Breaks and lunches are staggered throughout the school day. All students have at least 2 breaks of 30 minutes each during the school day.
|Primary and Middle School|
|8:00-8:30||Students arrive at school and are supervised by Ambrit staff members|
|8:30||Students enter school|
|8:40||Attendance is taken|
|15:30||Dismissal for all students|
|15:45||All students must be collected by parents by this time|
|15:45||After school activities start|
|16:40||After school dismissal|
|16:45||Late bus departures begin|
|8:00-8:30||Students arrive at school and are supervised by Ambrit staff members|
|8:30||Students enter school|
|8:50||Attendance is taken|
|15:15||Students can be collected by parents|
|15:45||All students must be collected by parents by this time|
|15:45||After school activities start|
|16:45||After school dismissal|
|16:50||Late bus departures begin|
Parents should notify their child’s homeroom teacher directly by email when a child will be absent. If an absence is more than 5 days long, (or when a child has acquired an infectious disease) a medical certificate of good health must be provided the day your child returns.
Parents are strongly advised to avoid extended periods of unnecessary absence during the school year as this hinders the learning process and puts students at a disadvantage. If you decide to remove your child(ren) from school for any length of time, an explanatory letter, addressed to the relevant Principal, should be sent via email no later than 2 weeks before any planned, extended absence. Students are expected to make up any work missed. While teachers can assist with this, it is the student’s responsibility to organize and complete necessary assignments. Students who are not present for 25% of the school year, for medical or other reasons, will need to repeat the grade unless prior arrangements have been made with the school Director.
It is very important that the school keeps accurate attendance records on a daily basis. We therefore ask students and parents to adhere to the following procedures:
- The parent(s) of any student who is absent for morning attendance will receive a phone call verifying the whereabouts of their child(ren). This is to ensure that we have an accurate record of the students present each day at school.
- If your child arrives late to school (defined as: after morning attendance in class) your child must check in at the reception booth in the atrium. Students will be given a tardy pass and their status will be changed on the morning attendance. Teachers will not admit students to class without a tardy pass.
At times our students will have guests visiting that they would like to bring to school for a visit. Although we will attempt to accommodate these requests, we may not be able to, especially in the larger classes. The following guidelines for guests must be adhered to:
- Parents will make a request to the Principal either verbally or in writing at least one week in advance of the visit
- The Principal will discuss the visit with the class teacher and an effort will be made to accommodate the visitor, providing it fits into the program and the plans of the teacher.
If the teacher and Principal decide that the visitor can be accommodated it will be for a maximum of one school day (only) per academic year. Shorter visits of 1-2 hours have less of an impact on learning and are strongly encouraged. Visitors cannot participate in after-school activities, nor can they ride the school bus. A responsibility form will need to be signed and filed with the office before a student can join the school day.
Health and Safety
During registration parents are asked to fill out and sign an emergency release form in case of an accident. Emergency home and cellular numbers are very important. Please notify the school immediately of any changes in contact numbers. Accidents – Minor accidents are reported to the office and treated by the school nurse or staff member with knowledge of first aid. The Nurse or teacher will send an email to the family explaining what happened. The relevant Principal will be informed. If a child is very seriously injured or ill, and requires immediate hospitalization (ie. life-threatening) he/she will be taken to the nearest hospital (usually San Camillo) accompanied by an Italian speaking school representative. Parents are notified immediately and told to meet at the hospital. Illness – If a child arrives at school ill or becomes sick during the school day, parents will be contacted by phone and required to collect their child. Please do not send in medicines of any kind. If your child is not well enough to play outside please keep him/her at home as we cannot supervise children in classrooms during break times. Infectious Disease – When a child returns after having had an infectious disease (measles, whooping cough, strep throat, lice, etc.), the child will be allowed to enter class only if he/she has a medical note. If your child has an infectious disease, please notify the school office so other members of the class can be informed. Administering Medicine – The school is not authorised to administer medication. Head Lice – If your child is found to have lice or eggs while at school, parents will be notified and asked to take their child home