YIS Monthly Newsletter

November 2017 Edition

The YIS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER is a periodic bulletin that shares relevant information about the YIS. This month, the articles focus on the legal history of the school, on its organization, on the IB curriculum, and on the new YIS campus.

WHAT IS THE LEGAL FOUNDATION OF THE SCHOOL?

This article presents the history of the legal establishment of the YPIY in a nutshell, and an update of the current status.

Historical Roots. The Yogyakarta Foundation for International Education (Yayasan Pendidikan Internasional Yogyakarta, or YPIY) was established in Yogyakarta on 20 May 1989 through a Notary Act with the objective of launching and managing the Yogyakarta International School (YIS). The first Governing Board (Pembina) was led by Professor Koesnadi, rector of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM), whereas the first Executive Board (Pengurus) comprised the four founding members: Brian Bedard, Tuti Lukman Soetrisno, Alan Cox and Malcolm Stark. On 24 August 1989, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture issued a single license to the YPIY to launch and operate the Yogyakarta International School (YIS) conform Regulation No.184 of 23 August 1975 regarding international schools.

One Foundation, Four Schools. In 2008, a new Regulation No. 63 was issued by the Government of Indonesia that required all Foundations in Indonesia to renew their registration with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. For this purpose, a new Notary Act was passed on 20 September 2013, and on 16 May 2014 the registration of the YPIY was renewed with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights as the legal umbrella for the Yogyakarta International School (YIS). On 28 November 2014, the Ministry of Education and Culture issued four separate licenses to the YPIY for respectively Early Years, Primary Education, Junior High School and Senior High School. Based on a Ministerial Instruction that all international schools in Indonesia had to omit the word ‘international’ from their name, our school was renamed Yogyakarta Independent School (YIS).

One Board, Three Functions. Conform the Law on Foundations of 2008, the YPIY Foundation is led by a Governing Board (Pembina), who appoints an Executive Board (Pengurus) and a Controlling Board (Pengawas), together also referred to as The Board. The present Board composition is as follows: The Pembina is Rik Frenkel from Holland, who has the responsibility for policies, strategies and the budget. The Pengurus is chaired by Alain Gouvernel from France, with Madiyono from Indonesia and Willem Heijstek from Holland as the other two members, who are together responsible for implementation of the strategies conform the budget. The Pengawas is Adi Utomo from Indonesia, who supports and controls the Pengurus in an advisory role. Board members are not paid for the duties that they perform for the Foundation or for the School.

HOW IS THE YIS ORGANIZED, AND WHO IS WHO?

Over time organization and staffing of the YPIY and the YIS have changed. The information in this article brings you up-to-date.

One Principal. The Board of the YPIY appoints the Principal of the YIS, who is responsible for the overall daily management of the School, and the delivery of quality education conform the international curriculums adopted by the School. With Michael Preston as the new Principal, the school will not only benefit from his academic qualities and professional skills as teacher and principal in international schools in Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia and China, but also from his hands-on experience with the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. While serving as the YIS Principal for the current school year, Michael is also laying the foundations for future growth and development, when the school will move to its new campus. The YIS Principal attends meetings of the Board as a non-voting member, and is paid for his duties in the School.

Four Vice Principals. Conform Regulation No.31 of 23 April 2014, institutes which offer international education are required to obtain four separate licenses for respectively Early Years School, Primary School, Junior High School, and Senior High School. This also applies to the YIS. The YIS has appointed four Vice Principals who are dedicated to the delivery of education and the supervision of the Teachers in their respective school sections, whereas the role of the Principal has shifted to the orchestration of the Vice Principals and the overall daily management of the School. The current four Vice Principals of the YIS are: Sue Soeb from Singapore for Early Years (TK), Philip Harris from Switzerland for Primary Education (SD), Jose Campillo from Spain for Junior High School (SMP), and Martina de Glopper from Holland for Senior High School (SMA). They each hold university degrees, benefit from at least five years of relevant experience, and have been trained to teach the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Three IB Curriculum Coordinators. The implementation of the full International Baccalaureate curriculum is supported by three Curriculum Coordinators: Elia Nugraha Ekanindita / Dindit for the Diploma Program (IB-DP), Veronika Swanti for the Primary Years Program (IB-MYP), and Karin Albers for the Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). They serve as liaisons with the IB organization, and assist and advise the Principal, Vice Principals and Teachers in delivering the teaching plans, in preparing students for the IB assessment and exams, and in coordinating IB-training of YIS Teachers. Anna Indah Sylvana serves as the secretariat for all IB-related matters.

