Kuala Kencana (Lowlands)
West Papua – Indonesia 99968
School +62 901 546-4853
PO Box 14. Tembagapura
West Papua, Indonesia 99967
School +62 901 468 767
Thank you for your interest in our school, whether you are a potential parent, teacher, or just curious about our school!
Mt. Zaagkam school enrolls and supports school age children of the employees of Freeport McMoRan Indonesia. We have 2 sites; Kuala Kencana is a small village located in the lowlands (jungle) near Timika, and currently has 24 students and 10 teachers. Tembagapura is in the highlands (mountains and clouds) and currently has 68 students and 12 teachers.
The school offers a Pre-K through grade 8 program. MZS is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and the IB-PYP
We offer a strong academic program that is aligned with US, UK and Australian standards and benchmarks. For such a small school, we offer a wide variety of unique sporting, musical and art opportunities. Students all take Bahasa Indonesia language and have the opportunity for Spanish. MZS has a commitment to ICT and we are 1:1 with laptops from grades 2-8, and are working toward a 1:1 iPad program.
Our faculty is composed of experienced and qualified international educators. Longevity averages 4-5 years. Our leadership team has been in place for 4 years. This has resulted in a stable school environment with steady progress.
We are committed to the best practices of; a child-centered program that is inquiry-based, concept-driven, constructivist (building on what students already know), and dedicated to differentiation, pre-assessments and reflection, collaboration, international-mindedness, and empowering students to take responsible action.
At MZS, we have a commitment to community involvement and to utilize the expertise and unique opportunities on our FMI site and local villages. Every year we host Kamoro Culture Weeks where students learn carving, dancing, drumming, weaving, etc., we celebrate national holidays such as Independence Day and Kartini Day, visit local villages or schools, engage in classroom visits or join after-school activities with the national school, produce national radio shows which feeds far out into remote villages, offer students study trips in and outside of Papua, support local needs through schoolwide projects, and learn the art of bushcraft (jungle survival). Within our sponsoring company, we work collaboratively with our safety, security, and fire departments, go on mine-related tours, benefit from the expertise of geologists, medical personnel, environmental specialists, and much more!
If you would like to know more about our unique school, would like to enroll your child as a student, or would like to apply for a teaching position, please reach us through the ‘contact us’ tab. We look forward to hearing from you.
Home Country: Australia
Degree: BA [Hons]., Dip. Ed.. Grad. Dip. Outdoor Ed., Master Env. Sci.
International Certificate School Leadership
Experience: 25 years. Australia, Indonesia
Statement: A ‘learning focused’ leader energized by possibilities and compelling ideas. An Aquarian with a passion for water adventures, travel, fine fare and ‘chillhouse’ music [preferably on the beach!]
Home country: USA
Degree: Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Students – California State University
Experience: 18 years – USA; United Arab Emirates; Qatar, Democratic Republic Congo, Indonesia
Statement: I have three children, a commercial pilot’s license, scuba diver, lover of live music though I have zero musical talent – I have been with FCX going on 10 years.
MZS Curriculum Coordinator
Home country: Spain
Degree: BA Education (Primary), Dip. Early Years Ed.
Experience: 13 years – Spain, UK, Singapore, Indonesia.
Statement: An enthusiastic teacher and curriculum leader passionate about innovative education. Enjoys contemporary art, literature and independent cinema. Love spending time with family and friends, as well as travelling and new experiences.