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PARENT & STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPTBy signing this page, I agree that it is my responsibility to read and understand all contents of theStudent & Family Handook.My signature below indicates my understanding of the handbook’s contents and my agreement tofollow the guidelines herein.Parent Name:_______________________ Parent Signature:_______________________Student Name:______________________ Student Signature:______________________Date:________________Teacher’s Name:__________________Grade Level:_____________ 2

Table of Contents 4 5Welcome from the Head of School/CEO 6-10 10-12School Contact Phone Numbers 12-14More about your School of Choice! Mission Statement 15-16 Teaching and Learning Guidelines 16-17 Principles of Learning and the GEMS Core Values 17-20 Our Learning Environment Campus Security and ID Badges 20-21Admissions Policy, Procedures and Regulations Transfer Certificates Registration Requirements Student Placement Entry-Age Requirements Withdrawal Procedures Student Support Services (EAL & LS) Guidance and Counseling ServicesSchool Timings, Punctuality and Attendance School Hours Morning Arrival Afternoon Dismissal Thursday Early Dismissals Punctuality Absences Planned Absences Other Than School HolidaysElementary Division Overview Elementary School Organization Primary Years Program (PYP) CurriculumReporting and Assessment Progress Reports External Norm-References Testing Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences Promotion/Retention Non-ContinuanceSchool- Wide Behaviour Expectations Philosophy, Rights and Responsibilities Behavioural Guidelines Student Rights and Responsibilities Detention/Suspension/Expulsion Procedures Bullying Discrimination Academic Integrity/HonestyGeneral School Rules and Regulations Visitors on Campus Leaving Campus Damage to School Property Textbooks and Supplies Locker and cubbies Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices Gum, Food and Drink Management School Phone Use Pool, Gymnasium and General School Safety Animals and Pets on Campus 3

Digital Citizenship and Acceptable Use Policy 21-22 GWA-Dubai Web Page Guidelines Content Guidelines 22-23 Copyright 24-27 Student/Staff Safeguards Student Work/Photo Usage/Identification Regulation 28School Uniform Regulation and Requirements 27-29 Physical Education (PE) Uniform and Clothing Physical Education uniform 30 29-31Student Services 32 Library Expectations 33-35 Library Management Guidelines 36 Health Office Services 37-38 Cafeteria/Canteen Food Services 39 Lost and Found Services 40 Transport Services 41 Bus Behavior Rule 42 43Home-School Communication Newsletters The GEMS Learning Gateway (GLG) and Managebac Back-to-School Nights Parent Visits to the Classroom Celebrations and Birthdays PartiesParent Support and Engagement at Home and in School Questions, Issues and Concerns Appointments with the Principal, Assistant Principal and/or Guidance Counselor Legal Status of Students Extended Parent Absence from Dubai Sharing Expertise GWA-Dubai Parent Association (GWAPA)Eco-School GuidelinesHomework Guidelines Student Communication Diary HomeworkAppendix One Academic Calendar 2016-2017 (subject to change)Appendix Two Contact Guide 2016-2017Appendix Three Digital Citizenship & Acceptable Use Policy 2016 - 2017Appendix Four GWA Behavioral Guidelines ChartAppendix Five Counter Bullying AgreementAppendix Six GWA Uniform GuidelinesAppendix Seven Student Absence Request FormAppendix Eight Driver and Nanny ID card application formAppendix Nine House System 4

Welcome from the Head of SchoolIt is a great privilege and honour to be able to welcome you to GEMS WorldAcademy for the 2016-17 academic year. The family student book isdesigned to provide you with all the information you require to gain a solidunderstanding of the policies and procedures in the division in which yourchild is learning. If you have a question, the answer may well lie within thepages of this handbook. If it is not, divisional secretaries, reception and thesenior leadership team are all great next stops in helping to find answers.Weekly newsletters from each division will keep you up to date, on allcurrent affairs around our school; be sure to connect with us on ourFacebook page to stay up to date as well.GWA is a wonderful school with a warm and inclusive community. This certainly was one of thefirst things that impressed me when I first visited the school. One of the main reasons that Iaccepted the post of Head of School of GWA was the palpable sense of community amongst thestudents, teachers and the parents. Equally, the learning environment and opportunity for eachlearner to flourish is exceptional. I look forward to working with all of you in maximizing eachchild’s potential and assisting them in finding their passion and encouraging them to develop thatto the highest level possible.It is my hope for all of you that you find GWA as warm and welcoming as I have and that togetherwe can build a bright future for all.Warm regards,Stuart WalkerCEO/Head of School 5

SCHOOL CONTACT PHONE NUMBERSReceptionist/Main Switchboard Soloman (04) 373 6373Security Chief Jeff Hart Ext. 361Elementary Principal Lorraine Alqemlas Ext. 339Elementary Secretary Arya Rajeev Ext. 326Elementary Receptionist Kristen Murphy Ext. 425Elementary Asst. Principal Cheryl Murree Ext. 452Elementary Asst. Principal Kim Leiske Ext. 352Head of Elementary Counseling (and GR3-5) Suzie Shih Ext. 383Elementary School Counselor (EC) Nina Garza-Taskin Ext. 348Elementary School Counselor (GR1-2) Ms. Mary Jane Ext 383School Health Office Linda Nordin Ext. 322Parent Relations Executive Delip Sharma Ext. 315Cafeteria/Canteen Manager Medina Malik (056) 3332537Registrar Jeanne Smith Ext. 317Registration/Admissions Secretary Vinaya Shenoy Ext. 316Accounts Chief Officer John Jacob Ext. 311Cashier/Assistant Accountant STSS Representative Ext. 312Transportation Office Ross O’Donnell Ext. 361PYP Curriculum Coordinator Rhonda ZaharkoMYP Curriculum Coordinator Brian Hull Ext. 337DP Curriculum Coordinator Betty Turpin Ext. 375PYP Library Services Corinna Mansfield Ext. 365MYP/DP Library Services Mitzi Napenas Ext. 378Secretary to Director of Operations Bashir Ashi Ext. 327Manager of School Operations Stephanie McKinnon Ext. 300Head of School Exec. Secretary Stuart Walker Ext. 303Head of School/CEO of GWA Jason Smith Ext. 303Deputy Head of School Operator Ext. 333GEMS Corporate Offices (04) 347 7770 6

More about your School of Choice!GEMS World Academy - Dubai (GWA) is a PreK to Grade 12 international school for young worldcitizens; a school where students benefit from an education beyond any single national curriculum.Established in 2007 as a member of the GEMS network of schools, GWA currently hosts over 2000students from 90+ nationalities. We view our multicultural community as a source of learning as wedevelop an understanding of what makes people different, while celebrating our similarities in thisincreasingly connected world. GWA offers a 21st century learning environment where every studentparticipates as an active learner. Students have access to a broad range of learning experiencesfacilitated by a multicultural and multilingual international staff of educators.GWA is authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer all three IB programs - the PrimaryYears Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program - to students aged 3 - 18. TheIB Learner Profile and GEMS Core Values shape our character expectations as we aim to developinternational mindedness in all members of our community; students, staff and parents alike. GWAis also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and was accredited during the 2012-2013 school year as yet another mark of a quality.MISSION STATEMENT AND VISION STATEMENTGWA combines the opportunities of a large school with a sense of belonging found in a small schoolin which personalization and individuality are celebrated. We attract and retain students, familiesand teaching faculty because of our commitment to internationalism through the IB curriculum. GWAhas a positive reputation for preparing students to succeed in many the phases and aspects ofquality education, a supportive community of parents and a superior learning environment andresources.Our MissionGEMS World Academy-Dubai develops inquiring, reflective and caring learners who, through therigour of the IB programs, have the knowledge, skills and character to take action and create abetter, more peaceful world. Supported by highly qualified staff in world-class facilities, our diverseinternational community is encouraged to develop intercultural understanding and respect.Our VisionOur aim is to be a world-class IB school that maximizes every student’s learning and character toenable them to choose their own successful path and positively contribute to the local and globalsociety.INTERNATIONALISMInternationalism, embodied within the IB Learner Profile, contributes to the character, culture andclimate of our school community. It is not merely tolerance, but engagement with people and ideasfrom varied backgrounds and cultures that helps to build deep and inclusive understandings of localand global perspectives. Our commitment to internationalism actively encourages the GWAcommunity to make meaningful contributions to our world. 7

