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Telfair International Primary School (TIPS) is a primary school in Mauritius following the traditional British curriculum. The co-educational school is situated in Tamarin, on the west coast of the island. We cater for children from 5 to 12 years old who then follow on to one of the private secondary schools of Mauritius. We are presently the direct feeder school to Le Bocage Secondary High School in Moka, and Tiny Tots Day Care Centre in Tamarin, is the feeder pre-primary school to TIPS. Le Bocage have plans to have another school built on the west coast in the future.
Telfair International Primary school first opened its doors in 2007. Our population consists of Mauritians, foreigners, and expatriates; it is important for us to value all cultures and religions amongst our pupils and build a strong sense of belonging.
We believe it is essential for children to feel confident and contented in their achievements, striving to improve and better themselves. We also seek to promote positive attitudes and awareness of others. With our small student-teacher ratio, our teaching staff create an excellent learning environment for the children.
For us, education is not limited to traditional academic topics; we also offer a wide variety of specialised subjects taught by qualified teachers to help each child develop his full potential.
We aim to provide our children that leave us, with the highest level of academic achievements, as well as good values and perseverance.
Why "Telfair" International Primary School
Dr. Charles Telfair was an English surgeon who joined the British Royal Navy in 1797 and arrived in the Indian Ocean in 1810. In many respects, he proved himself to be innovative, knowledgeable and above all humane. He was the first sugar estate owner to set up a school for his workers’ children. Telfair introduced machines to increase productivity and was the first to use a horizontal sugar mill.
He was also a renowned naturalist; his early travels gave him the opportunity to record and observe various plant and animal species. Moved by his great interest in nature and the will to share his knowledge, the Irish botanist founded the Natural History Society in Mauritius, together with other local naturalists, and used his extensive botanical and zoological expertise to introduce new plants and animals to the island. Today, there are several species as well as places of interest named after Telfair in Mauritius.
Dr. Telfair lived through and participated in the Napoleonic Wars, but he befriended and was admired by French and British alike. Throughout the years he lived in Mauritius he sought to raise the living standards of the inhabitants, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, which was considered as progressive for the time. He remains an inspirational figure for his often-selfless contribution to his adopted country. His logo, of an arm with an arrow, was derived from his conviction that with self-confidence, vision, courage and strong beliefs, your arrow would reach its target without the need of a bow.