Volume 4 : Issue No. 1 - October 2012
Sharjah English School www.sharjahenglishschool.org
From The Principalâ€™s Desk Primary News Primary News and Magnet Madness in Year 3
Foundation - Here We Come!
Bertie and Maths Day in Foundation
Read Write Inc in Foundation 2
Famous People - Year 2
Science in Action - Year 4
The Victorians - Year 5
Primary Music and Junior Choir
Primary Maths Day
12 Secondary News
Business Studies and Emirates NBD
Examination Success and Maths Problem Of The Month
School Lunches and ISCO
Textiles and New Clubs and Activities
Student Council and Sports Council
Key Stage 3 Form Awards
18 Whole School News
A Note From Our Nurses
Dates For Your Diary
From the Principal’s Desk... Dear Parents and Friends, I am delighted to introduce the ﬁrst newsle8er of the academic year. Though just approaching half-‐term we have been very busy in all secBons of the school, and can report that everyone has begun the new year with a very posiBve and purposeful spirit. As many of you are already aware, SES students have produced some excellent results in the summer examinaBons – this success runs through all the Key Stages, into GCSEs and right up to A Levels. Each and every one of the students should be congratulated on their achievements, which maintain our success rates at a level well in excess of UK expectaBons. Though we can be proud of our successes in areas such as drama, music, sport and other extra-‐curricular acBviBes, we recognise, as a school, that for parents and students examinaBon success is what we will be judged on. Happily our achievements here are enviable and improving. I thank all the staﬀ for their contribuBon to this success, and to parents for their support and engagement. We hope that the recent launch of SES Communicator is helping keep parents informed of developments and news – the take up by parents has been rapid and feedback posiBve. If you have not yet downloaded the applicaBon onto your home computer or mobile device, I would urge you to do so. By customising your access, it is possible to keep abreast of all that is happening, without being inundated with informaBon that doesn’t apply to your children. Our target is to have all parents on board this iniBaBve during the coming weeks. The beneﬁts in terms of ease of communicaBon should be very apparent. As the weather begins to cool, we enter a very busy period of sports acBviBes and camps. We would urge all parents to make sure that the pupils take full advantage of the range of acBviBes available to them. The importance of oﬀering a well-‐balanced, all round educaBon is crucial to what we oﬀer – to this end we are always trying to add and expand our provision. Parents are also encouraged to a8end, as regularly as they can, the various parent meeBngs and presentaBons on oﬀer; there is no quesBon that a strong partnership of school and parents is one of the cornerstones for any school’s success. It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I look forward to another exciBng year of success and development at SES. Regards,
John Nolan Principal
News from the Primary School As I start my first year at SES, I would like to thank parents, pupils and staff for making me feel so welcome. SES is a school I have known for many years and it is indeed a pleasure to now be part of the family. We have started the year with a very positive feel to the school. Many parents have volunteered to help in various ways in the daily life of the school, helping in classes, supporting the PSG and running afternoon clubs, to name but a few. Thanks to everyone involved for their time and efforts. It is greatly appreciated. This year we will be aiming to improve punctuality. We would ask you to ensure your child arrives at school on time, ready to start school at 7.50. If you do arrive late, please go straight to the office to ensure the register is amended. We are also encouraging independence with all Primary pupils. For example, Years 3 & 4 are now choosing their own reading books and are responsible for completing the record sheets in their reading diaries. As you will read in the Primary section, pupils are actively involved in a wide range of activities and fun filled days. Our Read Write INC initiative is now fully underway, we’ve had a hugely successful Maths Day and our after school activity clubs are offering everything from cookery and drama to football and knitting! I too have been clicking knitting needles in an effort to help the enthusiastic girls in Mrs. Kirkup’s club! My Tuesday afternoons will never be the same again. All this and it’s only mid -term. I look forward to the rest of the term which will no doubt be a busy one as we approach the Christmas season and all the excitement that brings. My best wishes to you all, Nan McKeown Head of Primary
Magnet Madness in Year 3 Year 3 has been studying magnetic forces as part of their science work. They designed and made their own magnet games, which they presented to the rest of the class.
News from the Primary School
Foundation Here We Come! Foundation, here we come! We know we'll have lots of fun. Lots of things to make and do. Reading, writing, counting, too. Foundation, here we come! We know we'll have lots of fun!
News from the Primary School Foundation 1 welcome a new student Foundation 1 have just welcomed a new student called Bertie. Bertie is no ordinary student. Bertie lives in a cottage with Mama Bear and Papa Bear. His best friend Goldilocks told him all about school. Now Bertie has turned three and he was accepted in Foundation 1. Bertie is a good bear. He likes to receive cuddles from the children in Foundation. He also enjoys sitting on the mat and listening to Mrs. Doublesin read a story. Bertie loves to sit with really good children. The thing Bertie likes best is choosing someone on a Thursday to go home with.
