Ruler of Sharjah visits VISS to see the results of the unique program
The Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS), a premium school offering the Australian Curriculum and IB diploma, has collaborated with the Sharjah Government Nurseries to provide guidance and mentorship on the Victorian Early Years Framework.
Thirty one principals and teachers from nurseries in the emirate took part in the six week program, which worked to enhance early learning and development. The program was led by Kerry Graham, Head of Primary School and Early Learning Centre at VISS.
His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council, also visited the school to see the results and presented certificates to all teachers and principals from Sharjah Government Nurseries and VISS mentoring staff.
“With this program we’ve been looking to develop a stronger nursery curriculum throughout the city whilst enhancing the early learning system,” said Kerry Graham, Head of Primary School and Early Learning Centre. “We have had the pleasure of working with these wonderful women who are passionate about teaching their young students as well as professionally growing as educators.
“I am very thankful for the teachers that joined us to make this a successful program. We are all striving to provide the best education possible for the children. We can all now look forward to further establishing these relationships by continuing to support each other.”
Dr Saeed Mosabah Al Kaabi, Chairman of Sharjah Education Council, added: “Over the years, we have collaborated on several education initiatives with VISS, and are very proud of the success of this training program. This comes at a great time, as we are close to developing a more advanced educational system for nurseries across Sharjah through developing such programs that help teachers exchange knowledge and experiences.”
Throughout the program, the VISS team covered various aspects of the framework including the importance of parent-teacher communication, classroom structure and routines, setting educational goals for students and planning and designing curriculums. The staff from the Sharjah Government Nurseries also had a chance to observe VISS teachers in action in the classroom environment.
Dean Pyrah, Executive Principal of VISS Pyrah, said: “VISS is a world-class provider of the very best in Australian and international education. We have been proud to forge this strategic alliance with the Sharjah Government Nurseries. It is an excellent case study of how two-way open collaboration and dialogue can help improve education.”
– VISS Media