THE OXFORD SCHOOL DUBAI
From The Principal’s Desk According to a Chinese proverb, ‘Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.’ This was the inspiration which started the Oxford School on the voyage of self-development a couple of years ago and it is a fair comment to make that learning is a process that happens best when you are in a diverse group of people who all share the love for acquiring knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin’s famous quote adds weight to this statement: “Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.” It is very challenging to note that there were still many areas in the field of education which are assumed to be common knowledge but have a lot of theoretical background to them; there being a lot of theory and research involved. Learning at our school aims to allow students to improve their intellectual, social and personal resources that will enable them to participate as global citizens who contribute promisingly to all aspects of our diverse and changing society. The pedagogy of lessons conducted is very stimulating and the planned activities have a lot of peer and group involvement, providing opportunities to learn about the topics along with learning from each other’s experiences. The presentations, assignments and collaborative work all adds to the rich experience. It becomes abundantly clear, due to the process of reflection on learning that, “knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.” (Boorstin, 2013) November has been a very productive month with many curricular and extra-curricular activities being offered to our students; from Labour Camp visits to Diabetes Walk, celebrating Ethnic Day and Universal Children’s Day to challenging activities during the English and Arabic Week, Sports fixtures to celebrating Flag day and UAE National Day, thus ensuring their holistic development. We are looking forward to continue providing engaging and purposeful learning opportunities for all our students in future and ensuring that they are involved in developing big ideas, key skills, critical thinking and analysis which are the most valued learning processes and outcomes.
Wishing you Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in advance,
Aisha Ansari Principal
FLAG DAY Celebration of UAE Flag day in Foundation stage was celebrated with great respect and enthusiasm. Students were filled with excitement; they made their own flags and showed respect to the flag whilst keeping it high in the air. They all assembled in the FS area we had a quick oral quiz on UAE. Students answered all questions correctly. We then had a reverential parade.
Mathematics is FUN! We learned all about MEASUREMENT Children enjoyed different activities pertaining to measurement. They used different kinds of things like blocks, links etc. They were encouraged to explore indoors and outdoors. They used books, boxes, tables, blocks etc. to measure how long, short, tall things are. They depicted their work on the small board by comparing their height with their peers. They could even compare by associating numbers to their findings.
Reading With Parents We had a great event whereby Parents were invited to come and read stories to the FS children. The dedication and efforts taken by the parents is commendable. They not only participated in the Reading event but they went an extra mile by making puppets and other props to support their stories. They captured the attention of our little minds, who enthusiastically answered different questions related to the stories that were told. It surely was a memorable day for us, and we would like to take an opportunity to thank our Lovely Parents.
Universal Childrenâ€™s Day It is a day to recognize that children are important and valued members of the society. A day to celebrate children just for being themselves. It is a day to listen to children, to marvel at their uniqueness; most importantly, it is a reminder that children need love and respect to grow to their full potential. This day was celebrated in November; our children came dressed in party clothes, each class had a stage performance, they played games, had fun and finally shared food with their friends.
National Day Celebration The 46th National Day Celebration was such an eventful day at the Oxford school. The FS Mums participated in a Fashion Parade and walked so gracefully with their little ones on the Ramp. The children were dressed in beautiful attires reflecting their love towards the culture of UAE. They proudly waved the National flag of UAE and walked with their Mums and friends.
Assembly on UAE
by FS 2 D
There was excitement and enthusiasm in the air as the students of The Oxford School celebrated the 46th UAE National Day through a Special Assembly held at the school. Being in the UAE, a ‘Home away from Home’, the UAE national day celebration was as much a part of every expatriate student as of those who belong here. The children were enlightened about the significance of the UAE National Day, ‘The Spirit of the Union’ and the progress of UAE. The assembly was conducted through the seven Emirates song. The students clapped and swayed to the music, waving the flag and saluting the UAE. Students were dressed in the traditional UAE attire portraying the colours of the UAE flag. The excitement was not only limited to the actual event but was also transferred to the discussions and conversations within the classrooms.
The Oxford School is rich with cultural diversity and students are encouraged to learn, respect and to be tolerant towards other cultures. The school organised Ethnic Day celebrations on the â€œInternational Day of Toleranceâ€? which was held on 16th November 2017 within our school premises. Students were encouraged to be a part of this initiative and represent their culture and traditions. Parents were invited to represent their culture and tradition and be a part of this celebration. FS children paraded and visited many different stalls that were put up by our Wonderful Parents. Children were invited to taste different kinds of foods from various stalls.
Enterprise Day Our FS students had the opportunity to be little entrepreneurs during the month of Novemberâ€Ś.and be part of a small Enterprise Fair on Tuesday 28th Nov 2017. They created decorative items through recycled materials. On the day of the fair, these items were displayed. Parents contributed by purchasing these lovely pieces of art. The proceeds of the sale will be given to CHARITY.
Physical Development Physical development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is vital for a childâ€™s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Physical movement and active play have a positive impact on developing childrenâ€™s social skills.
Ethnic Day “Diversity makes the world more beautiful…!” Going traditional…. Students of Year 1E celebrated Ethnic Day in full pomp and splendor. In the era of modernization and westernization when most of the people are moving away from their own culture and history, events like Ethnic day enable the young generation to revive love and respect for their own culture and history. Ethnicity plays a major role in how students’ personality is shaped….. Little ones were provided with an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of vibrant and colourful world. The whole campus seems to be charged with ethnic atmosphere when a mini world was created with students in their dazzling, colourful, exquisite traditional apparels. “A meal shared is a meal enjoyed……” incorporating this valuable message, the little ones had a great time sharing, relishing and appreciating a wide range of regional cuisine. The various traditional dishes put on display and the young commentators speaking about their culture, tradition and folklore captivated one and all. Few parents came up and shared their views about their own religion, culture and tradition. They also explained the significance of their national flag. An innate desire of every tiny tot to dress up, look good and feel great was accomplished through this event. It was indeed a pleasant break from the monotony and the subtle major impact- the feel good factor had a very favourable effect on the blooming buds’ emotional well-being.
“No Borders, No Boundaries” In this 21st Century, the world is like a town and each country a village. One belongs to another. No borders, no boundaries having one global citizenship. UAE becomes the melting pot of diversity in people, language, religion and culture yet tolerant in respecting one another’s identity. This is shown anywhere even at school where students from different background play and walk side by side, and staff from different ethnicity work hand in hand to fulfil a greater cause – to educate the younger generation unity despite diversity.
Last 16th November, we celebrate Ethnic Day to acknowledge and promote camaraderie in our diversity. All wore their traditional attire, brought food and share about their culture in the class. Flags from all over the world flew everywhere. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Parents came and put up stalls to present their native foods being shared for everyone to enjoy. Everyone enjoyed going around the playground area watching parents hustling to entertain staff and students alike to try their cuisine. Some kids took courage to try other nationals’ foods and were delighted exploring different taste. In the classroom, they danced with hands on another’s shoulder going round and round. Just having fun being with other ethnicity of which they see as their classmates and friends is all they thought of that day. They presented their attire and flags and said something about it. Many brought foods in the class that were shared for others to try. The highlight of the day was when the kids learned others uniqueness and tasted their foods. It was a novel experience for everyone that made the celebration a success indeed!
