Our Philosophy

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Our Philosophy

A world perspective from Ngaglik Sleman’s Inclusive School

"Together, let us travel this road toward a more caring and inclusive world."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message for World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2011 

At Sekolahku-MySchool, we believe that inclusion means all students are fully engaged in learning together at their individual levels of learning, without any distinction of background, race, religion, nationality, gender, social or economic status, competencies or special needs. We make inclusive education real by applying the principles of inclusive education: building on children’s strengths and minimising their weaknesses; acceptance of differences; non-discriminatory practices; peer assisted learning; and positive reinforcement in all that we do. 

Our focus is to meet the diverse needs of all children in our community and to implement a flexible system tailored to meet these needs. In moving towards educational flexibility, we value diversity and work to remove any impediments that may limit the achievement of any student's’ education.

Our vision is:

A community of non-biased, creative children curious to discover new horizons, be self disciplined, responsible and flexible. Our mission is the creation of learners who have creativity and high curiosity, are independent, responsible, flexible and are unbiased. To continue to be a leading model of Playgroup to Year 6 education through a continuous learning curriculum for all children up to 12 years old, including those with special needs, that adapts to the children's needs as they evolve. We provide our Playgroup to Year 6 education services through different organisational units that focus on specific aspects of our continuous learning curriculum:

SekolahkuMySchool provides a model of high quality Playgroup to Year 6 education through a continuous learning curriculum for the people of Indonesia. It provides the same opportunities and experiences for students without discrimination in an environment where children can develop emotional intelligence accompanied by social, moral, spiritual and physical motor skills. By integrating the individual, their knowledge and skills, we are preparing the future leaders of our world.


Through integrating movement, music and equipment into fun gymnastics-based activities, our new IndoGym programs encourage children to explore, learn and grow in a safe, structured environment. IndoGym assists and promotes the holistic development of skills and knowledge recommended by educational theorists for young children under the age of 12 years. It is safe, stimulating and provides endless movement opportunities for each child to play and learn.

Training and research

We provide training and research services based on our philosophy. 

We believe in sharing our knowledge and expertise with other like-minded people so that the world communities will become harmonious.

Creativity, independence, self-confidence and respectIndoGym

We encourage each child to seek out and ask people for answers to their questions about the world around them. Children are curious to know and understand how their world works, what they can do within their world. and how they can change that world if they wish. This is the work of our teachers: to encourage and develop that curiosity and need to explore, to extend the children's knowledge and understanding of their environment, and to help children know what they can and what they cannot change.

By being in an inclusive environment where every child is accepted for who they are not where they were born, or what they can or cannot do, or say, or think or not think, but just to be together and play, children recognise and understand the many differences between each other and those that exist around them in the world. Children learn how to behave from the adults around them: in all our programs and classes teachers respect and assist all children whatever their capabilities, their strengths or weaknesses, their abilities or disabilities. All children are special while some children may have more needs than others. These needs may be physical, intellectual, social or emotional, and, while these children may be advanced or behind their peers in these areas through no fault of their own, our teachers personally assist them to attain the level of skills of which they are capable. Children suffering from intellectual difficulties caused by autism or other types of brain damage, or physical disabilities of sight, hearing, talking or movement of limbs, as well as emotional disturbances, are accepted, included, and helped to integrate into a society that often does not welcome, understand or accept them.

In our program and different activities, the focus is on the development of each child's creativity, their development of independence and self-confidence, as well as building respect for other human beings, animals and the environment. A major influence in our program is the inclusion of developing children’s understanding of ethnicity and cultural diversity. This ability to adapt and accept diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds will assist all children to develop and adapt to the era of globalisation and mass, instant communication, without forgetting the elements of humanity and the environment.

Playing to learn is a fun activity for children!

By playing, children can learn many things. The word ‘play’ in our philosophy, is not about playing games without a program and intent. Play is a mechanism to encourage children to explore things and phenomena around them in their built and natural environment.

Encourage exploring and discovery through physical activity

Educational research tells us that children learn best through exploring their environment and discovering their abilities through physical activity.

