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Academics
Academics
Students at RVIS take Control of their Learning
Ken Davis
Nov-16-2017
This year, RVIS’s middle school teachers along with the Technology Integration Specialist, launched a passion based, student directed program where students collaborate, explore, and share their interests beyond the classroom. Coined the “Explode!”… Read More
Explode
Students at RVIS take Control of their Learning
Ken Davis
Nov-16-2017

This year, RVIS’s middle school teachers along with the Technology Integration Specialist, launched a passion based, student directed program where students collaborate, explore, and share their interests beyond the classroom. Coined the “Explode!” Program, the model is based off the research by Daniel Pink, a world renowned education innovator. Through this model, teachers act as learning coaches, helping students plan their projects and offer support where needed. A teacher in the “Explode!“ program reflects that, “The nature of the program allows students to initiate and direct their own learning. We are finding that students are more motivated and intrinsically driven to tackle authentic world and local issues outside the walls of the classroom. They are not only learning and researching in the process, but also building emotional intelligence and real empathy.”

The middle school students are engaged in a wide variety of projects ranging from art therapy to video game research. One group in particular is collecting donated clothes and breathing new life into the fabric. With a little research in fashion trends and the mentorship of a local clothing designer, the students hope to start their own line where part of the proceeds will go to charity. RVIS also has a group of students working with the school’s food vendor to determine whether switching from disposable eating utensils to a more permanent utensil is feasible and cost-effective. The Secondary Principal, Danielle Pinkerton sees this program as, “infusing a real world application into the classroom that will provide our students with problem solving skills which will prepare them for life beyond school.”

The Explode! hour is better known around the world as Genius Hour. Students from institutions worldwide have been participating and sharing their own learning with each other for many years through this model. As recently as September 25, 2017, EdTech Focus on K-12 continued to document the benefits of self-directed learning finding that it: 1) Fosters lifelong creativity and critical thinking; 2) Encourages students to create using technology; and 3) It meets curriculum standards while harnessing students’ interests and prior knowledge.

The success of this program and the level of student engagement is proving that the Explode! Program will have a lasting impact on the RVIS students and the community.
 
Partnerships
Partnerships
RVIS is Honored to Receive Corporate Grant from VIVA Bahrain
Dr. Kurt Nordness & Ken Davis
Oct-31-2017
Riffa Views International School is proud to announce a new partnership with VIVA Bahrain. This partnership is the latest in a long-term journey by RVIS toward becoming a worldwide leader in innovation and technology. From the beginning RVIS committed… Read More
Viva Bahrain Partnership International Schools
RVIS is Honored to Receive Corporate Grant from VIVA Bahrain
Dr. Kurt Nordness & Ken Davis
Oct-31-2017
Riffa Views International School is proud to announce a new partnership with VIVA Bahrain.  This partnership is the latest in a long-term journey by RVIS toward becoming a worldwide leader in innovation and technology. From the beginning RVIS committed to infusing technology into all aspects of the school. RVIS integrated 1:1 laptops for all grades, Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms and access to high quality wireless internet in all corners of the school.

Then in 2014, a community team traveled to an award winning international school in Asia recognized for its technology integration and innovative teaching and learning practices. Based on that visit, RVIS re-visioned its future with the help of partners such as International School Services in Princeton, the Bahrain Technology and Business Society, and Shekou International School in China. The new vision introduced:

an expanded social media presence

upgraded wireless connection ten times faster

global collaboration projects between our students and students in other countries

a “Bring Your Own Device” program for our secondary students

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

E-portfolios for our secondary students


Now in 2017, as the world has changed our vision for innovation is changing yet again to include such features as makerspaces throughout the school, training so that every teacher integrates technology and innovative practices, and new partnerships with regional and worldwide organizations. An October 18th ceremony marked an exciting day towards achieving the new vision. During the ceremony, CEO of VIVA Bahrain, Ulaiyan Al Wetaid and RVIS Board Chair, Atif A. Abdulmalik envisioned a close and dynamic partnership that will benefit all of Bahrain and the region.

 
Prof. Development
Prof. Development
200 Teachers Coming to RVIS to Learn from Highly Acclaimed Educational Experts
Ken Davis
Oct-22-2017
Riffa Views International School is proud to be hosting world-renowned leaders in professional learning at the Near East/South Asia (NESA) 2017 Fall Training Institute. Over the last 50 years, NESA has become synonymous with promoting exemplary… Read More
NESA Bahrain, Riffa Views International School, NESA Fall Training Institute
200 Teachers Coming to RVIS to Learn from Highly Acclaimed Educational Experts
Ken Davis
Oct-22-2017

Riffa Views International School is proud to be hosting world-renowned leaders in professional learning at the Near East/South Asia (NESA) 2017 Fall Training Institute. Over the last 50 years, NESA has become synonymous with promoting exemplary professional learning opportunities for educators around the world. RVIS is proud to be hosting NESA for the second consecutive year. “The speakers at these events are world renowned leaders in professional learning,  and we are proud to bring them to Bahrain to enhance the teaching at RVIS and the whole of the country,” stated Dr. Kurt Nordness the School Director at RVIS.  


