ST DOMINIC´S

INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL

Parent Handbook2014-15

The purpose of this handbook is to provide an understanding about as many aspects of school
life as possible. The information provided are not policies but accepted protocols that guide
school life. This handbook is best used in conjunction with the school diary and the school
calendar which have more detailed and specific information.
School Mission Statement

“Nurturing and Educating International Minds”

The mission of SDIS is to nurture people and cultivate international mindedness and a sense of
global citizenship by offering a quality international education which develops the unique
intellectual, social, physical, emotional, moral and spiritual characteristics inherent in each
person.

Learning at St. Dominic’s International School

The educational programme and learning at SDIS is inspired by, and constructed from, the twin
influences of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and its IB Learner Profile, and the
Dominican motto of ‘Veritas’ held by the founders of the school which value the commitment
to learning through inquiry and an on-going search for truth.
As educators, the search for truth shapes and informs our beliefs that each student:
 Is a unique person with rights and responsibilities
 Is able to learn and develop the positive qualities of respect for self, others
and the environment
 Is able to achieve to the limits of his or her own capacities

We value and promote

The role of parents as the first educators of their children and the school’s role as co-educators
The contribution of parents to the development of school community
The commitment and shared contribution of all staff to the mission and philosophy of learning
of the school
A concept of internationalism which includes the obligation to contribute to the development
of a sustainable future for our planet; the need to embrace and respect diverse cultures,
nationalities and religious convictions and the responsibility to play an active and positive role
in creating a just society
The acquisition of the skills of cooperative learning and open, honest communication by all
members of the school community
The exercise of thinking and reasoning powers of all learners enabling them to make positive
and wise decisions






Understanding Curriculum
St Dominic´s is the only school in Portugal to run the three International Baccalaureate
programs, The Diploma (grades 11 and 12) Middle Years Program (grades 6-10) and Primary
Years Program (Nursery to grade 5)
These programs have three elements in common.
Holistic: Through curriculum and the organisation of each program social, emotional, physical
as well as cognitive aspects of student development addressed.
Metacognition: students develop an understanding of different learning styles, centring on
understanding their own strengths and developing their limitations. IB programs encourage
“learning how to learn and interacting with the environment around them.” pg 10, MYP
principles into practice 2014
Communication: communication is more than words. Students develop skills and knowledge
that allows them to understand values and ethics across cultures and how these guide actions
in local and global contexts.
The three programs build from a broad transdisciplinary base in the PYP, narrowing through
the interdisciplinary phases of MYP and concluding with the discipline based Diploma program.
In the PYP, numeracy and literacy programs run alongside Units of Inquiry. The units of inquiry
cover broad topic areas with unit questions helping focus on the nature of the inquiry. In the
MYP units of work in separate subject areas are focused through Global contexts with unit
questions driving how the content is looked at. Interdisciplinary units are developed across
two or more subjects using unit questions, Global contexts or mutual concepts as the base for
investigation. In PYP and MYP content and timing of units of work is dependant primarily on
the school. In the Diploma the program of study is pre-determined by the IBO and is directed
at students developing deeper knowledge and understanding in individual subjects.
IB Learner Profile
The Learner Profile is the core of IB program and any school that runs the programs. The
characteristics of the profile guide the attitudes, actions and decisions of all school community
members; students, teachers, administration and parents. In this the Learner Profile is an
essential part of daily school life.
IB Learner Profile
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary
to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.
They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained
throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global
significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop
understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively
to pose and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical
decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and
creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of
communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration
with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness,
justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and
communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the
consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal
histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of
other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking
and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from
the experience.
Risk-taker They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and
forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles,
ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their
beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional
balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and
feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act
to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the
environment.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and
experiences. They are able to assess and understand their strengths
and limitations in order to support their learning and personal
development.

