggest international schools in Chennai, she brings her expertise and experience in building a cosmopolitan educational institution in Chennai and her passion for creating an inclusive and multicultural environment to the school.
Kristin Moll is an enthusiastic teacher whose kindness, curiosity and creativity guide her classroom instruction. She has built strong classroom communities over the past five years in South Korea, Vietnam and the United States. She excels at building relationships with her students and their families as a foundation for her student’s academic success. She also loves trying new and innovative ways to motivate her students to learn and work toward their potential.
Kylee Noland is an experienced and engaging teacher. She has taught in the United States and France. She teaches her students to be creative, deep thinkers and bold innovators; collaborative team players and assertive leaders. She does this by instilling a love for learning and guiding them into becoming compassionate global citizens.
Sushmitha is an energetic and enthusiastic administrator with previous work experience in the manufacturing and service industry. She is a dedicated individual with strong focus towards people and task management. With a masters' certification in business administration from the University of Western Sydney, she brings her cross-cultural experience to suit her current role as an administrative assistant at the International Village School.
Shauna Derrickson is an international educator with 19 years of experience in leading students to discover their true potential. She models a caring approach to learning and encourages students to be open-minded and to connect with their community, both in the classroom and beyond. She structures the learning around actively engaging students in the inquiry process so that students become courageous thinkers that are capable of innovation. She has taught in the USA, Thailand, Venezuela, Abu Dhabi UAE and India.
Ms. Bhagirathy Dharmaraj is a dedicated and compassionate Teaching Assistant who believes that every child is special in his/her unique way and deserves the best education and care. She has 7 years of experience working as a Teaching Assistant and an Inclusion Support Assistant in several well established international schools and nurseries across the Middle East region. She considers herself a global citizen with a vision to provide outstanding support to learners in their quest to become "global leaders."
Saranya is an enthusiastic teacher with five years' experience of teaching in multicultural early childhood centres in both India and New Zealand. She is passionate about supporting each child in their individual learning style and empowering them to be the best they can be. She enjoys good relationships with children and their families and aims to create engaging environments for children that contributes to the growth of a broad range of competencies, including a love of learning, a comfortable sense of oneself, and positive social skills that children can use for a lifetime.
Rufina is in her first year as a Teaching Assistant. She looks forward to communicating and collaborating with children from different nationalities. She is an enthusiastic assistant, who believes that teachers are lifelong learners who co-construct knowledge with children and learn with them. She wishes to work as a team with the teachers, and build wonderful relationships with the children and their families.
Pamina Becker is a passionate teacher, who understands that the first years of education are the most important ones. Therefore, her studies focused largely on Educational and Developmental Psychology.
As an early childhood caregiver and specialist educator, Pamina paves the way for every child to be motivated to learn and explore for their whole life. Early childhood education hinges on a healthy relationship based on trust; to build these relationships is one of Pamina’s main strengths and her empathy and kindness are key to her success.
Her formal educational training has illustrated that all children develop at their own rate and this is most clearly prominent from 1 to 5 years old. Therefore, there is a high level of differentiation in her classroom which has led to her motto: “No one shall be left behind”. Her pupils quickly grow to love the caring and nurturing learning environment that she carefully creates. Pupils are happy and confident in Pamina’s class resulting in making an excellent start to their own personal educational journey for life.
Sandra Moran is a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience both at home in Ireland and internationally. Her high levels of personal work ethic were shown right from the start at Trinity College, Dublin, where she graduated with a first-class honours’ degree and was awarded life scholar status. She shows compassion and professional consideration with both pupils and team members which greatly assist her in creating positive learning provisions. She is always dedicated and driven to achieve the highest possible results.
Sandra’s career has grown from a single language teacher to covering multi subject and into middle management as Department Head. She has a proven track record in establishing new international provisions in education. Sandra has joined IVS as the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, to oversee the IBMYP (Middle Years Programme) in our second phase new school building due to start early in 2020.
Sandra firmly believes that to develop a new school provision, you need to hold collaboration close to your heart. In line with IVS & IB philosophy, she will involve the school community in the establishment of the new school phase.
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