The Apple International School, Dubai
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From the desk of Principal From the desk of the Vice Principal From the desk of the Section Head Assemblies Events Field Trips • Assessments
From the desk of Principal Dear Parents, With this Term coming to an end, we have also inched closer to the end of a pleasant winter season. The months of January, February and March have seen our students trying out a few new things. This includes getting the first-hand taste of how an auction works, through Bidding Buddies, presenting our long-term project 'U With Ukraine?' at Design For Change presentation at KHDA and then in Kiev(Ukraine), finding new ways to celebrate subjects like English and Math through Super Learning Weeks, held in the last weeks of January and February respectively. It is expected that the enthusiasm and zeal that the school usually remain s abuzz with, will transfer to your homes when our children spend the spring break with you, giving you a hard time answering their questions and solving their problems with them. They will also be sincerely involved in preparing themselves for The Super Talented Applelite contest to be held in May' 18 and what's more: we are very excited to see the vehicles the students will be designing in order to participate in 'My Wonder Vehicle' contest which will see some amazing racing contests of innovative vehicles designed by our students of FS through Year 9, during Super Learning Week of Science in the last week of April. So, here's wishing you all the best for all the adventures ahead! Regards
From the desk of Section Head Dear Parents, This term has showcased the real feel of collaboration and teamwork. The students demonstrate that they are working towards being successful, confident and responsible. The Social and Personal skills of the students of the Secondary School have been rated â€˜Outstandingâ€™ by the DSIB team who recently visited the school. This is indeed a golden feather to the cap. Having hosted and conducted various events successfully, the confidence of our students has reached new levels. It has been wonderful to see them talking to adults very eloquently in challenging situations. The School Council meetings have also mostly been led by the students themselves, with very little intervention from teachers. We have been really impressed with the levels of responsibility shown by all students to make decisions about a range of things in school. Although this has been a fairly short term, AIS has managed, as always, to provide students with numerous positive and rewarding experiences. The students and staff continue to work extremely hard leading to many positive learning achievements. With the welcome start of spring, we look forward to your contributions that will continue to play an important part in the lives of our students. I thank each one of you. Do enjoy the Spring break. Regards Jinto Sebastian
On 21st February 2018, Wednesday morning, the students of 7B conducted the assembly on the topic “OPTIMISM”. It was hosted by the students- Mharielle Grace and Xander Alexis. The assembly started with Quran recitation by Noor Mahmoud and translated into English by Maha Saleh. This was followed by the UAE National Anthem that was sung by the students of 7B. Shafeeqah has shared the thought for the day, which was “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you”, where Ria Harish repeated the thought for the day. The students shared some of the main characteristics of an optimist. Jamaica Perez, Venuz Manzon, Chinonye Karen, Sufia Naem, Soha Faisal, Fabiha Zia Khan and Fatima Rahil performed a dance for an optimistic song. Then students enacted a skit on the title; The two travellers – A story about optimism which tells the moral of the story that, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it, So stay Optimistic.”
Mother’s Language Day On 28th February 2018, class 7D conducted the school’s weekly assembly on the topic World’s Mother Language Day, which is celebrated worldwide on 21st Feb. First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages. Its purpose is to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism. Since our school caters to students from every corner of the world, this topic was very apt and interesting. The assembly started with Quran recitation followed by the singing of the national anthem by the whole class. Students expressed on stage how mother is called in each language and this was followed by a dance on multi-lingual song mash-up. The dance was well received by the audience and much appreciated. Speeches on the facts pertaining to languages was also shared. Star performer of the week was Rivin Melwin of 7D on keyboards. Lot of interesting innovations were also showcased and the assembly was well received from all quarters.
Artificial Intelligence:The Future Tech Years 5-9 students conducted the assembly during the DSIB inspections on 14th February, 2018 on the theme â€œArtificial Intelligence: The Future Techâ€?. The assembly was compered by Insiya and Mohd. Aliyan. The assembly started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Rahij Sohaib followed by translation done by Mousab. After the National Anthem, Nour Ali and Yuval Shah presented the importance of artificial intelligence through some models and drones along with the innovative projects made by the Apple International School for Expo 2020. Then students came up with the presentation on Artificial Intelligence which also included beat boxing, gymnastics and a robotic dance. Thereafter, our own created Robot Mr. Ray was brought on stage and questions were asked on artificial intelligence. Students from the audience were thrilled to answer his questions. Finally, the innovation leaders from different grades presented their innovation projects. Then the vision song was sung by Micah followed by the dispersal by Sports Captain Lamis Mohamed.
Honesty January 17, 2018- An assembly about “Honesty” was conducted by Year 9B where the students showed their talents through presenting different acts in front of the students from Year 5 to Year 9 together with the teachers, Section-Heads, Vice-Principal and Principal. The assembly was started by reading the Holy Quran and its translation which were led by Sulaiman and Mahmoud and followed by the National Anthem of U.A.E. and the school’s vision song. Mahdi and Sean are the overall masters of the ceremony. The assembly became more interesting in the eyes of the students and teachers when they witnessed the different presentations prepared by Year 9B students. The students prepared a short skit which talks about honesty through a bullying scenario and every scene of the skit was unexpectedly applauded by all that gave immense happiness to the participants and to the class as a whole. It was not only a skit that they presented, but they also danced to the tune of “Dahil Sa’yo and “Rockaby Baby”. The assembly was ended by calling the Principal to give her inspirational message to all the students. “It was indeed a successful assembly, said Jules, a student from Year 7.
Inter-house Pantomime Competition Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different” Performance on stage is not everyone’s forte but The Apple International School, Dubai provides all its students with avenues where they excel in all aspects in life whatever they do; including acting. Mime is one aspect of acting, a theatrical medium, without the use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer would typically be referred to as a mummer.
The competition was scheduled on 5th March, Monday and was held in the MPH, The Apple International School, Dubai on the topic: Current global issues.
The competition commenced with the anchor Soha Faisal and Jamiaca and started with few verses from holy Quran by Suzzanne and translation by Sufia. The compere introduced the judge, our beloved Principal, Ms. Pranjala Dutta.
The audience was briefed about the rubrics for the event, that is: Clarity of expressions, body language, conviction of the act, use of music and costume and impact on the audience. Each house was given 5-7 minutes for their presentation. Sapphire house performed on- save trees, Emerald house on- save water, Ruby house- save electricity, and Topaz house- the threat of technology.
Deciding the winner was a herculean task, as all the performance were executed with finesse and perfection. Finally, after great deliberation, our beloved Principal declared the winners that are Emerald house. Both the compere thanked the Principal, Ms. Pranjala Dutta, for her vision n planning such events which expose the students to such activities and give them a platform that helps them to showcase their talent.
Battle of the Bands “ Music is Food for the Souls.”
With the aim of providing an avenue to showcase talented students in music, The Inter-House Battle of the Bands was organized by Apple International School for students from Year 5 to 9. The event was held last January 25, 2018 –Thursday at 1:10 in the afternoon in the MultiPurpose Hall.
It was a fun and music-filled afternoon in the school. It was participated by four (4) bands coming from the four various Houses namely: Emerald House, Ruby House, Sapphire House, and Topaz House. The whole program was compered by Christalobie of Year 6C. It was started by Quran recitation led by Hanan Ali Salim from Year 6 and followed by the reading of the mechanics and criteria of the competition by the compere. The competition of the bands was judged by Ms. Preeti Tiwade-the Section Head of Year1 and 2 and Mr. Ryan Alarcon-the Music teacher.
