Alia’s curriculum is a developmental-based program concerned with the development of the whole child, emphasizing social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth. At Alia, the teachers carefully plan open-ended and child-directed activities and emphasis is placed on the value of play, learning environments and developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Our philosophy is that children learn through active and child-initiated play, through direct contact with concrete objects, through repeated positive experiences, and most of all, they learn through interactions with people who are important to them.
Our parents are encouraged to use their special talents during their teaching time at school to make our school a nurturing and safe environment for the children. They can help the child use inductive thinking by using such encouragements as “I wonder what would happen if…?” or “Where do you suppose this came from?” By doing this, the parent shares the child’s wonder and enjoys the newness of discovery along with him. Parents are scheduled through a rotation of parent-teacher jobs including art, cooking, creative play, music and movement, outdoor supervision, observation, and special projects.
The mission of Alia National School, in cooperation with home and community, is to prepare students for responsible citizenship, lifelong-learning and productive employment by:
- Accepting individual differences.
- Let’s keep a smile on our faces.
- Identifying and addressing strengths/weaknesses, and engaging students in meaningful learning activities while Always working as a team.
Creating a Respectful and Peaceful School
Our students are very respectful. This leads to a peaceful school climate. Visitors to our school will frequently notice students demonstrating respectful mannerisms, greeting adults in our building and being courteous. As well, our building conveys a sense of warmth, generosity, and enthusiasm as children, parents, and staff are eager to smile and make all those who enter our school feel welcome.
Student Academic Success/Pride
We are committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for our students. Our motto, Working Hard to Be Our Best!, suggests an important element of education. It reflects the effort we encourage each of our students to put into his or her learning.
We take pride in working hard to motivate each student to do his or her best. Our Staff is also dedicated to doing their best. Working together with students and parents, we strive to ensure that each individual student has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
Community Engagement/Forging Strong Bonds
We believe in strong communication between the home and the school. Classroom newsletters, phone calls, and meeting and greeting parents within our building are ways that teachers communicate with families.
Early Childhood Education
We promote a solid foundation to early learning through our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programming. We have proudly implemented an Approach which encompasses a natural aspect of children at play and environmental learning.
At Alia School, children are seen as capable learners who construct their learning rather than have constant instruction. Their learning environment becomes an additional teacher.
Technology and Innovation
We offer an array of technological programming. We have digital projectors installed in all classrooms, as well as a computer lab in our Learning Resource Centre. Teachers and students also make use of iPads, school laptops, and student-owned devices to facilitate their learning.
Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
We boast a diverse student population representing many different cultural groups. Our students, regardless of their cultural status, say they feel respected in our school. We ensure that every child feels accepted, loved and cared for. We aim to ensure that every child feels a good sense of cultural and familial belonging within our school climate.
Opportunities for Student Leadership
Our student leadership team provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills by initiating and working on activities and special events for our student population.
Supporting all Learners
We have adopted and implemented Literacy for Life learning strategies so all students are engaged in reading, writing, processing, and representing literary concepts.
The Learning Support schedules, coordinates and connects teacher resources (manpower) and the students. The LSC supports programs for students in their educational goals, focusing on ensuring a child is placed on the register.
- Evaluation of need for learning support
- Pre Assessment into level of need from 1 (low,i.e. Supervised Homework Group) & above
- Collection of availability and qualifications for learning support inside the faculty
- Relaunch of referral system and introduction of a transparent quality process (individual support plan)