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SMITIS Newsletter

PNDSDP ARM Special Edition: 3 June, 2013

Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School Our purpose is to develop internationally-minded and life-long learners who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect, and strive to be: inquirers; knowledgeable; thinkers; communicators; principled; open-minded; caring; risk-takers; balanced; and reflective. Welcome to our special edition to celebrate the 2013 PNGSPD ARM. Our vision at SMITIS is to provide for all its students, a learning environment that:

Our aim is to support and promote the SMIT and SDP missions, and Western Province and PNG visions by making a very real difference in school education and providing the future leaders for this great country. Please feel free to contact me ( if you would like to know more about the SMITIS advantage. I appreciate your interest in SMITIS.

• provides high quality educational programs, guided by skilled and dedicated teachers, using innovative teaching and learning methods and the latest technologies to promote excellence;

Dr Ken Darvall (Principal)

• encourages each student to pursue personal and academic excellence to his or her maximum potential in a caring school environment;

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• develops a strong and productive relationship between our staff and our parents which recognises the fundamental importance of the shared responsibilities of parents and teachers for the education of the young and which responds to the expectations and aspirations parents have for their children; and

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• provides students with an excellent foundation for lifelong learning. Students are our focus at SMITIS. The IB programs (PYP & MYP) that will be implemented at SMITIS from 2013 also have the student as a learner at the core of each. SMITIS Newsletter: Special PNGSDP ARM Edition - 3 June, 2013


Communicator is one of our core values at SMITIS and one of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Being a communicator means that students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively, in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Making A Difference Why should schooling and educational standards be any different in PNG to anywhere else in the world? At SMITIS, the importance of early childhood education is promoted through our Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged 3-5 years. Studies have shown that a child’s earliest years of development are the most critical. Since children are most receptive to information at a young age, early learning exposure plays an essential role in fostering mental development. The first five years of a child's life are when they do their most important learning. In fact, children develop most of their intellect, personality and skills by the age of five. Providing access to high-quality, affordable, early-education programs is one of the best ways to ensure positive outcomes for children. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Wise words spoken, but even more specifically, early learning education is a far greater tool for success.The early years are critically important for children, and learning is most effective

We encourage all of our students to be caring at home and at school. Weekly awards are presented to students who demonstrate Learner Profile attributes. Other attributes include: inquirer; caring; thinker; knowledgeable; balanced; inquirer; principled; open-minded; and risk-taker. At SMITIS we adopt the 48-hour rule. If there is an issue or problem, let the relevant people know within 48 hours, so that issues can be resolved.

when it begins at a young age and continues to adulthood. Helping young students realise their potential is ultimately an investment in PNG’s future and needs to start early.

Teaching Vacancies Tabubil, in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, is the mining town of Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) and is the safest and cleanest town in PNG. The vision for a sustainable Tabubil is that it will be transformed into a mixed economy college town, led by the Star Mountains Institute of Technology (SMIT). SMIT’s mission is to provide research, education and training that support sustainable development for the benefit of the people of Tabubil, the Western Province and Papua New Guinea. To achieve its mission SMIT will evolve into an internationally renowned, multisite, multi-discipline research and learning institution with local, national and international partners. The SMIT International School (SMIT IS) is a private international school providing an Early Learning Centre and Grades K – 8, with plans for expansion to G10, for around 300 children. SMIT

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IS is currently a Candidate Primary Years Program and Interested Middle Years Program School, pursuing authorisation as an International Baccalaureate World School. SMIT is seeking high-quality teachers who would like to relocate to Tabubil and contribute to the growth and success of the SMIT International School. You must have a recognised qualification for teaching in PNG primary schools. Preference will be given to teachers with PYP/MYP experience and who possess Australian teaching qualifications.The benefits package for the position is highly attractive, with competitive salaries, furnished accommodation, or an accommodation allowance, return airfares for the employee and eligible dependents, school fee subsidies for eligible children and medical insurance. Positions offer a 3-year renewable contract.A Position Description is available from Ms Makara, SMIT HR Officer at or +675 6494600. Further information about SMIT International School can be sought from the Principal, Dr Ken Darvall at or +675 6499233. Making a difference means taking action.Interested? Apply today.


2013 PRIORITIES IB • • • •

PYP Candidate School Preauthorisation visit in T4 MYP Interested School ManageBac

Upskilling • All staff are expected to upskill Groundsmen will require various certificates/skill sets Teaching assistants need to consider possible teaching training National teachers need to look at Australian teaching qualifications Further studies and IB courses will be important for expat teachers All staff need to start thinking about how they can upskill and what is required. Identity & Reputation • The importance of what we do, how we communicate and what is achieved in the classroom. • SMITIS: friendly caring, personal, happy school Lighthouse school • Assisting other schools to improve school education in PNG. Teamwork • Collaborative planning Intranet and Internet • Communication is transparent • Intranet is our knowledge base • Internet connectivity enables IWB use SMITIS Development • Secondary expansion planning • Effective maintenance and grounds improvement program SMITIS Newsletter: Special PNGSDP ARM Edition - 3 June, 2013


Say hello with a photo! Missing families and friends? What better way to say hello than showing the beauty of Tabubil and the culture of Western Province!

You may purchase the postcards at the SMITIS Office for K3 each or K15 for a set of 7.

A project of the SMITIS Parents & Wantoks Association

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The International Baccalaureate

IB @ SMITIS In 2011, Tabubil International School (TIS) hosted a Preliminary Visit by IB as an Interested PYP School. At the time, TIS decided not to pursue

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an exciting set of educational programs offered in more than two thousand school schools in over 120 countries around the world.

Candidacy status.

The programs focus on student-centred inquiry-

As TIS transforms into SMITIS from 1/1/13, an application for PYP Candidacy status has been approved by IB.

based learning and global concerns. They challenge students to think in sophisticated ways about the connections between ideas in different areas of study. They put learning into an international context.

At the same time, SMITIS has gained status as an Interested MYP School from 1/1/13 as Year 7 commences their first year of secondary education.

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The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme. The IB Primary Years Programme: 1 2 3 4

addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme 1 2 3 4 5 6

language mathematics science social studies arts personal, social and physical education

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The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. The MYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). The IB Middle Years Programme • addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being; • enables students to understand and manage the complexities of our world, and provides them with the skills and attitudes they need in order to take responsible action for the future; • ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding through the study of eight subject areas; • requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own culture and that of others; • provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project into an area of interest.

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At SMITIS, we strive to be.... Risk-Takers


Communicators Reflective



OpenMinded Knowledgeable



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