Education High: Stuart Glascott16 Jan 2017
Mr. Stuart takes pride in being part of a historical Lasallian school, from being part of the birth of the new school to maintaining an environment conducive to growth and education.
Helming the newly born St. Joseph’s Institution International (SJII) School Malaysia’s high school division to greater heights is none other than Mr. Stuart Glascott. He heads the school alongside elementary school principal, Mrs. Eileen Quigley.
Mr. Stuart commenced his career in teaching in 1987 and has been involved in the education sector ever since. Before moving to Malaysia in 2015, he was also a headmaster in Australia.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I loved school as a student and could, from an early age, see how much a good teacher made to the progress of students. Some wonderful teachers also inspired me to become a teacher. The perks of the job are many, but the most notable and fulfilling perk is that you get to work with young people, to help them develop into the best that they can. To me, nothing beats being part of a school community.”
His prime role in the school revolves around developing an environment centred in learning – personally and academically. Everything he does has an aim of creating a conducive environment for learning. SJII officially opened its doors in September this year and is a school of the De La Salle Brothers and a sister school to the extremely successful SJII of Singapore.
A principal’s most heartwarming moment is no doubt in seeing the students happy faces and Mr Stuart shared the same feelings on the opening day of the school. “To see the students flowing in on the first day with big smiles on their faces was a moment I will never forget. So many people had worked so hard to ensure the school is a success and to take a minute or two to enjoy the moment on that first day was very special,” he said.
In terms of extracurricular activities, the Lasallian school offers a broad range of co-curricular activities as they believe it helps achieve one of the their core values, which is community-building. SJII offers a range of sports such as football and basketball, arts such as orchestra and photography, and academics such as Model United Nations and World Scholars Cup.
Teachers at SJII are valued for the three key fundamentals they possess to develop a students’ educational experience. Firstly, teachers should play an active role in developing a students’ growth mindset. Mr Stuart wants to ensure students develop a growth mindset and believes that through hard work and persistence, they will achieve more.
Secondly, teachers are required to provide effective feedback, as research indicates that effective feedback is one of the most powerful tools to drive greater student learning. Lastly, the teachers at SJII are expected to strive to develop an environment where students are comfortable to take risks.
“Our aim is to supply world class Lasallian education to the students in our school. Our mission is ‘Enabling youth to learn how to learn, and to learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people for others.’”