Math Day in Foundation Math day was a wonderful experience for all the classes in Foundation. We looked at Numbers and Shape in a totally new way. Although in Foundation Stage we learn mostly through activities and play, we went a step further. Foundation Stage teachers prepared three activities for the children. They prepared games, songs and a craft activity. The students jumped through numbered hula hoops while playing Foxes and Rabbits. They sang number songs as they danced to the music. Finally the students in Foundation made necklaces using coloured pasta to make patterns. It was a day enjoyed by all, students and teachers alike.
News from the Primary School Read Write Inc in Foundation Two The new scheme has been running for a few weeks in Foundation Two and is proving popular amongst the little ones. Here are some of the highlights from the sessions in class: talking in Fred talk; having a go at CVC word blends; making words using letter cubes to reinforce letter sounds; ﬁnger in the air to practise writing the sound. The programme is fun and there are plenty of diﬀerent activities to keep the minds active and focused! Help us make the programme work by practising the sounds at home. J
News from the Primary School
Year Two Famous People The students in Year two have been learning about famous people. We have been researching famous people from our own countries. As part of the topic we have also been looking at timelines, particularly the last sixty years. Each student has made a timeline of HIS OR HER own life to show the landmarks and special occasions that they remember. Happily,it didnâ€™t take too long to do - after all most of them are only six!
News from the Primary School
Science in Ac(on Class Four Oryx had great fun experimenBng and using their invesBgaBve minds last week. They have been researching various materials and changing their states from solids to liquids. A parBcular favourite was melBng the chocolate, along with wax and ice. Lots of discussions took place as to what was going to happen and the class found some interesBng results to record.
News from the Primary School Victorian Topic Year 5 has been learning about life in Victorian times. We have studied the work of L.S. Lowry and recreated some of his townscapes. We have also researched into how children were treated in the past and decided to create posters to protest against child labour. We discussed ideas and then used an ICT lesson to produce a poster. Year 5 students have developed their research and ICT skills: inserting pictures; changing font size; colour; style and inserting word art.
News from the Primary School Primary Music Year 5 has been learning about cyclic rhythms and created pieces made up of four diﬀerent rhythms, each preceded by the ‘cue’ given by the ‘master drummer’ . The groups also added some moves!
Junior Choir Every Wednesday afternoon the Primary Central area rings to the beautiful sounds of the newly formed ‘Junior Choir’. The students gained their places in the choir through audition and already the choir is singing in two part harmony. As well as developing their singing skills, we are all having great fun!
News from the Primary School
Primary Maths Day On Thursday 4th October, we had Primary Maths Day. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 had an opportunity to discover Maths through diﬀerent areas of the curriculum. The day proved to be very enjoyable, giving the pupils a chance to link their learning of Maths to everyday life and to the ‘real world’. Throughout the day children took part in some of the following activities: • • • • • •
Maths orienteering. ICT challenges. Maths in Art. Puzzles and problems. Mr. Geometry. Quizzes.
