RULES & REGULATIONS

Admission


We welcome parents and children to visit the school to experience the unique learning environment and friendly atmosphere created by our staff and pupils. Admission to the school is subject to an interview with the parents and an assessment test for prospective students.

We welcome parents and children to visit the school to experience the unique learning environment and friendly atmosphere created by our staff and pupils. Admission to the school is subject to an interview with the parents and an assessment test for prospective students.

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Placement


Placement is determined according to age. Children born in the same calendar year are usually in the same class group. St. Louis School may decide to change year group for a student, in the best interest of each student and according to his/her development.

Placement is determined according to age. Children born in the same calendar year are usually in the same class group. St. Louis School may decide to change year group for a student, in the best interest of each student and according to his/her development.

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Withdrawal


The school reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose presence is not compatible with the school aims, philosophy or smooth running, even though there may not have been a breach of any specific school rule.

The school reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose presence is not compatible with the school aims, philosophy or smooth running, even though there may not have been a breach of any specific school rule.

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Code of conduct


We promote positive behaviour in the school by developing relationships between staff and students based on respect, safety, honesty, responsibility and courtesy. We believe that praise and acknowledgement of positive actions and attitudes help children to learn what is socially acceptable and ensure that they feel valued and respected. Students are encouraged to think about their behaviour ...

We promote positive behaviour in the school by developing relationships between staff and students based on respect, safety, honesty, responsibility and courtesy. We believe that praise and acknowledgement of positive actions and attitudes help children to learn what is socially acceptable and ensure that they feel valued and respected. Students are encouraged to think about their behaviour using a problem-solving approach, with a focus on finding solutions that help them become successful in interacting socially within the school and in the outside community. The role of parents is seen as fundamental in teaching their child to interact with others. For this reason parents are kept informed of behaviour not in keeping with the Code of Conduct so that they are able to discuss the situation with their child. Parents may also be invited to meet with staff. In addition to the daily commitment by staff to help students successfully learn and interact, assemblies will be held to focus on reinforcing these values within the school. If a child persists in breaking the rules, the Director will decide on the consequences on an individual basis. Suspension from school may occur in Primary and Upper School cases.

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School Board and the Director of the school


The governance of the school is in the hands of a School Board, which meets regularly to oversee policy decisions and to plan on-going development with the advice and support of the Academic Advisory Committee and the Parents Advisory Board.
The Director of the school is responsible for the day-to-day running and organisation of the school, the staff and the education provided by the school....

The governance of the school is in the hands of a School Board, which meets regularly to oversee policy decisions and to plan on-going development with the advice and support of the Academic Advisory Committee and the Parents Advisory Board.
The Director of the school is responsible for the day-to-day running and organisation of the school, the staff and the education provided by the school. Parents may see the Director by appointment.

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Academic Management Team (AMT)


The school has a management team composed of expert teachers and coordinators. The AMT will meet regularly to discuss and to subsequently provide the school with fresh ideas and input. The AMT will also organise conferences, meetings and workshops in collaboration with the school and parents.

The school has a management team composed of expert teachers and coordinators. The AMT will meet regularly to discuss and to subsequently provide the school with fresh ideas and input. The AMT will also organise conferences, meetings and workshops in collaboration with the school and parents.

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Parents Advisory Board (PAB) and class representatives


The Parents Advisory Board is made up of nine parents, as established in the PAB Regulations.
The PAB proposes and implements projects that enhance the school, advises the School Board on various matters concerning the school, and promotes a positive, constructive atmosphere around the school. Parents who are interested in becoming PAB members and who have been with the school for at least t...

The Parents Advisory Board is made up of nine parents, as established in the PAB Regulations.
The PAB proposes and implements projects that enhance the school, advises the School Board on various matters concerning the school, and promotes a positive, constructive atmosphere around the school. Parents who are interested in becoming PAB members and who have been with the school for at least two years may apply through the School Directors by May every two years. Class representatives are elected by the parents of each class at the beginning of each school year and serve as the link between the families, the teacher and the PAB. Class representatives meet the School Director on a regular basis.

