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Aspam Indian International School – WSA Q&A

Aspam Indian International School – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
ASPAM Indian International School

What qualities and characteristics would you say define ASPAM Indian International School?
ASPAM Indian International School has been founded on the principle that every child is ‘unique’ and can achieve their true potential with the help of seamless research oriented ‘education framework’. Our vision is to provide global excellence in education to the children living in the UAE.

The school strongly believes in providing the students with a universally recognised blended learning platform. This weaves in the latest adoption on technology to keep the students abreast with the global standards of learning and simultaneously equipping the students with the Indian influences from a cultural point of view, and exposing them to the CBSE curriculum and values.

Why your school?
ASPAM Indian International School’s mission is to deliver high quality education that combines the rigour of the Indian CBSE syllabus with a global perspective and the best international methodologies to equip young people to excel globally. The school recognises the importance of close collaboration with parents and the community to provide a conducive environment for pupil learning.

Our School is to facilitate the holistic growth and development of a generation of young people who believe that they can be active participants in the creation of a better world.

ASPAM provides the students with all the support to carve their own niche to become independent and self-reliant individuals who are ready to undertake their future role as leaders and trend-setters of the society.

For further information please go to the school’s web site, http://aspamiis.com/

How many nationalities are represented in ASPAM?
We have six nationalities in our school: Indian, British, American, Philippines, Afghani, Pakistan. The most prevalent nationality is Indian.

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What is the teacher: student ratio within ASPAM?
9:1

Does ASPAM have a waiting list?
We have waiting List for Kindergarten. For more information of admissions, go to our web site.

What percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
ASPAM Indian International School is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. Currently school caters to students of K-8.

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles?
‘Fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle’ is as important as scoring higher grades in academics as per ASPAM Indian International School. Statistics show that obesity and juvenile diabetes is on the rise across the globe, and ignoring physical fitness will not only impact the physical health of a child but will also have an impact on their academic performance. Our school provides a lot of opportunities for students to explore various avenues and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? 
The mission of the Physical Education (PE) ASPAM Indian International School is to provide opportunities to all students to explore movements and develop the skills to be active, healthy and physically literate individual for life time. The students learn from variety of aerobic exercises, low organizational games, small-sided practice tasks and sports activities through purposeful, differentiated and standard based curriculum and instructions. The acquisition of life lessons in participating in physical activities is also given importance.”

The curriculum mapping has been adapted from the vision of our school and its core values and patterned with research based PE programs. We have a closed FB account where students, teachers and parents share best practices

How do you promote healthy eating?
ASPAM Indian International School is the only Indian School which serves hot meals to the students and staff.
Given the social set up where in most cases both the parents are working it becomes challenging for the parents to pack two healthy meal boxes for breakfast and lunch. Moreover students prefer to eat in the cafeteria with their peers, this results in enhanced the social and personal skills. Learning of etiquettes and table manners. Apart from having fresh hot and healthy meals, the children interact with teachers in an informal set up in the dining hall which enhances students’ personal, social and emotional development as well.

Do you offer cafeteria facilities?
Yes, hot breakfast and lunch is served everyday. Monthly meal plan charges are AED 300/-

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
All staff and students are in school by 7:45am for effective start of instructional time at 8am till 12 noon for KG, 8am-2pm for Primary and middle school students. The staff has two days stay back till 4pm.

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, we do have school uniform. The parents can purchase the uniform from the school store.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Neither students nor staff are not allowed to use the mobile phones during school hours.

How does your school differentiate learning?
It is as important that children learn core skills about how to harness the vast potential of their minds to strength this aspect our teaching methodology integrates personalized model of learning along with Multiple Intelligences which ensures effective differentiation.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
‘Extended Learning Assignments’, ‘Project Based Learning’, and ‘Independent Research’ tasks help students take charge of their own learning. Students are encouraged to collaborate and network to ensure they develop essential skills.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
We are a pioneer as an Indian school in effectively implementing the Student Led Conference. Each Student takes charge of his/her time slot and takes parents through the learning goals of each term, how he/she has worked towards attaining these goals, which strategies worked best, what are the strengths and challenges in each subject area. And with the teacher a learning plan is drawn up to ensure each child attains the goals.

Evaluative comments for each formative cycle and summative cycle are shared through online portal which clearly gives the idea to the parent where the child is excelling and what support /intervention can be provided to help him/her progress to the next level.

How often is more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Three Student Led Conferences, Four Formative Assessments online Reports and two Summative online Reports are shared with the parents through the academic year.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language?
Being an Indian Curriculum School Arabic is taught as an additional (second) language

Which other languages are taught?
The medium of Instruction is English. Besides this we offer students the option of French or Hindi

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

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
Yes we have two dedicated prayer rooms (one each for male and female) Muslim Students

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Our students undertake ACER as International Bench Mark Test and our Grade 10 students will be appearing for CBSE Board Examinations

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?
Our school is equipped to cater to the students who fall in the band width of mild to moderate spectrum

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
We have a full time School Counsellor and a visiting Special Need Teacher to provide learning support and interventions. IEPs are designed stating the role the teachers, parents and specialist teacher will play with the learning goals and objective clearly stated and shared.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Gifted and talented students thrive in the personalized model of teaching – learning. They get great opportunity to research, network, lead and collaborate in different subject areas. The integrated approach to curriculum helps them to go beyond.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
Our school believes in inclusive classrooms. We system supports students mild Asperger syndrome with the support of school counsellor and visiting special educator

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Individual Education Plan ensures the starting points of each of the SEN student is identified and goals set with clearly drawn expectations from the parents, teachers and student. In some exemption from additional language is sort from the Ministry to help students learn the basic literacy and numeracy.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
We do have a PSA (Parent School Association) group supporting the school

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
The parents are invited in the classrooms as resource person, story teller and many other activities as part of parent engagement group.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Yes, it is a requirement of the CBSE Board we are affiliated to have Parent Representation on the Board of Governors.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
We organize Phase wise ‘Parent Orientation Programme” for all new parents at the start of the academic year and again in mid – session in September for all those who join the school after the month of April . We also have Parent Induction Session where parents are appraised on how we approach personalized model of teaching.

‘Making Learning Visible’ sessions are held for parents to understand how are students learning through skill based curriculum as opposed to content based in most Indian Curriculum schools.

 

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