An exclusive interview with Kingsgate’s head of school, Mr Will Ore

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Will Ore, Head of School at Kingsgate International School is an outstanding and experienced education leader, spending the last 13 plus years as an elementary, middle and high school teacher before moving on to positions as both Deputy and Head of School at several leading IB World and Cambridge Schools in the Asia Pacific Region.

Ore’s rich and wide variety of experiences include being in the US Army — making him an excellent candidate to lead a school with passion and integrity.

Ore’s Journey as an Educator

Growing up, a career in education was never Ore’s plans because he didn’t find anything exciting about teaching, considering it antiquated and boring. However, his viewpoint changed when he joined the military where he found methods of teaching current, it involved hands-on practises and practical knowledge that could be easily applied in the real world. It was then he found his calling to be an educator.

Ore had learnt how to lead a school successfully, and with utmost integrity. Elaborating further, Ore mentioned the military also taught him how to assemble and work with diverse teams to get a range of perspectives. One of the most important aspects of leading a school is the ability to stay calm under pressure and his experience cultivated serving the army enables him to do just that.

Educational Belief

Ore’s educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that, “all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. All of which, the Kingsgate International School will possess.”

He believes that every child has a spark within them called curiosity. Unfortunately, most schools smother that spark within the first few years of a child’s formal education. These schools and their “cookie-cutter” approach to education put out the spark before it has the chance to be a roaring fire with heavy textbooks, reams of daily homework and constant exams, which consequently extinguishes the potential of unique growth, curiosity and exploration.

Will believes that student’s curiosity should be fostered and encouraged to grow into a into a fire of creative, tolerant and critical thinking. “It’s that spark that will not only foster a joy of life-long learning, but will make a better world tomorrow and for generations to come,” he says.

Kingsgate Approach to Education

The school’s philosophy reflects Understanding by Design (UbD) theories that focus on a ‘beginning with the end in mind.’ Ore clarifies that to maximise students’ achievement it is essential that educators drive all planning toward a common goal.

“Additionally, tour the school during school hours so you get a clearer picture of the schools’ values and culture. Choosing a school is very much like shopping for a pair of shoes, some are too expensive, some too cheap, some poorly constructed (managed), don’t fit, too much bling, are just plain ugly, or worse; terrible “copies” advertised as an original. Choose a school you feel will be the best fit for your child to be happy in a safe, nurturing, learning environment that allows them to pursue their goals and dreams.”

Ore hopes every child who attends Kingsgate International School will be the “Spark that lights the fire” for a better today, tomorrow and generations to come. Make an appointment with the school today to understand the Kingsgate way.