Living in Townsite, Sumbawa

Sumbawa, Indonesia is a beautiful place. It is known around the world for its great surf beaches. Batu Hijau Townsite is surrounded by the jungle and although we are an isolated community, we have a lot to offer! Townsite is a safe and secure community which is close to the local villages of Maluk and Sekongkang.  There are several nearby beaches which are great for swimming and surfing.

Travelling to and from Townsite can include using the seaplane from the port in Benete, or by catching the ferry to nearby Lombok, where there is an international airport.

Activities and facilities within Townsite include;

  • Golf course and driving range
  • Balanced Life gym, which also offers a range of classes and personal training.
  • Basai Ate, our Townsite restaurant/bar.
  • Commissary and café
  • Tennis courts
  • Community hall
  • Baseball diamond
  • Running track
  • Sports hall and badminton courts
  • Local walking/hiking tracks
  • Local beach bars/restaurants/hotels
  • Mail room facilities
  • Travel agent
  • Kencana/craft room
  • Soccer fields
  • Townsite library
  • Batu Hijau Hash House Harriers, a local hiking/running club.

Working at SBB

Primary Years Program

When working at SBB as an expat you will support the PYP units of inquiry with a focus on English literacy. You will typically work with two year levels and plan with the year level teachers as a team.  Most year levels complete 6 units of inquiry per year.  

We also operate an Early Childhood centre, with a Playgroup and Pre-Kindy section.  Playgroup at SBB is for students who are 3 years of age and Pre-Kindy for students turning 4.  The program follows a ‘Play-Based’ curriculum, and is also a part of the PYP program in the Primary school.

Middle Years Programme and Structure

Sekolah Buin Batu is adapting an IB MYP Curriculum Framework. The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP). The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

IB MYP Programme is not a curriculum, it is a framework. The framework insists upon the use of the school’s own curriculum.

Teachers develop their planning using the MYP Unit Planner. The unit planner is not only showing of what the students will learn, but also on how and why they learn the subjects. By the end of each unit, the students will be assessed using the objective criterion set by IB for each subject group.

By the end of MYP year 5 (Year 10), students will face a personal project. The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The personal project formally assesses students’ Approaches To Learning skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

Learning takes place Monday to Thursday, with a half day on Friday. There are 4 terms per academic year.

The Learners

Sekolah Buin Batu is proud of its diverse community. Families come from various parts of Indonesia and overseas. The school celebrates our “Unity in Diversity” at every opportunity – during weekly assemblies, community events, national holidays and international days.


Current Vacancies

Expat Staff:
– No Vacancy

National Staff

Physical Education Teacher

Expat teachers must have at least 5 years experience. The retirement age for expats is 60 years of age.

If you are interested in working at the SBB in Sumbawa, Indonesia, please upload your documents – including current C.V., and at least 3 referees. Please indicate the position that you wish to apply for.

SBB is a Child Protection school and conducts rigorous background checks before hiring any individual. All positions of employment are dependent on comprehensive criminal and professional background checks.

Send your application to:
Murray Hodgson
Head of School