Information for Parents and Students
This information, in alphabetical order, is intended to increase your understanding of school routine and organisation, which we hope you will find most helpful.
Admission policy and requirements.
- New admissions: School Administration deals with all administrative matters concerning the admission of your child into Funtaj International School, and the School Secretaries will supply you with all information you will need and guide you through the necessary paperwork and forms. Failure to pay this deposit and to inform the school that your son/daughter will return for the following academic year means that a place cannot be guaranteed for your child. This is most important, for both yourself and your child(ren)’s continuity of education and progress within this school.
- Returning students’ registration: you will be reminded by School Administration during the academic year when you ought to pay your deposit for the subsequent academic year commencing in September. Returning students’ registration takes place at the start of August. Most students are registered by this time.
- New students require an interview to ascertain their ability level. Where a Primary School pupil possesses a reasonable or good ability in spoken English ,the Head of School, will conduct a brief informal interview, and a short Entrance Test based on Maths, Reading and Writing will be administered.
- Students who wish to join FIS mid-year will follow the above admission procedure; such admission sometimes requires additional support.
- Most students in the Secondary School will come from the Primary School Department of FIS, together with many other students who apply at the beginning of and throughout the academic year. Students complete Tests which give precise diagnostic information regarding their potential and learning abilities. Students who wish to seek entrance to FIS from other schools are asked to complete an abridged version of the test to assess their ability levels and their parents are also interviewed by the Head of School as appropriate.
- Throughout the academic year, students are monitored and their progress is reported at regular intervals to parents. After the end-of-year assessment tests, any pupil who has under-performed throughout the year will be considered under three categories –
- Inappropriate to remain in the school,
- recommended to repeat the academic year,
- allowed to progress into the subsequent year with clear guidelines and targets for the following year.Tutors, teachers and Senior Management closely monitor a pupil’s attitude to work together with student behaviour in school and personal motivation to succeed – all part of the re-admission procedure at the end of each academic year.Aims
- Both parents and students must understand and accept the fact that movement to a subsequent Year Group and acceptance to FIS are not automatic.
- To create and sustain a happy and secure environment.
- To help children acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that will assist them in responding positively to the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of the rapidly changing world.
- To promote a child’s moral, social, emotional and cultural development.
- To respond to the diverse needs of our students.
- To develop tolerance and respect for others.
- To foster a positive attitude to learning.
- To develop the child’s self-esteem and sense of identity.
- To develop an awareness and appreciation of, and respect for the environment.
- To foster a sense of community within the school and develop its role as an integral part of the greater Abuja community.
- To promote understanding, appreciation, and respect of the local culture, and the value of living in a multi-cultural environment.
If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your child(ren)’s progress or any other educational matter concerning your child in school, an appointment must be made in the first instance via the appropriate School Secretary, who will then respond to you once she has confirmed a date and time with the teacher or member of Senior Management concerned.
There are dedicated rooms for confidential discussions in the Administration Block, allocated to you once the date and timing of the meeting have been confirmed.
Regular Assemblies are held and the themes are usually linked to work that has been experienced in class and situations which arise when pupils leave school.
Form classes are asked to present an assebly to the school in order to develop their self confidence and presentation skills.
Attendance and punctuality.
A register of your child’s attendance and punctuality is kept and monitored closely by the school, as part of the Ministry of Education’s requirements. These attendance and punctuality registers must be made available to the Ministry inspectors upon request.
If your child(ren) is/are absent from school in the Primary Schools, for any reason, we would appreciate a telephone call from you upon your child(ren)’s return. In the case of illness, a letter with your child(ren) confirming that he/she has been ill but has now returned to school is necessary.
In the Secondary School, form tutors monitor punctuality and attendance very closely. If there is a problem with a pupil, or the form tutors are concerned, then this information is passed to the Head of School and a meeting is requested and arranged with the parents of that particular pupil.
Any pupil who is late twice in any one week without genuine reason will be required to
attend at least a 20-minute detention at 15.25 on the first day of the following week.
This rule is applied in order to make each pupil appreciate the quality of good timekeeping and mature consistency throughout his or her school live and career.
Beginning and end of the school day – organisation.
- Beginning of the day: As soon as students arrive to school, they must leave either their bus or car in an orderly manner and proceed directly to the playground, where they will be monitored by staff on duty from 7.40a.m. As soon as the bell is rung, they will either line up in their class or form lines with their teacher, or proceed to class for registration.
