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The Secondary Update March 14 th , 2013 WORLD BOOK DAY During World Book Day, some of our grade 9 students dressed up as their favorite character from a piece of literary work. During their English lessons, they read to the Grade 1 students, bringing books that they had chosen previously. The Grade 1 students were also dressed up and enjoyed listening to the Secondary Students, particularly those who got into character!


PERSONAL PROJECT EXHIBITION INVITITATION


ECOLOGY CLUB VISITOR TO JBS On March 6th, a visitor arrived at JBS with a box of wiggly worms and compost. Ann Love, a green-fingered lady who has written a book about gardening in the UAE and Oman, came to speak to Nurse Rachel and the members of the Ecology Club about starting a vegetable garden at JBS. Ms. Love showed us some worms, which are essential for decomposition, and how to take care of them so that they can be released into the soil. The Grade 7 students who came along with Isa from grade 4 enjoyed seeing the worms and helped to shred newsprint for a “worm farm�, which, despite being rather bizarre, is really useful. Ms. Love also offered suggestions about composting in order to prepare the soil for planting vegetables and herbs. Overall it was an interesting experience- I learnt a lot about gardening and look forward to when JBS starts planting a vegetable garden this autumn. By Aatikah Mouti - Grade 11


GRADE 9 POETRY SLAM COMPETITION Last Thursday 7th March, all students in grade 9 took part in a Poetry Slam competition. Students had been working on their own poetry and practising their performances in class, preparing to go head- to - head with their grade 9 peers. Ms. Rogland led the session with some warm up exercises and then students enjoyed performances from Carlee, Yasmin & Sarah A, Rayan, Sarah F, Zeyad, Gheeda & Haya,Marika & Arianna,Ben, Mohammed,Rawdha and Hiraa. The slam was a success and students had so much fun that the English Department have already decided to start preparing for the next one!!


GRADE 9 POETRY SLAM COMPETITION Reality I bounce on my bed All thoughts clear my head I cover myself with the cover And start to dream of my lover Its all unicorns and rainbows I watched as the rivers of nutella flows Yellow, blue, purple and green Everything just seemed very clean Suddenly a stroke of lightning I feel my heart tightening Butterflies turned to crows What happened nobody knows That night I had the scariest dream Soo scary I couldn’t even scream Ghosts, spiders, thieves and death I have to try and catch my breath

Yasmin Farrington - 9S

See in a second or two Everything good seized to be true We went from sweet dream to scary nightmare As they say life is never fair I get that feeling where I’m about to fall I wake up sweaty and all I look at the time Everything around me seemed just fine I try to fall back asleep Next thing I hear is my alarm going BEEP I wake up and look at the mirror The last thing I saw was horror

My hair was like a lion I honestly wanna start cryin’ Not only did I have a terrible fantasy But I also have a terribly reality Sarah Abdul Jalil - 9S


GRADE 11 ECOLOGY FIELDTRIP The Grade 11 students are conducting fieldwork in the Grey Mangroves of Umm Al Quwaim. The first lab has them looking at the effect of abiotic factors (pH, soil salinity, temperature and amount of minerals) on biotic factors (number and type of plants, number and type of aquatic invertebrates) along an in retroussĂŠ belt transact from the mangroves to the land. They are also measuring the diameter of crabholes along the transect to see if there is correlation between the amount of crabs and the abiotic factors. Here are some interesting facts about the Grey Mangroves: -salinity concentration of soil is so high that plants ate adapted to excrete salts from their leaves -there is a low amount of oxygen in soil so they have modified roots growing out of the soil -fish use them to establish fish nurseries because they are well-protected from larger predators -80% of commercial fish that we way start in the mangroves -they protect the land from wave erosion and trap the extra sediment the waves bring in -they protect us from tsunamis


STUDENT CORNER JBS would like to congratulate Ali Ibrahem for winning third place in the Emirates Literature Festival for the short story category (Age 12-14). On Saturday March 9th, Ali accepted his award from Julie Till, the Regional Manager of Oxford University Press for the Gulf Area. An excellent achievement Ali!

FIRST PLACE WINNER IN THE SHORT STORY COMPETITION Congratulations to Aatikah Mouti (G11) for winning first place in the Short Story competition organized by the Oxford University Press and Emirates Literature of Festival. She accepted her reward on March 9th by famous writer Geraldine McCaughran. Aatikah excelled in her age category,15-18 years old, with her entry to the 'Seeking the Truth' competition, which inspired many writers from schools all over the region to create imaginative and thought provoking responses. Aatikah's winning entry has now been published by Oxford University Press in the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2013 book of winning entries. JBS is extremely proud of all of the students who took part in this competition.


