Fiona who is originally from Northern Ireland graduated from University of Brighton with a BA (Hons) in Physical Education with QTS. She has been working as an educator for the last 20 years and has taught across various subjects at all age levels, from Early Childhood through to Post 16, in both England and Northern Ireland.
Upon moving to Singapore, 8 years ago, Fiona has been teaching primary level in an international setting. She is currently developing her teaching career by undertaking a Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education.
Fiona is passionate about inclusive education and believes that every child belongs in a classroom community learning alongside each other and can benefit from an individualised approach to learning.
Fiona has 2 young daughters who keep her very busy! Fiona enjoys reading, travelling with her family and has a love of sport.
At OWIS, we welcome so many diverse students and families into our community. Our teachers play one of the most vital roles in teaching each student to respect others and foster an atmosphere of kindness throughout the day.
Our diversity and atmosphere of respect and kindness arise naturally from our faculty's own diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our teachers have professional work experience from different international educational environments. In addition, we also provide professional development programmes for their continuous self-improvement. These help them to create a learning-conducive environment for students.
In some school environments (not OWIS), a significant number of students report that they don't feel like they belong. For example, about one in five students surveyed by an Australian educational research council said they did not feel accepted or belonged in their school. This result would be absolutely unacceptable at OWIS. OWIS teachers and staff devote their efforts to ensuring that all students feel supported, respected and accepted by their peers and the teachers themselves.
Ample amounts of research have indicated that when students feel that they belong at a school, they actively engage in academic and other pursuits and form strong friendships and bonds with teachers and other students. Other important benefits of schools and teachers making an effort to engage and involve all students include:
As a multicultural international school, OWIS is committed to ensuring that all staff have adequate and relevant training to make a meaningful contribution to our school community. This benefits the students and their sense of belonging at school in the following ways:
Our participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme comes with benefits for teachers as well as learners. OWIS teachers may choose IB professional development workshops in many categories that can strengthen their classroom and interpersonal skills. Many of the workshops help build student engagement and consequently, their sense of belonging in the classroom and on campus. Here are a few examples of IB Teacher Training workshops at OWIS:
We believe that professional development is an essential part of teacher training and skills. Further, OWIS is a collaborative workplace and our teachers and senior leadership team provide support and advice to each other in any situations that arise.
When students are happy to come to school, it reflects well on our school curricula, our environment, our philosophy and importantly, our teacher community. Happy, engaged learners is the goal we all are working towards at OWIS every single day.