From the Principal’s desk Vice Principal’s message Section-Head’s message Morning Inspirations Exciting Events Learning Enriched Field Trips Assessments Awards and Recognitions
Dear Readers, Innovation drives every aspect of our life at school We spread happiness within and around our space Our ambition is greater than our resources These are the affirmations that all Applites at The Apple International School live by; be it teachers, students, services team or ancillary team members. This is quite evident in the way the school campus offers itself as a learning ground for children and adults alike. This academic year is unique in the sense that the seed of transformation in teaching and learning that we had sown three years ago, has become a dancing sapling now. One can easily observe the shift that has taken place in our approach towards teaching and learning. All of us have started focusing now, not so much on how good we are teaching but, how good our students are learning. Our external examinations results confirm that this shift is truly enhancing our student achievement. The governors, as well as parents' involvement in all our endeavours including All Hands Meet, has been amazing. Sincere thanks to all the stakeholders. Here's wishing you a happy reading. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Dear Parents, A warm welcome to all parents and students to the first edition of the Newsletter for this year, especially to the new children and their parents joining the Apple International School's family for whom this would be the first Newsletter. We have had a busy First Term with students participating in various activities such as Sports Day that not only developed their mental and physical toughness but also developed their team spirit, Inter-house & Inter-class competitions that honed their creative skills. One major achievement this term has been the success of the Inter-Emirate trip that not only developed amongst students a love for the country we live in but also developed strong bonds for each other and for their teachers. Another highlight for me this term has been the â€œOne School Reading Togetherâ€? and the Reading Champâ€™s Trip to Dubai Safari that was a reward for the Top Readers in the school. Let us all together, keep up the spirit of reading not only in the younger generation but in ourselves as well. I must mention a note of thanks to our dedicated staff that is working relentlessly all the time to ensure the best learning experiences for our students. As this term draws to a close, I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and I look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year and hearing of the exciting and challenging New Year resolutions our students have set themselves. Warm regards!
Welcome to our newsletter! At the end of a very busy and successful first term, I would like to thank the students for their diligence and achievements so far. We have had so many success stories to share and good news items to celebrate together. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and hard work and heartfelt gratitude to the parents for their continuous support. Active learning has been a key topic through school this term and this term gives a good insight into what active learning is and how we have incorporated it in all our lessons with prime focus on Self-learning, modifying AFL and Critical thinking. Many new initiatives and celebration of each day of week adds zest to our teaching learning schedule along with Cross-curricular activities, ReadingProgram, Field trips, Prism Enrichment Program and Idea Lab. As this term ends, I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and I look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year and hearing of the exciting and challenging New Year resolutions our students have set for themselves. Wishing you all a Happy Winter Break!
Welcome Back to School The Class Assembly on the 18th September’ 2017 was on the theme ‘Welcome Back to School.’ It was presented to welcome all for the current academic year. Julianne was the compere for the day who in all smiles, greeted everyone with a hearty welcome. The assembly commenced with the recitation of a verse Surah e Rehman from the Holy Quran by Mohammed Rased and its translation by Taha Ahmed. This was followed by the UAE National Anthem and the school song. Fathima Suha took over and shared the thought for the day. The Apple News was read by the newscaster, Fatima Hiba. Vanessa, Appleanzee of 5A welcomed all and asked a few questions to the gathering. All the students participated with great enthusiasm. The next item was a Welcome Dance by Haya, Vanessa and Julia on Team Work. To the close, Ms. Tripti Shah, addressed the gathering and welcomed all for a bright academic year. It brought down the curtain to that day’s assembly. The students carried the message of ‘Team Work’ home. The assembly dispersed with the command by a Senior Student Sean of 9B. Report by Ms. Naaz Syed
Dyslexia Awareness The Class Assembly on the 30th October’ 2017 was based on the theme ‘Dyslexia.’ It was presented to educate all about the learning difficulty. Mutayaba and Ahil were the compere for the day who in all smiles, greeted everyone with a hearty welcome. The assembly commenced with the recitation of a verse Surah e Naba from the Holy Quran by Rim Yousuf and its translation by Nabeel Ahmed. This was followed by the UAE National Anthem and the school vision song. Gasim took over and shared the thought for the day. A skit was presented on Dyslexia by a group of students. The next item, few students talked about famous Dyslexic personalities in various field. Then Zara from Islamic department talked about Empathy. The students of Living Arabic also shared their thoughts. Principal addressed the gathering and welcomed all for a bright academic year. It brought down the curtain to that day’s assembly.