TEACHING AND LEARNING GUIDELINESThe philosophy of teaching and learning at GWA is based on the pedagogy of inquiry and thephilosophy of the IB Academic Programs; the Primary Years Program (PYP); the Middle YearsProgram (MYP); and the Diploma Program (DP). Through inquiry-based teaching methods andapproaches, students at GWA will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge whilebecoming lifelong learners with an open-mindedness towards the perspectives of others. We wantour students to be internationally minded citizens who leave us with the knowledge, skills andattitudes that enable them to participate actively in an exciting global society.PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING & THE GEMS CORE VALUESAs an IB school, GWA aims to develop the following characteristics in our wider school communityas we strive to be internationally minded. These ten characteristics are called the “IB Learner Profile”and include the characteristics of all community members being: ● Inquirers ● Knowledgeable ● Thinkers ● Communicators ● Principled ● Open-Minded ● Caring ● Risk-Takers ● Balanced ● ReflectiveAs a GEMS owned and managed school, GWA is also committed to the four GEMS Core Values.These attributes link GEMS schools and are aimed at helping students realize their full, all-roundpotential.1. Leading through innovation - Find the courage to challenge convention ● We dare to dream of the possibilities ● No idea is too small or too large if it makes things better for our learners and our people2. Pursuing excellence - Work to continually exceed expectations ● Just as we set educational standards for our schools, we ensure that everything we do is delivered to a high standard ● We go the extra mile for our students and our colleagues3. Growing by learning - Strive to develop your potential ● Along with our students, we never stop learning ● Each and every one of us has the capacity for leadership4. Global citizenship - Making an active contribution to your local and global community ● We respect and celebrate our diversity and recognize that there are many things that unite us all ● We make a difference in our local communities so that we can build a sustainable planet to share ● We build bridges of knowledge, push boundaries and unite young people. ● We aim to produce not just great students, but great people who live with honesty, confidence and integrity 8

OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENTOur classrooms are lively, safe and characterized by purposeful inquiry. They are places in whichthe pursuit of understanding and the construction of meaning are balanced with the acquisition ofknowledge and skills. Students are empowered to do their best and are supported by the teachingstaff and each other in achieving this. Although GWA-Dubai is a well-resourced program, we are nottextbook driven, but use textbooks and a variety of other learning resources to enrich the learningprocess.We encourage the development of international mindedness by teachers and students showingrespect, tolerance and empathy towards others of different gender, nationality and levels ofacademic, linguistic and intellectual development. We model being lifelong learners and seriouslyconsider students as contributing thinkers with their developing ideas of the world.The IB Learner Profile is evident in every classroom and guides us in our daily practice as wecelebrate individual and collaborative achievements, ongoing learning and thinking in progress.CAMPUS SECURITYGWA guidelines for safety and security are detailed in security documents and procedures that areused by all school staff to ensure uniform, orderly and timely responses to emergencies. Our staffand students are taught emergency procedures for building evacuation and relocation to a saferarea of the school campus. Drills are practiced so students know the appropriate responses inemergency scenarios such as a fire at school.It is necessary that all parents and visitors wear school ID badges indicating that they haveregistered with school security. All faculty and staff are required to wear their named photo IDbadges at all times while on campus, identifying them as authorized school personnel. While onschool property, we encourage all parents to report any suspicious behavior or suspicious items tosecurity at any of the gates or doors. Visitors will have lanyards designating their status by color.Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately.Green = Visitors Yellow = Parents Navy= Faculty and StaffRed = Parents Committee White = VIPAny visitors (including parents, non-GWA students, previous GWA students) must check in with thefront Welcome Desk. Visitors are welcome to attend International Days, Sports Days, assembliesand other such events. Visitors are not allowed to attend classes under any circumstances.GWA students are issued an ID which should be carried or worn at all times. A GWA student ID isused for the STS bus and can also be loaded with money to use in the cafeteria.Driver & Nanny School ID Cards are a MUST:If your child/children are picked up from school by your driver or nanny they must have their ownschool ID card.You must fill in the form, sign it and attach a copy of:1. Passport of your driver/nanny 9

2. Emirates resident visa of driver/nanny3. A copy of their Emirates ID cardReturn all the papers to the Operations Office and an ID card will be prepared for them.Failing to get the ID cards could mean the security/elementary office refusing to release the student.When taking your child out of school during the semester:1. Email your teacher informing them of your request. They will email you the Student Absence Request Form.2. Fill in, sign and send the form back to your teacher.3. Your child will be marked as “Time Away From School” for the duration and not marked as absent.4. You can also come to the office and fill in the form.Planned Absences Other Than School Holidays:It is the school’s philosophy that attendance at school is of primary importance. However, there aretimes when an absence is unavoidable. In such cases, the parent is to complete a ‘Student AbsenceRequest Form’ (appendix four) from the Elementary office and have this signed by the teacher.Once this has been passed to the Elementary Principal by the teacher the parent will receive anemail confirmation from the Principal that they are aware of the planned absence. Assignments andexaminations may not always be available in advance and may have to be completed upon thestudent’s return. Students are responsible for missed class work assigned when out of school fornon-holiday reasons. If a student misses more than 10 days in a semester or 20 days in a year, theschool reserves the right to retain a student if the absences have affected his/her progress.Illness:When a student is ill please email the teacher/elementary office the evening before/the morning ofschool or call the elementary office at 04 373 6326 or email [email protected] . If thedays exceed two days then a doctor’s report must be handed into the elementary office when thestudent returns to school.ADMISSIONS, PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS*In addition to the information below, please refer to the KHDA Parent-School Contract (p. 2).GWA enrols students regardless of gender, nationality, religion or race who demonstrate the abilityand willingness to successfully participate in the parameters defined and expectations required inan enriched international IB curriculum.GWA faculty are licensed, qualified staff that teach to the academic standards of the IB Program,while attending to the social and emotional needs of our students. However, GWA is unable to admitstudents who require a full-service special needs support program or demonstrate behavioral issuesthat interrupt the learning of others in the regular classroom setting. This school is not easilyhandicap accessible.The Admissions Team determines the acceptance or denial of an applicant based on previousschool records and the placement assessment at the time of application to determine whether astudent is likely to succeed within the GWA program provided. Should it become evident afteradmission that pertinent information or records were withheld; immediate withdrawal of enrolment 10

may be required. The Principal and Head of School are the final authorities regarding acceptanceor denial of an applicant.Transfer Certificates:Students are required to present a Transfer Certificate from their previous school from Grade 2and up. This is a UAE regulation.Registration Requirements:School reports of the last three years prior to admission and the contact details of the former schoolmust be submitted to the Registrar. Parents will then be contacted to make an appointment for anadmissions assessment. Paying the assessment and admission fees does not constitute enrolment.Only upon invitation and approval of the Admissions Team is a student fully enrolled for participation.Student Placement:The Admissions Team determines the acceptance and placement of students for a specific gradelevel section. GWA procedures for student placement are based upon our goals to: ● Promote student achievement and academic excellence for all students; ● Promote the discovery and aspiration of a student's own special area of excellence; ● Provide students with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.Student placements aim to maintain a heterogeneous balance across the sections by providing avariety of demographic, academic and social balance as much as possible.Specific parent requests for student placement with a specific teacher are not accepted for new orreturning students. The Divisional Principal and their team have the responsibility for classplacements. Requests will be considered, but do not have priority over balancing classes foreffective learning and teaching needs.Entry Age Requirements:PreK 3 years old before December 31st of the current school yearKG1 4 years old before December 31st of your current school yearKG2 5 years old before December 31st of the current school yearGrade 1 6 years old before December 31st of the current school yearGrades 2-12 Continue in identical year increments as aboveWithdrawal Procedures:Parents need to notify the Principal, Admissions Office and the homeroom teacher as far in advanceas possible of the expected withdrawal date. This permits a team of personnel adequate time toprepare student records for exit. Parents will need to complete a withdrawal form at the Registrar’sOffice. This will begin the clearing process and final paperwork. A two week notification is necessarybefore any holiday and especially at the end of the year.The School Admissions Office coordinates the gathering of appropriate records and ensures thatthe Principal, classroom teachers, librarian, accounts and counselors have cleared the student’swithdrawal. Parents will be notified in the case of outstanding books, fees and/or fines. Records arenot released by the school until all items have been cleared. Parents who wish to hand carry theirstudent’s records to the next school may do so. If they are unable to collect the records prior to theirdeparture, they should leave their forwarding address and a self-addressed, stamped envelope at 11

the earliest possible date with the Admissions Office. Again, remember that records cannot bereleased until all outstanding fees are paid and books are returned.Student Support Services:*In addition to the information below, please refer to the KHDA Parent-School Contract (p. 9)English as an Additional Language (EAL)GWA is committed to internationalism and differentiated instruction within the parameters of theprogram to attend to the individual needs of each student. In order to inspire excellence in academicsfor all students, we provide an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program that uses acombination of pull out and in-class support for students who are not yet fluent in speaking, readingor writing English at the appropriate level. There is an additional fee for this program as specializedteachers are hired to guide English language acquisition and mastery. EAL is compulsory uponconditional admission for students that do not demonstrate language proficiency as English is thelanguage of instruction at GWA. EAL support is offered from KG2 to Grade 5. EAL is not offered inGrades KG1 and Pre-K as an additional support. Instead, classroom teachers support thedevelopment of language.Special Education Needs (SEN)GWA provides Special Education Needs (SEN) programs for students who require moderate, butlimited, academic support in order to be successful in the mainstream classroom. This program hasspecific qualifications and guidelines as GWA maintains a strict proportion of those requiring supportfor the benefit of all students enrolled at GWA. More information may be requested from the EALand SEN Departments and/or School Administration in order to determine the best assistance forstudent learners. Students who cannot continue to meet the parameters of the curriculum cannot begranted continued membership the following year.Guidance and Counseling ServicesCounseling at GWA is designed to offer services that promote the personal, social, emotional andeducational development of students. The Counselors work closely with students, parents,administration and teachers to create a successful school experience for all GWA students.Counseling and guidance is often preventative in that it addresses the developmental needs ofstudents before problems arise by connecting to the curriculum. When students experience periodsof difficulty or on-going behavioral support is required, Counselors provide support by assessingstudent needs, recognizing their abilities and forming strategies to help them achieve their potential.SCHOOL TIMINGS, PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCESchool Hours:Morning Staff Supervision 7:45 – 8:00 a.m. (in designated areas)Hallways are open 7:55 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.PK and KG 1 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.KG2 – Grade 5The school week runs from Sunday through Thursday, with occasional weekend special events.After-School Activities (ASA’s) generally commence at 2:45 p.m. with most ending by 3:45 p.m.Some special events, organizations and clubs or sports teams may extend longer. Parents will be 12

