A fundamental belief held by AIS centres around the timeless saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’
Enhancing student learning and wellbeing through partnerships is at the core of all programs and policies within the AIS framework.
Through seeking out and collaboratively working with parents and families, external education and training institutions, local businesses and the community, AIS has accumulated a formidable suite of learning partners designed to accommodate the diverse needs of students and most importantly, enhance their educational outcomes. In this way, every student at AIS is given every possible opportunity to reach for the stars.
At AIS we believe in:
- supporting parents to be positively involved with their child's learning at home and at school.
- leveraging community, industry and business knowledge and skills.
- developing partnerships with parents and the community which can deliver more innovative models of partnership development, education and training.
- staff understanding and learning about students, including their home and community contributions, their culture and experiences.
- accessing support from local institutions to deliver real world learning opportunities for students.
- meeting the needs and building the strength of our community.
- building the skills of our students to meet the needs of our community, including industry and business.
Our partnerships at AIS include:
- Queensland Government - Department of Education & Training
- Education Queensland International
- Sharjah Private Education Authority
- Sharjah Public Library
- International Baccalaureate Organisation
- Middle East IB Association
- Australian International Schools Association
- Expo 2020
- Australian International Nursery
- Murdoch University
- Knowledge Workx ED Foundation
- Google for Education
- Visible Wellbeing
- Wellschool UAE
- Engage - Double First
- Kalimat Books
- Magrudy’s Books
- University Hospital Sharjah
- Emirates Red Crescent
- Dubai Cares
Our primary learning partnerships include:
- building relationships with local early years services, especially the Australian International Nursery. Details about the programs offered by AIN can be found here.
- practical literacy and numeracy activities that involve parents in key priority areas, such as reading through our weekly Parent Education Sessions, newsletters and grade level information sessions.
- parent/teacher workshops targeting identified areas of need such as student resilience, literacy and numeracy professional development and weekly staff learning lounges.
- involving parents in goal setting and monitoring discussions with their children.
- culture and learning by partnering with elders in educational experiences.
- developing local strategies to support transitions between early childhood education and care, primary and secondary school, higher education and the workforce.
- an English Department which utilises MYON reading program.
- an Arabic Department which utilises I Read Arabic reading program.
- an Arts Department which engages with Artists in Residence through S4K Shakespeare for Kids and Kevali.
- a Maths Department which utilises IXL Maths.
- an Arabic and Islamic Department that works with Sajaya (Young Ladies of Sharjah), Emirates Red Crescent, Dubai Cares, Old People’s Home Sharjah.
Our secondary learning partnerships include:
- secondary learning programs associated with Murdoch University and Curtin University.
- a wellbeing team including Guidance Officer and school psychologist aligned with Stymie, Visible Wellbeing and Well Schools UAE.
- Guidance Officers for career pathways aligned with a wide variety of UAE, UK, US and Australian Universities.
- IB CAS programs associated with World Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, World Challenge Expeditions, MUN (Model United Nations training and Development), Red Crescent UAE, Old People’s Home Sharjah, Ro’yati Family Society, Bee’ah, Skibound, Sharjah Ladies Club, Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped, Sharjah Dogs Shelter, Sharjah Equestrian Club, Posh Paws Animal Shelter, Al Jalila Foundation.
- an Arts Department which engages with Artists in Residence, S4K Shakespeare for Kids, Poetry In Action, Kevali, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, In Touch Arts activity provider, ISTA IB Theatre education provider, Gecko Physical Theatre and Trestle Theatre London.
- a Physical Education Department which engages with The Adventure Centre Hatta, Sharjah Women’s College Community - Higher Colleges of Technology, Emirates International Sporting Schools Association, Australian International Schools Association and Abu Dhabi Sporting Schools.
- a Science/Mathematics Department which engages AUS (American University Sharjah Science and Engineering Department).
- an English Department which engages with Emirates Literature Foundation, The World Scholar’s Cup, Model United Nations providers, In Touch and Poetry In Action.
- an Arabic and Islamic Department that works with Sajaya (Young Ladies of Sharjah). Emirates Red Crescent, Dubai Cares, Old People’s Home Sharjah.
Our after school clubs and communities partnerships include:
- Chess Knowledge
- DaVinci Bricks
- ETB Engineering Workshops
- Robots Make and Take
- Pro Sports - Gymnastics, Tennis, Ballet, Little Chefs, Handicrafts
- Pulse Centre Science Club
- IFA Sport - Soccer
- Gulf Star Karate
- MPAC Basketball Academy
We partner with our community through:
- generating and maintaining contact with relevant health professionals to support referrals.
- building networks to establish community integrated student support.
- enhancing student learning across subject areas and work programs through special guests, incursions and excursions that facilitate and reinforce learning in real world settings.
- generating staff and school community wellbeing through involvement in community priorities and programs and inviting representatives from the community to our events and activities.
Team Virgin Radio visits the AIS Community
- developing and supporting a school alumni group.
- developing marketing materials and online presence.
- opening school facilities for community use including adult learning, community meetings and community interest groups.
Team Virgin Radio Visits the AIS Community