“GIVE ME INDEPENDENCE” WORKSHOP The workshop was helpful as it prepared us for the future. It guided us towards the process of growing up and being independent. Being an adult is a challenge as it involves a great sense of responsibility. They helped us understand the concept of saving money and how to avoid being in debt. We acquired those skills by doing interesting and fun activities. I enjoyed learning something that would be useful to me in the future. By Sabrina Chelli - Grade 10J

On Wednesday the 6th of March a few students from grades 10 and 11 had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Give Me Independence’ workshop. A few finance professionals came to the school and spoke to us about budgeting, finance and other related things. The aim of the workshop was to teach us how we to manage our money in the future. I found the workshop fun as we got to do some activities and a quiz. There was a good video at the end to sum it all up. Our parents were with us, this made it better as we could see what they do with money and think about money, and in some cases even our parents learnt new things about managing money. I learnt more about what things cost realistically, and ways to make sure we save money whenever we can, if not always. By Kimberlee Brinkman - Grade 11


‫‪ABDULLA SALEM’S PERSONAL PROJECT‬‬ ‫‪GOAL: TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS‬‬

‫بعد أن تلقى عبدهللا ماجد طالب في الصف العاشر بمدرسة جميرا بكالوريا الخاصة‪ ،‬خبر إصابة إحدى الطالبات بمرض التصلب اللويحي‪ ،‬قرر البحث عن عالج مهما‬ ‫كانت الرحلة شاقة‪ ،‬إذ لم يتمالك أن يقف مكتوف اليدين بعد أن سمع توقف الفتاة عن الدراسة نحو شهرين نتيجة عجزها عن الحركة‪.‬‬ ‫وسعيا ً إلعادة البسمة إلى شفاه ذويها‪ ،‬أخذ مجموعة من التقارير التي تصف الحالة‪ ،‬وانتهز فرصة السفر مع أفراد األسرة إلى بريطانيا بحثا ً عن بصي أم يعيد الطالبة‬ ‫إلى حياتها الطبيعية‪ ،‬ولم ينجح في الوصو إلى عالج شاف‪ ،‬ب استغ الفرصة وأجرى جلسات مطولة مع أطباء متخصصين لتلقي المعلومات الكافية عن المرض‪ ،‬لنشر‬ ‫التوعية وإبالغ األسرة عن كيفية التعام والعوام المؤدية إلى اإلصابة‪.‬‬ ‫ولع أهمها حسب ما ذكر عام الوراثة بسبب زواج األقارب‪.‬بعد أن عاد من رحلته‪ ،‬فكر عبدهللا في توعية طلبة المدارس بالتصلب اللويحي والمجتمع بصفة عامة‪،‬‬ ‫وكيفية التعام مع هذا المرض العضا ‪.‬‬ ‫السيما وأنه يصيب المخ ويتسبب في تعطي اإلشارات الحركية في الجسد‪ ،‬ويتسبب أيضا ً في ظهور العديد من األعراض من ضمنها تغير في اإلحساس‪ ،‬وحدوث‬ ‫مشكالت في البصر وضعف عضالت الجسم والكآبة وضعف في اإلدراك وعجز في الحركة وغيرها من األعراض التي كبلت تلك الطالبة عن الدراسة‪.‬‬ ‫أول محطة‬ ‫كانت بداية محطات التوعية في مدرسته‪ ،‬ولم يتردد في طرح الفكرة على مدير المدرسة‪ ،‬الذي رحب بالفكرة ووقف إلى جانبه في تحقيق الهدف المتمث في توعية الطلبة‬ ‫والمعلمين‪ ،‬ومن ثم االنتقا إلى مدارس أخرى سعيا ً إلى توسيع الدائرة‪.‬بعد الحصو على الموافقة‪ ،‬توجه عبدهللا فوراً إلى جمعية مرض التصلب اللويحي المتعدد في‬ ‫الدولة لالشتراك فيها‪.‬‬ ‫وما هي سوى أيام قالئ حتى أثبت فاعليته بين األعضاء‪ ،‬وسارع إلى مستشفى راشد بدبي‪ ،‬وأجرى لقا ًء مع الدكتورة سوزان نوري أخصائية أعصاب مرض التصلب‬ ‫اللويحي للحصو على ك ما يدعم مشروعه‪ ،‬كما طالبت إحدى الجمعيات في بريطانيا المعنية بشؤون مرض التصلب اللويحي‪ ،‬مشاركته كعضو في الجمعية بعد أن‬ ‫الحظت اهتمامه وسمعت قصته‪.‬‬ ‫المسؤولية االجتماعية‬ ‫بعد أن قدم عبدهللا المحاضرة‪ ،‬ثمن الجميع جهوده الحثيثة في مبدأ التوعية‪ ،‬وكرمته المدرسة نظير مجهوده اإلنساني وتوعية األجيا القادمة بمرض التصلب اللويحي‬ ‫المتعدد‪ ،‬وكيفية التعام مع الطالب المصابين بهذا المرض‪ .‬وتشجيعا ً على استمرار ثقافة المسؤولية المجتمعية ونشرها‪ ،‬كلفته المدرسة بالتوسع في تثقيف المدارس‬ ‫األخرى‪.‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫ً‬ ‫واعتباره مشروعا يضاف إلى رصيده التعليمي في المدرسة‪.‬ذكرت أم عبدهللا أن ولدها لم يتوان يوما عن تقديم خدمة ألصدقائه وأبناء جيرانه‪ ،‬وهذه المبادئ التي تحلى‬ ‫بها كانت نتاج مثابرته على الصالة والعبادة‪ ،‬إلى جانب رغبته المستمرة في خدمة العم اإلنساني ومساعدة اآلخرين‪ ،‬وكثيراً ما كان يردد في ذاته أنه سيحقق ما كان‬ ‫والده يصبو إليه‪ ،‬وأن يكون خير فخر لوالديه في جميع المحاف ‪.‬‬ ‫انتكاسات‬ ‫وقف المرض حجر عثرة أمام تعليم الطالبة‪ ،‬وتدهورت حالتها النفسية واألكاديمية معاً‪ ،‬وتمكن المرض من أن يفقدها قوة بصرها‪ ،‬ب أصبحت عاجزة أيضا ً عن مسك‬ ‫القلم باليد كالسابق‪ ،‬وعانت من صعوبة بالغة في تذكر المعلومات أثناء أداء االمتحان نتيجة إصابتها بضعف بالذاكرة‪ ،‬فما كان من عبدهللا سوى البحث في الكتب‬ ‫والمصادر والجهات الطبية عن تفاصي تساعد في الشفاء من المرض‪ .‬ولم تستوعب مجموعة من المعلمات ما يحدث للفتاة‪ ،‬ولكن الحقيقة المرة كان حتما ً الرضوخ لها‪،‬‬ ‫واستكملت دراستها بعد أن تفهمت إدارة المدرسة حالة المريضة مما جعلها توفر عناية خاصة للمصابة‪.‬‬

