Queensland Academy – realizing our students’ potentials and providing creative and individual learning specific to every child. Queensland Academy Senior School is a vibrant, structured and systemic environment with a strong devotion to disciplined and qualitative behavior.
Central to successful studying is the availability of a good library that is functioning well. Our library is stocked with many useful books and the students always make good use of the books and other resources. Students can study in the library as well as borrow books for a short period.
In the future we plan to acquire more books and hope that will enable better studies. Students are expected to visit the library at least once a week. Specific library time is built into the school curriculum and at such times, each class would have the use of the library service. Aside specific periods marked out in the curriculum, students are encouraged at their free time to visit the library to read and borrow books.
This inculcates in them the reading culture, which is very important for success in academics and life. The discipline that is enforced in the library means a lot to the development of the students. They learn to become considerate and aware of other people’s needs. Students have monitored access to internet facilities in the library and they are encouraged to make the best use of such facilities for academic purposes, as priority.
Queensland Academy operates a Nigerian/International Curriculum as both seek to achieve different ends. The former based on the National Education Policy, takes learning from a wider perspective while the later emphasizes the depth of knowledge.
A thorough blend of both as it is applied in Queensland Academy produces uniquely outstanding students that are able to stand the challenges of the mixed and complex world anywhere they find themselves.
Central to successful studying is the availability of a good library that is functioning well. Our library is stocked with many useful books and the students always make good use of the books and other e-learning resources.
Students can study in the library as well as borrow books for a short period. Students are expected to visit the library at least once a week. Specific library time is built into the school curriculum and at such times, each class would have the use of the library service. Aside specific periods marked out in the curriculum, students are encouraged at their free time to visit the library to read and borrow books.
This inculcates in them the reading culture, which is very important for success in academics and life. The discipline that is enforced in the library means a lot to the development of the students. They learn to become considerate and aware of other people’s needs.
Students have access to internet facilities in the library and they are encouraged to make the best use of such facilities for academic purposes, as priority.
We thank God for enabling the leadership of the school to provide adequate infrastructure for the school. Furniture in classes, hostel and staff room and teachers’ quarters, are comfortable and adequate.
At RISS we are fully prepared to make studying rewarding experience and power outages cannot be a factor at all. Electricity is also steady and in case of power outages the school has a powerful generator that functions well.
Water supply is also an area we have invested seriously and we thank God that our water plant functions well and adequately meet the needs of the school population. The classrooms are ergonomically designed, well lit, large enough and conducive to study. The school has a bus and will be acquiring more in the nearest future.
Security is also very important to us and this has lead us into investing heavily in modern high-tech security gadgets that work round the clock. This makes monitoring activities less subjective and gives room for real time readiness in terms of security responses.
The school has a Health Bay to take care of ill students. While we do not run a clinic, it is the first point of call for anyone that is ill before being sent to the hospital if the case requires such.
Pastoral care is one of the major strengths we pride ourselves at Queensland Academy. For us, Discipline and moral conduct is taken very seriously. Operating guidelines governing running of the school require parents, all levels of staff and student to confirm to a strict Code of Ethics.
These are done to keep with the schools mission to not only achieve academic excellence, but also nurture children to take their place in life as honest, cultured boys and girls, having exemplary integrity and capable of holding leadership positions in whichever society they find themselves.
Our approach is student- centered and our staff all work to ensure that they know each student well in order to tailor support and guidance needed. We make transitioning into high school easy for all boys and girls coming in by setting expectations for every child and in their behavioral challenges as they transition from adolescents.
This is unique to us at Queensland Academy and we meet this need through our well-structured mentoring program geared towards the development of a sound mind and a total child: self-discipline, independent learning and co-operation. Each class tutor typically has six to eight students to work with each session to monitor academic progress, oversee pastoral support and encourage their students.
During mentor time weekly, each class tutor is able to discuss academic progress, wellbeing and any concerns a student might have, as well as interests and level of participation in extra-curricular activities at school. Weekly mentoring reports are supported by senior management staff to discuss any issues that involves the school management to look into as quickly as possible.
Our mentoring program is also extended to alumni-student mentoring programs which is especially relevant for our Year 11 & 12 students to help them discuss academic work, and plans for university and future careers.
We lay a lot of importance on this to bring in our alumni who have made a remarkable statement in their various professional backgrounds as volunteers to mentor and guide our existing Year 11 & 12 students on their experiences and how best they can mature into taking responsibility for their learning and future careers.
In addition to receiving as much informal counselling as he or she needs, each student will also be assigned a Mentor with whom he or she will meet frequently. This adviser will stay informed about his or her advisees’ progress in the classroom, in the dormitories, on the playing fields, and in other extracurricular activities.
Aside from the formal duties which the Mentor will perform (such as distributing grades and making periodic reports to each student’s parents through the management), the staff member will also support and encourage each student, trying always to promote each student’s best interests and to make each student’s Queensland experience as worthwhile as possible.
All the boarding students live in the school hostels on campus. Each hostel is supervised by qualified boarding staff that assists in the welfare of all boarders under their care.
Beyond academics we have various clubs that allow the students to develop in other aspects tailored to their individual interests. There are over ten clubs and societies running out of which students must belong to at least two.
These include: Animation & Robotics, Debate Society, STEM club, Drama/Film club, Press club, Home Makers, Math club, French club, Music club, Bead Making, Creative Arts etc.
Topics and activities are carefully selected weekly and serve, as a hub for meeting people of like minds and it is a way of developing further the interests of students in activities that best suit their personalities.
At our school, we lay a lot of emphasis on our extra-curricular programme as we firmly believe this greatly enriches and broadens the educational opportunities open to our students.
For our students in the senior school from Year 10-12, we encourage them to be more active in leading and creating their own clubs and societies through entrepreneurial skills acquisition programs depending on their interests. A project leader is appointed every session from the students to teach the younger students and raise funds for their clubs and societies.
We run a range of Life Skills programme for students in Years 7 -12 . This program started to provide and improve our students’ important and transferable life skills which will be useful to them beyond their school life at Queensland.
For us, we realize that Universities and employers are increasingly taking academic qualifications as a standard and are looking for the ‘extras’ beyond this for what else individuals can do in other qualifications, life skills, and competence.
This course is tailored to help our students specifically develop a range of these valuable skills that will help them stand out and compete in the future job market. Some of these courses include:
At Queensland Academy, our students enjoy various exciting educational trips and visits. These visits are tailored to enhance the curriculum and bring what they learn at school to life, the variety of trips on offer ensures there is something for everyone and that we provide all our students with an enriched educational experience.
One of these visits is our yearly’’ KNOW YOUR COUNTRY TOUR’’ which is open to all students at the school the opportunity to explore and discover by taking part in this the annual bonding trip which allows them to get to know each other while taking part in a range of outdoor activities at the various places of interest.
Our yearly international visits have taken our students to