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Teachers


The teaching staff consists of fully qualified teachers from a range of English speaking countries. Experienced Italian teachers teach Italian classes. A specialist teacher for Italian as an Additional Language (IAL) is available for students for whom the Italian language is not their mother tongue. It is normal practice in international schools for children to change teachers at the end of...

The teaching staff consists of fully qualified teachers from a range of English speaking countries. Experienced Italian teachers teach Italian classes. A specialist teacher for Italian as an Additional Language (IAL) is available for students for whom the Italian language is not their mother tongue. It is normal practice in international schools for children to change teachers at the end of each academic year.

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Curriculum


The Infant School (2-4 year olds) offers a curriculum based on the Foundation Stage of the British National Curriculum. It also provides specialist teachers for music, physical education and swimming lessons.
The Primary School (5-11 year olds) offers a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum and incorporates the Italian Curriculum for children fluent in Italian. The Primary Scho...

The Infant School (2-4 year olds) offers a curriculum based on the Foundation Stage of the British National Curriculum. It also provides specialist teachers for music, physical education and swimming lessons.
The Primary School (5-11 year olds) offers a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum and incorporates the Italian Curriculum for children fluent in Italian. The Primary School has specialist teachers for music, physical education and swimming lessons. The Primary School has been granted the Italian status of “Scuola Paritaria”.
The Middle School (11-14 year olds) follows a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum and provides specialist subject teachers, a library, computer science rooms, excursions, performances and events as well as extra-curricular activities.
The High School (14-18 year olds) covers four years comprising the University of Cambridge International Examination IGCSE examinations, for Years 10 and 11, and the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma), for Years 12 and 13.
In addition to the academic programme, students participate in the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) extra-curricular programme. The St. Louis School is a Cambridge International Examination Centre and an IB World School.

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Library


A love of reading is constantly encouraged and reinforced in our students. We have a school-wide daily reading at home programme and classes receive weekly reading skills instruction. There is a school library which lends students books to read at home. Books that are taken home must be returned in good condition. Any damage or loss must be reimbursed.

A love of reading is constantly encouraged and reinforced in our students. We have a school-wide daily reading at home programme and classes receive weekly reading skills instruction. There is a school library which lends students books to read at home. Books that are taken home must be returned in good condition. Any damage or loss must be reimbursed.

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Information communication technology


The school has well-equipped Information Technology rooms. The children will gain experience with a range of ICT resources, including a variety of software and the internet.
ICT lessons also serve as a cross-curricular support for other subjects by providing computer-based reference material for research and presentations.

The school has well-equipped Information Technology rooms. The children will gain experience with a range of ICT resources, including a variety of software and the internet.
ICT lessons also serve as a cross-curricular support for other subjects by providing computer-based reference material for research and presentations.

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Swimming


Swimming is a compulsory part of the school curriculum from pre-school to Year 6 in all classes except Nursery. A medical certificate is required for children who cannot attend swimming lessons; those children will stay in the pool area. Swimming lessons start from January every year. Children need to bring the following equipment to swimming lessons: robe, swimming suit, swimming cap, flip-...

Swimming is a compulsory part of the school curriculum from pre-school to Year 6 in all classes except Nursery. A medical certificate is required for children who cannot attend swimming lessons; those children will stay in the pool area. Swimming lessons start from January every year. Children need to bring the following equipment to swimming lessons: robe, swimming suit, swimming cap, flip-flops and towel.

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Clubs and excursions


The school organises after-school activities (football, volleyball, basketball, judo, ballet, art workshops, foreign language tuition, excursions and instrumental music lessons) for which it charges an extra fee. More information about these activities can be found in the ‘Extracurricular Activities’ booklet.

The school organises after-school activities (football, volleyball, basketball, judo, ballet, art workshops, foreign language tuition, excursions and instrumental music lessons) for which it charges an extra fee. More information about these activities can be found in the ‘Extracurricular Activities’ booklet.

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Religion


At the moment the school offers Catholic religion classes. Children not attending religion stay at school and work on PHSE (Personal, Health, Social Education) activities. In Years 4 and 5 it is possible to follow a special preparation for the Holy Communion. In Years 6 and 7 pupils may prepare for their Confirmation.

