School of the Nations
About School of the Nations
The School of the Nations, an internationally-oriented day school, was founded by members of the Macau Bahá’í community exactly 30 years ago to serve the local and expatriate communities. At present, over 650 students from age 3 to 18 are instructed by a professional and diverse teaching staff.
Our school is dedicated to nurturing the physical, intellectual and spiritual development of children and youth, and developing their capabilities to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities. We are constantly innovating in order to achieve this. Over the years we have been honored to be recognized with local and international awards for our programs, including the holistic Hidden Gems curriculum we developed internally, and has since been adopted by kindergartens in countries abroad. Yet we consider the qualities and attitudes we see in our students as the surest evidence of success.
What makes us different?
It is not uncommon for parents to say they chose our school because of our “framework” yet struggle to explain exactly this means to them. In brief, School of the Nations is a Bahá’í school, which means it aims to operate in ways that reflect the high ideals contained in the Bahá’í teachings.
At the level of belief, this Bahá’í-inspired framework underscores that we are all created noble and part of one human family, that scientific and religious knowledge is progressively refined and clarified, reality encompasses both material and spiritual dimensions, and that we can only truly fulfill our purpose of developing our full potential in the context of selfless service to others. In action, this finds expression as individuals strive to being increasingly selfless in approach, open in seeking truth, collaborative in style, honest and kind in speech, trustworthy in action, humble in manner, and optimistic in disposition.
The Education Department of Macau (DSEJ), in its October 2018 report, urged schools to assist students to “become talents who are willing to serve others and build the society.” This is aligned with our highest hope of raising generations of students who become protagonists of their own development and the transformation of society. Our school readily acknowledges that it still has considerable distance to traverse. Many challenges lie ahead and much remains to be learned—by administrators, and most critically, by capable and suitable teachers.
What makes a suitable teacher?
Virtually all schools, including ours, seek educators with demonstrated teaching skills in areas including content delivery, classroom management, lesson preparation, and assessment. Further, we look for teachers with the ability to facilitate inquiry and team/project-based learning and follow differentiated strategies to serve the needs of individual learners.
Yet above this, the ability to fully engage with the life of the school and contribute to its advancement is often connected with how flexible teachers are. Specifically, being eager to understand our school environment, which has been shaped by our students and our unique philosophy and grow within it. With flexibility, teaching becomes an exciting pursuit to set aside many of the underlying assumptions about education and human nature underpinning past training and classroom experience in order to explore it from another perspective.
In the last academic year, we received a range of feedback from departing teachers, most quite positive, “The school as an educational institution is contributing to society as a whole. There is a need for what the school is offering. It has rekindled my love of teaching. It reminded me why I am a teacher.” A few comments highlighted some of the areas we still need to improve, “The decisions need to be more shared and balanced. A lot of decisions are made quickly without bringing people in. A lot of the changes I agree with, they are the right decisions, but I don’t know if they were implemented in the school in the right way. For example, decisions around changes in student assessment.”
We constantly question, assess, and evaluate every aspect of the education we provide. Every year we continue to make progress towards realizing our vision and we welcome you to apply to join us on this thrilling journey. Click here to learn more about working at our school and living in Macau.