notified of these extensions ahead of time. While many ASA’s or school teams are free, to increasethe number of ASA offerings to our community, GWA uses outside vendors to provide additionalactivities for a fee.A schedule of upcoming events is always included in the weekly newsletters which are emailed ona weekly basis. We also post reminder signs throughout the school to announce events such asconcerts, exhibitions or parent coffees.Morning Arrival:Students must not arrive at school before 7:45 as there is no guaranteed supervision before thistime. GWA Staff are on duty for morning arrival from 7:45 – 8:00 a.m. in designated areas. Thedoors are opened to enter the hallways at 7:55 a.m. for classes to start at 8:00 a.m. Prior to thattime, students are to wait in designated areas before going to the classrooms. Students arriving bybus in Early Childhood are taken directly to their classrooms, while bus students in Grade 1-5 aredropped off in designated, supervised areas.Afternoon Dismissal:PK and KG1 students dismiss at 1:15 p.m. If they are not picked up by 1:30pm then they will bebrought to Elementary office. KG2 – Grade 5 dismissal is at 2:45 p.m. All students in PK – Grade 5must be promptly picked up from the class teacher or be brought by GWA Staff to their assignedbus or pick-up area (eg. courtyard). Elementary students that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. will bebrought to the Elementary Office and supervised by staff until signed out to their parent or guardian.Students in Grade 4 and 5 may be dismissed on their own after the introduction of a signed waiver,shortly after the school year starts.Please send a note to the classroom/homeroom teacher if your child is going home in any waydifferent from their normal routine. If changes occur during the school day and a student is leavingin some way other than their usual means, please inform the appropriate Divisional Office. Anystudent involved in an After School Activity (ASA), must be met promptly at the completion of theactivity, usually 3:45 p.m. Parents will be contacted if late pick-up from school becomes habitual asthis is unfair to both the child and the Staff. Students who are not registered with STS to ride the busare not allowed to use the bus.Although they are inviting spaces, the Early Childhood halls are not to be used outside of classroomhours as these are organized teaching and learning spaces. If directly supervised by a parent orguardian, students may use the field and/or the playground spaces around the field or on thecourtyard after hours if they are not already in use, with the exception of the front EC playground.The campus is closed on Friday and Saturday except for special events, and only with the approvalof the Ministry of Education.Thursday Early Dismissals:GWA is committed to teacher training and professional development. Every Thursday, unless a pre-holiday 12:00 p.m. dismissal, school hours end at 1:15 p.m. This time is regarded as essential tothe quality of the GWA program as it allows weekly collaboration until 3:45 p.m. each Thursday forStaff. GWA joins this same practice as many other premium international schools in Dubai.Punctuality:The hallways are open at 7:55 a.m. for students to proceed to classrooms. Students are expectedto be in class on time for lessons to begin at 8:00 a.m. Punctuality shows respect for others, 13

classmates and teachers. Tardiness affects not only the student who is late, but disrupts the entiregroup. Parents are requested to emphasize the importance of being on time with their child.Repeated lateness can result in detention or loss of free time at school as a consequence.*In addition to the information below, please refer to the KHDA Parent-School Contract (p. 11-12)Absences:Students are encouraged to be present regularly throughout the year to fully participate in theacademic program. Extended holidays and vacations interrupt and impact the students’ educationalprogress and routine. If your child is absent due to sickness or any other reason, please phone theDivisional Office to report their absence.UNSATISFACTORY ACCEPTABLE GOOD OUTSTANDING Less than 92% 92 – 95 % 96 – 97% 98 -100% 14 days or more 9 – 14 days absent 5 – 8 days absent 4 days or less absent absentPlanned Absences Other Than School Holidays:It is the school’s philosophy that attendance at school is of primary importance. However, there aretimes when an absence is unavoidable. In such cases, the parent is to complete a ‘Student AbsenceRequest Form’ from the Elementary office (Appendix four) and have this signed by theteacher. Once this has been passed to the Elementary Principal by the teacher the parent willreceive an email confirmation from the Principal that they are aware of the planned absence.Assignments and examinations may not always be available in advance and may have to becompleted upon the student’s return. Students are responsible for missed class work assigned whenout of school for non-holiday reasons. If a student misses more than 10 days in a semester or20 days in a year, the school reserves the right to retain a student if the absences haveaffected their progress. 14

ELEMENTARY DIVISION OVERVIEWAs guided by the PYP Standards and Practices, the Elementary School at GWA will: ● Establish a firm foundation in the core subjects of Language A (English), Math, Social Studies and Science (through the Units of Inquiry); ● Enrich the curriculum through Specialist classes that connect to the Units of Inquiry including Arabic, the Arts (visual and performance), Technology, Library, Personal, Social and Physical Education and Islamic Education for Muslim students; ● Enable students to promote their own international mindedness through the Learner Profile and the opportunity to take action; ● Respond to the individual intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of students;Elementary School Organization:The Elementary schedule allows students to experience a curriculum that combines the coresubjects with Specialist classes in a transdisciplinary approach; a hallmark of the PYP curriculum.An effort is made to arrange a balance in specialist classes to maintain core learning time, whilegiving students some enrichment each day of the 10-day cycle.Elementary assemblies are hosted in the Auditorium during different days of the week and aschedule of assemblies will be sent home. These school gatherings allow us to celebrate IB andGEMS Core Values, promote school spirit and celebrate the academic accomplishments of ourstudents. Our students also develop confidence and stage presence in addition to learningacceptable audience skills. Whilst parents are always encouraged to attend assemblies andparticipate where possible, space is very limited in the Auditorium!Curriculum:From PK to Grade 5, students follow the IB’s Primary Years Program (PYP) which is a frameworkfor learning important knowledge, concepts and skills as well as a philosophy of education intowhich the elementary curriculum fits. The PYP is inquiry-based with a transdisciplinary approachand aims to develop five essential elements:Attitudes are the dispositions that are the expressions of values, beliefs and feelings aboutlearning, the environment and people including appreciation, commitment, confidence,cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect andtolerance.Concepts are the powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas. These overarchingideas transcend individual subjects and link the program, enabling students to explore and re-explore them to gain an in-depth, coherent understanding.Skills are taught as we recognize that in the need to be lifelong learners, we must equip studentswith the necessary skills for learning. The skills emphasized within the program include thinkingskills, social skills, communication skills, self-management skills and research skills.Knowledge is the significant and relevant content that we believe students should explore andknow. This element has six discrete subject areas including Mathematics, Language (English &Arabic), Social Studies, Science, PSPE (Personal, Social and Physical Education) and the Arts.Each of these subject areas then further outlines the overall expectations at each age range.These six subjects are then encompassed by six ‘transdisciplinary themes’ that are considered 15

essential to international education. These themes are covered each year, in every grade level(with the exception of PK and KG1 which cover four per year) through integrated units of inquiryand include Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, Howthe World Works, How We Organise Ourselves and Sharing the Planet.Action is the final essential element and it is the demonstration of deeper learning throughresponsible behaviour. Action is how students show that they have put the other four essentialelements together in their own lives and done something with the skills, knowledge, concepts andattitudes they have learned.In our Early Childhood (EC) Department (PK – Kg2), the PYP essential elements are bolstered bya centers-based approach to learning which uses the environment as a third teacher. These firstyears of formal schooling are critical to a child’s development as they explore early literacy,numeracy and the world around them through science and social studies concepts. Our hallwayspaces are used for creative play, allowing children opportunities to develop socially, emotionallyand academically. Small group and individualized learning are integral to developing skills at astudent’s own pace.In Grades 1-5, students are also challenged at their own pace through small-group learning. Ourclassrooms use tables to organize students flexibly throughout the day according to ability, interestor prior knowledge around a subject or a skill. You won’t see desks in rows as we encourage ourstudents to interact, discuss and work together to not only develop their foundational skills, but topursue their own lines of inquiry as well.REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT*In addition to the information below, please refer to the KHDA Parent-School Contract (p. 5-6).Reports four times per year:Student progress is reported to parents throughout the school year in many forms. Official reportsare issued four times a year. Narrative comments and/or numerical grades may be included on eachreport. Reports in the Elementary use a seven-level rubric to indicate where a student isdevelopmentally in each curricular area. Further clarification of grades on progress reports can beexplained by the teacher(s) at a privately scheduled parent-teacher conference.External Norm-Referenced Testing:In keeping with our college preparatory mission to inspire academic excellence in all students, GWAcollects data on students every year to determine how the school’s program is performing in relationto other like schools.Parent-Teacher and Student-Led Conferences:Two types of conferences are held throughout the year. Parent-Teacher conferences are held duringQuarter 1 and are a time to discuss students’ progress early in the year, celebrating successes andidentifying areas of concern. It is optional for students to attend this conference based on the typeof conversation the parent wishes to have.During Quarter 3, Student-led Conferences are a time for students to show their parents theirportfolio of learning as well as show parents how they use their knowledge and skills in theclassroom. This is an important part of the year as it allows the child an opportunity to reflect onwhat they have accomplished. 16

