The transition to Year 5 and the Middle School for all students, whether from the Lower School or from a different school, presents immense opportunities, which continue to grow and expand with each academic year until pupils leave us at the end of Year 8.
From Year 5 to Year 8 the boys and girls assume greater responsibility for themselves, their belongings, their organisation, in fact, their whole approach to school life.
The senior boys will assist with duties around school, while a smaller cohort of the Year 8s will be elected Prefects.
Head Students are elected each term. A very structured programme of Personal Health and Social Education helps boys and girls to look at ways in which they can understand their role within society, learn to make good decisions and to enjoy helping others.
Our boys and girls will do well because our form tutors have their eye on each student’s well-being. There is a great sense of camaraderie between the years and forms and, with a behaviour policy which emphasises the positive, boys and girls will feel valued, secure and safe. They will like to please and to do well, and they will love to feel the glow of satisfaction that comes from earning Recognision for being good learners and citizens.
Academically, the opportunity to be taught the entire curriculum by teachers who are knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about their particular subject is, in itself, the greatest thrill for each boy and girl.
Learning is awakened and stirred as the pursuit of greater understanding in each stand-alone subject takes a hold.
Lessons are dynamic, demanding and designed to give each boy and girl easy access to learning; teaching is jargon-free and extra layers of academic help and/or extension are at hand. We take our pupils beyond the work required to fulfil an examination syllabus; our boys and girls debate, inquire, consider, share opinions, challenge perceptions… we want them to be proactive learners, to be alive to the joy of learning.
Our aim is for students to in middle school toprogress into the Upper School as self-assured young men and ladies with a confidence derived from their success in their academic subjects as well as the independence they have developed in managing their time and being able to recognise their strengths and weaknesses.
Outside the classroom we want to see boys and girls develop as individuals. These are the years when they begin to seek greater independence in a quest to become ‘their own man and lady'. We encourage boys and girls to discover new pursuits beyond the classroom and have found that interests developed at this time often become life long.
What goes on beyond the academic classroom is as important as inside the classroom.
Our musicians have more than twenty music ensembles and choirs to choose from and they regularly perform in some of the most inspirational buildings in the capital. In sports, an increase in the number of teams and related fixtures against many of the top school sides in Egypt and beyond ensures that those who want to play for the school have every opportunity to do so.
Our dramatists move seamlessly from genre to genre presenting Shakespearian plays and musicals with equal talent and vigour.
Our artists produce stunning work in a variety of media, which includes drawing, painting, photography, printing and animation.
Outside the taught curriculum it is our belief that every boy and girl should throw himself or herself into the residential trips and avail himself of clubs which open new avenues of interest and stretch minds. ‘Core’ clubs such as philosophy, Warhammer, rock climbing, kayaking, and life drawing are permanently available, whilst other clubs, such as juggling and magic circle pop into the equation as termly options and add a real spice to the programme.