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Bambujaya Bilingual School

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Fees

  • Our annual tuition fee is currently $4980.
  • This capital fee is required annually for all learners, new and returning.
  • Covers the costs of maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of the Bambujaya campus & facilities, the maintenance and upgrade of the information technology available at Bambujaya, and to help fund future development at Bambujaya.
  • Annual capital fee is $600.
  • 5% discount on tuition fees only for 2nd child (not capital/enrollment fees).
  • If requested by an individual family who pays school fees out of pocket, child number 3, 4, etc. may be granted a 10% discount on tuition fees only (excluding other fees: Enrolment, Capital, etc.). 
  • We do not discount our fees if you take extra holidays during school time or if your child is ill.

Curriculum & Extra Activities

  • Waldorf-inspired based on the teaching and indications of Rudolf Steiner, who was a scientist and artist.
  • Worldwide- originating in Germany and over a 100 years old.
  • Based on Steiner’s understanding of child development with a focus on practical skills, imagination and the truth and beauty in the world while striving towards academic excellence.
  • Age appropriate subjects are taught in an immersive method and all subjects are covered in depth in the grade when children will be most receptive to the topics.
  • Arts are not only subjects separate in specific classes but is the way that all subjects are brought to the children so they connect with the topics and learning is enhanced.
  • Learning views the child as a whole being, taking into account physical development, academics, social and emotional abilities.
  • Academic subjects are taught creatively (often through the Arts) and enhanced by specialty subjects that lead to a well rounded person.
  • Connections are made both vertically and horizontally from Kindergarten right through to Grade 8
  • Learning through doing – no textbooks! Learners create their own books to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
  • All “traditional/academic” subjects are covered throughout their schooling but the timing may be different to other schools (and based on the individual child’s development) as it is based on Steiner’s theory of child development and what subjects will meet the child’s needs at each stage.
  • Engaging the hands to find purpose and meaning in our work,  connecting to the heart to inspire a love of learning, imagination and an appreciation for the truth and beauty of the world, stimulating the head for a deeper and broader understanding of concepts leading to practical application and lifelong curiosity.
  • We teach a hands-on, integrated curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and grounded in artistic and practical work to create an optimal environment where children develop intellectual curiosity, social sensitivity, and physical stamina.
  • We explore with learners the beauty, possibility and resilience of the human spirit bestowing upon them the tools to become thoughtful, clear-thinking adults, able to act with courage and social responsibility.
  • We provide a safe and inclusive learning environment rich in natural aesthetics, where the interests and strengths of all learners are honoured and encouraged through artistically expressed practical life skills.
  • Waldorf is developed by a philosopher & scientist in Germany and has existed for 100 years, presently in more than 70 countries worldwide and spreading across Asia over the last few years.
  • Learning with the hands, heart and head (physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spirit).
  • Learning through play and the creative arts, storytelling, movement and practical experiences.

 

Teaching is based on child development, such as:

  • Emphasis on play and imitation in Kindergarten when they are developing imagination and physical, emotional and social skills.
  • Letters in first grade when they think in pictures so that they are not just abstract shapes and sounds.
  • Shelters and farming in third grade when they are feeling separated from the world around them and learning these topics connects them to people of the past and how people live on the earth.
  • The history of upheaval and revolution in eighth grade when they are trying to find their own independence and pushing against the adults in their lives.
  • For a deeper understanding and to build responsibility we include the following within our Waldorf-inspired curriculum:
    • Creative hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
    • Drawing and painting.
    • Gardening on site – growing and caring for plants, nature activities.
    • Cooking and food preparation- both traditional and international.
    • Movement – learning through doing, cooperative games, traditional dance, mindful movement.
    • Drama.
    • Music & singing.
    • Sports & games.
    • Projects.
  • Yes!
  • There are lots of local learning visits that our learners participate in e.g. local market, garden centre, craft workshops, Angkor Wat temple complex.
  • Risk assessments are completed prior to any local visit and families are informed prior to the visit taking place.
  • All families sign a general consent form for their child(ren) to participate in local learning visits whilst they are enrolled as a learner at Bambujaya.
  • Sports and games are included in our Bambujaya Waldorf-inspired curriculum.
  • Also mindful movement and swimming sessions each week.
  • Opportunities to join additional extracurricular sports activities e.g. disc golf, football, Bokator.
  • Grades classes have weekly swimming classes in our Bambujaya naturally filtered swimming pool (no chemicals or salt used, as the water is filtered by plants).
  • Yes!
  • Music is integral to our Bambujaya Waldorf-inspired curriculum.
  • Singing throughout each day.
  • Grades 1-8 learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Learning to play a musical instrument at Bambujaya enhances verbal memory, hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and literacy skills. 
  • Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing an instrument, which also develops both sides of their brains, helping them to become more bilingual, whilst at the same time nurturing their creative side.
  • The importance of music in learning is not just limited to Waldorf Education. There are numerous studies conducted on the benefits of music.  Some of them include:
    • emotional development, through building confidence and team cooperation.
    • stimulation of brain development.
    • pattern recognition through repetition and observation.
    • building memorization and dictation skills.
    • sharpened cognitive function, which we identify as: reasoning, remembering, and attention.
    • foundations for mathematical problem solving.
    • developing superior reading ability, through sounding out, word association, and vocalization.
    • increased social consciousness.
    • learning a second a language with more ease.
    • improved fine motor skills through instrument playing and movement with music.
    • increased personal and artistic expression.

