There are two pathways open to students in Key Stage 5 which is Grade 11 and 12.
ADVANCED LEVEL (AS and A2)
After two years of IGCSE study, students proceed to two years of GCE AS and A2 Level studies in years 11 and 12.
A-Level is a rigorous and demanding course best suited to the more academically capable student. In Grades 11 and 12, all students take non-examined PE, and Arabic speaking Muslims also take Islamic. English is offered to students as a non-examined course which our students have found very useful in preparing for the IELTS. Omani students need to fulfil the Ministry of Education requirements of achieving an AS in a Science or Mathematics and the Islamic Studies examination set by the Ministry of Education by the end of Grade 10 or11.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CERTIFICATION
Subjects typically consist of 6 units of work over two years to complete a full A2 level. Students who complete the first 3 units in the first year may apply for an AS grade in that subject and an AS certificate.
The school follows a modular course in which external examinations are sat in January and June of each year. Once a unit exam is complete, the content of that unit is not re-examined but forms the background for further work. Should students wish to resit earlier units to improve their grade they may do so during the next examination sitting. Scores for the units are aggregated to award an overall grade for the subject. Most subjects have a synoptic assessment and in some cases a coursework component.
WHY STUDY A LEVELS?
AS Level passes in four subjects and A2 Level passes in two satisfies the minimum undergraduate first year entry requirements for most regional universities in the Gulf and Oman. For other universities such as in the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA a full complement of four AS levels and three A2 levels is recommended. AS Level passes may also enable entry into a foundation course in Australia and some colleges in the UK. It should be noted that, in most cases, a language qualification such as IGCSE English, TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory for worldwide university entry purposes.
GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA (ALSO KNOWN AS THANAWIYAH AMAH, OR THE BILINGUAL COURSE.)
After two years of IGCSE study, students proceed to two years of higher level studies. The GED course is overseen by the Ministry of Education. It provides students with a broad range of subjects and enables them to graduate from school with full ministry approval.
The next option is the General Education Diploma.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CERTIFICATION
The courses are internally assessed throughout grade 11. In grade 12 there are external exams around February. The final external exam for each subject is held in May. The breakdown of marks varies by course but is typically around 60% exam, 40% coursework. Please see below for more details.
The next option is the General Education Diploma.
WHY STUDY GED?
The GED enables you to graduate from school, endorsed by the Omani Ministry of Education. It will enable you to begin university courses in the region and elsewhere. It will also allow you to start a foundation course in a UK university.
It should be noted that, in most cases, a language qualification such as IGCSE English, TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory for worldwide university entry purposes.
The GED course is rigorous and demanding. Much of the work covered is the same as A level work. To succeed in the GED students will be expected to do a good deal of independent study.
In Grades 11 and 12, all students take non-examined PE. The rest of the students’ time is spent in class studying the GED course. Compulsory courses are as follows:
The students are offered a choice for their other 4 subjects. That choice should be from the following:
Email is now used as the main form of communication with parents/carers. Letters, newsletters and general information will be sent via email. Please ensure that the school has a record of an up to date email address and that the account is checked regularly.
Student Mail will be used when we need to get information home quickly and/or students have requested information that can be shared with parents/carers - for example when an international trip is being offered by the school. Parents/carers are asked to support students with checking their school bags regularly for letters and information that has been sent home.
The School website contains key information for all of our community on the work of the school. Parents/carers are requested to check the website regularly as it is updated almost daily and provides a quick reference for general information such as school term dates and exam timetables.
Google Classroom was launched earlier in the 2015/16 Academic year to provide key learning resources and school and student information. Each student has been provided log in details that a number of subjects use to set extended learning (homework) and to monitor its completion. Google classroom also is a very good source of reference materials and resources to support revision and preparation for examinations.
Student Planners provide a good source of general information about the school for parents as well as providing details of extended learning (homework) that has been set. (This should be written into the planner/organiser by your child each day). Parents are asked to check their child's planner regularly and sign it at least once each week. Messages can be written to staff in the planner and staff may also write messages to parents.
Progress Afternoons are organised three times each year (once each term). We would strongly advise parents to attend these events as it will provide greater clarity to interim and end of term report.
Reports are sent home to parents each term. These will provide data about progress and attitude to learning. Once each academic year a full report is prepared by staff and discussed at Parents Afternoons.
Telephone contact is regularly used by school staff to provide information to parents and/or to discuss matters of concern or success. Parents can contact the school and ask to speak to a member of staff at any time. Our aim is to ensure that telephone calls are responded to within 24 hours (Please be patient as teaching staff may have days when they teach all day and would not be able to make telephone calls).
Appointments with Staff can be made on request to discuss any aspect of a child's attainment, progress or personal development. Parents should contact their child's form tutor in the first instance about general matters or general progress. The subject teacher should be contacted if a parent wishes to discuss a subject specific issue. Parents are asked to raise issues at the earliest opportunity so that they can be addressed as soon as possible.
Emergency Contact can be made with the school during opening hours using the main switchboard number. If a parent needs to get urgent information to their child, this should be done throughthe school staff who will pass on information. A parent who needs to take a child out of school for emergency reasons during the school day MUST contact the school and organise this with staff to support the safeguarding of all children. Parents are asked NOT to contact students to organise leaving school without first advising and organising this through the School.
Special Events are held regularly throughout each academic year. These events will include celebratory presentations evenings, competition, showcases of performing arts, or other student work as well as music,and drama productions. Senior staff will be in attendance at these events and are always available to speak to. If a parent has a specific matter that requires more detailed discussion, the matter can be raised and an appointment made to discuss further.
Home School Partnership :
The school’s aims, values and ethos are specified the Learning and Teaching Philosophy available on the school website. Parents should review this in the necessary documentation when their child is enrolled at the school.
The Standard of Education.
The school provides access to a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to meet the needs of all
abilities. There is a Head of Secondary who monitors the progress of every student and the of
achievement and intervention for each key stage.
Regular and Punctual Attendance :
Discipline and Behaviour:
Use of Photographs and Video Images:
Learning and Teaching Philosophy :
OUR CORE VALUES ARE :
Learning is central to what we do here at Muscat International School and it underpins our actions and
the decisions that we take. Every pupil can learn and every pupil can progress. The pace of a pupil's
progress may be faster or slower, depending on the stage that they have reached, their history of
success in learning, the skills, abilities and talents that they bring with them into their learning and the
range of barriers and challenges they face.
Through the delivery of the highest quality of learning and teaching our aim is to allow every pupil to progress and experience success.
TEACHING AND LEARNING APPROACHES
FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING
Teacher – pupil dialogue and interaction:
Effective feedback & marking, both written & oral:
Peer & Self Assessment
Use of information to plan and inform future planning:
The Prefect’s work centres on these main areas:
The job has a social dimension also and involves:
As a prefect you need to :
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITES PROGRAMME 2016 – 2017 Term 2 Sessions:
A2 English :
As Level Islamic:
A2 Business Studies: