February 16, 2012
From the Head of Primary …... Thank
you to all the parents who supported their children on our Sports Days last week. A big thank you to all staff members, but especially to the PE department for a very, efficiently run series of Sports Days. Grades 3, 4 & 5
During this week, the Grades 3 & 5 completed the ISA (International Schools Assessments) for the first time. These assessments cover mathematics, reading and writing and are administered over two days for 2/3 periods each day. The completed booklets are then sent to Australia for marking. These assessments are more aligned with the IB programme than the NFER which is more British curriculum based.
We are still trying to find a German teacher for the Primary school. Although we have interviewed several candidates, locally and internationally, none have been available before September. Primary reports are due to go out on March 1. Student–led conferences are scheduled to take place on March 20. You will be informed of the details at a later date. Welcome to Ms Joanna Santillian, who is now based in the Primary reception area. Many of you will recognize Ms Santillian from the Secondary reception.
Upcoming Events Reports … March 1 DSIB visit March 5-7 2nd Hand Uniform Sale …. March 6 Authorisation visit … March 12,13 Student-led conferences … March 20 We would also like to welcome Ms Wilma le Roux, the secretary to the Head of Primary & the PYP coordinator. Grades 1 & 2
KG1 & 2
PYP Authorization/Verification Visit .... from the PYP Coordinator Dear Parents, I am pleased to inform you that our Authorization/Verification Visit will be taking place from the 12-13 March 2012. This is an exciting process whereby two team members selected by the International Baccalaureate Organization will visit our school and will: - talk to teachers, parents, students, administration, school board - visit classrooms - view facilities - gather information - examine resources and instructional materials - review documentation
We look forward to this visit and thank you in advance for your continued support. Should you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Althea Edmondson PYP Coordinator
February 16, 2012 Poetry Winner, Sports Days, Student Council, and the KHDA The Student Council met this week to discuss Friendship Week and the International Day that will be held at the school on 29 March. Please hold the date for the celebration and if you would like to be a parent helper let us know.
MYP—School Reports—All MYP students have received their semester school reports. Please read them over carefully. Look at these as “action documents”, students can work to improve using the suggestions in the reports.
Sylvan Learning Sponsors Spelling Competition Grades 3, 4, and 5 Come Out and Show Your Stuff! Dubai Marina Mall February 17 – 18 Contact – 04-4345400 __________________ DUCTAC—Auditions this weekend for CATS!
KHDA Survey— This survey is coming soon. Please take the time to fill it out. This survey helps us improve in a number of ways, but mostly in how we educate the students. Thanks!
Upcoming Events: DSIB visit March 5-7 2nd Hand Uniform Sale …. March 6 Authorization visit … March 12,13 Student-led conferences … March 20 International Day 29 March
Have A Good Conference! Ms. Hollington will attend the annual Taaleem Way Forward Conference as continued professional development on February 22, 23, and 24.
Grade 3—As a part of the next Unit of Inquiry, Grade 3 will be looking at how decisions we make affect our enviExtra Extra Read All About It—There is a new parents help / inronment. The students formation board outside the MYP reception, please do take a have already begun look at the information there as it advertises free support looking at how to take groups as well as news articles on parenting. action to help out in our local environment. One initiative they have Sports Days—Thanks to all the students for making Sports Day thought of it is to be a a big success and thanks to those parents that were part of the Emirates Enable to come out and support the students and cheer vironmental group them on. (EEG) can collection Second Hand Uniform Sales will be held the first Tuesday of each month
February 16, 2012
From the Head of Secondary …... Greeshma Pradeep Grade 9 came 3rd in the Emirates Literature Festival Poetry Competition—Well Done! Technology and Arts— As we have reached the end of the seSports Day
mester, the MYP students will change their Technology and Arts subjects. In Technology they will change from Computer to Design Technology or vice versa and for the Arts they will change from Visual Arts to Music or vice versa. New Electives— Wednesday electives where we are now focussing on improving and developing the student’s skills in their Approaches to Learning (ATL). Students stay in their homeroom groups
and have two lessons each on various ATL skills.
This week Grade 11 English Diploma students enjoyed a workshop led by published British author Frank Dullaghan in our library. We hope to hold similar events in the future and we thank Frank for taking time out of his hectic schedule to work with our students. You can see him during the Emirates Festival of Literature.
First round of the Boeing Readers Cup Challenge. Results pending—A big thank you to our fantastic team, Olivia Grant 6FM, Halle Ashworth 6FM, Aurora Clement 7PB and the intrepid Basil Abedelmonim Grade 9 who kindly stood in at the last minute for avid reader and football star Natasha Toms 7JP Fingers crossed!
French B continues to run twice a week but is now on Monday and Thursday. All Islamic students are reminded that they must attend their designated Islamic
I had the great pleasure of joining the recent Silver Duke of Edinburgh camp and I was impressed with the maturity and application of the students involved as they completed a strenuous 3 day hike carrying all their food, cooking utensils, clothes and tents. The conditions were trying at times, as it was very cold and windy at night. It in fact snowed the night after our expedition in the mountains. Events like these do not occur without the support of the school staff, Ms Arnold as the leader, ensured the smooth running of the camp ably assisted by Ms Bour, Ms Cole and the North Star camp staff. I look forward to an equally successful Bronze Duke of Edinburgh camp in the near future.
The Student Representative council have been actively seeking the support of the school student body to ensure that the grounds are kept tidy. It is disappointing that staff still have to ask some students to pick up after themselves and put their rubbish in the bin.