‫‪This article was obtained from Education‬‬ ‫‪Today", Al-Bayan Magazine‬‬


MYP EVALUATION VISIT Evaluation of the MYP is both a requirement and a service provided by the IB Organization. The aim is for the IB to ensure that the standards and practices of the MYP are being maintained. JBS is up for an MYP evaluation visit this year, where two visitors from the IB will meet with our students, staff and administration. They will be in JBS from March 17th to the 19th. This visit provides an opportunity for our school to reflect on our achievements and new initiatives in order to enhance the implementation of the MYP. If you have any questions about the visit, please contact Zena Muhtaseb at zmuhtaseb@jbschool.ae.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Second trimester extracurricular activities (ECAs) will finish on Wed. March 20th. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for the third trimester ECAs on Managebac once all the activities have been finalized. Third trimester ECAs will start on April 15th and finish on June 19th. If you have any questions about secondary ECAs, please contact Mr. Cannon (jcannon@jbschool.ae)

WORLD SCHOLARS' CUP Our grade 6-8 students are gearing up for World Scholars' Cup 2013. The World Scholars' Cup is an exciting round of competition emphasizing general knowledge, critical thinking and debating. This year's theme is "A World In Motion". The invitees will spend next term brushing up on their knowledge of such topics as Transportation, The Turbulent Earth, Movement in Literature, Movement in Art, Great Migrations and Globalization. Our students will test themselves against schools from all over Dubai in events such as debating, writing, and a quiz, in hope of winning an invitation to the Global Round, to be held in June. If you would like to know more about World Scholars' Cup, go to http://new.scholarscup.org/, talk to some of this year's or contact Ms. Macdonald (mmacdonald@jbschool.ae).


SUBJECT PACKAGES FOR GRADE 8 STUDENTS In their MYP lessons this week, the Grade 8 students were introduced to the subject packages, where they have to choose one to take in grades 9 and 10. We have also had two MYP information sessions this week, in the morning and evening, where we explained to parents the 5 subject packages (see below) and the requirements for an MYP certificate. The deadline for students to submit the signed subject package form is Monday April 8th. If you have any questions about the subject packages, please contact Ms. Muhtaseb (zmuhtaseb@jbschool.ae).