The audience coming from Year 5, 6 and 8 classes were delighted when the first band played their music
until to the last band performance. After all the bands have presented, Ms. Erich , a student from Year 5 played amazingly the song of Beatles “ Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the keyboard. Truly, the school is full of talents. The announcement of the winners was the most awaited part of the program by the audience. The result of the competition was finally announced by Ms. Preeti. The winners were: Sapphire House who ranked the 1st place, Emerald House -2nd place, Ruby House-3rd place and Topaz House for the 4th Place. Every Houseband was applauded and recognized for their great performances on the stage. Then. Ms. Preeti left some inspiring words to the audience about being good artists and having good performance on stage. The event was a great success because of the hard work put in by our dear students, the House Mistresses of each house, Section Heads, as well as the support of all the teachers and staffs.
Workshop on IPR by Dubai Customs Officer
The Secondary students of The Apple International School attended a workshop on Intellectual Property Rights(IPR) on 19th March in the school auditorium at 11.30am. Mr. Thayab Ali, Dubai Custom Officer started off the workshop by explaining the meaning of IPR providing with examples of fake iPhones, Rolex watches etc. where he told that Intellectual property is the product of the human intellect including creativity concepts, inventions, industrial models, trademarks, songs, literature, symbols, names, brands,....etc. Intellectual Property Rights do not differ from other property rights. He explained the students about how the owner completely benefits from his/her product which was initially an idea that developed and crystallized. He demonstrated how a user can prevent others from using, dealing or tampering with his/her product without prior permission from him/her. And he explained how to legally sue them and force them to stop and compensate for any damages.
Then Mr. Thayab showed a documentary about movie piracy and explained how the pirated money funds terrorism. Mr. Aliâ€™s knowledge accompanied with wit made the students enjoy the workshop. He also explained the role and responsibilities of Dubai Customs. Mr. Ali concluded by answering few questions of the students and how the students can be a part of IPR.
World Culture Day World Culture Day was celebrated in Apple International School on 11th of January, 2018. The main aim of the event was to open new avenues of cultural understanding in a unique and interactive way. The whole play area transformed into mini countries. There were twentyfive country stalls in all. Each stall was a colourful display of items ranging from clothes, books, jewelry to food, flags, historical figures etc. The event started with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by National Anthem. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Andrew Lockett, our early year Consultant. The spectators were regaled with dance and song performance by the tiny tot of our School. There was a tremendous response from the students and parents who thoroughly enjoyed and learned about knew countries. Each country stall was unique and students came well prepared to present and explain their cultures, traditions and facts. There was a spirit of enthusiasm and excitement reflected in the students, which can be witnessed during their interaction with visitors. Every child took ownership of their exhibit and explained everything in detail.
The Exhibition was from 8:30am to 1:00pm. It gave the students a platform to display their creativity, knowledge and collaboration. It also helped them to develop skill of public speaking and professional interaction with people. World Culture day event proved to be a grand success and received much appreciation from every quarter.
Math Super Learning week Report
Year 3-9 Students conducted the assembly on 25th February,2018 on the theme â€œMath Super Learning week â€?. The assembly was compered by Mobina and Insiya. The assembly started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Hinata followed by translation done by Maryam. After that Year 7 students presented information on Mathematicians around the world.
Thereafter, the Araisa recited a poem made on Learning of Math. Students of Year 4 sang a wonderful song on Simplification of fractions. Arabic Students of Year 8&9 presented the Learning of Math concept in Arabic and Year 9 students explained the same concept in English. There was a Math Fashion walk by year 3&4 students by wearing costumes on mathematical concepts. The Principal appreciated the Year 3-9 students for the performance and the effort they put in for the assembly. The assembly ended with the school Vision song sung by all the students.
The week commenced with Mental Math competition across all sections. The mental Math competition was composed of 10 questions. The questions were based on 3 levels of psychometric ability: Numerical reasoning tests, diagrammatic reasoning tests and tests of focus. The competition went on to be a success as children showed a great level of Enthusiasm.
