We continue the Little Steps Talking Heads series, where parents can meet, greet, and get tips from Singapore’s Heads of Schools! Get personal with these fabulous personalities and find out what makes them tick, their advice for parents navigating the schooling scene, and their favorite things about living in the city.
In this edition, it’s Mark Renie, Head Of School At One World International School. Happy reading!
1. Do you have a nickname? No but I have gone by my middle name, Joshua, at times.
2. Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean and moved to Canada at a young age. Having the experience of living in two countries at such a young age really inspired me to travel and live abroad. Since then, I have lived in five more countries across Asia.
3. Where do you live in the city and why do you love it there? I live in Tanjong Katong and absolutely love it. Its proximity to great restaurants and old historic architecture while still being a quick walk or bike ride away from the ECP make it a location that offers the best of food, culture, history and the outdoors.
4. What's in your lunchbox? I generally don’t eat lunch as the days can be too busy. I make up for it with a large dinner that generally reflects my love of Asian and South Asian food.
1. What or who inspired you to become a teacher? My experience as a child left me very disillusioned with the education system and sparked a resolve in me to make a change for the better. I firmly believe that schools and education should meet the needs of all our students by utilising their interests and strengths to engage them and extend their understanding of the world around them.
2. Describe your school in 5 words or less: Diverse, kind and caring community
1. What's your favorite thing on your desk and why? A paperweight that a former student made for me. It reminds me of all the students who have touched my life during my career.
2. What are your 3 favorite children's books? The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldon, Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena.
1. What is the best way for parents to be involved in their children’s education? There are many ways that parents can be involved, but one that stands out to me is taking the time to talk to your child every day about their day at school. It shows that their daily experience is valued and appreciated by their family.
2. Any tips for parents when applying for schools? Make sure that the guiding statements of the school are aligned with your educational expectations for your child and that they are not simply words but are actions brought to life every day at the school.
3. What’s the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Take the time to listen to your students, not just in the classroom but at every opportunity you get.
One World International School, Nanyang Campus: 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075, +65 6914 6700
One World International School, Suntec Campus: 1 Raffles Blvd, Suntec City, Level 3, Singapore 039593, +65 6914 7240