Our Vision for Learning

Students walking together

AISG's new campuses will be a place that inspires our students, our teachers and our staff to be their best — a hub of dynamic, compassionate, and connected learning where future-ready learning reigns supreme. 

One of the essential elements of a future-ready school is learning spaces redesigned to facilitate the acquisition of ‘future-ready’ skills and dispositions.

At the beginning of this master plan process we had one simple concept in mind: to create learning spaces that would facilitate nurturing future-ready skills and dispositions in our students.

As part of our Mission and Visioning process (completed in SY2016-17) we looked at the way in which education is changing to produce future-ready students and the corresponding way in which learning spaces are changing to facilitate that learning. This process afforded us incredible insight into how very different the world will look in 10, 20, or 30 years, and the importance of developing students with the skills and dispositions to be able to meet that unknown future head on.

Our Why  

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The Plans

AISG’s exciting plans for a new campus redevelopment project will transform educational spaces across both Er Sha and Science Park campuses into world-class learning environments. 

The project will see Grade 3 – 5 students relocated from Er Sha to Science Park, seeing Er Sha transform into an early learning center. The redevelopment across both campuses will not only enable the school to support its Mission and Vision it will mean there is a 60% increase in floor space at Science Park and a 65% increase in space per child on our Er Sha campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2019.

Science Park Site View

AISG’s new Science Park campus - located on the southwest corner of Kexiang Road and Kaitai Avenue - sits on almost 30,000sqm allowing for an expansion of our current amenities to include a full size track, three sports fields, a tennis court, a 25m pool, rooftop play space, and designated parking spaces for parents, guests, and events.

Science Park Interior

Our Science Park campus will host Grades 3 –12 in inspiring educational facilities that support our Mission to nurture future-ready individuals to aspire, achieve, and contribute. As well as the enhanced classroom spaces, Science Park will feature a learning atrium, enhanced athletics facilities, including swimming facilities, two gymnasiums, and rooftop spaces. 

Er Sha Interior

Our Er Sha campus, located on the beautiful Er Sha Island and just over 10,000sqm in size, will be re-designed to create an Early Learning environment that is optimal for younger children. This will include refurbishing the existing buildings and creating an external landscape for play-based learning making it perfect for inspiring young, developing minds. 

 

 

Our Master planning team

Perkins + Will

Since October 2018 we have partnered with American architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will, to develop future-ready spaces and our new school environment. Their design philosophy values innovation, collaboration, and sustainability, and they have been consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms, particularly in educational spaces. 

Previous Projects: 

  • Oriental Fisherman's Wharf - Shanghai
  • "CREATE"Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise - Singapore 
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum - Shanghai
  • International School Beijing - Beijing

Arcadis

In March 2019, Arcadis were engaged as Project Managers for the Construction phase of the master plan project. Arcadis are a leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets and have worked on a significant number of local and international projects. They apply deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets.

Previous Projects: 

  • Whittle school & studios Shenzhen Project
  • Avenues, The World School
  • Shrewsbury International School Guangzhou Nansha
  • Kellet School, Hong Kong
  • Stamford American School HK
  • HSBC Taikoo Hui
  • Parc Central

ARUP

In May 2018, the Master Plan Project Steering Committee identified ARUP as Project Managers for the Design and Planning phase of the Master Plan Project. Founded in 1946, ARUP is a multinational professional services firm that provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. ARUP have worked on a number of projects both locally and internationally and brought a wealth of experience to the design and planning of our Master Plan Project.

Previous Projects: 

  • Canton Tower
  • IFC, Guangzhou
  • Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
  • American International School Guangzhou Due Diligence Study Project
  • Shanghai American School (Structural, Mechanical, electrical and plumbing Engineering)

 

Currie & Brown

Established in China in 1989, Currie & Brown is one of the country’s leading quantity surveying and cost management consultancies. In August, 2018 the Master Plan Project Steering Committee engaged Currie & Brown as Quantity Surveyors for AISG's master plan project. Their main areas of expertise for AISG's Master Plan Project are quantity surveying, cost management and project management.

Previous Projects: 

  • Huawei University Phase 1and Phase 2
  • HSBC Taikoo Hui Project
  • Tencent Guangzhou Headquarter
  • Nike Greater China Headquarters Campus, Shanghai
  • Cyclical Refurbishment Programme of the University of Hong Kong
  • Australian International School, Singapore
  • Nexus International School, Singapore

Presentation Resources

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Ready To Learn More?

Interested in learning more about what it takes to be "Future Ready"? Perkins + Will, our Project Architects have collated a wealth of research and readings that provide insight into the skills and spaces our students need to be the dynamic, compassionate, and connected learners of the 21st Century.

