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Mission, Vision and Core Values

Mission

Footprints International School empowers our learners to discover their potential in a nurturing environment through innovative instruction, challenging and collaborative activities, and exposure to diverse perspectives.

Vision

A community of responsible, determined and compassionate learners who make meaningful contributions to humanity.

Core Values

Our core values are compassion, determination and responsibility.

Message from Management

Andre Struve - Director

Jom Riab Sua,

Dear Parents, Guardians and wider school community members, welcome to the  2022/2023 school year.

My name is André Struve and I serve as the School Director and Vice-President at Footprints International School.

It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces during the first weeks of classes.

All of our new staff have arrived and those from overseas are settling in nicely. Our school has become even more diverse through the hiring of new teaching staff.

During our teacher orientation week, we celebrated the addition of teaching professionals. We are excited to welcome them to our team and to have them make their own unique contributions to our school.

Our international faculty now consists of professionals from more than 15 countries including America, Australia, Great Britain, Cambodia, Canada, The Philippines, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Portugal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Syria, who lead the learning of more than 1000 students across our two campuses.

 

Next, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the introduction of a new study pathway for our students: the International Programme with Khmer Language and Culture.

Currently, this pathway is on offer to G1-G5 students, and incorporates both the Cambridge International curriculum and Khmer language and culture lessons.

It provides students with our International High School diploma, which is equivalent to the National High School diploma and allows for acceptance into Cambodian universities.

The main benefits of this pathway include the opportunity for students to excel in the Cambridge curriculum while still having time to enjoy extracurricular clubs, social activities and school life.

 

Finally let me share some thoughts about our Educational Anchors. It is important to us that the whole school community is familiar with the school’s Educational Anchors, a series of attributes that define the emphasis of educational practices in our school and reflect the school’s mission, vision and values which are meant to gear student learning towards the achievement of our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes. One fundamental concept underlying our daily educational practices here at Footprints is the Growth Mindset.

 

The Growth Mindset is a mental disposition researched by Ms. Carol Dweck, which has gained increasing popularity and acceptance among educators and neuroscientists worldwide since the publication of her book in 2011.

Dweck highlights a distinction between a fixed mindset, where people believe that qualities such as talent and intelligence are unchangeable, and a growth mindset, which suggests that our basic abilities can be advanced through hard work and commitment. 

With a fixed mindset, learners attribute their failures to a lack of ability. With a growth mindset, they will have more confidence and determination, learn at a faster rate and face challenges head on. 

By promoting a growth mindset in our students, we empower them to realise their potential, take ownership of their education, and develop a love of lifelong learning.


All that remains is to wish you and your family all the very best for the new school year ahead. Please feel free to reach out to our family engagement team for any questions or concerns you may have.


We wish you and your family all the very best for the new school year ahead. 


Stay confident, 

Jom riab lia!

Andre Struve
Director

Dara Pring - Deputy School Director of the National Programme

Dear Footprints Family and Community,

First and always, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your endless support for Footprints International School. Compassion, Determination, and Responsibility are our school values.

2022-2023 is my 2nd year as the Deputy School Director in Charge of Operations and 7th year as the National Programme (NP) Principal at Footprints International School, and my 16th year in the education sector. As the Deputy School Director, I work closely with the Head of Campus, Community/Family Engagement Team, Operation Managers, HR team, and Finance team while being the NP Principal, I support the NP Vice Principal, NP Coordinators, and NP Instructional Coaches.

In developing human capital, I believe that the best learning happens in a happy and supportive environment, and teachers and educators are the scaffoldings for assisting each student to reach their full potential. Students are my main focus. They have a right to a safe and secure quality learning environment. Each must be treated as whole people and receive equal opportunity to develop themselves. Everything we do and the decisions we make must be about what is best for our students.

I adhere to the holistic working approach, taking each individual’s feedback and concerns into consideration and valuing the inputs from janitors to top management and from students to families.

