Volume 2 : Issue No. 5 - March 2011
Sharjah English School www.sharjahenglishschool.org
Trips, visits, talks and fieldwork Key Stage 2
Les sandwichs de 8SM
Contents From The Principalâ€™s Desk
Primary News Primary News
Year 6 non-skiers
Sharjah National Park
Mango Tree Visit
Primary Ski Trip
Primary Science Day
Secondary News Climbing Club
British Embassy Visit
Design and Technology Electronics Project
From Shiraz to Mars - Business Studies Trip
Les sandwichs de 8SM
Young Musicians Of The Gulf
Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature
Attack Of The Clones
News From the Arabic and Islamic Department
River Basins - Year 7 Geography
Volcanoes - Year 9 Geography
Year 12 Geography Fieldwork
Secondary Ski Trip
International Award News
New from the Mathematics Department
Battle Of The Bands
Whole School News Guidelines for keeping your child home from school
First Aid Course
Whole School News
Dates For Your Diary
From the Principal’s Desk... Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been two months since the last newsletter, so there is much to report in the following pages. It’s been a particularly busy period for sport, with =ixtures on an almost daily basis. Swimming galas and athletics have been the major focus, but our other sports are continuing too. We are working at expanding the variety of sports on offer, as well as enhancing the quality of the provision by involving more outside providers. Some parents may have noticed that cricket matches have been taking place on the sports =ield. The Darjeeling Cricket Club uses our facilities on Fridays, and have invested heavily in creating a new cricket crease in the centre of the =ield. There is a series of matches being arranged in the coming weeks, details of which will be provided to you. It is a pleasant way to spend a Friday, watching cricket being played on our ‘village green’. The new building is still continuing to make progress and is on schedule for completion in the early part of the summer. Some of the governors and teaching staff have been visiting the site in the past month to view the progress and to help plan for the major contribution which the building is likely to make to the next stage of the school’s development. I will endeavour to organize visits for interested parents once the site is safe to walk around. We are all excited by the possibilities the new facility opens up for SES Primary and Secondary departments. The recent months have seen a number of news events across the world which have affected and touched SES students and their families. The student council and student body have raised money for the earthquake relief efforts in Christchurch and the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It has been commendable and inspiring to see the concern with which the children have responded. We are also conscious that the political turmoil in many of our neighbouring countries in the Arab world has had a direct impact on some families and members of our school community. We hope that all extended families are safe and secure in these turbulent times. Can I wish everyone a restful and happy holiday? We hope that those students busy with their coursework and examination preparation manage to =ind some time to relax as well.
John Nolan Principal
News from the Primary School So many events in such a short time. Where do I start? Disco fever hit the central hall with the 80‘s theme being well taken advantage of. The children had such a great time that parents were jealous and wanted a disco for themselves! The annual Ski Trip was a huge success as usual with teachers and pupils still trying to restore their energy levels! Children who did not go on it had their own adventures at the Dolphinarium and the Literary Festival. Foundation visited the Sharjah National Park and both they and the park survived! All the students thoroughly enjoyed the wheeling and dealing of the Flea Market and there was a stunning array of national dress at our International Picnic Assembly. Year 4 went on a culinary expedition to Thailand and were thrilled to be given a chance to learn some Thai words and sample the array of dishes on offer. Please check out the articles about our Sports Days in the Bulletin as well as the children’s fantastic efforts at their swimming galas, football and rugby matches. On a personal note I would like to bid a fond farewell to my right hand woman, Mrs. Daniela Walker, and to thank her for her unstinting help and support over the past four years. She contributed so much to the school in so many ways. In true Sharjah English School style she was given an assembly =illed with song, music and laughter. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her new venture in Switzerland. Goodbye and Good Luck Daniela. Please don’t forget to keep in touch. Your efforts were truly appreciated. It is with pleasure, however, that we welcome Mrs. Helen du Preez as her replacement. We wish her an extremely happy tenure and I know everyone will help her settle into her new role. Another bumper issue……….ENJOY!
