Volume 3 : Issue No. 4 - March 2012
Sharjah English School www.sharjahenglishschool.org
WONâ€™T STOP BEATING
In memory of Mohammad Khan
Contents From The Principalâ€™s Desk
3 Primary News
Foundation 1 - Picnic On The Moon
Foundation 2 - School Trip
Year 2 - Science Museum Trip & Code Club
Year 3 Trip to Sharjah Museum & Aquarium
Year 4 - Water Cycle
Year 5 - Making A Healthy Snack
Fina World Diving Series 2013
Primary Disco - 60s and 70s
Primary Ski Trip
14-15 Secondary News
Eco Club Litter Survey
A Charitable Week
Arab Music Workshop
International Award News
Key Stage Three News
Young Musicians Of The Gulf
News From The Mathematics Department
French Sandwiches, RIT and Young Entrepreneurs
Whole School News TeachMeet and Netball Workshop
A Note From Our Nurses
25 SES Sports Bulletin
Girls Athletics - Dubai College
Foundation Sports Day 2013
Primary Sports Day 2013
Primary Inter-Schools Athletics
From the Principal’s Desk...
Dear Parents, It is a pleasure to welcome you to the March Newsletter. The Board of Governors, staff and students of the school are delighted at the feedback we have received from the recent inspection. Both the inspection team from the British Schools of the Middle East and the British Schools Overseas have found SES to be well above the standards required for successful accreditation. The feedback in individual areas is overwhelmingly positive and an important external validation of what we believe and do as a school. The quality of the education provided by the school can now be related to that provided by the very top British schools in the Gulf region, or indeed worldwide. It should provide us with the inspiration and conGidence to measure ourselves against the best international schools anywhere, and to plan to consolidate and enhance our reputation even further. As soon as the Ginal drafts of the reports are received, these will be placed on the school website; we will also make sure that copies are available in each school reception for parents to read. As Principal, I congratulate the management team, teachers and admin and support staff for their loyalty, engagement and commitment to the school. It has been a demanding school year, and the inspection process is always going to be a stressful and at times unnerving experience. Staff, students, parents and governors all share ownership of this notable accomplishment; it was a magniGicent communal achievement. I hope you can Gind some time to look through the Newsletter and appreciate how much else has been going on. As we reach the end of a momentous term, I wish everyone a safe and relaxing vacation.
John Nolan Principal
News from the Primary School Dear Parents The term has been both busy and exci5ng with inspec5on recently completed. We were par5cularly proud of the inspectors’ remarks concerning the high quality of Teaching and Learning and also the impeccable behaviour of the pupils. Our literacy ini5a5ve, using Read Write Inc., was praised by the lead inspector who noted the outstanding literacy levels reached by the pupils in FS 2 and Year One. Also on the literacy front, World Book Day was celebrated on March 7th and provided an opportunity for pupils to read across school at the same 5me and dress up as their favourite book character. A parade of costumes was greatly enjoyed at assembly. The Primary Student Council has been mee5ng regularly and following up on student sugges5ons. As a result, new clubs for term three are being introduced. Basketball, badminton and cricket will all be on oﬀer. This is the ﬁrst year we have extended clubs into term three and signiﬁes the school’s commitment to oﬀering extra curricular ac5vi5es. The Student Council also arranged the “Dress up in Red Day” in support of Red Nose Day to raise money for charity. Well done to our students for their commitment to helping others. The annual Year 6 Ski Trip has been a great success. Daily reports from the Morgins Gang were received by parents and the children gained enormously from the experience. I am sure the special memories of the trip will last for many years to come. The pupils who chose to stay here for the week had an alterna5ve 5metable of trips and fun ﬁlled ac5vi5es, including screen prin5ng and making cup cakes! As we near the end of term two, parent/teacher mee5ngs are held which provide an opportunity to meet teachers and discuss progress. We have also held assessments for new students and have been overwhelmed by the high number of applicants looking for places in September. We have far more applicants than places available, a true indica5on of the high reputa5on for educa5onal excellence Sharjah English School upholds. Wishing you a Happy Spring Break, Nan McKeown Head of Primary
News from the Primary School Foundation 1 went for a picnic on the Moon In foundation 1 we are always exploring new ways to have fun. During Art we made Rockets. One of the children wondered where we could go and he suggested a trip to the moon for a picnic. Everybody agreed that that was a fantastic way to try our rockets. Our rocket boosters had plenty of fire to boost us up. First we had to learn to walk on the moon. So we practised and practised. Finally we were ready. We flew high up in the sky to the other side of the world where it was night time. We landed safely and had a picnic. We had a great time.
