Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS) was launched in 2014 to give all children a right to education. Today, it is known as being a truly innovative school that will challenge you to re-think how special education is taught. MSIS has a unique three-pronged approach to education. It uses a model in which a wide-range of educational and therapy services operate collaboratively within the school. This is an integrated model of service delivery in which teachers, specialists and therapists collaborate to address the specific needs of each student, embedding therapy in all classroom activities; and an arts-based program that uses dance, drama, music and the visual arts to teach functional English, functional Mathematics and daily Living Skills. In achieving a desire to meet the needs of special needs students in Singapore, Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS) is working with various therapist , Educational and Clinical Psychologist to deliver an innovative arts-based program that uses dance, drama, music and visual art as a means of engaging students.
In response to meeting the individual learning needs of special needs students we have integrated a Visual and Performing Arts Programme, which originated in Melbourne, Australia. It is a child-centered approach where our teachers use the power of concrete experiences mediated through dance, drama, music and visual arts as a way to immerse our students in a deeply engaging learning environment. This approach enables us to more readily achieve literacy, numeracy and living skills goals to further facilitate each student’s development. The F-10 Curriculum at MSIS is designed to help young children become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. Presented as a developmental sequence of learning from Foundation to Year-10, Melbourne Specialist International School describes to teachers, parents, students and others in the wider community what is to be taught and the quality of learning expected of young people as they progress through school. This integrated approach includes therapists from Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Drama Therapy when appropriate.
In practical terms this means that students at MSIS see specialist teachers in Art, Dance, Music and Physical Education. These areas of learning are also used in meaningful and directed ways by the classroom teacher to achieve literacy, numeracy, and living skills goals.
Melbourne Specialist International School will inspire those who want to re-model how special education can be taught in Singapore. The collaboration with the various Therapist , Teachers and Parents illustrates how the entire community can come together to support the needs of children with learning disabilities.