immediately. Re-entry to school can only occur when your child is nit free. To prevent head lice, take great care with personal hygiene. Head lice can cause itching and sometimes skin infections. If a child has lice, treat him/her at once and inform the class teacher or the school office. Parents of other children in the concerned class will then be informed and recommended to use a preventive shampoo. The shampoo can be purchased in most pharmacies and must be applied more than once in the course of a week. Fevers – Children who develop fevers during school hours will be taken out of class and the parent will be called to collect the child. The child will rest in the nurse’s office until the parent arrives. Upset Stomach – Children who have an upset stomach with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever, will also be taken out of class until the parent is able to collect them. If a child is vomiting or has diarrhea, the family is requested to keep the child home for 36 hours after the last episode of sickness. Cuts and Bruises. All minor injuries (e.g. cuts, sprains, bruises) will be treated immediately with disinfectant and bandage. All injuries will receive prompt attention. Conjunctivitis. If a child presents the following symptoms: itching, burning sensation, redness, profuse tearing or excessive eye secretions, parents will be notified and a medical doctor should be consulted to make a correct diagnosis. Viral conjunctivitis is extremely contagious and the prescribed doses of medicine for treatment must be taken before re-entering school. Chicken Pox. (Varicella) Chicken pox is a highly contagious virus that usually occurs in spring and has an incubation period of 1 to 2 weeks. After a child has developed pox marks, usually on the abdomen, they will spread over the body. There can be 2 separate occurrences of the rash and the child may have a fever. Treatment is based on soothing the rash. A child may not enter the school with any open sores which usually last for 7-10 days after the first spot. A doctor’s certificate will be needed to return to school. Parents in the infected class will be notified for each case.
Health Records – Ambrit regards health and safety as a primary concern for the school community. All children entering school are required to have an immunisation record with current inoculations of DT and the polio vaccine. (Bivalente or Trivalente). The Hepatitis B vaccine is optional but advisable. Medical Certificate (annual) – For safety, all students must have a complete physical/health examination before entering school. A medical examination must be completed every year and the completed Medical Certificate needs to be returned to school every year.
Practice evacuation and other emergency drills are held frequently throughout the school year.
The children should bring a mid-morning snack such as a sandwich, crackers, fruit or a mini carton of fruit juice. Please do not send chocolate, sweets, caffeinated drinks or drinks in glass bottles. Students enrolled in the lunch programme are provided with a first course, second course and fruit. The expense of this programme will be invoiced separately.
Before the start of a new school year new students are invited to school to meet their teachers on New Student Day. An overview of the school is provided to parents and students and new parents are able to meet the Ambrit Administration team to discuss the school year and complete any outstanding paperwork.
Within the first two weeks of school each year all parents are invited to school as a class group to hear directly from their child’s teachers about expectations and the curriculum for the year. Class meetings are scheduled during the first two weeks of the school year.
E-mailing is an effective medium for promoting communication. We hope that its use at Ambrit will contribute to our students’ educational needs while respecting the time constraints of our staff and parents. Consequently, we ask that you please follow these guidelines: Use e-mail only for non-urgent matters. Teachers and other staff members will respond to emails within 24 hours. Please do not expect an immediate response. Teachers spend most of their day teaching your children and are not expected to check email while doing so. Please identify your purpose in the subject line of your e-mail message. Your child’s academic progress and behavioral issues are best addressed by telephone or by scheduling a personal conference with your child’s teacher. An e-mail message on these matters is not appropriate. Use e-mail to give teachers advance notice of planned absences. For bus changes, you must send an email email@example.com before 1pm. Do not use email for personal advertising. Please DO NOT send group emails to the parent body. Everybody’s time is precious! All staff email addresses follow the same format: firstname.lastname@example.org (ex: email@example.com).
News from teachers, Principals and the Director is distributed regularly. These updates provide information regarding your child’s learning and other program or school-wide events.
Throughout the school year parents are invited to participate in Coffee Mornings with the Director. The aim of coffee mornings is to share school goals and to gather input/feedback from parents.
