The suburb of Gordon was planned and
established in the late 1960's. It is located in the
Waigani Valley of Port Moresby. When the school was
first opened in 1969, as a co-educational day school,
it was known as Gordon's Estate Primary. The school
was administered by the Papua New Guinea Department
of Education. It was later known as Gordon's Multi
School. In 1977, the school became a member of the
International Education Agency and was known as Gordon
Our School Today
Gordon International School, as it exists
today, strives to provide a high quality
education for middle class Papua New Guineans.
While most of the children are from
Papua New Guinea, there is no bar to parents from
choosing to enrol their children here. Children at
the school experience tje rich cultures and the traditions
of life in Papua New Guinea more so than other private
schools in the country.
Gordon International School is located
on the corner of Nuana Road and Henao Drive, Gordon.
It is in an ideal location easily accessible by road
from any part of the city.
The two story classroom buildings are
surrounded by beautiful tropical rain-trees.
school's facilities include a spacious, well equipped
library, a 25 meter swimming pool, sealed basketball
and netball court, a covered assemble hall, music room
and home economics and science facilities
There are at least two streams
at each grade level from Preparatory Year through to
Grade 8. Classes are of mixed ability and the school
has a strong emphasis on child-centred learning.
Gordon International School proudly boasts
that its teaching staff is made up exclusively of Papua
New Guinean teachers. As an IEA member school we believe
in the process of 'localisation' and are leading the
way in this area. Part of Gordon's role within this
system is to further develop the teaching skills, qualifications
and professionalism of citizen teachers. To this end,
the school has a full time Teacher Development Officer
working closely with classroom teachers.
Each classroom teacher is responsible
for the overall education of the children in his or
her care but is ably supported by specialist subject
teachers in the curriculum areas of Music, Library Skills
and Computer Skills. As well as this support, each classroom
teacher has a Teacher Assistant to help with both classroom
management requirements and in the educational process.
As a member of the IEA, the school
works a four term year; with each term being ten teaching
Between terms one and two, and terms three and four
there is a one week vacation while between terms two
and three there is a three week break.
commence at 8.00am until 2.30pm.
There is a 30-minute break at 10.00am and a 45-minute
lunch break at 12.30pm. The timetable is run on eight
40-minute lessons each day.
The school takes part in school sports competitions
with other international schools in Port Moresby. It
also celebrates teaching and learning with the community
through regular school assemblies.