Then came the Algebra Hunt where the questions on Algebra were pasted all over the corridor. The students were excited to solve those algebraic expressions that was pasted in the corridor. Some students teamed up and solved. And some students solved the questions individually.
The Next Day started with students exploring the elements of Math in Fashion. The primary objective of the project was to encourage learners to get involved, to dispel the Math phobia and create a love for the subject and to perceive the connections of mathematical concepts with the life situations. Further proceeding with the Week was the Origami Art with the 3D shapes. Students created their own designs by arranging the 3D shapes as a design form. Lastly was the Inter-House Quiz competition which had three rounds where students were tested on Numerical Reasoning and Diagrammatic Tests. There were four Teams from Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby who were in team of four for the competition. The quiz master conducted the quiz by putting the questions on the screen and time limit informed to the students in advance.
English Super Learning Week January 28, 2018- English Super Learning Week was opened and lasted till February 1, 2018. Within this week different activities were conducted during English periods for the students to realize that English is fun and to love it as a whole.
Each year level has different activities conducted in each day of the week where students were enthusiastically and excitedly participated all through out the week. During English periods, elimination rounds are happening where the winners from each class will serve as the representatives and participants for the final round which took place on Thursday in the Multi-Purpose Hall (MHP) of the school.
They were also allowed to go outside of their rooms to answer the different puzzles put up on the walls of their classrooms. All of them were answering text twist, riddles, word search, word factory, cross word puzzles, brain teasers, acrostic poems, story board, and many more.
At the end of the week, Thursday, the final round was conducted in the MPH where the students from different sections fought for the crown to be called as winners for different competitions. There were also teachers from different departments who served as judges and other students from different sections who witnessed and applauded the competitors for the different competitions.
Students went back to their classrooms having knowledge about the different competitions held as well as having smiles on their faces.
Students of Apple International School showcased their creative projects at Design for Change Student Innovators Showcase, at Oli Oli Dubai
Beach Cleanup Mamzar Dubai 19th March 2018 The Apple International School joined hands with St. Mary’s High School, Dubai for “Beach Cleanup” program held at Mamzar Beach, Dubai on 19th March 2018. This was an initiative by the Dubai Municipality. The activity was led by Ms. Kehkashan Basu, the Youth Ambassador for World Future Council. The campaign started at 8:30 am with the opening program followed by briefing the student volunteers on what to collect, how to segregate and where to put the waste. The campaign was a great success indeed
INTER- EMIRATES TOUR "Knowledge is actively constructed by the student, not passively absorbed from textbooks and lectures" Students of Apple International School enjoying and learning on an educational Inter-emirates tour, providing them with a theoretical and practical experience of all emirates in UAE.
VISIT TO OLD AGE HOME, MAMZAR Our school believes in giving the first-hand experiences to the learners and as a part of the schoolâ€™s initiative to sensitize the young towards the aged and the needy, few selected students of year 1 to 9 were taken to the Old Age Home at Mamzar on 17th December. The students shared a wonderful time with the elderly people in the house. They offered them few gift items as a token of love & appreciation. They also gifted fruits and cookies and the most precious was to spend some quality time with them. The people at Old Age Home were very hospitable and friendly, and they welcomed the students with their beautiful smiles. To break the monotony of their lives the students presented a few songs and a dance performance for them & also made the elderly people sing along with them. The students were able to make out that those people were very happy to have the students there and they also thanked the students for that. The meeting and conversation between the students and elderly people went for an hour. At the end the students had an opportunity to discover empathy within themselves.
External Assessments In this term years 9 students appeared in Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoints Pretests in the 3rd week of March 2018. These are special assessments from CAIE, offered to some selected schools to test CAIEâ€™s future test items. AIS availed this opportunity to prepare students for CAIE Checkpoints to be held in April 2018.
Internal Assessments Term 3 Major Assessments were held in early March to see overall attainment at this stage of the academic session. Open House to discuss the performance in 2nd Term with parents will be held in the 2nd week of April 2018.