- End of the day: When the bell has rung for close of session, Students will be moved to the playground, where parents and drivers can collect them. The school requires every pupil to –
- Any students left uncollected, apart from students undertaking extra-curricular activities, should go to the Library to be supervised by the member of staff or management on duty for that particular day.
- Behave in a correct, orderly and safe manner at the beginning and end of the school day, in the school playground and when boarding or alighting from transport,
- Proceed straight to their transport.Please note: If you take your child out of school during term time, for any reason or period of time, you MUST inform the school in writing so that your child’s place in school can be retained.Behaviour and Discipline.Respect for the school, other students, the school’s property and resources are an essential requirement for continuing enrolment at Funtaj International School.
- In the Secondary School, disciplinary methods, involving both rewards and sanctions, are based upon the framework of the general guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Education.
- FIS has always been proud of its reputation throughout Nigeria for respectful behaviour and firm discipline amongst its student body.
- With our students at FIS, a verbal reprimand and a strong word at the end of a lesson are usually sufficient to ensure that any minor misbehaviour is not repeated.
- Sanctions and/or detention might follow, with 24-hour notification of detention to parents if an after-school detention is necessary,
- referral to the School Management Team. There is limited car parking facilities. For security reasons parents and drivers are asked to park outside the school fence and enter the school via the pedestrian gate.Change of address or personal details /communications between School and Home.
- Car Parking.
- At this stage a Classroom Incident Report Form is completed and forwarded to the pupil’s House Leader, after which Senior Management will be involved.
- If you change any of the details which you provided upon application to the school – address, telephone numbers, contacts etc. – please provide the school with suchAs far as communications between School and Home are concerned –
- changes as soon as possible so that we can maintain an up-to-date record of your child(ren)’s contact details. This is most important.
- A yearly calendar of termly dates and holidays is provided to each pupil and home.
- School Management and the School Administration Office keep parents aware of functions and events taking place in school.
- If you wish to discuss your child(ren)’s progress or you have a problem associated with your child(ren) in school, please make an appointment with theSchool Secretaries in the first instance, who will make all arrangements for your discussion with your requested teacher or member of Senior Management. Letters from School to Parents and Home. * This is most important. The majority of students are excellent in this respect, and hand them to mother or father upon their return home from school. The courses provide broad programmes of study covering a wide variety of subjects:
- The schools follows the Nigerian National Curriculums adapted to incorporate an international perspective, which leads to examinations from WAEC, NECO, JAMC, and SATS, TOEFL, IELTS
- Please impress upon your son or daughter that school expects ALL letters sent home to be delivered to father or mother.
- There are, however, some students who forget, leave them lying around at school or do not tell parents at home that they have a letter. The result of this is that some parents do not receive important letters at all, then wonder what is happening at school.
- The most appropriate means of communicating with parents as far as school matters are concerned is by letter given to your son or daughter, to be placed in his or her schoolbag.
- This allows teachers to be prepared for your meeting and to keep the Head of School aware of the situation.
Religion – IRS and CRS
Home Economics Social Science
At the end of J3 students can opt for 1 of 4 bands depending upon their career aspirations
Tech Dr / Agric / Fren
Food & N / Fren / F Math
Econ / Geog / Vis Art
Biology / Chemistry
Econ / Geog / Vis Art
Geog / Visual Arts
Geog / French / Hausa
Book K/Biol / CRS/IRS
Geog /Fren / Hausa
Equipment and resources – care and responsibility.
- The majority of our resources are bought and shipped in from other countries.
- Loss or damage to equipment and resources therefore is difficult to replace mid-year, especially when needed by other students. As with all overseas schools, lost items cannot easily be replaced.
- Students must therefore be encouraged to take personal care of all resources, books and equipment in their possession or around the school.
Books and the Resource Unit.
The Resource Unit issues curriculum textbooks to students from at the beginning of the academic year each September. These books become the possession of the pupil.
Examinations and assessments.
- During the course of the academic year there are standardised tests for English and Mathematics which are used to track the progress of each pupil.
- At the end of each term, report cards are issued to inform parents of their child(ren)’s general progress.
- At the end of each academic year there is a more detailed report card issued where full details of the Year’s main assessments are printed.