The event will take place in early November and host people such as Ken O’Conner, a leading expert in effective grading and reporting, and Carol Commodore who specializes in developing assessments for world languages. Other topics will include helping student expand their creativity, and enhance project-based learning in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.


With 40+ member schools and over 130 affiliate schools, this event will draw delegates from schools in Bahrain and from around the world. The curriculum coordinator, Jessica Davis sees this event as “a great opportunity for the 200+ national and international delegates traveling to RVIS to learn from the educational leaders and experience the Bahraini culture.”

 
Academics
Academics
Riffa Views International School Forges Partnership with Two Top Princeton Schools
Ken Davis and Dr. Gary Bicker
Sep-17-2017
Last year marked the beginning of a budding RVIS partnership with two highly-regarded independent schools in Princeton New Jersey, Stuart Country Day School, an independent K-12 girls’ school and Princeton Academy, an independent K-8 boys’ school. Last… Read More
Princeton Partnership
Riffa Views International School Forges Partnership with Two Top Princeton Schools
Ken Davis and Dr. Gary Bicker
Sep-17-2017

Last year marked the beginning of a budding RVIS partnership with two highly-regarded independent schools in Princeton New Jersey, Stuart Country Day School, an independent K-12 girls’ school and Princeton Academy, an independent K-8 boys’ school.


Throughout the year, Meg and Tilly Hutchinson and their Kindergarten students collaborated with the kindergarteners from Stuart Country Day to enhance several units of study. “By communicating with the class, they were able to help our students see the changes in seasons from summer to autumn, which is pertinent for the study of trees but something many of our students had never seen,” said Ms. Hutchinson. In a reciprocal fashion, RVIS students were able to share aspects of the desert, such as vegetation and animals which the children in Princeton had only seen in books.  Through Meg’s and Tilly’s innovative teaching practices and global outlook, they were able to enrich each student's experience and help them see a different part of the world.  


The next chapter in the growing partnership is focused on RVIS’s grade six, seven, and eight classes. During the summer break, middle school teachers, Shannon Greer and Gary Bicker, travelled to Princeton, New Jersey and met with these two schools with a vision to create a culture of global learners and citizens, while forging academic and cultural connections across the globe.


The middle school partnership will begin with 7th grade students collaborating on a “Water for Life” project, where they will seek practical solutions for providing access to clean water in underserved communities. In addition, 6th grade students will collaborate in a monthly live Global Book Club to experience a fresh approach to reading discussion and gain new insights into the culture and community each group experiences.  


During the collaboration this summer, members of all three schools expressed excitement about the possibility of a student exchange during the current school year. The hope is for exchanges to become a permanent fixture for students and teachers. As the partnership continues, we would like further projects to include students in elementary and high school. Mrs. Greer and Dr. Bicker left New Jersey very excited about the enthusiasm of the Princeton teachers to be collaborating with RVIS this year, and in the years to come!

 
Admin
Admin
Message from the Board Chair
Communications Department
Aug-24-2017
Dear Parents, As you are aware the Board of Trustees has been working with the International Schools Services Executive Search Department to seek a replacement for Kurt Nordness when he retires at the conclusion of the 2017/18 school year. It is my… Read More
Tara Waudby, Bahrain, International School
Message from the Board Chair
Communications Department
Aug-24-2017

Dear Parents,



As you are aware the Board of Trustees has been working with the International Schools Services Executive Search Department to seek a replacement for Kurt Nordness when he retires at the conclusion of the 2017/18 school year. It is my pleasure to announce that the RVIS Board of Trustees recently hired Tara Waudby as Riffa Views International School Director effective August 1, 2018. We believe that Mrs. Waudby is uniquely positioned to build on the outstanding work that Dr. Nordness has done and we are confident she will take RVIS to the next level.



