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Australian International School AIS Sharjah

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 15:21

Australian International School information page on DubaiFAQS updated 11 June 2007. There is another Australian school in Sharjah - the Victoria International School.

Principal was Helen Lucas. Replaced by Annette Wilson in 2006.
Opening date changed from 2004 to September 2005.
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More contact details: Principal - Annette Wilson, email principal at
Business Manager - Karen Wright, email business.manager at

Directions to school (from AIS website)...
The Australian International School is on Maliha Road, which leads towards Kalba. From Dubai, follow Emirates Road towards Sharjah and Ras Al Kahimah. At the 'National Paints' roundabout, towards industrial areas 15 and 17 turn right. The school is located approximately 4 kilometres from the roundabout on the right hand sign, past The Sharjah Institute of Technology and adjacent to the Adnoc Service Station and the Fine Foods Cafeteria.

Mission and Vision...
The Australian International School Sharjah (AIS) offers a curriculum based on the Australian education system and represents a partnership between the State Government of Queensland, Australia and the Al Sharif Group of the United Arab Emirates. AIS benefits by drawing on the latest research, curriculum innovations, teacher development, administrative systems and policy developments of Education Queensland and the Queensland Studies Authority. We belong to a system that supports 670 000 students, 1400 schools, 47 000 teachers and 9 universities. The school accepts boys and girls from Early Learning Centre (ages 3, 4, 5) to Year 8, drawing from a wide area including Sharjah, Dubai and Ajman.

Subsequent years will see enrolments accepted in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. AIS has facilities that have been purposely designed to complement the delivery of the Australian curriculum. With an emphasis on co-operative, investigative learning, it is important that our classroom design can facilitate this type of learning. Classrooms allow for individual, small group, and whole class activities. AIS delivers a quality curriculum which encompasses eight key learning areas, the core curriculum covers English, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Studies of Society and Environment, Technology, Health and Physical Education and Languages Other Than English. UAE Education Ministry regulations also mean that Arabic is taught to all students from Grade 1 and Islamic Studies is provided for Muslims.

History of AIS ...
In January 2005 the Principal, Mrs Helen Lucas and the Business Manager, Ms Karen Wright, were appointed. In May foundation teaching staff were appointed and in June a Gala Evening was held to mark the official opening of the school in the ballroom of Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. The event was supported by many dignitaries and members of the press.

In August an orientation week was held in Brisbane for the foundation staff of the Australian International School (AIS), hosted by Education Queensland. Meetings were held with Queensland Ministers, Education Queensland personnel and cultural advisors. Following this, foundation teaching staff departed Brisbane to begin teaching at AIS.

Parent orientation days were held for teachers to meet the families of their students. Orientation days were also held for students which involved cooking and artwork activities. AIS opened in September 2005 with 60 children enrolled in classes from KG1 to Grade 6.
In its second year of operation AIS had grown to an enrolment of 420 students. There were now at least two drafts of each grade level and an additional two classes of grade seven students. In subsequent years additional classes of grades 8 to 12 will follow. Facilities include well resourced classrooms; large, indoor multipurpose activity rooms; dedicated teaching areas for art and music; a networked computer laboratory; a well stocked library with facilities for group and individual research; outdoor play areas; meeting rooms; conference rooms and parent waiting areas with free Internet access.

Mrs. Annette Wilson became the second principal of AIS in 2006. Development of AIS facilities has continued apace. New facilities include the twenty-five meter indoor swimming pool, canteen, library and a multipurpose hall and gymnasium stadium. The Administration personal relocated to the purpose-built rooms located in C Block. Further expansion will continue in 2007 with completion of Science laboratories, additional computer labs and the final touches applied to the Junior High School and Senior High School classrooms.
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