We take care of our faculty members, so that they can take care of your children. To instill a positive, healthy work environment, Liwa makes sure to recruit staff members who have the right skills, qualifications, experience and understanding.
At Liwa International School, we believe that children perform better when they have a system that is supportive, motivating and optimistic. Our senior faculty framework comprises:
A School Principal
Three Vice Principals:
Vice Principal (Community)
Vice Principal (Standards)
Vice Principal (Curriculum)
Head of Middle School and High School
Head of Department for each school subjects
Head of Quality Assurance and Public Relations
A Social Worker
A Special Educational Needs Coordinator
A school doctor and a school nurse
Our Junior faculty framework comprises:
Head of KG & Elementary School
Two Social Workers
A Behavior Coordinator
A School Doctor
A School nurse
Therefore, Liwa’s structure imparts discipline to follow school policies, provides support, sustainability, academic progress, personal development and creates a positive, healthy, learning environment.
Simply put, a reward is a stimulus to reinforce a positive behavior. Be it monetary, tangible or intangible, a reward is vital for motivation. Therefore, we believe that rewards can drive a competitive spirit amongst students.
Below are some of the most innovative methods to drive motivation:
Appreciation certificates, trophies and awards for distinguished students
Programs aimed to prepare students before their internal and external examinations
Educational trips to scientific museums, universities and art galleries
Trips to career fairs, artistic fairs, social and cultural fairs
These methods further boost student morale with special mentions in school newsletters, online editorial, school blogs/podcasts or local newspapers.
Environment, Health & Safety
Apart from creating a robust, dynamic environment filled with knowledge and activities, we also prioritize health and awareness for various medical issues.
Since its inception, Liwa’s goal has been to facilitate medical care and attention to staff members, faculty and students.
To fulfill this objective, we have collaborated with various medical hospitals and enterprises to provide us with appropriate medical staff, instruments such as vaccinations, bandages, medical kits etc., to eliminate all inhibitions.
Our health services include:
Two school doctors and one experienced emergency nurse
A school clinic whereby doctors are available full-time
Workshops organized by the Ministry of Health for doctors and nurses to polish their skills and stay up to date about current diseases, viruses, and precautionary measures against them
Cabinets with non-prescription medicines along with tri-annual medicine inventory
Annual medical supplies authorized by the Ministry of Health
Adequate transportation for sick/injured individuals accompanied by the school doctor or nurse
Orientation and training on first aid at the beginning, and end of the academic year
An updated emergency procedure manual with written instructions for drills, evacuation maps and safety rules pertaining to school facilities
Annual medical examinations with a precise medical record stating the student’s health problems and growth map
Liwa reserves the right to permit or deny entry access to anyone other than the staff, students, and parents within the school premises.
The following directives pertaining to the cultural codes are as follows:
Female students of Grade 5 and above must use the entrance and exit for Girls only
No male members are allowed to access the school using the girls entrance
All entrances/gates are manned during the opening and closing time of school
Counseling and Development
The school has developed a Counseling & Development Program that supports teaching and learning by ensuring that all students achieve academic success and develop life skills through the acquisition of academic, career, and personal/social competencies, which will prepare them for university/college level study, and eventually for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. Moreover, the school provides seminars and trips to career fairs and universities to acquaint students with career opportunities so that they can make a good choice of the type of higher education they choose to pursue.
As the number of students increased steadily over the past five years, the school has assigned five counsellors, namely three School Deputies (School Deputy for Academics, School Deputy for Student Affairs and School Deputy for the Junior School), and three Social Workers in order to provide comprehensive school counselling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention activities through school-wide assemblies and activities, classroom guidance lessons, intentional guidance groups, individual counselling, and collaboration with outside community resources. These counsellors also assist students in ensuring they meet high school graduation requirements.(Refer to School Deputy Log).
A vital goal in the performance of our duties is to provide the highest quality assistance, counselling, and direction to our students. Therefore, we upgraded our website to provide answers for students, parents, and anyone with questions about helping young people strive for and achieve their highest goals and aspirations.
Liwa International School has developed a system of processes to communicate the policies and strategies related to guidance and resources services to meet student needs. Proper access to such information is ensured through different means.
The Role of Teachers in promoting Care and Guidance:
(a) Promote the personal, social, academic and career development of students through implementing the Personal growth education and related guidance activities.
(b) Enhance learning abilities of students through promoting various study strategies and activities.
(c) Give advice on the areas of personal, social, academic and career development of students through participation in cross-curricular planning.