Mindfulness “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When we're mindful, we carefully observe our thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad”, said the Vice Principal, Ms. Jaya, who conducted the mindfulness session with Yr 6 children in the MPH during the registration time. She also added, “The intention behind doing the mindfulness activities is to give students some very simple and basic tools so they can learn to self-regulate. That's the beginning and end of it.” She said, “The most basic way to do mindful breathing is simply to focus our attention on our breath, the inhale and exhale.” To model this she taught the children and the Teachers two kinds of breathing – “Star breathing and Shark breathing”, which the children followed enthusiastically. So doing this regularly can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people. It will also help students cope with academic stress and the pressures of life outside the school gates. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult; we just need to remember to do it.” ~Sharon Salzberg
MORAL EDUCATION On 25th September 2017, Monday morning, the students of 6A conducted the assembly on the topic “Moral Education”. It was hosted by the students- Ishna and Ysa Lorraine. The assembly was initiated with Quran recitation by Fairuz and translated into English by Saara Bohra. This was followed by the UAE National Anthem and the school song. Romina shared the thought for the day on good character, while Maria read the School New for the week. The students of 6A- spoke about the importance and values of Moral Education. Jonaflor hared the purpose of ME, the objectives of ME were shared by Khadeeja. Bamini listed the four pillars of ME in English, while it was translated into French by Keziah and in Arabic by Renad, The values of the four pillars were read out by Samantha, Fatoom, Maria and Sarah Fay. Then the students (Aisha as Teacher, Jemila as a respectful daughter, Saara Bohara as her sister, Noor as their mother, and Kate, Keziah, Renad, Shayistha, Rose, Shymer Akshitha as students) enacted a short skit on the first pillar of Moral Education- Character and Morality. The moral value of the story is “What you sow, so you reap.” At the end of the skit, Romina and Jonaflor shared the moral values of Islam. Thanks to Ms.Khadeeja, the Islamic Teacher. Hala as Appelenzie quizzed the students gathered on the moral values and the winners were given candy as gifts. The assembly came to a conclusion with the Principal’s speech followed by the introduction of Mr. Gautham as the Happiness officer. Maria closed the curtain to the assembly by thanking everyone and invited the senior student Sean of 9B to disperse the students gathered on the ground. Report by Ms. Srija.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY Commitment to community is characteristic of Apple International School. We encourage our students to make a difference in our communities by participating in local charitable outreach programs. The children in Apple International School learn about the importance of helping others and the significance of giving and being a part of their communities. To celebrate Community Service day and to build a foundation of friendship, compassion, cooperation and kindness in the school a few selected students from Foundation Stage to Year 9 went out to a construction site in Al Nahda 1, Dubai to distribute food packets to the labourers working in the site on 31st October 2017. Few teachers & few support staff accompanied the students to help them distribute the packets. On the same day the students from year 7, 8 & 9 took up the responsibility to clean the school corridors, class rooms & the quadrangle area in the school. Few classes from year 5 & 6 went out to the garden area to clean the garden. The students from FS & students from year 3 & 4 prepared mementos for Manzil Centre & handicraft items for garden respectively. Few sections from 5 & 6 helped the year 1 & 2 in their dispersal to mark the day. It was a great success.
Islamic Week 2017 Islamic week was observed in The Apple International School, Dubai from 29th October – 2nd November 2017. The main objective of celebrating this week was to focus on the importance of Islamic values and to understand the importance of healthy competition. Different Activities were conducted throughout the week.
The week began with Inauguration assembly for Islamic week on Sunday 29th Of October ’17. Students of Year 7 C did Quran Recitation and its translation. Students from Year 4 and 5 Prepared, Nasheed and school Song, Ania Faooq of year 5 E did Speech on ‘Islam the Religion of peace’. In the end Principal Ma’am concluded the assembly with inspirational words and encouraged students to participate in all activities during the week to make it successful. After the Assembly Competitions for Qirat , Nasheed , Azan, Declamation and Calligraphy were held in MPH. Students participated in these competitions enthusiastically and showed great interest. Judgment was made by Islamic and Arabic teachers based on presentation skills, voice modulation, confidence and body language. 30th October was the day dedicated to Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was named as “Mercy to the Worlds” Day. Students from year 7, 8 and 9 prepared Presentation on The Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and presented it to their fellow students to give awareness of the greatest character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Islamic Models on different topics were exhibited in MPH on 2nd of November. Students from all the year level created models on the Topic of Islam and science, Prophet’s Stories, Surah Al Ghashiya , Surah Al Naba, Surah Al Mulk and Surah Qaaf, projecting the signs of Allah in all of his creations are the enough proof of His existence and Authenticity of the message of Islam. Respected Principal Ma’am, Vice Principal Ma’am, Head of the Islamic and Arabic Department, and all the section heads and many teachers and students witnessed the exhibition and appreciated the efforts of students and teachers of Islamic Education B Department. The week ended on 2nd of November with Closing assembly held in MPH. Students from year 1 and 2 did the hosting, prepared a beautiful presentation on the five pillars of Islam, different Appleites presented inspirational Nasheeds, and winner of competitions presented their work to give a glimpse of the whole week. Special guest was invited to attend the ceremony, He awarded certificates to the winners to appreciate their hard work and to celebrate their success. Honourable guest also visited the exhibition and appreciated the work of students. The week ended by attaining its objective of creating awareness of Islamic values and motivating students for healthy competitions.