Homework
The homework Protocol is grounded in the belief that quality holds far greater importance
than quantity or frequency. We believe that homework needs to be an authentic extension of
the classroom in order to deepen understanding, improve critical thinking skills, and provide
opportunities for students to take responsibility for independent learning.
The aims for homework:
• Increase students’ depth of understanding of classroom tasks
• Develop and improve critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Provide students with authentic experiences outside the classroom
• Practice skills in a variety of contexts
• Provide a connection between school and home
• Build confidence in student s abilities
• Provide opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning
Reading is separate from homework unless there is a specific reading assignment given.
For reception to grade 5 and for all language subjects in grades 6-12 reading is the most
important element of home learning. In reception to grade 5 we expect students to read at
home every day for pleasure and encourage parents to read with your child regularly,
especially in their mother tongue.
eadin should become a natural part of the child s life outside of school so that it fosters a
love for reading. Reading at home is an excellent way of developing thinking skills, increasing
fluency, developing language skills and building confidence in their reading. The classroom
teacher can provide parents with information and recommendations for suggested reading.
Reporting and parent conferences
There are three reporting stages per year. Term one and Term three are full reports; grades
and comments, while in term two progress updates are given with grades only.
For grades 6-12 two parent-teacher evenings are provided. With Nursery to grade 5, parents
have three opportunities to meet with teachers, parent- teacher conference, a three way
conference (student, teacher, parents) and the student led conference.
The open evening at the start of the year in September provides an opportunity for parents to
meet the teachers and understand more about curriculum and school organisation for the
year.
Progression between grades within a programme

Students are occasionally required to re-sit a grade level. The school will take a holistic view of
the student’s proress and performance but indicators such as above 20% absence rate, five
unexplained absences or (in MYP) a rade ‘3’ or below in three or more subject areas would
prompt a progression review. In the Diploma, each student’s overall performance is reviewed
against the failing conditions termly, with a final decision regarding completing the full
Diploma taken by the school at the end of term 1 of Grade 12. A student may only re-sit a
grade once.
All decisions regarding student admission and progression sit with the relevant Vice Principal.
If a decision is appealed, the Principal will make the final decision.

SDIS Values and Behaviour Expectations
St. Dominic’s aims to be a community of learners -This means that all members should feel
that they belong to the community and have rights and responsibilities within it. The SDIS
Code of Conduct for students is designed to support this statement of purpose and is based
upon ensuring all students model: safe conduct, preparedness for learning, respect for
themselves, others and the environment.
For a more detailed version of the Values and behaviours code of conduct is available in the
school diary.

Communication
Student Diaries

Every student at SDIS is issued a Student Diary. The diary contains important information
about the school and programme, as well as serving as a planner for the students.

The diary is used as means for communication between parents and teachers. Information
such as reminders for materials, homework, follow up on parent meetings, praise/disciplinary
measures taken at school, and unique or unusual matters arising with the student should be
entered in the diary.

Emails

Parent and teacher email addresses are used for formal and informal messages between the
school, parents and teachers.

SDIS Bulletin

The SDIS Bulletin is a weekly, electronic publication that gives a brief synopsis of recent events,
followed by upcoming important SDIS events, dates, and times.

SchoolComms and SMS messages-

SchoolComms are electronic documents sent via email announcing important school
information. This information could be directed to the wider school community or to a narrow
group such as parents of a specific grade level.

SchoolComms messages are considered to be of high importance and it is vital that parents
read these messages.

SMS text messages would be used in emergency situations or for last minute urgent
announcements such as the cancellation of an After School Activity event.

Connect

Connect is our password protected, web based, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that
extends the students´ learnin experience. In the Junior School, this “closed” web platform
(only for SDIS users) is used by every grade level teacher to provide information about the
current Unit of Inquiry, homework assignments, photos and videos of student work, as well as
providing resources and educational games for students.

Connect is also the location for Parent Conference sign up and registration for the After School
Activities programme.

Connect can be reached directly with www.thelifecloud.net or accessing through the school´s
website.
Each student has a unique login.



Managebac

Managebac is our password protected, web based curriculum platform where teachers upload
the PYP, MYP, and DP units. Additionally, teachers provide resource materials for students.
Each student has a unique login.

