Gateway Colleges Colombo, Kandy, Negombo and Bambalapitiya held their 14th Annual Teacher Training workshop at the Heritance Ahungalle (formally Triton) on July 9 and 10. This year's training included two sessions.
The first was a session on the use of Interactive Whiteboards and the second was a workshop on "Psychology and Communication". The event also included many items of entertainment including a staff concert organized by various Departments of Gateway Colleges.
Interactive Whiteboards are considered to be an excellent resource, not only for visual learners, but also for Auditory and Kinesthetic learners. Gateway has therefore, made necessary investments to encourage all teachers from Kindergarten to Advanced Level to use this new tool. With arrangements being made to provide Internet access in all classrooms, teaching and learning at Gateway is expected to reach greater heights.
As an organization that has established a firm reputation for ICT both locally and Internationally, Gateway has provided continuous support to its teachers developing their ICT skills. Over the years, many teachers have qualified in either ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) or e-Citizen. It is with this background that the school has worked out a programme for teachers to obtain Laptops at very special concessionary rates. In view of these initiatives, the Management of Gateway is confident that all teachers will incorporate ICT into their day to day teaching.
A well trained teaching staff has always been a priority for Gateway. Over the years, Gateway teachers have had the opportunity of being trained by many local and International experts on various topics. From the upcoming new academic year, the Directorate of Gateway is making arrangements to formalize the training, especially for teachers who are qualified in their subject specialities, but who have not had any formal teacher training. The proposed Professional Diploma that is to be offered to teachers of Gateway through the Gateway Graduate School is to be of a year's duration. The modules to be included are - Soft Skills for Teachers, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Planning and Enabling Learning, Principles and Practice of Assessment and the Pedagogical use of ICT.
The Directorate identifies the teachers of Gateway as the most important members in taking the school forward. The recent introduction of the Health Insurance scheme was also a gesture of goodwill for the efforts of the teachers of Gateway, whom the Directorate believes is the driving force of the organization.
Provision of learning of the highest global standards, while retaining the culture of the land, has been the raison d'etre for Gateway College since it twas founded in 1997.
Gateway College stands out among the International Schools in Sri Lanka, in that it follows the English National Curriculum in its entirety from the Foundation Level to the Advanced Level for students of Sri Lanka and other nationalities. With state-of-the-art facilities and a guarantee of not more than 25 students to a class, Gateway assures the best for every student. Gateway enjoys accredited teaching centre status from Edexcel - UK, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and NCC Education - UK, enabling the school to conduct all examinations in-house. While achieving excellence in academic as well as co-curricular fields, students have thus lived up to the expectations of the founders by developing into wholesome personalities.
Having strengthened its position in the Primary and Secondary sectors, Gateway College has now embarked into the tertiary sector. With the opening of the new Graduate School, Gateway College brings a new dimension to its existing provision from Play Group (2 ½ years+) to Degree Level, with a new focus and theme - "Foundation to Graduation".