Introducing the “House System”
The house system is a school structure in which students are divided into a number of subunits, called houses. Each house has a set of responsibilities and duties that are achieved through the hard work of the house members. Houses will also compete with one another at different competitions, which will provide more opportunities for the students to take responsibility and develop leadership skills.
The main purpose of the house system is to empower students to have more say when it comes to school life. This may not be easy to achieve normally due to the large number of students, and that is where the house system plays its role. The structure of the houses and the way they are divided allow the students to express themselves, create a sense of belonging, and build their sense of community. Also, the house system will provide fun activities, encourage creativity, and generally make your experience at school a lot more interesting and pleasant.
By the time the new academic year (2015-2016) begins, Liwa international school will be divided into four different houses: yellow, green, purple, and blue. Each grade level will be divided equally between the houses. Students will be assigned to the houses randomly, but once a student has been assigned to a house, any siblings he or she has automatically become members of the same house whether they are already registered at LIS, or upon registration.
A leader will be assigned for all houses. Each house will consist of a Captain, a Vice-Captain, and a Prefect. In the beginning of the year, the students who want to run for Captain will write a speech, explaining why they should be chosen to be Captain and how they will manage to do their jobs as leaders of the houses; then the members of the house will vote for the student who delivered the best speech and convinced them the most. The winner of the first runner-up will be titled Captain and the second runner-up will be titled Vice-Captain. In each class, a Prefect and a Vice-Prefect will be chosen as well to represent their house. Each position has a different role. For example, Captains will be responsible for assisting others in the house and attending meetings with the other leaders and captains of the Houses. The Vice-Captain exists as the ‘right hand man’ to the House Captain, and the Prefect and Vice-Prefect’s responsibility is to guide the House in achieving maximum efficiency in the implementation of its objectives.
There will be competitions between Houses from time to time. These competitions will be based on different activities, like academic competitions based on GPA, athletic competitions based on different sports like football or basketball, and many other kinds of competitions including cultural and artistic competitions. Houses will also competebased on spirit. Spirit is defined as eagerly participating in school events and extracurricular activities with a kind and helpful attitude. Examples of competitions based on spirit are competitions for best behaved house, most punctual house, house with best teamwork and house with the best assemblies.
Take note that most, if not all, of these competitions will be organized by the students themselves. From these competitions, the winning house will gain house points; these points will be added up, and by the end of the year the house with the highest number of points will win a House Cup and earn the title “House of the Year”.
Currently, the Liwa family is beginning to fashion names for the Houses and create badge designs that represent each House. We would like to inspire and encourage our students to bring out their originality and creativity in coming up with the House names and designs for the House badges. The family is required to be original, imaginative, inventive, and to create a badge that is related to UAE culture and identity.
In 2014-2015, the House System has been introduced throughout the school with the following objectives in mind:
Creating a sense of belonging and building on the sense of community as well as the need for positive role models.
Decreasing the amount of bullying and intimidation among students.
Providing more opportunities for our students to take responsibility and develop leadership skills.
Providing opportunity for student leadership within the House system.
Building a sense of accomplishment
Providing Fun and excitement
Promoting curiosity and creativity
Building spirit of adventure
Encouraging confidence to take action
The Student Council is a significant part of the student’s welfare program as it represents the interests of the students in a collective form. A staff advisor conducts weekly, monthly and annual meetings to discuss the same.
The elective process takes place from grade 5 to 12, where all students participate to elect representatives from their classes.
Some of the major objectives of the Student Council representatives are:
Organizing school events
Act as mediators between students and administration
Participate and engage others in major community service projects
Ensure a fair and coherent representation of student requirements and issues
Conduct meetings to elaborate on how the school campus and environment can be improved
Suggesting quality outreach programs such as industrial visits, special needs center, charity activities or community-wide awareness campaigns
Our Student Council has been part of many events and activities such as:
Red Crescent’s Aoun activities
“Be My Brother” project for special needs children in Al Ain Care and Rehabilitation Center
“Health First” campaign to support patients with health challenges related to diabetes, obesity, kidney diseases, cancer, heart diseases, and hypertension
“Together We are One Family” project in support of orphans and their families.
“Yad Al Amal” project in support of needy families.
The annual Al Ain Mall’s Breast Cancer Campaign
The UAE National Day celebrations and the National Flag Day
The Zero Hour Club program offers ‘in-school’ opportunities for students to explore a broad range of activities. These activities incorporate interests and skills which can flourish under the specific guided time created.
‘Students who participate in co-instructional activities have greater opportunities to develop character, critical thinking skills, social skills, and talents…’ Willms, J.D. (2003)