Contacting school
Messages to students
Students are not permitted to use mobile phones during lesson times or during changeover of
lessons. Students using phones in these times will have their phones confiscated until 3.30pm.
In grades 6-12 students may use their mobile phones during breaks and lunch hour.
If messages are urgent please contact the person indicated below.
Information for buses or after school activities please contact Ms Maria Caupers de Bragança.
For messages to students in Nursery to Grade 5 please contact Ms Thea Vedor.
For messages to students in grades 6-12 please contact Ms Rute Constantino.
Raising concerns
If you have any concerns the table below indicates the contact person.
Concern Grade level Contact
Meetings with teachers
Student Absence from school
Parent absence from home
Nursery to grade 5 Ms Thea Vedor
t.vedor@dominics-int.org

Meetings with teachers
Student Absence from school
Parent absence from home
Grades 6-12




Ms Rute Constantino
r.constantino@dominics-int.org

Academic learning difficulty
Social or Emotional issues that
affect learning
Nursery to Gr 12 Ms Karen Redmayne
k.redmayne@dominics-int.org

Behavioural or organisational
concerns
Reception to Grade 5



Grades 6-8


Grades 9-10


Grades 11-12

Class teacher via
Ms Thea Vedor
t.vedor@dominics-int.org

Mr Richard Sawyer
r.sawyer@dominics-int.org

Ms Silvia Fialho
s.fialho@dominics-int.org

Mr Martin Mills
m.mills@dominics-int.org








Vice Principal Staff and Student
development
Mr Steve Blackburn
s.blackburn@dominics-int.org

Curriculum issues,
information or subject
selection
Reception to grade 5



Grades 6-10



Grades 11-12
Primary Years programme
Mr Anthony Walsh
a.walsh@dominics-int.org

Middle Years programme
Ms Carla Morais
c.morais@dominics-int.org

Diploma programme
Ms Elicia McPherson
e.mcpherson@dominics-int.org

Vice Principal Curriculum
Mr Tim Musgrove

Meetings with Mr Tim
Musgrove or Mr Steve
Blackburn
Ms Rute Constantino
r.constantino@dominics-int.org

Meetings with Mrs Dinah
Hawtree
Ms Elsa Lopes
elsa.lopes@dominics-int.org
Head of Administration and
operations
Ms Teresa Cruz
t.cruz@dominics-int.org

Health or medical concern All grades Ms Ana Marques
a.marques@dominics-int.org


Attendance
Arrival Time

Nursery to Grade 5: Students are expected to arrive at school before 8:20 every morning ready
to start classes at 08:30. Students are expected to stay in school until dismissal at 15:20.

Grades 6 to 12: Students are expected to be in the tutor room by 8:30 every morning for
registration and ready to start classes at 08:40. Students are expected to stay in school until
dismissal at 15:30.

Registration for both Junior and Senior School is done between 8:30 - 8:40.
Students who arrive after 8.30 must sign the late book at the gate and are marked late.

Please model appropriate behaviour and demonstrate respect for teachers, students, and your
child by ensuring your child arrives to school on time so classes begin without disruption from
late arrivals

Attendance and absences

Attendance at school is a vital component for success. Students who are frequently absent
from school are more at risk of not succeeding than those who attend school regularly. This is
important for all students including those in Nursery and Kindergarten.

Notifying the school

Parents are asked to contact the school, via phone or e-mail, before 08:30 on the first day of
absence to explain why the child will be absent from school.

Parents away – from time to time parents leave their children in the care of others. It is
essential that parents notify the school in writing during these circumstances, providing
information for emergency contacts.

Please read the school year calendar carefully to ensure that your child will be present for all
scheduled school days and to avoid extended holiday periods. Extended holidays and
avoidable absences disrupt student learning. Remember, your child is part of a class and all
students have a role, not only with their own learning but as part of the classroom learning
environment

Early pick-up: before 15:20 reception to grades 5
: before 15.30 for grades 6-12

Reception to grade 5 students
 Please report to the JS Secretary Ms Thea Vedor.
 Your child will be collected for you where you will then sign the Early Years Leavers
Book before you leave.

Grades 6 - 12
 The parent contacts the school prior to the early dismissal via phone, email, or school
diary.
 The parent is required to indicate who will collect the student.
 The student, before the first break, must have the diary or note signed by the Tutor, or
Student Guidance coordinator and inform the SS Secretary Rute Constantino.
 The student presents the signed note to the gate porter and registers departure

Uniform
All uniform items are available from:
El Corte Inglés
Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar 31 Lisboa
213 711 700
www.elcorteingles.pt
Monday – Thursday: 10h00-22h00
Friday – Saturday: 10h00-23h30
Sunday: 10h00-20h00


Please clearly mark all uniform items with your child´s name

Students are expected to dress in ways that indicate pride in membership of the St Dominic´s
community. School uniforms should be worn at school and on school outings and visits.