Teacher/Student Ratio. To deliver the broad range of 15 teaching subjects, the School has a team of 9 International Teachers and 26 National Teachers, or 35 teachers for about 140 students. The favorable 1:4 Teacher-Student Ratio allows Teachers to dedicate their time for inter-disciplinary collaboration, for professional training, for lesson preparation, for coaching and supporting individual YIS students, and for extra-curricular activities. The average employment for International Teachers in the YIS lies between 3 and 4 years, which is considerably longer than in most other international schools.

Management Support Team. For specific functions the YPIY Board and the YIS Principal are supported by Dindit and Yani. Dindit serves as Systems Manager, supervising the overall IT systems of the School including internet, websites, emails and social media, and coordinating time schedules for teaching and exams. Yani serves as Relations Manager, assisting in general marketing, advising internal and external communication issues, and coordinating legal and institutional matters.

General Support Functions. The Secretariat of the School is managed by Anna and Hanna, who look after the front office, the central information desk, student enrollment and student records. Besides the Secretariat coordinates the Housekeeping Department, the Engineering Department, the Security Team and the Infirmary Room. The Financial Administration of the School is managed by Supriyanto, including collection of tuition fees, payment of salaries, contract administration and visa. He works in tandem with Wiwin Pratiwanggini, whose duties include accounting, tax administration and financial auditing.

Parents and Students Engagement. During their school years, students develop from toddlers to teenagers, and from teenagers to young adults. Their learning results depend not only on attention from their teachers in the school, but also on the individual motivation of students, and support received from their parents at home. For this purpose, YIS teachers keeps the students and parents closely informed, among others through daily emails, mid-term progress reports, report cards at the end of each term, and parent-teacher conferences.

WHEN WILL THE NEW YIS CAMPUS BE READY?

This article summarizes the plans for the new YIS campus, the progress to date, and the time schedule for completion.

Space for Students. The YIS aims to offer high quality education, which implies costly investment in curriculums and teachers. Since the income of the School depends mainly on tuition fees, it will be necessary to attract more students. But, to accommodate more students, the YIS will first need more space. In 1989, the School had started in a modest villa in Pogung Baru with only 30 students. In 2007, when student enrolment had doubled to 60, the YIS moved to the more spacious INTAN campus near Jalan Magelang, where the number of students continued to grow until 140 students, which is near the maximum capacity of this location. In 2015, the Governor of Yogyakarta, Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, endorsed the allocation of a plot of 6,5 hectares to develop a new YIS campus, which will be sufficient to welcome over 300 students over the next 3 years.

Three Islands. The new YIS campus is strategically located near the junction of the Northern Ring Road and Jalan Magelang, embedded in the residential neighborhood of Jombor Lor, Sinduadi, north-west of the Yogyakarta Kembali monument and south-east of the Hyatt Hotel. The location overlaps with in a natural river basin that originates on the slopes of the Mount Merapi. The area used to be a vacant plot of land that was used for growing sugar cane and local fish farming. Small lakes, rivers and creeks have created three ‘islands’, and serve as drainage system that prevent flooding in the raining season, and that serve as fresh water reservoirs for irrigation of green areas in the dry season. They also are amazing landscape elements, and help cool down the micro climate at the campus.

Main Functions. The main functions of the YIS campus are the school buildings, the outdoor sports facilities, and the botanical gardens. The school buildings comprise a string of distinct sections for Early Years, Primary, Junior and Senior High School, and related classroom facilities, art and music studios, libraries, laboratories, canteen and auditorium, as well as boarding facilities, a club house, a culinary academy, and a sports academy. The sport fields include an athletic running track, soccer and hockey fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts. The botanical gardens include a small rain forest, and sections for farming and horticulture, nurseries and spice gardens.

