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Our Own English High School for Girls Sharjah Q & A

GEMS Our Own English High School, Sharjah was founded in 1982 and currently serves over 5,800 students. The school teaches the curriculum conducted by the CBSE in New Delhi, India.
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School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Good
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 10,500
Annual fees
AED 7,712 - 14,488
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Status
Open
Opening year
1982
School year
Apr to Mar
Principal
Ms Asma Gilani
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Main teacher nationality
India
Main student nationality
India
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Welcome to the Our Own English High School for Girls Sharjah 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.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

YES

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

OVER THREE DECADES OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Established in 1982, Our Own English High School, Sharjah, provides high quality education to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Over the years, the School has seen a phenomenal leap in terms of size, infrastructure and student enrolment. 35 years of dedicated effort and a passion for excellence, has transformed the School into being one of the largest in the Global Education Management System (GEMS) fraternity. We are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, India.
Our Own English High School Sharjah (OOEHS) is a vibrant and pulsating campus; with a charged atmosphere that is conducive to every student realising their true potential, as we aim not only to provide students with quality education but also to inculcate a feeling of mutual respect and harmony, by fostering the Core Values of GEMS. The School has consistently secured 100% results at both the Grade X and Grade XII CBSE Examinations from the year 2001 onwards and has a consistent record of toppers to date.
At OOS, excellence has always meant more than just high levels of academic performance, as experimenting with new ideas, developing new skills, exploring different perspectives, and growing in areas of one’s natural talents are continually encouraged.
It is this competitive spirit, coupled with its best practices and quality deliverance, that the school and its faculty are committed to preserving and extending the ideals that have defined the institution. Some of these are a healthy teacher-student ratio, high academic and ethical standards, integrity, personal attention to the needs of each child, applying education as a means to social improvement, and being a cradle for civic leadership.
Attention to the personal growth and physical development in the form of sports and extra-curricular activities combined with academic training creates the perfect ground where individuality is honoured, diversities are embraced, and no effort is spared in making its alumni confident and successful citizens of the world.
Excellence is a habit that is embedded in the culture of Our Own English High School and the school has received innumerable accolades both in the academic and extra-curricular fields over the years.

* Our Own English High School Sharjah –Girls has won the first position in the 26th session of The Sharjah Award for Educational Excellence – School category for the year 2019-2020.

* Our Own English High School received the prestigious Green Flag Award for two consecutive years from 2015 from Emirates Wildlife Society-Worldwide Fund for Nature from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international NGO that promotes sustainable development through environmental education.

*Our Own English High School Sharjah –Girls has been awarded The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic performance in the Outstanding school and administration category for the year 2016-17.

* Khalifa Award for Education 2012 – 2013 in the Educational & Institution performance category- This is an external validation of the dedication and commitment of the team and the drive for excellence that motivates the students of OOEHS.

* Sharjah Environmental Awareness Award (SEAA) - OOEHS secured the first prize for Environmental Awareness Campaign Project Category for Grades 7 - 12, held by Be'eah School of Environment, Sharjah.

* OOEHS bagged the second prize in the Inter School Recycling Competition (ISRC) held by Be'eah School of Environment, Sharjah

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

19

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

INDIANS- 96.7%

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

23:1

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

CBSE – CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
GRADE 12 AISSCE – ALL INDIA SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
GRADE 10 AISSE – ALL INDIA SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINATION

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

100% achieve entry to higher educational institutions
INDIA- 52%
USA- 1%
UK- 1%
OTHERS [UAE, MALAYSIA ETC] – 46%

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

 The quantum of Homework needs to correspond to the age-appropriate time frame, keeping in mind the average child, so that the average pupil is able to complete the work in an hour’s time and still gets time for play and leisure time activities, family and community time. Grades 1 to 3, since the Class Teacher handles all the subjects, she could monitor the quantum of Homework easily. For Grades 4 and above, where each subject teacher gives Homework, care should be taken to see that an average child is able to complete each subject’s homework within 15 to 20 minutes so that the sum total of time taken for all the subjects does not exceed an hour.
 The quality of Homework should be such that it makes the pupil think and brainstorm ideas and not mindlessly follow direction. It needs to be varied, interesting, realistically challenging, yet not too complex.
 The pupils need to be involved in deciding about assignments, rather than the teacher simply telling them what they have to do at home. This ensures greater responsibility on the part of the students to complete the assignments chosen by them.
 It must foster independent working of the pupil, so as to build his confidence levels.
 Homework needs to be shared in class the next day in the form of class discussions or presentations by pupils.
 A shift from grading assignments and forcing compliance, towards a homework culture in which children explain, share, discuss, question, debate and explore the homework done by each one of them.
 Appropriate, positive and prompt feedback about the Homework needs to be given by the teacher so as to recognize the child’s effort and encourage independent self-study, which is a life skill.
 Parental encouragement and positive reinforcement. Parents’ role as facilitators rather than the doers of homework