Graffiti are writings or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted on a wall or other surface, often within public view. Graffiti range from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. There are many different types and styles of graffiti; it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested. Keeping the above in mind, we, at the Apple International, organised an Inter House Graffiti Art Competition on 11th Oct 2017 in the MPH. 24 students of Year- 5 & 6 actively participated with various artistic forms. Teachers and students were excited to participate in the event. Art teacher, Mr. Mumtaz organized the competition.
READING PROGRAM Author’s Visit Thursday 2nd of November 2017 has become the most memorable day of this academic year for the applelites. One of the authors from United States of America Mr. Peter Lerangis visited Apple International School as part of the Sharjah International Book fair outreach programmed. The author was received by Ms. Evangeline; He was escorted straight to the Vice Principal’s office Ms. Jaya Menezes and offers a formal welcome to the guest author in her office where he was served with refreshments. Then he was taken to the MPH hall where the children were eagerly waiting to interact with the guest author. Mr. Peter Lerangis discussed to the student about how to become a good writer. On the other hand, the students were inspired about the life of the author. In addition, he also shared how to write a story and a book. His approach was simple but effective with the students. He suggested that if students have a passion, he or she can become a writer, but for that reading books and following the teacher’s guidance is important. According to him writing books can be generated in general conversations with friends and group talks and brain storming sessions. He encouraged the students to pursue writing as a career option. Children were overwhelmed with his approach and ideas. He was so simple and approachable. Students enjoyed and learnt a lot of tips on writing as well as reading. At the end of the session the author was kind enough and patient to sign the books and take photos to the students.
READING PROGRAM Reading Champs’ Visit to Dubai Safari “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss. I do believe what Dr. Seuss says, as part of the reading programme students will be given a chance to visit more places where they will enjoy and it will remain as a memorable day for the rest of their life. In line with this, The Apple International School, Dubai together with the Reader's Champ Students for the month of December as a reward to them they had a tour at Dubai Safari Park, Al Warqa Dubai. Which they had fun and amazed visiting the African Village, Arabian Village, Asian Village, Wadi, and Animal Safari which has 2,500 different types of animals from other countries. It was indeed a successful toured.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
“Believe there is HOPE for a CURE” There is life after Breast Cancer, but the prerequisite is ‘early detection’. A workshop was conducted on ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ by Dr. Shaimaa Maghat on the 11th of October 2017 in the school premises. The workshop was attended by girls of Years 7 to 9 and the teaching staff which mainly focused on causes and diagnosis of Breast Cancer. The Doctor emphasized on the occurrence and causes of breast cancer and how it can be diagnosed. The workshop was quite informative for the girls and they were expected to create an awareness in themselves if any of the symptoms occur.
ANNUAL SPORTS DAY The annual sports day of year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 & 5 to 9 was held on 14th & 15th November 2017 respectively at the school ground in a frolicsome atmosphere. The event was marked by a string of spectacular performances presented by the little champs of year 1 & 2 & on the next day of year 3 & 4, who were brimming with enthusiasm and sportsmanship. The grand opening ceremony was graced by the presence of school officials, the Principal Ms. Pranjala Dutta, Vice Principal Ms. Jaya and section heads of various sections. The ceremony was auspicated with the recital of verses from the Holy Quran followed by its translation. The school choir sang the UAE National Anthem followed by school song. After the song there was the drill display presented by the students that kept the spectators spellbound. Then the principal officially declared the sports meet open. The long awaited recreational events were held which included track events and other innovative events like getting ready for school, hoola hoops race, balloon popping race, balancing ball race, zig zag race, relay race & etc on both the days. The boys from year 1 to 9 & girls from 5 to 9 participated enthusiastically in all of them. The prizes were given away by the principal, vice principals and the other officials. The Ruby house bagged the championship title followed by the Sapphire house and the Emerald House bagging the second and third positions respectively in year 1 & 2. The first, second and third position went to Sapphire house, Ruby house and Emerald house respectively in year 3 & 4 section. Last but not the least, in year 5 to 9 Emerald house and Topaz house were the joint champions followed by Ruby house and Sapphire house bagging the second and third positions respectively. The event came to an end successfully with the vote of thanks, leaving thrilling memories in the hearts of each one present there.