News from the Primary School
Foundation 2 School Trip On Monday 18th March the children in Foundation 2 went on their school trip to the Discovery Centre. The day started in high excitement as we sang ‘The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round’ all the way to the centre. Once we got to the centre the children quickly discovered all that the centre has to offer. The children went to the airport, flew airplanes, went on a speed boat, then on a helicopter and even fired cannons! The children went on to investigate the body and all the senses; they loved the skeleton on the bike! After a very busy morning the children were pretty tired. However, they still managed to sing all the way home! A really big thank you to everyone who helped make the children’s school trip such a fun morning.
News from the Primary School Primary Music Foundation 1 is learning about the different materials instruments are made from and the various ways they can be played. They play lots of games and sing songs to help them remember the different concepts. Meanwhile KS2 have been concentrating on practical work using tuned percussion, keyboards and guitars. Year 6 has been learning about Jazz and Blues, learning the 12 bar blues chord structure and adding their own scat phrases!
News from the Primary School YEAR 2 Science Museum Trip At the end of January, Year 2 spent a lovely morning at the Science Museum. After spending an hour experimenting with as many items as possible in the exhibition hall, the classes attended two very informative work shops. They learned all about different animals, their coats and their young. The magic show was great fun and we saw how to make elephant toothpaste and how to create rings of smoke. It was a wonderful day that everyone enjoyed.
Code Club This year we saw coding (computer programming) introduced in Primary for the first time. It was run by Year Three teacher and ICT Coordinator, Jonathan Gill, as an after school club. They used a program called â€˜Scratchâ€™ to make games by following a set of instructions. Scratch has been used successfully by Secondary Students for a few years now so we thought we would introduce it to the Primary children. Coding can be challenging but the children worked really hard and completed some complex projects. Several of the children have completed their Level One Scratch Coding Certificate and the four children below were the latest to receive their certificates: From left to right: Shevyn, Harish, Ian and Fraser. I am pleased to announce that we will run another Code Club in the third term and this will be open to any child who is on the Gifted and Talented register for ICT. Invitations will be posted soon! 8
News from the Primary School Year Three Trip to Sharjah Maritime Museum and Aquarium Year Three enjoyed a lovely day out at Sharjah Maritime Museum and Aquarium, as part of their Arabs and the UAE topic. Many verses of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ were sang by the children and it was with great relief that we finally arrived at our destination after a short ride across town! We visited the Maritime Museum first and had a super tour guide in local historian, Faisal. We learned about dhows, traditional fishing techniques and pearl diving. We also now know how to tell the difference between a real pearl and a fake pearl. You need to set fire to them! A real pearl will not burn. We were advised not to try this at home! Year Three ended their tour with a team fishing competition. Don’t worry as no real fish were harmed in this activity, though some of the magnetic fish were looking a bit worse for wear by the end! The Aquarium was next on our agenda and the children were extremely excited as they got within inches of many of Sharjah’s local fauna. This included black tip reef sharks, turtles, lionfish, giant hamour, stingrays and moray eels! We were also very lucky to be there when the divers fed the fish, which most of the children had never seen before. We had a wonderful day out and the children learned lots about their local environment.
