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Public Holidays
School Days
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Start/ End of School Days

Total Number of School Days = 177

Sep 9, 2020
Term 1 begins
Sep 10 - 16, 2020
School Days
Sep 17, 2020
National Heroes' Day
Sep 18 - Oct 31, 2020
School Days
Oct 26 - 30, 2020
Midterm Assessment
Nov 2, 2020
All Souls' Day
Nov 3 - 10, 2020
School Days
Nov 11, 2020
Independence Day
Nov 12 - Dec 16, 2020
School Days
Dec 7 - 11, 2020
Tem 1 End Assessment
Dec 17, 2020
End of Term 1
Dec 18, 2020
Card Day
Dec 18 - 24, 2020
School Holidays
Dec 25, 2020
Christmas Day
Dec 28 - 31, 2020
School Holidays
Jan 1, 2021
New Year's Day
Jan 2 - 6, 2021
School Holidays
Jan 7, 2021
Start of Term 2
Jan 8 - Feb 3, 2021
School Days
Feb 4, 2021
Armed StruggleDay
Feb 5 - 12, 2021
School Days
Feb 15 - 16, 2021
Carnival
Feb 17 - 23, 2021
Midterm Assessment
Feb 17 - Mar 5, 2021
School Days
Mar 8, 2021
Women's Day
Mar 9 - 22, 2021
School Days
Mar 18 - 22, 2021
Term 2 End Assessment
Mar 23, 2021
Liberation of Austral Africa
Mar 24 - 30, 2021
School Days
Mar 31, 2021
End of Term 2
Apr 1, 2021
School Holidays
Apr 2 - 4, 2021
Easter
Apr 5, 2021
Reconciliation Day
Apr 6 - 13, 2021
School Holidays
Apr 14, 2021
Start of Term 3
Apr 15 - 30, 2021
School Days
May 3, 2021
International Labour Day
May 4 - Jun 24, 2021
School Days
May 19 - 25, 2021
Midterm Assessment
Jun 7 - 11, 2021
Final Assessment Graduating Class
Jun 14 - 18, 2021
Final Assessment Non graduates
Jun 25, 2021
End of School Year
Jun 26, 2021
Graduation & Closing Program
Jun 27 - Sep 7, 2021
School Holidays

Faqs

Grand International School offers two curricula namely Cambridge and French.

Cambridge is divided into EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage (for Pre-Primary, and Cambridge (for Primary and Lower secondary) curriculum. The EYFS curriculum offers Mathematics, English, Science, Literacy, Communication and Language. Cambridge Primary and Secondary consists of nine subjects in English, Mathematics, Science, Global Perspectives, Art and Design, Digital Literacy, Music, Physical Education and Portuguese.  The French curriculum is a unique curriculum which consists of Kindergarten, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and Secondary school. The following subjects are offered:

Pre – Primary (Mathematics, Literacy and French).

Primary (Reading, French, Literature, Global Perspectives and English).

Click in Curricullum button for more information.

The school currently enrolls learners for Pre-school, Primary and Lower Secondary. Enrollment age ranges are from 2 to 6 years for Pre-school (Nursery, Preparatory, Advanced K and Reception), 5 to 11 years for Stages 1 to 6 (Primary) and 11 to 14 years for Stages 7 and 8 (Lower Secondary). Parents can help learners apply online or visit the school to acquire application forms. All new learners will sit for an admissions assessment for proper staging.

Click the Admissions button to see detailed age admissions for each class, application requirements, procedures and policies. 

At Grand International School, we welcome all children regardless of their nationality, race or native language. We have several children who have joined our school unable to speak English. Pre-primary learners are admitted without any conditions on English proficiency. Primary and Lower Secondary non- English speakers are admitted on the condition that they will do transition classes for 1 year before being taken into the preceding Stage. We have several members of staff who are trained in supporting children who are new to the English Language.

Pre-Primary tests are done for 5-year-olds at the end of First, Second and Third term (end of school year). Assessments for Primary and Lower Secondary are grouped into internal and external assessments. Internal assessments include revision tests on weekly/monthly basis, mid-term assessments and end of First, Second and Third term assessments (end of school year). For the End of year assessments, Stage 1 and 2 sit for internally prepared tests (prepared at school). Stage 3 to 5 and Stage 7 learners sit for external assessments (Cambridge Progression Tests) which are marked at the school. Stage 6 and 8 sit for the Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary Checkpoints respectively. The Checkpoint assessments are marked by Cambridge International Education in the UK.

The school strictly complies with Cambridge International Education to give formative feedback about learner’s performance. This can be in form of monthly reports, End of term report cards and certificates. Report cards are prepared by the school and given at the end of each term. Certificates are given to graduating classes (Reception class in Pre-Primary, Stages 6 and 8). Learners sitting for Checkpoints (Stages 6 and 8) receive a certificate prepared by the school and a Statement of Achievement from Cambridge.

School starts at 8:00 am each day and classes finish at 3:00pm from Monday to Friday. Break time is 30 minutes and. Lunch is 1 hour.

Please read our Schedules page for further details.

Take the child to the Reception and sign them on forms provided by the secretary. The child can then go to class.

Communicate with the school administration the day of the absence before 9:30am giving reasons for absenteeism. The School administration will inform the respective teacher.

The school calendar for Cambridge and French curriculum is the same.

The school year starts on the first or second week of September each year and ends third week of June. The school year is divided into three terms.

Term 1: September – December

Term 2: January – March

Term 3: April – June

You may also refer to the school Calendar Section for more details.

The school has a school uniform for the learners.

All returning learners should always attend classes with uniforms. New learners are given a period of 14 days after enrolment to acquire school uniforms.

If your child needs to take medication at school, you must complete a form at the school Reception.

We ask that medication at school is kept to a minimum and if antibiotics are prescribed for less than four times a day we suggest this can be organized out of school time. All medication held on school premises is kept locked and secure.

Our school has a team of dedicated teaching staff who are prepared to help learners with difficulties in their education. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, we strongly encourage you to book an appointment with the School Administration so that you are granted an opportunity to talk to your child’s class teacher. Relevant decisions regarding the child’s development is taken thereafter.

We believe in fair and honest assessment of our learners to give a true reflection and feedback to learners and parents. Promotion to the next stage is based on Merit. Learners who do not achieve a GPA of 70% or above are recommended for Summer Class to be held during the school vacation (August-September).

You may also refer to our School Policy page for further details.

Grand International School currently offers pre-primary, primary and lower secondary levels. The school is gradually growing on yearly basis and is expected to be offering Upper Secondary International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced levels in the few upcoming years. Participation in Cambridge Secondary and Advanced Level depends on parents’ and child’s personal interests to continue pursuing with Cambridge education

All children are educated in eSafety in school. We have produced an Internet Safety information page for parents/carers so that up to date facts can be found by visiting the links to extremely useful eSafety websites that will keep you informed and help you keep your child safe online.

We ask that parents are aware of online sites that their child is visiting and that they do not have access to social media accounts such as Facebook and Snap chat.