Universal Children’s Day Character Parade "One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
During Universal Children’s Day, our year 2 students and teachers participated in a Book Character Parade. The children went to many lengths to research their favourite book character and got dressed like them for our parade. They were full of excitement during the special assembly conducted in FS basket ball area. Children thoroughly enjoyed “The Three Billy Goat” puppet show performed by the teachers. The puppet show was followed by Zumba dance where students zestfully exhibited their energy and rhythm. After this the students got the opportunities to talk about their favourite character they were dressed up like and clicked photographs with their classmates. They continued their enthusiasm by illustrating their day’s activities in the form of a composition and drawings. They were also treated to a special act presented by SEN department on anti-bullying in MP Hall. It surely was a day wherein fun and frolic dominated. At the end of the day, they were pleasantly surprised to receive a special personalized book as a gift from their respective teachers.
U.A.E Activities â€“ Year 1 Recognize The Currency Of UAE Students of grade 1s recognize the different coins and notes of UAE dirham. There was an activity outside in basketball area for them where they came and used their money to buy things from different stalls set by the teachers.
UAE Map Puzzle Each table was given a cut out of map of U.A.E and itâ€™s puzzle to complete the map by themselves.
UAE Flag Making This activity was done in 2 sessions starter was done by creating a big flag with the cut-outs of colour chart paper then in first period students were given popsicle sticks to join and paint them to make the flag of U.A.E . In another session students were given paper plate to make the flag.
UAE Emblem A cut of an emblem was given to them to make a collage with colour papers. And recognize the places where they can find an emblem later they created their Emirates Id containing the Emblem.
Field Trip – Year 2 Dubai Creek: Children’s City (Science Centre) “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese Field Trip is one of the highlights in educating a child for aside from learning inside the four corners of the classroom, they get to widen their horizon by exposing them to the real life setting. Last Thursday, November 9, the Year 2 students went to Dubai Creek: Children’s City wherein they had been exposed to the World of Science. They had seen some Marine Life, had a short tour around the world, been amazed on how a human body function and wandered in the galaxy. Though the time was limited, I have witnessed gladness and excitement in them for they were able to grasp new ideas. Everyone appreciated the said trip for they enjoyed and learnt at the same time.
Flag Day & Science Month Activity– Year 2 “To Survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag” Every year in November 2, people in the Emirates celebrate this national occasion, in which they reaffirm their allegiance to the UAE flag, which is a symbol of the country's unity and greatness and represents their aspirations for a better future. The United Arab Emirates Flag Day is a national occasion where people of the UAE remember the efforts of the founders of their State, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid, and their brothers who sacrificed everything for the sake of their nation. The UAE Flag Day is commemorated on November 3 every year since it was first launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The day marks the anniversary of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, when he became the president of the UAE in 2004. The Year 2 students in Oxford School, Dubai also join in the celebrations by hoisting the flag in honour of the country's past, present and future and remember the efforts of the founders of UAE. The day renews the national spirit and reflects on the success of the country.
“Imagine, Invent, Inspire...Make little things count.” Science is highly diverse. Each year, The Oxford School, Dubai celebrates Science month to offer an opportunity to each student to demonstrate why science is relevant to people’s daily lives and to engage them in different activities. The purpose of this celebration is to explore new horizons and push scientific frontiers further, it is vital that students develop a passion for science. “Imagine, Invent, Inspire...Make little things count.” With this theme in mind the year 2 students design their own innovations using recycled materials. They made simple rockets, robots and etc.. Their output was displayed during science gala day last 3rd November 2017.
Parent Teacher Meeting It might be too early, but we in Oxford are most concerned of the progress of each child that parent should be aware of to work with us for their child’s betterment as early as possible. Last 18th of November, we conducted this meeting and some parents supported this much. They were very eager to check their child’s performance and development at school behaviourally and academically. These two topics were the focus of my discussion with them to come up to a resolution on how to help the child’s strengths be challenged and enhanced, and his weaknesses to be improved. It was a very pleasant discussion as parents were very supportive giving confirmations with my observation and feedbacks, and affirmations with my suggested activities that we could do their child’s progress.
Academically, reading was emphasized that I asked every parent to have at least 10-15 minutes timed-reading session of their child everyday whether attended or not to develop passion in reading, improve their reading speed and comprehension, and form a habit or routine to sit still and calm down which will improve their focus and attention span. I, as the teacher, with their positive remarks on the proposed home activity is delighted and hopeful that parents would really do it intentionally. With all the discussion that happened, parents are assured that I am well aware of their child’s need and that our desires and visions upon their child to achieve at this level is clear and attainable.
Field Trip – Year 3 GREEN PLANET, DUBAI With the objective of observing and preserving nature, students of Grade 3 went on a field trip to The Green Planet, Dubai accompanied by their teachers. It is UAE’s main protected reserve with an array of flora and fauna. The Green Planet is a bio-dome where students of ‘The Oxford School’, explored the planet’s fascinating flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics. Designed as an enclosed ecosystem, The Green Planet recreates the enchanting world of the tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. It was a day of amazing sights and insights for the young ecowarriors who learnt about the unique conservation efforts being undertaken and discover the wonders of tropical forests. The educational and recreational facility raised awareness for the delicate balance of nature and the preciousness of one of our world’s oldest living ecosystems, making it the ideal educational destination for learning.
Field Trip â€“Year 4 On 19th November 2017, the students of grade 4 went on a field trip to the Old Weapon Museum, Shindagha Heritage, in Bur Dubai. This place not only reflects ways of cultural communication but also radiates the beauty of a variety of human cultures. The children were awe struck with a first-hand experience of the exhibited artifacts that included, swords, daggers, riffles,
Mughal saddled and bayonets from World War and I and II. Each student was served a scrumptious snack box and a juice packet. All returned back to school at 12:30 pm, tired, but surely enriched with a sound knowledge of our cultural heritage.
UAE Flag Day Celebration TOS Primary celebrated the UAE Flag day with great serenity and respect on the 2nd November,2017. Students showed their love and respect for the UAE flag by creating a UAE Flag Mosaic Art. Year 6 g2 students took the lead for the event. They shouldered the responsibility to accomplish their creations. This activities developed their solidarity and loyalty towards the nation. We also followed the protocol of hoisting the flag at 11am in our school where in students and staff assembled and sang the UAE national anthem.
Class Activities TOS primary class actively participated in creating a UAE flag using their innovative ideas. Few glimpses of our students activities.
