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Our mission is “dedicating our lives and hearts to building confident and motivated life long learners.”
Mission: To be a leading international school, in which students receive a comprehensive balanced education, based on technology and academics; while taking into account their social and cultural development . Al Hekma strives to create a confident and motivated lifelong learner who will further his/her aspirations and those of the world community.
Philosophy: The philosophy of the school focuses on the culture, beliefs and values of hospitality, openness and tolerance towards others. Al Hekma International School offers an educational program that allows students to work to improve and build abilities. This creates an environment that nurtures high-motivation, low-anxiety and a sense of belonging.
Al Hekma is currently accredited by the MSA (Middle States Accreditation), Candidate status of AdvancED (formerly known as CITA Commission of International and Trans Regional Accreditation), NESA (Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education), NBOA (National Business Officers Associates) and NAIS (National Association of International Schools), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), ICDL (International Computer Driving License).
AL HEKMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
CURRICULUM RELATED INFORMATION
GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
On behalf of the administration and faculty, it gives me great pleasure to welcome parents and students to Al Hekma International School. Our school's commitment to our children has become a tradition in the Kingdom of Bahrain . This year, we are complimenting our excellent educational standards with:
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to school year 2011-2012! For this year to be successful, we must all work together: students, parents, teachers, and other school staff members. Education at Al Hekma International School is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. The administration and staff believe that every student is a unique and special individual who can learn. We believe it is our responsibility as educators to nurture and develop every student's maximum potential. This includes the academic, physical, social, and emotional development. We are committed to providing lessons and activities that will assist you/your children in making self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions when solving problems that you may encounter in our multicultural, ever-changing world.
The Al Hekma International School Parent Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort to make it easier to use, the handbook is divided into three sections:
Both students and parents must be familiar with the Al Hekma Student Code of Conduct, which is intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. Please be aware that the student handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy will be made available to students and parents through newsletters and other communications.
I strongly recommend that parents review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, the Discipline Officer, Guidance Counselor, Director of Curriculum. Also, please complete and return the parental acknowledgment and consent forms so that we have a record.
Ultimately, each student will gain from school according to the effort he/she applies. To increase the degree of educational success, it is important that teachers, parents, and administrators communicate openly and frequently. By working together, we can make Al Hekma International School an excellent place for you to learn.
When do I call one of my son's/ daughter's teacher(s)?
Contact your child's teacher through the school switchboard/reception when you have questions about his/ her academic performance, grade on report card, issues regarding classroom activities, homework or class work. You need to leave a message and the teachers will try to contact you as soon as possible.
Which school administrator do I see when I have a question about….?
This section of the Al Hekma International School Student Handbook includes information on topics of particular interest to you as a parent.
To attend Al Hekma International School, parents must provide a record showing
Both experience and research tell us that a child's education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership should include:
We encourage each parent to communicate with the school in important matters concerning their children in order to ensure their progress. The following procedures were planned to benefit the students and parents in their communication process:
PARENTS AS ROLE MODELS
Parents are the most important teachers and role models for our students. How a parent speaks, drives his/her automobile, and interacts with school personnel sets an important example for our students and larger community. Parent leadership and ambassadorship when within the school and the Bahrain community helps us to maintain a high profile as we recruit new students and staff.
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
Al Hekma parents can apply to become members of the Parent Teacher Association. The purpose of the association is to serve the school's best interests by supporting the school's mission, programs and activities. The school needs parent participation in all aspects of school life. Parents are encouraged to be involved.
The Parent Teacher Association:
The school will:
We want to model for children that showing appreciation and honouring people we love comes from the heart. However, in an effort to honour teachers and staff, we don't want to create an uncomfortable situation for any employee, child or parent. Try to keep things as simple as possible; less is really more! Handmade items such as notes, drawings, group crafts and photos are always appreciated. We want to convey the message that gifts are about thoughtful expressions of appreciation, not monetary value.
STUDENT INFORMATION DATA
We ask parents to update the registration department with any information regarding students such as change in the telephone numbers or address.
CONTACT HOURS AND PARENT MEETINGS
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES
Report cards/progress reports with each student's grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are issued to parents at the completion of each quarter. Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been designed to reflect each student's academic achievement for the grading period, semester, or course.
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the Director of Curriculum.
Report cards and progress reports must be signed by the parent and should be returned to the school within 5 school days.
The reports received at the end of each semester serves as a student's permanent academic record. The semester grades are the ones that will appear on transcripts submitted to colleges and universities.