Kindest regards,

Pring Dara,
Deputy School Director in Charge of Operations/
National Programme Principal

Nicholas Brewer - Head of Campus

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who are new to Footprints and welcome back all of our returning parents for a new school year. My name is Nicholas Brewer and I have been working in the education sector in Cambodia for nearly 12 years now. This year will be my fourth year working in school administration, and I am excited to move into my new role as Head of Campus for Toul Kork. In this role, I will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the campus and networking with all departments to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

I will be working closely with the Family Engagement Manager to ensure that we are listening to parents as we work to strengthen our connection with the parent community, especially during these difficult times when students are studying at home. I believe that through continual dialogue we can develop and improve our school together with the same compassion, responsibility, and determination that we teach to our students.

I will also be overseeing the operations department to ensure that our facilities are clean, safe, and well-equipped for the return of students. I am pleased to announce that we are in the process of upgrading our ECP campus with a new staircase and improved play area. In addition, we will be adding a sports pitch for Primary and Secondary PE lessons as well as upgrading our library to a larger, more comfortable space. I am really excited to share these plans in more detail with you all once they have been finalised.

Finally, I will be supporting the Principals and Vice Principals of all three academic departments (ECP, Primary and Secondary) to deliver the curriculum in a fun, engaging and effective way by ensuring that they have all of the resources and equipment needed.

Kind regards,

Nicholas Brewer. Head of Campus (TK)
nicholas.brewer@footprintsschol.edu.kh

Sinan Sezen - ECP Principal

Dear Footprints International School Community,

It is with great excitement that I recently accepted the position of Principal for the Early Childhood Programme at both the Toul Kork and Toul Tom Poung campuses. I am genuinely looking forward to working with you and our dedicated ECP management and teaching staff and students, to create a program that is nurturing in well-being, and dynamic and fun in learning.

Within my career, I have worked with a number of international schools and NGOs in Cambodia and Australia, and have been lucky to experience a variety of alternative education practices and pedagogies. These have included play-based learning, education for sustainability and a holistic focus on Early Years inspired by pioneers in the field such as Steiner and Montessori. Together with our strong teaching and management team, our goal is to create an educational experience for students that truly meets their developmental needs and equips them for International 21st century education, whilst remaining grounded in their local culture and natural environment.

Early Years Education sets the most important foundation for students’ success in their future and is a critical stage in the social and emotional development of children.
Our team will strive to follow the most up-to-date science and pedagogies for the best outcomes in social, emotional, physical and academic development and wellbeing of your child. We believe each child possesses unique gifts and abilities which they strive to show us from an early age and at different times. Our aim is to infuse our teaching with passion and creativity, and encourage your child to show and be proud of their unique talents.

Looking forward to creating a vibrant and joyful Early Years learning community with you over the next few academic years.

Yours sincerely,

Sinan Sezen
Early Childhood Programme Principal

Juna Bulahao - Secondary Principal

It’s a pleasure to welcome back the incoming and returning secondary students and teachers to Footprints International School community. We will ensure to empower our learners to discover their potential in a nurturing environment by striving to be creative and innovative in our instruction to engage students in their learning through challenging and collaborative activities and exposure to diverse perspectives, applications of technology, and 21st Century skills.
On behalf of the secondary staff, we look forward to another year of helping our students achieve their dreams, find success in pursuing life goals, and strive to be determined, compassionate and responsible individuals in society.

Justin Bisiker - Primary Principal

It is with great pleasure that I am afforded the opportunity to lead the Primary Program at Footprints International School. I bring twenty years experience working in Primary Education around the world and will begin my 10th year working at Footprints this year. 

Facilitating Primary aged, academic, social and emotional development for children has been a passion throughout my career and with the help of our talented team of qualified teachers, we will continue to; maximise student learning, social and emotional development for our students by providing them with dynamic instruction in nurturing learning environments.