UAE National Day Celebration 2017 is marked as the 46th anniversary of UAE National Day â€“ A year dedicated to the tireless efforts of H.H.Sheikh Zayed. In order to keep on par of this celebration The Oxford School left no stone unturned. Kudos to the Arabic Department â€“ who worked with sincere dedication to make this celebration a total success. There were detailed programs including performances by students of various year levels who exhibited their talent to depict the varied cultures that UAE can boast about. An outdoor activity with stalls selling not only Arabic Food and Arabic articles but more importantly also face painting and Henna tattoos were very amazing and kept all the students acquainted with UAE,s deep-rooted value system.
Spelling Bee Contest
Spelling is important because it aids in reading. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. Learning high frequency sight words also has been shown to help with both reading and writing. The much-awaited Final Round of the Spelling Bee Contest of the Year 2 was held last Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Oxford School MP Hall. There were 21 participants who were qualified for the final round and each class has 3 representatives and they excitedly waited for the results of the thrilling competition. Every category is a breathtaking. There were 3 rounds, Easy, Average and Difficult. Clincher round was given to break the tie. When the compelling moment was over, Muhammad Hafiz of 2A and Aiden Gutierez of 2G won the First Place of the said contest. Each year 2 students were motivated and inspired by the contestants and they were good audience and great supporters of their participating classmates.
Narrative Character Parade â€“Year 3 & 4
In line with the English Month celebration, we conducted the Character Parade in which the students of year 3 were dressed-up in their favorite Walt Disney characters. The students were given the chance to say something about their character. This is also one way of encouraging our children to develop their self-confidence, as well as to motivate them to read more books. As a reward, we recognized some students who exerted effort wearing their best costume by giving certificates. Here are some of the pictures taken during the event.
Ethnic Day Celebrations
In a world where everything is dependent on technology, there are still certain identities of us that are represented by what we wear, eat, believe and even celebrate. In spite of all these differences, the human race is bonded through peace and tranquillity. To celebrate the differences amongst us as a â€œSingle Worldâ€?, We, at TOS-Primary Section celebrated the Ethnic Day along with the students and our esteemed partners-the Parents Students and parents were seen wearing colourful attires representing their national dresses. Parents from various sections enthusiastically brought cuisines of their respective nations and shared with the students and teachers. Along with food, came the multiple emotions attached to the cuisines. To sum up the Ethnic Day in a nutshell, it was an enriching food experience wrapped up in the flavours of multi-ethnicity!!
English Festival The Oxford School-Dubai is conducting an annual celebration of Academic works and contributions of different Academic areas such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arabic, French, Urdu and ICT. It is an event which brings together all academic areas together with the faculty, students and even external personalities for a day of learning, showcasing of different works, innovations, researches and practical learning. This year, in the month of November, the English Department anchored all the activities which took place during the month-long celebration and aimed to develop the following objectives: ➢Develop English Skills through friendly competition ➢Improve literary appreciation by promoting love for reading ➢Practice communicative skills through participating in the different categories ➢Develop confidence, self-reliance, accountability, and responsibility through performing ➢Foster ingenuity, creativity and innovation ➢Provide an avenue for enjoyable language learning activity. As part of this event, the English Department helped provide the students with the opportunity to hone their writing skills, sharpen their ability to process and analyze complex texts, deepen their understanding of innovation, and stimulate their imagination. These relevant ideas and were developed through participating in the Languages Day. November 7, 2017 marked the Launching day of the English Month. It was made possible by the all the English teachers as they were the one who prepared the program and presented a simple yet very informative showcase of talents. After the launching, continuous competitions were conducted such as Spelling Bee and Story writing. The use of MyOn, the online library was really intensified for students were challenged to read more books. A “Book Character Parade” was also made possible. Characters from the popular story writers and books such as Walt Disney, Roald Dahl, Harry Potter and Shakespeare were brought back to life by the students. And for the conclusion of the month-long celebration, there was a short program conducted. The hard work and effort of all the students were recognized through awarding them. And once again, Year 3 and 5 students painted the program with talent as they performed choral speech and musical drama. The celebration and activities will never end as English is everywhere and teaching and learning English is really fun!
Assembly on Anti-Bullying The Oxford school, Dubai has always stood against bullying. In order to grow and nourish the seeds of anti-bullying the SEND department conducted an Anti-bullying assembly for the students of Year 3 to 6 on 23 November 2017. The senior most primary batch of Year 6 took charge of the assembly and started it with the regular Quranic recitation, translation, and National Anthem.
This was followed by an excellent and thought-provoking shadow play by the students of Year 6, which clearly projected the ill effects of bullying and the need to be tolerant and empathetical towards all peer groups. The assembly concluded with a brief input by the supervisor, Ms. Ayesha Khan, who again reinforced the importance of anti-bullying and advised the students against bullying.
Assembly On COURAGE – Year 6G1 “Courage doesn’t mean don’t get afraid; courage means you don’t let fear stop you” To establish this phrase, students of Year 6 G1 presented the assembly on Courage. The assembly was an independent student led assembly.
A video on courage was shown followed up by a quiz played with the audience. Students participated in the quiz and the concept of courage was reinforced.
Bibliophile Awarding “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo.” This is the line that fits the celebration of The Oxford School as it celebrates English Month last November 29, 2017. One of the highlights of the ceremony is the awarding of MyOn winners of Year 3 and 4. The MyOn Competition challenged students to read as many books as possible from November 01 – November 25. Winners were selected based on the number of books read; prizes were awarded to the top three students from each class in each grade level. Each winner was given a Bibliophile Certificate plus MyOn Bookmark and Badge. The results of this Reading Contest speak volumes to the value of truly personalizing learning and literacy. MyOn provides a platform that students are comfortable with, at the same time allows each individual reader to choose books they want to read, and at the level they should be reading it. MyON reader provides access to the largest integrated collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports and embedded Lexile assessments to measure reading growth. Using myON reader, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. It was indeed a celebration of all the poets, writers, illustrators and readers!
Children’s Day "We were all children once. We all share the desire for the wellbeing of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind." A day marking childhood-20TH November. The theme for 2017 is #KidsTakeOver. At The oxford School, the Children’s day celebrations focus on children and their enjoyment. The day is celebrated to pay tribute to the children suffering from poverty and are deprived of basic rights. The occasion is celebrated every year with grand splendour and fiesta. Teachers presented song You Are The Sunshine in an assembly organised for Children’s day., with the happiness theme to make the morning memorable. This day is commemorated with immense joy, enthusiasm and magnificence. It was a fun- filled day for the students. The celebrations began with a prayer conducted by the teachers. Good hearted people deserve to be remembered in special words. This ceremony was followed by the oath –taking to support the children around the world. The teachers were dressed in yellow colour to embark Happiness. The teachers sang and enacted on stage to entertain the students. So the day was with the theme “With love from teachers to students”. This ceremony was followed by the oath –taking to support the children around the world.
DIY â€“Entrepreneur Skills
As Dubai prepares to host the World Expo in 2020, the economy continues to flourish and entrepreneurship is increasingly prominent in the region. To enhance the entrepreneurial skills in the students, We at â€œThe Oxford School, Dubai have planned to work on the theme of EXPO 2020, OPPORTUNITY STRAND, with this DIY sale we are unlocking the potential of the students to shape their future. DIY sale was organized to educate the students about the entrepreneurship wherein the students of year 3 to 6 were brainstormed with various DIY ideas and trained them to try few in class with the guidance of our Art Teachers Ms. Mari Vinu and Ms. Tehmina.