The school does not wish to set down a multitude of specific rules about general appearance
and personal style; rather we wish to see students applying a sense of reasonableness.
Hairstyles and jewellery should be moderate, safe and chosen so to not draw particular or
unusual attention. For example, moderately coloured hair of a “natural” hue would be
acceptable, but green hair would not.

Junior School boys and girls – Nursery – Grade 5
 School grey tailored trouser or shorts(boys) School red tartan skirt, culottes or navy
tailored trouser (girls) No jeans or denim
 Plain navy V-necked pullover with school emblem (boys) plain red v-necked pullover with
school emblem (girls)
 White school polo shirt with school emblem (long or short sleeve)
 Plain grey or navy socks (boys) Plain red or blue socks or red tights in cold weather (girls)
 Plain black, navy or brown leather shoes. Not sport shoes
 School uniform fleece with school emblem
 Any garment worn under a shirt must be white without logos

Senior School- Boys and Girls – grades 6-10
 School grey tailored trouser or shorts(boys) School navy skirt or navy tailored trouser
(girls) No jeans or denim
 Plain navy V-necked pullover with school emblem
 White school polo shirt with school emblem (long or short sleeve)
 plain grey or navy socks (boys) Plain navy socks or tights (girls)
 Plain black, navy or brown leather shoes. Not sport shoes
 School uniform fleece with school emblem
 Any garment worn under a shirt must be white without logos

Senior School – Boys and Girls – Grades 11 -12
Students in Grades 11 and 12 while not required to wear a uniform, are expected to dress with
a level of smartness appropriate to an educational workplace. Smart casual dress is acceptable;
beachwear and sportswear, for example, is not. Students are expected to dress in a way that
will not cause offence to any member of the school community.
Hair styles and jewellery should be moderate and chosen so as not to draw particular or
unusual attention.

Boys and Girls PE kit – Junior and Senior school
 School navy shorts(Senior School) or school white shorts (junior school) and white socks
 White school PE T-shirt
 School Navy uniform track suit. This should be worn in colder weather and is optional, but
no other track suit may be worn

Junior School – On P.E. days and if P.E. occurs before the morning break, students may come
to school in their PE uniform.
Students in grades 3 – 5 must change back into their full uniforms during break or at lunch
time.

Boots –the wearing of boots is acceptable from November 1
st
– March 31
st
as long as they
conform to the school uniform requirements.
 Modest, ankle or mid-shin high boots with no heal.
 Boots are one solid colour of black, brown, or dark blue.
 No Multicolour or florescent rain boots.
 No fur or other decorative accessories are acceptable.