We encourage you to take a look at the resources below to learn more.

A Look At Some Learning Spaces

A LOOK AT SOME LEARNING SPACES
 
As educational spaces have adopted workplace’s growing focus on mobility and activity-based spaces, the workplace can learn a lot from schools about the value of play as well as a culture that supports learning so it’s celebrated, not stifled. The continuum of learning is real.
 
Studies have shown that a connection to nature through the use of natural materials, calming colors and a view to 
the outside prove better for an early childhood classroom environment. Our design for Barrington Early Learning 
Center is a case in point.
 
program was captured over the course of one day, with teachers, parents, and students providing their perspective on their experience-driven, innovative learning environment.
 
Situated on a 10-acre birch-forested site in Wasilla, Alaska, the 400-student Dena’ina Elementary School is a new model for the district with a focus on collaboration, flexible learning, and community inclusion, topics that are at forefront of school facility discussions nationwide.
 
A new school provides a true example of a learning environment designed with enough flexibility to support both current and future modes of learning and represents how research-based practices can be used to create facilities where students take control of their education and that best prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow – whatever they may be.
 
As schools and colleges evolve to changing conditions, they are faced with questions about how to sustain and strengthen their resources, community, and environment. In order to prepare, institutions should consider these five trends to ensure a productive, educated future.

Websites, Blogs, and Newsletters

 
WEBSITES/BLOGS/NEWSLETTERS 
 
EdutopiaGeorge Lucas Foundation 
Evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education 
 
Assists in the educational evolution change process 
 
Daily Pulse of Innovation News and Global Trends by Futurist Rich Bendis 
 
K-12 Blueprint, sponsored by Intel Education 
Toolkits and Whitepapers on Active Learning Spaces 
 
MindShiftKQED News 
MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions
 
One of the most popular destinations to cover teaching, learning, and how technology positively shapes our education
 
Getting Smart is a mission-driven organization passionate about accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning that put students at the core. 

Articles, Documents, and Films

ARTICLES/DOCUMENTS/FILMS 
 
Class Can I Have Your AttentionSteel Case 360 Education Edition 
How space and active learning environments improve student engagement and outcomes 
 
Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework, University of Chicago Consortium on School Success 
Developmental roadmap for nurturing core traits for success in college, careers and life 
 
With so much authentic interest-driven opportunity in the outside world, it is incumbent on schools to help kids engage deeply 
 
New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years 
 
The traditionally held beliefs about the cognitive functioning of the left and right hemispheres of the brain are used as a metaphor to postulate that a new era is emerging which requires a new way of thinking (right-brain thinking) to prepare for, and be successful in, our quickly altering, profusely automated and globally determined future. 
 
The educational system has an important role to play in the development of skills that lead to jobs that feed  innovation. Perhaps it is time to reboot and retool these systems, starting with the facilities that house them. 
 
A classic 12 min, video summing up the history of education and our quest for creativity 
 
Classrooms with A View, by Ronald E Bogle 
Innovative school design does not have to be hard 
 
Driving the skills agenda: Preparing students for the future, The Economist Intelligence Unit report 
Evolving business needs, technological advances and new work structures, among other factors, are redefining what are considered to be valuable skills for the future. 
 
Clever Classrooms: Summary report of the HEAD Project , University of Salford Manchester 
Based on the results of the HEAD Project (Holistic Evidence and Design), clear evidence has been found that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths
 
A Design Thinking process overview, methods and instructions that help put Design Thinking into action, and the Designer’s Workbook to support design challenges
 
A thought-provoking documentary film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.

Books

BOOKS
 
How Children Learn: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough 
Well-researched accounting of childhood, success and schools that challenges our reliance on test scores
 
Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith 
A call to re-imagining American education for the realities of the twenty-first century economy
 
The Third Teacher, O’Donnell Wicklund Pigozzi and Peterson, Bruce Mau 
Studies the critical link between school environment and how people learn
 
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration, Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft of the Stanford d.school 
An inspiring guidebook filled with ways to alter space to fuel creative work and foster collaboration
 
Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani 
Inspiring book for teachers who desire to be innovative 
 
Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers, Lucy Crehan 
A revealing look into the world’s ‘top performing’ classrooms and what really drives educational success 
 
The Space: A Guide for Educators, Rebecca Louise Hare & Dr. Robert Dillon 
Thoughts, ideas, hacks on learning space design supports the conversation around this necessary revolution 
happening in education concerning reshaping school spaces to better support learning