We have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to Edison International Academy, Muaither. If you still do not find an answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Do you have a school uniform?
Yes. All our children are expected to wear full school uniform. All uniform items can be purchased directly at the school
What if something gets lost?
Please make sure all clothing is clearly marked with your child’s name so that it can be returned if found. All lost items are collected at the end of each school day. The lost property storage is in the main reception building near the stairs.
Can my child wear jewellery in school?
For safety reasons children should not wear any jewellery in school. However, if your child has pierced ears, small studs may be worn.
What do I need to do if my child is going to be absent from school?
After being absent a written explanation is required when the child returns. We consider regular attendance to be most important, but please keep your child at home if s/he is sick. If there is a need for your child to be collected from school during school hours, parents must sign an early leave note at the office, before collecting the child.
Do I need to do anything if my child is late for school?
On occasions where a late arrival is unavoidable, students are required to have a late note from the office before going to class.
Can I take my child away from school before 1pm?
If a child is leaving the school before 1pm, an early leave request must be obtained from the School Office. This is a legal requirement to protect your child. A note is required for all absences whether part or whole day.
What happens if my child has an accident at school?
Unfortunately, sometimes children do have accidents or become unwell whilst they are at school and we need to call you. It can add to your child’s distress if we are unable to contact you. Please ensure that we have up to date contact telephone numbers for you and tell us straight away if these change.
How can I help my child settle into school?
Bring your child to school on time. Arriving late can mean that your child misses important information about the lesson. It can also be embarrassing for your child and is disruptive for the class.
What else can I do?
Please ensure that you attend parent/teacher consultation days and special events in school; help out with fundraising; offer to go on school trips; notify us of absences; read all the letters that your child brings home as well as those posted online; support your child with homework; read together; give praise and encouragement.
What happens at the end of the day?
School finishes at 1pm Please ensure that your child is picked up promptly by a known adult. All children picked up later than 1pm are collected in designated areas and can be collected from there. No drivers are permitted to enter classrooms. Please let us know if someone different from usual is collecting your child.
Can I park on the premises?
No. There is no parking available on school premises, as this would be unsafe for children. Please park your car outside the main gate.
What should my child not bring to bring to school?
Children should not bring toys, sweets, valuables or money into school. We cannot be responsible for children’s property.
When can I talk to the teachers?
Teachers are busy settling their classes first thing in the morning and can only receive the briefest of messages at that time. However, they are more available at the end of the day when they have dismissed their classes. We are happy to arrange an appointment with your child’s teacher for you between 1 pm and 2 pm. Aside from that, there are termly Parent Teacher Meeting days and you are encouraged to join the Parent Teacher Organisation (PTO).
Do you have after school clubs?
Yes, we do. Recently we have offered various sports programmes, arts and crafts, cooking, baking, Q’uran and educational games. Please refer to the list of clubs sent out at the beginning of every term and register your child by either returning the slip provided or by registering through the school website.
Do you have a student council?
Yes. The Student Council meets regularly and discusses a range of issues.
Are children given homework?
We expect children to read at home every day. Depending upon your child’s year group, other tasks will be set.
What if my child has special needs?
The Special Educational Needs Teacher will be happy to meet with you to discuss specific concerns.
What if my child can’t speak English?
We have many children in our school who are learning English. We have some specialist staff who are available to help children in their acquisition of English as an additional language.
What should I do if I am worried about my child’s progress?
Ask for an appointment to talk to the class teacher about your concerns. If you are still anxious, please ask to see the Special Educational Needs Teacher, the Deputy Principal or the Principal.
How do assessments work?
In the Early Years, children are continuously assessed against learning goals. There is no formal assessment neither during the school year nor at the end of the year.
In the Primary Years, assessment is continuous in all three terms. Continuous assessment consists of End of Unit tests, Spelling tests, Mental Maths tests, and project work, amongst others. Towards the end of Term 3, however, children will complete an End of Year assessment, based on the standardised National Curriculum Tests or the Cambridge Checkpoint examination (Year 6).
In the Secondary Years, in addition to continuous assessment throughout all three terms, children also need to complete an End of Term assessment towards the end of every term.
Do assessments and tests have to be announced by the school?
No. However, teachers usually inform parents a minimum of one week before any test is due to be written.
What if I need to drop my child off before 6.45 am or cannot pick my child up at 2 pm?
Before and after school care is located on the school premises. However, we can only guarantee full supervision up until 3 pm in the afternoon. Should you not be able to pick up your child on time, please contact the School Office so that arrangements can be made.
If I change my contact details do I need to inform the school?
It is essential that you inform the office and the class teacher of any change of contact details relating to your child. This includes mobile numbers, emergency contacts and home addresses. This is particularly important in case of sickness or accident.
What do I do if my child has to take medication while at school?
- Prescribed medications only may be taken at school
- Medicine must be administered by the school nurse
- Students requiring medication at school should go to the office and/or the school nurse
- Medications kept at school will be stored in the nurse’s room
- Students should carry asthma treatment with them on all school activities
- Students are not permitted to keep medications with them in the classroom. All medications are to be handed over to the school nurse
- For children with a condition that requires close monitoring, such as diabetes, the school nurse needs to be provided with a doctor’s note, detailing the necessary instructions for monitoring and administering of medicine
What should I do if my child is bullied?
Advise your child to speak to any member of staff that they feel comfortable with. You may also wish to support your child by talking to the teacher with your child. We would encourage that they report any incident to the class teacher as they can observe behaviour during lessons and advise other staff as necessary. We take accusations of bullying very seriously and any incidents are dealt with appropriately. If you are concerned about your child please speak to the Principal and never approach a child or the parent.