- To assist teachers with the grouping of readers and basic screening FIS takes assessments, examinations and reporting very seriously at this public examination stage, and expects all students to respect this.
- Teachers monitor each student’s progress very carefully and precisely for this public, as well as school-based, examinations period.
- All assessment and homework grades are recorded in a Teacher’s Mark Book ready for transfer to the official record sheets.
- At the end of the academic year a detailed, written report is produced by staff for each student, and each of these is read by The Principal before signing.Extra-curricular activities. Information regarding the payment of school fees will be given to you as soon as you register your child for the first time, or throughout the academic year if your child is currently a pupil in the school. Information regarding the fee paying structure can be seen on the website.
- Fees – information regarding payment.
- FIS and teachers offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities on behalf of their students. This aspect of school life is an important part of the educational life of the students, and they should be encouraged to participate. Forms are given out at the beginning of the extra-curricular sessions, and students should be reminded that it may be a‘first come, first served’ participation as places are always limited and there is a large demand to take part.
- If enrolling for the first time: Common Entrance Test fee
- 1st. instalment: September.
- 2nd. instalment: January.
- 3rd. instalment: AprilGeneral School Enquiries.
- Gum chewing, food beverages.
- All enquiries should be made in the first instance through the appropriate School Secretary, who will respond to you herself, or have your enquiry dealt with by the most appropriate person.
Gum chewing is strictly forbidden within the school premises.
Eating and drinking is allowed in the common areas of the school. However, this is a privilege, and may be revoked if students fail to keep these areas clean and free of waste.
Harassment / Bullying.
The school will not tolerate harassment or bullying by any member of the school’s community – students, teachers, administrators, parents, staff or visitors to the premises or events sponsored by the school.
Harassment/Bullying is defined as verbal or written acts (i.e. notes, graffiti, email, social networking) that include, but are not limited to –
- Persistent and unwelcomed taunting, teasing, ridiculing, intimidating or threatening
- Persistent and unwelcomed and offensive jokes, remarks or epithets based on race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical appearance, national origin or disability
- Persistent and unwelcomed speech or the display of materials that is intended to be demeaning or degrading or reasonably could be considered so
- Persistent and unwelcomed requests for a personal or physical relationship, including dating
- Persistent and unwelcomed physical contact including, but not limited to violence, patting, pinching, hugging or kissing
School Diaries are maintained in the Secondary School.
In the Secondary School, homework is set on a weekly basis by each subject teacher according to the published homework timetable. Homework is to be completed in a separate book from class work. Each assignment must be recorded in the School Diary. Homework should reinforce or extend the work done in class, not merely a ‘completion of class work’.
Throughout the school the students are placed in one of four Houses, each with an appointed Staff member as House Leader. The students will remain in their respective House throughout their years in FIS, taking part in such events as Sports Day, inter-House quizzes, the Merit Point system and other activities.
The House Leaders support and monitor the students in their respective House and work closely with class teachers with regard to behaviour and discipline within the pupil body
Illness and school medical care.
If your child(ren) has obvious symptoms of illness, it is unwise to send him or her to school, for hisor her own benefit and as a safeguard to other students in school.
Sick children should remain at home until fit and healthy enough to return to school and continue their studies.
Both schools have an equipped clinic, staffed by a fully qualified and experienced nurse. If your child is seen to be unwell in school, they will be sent or escortedto the clinic, where the school medical staff will assess his or hercondition and requirements, then take appropriate action, contacting yourself or home if this is seen to be necessary. During school time, students MUST have written permission from the teacher of the department to visit the clinic.
Jewellery and personal valuables.
The only jewellery allowed in school are watches/ ear-rings only if they are studs, the reasons being –
- Safety – serious accidents in schools, involving jewellery and loose/dangling items, have been known to occur where students play together in large groups. These can be avoided if the above rule is observed.
- It must be understood that all personal items brought to school areentirely at the owner’s risk. **School cannot and will not accept responsibility for lost, damaged or other personal property disputes.Please note:
- Mobile telephones are not allowed in school.
- Personal radios, IPODs, tablets etc. are only permitted for use by students on school premises with the consent of members of staff
- Items which could be considered dangerous are not permitted on school premises or in schoolbags. These include small penknives or any article with a blade or which might cause harm to other students.
