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Bambujaya Bilingual School

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Fees

  • Our annual tuition fee is currently $4980.
  • This annual capital fee is required annually for all new and returning learners.
  • It covers the cost of maintaining the functionality of our Bambujaya campus & facilities, and helps to fund future growth and development at Bambujaya.
  • The annual capital fee is $600.
  • If requested by a family who personally pays school fees for multiple learners at Bambujaya, a discount on tuition fees only, may be granted. 
  • No discount is applied to learners who are absent or ill for an extended period of time.

Curriculum & Extra Activities

  • Our curriculum is based on the teachings and indications of Rudolf Steiner, a scientist and artist.
  • The Waldorf methodology originating in Germany in 1919.
  • It is based on Steiner’s understanding a child’s development and nurtures practical skills, imagination and the truth, whilst striving for academic excellence.
  • The age appropriate subjects are taught in an immersive way; all subjects are covered in the grade in which children are most receptive.
  • All subjects are brought to the children through the Arts, enhancing learning and deepening connection.
  • Waldorf-inspired learning views children as whole beings, taking into account their physical development, academics, social and emotional abilities.
  • Learning through doing, means no textbooks! Learners create their own Main Lesson books which demonstrate understanding of topics and become their own ‘textbooks’.
  • All ‘traditional/academic’ subjects are covered throughout their schooling years. However, the timing and content which is taught in each grade may differ to other curriculum. It is based on Steiner’s understanding of child development and what subjects will meet the learning needs at each stage.
  • 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 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 schools are in more than 70 countries worldwide and are currently spreading across Asia.
  • A Waldorf-inspired curriculum is holistic and delivers learning through the hands, heart and head.
  • The children experience learning through play, creative arts, storytelling, movement and practical activities.
  • We include the following in our Waldorf-inspired curriculum to build responsibility and deepen understanding:
    • Creative hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
    • Drawing and painting.
    • Gardening on site – growing and caring for plants and nature activities.
    • Cooking and food preparation- both traditional and international.
    • Drama and movement – learning through doing, cooperative games, traditional dance and yoga.
    • Handwork and crafts.
    • Music and singing.
    • Sports and games.
    • Projects.
  • Yes!
  • There are lots of local learning opportunities that our learners participate in e.g. visiting local markets, garden centres, craft workshops, Angkor Wat temple complex and others.
  • 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 curriculum.
  • Mindful movement and swimming sessions take place each week.
  • 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).
  • Opportunities to join additional extracurricular sports activities exist.
  • Music is integral part of our Waldorf-inspired curriculum.
  • There is singing throughout each day.
  • Grades 1-8 learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Research proves that learning to play a musical instrument enhances verbal memory, hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and literacy skills. 
  • Similar to playing sports, children develop motor skills when playing an instrument, developing both sides of their brain, promoting bilingualism, whilst at the same time nurturing creativity.
  • Music is important and there are numerous studies conducted on its benefits for learning and education. 

Language

  • We are a bilingual school, with lessons taught in both Khmer & English.
  • The core subjects being taught in Khmer are mathematics, social studies, science and Khmer language.
  • We foster pride in the Khmer language and the rich, traditional Cambodian culture. 
  • Based on the needs of families, language tracks can be chosen that will emphasise either Khmer or English.
  • Yes they can!
  • Lessons throughout the day are taught in a mix of Khmer and English language – exposure to both languages is daily and comprehensive.
  • Prior to joining Bambujaya, families are encouraged to introduce their child(ren) to Khmer and English nursery rhymes, songs and children’s stories.
  • All children over the age of four applying to join Bambujaya, will be expected to undertake a brief assessment of their language proficiencies.

Health & Safety

  • Bambujaya adheres to all 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 24C.
    • Doors and windows must also be kept open for proper ventilation and tables kept apart, with classroom capacity limited.
    • All gatherings must also be held in small groups.
    • Temperature checks will be employed at the school entrance, with anyone registering temperature higher than 37.5C being sent home.
    • 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 a 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 7:40am for grades classes and 7:50am for Kindergarten.
  • All learners should have arrived for registration at 8am.
  • 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 an integrated learning program and learners are expected to join all lessons throughout the day.
  • Currently we offer Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) through to Grade 6 (11-12 year olds).
  • We will add a grade every year, Grade 7 in 2022-23 through to Grade 12 in 2027-2028.
  • In our Kindergarten there are two teachers per group; a native Khmer speaker and a native English speaker.
  • In our grades classes the main learning facilitator is a native Khmer speaker, English lessons are taught by a native English speaker. Specialised subjects are taught in both English and Khmer. 
  • Learning 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 and Malaysian.

  • Maximum of 15 children in our Kindergarten groups.
  • Maximum of 20 children in Grades 1 and 2.
  • Maximum of 24 children in Grade 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, we serve healthy lunch options. There is always a plant-based (veg*n) as well as meat/fish main course option. Our side dishes are always plant-based (brown rice, sweet potato, pumpkin etc).
  • Our lunch menu is cooked on campus.
  • All learners are provided with a morning snack; they are often involved in preparing this 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 responsibilities.
  • We are located 8-10 mins drive by tuk-tuk from the centre of Siem Reap and only a minute from Wat Chork.
  • 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.
  • All families are required to have their own travel/medical insurance for their child(ren) who participate in residential visits.
  • Svay Prey Village, Svay Dangkum Commune.
  • 8-10 mins drive from centre of Siem Reap.
  • 5 mins drive from Build Bright University (BBU).
  • 1 min from Wat Chork.
  • Search Google Maps for Bambujaya Bilingual School.
  • Location is on map on our website/FB.
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