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Springdales School, Dubai – WSA Q and A

Springdales School, Dubai – WSA Q and A

What is the official name of your School?
Springdales School, Dubai

What is your school’s Web site address for anyone wanting further information?
www.springdalesdubai.com

What qualities and characteristics would you say define Springdales Dubai?
Springdales School is one of India’s most distinguished private schools. Springdales School Dubai is a sister school to its home campus in Delhi. Springdales School India is ranked among the top 10 outstanding schools in its home country. It was established in 1955 by the veteran British Educationalist, Dr. Rajni Kumar.

Over the last 60 years, the school has earned the reputation for being a progressive institution that helps students build character through its unique value-based education. It has received national and international recognition for its high-level of academic excellence, innovative educational practices, holistic approach, and emphasis on performing arts, internationalism and humanitarian ethos.

Springdales is known for its pioneering role in education in India, and many of the innovative practices implemented by the school have been adopted by schools across India.

Recognized for the important and pioneering work being done at the school, Springdales received strong support from national leaders such as Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and President Dr. Zakir Hussain, and many other eminent leaders of the country.

Sixty year on Springdales continues to lead from the front and once again crosses into uncharted territory as it opens its first school outside of India.

What is unique about Springdales Dubai?  Why should a parent choose your school for their child?
The vision of Springdales School, Dubai is to find ways to make the educational systems more humane, equitable, and relevant to the changing world scenario, using technology to link schools and youth globally.

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The Indian expat community in the UAE has multiplied greatly, following the rapid strides made by Dubai towards becoming the Arab Centre of the modern world. There was a growing need for a school with a difference and Springdales School, Dubai is our vision for a school of the new century. The school will offer state-of-the-art facilities, the latest in educational technology and a truly beautiful learning ambiance. More importantly it will re-assert the focus of education on the child in whom lie our hopes and dreams for the future.”

“What we are hoping for is to nurture our children into lovely human beings with enlightened minds and compassionate hearts, children who will grow up to make the world a more vibrant, peaceful and beautiful place in which all can live in harmony.”

How many nationalities are represented at Springdales Dubai?
27 nationalities

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes

Which nationality?
Indian

What is the teacher: student ratio?
1:20 (as of the current year 2016-17)

Does Springdales Dubai have a waiting list?
Yes, For pre-primary.

Can you supply a link and/or contact person where a prospective parent could find out more information?
Shikha Judge, Admissions Officer, admissions@springdalesdubai.com – or call 04-3381311 or 04-3382123

How does Springdales Dubai promote healthy lifestyles? 
We were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in ‘Health and Safety, including arrangements for child protection / safeguarding in the recent KHDA inspection.

The School understands that when children are young, they want to perfect skills that they have just learnt to control. A variety of movements such as jumping, catching and throwing delight them. The middle school child, on the other hand, wants to learn more complex skills and get involved in team sports. This is also the best time to learn about rules and discipline in sport. The older school child is ready for more adult-like activities that need greater structure and discipline, like dancing, gymnastics, music classes etc. The school activities are planned as per the physical domain developed by the Senior Leadership Team.

We encourage Healthy Eating & Healthy Minds, Healthy bodies through or values education and school Health education programme.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does Springdales Dubai ensure children engage in physical activity? 
Physical education and physical activities are an integral part of the academic curriculum. The physical activities are linked to academic achievements. We emphasize lifetime fitness skills and encourage active play. The school has active indoor recess and encourage students to play indoor when can’t go outside. The school has integrated skill based education on diet and physical education into curriculum. The school being a day-boarding school provides wide range of physical education, co-curricular activities and sports activities. The student’s takes active part in the inter-school sports competitions. The school has facilities for the events Cricket, Judo, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Swimming etc.

How do you promote healthy eating?
The school provides enough time to eat as well as socialize. The break is scheduled before the lunch. The school offers breakfast and lunch in the school canteen. The school also encourage participation and healthy choices. The School also encourages staff to eat with students and create an environment that enables them to model and encourage healthy behaviors.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes, it serves both hot and cold food at a cost of AED 12/- per lunch, and AED 6/- per breakfast

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
7.50 AM to 12.00 noon for KG students
7.50 AM to 1.55 PM for Grade 1 & 2 students
7.50 AM to 1:55 PM for Grade 3 & above

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, parents buy it from School Uniform store (THREADS ). Guide on website as well (https://springdalesdubai.com/downloads/)

How does your school differentiate learning?
We have a proper process in place for differentiate learning.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
The school has a well-defined homework policy and is adhered to at all the levels.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
The feedback on the progress and attainment is communicated to parents through the Parent Teacher Meetings and Report Cards (3 times per year).

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

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?
Arabic B is taught as a compulsory language from Grade 1 and above

Which other languages are taught?
French, English and Hindi

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

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

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for Muslim students?
Yes, the school has dedicated prayer rooms for male and female students and staff.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Yes, currently ISA and CATs 4

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?
Mild to Moderate

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Yes. The school has a dedicated team for SAWA center. All strategies of learning are devised that the teacher is able to incorporate differentiated learning in class through a well-planned lesson pan. The teachings are well differentiated to meet the needs of all learners and the adequate accommodation and modifications are done at class and school level to cater to the demands of special needs pupils. Students who are in need also receive small group + 1:1 support from dedicated special Educators

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
Presently not applicable. All the students who are able, gifted and talented will be identified with a systematic process which is as follows:
1. Teachers’ nominations for AGT students
2. Collect Teachers’ feedback on students’ skills on academic, non-academic, leadership, emotional intelligence, social, creative thinking, interpersonal, attitude, behaviour etc. are analysed through a questionnaire
3. Collect Parents’ feedback on students’ skills on academic, non-academic, leadership, emotional intelligence, social, creative thinking, interpersonal, attitude, behaviour etc. are analysed through a questionnaire
4. Conduct personal interview with students and review their achievements so far in the field of giftedness or talents
5. Quantify the students’ qualitative data with Pearsons assessment test
6. Once identifies then each students will be supported through an ALP in the areas of their expertise, provide them with opportunities to participate in the school, inter-school & higher levels events, give them regular training in creative thinking and higher order thinking skills etc.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
The school’s SAWA department has two qualified special educators and an experienced counsellor and Head of SAWA to effectively work with students with Special Educational Needs.We screen, provide early interventions, counsel,and collaborate with parents and teachers. Individualised Educational Programs with focus on reading, writing, spellings, behavior, communication and interactions, social skills, differentiated learning and teachings, 1:1 interventions and bringing participation of SEN students at class and school in an inclusive manner.

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
The Special Educators effectively work with students with Specific Learning Needs right from screening, providing early interventions, counselling, collaborative work, IEP with focus on reading, writing, spellings, etc., differentiated learning and teachings, 1:1 interventions and bringing participation of SEN students at class and school levels in an inclusive manner.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?*
Yes, FOSS – Friends of Springdales School

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Yes parents are part of School Management Committee.

Kindly provide details on the opportunities for representation on the Board of Governors?
Two parents and two teachers representatives are part of Board of Governors of the School

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
The school conducts Parents Orientation at the beginning of every term which is addressed by Principal, Head of School, the leadership team and key staff.

 

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