The Friends of Ambrit (FoA) is Ambrit’s volunteer-run, parent association that bridges Ambrit parents and the school administration. Friends of Ambrit aims to: Enrich the academic curriculum by raising money to fund additional resources and strengthening parent-teacher collaboration. Ensure that any funds raised are spent on causes that embody our core values and see that money is spent in the most transparent, efficient and effective way possible to give maximum benefit and impact to the school community. Engage students in service to the community, helping them to take thoughtful and meaningful action, build relationships and to develop future leaders who are responsible, compassionate and visionary. We start with ourselves, leading by example. Strengthen our community by sponsoring school wide celebrations and events, helping to reinforce a culture that encourages kindness and integrity and embraces excellence, diversity and difference.
Personal Possessions at School
All student clothing, backpacks, book bags and lunch bags should be labeled with the child’s name. Students are not allowed to bring toys and other personal belongings (including e-readers) to school because they can get swapped, lost or broken and end up causing much upset. Money should not be brought to school unless it has been requested for a specific purpose. Young children should give any money brought to school to teachers for safe-keeping until needed. Ambrit does not take any responsibility for any items lost or stolen during the school day.
Should a child need a mobile phone in order to contact their parents after school, the phone must be checked in at the reception booth, where it will be kept until the end of the school day, then returned to the student. The office will require a letter from the family, explaining the student’s need for a cell phone.
Should a child need a mobile phone in order to contact their parents after school, they may bring it to school but keep switched off and locked in their school bag or locker closed all day long. phones out during day will be confiscated and a parent will need to come to school to collect it.
- cameras, digital or film
- iPods or mp3 Players
- portable game consoles (GameBoy, PSP etc.)
If students bring the above items to school, they will be confiscated and kept in the school office for collection by the child’s parents. The equipment will not be given back to the student. Electronic equipment from home may cause distractions for students during the school day, and the school cannot be held responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property.
All lost items will be placed in the lost and found boxes located at the Adventure playground entrance area on the main campus or in the basket, next to the office in the lower corridor, at the Early Childhood Center. If an item is not found, the concerned student is requested to ask his/her class teacher for assistance. The lost items will be kept in the boxes for two weeks. and then will be stored until the end of term when they are displayed for collection. If the items remain unclaimed by the end of term, they will be given to relief organisations in Rome.
Exercise books are supplied by the school and may be kept by the student. Any textbooks, reading series or class/school library books are to be returned at the end of the school year in good condition. A fine will be levied on lost books or those returned in poor condition. At the beginning of each year and periodically throughout the year, each child, in every year level will require the following school supplies. Please make sure that all these items are clearly labeled with the child’s name.
- a pencil case with coloured pencils, pens, 2-3 pencils, pencil sharpener,
- rubbers (erasers) and measuring instruments
- a book bag
- a lunch box (for home lunch students)
Early Childhood Specific Materials:
- A plastic art smock (can be found at Citta del Sole, Via della Scrofa) or a cotton smock. An oversized T-shirt will do.
- A small bag containing a change of clothes: socks, underpants, vest, jogging suit and indoor shoes – all clearly labelled with the child’s name
- A small blanket, sheet, pillow/pillowcase for rest time (Nursery)
Primary School Specific Materials:
- a painting smock or an old, large T-shirt for art projects
- a calculator for Grade 5
- a dictionary and markers for Grades 4-5
Middle School Specific Materials
- a compass, a protractor and a ruler
- a dictionary and markers for Grades 6-8
- a personal scientific calculator for Grade 8
Code of Conduct – Behavior Expectations
Every member of the Ambrit Community has the right:
- To feel safe
- To learn to the best of their ability
- To be treated with dignity and respect
In order to preserve these rights we have as a school created the following rules:
WE treat ourselves, others, and our space with respect. WE are all responsible for our own actions. Movement/Safety WE move calmly, quietly and safely WE use up and down stairs WE walk on the right WE give way to younger students Bathroom WE act safely in the bathroom WE respect privacy WE keep the bathrooms clean at all times Break WE play safely WE include others WE keep food off the pitch Lunch WE arrive and leave quietly WE stay seated and use good manners WE clean up after ourselves Special Occasions/Assemblies WE enter and exit the area quietly WE clap when appropriate WE stay seated and quiet
Each class decides on specific expectations that are displayed and must be respected by all.
