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Developing admissions for a new school

OurPlanet International School is still a newcomer on the world stage. We opened our doors in the city of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, a little over five years ago offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme to Omanis and expat families. Our fledgling admissions process began with twenty students, occupying four classrooms in a two-storey villa, and has since grown

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Admissions, Bah Humbug

I am a Business Manager, a title that conjures up the stereotype of the bespectacled Ebenezer Scrooge, hunched over his abacus, counting the sheckles, and sardonically berating anyone who dares to suggests an expense that lies outside the approved budget. Sometimes this is true, but more often than not nowadays the miserly behaviour of old Mr Scrooge has become a

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OurPlanet Expansion Project

Building an International School in the Middle East is not without its complications. Local labour laws, Municipality regulations and Ministry rules provide a plethora of hurdles and hoops to jump through. Then there is the challenge of combining the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with the Omani Arabic program, whilst ensuring that you maintain an even mix of local students and

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Internet Trends for 2017 – Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker 2017

A highlight presentation in the tech world, during last year’s Code Conference in Silicon Valley Mary Meeker foretold that that growth of internet businesses is slowing down, and that image sharing and messaging apps are the future. Did she predict the future correctly? Grab a cup of coffee and listen to this year’s presentation. You can also view Mary’s slides in tandem

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Smartphone security is a civil rights issue

This is a thought provoking TED talk by Christopher Soghoian. Your smartphone is a civil rights issue talks about the two operating systems in the global smartphone market: iOS (made by Apple) and Android (made by Google).  From a security standpoint Apple is far more secure – it encrypts all data stored on iPhones by default, and text messages sent from one Apple

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Two Million Tonnes of Bombs

This post originally appeared on Wish You Were Here back in April. I think it is important enough to be posted again. Understated, tucked into the ground of the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation in Vientiane, Laos, the COPE visitor centre tells incredible stories of survival and challenges today. More than two million tonnes of bombs – “one tonne for every

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NeuRA’s Website is now LIVE!

We are very pleased to announce that Neuroscience Research Australia’s (NeuRA) new website is now live. The new look is not only to showcase NeuRA’s top-level researchers and facilities but also to provide up-to-date information on what is known about certain neurological diseases such as Dementia or mental health disorders (check out ‘Your Health‘ for all the conditions covered). It also provides information on

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