About Us

Who We Are

The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a fully authorised International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme.  IPS  is a private English medium pre-primary and primary school situated on spacious grounds in Labourdonnais Village, a rural sugar growing area in the north of Mauritius. At IPS teaching and learning takes place within a constructivist context (using the IBPYP) where students build new knowledge upon previous knowledge.

Head's Message

Dear  Families,

Welcome to the International Preparatory School  (IPS) in Mauritius. My name is Bruce Ashton, and it is my hope that our site provides you with all the information you need about our school. I also hope that it helps you understand the spirit and values that are key to our work here at IPS.

In the coming year, IPS will celebrate  30 years as an independent international school.

In 2017 IPS was Re-accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). We are proud of this award as it recognises us as a school that offers an all-around high-quality education, one that meets or exceeds internationally agreed standards. We are very aware of the responsibility this carries and so continually strive to maintain and further develop the educational programme which we offer our students. Our Strategic Plan (revised in 2017) guides us in placing student learning at the forefront of all we do.

IPS is an IB World School school offering the Primary Years Programme. As an IB school, we share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that inspires our students to succeed in a world that is forever changing.

IPS is a community school, and each section of our community is critical with all stakeholders adding value through their contributions to the ethos and climate of the school. Students, teachers, parents, board members and community friends are all encouraged to work in collaboration to further the vision and mission of the school.

As is common in many other international and national primary schools worldwide, our programme reflects the International Baccalaureate philosophy and an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. We place a significant emphasis on helping our children develop a genuine and vibrant love of learning, one that they will carry with them beyond IPS and through their lives. We support them in developing confidence and fluency in the critical basic literacy and numeracy skills and in putting their natural curiosity to work in learning about our world through the various subject areas.

After school hours, we also extend our children’s interests in many sports, activities and hobbies utilising extra-curricular activities.

I do hope that you will decide to come and join our lively school community and extend a warm welcome to all of our website visitors!

Bruce Ashton

Head of School

Bruce Ashton

Head of School
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IPS Faculty

Bruce Ashton

Bruce Ashton

Head of School
Nicky Bigaignon

Nicky Bigaignon

Deputy Head of School
Heidi Ashton

Heidi Ashton

Curriculum Coordinator, IBPYP Coordinator
Nikki Malcomess

Nikki Malcomess

Drama, EAL Teacher
Tieg Tarum

Tieg Tarum

Technology Coach & ICT Coordinator
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Hemlata Seesurn

Hemlata Seesurn

Bursar / Office Manager
Vanessa Juliette

Vanessa Juliette

School Secretary
Lilette Bhudoye

Lilette Bhudoye

School Nurse
Roshan Rajcoomar

Roshan Rajcoomar

Office Attendant
Poonam Raumoo

Poonam Raumoo

After School Activities / HR Officer
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Aarti Lullith

Aarti Lullith

Class Assistant
    Lucy Greig

    Lucy Greig

    Class Teacher, Early Childhood Coordinator, Reception
    Saandy Sookdawwoor

    Saandy Sookdawwoor

    Class Teacher, Reception
    Sangita Poorun

    Sangita Poorun

    Class Assistant
      Shirley Dawoo

      Shirley Dawoo

      Class Teacher, Reception
      Sunita Ramlagun

      Sunita Ramlagun

      Class Assistant, Reception
        Vimla Nursmooloo

        Vimla Nursmooloo

        Class Assistant, Reception
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          Alanna Robinson

          Alanna Robinson

          Class Teacher, Lower Primary Coordinator, Year 1
          Poornima Kanhye

          Poornima Kanhye

          Class Assistant, Year 1
            Devi Mungur

            Devi Mungur

            Class Assistant, Year 1
              Hema Teelwah

              Hema Teelwah

              Assistant Teacher, Year 2
                Sandhya Huradon

                Sandhya Huradon

                Assistant Teacher, Year 2
                  Anna  Canagasaby

                  Anna Canagasaby

                  Assistant Teacher, Year 2
                  Eloise Martin

                  Eloise Martin

                  Class Teacher, Year 2
                  Sandra Trousquin

                  Sandra Trousquin

                  Assistant Teacher, Year 1
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                  Sharita Mungu