News from the Primary School YEAR 4 - WATER CYCLE Year four have been studying the water cycle and cloud formations in topic and science this term. The children have studied, with great interest, how the planetâ€™s water cycle works. In addition, we have been learning about the different types of clouds: their names, shapes, heights and formations. Can you identify any of the clouds you can see in the sky?
News from the Primary School Year 5 Instructions: How to Make a Healthy Snack. We are currently studying instructions in literacy and the children had the opportunity to make picture instructions. We linked this to our Science topic, â€˜Healthy Eating.â€™ The children made a healthy snack to eat and took pictures of each step of the recipe. It was a fantastic day with some very creative and yummy snacks made. Well done Year 5!
News from the Primary School FINA WORLD DIVING SERIES 2013 Some of the students at SES were selected to a\end the opening ceremony of the FINA WORLD DIVING SERIES on Thursday morning. The 39 students were selected to a\end because of their hard work in swim squad or their par5cular talent in Physical Educa5on lessons. It was a fantas5c opportunity to witness the world class divers in the 10m synchronized dive compe55on. We saw the Chinese team win the gold in both the female and male compe55on and Helen Blakenburgh was lucky enough to receive ﬂowers from the Canadian team! A fantas5c morning and hopefully we have some inspired primary students ready to take up diving.
News from the Primary School
Primary Disco 60s and 70s
News from the Primary School
Year 6 Ski Trip 2013
Stepping through a door to an Alpine scene in Morgins, some of us caught our first glimpse of real snow. Playing around in the snow and throwing snowballs at innocent folks (the rest of the Year 6s) was a favourite activity amongst all of us. It was ‘BOSS’ (as Alexei quotes)!
Yr.6 Ski trip to Morgins!! ‘Snow!’ somebody exclaimed as we looked out of our plane windows. There were magnificent
The warm, wooden chalet was our cosy home for the week, hosted by the accommodating Hilary and Robert.
mountains covered in silky white snow, just below us (in the plane). Every one was excited to see the first piece of snow in Switzerland…
Skiing in wintry weather on the Swiss Alps, was not just new for most us but also accident prone. During the week, not a word was heard about missing parents, since we did not have any moment to miss them.
but very quiet as we slowly landed in Geneva Airport. Ready to see snow, everybody rushed out of the plane; however, we were disappointed as there was no sign of snow in the airport
French lessons, night hikes and snow based activities were just some of the activities which completed each day. Soon, the days passed and the door of the Alpine setting, accompanied with several moans and groans, had to close.
grounds. Very tired and cold, we dragged ourselves to the airport entrance. After getting our luggage, we went on a big blue bus. On the bus ride, the teachers gave us one rule. TO HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!
Goodbye, Switzerland! See You Soon!
(and we did :D )
News from the Primary School
Year 6 Ski Trip Travelling in the plane, Children driving teachers insane. As we soar through the sky, Parents are still waving goodbye. Arriving at our destination, Ready for a wintery, skiing vacation. Watching from the warm, wooden chalet, Skiers skiing as smooth as ballet. We ski down foggy places, Meeting some brand new faces. Stinging wind like wasps against our face, Pretty views are really ace. Now the ski trip’s over & done, Time has passed & cut our fun. It’s time to go, Voices are low, Goodbye everybody, Friend or foe.