Miss Jenefer Race -‐ Primary Headteacher
Year 6 Non-‐ Skiers This year we had 13 pupils who did not go on the ski trip. During the week they worked on a project about sea creatures and how they are adapted to their underwater life. The pupils worked in small groups to research their chosen creatures. We visited the Dubai Dolphinarium and saw for ourselves how the dolphins and seals were comfortable both in and out of the water. Using the internet and books from the library pupils produced an information fact sheet to include in their display, which is currently on show in the Primary entrance area. It is all their own work, including selecting the materials, putting up the backing paper, cutting the lettering, edging the board and making the giant =ish. Please take the time to come and look at it. I hope that you agree that they should be proud of their accomplishments. The pupils also accompanied those from Year 5 on a visit to the Emirates Festival of Literature, where they listened to advice from Morris Gleitzman on how best to start their stories. He felt that, based on their contributions, there were several budding authors in the audience. We were lucky enough to have 2 books signed by Morris and these were awarded to one Year 5 and one Year 6 pupil. On Thursday, all the Year 6 pupils were involved with the athletics meeting. We were delighted that Sharjah English School was the overall winner. All the pupils involved, still =lushed with success and exertion, brought the winning cup to our Primary assembly to share their news.
News from the Primary School Sharjah National Park On Thursday 27th January the Foundation Department enjoyed a trip to the Sharjah National Park. Children were encouraged to look at and listen for wild life as well as to respect the environment. As you can see from the photographs the children also spent time on everything from the swings, to the see-saws, to the climbing frames, to the great big slide, to the parachute! Great fun was had by all.
News from the Primary School Flea Market This year, the Primary Children’s Flea Market was held on Thursday 3rd March in the primary central area. This is the opportunity for pupils to sell on their unwanted toys and games and there were lots to choose from. There were over 20 stalls of assorted goodies and keen bargaining could be heard all around the market. Many of the stall holders decided to spend their hard won cash on bargains from other stalls, so some went home with as many items as they brought – just a diﬀerent assortment of goods! The overwhelming consensus from both buyers and sellers was that the event was a success.
News from the Primary School
International Assembly The Parent Support Group held their annual International Picnic on Thursday February 10 and many of the pupils took the opportunity to wear their national dress to school. During our assembly, each year group was invited onto the stage so that everyone could see the clothing and hear where the costumes originated. We have a very large number of different nationalities represented in the school and I am sure that you will agree, after viewing the photographs, that the pupils were very proud to have the opportunity to wear their costumes. 7
News from the Primary School Mango Tree Visit Year 4 were invited recently to visit the Mango Tree Restaurant in Mirdif City Centre. We were greeted and taught various phrases in Thai before mee?ng the key staﬀ of the restaurant. Following this, the children learned about the herbs and spices used in cooking and their nutri?onal and medicinal quali?es. They were taught about safe storage and prepara?on of food. Ac?vi?es included visi?ng a working kitchen, weighing of noodles, making banana smoothies and juices and tas?ng the various Thai dips used in the restaurant. A highlight was experiencing a visit into the freezer!! Everyone was then fed with delicious Thai food, played games and then was presented with giKs. It was a marvelous experience and we all learned many new things.
News from the Primary School Once again, the discos proved a big hit amongst the KS2 children and, as you will see from the photos, there were some fantastic 80’s costumes. The Year 3 children shared their thoughts about the disco….. Do we really have to wait another year before the next disco?!
Eating yummy pizza.
Partying with our friends – what fun!
DJ Gill was awesome!!!
The parade where each class battled to be the best group of dancers was great fun.
We enjoyed dancing with our friends and showing off our funky moves!
The DJ played some great songs and created a great party atmosphere.
The newspaper game was also enjoyed. A game of balance, teamwork and co-ordination!
We loved dressing up in 80's fancy dress and wearing our own clothes.
We really enjoyed playing the games, including ‘stations’ where we had to run to the 80's icons who were Adam Ant, Madonna, Ba Baracus and Michael Jackson (DJ Gill then called out a name and we were out if we were on that station).