GLIMPSES of CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES SCIENCE: Identification of Angiosperms and Gymnosperms To promote better understanding of classification of plants into Angiosperms and Gymnosperms, students of Year 5 were given an opportunity to visit the school garden to identify the angiosperms and gymnosperms present in the school garden. Students were divided into groups of three and were given an investigation sheet to record observations in form of examples of each type of plant along with their features. Some of the students also carried their iPads to get more information about plants present in the garden. By gaining hands on experience through outside learning opportunities, some learners are better able to translate ideas and thoughts back into the classroom through the use of other media.
GLIMPSES of CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES SCIENCE: Formation of Day and Night Objective: To demonstrate concept of formation of day and night. To enable understanding of the concept of Earth’s Rotation and its effect on formation of day and night, students were given the opportunity to use Yardstick kits. Initially students were asked to find out time conversions in different parts of the world using their i-Pads following which they were able to link these differences in time to Earth’s Rotation. Students were then able to work collaboratively with their peers to demonstrate the formation of day and night due to Earth’s Rotation. As a result of such hands-on learning in classrooms, students are able to directly observe the natural phenomenon.
GLIMPSES of CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ENGLISH: Understand words – Explicit and Implicit Learners watched a film trailer – “Hunger game”, after which they were made to understand the difference between explicit and implicit meanings through some examples from the trailer. After the discussion, in pairs they were asked to explain what they understood from the topic - explicit and implicit meaning. To my surprise, the learners brilliantly used their white boards to draw a picture for others to guess the explicit meaning of it while they shared the implicit meaning of it by themselves. While one pair took the stand, others really enjoyed it. The class on the whole was aiming to develop their creative thinking skills.
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS External Assessments are used as indicators to strength and areas of improvement as well as tools to measure the progress and attainment of student learning. The Appleites appeared in various International Standardized Assessments in this term. These include GL CAT4, ACER IBT for Arabic, Cambridge Primary Checkpoints, GL NGRT and Olympiad Tests organized by ISFO. Students have also been registered for end of the term Progress Test by GL Education to be conducted in May 2018.
INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS Applietes proudly announce the successful inclusion of online assessments in our Formal Internal Assessment System. The tool we are using is, KOAN Assessments, which is a web based assessment tool, synchronized with our academic and technical requirements. The end of the term is marked by major assessments which provide a summary of overall performance and learning.
AL AFDAL AWARD CEREMONY The Al Afdal Award (School Prize Giving Ceremony) ceremony of the Apple International School, Dubai was held on 19th October, Thursday, 2017 at 8:30 AM at Multipurpose Hall with Mr. Venkat Krishnamoorthy in the chair. Section heads gave away the first set of awards to students who secured 100% attendance in the academic year 2016-2017. The next set of awards were presented by Ms Jaya, the vice principal of the school to students who overall excelled in academics. This was followed by awarding subject toppers by their respective head of departments. Few students received a wide range of awards in different categories including Most Creative Student, Artist of the Year, Musician of the year, IT Champ of the year etc. Our Principal handed over these prizes to the awardees. One class from each year from year 1 – Year 4 received the Best Class awards by the school’s Operational Manager, Mr. Mahesh. At the end the chief guest awarded the trophies to the top performing Houses in Sports, Academics, and Performing Arts & then finally gave away the ‘overall champion house’ trophy. The program ended with a dance performance by the students and vote of thanks by a student.
About the Chief Guest: Venkat Krishnamoorthy is popularly known as the pencil man of UAE. He is a Guinness world record holder for largest collection of stationery for charity in 24 hours. Mr. Venkat is a chartered accountant who runs a software company in Dubai.
BADGE CEREMONY On 2nd October 2017, Monday morning, The Apple International School, Dubai- celebrated ‘The Badge Ceremony’ for the students of Grade 5 & 6. It was an occasion to recognize and honour the leadership qualities of the students in all the sections of Year 5 & 6. The main hostesses for the program were Chloe and Rome Oliver of year 6. The assembly began with Quran recitation by Jana Mohammad and translated into English by Zoya of Year 6 B. This was followed by the UAE National Anthem and the school song. The hostesses - Chloe and Rome Oliver shared the quotes of Great leaders on ‘Leadership’ and explained the reason for selecting four leaders from each section-Class Representative, Green Ambassador, Innovative Leader, and Wellness Champion. Year 6 girls sang a song ‘Leader in me’. Later, Mr. Gautham, the Happiness officer for the students shared the duties and responsibilities of those elected leaders. The elected leaders were honoured with badges by a team of Leaders-Ms.Preeti, Ms.Norma, Mr.Jinto and Mr.Goutham Gosh. The ceremony concluded with the speech by the Vice Principal, emphasizing on the leader’s role and the opportunity for other students to receive the badge in the second and third term.