Mrs. Waudby is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Learning at the International Schools Group (ISG) in Saudi Arabia. Previously she worked in Kuwait, Taiwan, and Arizona. At ISG she provides oversight for the learning in seven schools with a total student population of 4500 students. She has lived in the Middle East for 12 years and is very experienced with the local culture in the region. Mrs. Waudby comes to us with an impressive list of prior accomplishments and capabilities gleaned from her 20 years' experience as an educator. In addition to her work for International Schools Group she currently serves on the NESA Professional Development Advisory Committee. This is a highly influential committee that provides curriculum support and leadership for schools throughout the Middle East and South Asia regions. She is also a cofounder of the Compassion Summit which is an international organization committed to creating, enhancing and promoting greater levels of compassion within schools and communities. Mrs. Waudby has co-chaired four accreditation committees for the accrediting associations that accredit our school (MSA &CIS) and been team member on two other school accreditations. Finally, she has prior experience as a high school principal and in implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement programs. Mrs. Waudby will be joined in Bahrain by her husband Marcus and elementary-aged daughters Mia and Madison.  The family is very much looking forward to their move.



Mrs. Waudby will visit RVIS this fall to meet with the RVIS community and to begin to prepare for her transition to the directorship of our school. You will have ample opportunities to meet and engage with her during her visit. In the meantime you can learn more about Mrs. Waudby on her website at http://bit.ly/TaraWaudby.



The Board of Trustees would like to thank Director Kurt Nordness for all he has done and will do for Riffa Views International School in his four years as School Director. We look forward to the contribution that Tara Waudby will bring to RVIS in the future and we are very excited for you to get to know her this fall. Having her on board this year will provide for a seamless transition when she assumes her new responsibilities as the director of our school in the fall of 2018.  We have every confidence that Mrs. Waudby will become an outstanding school leader at Riffa Views International School and provide effective leadership for many years to come.



Yours truly, Atif A. Abdulmalik Chairman RVIS Board of Trustee

 
Academics
Academics
Arabic Program
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017
A New Era for Riffa Views International School’s Arabic Program Riffa Views International School is proud to announce a new Arabic Leader and Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Under the direction of a New Arabic Leader, Fuad Al Anzarouti who is a… Read More
Riffa Views Arabic Program
Arabic Program
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017

A New Era for Riffa Views International School’s Arabic Program


Riffa Views International School is proud to announce a new Arabic Leader and Program for the 2017-2018 school year. 


Under the direction of a New Arabic Leader, Fuad Al Anzarouti who is a published author with over thirty years in the education sector, RVIS has set an ambitious goal to become the model of the region in terms of Arabic language development. Mr. Al Anazorouti has experience working as the Head of Arabic at Dubai College, Ministry of Education in the U.A.E., and International Schools in the region. 


Riffa Views International School has always strived to merge Internationalism with the Bahraini culture. While providing a rigorous academic program through English language instruction, we at RVIS, value that each student develops their Arabic language skills through regular instruction during the school day. This supports the vision that the Arabic language reinforces the spirit, culture, and philosophy of the region. 


A committee of teachers, students, and community members conducted a year long review of the Arabic program under the leadership of the Elementary Principal Jo Garrahy, to determine the effectiveness of the current program and to implement new elements to increase language acquisition. The review involved an analysis of student achievement, curriculum and resources, and professional development for teachers.


Based on this extensive review, RVIS has created a program that incorporates best-language learning practices and a rigorous curriculum that will enhance Arabic language learning for all students, whether they are native or non-native speakers. 


It is the vision of this new RVIS Arabic program to produce students who are able to fluently and confidently communicate, read and write in Arabic at a level equal to or above other International schools in the region. This new program, under the leadership of Fuad Al Anzarouti, will ensure that RVIS remains a beacon of excellence for Bahrain and the region. 

 
Uniforms
Uniforms
Important Updates about Uniforms
Communications Department
Aug-24-2017
Dear RVIS Families, As communicated last year, RVIS is introducing to a new uniform for the 2017-18 school year. We are excited that the new uniforms will be arriving soon, and we provide this important information during this time of transition. While… Read More
Bahrain Shcool Uniforms
Important Updates about Uniforms
Communications Department
Aug-24-2017

Dear RVIS Families,



As communicated last year, RVIS is introducing to a new uniform for the 2017-18 school year. We are excited that the new uniforms will be arriving soon, and we provide this important information during this time of transition. While we had been told the uniform would be available by now, due to production delays out of our control, there are portions of the new uniform that have yet to arrive at the House of Uniforms. 



The updated timeline is: 



  • August 25th the new uniform will be fully stocked at the HOU, including orders for pickup. 

  • August 27th-29th the HOU will be at RVIS with pre-ordered uniforms available for pick-up from the school. You may go to the HoU to place your order anytime from now until the uniforms arrive. Over 200 families have already placed orders for the new year.

