Alia’s curriculum is a developmental-based program concerned with developing the whole child, emphasizing social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. At Alia, the teachers carefully plan open-ended and child-directed activities, and the emphasis is placed on the value of play, learning environments, and developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Our philosophy is that children learn through active and child-initiated play, through direct contact with concrete objects, through repeated positive experiences. Most of all, they learn through interactions with people who are important to them.
Our parents are encouraged to use their unique talents during their teaching time to make our school a nurturing and safe environment for the children. They can help the child use inductive thinking by using such encouragements as “I wonder what would happen if...?” or “Where do you suppose this came from?” By doing this, the parent shares the child’s wonder and enjoys the newness of discovery along with him. Parents are scheduled through a rotation of parent-teacher jobs, including art, cooking, creative play, music and movement, outdoor supervision, observation, and special projects.
The mission of Alia National School, in cooperation with home and community, is to prepare students for responsible citizenship, lifelong learning, and productive employment by:
Accepting individual differences.
Let us keep a smile on our faces.
Identifying and addressing strengths/weaknesses and engaging students in meaningful learning activities while always working as a team.
Our students are very respectful. This leads to a peaceful school climate. Visitors to our school will frequently notice students demonstrating respectful mannerisms, greeting adults in our building, and being courteous. Our building conveys a sense of warmth, generosity, and enthusiasm as children, parents, and staff are eager to smile and make all those who enter our school feel welcome.
We are committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for our students. Our motto, Working Hard to Be Our Best!, suggests an essential element of education. It reflects the effort we encourage each of our students to put into his or her learning. We take pride in working hard to motivate each student to do his or her best. Our staff is also dedicated to doing their best. Working together with students and parents, we strive to ensure that each student has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
We believe in strong communication between the home and the school. Classroom newsletters, phone calls, and meeting and greeting parents within our building are ways teachers communicate with families. We promote a solid foundation for early learning through our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programming. We have proudly implemented an Approach that encompasses a natural aspect of children at play and environmental learning. At Alia School, children are seen as capable learners who construct their learning rather than have constant instruction. Their learning environment becomes an additional teacher.
We offer an array of technological programming. We have digital projectors installed in all classrooms and a computer lab in our Learning Resource Centre. Teachers and students also use iPads, school laptops, and student-owned devices to facilitate their learning. We boast a diverse student population representing many different cultural groups. Our students, regardless of their cultural status, say they feel respected in our school. We ensure that every child feels accepted, loved, and cared for. We aim to ensure that every child feels a good sense of cultural and familial belonging within our school climate.
Our student leadership team provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills by initiating and working on special events for our student population. We have adopted and implemented Literacy for Life learning strategies to engage in reading, writing, processing, and representing literary concepts.