News from the Primary School Primary Ski Trip On the 5th of March, Year 6 left for the annual ski trip to Morgin, Switzerland. After a long day, including an overnight =light and several coach journeys, we =inally arrived at our destination. Morgin is a small but beautiful village, high in the Swiss Alps. Its people are warm and friendly, and help make it a wonderful place for a ski trip. We were extremely lucky with the weather – the sun shone brightly for the entire period we were there. We were also fortunate that there was plenty of snow on the mountain, despite the over all lack of snow in Europe this season. The children had a great time throwing snowballs at the teachers, sledging and, most importantly, learning to ski. They were also able to brush up on their French, by taking some extra French lessons with some of the local people. The children were expected to make their own sandwiches for lunch and even had the experience of cooking their own dinner. Even more surprising, was that all of the children were able to keep their bedrooms tidy, with Jumana and Eloise coming out as winners in the tidy bedroom competition. All in all it has been an exceptional trip. The children were once again a credit to the school. Many thanks to everyone involved especially to Mrs. Stedman for organising another successful adventure. Mr. K. Smithard
News from the Primary School Primary Ski Trip The ski trip leK S.E.S on Friday night, traveling on bus to the Abu Dhabi airport. When we arrived at Geneva, we took another bus to Morgin; we unpacked and went to get our equipment. While we were wai?ng, we had a snowball ﬁght. When we were skiing, everybody wiped out in our group except me and Luke. Our skiing instructor was brilliant. His name was Rich. He taught us how to turn and stop. We also went sledging. It was amazing! I threw snowballs at people who were sledging past me. Griﬀ, Luke and Sami almost hit the fence because they didn’t jump oﬀ in ?me and went too far down. My favourite thing was when we skied to the border of France. It was a long way but worth it! Ma#hew Bates 6KS
All the year sixes were buzzing with excitement as Mrs. Stedman announced that it was ?me to take the bus to the Abu Dhabi. The bus was a whole lot bigger than the ones we had in school. It was a two hour drive to the Abu Dhabi airport. Surprisingly, no one fell asleep on the bus which didn’t come as a surprise to Mr. Smithard. Once we arrived at the airport, we got our luggage checked and headed for the gate. Once we were on the ﬂight we swapped seats and sat next to our friends. At this point, everyone fell asleep. We arrived at Geneva on the 5th and took a coach to Morgins. It was cold and blankets of snow covered the paths. We stopped at a liXle shopping mall to get something to eat and then we were back on the road. Finally, we arrived at the chalet -‐ we relaxed and got our bags sorted. It really felt like home. The next day was ?ring as we had skiing lessons on the mountains. Our instructor’s names were Rich, Ross and Ginny. They got us skiing very well and by the end of the week, we were skiing down the mountain. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we had French lessons. The teachers were kind, pa?ent and fun. It was a pleasure having them as teachers for two hours. The food was delicious, freshly cooked by the chalet staﬀ. In the morning when we were going on the chairliK, everyone was having a good ?me. While skiing, there were hilarious wipeouts performed by Mr. Smithard. It was only a seven day trip and at the end of it, everyone wanted to stay longer. Even then, it was amazing and everyone had a great ?me.
News from the Primary School SCIENTISTS FOR A DAY! This term, KS2 were lucky to experience a taste of being “Secondary Scientists” for the day! The labs in the secondary school opened their doors to the eager Primary pupils and there was much excitement, as each class made their way into territories new. Year 3 children investigated the properties of magnets and extended their knowledge of this area of the curriculum. Next it was the turn of Year 4, who successfully separated liquids and solids using several of the processes they had learned about during science last term. Once Year 5 had been divided into three groups, they investigated the functions of human organs, in particular the lung. Finally, Year 6 had the opportunity to test the acidity and alkalinity of various solutions, using red cabbage as a natural indicator of pH. It was a ful=illing learning opportunity and the Primary children were grateful to the science staff for organizing such an interesting event, to further reinforce their learning and scienti=ic thought.
News from the Primary School
News from the Secondary School KS3 Climbing Club This is the second term that SES has run the KS3 Climbing Club as an activity. Since being introduced by Mr. Fenn, the club has been a great success. In the previous term, we learned to climb to a greater extent and belay. The climbing wall at Midriff is brilliant and gives quite a realistic and unique feeling of real climbing. Some of the participants have excelled in climbing and have completed most of the hardest walls already. The staff at Midriff City Center are brilliant and know exactly what they are doing. Adam Bates 9RF
News from the Secondary School British Embassy Visit : Mandy Smith Mandy Smith, the Vice Consul for Assistance at the British Embassy in Dubai, visited the school on March 13th for a series of talks. She spoke to groups of students from Year 9 upwards about the various dangers and hazards of falling foul of UAE laws in relation to drugs, alcohol and personal relationships. With plenty of anecdotal evidence to draw on, she gave the students much to consider, and outlined the dangers of complacency and carelessness in this respect. She also outlined the limits of what the embassy can assist with when a British national does get into trouble. For many of the students the information will have been quite a revelation, but the meetings (part of a series that Mandy is doing with UAE schools) have tackled important and necessary issues which should ensure our students’ continued safety and security; it’s all an important part of helping them negotiate the diﬃcult process of growing up!
