IB Diploma Graduate
I have come from an IB background, and bring with me previous work experiences in governmental and non-governmental agencies within the environmental sector in Singapore. I was a graduate from the University College London with a Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development, and I am working towards another Masters in Education. HWA is truly an IB world school, and it has a close-knit community that provides students with the attention that they need. In the classroom, I encourage independent thought and leadership from students by varying settings and the pedagogy to help students to meet their individual goals and needs. As HWA’s University Counselor, I empower the senior students to look to their futures, and to make wise and informed choices regarding their continuing tertiary education and future careers.
My name is Joshua Tan and I am currently the PYP coordinator and grade 6 teacher at Hillside World Academy. I work closely with Gail, our head of junior school and the entire PYP staff to ensure we deliver a quality educational experience for your children. I have a Bachelor of Education, specialising in primary education from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. As I was born and raised in Australia, I am passionate about engaging the school community in relevant and meaningful ways, which is why I love teaching and implementing the IB program. Since 2011, I have taught at a range of IB international schools across Asia and I was previously based in Taipei, at a school that delivered the IB PYP framework in a Chinese-English bilingual environment. I believe in the power of collaboration and working closely with the school community to ensure that we are always improving learning outcomes for our students in both Chinese and English.
Your children will definitely receive a niche experience at Hillside and our family feel and bilingual environment is what sets us apart from other international schools in Singapore. If you value your children learning to take ownership of their education, becoming compassionate and balanced global citizens with a strong emphasis on bilingualism, then Hillside is a good choice! I look forward to collaborating with staff, students and parents on a regular basis to ensure our children progress toward becoming caring, thinking and bilingual global citizens.