Our aim in the Rose Marie Academy Junior High School is for our students to acquire knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes which will prepare them for future world citizenship. Programs are individually tailored to the specific learning needs of each student in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, ICT and Thai Language and Culture. Students are challenged intellectually whilst working at their own pace and level in small classes, groups, or one-on-one. For P.E, Music and Art they are grouped with their Homeroom peers.
Junior High Mathematics Program
The Mathematics course is individually tailored for each student through a Blended Learning approach using Khan Academy online programs and Singaporean methods textbooks adapted to the Thai curriculum.
Each student is placed according to achievement level and ability and proceeds at their own pace finding success through attainment of mastery of a wide variety of mathematical topics. Students are given early feedback as to their progress through prompt checking of all classwork and homework and through regular summative assessment.
Didactic class lessons are conducted as the need arises, such as in the introduction of a new topic or revision of common errors. Students are also encouraged to explore mathematical properties in group projects such as those shown below.
English has a predominant role in world communication. It is critical to the education of our students that they gain a thorough command of the language in its written and spoken media. Students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through programs designed to meet individual needs. A variety of literary genres are studied, leading to an appreciation and comprehension of written expression. Writing skills are developed by means of the process writing regime and individualized spelling and grammar programs. Oral presentations are integrated across into the whole curriculum. Students with second language difficulties or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia will be offered alternative or additional courses (see Special Support Services).
Junior High School Science Curriculum
The Junior High School Science curriculum is designed to further develop the knowledge, skills, and concepts of the science which is such an important part of modern life. A range of American textbooks is used, the content of which is selected with regard to student’s individual needs. Practical experience includes experiment in the science laboratory, field research within the school environs, and visits to sites of scientific interest.
Students fabricated a “Kyoto Box” to investigate whether sunlight could be used to heat water.
For a demonstration of Boyle’s Law and Newton’s Third Law, students designed, built and flew rockets powered by air and water or chemical reaction.
The Junior High School Social Studies curriculum is designed to promote citizenship through study of the history, geography, culture, economics, and politics of individual countries and regions and the dynamic relationships between them. A range of American textbooks is used, the content of which is selected with regard to student’s individual needs. Reference to the local environment and the ASEAN community. includes field trips The course also includes field trips centers of interest within the environs.
JHS reconstructs the Ramses Monuments
We worked on this Abu Simbel Temple project whilst studying the Middle East and the ancient world and it became our contribution to International Family Da .
The Abu Simbel Temples are temples that were carved into a mountain in Egypt near the River Nile at Aswan. Temples were built for King Ramses II and his Queen during his reign three thousand years ago.
In 1967, The Aswan Dam was to be built which was to raise the water level of Lake Nasser by 60 meters. This forced the Egyptian Government to ask UNESCO to help them move the temples, or else they would have been submerged.
They had to cut the temples and statues with handsaws, taking 500 men seven months to cut the temples into 1,500 blocks. After they had cut and , moved the blocks up further inland and reassembled them, a mountain of rock was formed around them to look like the mountain they were originally carved into.
We made cardboard cutouts in many pieces to represent the Ramses statues to show how they were moved up to a higher location away from
the water. Our class members, dressed in Egyptian workers’ costumes that we had made ourselves, dismantled our statues and reassembled them higher up at our International Family Day event.
Construction Workers: Wit, Sai, Mook, Jay, Hocky,
Script Writers/Narrators: Charn, Mew, Gabriel, Kellan
The JHS students gained much more from this project than knowledge of archaeology:
- Working cooperatively, using division of labour for effective productivity, working to a deadline.
- Thinking creatively to solve practical problems,
e.g. Use of Velcro so that pieces of statues could be moved and re-fixed rapidly.
Using fabric glue to make the costumes- a new technology to replace sewing.
- Live presentation; public speaking skills; using microphones.
- Movie making; video editing.
- Cooking:making Egyptian food, Ghoraibi cookies,Mahallabiya pudding
This was fun but it was also a very valuable learning experience.