Acceptable shoes







Not acceptable shoes







Transportation
The school runs a door to door bus service for students. There are various runs that range from
Cascais/Parede/Estoril areas to Lisbon/Alges/Belem/Expo areas.
There are no set routes. Depending on the where students need to be picked up from governs
the daily route. Accordingly, pick up and drop off times vary according to the demands of the
students on the bus.
The buses are timed to arrive at school before 08h20 and depart from school at 15h40.
For information about the bus service please contact Maria Caupers de Bragança on
21 448 0550 or m.bragança@dominics-int.org .
Health and safety
Visitors on campus
If parents intend on visiting the school please inform the class teacher and/or Maria Caupers
de Bragança. The doorman will then be informed.
All visitors to the school must report to the porteiro. Then proceed to the school reception.
Lost and found
Any clothing that is left around the school is collected by the support staff and placed in the
lost property bins. There are bins located in the corridors of reception to grade 3, grades 4 and
5 and in the senior school corridor in front of room 12.
Valuables are found are given to the school secretaries, Thea Vedor, Rute Constantino or
Maria de Caupers de Bragança. If they are not claimed during the school day they are then
given to Simão Fonseca and kept at the school entrance.
Fire, earthquake and lock down
Fire drills are completed on a regular basis. The drill procedures have been developed with the
assistance of the Carcavelos bombeiros. Fire warnings are linked automatically to the
Carcavelos Bombeiros. Students, teacher, administration staff and school visitors gather on the
green athletic track for safety and accountability.
Earthquake: We use a duck, cover and hold protocol.
Lock down: practices lock down procedures in case of an intruder on site.
Food services
The refectory lunch service is provided by the school. Students can be enrolled through the
school secretary Maria Caupers de Bragança. This service provides soup, main meal, dessert,
drink and fruit. Parents are billed on a termly basis.
There is a tuck shop on the school site.
Students from grades 1-5 may only use the tuckshop at lunchtime and after school.
Students from 6-12 may also use the tuckshop at breaktime.
Eximius and School yearbook
Eximius is the school newspaper published three times a year. In this publication teachers and
students report on activities that happened during each term. The school yearbook is
published once a year. It is a more formal publication than Eximus. It contains official photos
and information of all classes and reports on all school activities over the course of the year.
Use of Phones and Audio devices
Students are not allowed to use phones in class time and when moving from class to class. This
includes calling and messaging. They are allowed to use phones at break and lunch times.
If a student needs to contact parents during lesson times, they must do it through a school
secretary.
If a student is using a phone in class or between classes it will be confiscated. The student may
collect it at 3.30pm only.
Headphones
Students are not allowed to walking around with headphones on listening to music between
classes or should they enter a class with headphones on or exit a class with headphones
already on. This is not good preparation for learning. Teachers will ask for these to be
removed and may confiscate them.
The use of headphones in class is not an accepted practice. The classroom teacher will advise if
headphones are required for an activity.
Birthdays
Personal contact information of students and parents are confidential, including class lists and
will not be distributed to the community.
Birthday Cakes
If parents wish to bring in a birthday cake for their child they may do so. However the birthday
cake should be shared from the seventh period onwards and as close to the end of the day as
possible. Siblings are not allowed to be brought from classrooms to be part of the cake sharing.
Birthday invitations in plain envelopes with no names, may be given out by the class teacher
providing all the children in the class are being invited to the party. It is not acceptable to only
give invitations to selected students; this must be done outside the school facilities.