Our education program builds exploration of the indoor and outdoor environments into daily activities. We encourage children to test out things (safely of course!), try different ways of doing things, and experiment with colour, textures and their senses.

As part of more structured activities, our IndoGym program is incorporated into daily life at SekolahkuMySchool. It is also available as an after-school activity. IndoGym is based on the essential movements required for proficiency in gymnastics. It is safe, stimulating and provides endless movement opportunities for each child to play and learn. The program will assist your child in physical and cognitive development and co-ordination, confidence and self-esteem.

Child-centred programs

Acceptance and inclusion

Our children, whether speaking a different language, demonstrating unique abilities or needs, having a different skin or hair colour, or wearing religious dress or designer clothes, are accepted and supported. This acceptance is shown by older children assisting younger ones in routines of washing, toileting, eating, drinking, and reading stories. During games and academic activities, former highly competitive children now enthusiastically help new or less able children to play games or complete tasks.

Special needs children

Integrating children with special needs has been integral to the philosophy of SekolahkuMySchool since its inception. Our team have experience with, and strategies to work with, children with special needs. These strategies, combined with our philosophy and attitude that our role is to maximise the abilities of all children, is assisting children cope with, and master their individual differences whilst working cooperatively with others at a high level of functioning.
Our integrated program is demonstrating outstanding results with children suffering from autism and other physical difficulties. A key achievement is their active participation within group situations.

All of our services incorporate and consider special needs children.

Apart from Dr Margaret Shore, an Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID) since 2006, who has been guiding the curriculum development at SekolahkuMySchool since its inception, we have sourced professional advisers from within Indonesia and overseas to provide guidance on specific areas of need: the majority of these people have assisted us in a voluntary capacity.

In 2007 an Australian teacher of children with Special Needs, Mrs Beverly Hopwood, spent a year working with our children and teachers introducing new materials and methods for educating children with special needs. We are now recognised as providing the highest quality education in Java for children with extra needs including the gifted and talented.

We work with all our children to:
  • be kind, caring, concerned and possess the ability to be a leader or part of the group
  • have an enquiring mind and be a focused learner who loves asking questions and finding out “why”
  • be an innovative problem solver capable of working independently or in a group
  • be able to express ideas, thoughts, feelings and attitudes clearly and accurately
  • know and develop the abilities and limitations of their own body through a clearly structured developmentally planned program of physical development
  • understand the need to care for, and respect their own bodies and those of other peoples’, our environment and all our natural resources
  • internalise many mathematical, architectural, and scientific concepts as part of their everyday experiences and activities
  • develop aesthetic appreciation through painting, drawing, designing, gardening, collage and clay, and value and participate in learning activities that contribute to being a worthwhile and fulfilled adult.

All children are welcome including those with special needs

Children with special needs are welcomed into our programs and are provided with appropriate teacher support partially funded by Yayasan Tunas Cerdas Gemilang. Children of poorer families have the opportunity to participate through scholarships and donations provided by generous benefactors.

SekolahkuMySchool will occasionally be in a position to supply scholarships for children with particular needs. If you think your child may come into this category, please contact our Head of School to register with us and we will contact you if a scholarship and appropriate assistance becomes available

Integrated and engaged with the community

Our philosophy and operations integrate and align to support each child, their family and the community in the best way possible. We accept every opportunity to collaborate with our local community on projects of educational benefit to the children and the community. We benefit from community knowledge and expertise, resources and services. We advocate good corporate citizenship and demonstrate this by making informed choices and supporting the local community. We encourage our school community to support their local community and be an integral part of the wider Indonesian and world community.
Being based in a rural community in the shadow of Mt Merapi, agriculture is an important part of our local community and therefore, our programs. The integration between the school and local community is reflected in the children’s records of their Parliamentary sittings with representatives of the local community to decide on the use of abandoned commercial fish ponds adjacent to the school. The young men of the community assisted in the renovation of these ponds and ploughing (the traditional way with oxen!) the field adjacent to the ponds ready for planting.
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