The Schools has a 25-metre covered swimming pool adjacent to the Sports Hall. The pool varies in depth from about 1 metre at one end to about 2 metres at the other. The gradient from
one end to the other is not uniform, so there is an area with a flat bottom at the shallow end where children can swim safely.
In Grades 1-6 all students are encouraged to swim. In the early years the emphasis is
very much on fun, water confidence and safety. As the students develop, basic strokes are introduced and, when appropriate, diving
and other activities. As students enter Grade 7, they are coached to improve their stroke techniques and diving and also learn
life saving and play water-based games.
There are also changing facilities for swimmers within the swimming pool compound.
Regular swimming competitions take place at the pool, sometimes involving other local schools.
There are four dedicated science rooms located on the second floor of the central facilities building, midway between the Girls' and Boys' Schools. We have a full time laboratory supervisor
to prepare apparatus and assist teaching staff as required.
There are laboratories specifically dedicated to Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a
General Science room.
Each laboratory, like all other teaching rooms in the Schools, has a large whiteboard and can
therefore be used for non-practical instruction.
The General Science room also houses a T.V. and video player and a ‘museum’ containing many preserved organisms, skeletons and an impressive array
of geological items. This museum particularly concentrates on items from Oman.
Each of the labs accommodates up to 24 students, normally working co-operatively in groups of two or three to carry out practical work. The Biology and Physics labs have flat, formica surfaces whereas the
Chemistry lab has a suitable tiled surface.
There is ample glassware and standard apparatus to meet the requirements of the courses
taught, as well as teaching and learning resources for each of the sciences. Each lab has its own store room as well as storage cupboards around the room. There are the normal gas, water and electrical supplies one would expect to find in laboratories.
Safety is of paramount importance so each room has fire detection and alarm facilities, fire
extinguishers and first aid kits. It has, so far, not been
necessary to use these items, but they are regularly checked and serviced.
Al Sahwa Schools has a modern and well equipped multi-purpose Sports Hall. Here the students have access to a range of sports both in and out of school time.
The Sports Hall is 30m in length and 23m in width. It has a special composite flooring
and countersunk removable posts which enable the students to play many sports in a safe environment. The basketball rings are housed on a hydraulic system, ensuring that all students from Grade 1 through to Grade 12 can make
full use of this facility.
When either playing for fun or competing against other schools, the Hall has retractable seating which can accommodate around 350
spectators. This facility ensures that Al Sahwa is well supported when playing matches or hosting tournaments.
Adjacent to the Sports Hall is the Fitness Room. Here the older students, under strict
supervision, can use a variety of fixed and free weights, exercise bikes and treadmills as part of their P.E. programme or after-school activity.