The bar is out of bounds for all students until the end of the school day when they can enter ONLY when escorted by an adult.
- Weapons (toy or otherwise)
- Chewing Gum
Vandalism is not tolerated. The responsible student must pay for the cost of any damage to school property or other student’s property.
- To leave the school grounds without permission.
- Any form of violence or behavior that endangers self or others.
- Smoking, consumption of alcohol or drugs on campus or on school trips.
Infringement of the above can lead to suspension or expulsion. These rules apply to all Ambrit school sites, events, and school trips.
At Ambrit the values of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile are central to our Code of Conduct and apply to our students and whole school community. The Learner Profile is a set of values, which describe the qualities of internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We strive to be: Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balanceto achieve well-being for themselves and others. Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Behavior infractions are dealt with in a respectful manner. Discussions almost always reveal the cause of unacceptable behavior. All students at Ambrit are expected to be polite and respectful of others and the school environment. If a student exhibits out of bounds behavior, teachers will give the student ample warning about the consequences and the course of action to be followed.
Our aim is to provide a safe, caring and consistent environment based on our Code of Conduct and the attributes of the Learner Profile. Children are taught to take responsibility for their own actions and understand the consequences of acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Children are encouraged to respect themselves, others and their environment. Our aim is to focus on what students do well minimizing attention given to ‘inappropriate’ behavior. For ‘inappropriate’ behavior there is a clear behavior route with a defined structure for staff, parents and students. The route starts with the classroom/homeroom teacher through to principal’s intervention and ending with the director’s decision. Parents are informed at all stages through emails, phone calls and in person.
- Students should dress comfortably as it is essential to their learning that they are free to move around and are not worried about getting paint, food or mud on their clothes. They will be running, kicking balls and climbing; therefore, it is important to dress them safely for playtime.
- Please see that children can remove clothing easily by themselves in order to use the restroom.
- The children play outside almost every day, so it is very important for them to be dressed appropriately for the weather. Gloves, hats, and scarves should be provided on days when the child may need them.
- Comfortable rubber soled shoes are the best. Shoes that are slippery on the bottom or are always falling off can be dangerous for children. Please NO backless shoes. Please ensure that all sandals have a strap around the heel.
- Proper clothing and shoes are required for P.E. days.
- Long hair must be tied back.
Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Clothing should be sensitive to the variety of cultures and values represented in the school community and should not detract from the learning environment. Extremes in appearance including, but not limited to, dress, hairstyle, piercings and tattoos, are not permitted. The guidelines for “appropriate dress” are that students:
- Wear clothes and shoes that are practical, neat and clean.
- Wear proper footwear befitting the day’s activities, the climate and the weather; no flip-flops.
- Wear clothes covering the shoulders, midriff and cleavage; no spaghetti straps, off the shoulder, halter tops, tank tops or tube tops.
- Wear clothing that does not have tears, holes or is frayed.
- Do not wear hats including baseball caps, visors and bandanas inside the building.
- Skirts, dresses & shorts should be no shorter than 10 cm above the knee.
- Ensure that their clothing does not offend any of our diverse cultural sensitivities.
- Ensure trousers are pulled up to the waist so that undergarments are not visible.
- Proper clothing and shoes are required for P.E. days.
- Long hair must be tied back (in Primary only.)
“Inappropriate dress” is considered, but not limited, to:
- make-up, except for Middle School dances.
- see-through, provocative clothing
- clothing that displays offensive or inappropriate words, pictures or slogans
Please note that the above dress code also applies to field trips, travelling groups and any other school related activities on-campus and off-campus. The final judgment on the appropriateness of student dress and appearance will rest with the Director.
