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Volume 3 : Issue No. 2 - December 2012

Sharjah English School www.sharjahenglishschool.org


Contents From The Principal’s Desk

3 Primary News

News From The Primary School

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Foundation UAE National Day

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Foundation enjoy a ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’

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Autumn Party Day

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Authors’ Visit to Primary

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Year 2 Art

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Year 3 Celtic Face Painting

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Year 3 National Day Mosaic Falcons

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Year 5 Science

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Year 5 & Year 6 Art Attack

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Year 6 ‘Weather’ we like it or not!

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Key Stage 1 - The Donkey Seller

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Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance

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Secondary News Geek Squad

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Middle East Mathematics Challenge

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Secondary National Day

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Science News

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Year 7 Design & Technology Day

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Dubai Rugby 7’s Training At SES

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Year 7 Camp

25-26 Whole School News

SES At The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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The Christmas Fayre

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A Note From Our Nurses

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Dates For Your Diary

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From the Principal’s Desk... Dear  Parents  and  Friends, The   December  issue  of   the  SES   Newsle;er  usually   struggles  to  keep  up  to   date  with  the   end  of   term  shows  and   celebra@ons  throughout  the  school;   this  year   is   no  excep@on.   I   hope  that   you   have  @me   to  read   through   the   reports   of   all   the   exci@ng   events   that   have   taken   place   to   mark   the   celebra@ons   for   Na@onal   Day   and   for   Christmas.  It  has  been  a  par@cularly  colourful  period  at  school. As  always,  the   events   over   the  past  month  have  been   supported   indefa@gably  by   the  Parents  Support   Group.  I   wish  to  thank  them  for  all  their  efforts   with   the  Fayre,  in  decora@ng  the  school  and  in   suppor@ng  all  the  musical   and   seasonal   celebra@ons.   They   con@nue   to   play   a   vital   and   vibrant   role   in   the   life   of   the   school   and   their   dynamism  is  commendable.  A  huge  thank  you  to  teaching   and  support  staff  also,   who  have   put  huge  amounts  of   their  own  @me  to  preparing  for  the  varied  end  of  term  events. The  clement  weather  of   the  past  few   weeks  has  seen  the   beginning  of   a  busy   camping  season;   the   trips  which   have  taken  place  so  far  have  been   very  successful   and   have  helped  cater  for  both  students’  social  development,   and  in  the   case  of  senior  students  have  also  offered   the  physical  and  planning  challenges  associated  with  tackling   the  Interna@onal  Award.  The  coming  months  will  see  many  more  outdoor  adventures. SES   believes  in   being   as  involved   as  possible   in   the  Sharjah   educa@onal  community  –   one   of   our   commitments   involves  collabora@on  with   the   BEd   courses   at  the  Higher   Colleges   of   Technology   (Women’s   College).  We  have   hosted  a  number  of  SWC   students  recently,  both  for  teaching  prac@ce  and  for  lesson  observa@ons.  The  school  is  a   popular  des@na@on  for  these  students,  who  feel  they   experience  and  observe  the  delivery  of  excellent  teaching  at   first  hand.  During  the  coming   school  year,  we  are  aiming  to  host  training  days  and  conferences  for  teachers    and   educators  at  the  SES  auditorium,  which  will  help  to  raise  further  our  profile  amongst  schools  in  the  region. Other   community  links  have  seen  our   collabora@ons  with   the  Dubai  Rugby  7s  con@nue;   several  of  the  teams  used   SES  as  a  training  venue  prior  to  the  compe@@on. Parents  have  given  us  very  favourable  feedback  on  the  SES  Communicator,  to  which  most  parents  now  subscribe.   Can  I  urge  those  few  parents  not  yet  signed  up  to  do  so  as  soon  as  possible?   On  behalf   of  the  school,  I  extend  seasonal  gree@ngs  and  best  wishes  for  the  New  Year  to  all  our  families.  I  hope   that  you  have  a  safe  and  peaceful  holiday  with  loved  ones  and  friends. The  academic   pressures,  however,  know  no   seasons.   As  we   break   for   the  extended  holiday   we  urge  our   exam   candidates  in  the  senior  school   to  mix  their   celebra@ons   with  some  judicious   study   @me  –   January   sees  many   of   them  come  straight  back  into  important  examina@ons. Thanking  you  for  your  con@nued  support.

