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The Australian International School opens in Sharjah

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, April 16 - 2005 @ 17:09

The signing of the agreement between the State Government of Queensland, Australia represented by the Director General of Education, Ken Smith and Al Sharif Group – UAE represented by Othman Sharif, Group Vice President, took place at the Parliament House, in Queensland with the Premier, Peter Beattie, and the Minister of Education and Arts , Anna Bligh, also in attendance.

With this partnership with the State Government of Queensland, Australia, AIS has become part of a system that supports 670 000 students, 1 700 schools, 47000 teachers and 9 universities. This strength will be utilized in the school operations. The curriculum framework, professional training, facility design, and policy, will all be utilized in the management of the school. The strength of being part of a government system, which has the constitutional responsibility to provide the highest quality of education cannot be underestimated.

Strict standards of quality assurance will also be part of the school, as senior personnel from the State government carry out yearly reviews.

School Principal, Helen Lucas is looking forward to the opportunity of providing world class futures oriented education to UAE families. “In our school, learning is geared to the challenges of the future. Students will attain their own intellectual identity, as they learn and practice skills for problem solving, creative thinking, critical analysis, oral, electronic and written communication. All activity in our classrooms will be student centered and outcomes for our students will assist students to become lifelong learners. These are the skills which will guarantee future success for our students, not just mere memorization of facts and content. It is important that individuals do not lose either their own community or national roots. In developing knowledge skills, students will be able to influence the future. Australia is also one of the most multicultural countries in the world, so a curriculum which can be adjusted to any context, makes it ideal for an international school.

School facilities have been designed to the highest standard. The school has been purpose built to assist in the delivery of the Australian curriculum. It is built on an area over 400 000 square feet, and has divisions for males and females. The building consists of a multipurpose hall, a swimming pool, two indoor gyms, and a 1,700 square meters library. Health and physical education is one of the areas of study in the Australian curriculum, and outdoor areas for sport will be provided to support this study.

Students will also study the UAE’s Ministry of Education curriculum for Arab and Islamic studies. This will be delivered to those students who must follow this curriculum.

The school has been constructed for 1 800 students, and the campus will, in the future, provide a seamless transition from kindergarten through to the senior secondary years.

Students studying at Australian International School will have the confidence that the system they are using is recognized and respected worldwide. The Australian education system is considered by UNESCO to be among the finest in the world. OECD test of international academic achievement also ranks Australia in the top 4 in the world in literacy and problem solving skills.

This initiative was well supported by the Ministry of education in the UAE. Officials revealed their complete cooperation and support to the school’s activities. They considered it a significant benchmark in the educational exchange between the two countries and see the school as being a valued addition to the education of the region.

The school will open in September 2005 with grades from KG to 6. In subsequent years, the grades will be extended to the senior secondary years. Registration for the coming academic year has now started.

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