Additional conferences may be scheduled throughout the school year by request of either theteacher or the parents. The special needs of some students require more frequent conferences withspecific educational conditions defined in order to continue membership at GWA.Promotion/Retention:Students that successfully complete the objectives and student outcomes expected for a grade levelare promoted to the next grade at the end of the year. Students that may need additional time todevelop the skills needed for their grade level may be retained. Discussions will be held with theparents and the classroom teacher as soon as concerns about a student's success becomeapparent. The Principal will also be involved in a decision where learning difficulties are indicated.The School is the final authority regarding retention.Non-Continuance:Students failing to meet the academic and/or behavioral parameters and expectations of GWA canbe denied continuance during the academic year as deemed appropriate by the Principal inconsultation with the Head of School. A student failing to meet program requirements will be placedon academic (or behavioral) probation. Students failing to achieve success the following quarter willbe asked to withdraw from GWA. Academic excellence and integrity is imperative at our school.Letters of notification will be provided in advance if probation becomes necessary.SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS*In addition to the information below, please refer to the KHDA Parent-School Contract (p. 13-14).Philosophy, Rights and Responsibilities:We believe that all students should have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and thata positive academic and social climate is necessary for that success. We believe that theresponsibility for establishing this climate is shared by students, staff and parents as we guidestudents to become progressively more self-disciplined and responsible, able to work independentlyand cooperatively. To reach that end, we will provide a positive learning environment that isdevelopmentally responsive to the academic, social and emotional needs of students.Our school environment, both in and out of the classroom, encourages international mindednessthrough the IB Learner Profile. Part of the learning process involves making decisions and mistakes,however we do expect students to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate growth. GWA Staffuses a positive discipline approach that encourages students to make the right choice rather thanstopping the poor choice.Behavioral Guidelines:GWA has behavior guidelines that are intended to create consistency across the school, whileallowing common sense to determine the appropriate consequences for an action. As a school,one of our staff’s responsibilities is to help students make good behavior choices as part of theirholistic development. We accomplish this by reinforcing positive behaviors, but also by correctingbehaviors in a way that maintains dignity and allows for additional opportunities to “get it right”. 17

Student Rights and Responsibilities:Philosophy, Rights and Responsibilities:We believe that all students should have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential andthat a positive academic and social climate is necessary for that success. We believe that theresponsibility for establishing this climate is shared by students, staff and parents as we guidestudents to become progressively more self-disciplined and responsible, able to workindependently and cooperatively. To reach that end, we will provide a positive learningenvironment that is developmentally responsive to the academic, social and emotional needs ofstudents.Our school environment, both in and out of the classroom, encourages international mindednessthrough the IB Learner Profile. Part of the learning process involves making decisions andmistakes, however we do expect students to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate growth.GWA Staff uses a positive discipline approach that encourages students to make the right choicerather than stopping the poor choice.The following is a statement of student rights and responsibilities. It is through mutual acceptanceof responsibilities that rights exist.✓ Every student has a right to a relevant education.✓ Every student has a responsibility to: ● take materials to class; ● complete and turn in assignments on time and give every task their best effort✓ Every student has a right to be safe and secure in the school community.✓ Every student has a responsibility to respect the security of others and deal with conflict in an appropriate manner.✓ Every student has a right to expect reasonable and socially responsible behavior from others.✓ Every student has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with respect by speaking and acting in a socially responsible manner.✓ Every student has a right to a positive learning environment.✓ Every student has a responsibility to follow class rules by: ● being seated by the time class starts; ● listening attentively and following directions; ● giving others an opportunity to learn; ● remaining in class until dismissed by the teacher; ● moving through the buildings in an orderly manner.✓ Every student has a right to be part of a school of which they can be proud.✓ Every student has a responsibility to take pride in the school by helping maintain the campus, the buildings, and all materials and equipment.✓ Every student has a right to his/her good name.✓ Every student has a responsibility to respect the reputation of others.Detention, Suspension and Expulsion:When positive redirection fails, and as incidents warrant including a disregard for classroom rulesand/or handbook regulations, a variety of consequences including detention, suspension orexpulsion may result. 18

● In some instances, the loss of a specific privilege at school is sufficient disciplinary consequence. This is determined by the misbehavior and decided by the Principal or their designee. ● Missed recess time in the Elementary School or detention in the Secondary may be assigned during school hours at breaks and/or lunch or after school hours as necessary. o If assigned by a teacher, the detention is generally held in his/her classroom. ● For more serious issues, suspensions can follow and may be issued as in or out of school as determined by the Principal. o The student is responsible for obtaining and completing any assignments during the period of absence due to suspension. o A student may not be on campus for any event during a suspension. ● Indefinite suspension may be used after previous suspension(s) have not been effective in modifying student behavior. ● Expulsion (mandatory withdrawal from the school) may be the consequence for serious and/or repeated infractions. o Expulsion excludes the student from ever being on the campus again.Bullying:Bullying:GWA defines bullying as student behavior that is targeted, one-sided, malicious and intentionallyrepeated towards another student or students. Forms of bullying include, but are not limited to,physically hurting another person, social exclusion, name calling, gossip and rumours, stealing orbreaking other’s property and harassment based on gender, ethnicity, race, etc. These are formsof bullying whether they occur in real-time or on the internet.Any confirmed offence will result in disciplinary consequences including suspension and/oreventual expulsion from the school. There is no excuse for intimidating or harassing anotherperson.It is an expectation that every student and a parent/guardian will sign the counter-bullyingagreement that can be found in Appendix 5. This agreement should be returned to theappropriate Student Advisor at the start of the academic year.Discrimination:All students will be treated respectfully regardless of gender, ethnicity, abilities, etc. Sexualharassment is not acceptable. Be respectful of one another or choose not to attend GWA.Academic Integrity/Honesty:Honesty in schoolwork requires that students do their own work. To take ideas, writing or thoughtsfrom someone else and pass them off as one’s own is plagiarism and is considered a violation ofacademic integrity and honesty. Plagiarism means submitting words or ideas that are not your ownwithout acknowledging and giving credit to the original author. This includes copying anotherstudent’s paper, report, lab book or assignment in whole or in part and submitting it as your own. Asuperficial change of wording, structure or conclusion is not sufficient to turn aside the charge ofplagiarism. 19

GWA regards acts of academic dishonesty, including cheating or copying another student’s work,as a serious violation of both copyright and trust. Students who commit academic dishonesty willface serious consequences including possible suspension. If repeated, a student may be asked towithdraw from school membership. Any violation or suspicion of violation will be reported to thePrincipal for immediate action and parent notification.GENERAL CAMPUS RULES AND REGULATIONSVisitors on Campus:Visitors to the school generally fall into four categories: parents, professional visitors, vendors andcontract labourers. Parents who wish to visit a classroom should be referred to the Division Officeunless previously cleared and/or invited by the classroom teacher. Parents should be encouragedto participate in the life of the school where possible, but must not drop into classes unannouncedto prevent disruption to student learning. Visitor tags should be worn by all people in the building atall times. Should you come across a visitor without a tag, politely ask if you can help them, informthem that all adults require an ID badge and accompany them back to reception to obtain a badge.Visitor passes are issued at the main reception by GWA Security for touring guests. Parents willbe recognizable by their designated parent ID tags.Leaving Campus:Students are to remain on campus at all times during the school day. If students must leave thecampus for health reasons, the School Nurse will call the parents. Students may never excusethemselves from the school campus. If a parent wishes to take their child out of school before theregular dismissal time, the parent must notify the appropriate Division Level Office. The student maybe picked up from Elementary Office or the Health Office at the designated time. Parents are askednot to go directly to the classroom during instructional time to get a student, but instead are to waitin the Elementary Office while a member of staff collects the student and bring them to the parent.Damaged or Lost to School Property:Parents of students will be charged for all school property that is lost or damaged by a student.Lockers and Cubbies:Each student has a locker/cubby allocated to them upon arrival at GWA. Students should not keepany valuable items in their locker/cubby as the school will not be responsible for any valuables thatgo missing including jewellery, money, mobile phones, games, etc. Unfortunately, even in the bestof schools, there are others who will make poor choices.Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Devices:These items are strongly discouraged from being brought to GWA as they can often distract fromlearning and can become broken, lost or stolen. Should a student bring a mobile phone or otherelectronics to school, GWA assumes no responsibility for replacing these items if lost or stolen.In the Elementary school, mobile phones should not be used during the school day as phones areavailable at Reception and in the Elementary Office should a student need to use a phone. If mobilesare seen during the day, the student will be asked to put it in their cubby/bag. Upon further use, thephone will be confiscated and can then be picked up by a parent from the teacher/office. There aretimes when personal mobile devices will be used to support learning during class time and theteaching staff will make it clear when it is appropriate to use such devices. 20