- Items which are not ‘declared’ at the Security Entrance will be treated as ‘smuggled contraband’ and not returned. Lost property. Lunches and lunch boxes. The school Tuck Shop is open every break time for those students and students who wish to use it, offering a large selection of snacks and healthy drinks.Fizzy ‘pop’ will not be sold during the day.
- Primary School students have a time set aside to eat their snacks in the classroom under supervision. This time is also useful for the class teacher to hear more individual readers and to speak to the groups and individuals in a relaxed manner.
- We would advise the use of a reliable lunch box for your child’s use at school, and do not permit canned, fizzy drinks, chocolate or any sweet articles that might melt in the heat.
- All items of lost property are handed in to the Reception Office, from which they can be reclaimed. Items of clothing/school uniform can be reclaimed more easily if they have the pupil’s name printed or stitched on.
- Utilise a variety of up to date teaching and assessment methods.
- Set suitable learning challenges and plan for positive outcomes.
- Plan for positive outcomes.
- Provide a broad and comprehensive curriculum including some opportunities for
- children to apply knowledge and skills in new situations, working both independently and collaboratively.
- Capitalise on a child’s natural curiosity and interests.
- Provide opportunities for the children to develop an enquiring mind capable of
- rational and creative thinking and able to make informed judgements.
- Value each child’s contribution.
- Provide academic and pastoral counselling.
- Initiate and maintain links with the local community.
- Use the local environment as a resource for the curriculum
- Emphasise and model those fundamental values/principles of conduct that cross
- religious boundaries such as honesty, truth, responsibility.
- Teach the concept of allactions resulting in consequences.
Open Days for parents.
For one weekend afternoon in each of the three terms, the school is open to students and parents who are invited to the school to meet their child(ren)’s teachers, to individually discuss their child(ren)’s progress in school for that term. A written report will have been sent home prior to this meeting and is a most useful time for parents and their child(ren)’s class teachers to meet.
Assessments of your child(ren)’s progress and attitude are methodically maintained throughout the term, and this is an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your child(ren)’s educational and behavioural development with the teachers who know the students’ work best.
Personal files – students.
A personal file is opened for your child(ren) as soon as you register him or her with FIS If there are any changes to the details that you give to the school as your child(ren) progress through each year, pleaseforward these changes either in writing or in person, especially telephone numbers for contact.
We need such information to maintain a clear and efficient administrative record of your child(ren) in school.
P.E. and Sports.
- Students are given their class timetable on which will be written their P.E. times for the week. Please ensure that their P.E. uniform is NOT worn to school. The school provides Changing Rooms for P.E. lessons for all students. PE educates young people about safety levels and the amount of exercise that can be undertaken to have a positive effect upon fitness.
- Funtaj International School and the P.E. teachers plan a wide variety of P.E. and sporting activities for the students and students, both in school time and during extra-curricular activities such as swimming, soccer, basketball, karate, tennis, gymnastics, cricket and netball. Please refer to any notices or letters that give you more information throughout the year.
- School clubs and teams offer students the opportunity to improve and extend their skills learned in lessons, through competition.
- These activities provide many benefits to the students because they –
- become a member of a team,
- have an opportunity to be a captain or leader of a team,
- visit other schools and venues for a match,
- increase their sports performance by joining after-school clubs to increase their skill and in some cases reach a standard for awards and proficiency tests.Involvement in such activities is widely approved by the parent body and students of FIS Children will learn of the world’s religions and their festivals from an historical and moralistic viewpoint. No religion is portrayed as “better” or “worse” than another.
- Schoolbags and book folder.
- “Children should come to us with one religion and go back home with the same religion”.
- It is wise to make sure that schoolbags are clearly marked with the pupil’s name.
- Often students bring many more books than are needed for the day’s work, resulting in extremely heavy schoolbag load. This is due to the fact that they are very conscientious, but it would be useful to occasionally check their schoolbags to ensure that they are not carrying more than they need.
- School diary. Most important. Parents should monitor the homework set for their children and read any comments which teachers wish you, as parents, to know. School Day
- There will be 9 lessons of 40 mins each Monday – Thursday, with 6 lessons each Friday. 8.00 – 8.40 9.20 – 10.00 Break 11.40 – 12.20 1.20 -2.00 Religious Services Friday
- 2.00 – 2.40 Closed
- 11.00 – 11.40
- 10.00 – 10.40
- 8.40 – 9.20
- Monday – Friday
- – 3.20
FIS is committed to providing an all-round cultural education to its students, with serious attention
given not only to academic progress, but also to the spiritual, emotional and physical development
of the young people in its care. Small classes (a maximum of 25) ensure that students receive
personal support and encouragement in their studies. Every effort is made to draw out the
maximum potential in each pupil.