Christine Guenster - Vice Principal

Dear Footprints family and friends,

Welcome to the new school year 2022-2023!
As the Primary Vice Principal I feel honored and grateful to have been granted the opportunity to become part of the wonderful Footprints community. This will be my second year at Footprints International School and I feel privileged to be leading our highly qualified and dedicated Primary teachers at our TK campus.
I have been living and working in Southeast Asia for almost seven years, working both as a teacher and education manager in Cambodia for five years. Previous to that, I volunteered in a community development project and was, amongst others, involved in the establishment of a local community school and its English curriculum in the south of Cambodia. Having taught various grades from Preschool to upper Primary levels and having managed different teams of local and international teachers, I have been able to acquire a deep understanding about student needs, modern pedagogy and capacity building.
I am a dedicated and passionate education enthusiast and a strong advocate of the idea that, as modern educators, we must serve as facilitators, helping children to discover and foster their individual talents, abilities and creativity. I believe this is best done through guidance, empathy and the idea of learning by doing – as a famous Chinese proverb says: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” This aligns perfectly with our teaching and learning philosophy here at Footprints and with our teaching approach of “I do. We do. You do.” Personally, I am very passionate about interactive and engaging learning activities and providing our students with an inspiring and visionary learning environment and hope to contribute to creating motivating and dynamic learning experiences for our students during these difficult times.
With the Cambridge International Assessment, we provide a comprehensive primary school curriculum that enables our students not only to develop academic excellence, but also valuable social and emotional skills. In line with our school’s mission, our school values are closely intertwined into the learning objectives of our subject areas, so we can build the foundation for our students to become life-long learners and more importantly, to be compassionate, determined and responsible citizens.
Concluding with a quote from Albert Einstein, I would like to wish the entire Footprints community a fun and successful school year 2022-2023:
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
Sincerely yours,
Christine Guenster

Sheldon Sommer - Vice Principal

We would like to welcome back all of the students and parents of our Secondary Program TK Campus to Footprints International School’s exciting new academic year. For the second year in a row, we will be opening the school year under conditions that are complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 9, 2021 the new school year will begin with all students attending Zoom classes, as opposed to coming to campus. Fortunately, this new normal is something that students and teachers alike have become accustomed to and have learned to navigate through. As is the case with our students, we hope that these conditions are not long-lasting. We will return to traditional, on-campus classes as soon as doing so is permitted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

This year will see many changes come to the Secondary Program at FIS’s TK Campus. For the first time, the TK Campus will receive students beyond Lower Secondary as the campus hosts its first Grade 9 class. For core subjects, Grade 9 is the beginning of a two-year Cambridge IGCSE program, which allows students an opportunity to take international exams at the end of each two-year course. In addition, the Science Lab for the TK Campus will be ready for use when students return to school. This improvement will allow students to look beyond the textbooks and conventional classroom teaching and allow them to see, handle and manipulate real objects and materials to observe the processes and understand the relationship between action and reaction.

One final change of note is that the TK Campus will have a member of Secondary Management stationed at the TK Campus full-time. My name is Sheldon Sommer and I taught all of the classes for the initial Secondary class at TK Campus during the 2017-18 school year. Since that time, I have been teaching IGCSE, AS, and A-Level First Language English at the TTP Campus and have been the Secondary Humanities Head of Department throughout that time. I look forward to returning to the TK Campus for this school year to provide guidance and assistance for the Secondary teachers and students, as well as speak with parents about how to improve academic performance for both their children and the school at large.

Sheldon Sommer
Secondary Program Coordinator- TK

Carol Gawiden - Vice Principal

I am delighted to welcome all returning and new students to the school year 2022-2023. The previous academic year has been challenging for parents, students and teachers as we all navigated through the difficulties and uncertainties brought about by the pandemic. This year, however, is very exciting as we are back to full time in-campus learning. The Secondary Team has prepared a year full of fun and innovative teaching and learning experiences.
This year marks my fifth year of service with Footprints but this time, I’ll be providing my full-time support to our passionate and highly qualified teachers and students as the Vice Principal for TTP campus. It is a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I look forward to supporting your children as “Learners Today” and to become “Leaders Tomorrow”.

Why Choose Us?

Footprints International School campuses have been designed to meet every need of our school community.

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Footprints at a Glance

Campus Locations

TOUL KOUK | TK CAMPUS
TOUL TOM POUNG | TTP CAMPUS
  • Serving Pre-K1 - Grade 12
  •   No. 84, Street 135 (at the intersection of Street 470)
  • 017 222084069 222 084
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