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

Physical education is reflected in the school time table and the children are provided with opportunities to engage in various sports including badminton, table tennis, chess, basketball, soccer, cricket, kho- kho and athletics. The school has the following sports facilities to facilitate physical education:
• Indoor Games Area
• Astro Turf
• 200 Meters Race Track
• Synthetic courts for Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball & Throw ball
The students also participate in a host of interschool competitions at the national and international level and have a proven track record of winning numerous accolades. Reports of the same are available at the school website.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The counselling department under the PULSE [personal and universal life skills education] Programme conducts various workshops and sessions for students to promote healthy lifestyles

How do you promote healthy eating?

Life skill sessions on Nutrition, Health & Lifestyle & Eating Disorders

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

YES

What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING 5 DHS

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

KG 1 & KG 2 : 7:30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Grade ( I – XII) : 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Is there a school uniform?

YES

Please advise on your discipline policy?

 All students are expected to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner in all places. The whole hearted co-operation of guardians is expected at all times in the formation of the character of their children. As the student progresses from the lower to the higher classes he/she will be given increasing opportunities to shift from conforming to externally imposed order to self - imposed discipline.

 Students are expected to greet all visitors and members of the staff with respect and courtesy. Every student should endeavour to keep up the high tone and good name of the school by excelling in fine manners and deportment.

 When changing rooms for language and other subjects, students are expected to move in an orderly manner and in silence. Students are required to display good manners, be polite and courteous to one another and avoid the use of objectionable language and refrain from bringing any objectionable literature into the school premises.

 Students must wear the prescribed uniform only. Students having long hair should neatly put it in a ponytail or keep it plaited. Dyed/coloured hair and painted nails are not allowed.

 It is the responsibility of each and every student to keep the classroom and the school campus clean. All litter should be deposited in the dustbins provided for this purpose, both in the classrooms and in the school campus. All school property should be handled carefully. Students must refrain from defacing or writing on walls, tables or chairs. Utmost care must be taken when handling the air-conditioners. Any damage done, even by accident, must be reported immediately to the Class Teacher or Supervisor. Any damage wilfully committed will have to be compensated for.

 Irregularity in attendance will be viewed seriously and could result in detention. If a student's frequent absence is found to be wilful or is not supported by a note of absence from the parent/guardian this would be reported to the Ministry of Education for the necessary action. To meet the promotion criteria, 85% attendance is compulsory, in accordance with the rules of the Ministry of Education.

 Late comers will not be admitted to the class without the written permission of the Supervisor. The late coming will be recorded in the School Calendar. In all cases of absence, parents/guardians are expected to notify the Class Teacher through the Non-Attendance/ Leave record Section of the School Calendar.
As a rule students are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school and the school does not shoulder any responsibilities for any articles that are lost. However the school has introduced BYOD as part of its innovations in learning and circulars are sent to parents to inform them of the schedules for the same.

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

Parent teacher interactions are organized at the end of each assessment to apprise them of student progress and to set targets to improve attainment.

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

Online reports are sent to parents and an OPEN HOUSE is scheduled at the end of each term [thrice a year] to provide a formal feedback to parents .

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

4 second language options are provided to students:
HINDI /URDU/MALAYALAM/FRENCH

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

No

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

Yes

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

 Set more challenging questions (HOTS) for the assessment
 Introduction of buddy system
 Encourage participation in leadership roles
 Provide a window of opportunity to showcase their talents such as Painting, debate, dancing, singing, film making etc.
 By providing them with more challenging worksheets

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

The counselling department and teacher volunteers provide support to students with learning difficulties, however there is no formal learning support team

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?

Children are provided with IAPs, IEPs, Simplified papers, MOE & CBSE exemptions. As we are in the process of hiring a Special Educator, out of class support is not being provided.

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

Workshops to create an awareness about dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome etc. are conducted for teachers to facilitate identification, however the school does not have any particular expertise in dealing with specific learning needs.

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

The school counselors provide emotional, social and behavioral support.

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.
 Parent volunteers as resource persons to conduct a class on their field of expertise
 Active parent engagement programme across the school from KG to grade 12.
 Volunteer to accompany students on trips

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

NO

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

 Parent orientations are organized at the beginning of a new academic session to provide parents with the details of the education programme
 Regular newsletters are sent to parents highlighting the students’ progress
 Circulars are sent to parents periodically highlighting the academic and co- curricular achievements of the students at the school and interschool level.
 Parent participation at the parental engagement programmes is encouraged across the school

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