The school aims to foster a caring, concerned community of young people who show respect and
consideration for each other as well for other members of the school society. A fundamental ethos
of the school is a commitment to tolerance and freedom of thought together with a profound respect
for the values, opinions and beliefs of others.
It is expected that, (given security constraints) each class takes part in at least one visit per year. This may be to support the curriculum, but could also be part of a reward or treat when targets are reached.
The planning by the Class teachers and Head of School is extremely thorough, and is given final approval by the Principal. Parents are expectedto contribute to entrance costs, but wherever possible the school will provide transport.
Security and safety.
The school is fully committed to that fact that the security and safety of your child(ren) are paramount in importance.
For this reason –
We have a full-time security guards on duty at the entrances to the school playground, together with
- Installed in September 2014 there is a security camera system in the Secondary School which covers both the inside and the outside of buildings and Hostel areas.
- All personnel entering the school are scanned with security devises.
- When there is a medical alert, the necessary screening system is implemented to ensure there are no threats of contamination. Smoking policy.‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the building and outside play areas. For the security of all our students, the following procedure must be followed if you wish your child to leave the premises during the school day: –
- Taking students out of school during school time.
- For the benefit of our children’s and employees’ health, this school operates a
- A telephone call will NOT be accepted as a parental wish to take their child out of school – anyone other than a parent could telephone the school, therefore we will never put your child at risk.
- A written request, signed by the child’s parent, must be made to School Administration in the first instance, in advance of the required date of being out of school,
- If you, as a parent, cannot collect your child for any reason, then the school MUST have –
- a signed letter from yourself, as parent, indicating who it is who will collect your child. The following documentation is required prior to enrolling your child from another school –
- Transfer from another school.
- For doctor and/or dentist treatment, there is an Appointment Card to verify that the appointment is genuine, and this must also be completed.
- Your child’s last school report
- Two photographs of your child
- Your child’s Birth Certificate and vaccination record
- The previous school’s child health file
- A copy of nationality. These conditions are also stated on the school application form. Transport. School uniform is compulsory for all students, the wearing of which is one of the pillars of the school code of conduct.There are different sets of uniform for the Primary Department and the Secondary Department.* Please note: all items of school uniform must indicate the pupil’s name and class. This is for easy recovery and a financial saving to yourself if any item is lost then found.The specific items of the uniform for both Primary and Secondary Schools can be House uniform: 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.No other forms of clothing are allowed.
- Please note:
- The Uniform shop: Monday to Thursday 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
- When House competitions take place, House coloured T shits must be worn
- found on the website.
- All items of school uniform are provided by the school and extra items are available for purchase in the School Uniform Shop.
- The school operates its transport service from Accommodation Blocks to School.
- All students MUST be tidy in appearance throughout the school day, especially neck ties and shirts.
- This indicates respect to the school, teachers and other students.
- The uniform must not be altered or adapted in any way
- The minimum length of skirt for any girl is to the knee. Make-up is not allowed. This is a security precaution on behalf of all our students on school premises. Weather. The following is a list of equipment and items that students ought to bring with them on the first day of the academic year, and afterwards.
- Your child’s first day of the new academic year.
- On the rare occasions when the weather is wet or unfit for the students to use the playground, a clear policy regarding supervision is conducted throughout each Department to prevent your child getting wet or experiencing an accident on a slippery surface. The school will try to keep all students and students under cover at the end of the day, until they are collected.
- Visitors to the school. All visitors to the school MUST have valid ID with them if they wish to see anyone other than the Receptionist. A record of each visit will be taken
- Hair must be of natural colour and cut in an acceptable style without extensions.
- A schoolbag, the size of which will not cause your child discomfort.
- A lunch box (if school lunch is not taken). The weather does become extremely hot during the summer months especially. Avoid enclosing such snacks as chocolate, sweets which might melt, fizzy drinks, chocolate-coated biscuits. Fruit is both refreshing and healthy during the children’s snack periods.The following must be brought to school and replenished as needed throughout the academic year –
- Pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler, Geometry box, calculator, atlas, dictionary.