We recognize that it may be difficult for students to be fully outfitted by the start of school, therefore we want you to know that the school will be flexible with expectations about uniforms.



Students may start the year wearing (preferably in this order): 



  1. The new uniform when available. 

  2. For returning students, if the old uniform is still fitting your child, please have your child wear this until the new uniform arrives.

  3. Clothes meeting the RVIS dress code below. 

    DRESS CODE: Students are required to follow the norms of modest dress and tidy appearance. For example, trousers (no jeans) should be in good repair, shorts/dresses to the knee (elementary only), and tops should have sleeves.

RVIS Administration is in regular communication with the House of Uniforms and will keep families updated on the progress of the new uniform. Once the uniform is in stock and families have had adequate time to purchase the new uniform, RVIS will adhere to the previously sent uniform guidelines.



Thank you for your understanding.



With Thanks, Jessica Davis and  RVIS Administration

 
Faculty
Faculty
A Warm Welcome for our New Faculty and Their Families
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017
RVIS has always taken pride in the stringent hiring process for new teachers. As a school, we make sure that only highly-qualified faculty are hired that will ensure all the students at RVIS receive a world-class education. The new faculty at RVIS is… Read More
New Teachers Bahrain International School
A Warm Welcome for our New Faculty and Their Families
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017

RVIS has always taken pride in the stringent hiring process for new teachers. As a school, we are committed to hiring only highly-qualified faculty that will deliver a world-class education to your children. The new faculty at RVIS is already showing true initiative and an enthusiasm that is sure to be infectious to our community. I hope you can take the time to give them a warm welcome as you see them in the halls of the school. Please check out our Faculty Page on the website to see the new faces at RVIS.

 
Admissions
Admissions
Admissions Procedure
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017
Riffa Views International School is considered home for families who live in Bahrain or commute across the causeway. We take pride in our continued effort to create an environment where students from all over the world can thrive and feel at home.… Read More
Admissions
Admissions Procedure
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017

Riffa Views International School is considered home for families who live in Bahrain or commute across the causeway. We take pride in our continued effort to create an environment where students from all over the world can thrive and feel at home. Deciding on the right school for your children is an important decision that requires time and research. We encourage you to check out our website to see if RVIS is the right fit for your family. I recommend you take a look at the "Our Faculty" section and read the short bio’s from our highly qualified and well-trained faculty, or pursues the "latest news" section to read what RVIS is up to.


Riffa Views International School continues to accept inquiries from prospective students for the current school year 2017-2018, as well as for those in the future. You are invited to stop by the Admissions Office to pick up an admissions packet and take a short tour of our amazing facilities. You can also download the application forms and send them electronically.


In order to ensure a positive and  productive experience for all children enrolling in RVIS the following admissions criteria will be applied:


The child's age, previous schooling, English language proficiency, and learning achievement. Reports from previous schools will be reviewed as well any previous academic examinations. Your child will also complete the RVIS on-site readiness assessment.  For more detailed information please visit: Admissions


We look forward to the upcoming school year and hope that your family will join us for what is sure to be an outstanding school year.

 
Parenting
Parenting
Positive Discipline comes to RVIS
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017
Parenting is a big job. With your guidance, your children learn to communicate, socialize, problem solve, practice healthy lifestyles, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. As parents we need to be firm in order to help our children learn and… Read More
Positive Discipline
Positive Discipline comes to RVIS
Ken Davis
Aug-24-2017

Parenting is a big job. With your guidance, your children learn to communicate, socialize, problem solve, practice healthy lifestyles, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. As parents we need to be firm in order to help our children learn and understand boundaries, but we also have to show kindness to let them know that they are appreciated and valued. Finding this balance is a bit tricky especially when we factor in all the outside influences in our lives and the lives of our children.


Positive Discipline is one approach that attempts to help find that important balance between firmness and kindness. It uses education and respect as the foundation of discipline instead of punishment and control.  Research indicates that children respond better and more consistently when discipline does not hurt them physically and does not make them feel bad as a person.


A Tool for your Toolbox-

Parents often want practical strategies to help them with parenting challenges. Below is one example of the many tools that Positive Discipline offers.


Act, Don’t Talk

Often children will “tune out” parents who use too many words, which leads to frustration for both the parents and the child. So instead of talking, just act. If your children are fighting over a toy, simply take it and put it somewhere they cannot reach. If they are banging their fork on the table, ask them to stop once. If they continue, take it. No words


required.  When they question what you did, take the opportunity to explain yourself in a few words with a calm voice. Or ask them what they think.


If you would like more information, RVIS will be holding parenting workshops in the coming months. Stay tuned for more practical tips and strategies to help you navigate the parenting world.