In the afternoon parents took part in a Mental Maths workshop, which highlighted the calculation strategies we use in lessons. Also, this session focused on the expectations of each year group and demonstrated some of the resources and fun games we use in class. Parents were provided with helpful hints and tips for supporting their children to recall mental calculations quickly. It was a huge success -‐ many thanks to all of the parents who took the time to come in. Mrs. Gower
News from the Secondary School Franchise Talk
News from Business Studies
Mrs Selina Khan, the franchise owner from Subway, came in for her now annual visit, to meet the Year 10 Business Studies students and to talk about franchising in the real world. Insights from successful business owners like Mrs Khan are very memorable for the students and can be recalled and u:lised eﬀec:vely in examina:ons – it’s always a more concrete approach to learning than abstract theory. We are always seeking people to come and speak to our students about seXng up or running a business. If you think you can give an insight into any element of business from which our our students would beneﬁt, then please get in touch with the Business Department, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Emirates NBD Compe((on SES Business Studies students have scooped two of major awards at a recent banking compe::on. If you cast your memory back to last year, AS Business Studies students took part in the Emirates NBD ‘Be a Banker for a Day’ work experience and compe::on. This pres:gious event aGracted 38 schools from across the UAE. At the end of September a prize-‐giving ceremony was held at the Emirates NBD Headquarters overlooking the Creek in Dubai. Siddhant Sharma in Year 13 came ﬁrst overall in the compe::on, winning the very enviable prize of 10,000AED! Siddhant wrote a detailed essay on his insights into banking and what he learnt from his experience during a day visi:ng the various departments in a bank. The ceremony involved him giving press and TV interviews, as well as speaking about his experiences to many of the bank’s top execu:ves. Ayah Ballout also won the special Crea:ve Award. Ayah brought her ﬁlm making talent into her response to the banking experience. The crea:ve execu:ves at Emirates NBD were so impressed by her eﬀorts that the video was played repeatedly in the lobby for all the bank’s visitors and guests. For Ayah, who intends to pursue ﬁlm studies at college, it was a fabulous opportunity to showcase her talents. Achieving the dis:nc:on of winning two of the four awards was a wonderful achievement for the school. Well done to all the other students who also entered the compe::on: Jonathan Vaughn, Faisal Hamza and Emmad Chinnoy. The Business Studies students can add these performances to the success they achieved in the Heriot WaG University compe::on earlier in the year. Both compe::ons will be running again this year – so we look forward to repea:ng our success! 13
News from the Secondary School Examination Success at SES It has been a rewarding summer for SES students taking important examinations. Our GCSE results have again been very good throughout Years 10 and 11. In Year 11 nearly half of the examination grades awarded were at A*/A. 90% of students gained A-C in at least 5 subjects including English and Maths, which is the measure most frequently used by schools to judge their success, (the UK average in 2011 was 58.3%). Our Year 10s who entered GCSE modular exams also enjoyed considerable success. In a year where results were characterized by some turmoil in the UK and by a slight fall in standards, ours were the best ever at this level. Particularly noteworthy were the students who entered early for AS examinations. The policy of challenging able students by offering early entry was borne out by these results. GCE / A level results continued our distinction of having had a 100% pass rate since we started offering these exams. The number of students achieving A*/A grades increased. Crucially, all students gained acceptance on their first choice university or college places. While we congratulate all the students who sat examinations, a special mention must go to Savva Pronin, who achieved the very rare distinction of getting 5 A* grades at A level.
Maths Problem Of The Month The problem for this month is: Find the missing number: 6 divided by 8 = 27 Insert the same number twice into the expression above to make it correct.
The answer will appear in the next issue of the newsletter.
Almost A Free Lunch… We would like to invite any professional to lunch on us at the Secondary School. But, as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch in this life…… In return we would like you to give our students a talk with some insight into your profession as part of our careers provision. The aim of the series of talks is to provide students with the opportunity to speak to someone in a career they may have an interest in or even one they had not considered previously. It will be a very relaxed and informal way for students to ask you ques:ons and for you to give your perspec:ve on your profession. So far we have journalists and designers booked for November but we need to schedule a whole series of such talks. If you think you can spare a lunch hour or know someone from your company or business that might like to meet the students, then please contact email@example.com
News from the Secondary School Mastercook The initiative of providing nutritious and healthy school lunches in Secondary has been very successful during the first half-term. Mastercook has supplied up to 70 meals a day to students and staff. As the programme develops there have also been some additional provisions, such as the inclusion of a vegetarian option. Though many students opt for the meals each day, they have the option of ordering just for the days they may remain behind for clubs or sports. The flexibility this provides undoubtedly adds to the scheme’s popularity but students need to remember to order in advance. We hope that the provision of lunches will relieve some pressure and concerns of parents about providing sustenance to their children through the arduous school day. So, anyone else for Honey Roasted Chicken Breast? Bread and Butter Pudding? Strawberry Cheesecake?
Career Guidance Programme October 15th was ISCO Day. The Independent Schools Careers Organisation is the outside consultancy body we use to supplement our own careers / college entry programme. Mr Martin Minshall, of ISCO, spent a day in the school, where he spoke to Years 12 and 13 about university choices and the all-important ‘personal statement’. He also spoke to Year 11 about Alevel choices. After school he talked with staff about reference writing and some samples were discussed. Initial feedback from the students is that it was a very worthwhile activity. The ISCO initiative, and the associated Futurewise online programme, has run for nearly a year at the school. Opportunities will be available in January for students not already enrolled to sign up for the programme of aptitude testing, analysis and advice which Martin offers on his regular visits to the school. We are continuing to develop our careers provision, with staff attending training courses on this area and additional careers advice being offered lower down the school as part of PHSE.