Year 9 Design and Technology electronics project Dr. Mahmoud Al-‐Qutayri of Khalifa University – Thank You! We owe a huge thank you to Dr. Al-‐Qutayri, one of our secondary parents, and to Khalifa University, for etching the printed circuit boards (PCBs) needed to complete a Year 9 Design and Technology electronics project. The students have been working hard drilling and soldering alarm circuits to put inside a casing which they have vacuum formed. They have shown some great initiative with an interesting range of original designs. The circuits have proven to be a very successful and challenging project for the Year 9 students and their soldering skills have had to be very accurate.
News from the Secondary School Business Studies Trip On Monday February 14th all GCSE Business Studies students were given the opportunity to aXend a speech in the Women’s College in Dubai by an eminent scien?st from the space agency, NASA. The talk was en?tled “An Astronomical Journey: From Shiraz to Mars”, and Dr Firouz Naderi, spoke to us about scien?ﬁc discoveries, crea?ve thinking, thinking big and following your dreams and ambi?ons in life. Dr Naderi spoke a lot about the planet earth, the stars and the likelihood of there being life on Mars. What interested us most was the way he related his experience and ideas to business. For all Business Studies GCSE students it was a great experience, as it enabled us to understand a liXle bit more about astronomy and how people with dreams can end up experiencing great things. He spoke about Dubai’s interest in young enterprise ideas and the challenges of modern life. I know I speak for us all when I say that that this speech was deﬁnitely very helpful, where we learned much both about science and also the business world. Thank you to the teachers who organized the trip and to the teachers who came along to supervise. Gabriella Toledo (10YA)
News from the Secondary School LES SANDWICHS DE 8SM! Year 8 have been learning about ordering food and drinks in cafes and restaurants in France, so I thought it would be a good idea for them to be on the other side of the counter and to make some sandwiches for themselves, tasty or otherwise. You can see some of the delicacies we enjoyed. La classe 8SM a préparé des sandwichs délicieux. Nous les avons goûtés et heureusement sans avoir mal au ventre ! Bon Appétit !! Mr. Doyle
Two jokes! Q. Why would you never starve if your car broke down in the desert? A. Because of the sand which is there. (sandwiches there!) Q. Why do French people only ever eat one egg? A. Because one egg is un oeuf.
News from the Secondary School Young Musicians of the Gulf Five secondary students – Robyn Boulton, Rosalie Croxford, Georgina Liu, Jennifer Macdonald and Veronica O’Connell – recently traveled to Bahrain to compete in the Young Musicians of the Gulf Competition. This is an annual competition for the very best musicians and singers from all around the region so the standard is extremely high. All five students took part in the vocal ensemble competition, and Robyn, Rosalie and Veronica also completed in the vocal solo section. The judges made very complimentary comments about the SES contribution, and Robyn Boulton did very well to make it to the quarter finals. Many thanks to St. Christopher’s School for hosting the competition, and of course to our school singing teacher Mrs. Lis for preparing the students. Mr. Powell
News from the Secondary School Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Year 7 Trip to Meet Author, Eoin Colfer The annual EAFL (Emirates Airline Festival of Literature) includes ‘Education Day’, where the Festival organisers invite schools to meet and have sessions with some of the visiting writers. SES was fortunate to procure tickets for the Year 7s to meet with the popular Irish children’s novelist Eoin Colfer. He is best known for his ‘Artemis Fowl’ books, a fantasy series involving the teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl II. The protagonist is an Irish child prodigy who takes charge of rebuilding his family fortune following the disappearance of his father. Colfer describes these books as "Die Hard with fairies". With great excitement and copies of Colfer’s books in hand for signing by the author, the Year 7s and accompanying teachers, arrived at the theatre of the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association (DCSA), Al Mamzar, at noon of Wednesday 9th March. There were many other schools and students present, which created some chaos to begin with. However, the organisers particularly commented on the excellent behaviour of SES’s Year 7, adding that they wished all schools had as well-behaved students! Eoin Colfer proved to be a highly entertaining and very humorous speaker. He told anecdote after anecdote about his own childhood and how these incidents inspired many of the characters, events and themes he has included in his writing. The audience were quite literally rolling off their seats in laughter. During the questions session following his presentation, Saif Al-issa in 7SO, was chosen to ask his question of Mr. Colfer which was, “When did you get your idea to write your first book?” Mr Colfer replied that this was an excellent question, and described how his first book, ‘Benny and Omar,’ was inspired by the years he in lived in Tunisia near to an orphanage. The students who had books for Eoin Colfer to sign, were able to meet with him and had a brief personal chat. Many thanks to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for a stimulating few hours, and to Sarah Lawrance of the Education Day team for providing the tickets.
