Melbourne Specialist International School uses an integrated approach to deliver its programme to its students. An important part of this approach is to bring arts-based therapy and teaching closer together.
Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy come together with Physiotherapy, class teachers and specialist subject teachers to plan appropriate units of work to engage and extend the learning opportunities for our students. Melbourne Specialist International School has been created by Jayne Nadarajoo who was seeking an alternative model for Specialist Education in Singapore. Having founded White Lodge Preschools and Kindergartens in 1999, Jayne’s vision for MSIS is to implement the Visual and Performing Arts model with therapy services to help those with special needs reach their full potential.
The F10 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, the 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.