The Royal Britannia Kindergarten (RBK) is the brainchild of professional educationalist co-founders Dr. Hanan Al-Mutawa and Russell Byrne, who together have collective careers spanning over 50 years of experience. Since its inception, RBK has firmly set its sights on becoming one of the most respected preschools in the State of Kuwait. Through a detailed and involved curriculum helping young people make connections within themes, units of study and across academic disciplines, RBK offers a caring and friendly atmosphere with the exceptional quality of its qualified, experienced and well-motivated staff.
In January 2016, the flagship location of RBK opened its doors in Al-Siddeeq. Holding the loftiest of aspirations and a singleness of purpose, they proudly hold uncommonly high expectations for the children’s learning achievements. By ensuring a dynamic, inquiry-driven education of the highest standard, RBK aims to inspire young learners to develop their intellect, creativity, and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible, and internationally minded citizens. RBK’s mission is to be the leading, culturally diverse and family-oriented international preschool with English as the principal language of instruction.
This world of ours requires intellectual dexterity, independent thinking, unflagging curiosity, social agility, courage, social responsibility and uncompromising character. Therefore, the RBK community is deeply committed to ensuring young people are prepared for future greatness – to lead, to be honorable, ethical and adaptable, with high levels of creativity and innovation. RBK’s curriculum includes academic and pastoral elements and extracurricular activities. The academic curriculum is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and curriculum of England. Children at RBK experience an inquiry-driven approach to teaching and learning. Concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action are essential components. Knowledge is developed in an integrated, meaningful way into six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance.
RBK’s structure of programs provide a safe and positive environment that supports students in their attempts to acquire and improve academic and social skills in this ever changing and dynamic world. The encouragement of independence through having children take responsibility, having the opportunity to be involved in decision making, as well as the promotion of self-confidence through class based activities are significant features of the education we provide. The emphasis on developing and nurturing the whole child impacts not only on what they teach, but how they teach and conduct their day-to-day dealings with children.
In addition to learning the outcomes taught in the units of study, preschool children are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive. Respecting self and others, working through differences, and being part of a group are important as teachers and children build communities in their classrooms. RBK understands the importance of children assuming responsibility for their actions and see it as essential for their success. They also understand the importance of letting children develop a positive self-identity, compassion and tolerance for those whose perspectives and experiences may be different than their own. The program has been designed so that the children feel competent in themselves as learners. Finally, the creation of close ties with parents and families is a principal aim for all the staff. This is achieved through continuous and positive communication between teachers and parents on both formal and informal bases.
RBK also offers accredited activities that have been developed through dedicated environments with professionally qualified teachers and instructors. Examples of these activities include:
Science– developing skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion through force, friction, electricity, sound, light and many other things explored.
Technology– using a range of everyday technology and applications that support an identified need.
Engineering– getting familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation, their environment, living things.
Art, Music, Drama, Dance– developing imaginative ideas through selecting and using materials and working on processes of interest.
Mathematics– estimate a number of objects and check quantities by counting up to 20 and solve practical problems that involve combining groups of 2, 5 or 10, or sharing into equal groups.
Reading Club– reading and using phonic, semantic and syntactic knowledge to understand unfamiliar vocabulary to describe the main events in simple stories read.
Hydroponics– when growing plants without soil, fruitful questions bloom, along with concepts related to basic plant parts and needs, nutrition, food production, recycling, agricultural technology.
Cooking– a dedicated purpose-built Chef’s kitchen for the children to enjoy harvesting a crop of their own incredible edibles from the Hydroponics Laboratory and prepare and cook it for themselves and their families.
Wall Climbing– the joys of rock climbing in a safe supervised environment.
Fencing– the age-old art and sport of fencing through established posture and footwork methods, including Wheelchair Fencing, which is a Paralympic Sport.
Gymnastics– a fully-fledged gymnastics center utilizing the very same equipment that is being used at the Rio 2016 Olympics & Paralympics – Summer Games in Brazil – just on a smaller scale to suit the children, including rhythmic gymnastics, trampolining and tumbling, as well as aerobic gymnastics.
Martial Arts– engendering physical health and agility, mind and spirit, discipline and concentration, with the concept of “goal attainment” (via the belt system), thereby building self-esteem and confidence.
RBK emboldens, engages, and empowers children so that they will thrive on their journey to Primary School preparing them for meaningful lives full of potential and endless possibilities.
In summary, RBK’s Keys to Success are: To provide a caring, inclusive teaching and learning environment, to ensure a diverse and adaptable curriculum, and to warrant a flexible and sustainable educational surrounding for all. Sounds good to us!
RBK is owned and operated by the Education Consortium (EC), an award-winning, non-profit organization, spearheaded by passionate ‘philanthrocapitalist’ co-founders Dr. Hanan Al-Mutawa and Russell Byrne whose wealth of combined knowledge and experiences make for a truly distinctive offering in the Education space. EC’s primary objective is to successfully and seamlessly upgrade the skills and education levels by providing inspirational and empowering educational solutions for each individual child during their learning journey. EC seeks to be a social responsible leader in the field of Education in Kuwait. As such, EC is extremely active sourcing multiple non-profit projects where the community is in dire needs for education solutions. EC aims to help foster the community needs by ensuring all children in Kuwait have access to quality education.
RBK is located in Al-Siddeeq, Block 4, Street 401, Villa 234, Kuwait. You can call them on 9800 9696 or email them at [email protected] for inquiries. For more information and offerings, follow RBK on Facebook: RBK.edu and Instagram @RBKedu.