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THE OXFORD FRONT N E W S L E T T E R

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E D I T I O N

THE OXFORD SCHOOL, DUBAI


From the Principal’s Desk Dear Parents, Welcome back and a happy New Year! The students came back rested and ready to learn after the winter break. Junior and Secondary school students of Years 7 to 10 are busy with lessons and tasks strategically designed to challenge and enrich student learning while the senior students of Years 11, 12 and 13 are busy with Mock Examinations. I find it difficult to believe that the first term is completed and we were immersed in myriad events here at School. December too, was no exception even with majority of the students, Years 4 to 10, were busy with the first term examination. Read on for all the wonderful details. We, at Oxford, always work hard to maintain a school environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to learning. All parents who come to pick and drop their children, please support us in making your child’s safety the highest priority by driving observantly and carefully around the school and in the parking lot area. Also it is extremely important to park your car at proper allocated spaces, so that the other parents are not inconvenienced and the road is not blocked. Thank you in advance for adhering to these safety policies. With every New Year, new resolutions are made to improve our current practices. Let us make a strong resolution to ensure that our children are safe and protected at all times. Let us provide them with tools and strategies to safe guard themselves against strangers not only in real life but also in cyberspace. Let us support them in dealing capably and competently with all challenging situations and be successful global citizens. Let us be strongly committed to our school motto, ‘Knowledge Empowers’! Aisha Ansari Principal


AL NOOR MOSQUE VISIT-FS2


Grandparents Day Grandparents play a very important role in the life of our children and what a better way to felicitate them on this special occasion by inviting them to spend some time in school with their favourite people. Greeting cards were made and flowers were presented to them. The children entertained them

through song and dance. The grandparents then narrated their experiences. It was followed by the end of term party, the children had brought in their favourite food to share with their friends. It was definitely a day to remember before they proceeded on their winter vacation.


ANNUAL SPORTS DAY -FS2 LET’S SALUTE THE UAE


Role Play


Synergy University Workshop


Year 3

ACTIVITY 1. Dialogue between 2 people. The objective of the activity was to create a dialogue between 2 people to talk about themselves and to improve the writing and drawing skills of the student. The students imagined a conversation between 2 people(a boy and a girl/ a man and a boy/ a woman and a girl. They were also asked to draw pictures and write the conversation between them.

ACITIVITY 2. What do you like to do? { Qu’est-ce que tu aimes faire?}. The students of Year 3 wrote about their leisure activities . This was to stimulate the child’s imagination and improve the writing and drawing skills. The students were able to write sentences that started with “ J’aime bien… “, then they completed them with their favorite activities.

ACTIVITY 3. Conversation between two students. { une conversation entre deux eleves} The students conducted the activity by talking to a friend ,to introduce oneself , using French and to improve the student’s speaking skills. Two students conversed with each other while the others listened .The students were able to speak about themselves in French .All the students enjoyed these activities . The conversation began with greetings , followed with introduction.


‘If you can read this, thank a teacher’

Students were busy finishing up finding the meanings on the vocabulary words that were given to them during the previous lesson for each of the books they are reading. Once the students were done with this they were given the task of making sentences with each of the words that was given to them. They had to write these sentences in pencil and the vocabulary words were written in a different colour within the sentence. This gave the students the opportunity to learn how to use a dictionary and what the meanings of the words are and how to use these meanings to create sentences with these words.


Reading Support : Year 6 Topic: Doing predictions on what the story might be about.


Here students are busy predicting what the new book will be about. They are doing this by looking at the cover of the book and looking at the picture and title of the book. Once they were done with this, they matched there predictions with the blurb to see whether their predictions were close to what is written on the blurb. After this the students started reading the book to prepare for the next activity .which is to summarize the story by telling what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the book.


Workshop on Fire Evacuation Date : 12th Dec, 2015.

“ Safety First , convenience later”. “ Caution is the parent of Safety”. To reinforce the above, a review workshop was conducted for the teaching and support staff. The floor maps, evacuation procedure, roles and responsibilities of were discussed. Additional roles of the fire marshals, chief commander and the principal were also explained, making the respective assembly points, assembly zones and the reporting system clear. This further was elaborated with the method of evacuation from the floor, to the exit areas. They were informed about the reflectors of different colors used by the fire marshals and chief commander. The same workshop was then conducted for the support staff in English and translated in Urdu for all present there.

“Hindsight is wonderful thing, but foresight is better , especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain”.


Activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME


ASEP – Activity Abacus. We need to keep our body fit by doing exercise daily. Like other organs of our body, our brain also needs regular exercise to keep it fit and sharp. But how do we exercise our brain? Abacus is a tool with which we can exercise our brain through Mathematics. It is an aid specially for children who fear mathematics. With abacus, basic mathematical operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can by carried out by simple movement of beads. By regular practice, a child can solve problem by imaging the beads of abacus. This improves memory. They start doing visualization.It improves concentration not only in math but also other subjects. The problem solving ability also boosts ones confidence. Abacus improves speed and accuracy, listening skill, visualization skill. Child’s academic performance improves. Children depend on calculators to do basic mathematical operations which make their mind weak. But with abacus they are able to solve sums mentally. The Students of oxford school, had this privilege of making use of Abacus not only in their real life application, but also in their curriculum. They opted for abacus as their after school activity and are still continuing to do so.


Karate (ASEP) Karate aims to build character, improve human behavior, and cultivate modesty.” – Yasuhiro Konishi (founder of Shindo Jinen-ryu Karate)

Advantages of martial arts Karate as Martial arts was introduced as an extracurricular activity to our children of Years 1 to 6 . Terming karate as a codified system and a tradition of combat practices, our children witnessed a variety of “reasons to learn karate” and they are: self-defense, physical health and fitness as well as for mental, physical, and spiritual development of the body. Students would like to share the 3 best reasons saying “Karate is the world’s best martial arts”. 1.

Unparalleled Diversity

There’s always something new to learn or do – whether it’s kumite, kihon, bunkai, kata, kobudo and so on. Our children will never forget their steps as they were trained so well. 2. Surprisingly safe, easy and effective.It’s safe, easy to learn, requires little space and is very effective if done right. 3. Rich heritage and culture: Karate comes from a vastly different social setting and cultural context than you and me .


MAD SCIENCE: ASEP ACTIVITY

Mad Science activity was organized by The Oxford School for the Year 1 to 6 students. Special instructors were called to teach the children. There were 8 classes in total. The classes were conducted on Tuesdays and in each class, students had learnt various facts about science. The instructors were well trained and used to start the class with great enthusiasm. For each class there were different topics that were explained theoretically and practically too. Few topics such as- Sound, gravity, solid, liquids and gases, food and nutrition, spectrum, animations, electromagnetism, etc. were extremely interesting. Students were given the required apparatus for these practical with all safety measures keeping in mind. After each class, students had received take home gifts, and participation certificates at the end of the session. Children had enjoyed the classes thoroughly and learnt new aspects of science.

“All of Science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking.� - Albert Einstein

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