Each quarter is worth 35%
Each Final Exam is worth 30%
Each semester is worth 50% of the final annual average.
Teachers should make every effort to ensure that students succeed in all of their courses. However, students must take the primary responsibility for their own academic success. Students must pass all required courses with a grade of ‘D-' or above. Grades below ‘D-' indicate that steps must be taken to achieve a grade of ‘D-' or above prior to taking the next level course. Students are responsible for all work required in each course. Students who receive an ‘F' in the overall cumulative average in any given subject at the end of the academic year will be allowed to sit for a re-examination as scheduled by the school office.
If a student fails 3 core subjects from the following: Social Studies, English, Arabic, Science, Math, he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination, he/she will not be promoted and will be expected to repeat the same grade again. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 2 non-core subjects in addition to discipline report , the student will not be allowed to sit for re-examination and will not be promoted. If a student fails a course with modification , he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 1 non-core with modification in addition to a discipline report , the student will not be promoted.
If a student fails less than 3 subjects and does not have a discipline report , he /she will be able to sit for the re-examinations. If students pass the re-examination, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed with a “D-” grade. The grade on the report card will not change. If students fail the re-examination, they are promoted but they will be obligated to retake the course in order to achieve the required credits during the following year. The subjects will be taken during times other than the day-school times. If they passed the course that they have retaken, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed the subject with the grade they have achieved at the end of the academic year. The previous grade on the report card will not be changed. For high school students, the subject will be shown during the year that the course was retaken on the transcripts.
The grading system for American High School Diploma reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performance based assessment are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction
The distribution of grades for the subjects is as follows:
Kindly note the following:
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
It is important for parents and students to note that there is a significant difference between a passing grade and a college recommending grade. From the start, therefore, a student is expected to work for the highest grade commensurate with his given gifts and talents. Not only does a student experience the pride and satisfaction that comes with working to one's potential, but students who realize a high level of academic achievement have many more options open to them when they begin the process of choosing a college or university.
The grading system reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performances are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction, and the performance curriculum.
This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process:
The objective of the grading procedure is to focus students on the daily teaching and learning process that in fact creates the desired learning standards. To adequately measure their performance based on a variety of academic demonstrations, rather than the limitations of a final test at the end.
Grading procedures must be accurate and must always be available for review by parents, students, and administration.
SCHOOL WIDE GRADING POLICY
Each academic department of the school uses the following scale to assign grades:
|A+ = 97-100||A+ = 4.3|
|A = 93-96||A = 4.0||Indicates Excellent work.|
|A- = 90-92||A- = 3.7|
|B+ = 87-89||B+= 3.3|
|B = 83-86||B = 3.0||Indicates above-average work.|
|C + = 77-79||C+ = 2.3|
|C = 73-76||C = 2.0||Indicates average work.|
|C- = 70-72||C- = 1.7|
|D+= 67-69||D+ = 1.3|
|D = 63-66||D = 1.0||While this is a passing grade, it indicates minimum achievement – below average work|
|F = 0-59||F = 0.0||No credit is given; most, if not all, course requirements are not completed|
Students are expected to complete their homework on a regular basis. Teachers will provide quick feedback and follow-up if the student does not complete homework.
Some homework tips that can help you:
Students will be given a weekly agenda that states all their class work, quizzes and homework assignments for the following week. Parents need to keep these agendas stapled in the student's notebook. Teachers may write a note on them. If a student does not receive one or they lose or misplace it, they should contact the Director of Curriculum's office and they will fax them one.
Parents and teachers are encouraged to establish and maintain frequent communication about student progress. A student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question or concern is encouraged to talk with the appropriate teacher.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 60 based on course-level or grade-level standards.
Teachers work hard to maintain strong academic standards, while both challenging and supporting students. Though we offer a highly personalized education, we are not able to provide support within the regular program to students who require one-on-one tutoring. However, we are able to provide and monitor remediation classes to get of this level and support for additional fees after regular school hours. We feel that it is advantageous for students to have the support. We believe that this approach allows more students to be successful. Each family will be billed a remediation fee per session. Students will be assigned remediation based on their teacher's recommendation. Registration will prepare the remediation schedule for each student.
This section of the handbook contains pertinent requirements for academics and activities. Much of this information will also be of interest to your parents and should be reviewed with them, especially if you are a new student at Al Hekma. This section includes information on extracurricular activities and other school-related organizations; and awards and honors.
