Press Release


News release

ISMILE Alam Atelier School show serious attention to
Early Childhood Education as they held “Practical
Wisdom for Leaders Conference”

12 October 2018
ISMILE Alam Atelier School, a school that is located at Jalan Pamelisan Agung, Banjar Berawa,
Desa Tibubeneng, Kecamatan Kuta Utara, Badung shows serious attention to Early Childhood
Education as they held “Practical Wisdom for Leaders Conference” in collaboration with Gillian
McAuliffe, Practical Wisdom Australia, on October 7 to October 10, 2018. The conference was
attended by almost two hundred educators from all over the world, namely, Indonesia,
Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Australia, New Zealand, and The United States.

“The idea of this conference came from a discussion with an inspirational leader in a Western
Australian service who lamented the lack of quality development opportunities for leaders and
future leaders. We discussed the value of leading by example with authentic, practical
engagement of educators and children”, said Gillian McAullife. “We welcomed the idea when
Gillian first told us that she wants to collaborate with us to conduct the conference at ISMILE
Alam Atelier School. As a Reggio inspired school that believes children can learn much from the
outdoor classroom – the Nature, Alam Atelier is eager to share our journey with the educators as
we see children grow to become nature lovers and young explorers when we extend the learning
outside the classroom,” Maryati Lauw, Director of Operations of ISMILE Alam Atelier School
added.

On Sunday, 7 October 2018, we also invited hundreds of early childhood educators from Bali to
attend a free session. The esteemed speakers such as Rusty Keeler (United States), Director of
Earth Play, Dee Finn (Ireland, New Zealand), Principal of Childspace, and Daniel Burton and
Trudi Bennett (Australia), Co-Directors of Educated by Nature – took time to share their insights
gained from their extensive experiences in teaching children, working with nature and
collaborative leadership in a morning full of fun learning and progressive thinking. Professor Dr.
Ir Netty Herawati, MSi – Chairwoman of the HIMPAUDI Indonesia also shared some insights
on the current state of Indonesian early childhood education, the challenges it faces, and
HIMPAUDI’s move to address one of its main challenges, that of the stunted growth and
development of very young children. “It is a pleasure that we could share the experiences that we
have had as an early childhood school, which currently have 7 branches in Jakarta, Bandung and
Bali, under the brand ISMILE, ISHINE and Alam Atelier School; and exchange insights with
educators from all over Bali, all in the name of strengthening Indonesia’s future by nurturing our
youngest and most precious learners,” said Maryati Lauw.

“Alam Atelier School was founded with the belief that children learn best in a world full of
wonder, awe and joy. Children are constructors of their learning and they learn best from and
with their peers. We are a community that values relationships – with each other, with our
learning spaces, our environment and with our immediate locality. Let us keep reminding
ourselves that children are our next generation; we really need to give full attention and support
to help them grow and to reach their maximum potential. Currently, this is the program offered
by ISMILE Alam Atelier School: Infant and Toddler (6 months old to 24 months), Nursery (2
years old to 4 years old), Kindergarten (4 years old to 6 years old), continue with primary level
start from 6 years old,” Maryati Lauw remarks.

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For further information please contact:
Maryati Lauw
ISMILE Alam Atelier School
Director of Operations
M +62-(0)811875230
E maryati.lauw@ismile.sch.id
W www.ismile.sch.id www.alamatelier.com