Field Trip â€“ Years 5 & 6 The Oxford School, Dubai conducted an educational field trip for the students of Year 5 and 6 on 27 November 2017. A luxury bus was booked, and students were first taken to the famous Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque in Jumeirah, Dubai. A short session was conducted by the mosque in charge. He gave the students an insight into the history of the mosque and he also gave them interesting facts about the mosque. The students found the session were informative and later enjoyed a quick round of the entire mosque.
After having their breakfast, the students were taken on a ride of the recently launched monorail. They were very excited and thoroughly enjoyed the ride from Jumeirah to Atlantis. Later they quickly had a view of the Atlantis Hotel and returned to school. The fieldtrip was conducted with a motive of exposing the students to the rich culture and heritage of UAE. They got an opportunity to witness the architectural advancements made by the country.
Flipped Classroom ENABLING LEARNERS TO BECOME LEADERS The Oxford School, Dubai has always believed in giving the students a platform which would enhance their leadership skills and seeing their child as a leader is every parentâ€™s dream. Keeping the same in mind, Year 6 conducted a flip class on 21 November 2017, wherein students took charge of the class and conducted a lesson for the parents in all the key subjects like English, Arabic, Mathematics, Science and Moral Education. The session started with the English flipped class and the students chose to teach fables to the parents. The lesson started with a starter activity by Amal of 6G1, who made the parents sort and identify different fiction genres by reading story openings. This was followed by the main activity which was carried out by Roshanay Zainab of 6G2. She familiarized the term fables and gave an insight into the key elements of a fable. She kept the class engaged through active questioning. This was followed by an independent activity which was carried out by Mahnoor (6G1), Syed Aarish (6B1) and Naima (6G2). The parents were divided into three groups, under Writing, Reading, and Listening. The group with the writing task was guided by Mahnoor to plan their own fable story. The group with the reading task was guided by Naima to read a fable and identify the key elements with textual evidence. The listening activity was carried out by Aarish, who showed a video to the parents and guided them in answering questions related to the video clip. All the groups were given feedback by the student in charge. The lesson was concluded by Gull E Naseem (6G1) who reinforced the key elements of a fable through a see and show activity. The students proved to be effective teachers and facilitated the parents and successfully brought out the best in them. A very positive and encouraging response was given by the proud parents which made the day of the students.
Remember burning is an irreversible reaction. To make a fire your need a fuel than can burn, something to start the reaction of burning. This is sometimes called ignition, and Oxygen. Last November 2017, the group of selected students form 6 G1 had a flipped lesson about fire safety. They opened the lesson by asking the parents a question or idea about fire triangle, type of extinguisher and how to use it and the types of fire. Then they make some groupings for the and gave them handouts to discuss about the topics. Then they demonstrate on how to use a fire extinguisher depending on what type of fires theyâ€™re into. Using scientific inquiry based skills they were able to let the parents think on the situations in case of fire and how to deal with it. The parents and the students were having fun while learning. They end up the lesson on giving tips like how to use a fire blanket and keeping the fire department number to be displayed on the fridge or other areas where they can clearly see it.
Students of year 6 were fully prepared and enthusiastic regarding the session. Math session was conducted by the following students: ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢
Basel 6B2 Ijlal 6B1 Ahsan 6B3 Yilmaz 6B3 Saarah 6G2 Emaan 6G2 Arwa 6G2 Wania 6G1 Humaira 6G1
The topic for math was Time. Objective: To convert units of time between 12 hours to 24 hours’ time. Starter: Starter was carried out by Arwa, parents were engaged and were answering the questions. Main Activity: Student Saarah, Emaan, Ahsan, Yilmaz and Basel played the role of teacher modelling. They explained the conversion of time. Ijlal explained them rules of activity. After the activity students distributed the different worksheets to the parents, and parents were really enjoying while solving the worksheets. Plenary: Wania and Humaira conducted the plenary by asking them questions and parents were answering the questions. The parents really enjoyed the class. They were very much engrossed with the activity of playing cards. It was really a very good opportunity for the students to conduct the flipped class for the parents.
Students’ empowerment is one of the key features of teaching learning process at the Oxford school. In this regard, a session of flipped class was held where parents were invited to enjoy the role of students. Students of year 6 were fully prepared and enthusiastic regarding the session. Moral education session was conducted by the following students. Yasmin 6G1 The topic for the Moral Education was ‘Moral Dilemma’ and an introduction of the new subject ‘Moral Education’ was given by Inaya from 6G2. Students followed the format of a perfect lesson plan. They introduced the topic with a video and then inquired the responses of the learners (parents). Main activity was quite engaging and parents shared their responses regarding the real-life dilemma. Students acted well like teachers and cleared their misconception regarding the issue. Finally, plenary was conducted to check the learning and reinforce the concept. Parents enjoyed the lesson and the status of the student given to them. It was a pleasure for them to see their wards performing the role of a teacher with confidence and knowledge.
2: Aaliya 6G1 3: Jasmina 6G2 4: Ummi 6G2 5: Fatum 6G2 6: Shehzil 6G2 7: Tanawush 6G2 8: Yilmaz 6B3
Makeshift Restaurant The UAE has earmarked 2017 as The Year of Giving. To acquaint the society with the culture of happiness, the students of Year 5 and 6 prepared a MAKESHIFT RESTAURANT on 22nd November 2017 in the premises of “The Oxford School, Dubai” as a token of thanks for HAPPY BREAKFAST to support staff. Students brought the perfect breakfast menu like Cupcakes and Doughnuts, Butter and Dates, Jam and Dates, Laban, Juices, Buns Croissant, Bread and Rusk, Cookies, Fruits (Apple, Banana, Grapes). The French Novelist Marcel Proust, said
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. The students gave a HAPPY BREAKFAST as a token of gratitude and appreciation to theses charming gardeners who made their life easy in school just by giving a hygienic atmosphere and taking care of their safety in bus as well as school.
Assembly â€“ Moral Education Students of 6G2 presented an assembly on Moral education. The complete details of the presentations are as follows. Students presented the skit to explain the four pillars of moral education which are Character and morality, Individual and society, Civic studies, Cultural studies. The important aspect of learning moral education was explained clearly by the presenters. The entire Journey of Moral education, starting from when it was planned and how it was executed in all the schools were also explained by our presenters. The participants enthusiastically enjoyed the assembly and gained important information about the new subject, moral education.