This week was the funniest school week I’ve ever had. Everyone had fun. The best activity we did was the skiing. Our instructor was Ben. We arrived at the chalet in Switzerland at 6:30 am and we got our rooms allocated to us. Everyone was excited. We didn’t go skiing on the first day, instead we went for ski hiring and sledging in the snow. It was boss!! All the other days we went skiing. Rhyde was called The Yellow Flash!! Omar
By Anjali Menon & Ayesha Fernandes
News from the Secondary School Eco Club Litter Survey The new Eco-Club is looking at a number of ways in which we can have less of an impact on our environment. One of the first things we did was a litter survey in the school grounds. We used a map of the school to divide it up into sections and each pair had to search for and collect all the rubbish we could find. We had plastic gloves and a sack to collect everything. Each group also had a map and a sheet to record where each item was found. We were quite surprised at how little there was, but we did find all sorts of rubbish. Most of it was plastic, which does not decompose easily, but there was also paper, food wrappers and even a sock. The area where we found most rubbish was around the pitches, where it had blown to the edge. When we got back to the classroom, we tried to figure out where the rubbish had come from. A lot was food wrappers, which must have come from peopleâ€™s lunch boxes, but there was also a lot of plastic bags from supermarkets. Some of it had obviously been there a long time and a lot may have blown from the road. In conclusion, we think the school is very good at putting rubbish in the bin. There are plenty of bins around, so there is no excuse. We should look at ways we can reduce the rubbish from our lunch boxes and begin to recycle as much as we can. We should also use fewer plastic bags. Our next survey is going to look at the birds we can find around school. Roos Peeters, Charley Bath, Gabe Doublesin, Zak Doublesin, Mukarram Kamran, Chloe Bull
News from the Secondary School A Charitable Week Wri$en by Robyn Thomas, Year 12
Charity. There’s nothing more heart-‐warming than the gi4 of charity. Whether it’s dona9ng money, clothes, food, or even just your 9me and energy, the smallest acts of charity can make the biggest diﬀerence. This week, the secondary students of Sharjah English School have been riding on the spirit of charity. Posters paFern the walls adver9sing bake sales and Red Nose Day, red bands adorn wrists. There’s a sense of community in the air, an atmosphere of giving and caring. Following the devasta9ng loss of well-‐loved and treasured student, Mohammed Khan, the Year 10 students of SES have put tremendous amounts of 9me, energy, and heart into raising awareness of heart disease in his memory. Walking into school on Sunday morning I no9ce a box, with ‘Won’t Stop Bea9ng’ wriFen on it, siTng on the recep9on desk. For a minimum of only 10 dhs I buy a red wristband with ‘If anyone can, Mo Khan!’ indented into it. In the hallways I no9ce other students and teachers with the same band around their wrists and I think of Mohammed and his family and I remember how important it is for us to care for one another. A wonderful idea created by the Year 10s. On the way to my lessons I no9ce posters on the wall adver9sing ‘The Best Bake Sale.’ The posters are everywhere, brightly coloured and some with ‘In Loving Memory of Mohammed Khan’ on them. I ﬁnd out the money made from the bake sale will be donated to a heart founda9on and, again, I remember Mohammed. “It’s for someone we should all aspire to be inspired by, Mohammed Khan,” say the year 10s. They describe him as a quiet boy but someone who, whenever he spoke, would never fail to make them laugh. “Mohammed was a very popular member of our year group who will be missed by all of us,” say Mohammed’s fellow classmates. “We wanted to do something as a way of showing everyone how much he meant to us.” From the bake sale alone they managed to raise 2375dhs, a massive achievement, and all the proceeds will be donated to a chosen heart founda9on. Mohammed had some truly wonderful classmates and teachers and it is certain that he will never be forgoFen. It’s break 9me on Wednesday and I walk into the atrium area to ﬁnd myself face to face with a sea of people. The air smells of chocolate cake, doughnuts, brownies and I sense that somewhere there is enough sugar to excite even the sweetest of teeth. Spread out on a long table is a mountain of home-‐baked cakes. I can see chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, every kind of cake there is. A crowd of people are queuing up, and the Year 10s are busy selling an array of delicious desserts. People around me are tucking in and laughing. Teachers are taking pictures and running to fetch their wallets. There’s that sense of giving in the air again and I can feel my heart warming. It’s Thursday, everyone’s favourite day of the week. I don my red cardigan and my red shoes in the spirit of Red Nose Day. The school has turned into a red wonderland. My fellow students are also dressed in red, some with their noses painted red. As a dona9on, I hand 10dhs to my teacher, and my classmates do the same. People are in a general state of cheerfulness, and it’s a pleasant atmosphere to be in. That’s the power of charity; I think to myself, it brings everyone together. One important thing I’ve learned from this week is that one of the best things you can do for another person is to be charitable towards them. I’m not just talking about dona9ng money or organizing a fundraising event. Just giving your support to someone can make a huge diﬀerence. Smile at someone you see in the hallway, ask them how they are; if someone looks lonely siTng by themselves, go over and see if they’re okay. Everyone needs a friend, and some9mes the 9niest acts of giving, the smallest acts of kindness, can make the biggest diﬀerence.