When Will We Move? There are four distinct phases in the development of the YIS campus: The socialization phase from January to December 2015 was used for public hearings and to build constructive relations with future neighbors and local authorities. The site preparation phase from January 2016 to December 2017 was used for landscaping, construction of roads and drainage systems, and building security fences around the campus. The construction phase includes the preparation of site plans and environmental impact assessments which are completed, architectural design and building permits which are in process, and the ground-breaking ceremony which is tentatively planned for the second half of the current School Year after which construction can begin. The transition phase has actually started, as the new campus is already used for outdoor sport by our students, whereas the construction of the first 18 classroom is scheduled to start before the summer break of 2018, step-by-step followed by the construction of the other facilities, depending on the number of students and our financial capacity. One of the motto’s of the YIS is ‘building our ship as we are sailing’, which implies that we will stay on course and reach our goals as long as we work together in a joint endeavour for a common goal. The YIS counts on your support.

WHAT DOES THE IB CURRICULUM OFFER?

 The YIS has high expectations from the International Baccalaureate curriculum, especially the benefits for the students and their future outlooks.

Background. The YIS has its own teaching program that leads to the YIS diploma at the end of Grade 12. To be compatible with other international schools and the best universities worldwide, the YIS has decided to subscribe to the best available curriculums. When the YIS was founded in 1989 the teaching program was initially based on the Australian New South Wales Curriculum. In 2008, the YIS adopted the ‘theme-based’ International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for Early Years and Primary Education. In 2012, the School adopted the ‘content-based’ Cambridge Curriculum and became Yogyakarta’s first Cambridge Exam Center. In 2013 the decision was made by the Board to adopt the ‘concept-driven’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum, which is the ultimate global gold standard of international education. After a three-year preparation process and IB teacher training the YIS was authorized in December 2015 to teach the IB-Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) curriculum for Junior High School. On 2 November 2017, the school proudly celebrated that all YIS students who had taken part in the recent IB-MYP exams had passed for all the subjects that they had chosen with excellent scores. In July 2016, the school was also authorized to teach the IB-Diploma Program (IB-DP) in Senior High School. Starting this current school year 2017-2018, the YIS will teach the full IB program, including Early Years and Primary Education as a candidate school for IB Primary Years Program (IB-PYP).

What is the International Baccalaureate? The International Baccalaureate (IB) organization was established in 1968, and offers high-quality and challenging curriculums, that serve as frameworks for teaching and learning in a worldwide community of 4’787 schools. As of November 2016, there are 46,715 IB-DP course candidates in the world. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

Why do you want to choose IB? The IB is by far the most advanced international curriculum in the world. IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics based on the IB Learner Profile. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other programs. IB students are encouraged to think creatively and critically, to become independent inquirers and disciplined learnes-for-life, and to engage open-mindedly and respectfully with people from other cultures in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world. The reputation of IB is reflected in the admission criteria of the highest-ranking universities around the world, which give priority to IB-DP students, simply because they have a considerably lower risk of dropping out during their studies, they perform academically and socially better, they have the best chances of completing their studies, and they are better prepared for take leading roles and responsible positions in their personal lives and professional careers..

How does YIS implements IB? The three guiding principles of the YIS are Aim High, Be Relevant, and Make a Difference. That is what our Teachers share with the YIS Students. Students are encouraged to discover their distinct talents and follow their personal aspirations as they compose their own individual study packages, in which they choose from a wide range of teaching subjects: four foreign languages, five sciences, mathematics, history and geography, arts and music, and physical education and health. IB diplomas are based on internal assessments by the school, and on external assessments and exams based on global standards of the IB organization. For their the IB-MYP diploma, students of Grade 9 and 10 must take exams in 8 teaching subjects, in addition to a Personal Project. For their IB-DP Diploma, students of Grade 11 and 12 must complete six exam subjects, in addition to three IB Core subjects: Theory Of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE). In the school English is used as the general language of Instruction