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TEDxYouth@SWA 2020

TEDxYouth@SWA 2020

TEDxYouth@SWA 2020 brought a diverse range of powerful ideas to the TEDx stage. Ideas were shared by a group of Indonesia's most influential and impactful minds. The theme of the event was 'Be The Change' and hinged on a belief that all people, whatever their walk of life, have the capacity to create an impactful vision for change that they seek to see in the world, develop and communicate their ideas with their community and the world, and take ownership over the process of seeing their vision into fruition.

TEDxYouth@SWA is student-run and organized, placing students in the position to identify their role in tackling the problems that face the world today. SWA students are driven by a desire to help others, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. SWA's approach to education embraces the idea that developing student voice and agency is a key educational goal and recognizes that students, more than anything else, are driven by a sense of purpose. TEDxYouth@SWA is a key activity that aims to help students develop their sense of purpose by connecting with leaders in change and exposure to their unique stories of success, grit, and inspirations.

Sinarmas World Academy Won in EduTECH Asia Awards

Sinarmas World Academy Won in EduTECH Asia Awards

Last September, Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) was chosen to be one of the participants at the EduTECH Asia Awards in the Best STEAM Initiatives category, and on 5 November, Sinarmas World Academy successfully won silver awards from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, India, and China, becoming the first school in Indonesia to obtain this prestigious award.

EduTECH Asia Awards is a biennial international competition, which selects the best schools, universities, and companies that use technology. In this competition, there were 16 categories for schools and companies and SWA won in the Best STEAM Initiative category. This award identifies schools that have developed a STEAM curriculum, and have created an interdisciplinary learning experience for students, using social support and assistance methods.

SWA was chosen as one of the winners in this event because SWA was considered to have an outstanding IB MYP Personal Project Program: conceptual teaching and learning methods that encourage students to enhance creative and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to think, analyze, and apply what they have learned. Also, due to the existence of a strong STEAM curriculum, exemplary robotics facilities exist at SWA to support students in developing projects to solve social issues. "Inquiry is a foundation of conceptual learning and it is the most important factor in teaching and learning methods," states a robotics teacher from SWA.

Sinarmas World Academy

Embracing the Future, Embracing Asia

David Shane Goh Won 3 Gold Medals and the Overall Championship Trophy at the International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (ITMO) 2019

David Shane Goh Won 3 Gold Medals and the Overall Championship Trophy at the International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (ITMO) 2019

On 16 October 2019, one of the Sinarmas World Academy junior high school students won 3 gold medals, and the Overall Championship trophy, at the 2019 International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad in Lucknow, India.

 The International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (ITMO) is a biennial math competition for elementary and junior high school levels, and is divided into individual and team categories. In addition to the competition, ITMO also provides opportunities for participants for cultural exchange activities, study tours, field trips, and puzzle challenges to improve the relationship and interactions of participants from various countries. The ITMO was attended by 180 students in 45 teams from 16 countries from all over the world, namely: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Finland, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nepal, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Tajikistan.

In this competition, Indonesia won 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals, 1 bronze medal, 1 merit, 2 Champion trophies, 2 first runner-up trophies, and 1 second runner-up trophy. The team from Indonesia was represented by 8 junior high school students, who had been tightly selected by the Ministry of Education and Culture. During this training, David Shane Goh spent 2-3 hours a day practicing. He also said that he was very happy and grateful to be able to win the awards, which were his dream since childhood.

We would like to congratulate David Shane Goh for his achievement, and hope he can be a role model for young generations of Indonesia.

Keep up the great work!

Sinarmas World Academy

Embracing the Future, Embracing Asia

University Fair by Sinarmas World Academy

University Fair by Sinarmas World Academy

Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) has always believed in the importance of keeping our curriculum relevant to the future of technological advancement. Our support goes beyond providing the best facilities and programmes, by further exposing students to global standards and global challenges, thus providing them a platform to develop a strong sense of global citizenship.

As of 2017, there were more than 26,000 Universities around the world. Understandably then, finding the right university, and in the right country, can be very stressful. “One way to help you learn more about all the different options and find one that is a good fit for you is to go to a University fair”, says our University Guidance Counselor, Mr. Stanislav Sousek.

Sinarmas World Academy, as an International school with a solid track-record of university acceptances in hundreds of top international universities, with millions of dollars in scholarships, organized one such university fair on September 30, 2019. The 2019 fair included 62 universities from 15 countries, such as Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand.

In the different booths at the University Fair, universities provided information, answers to personal consultations, and application guidance. Some of the main attractions were the different workshops offered, which included:

  1. Applications to Hong Kong by The University of Hong Kong
  2. Getting into Top UK Universities by Kings College
  3. Study and Work in Canada by EduCanada
  4. Hospitality Management by Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  5. University Application Essays by The Ohio State University
  6. Creative Careers of Today by Savannah College of Art and Design

SWA is attractive for universities to recruit students from because it is a school that offers the IB Diploma Program and is also one of the schools that has an average high IB DP score of 36. “SWA students are desired by the university to recruit because of the great IB DP score,” says SWA MSHS co-Principal, Mr. Alex N.

Mr. Sousek also highlighted the fact that most of the university representatives are the admissions officers themselves, so students have the unique opportunity to talk to and meet the same people, who will probably be reading their application and making an admissions decision later on.

Quoted from Telegraph.co.uk in the article, Why the IB is the Perfect Passport to University, Roderick Smith as the Birmingham’s Director of Admission says, “IB students come to the university very well prepared for independent learning, which is what we expect of our students. The combination of subjects in the IB diploma means students get a well-rounded education. Scientists and engineers are able to write, while arts students numerate, but with no corresponding loss of depth,” Smith adds.

The quoted article above proves that IB DP is really important for the future education of students, and SWA provides the best learning facilities and professional teachers to support this learning process.

From the University Fair, students were provided with more information about the universities, different admission requirements, studying and working in different countries, as well as different majors and courses for hundreds of different career paths.

Sinarmas World Academy

Embracing The Future, Embracing Asia

SWA’s Student Celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival

SWA’s Student Celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival (or Zhong Qiu Jie in Mandarin), also known as the Mooncake Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It is called the Mid-Autumn Festival because the 15th day is the middle of the month, and the eighth lunar month is in the middle of autumn. Mooncakes and lanterns are offered for sale as early as a month before the festival.2 These days, however, it has become more common to give mooncakes as gifts than to eat them during the festival. The custom of offering sacrifices to the moon has been replaced by celebrating the festival with family and friends. Moon-viewing parties is one way to enjoy the occasion, with family and friends sitting in gardens lit by paper lanterns, sipping tea, nibbling on mooncakes, and if so inspired, composing poetry in venerable Tang Dynasty fashion.

In celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) students presented works and performances to commemorate the festival. On September 12, students in Middle School and High School celebrated this day by giving musical performances, and also presenting poetry in Mandarin. In addition, they also wrote calligraphy, made handcrafts with paper cutting, and made posters related to the Mid-Autumn Festival. On September 13, the Early Years and Early School students also took part in the festival by playing games with parents, making moon cakes, and also giving musical and poetry performances to fellow friends, teachers, and parents.

This activity is carried out to respect the cultures that exist in Asia, specifically China. In the commemoration of this festival, children are able to build their confidence by giving their best performances.

Sinarmas World Academy

Embracing the Future, Embracing Asia

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