As a parent, you might be wondering – why should you rearrange your schedule to attend an Open Day? Surely it’s just the same as a normal school tour? Here are the top 3 reasons why we think going to a school’s Open Day is a great idea!
ADVANTAGE #1: See Teaching & Learning in Action
Some schools conveniently run their Open Days on weekends or after school. These ‘Open Days’ usually involve presentations from school leaders and students about school life, and a chance to explore the school’s facilities – much like a normal school tour.
Other schools prefer to run their Open Days during school hours. This means you will have the chance to see all areas of the school in action, with students and teachers learning together inside classrooms, getting stuck into PE lessons on the pitch, and making the most of specialist spaces like music rooms and science labs. It might be noisy – but it’ll be real! As Ms Moira Hall, Head of Inclusion at GIS explains: “On our Open Day, we want visiting families to see what GIS is really like, and to truly feel part of our school for that morning. There are no rehearsals or staged lessons, just everyday GIS life at its noisiest, busiest and happiest.”
By seeing the school on a typical school day, you will be able to get a strong sense of the school’s culture. Most parents and their children will instantly sense whether the school is the ‘right fit’ for them – and these insights are invaluable in the decision-making process.
ADVANTAGE #2: Meet Students & Parents
During an Open Day, you will get the invaluable opportunity to chat to current students and parents at length. You can learn first-hand about the school’s curriculum, assessment, daily routines and learning culture. What extra-curricular opportunities are on offer? Is there a bus to where we live? What’s the cafeteria food like? Any questions you’ve got – they’ll be happy to help answer them.
On a normal school tour, it is rare that you would have the opportunity to chat to members of the school community at such length.
ADVANTAGE #3: Save Money!
Finally, most schools offer exciting discounts or fee waivers for families who attend their Open Day and complete the application paperwork on that same day. This often amounts to a significant financial benefit. And who doesn’t love to save a bit of money?
Our students are our best ambassadors. That’s why, at a GIS Open Day, all Primary and Secondary school tours are led by students themselves. Enjoy their honest, first-hand views and experiences of life at GIS, and grab the chance to mix and mingle with current GIS parents and teachers to learn even more. Come and find out for yourself how GIS’ academic heritage and innovative, unique learning culture combine to create one of the world’s top British international schools.
To learn more about what makes Garden International School so special, get touch with our friendly admissions team. Our doors are open (almost) every day. Book your personal tour online or call on +(603) 6209 6888