School Life | SISD

Life at SISD is full of variety and opportunities. Students enjoy a broad, challenging and holistic environment that brings together students from over 60 countries. Our lively and diverse student body plays a big part in creating the truly international experience we offer. In addition to our challenging academics, we make time for fun, teamwork and human connection. At SISD, we strive to build a community of global citizens who lead a healthy lifestyle and are respectful of others and our environment. In June 2016, our efforts to improve healthy eating, active living and a positive environment were recognised by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai with the Happy Healthy School Award.

Your child’s health is important to us. SISD has two fully equipped medical rooms in the primary building and one school clinic located in the sports building, that are open every school day between 7:30am to 5:00pm and staffed by DHCC registered nurses. They are responsible for assessing and managing chronic and acute illnesses, carrying out first aid and emergency care for school-related injuries, intervening with current and potential health problems and promoting health and safety among the school community. All of them are available to consult with parents as needed, regarding health related concerns, either in person, by telephone or email. Furthermore, a Family Consultant from Mediclinic City Hospital visits the school twice a week to provide consultations and routine medical check-ups. Once a year, our students undergo a comprehensive medical examination. They also participate in health education activities and health awareness campaigns at the school conducted and/or organized by the SISD Health Department.

Contact details:

Kristine Ignacio, Senior School Nurse, Sports Building, Email: kristine.ignacio@sisd.ae

Jusna Mathew, School Nurse, Primary building, First floor medical room, Email: jusna.mathew@sisd.ae

At SISD, we support healthy eating habits and pride ourselves on working with parents and students to create the best possible conditions for learning and development. Our team of chefs are dedicated to sourcing the finest ingredients with as much local and organic provenance as is practical. These ingredients are then crafted into dishes that are nutritionally balanced, taste good and are presented to the students with great care. Not only does this help them avoid health problems, it gives them a strong basis for emotional balance and directly enhances their performance in and out of the classroom.

Along with our desire for food excellence we are also fully committed to meeting specific dietary requirements. Students are served a full set meal with a choice between vegetarian and non-vegetarian, and every meal is based on healthy and nutritional standards to support students in their physical development. Our menus are changed on a monthly basis and a committee including representatives of the school, parents and the catering team meets regularly to discuss and implement changes and improvements. Our Early Years students receive their meals in the classrooms and are guided and helped by their teachers. From Grade 1 onwards, the students go to the canteen for a warm meal at lunchtime and choose from the varied selection of food on offer.

For more information on our catering service, please visit: Swiss Canonica

To sign-up for the SISD Canteen Programme please follow this link: Swiss Canonica SISD

Our library is a thriving environment for learning at the heart of the school campus. We encourage our students from Early Years to Primary and Secondary School, to read books on a weekly basis. Reading is an important complimentary learning tool to general classes. It is proven that reading aloud helps children acquire early language skills. It is one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills.

SISD’s libraries are vibrant and attractive activity hubs that contain not only books, but also e-resources and other materials that support inquiry, learning, and storytelling at its best. Students have one library class per week where they experience different resources as picture books, early fiction chapter books, encyclopaedias, e-books and reference materials.

Students are expected to wear the SISD uniform at all times when present on campus unless specific permission otherwise has been authorized. School uniform is also to be worn when representing SISD off campus – for example, when attending sports fixtures or participating in field trips. SISD uniforms are ready for pick-up at Zaks Uniform Store on Jumeirah Beach Road.

In Early Years and Primary School, Students wear shorts/skort, button down blouse/shirt or red/white polo shirt, white/charcoal socks, trainers – no sandals allowed! On PE days, students wear the sports shorts and a polo shirt. On swimming days, students will need to bring water shoes, goggles and swimming caps. They will also need to bring a swimming bag for their wet swimming suits. The available SISD swimming bag is optional. Long pants and long sleeved blouses/shirts are also optional, available on order and take approximately two weeks. The available grey sweaters/jumpers are part of the school uniform for the cooler months. Please always clearly label school uniform items with the child’s name, last name, and grade and section e.g. John Smith KG1A. In addition, each day the children need to bring their: School ID, reusable water bottle that can be refilled, Snack and lunch box. These items should be labelled with the child’s name and fit inside their backpack.