News from the Secondary School Arab Music Workshop with Rashid School SES was visited recently by some staff and students from Rashid School for Boys. They were here to give some of our secondary students a workshop in Arab music. First of all our drum kit students learned about arab drumming styles and rhythms, using arab drums Rashid had brought with them. Then our classical guitar students had a chance to experience playing the oud – known as being a very challenging instrument to learn, even for someone who already plays the guitar! Everyone agreed the workshops were a valuable chance to learn about arab music. They also helped to strengthen links that are already established between the secondary music departments at Rashid and SES. Mr Stephonitis – the head of sound technology – always judges ‘Battle of the Bands’ every year!
News from the Secondary School Bronze Assessed Expedition 27th and 28th February “It’s the climb” 29 International AWARD students completed the Adventurous Journey and passed with Blying colours, ice cream and a few blisters. The expedition featured some excellent teamwork and a sense of humour . In spite of the challenges, the distance and the long climb, a positive spirit won the day. Well done to all the students who have passed this assessed segment of the Award. Faisal Al Qassimi, Oliver Barrs, Jia Bo Kang, Charles Breach, David Bull, Tim Bull, Chaica Al Qassimi, Oliver Canter , Gabriela Contreras-‐Gutierrez, Laith Dallamy, Siobhan D'Almeida, Josephine Dougan, Nina Ferrari, Nour Ghosn, George Grayston , Leila Hamza, Jones Phoebe, Imran Khan, Veronica O'Connell ,Talib Rahman, Bilal Raza, Lily Smythe, Fatima Sultan, Ellie Van Der Byl, Tori Whiffen , Mathias Wilkinson, Akira Williams-‐Rao, Sam Winter, and Arief ZulkiBli . Silver Practice and Assessed Expedition “Land and Sea and Mud” 10 students completed the Adventurous Journey and passed with Glying colours, mud and marshmallows. Felix Akmatov, Adam Bates, Allegra Bozetarnik, Mia Cassoni , Georgina Liu, Shruthi Manivannan, Adam Master, Sam Menzies, Robyn Stephenson, John Wilkie Gold Update next issue………………………….. We are out there! Marie Byrne
News from the Secondary School Key Stage Three News Welcome to the Key Stage 3 section of the newsletter. The students and staff have been extremely busy and under pressure. However, we have pulled through as a group and have achieved some outstanding results. The form awards continue to stretch and engage Key Stage 3 students. This school year our pupils have been awarded 2777 merits! This is a huge achievement that speaks volumes for the excellent work, effort and application that is being produced across the school. This term alone, Key Stage 3 pupils have acquired 1156 merits. However, in spite of the success of all students, there can only be one form of the term. The most recent award has gone to 9LB, who scraped the win by two points from 8FC. In the final week of this term there will be a new form crowned, unless 9LB become the first to retain the trophy for two consecutive ceremonies! Year 9 have definitely been a busy year group with their impending GCSE options coming up after the holiday. In the build up to options the students have been studying their desired education and career paths in PSHE and engaging in Q+A sessions with Year 10 and 11 pupils. On top of this preparation in school, we had a 95% attendance of parents and students at Year 9 Options Evening. This was an opportunity for parents, students and teachers to discuss the best possible choices to make for GCSE. The two week break will provide