Gum, Candy and Carbonated Drinks:In an effort to maintain our facilities, GWA is a gum-free campus. Candy and carbonated drinks arenot permitted for sale to students on campus as per UAE Law and just for common good nutritionand health sense.School Phone Use:Use of any school phone is restricted for emergency situations. A phone is available for student usewith permission in Reception or Divisional Offices. School phones are not for making personalarrangements, such as weekend sleepovers, etc.Smoking:Smoking anywhere on campus will result in student suspension. The same goes for any use of non-prescription drugs or any alcoholic substance. Make no mistake in understanding: immediatesuspension and possible expulsion may result.Pool, Gymnasium and General School Safety:Students are expected to abide by all pool, gym and other special spaces’ safety proceduresexplained by staff and supervisors. A student should never be alone or unsupervised in the pool,gym or other areas of the school.0Animals and Pets on Campus:Animals and pets should not be brought on to the GWA-Dubai campus without prior approval. If forlearning purposes a request is made to bring an animal on to the campus or into the building, priorapproval must be granted by a division Principal or Head of School.GWA Web Page GuidelinesThese guidelines apply to web pages hosted on the GWA-Dubai Web Server or any other GWA-Dubai web server space. Websites will not be used for commercial purposes. All commercials,commercial transactions or advertisements are prohibited on school pages.All web pages hosted on GWA-Dubai web-server must be approved (email acceptable) by I.T.Coordinator and the Principal. The web page files will be posted to the web server with permissionof the by the I.T. department.Content Guidelines:All subject matter and links on GWA web pages should relate to curriculum and instruction, school-authorized activities or general information about GWA. Student or staff work may be published onlyas it relates to a class project, course or other school-related activity. All web pages should reflectpositively on the school or department.Each web page developer is responsible for posting information that is accurate and current. Webpage content, including links to external sites, must be kept up-to-date and maintained regularly.Any questionable information or statistics should be verified prior to posting. The links should notcontain information that is in violation of, or promotes the violation of,) any UAE regulation or law.Any email links on web pages must be “” addresses. The use of any other emailaddress must receive written permission from the I. T. Coordinators, endorsed by the Division-levelPrincipal. 21

Space limitations prevent the hosting of media and document files for public download. All webpages must have a title (that appears on the Web browser's title bar). Prohibited items include: ● Personal information about staff and parent volunteers; ● Student personal contact information of any kind; ● Links to staff, volunteer or student personal home pages; ● Links to non-official GWA related sites that are hosted on remote/external web servers; ● “Guest books,” “chat areas” and/or non-approved “discussion boards”.Copyright:Copyright laws apply to electronic publishing (web pages) in addition to print publishing. Web pagedevelopers must have written permission to publish information, graphics or photographs on theirpages when they are not the copyright owners.Student/Staff Safeguards:Any student information communicated via GWA web pages will comply with GWA policies on dataprivacy and public use of school records. Web pages shall not include any student’s surname, phonenumber, street address or email address; the names of any student’s family members or friends; orany information that indicates the physical location of a student at a given time, other thanattendance at a particular school or participation in school activities. School maps may only identifyvenues used by the public, such as the main office, cafeteria, gym, athletic fields and parking lots.Student Work, Photo Usage and Identification:Parents who request that their child’s picture, name or work are not to be published internally orexternally, including the yearbook, must do so in writing to the Division Principal. Photographspublished on web pages may identify only the individual students by first name, unless non-consenthas been given.School Uniform Regulation and RequirementsBuy your child(ren)’s uniforms.Uniforms must be worn on the first day of school. Threads will be selling their uniforms on ourpremises 9:00am – 4:00pm between August 21st to 25th. In order to serve you better, the Gradeshave divided according to the following schedule. Please be advised that the dates below are therecommended days for each Grade and that the last two days, 24th and 25th, are expected to bevery busy. After that uniforms can be purchased at Dragons Den, our own beloved uniform shop! Uniform Sale Dates at Date Grade12 21.08.2016 PreK, KG 1 & KG 2 and Siblings34 22.08.2016 Gr 1, Gr 2 and Siblings5 23.08.2016 Gr 3, Gr 4, Gr 5 and Siblings 24.08.2016 Gr 6, Gr 7, Gr 8 Gr 9 and Siblings 25.08.2016 Gr 10, Gr 11, Gr 12 and Siblingsa. Click here for more details on Threadsb. For more information about the uniform specifications for each grade, please visit our school websitec. Threads tailor will be available at GWA on August 25th between 9:00am to 11:00am. 22

d. The school uniform shop at GWA, Dragons Den, has varied hours and is run by parents. The store will be open in the main reception area at school on the following dates and times:  Aug 28th –Aug 29th 7:30am to 9:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm  Aug 30th onwards - regular timings 7:30am to 8:30am and 2:15 to 3:15pm  Thursday afternoon hours (due to early dismissal) 1:00pm to 2:00pm.Dragons Den will also be selling the full swim kit on Orientation Day August 25th between 8:30amto 12:00 noon.Special non-uniform dress days will occur throughout the year and be announced throughclassrooms, homerooms and newsletters. These days are usually fundraisers and Student Councilsponsored. Other clothing and outerwear may be worn to and from school but must be removed andstored in the locker/cubby upon arrival. Only the following items should be worn during the schoolday: ● Scarves and ties will not be worn at all by Elementary Students ● Regulation blue shirt with logo o Collars buttoned up; no visible shirt should be showing underneath o Shirts tucked in for boys ● Regulation navy blue shorts or trousers for elementary boys o Black or navy belts if needed ● Regulation navy blue skorts for girls in Elementary ● Regulation navy blue or black sweater (optional) ● Navy, black or white socks for elementary students ● Students can wear trainers/sneakers/tennis shoes in the elementary school. Open-toed shoes are not allowed. Shoes with cleats (football shoes) are not allowed. Shoe color should be conservative. Brightly colored shoes (for example: neon green) are not allowed. ● Earrings, necklaces and bracelets must be discrete and not disrupt learning; if they attract attention then they are too much! ● Visible body piercings and/or tattoos are not acceptable ● Finger nail polish should be transparent or lighter colors only ● Hats for outside activities ● Any reusable non-breakable water bottle for daily usePhysical Education (PE) Uniform and Clothing:Students must wear the appropriate uniform and specific shoes for PE classes, including swimming,as per the school uniform requirements. The PE uniform in PreK to Grade 5 may be worn all day onPE days. Please ensure that all school clothing is clearly labeled with student name.Physical Education Uniform: ● Sports shoes with non-marking soles for all PE classes in both elementary and secondary. ● Regulation GWA polo shirt. ● Regulation shorts. ● Regulation swimming suit o Personal suits are fine, but must be navy blue or black and a one piece suit for girls. 23

STUDENT SERVICESThe Student Resource Center is located on the second floor directly above the main reception. Thisarea includes the school Library, Teacher Resource Center, an ICT lab, the Planetarium andcomputer access for network and internet usage. The library collection is extensive and growsannually to include a breadth and depth of materials that is in keeping with our mission as a collegepreparatory school. Follett Library and Destiny Cataloguing Systems are used in both the Libraryand the TRC (Teacher Resource Center). Parents are encouraged to visit regularly with their childto encourage lifelong learning and a love of reading. Destiny can be accessed from home at materials are available and catalogued for ease of use. World Book encyclopedia,Encarta and a variety of other computer software supplements our print media. 450 video titles over100 educational CD-ROMS support the curriculum. SIRS and other online periodical databases areused for research.Audio/visual equipment consists of televisions with DVD players that staff sign out on an as-neededbasis. All the classrooms have Promethean “Smart Boards”, CD players and laptops with DVDplayers. The school is cabled for internet and has wireless capability throughout.All students receive instruction in basic library usage and from a young age are instructed inresearch skills necessary to sift through the vast amounts of information on the internet and in print.Students and parents from Grade Three and up sign an Acceptable Use Policy for correct use oftechnology resources in the school.Library Expectations: ● Respect others by keeping noise to a minimum ● Leave food and drink in the cafeteria/canteen ● Ask for help if you can’t find what you need ● Be respectful when using library materialsLibrary Management Guidelines:1. PK and KG1 students may check out one book at a time. If they would like to check out additional books, a parent should accompany the student to the library. The length of check out is one week.2. KG2-Grade 1 may check out two books per visit. The length of checkout is one week.3. Grades 2-4 may check out up to two books at any one time; Grade 5 may check up to three books at any one time; and Grades 6-12 may check up to four books at any one time. The length of check out is two weeks.4. All students are welcome into the library at any time to exchange books, whether accompanied by a teacher or not, except for scheduled class times.5. Books and materials should be returned on time. Materials that are long overdue, and after several reminders, will be considered lost and GWA’s Lost Book Policy will apply (see below).6. Damaged book fines will be assessed on damaged materials according to the amount of damage. If the damage renders the book unusable in the Library, GWA’s Lost Book Policy will apply (see below).7. Books and materials are collected for inventory twice per year; before the winter break and at the end of the academic year. Progress reports and transfer certificates will not be issued unless all books and fines are cleared. Students who withdraw early also must return library materials so their clearance form can be signed. 24

