Michelle has a BA (Hons) in History and South Asian Studies from North London University and PGCE from Middlesex University. She began teaching across all three primary key stages. Michelle began her school leadership career in 2002, when she became the Deputy Head Teacher of a large primary school in North London and spent four wonderful years there before relocating to India in 2005.
Her first international position was the Head of Primary of a local/international school in Bangalore in Southern India, where she introduced the Cambridge International Primary Programme and Checkpoint. Michelle then spent 6 years in China and 3 years in Ethiopia developing curriculum and assessment practices.
Michelle believes that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities. While she recognises that outstanding academic achievement is the ultimate goal, she feels it is just as important to build self-esteem, instill character and encourage a global outlook in every child. Michelle believes that learning transcends the classroom environment and is passionate about educational visits and extra-curricular experiences.
Michelle is married with four children - Ana, Hindya, Bille and Markos. The Dickinson family have a sense of adventure and love of life. They particularly enjoy the outdoors, family holidays, making friends, good weather, camping and exploring and are delighted to be at OWIS.
It's a well-known and accepted school of thought that being kind to someone increases their happiness. But did you know being kind also makes you feel better? Research performed by Oxford University and published at Kindness.org attests to this truth. Kindness is a win-win for both giver and receiver, which is why it holds such a position of high esteem at One World International School (OWIS). OWIS is a kindness-led school. As such, we encourage and reward acts of kindness every day from our academic staff, our administration and our students. In this way, we strive to build a positive atmosphere that's stress-free and conducive to learning.
However, just because kindness is an important characteristic for parents to nurture in their own child, is it really important enough to justify weaving it throughout an entire school curriculum? And if so, why?
Here is our line of thinking on the role of kindness in the OWIS classroom to help parents and prospective students better understand our methods and how they may benefit from them throughout life.
There are as many benefits to being the recipient of kindness as there are arguments for being kind. Simply stated:
For these reasons, we always emphasise and reward acts of kindness in and out of the classroom.
The OWIS classroom is far different from the traditional classroom in many ways. Not only are students encouraged to take responsibility for their achievements, but they're encouraged to share and to be actively engaged with the material and with other students. And these interactions are always made better when kindness is present. We reinforce this idea in various ways, including:
There are age-appropriate activities and lessons that embrace kindness for every grade level, from our Primary Years Programme through to CAS projects in IB Diploma and our elected IB Diploma Kindness Ambassadors. The authentic promotion of student agency also encourages and allows children to spread kindness wherever they see a need within the community.
OWIS children don't dread going to school. They eagerly embrace it as an opportunity to meet new friends, achieve new goals, and learn new methods and ideologies. It's this feature that has helped to make us a top international school in Singapore for hundreds of families who come from all around the world.
One World International School has built a solid reputation for quality and excellence in education. And much of that stems from the core values we teach. As a values-led school, our focus on accepting responsibility, striving for achievement, embracing diversity and always treating others with respect are at the centre of our success. As a result, students who graduate from OWIS become voices for good in the world. We're cultivating a generation of leaders who exhibit impeccable judgment, empathy and understanding in everything they do. And interwoven through it all runs the common thread of kindness.
At OWIS, your child will be free to question and explore, draw conclusions and test theories. They'll gain an advantage from our culturally diverse student body that will benefit them for the rest of their life. They'll learn about kindness and acceptance and discover how to make meaningful changes within their community. We invite you and your child to join us on this exciting journey.
If you're interested in learning more about how One World International School can help your child achieve great and wonderful things in and out of the classroom, talk with our admission counsellor today, or register for a virtual tour of our campuses.