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(English) Prioritising Student Wellbeing: Footprints International School Takes a Pioneering Approach

(English) At Footprints International School, we are firmly committed to prioritising the wellbeing of our students. We are excited to announce the implementation of Komodo, a cutting-edge software programme designed to elevate student wellbeing to new heights.

This announcement builds upon another significant development that occurred in May 2023, when Footprints International School became the first international school in Cambodia to establish a dedicated Centre for Wellbeing and Career Excellence. This centre underscores our unwavering commitment to supporting students in all aspects of their lives, both academic and personal. The introduction of Komodo seamlessly complements this mission.

Unveiling Powerful Insights with Komodo

Traditional methods of measuring student wellbeing often lack consistency and fail to provide meaningful, actionable insights. Komodo addresses this challenge by providing us with comprehensive, real-time data that allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the wellbeing of our entire student body. By leveraging these insights, we can proactively implement targeted strategies to create a more positive and supportive learning environment for all students.

Individualised Support: Empowering Each Student

One of Komodo’s most powerful features is its ability to generate personalised student wellbeing profiles. These profiles offer a detailed analysis of each student’s strengths and areas for development. This valuable information allows us to identify students who may require additional support and tailor interventions to address their specific needs effectively.

A Holistic Approach to Fostering Wellbeing

We believe in fostering a culture of proactive wellbeing within our school community. Komodo serves as a valuable tool in achieving this objective.  By utilising its evidence-based framework, we can seamlessly integrate wellbeing measurement, mental health initiatives, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness practices into the daily fabric of school life. This holistic approach extends beyond crisis management, allowing us to cultivate a supportive environment where all students can thrive proactively.

Equipping Students for Success in a Changing World

Research indicates a concerning decline in youth mental health, highlighting the critical need for comprehensive wellbeing solutions. Komodo’s capabilities perfectly align with our mission at Footprints International School: to ensure that our students receive the support and care they need to excel both academically and personally.

As a Komodo School, we are proud to leverage this innovative technology alongside our Centre for Wellbeing and Career Excellence. 

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(English) Strengthening Child Protection: Footprints International School Partners with ChildSafe

(English) We are proud to announce our recent partnership with the ChildSafe Movement, an award-winning advocacy and action-oriented child protection movement led by the globally acclaimed social enterprise, Friends-International. At Footprints International School, we recognise the importance of providing a safe and nurturing environment for our students to learn, develop, and thrive.

ChildSafe empowers everyone to protect children from all forms of abuse and exploitation, and we are committed to aligning our child protection system within the ChildSafe framework. As a ChildSafe Star Partner, we are dedicated to taking guided actions every year to strengthen our child protection ecosystem. This partnership reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and the entire school community.

We look forward to working closely with ChildSafe and implementing various initiatives to create a safer environment for our students. Together, we can make a difference in protecting and empowering children and youth in Cambodia and beyond.

As a ChildSafe Star Partner, we have made a commitment to align our child protection system within a ChildSafe framework – ‘Together, protecting children!’

For more information about the ChildSafe Movement, please visit www.thinkchildsafe.org. Stay tuned for updates on our child protection initiatives as we continue on this journey with ChildSafe.

 

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(English) Celebrating a Positive WASC Substantive Change Visit at Footprints International School.

(English) On Monday, 19th February 2024, our Toul Tom Poung Campus was privileged to host Mr. Stephen Massiah from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) for a substantive change visit and campus inspection. The primary focus of this visit was to inspect our new Early Childhood Programme building, recently introduced sports facilities, and various areas across the campus.

The purpose of this visit was clear—to ensure that significant changes and additions to our school align with the high standards set by ACS WASC, reinforcing our commitment to maintaining excellence in education and campus facilities.

Our journey with WASC accreditation dates back to the 2012-2013 school year, and each step has been a testament to our commitment to providing high-quality education. We successfully received reaccreditation in May 2023, and being a WASC-accredited school validates our dedication to rigorous standards and continuous improvement.

The school’s report highlighted the purpose of this new facility — to provide our youngest learners with a better and safer learning experience. It includes classrooms, a library room, a dedicated covered playground, and a multiple sports court accessible to all primary and secondary students.

The findings of the visit of the substantive change visit were overwhelmingly positive. The collaborative process in designing and building these facilities resulted in well-planned, clean, bright, and purposeful structures. Safety and child protection measures were meticulously addressed, including CCTV cameras, emergency exits, and child-friendly adaptations where needed.

The facilities were found to be highly suitable for planned educational practices, supporting a play-based approach to student learning in the Early Childhood Programme. The leadership team’s commitment to collaboration and development was evident, contributing to a more collaborative environment throughout the school.

In terms of child protection, the campus and new facilities have implemented appropriate safety measures, from controlled access to washrooms and classrooms to regular pest control. The leadership team is already addressing a few minor adjustments to further enhance safety and security.

We deeply appreciate the support and understanding of our vibrant community during this visit. Your involvement is integral to our success, and we look forward to continuing the journey of providing exceptional education and facilities at Footprints International School. 

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(English) Footprints International School’s Second Festival of Learning: A Triumph of Talent and Community Spirit

(English) The echoes of joy and the spirit of celebration linger as Footprints International School proudly recaps the success of its Second Festival of Learning, held on Saturday, February 17th, 2024, spanning both the Toul Tom Poung (TTP) and Toul Kork (TK) campuses.

The event unfolded from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., drawing the participation of parents, students, teachers, support staff, and esteemed partners who joined hands to make this festival a resounding success.

The festival was a vibrant showcase of the incredible talents within the Footprints community. Students took centre stage with a diverse array of performances that left the audience enthralled. Beyond the stage, classrooms became interactive hubs, displaying the fruits of students’ creativity—stunning artwork, fascinating experiments, and innovative projects.

Parents had the opportunity to embark on guided tours through the classrooms, gaining a deeper insight into their children’s academic journeys. Each project and display was a testament to the school’s commitment to nurturing not only academic excellence but also holistic development.

Esteemed partners, including BRED Bank Cambodia, Doozii, Limkokwing Cambodia, Bright Education Consultant & Travel, Sunrise Cambodia, Trash is Nice, Expert Education & Visa Services Cambodia, CARE, Mermaid Swimming School, ChildSafe Movement, PhysioONE Phnom Penh, CamEd Business School, La Pops Gelato, Orienda International Hospital, GGEAR Group, Dara Hotels Group, and Metro catering, played a pivotal role in creating a festive atmosphere. Their active participation and generous contributions added to the overall success of the event.

The highlight of the festival was the active involvement of student-led initiatives which not only added to the vibrancy of the event but also raised funds for charitable causes, showcasing the school’s commitment to social responsibility.

As the Festival of Learning came to a close, the Footprints community departed with shared joy, commemorating achievements, and embodying the collaborative spirit that defines the school. The success of the event underscores Footprints International School’s commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience for its students and fostering a sense of community among parents and students alike.

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