Message from Academic Leadership
Mr Julian Williams (Principal, Springdales School)
“It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Springdales, Dubai website. I hope that what you find here gives you a flavour of life in our vibrant community of learners, as well as the information about us that you are seeking. ”
Our school community aims to:
- Find ways to make education more humane, equitable, and relevant to a changing world.
- Use information and educational technology to link schools and youth globally.
- Develop affordable schools that can make a difference to children with differing needs.
- Offer state-of-the-art facilities in beautiful and sustainable environments which promote learning, conservation and personal responsibility.
- Re-assert the child as the focus of teaching and learning and educational decision-making.
- Nurture the whole child in whom lie our hopes and dreams for the future.
“What we are hoping for is to nurture our children into lovely human beings with enlightened minds and compassionate hearts, children who will grow up to make the world a more vibrant, peaceful and beautiful place in which all can live in harmony.”
Dr. (Mrs.) Rajni Kumar (Chair, Springdales Education Society, founded in 1956)
Develop and demonstrate the core values, philosophy, and celebration of cultural diversity that is embodied in the Springdales motto:
“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – “The World is a family”
When we talk about education being humane, equitable and relevant to changing world, we recognize that moral and ethical values, personalized learning and a focus on developing the skills and adaptability required for the demands of the mid-21st century must be fundamental to our curriculum.
The accent upon constantly evolving ICT skills enables our students not only to access an unprecedented volume information and ideas but also teaches them how to validate the reliability of information and to reference sources. It can also empower students through sharing their learning, understanding, interests and concerns with fellow learners around the world. We seek to develop student ‘voice’, encouraging students to accept responsibility appropriate to their age, developing them as open-minded, principled, caring, and balanced global citizens, who also embrace the values and traditions of their home cultures. This is what we mean by our strap line:
’quintessentially Indian, innovatively international.’
To be more succinct:
‘Indian Heart, International Mind’
We are an inclusive school and we are proud to celebrate diversity. We are committed to awakening the individual student (and their teachers) to discovering and fulfilling their potential both as individuals, team players and leaders. Whatever the academic ability of a student, we recognize that each child has latent talents that need to be drawn out and nurtured. Our Department of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), known here as ‘SAWA’, is committed to ensuring that students who face particular challenges in their learning receive the support they need from both specialist and mainstream teachers. We are also committed to providing challenge and support for gifted and talented students through extension activities.
We consider parents to be full and participating partners in our community. We recognize parents as a reservoir of professional expertise and commitment. We also appreciate that parents entrust their children to us and that by choosing Springdales as their school of choice, they are making an important investment decision. This is not only about curriculum and academic achievement, but also about the friendliness and dedication of our teaching faculty and support staff. A tour of our extensive campus reveals the quality of our learning spaces, classrooms, science laboratories, library, covered play areas, sports facilities and clinic. Students are encouraged to express their creativity in fine art, music, drama and dance. Our canteen offers healthy choices and in its first DSIB/KHDA inspection, the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ for its commitment to health and safety, facilities and staffing. Springdales is a happy school and considers the well-being of each child, academically, physically and emotionally to be central to our ethos. We celebrate achievements and always look to pushing the envelope of what may yet be achieved. We are a young school but we have big ambitions and are committed to exceed expectations.
Springdales is an independent, co-educational pre-KG – G9 School with firm plans to grow the secondary section through to Grades 10 – 12, in a responsible way, conserving the ‘family feel’ of our community and preparing students for entry into higher education and employment. We are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and subscribe to its vision of providing a:
“robust, vibrant and holistic school education that will engender excellence in every sphere of human endeavour.”
- Promoting intellectual, social and cultural vivacity among its learners.
- Evolving a learning process which empowers the future citizens to become global leaders in the emerging knowledge society.
- Continuous and comprehensive evaluation with an emphasis on holistic development of learners.
- A stress-free learning environment that will develop competent, confident and enterprising citizens who will promote harmony and peace.
Whether you are a prospective student, parent or teacher I hope you enjoy exploring our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have, and if you are in the locality we would be delighted to welcome you and give you a tour of the campus. I look forward to meeting you in person.
Mr Julian Williams (Principal, Springdales School)
Ms. Farah Soonawalla (Head – Secondary)
The essence of Springdales since its inception has been “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam”, which when translated reads “The World is a family”. It is this ideology that forms the basis of learning at Springdales, motivating and inspiring each member to look upon the school, the nation and the world as a part of the entire family of mankind. With the advent of Globalisation where boundaries are contracting and distances shrinking, this mindset serves well, transforming students of today into well rounded leaders of tomorrow, capable of empathizing and solving problems on a global scale.
At Springdales ‘EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL’ and we celebrate and acknowledge the individuality of each student. Our curriculum does not provide answers; rather it equips the pupil with the means to find the answers. Attaining academic prowess is not the only goal we have envisioned for our pupils. Our primary aim is to provide an environment that encourages the holistic development of the child, by integrating Arts, Dances, Debates, Music, and Sports (to name a few) with academics. Additionally, offering such a diverse set of activities gives our students an opportunity to discover themselves and their innate talents and strengths, helping students develop their character, creativity, values, personal leadership and the spirit of enterprise necessary for them to achieve their full potential.
The importance of education in the life of an individual cannot be overstated. It shapes individuals in their formative years and imbues them with values that would govern all their choices in life. It is said ‘If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people’.