The Primary Department is comprised of an Infant Department which incorporates Years 1 and 2 and Junior Department which caters for Years 3 to 6.
Our aim is to provide an environment within which our pupils can grow in confidence as they progress from their early school years to the challenges of the Junior Department where they begin to prepare for the transition to the Senior High School. The school prides itself on developing confident young people who have a wide variety of skills to take them further on in life. This is done through the breadth of the curriculum and a wide variety of extra curricular activities.
Our well-equipped classrooms provide a stimulating learning environment. There are interactive whiteboards or projectors in all classrooms. The school also has specialist drama studios, music rooms, ICT suites, sports facilities (including an indoor swimming pool), Libraries, Art room and Science lab.
This section will provide you with all of the information about the department and its routines.
The School Day
Students may arrive at school from 7.20 onwards when a member of staff will be on duty. The Infant Department day starts at 7.35 and ends at 1.00 pm and the Junior Department finishes at 2.15pm. On Sundays and Mondays an extra lesson is timetabled in the Junior Department so finish time is 2.30pm.
There are two breaks during the day and snacks are eaten during the first, mid-morning break. We request that parents provide a light snack, which, ideally, should be healthy in content. A healthy snack (sandwiches, fruit and a drink, perhaps) is important as this helps children to concentrate throughout the day. Sweets, chocolate, chewing gum, cans and glass bottles are not allowed. Drinks should be in plastic bottles or cartons (water is available in the play area). Students’ lunchboxes should be clearly labelled with their names and classes. A limited selection of food and drinks are available from our Tuck Shop.
A bus service is available to most areas of Kuwait and our transport department will be happy to make the necessary arrangements for your child. Enquiries should be made at the transport office at the school regarding this.
There are two formal Parent/Teacher consultation days during the year. We consider the support of parents to be essential if we are to realise the full potential of each child. If parents wish to communicate further with staff, an appointment can be made by telephoning our office.
We also hold an Information Evening at the beginning of the year to help clarify to you our curriculum and routines, enabling you to meet our full teaching team. Outlines of work to be covered are issued at the beginning of each term.
A written report on your child’s progress is issued in December and June.
At school we have a fully qualified nurse who is always on hand to attend to the needs of the children. In the event of illness or an accident, the school will make every effort to contact the parents and it is therefore essential that we have up to date contact details. If we are unable to contact you, the school nurse and Head teacher will act in the best interests of the child.
Children may not keep medicine of any type in their possession whilst at school. However, prescribed medicine (named with clear instructions) may be given to the nurse, who will administer it.
The Ministry of Education requires that we hold a medical record for each student. Please also inform us of any particular medical needs of your child.
Illness / Absence
It is our policy to check on any child who has been absent for several days. Please let us know if your child is going to be away for any length of time, either due to illness or leave outside of Kuwait.
We do not allow jewellery, as it can be dangerous in the playground and during PE lessons.
At KES we have high expectations and place great importance on conduct and behaviour. We expect appropriate behaviour at all times and try to encourage and reward it through praise, positive reinforcement and reward systems. Every child has a right to feel happy and safe at school and we aim to create a positive learning environment from which all children can benefit.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that discipline problems are prevented, there are occasions when some students do not adhere to the rules. At these times, an agreed set of sanctions is followed.
Homework is an integral part of the learning process and reinforces work done in the classroom. Homework tasks are issued daily, the amount gradually increasing from Year 1 to Year 6, establishing good work and study habits. It also provides a link between home and school.