1. Please mention about the school
and its mission/vision and various infrastructural facilities.
is located in Muscat, Oman, serving KG to grade 12. It was founded in 2012 by
an experienced Omani leadership. The school today caters for students from
different nationalities, with teachers from diverse countries. MySchool is a
recognized IB world school, certified in PYP(Primary Years Programme) and an
MYP candidate(Middle Years Programme). Fundamental to our teaching and learning
approach is the recognition that children are natural inquirers who will
develop socially, physically and academically in different times and at
different speeds, as we believe that education is a process, not a race.
We go beyond the
classic approaches of Education. We offer the most innovative and the latest
International Curriculums. We are deep-rooted in our values. We develop
critical thinkers and responsible citizens in a peaceful world.
MySchool aims to
develop a learner who believes in the hopes of the homeland, meets the
aspirations of the progress and bears in mind the international changes. A
learner who is deep- rooted in the Omani values and heritage, familiar with all
the methods enabling to be an inquirer and a long life learner.
2. Kindly mention about the
prominent personality of the school and his/her role in the development of the
of Myschool (Mrs. Samia Moosa Al Balushi as the Principal). Mrs. Al Balushi has
a Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Study from the College of Education, Amman
University – Jordan. She has 26 years of teaching experience in the
kindergarten at both Al Sahwa Private School & Myschool. As she joined
Alsahwa Schools in 1994, she is considered one of those who established the KG
school among other KG teachers.
has attended over 60 educational workshops and seminars (Locally , Regionally
& Internationally). With her lateral thinking and introduction of new
concepts in teaching, she is shaping a vision of academic success for all
students with whom she interacts. She has succeeded in creating an environment
congenial to learning. She believes in cultivating leadership qualities in
students. Improving instruction methodology is her constant endeavor.
from the above, she has regular updates on the current education system
prevailing across the globe. She is also well-versed in Ministry rules and
regulations and the pattern of education prevailing in the Sultanate of Oman.
She has been
instrumental in formulating the best system needed in education, which is the
hallmark that increased the number of students in the school within such a
short span of time.
3. Kindly describe about the various
courses offered by the school and their salient features.
adopt the PYP approach in teaching KG-G5 and MYP to G5-G10 students. We offer General
Diploma to students in grades 11 and 12. We take on the inquiry-based and
concept-based approaches to teaching and learning to meet the IB requirements
and foster our learners’ needs to prepare them for a successful future.
students are encouraged to work collaboratively, discuss, ask questions, set
goals and reflect on their learning. The key and related concepts let learning
move from a 2D to a 3D shape to scaffold a deeper understanding of the topic.
Through these approaches, the learning journey becomes a transferable, timeless
and universal journey.
MySchool, students also learn in a multilingual environment that offers English
as the language of instruction and Arabic as their mother tongue to maintain
their cultural identity in addition to French as a third language and the
Mandarin as a fourth. We think that when students learn an additional language,
other than their mother tongue, they will develop a broader understanding of
other cultures as well as accept the others with all their differences.
ICT teachers integrated the STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) into
their curriculum. We believe that doing so would foster students critical
thinking skills and creativity. Examples of such projects are
programming(Scratch), sphero and EV 3.
4. Please mention what steps are you
taking beyond the traditional curriculum to ensure overall development of the
We believe that having a multilingual environment and learning about and
through different languages foster open-mindedness, mutual respect and empathy.
Indeed, we focus on the global concepts that allow students to think deeply. As
a result, students are encouraged to think independently and critically to take
the responsibility of their own learning and to raise a sense of awareness
towards the human condition through their personal experiences and those of the
others in their national and international communities.
Community Services: We maintain that
learning is better when it is related to real life. Hence, MySchool is always
encouraging students, parents and staff to take part in different events and
projects. In this regard, I can mention a few experiences:
Marathon whereby all returns are granted to social associations(child cancer,
Dar Al Attaa, Arahma Association)
in Autism day
ambassadors of values: a project that aims to spread values among the community
guest speakers at school, such as book writers, poets, athletes, doctors,
firefighters, NGO members, flight attendants,…
to exhibitions and celebrations in schools, universities and colleges(SQU,
Caledonian, Al Mashareq school,Omam girls school,…)
as an IB world school, we adhere to IB learner profile traits. We all strive to
be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers,
Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, balanced, risk-takers and
reflective. We also believe that the uniqueness of the IB learner profile
contributes in developing students as citizens who respect all the people with
their different nationalities, customs and beliefs in a global peaceful world.
5. What steps does the school take
to motivate and develop the students’ interest towards education?
are following an inquiry-based approach which triggers students’ background
knowledge, and integrates their interests and wonderings. Our facilitators
allow the students to think and express themselves in an authentic and creative
way, use a range of strategies to meet students’ learning needs and styles,
engage them in reflecting on how, what and why they are learning. In this way
no students feel left behind. Moreover, when students have the choice and voice
over their learning they feel they are the owners of this journey and will
contribute more. Through inquiry and concept-based learning, students develop
to become critical thinkers, and problem solvers. Students are able to own
their learning, inquire, investigate, take decisions, transfer and apply what
they are learning in school to real life situations.
are engaging in project-based learning practices in which they are working
towards a purpose and they are constantly
co-constructing learning experiences and success criteria with their
6. What are the career opportunities
available to the students after completion of their courses?
students will be IB graduates, able to compete at both local and international
level. They will not get foundation courses in higher education. From the basic
grades, we provide them with skills and knowledge that would prepare them for
their future life.
7. Other than traditional
occupations, what other career field options are available for them?
great communication, self-management, social, research and thinking skills,
open-mindedness and technology skills will certainly open up new gates to their
career life. Our students mostly have outstanding leading skills. The
implementation of the IB programs helped us to develop the concept of
leadership and the creation of young leaders who are able to easily deal with
the global issues and changes in a positive and contributing way. They learn to
express themselves in different ways(language, arts, music, etc) which will
help them in choosing their future profession and being innovative.
are always integrating technology into our teaching and learning practices. Our
students are developing great digital literacy. Accordingly, MySchool provides
a well-equipped apple ICT Lab, smartboards and desktops in all classrooms. Our
learners have their personal iPads( Grades 3-7) and MacBook Pro(Grades
8-12). Early year and lower primary
students use in-class iPads.
8. Please enlighten us about the
school’s major awards/achievements, its accomplished/renowned alumni,
remarkable collaborations, and major accreditations.
accreditation, May 2018
10 schools in global word-mania contest, November 2019
University Press user
engineering village partner
in the 25th Muscat international book fair
9. Kindly elaborate about the future
plans of the school in the same.
are planning to enroll our Diploma teachers for IB DP workshops by the next
academic year and then, we will be a DP authorized school as well.
long term objective is to become an Apple Distinguished School. As a matter of
fact, we have started training our teachers by Apple Distinguished workshop
leaders . Currently, all our teachers are apple certified teachers.
we are striving to be courageous, risk-takers and persistent, we are dreaming
big here. We dream for a modern and big school that meets our students and
teachers’ ambitions. We care for our students and we deeply believe they
deserve the best education. We also dream of opening our doors from early
morning to evening providing services, curricular and extracurricular
activities to everyone with teachers and supervisors working on shifts.