John  Nolan Principal

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News from the Primary School As  we  reach  the  end  of  the  first  term   I  can  hardly  believe  where  the  @me  has  gone  since  I  joined  in  September.  They  say   @me  flies  when  you  are  having  fun  so  perhaps  that  is  the  reason.   This  term  we  have  welcomed   several  visitors  in  Primary.  We  enjoyed  having  students  from  the  Higher   Colleges,  who  are   training   to  be  Early   Years  teachers,   observe   our  good   prac@ce  in  Founda@on  Stage  classes.  We  have  also  welcomed  3   famous  authors  who  were  a;ending   the  Sharjah  Book  Fair.   Gareth  P.  Jones  entertained  the  children  with  his  wi;y  raps   on  the  ukulele.  Sally  Grindley   excited  us  with  a  quiz  on  animals  with  strange  names  while  explaining  how  she  researches   topics  for  novels.  Ian  Whybrow,  who  has  wri;en  over  100   children’s  books,  provided  an  insight  into  the  inspira@on  for   his  stories,  including  the  fact  his  real  life  sisters  are  all  rolled  into  one  annoying  character  in  his  books.   We  greatly  enjoyed  Na@onal  Day  Celebra@ons  with  art   and   cra_  ac@vi@es,   Arabic  songs   and   dressing  up  in  the  colours   of   the   UAE   flag.   The   school   looked  bright   and   colourful   with   flags,   balloons   and   bun@ngs.  There   was  quite   a  party   atmosphere. We   also   held   a   very   successful   Fes@ve   Fair.   Thank   you   to   all   involved   in   the   PSG   who   helped   in   the   planning   and   prepara@on   and  on  the   big  day  itself.  Your  efforts  certainly  paid  off!  Carol  singing  in   hotels,  Christmas  concerts  and  fun   filled  par@es  completed  our  term.   As  we  close  for  the  holidays  may  I  take  this  opportunity  to  wish  you  all  a  very  happy  Fes@ve  Season.  If  you  are  traveling  I   wish  you  a  safe  journey.   I  look  forward  to  welcoming  you  all  again  in  the  New  Year. Nan  McKeown Head  of  Primary

Congratulations to Mrs Danae Zythoskee on the safe arrival of baby Finn - born November 14th at 12:35am. Here is a lovely photo of Mum and baby Finn. Finn is mid-yawn! His full name is Adrian Finnley Zythoskee and he weighed 2.6 kg and 51cm long at birth.

We will be saying goodbye at the end of term to Mrs Sarah McNabb. Sarah has spent 15 years at SES as a classroom teacher in Key Stage 1, having taught both Year 1 and Year 2 classes with distinction in that time. Sarah has been a hardworking and committed teacher throughout her time at SES and we are sure parents will join us in wishing Sarah all the best for the future. We thank her for her loyalty and her dedication; she has made a major contribution to the development of the Primary School. 4


UAE  National  Day  In   Foundation Any   excuse   is   great   to   dress   up   and,   of   course,   National   Day   was   just   such   an   occasion.   We  all   wore   the  same  colours;   black,  white,  red   or   green.   Some   wore   a     Dishdash   while  others  had  dresses  made  out   of   UAE   Elags.     Even   the   teachers   dressed   up   in   the   colours   of   the   UAE   Elag!  We   coloured  in  Elags  and   made  colourful  camels   on  pegs.  We   shared   yummy   food   and   played   games.  It  was  a  fun  day.   Happy  UAE  National  Day  to  all.

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HH Dr Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi


News from the Primary School Foundation Stage enjoy a ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ It was a lovely day for a picnic and the children came fully prepared with their favourite teddy or cuddly toy. We started the day with a variety of games such as ‘Pin the honeypot onto the teddy’s hand’, ‘Parachute teddy in the air’ and ‘Bean bag throw into the teddy pot’. After all that hard work we then settled down for a rest with a teddy biscuit. We finished the morning with a well deserved picnic on the grass in the sunshine. There was plenty of food followed by a lovely dessert of teddy bear cake. It was a truly ‘teddyrific’ day for Foundation Stage!!

If you go out in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise. If you go out in the woods today You'd better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

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News from the Primary School

Autumn Party Day On Wednesday 31st October the children in the Foundation Stage had an Autumn Party Day. The children were really excited before the event and to add to the occasion the children created lots of fantastic artwork to decorate their Foundation area. On the day the children came to school dressed in a fantastic array of fancy dress costumes. They really enjoyed the games and we loved watching their dance moves. A great day was had by all.