time for parents and students to read through the options booklet together and make a mutual decision on the correct path for the next two years. From what I gather, most students have their minds made up. All I would say is make sure it is the right choice for you and what you aspire to be. All of our forms have just started new topics in their PSHE lessons. Year 7 are using BBC resources to investigate local and global news. They will develop their presentation and speaking skills, as well as engaging with advanced literacy. Year 8 are focusing on public speaking, using key figures from past and present as models for effective delivery. They will work individually and in groups over their next three lessons focusing on key skills for speaking and presentation. Our year 9 students have begun a topic on the importance of exercise. Currently they are researching how exercise can positively impact their age group. Students have already identified various health issues that are common in teenagers and are investigating how exercise can help. Tutors are combining the computer skills of the students with their creativity to make an interactive display that all students in the school can access. I would like to finish by congratulating the students for their excellent performance on a daily basis. During the inspection we asked them to “carry on as normal”, as we were confident in the standards of work they produce and about their behaviour. I would also like to thank the tutors and pastoral assistants for their efforts - their work is invaluable. Well done Key Stage Three – “well above the standard” Ed Mosley Key Stage Three Co-ordinator
News from the Secondary School SES makes Grand Final of Young Musicians Competition! 13 secondary students from SES recently competed at the Young Musicians of the Gulf Compe55on at Dubai College. This pres5gious compe55on brings together the very best musicians and singers a\ending Bri5sh schools in the Gulf region. SES had 7 entries for the solo compe55on: Robyn Boulton, Michelle Delves, Anna Lis, Georgina Liu, Eissa Liwo, Veronica O’Connell and Sarah Tadros. Four of these students did very well indeed by making it through to the quarter ﬁnals, with Eissa and Georgina both receiving commenda5ons from the judges. We also entered 2 vocal groups for the ensemble compe55on. The small ensemble was composed of Robyn Boulton and Eissa Liwo, accompanied on the piano by Michelle Delves. The larger ensemble was also accompanied by Michelle, and featured Caitlin Collom, Gabriela Contreras-‐ Gu5errez, Sakshi Gupta, Johanna Heidenreich, Anna Lis, Jennifer Macdonald, Veronica O’Connell and Nickey Van-‐Tooren. We are very pleased to report that the larger ensemble made it all the way through to the Grand Final, which was held at the Le Meridian Dubai Hotel. Only 4 out of the original 18 ensembles made it through that far, and indeed our group was placed second overall among the vocal ensembles. This is a fantas5c achievement for such a small school as SES. Well done everyone, and thank you to our singing teacher Mrs Lis!
News from the Secondary School World Maths Day 2013 Top Ten Name
Joseph Babu Lavina Motamedi Reem Abusnana Vedant Kumar Manayka Walia Jade Sillere Sakshi Gupta Meara Siviter-Johnson Vinanti Kamath Amaani Master
Number of Students 244
Questions answered correctly 22,304
Year 7 AE Year 8 CE Year 7 SO Year 9 SD Year 7 AE Year 7 SO Year 9 SD Year 7 AE Year 9 SD Year 9 SD
5788 3708 3123 1729 1386 1300 760 619 586 528
Congratula5ons to all the par5cipants. Average of 91 ques5ons answered correctly per student.
