Message from the Head of IB Programmes
It is an honour to welcome you to European School.
European School has been an IB World School since 2009. For the 2019/2020 school year, we have an increasingly diverse student population of around 400 in the Primary Years Programme (6-11 year-olds), Middle Years Programme (11-16 year-olds) and Diploma Programme (16-18 year-olds).
True to the IB philosophy, our core business is to not only instil in our students the knowledge that will make them better learners and better people, but to also equip them with the skills they need to grow and develop in a successful, happy way.
Our priorities include further raising the quality of instruction, student achievement and student motivation, as well as optimizing parental involvement. We understand that great instruction alone will not yield the results we desire for our students. That is why we pay close attention to the overall learning environment as well. We strive to maintain a positive classroom climate and culture, an environment where students feel safe and look forward every morning to a day of productive learning.
Our key asset is a team of teachers, with proven lifelong learning skills, who truly care about students and do not believe that quitting on them is ever an option.
Our students are also exposed to a multitude of opportunities: Interaction with experts in various fields, international competitions, study trips, sports, arts, exchange programmes, conferences, service, bespoke university counselling, to list a few.
Beyond the grades and certificates, our hope for all our graduates is for them to become confident individuals, responsible global citizens and effective contributors who do not forget to turn back and help the next one in line, after reaching their destination.
We look forward to meeting you in person and sharing with you other aspects of what we offer that words alone may not describe accurately.
Welcome to European School.
Dr. Brice Bomo
Head of IB Programmes
Welcome from the MYP Head
Dear European School Community,
It is with great pride, excitement and enthusiasm that I pen this welcome letter to you as the newly appointed Head of Middle Years Programme at the European School. I am delighted to be part of this well-reputed school, recognized for its quality in international education by the Council of International Schools and International Baccalaureate Organization.
Through my initial observations of the school, conversations with students and staff, I can see that the European School has many successes that ought to be celebrated. The fantastic facilities, the passionate staff and capacity for further growth is demonstrated through the school’s collective commitment to high quality education. I look forward to building on the successes in the MYP and further refine our provision based on best practices in education so that all students at the European School can reach their full potential.
As an advanced IB Educator for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, I believe my skills and expertise in high-quality teaching and leadership will be of value to the students and staff at the European School. My roles with the IBO include site visitor, workshop leader for the MYP and DP Programmes, building quality curriculum reviewer and I am also receiving my training as a Consultant and Team Leader for site visits with the IBO. The value and impact of having IB educators in a school community is immense as we are able to draw on best international practices to support the growth of programmes.
An important leadership process when moving to a new school is building a true picture of the school’s context and status. Every school has unique characteristics, strengths and challenges. Through my parent meetings, staff professional development and meetings with various stakeholders during the first week of school, I am beginning to piece together a complete picture of where we are in the MYP and where we should be heading in the future. I am confident in my opinion that the European School is the leading IB World School in the region and through effective partnerships with staff, students and parents, I believe that we can further develop the school’s motto of ‘Excellence in Learning for Life’.
Excellence in teaching and learning is of foremost importance to me. Research also highlights that one of the main drivers for improved student outcomes is high-quality teaching and feedback. My long-term goal to develop the capacity of teachers and leaders so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide high quality teaching and learning underpinned by the IB teaching philosophy.
Communication is critical throughout our partnership together. I have an ‘open-door’ policy and I invite you to meet with me at any point during the school year.
I look forward to a successful school year filled with productivity, success and growth for our students in MYP.
Mr. Riz Khan
Head of MYP
The PYP Coordinator’s Welcome
Dear students, parents and colleagues,
I would like to extend the warmest welcome to current and new students, teachers and families of European School.
The school mission is to provide an exceptional education in a nurturing and academically challenging environment, inspiring each student to achieve their personal best and become an influential and socially responsible global citizen. European School is a school where children can develop the essential skills and knowledge required to make an active contribution as they take their place in our evolving global society.
To this end, we believe our innovative curriculum; designed in line with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme expectations, will help in our endeavours.
Every day we to strive to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.
This year, we are looking forward to our upcoming International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) evaluation visit, in which the IB will visit our school to verify that the IB’s educational principles, required standards and practices, are in place.
I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with all members of the school community, so that together, we can create and sustain a productive and exciting learning environment for all.
Best wishes for a successful year.