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Our Story

VISS is a premium not- for profit international school in the United Arab Emirates providing a quality Victorian education to a diverse international community. It is a highly sought after school and is seen as a leader in education in the region. The school teaches the Victorian version of the Australian curriculum. An agreement was signed between his Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qassimi and the then Victorian Labor government for the establishment of Victoria International School of Sharjah in November 2005 The school opened for classes in September 2007 on a purpose built (Victorian designed) campus on the border of Dubai and Sharjah. The teaching methods and the curriculum standards from Victoria impressed HH, whose vision to build a lighthouse school that would act to support improvement and development in education in Sharjah, saw him look to the Victorian Department of Education to collaborate on creating a Victorian model school. As the preeminent provider of Australian education in the Middle East, VISS often works with external bodies to promote Victoria and Victorian education in the region. The school has developed strong relationships with a number of bodies both in the Middle East and in Australia and has close ties with both the Australian embassy and the Victorian Business Office in the UAE. The official ceremony to formally open the school in 2009, to ratify the agreement between the Victorian and Sharjah governments, was attended by both the Ruler of Sharjah and the Premier of Victoria John Brumby.

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About VISS

One of the most valuable experiences you can offer your child is the opportunity to reach their personal potential in an engaging and exciting environment that celebrates diversity.

At the Victoria International School of Sharjah, our primary focus is on meeting the learning needs of individual students to help them achieve excellent outcomes as they journey through education and life.

No matter what their cultural background and capabilities, your child will have access to a contemporary and comprehensive learning program built on the world-class framework that underpins education in the Australian state of Victoria. This model puts your child’s learning needs at the centre and will lay the foundation for their future studies and career.

At our school, we meet students’ different learning needs by dividing education into three learning stages –Early Learning Centre( Pre-KG & KG), Primary and Secondary School.

What We Do

The VISS approach to teaching Our learning approach is centerd on your child’s individual learning needs and characterized by innovative teaching methods.

Early Learning Centre (Pre-KG & KG) – awakening The foundation for your child’s formal education and personal growth in the years to come is laid.

Primary School – laying the foundations Your child will learn to apply fundamental knowledge in new and challenging ways.

Middle School – consolidation Your child’s skills will become more advanced as they are introduced to important ideas and learning styles.

Senior School – developing pathways Your child will undertake specialized learning in areas of choice that provide a pathway to university and work.

Meet Our Team

Our Leadership Team

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Dean Pyrah

Executive Principal

Jim Stearns


Kerry Graham


Bernadette O’Sullivan

Deputy Head of Primary School and Early Learning Centre

Paul Pinzone

Head of Maths Faculty - Assistant Head Data and Logistics, Secondary School
Sarah S

Sara Santrampurwala

Assistant Head Senior School Curriculum and IB Diploma Coordinator

Karen Corbett

Assistant Head – Middle School Curriculum

Patrick Rafferty

Assistant Head - Student Welfare

Reshma Kudrolli

ELC Coordinator

George Ibrahim

Assistant Head - Teaching & Learning and Assessment & Reporting