A

B

Language A: English (and Arabic A)

Language A: English (and Arabic A)

Language B: French/ German (and Arabic B)

Language B: French/ German (and Arabic B)

Arts: Visual Arts

Arts: Visual Arts

Sciences: Biology

Sciences: Biology

Mathematics

Mathematics

Physical Education

Physical Education

Technology: Information Technology

Technology: Information Technology

Humanities: History and Geography

Humanities: Geography or History

Arts: Performing Arts

Arts: Performing Arts

Sciences: Chemistry

C

D

E

Language A: English (and Arabic A)

Language A: English (and Arabic A)

Language A: English (and Arabic A)

Language B: French/ German (and Arabic B)

Language B: French/ German (and Arabic B)

Language B: French/ German (and Arabic B)

Arts: Visual Arts

Arts: Visual Arts

Arts: Visual Arts

Sciences: Biology

Sciences: Biology

Sciences: Biology

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education

Technology: Information Technology

Technology: Information Technology

Technology: Information Technology

Humanities: Geography or History

Humanities: Geography or History

Humanities: Geography or History

Arts: Performing Arts

Sciences: Physics

Technology: Design Technology

Technology: Design Technology

Sciences: Chemistry and Physics


‫ه حنح ل حح ح ل حححمل ل ح لحر حح لرحشح حح لرح ل ح حح‬ ‫حماححر ح حو ححححفح ححعححمفحاحرح ل حسح حعحنحشل ح‬ ‫في يوم الخميس السابع من شهر مارس لعام ‪ 3102‬اصطحب معلموقسم اللغة العربية طالب الصفين التاسع والثامن إلى فندق"إنتركونتيننت " في‬ ‫المركز التجاري"فيستيفا سيتي"‪ ،‬لحضور محاضرة حو الصحافة و اإلعالم في دولة اإلمارات العربية المتحدة‪ ،‬ينظمها مهرجان طيران دبي‬ ‫لآلداب‪ ،‬واستمعنا للكاتب والمحرر الصحفي األستاذ" ظاعن شاهين" حيث قدم لنا نبذة عن تاريخ الصحافة واإلعالم في دولة اإلمارات عامة‪ ،‬وفي دبي‬ ‫خاصة‪ ،‬وأشار إلى تجربته الصحفية الخاصة‪ ،‬كما ألقى على أسماع الطلبة بعضا من شعره‪ ،‬ماجع الطلبة يستمتعون‪ ،‬ويكونون فكرة عن أهمية‬ ‫الصحافة‪ ،‬وعن كيفية كتابة مقا صحفي يشد القارئ‪ ،‬وبعد المحاضرة تحلق الطلبة حو الكاتب" ظاعن شاهين" اللتقاط صور تذكارية معه‪ ،‬كما‬ ‫اطلعوا على الكثير من الكتب المعروضة هناك واشتروا بعضا منها‪.‬‬


REPORT CARDS AND THREE WAY CONFERENCES The second progress report card will be issued to all students on Tuesday April 16th. Three-way conferences will take place on April 22nd to 23rd from 1:30pm until 5:00pm. There will be no ECAs taking placing on those days. To schedule meetings with the teachers, an appointment website know as "Doodle", will be used. On April, 16th, parents will receive an email from the school to explain to them how appointments can be booked online. If you do not receive an email on that date, please contact the secondary office at secondary@jbschool.ae

THREE-WAY CONFERENCE Report cards will be issued to grades 6 to 11 students on Tuesday April 16 th. Parents will receive details on how to schedule meeting times with their child’s teachers using an appointment website known as “Doodle”. Details on how to book these appointments will be included with the student’s report card. The Three-Way Conferences will take place on Monday April 22nd and Tuesday April 23rd from 1330 hours – 1700 hours. Please note that extra-curricular activities on these days will not take place. If students are to develop as independent learners they must reflect on their own progress and look at what they can learn from what they have accomplished. Therefore in a Three-Way Conference, students are responsible for leading the discussion about their progress, achievement and the areas where they could improve. Information will include all areas of the curriculum; academic, social, physical and emotional. This conference ensures that the focus remains on the students and the critical role they have in determining their own next steps for learning. Roles of the participants: Students:

Parents:

Teachers:

To:  Lead the conference  Speak clearly  Answer parent or teacher questions.

To:  Be on time for the conference  Be positive  Show interest  Ask questions  Listen  Ensure mobile phones are switched off.

To:  Provide probing question and highlight achievements  Answer questions  Clarify where necessary  Manage time.


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