The American Diploma offered by Al Hekma International School has international credibility and is widely accepted by prestigious universities in Bahrain and the world. Al Hekma International School is accredited by CITA (The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation) and the MSA (Middle States Association for Colleges and schools), thus, offering the following subjects abiding by American curriculum standards.
We have newly revised curriculum in the core subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and Arabic. These curricula are redesigned to reflect higher performance standards driving us toward higher order thinking and authentic assessment. To achieve excellence in education, the school administration continuously revises its curricula, and enhances its different courses by assessing their needs for equipment, and concentrates on recruiting and retaining outstanding staff in all professional ranks.
Our curricula are designed for Preschool through Grade 12. This means that each grade is dependent on what was taught in the grade before it. We provide flexibility on how teachers approach their instruction. They teach to the curriculum and use tests, quizzes, class-work, homework, and projects to monitor student progress.
AWARDS AND HONOR ROLL
Students are motivated and encouraged to keep high standards and grades. Students will be awarded the following awards and certificates of achievement:
Requirements for Graduation Policy
COMPUTER ACCESS, ACCEPTABLE USE AND CODE OF CONDUCT
Only students who are under direct supervision of designated Al Hekma employees are permitted to use a school computer or to access any local network or outside telecommunications resources such as the Internet. Prior to such authorization, the student and the student's parent must sign and return the Student Agreement Form acknowledging their responsibilities and the consequences of violation.
Students are expected to observe network etiquette by being polite and using appropriate language. Students are prohibited from pretending to be someone else; transmitting or seeking obscene messages or pictures; revealing personal addresses or telephone number – either their own or another person's; or using the network in way that would disrupt use by others. Students and their parents should be aware that electronic communications – email – using school computers are not private and are monitored by Al Hekma staff.
The Guidance Counsellor will provide guidance and counselling to the high school students to help them select and choose the right university. Junior and senior students will meet the Guidance Counsellor in individual meetings and these meetings will be documented in the student's file. It is critical that students attending the university counselling set appointments.
Students will also attend workshops regarding careers, universities, majors, entrance exams, completing university applications and essays and fulfilling requirements for admissions.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
Participation in school and school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.
Our student activities are a mix of between co-curricular, speech, art, music and language. We expect all subjects to be involved with school-wide projects. These projects are designed to allow students to show-case their talents, and for teachers to reward students with co-curricular opportunities.
This year's activities may include but are not limited to:
Because of the preparation for each of these, we expect that the maximum amount of direct relationship to curriculum and learning be integrated. These activities are scheduled in advance to allow you to plan your year.
Students are also encouraged to join our extra-curricular clubs that take place after school. Some clubs like the Yearbook and Student Life Committee Clubs take place during the normal school day and students breaks. The following clubs are examples of clubs offered in the past at AHIS:
Participation in physical education classes is required as in any other subject. All students will perform to the best of their abilities.
Students purchase their textbooks from the school Students are solely responsible for their textbooks.
Each of our students is given notebooks. The school provides notebooks for them to organize their note taking, and their homework. They receive these for each class. Students are required to bring needed materials to each class. This includes textbooks, pencil, pens and the notebooks.
Test taking is a skill, as well as one method to assess academic progress. Test taking trains students in gauging time, in making responsible choices and in understanding the expectations of test makers. Such practice prepares students for the inevitable testing to follow high school and most centrally in the college admissions process.
Standardized tests allow the school to compare the effectiveness of its educational programs against those of other fine schools, and sometimes offer teachers insights about an individual student. Standardized tests are given yearly.
A student absent from school, for any reason, is encouraged to make up specific assignments missed and to complete additional in-depth study assigned by the teacher to meet subject or course requirements.
Parents may pick up children for health care appointments during the school day by following the sign-out procedure in the registration office. No student will be allowed to leave campus unless the sign-out procedure is followed properly. If the child goes to the doctor for a health care appointment and returns with a note from a professional, the child is not considered absent for the day. Notes from the professional must be submitted to ensure that the student is coded properly for attendance purposes.
Any absence from school represents an educational loss to the student. Field trips are scheduled as part of the educational process. A student not attending school on a field trip day will be given an unexcused absence unless the student returns with a note from a doctor that the student was ill.
Excused absences are defined as illnesses, urgent medical appointments, or a death in the family. We strongly discourage any absences due to activities such as family trips or routine appointments. If students are absent, they are responsible for all class work and home work assignments.
ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT
Punctual, regular attendance to the school is crucial for the educational process. Every school day is an important one. Student supervision begins at 7:15 am
Students who exceed 10 days of unexcused absences in any subject will not receive credits for the subject. Students are not allowed to miss more than 10 days unexcused days of the entire academic year (180 days). Registration will send a written notification to parents by mail when any student misses a cumulative total of 5 day intervals.
A student who exceeds the 10 days of excused absence from the class cannot receive credit for the year unless the attendance committee finds that the absences are the result of extenuating circumstances. The attendance committee will use the following guidelines to determine extenuating circumstances:
If the attendance committee finds that there are no extenuating circumstances for the absence or if the student does not meet the conditions set by the committee to earn or regain credit, the student will not receive credit for the class.
Students who are tardy to classes present three major problems that must be dealt with in the school:
All teachers will follow this procedure in all classes:
When a student is late in the morning, discipline will take place outside of class by the Discipline Supervisor. No student is allowed in class without a note.
No student is allowed to be in the hall without a pass. If administration wants a student they will send for them. Students should not leave class to go to administration. Any administrative issues can be resolved during the student's break or after school.
We discourage students going to the restroom during class time (exceptions are made for students with medical excuses.) This is and has been an expectation of the school. Students should not be in the cafeteria area during a class period.
LEAVING AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL
MAKEUP WORK AFTER AN ABSENCE
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence due to health, with appropriate written excuse. For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.
We believe in educating the whole child. This means that beyond academic subjects we have a commitment for developing our students in art, music, sport activities, MUN, student council and much more. Part of educating the whole child is teaching him/her the way he/she is expected to act and behave.
Al-Hekma is in the business of creating future leaders of Bahrain. This means we must develop self-motivated learners. This must be taught and mastered with a strong behaviour management program.
These beliefs can be stated differently:
Having all materials (books, pens, notebooks or materials) for class is the responsibility of the student.
The following require action from the teacher and /or administration:
OVERT DISRESPECT TO A TEACHER REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM CLASS, AND REFERRAL TO THE DISCIPLINE SUPERVISOR. It is the belief of the school that behaviours that damage the class, student performances, and teacher performances must carry a penalty at the classroom level. When discipline is needed out of the class, it will take place away from the teacher. The teacher will always maintain consistency with discipline in the classroom.
RULES AND REGULATIONS (rules with an * are subject to MOE consequences per Violation 25 of MOE directive)
A primary goal of AHIS is to guide and teach its student body to demonstrate self-discipline simultaneously with their academic excellence. The school will make every effort to assist students in the achievement of this goal. It is the policy of the school that students enrolled in the school shall, while on or around the school grounds, conduct themselves in a manner which will bring credit to themselves and the school. When people work and live in a small, confined space such as the school campus or classroom, some rules are established to guarantee the welfare and safety of all. Guidelines are designed to help promote reasonable order and good citizenship of each student.
When students are referred to the discipline office, a discipline notice will be placed in the student's file. A copy of this notice will be sent home with the student in addition to a phone call from the school administration to confirm the delivery of the notice. Probation letters that are endorsed by the student and his/her guardian, the consequences of this letter are retained as long as the student is enrolled in the school (the letter is carried from one year to the other until the student proves his/her behavioural improvement.)
The following infractions result in an automatic suspension:
Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/her absence. MOE will not allow to expel students. We can have them leave at end of school year. We can suspend until end of school and allow in for tests and exams until end of school.
Other incidents such as:
All incidents will be presented to the Discipline Committee. The Discipline Committee can give any decision it deems fit as a consequence as per Student & Parent Handbook
* Violation (25) according to MOE: Violating of the National Sovereignty (for all middle and high school students)
Showing disrespect to any of the country's leaders by destroying their photos (cutting, tearing, stepping on, etc…), graffiti against the government or its leaders, disrespecting the country's flag, raising a flag from another country different than Bahrain's flag, ruining the flag of Bahrain, lowering (half-mast) the flag, or publishing instigation papers are subject to the following consequences:
Step 1 : Suspending the student for one semester and allowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.
Step 2 : Suspending the student for one academic year and disallowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.
Step 3 : Expulsion
Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/her absence.
The discipline committee may recommend that a student be expelled at the end of the academic year for the following:
Expulsion at the end of the academic year is mandatory in the following cases:
CODE OF CONDUCT
CONDUCT BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after- school activities on school premises and at school-sponsored events off school premises, such as athletic practice, and or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct.