Results Intermediate MathemaCcs Challenge February 2013 This is an annual event organised by UK Mathema5cs Trust for students in Year 11 or below. Congratula5ons to all the Year 9 par5cipants. Sakshi Maria Cassandre Shanay Arran Vinanti Faizan Marco Vedant Dalal Amaani Momen
Gupta Bashmakova Sillere Siroya Sidey Kamath Alikhan Vermeulen Kumar El Laham Master Ibrahim
Sakshi achieved a gold cer5ﬁcate and an invita5on for the next round.Maria, Cassandre and Shanay each achieved a silver cer5ﬁcate. Arran and Vinan5 each achieved a bronze cer5ﬁcate. Pi Day (π) On March 14, Year 9 students were given a party by the Mathema5cs department. This date is signiﬁcant as when wri\en numerically it represents the ﬁrst 3 digits of π. Well done to students who brought food based around the theme. Date for your diary -‐ Junior MathemaCcs Challenge Thursday 25th April 2013
News from the Secondary School Hungry? Fancy a snack? Recently 8FC and 8SB have been learning about food and drink in France, how to understand a menu, starters, main courses and desserts, and how to order what you want. There are some delicious things available, poulet rôti, saumon fumé, steak-frites, assiette de charcuterie and, of course, escargots. If you’re not that hungry, order a snack, a croque-monsieur, a croque-madame or a sandwich. The students came up with some imaginative ideas for fillings for sandwiches, most of which would never make the menu of any decent café that valued its reputation or the health of its customers. In French they read out their lists of fillings to the class and we tasted what was on offer. Some of the weird and wonderful concoctions actually tasted OK. Please ask the year 8 students for their recipes!!! Roger Doyle
University Challenge at Rochester Institute of Technology RIT invited 26 UAE schools to take part in their annul University Challenge. The competition consisted of three challenges made up of Bive students in each team: Business Challenge, Engineering Challenge and Knowledge Challenge. The Business Challenge saw the students developing a product and a marketing mix, along with a brand name for a chocolate bar. The Engineering Challenge was to design and make a ‘Blying machine’ to travel the furthest distance possible and The Knowledge Challenge was a series of difBicult questions and problems in the form of a team quiz. With around 400 students participating it was always going to be difBicult to bring home some silverware the Birst time round. However, even though this year the Knowledge and Engineering teams were pipped at the post for a position, the Business Team came second out of 26 other schools, another great achievement for the students and another trophy for the Business Studies Department trophy cabinet – donations for a trophy cabinet greatly appreciated!
Young Entrepreneurs Competition In April a team from Year 11 will be participating in this year’s YEC held in WaBi Mall from 15th to 20th April. The idea is for students to set up and run their own business for a week. This year the organisers have estimated that over a 1000 businesses will be in operation, so our guys will need to stand out if they want to make a proBit from the passing public. Their business is still under wraps at present, but if you would like to lend your support either with business guidance or donations, please contact Mrs McNulty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whole School News and Information Sharjah TeachMeet Sharjah English School in association with BSME (British Schools of Middle East) hosted the inaugural Teachmeet UAE. Teachmeet is a CPD (Continual Professional Development) concept which is spreading worldwide. 60 teachers from 14 different schools across Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi attended the conference aimed at sharing innovative ideas and strategies with the aim of improving teaching and learning. The event was sponsored by Mastercook who provided breakfast and lunch, Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Magrudys, Raffles Hotel and Samurai. The morning proved to be a huge success with schools volunteering to run similar events across the year.
SES Netball Teacher Workshop Teachers from around Dubai and Sharjah came to a Netball workshop at the school, Sunday 17th March .The workshop was run by Zorina, an ex -international player and coach. The teachers were able to take away new skills and ideas to use within their schools. The aim of the session was to develop knowledge and understanding of Netball and to get more girls to take up the sport. The event had over 18 teachers and was well received. Thank you very much to Zorina for giving up your time and I hope from this we will be able to take Netball to the next level.
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 Rita Datinguinoo 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 him/her 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 his/her 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.
Nut free school There are students in school who have severe, life threatening nut allergies. In an eﬀort to make the school environment as safe as possible for them we would like to remind parents that Sharjah English School is a nut free zone. Please ensure that no nuts or nut products are put into your child’s lunch box. Always read the labels on pre-‐packaged snacks as they sometimes have hidden nut products in them. Many health and cereal bars contain nuts, so please check before putting them into the lunch box. In some homes the lunch boxes are prepared by maids/helpers so please share this information with them.
