World widens

ISWA principal Melissa Powell with five-year-old Pre Pry. Ms Powell expects to have two classes across all grades within two years.
ISWA principal Melissa Powell with five-year-old Pre Pry. Ms Powell expects to have two classes across all grades within two years.

Principal Melissa Powell said the school currently had 350 students from pre-primary to Year 12 but would begin to increase its numbers in July following the completion of eight new classrooms.

When redevelopment of the old City Beach High School library is complete later this year, additional classrooms, a study hall and staff room will also be available.

‘Our waiting list indicates we can go to about 600 over the next two years,’ Ms Powell said.

‘We’re basically doubling the size of the school in terms of students.’

Ms Powell said demand from the school’s services mainly came from expats but also local families who were attracted to the school’s ‘transient community’, international focus and northern hemisphere set timetable.

‘If they come to Australia for two years and go into an Australian school they’re either six months ahead or behind, whereas here they fit right in,’ she said. ‘We have no discipline problems because the kids are used to being on the expat circuit and making new friends.

‘Because there are so many nationalities everyone’s different so no one stands out as being different.’