Changes in transportation should be presided by notification letter (phone notification not acceptable) from student's parent.
Loitering or standing in the halls between classes is not permitted. During class time, a student must have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action.
There are no free periods at Al Hekma and students may not study or congregate in the halls, while classes are in session. In the rare event that a teacher does not arrive for class, students are to wait in a quiet manner either outside the classroom or in the room. If after five minutes the teacher still has not arrived, one student is to alert the Discipline Supervisor or the Principal.
PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINE
Any student who is sent to the Discipline Officer's office for misbehavior is subject to removal from classes.
CHEATING/ PLAGIARISM/ ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Al Hekma values team efforts and group problem solving. However, when students are asked to work alone it would be a violation of ethics for a student to take information from another individual. Copying another person's work, such as homework, class work, or a test, is a form of cheating. Plagiarism, which is the use as one's own of another person's original ideas or writing without giving credit to the true author, will also be considered cheating and the student will be subject to academic disciplinary action that may include loss of credit for the work in question. Teachers, who have reason to believe that a student has engaged in cheating or other academic dishonesty, will assess the academic penalty to be imposed. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary penalties as well, according to the Student Code of Conduct.
CITIZENSHIP AND SPORTSMANSHIP
Students of Al Hekma International School are expected to show the highest characteristics of citizenship and sportsmanship at all times and in all places involving school activities. Students are reminded that whether they are spectators or participants, in or out of uniform, they represent not only themselves, but their school, parents, and community as well. Any improper action may bring discredit to the entire community.
Detention will be held each day during break, after school or on Saturday's. Students assigned to detention will not enjoy the privilege of outside/free time.
The Discipline Officer, Principal, or Teacher may assign students to detention hall. The classroom teacher will submit the student's name and the details concerning the misconduct to the Discipline Officer or Principal for consideration and judgment. Students will be given a copy of the discipline referral, which includes the punishment. All referrals will be sent home to the parent with the student.
ENTERING AND LEAVING CLASS
Elementary Students (grades one through six)
Middle and High School Students (grades six through twelve)
In order to protect student safety and sustain an educational program free from disruption, Al Hekma will take action against any person—student or non-student—who:
BULLYING OR TAUNTING BEHAVIOR
Students must not participate, either individually or in a group, in bullying or taunting behaviors toward another student. Bullying behaviors may include any action that creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student such as:
A substantiated complaint against a student will result in disciplinary action.
Al Hekma has a ZERO tolerance policy towards the possession of tobacco products or paraphernalia. Students may not possess, smoke or use tobacco products on school property or at a school-related or school sanctioned activity, on or off school property.
Student telephones are not allowed on campus. Telephones must not be seen, heard or used during school hours. If this happens the telephone can be confiscated for the school year. This includes the telephone chip (which can be copied but not given).
Fighting is defined as physical contact that includes punching, hitting, slapping, pulling, kicking, and wrestling. It is not allowed on school premises at any time. The fighting policy of AHIS has been developed in order to educate students on a stop, think, act reaction. If students are caught and/or reported to be fighting in High School the consequences are automatic external suspension from school for 1-3 days. In Middle School at the 1 st offense students will receive internal suspension (1-3 days); incidents after this will be external suspension for 1-3 days.
Al Hekma has a ZERO tolerance policy towards the possession of any weapons on school grounds or at school events. Possession, use and/or concealment of any weapon will result in serious disciplinary action. Students can be expelled and charges filed against the student.
*all discipline incidents are thoroughly investigated by the Discipline Department.
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS
No student is to be removed from class for any activity or any occasion, including a field trip without written permission from the Principal /AP or Director of Curriculum.
Field trips are to augment the academic program and are included in tuition. Each student must have a field trip permission form signed on file in the school office in the beginning of the school year before he/she can participate in class trips. These trips are an essential part of the school program and attendance is required. Overnight trips may also require additional releases, forms and fees.
Al-Hekma encourages field trips that are connected to the instructional standards. This can either be in content (a visit to the desalinisation plant for science) or in skill development (a written essay or paper concerning the observations made, and opinions drawn).
Responsibilities of teachers, coaches and students:
The object of the Al Hekma International School Student Council is to encourage the development of character, to promote worthy leadership, and to stimulate the desire for service. The council is composed of students in grades six through twelve. Any member of student council who fails to meet the responsibilities of the council, or is an academic or discipline concern shall be removed from student council.
