FACILITIES IN THE RECEPTION,LOWER AND UPPER SCHOOL
The school has a well-stocked purpose built library with almost 20,000 volumes comprising fiction and non-fiction with a strong emphasis on social studies and the sciences. There are also 388 CD-ROMS, 416 videos, 50 audio cassettes, periodicals for both pupils and teachers, and newspapers.
All classes have one library period a week in which they are taught library skills. These include borrowing procedures and the use of catalogues and reference volumes and fun activities to stimulate the pupils’ interest in using the library.
Children can borrow three books at a time and up to four over weekends. Books must be returned or renewed within one week. In addition to their weekly library period, children have access to the library before school starts, at break time and after school hours up to 2:30 p.m.
The fine for losing or damaging a library book is the same as that for losing a textbook, SAR 120 or $30.
The stock of approximately 10,000 books is arranged to facilitate and encourage reading, borrowing and research. As well as books, there is a collection of several hundred videos, audio cassettes and CD-ROMs to support the curriculum. The school also subscribes to over 50 periodicals, foreign and local newspapers. Study skills classes are offered to all students to promote reading and the development of research. The library is intended for quiet work. Students are expected to observe this and to take care of any resources that they use. We welcome suggestions for new additions. The library is computerised for reference and circulation.
The School has a computer lab equipped with 45 computers in the lab. Each pupil has access to a computer during lessons. The computer lab has internet access making it easier for pupils to work on various projects. The lab is equipped with an interactive Projector and is opened to pupils from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
The school has a computer laboratory for use by students, equipped with 45 PCs that are fully multi-media. The Computer Laboratory is use by students from Grades 1 to 10. Other subjects may use the laboratories to enhance teaching. There are scheduled times for general use. Students using the laboratory are expected to obey all rules laid down by the Computer Science department when using the facilities. Staff members have access to facilitate their work as well.
All classrooms are fully air-conditioned.
The School yard is used for physical education activities and for assemblies. It is also used for plays and other school events.
There are play areas for students to play during their break times.
There is a Basketball Court located on school campus. The area is used to play Basketball and other sporting activities.
There is a variety of food and snacks sold at the canteen by private individuals under the school’s supervision. All sellers undergo annual medical check-ups and are required to maintain proper health standards. The School Nurse carries out regular inspections of the canteen. Pupils are expected to help maintain standards by putting litter in the bins provided and generally keeping the premises tidy. Monies may be kept with the class teacher or assistant. Pupils can purchase breakfast foods in the morning prior to the start of school.
Children are advised to bring enough water to school. Water available in drinking fountains is filtered but not boiled.
The sick bay is located between Primary and Secondary building. Only first aid and analgesics are given. Parents strongly advised not to send children to school if they are feeling unwell and especially if they show signs of infectious diseases like chicken pox, mumps or eye infections.
After an infectious illness children must bring a medical clearance certificate and will not be allowed to attend classes until they do so. Parents are notified as soon as possible in an emergency.
A registered nurse manages the sick bay and takes care of all the children in the Primary School.
She also inspects the food-handling practices of the food sellers and is in charge of health and sex education.
The school has 22 buses.
These vehicles are used for taking children on trips and during Final Examinations to and from the Exam Center. Qualified drivers handle the vehicles and students are insured.
There are three science laboratories – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students using the laboratories are expected to take good care of the equipment and to refrain from any actions that might be considered dangerous. Students will have to pay for any breakage that they cause. They may enter the laboratories only when a teacher is present.
The school has facilities for soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and track and field events. During normal lessons these are used for PE and on designated afternoons for games. Students may sign out equipment from PE teachers during break and after school provided they look after and return it.