Language

  • We’re a bilingual school, with classes taught bilingually, in Khmer & English.
  • Both our Khmer and English curriculums are based on child development, inspired by a 100 year old educational philosophy (Waldorf), preparing our learners at every grade level. 
  • We foster pride in their own language and the rich, traditional Khmer culture. 
  • At Bambujaya, our learners are also exposed to an international viewpoint to prepare them for a future full of opportunities. 
  • Core subjects taught in Khmer are Khmer, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.
  • Based on the needs of families, language tracks can be chosen that will emphasize either Khmer or English.
  • Yes!
  • Please understand that lessons throughout the day are taught in a mix of Khmer & English language so exposure to both languages is daily and comprehensive.
  • Prior to joining Bambujaya, families may seek to expose their child(ren) to Khmer & English nursery rhymes, songs and children’s stories.
  • All children registering who are over the age of four will be expected to undertake a brief assessment of their Khmer and English language proficiency so that our learning facilitators can determine how to best meet their needs.

Health & Safety

  • Bambujaya will adhere to the government recommendations in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issue for schools. The regulations mandate:
    • The rigorous cleaning and disinfection of facilities ahead of the reopening, including libraries, washrooms, laboratories, classrooms and playgrounds, as well as keeping room temperature to no lower than 24 degrees Celsius.
    • Doors and windows must also be kept open for proper ventilation and tables kept apart, with classroom capacity limited to less than 25 learners.
    • Morning assemblies must also be held in small groups.
    • Temperature checks will be employed in school entrances, with anyone registering temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius will be sent home or to the hospital for an immediate check-up.
    • Learners and staff who have recently come back from overseas will also be allowed to take leave while they undergo the mandatory quarantine. Others are likewise prohibited from travelling to mitigate risks of contracting the virus.
    • Standard precautionary guidelines such as regular handwashing and the wearing of face masks must also be observed.
  • Since Bambujaya was founded in 2018, we have always followed the standard precautionary guidelines outlined above with regards to regular handwashing, small groups, proper ventilation and rigorous cleaning schedule.

Bambujaya will adhere to the government recommendations with regards to the wearing of masks by our staff.

  • There is no doctor or nurse based on our campus.
  • However, many of our staff are first aid trained and certified.
  • First aid kits are available at designated points throughout our campus.
  • Our staff complete an ‘accident form’ for all minor injuries which are shared with families.
  • If it is decided that hospital treatment is required, then the family will be contacted and arrangements made.

General Information

  • Gates open at 7:30am for Grades classes and 7:40am for Kindergarten.
  • All learners should arrive on campus by 7:50am.
  • School ends at 3pm for Kindergarten and 3:10pm for Grades classes.
  • Families are expected to collect their child(ren) within 10 minutes of school ending.
  • In the future we may run an After School Care program from 3:10-5:30pm for those learners registered (additional cost applies for this service). We don’t currently offer this service.
  • Not for Kindergarten 2 and Grades classes.
  • Half day is an option for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 1 (collected by 12:30pm, straight after lunch).
  • Our Bambujaya curriculum is a complete learning experience and all learners are expected to join all aspects of our creative and immersive program.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) to Grade 6 (10-11 year olds) in 2021-22 academic year.
  • We will add a grade every subsequent year, Grade 7 in 2022-23 through to Grade 12 in 2027-2028.
  • Kindergarten: 2 per group, 1 Khmer native speaker & 1 English native speaker.
  • Grades classes: Main class learning facilitator is a native Khmer speaker, English lessons are taught by a native English speaker. Specialised subjects are taught in a mix of English and Khmer. 
  • Extra support is available in academic classes as needed.
  • Throughout Bambujaya we have a balance of Khmer and native English speaking learning facilitators.

Currently American, British, Australian, South African & Austrian.

  • Maximum of 15 in our Kindergarten groups.
  • Maximum of 20 in Grades 1 & 2.
  • Maximum of 24 in Grades 3 upwards.
  • In 2021-22 we can have a maximum of 166 learners at Bambujaya, in 2022-23 and subsequent years this capacity will increase by 24 per year.
  • Yes – healthy lunch options, always a plant-based (veg*n) main course option as well as meat/fish. Our side dishes are always plant-based (brown rice, sweet potato, pumpkin etc).
  • Our lunch menu is cooked on campus by the team from HAVEN restaurant in Siem Reap.
  • All learners are provided with a morning snack which they are often involved in preparing themselves.
  • We provide our Grades learners with a GIVE Kefir probiotic water drink at morning snack time.
  • No, but maybe we can connect you with other members of our Bambujaya community so that you can explore sharing drop-off and collection together.
  • We’re located 8-10 mins drive by tuk-tuk from the centre of Siem Reap, 1 minute from Wat Chork.
  • All families are required to have their own travel/medical insurance for any child(ren) who participate in residential visits.
  • All families sign a general consent form for their child(ren) to participate in local learning visits whilst they are enrolled as a learner at Bambujaya.
  • Google Maps search for Bambujaya Bilingual School.
  • 8-10 mins drive from centre of Siem Reap.
  • 5 mins drive from Build Bright University (BBU).
  • 1 min from Wat Chork.
  • Svay Prey Village, Svay Dangkum Commune.
  • Location is on map on our website/FB.
  • What3Words location is spirits.lyricist.dreams.