                  Sharita Mungu

                  Class Assistant, Year 3
                    Dorothy Wong

                    Dorothy Wong

                    Class Teacher, Year 3
                    Laura Nash

                    Laura Nash

                    Class Teacher, Year 5
                    Steven Derman

                    Steven Derman

                    Class Teacher, Year 6
                    Jennifer Peters

                    Jennifer Peters

                    Class Teacher, Upper Primary Coordinator, Year 6
                    Joan Philp

                    Joan Philp

                    Class Teacher, Year 4
                    Alyssia Clare

                    Alyssia Clare

                    Class Teacher, Year 4
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                    Jean Noel Yardin

                    Jean Noel Yardin

                    Physical Education Teacher
                    Melanie Celine

                    Melanie Celine

                    Physical Education Teacher
                    Jacqueline Leung

                    Jacqueline Leung

                    Art & Design Technology: Teacher
                    Tieg Tarum

                    Tieg Tarum

                    Technology Coach & ICT Coordinator
                    Sylvain Roussel

                    Sylvain Roussel

                    Technology Coach
                    Virginie Autrey

                    Virginie Autrey

                    Single Subject Coordinator, Teacher Librarian
                    Carmen Mutengo

                    Carmen Mutengo

                    Music Teacher
                    Vince Van Der Venter

                    Vince Van Der Venter

                    Physical Education Teacher
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                    Board of Governors

                    The Board of Governors considers policy development and fiduciary responsibilities to be its primary functions.

                    Policies are those outcomes of planning and evaluation, which guide the Board of Governors in its operation and are guides for action by the Head of School.  Policies also act as a means of communication with the community, staff, and students relative to the  School’s Mission and Vision and other Guiding Statements and to its philosophy and objectives and Board decisions.

                    The Board of Governors ensures the financial stability of IPS through sound financial planning and the monitoring of the annual budget.  

                    Responsibilities will include:

                    1.    To establish the mission, vision, and philosophy of the School
                    2.    Plan strategically to ensure the viability of the School
                    3.    To employ, support and evaluate  the Head of  School
                    4.    To monitor the work and effectiveness of the educational program through discussions with the Head of School
                    5.    Approval of the annual operating budget
                    6.    Approval of the annual calendar
                    7.    Evaluation of itself on an annual basis

                    IPS Board of Governors Policy Manual

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                    Board of Governors

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                    Our Campus

                    The International Preparatory School campus occupies 27,000 sq. Metres in the green and pleasant grounds of the former Labourdonnais Sugar Estate. In the shade of the leafy trees planted by labourers many years ago to shield their dwellings from the fierce tropical sun, our two purpose-built, fully air-conditioned classroom blocks stand in mature, established gardens alongside employees’ cottages, saved from the bulldozers and converted and adapted into offices and learning areas.

                    Over the years the School has built up a number of significant resources that are unparalleled in primary education in Mauritius. Currently, our facilities include a computer research lab, a library, an art studio, French language classrooms, a Learning Support teaching centre, a gymnasium, sports fields, an outdoor amphitheatre, several playgrounds, outdoor eating areas and a medical room. The school campus is equipped with high-speed WiFi internet access and in October of 2016, they will introduce a mobile technology project using a 1 to 1 iPads for students in Years 5 &6.

                    We also have use of the neighbouring Northfields International High School’s (NIHS) swimming pool, which is just a short five-minute walk away. Together with IPS and NIHS, the Ecole du Nord French primary and secondary school completes the group of three international schools situated in Labourdonnais Village.

                    Although we are fortunate to be in a very safe and friendly country, to ensure the security of our school community, the campus and parking areas are monitored by CCTV and a security guard mans the main entrance when school is in session.

                    The Parent Association office is conveniently located adjacent to the main entrance gate.

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                    Playground

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                    Football Pitch

                    Football Pitch

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                    Lower Primary

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                    IRC Hall

                    IRC Hall

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                    Employment Opportunities

                    The International Preparatory School is always looking for the most talented, motivated and innovative people in their particular field. IPS faculty shares a common understanding and goals as found in our Vision and Mission.  If our Guiding statements inspire you, we encourage you to send us your application for any open position that applies to your professional focus.

                    The International Preparatory School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability.

                    Teaching Experience:

                    Minimum 2 years (IB Primary Years Programme and international experience will be a definite advantage).

                    Faculty Recruitment

                    We accept both hard copies or emailed letters of application accompanied by a current CV.  Only those applicants who hold the minimum of a Bachelors Degree and/or a Teaching Certification or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) will be considered.

                    Please e-mail your CV to [email protected]

                    or send to

                    Head of School
                    International Preparatory School
                    Labourdonnais Village
                    Mapou 31803
                    Mauritius