8. Parents are welcome to use the Library. Please see the Librarian or Librarian Assistant so you can be issued a library number and begin to enjoy our many resources. In some cases, students may sign out books for their parents using the student’s library number.Lost Book PolicyIf a book is lost, a family now has three options in which they may: 1. Purchase the lost book from a local book store, or a book of equal value to replace the lost book, and bring the new book to the library to be added to the collection. 2. Pay a 200AED flat fee for the lost library book through Accounts.The library staff sends out invoices twice a year for books that are 14 days overdue or more. Thefirst invoice goes out before the winter holiday and the second in May before the end of the year. Ifa book is lost before the two invoice times, parents can contact Ms. Anita for grades PreK- Kg2,Ms. Turpin for Grades 1-5 and Ms. Mansfield for Grade 6-12 to receive an invoice.Due to the high volume of check-outs per day, the library prefers a replacement book to be givenin place of the lost book as the replacement in the collection is immediate and students may thencheck that book out.Health Office Services:Two full time, registered school nurses and a doctor are present during the school day in the HealthOffice. The nurses are responsible for dealing with first aid and any accidents that occur during theschool day.In the case of a student feeling unwell, the nurse will contact the parents if it is necessary for thestudent to go home. If hospital treatment should be required, the nurse will immediately contact theparents and make arrangements for transfer to a hospital with parental permission. If parents cannotbe contacted by phone and the judgment of the Health Office determines emergency medicaltreatment is required, an ambulance will be called. The cost of the ambulance becomes the parent’sresponsibility. In life-threatening emergencies, the school will always act in the best interest of thestudent.For safety reasons, any medication brought to school by a student must be handed to the schoolnurse. This must be labeled with the student’s name, in the original dispenser with the dosageindicated.Upon joining the school, all students are required by the UAE Department of Health and MedicalServices to have a school medical. These are conducted on the school premises by the schooldoctor. Medicals check-ups are also required for all students in Kg1 and Grades 1, 5, 9 and 12.Parents will be notified prior to the scheduled appointment and are welcome to be present duringthe examination. The school nurses are in attendance during all examinations. A school medical fileis maintained on each student, which includes vaccination/immunization records.We recommend that parents obtain 24-7 medical insurance coverage on their children, asunfortunately, accidents do happen. The school does not provide individual student medicalinsurance coverage for incidents on or off campus. 25

Head Lice:In the event of head lice, the school nurse will check any student reported to possibly have a case.If active lice or nits (eggs) are found, the parent will be confidentially notified at the end of the schoolday. The teacher will be informed immediately, and the child will not use any shared headphones,helmets, hats or clothing. If the child with lice is very young, the school nurse may choose to checkclassmates in preschool and kindergarten. The school nurse will provide information to the parentsabout proper treatment. As long as proper treatment is being carried out and no live lice aredetected, the student will not be excluded from school. Students with lice will be checked when thethey return to school and one week later to make sure all the lice are gone. If a parent does notfollow through with the proper treatment, then the school retains the right to ask parents to keep thechild away from school until proper treatment has been completed.Cafeteria Food Services:An external vendor provides the food service program at GWA. The school and our GWAPAmembers have worked closely with the vendor to establish a program that meets the needs of thestudents and employees. Standards for these services are in compliance with the DubaiMunicipality guidelines. Our Parent Association regularly provides feedback to the catererregarding healthy food choices and student friendly food menus. Student nutrition and positiveacademic/social success are very closely linked so parents are encouraged to send their studentto school with healthy food options or use the school cafeteria. The cafeteria menu is available onour school website. Cafeteria operates a cashless pay program. The school will provide students with anindividual ID card which parents may top up with credit that students can use to purchase itemsfrom the cafeteria. This card will provide several benefits including: ● Convenient way of paying ● Queuing times reduced through speed-line service ● Specific items can be controlled/restricted from being sold to a student, with full transaction details available online ● Healthy eating can be achieved through the School Meal Program where parents can check on items being purchased and consumed.Your child will be issued their card during the first few weeks of starting school. Cash can be useduntil the cards have been issued.Please visit to access the Keitaaccount for your child. Your parent GLG username and password provides you with access to thissite. Once you have received the card you may load it with credit using your own bank credit card.Students may use their cashless cards in the GWA cafeteria immediately.Nut-Free Learning EnvironmentWe have students at GWA with nut allergies, and sometimes these are severe, life-threateningconditions that we must be careful with and considerate of. Therefore, we attempt to maintain anut-free school environment. Please avoid sending nuts or nut products with your child for theirlunch or snacks, and please ensure you check any baked goods that might be brought into youchild’s classroom. It is always recommended that you check with your child’s teacher to determinewhat allergies are present in the class. 26

Lost and Found Services:Lost and found items are kept near the school cafeteria/canteen on the ground floor. Students andparents are encouraged to check for their lost items frequently. More expensive items such asphones or wallets are kept outside the Operations office. Any unclaimed clothing is donated tocharity during the winter break and again at the end of the school year. Please label all of your child’sclothing and school materials with their name.Transportation Services:Bus transportation to and from GWA is available through a private company. Parents are in no wayrestricted to the use of the service and are welcome to investigate alternative bus transport servicesshould they desire at their own expense and risk. Registration and payment for STS Bus Servicesis available in the school Business Administration Office (STSS Office). Payment in advance isrequired before bus services are provided by the bus company. Visit for moreinformation.Private vehicle drivers (and parents) must adhere to school driving and parking requirements andwill be reported to authorities if in violation of safe driving practice. Please drive carefully and slowlyon campus at all times! Everyone is expected to follow the direction of our security guards. Bus Behavior Rules Students riding the bus must: Show their bus ID card on all bus trips Follow the same behavior expectations that they would at school while on the bus including being polite and respectful of all people on the bus. Be sitting in their allocated seat unless boarding or departing the bus. Wear a seat belt that is properly adjusted. Be polite to the driver plus conductor and follow direction. Report any incidents to the Bus Conductor, Driver, Teacher or Parent. Leave the bus as clean as they found it. Use headphones when listening to music at a respectable level. In addition, the Bus Staff will: Operate the bus safely and insist that guidelines are followed. Be polite to passengers and treat all students fairly. Allocate seats to all passengers. Report incidents to parents and follow up with the school as necessary.Remembering that the bus service is a privilege and not a right. Should problems arise, aseries of steps will be taken. Students will first be talked to by a staff member and if thereare further issues, parent meetings and bus suspensions ranging from one day to indefinitelywill be followed according to the nature of the incident.GWA does expect students to behave in a manner that is in line with school rules when riding onany bus. Bus service can be revoked at any time due to inappropriate behavior. STSS works closelywith GWA Administration to ensure high standards of behaviour on the buses. 27

HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONWeebly:Weebly is the primary source of communication of learning in the classroom.Newsletters:Communication between parents and school is a high priority at GWA. Parents receive noticesthroughout the year about school events through the weekly email newsletters. In order to receivethese and stay informed, we must have your proper email contact details so update us if theinformation changes. Please do make every effort to read the newsletters each week.GEMS OASIS and iSAMS:All parents receive a username and password to access OASIS for registration, accounts andother administrative tasks. This is a one-time update.OASIS website: are currently transitioning to a new information management system called iSAMS. Parentswill have a username and password to the Parent Portal. Parents are requested to ensure that allfamily information is kept up to date as this is our primary database for parent communication.Back-to-School Nights:Early in the year, Back-to-School Nights are held to introduce parents to class expectations, adescription of the year’s curriculum, grade-level policies on homework and other details related tothe functioning of each class. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions so thatquestions are answered before they are even asked!Parent Visits to the Classroom:During the school year, parents are welcome to visit the classroom “at work”. Please contact theclass teacher in advance before making classroom visits. Appointments to discuss a student shouldbe scheduled to avoid awkward times when teachers must be with the class. Please avoiddiscussing your child when other students are present. If you must contact your child during the dayor a classroom teacher and have not made prior arrangements, parents should contact the DivisionalOffice for assistance. Please do not go directly to the classroom during school hours as this candisrupt learning of others. Parents must never interfere/stop the direction or teaching of the teacher!Celebrations and Birthday Parties:We encourage sharing special celebrations such as national holidays and birthdays with classmatesat school. Parents should discuss the possible upcoming event with their child’s teacher in advance.For a party outside of school that will not include all classmates, invitations should be distributeddiscretely outside of class time as this will minimize hurt feelings. The classroom teacher shouldnever be expected to distribute personal and private invitations. Celebrations should not impactstudent learning. 28

