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Sabari Indian School – Official WSA Q&A

Sabari Indian School – Official WSA Q&A

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
An enriched CBSE-i curriculum that is learner-centric, enquiry driven and focuses on experiential learning and the STREAM approach.

The positive ethos and culture of the school that permeates all relationships and provides a safe and nurturing environment for the child.

A stimulating learning environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, communication, critical and creative thinking

Effective parent- school engagement to ensure optimal student outcomes

Digital learning facilitated through I –pads

How many nationalities are represented in your school?
Afghanistan, American, Bangladesh, Chinese, Eritrean, Emirati, Ethiopian, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Nepali, Pakistani, and Sudanese

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes, Indian

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?
1:9

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Does your school have a waiting list?
No. for admissions details, go to our website: www.sisdubai.com

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?
The school clinic and health inspectors along with the teachers, ensure 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?
One period each of Physical Education and Karate is offered in the timetable.

In assemblies, thrice a week, the students are engaged in aerobics and yoga. In addition to these, after school activities offer a choice of basketball, football, cricket, swimming and horse riding to those interested.

How do you promote healthy eating?
Students do several projects on healthy eating habits and are aware of the benefits of doing so. The teachers and health monitors monitor the eating habits of students regularly.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
The school provides part time canteen facilities.

If yes, does it serve hot food?
No.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?
Minimum 5 AED

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
7:45am to 2:15pm

Is there a school uniform?
Yes.

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
Behaviour Management Policy

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
Through regular PTMs, which is conducted four times a year, parents are given a feedback on the child’s performance for a term. Parents are also called for meetings during regular school days to discuss the performance of the child, if necessary.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
4-8 times a year. (Minimum 4 and maximum 8)

What is you medium of instruction?
English

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Arabic is taught only as an additional language.

Which other languages are taught?
Grades 1 to 5 – English, Hindi, French
Grades 6 and 7 – English, Hindi, French, Tamil, Malayalam ( third language options)

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
Yes, remedial coaching is offered twice a week. One session is conducted within the class and the second sessions is by withdrawing students out of the class.

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

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

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Progress tests: KG2 to Grade 2
IBT and Asset: Grade 3 to Grade 7
CAT4: Grade 4 and Grade 6

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Home assignments serve to reinforce concepts, provide research time and are used for flipped classes. Time spent for HW has been allotted as follows: 35 minutes to 2 hours depending on the class.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Projects are given every term to the gifted and talented students. Differentiated activities in the class and participation in Inter and intra -school events help further to foster their talents.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes, counsellor, remedial teacher and parent volunteers form the 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?
Sabari is an inclusive school, with the special educator and counsellor offering support to the students with special needs in consultation with teachers, parents and Dr. Freddy, a physiotherapist, who is also a part of the governing body.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
The CARE department designs an IEP/ICP programme for students with special learning needs and consults with all stake holders for a need based review of the same.

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, we are equipped to handle the same.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
The Parent Teacher Association is the parent group supporting our 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?
Various events like culmination days, Annual Cultural Day, Sports day, celebration of days like Father’s day, Mother’s day, Grandparents’ Day: provide parents with multiple opportunities to support the school. They also can volunteer to conduct special sessions or workshops for students.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Yes, the School Board of Governors has a parent representative. The parent representative is nominated and elected by the parent body.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
A parent orientation programme is conducted for new parents to familiarize them to the policies and procedures in the school.

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