News from the Secondary School Attack of the Clones at SES! Year 10 have been taking cuttings from Pelargonium plants to make clones of them as part of their Biology GCSE. Students have also taken a keen interest in looking after their clones which will contribute to their knowledge and understanding of providing the best possible growing conditions. The plants' progress will be followed by the students throughout the year and used in practical work during future topics such as photosynthesis.
News from the Secondary School YEAR 9 ARABIC AND ISLAMIC STUDIES In Arabic lessons over the last two weeks my Year 9 class and I have been working on a book about what we were learning in Arabic. We have been learning about a girl that faces her fears. Mrs. Maha showed us pictures and text of a cartoon using a PowerPoint presentation. We started making our books after that. In our books we had to have drawings of the girl and her fears, and a sentence in Arabic explaining what is happening. Our drawing could be made in our own drawing style. At the end Mrs. Maha checked our books to make sure we had written everything correctly, we coloured them, and then she put them on the wall with all the other books. It was an interesting and fun two weeks making a book about our work. It makes it easier for us to learn Arabic and it made it a lot more enjoyable. We all looked at each other’s stories and tried to help each other, telling everyone how to improve. The stories helped us learn new words in the Arabic language. Patrick Smith 9CS
A Movie about Islam On the Prophet’s birthday we watched a movie about Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be upon him). This movie was put on for us because it was the Prophet’s Birthday. The movie taught all of us in S.E.S a lot more about the Islamic religion. I have learnt a lot more about Islam and how it started. I understand more about the Islamic culture and what their lifestyles were like in the past. We enjoyed the movie a lot and we had the chance to ask the teacher about misconceptions. Patrick Smith 9CS
News from the Secondary School Geography - Making River Basins I had a lot of fun while working on my river basin model. I also learned a lot of things that go on in the river process like how a waterfall forms and about deposition, transportation and erosion. A river basin starts with the source. This is normally a mountain or glacier. A small trickle of water starts to fall down a steep slope when the lake on the mountain overflows. There are normally more than one mountain and several little rivers which eventually join together and form a mini river. This is called a confluence. Along the way, little rivers called tributaries join on to the main river. Then it comes to a waterfall. The flowing water falls on soft rock, after a while it wears it away and hard rock from the top of the waterfall falls on the soft rock, as the hard rock falls from the top, it leaves a dent and the water wears this away, thus pushing the waterfall back. After that, the river can form meanders and sometimes an ox-bow lake. An oxbow lake is formed by deposition and erosion from a meander. Lastly, the mouth is where the river enters the sea or ocean. On our model we had to place and mark the watershed to separate one drainage basin from the next.
News from the Secondary School Volcanoes The Year 9 geographers have been studying tectonics and one of their tasks was to build a replica volcano that erupted like the real thing. There were various eruption techniques used such as baking powder and vinegar, Diet Coke and Mentos, and blown talcum powder. But my personal favorite for imagination and technicality was the underwater volcano which used oil, citric acid baking powder and food colouring. Each group also prepared a presentation and poster explaining where the volcano was, why it erupted and the damage it caused.
News from the Secondary School Year 12 Geography Fieldwork On the 15th of March 2011, our Year 12 Geography class went to the Central Souk in Abu Dhabi to undertake an investigation on how the Central Souk had been re-‐imaged by Abu Dhabi construction company Aldar. We were given a detailed presentation by the Project Manager, Patrick Bell, who talked about why and how they have been re-‐imaging the souk. We learned that this project commenced due to a =ire that had occurred in 2003, and they had decided to reinvent the place where Emiratis and tourists can still integrate. We also learned that the whole project is based on a development plan initiated by the Abu Dhabi UPC called Estidama, which means ‘sustainability’ in Arabic. Mr. Bell then took us on a tour around and through the construction site of the souk where we got the opportunity of going to the 82nd =loor in the residential tower called “The Domain”. It is the tallest building in Abu Dhabi at around 382 meters high. He took us through parts of the souk of which had already been constructed to help us visualize the future of what Aldar and Abu Dhabi envisages for the area. Not only is the souk trying to serve the community within it but also around it where it will improve transport routes and systems. Overall, the Central Souk of Abu Dhabi hopes to mark itself as a prestigious area similar to the Champs Elysées in Paris, where Emiratis, civilians and tourists can integrate with one another and yet have an area as sustainable as possible. The case study will be perfect for us to use in summer AS examination.
