Jul 2006    

Another milestone for ACS with opening of its school in Jakarta

JUST a year after the successful launch of ACS (International) Singapore, another school, ACS (International) Jakarta, has been added to the ACS family of schools.

This is yet another milestone in ACS history as ACS exports its brand of education beyond the shores of Singapore.

As planned and in line with the Singapore Government’s move to encourage education providers to export their services, ACS has teamed up with Sekolah Tiara Bangsa to establish ACS (International) Jakarta, a co-educational school for children between the ages of two and 18.

ACS (International) Jakarta will embrace fully the ACS brand of education to nurture the leaders and global citizens of tomorrow. It is working very closely with ACS (Independent) and ACS (Junior) to benchmark the ACS standards that encourage intellectual growth, develop spiritual growth and tolerance, recognise the importance of community, and continue the ACS tradition of excellence, commitment, service and loyalty.

Mr Tan Wah Thong, Chairman of the ACS Board of Governors, said the expansion of the ACS brand of education abroad is not a money-making venture though it is in line with the Singapore Government’s recent move to encourage education providers to export their services.

“We are driven by the same sense of mission that the founder of ACS had in setting up a school here in 1886,” he added.

Mr Daryl Forde, who has a long association with the Methodist (now Uniting) Church and schools in Australia, is the Director/ Principal of ACS (International) Jakarta.

Married with three adult children, his teaching career included spells at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, a
College of Higher Education in the UK, and more than 20 years at Wesley College where he was Associate to the Principal, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Head of Senior School and Head of the Humanities Faculty.

He was also the principal of International School (Sydney), the founding Principal of the American International School in Australia and the Consulting Principal for the Australian International School (Malaysia).

The Senior Management Team comprises the Director, Head of Secondary, Mr Michael Carroll; the Head of Primary and Early Childhood, Mrs Lynette Seymour; the Director of Tennis and Athletics, Mr Matt Wheeler; the Chief Operations and Planning Officer, Ibu Anggy; and the Co-ordinating Indonesian Principal, Ibu Capri. There will also be a Chaplain.

Drawn from the United Kingdom, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, the teaching staff are well qualified, many with second degrees and more than half have overseas qualifications and teaching experience.

ACS (International) Jakarta offers a full range of academics from preschool to university entry. The programmes will be similar to those provided in ACS (International) Singapore. Also offered are the Indonesian curriculum and examinations for those who wish to enter an Indonesian university.

Situated next to a major toll way in East Jakarta 15 minutes’ drive from Pondok Indah and Cilandak in South Jakarta, the new S$20-million campus spreads over five-and-a-half hectares. Its facilities are world class and designed specifically for the needs of children in the 21st century.

Besides more than 30 general airconditioned classrooms and specialist areas for computing, science, languages, art, music, design technology, dance and theatre arts, there are two lecture rooms, an auditorium for full stage productions or meetings, five meeting rooms, counselling offices and a chapel.

The sporting facilities include two all-weather basketball courts, eight tennis courts of which four are under cover, three football fields, a swimming pool and a fitness centre.

An indoor sports facility is also planned for construction in the near future.

In addition, there will be an early childhood centre and playground.

To find out more about ACS (International) Jakarta, you can visit www.stbangsa.org – ACS Echo.


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