Student Life - Developing Independence

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At Nile International College we believe that young children are inquirers and curious by nature. Our Early Years Program builds on their natural curiosity and puts the child at the center of everything we do as educators. Our image of the child is grounded in respect for the individual, encouragement of personal interests to drive learning, and development of individual children's skills and competencies.

Play is essential for young children's cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and brain development. Play provides valuable opportunities for both academic and social learning, and encourages children to develop communication, self-management, research, thinking, and social skills.

Play challenges children's thinking, encouraging them to solve problems, manage conflict, and demonstrate creativity.

Play allows children to construct meaning in social contexts as they develop a theory of mind, that is, an understanding that everyone is an individual thinking being, and that one's own ideas, feelings, and worldview are not necessarily the same as other people's.

(Astington and Edward, 2010)

  • Playground activities are part of our daily school program and all students are expected to participate, unless excused for health reasons. Safety is essential.
  • When students are on the playground, teaching, admin and support staff will always be in attendance to supervise and ensure safety.
  • Students must stay in the designated areas for the specified times.
  • The instructions of the teachers and assistants on duty must be respected.
  • Equipment must be used properly, handled with care and shared with others using turns.
In commitment to raising independent learners who are self-disciplined, teachers and admin staff members work with and encourage students to assume responsibility for their own personal belongings. All learning involves mistakes, so it is predictable that personal items are often misplaced. To allow for easy return of lost goods, students and parents are asked to PLEASE LABEL ALL personal belongings, which come to school. If items are misplaced this enables us to return them to the correct owner.

Students are discouraged from bringing expensive personal items to school such as jewelries, computers, iPods or money. Parents are asked to please discuss this issue thoroughly with their children and encourage them to be responsible with their personal belongings. NIC takes no responsibility for the damage to or loss of personal belongings.

Setting the tone in a positive unified working environment early in the year will benefit both the teacher and the student, Nile International College in collaboration with parents, endeavors to develop the whole child. Personal attributes that allow for congenial interaction within social situations, of which school is one, are vitally important to the developing child.

  • All classrooms in NIC ARE equipped with required technology for maintaining the best education environment.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their classes clean and organized.
  • Each student is assigned a locker for his bag and belongings.
  • Teachers are responsible for displaying classroom expectation and signing the essential agreement with the students.
  • Students are to walk carefully up and down stairs or in hallways in order to maintain safety.
  • Students are to walk silently on the right side of the stairs or hallways in order to keep traffic well-ordered and managed.
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  • Students of early ages are sent to restrooms with a helper, a nanny will be available at the restroom, to assure the safety and cleanness of a child, Nannies are not allowed to touch the children
  • Teachers in the primary grades will allow students to go to the restroom or get water one at a time.
  • The restroom is to be used only for its purpose. Playing and meeting with friends is outside of the purpose of the restroom.
  • Students should always wash their hands with soap and water before returning to class for hygiene reasons.
Many students, teachers, staff and parents share the NIC library. As an IB school, it serves as a main resource shop for all classes and PYP curriculum themes. So that everyone may enjoy and make use of the library, students will:

  • Share the materials and resources by returning them on time
  • Return them to where they belong so that other students can locate them
  • Keep materials in good condition so the materials last for other students to use.
  • Share the space by allowing others to use the facilities.
  • Keep sounds to a minimum so as not to interfere with someone else’s need to read or to find information.
  • Share the library staff, they are few and you are many.

The library is a classroom where students learn information skills:

  • To find
  • To select
  • To analyze
  • To organize
  • To communicate meaningful information.

Students visit the library once a week for information skills lessons, literature appreciation and book exchange. All students may borrow and return books during the school day with the teachers’ help. There are computers connected to this system for locating materials and to the Internet for use in doing research under teacher supervision.

Books and other circulating materials may be checked out to students for one cycle. These items may renewed but students must bring them to the library before the due date for scanning. Reasonable care must be taken to maintain the books in good condition.

Students will be charged for lost or damaged materials. Because of our distance from most of our suppliers, the replacement cost includes shipping, handling, and processing. Overdue notices are sent periodically through the classroom teachers. Any lost books or fees due to the library must be settled prior to the final term or report cards will be withheld. The cost will be specified case by case according to the lost item. The library is a well-equipped facility, the pride and joy of NIC. Please enjoy

There is a large cupboard on the ground floor in the “Operations office” for Lost and Found items. Parents are welcome at any time to check this for lost items. Often items are put out on display at during Student, Parent and Teacher conference times. Unclaimed items are eventually donated to a charitable organization after a reasonable amount of time.

In order to reduce the number of lost items stored, we would appreciate if student’s belongings are clearly labeled. Students who find any items should take them to the available staff member located in their area.

Students are not permitted to bring mobile phones during the school day. Phone calls to home can be made through the PYP Office after the permission of the classroom teacher or the clinic.

In accordance with this policy, students who are found with a mobile phone during the school day they will have their phone confiscated till the end of the day. On the repeat of the offense, the mobile phone will only be returned to the parents via the Head of School Office.

We encourage students to develop the practice of independent study, perseverance and self-discipline.

A wide variety of work across the curriculum is undertaken with particular emphasis upon the core subjects: Language (reading, spelling and writing) and Mathematics are regular types of homework.

  • Every student is expected to have a short reading assignment every day.
  • Other homework will be assigned according to the grade level and students’ needs.
  • Time spent on homework should range from 30 to 45 minutes for the 1st and 2nd grades and 1 hour or more for the 3rd to upper grades.
  • Homework assignments are to be completed and submitted on time.
  • Homework is assigned by coordinators in collaboration with the Grade Level Leaders and the PYP Coordinator

Homework schedules are issued on Day 8 for every coming cycle. Slips are attached in the students’ channel book. Homework slips will be posted on the NIC Portal each cycle (Managebac).