Singapore's largest SMART school for students aged three through to 18 years will open later this year. The not-for-profit Global Schools Foundation (GSF) has announced plans for an all-through school in the Punggol Digital District (PDD) in the north-east region of Singapore.
The new seven-storey GIIS SMART school will have more than 130 classrooms powered by 'virtual classroom' e-learning technology, as well as interactive TV display panels, tablets and projectors. It will offer International Baccalaureate, IGCSE, CBSE and Montessori programmes.
Students from the GIIS Queenstown and Balestier campuses will be relocating to the new GIIS SMART Campus; the group's two other campuses, East Coast and Mountbatten, will continue to operate at their existing locations.
GIIS was Singapore's first international school for Indian expats. From a single campus in 2002, it has expanded to four locations within Singapore and a network of more than 20 campuses across seven countries. The backbone for all GIIS schools is the GSF's education methodology, which it calls Nine Gems. According to GSF, this holistic learning programme "meets the changing needs of a growing child and his/her evolving personality".
The SMART campus will be one of the first buildings in the government's Punggol Digital District, which will be a centre for digital and cyber-security industries. Its virtual approach to learning will include a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, robotics and artificial intelligence, and design technology. It will also have the latest NBA-standard sports technology and smart safety features like facial recognition.
"Students and their learning outcomes are at the heart of the design of our SMART campus, which is likely the largest of its kind in Asia and possibly the world, with technologically advanced systems that will enrich our award-winning Nine Gems model of holistic education," said Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder and Chairman of GIIS.
"This new campus has also implemented the Small Learning communities concept, which will give students an experience of a small 'school within a school' inspired by the Finnish method of education," he added.