By the Grace of Allah, I think it would be fair to say that we have delivered on what we promised. The investment in the site of Al Siraat College now stands at $12 million, with a vibrant school community of about 500 students and over 70 staff in 2015. About half of this investment has been utilised for land purchases, with the other half being used for building constructions.
The Junior Learning Neighbourhood (constructed at a cost of $4.2 million) has been nominated for architectural awards with CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International). This building is based on innovative architecture that connects functional classrooms with open and spacious central community areas. The use of colours and wooden elements merges the building into the rural heritage landscape whilst providing aesthetic appeal as a key signature building along the frontage of the College site. The College is absolutely delighted with the developed spaces. The feedback has been extremely positive, especially in relation to the sense of space, community and the acoustic qualities of the building.
Science Exhibition: Year Foundation to 2 Exhibits
Over the last few days we have witnessed the achievements of 15 weeks of hard work and effort from our students and teachers. The exhibition was a reflection of the potential our students hold, the importance of our teachers, the development of our school culture and the strength of the school community.
Our Junior School’s focus on Inquiry Learning has given students a greater responsibility for their own learning. The highlights from the Al Siraat Exhibition this year with our theme ‘Our Science Stories” have ascertained our students’ learning to a different level. It is amazing to see students involved in the inquiry process and having the shared responsibility among members of their classes to be engaged in an in-depth type of learning. Many opportunities were given to students to explore their research skills through the Inquiry Units of Work, which required them to take risks, build their confidence and becoming independent learners. It is without doubt that presenting their findings on the night of the Al Siraat Exhibition 2015 was the most unforgettable moment for students, parents and teachers. It has been a night to be proud of and hopefully inspired our students to be life-long learners and inquirer.