PARENT SUPPORT AND ENGAGEMENT AT HOME AND IN SCHOOLThere are many ways in which parents can support the school program and their student both athome and in school.Questions, Issues and Concerns:When questions, issues or concerns arise throughout the year, parents are strongly encouraged tofirst speak with the appropriate teacher. GWA believes that the vast majority of questions andmisunderstandings are solved by asking questions and seeking clarification. We all come fromdifferent backgrounds and the image of what “school” is all about will vary widely from person toperson. If you have a question, go to the source by contacting our staff in person (arranging a timeto talk in advance) or by phone or email.Appointments with the Principal, Assistant Principal and/or Guidance Counselor:If after a meeting with a staff member there remains a concern, only then should the conversationbe elevated. If you would like to discuss a specific issue, we do ask you to contact the appropriateDivisional Secretary to schedule an appointment with either the Principal, Assistant Principal orCounselor.Legal Status of Students:All students attending GWA are required by UAE Law and GWA to live with their parent(s) or legalguardian throughout the school year. If circumstances are different than this, parents must meetwith School Administration and provide legal documentation for the safety and security welfare ofthe student.Extended Parent Absence for Dubai:GWA students are required and expected to have proper home supervision by a parent. If due to anemergency a parent will be out of town and a student will not be under direct supervision, pleasesend a formal letter to let us know who will have guardianship responsibilities and emergency caredetails.Sharing Expertise:Teachers welcome parental expertise on topics related to the curriculum. Parents willing to be guestspeakers or to share collections and artefacts should inform the classroom teacher of their areas ofinterest. Parent presentations at assemblies are also greatly appreciated.GWA-Dubai Parent Association (GWAPA):Our active parent group supports the development of a sense of unity and community amongparents, faculty, administration, students and staff by cooperating in different capacities to enrichthe lives of the students and guide parents toward a better understanding of the aims, policies andphilosophy of GWA. The achievement of these aims relies upon the cooperation of every parent.All parents of students enrolled in GWA-Dubai are automatically members of the Parent Association.It is an important part of our school community and we encourage all parents to get involved andsupport Association activities throughout the year. An established Constitution and By-Laws arefollowed. Parent leadership elections to the entire parent population are held annually. 29

Eco-School GuidelinesEco-schools is the largest sustainable schools program in the world and is operated by theFoundation for Environmental Education (FEE). GWA-Dubai is a proud Eco-School and we arecontinuing to review and modify our daily practices in order to be awarded Eco-School “GreenFlag” status. Eco-School Councils run in both the Elementary and Secondary divisions.Our GWA-Dubai Eco-Code is: “Blue Dragons Dream Green. Do Save, Don’t Waste!” Ourmission is to inspire change, encourage action and contribute towards more sustainable living atGWA-Dubai. We aim to be responsible eco-citizens who: - Consume wisely as well as reduce, reuse and recycle - Spread awareness about environmental issuesAll members of the GWA-Dubai community – staff, students and parents, are encouraged topractice environmentally responsible behaviours in regards to waste management, responsibleuse of resources, and in the reduction of energy and resource consumption.HOMEWORK GUIDELINESA number of GWA-Dubai Elementary teachers have been involved in professional discussions andinquiry into homework in elementary schools. Based on resources such as “The Homework Myth”by Alfie Kohn (2006) and a recent study released by the Center for Longitudinal Studies (UK), wefound the following:● There is no positive correlation between homework and achievement for students before middle school.● Consistent reading for pleasure is directly linked to higher test scores.● Children who read for pleasure are likely to perform better in school than their peers.As a consequence of the research and discussions into what is good for students, each grade levelteam from KG2 – Grade 5 has collaboratively developed a set of essential agreements for howhomework will look across the grade level. The common threads among all grade-level agreementsare that:● Homework will always emphasize the importance of reading daily.● Homework should not be completed at the expense of students leading a healthy, balanced life – which should include relaxation, exercise, time with family and PLAY.● Any additional homework should involve an element of student choice to allow children and their families to manage their at-home time effectively.● Some level of feedback should be provided on all homework tasks as a way of helping each student develop their skills.GWA values open communication and clear and reasonable expectations will be given to studentsand parents on Back to School Night. Suggested Grade Level Time Allotment for Homework (This includes reading for pleasure.)PK – KG2 Learning extensions on occasionGrade 1 10-20 minutes – 3 days per weekGrade 2 10-20 minutes – 4 days per week 30

Grade 3 20-30 minutes – 4 days per weekGrade 4 30-40 minutes – 4 days per weekGrade 5 40-60 minutes – 4 days per weekStudent Communication Diary:Developing study habits and managing time and materials are important lifelong skills. Each studentfrom Grade 1-5 is responsible for a Student Communication Diary to foster this skill. In the EarlyChildhood years, a take home folder is used in its place. The use of the Communication Diary inthe Elementary School varies from a reflective journal, parent-teacher communication tool, to arecord of daily assignments and a ‘to do’ list. Not all teachers will use the communication diary andprefer other methods of communication.Parents should read their child’s Diary daily to check for comments from teachers and any concernsthat may also be noted. Teachers should read the Diary daily as well to see if there are notes fromhome that they need to be aware of. Please make sure your child has their name in their Diary. Thefirst one is free. A replacement booklet is available from the school secretary for AED25. 31

Appendix One: Academic Calendar (subject to change) 32

Appendix Two: GWA Contact GuideThe following guide is based on the understanding that whenever there is a question, issue, or a problem thesolution should first be taken to the source. In any situation, it is best to go to the person directly concerned inorder to ensure that you: gain first-hand information get the complete story achieve a quick response support the concept of open sharing of information as an aid to assisting the student’s learningIn general, if it involves day-to-day education, classroom activities, relationships or requirements aparent should first contact the child’s teacher, either personally or in writing--- but remember email tonesometimes loses the intent and good meaning. Questions/Concerns Position Name and Email Address subject or course information class equipment and requirements homework subject or course information project or research requirements student progress classroom and school relationships questions about general day-to-day routines and expectations Class Teacher teaching or classroom incidents missing items field trips and excursions first point of contact for students in relation to class, curriculum, or general school issues student social/emotional/guidance ES Guidance Kimberly Leiske Counselor [email protected] Nina Garcia-Taskin Sports competition, coaching, team Director of Ryan Hornblower trips, team issues, schedules, etc. Sports/Athletics [email protected] om All after school enrichment activities - except Sergio Juarez organized ‘Dragon’ team Sports/Athletics [email protected] competitions. Yearlong clubs or Student Council are Activities Director not considered ASAs.If more information is required or a situation is unable to be resolved a parent may wish to approachthe Division Principal with the knowledge of the teacher concerned. schedule issues broad issues involving the particular Jeff Hart school section – e.g. homework policy, student behaviour Contact : Secretary, Lorraine or morale Alqemlas communication and information relating Divisional Principal [email protected] to the section of school and its operation student reporting structures tutoring 33

 school trips issues related directly to the work of the particular Principal first point of contact for teachers in relation to professional and personal issues Behaviour related issues Elementary Assistant Kristen Murphy Principal [email protected] Curriculum matters Early Childhood Cheryl Murree – PYP Authorization questions Assistant Principal [email protected] IB information and updates Curriculum matters PYP Curriculum Ross O’donnell – PYP Authorization questions Coordinator [email protected] IB information and updatesIf more information is required or the situation is unable to be resolved a parent may wish to approach theHead of School/CEO, with the knowledge of the divisional level Principal concerned. overall school operations Head of School Stuart Walker whole-school issues such as implementation of school Contact : Executive Secretary, policies and security Stephanie MacKinnon recruitment and allocation of teachers [email protected] community / school communication relations with GEMS organization and the KHDA and om DSIB (inspection bureau) stewardship of the school Contact : PRE strategic planning Linda Nordin operational and financial policy and oversight [email protected] long-term planning, including development of facilities Medina Malik and the school environment [email protected] Parent Organization and function/support to the Bashir Ashi school [email protected] Parent Organization calendar of events, coffees, Parent Group Dr. Mervat Dous meetings, etc. Committee Chair and [email protected] Special committee formation PRE Mary Jan Torreon (Nurse) GWAPA Constitution [email protected] enrollment inquiries Registrar Jewel Rovera student admissions [email protected] Accounts and Finances – school fee Manager School Magdalena Back issues, payments, refunds, etc. Operations [email protected] Support staff management/duties/ transactions Facilities management Government relations /subsidies/service contracts/building facilities Procurement/ordering Cafeteria Transportation Matters related to any student health Medical Centre issues, records, and the medical center services. Music Academy Music Secretary Management of staff recruitment procedures Human Resources Contracts, permits and related matters Manager Management of personnel files Staff integration and support 34

 Work with PRO and UAE licensing authority Biju Issac of personnel Maintenance Manager [email protected] School buildings and facilities (including cleaning, Parent Relations Linda Nordin safety & security) Executive [email protected] Maintenance Coordinator of support service personnel for events and set-up; evening auditorium Facilitates bookings to qualified outside agencies Tours Liaise with GEMS marketing division Assists GWA Parent group committee and parent concerns or questionsBOARD OF GOVERNORS – Corporate Offices: 04 347 7770(Founder: Mr. Sunny Varkey)In summary, as depicted below, there are three main points of contact. We trust that in following thiscontact guide you will receive timely and appropriate attention to your queries and concerns, and thatthe resultant open communication will assist in ensuring that ours is an effective, efficient and friendlylearning community.EDUCATIONAL FINANCIAL / DAILY POLICY & PLANNING ISSUES MATTERS MANAGEMENTTeacher Director of Staffing, budget, Operations OrganizationDivision Level Principal Head of School Head of School Head of SchoolGENERAL COMMUNICATION POINTS1. Students should make their PYP classroom teacher or the Homeroom teacher (Middle and High School) the first point of contact, unless they wish to consult the Counselor on a private personal matter.2. Parents are encouraged to make maximum use of information sources such as the Parent Handbook, the weekly electronic newsletters, Parent Information Meetings, teacher interviews, and Parent Coffee Meetings in order to be well informed on school matters.3. We encourage open dialogue between parents and teachers. As teachers are busy people, we ask parents to thoughtfully schedule a time to speak with the child’s teacher rather than the risk of having them need to leave a meeting to tend the priority of a class or individual student needs. 35

