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GEMS Legacy School Q & A

GEMS Legacy School - until April 2021 known as The Kindergarten Starters - is a long-established GEMS Education school following the CBSE curriculum.
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Annual fee average
AED 9,800
Annual fees
AED 7,888 - 10,528
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
1990
School year
Apr to Mar
Teacher turnover help
9%
Principal
Asha Alexander
Owner
GEMS Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Welcome to the GEMS Legacy School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

The school prides itself on its innovative and rich curriculum. We place a strong emphasis on working with parents and the community, enabling all students to maximize their abilities, ambitions, and academic potential in everything they do. We believe in laying foundations for life through the continuous pursuit of excellence.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

25

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, Mostly Indians

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1.20

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.

Not applicable

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

ASSET, CAT4, IBT-Arabic, WCT, TIMSS and PIRLS, Arabic Benchmark Test

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Not applicable

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Not applicable

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We will fulfill our mission by extending our legacy as a non-traditional school, nimble and responsive to change that focuses on and engages with critically contemporary issues and prioritizes humanity and culture in designing systems and environments to improve the human condition, an approach that draws from design thinking and the liberal, creative and performing arts. KGS places collaborative, project-based learning at the center of the educational experience.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Yes, assigning homework serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes study habits and supplements and reinforces the work done in school. In addition it provides student initiative, independence and responsibility. It is an essential link between home and the school.
Average maximum time required per day on homework ranges from half an hour for KG to two hours for grade students.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Encouraging physical activity, the school has dedicated activity areas that provide a safe and secure environment for fun filled activities for our school students. For KG children we have sand and water play areas, traffic park and activity rooms. For Grades children, we have football Pitch, cricket net practice area, badminton and basketball court. PE and games are part of curriculum and school focuses to help children achieve a well-rounded education in a child-friendly atmosphere.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

At KGS we begin our day with value-based morning assemblies and Circle Time that comprises a short prayer, morning message and act of the day to ensure students begin their day on a positive note. Students reflect on their own character strengths and the core values that they uphold. Assemblies and several activities are planned every month for students, staff and parents revolving around the PERMAH model of wellbeing, wherein the focus is on positive emotions, relationships, meaning, accomplishments and healthy living. Off-screen lessons are planned and built into the time table to balance the screen time for students during remote learning.Co-scholastic lessons like PE, Music and Art are incorporated in the timetable to provide ample opportunities for the students to sing, dance, create artefacts, play games and exercise. Both staff and students are engaged in the Dubai Fitness Challenge and engage in a wide variety of games and daily exercise routines to keep fit. Parents are encouraged to spend time together and indulge in various fun activities during weekends through our weekend wellbeing program e.g. A dance performance with family members, organize picnics , online games with family members and friends to enhance and build healthy relationships.

How do you promote healthy eating?

At KGS, fruit breaks and water breaks have been implemented for students to promote healthy eating and to keep them well-hydrated. .Two breaks are given in the grades to ensure students get to eat and drink water at regular intervals.Healthy snack making activities during life skill sessions like date with dad, making a fruit salad, vegetable sandwiches etc. are planned to ensure students develop healthy eating choices. Orientation sessions conducted with parents focus on providing nutritious lunch box which include- fruits and salad. Take in Goodness - An action research has been undertaken by the school in association with Food and Behaviour(FAB) Research, UK guided by Dr. Alex Richardson, Founder and Director of FAB, to measure the impact of nutritionally balanced lunch box on the reading, spelling and math competencies of students in primary school. The students ,staff and parents of the school and other schools in the community are encouraged to complete the United Nation’s ‘Sustainable Diet ‘ course with the purpose to educate all stakeholders about making the right choices of food in order to keep both their body and the planet healthy. Along with healthy eating, regular exercise and sound sleep patterns are also encouraged and monitored for students and staff to ensure their overall health and wellbeing.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

We have school Canteen that serves cold and warm food.

What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

Grade students have two breaks for children during the day. The first break lasts for 15 minutes and the second break is for 10 minutes. So in total, 25 minutes are spent on the break per day. KG children have no fixed break timing but is limited to 25 to 30 minutes per day.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

KG : 7.45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Grades 1 to 6 : 7.45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

Please advise on your discipline policy?

At Kindergarten Starters, we believe in teaching for life. Our Policy is based on the principle of PERMAH ( Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, Health) model of wellbeing that provides a holistic approach to learning and builds stimulating learning environments that foster children’s physical, personal, social, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual wellbeing. The policy aims to create a caring, stimulating and secure environment in which everyone can work and socialize safely. It aims to develop a sense of self-discipline and an acceptance of responsibility for actions and encourage pupils to value the school environment and its routines. The policy promotes high expectations of positive behaviour through modelling and positive reinforcement, with appropriate rewards and sanctions. Students are rewarded with Character Strength badges when they demonstrate consistent strengths of character, so that the positive behaviour is reinforced. Learners’ self-reflection and self-correction is an integral part of the implementation of the policy. The policy is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and is reviewed annually.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

We have formal report cards published quarterly. We conduct Parent Teacher sessions regularly to discuss child's progress.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Quarterly

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

Hindi, French, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Not applicable

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

Yes. We have two prayer rooms for Muslim students.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

We have a fully equipped Achievement center with a team of qualified Counselors and Special Educators

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We provide full support to children with learning difficulties with LSAs on board and a fully equipped Achievement center with a team of qualified Counselors and Special Educators.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Yes

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes

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