News from the Secondary School Year 12 Geography Fieldwork The AS Level geography class also went to the Dubai Creek to =ind out the ways in which the Creek had been rebranded for our Year 12 Geography =ieldwork on the 14th of March 2011. First, we went to the mouth of the Creek near the Business Bay area to study the rebranded location looking speci=ically at the Dubai Festival City. Then, we went back down to Bastakiya and crossed via abra to the Spice Souq. We worked in 100m grid squares and overall, we did 6 sites. The main aim of going to the more modern Business Bay area compared to the more cultural and traditional Bur Dubai/Deira area of the Creek was to show the difference in rebranding strategies and to evaluate them. For example, we got the opportunity to visit the Sikka Art Fair which was a vibrant display of both Emarati and local artists in a traditional setting. In our course, we were also required to evaluate our data collection and presentation methods. Therefore, we also took various measurements such as the Environmental Quality Index (EQI) and Pedestrian/Traf=ic count. We also took questionnaires to gather more opinions from members of the public about the rebranding strategies. Overall, it was a successful and enjoyable trip! Stephanie Liwo, Aakanksha John and Angharad Morgan -‐ Year 12
News from the Secondary School secondary Ski Trip The weather and snow condi?ons were nearly perfect throughout the recent Secondary ski trip. Lots of exci?ng runs on pris?ne, sparkly snow in La Tzoumaz, Swizerland. The ski blog, hXp://sesskitrips.blogspot.com/, followed avidly by the parents and fellow students alike, made reference to blue runs, 180s, S turns, face plan2ng and other arcane terminology – but what it all meant was people were having a great ?me. There were also the evening fondues, dancing and charades to entertain students aKer a hard day on the slopes. Fun and falls a plenty – and surprisingly only one broken bone, which allowed Ivy celebrate her birthday in a cast. Many thanks to Mr. Rees for the organiza?on and to Miss McNulty for the entertainment. Thanks also to everyone for bringing back the delicious Swiss chocolate for the unfortunate students and staﬀ who got leK behind.
News from the Secondary School secondary Ski Trip
News from the Secondary School International Award 2011 International Award celebrates the contribution young people can make to the world and we at Sharjah English School are very proud of our studentsâ€™ involvement and commitment within the school and the local community. Each student on the award programme carries out a service in the community for a minimum period of three months to gain their Bronze, six months for Silver and one year for Gold Award. This year we have thirty students on the Bronze programme and eight students working hard to achieve their Silver. We also have some students working towards their Gold. The combined impact of their voluntary efforts within our school and local community is considerable. Voluntary fund-raising, tree planting and first aid support are just some of the areas where the students have made a contribution this term.. The Award also introduces young people to new activities, helps them to meet new people, explore unusual environments and learn new skills. I have been most impressed with the range of skills our students have chosen and in the way it has transformed their world view and their potential. Team work and taking part in adventurous overnight journeys are also part of the Award and this year we have had an exciting time. Eight teams took part in the assessed expedition in January in Masafi. The daytime temperatures in the mountains were ideal for trekking but the nights were cooler and the students enjoyed the campfire, the toasted marshmallows and the opportunity to socialise at the end of the day. Congratulations to all the teams. Well done guys! Miss Byrne
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News from the Secondary School Year 10 Mathema5cs Challenge -‐ 3rd February I am pleased to report that ten Year 10 students par3cipated in the United Kingdom Mathema3cs Trust Challenge. This compe33on is aimed at the top third of pupils in Key Stage 4. The challenge involved answering 25 mul3ple choice ques3ons in one hour under normal exam condi3ons. It is my pleasure to report that ninety percent of the par3cipants from SES achieved a cer3ﬁcate. The results are as follows: GOLD
Madzhan’s performance in this compe33on merited an invita3on to par3cipate in the follow up round on 17th March. Well done to all the par3cipants!
World Maths Day -‐ 1st March This is an online interna3onal mathema3cs compe33on. Students played at home and at school against other students around the world in live games of mental arithme3c. Each game lasted for 60 seconds and students can play up to 100 games, earning points for their personal tally. During the compe33on senior school students answered a total of 94,669 problems correctly -‐ a phenomenal eﬀort! Our ten highest scorers in the 48 hours window are as follows: Congratula3ons to all the par3cipants!
