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 to fulfil our vision of inspiring our learners to thrive in a world of change.

As an internationally minded school, we are inspired by the diversity of our community and the world at large.  We empower ourselves with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become true global citizens.  By appreciating ourselves and one another we work towards creating and sustaining a harmonious future.  

Senior Leadership's Message

Dear  Families,

Welcome to the International Preparatory School  (IPS) in Mauritius.  It is our hope that this site provides you with all the information you need about our school. We 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 student’s interests in many sports, activities and hobbies utilising extra-curricular activities.

We 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!

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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International Mindedness at IPS

IPS is an international community school that welcomes all nationalities. We value international-mindedness without forgetting the importance of national mindedness. We believe it is essential for all our students to develop a deep understanding of our host country, Mauritius, and we are honoured to be in a country with diverse people, heritage, culture, beliefs, and traditions.

We believe international-mindedness begins and develops from a strong sense of self-identity. We encourage our students to celebrate their uniqueness and individuality, and we are proud of who they are as young people.

Our beautifully diverse student body is an incredible resource which allows our students to naturally learn about other cultures. We love to see students from different backgrounds interacting, learning from each other and growing together. From this strong foundation we hope to see our students become open-minded, reflective thinkers who are able to communicate with confidence and sensitivity, whilst understanding different perspectives and treating all people in a caring way. Individuals who naturally inquire about the world and develop knowledge to make a difference.

Developing International Mindedness at IPS:

The school community went on a journey to understand what international-mindedness means to us at IPS. Through a series of workshops we collaboratively developed the following definition:

IPS International Mindedness Statement:

We are inspired by the diversity of our community and the world at large.  We empower ourselves with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become true global citizens.  By appreciating ourselves and one another we work towards creating and sustaining a harmonious future. 

 
 

IPS Faculty

Nicky Bigaignon

Nicky Bigaignon

Head of School
Laura Nash

Laura Nash

PYP Coordinator
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Tieg Tarum

Head of ICT
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Hemlata Seesurn

Hemlata Seesurn

Bursar / Office Manager
Poonam Raumoo

Poonam Raumoo

After School Activities / HR Officer
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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Sanjeev Ramdany

Sanjeev Ramdany

Maintenance Staff
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    Aartee Lullith

    Aartee Lullith

    Class Assistant, Nursery
      Aarti Lullith

      Aarti Lullith

      Class Assistant
        Brinda Ramsaha

        Brinda Ramsaha

        Assistant Teacher, Reception
        Geraldine Abel

        Geraldine Abel

        Class Teacher, Nursery
        Saandy Sookdawwoor

        Saandy Sookdawwoor

        Class Teacher, Reception
        Sangita Poorun

        Sangita Poorun

        Class Assistant
          Sheeba Derman

          Sheeba Derman

          Class Teacher, Nursery
          Sunita Ramlagun

          Sunita Ramlagun

          Class Assistant, Reception
            Vimla Nursmooloo

            Vimla Nursmooloo

            Class Assistant, Nursery
              Virginie Autrey

              Virginie Autrey

              Librarian, Section Coordinator
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              Heemah Teelwah

              Heemah Teelwah

              Class Assistant, Year 2
                Poornima Kanhye

                Poornima Kanhye

                Class Assistant, Year 1
                  Rosyanne Radaylall

                  Rosyanne Radaylall

                  Class Teacher, Section Coordinator, 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
                        Virginie Autrey

                        Virginie Autrey

                        Librarian, Section Coordinator
                        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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                        Lucy Greig

                        Lucy Greig

                        Class Teacher, Year 5
                        Melanie Williams

                        Melanie Williams

                        Class Teacher, Section Coordinator, Year 5
                        Steven Derman

                        Steven Derman

                        Class Teacher, Year 6
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                        Virginie Autrey

                        Virginie Autrey

                        Librarian, Section Coordinator
                        Jean Noel Yardin

                        Jean Noel Yardin

                        Physical Education Teacher, Section Coordinator
                        Melanie Celine

                        Melanie Celine

                        Physical Education Teacher
                        Jenny Kwan Tat

                        Jenny Kwan Tat

                        French Teacher, Technology Coach
                        Jacqueline Leung

                        Jacqueline Leung

                        Art & Design Technology: Teacher
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                        Tieg Tarum

                        Head of ICT
                        Sylvain Roussel

                        Sylvain Roussel

                        Technology Coach
                        Virginie Autrey

                        Virginie Autrey

                        Librarian, Section Coordinator
                        Carmen Mutengo

                        Carmen Mutengo

                        Music Teacher
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                        Renee Vallet

                        Renee Vallet

                        Learning Support Teacher
                        Liz Maingard

                        Liz Maingard

                        Learning Support Teacher
                        Mita Permalloo

                        Mita Permalloo

                        Learning Support Teacher
                        Kathy Van Zyl

                        Kathy Van Zyl

                        Learning Support Teacher, Section Coordinator
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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

                        IPS BoG 2020

                        Board of Governors

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                        IPS Board of Governors

                        Back Row: Mr. Yahia Nazroo, Mr. Dhaneswar Beeharry, Mrs. Lara-Ann Vaudin, Mr. Mark van Beuningen, Mr. Sailash Kumar Boodhoo, & Mr. Eric Grenouillaud

                        Front Row: Mr. Deodass Poolovadoo, & Mrs. Sophie Lagesse

                        Not Pictured: Mr. Ali Haji Esmael

                        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.  Aligned with the recommendations of the International Taskforce on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

                         

                        Faculty Recruiting:

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

                        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