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February 5, 2012 Sports Days— IBO PYP Authorization Visit—Mix and Match Day—No School on Thursday 9 Febuary The Technology Departments held their exhibition last week. See the front page of the website for pictures and come into the MYP lobby to see a sampling. _______________

The aim of the survey is to help develop and improve initiatives across all Taaleem schools. Parents will be able to complete the survey in Arabic or English and will be asked to submit one survey per family per child. Thank you for your support. KIDS On

Mix and Match Day—on Sunday 5 February the PYP students will have a mix and match dress day. All students who participate will be required to pay 3.00 AED for the privilege. This money will go to charity.

Upcoming Events:  Mid-term break.. Feb 911  Term 3 begins 15 April  Reports … March 1  Authorisation visit … March 12,13

University Guidance and Support Visit __________________ We have joined forces Take 5 minutes— with the Independent Taaleem is doing Schools Careers OrganiDubai School Inspeca survey of all its sation, ISCO, a leading tion Board has not schools. yet set a date to visit careers organization in UK independent the school. schools, to provide the Is Your Child Registered? If we don’t have ALL of the required very best careers addocuments then the answer is NO! The KHDA will not recognize vice and support for your child as having attended school if you don’t have all your our Grade 10, 11 & 12 documents in. We can not issue transfer certificates and you students. Martin Minwill be assessed FINES. Don’t Delay— shall from ISCO is comGet Your Documents in Today! ing into school to offer student profiling to asSWIMMING— certain the strengths of There will be no swimming during PE lessons until further nothose students who tice as we are preparing for Sports Day in February have registered with the organisation on Wednesday 1st FebruSports Days—KG1 & KG2 will take place on Tuesday 7 February ary. For further details please contact Beckyfrom 11:30 to 1:15. Grade 1 & 2 will take place on Monday 6 February from 8:00 AM Williams to 10:45 rwilliams@gcschool.ae. Grades 3, 4, 5 will take place on Monday 6 February from 11:30 ____________________ The IBO Authorization to 2:30 visit will be on March 12 The MYP students will take place on Wednesday 8 February and 13, 2012 throughout the day.


From the Head of Primary …... Welcome to

the start of a new term and a New Year to our new and returning students and parents of the GCS school family. This term has started with many exciting events. Last term we made contact with Coral Cove Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with whom we committed to developing a reading and writing culture, through a Penpal programme. We were all very excited when the first batch of let-

ters arrived and distributed to the students. Several children

Some children receiving their letters from Ms Hollington

have already written letters to their Penpals in Florida. This week it was a delight to see the enthusiasm and

thought that went into the development of businesses set up by the Young Entrepreneurs of Grade 5. Thank you to the children, their teachers and parents who supported them as they worked on this project which provided a real insight into what will be needed for their exhibition. Our school uniform is a reflection of who we are at GCS and we should all wear it proudly and in its entirety at all times.

Upcoming Events:  Sports Days .. Feb 6-8  Mid-term break.. Feb 9-11  DSIB visit  Reports … March 1  Authorisation visit … March 12,13

Although we represent our school at all times we are easily recognizable as ambassadors of GCS when in uniform. Just a reminder, there will be a second-hand uniform sale on Tuesday Jan 24 in reception

Parent Information Evening ... Inquiry in Action Our Parent Information Session on ‘Inquiry in the Classroom’, allowed parents to enter the classroom and take on the role of student. Through practical, hands-on learning opportunities parents were engaged in the inquiry process therefore developing curiosity, questioning skills and problem-solving while integrating the core skills of Language, Mathematics, the Arts and Social Studies or Science. As we are all life-long learners, it was wonderful seeing parents engaged in the


GCS Newsletter 5 Feb 12