SES Sports Bulletin Girls Athletics - Dubai College The Dubai Athletics Championships, held at Dubai College, took place on Thursday 14th March. This is the first time in a few years that the girls have reached the qualifying times expected to make it through, so that in itself was an achievement. On the run up to competition the girls took part in lots of training at lunch times and after school in order to reach the standard expected of them. On the day everyone was extremely nervous but also excited. The competitions started at 12.30 pm. Michelle, representing the under 12s, was the first up on the track. She did extremely well and made it through to the finals. Throughout the day the girls’ performances were at an extremely high level, showing dedication to the team. Sarah, Hannah, Taya, Kopano and Kleri all walked away with first place awards, which is an amazing achievement for them and the school. Overall, out of all the teams entered, Sharjah English School walked away with 5th place, a brilliant achievement which shows hard work does work. A very well done to all the girls who competed;each and every one of them contributed to that brilliant result.
I really enjoyed the day. I felt as a team we did extremely well and should be proud of what we have achieved. Everyone who competed did so well and should be so very proud! I just cannot wait till next year’s event. Chiara year 9 It was loads of fun and we were really good, much better than I thought. To come first in both of my events made me feel amazing, I’m still in shock from it. Well done to the whole team, everyone was brilliant. It shows what hard work can achieve. Sarah Year 9 26
SES Sports Bulletin Foundation Sports Day It was a fun filled day with so many activities to keep the children occupied. The children had various activities which they did and continued on with in a rolling programme around the field. There was an egg and spoon race, balancing on the beam race, transporting balls between hoops as fast as you can, a hop, skip and running race, and a zig-zag race. We finished off Sports Day with running races where children had the opportunity to show everyone how fast they could run. The children had great fun enjoying the team spirit of the day. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to support this great day!
SES Sports Bulletin PRIMARY SPORTS DAY 2013 The students competed in a variety of events such as high jump, egg and spoon and the agility race, collec5ng points for their team. The weather was nice and cool and the students were amazing! A special thank you to the Year 6 and Year 10 students who helped out with the scoring on sports day. Ben Menzies was the oﬃcial score keeper and Gabriela Toledo the photographer.
SES Sports Bulletin
SES Sports Bulletin SHARJAH PRIMARY ATHLETICS The primary students competed against the other Sharjah schools in the EISSA Athle5cs Meet[ng. The team was made up of four girls and boys in the U9, U10 and U11 age categories. The athletes performed brilliantly in their events, both track and ﬁeld. Sharjah English School took the 5tle for the 4th year running! Well done to all the athletes.
SES Sports Bulletin Under 14 Football Champions On Wednesday 20th March the Under 14 girls played in the Inter-‐ Schools Football Championships which were held at Australian Interna5onal School. Eloise was the captain of the team and had a brilliant squad of nine girls with her. They played very well in all games and made it through to the ﬁnals. It was a nail bi5ng 12 minutes, with lots of a\empts at goal and near misses. Eventually the game went down to penal5es. Everyone was extremely nervous and one by one the girls went up to take a penalty. Hind volunteered to be the goalie; she did an amazing job, not lenng one shot go past her. Eventually on the 8th penalty Hennie scored and won the tournament for the SES girls. All the girls played tremendously well, showing dedica5on and the will to keep going. Girls football is not the girls’ main spor5ng event and for many of the team this will have been their ﬁrst taste of success in football. Well done girls on a brilliant eﬀort.
Key Stage One Swimming Gala The Key Stage One Swimming Gala took place on Monday March 18th. Every student in Key Stage One participated and spectators were treated to a fabulous display of power, stamina, style and perseverance. Students swam 10m and 25m races in a variety of ways, some with kick boards, some with rings, some with noodles and some without a flotation device to aid them. There are some very talented swimmers in Key Stage One and there are some very helpful mermaids in Year Six who made sure everyone was safe in the pool. A big thank you goes out to the instructors from Desert Sports for their unfailing encouragement and commitment to the students. Thanks also to the parents for their continuing support and to all SES staff who helped out on the day. 31