News from the Secondary School Tex:les has come to Sharjah English School as a Design and Technology subject at GCSE. Year 10s are already working hard to design and create many items from cushions to bags and, for the more ambi:ous, clothes design is the challenge. Tex:les Technology is an exci:ng subject that encourages students to consider technological advances in tex:les and materials as well as building on tradi:onal skills and understanding. Students learn about poten:al careers in this very large successful industry, with fashion, costume and interior designer being some of the possible routes which interested and successful students can embark on. They are also exposed to less well-‐known jobs in the industry, such as that of wri:ng, edi:ng, and illustra:ng fashion publica:ons. Other students might be interested in the scien:ﬁc disciplines associated with tex:le technology and research. Year 9 is star:ng Tex:les by designing and making one product, a sports bag. They will then use this experience to help them to make their op:on choices early next year. It has been great to see the whole class enjoying working on the theme of the Olympics, turning their designs into a real product in their prac:cal lessons. You, as parents, will, I am sure, see the results of their enthusias:c hard work soon. In addi:on to the curriculum lessons, there is also a Tex:les Club running on a Monday afer school where all age groups are welcome to come and make tex:le items. Ms ColeCe Lethbridge Art and D & T Departments
New Clubs and Activities The range and variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities on offer in Secondary has expanded considerably this year. New clubs include the popular lunchtime Fitness and Dodgeball, Textiles Club, German for Beginners, Formula 1 and History Model Making.
News from the Secondary School Student Council Elections Mitt Romney and Barak Obama may have been debating intensely for the upcoming presidential elections in November. But neither would have stood much chance in the recent student council elections, where the well-oiled and persuasive campaigns of the candidates made for some thrilling elections. Those aspiring to lead their fellow students made presentations at assembly or in registration, created posters and slogans and promoted their ideas for advancing the school very effectively. The Student Council is a growing influence on school policy and provides students with the experience of meaningful leadership and responsibility. We are delighted to see so many students keen to participate and have been genuinely impressed by the quality of the manifestos. Representing their peers is a challenge and a service which enhances the studentsâ€™ persuasive powers, their communication and inter-personal skills. Well done to all who put themselves forward and to those chosen to lead!
Sports Council This year the SES PE Department, alongside the Key Stage Heads, have introduced a Sports Council. This will be a panel of students, representing each year group, who will offer their input into how sport is provided at SES. The students in Key Stage Three campaigned for a week to gain votes, including presenting to their peers during assembly. Key Stage Four students were asked to write a letter of application to the Head of PE, Mr Garrett, to be considered. The successful candidates were Fay Azar, Kopano Chipwayambokoma, Andrew Barabarian, Eloise Hayward, Hind Absnana, Gabriel Doublesin, Tori Whiffen, Ross Hughes, Sam Menzies and Adam Master.
News from the Secondary School Form Awards Key Stage Three has been motivated this term by the introduction of the 'Form Awards'. At the end of each half term a trophy is presented to the form who has been rewarded the most around the school. This has encouraged Key Stage Three teachers to be more proactive in recognising positive contributions in lessons. There has also been a weekly general knowledge quiz to challenge the students which also counts towards the overall award. This half term the trophy was awarded to 8SB during a Secondary School assembly, a consistent string of high quiz scores making all the diﬀerence to the points totals. Well done! The trophy will be presented again before the Winter break, so all the other forms have an opportunity to challenge for the award over the next few weeks.
Mr. Ed Mosley
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.
Dates For Your Diary October 2012 Thursday 25th -‐ Sunday 28th
Eid Al Adha / Half Term
Monday 29th -‐ Tuesday 30th
Individual School Photos
Wednesday 31st October
Foundation Autumn Festival November 2012
Year 8 Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting
Year 7 D&T Day
Year 12/13 Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting
Islamic New Year
Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting
Wednesday 21st -‐ Thursday 22nd
International Award -‐ Bronze Practice
Wednesday 28th -‐ Thursday 29th
Year 7 Camp
Wednesday 28th -‐ Thursday 29th
Music Grade Examinations
Teddy Bears’ Picnic F1 & F2 (pupils only) December 2012
Sunday 2nd -‐ Monday 3rd
UAE National Day
Year 7 Parent/Student/Teacher Meeting
KS2 Carol Singing -‐ 12pm -‐ Auditorium
KS2 Carol Singing -‐ 7pm -‐ Auditorium
Wednesday 5th -‐ Friday 7th
International Award -‐ Silver Practice
Monday 10th -‐ Tuesday 11th
Year 8 Camp
KS1 Christmas Concert -‐ Day Performance -‐ 11:30am
KS1 Christmas Concert -‐ Evening Performance -‐ 7:00pm
Primary Party Day (students only)
End Of Term 1 January 2013
Sunday 6th January
Start Of Term 2