Building an International School in the Middle East is not without its complications. Local labour laws, Municipality regulations and Ministry rules provide a plethora of hurdles and hoops to jump through. Then there is the challenge of combining the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with the Omani Arabic program, whilst ensuring that you maintain an even mix of local students and expatriate children. The last two years have been complex, exhausting, and a lot of fun.
Earlier this week we successfully concluded negotiations on the lease of a new villa. Usually this type of announcement would be made with only a small amount of fanfare. It’s just another building after all. However this particular new lease has far reaching effects for our school because it will enable us to establish our IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) with plenty of room for growth.
You can see from our conceptual drawing how our expanded campus will look as we continue to develop the site here at Madinat Qaboos, in the Sultanate of Oman. We are also committed to providing the IB Diploma Program (DP) and this new expansion will allow us five more years to find a solution. This may include building the program ourselves, or working with the other IB schools to ensure a smooth transition for our children. That’s the trouble with our part of town, there’s not much room left.
Renovations in the New Senior Primary & MYP Villa will be completed by September 2018, in time for the next academic year, and will include a brand new, state-of-the-art science lab. The New MYP Expansion will be opened in September 2019 and further expansion across the back of the school will be occurring over the next eighteen months and will include a swimming centre, gymnasium, and multi-purpose hall.
This certainly is an exciting time to be part of the OurPlanet community I am very proud to be providing ongoing quality education for our children.