School Nurse
The school employs a full time school nurse. (08:30-16:30) (Lunch 13:30-14:30)
When a child becomes ill and needs to see the nurse, the child will o to the school nurse’s
office with either a teaching assistant or a class buddy.
The school nurse will make a medical decision and will either send the child home
(arrangements will be made between the nurse and the Junior School secretary and the
teacher will be informed) or send the child back to the class. If the child returns they will have
a written message in their Diary advising the teacher of the outcome which should then be
passed onto the parent in the school diary.
Medication
Under no circumstances should a teacher administer medication to students. Students
requiring medication should be referred to the school nurse and should have their medication
and dosage properly documented with a letter from parents.
Life Threatening Allergies
It is the responsibility of the parents to inform the school of any life threatening allergies their
child has and to supply all the necessary emergency medication. Parents must also provide the
school with an A4 information poster containing the name of their child, a current photograph,
a description of the allergy and the emergency action that is required in case of a reaction. This
information must be supplied in both English and Portuguese. The school will make copies of
the poster and it will be displayed in key areas around the school. It is the parents´
responsibility to update the poster each year with a current photograph and any changes to
the medication.
Nut Allergies
Any food brought to school to share must not contain nuts or have been prepared with any
nut product as many students have severe allergic reactions to them. Parents should inform
teachers and the school nurse if their child has any food allergies.
Head Lice
At times, outbreaks of head lice are widespread in schools and communities. If lice are found
on your child’s head, the school nurse and the appropriate School Secretary will be informed
immediately and your child must remain at home until free of lice and nits.
Students will be checked by the school nurse and a note indicating a break out of nits will be
sent home to all families in the infected class.
Check all family members including yourself and inform all people your children have been in
contact with.
Don’t be embarrassed. Tell the school nurse, teacher and appropriate School Secretary when
your child has head lice. The chances for preventing an epidemic outbreak will increase with
prompt and early treatment!
Parents must ensure that the lice and nits are completely removed.
Children must be checked by the school nurse on their return to school to ensure that they are
free from the infestation.
Vaccinations
Our students come from many different countries with different vaccination schemes.
Therefore, we are not able to implement an efficient whole-school vaccination strategy or to
keep an accurate record of all students’ past vaccination dates and subsequent necessary
boosters. Please inform school of updates.
We do advise parents to consult with their paediatrician or general practitioner about
necessary and recommended vaccinations for children. Also, the SDIS school doctor will be
happy to advise where possible.
Parents and Teachers Association
The PTA has been active in the school for 20 years.
Any parent or teacher may belong to the PTA and the school actively encourages parents to
participate in the association.
Annual elections are held to elect members of the PTA committee. The positions nominated
each election are President, Vice- President, Secretary and Treasurer and nominated positions.
The PTA committee meets monthly after Board of Governors meetings and has three public
meetings per year.
The PTA president and two other members of the PTA have positions on the Board of
Governors. The President has one vote on any voting issues at the Board meetings.
Families pay an annual fee to the PTA.
The PTA holds four events per year: Welcome BBQ, Christmas Fair, International Fair and the
Arraial. These events raise funds for the PTA. The money raised by these events is used to
support student activities or provide equipment for students.
PTA contacts and events are advertised in the weekly school bulletin.
After school activities
The school offers a range of after school activities for students.
Activities offered by the school are called co-curricular; they support the philosophy of holistic
student development. These are offered free of charge and are organised and delivered by
teachers.
Extra-curricular activities are organised by the school and paid for by the parents. The teachers
are non- school based. Extra-curricular activities are organised by the afterschool activities
organiser.
Sport at SDIS
Sport plays a big role in the development of students at SDIS. The school belongs to two sports
associations, the International Schools Sports Association and CHESS schools sports.
The ISSA competition involves 13 International schools ranging from; Aberdeen in Scotland, 7
schools in London and 1 school each in Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona and Ankara, Turkey. The
Association has yearly tournaments in football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and
golf. SDIS is the only Portuguese school involved in this association.
All sports, except golf were males and females compete together, involve male and female
divisions, competing at the same time but in different venues. For football, basketball and
volleyball tournaments attract over 90 competitors, 20 coaches and many supporters. Golf,
tennis and badminton are smaller tournaments usually hosting between 40 athletes. The
tournaments are hosted on a rotational basis, each school hosting one division of one sport
every year. Every year SDIS hosts a ten team tournament over a period of three days. Athletes
are accommodated in the host school students’ homes and the tournaments are held at an
established sporting complex.
ISSA association athletes are aged between 14 and 18 years old. SDIS is one of only three
teams from the association that has both male and female teams participating in all sports.
The association places a strong emphasis on sportsmanship, encouragement of friendships and
the role of athletes as ambassadors for their school and their country.
As a member of the CHESS sports association, SDIS has teams competing at twice yearly
carnivals involving 11 schools from international schools in Portugal. Sports played in this
association are basketball, volleyball and football. The tournaments are held in Lisbon and
Oporto, with a cross country race held in the Algarve every February.
Each school has four teams participating in the three day tournaments, meaning that over 400
athletes are involved, plus coaches and supporters. As well as the tournaments this association
provides weekly games and mini- tournaments for athletes. Athletes are aged between 9 and
18 years. A healthy rivalry exists between the schools in this association and over the last few
years there has been a big improvement in the skill levels and competitiveness between the
athletes.
The sport program is administrated by Ms Viviana Serralha, Head of Physical Education. The
sports teams are coached by both teachers from the school and external professionals.
Arts and Drama
In Reception to grade 5 classes produce a once a year performance based on the Unit of
Inquiry question. These are performed for parents at the end of the chosen Unit of Inquiry
which run for six weeks.
For grades 6-12 a major production is completed in the first term of the year. This involves
students from all grades with dedicated out of school time rehearsals on evenings and
weekends. Students are involved in all areas of the production, from lighting and sounds to
ticket selling and of course, acting.
A comedy festival is held in April. Students from grades 3-12 may perform in this festival. This
is a light hearted production with the emphasis on students gaining and enjoying the stage
experience.
In the last week of school a summer concert is held to celebrate the beginning of summer.
Students and teachers from all grades perform musical pieces for their colleagues and family.
MYP and Diploma drama subject production also occur once a year. These are part of the
student’s assessment tasks and are performed while bein watched by an audience to ive a
realistic theatre production feel. They are filmed and sent to the IBO for external assessment
purposes.
Summer School
For a period of four weeks after the end of the third term Summer School comes into fruition.
It is organised by current school staff members and is based at the school campus, with trips to
local and not so local areas. Each day has a variety of activities and each week has a different
theme. We currently have a senior school and junior school running.

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