Parent Teacher Meeting The Oxford School has organised a Parent-teacher meeting on Saturday, 18th November 2017. The main purpose of the meeting was to create a common platform, where teacher and parents come together to enrich the student’s educational experiences and discuss variety of issues, regarding all round development of students and their CAT 4 results. The meeting was organised under guidance and president ship of Ms. Millicent Nyaga (Year 3 & 4 Supervisor) and Ms. Ayesha Khan (Year 5 & 6 Supervisor). Teachers and parents of primary students attended the meet. The agenda of the Parent Teacher Meeting were as follows, Give suggestions to the parents to improve the academic life of students Discussion on “How can you (parents) contribute?” Obtain feedback from the parents The aims and objectives of the Parents-Teachers Meeting shall be – To encourage and promote a good relationship among the members of the teaching faculties, Students and parents/guardians of the students. To create in its members, an enthusiastic interest in the progress and smooth working of the school and also in the maintenance of good discipline and high academic standards.
To create a better understanding between the parents and teachers and to work towards a harmonious relationship between the school and the community. To create the necessary consciousness among parents to stimulate their interest in students and the school. To improve the learning methods by knowing the strength and weaknesses of the students. To institute scholarships, prizes, medal etc., to benefit students showing high proficiency in their studies. To help parents and students to adapt themselves to the changing concepts of society.
Positive Parenting One of the highlights of the PTM is the session that was led by Ms. Anu Binod, a well-known psychiatrist for children. The session has a team “POSITIVE PARENTING” – a program that is focused on developing a strong, deeply committed relationship between parent and child based on communication and mutual respect. It is for parent that want to discipline their kids without breaking their spirit. Ms. Anu gave various scenarios, examples and tips to all the parents on how to train their children toward self-control. It was a successful session as every parent left the MP Hall with full knowledge that their children should be treated with respect, free from fear of violence and shame, and guided with loving encouragement.
Curiosity To Creativity The “Curiosity to Creativity” is a new initiative at the Oxford school, Dubai where you are invited to participate in building something of your choice . Showing children that education is important, building their confidence and connecting with their school helps to shape children’s learning and wellbeing. On Wednesday 25th October, between 10.30 am to 11.30 am, the parents of grade 3 and 4 students were invited to participate in the creative activity along with their children. Under the supervision of Art Teacher Ms. Tehmina Siddiqui the parents and children created their Art work.
Circle Time Report - Years 7 & 8 Circle time creates a bond between class teacher and students. This is aimed at the holistic development of students. In November, the activities included: Reading Literacy. The main purpose of this programme was to improve reading and comprehension skills of our students so that they can achieve goal and develop knowledge and potential and can participate in the society.
Circle Time Report - Years 9 to 13
A boost to enhance linguistic Skills in Arabic and English has been the emphasized through a series of circle time activity, integrating the language of courage. Reading literacy program in English and Arabic was monitored by the teachers. Students were provided with texts Why Do Cave Fish Lose Their Eyes? by American Museum of Natural History, Walking Around Town by Michael Stahl, A Room-Sized Computer in Your Digital Music Player. Poetry writing : A competition to encourage creativity and ‘love of words’ among the students on the theme of courage and Anti Bullying. Anti-bullying rules for the school were formulated by the students and prepared a wall chart. To further strengthen the writing skills students created a newspaper as a collaborative work making sure that everyone in the class has his share of work. Meme creation on their favorite books which encouraged students to show case their reading skills and engaged them thoroughly. Book Blurb: Students created a Blurb of their favorite book and wrote a short promotional piece accompanying a creative work. DIABETES A LIFE STYLE-DISEASE- Way 2 well being, take charge of your health: Students have been given a topic on ‘diabetes a life style disease ‘and asked them to come up with suggestions to improve lifestyle to beat Diabetes. Poster making on the topic anti bullying to advocate Zero Tolerance towards bullying.
Creative Card Making For A Worthy Cause - Years 7 to 10 Card making is something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created wonderful cards and showcased their talents. They will put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds which can be utilized for a worthy cause.
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Dubai Fitness Challenge - Years 7 & 8 Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, launched the Dubai Fitness Challenge on 20th October 2017 to meet the objective of making Dubai one of the most active cities in the world. This challenge involved physical and sport activities and participation of wider segments of the local society involving all age groups. Our Oxford school, also enthusiastically participated in this challenge to promote exercise with the aim of living active and healthy lifestyle. Parents, students, staff were involved in various activities as Yoga, Zumba, aerobics, fun games, football match etc.
11th World Education Summit The 11th World Education Summit Dubai, which took place in Le Meridien Dubai Hotel on the 26th and 27th of November, was a far-reaching event due to its rich debates, experience-sharing, innovation, partnership, and wide range of sessions. It was organized by Elite Techno media PVT Ltd with KHDA as the Knowledge partner. The Summit brought together 15 eminent speakers all around the world and around 200 delegates including head of schools, educators, NGO’s , and sponsors. This dynamic and diverse international community rallied around a single and shared vision of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. Day 1: 26th November The summit was launched by Dr.Mark Beer, Chief Executive, DIFC courts, Dubai. Dr.Abdullah Al Karam, Director General, KHDA, Dubai, shared his views on lifelong learning to fulfil Dubai’s aspirations in his key-note address. The KHDA workshop, headed by Kalthoom Al Balooshi, Executive director of education KHDA, gave a better perspective on Dubai’s way of assuring quality and improving accessibility to Card making is something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created education, learning, andshowcased human their development the put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds wonderful cards and talents. with They will engagement of the community; thus, inspiring whichthe canworld. be utilized for a worthy cause. Panel discussions headed by eminent personalities and global educators focus on various aspects of building futuristic environment friendly school ecosystem, healthy living and wellbeing activities, and personalized learning in schools in a more structured way on each child’s learning to enhance progress, achievement and participation. Day 2:27th November An interactive session with Dr. Naji Al Mahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA, was the highlight of the day. His talk on ‘Enhancing the Quality Education through Teacher and Educational Leadership Licensing in Dubai” throw light on the ongoing Licensing Programme. It was then followed by a number of panel discussions and industry presentations which made the Summit a success.
Beat Diabetes Walk The Oxford School students took part in the Beat Diabetes Walk on 24th November 2017 at Dubai Creek Park, to raise awareness about diabetes and promote the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Following the walk, participants were able to check their sugar levels at the free blood glucose testing kiosks. The venue also offered a host of complimentary fun-filled activities, including special fitness activities like Zumba and yoga, on spot fitness challenges and dance routines. We learnt the importance of exercising in daily life to be healthy. We were proud to take part in the event as it supported a good cause. We pledged to support those suffering from diabetes to overcome the situation and live a healthier and better life ahead. A little effort from their side and a bit support from us can make a big difference.
Breakfast On Us!! Feeling appreciated is one of the most important emotional needs people have. When you share your appreciation and gratitude with someone, they will never forget you; moreover, appreciation itself will return to you many times. On the 5th, 6th, and 7th of November, Student Council Members of The Oxford School planned and initiated an event, ‘Breakfast on Us’, to acknowledge the hard work and undying efforts of the ancillary staff and bus drivers of the school. We, as students, know very well that without them, our school cannot run smoothly, and this event was a way of thanking them for the kindness we will never be able to repay.
