At ABC we encourage a natural flow of learning that fits in with our community and environment. As much learning as possible takes place outside with a more 'project based' curriculum such as building and botanical projects.
We have a structured approach with a Holistic belief. Combining both traditional and holistic syllabus.
The Learner-Centered approach is what we relate to best.
Regular visits from 'Guest Teachers' are invited to be a part of the curriculum, thus bringing new energy, different learning styles and expertise in interesting and new fields to enhance the children's learning spectrum.
The children’s individual learning requirements are assessed regularly and prioritized. Parental involvement in both the children’s learning and the running of the school is encouraged.
Specialized in Grade1-6, Brandy was nominated top 3 primary teacher in the state of Florida. She has a structured approach with a holistic vibe. Brandy is our head teacher
2 of Brandy's kids also attend our school
Our Kindergarten Teacher is from Pottuvil. Ayesha is Montessori trained and is great with arts and crafts for the little ones.
Ayesha is fluent in English, Tamil and Sinhala and is a great asset for local kids to transition into English Medium education.
Ayesha joined ABC in September 2019
Lates arrival to join our team is Kavitha. She used to run her own Montessori but the crisis hit in 2022. We are grateful she joined our little ones with years of experience.
Kavitha is from Pottuvil
Our super Nursery Assistant and cleaner, Madu helps out with the little ones during play time, snack time, crafts and the odd trip to the bathrooms.
Madu is from Arugam Bay
The last of the original 4 founders of the school, Raffaella is currently managing and running the school full time and voluntarily.
Raffaella's daughter also attends the school.
All the way from Switzerland, Phil is the perfect bookkeeper; and he covers all aspects of the school's playground and maintenance.
Phil is teacher Brandy's husband; and has a FIFA referee license :)
How the school started
After talking about starting a school for more than 3 years, four mothers put our words into action and decided to finally start a school. None of us are experienced teachers, but with years of homeschooling, international education and a published book, we put brains, ideas, energy, and money together - not to mention years of living in Sri Lanka so knowing when, where, and how to get things done - and started WAVEducation - Arugam Bay College. We opened in January 2019.
The first year was very challenging with 4 strong characters running the new school, a couple of teachers, and a bunch of kids just going with our flow. We soon realized that on-line schooling for the senior kids was going to work out much better. And so after 6 months, the older kids transitioned into On-Line Schooling. Which proved to be a much better option a year later when cvd19 took over our planet.
With the older kids at home, 3 mums decided to pull out from running the school. With too much time, money, energy and efforts put into the school already, it would have been a shame to see it disintegrate. So the last mum decided to take hold of the rains and keep the school 'alive' and slowly lean towards the Learner-Centrered Education (Finland's renowned curriculum) and continue with Kindergarten and Primary section of the school and help grow the school as the kids grow, so that the small 'foreign' community of the village can have an international and holistic based education for their kids. In 2022 we signed with EduCluster Finland for Leadership Training, Teacher Training and Curriculum enhancement for grades 1 to 12.