In Secondary School, students wear official grey/black shorts/knee-length skirt/long trousers, SISD shirt/blouse or red/white polo shirt. Only official SISD uniform items are permitted. SISD hoodies and sweaters only: no exceptions. All secondary students are required to change into the official PHE uniform shirt at the beginning of each lesson and back into their standard uniform after class. Students arriving to school out of uniform will be subject to the behaviour policy procedures and may be given spare uniform items to wear for the day. Repeated violations will result in escalated consequences. Shoes should be closed-toe and sensible. Make-up and jewelry are permissible but should not be excessive. Facial hair should be kept neatly trimmed.

Parents are responsible for purchasing the full uniform set.

Click here for Uniforms Price List.
Click here for Uniforms.

Please contact Zaks for more information:
http://www.zaksstore.com/
Tel: 04 33 88 437
Email: info@zaksstore.com
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SISD aims to offer the best quality of transportation to our students. We have contracted the company Maverick Passenger Transport LLC to provide us with a safe and efficient transportation service.

We provide our students with the best transportation experience thanks to a brand new fleet of buses responding to RTA standards with qualified and experienced bus attendants and drivers. Our main goal is to provide a secure and enjoyable journey for the SISD children. Therefore, the travel time is limited to one hour maximum.

We follow a strict security policy of “No child left behind” with a sequence of three separate checks completed after each run. Attendants, drivers and supervisors have each to swipe their ID card at the end of the bus ride to attest no child remains, and this needs to be done within a certain timeframe not to trigger an alert.

The school also offers a generous parking plot with more than 100 parking spaces. Together with an advanced drop-off and pick-up system developed by our security company, we ensure an efficient, smooth and quick experience for parents and students in the mornings and afternoons.

For more information about the transportation, please contact transportsisd@maverickrental.com.

Our aim is to have a school environment where students and staff work together with a spirit of mutual understanding and with the minimum conflicts.

Positive reinforcement is the cornerstone of our school’s code of behaviour and discipline.  Students are encouraged to act responsibly and respectfully towards all members of our school community with the aim being to create and nurture a climate where all students act positively and considerately, with high standards of behaviour at all times.

Our school rules have been clearly defined to ensure common understanding by students, teachers and parents and must be respected by all members of our school community. Members of the SISD community will be guided by attributes as defined by the IB Learner Profile.

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Sports classes will now be offered to SISD and non-SISD students and parents beyond school hours :

  • Weekdays: Before 8:00 AM and after 5:00 PM
  • Weekends: At selected times

Two providers have been selected to offer these classes.

If you are interested, please contact them directly to have their full schedule of classes.

Stryx Sports – Tennis, Padel Tennis, Basketball, Swimming

Click here to download the schedule for Stryx Classes

Contact: info@stryxsports.com / +971 58 895 9377 / +971 4 247 9777

Bespoke Ride – Swimming, Running, Personal Training

Click here to download the schedule for Bespoke Ride Classe

Contact: info@bespoke-ride.com / +971 43 484 288 / Joao (Head Coach) arteche1980@gmail.com / +971 55 335 4495

The PFC’s role is to foster a community culture through events and the facilitation of communication between parents and SISD administration regarding student life, social issues and general school operations; all in alignment with SISD’s mission, objectives and policies.

  • Through events spread out throughout the year, such as our International Day and the Winter Market, we help build our COMMUNITY bond and culture and drive TOGETHERNESS.
  • Through charitable work such as Ramadan care packages and teacher’s appreciation lunches we enhance the spirit of GIVING and GRATITUDE.
  • Through toy and book donations, used uniforms sales and careful use of materials throughout all our activities, we play a role in minimizing our environmental footprint and keep up with our school’s SUSTAINABILITY efforts.
  • Through our communication with parents and school leadership we elevate connection and support the IMPROVEMENT & EXCELLENCE of our school overall.
  • Through programs such as the parent-buddy program and representation for each grade section level, we ensure INCLUSION and belonging.
  • Through language clubs we reinforce BILINGUALISM that is offered and exists at SISD.

 The PFC operates according to an established constitution that allows new members to join the PFC annually. We are proud to represent SISD, honored to serve our whole community and grateful for the ongoing support we get from all families, partners and school administrators.

If you are interested in being involved whether as an official member or simply as a volunteer, please reach out to parentforumsisd@gmail.com