At the moment the school offers Catholic religion classes. Children not attending religion stay at school and work on PHSE (Personal, Health, Social Education) activities. In Years 4 and 5 it is possible to follow a special preparation for the Holy Communion. In Years 6 and 7 pupils may prepare for their Confirmation.

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School hours


Infant School – The children can enter the school between 8.45 and 9.30 a.m. and finish at 3.45 - 4.00 p.m. In the afternoon the teachers put the younger children to bed between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. Lunch is provided on the premises.
Primary School – The children in Year 1 follow the entry and home times of the Infant School with break time 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. All other classes start les...

Infant School – The children can enter the school between 8.45 and 9.30 a.m. and finish at 3.45 - 4.00 p.m. In the afternoon the teachers put the younger children to bed between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. Lunch is provided on the premises.
Primary School – The children in Year 1 follow the entry and home times of the Infant School with break time 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. All other classes start lessons promptly at 8.45 a.m. and finish at 4.00 p.m. with break time 1.00 p.m. - 2.15 p.m. On Wednesdays the school day finishes at 1.30 p.m. Lunch is provided on the premises.
Middle School – The Middle School students begin lessons at 8.45 a.m. and finish at 4.00 p.m. with break time 1.45 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays the school day finishes at 1.50 p.m. Lunch is provided on the premises except on Wednesday.
High School – The High School students have a daily timetable from 8.00 a.m. to 1.50 p.m. for each subject to be taught by subject specialists. Non-compulsory lunch time extends from 1.50 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. From 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. school activities (sports / clubs / music / ICT etc.) and study time take place.

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Earlier exit


Permission to leave the school earlier should be requested in writing using the child’s school diary. Permission is only granted for special reasons (doctor’s appointments, etc.)

Permission to leave the school earlier should be requested in writing using the child’s school diary. Permission is only granted for special reasons (doctor’s appointments, etc.)

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Bringing and collecting children


Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are brought to and collected from school on time. Lessons must not be disrupted by late arrivals. Parents will be contacted if their child arrives late consistently. A reason should be given for any late arrival. If a child repeatedly arrives late for lessons, it may be the case that they will not be admitted into class. In the Infant ...

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are brought to and collected from school on time. Lessons must not be disrupted by late arrivals. Parents will be contacted if their child arrives late consistently. A reason should be given for any late arrival. If a child repeatedly arrives late for lessons, it may be the case that they will not be admitted into class. In the Infant School, children should be accompanied to and picked up from their classroom. Primary and Middle School students should be accompanied to and picked up from the school gates.

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Communication


Information is available on the reserved area of the school’s website, and is listed in our weekly e-mail bulletin (issued on Mondays). To access the reserved area of the school website from any internet-connected computer, parents must use a user ID and password assigned by the school. Additional information for parents will be circulated by letter or newsletter.

Information is available on the reserved area of the school’s website, and is listed in our weekly e-mail bulletin (issued on Mondays). To access the reserved area of the school website from any internet-connected computer, parents must use a user ID and password assigned by the school. Additional information for parents will be circulated by letter or newsletter.

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Parent meetings


Infant School - There is a class meeting with the parents at the beginning of the school year. Teachers will also arrange to meet parents individually to discuss their child’s progress. Appointments are arranged through the front desk in November and February.
Primary, Middle and High School - There is a class meeting at the beginning of the school year. During this meeting the curriculum ...

Infant School - There is a class meeting with the parents at the beginning of the school year. Teachers will also arrange to meet parents individually to discuss their child’s progress. Appointments are arranged through the front desk in November and February.
Primary, Middle and High School - There is a class meeting at the beginning of the school year. During this meeting the curriculum is introduced and there is an opportunity for teachers and parents to get to know each other. The teachers will invite parents to discuss their children’s progress at the Parents’ Evening scheduled twice a year. If necessary, parents can arrange additional appointments to meet a teacher by using their child’s school diary.

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Reports and exams


Infant School records of assessments and evaluations of the children’s progress are kept by the class teachers. These may be reviewed by parents on appointment with the class teacher.
From Year 1 reports are available online for parents twice a year in February and June.
In the Middle School there are examinations, and the State Italian examination at the end of Year 9. Assessment tests as...