The coach and students are responsible for the conduct of athletes at all times when teams are off-campus. When on trips, it is the responsibility of the coach(s) to make all decisions relative to the team and its members. This responsibility may not be designated to any other person except the principal.
Athletes will also be subject to other specific rules and regulations concerning practice and performance as determined by the coach(s) and approved by the principal.
Student clubs or classes occasionally may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for approved school purposes. Permission must be obtained by school administration.
Recognizing that our students are blessed with many talents and opportunities, prior to graduation all AHIS students are required to participate in 30 hours of a community service. These hours may be spread out from grade 11 through grade 12 but must be completed prior to graduation. 20 hours will be dedicated for career exploration and 10 hours for community service. For example, last year they planted bushes and greenery along the road side in Isa Town. Students are asked to wear their Al Hekma physical education shirts on these days. They can wear any type of comfortable slacks.
BAHRAIN NATIONAL ANTHEM
Students in grades 1 through 12 will stand in silence when the Bahrain National Anthem is played each morning.
Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority at Al Hekma. Although the school has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should:
DRILLS: FIRE, AND OTHER E MERGENCIES
1. The teacher should take their belongings and class clipboard and proceeds to the door.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND I NFORMATION
If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school will need to have written parental consent to obtain emergency treatment, and information about allergies to medication, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore parents are required each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date.
As part of their educational program, students shall be taught to respect and properly care for the school grounds and school property including: facilities, equipment and instructional supplies. Students shall be held accountable for loss of or damage to these items immediately and severely.
Student pride will help preserve the appearance and surrounding of the school. Careless use of the school property is evidence of poor citizenship and lack of self-discipline. The school administration shall take firm action by imposing monetary compensation against students who abuse school grounds, damage, destroy, or lose school property.
Al Hekma provides healthy cafeteria style services for grades 6-12. There is a fee assigned for this service. Parents may provide their children with healthy food for lunch if they wish.
The middle and high school library is located on the top floor. The pre-school/ KG and elementary library is located off the cafeteria. Both libraries have English, Arabic, and French books as well as DVD's, CD's, videos and cassettes. We are adding to our collection on an ongoing basis. You are welcome to use the library in your free time, during break, or before/after-school hours. Students are urged to use the library facilities at every available opportunity. Students are responsible for books checked out in their name. NO food or drink will be allowed in the library.
The elementary/MS/HS library is open from 7:15 AM to 3 PM , Sunday through Thursday.
The library has adopted a new electronic management system which will allow us to manage our collection much better.
Students have access to a printer in the computer lab for a minimal fee.
All teachers are supported with up-to-date teaching resources and technical support to deliver the best quality of education to students.
Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student. The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. Administration reserves the right to inspect lockers (inside or outside) at any time, for any reasonable reason, whether or not a student is present.
All lockers are to be kept clean and orderly at all times. DO NOT keep any food in the lockers. Keep locker door closed at all times.
Students are absolutely responsible for what is in their locker. No writing on the inside or the outside of the locker is permissible. The sharing of lockers or locker keys is expressly forbidden .
ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON CAMPUS
Students are not permitted to possess items such as, but not limited to: laptop computers, ipods/mp3 players, pagers, radios, CD players, tape recorders, camcorders, DVD players, cameras, electronic devices or games at school, unless prior permission has been obtained from the principal. Cell phone use is not permitted during school hours without permission of administration.
Teachers will collect the item and turn it in to the Discipline office. All confiscated items will be returned at the end of the school year.
LOST AND FOUND
Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the admission's office where they can be claimed by the owner. Any material “found” on the school campus is to be immediately turned into the front office. Possession of stolen, rather than lost items may result in serious disciplinary action.
To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended—both this year and in the coming years—littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students will be required to pay for damages they cause and serious disciplinary action will be taken.
TRANSPORTATION ON BUSES AND OTHER SCHOOL VEHICLE
Students are subject to the following standards when they are on Al Hekma transportation. Any student who violates these standards of conduct while on school transportation may be denied transportation services and will be disciplined. The following rules will apply to student conduct on school transportation:
VIDEOTAPING OF STUDENTS
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Parents and others are welcome to visit Al Hekma International schools. For the safety of those within the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, visits to individual classrooms during instructional times are not permitted as that would interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment.
All appointments with teachers or administration should be made in advance through the Registration Department.
All visitors (parent and student) are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. The school provides supervision beginning at 7:15 AM . Students should not be dropped off prior to 7 AM . It is important that parents pick up their children no later than 2:15 PM .
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