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followed by a request for them to enjoy breakfast as a token of appreciation from all the students. ‘Breakfast on Us’ was a three-day event: on the first day, breakfast was served to the support staff; second day, it was served to all the nannies; and third day was for all the bus drivers.
We, at the Oxford school were delighted to put smiles on their faces and show our gratitude toward them.
DEWA Conservation Awards On the 14th of November, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority sponsored an introductory conservation awards workshop which focused on raising environmental awareness among school and university students. The Conference was open to all the schools in UAE and approximately representatives from 50 schools were in attendance. Ms. Dolly Pradhnani attended the workshop from The Oxford School, Dubai. The workshop mainly concentrated on participation of schools and students in conserving water and electricity. Hence, the award categories focused upon initiatives to be taken by educational institutes, leaders, principals, and the students to conserve and spread awareness on preserving water and electricity.
Mr. Ali Amjad spoke about a variety of issues related to scarcity of water and electricity. He introduced the four categories of the awards: Distinguished Educational Institute category, Distinguished Conservation Leader, Distinguished Conservation Team, and Distinguished Conservation Project. In the conclusion of the workshop, participants were allowed to ask questions related to it and representatives helped them in understanding the process of registration in the various award categories.
Door Decoration Activity In line with the celebration of UAE's 46th national day, students of the Oxford school took part in taking pride of the spirit of the union. Several activities were held in school in support of the celebration on 28th November 2017. Classrooms transformed into UAE themed classes. True enough with the mission of the school; students once again exhibited their creativity in their works as they all happily joined the activities. Each class was tasked to decorate their doors based on the given criteria. Each classroom became doors of pride and power.
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“LEARN TO CODE IN A DAY” WORKSHOP
This training was organized by the EduTech Middle East and OVERVIEW was conducted by Mr. Mairaj Faheem, Founder and CEO of The Hacking School, Code.ae and Trillion, Entrepreneurial 1. ORGANIZERS: EDUTECH– MIDDLE EAST Ventures to help youth develop essential coding skills required for future job opportunities. With Code.ae, Mr. Faheem plans 2. ATTENDEE: ERUM ATIF to bring a coding bootcamp revolution to the Middle East and 3. AIMS OF THE EVENT: build a strong tech community in the region. He also serves as the advisor on board of fintech, edutech, foodtech startups in The aim of this event were: India. The workshop was targeted towards professionals new to the skill as well as those who had background knowledge on 1. Understanding code and how it works; the topic, serving as a refresher and consolidation. 2. Setting up a coding environment; 3. Getting to know tools and platforms that aid in learning; 4. Learning how to get beginners to code with Code Cards; 5. Creating a bare-bones web page. 1. REFLECTION:
The workshop was definitely a good learning opportunity for computer professionals, but mostly for the Head of Departments from various schools. There were 13 attendees in all and they were all informed prior to the day to bring laptops to the venue. The workshop involved an interactive session where the participants were taught the basics of HTML Coding, how to manipulate HTML code, leading up to basic and structural website designing. Doubts and FAQs were discussed. The workshop also allowed good networking opportunities as the attendees included representatives from schools in Dubai, Oman, and Jordan, who discussed ideas and experiences which were beneficial to everyone. Overall, there was a lot of opportunity for good practices learnt from the event.
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In line with the effort of The Oxford School to provide avenues for its students to develop their skills of researching, organising, and presenting information in a compelling fashion, through its English Department the annual Secondary Debate was conducted in the MP Hall during the zero period of the 8th of November 2017.
November 16. 2017â€”this day was marked by enthusiasm and festivity of the celebration of the Ethnic Day at The Oxford School, Dubai; nevertheless, in the midst of the music accompanied by the graceful dance steps being performed by both teachers and students, a number of beats were heard in the centre of the football field which transformed a crowd into an audience of a theatrical masterpiece rehearsed by students to promote anti-bullying strategies to advocate in school.
Selected students from Year 11 were given a chance to showcase their talents and be an instrument to further campaign the efforts of the school to address bullying among students. Also, it stressed upon the effects of bullying to its victims so as to raise awareness and encourage their audience to take part in the actions of the school to eradicate bullying of any form and provide support to all who are affected by it.
46th UAE National Day : Enterprising Activity On the 28th of November 2017, students of The Oxford School Dubai planned an innovative enterprising activity in view of the 46th UAE National Day. They intended to spread the feeling of solidarity among UAE residents by selling caps, stickers, accessories, miniature flags, and some decoration materials like balloons, etc.
This enterprising activity our students ventured out had a dualpurpose: propagating the spirit of unity and expressing compassion towards the less privileged members of the society. It is a pleasure to share that students truly proved their enterprising skills marked with enthusiasm selling all the items within two (2) hours generating more than 100% profit over the invested amount. ď ą Card making is something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created wonderful cards and showcased their talents. They will put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds which can be utilized for a worthy cause.
With a genuine spirit, the students decided to give the full amount to charity. It was indeed a successful event; small efforts can truly make a big difference in someoneâ€™s life.
Ethnic Day Celebration â€œNo Borders, No Boundariesâ€? On 16th November 2017, which is the International Day of Tolerance the students of Oxford School Celebrated Ethnic day. It was a representation of students who belong to different countries and cultures and are studying together with peace, love and friendship at Oxford School Dubai. It was a chance for all the students and the staff to educate and entertain everyone with their culture and traditions.
The event took place in the football field where 13 stalls had been set up. All the props, food and activities were student led and were the ideas of the students. The stalls symbolized the following countries: UAE, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Sirilanka, Pakistan, India, Iran, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Egypt.
There was an array of different delicacies, games, music and dance portrayed by the students. It was an exemplary idea for all the Oxfordians to unite and educate each other about different cultures through fun and in a unique way.
Educational Trip to BFTC On Wednesday the 1st of November, the students of years AS and A2 of The Oxford School went on a trip to the Brigade Fire Training Centre near the Dubai Scout Mission, to learn about fire training and safety procedures as well as how to handle fire depending on itâ€™s different types. The session was split into two parts. The first part was a 2-hour long theory session in which we were briefed on basic fire safety fundamentals as well as the proper use of fire extinguishers. After the theory session was over, we had a practical session. There we got an opportunity to test different types of fire extinguishers and how we should react to fires. Overall, we learned many valuable lessons and had a great time. We never when knowledge like 7this be needed, ď ą Card making is something which all can do to raise money for aknow cause. Students of Years towill 10 created so having it would not only useful, alsofunds may wonderful cards and showcased their talents. They will put them to good use,bebyimmensely selling them andbut raise which can be utilized worthy cause. in the given future. even for endaup being helpful
Visit To Labour Camp In the words of Mother Teresa: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Food is indeed valuable for the needy. The food collection drive we had run in our school for a week to collect non – perishable food items. The students of Oxford School enthusiastically supported this campaign and brought canned food just with a clear motive of charity that depicted humanity. By the end of the campaign, members of the student council packed the food for donation. On Friday, 16th of November, the students visited Labour camp to distribute the collected food items. The packet brought a smile of satisfaction on their face ,which was certainly touching; surely their smiles will count as good deeds of the ones who donated.
