Star International School Mirdif, a bespoke British curriculum school in the heart of Mirdif, has announced its latest plans to launch its state-of-the-art ‘STEAM’ curriculum to provide students with an enhanced overall educational experience. Scheduled to be implemented in September 2021, Star International School Mirdif has invested in additional resources to ensure students have access to the latest, innovative design-based science learning methodologies within the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to solve problems in an engaging way. Also, as part of the school’s expansion plans for this academic year, it will be opening up new cutting-edge science and tech laboratories for students and an urban art room developed for modern industries.
Star International School Mirdif recently adopted the advanced ‘STEAM’ curriculum to propel its educational efforts to continuously advance the learning experience and standard of education. The cutting-edge curriculum will enable students to experiment within the fields of robotics, design and blue sky thinking technology, which will be taught within their new hi-tech robotics and science laboratories. The curriculum will present students with real-life problems and provide them with the opportunity to explore various global issues – such as global warming or drought – and encourage them to devise and propose possible solutions. Star International School Mirdif has recruited a number of specialised teachers within the fields of Design and Technology to lead the ‘STEAM’ curriculum, which will be reinforced by the extensive experience of the school’s Vice Principal, Neal Oates, who has devised and developed similar BETT/GESS award-winning curriculums. The key objective of developing and introducing the ‘STEAM’ curriculum will be to incorporate Star International Mirdif’s traditional learning methodology with modern technology. Students will then be well-equipped to deal with the ever-changing landscape of the modern world.
As part of Star International School Mirdif’s ongoing strategy to maintain its position as a leading educational institution, it has also recently incorporated the academically-acclaimed ‘Century Tech’ platform into the various taught subjects. This is an advanced, digital learning tool that utilises Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to provide students with personalised learning pathways. The technology will enhance students’ learning experience by tailoring tasks and projects to each individual’s capabilities. It is specifically designed to support teachers whilst identifying gaps within students’ learning patterns, allowing them to make intelligent suggestions for future learning approaches and methodologies. Teachers can take the valuable data that is generated from the system and utilise it in the classroom, which will also support their wellbeing by reducing the burden of marking and assessment processes. This digital modern-age learning platform positions Star International School Mirdif at the forefront of curriculum development where teachers are supported with the power of AI, which was once considered a technology of the distant future.
The plans to introduce the ‘STEAM’ curriculum stemmed from the school management’s positive experience with their already-existing, modern-age teaching technologies, such as the “High-field” and “Century Tech” programmes, ‘E-Praise’ performance and evaluation tool and Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) learning approach. All of these digital-based programmes and tools were recently incorporated into Star International School Mirdif’s learning system to optimise the students’ overall knowledge and skill set. The school introduced the “High-field” programme to ensure that pupils develop an extensive range of extracurricular skills, offering them an opportunity for a vocational educational system complemented by a British curriculum. This system will enable students to develop knowledge and skills within specific industries, such as health & safety, first aid, hygiene, and wealth & risk management, equipping them with career-based skills for the future. The vision of becoming one of the first schools in the UAE to be accredited as an ‘Approved High-field Qualifications Centre’ was spearheaded by Principal Gill Roberts to fulfil its mission in empowering pupils to develop hands-on vocational qualifications suited to each individual’s learning interests and skill set.
In addition, Star International School Mirdif employs other learning technologies such as ‘E-praise’, an innovative ‘learning engagement’ platform that enables students to monitor their performance, activities and achievements on a collective level. This academic tool encourages pupils to monitor points given by a teacher for their good behaviour or active class participation, including other aspects such as their adherence to school uniform requirements, all of which act as a stimulus for students to keep learning and develop themselves.
Star International School Mirdif further adopts a very balanced approach in combining technology with traditional learning to be in line with the new digital age, with its BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device) policy, where students are provided with a standardised Chromebook for learning subjects. The BYODD policy requires students from Year 3 onwards to use an Acer Spin 512, managed and secured by Star International School Mirdif and used by teachers for a more compatible and digitally-enabled teaching approach.
Commenting on the school’s future plans, Gill Roberts, Principal at Star International School Mirdif, says, “Our school has seen continuous growth over the past few years, which is attributed to our outstanding delivery of quality education at affordable prices. Most recently, our school has and continues to introduce the most advanced curriculums and learning programmes that act as the framework of hi-tech and modern science innovations, to further enhance our students’ learning capabilities in an engaging yet fun way”.
“Even with the unexpected emergence of Covid-19 last year, we have still witnessed a large number of student enrollments at Star International School Mirdif and received a lot of praise from parents and the KHDA about our teaching qualities, particularly when most of the other schools were experiencing a decline due to the pandemic. For 2021, we anticipate a growth rate of up to 20% for new pupils joining our esteemed school, which we are very excited about,” added Neal Oates, Vice Principal at Star International School Mirdif.
Moreover, based on the school’s successful track record in providing high-standard academic education for the Foundation Stage levels and Years 1-9, Star International School Mirdif will also scale-up its educational offerings to include higher learning year levels in the future. As a result, the school is expected to witness an increase in student enrollments between the ages of 14 to 16 for the coming years. Star International School Mirdif’s vision to expand its year level offerings was conceptualised to meet the rising demands of parents seeking quality education for their children at affordable prices.
Star International School Mirdif is currently paving the way for other schools in the UAE to pursue a more modern yet engaging learning approach within the school learning system, teaching methodologies and the adoption of state-of-the-art facilities.