The PYP section of the school has a “no meaningless homework” policy. In practice this means that students will not be asked to complete numerous worksheets, practice pages or do repetitive work. It does mean that students will have engaging assignments that link with their learning at school. Weekly packets of homework should not be sent home. All students in Grades 1-5 are expected to read each evening. All students are also expected to keep a reading log although there are variations from grade level to grade level. Teachers regularly share “Home-School Connections” with parents so that they can engage with their children about their learning in meaningful ways. Worksheets and workbooks are not given/used for homework unless they provide a vehicle for thinking, discussion, research or other purposeful experience that will extend and enhance learning. Examples:
- Go for a walk with your child and pay special attention to the plant life that you see around you. Draw, write and record what you see in whatever way that inspires you and your child.
- Plant a seed at home! Discuss what plants need to grow and survive. Take pictures of the plant and help your child share this with the class.
- Visit a museum with your child. Click on this link to see what the possibilities are: http://www.coopculture.it/dove.cfm?id=58091
- Start an art journal at home with your child!
- Discuss current events around the world with your child.
- Here There Everywhere News for Kids: http://htekidsnews.com
- Time for Kids: http://www.timeforkids.co
Homework is an important aspect of being in the Middle School at Ambrit. There are various reasons why a homework assignment may be given which can include to check understanding, to practice skills learned in class, to preview something to be learned in class and to review for a test. While homework can be a contentious issue in any school, moreover with over 50 nationalities represented in the Middle School at Ambrit, each having a slightly different educational background and expectations, a consistent policy is necessary, however difficult this may be. We are aware though, that there is a need for balance in our student’s lives. Homework should not be an unnecessary burden or unduly interfere with family life and other important activities and pastimes in their lives.
The homework given in total will approximately be: Grade 6: one hour per night, Grade 7: 70 minutes per night, Grade 8: 80 minutes per night. It should be realized that students in the Italian Full Program may well have more homework than this on occasions. If a student is not able to finish an assignment in the allocated time, parents should write a note to the teacher explaining the situation.
Students in the Middle School will use Google Classroom to keep updated on homework and/or assignments. In addition, details of homework and other assignments may be found on the Moodle. Teachers are responsible for keeping the information available on the Moodle as up-to-date as possible and should oversee students organization of their homework and homework diary.
It is a student’s responsibility to catch up any homework assignments missed due to absence. Details of work missed can be found on the moodle for Middle School students, by contacting a friend in the class or by asking the class/subject teacher.
Ambrit has a thorough and timely reporting structure to communicate student progress throughout each school year. Parents are also encouraged to speak directly with their child’s teacher outside of the scheduled conference times if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress.
|Early Childhood||Primary School||Middle School|
|September||Class Meetings: Teachers present class goals expectations for school year to parents||Class Meetings: Teachers present class goals expectations for school year to parents||Class Meetings: Teachers present class goals expectations for school year to parents|
|October||Parent/Teacher Conferences||Parent/Teacher Conferences||Parent/Teacher Conferences|
|January||Reports available online||Reports available online|
|February||Parent/Teacher Conferences||Parent/Teacher Conferences|
|June||Student-led Conferences||Student-led Conferences|
|June||Reports available online||Reports available online||Reports available online|
A portfolio is a collection of student work that is designed to demonstrate successes, growth, creativity and reflection. Teacher and student will select work for the portfolio throughout the year, giving them the opportunity to reflect on their learning and select work based on different criteria. The age of students will determine how portfolios are developed and used. All Ambrit students keep portfolios each academic year.
Student-led Conference day is when parents participate in a conference led by their own child. The student is in charge of the conference and shares work that he/she has selected from his/her portfolio. Student-led conferences are school wide, from Nursery to Grade 8 and show growth and development in all subject areas. The teacher’s role is to guide and prepare the students for this important role. The emphasis is on the discussion between a child and his/her parent. The three main purposes for implementing student-led conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide students with another opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning.. As students create portfolios and participate in student-led conferences, they learn to organize and self-evaluate their work on an on-going basis.
There is a week of final exams in June for students in the Middle School. See the Middle School calendar for exam dates.