First Term PTM Report The first term PTM was conducted on 18th Nov 2017. Teachers discussed about the class assessment and their childâ€™s performance and approach for further improvements and they understood the importance of learning so as to balance their curriculum for a holistic development. Parents appreciated school authorities for their constant help and support in academic as well as non- academic areas. Parents were happy with the teacher support provided to the student in exhibiting their talents in their own area of interest. They also attended Workshop on Positive Parenting - Dealing with adolescent children - Strategies to detect depression, self-harm; from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm in the MPH, conducted by leading Psychologist Ms Anu Binod. Parents felt that children are encouraged to study on regular basis and not take undue stress during examination. ď ą Card making is something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created wonderful cards and showcased their talents. They will put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds which can be utilized for a worthy cause.
Reading Literacy Program The reading literacy program this year was based on reading from www.readworks.org and the introduction of NEWSELA. Students were required to go to the readworks site and log in with their google accounts and type in the class Code. They then had access to a whole new enchanting world of scientific and literary works which would transport them to far off lands and widen the horizons of their intellect. Scientific extracts such as Text: In our galaxy far away ; Benjamin Franklin: The Ultimate Solution Creator ; Conservation of Energy ;The Sea monsters, etc were read voraciously by the students. The students have answered the quiz thus enabling assessment of comprehension.
Regional Workshop on Information Literacy in the Digital Age On 28th of November, 2017, a regional workshop on information literacy in the digital age conducted by TechKnowledge and hosted by Amity University, Dubai was attended by our school librarian. The workshop focused on how innovation and technology are shaping the libraries of today. The TechKnowledge team discussed several important topics such as the latest digital textbooks, the academic integrity, and plagiarism. The latest solutions and tools to enhance learning and education were also included in the discussion. The participants were engaged in a structured brainstorming and information exchange. The participants also shared their success stories about employing strategies to combine technology in their library, importance of educating the ď ą Card makingstudents is something which all can do raise money for a cause. regarding plagiarism andtothe effects it brings to the Students of Years 7 to 10 created wonderful cards and showcased their talents. They will put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds integrity of the academy. which can be utilized for a worthy cause.
In the workshopâ€™s conclusion, participants could ask questions related to the topic and the representatives helped them to understand the changing needs of their patrons by embracing technological advancements. As they said, libraries have rebounded and are thriving in a technology fuelled world. With the help of innovation, re-imagination and vision, libraries are embracing new technologies while creating dynamic community centres filled with life.
Edutech Summit Edutech Middle East 2017 gathered over 1000 policy makers, educational leaders and educators from across the middle east. There were inspirational speakers not only from middle east but all around the world, all brimming with ideas and passion to inspire change in education. From our school, Ms,DeepaVinod , head of school, and Ms.Preeti Manoj , head of science department , were attended the conference. Running alongside was a dedicated exhibition, showcasing the latest educational technology solutions and free content for teachers from teachers, teachtechtalks in the demonstration theatre. From established markets implementing the latest in VR and maker technology, to emerging markets where mobile based learning is transforming literary rates, the opportunities have never been greater. At EduTech Middle we found showcased all that is great in education technology innovation. Bringing together leading minds from education and the technology providers who can best serve them, they have created a Middle Eastern education marketplace unlike any other.
Clean – Up Drive On 19th of November 2017, 15 members of The Oxford School’s Sustainability Club actively took part in the “clean-up drive” arranged by the Dubai Municipality to clean the school’s surroundings. As a result, the students noticed that majority of litter that they collected was cigar which commensurate the increasing number of smokers in U.A.E. (about 23% of the total population). Additionally, they also collected vast amounts of plastics which mainly came from food wrappers. Once the task was completed, as a reward, the Dubai municipality gave out refreshments to each student for their hard work and dedication they put to help clean the environment.
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Seminar by AS students Problem statement: You are responsible for designing a new housing development for a certain area. But thereâ€™s a catch! The local environmental group is in an uproar about your development because of a species native to the area that the environmentalists are concerned about. Typically, engineers evaluate and design for many possible effects that a development might have on a biome, and think about multiple plant and animal species. Students selected the biome deciduous forest and designed a plan of a housing society to protect the endangered species, wood turtle. They then presented their proposal to a panel of judges.
REPORT ON CHEMISTRY SEMINAR Problem statement: In everyday life, we use soap to wash dishes, clean clothes, or for personal hygiene. Soap therefore has numerous applications in our daily life. One of its great values is keeping our household a far better place to live and work. However, contrary to what one may think, soap was invented not only for the purpose of personal hygiene; rather, it was invented to solve other purposes. The production of quality soaps at cheaper rate has been a hitch to many soap producers in Nigeria; this has led to the production of soaps with poor qualities and high cost of production. AS students were responsible for designing and producing a sustainable soap for these underdeveloped countries thereby offering solutions to some of their basic problems. They then presented their soap proposal to a panel of judges whom they needed to convince to invest in their project.
Student Led Learning The Student Led Learning was conducted on Wednesday the 15th of November by the students of Year 7 to Year 10. All the selected students proceeded to their classes according to the timetables given to them. It was wonderful to see them trying to be at their best possible level and feel the essence of being teachers. Science, Math, Arabic, English, Economic, UAE and other subjects were taught with enthusiasm. The students of each class were very keen to know their student-teachers for the day, and as for every class, it was evident how much they enjoyed learning from them. Parents were also invited to observe the lessons of the students to appreciate and motivate students and share their views with them. The student-teachers followed their timetable until the 5th lesson; after that, regular classes were conducted by the subject teachers. The students enjoyed experience. Theymoney for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created ď ą Card making is something whichthis all can do to raise wonderful cards and andappreciation showcased their talents. They expressed gratitude to their teachers forwill all put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds the hard work they do to teach them. which can be utilized for a worthy cause.
Educational Visit Khaleej Times First Language English students take a look around the UAE's longest running printing press. The English department here at the Oxford School, Dubai organised an enlightening trip to the Khaleej Times Headquarters situated in Al Quoz, Dubai for their First Language students. On the 7th of this month, the selected group headed towards press, looking forward to the day's events. Upon reaching there, they were welcomed by officials from different departments at Khaleej Times including Marketing, Advertising, Commercial and Circulation; all of which have been incredibly contribute to ensure the ever long reign of Khaleej Times in the UAE news industry. The guide explained that these machines printed advertisements and brochures using a layered colour method called the 'CMYK printing process'. The abbreviation stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black) which are the four colours that are used in the process. Afterwards, the lot was lead upstairs where they were shown the main printing press and talked to the operators and officials. There were seven individual towers which can print 28 pages in one go. Later had a question-answer session with the hosts.
UAE National Flag Day On 2nd November 2017, The Oxford School, Dubai had celebrated the national flag day. The Flag Day was organized by the senior students along with the Sports Coordinator and studentâ€™s council members of the school. On this day, the students gathered together in order to make the human flag that was made by the 4 different houses which include Sapphire, Topaz, Ruby and Emerald. These four houses stood in a way to make the human flag of the United Arab Emirates.
