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small school with big heart! We are a small elementary only school in the heart of Abu Dhabi offering IB PYP program. Strong community spirit. Class sizes are small helping build student confidence. Our staff have mostly been with us for the long term, getting to know families as they move up through the school.
no. very widely spread over our approx. 540 students at present
24 students per 1 teacher, 1 teacher assistant and in KG1, 1 other member of female support staff.
Students attend Physical Education classes each week and we have team activities such as football and basketball and a program of after school activities including Karate, Capoeira, tennis and football with dance expected to be introduced from next school year. Our students have also visited Bounce as an after school activity and field trip.
We regularly run health and fitness campaigns such as HAAD's Eat Right Get Active, offering healthy lunch box presentation for parents by Health Plus, a cooking demonstration by Rotana and daily workouts on our field. We have weekly Mindefulness Mondays and Workout Wednesdays. We ran an Instagram campaign to select winners from the many families who posted photos of exercise outside of school too. As part of Parent Engagement twice each year for one month each time, we have workshops for parents to learn about nutrition, mindefulness, dental care, diabetes and many other workshops.
Our cafeteria offers a healthy balanced meal which is regularly monitored. We operate a traffic light system with any 'red' or unhealthy foods not permitted. We reduce birthday celebrations to one day each month to minimise cakes, etc. coming in to school. Again, we have regular workshops for parents as part of our parent engagement to educate parents on a healthy diet.
Yes. This is provided by Slices Catering which also provides for many schools and healthcare facilities. We also provide vegetarian meals option
Approximately 15 AED per day. Lunch can also be brought in from home if desired
7.45am to 2.45pm.
We have detailed policies outlined in our school Community Handbook issued to families at the start of each school year. These are regularly updated where needed.
We set goals and expectations at our Back to School nights at the start of the year and will provide progress reports each of our 3 trimesters. We will also have teacher/parent conferences and student-led conferences during the year. For KG1, they will also receive a transition report during the settling in period in the first trimester. Should parents wish to discuss any concerns, teachers are happy to arrange meetings at other times.
3 times per year for progress reports and 3 times a year for conferences.
We offer an ELL program for students. GEMS Education also run classes by our ELL trained staff during holidays.
We have a Mosque located on our campus
Yes. Our GWA Parent Association are a regular feature in and around school, helping to coordinate events and activities while supporting new families.
We offer 2 months of parent engagement workshops throughout the school year. These are organised by staff and our Parent Engagement Coordinator. We notify parents of upcoming events and activities through social media and or Parent Portal. We also have room parents who are nominated to support the rest of the parents in the class and notify of events as well as organising monthly birthday celebrations and volunteers for field trips.
Yes. We currently have members of our parent community on our board.
We have IB information sessions, open days and invite new parents to selected Parent Engagement workshops such as those presented by our Principal.
We have an open campus before school starts to meet the teacher and get to know our school. We also have bus, caterers, uniform supplier and nurse available on this day.
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