The Student Council is made up of students who have been individually elected by their peers to represent the collective. Recognized for their moral qualities and social capacities, members of the Council are both the student body’s voice and the ears in its relationship with the faculty. The objectives of the Student Council are:
- to assure students that the school community listens to responds to their needs and views,
- to allow students to play an active part in decisions that affect student life,
- to afford students opportunity to develop life skills through participation in leadership roles.
Additionally, the group is responsible for organizing activities to promote school spirit and foster socializing among students.
Living in Rome with its rich cultural heritage makes local visits to archaeological sites and museums an important aspect of host culture study. Local trips are planned for all grade levels and students in Grades 4-8 participate in residential trips in Italy. All overnight and most other field trips are included in school fees. Some special trips are not included in school fees and will incur a nominal fee.
Sports Days for each section of the school (Early Childhood, Primary and Middle School) are scheduled each school year. Ambrit Sports Days combine a healthy balance of fun competition, and teamwork so that students have an enjoyable day being sporty with their classmates.
Ambrit’s participation in the MMUN demonstrates our school’s commitment to Peace Education and Global Citizenship. Ambrit Middle School students participate in the MMUN where they explore, research and debate current issues that are affecting people of the world. When participating in the MMUN conferences, Ambrit students assume the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries. Students develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, and also learn about the belief systems, cultures and political views of others. Attitudes and competencies developed include:
- Research skills
- Time-management skills
- World affairs and issues
- Partnership among countries
- Debating and negotiating
- Tolerance for other cultures
- Written communication in a variety of formats
- Public speaking
- Real-world application of classroom learning
- Interactions with students of different cultures
- Empathy concerning all world citizens
The Student Council organizes two Middle School dances and two Middle School movie nights each year. The dances/movies take place at school, and are chaperoned by members of the Middle School staff. Dances/movies are only for currently enrolled Ambrit students.
Every December all classes are involved in presenting wonderful winter recitals which are scheduled over several days. Other musical recitals are also held throughout the year.
Each student receives a school yearbook at the end of the school year. The yearbook provides a compilation of the school community’s memorable events and activities for the year as well as class specific pages.
Ambrit organizes a comprehensive bus service for students for travel from home to school and back. Every student will be responsible for his/her own behaviour while traveling on the school bus. Older students will be expected to remind younger children of the bus expectations. Please remember if you need to make a bus change or have any questions about procedures you must contact Miss Gigi at the school between 8:30 until 12:00 – 347 217 0724 or firstname.lastname@example.org There may be times when children miss their bus due to lack of communication so all changes to regular routines must be made clear to class teaches and to Ms. Gigi. Other guidance for bus changes:
Morning Bus: Parents must call the driver directly in the morning regarding lateness and absences. All bus drivers have cell phones for receiving calls. The drivers do not speak English, but they can understand enough to communicate. It is important to remember that DRIVERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WAIT LONGER THAN 2 MINUTES FOR ANY CHILD. Afternoon Bus: Any changes to the regular bus schedule need to be made through Ms. Gigi. Dial the school number, ‘press 1 for bus inquiry’ and ask for Gigi or email her at email@example.com before 12:00. Bus lists are completed by 1:00 and any changes after that time are extremely difficult to make.
- A guest is described as someone who is not a regular bus taker but is someone who is enrolled at Ambrit (non Ambrit students visiting the school for the day may not take the school bus)
- Parents must request permission 24 hours in advance for a guest to ride the bus.
- All guests on the bus are subject to seat availability (regular bus children will always be given priority).
- Guests who take the bus will be subject to a small fee, as determined by the bus company.
- We suggest that children do not have ‘sleep overs’ during the week, as there is never space for guests on the morning buses.
Parties or groups of children are not allowed to take the regular bus. Our bus company can provide small buses at reasonable prices to help transport groups of children for parties. Parents must organise this directly with the bus company. Ambrit is not responsible for organising party transport.
Every effort will be made to find a convenient pick-up and drop off spot for children who join the school in the middle of the year. This may affect bus routes for other students. If this is the case, you will be notified.