TOP TEN STUDENTS 1 Kerem Kanoglu 2 Siobhan D'Almeida 3 Veronica O'Connell 4 Katya Sheth 5 Jia Bo-‐Kang 6 Vedant Kumar 7 Nour Ghosn 8 Thomas Le-‐Seelleur 9 Oliver Coeam 10 Saﬁya Amanulla
News from the Secondary School Mathema5cs Pi ( )Day -‐ March 14th It is not ofen that I encourage students to watch the clock 3cking during a lesson but on March 14th senior school students did precisely this to celebrate Pi ( ) day. On this day mathema3cs enthusiasts celebrate this constant which is deﬁned as the ra3o of the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. is approximately 3.141592654……… So March 14th 1:59:26 pm (3.1415926) happens to be celebrated as day and the event also provides another way to remember to seven decimal places. 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235 4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989 3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151 5574857242 4541506959
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Forthcoming Event -‐ 6th May 2011 Year 8 Mathema5cs Challenge 31
News from the Secondary School Every year The Battle of the Bands of the Bands is an enjoyable yet stressful time for those involved. The amount of hard work put in by a variety of people is phenomenal; for example, Stephen Hennessy, who although he only performed for Burton, was involved in every single song performed that day. Many positive comments were made after the show by judges, parents and guests, as everyone was amazed at how much the competition had grown this year. Unfortunately this year I did not perform in the Lawrence band, as I have been doing since the very first competition. However I was still heavily involved in the 'making of’ the Lawrence band alongside Mintaka, as well as taking a backstage role by helping out in the projection room doing the backdrops and sometimes helping Ted Dunin with the lighting. Although Doughty won (beating the undefeated Battle of the Band champions - Burton!), everyone performed their hearts out, ensuring an amazing show for the whole student body. I can't wait to see how Battle of the Bands expands and grows next year! Yiota Cornelisse I’ve been participating in the Battle of the Bands since the first competition, and every year it just seems to get better. This time was no exception. I’m so glad I got the chance to work with so many talented people in all the bands – I couldn’t be prouder of how fantastic everyone sounded.
Seeing everyone perform amazes me. They're just kids up there, playing like they're in professional bands.
This is my last year at SES and the Battle will be one of the things I miss the most when I leave. The dedication and enthusiasm that everyone participating shows makes it the highlight of the school year. I also sincerely look forward to hearing that Lawrence wins next year. Mintaka Angell, Head Girl
Mr. Rees, Head of KS4
This year’s battle of the bands was one of the best competitions we've had yet, and all the hard work put in by everyone definitely showed, making it a memorable last battle of the bands for me. Next year should be just as close and interesting if not even more so. Stephen Hennessey 32
News from the Secondary School I've been in 3 Battle of the Bands competitions with Doughty before, and it was wonderful to see how much they'd developed in both confidence and talent! They definitely deserved to win, but the other bands were great too, and watching BOTB actually made me miss SES! It's nice to see that my trend of ridiculous socks has continued.
A thrilling experience and I'm so glad to be part of it. The enthusiasm I see in peopleâ€™s eyes... It's simply great. It just makes me sad that I can no longer participate in such a magnificent event. Chanku Lee
Jinan Golley, ex-SES student The level of talent in the competition this year was extremely impressive, with some performers really pushing the limits of what they were capable of. I was really happy to see them stretching themselves and not playing it safe. It all came together on the day and the show completely blew me away; it was much better than either of the dress rehearsals. My own personal highlights was hearing Caitlin sing loud and clear for the first time ever, Sam finally pulling off the guitar solo in Stone Sour, Chan not missing a beat in the Arctic Monkeys tune, and Steph blowing the lid off the hall with the Madonna number at the end. I look forward to having it in our very own auditorium next year. Mr. Albasri
I thought this battle of the bands would be just like every other but it wasn't. My favourite part was all the rehearsals. Hearing the othersâ€™ talent and trying to compete against them made things more exciting. It was a big step from the Wanderers stage into the AUS auditorium which made everything more nerve-wracking. Nevertheless, when we went out there I forgot about the nerves and completely owned the stage. It was the best feeling in the world seeing the crowd enjoy themselves and have my band, my friends behind me. I felt like a different person. I also loved our 'ridiculous' style for costume! When we had won none of us could believe it and I think everybody was over the moon! It was really enjoyable and I hope Doughty will win again next year! Robyn Boulton
More photos of the 2011 Battle Of The Bands can be found at: http://sesphotos.smugmug.com/Events/battlebands/16358809_HHYJp/#1229877446_zGVmU
Whole School News and Information A Note from our Nurses Please do not send your child to school if they are showing any signs of sickness. Please help the medical team keep Sharjah English School as germ free as possible by following these guidelines. Kind Regards, Mary Smythe and Marlene Matinong School Nurses
GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL The following guidelines may be helpful for you when making the decision to send your child to school or to keep them at home. Please keep your child at home from school if he or she: •
Has been vomiting or had diarrhoea during the night. Your child should not return to school until 24 hours since their last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea.
