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GEMS Millennium School – WSA Q&A

GEMS Millennium School – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
The Millennium School – see the review here

What is your school’s Web site address?
– http://gemsmillenniumschool.com

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
The Millennium School is a day-boarding school which offers the CBSE-i (International) curriculum from Grades 1 to 10 and CBSE in grades 11 & 12.

With strengths lying in the fields of music, arts and sports along with exceptional educational results, the school provides for the holistic development of the child.

Rated ‘GOOD’ by the KHDA, the school boasts of 41 ‘Outstanding’ features. The after-school Self Enhancement Programme equips students from Grade 4 onwards with skills and abilities beyond the classroom. The only global members of the Round Square, we also run the Best Buddies Programme for children with special needs and also have a Model United Nations and Environment Club. Education transcends the confines of a classroom and the pages of a textbook at The Millennium School where the goal is to churn out global leaders and world citizens.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?
1

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes there is – Indian

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
18:3

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Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes it does.More information can be found from the School Registrar or PRE

If a secondary school, what percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
100%. Preferred countries are USA and UK along with India and UAE

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles?
Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks. Chips, sodas etc are frowned upon. Canteen/ Lunchfacility is monitored. Assemblies focus on these topics. health talks are given related to health and hygiene. Yoga is also promoted.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity? 
Physical education classes are an integral part of the time-table with junior classes having upto 3 periods a week. Swimming is also held every alternate week in the junior gardes. Sports like football, cricket, badminton, table tennis, swimming and gymnastics are also part of the after school activities.

How do you promote healthy eating?
School lunch is strictly regulated and is a healthy blend of food from across the categories. Allergy causing foods like nuts are completely avoided. There is also concept days and weeks like Fruit Day, Healthy Snack week etc. At the afternoon Home Science activities, healthy snacks are prepared. Food boxes are checked to ensure healthy food is brought and parents are made aware through notices and circulars.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes it does

If yes, does it serve hot food?
Yes it does

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Less than 20 AED

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day? If you have this information on your Web site, please provide a link to it.
– KG: 7:40 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
– 1-12: 7:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
– Self Enhancement Programme: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Is there a school uniform?
Yes there is, at Threads outlets. For more information, go here.

Please advise on your discipline policy?
The school operates on a three step process of warnings, save for Theft / Smoking / Weapons at school where the school will suspend the student until further notice. For other serious matters, the issue would be discussed with the Discipline Committee and then action to be taken as per rules.

The Principal will issue written warnings after transgressions are reported and have been investigated. All verbal warnings will be followed up by written warnings. Transgressions need to be reported to the relevant Supervisors in the format provided so as to enable them to keep a record of the same in the Student File.

If a student is found repeating the above mentioned transgressions inspite of disciplinary action by the Discipline Committee, the student may be removed from the school.

What is your policy on mobile devices such as mobile (cell) phones in school?
Senior Students are allowed to bring mobile devices with permission.

How does your school differentiate learning?
Students are divided into Wave 2 and 3 and ILPs and IEPs are made accordingly.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is given which is also uploaded online everyday. Homework is meant to supplement learning and time spent varies depending on the levels.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Through Open House, report Cards, Mid term feedback and also through emails and other communication and meetings.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Reports are thrice a term and parent teacher meetings are continuous with Open House thrice a year

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

Which other languages are taught?
French
Hindi
Malayalam

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
No we do not

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
No it is not

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

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
ASSET, CAT 4, PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, IBT, PAT

What is you medium of instruction?
English

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?
4 Counsellors/ Special Educators

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes we do

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Encouraged to participate in Sheikh Hamdan Awards, High Fliers Programme, Pupil Teacher Award

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

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
IEPs and IELPs are provided

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 it does

Does you school offer activities to students from other schools after school hours?
No it does not

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
Yes we do.

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 there are. Parents part of learning and come in to school to take part in activities which include swimming, cross-curricular exhibitions,

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
No there is not

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

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