Infant School records of assessments and evaluations of the children’s progress are kept by the class teachers. These may be reviewed by parents on appointment with the class teacher.
From Year 1 reports are available online for parents twice a year in February and June.
In the Middle School there are examinations, and the State Italian examination at the end of Year 9. Assessment tests as used in British schools are given at the end of Key Stage 2 in the Primary School, and at the end of Key Stage 3 in the Middle School. In the High School there are end-of-year examinations at the end of Year 11 (IGCSE) and Year 13 (IB Diploma).

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School material


The school provides the material in the Infant School but not at Primary or Upper School level. A list of school equipment (stationery) is on the website. Middle School students are required to have an individual laptop for use in school and at home.

The school provides the material in the Infant School but not at Primary or Upper School level. A list of school equipment (stationery) is on the website. Middle School students are required to have an individual laptop for use in school and at home.

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School diary


Children using the school bus service and all children from Year 1 and above have the school diary for communication between the school and/or class teacher and families. Teachers and parents are asked to sign the diary at each entry to indicate that it has been read.

Children using the school bus service and all children from Year 1 and above have the school diary for communication between the school and/or class teacher and families. Teachers and parents are asked to sign the diary at each entry to indicate that it has been read.

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School homework


The school believes that homework is a positive experience, building self-discipline and responsibility while reinforcing and extending learning. Homework is given in all classes from Year 1 upwards, according to the child’s age. If a child is absent, he/she should try to find out what homework has been given by contacting classmates. Homework will not be given for extended holidays taken...

The school believes that homework is a positive experience, building self-discipline and responsibility while reinforcing and extending learning. Homework is given in all classes from Year 1 upwards, according to the child’s age. If a child is absent, he/she should try to find out what homework has been given by contacting classmates. Homework will not be given for extended holidays taken during the school year.

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School uniform


All children should wear the official school uniform, the cost of which is not included in the school fees. Parents can order uniform through the school website (reserved area). A special tracksuit for physical education lessons must be worn on relevant days and children should also wear gym shoes. Children are expected to wear sensible footwear to school. In the Infant School shoes with Vel...

All children should wear the official school uniform, the cost of which is not included in the school fees. Parents can order uniform through the school website (reserved area). A special tracksuit for physical education lessons must be worn on relevant days and children should also wear gym shoes. Children are expected to wear sensible footwear to school. In the Infant School shoes with Velcro straps rather than laces are strongly recommended. All items of clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name and coats or jackets should have loops. The School Dress Code must be followed at all times. Details can be found on the school website. The school will not accept responsibility for lost property.

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Infant school kit


  • 1 cloth bag which will be left at school with a complete change of clothing including socks, a pair of shoes and two pairs of underwear inside
  • A pack of 40 disposable bibs for Nursery.

For the children in the Infant department who sleep, we recommend:

  • a quilted cotton sleeping bag

Alternatively you can send in the following:

  • 1 name-tagged cloth bag with a fitted bottom sheet and 1 bed ...
  • 1 cloth bag which will be left at school with a complete change of clothing including socks, a pair of shoes and two pairs of underwear inside
  • A pack of 40 disposable bibs for Nursery.

For the children in the Infant department who sleep, we recommend:

  • a quilted cotton sleeping bag

Alternatively you can send in the following:

  • 1 name-tagged cloth bag with a fitted bottom sheet and 1 bed cover/light blanket inside
  • If your child uses a pillow, you can send in a pillow and pillow case

All belongings should be clearly marked with the child’s name.

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School bus


The school bus service is run by a private company which provides a daily service throughout the city for which there is an additional fee. It is imperative that the school front desk is informed in writing (fax or e-mail) by 1.00 p.m. of any change to normal travel arrangements.
At times due to traffic conditions the school bus may sometimes be late. However children must be punctual at the...

The school bus service is run by a private company which provides a daily service throughout the city for which there is an additional fee. It is imperative that the school front desk is informed in writing (fax or e-mail) by 1.00 p.m. of any change to normal travel arrangements.
At times due to traffic conditions the school bus may sometimes be late. However children must be punctual at the bus stop, as the driver cannot wait for late arrivals. If a child is not to be picked up in the morning the bus assistant should be informed by telephone before the pickup time.

No other communication should be relayed to the bus driver or bus assistant.