Has a cold with fever, sneezing or coughing and a persistent runny nose
Has an oral temp of 38 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. (Without taking fever reducing medicine).
Has a severe sore throat.
Has a pink bloodshot eye with yellow or green discharge.
Has just begun antibiotics. Any child with a contagious condition such as strep throat, must be taking the medication for 24 hours before returning to school
Have lice or nits. Until treated and free of nits.
Has a rash all over their body. A child with a suspicious rash should only return to school after a diagnosis has been made.
Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school and allows your child to rest and recover.
Whole School News and Information First Aid Course On the 24th of February twelve members of SES staff updated their essential First Aid and Life Support skills in a comprehensive 7 hour workshop. It was arranged by school nurse Mary Smythe and given by Fran Cole, a professional First Aid and CPR (cardio-‐pulmonary resuscitation) trainer from SLT Management Training Company. Those attending included the medical team and members of the PE department as well as key staff members involved in school trips and outings. The course encompassed =irst aid skills, child and adult CPR, and dealing with situations such as drowning, shock and choking. Everyone was put through their paces and tested before receiving their certi=icate. The hard work was fuelled by delicious home-‐baked cupcakes (thanks Mary!) and other treats brought in by the attending members of staff. Due to the relevance of the course, another session is being arranged for other members staff that would bene=it from updating their life support skills.
Whole School News and Information New Appointments Mrs. Thaira Mohamad Ali joined the teaching staff in February to take Primary Arabic and Islamic Studies. Mrs. Helen du Preez has started work in the Primary as PA to Miss Jenefer Race, replacing Mrs. Daniela Walker. I am sure many parents have encountered our new staff already and will join me in welcoming them into the SES family.
We strive to make our children world ci3zens, encouraging them to appreciate the many advantages they have compared to many others, to be responsive and proac3ve whenever and wherever help is needed. The whole school popula3on, staﬀ, pupils and parents, were shocked by the recent earthquakes in both New Zealand and more recently in Japan and wanted to do something tangible to show our concern and support. Something quick, easy but eﬀec3ve was needed to raise much needed relief funding and so we went with a Red/Black Non-‐Uniform Day which the children and staﬀ greatly enjoyed and to which you contributed the amazing sum of 8,000 d i r h a m s ! A s u s u a l y o u r g e n e r o s i t y i s overwhelming. Afer the even more horriﬁc events unfolded in Japan we decided to do a similar fundraiser held on the 22nd of March and which raised over 10,000 dirhams. So, hats oﬀ to our interna3onal school community… for your enthusiasm and caring.
The Humanitarian Crisis in Libya Parents or students who wish to make a donation to humanitarian and medical relief efforts in Libya may do so by either making an online contribution to: www.wmclibya.org or by making a donation at Secondary Reception, where badges are available for donors.
Maths Problem Of The Month Answer to last month’s problem Only 10% of the teddies lost all four.
March’s Problem A frac5on of Pythagoras If you work out 1/3 + 1/4 , you will get 8/15. The two parts of this frac?on form the two smallest numbers in a Pythagorean triple. i.e. 82 + 152 =172 Try another pair of frac?ons with consecu?ve odd numbers as their denominators. Does it work again? Explain why? The answer will appear in the next issue of the newsletter. 36
Dates For Your Diary April 2011 Sunday 17th
First day of Term 3
Wednesday 20th -‐ Thursday 21st
AS and A2 Art examinations
Sunday 24th -‐ Thursday 28th
Year 10 Work experience
Sunday 24th -‐ Monday 25th
Year 11 Art examinations
May 2011 Sunday 1st
Year 12 and 13 Monitoring reports issued
Year 7 Parent/Teacher meeting
Year 12 Parent/Teacher meeting by invitation
Wednesday 11th -‐ Monday 16th
RBSM Music examinations
GCSE Presentations/Prize Day/Graduation Ceremony
Year 12 and 13 Study leave starts
Years 7 to 11 Monitoring reports issued
Year 11 Study leave starts
Monday 23rd -‐ Thursday 26th
Years 7 to 10 End of year examinations
Half Term Break
Monday 30th -‐ Tuesday 31st
Year 10 Art examination June 2011
Monday 5th -‐ Thursday 9th
Year 9 SATs examinations
A2 lessons start
Secondary Music/Drama/Art display show
UCAS Presentation Evening -‐ Year 12 at 7pm
Years 7, 8 & 10 full reports and Year 9 end of year reports issued
Last day of Term 3
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