Term 3 information

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Dear Parents,

I would like to begin by wishing everyone Ramadan Kareem.

Now that we are in the final term of this academic year, I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you several important updates.

IGCSE and IB Examinations. These examinations for students in Years 11 and 13 will begin later this month and will run through until the end of this academic year. As per the regulations issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) all students are expected to attend these examinations unless they have a valid medical reason. Information concerning these examinations has already been sent out to all the students but if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the IGCSE (Mr. Simon) and IB (Mr Charles) coordinators.

End of Year Examinations. In addition to the above we will also be holding end of year examinations for our secondary students. Details regarding these examinations were distributed at the end of last term but if you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Paul.

Eid Al Fitr. As you are aware, our spring break this year was only one week instead of the traditional two weeks. This was deliberately planned so that we can celebrate the Eid holiday over a week. As a result, please note that the school will be closed on Sunday 1st until Thursday 5th May. Classes (and the normal timetable) will resume on Sunday 8th May. In addition, it should be noted that if a student in Year 11 or 13 has an IGCSE or IB examination during this week, they will be expected to attend.

Looking forward to next school year, there are several important points of information worth noting.

Primary and Middle School Curricular. In line with MOE regulations, we will be changing our Primary and Middle school curricular next year to the Cambridge International programme. Our staff have already started the necessary training in preparation for the change and all the necessary resources have been ordered. One of the advantages of changing to the Cambridge programme is that the content is very similar to the programme we presently offer. In addition, it means we also have a seamless Primary and Middle school programme, which will undoubtedly benefit our students.

Extra-Curricular Programme (ECA). Sadly, because of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we have been unable to offer an ECA programme this year. However, we are planning to return to a full programme for next school year and more details with regards to the activities that will be on offer will be sent out by our ECA Coordinator (Mr Lee) soon.

Council of International Schools (CIS). In 2018, we were granted full accreditation to CIS after a 3-year application process. This involved a complete review of all the services we offer – from curriculum to catering and from facilities to finance. Next term, we will start the process again, which should result in our reaccreditation in 2024. The first stage of the process will be the submission of our preparatory report in October and a visit from CIS in December. If you would like more information about the accreditation process and the benefits for the school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I will finish by reminding everyone to stay safe. Thankfully the number of COVID infections in Oman continues to remain low but we all have a responsibility to remain vigilant and follow the necessary government guidelines.

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Glenn Canterford