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Good Will Children Private School Q & A

Good Will Children Private School, since 2010 based in purpose built accommodation, was originally founded as a Primary school, but has since expanded the provision for its 551pupils from KG and Grade 8 (4 to 14 years of age) located in Mussafah Sha’bai, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi.
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3.7 out of 5 based on 55 reviews
At a glance
School phase
All through
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 23,500
Annual fees
AED 23,200 - 29,900
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Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1992
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Naeema Pretorius
Community
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
Pakistani
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Welcome to the Good Will Children Private 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 qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

We are a community school serving Abu Dhabi society since 1992. The medium of instruction is English. We carter for students critical thinking, creativity and integrity thought a rich balanced curriculum that enables all students to learn.

We are a recognized Cambridge International School teaching the Cambridge International Subjects (English / Math / Science / ICT) along with the Ministry of Education Curriculum and an option of Urdu language.

We focus on moral education and positive promotion of the students personal and social development.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We have a representation of 25+ nationalities in the school.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

There is a range of various nationalities from various countries. There is no high proportion of any particular nationality.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

The teacher student ratio is 1:20.

Does your school have a waiting list?

N/A

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We believe that learning needs to occur in a happy environment that supports integrated project based learning focusing on attainment and individual needs of the learner.

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

We follow the National Curriculum of England for physical education along side optional additional sports clubs. Students have a wide range of sports clubs to select from such as: Football, , Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Badminton, Table Tennis and Karate (outsourced).

We also have open sports day to raise awareness of the importance of sport and exercise.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We have special programmes for student awareness on healthy lifestyles, exercise and hygiene .

How do you promote healthy eating?

We have regular campaigns and fun activities to raise the students awareness of the importance of healthy eating, nutrition and exercise for a balanced mind and body. We award children with healthy lunch boxes.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

N/A

If yes, does it serve hot food?

N/A

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

N/A

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

7:30 am - 2: 30 pm

Is there a school uniform?

Yes

Please advise on your discipline policy?

We use a positive whole school behavior management system to encourage good manners.

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

We have an open door policy where parents can make an appointment to discuss progress and attainment at any time in addition to our formal parent meetings

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

Formal feedback sessions is arranged termly

What is your medium of instruction?

English is the main language of instruction and is used to teach English, Science, Math, P.E, Art, Geography. Arabic is taught also as a per Ministry of Education requirements depending on the child's background there is the option to learn Arabic as a first or second language.

Urdu is also an optional language taught to students whose wish to enroll.

French and Spanish are offered during club time.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Yes, we have Arabic for first language and second language speakers.

Which other languages are taught?

Urdu, French, Spanish.

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

Most of our students are second language learners. We do offer additional language support for those who are falling behind.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Islamic and Social Studies are offered in both Arabic and English.

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

Yes, we have a prayer room and a prayer time for Muslim students to take their time to pray.

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

IBT
GL
Cambridge Checkpoint

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

We have a range of online resources from the UK to support to support independent learning and is used in the classroom and homework.

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

N/A

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes, we have a learning support team that caters for individual students learning needs.

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?

Support for mild cases only.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in 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?

N/A

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

N/A

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

N/A

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, we have an active parent group that support the school on open days.

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

Yes, parents have an important role in directing the school in alliance with ADEK regulations. We currently have a parent representative in the governing board, parent coffee mornings, parent meetings that are actively involved in strategic direction of the school.

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

Please visit our school photo gallery on our official school website for more information.

https://goodwillschool.edupage.org/

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Comments
2 Archived Comments
Tarique
Archived 3rd Feb 2016, 08:47

Please update the review!

Now [2015-2016] school fees are increased for all classes and school rating also upgraded from C6 (In Need of Serious Improvement) to B4 (Satisfactory and Improving).

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com
Archived 10th Feb 2016, 14:18

Many thanks for this Tarique. The review has been updated. (It is rated a B5 school).

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