Appendix Three: Digital Citizenship & Acceptable Use Policy 2016 - 2017 Rationale & GWA-Dubai’s vision is to support creativity and collaboration across the school in all Vision subjects by providing access to technology that empowers students to be inquiring, knowledgeable, reflective and caring learners in our global and interconnected world, Aims anytime and anywhere. Digital Teachers and students at GWA-Dubai use a variety of technology tools to support and Citizenship promote learning. We aim to meaningfully use technology when we plan, teach, assess& Acceptable and reflect on the curriculum. In doing so, we focus on digital communication, information literacy, critical thinking skills and digital citizenship while emphasizing the balance Use between screen time and other activities. GWA-Dubai facilitates the learning of appropriate digital citizenship and encourages responsible online and offline behaviour, in and out of school. Students will be made aware of the importance of managing and fostering a positive “digital footprint” which is their electronic representation in the online world. Students will be educated on the potential implications of social media, cyber bullying online. As students, A digital footprint is influenced by the ongoing support of fellow students, teachers, school teachers and counsellors, school administrators, parents, family and other relevant school community. parents we Cases of misuse will be reviewed and consequences could include the following:  Involvement of Assistant Principals, Principals, Counselors, Head of School agree: and/or parents  Loss of school-based privilegesIt is understood  Suspension or expulsion that:  Involvement of the authorities  To keep passwords and personal information private.  To understand the concepts of plagiarism and copyright guidelines, and the importance of academic honesty in citing sources.  To immediately report any threatening or abusive communications to an adult.  That students, parents and teachers are not permitted to capture, transmit or post photographic images/videos of any person on campus without permission.  Students should be aware that teachers have the right to monitor student devices and online activity to avoid viruses, misuse and other issues.  Students and parents are required to sign this Acceptable Use Policy  Ultimately, classroom management – including management of behaviour, expectations and electronic devices – is the teacher’s responsibility. Students must immediately comply with teachers' requests to turn off devices or discontinue their use.  In addition to their own devices, students will have access to a variety of devices around the school, for which the same expectations of safe, appropriate and responsible use apply.  All students are responsible for the security, safety and upkeep of their device, including charging.  Due to infrastructure limitations, students cannot access the school’s internal network and/or print from personal devices.All students and parents are required to complete this permission form prior to activation of the student’saccess privilege. I understand and will abide by the above policy and guidelines. I also understand that anyviolation may result in the loss of technology privileges or other consequences as appropriate. 36

Appendix Four: GWA Behavioral Guidelines ChartBehavior Guidelines with Possible ConsequencesThe GWA behaviour guidelines are intended to create consistency across the whole school fromKindergarten to Grade 12, while allowing common sense to determine the appropriateconsequences for an action. As a school, one of our responsibilities is to help students makegood behavior choices as part of their holistic development. We accomplish this by reinforcingpositive behaviours, but also by correcting behaviours that are not, in a way that maintainsdignity and allows for additional opportunities to ‘make the right choice’. Behaviours that warrant addressing  Possible consequences may include:Level 1 (Minor infractions) Student receives a verbal warning for Tardiness/lateness or non-attendance  correction Information added to the Student to class  Information System (SIS) Dress Code violation  Student Advisor is alerted to the infraction Littering Elementary teacher is alerted to the Chewing gum  infraction Unauthorized mobile phone use In school detention (SS) or recess Public displays of affection  detention (ES) Unauthorised use of  Note in daily journal (ES)  Community service elevators/prohibited spaces Student receives a verbal warning for  correctionLevel 1 (Behaviour for learning infractions) Information added to the Student Disrupting the learning of others  Information System (SIS) Non-compliance to instructions Student Advisor is alerted to the infraction Missed assessment deadline (SS) Missing lesson equipment Elementary team lead alerted to the infraction  In school detention (SS), recess detention (ES) or credit recovery session (SS)  Parent contacted to highlight the behavioural incidentsLevel 2  Information added to the SIS Repeated minor infractions (Level 1) Possible conference with Teacher/Advisor Inappropriate use of language,  In school detention (1-3 days)  Possible suspension from the school bus swearing, cursing  use (1-3 days) with a letter home and on Inappropriate display of affection  file Unexcused absence from class Letter home; student file letter  Independent Student Behaviour Plan (Truancy)  activated Inappropriate use of technology Phase Leader (Elementary) Grade Disruptive bus behavior Leader contacted Grade Leader/Phase Leader Parent  Conference Admin and teacher conference withLevel 3  Repeated Level 2 infractions  Direct defiance to faculty or staff 37

request parent In-school suspension 1-3 days; letter on Deliberate damage to property or  file Out of school suspension 1-3 days; letter graffiti/vandalism on file Inappropriate language to faculty or  Possible suspension from the school bus 1-5 days; letter on file staff  Letter home; student file letter Leaving campus without Information added to the SIS Individual Student Behaviour Planauthorization/skipping school  activated (SBP) Behavioral Probation Contract (Admin  Team lead) Admin and Teacher conference with  parent Information added to the SIS  In-school suspension 1-3 days; letter on fileLevel 4  Out of school suspension 1-3 days; letter Repeated level 2 or 3 infractions  on file Theft  Disruptive bus behavior-could result in Plagiarism/academic dishonesty  permanent suspension from bus service; Physically threatening comments or  letter on file Loss of student privileges gestures  Loss of extracurricular participation Harassment/Racism  (sports, dances, etc.) Bullying, including Cyber-bullying Parent School Behaviour Agreement Fighting Contract Smoking on campus or at school Admin/Counselor probationary meetings Admin conference with parent sanctioned events Information added to the SIS Parent School Behaviour Agreement  Contract Out of school suspension and suspensionLevel 5  from all school activities 1-5 days; letter Repeated level 2, 3 or 4 infractions  on file Altering/tampering with school records,  Possible suspension from school  activities for the next season tests, etc.  Second violation alcohol/tobacco use is The possession, use , sale or minimum out of school suspension of not  less than 5 school days and all school distribution of tobacco, alcohol, and/or  activities drugs (prescription or otherwise) on Drugs: Suspension and probable school property, school transportation  expulsion; student record file or at school sanctioned events  Expulsion; permanent student record file Physical attack on another person Violation of school guidelines that endangers the reputation of the school or other students Possession of weapons or dangerous objectsVerification of receipt of Family Student Handbook indicates your agreement to all contents of thehandbook, including the Behaviour Guidelines. 38

Appendix Five: Counter Bullying AgreementIt is only realistic to recognise that bullying behaviour can find its way into any community at anytime. It is therefore all the more important that we should affirm that we believe that: Everyone’s individuality should be valued and respected. Everyone has a right to live free from fear and intimidation. Bullying should not be tolerated. In order to ensure that no one should suffer in this way, communication between studentsand staff (both academic and non-academic) is most important. Everyone has a responsibility toensure that no one engages in bullying behaviour. If you, or someone you know, is suffering in this way, please report this to any teacher,counsellor or supervisor An account will be kept of incidents and the staff will undertake to handle this informationdiscreetly and endeavour to help all those involved. In investigating incidents, any student may be asked to write about what happened. This doesnot imply that a student is guilty of misconduct. If there is no improvement in the behaviour, despite warnings, of an individual involved insuch an incident, or if the behaviour is particularly severe, that student’s parents will be involved. If, subsequent to this, the student’s bullying behaviour persists, that student may be asked toleave the school. Bullying may be verbal, psychological, physical or cyber and is taken very seriously at GEMSWorld Academy and will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever.If you are a victim of bullying or if you observe incidents involving others you must tell any memberof staff immediately who will then take the appropriate action.When staff, students and parents work together, bullying is less likely to happen.………………………………………………………………………………………………………Counter Bullying AgreementVerification of receipt of Family Student Handbook indicates your agreement to all contents of thehandbook, including this agreement. 39

Appendix Six: GWA Uniform GuidelinesGWA Swim Kit 40

Appendix Seven: Student Absence Request FormPlease note: According to KHDA regulations, student attendance is rated the following:2016-2017 Academic YearUNSATISFACTORY ACCEPTABLE GOOD OUTSTANDING 96 – 97% Less than 92% 92 – 95 % 5 – 8 days absent 98 -100% 14 days or more 9 – 14 days 4 days or less absent absent absentStudent Name From: To:GradeTeacher / HomeroomDates of AbsenceName of Parent / GuardianReason for Absence(please give a full anddetailed reason for absence.)Signature of parent Date DateDateTeacher/HomeroomSignaturePrincipal’s SignatureIf a student misses more than 10 days in a semester or 20 days in a year, the school reserves the right to retain a student if the absences have affected their progress. 41

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Appendix Nine: House System 43

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