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Lunch times


The school has a well-equipped kitchen and restaurant where nutritious meals are prepared daily to serve all students. From Year 2, students can choose dishes for each course from a selection of healthy options, including hot vegetables, salad and fresh fruit. Dietary requirements of students (e.g. for religious or health reasons) are also catered for upon presentation of the required med...

The school has a well-equipped kitchen and restaurant where nutritious meals are prepared daily to serve all students. From Year 2, students can choose dishes for each course from a selection of healthy options, including hot vegetables, salad and fresh fruit. Dietary requirements of students (e.g. for religious or health reasons) are also catered for upon presentation of the required medical certificate. Good manners at table are encouraged and children are expected to remain seated until given permission to leave the table. The school invoice is to be paid in September and January.

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Outdoor/indoor play


Children go outside to play during their break times whenever possible. Each class is responsible for its own playground materials and is expected to look after them carefully.
On wet days the children play indoors under the supervision of their class teacher or assistant. During indoor breaks the children have the opportunity to use a variety of supplementary games and materials provided by...

Children go outside to play during their break times whenever possible. Each class is responsible for its own playground materials and is expected to look after them carefully.
On wet days the children play indoors under the supervision of their class teacher or assistant. During indoor breaks the children have the opportunity to use a variety of supplementary games and materials provided by the school for these occasions.

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Bringing things to school


Children from Year 2 and above may bring a light snack from home for the mid-morning break.
Toys and games should not be brought to school without the express permission of the class teacher. We do not permit pupils to consume lollipops or gum, which the use of can breach, on school premises. For health reasons we do not permit fizzy drinks. No mobile phones are permitted in school. Other tec...

Children from Year 2 and above may bring a light snack from home for the mid-morning break.
Toys and games should not be brought to school without the express permission of the class teacher. We do not permit pupils to consume lollipops or gum, which the use of can breach, on school premises. For health reasons we do not permit fizzy drinks. No mobile phones are permitted in school. Other technological devices, including cameras, the use of which can breach privacy laws, are also banned from school. Children are not permitted to wear jewellery other than stud earrings.

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Medical information


Parents will be asked to complete special forms for the school medical records. The school doctor or nurse may also request medical examinations if the need arises. The school must be officially notified on the first day of a child’s absence for illness, either by a phone call to the school before 9.30 a.m. or by letter to the class teacher. Upon the child’s return to school, parents are...

Parents will be asked to complete special forms for the school medical records. The school doctor or nurse may also request medical examinations if the need arises. The school must be officially notified on the first day of a child’s absence for illness, either by a phone call to the school before 9.30 a.m. or by letter to the class teacher. Upon the child’s return to school, parents are required to write in the diary the reason for the absence. The school does not administer medicines except for tachipirina (paracetamol) for which parents will have signed an authorisation form.

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Accident procedures


If an accident occurs, a parent or guardian will be informed. If the accident is minor, a note will be sent home explaining the nature of the mishap. In the case of an emergency, the child will be taken to the hospital immediately by a member of staff, rather than wait for a parent or guardian to arrive, while at the same time every effort will be made to contact the parents. No member of s...

If an accident occurs, a parent or guardian will be informed. If the accident is minor, a note will be sent home explaining the nature of the mishap. In the case of an emergency, the child will be taken to the hospital immediately by a member of staff, rather than wait for a parent or guardian to arrive, while at the same time every effort will be made to contact the parents. No member of staff is permitted to authorise any treatment. The member of staff will then wait at the hospital for the parent or guardian. All accidents are recorded in the school accident book.

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Accident Insurance


Pupils are insured against accidents during school hours and school excursions. The school does not arrange medical or personal accident insurance for pupils or their property. We recommend that parents take out personal liability insurance.

Pupils are insured against accidents during school hours and school excursions. The school does not arrange medical or personal accident insurance for pupils or their property. We recommend that parents take out personal liability insurance.

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Hygiene


Children are expected to keep a clean and tidy appearance.

Children are expected to keep a clean and tidy appearance.

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Fire drills


The school has a set procedure for action in the case of re or evacuation of the school building. Practice drills are held regularly.

The school has a set procedure for action in the case of re or evacuation of the school building. Practice drills are held regularly.

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