“I believe studying at a small school helped me become the person I am today. As a student, you are always able to attain feedback from the teachers. Teachers knew all the students on a personal level and were able to meet individual needs.”
Michael Ammann, graduate of 2020. Currently a Surveillance Officer for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and studying at UWA in a Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
ISWA offers two education pathways to their senior students, which pathway did you take?
I chose the International Baccalaureate (IB) pathway.
Describe your experience studying at ISWA.
I had a fantastic time at ISWA. I felt like I had a lot of support from the teachers when preparing for my final exams.
The small size was a great benefit, as it enabled students to feel significant in a classroom. It also allowed for the establishment of tight and unique relationships with the teachers.
Do you believe you left ISWA with a global education that has prepared you to work internationally?
Yes, ISWA has helped me establish a global network with all my friends who have moved to various corners of the world. ISWA encourages us to have a voice and guides us to be open-minded and collaborative.
How do you believe ISWA’s culture shaped your school experience?
It allowed me to feel very welcomed and fit right in. I joined ISWA on the day of their school camp. I was exhausted and jet-lagged, however, all of the students were very friendly and inclusive making the trip one of the best school camps.
How do you think studying in a welcoming, close-knit community like ISWA compares to other schools?
I believe studying at a small school helped me become the person I am today. As a student, you are always able to attain feedback from the teachers. Teachers knew all the students on a personal level and were able to meet individual needs. With classes being small there was a lot of collaboration between students to achieve our goals.
What are the benefits of an international education to students at school today?
The benefits of an international education are the experience of various and diverse cultures and a global network reaching around the world. I believe IB prepares you well for what is expected as an undergraduate.
Tell us about what you’re doing now. Have you had any memorable achievements since leaving ISWA?
I have been working as a Surveillance Officer for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Finding full-time employment has been a great opportunity for me that has helped me to further develop essential skills needed for nearly any type of work. In February 2021 I will begin my studies at UWA in a Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
If you had to describe your experience at ISWA in ten words or less, what would you say?
An incredible experience that I’ll never forget.
Acknowledgement of Country
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge, respect and seek to learn from their wisdom, continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.