Tribute to the Martyrs On National Martyrs’ Day, 30th November, students wrote letters to the parents of Martyrs’ to check their letter writing skills in English and Arabic while, paying tribute to the martyrs and emoting the feelings of gratitude for the services the sons had made by sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, defending the nation. Students communicated to the parents that such sterling gems will always remain the pride of UAE and their lives are not wasted and that they are celebrated as the champions of the UAE’s ideals.
“May God Bless the families of the Nations Heroes….”
In observance of U.A.E National Day, students of Oxford School Dubai from Year 1 to Year 13 took part in an assembly which showcased the lifestyle of Emiratis in the past. Students ď ą Card making is something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created took parttheir in a number presentations of Emiratiâ€™s wonderful cards and showcased talents. of They will put them to goodtraditions, use, by selling them and raise funds which canas bewell utilized for changes a worthythey cause. culture, and habits, as the underwent over time. As a whole, the assembly accentuated how U.A.E developed through hard work and sincerity.
Visual Harvesting Workshop Visual Harvesting brings conversations to life and adds a visually inspiring component to presentations and discussions. Most of all, we learnt to capture the essence and create memorable, organized, and accessible communication. At the start, we thought it was about making colourful notes; however, as time passed, I learnt that it is drawing, for thinkers. By the end of the session, we made sure to remember that every minute counts. We made sure everything ran smoothly, and produced great results. We planned for success, right from the beginning. As the saying goes, “you can’t harvest what you’re not seeding,” We paid close attention, processed what we hear, and then delivered a visualization of our interpretation. Visual Harvesting is also a great way to connect with small as well as larger crowds as it gathers all our ideas together. The past sessions were interesting and opened our creative minds to make us think outside the box.
‘WHATWORKS 2020’ Workshop Year after year since 2012, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai takes the initiative to organise one of the most significant events called ‘What Works’. This year, the students of The Oxford School, Dubai were given the privilege to extend their voluntary service to run the event in a very successful manner. The students were accompanied by three teachers who also got the opportunity to learn and create networks with other schools. The theme of the event, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, clearly defines the aim of the programme which is to promote learning, engagement, and innovation by way of encouraging collaboration among schools. The Senior Vice President, Legacy Development & Impact - Expo 2020 Dubai, Marjan Faraidooni, started the event by her welcome speech followed by speeches from Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, the Chairman of KHDA, and Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan who spoke about her Circle of Hope initiative. Followed by the opening ceremony were some workshops organised for teachers to attend. They were conducted by leaders of various schools. The topics in the workshops were thetrending topics inis the field of education. Critical thinking, Card making something which all can do to raise money for a cause. Students of Years 7 to 10 created wonderful cards and showcasedand theirdetermined talents. They will put them to good use, by selling them and raise funds innovation, creativity, sustainability, students were some of the key areas discussed. which can be utilized for a worthy cause. The event ended with a plenary activity which was a question-answer session about the Expo 2020. This was a fun and exciting session as the audience had the opportunity to team up to participate in the quiz. The session was quite informative, and it gave the opportunity to learn things participants were not aware about the EXPO 2020. This event was a great experience for the students and the teachers of The Oxford School as it gave the chance to learn something new and create networks with people outside.
Assembly Report Theme: - “Arabic Assembly: Language is tool communicate and to know the culture and tradition ” Students of Year 9 conducted the assembly to demonstrate the importance of Arabic Language at Oxford School. Assembly had many high points where they showcased an innovative way of encouraging non- Arabic staff and students to converse in Arabic. A short competition: Oxford Got Talent, was conducted by state the importance of Arabic Literacy, which is critical to the wellbeing of an individual and of the community. The assembly clearly made the point that, Language is Courage: the ability to conceive a thought and to speak it.
Theme: Launch of Arabic month Students of year 7 and 8 assembled in the MP Hall to announce the beginning of the Arabic Month. The purpose of the assembly was to make students understand the importance of Reading. They emphasized on the fact that reading creates intellectuals who can lead and develop the nation. They spoke about HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s initiation of the Arab Reading Challenge. One of the senior student shared her experience of this Challenge and she stressed on inculcating the habit of reading. Students need to develop faith in their abilities to pursue dreams. They informed about the various activities that will be followed during this month. Few students used innovative idea of Visual harvesting to express themselves. Theme:- “Antibullying Week 13th-17th November. The theme is :Power of Good “ Counseling and Special Education Team guided students of year 9 and 10 to conduct the assembly, to mark the Antibullying Week. Inclusion Champions introduced the audience the aim of the assembly; to support students to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
Creative and innovative elements of the assembly; Sensational Song by the girls criticizing the act of Bullying, Rap song by Habib sharing the feelings of an victim and The Shadow Play depicting the impact of bullying and ways to overcome, this made the assembly interesting and students pledged to work against bullying.
Theme:- “ For the Love of Words “ Language has a major role in improving relationships—the choice of words and how they are delivered in varying situations affect the totality of connections among people. With this line of thought, the students of year 9 and 10, led an assembly with the theme: “For the Love of Words”. The skits enacted by the students, emphasized the power of words to change the world, and the value of Books. A quick vocabulary game kept the audience charged and two students recited poem that they had composed in conjunction with the theme of the assembly. Theme: Launch of English Assembly The English month assembly was held on the 20th of November by students of Year 7 and 8, in the Multipurpose hall. The assembly began with the recitation of the Quran and its translation as it was imperative that we raise our minds to the almighty and thank him for such a wonderful day. One of the student recited her own composed poem which was much appreciated. The next on the list was the Choral Recitation by the students of Year 8G2 which was something novel and innovative. Students concluded the assembly by ‘Who am I’ – this game tested the students and led them to reveal the poet or the author. Theme:- “ 46th UAE National Day Celebration “ Students organised an assembly to commemorate the 46th UAE National Day – The Spirit Of The Union, an Arabic skit was enacted, where students represented the seven Emirates. The audience were enlightened the exponential progress of UAE. Students expressed their gratitude, through Thank You Message to HIS HIGHNESS SHAIKH ZAYED ALNAHYAN, for his efforts in making it a ‘ Home Away from Home ‘ for every UAE resident. Theme:- “ 46th UAE National day: Enterprising Activity “ Students of Year 9, planned an innovative enterprising activity, on 28th November, in view of the 46th UAE National Day. They intended to spread the feeling of solidarity among UAE residents, by selling the Flags, Caps, Stickers and UAE -National Day merchandize. This enterprising activity that our students ventured into had dual purpose, i.e propagating the spirit of solidarity and to be compassionate towards the less privileged members of the society. Student’s entrepreneurial skills and their magnanimous attitude was worthy of appreciating, as they made cent percent profit, over the investment and contributed the entire amount for charity, a small step to make a difference in someone’s life.
Published on Dec 25, 2017