Drivers are not permitted to change their regular bus routes in order to drop students off at a different location (ie. any activity outside of Ambrit).
- All buses are equipped with seat belts. Please remind your child/children to buckle up their seat belts.
- All childcare helpers who wait for children must be introduced to the drivers first.
- No child is to be dropped off at the appointed spot without someone to meet them. In this case the child is brought back to the school. Parents must be punctual at all times for both pick-up and drop off. Drivers cannot wait more than two minutes.
Late buses are for the use of students who participate in after school activities. Priorities are given to students who are already enrolled in the the bus program. These late buses travel to FAO, IFAD and WFP. FAO, IFAD and WFP guards are not responsible for waiting with the children so parents must meet their children at the appointed time.
Playdates and Parties
If you would like to arrange a playdate for your child with another child, please remember that we require written communication (email) to the class teacher and to Ms. Gigi. We will not allow any child to leave the school premises with another parent or babysitter without parental permission in advance.
Parents may celebrate their child’s birthday at school with a cake, or drinks, if they arrange it with the class teacher at least 2 days in advance. Parents are requested to bring or send in everything required, including plates, napkins, etc. Caffeinated drinks are not allowed. Invitations to Birthday Parties outside the school day will only be distributed in school if all children in the class are invited. If you prefer to only invite a select few you MUST phone the parents, send invitations via post or email or speak directly to parents. Teachers will not distribute only a few invitations nor should parents try to distribute only a few invitations at school. This hurts children’s feelings and is unfair.
If you are organizing a party outside of school at the end of the school day, please make sure that your invitations CLEARLY state that parents of bus children must inform the class teacher and Miss Gigi about any change in bus service for that day. We will not contact parents to confirm party attendance. Please make sure your guests understand that they are responsible for informing the class teacher and Ms. Gigi in advance. If the school does not receive written confirmation, children will be sent home in their usual manner. On the morning of the party, Miss Gigi must receive a list of all confirmed participants which clearly indicates whether children are going home with another parent, or on a party bus. To arrange a party bus please contact Pino, the head of the bus company 3407783505. Parents of Primary and Middle School Students: If you have arranged a Party Bus, you must be at the school no later than 3:30 pm. You will be responsible for all confirmed party participants while they wait in the Adventure Playground for the bus to collect them. You are also responsible for riding on the Party Bus with the students. Parents of Early Childhood Students: If you have arranged a Party Bus, you must be at the Early Childhood Center no later than 14:30. You will be responsible for all confirmed party participants while they wait in the garden for the bus to collect them. You are also responsible for riding on the Party Bus with the students.
If you plan a pool party or if there is a pool in the party area, please inform the children’s families ahead of time. The children need to be closely supervised at all times and it is recommended that there be at least one adult for every 5 children. Adults must closely supervise children when they are in or near water.
Enrolment at Ambrit is for a full academic year, September to June, unless alternative dates have been agreed upon with the administration. When a student leaves the school she/he will be provided with a leaving certificate and a final report. If the student’s leave date does not coincide with the end of term/regular reporting dates, four weeks notice is necessary in order to provide a final written report. Four weeks notice is also necessary to complete reference forms requested by future schools. If the child is withdrawing from the school, notice must be given three months prior to the date, otherwise the family will be responsible for the full year’s fees.
When parents have specific concerns about the school or their child’s academic progress, it is important to deal with these concerns in a timely and constructive manner. The first step is to contact the appropriate member of the teaching staff, (e.g. your child’s homeroom teacher) directly stating what problems or concerns exist. If issues are not resolved at that level, the Principal of the student’s grade level should be brought into the discussion. Parents and staff should try to resolve problems at the lowest possible level. (i.e. teacher/parents) The third and final step should only be used in extreme and unresolvable situations. The parent should: a) submit in writing a statement detailing the grievance; b) request a meeting with the Director to provide additional insights and back-up information concerning the grievance; c) the Director will meet, discuss and finalise a statement and/or action which in her/his opinion best solves the problem to the benefit of Ambrit and the family involved.