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News from the Primary School Authors’  Visit  to  Primary This   term   we   have   been   very   fortunate   to   have   three   world   famous   children’s  authors  come  into  our  school  to  talk  about   their   lives  as   authors   and   their   books.  This   was   all   part   of   the   Sharjah   Literature   Fes@val.  The   authors   who   came   to   visit   were   Gareth.  P.   Jones,   Sally  Grindley   and   Ian   Whybrow. Gareth  P.   Jones  used   his  ukulele   to  sing  songs  about   his  books,   while  Sally   Grindley   talked   about   her   wri@ng   and   endangered   animals.   Perhaps   the   best   known   of   the   three   authors   was   Ian   Whybrow,   who   is   famous   for   wri@ng  the  Harry  and   his   Bucket   of   Dinosaurs  books,  as   well   as  the   Li;le   Wolf   and   Smelly  Breff  series.   Ian   spoke  about   how   he   became  an   author   and   told   us   one  of   his   Harry  stories.  He   then   showed   a  short   video   of   his   Grandchildren   reading   a   Wolfly   Nursery   Rhyme   penned   by   the   famous   Wolf,    L  Wolf  Arkswire  (with  a  bit  of  help   from  Ian).  The  following  week  Ian   sent  an  email  to  the  school  about  his  visit.  Over  the  next  few  weeks  we  will   be   recording  some   of   the   Nursery  Rhymes   for   L  Wolf  Arkswire’s   website.   Take   a   look  at   it   in   the   New   Year   and   hopefully   you   will   see  some   of   the   primary  pupils  reci@ng  poems  on  there. Dear  Mrs  McKeown, I  should  like  to  thank  you,  your  staff  and  the  children  for  my   cheery  welcome  to  your  school.  It  was  one  of  the  highlights  of   my  <me  in  Sharjah.

Some  Wolfly  Nursery  Rhymes by  L  Wolf  Arkswire, with  a  bit  of  help  from  Ian  Whybrow

I'm  wondering  whether  some  of  the  children  might  like  to   prepare  in  groups,  as  large  or  small  as  are  videoable,  a  couple   of  LiDle  Wolfly  Nursery  Rhymes  or  songs  to  go  on  his  website.   My  aim  is  to  build  a  collec<on  of  performances  from  all  over   the  place.

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Here's  a  selec<on.  Feel  free  to  do  any  you  think  the  children   might  enjoy  working  on.   Enjoy  the  rest  of  the  term.

1-­‐2-­‐4-­‐8-­‐6 Once  I  ate  some  Gooseabix! 4-­‐7-­‐9-­‐8-­‐10 Then  I  sicked  it  up  again. Why  did  you  let  it  go? Because  it  made  me  itch  my  toe. Then  what  did  you  do? I  bashed  its  head  in  with  my  shoe. Two  liGle  dicky  birds Two  li;le  dicky  birds Siing  on  the  wall. Baggsy-­‐  me  the  fat  one  -­‐ You  get  the  small.

Look  forward  to  hearing  from  you. All  best  wishes Ian

Baa-­‐baa  Black  Sheep Baa  baa  black  sheep, Have  you  got  a  sec? Yes  sir,  yes,  sir. Aren’t  you  a  wolf? Ooo  heck!

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Mary  Had Mary  had  a  li;le  lamb Its  fleece  was  long  and  hairy. The  lamb  was  very  tasty  -­‐ But  not  as  nice  as  Mary.  


News from the Primary School Year Two In Year Two we have been studying Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design in our art lessons. We were particularly interested in the lines, shapes and colours that are all around us. The students have had great fun creating different versions of a Frangipani leaf using a variety of materials and techniques.

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News from the Primary School Year 3 Celtic Face Painting Year 3 have been learning about Celtic warriors. The warriors were extremely aggressive, and made themselves look even scarier by painting their faces with a blue plant dye called ‘woad’. We studied Celtic patterns seen in artifacts like jewelry, and used these ideas to create different face paint designs. We then painted them on our friends’ faces. You can certainly see why the Romans found the Celts such a fearsome foe!!

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News from the Primary School

Year 3 National Day Mosaic Falcons

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News from the Primary School Year 5 Science Year 5 have been learning about Changing State. We have studied the processes of evaporation, condensation, freezing and melting. The children have investigated the factors that can speed up evaporation. They have used this knowledge to produce an advert for an electrical appliance that will make drying faster.

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News from the Primary School

ART ATTACK Year Five and Six Art Club have been having great fun this week and with the festive season coming up you can imagine there has been a lot of glitter involved. Over the course of the term the club has learnt a wide variety of techniques, including: marvellous marbling with an amazing range of patterns produced; audacious autograph graffiti art, in bold neon designs; terrific terracotta model making, with a dash of mess involved; wonderful watercolours of flora from around the school and superior sketching skills. These are just some of the activities the pupils have enjoyed learning about.

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News from the Primary School

“Weather” we Like it or Not! - Year 6 Dirt and rubbish vanish under my thick blanket, Fluttering gently, gliding and floating, I spread myself countrywide, Silence! Whispers extend across the garden, Glistening friends play…then fade away. Suddenly appearing out of nowhere it charges like a raging bull, Storming across the populated land, it arrives at a peaceful destination, The leaves gently flutter back and forth, leaving a trail of green, It whispers in the calm, crisp air, Floating through the spirit of the village like a ghostly voice, It glides over the world, giving a warm breeze of happiness. The gentle drips tap against my window, Spitting down on the colourful umbrellas like a timid mouse pitter-pattering across the table, They pour out of the sky like a child crying from the absence of her favourite doll, Gaining strength, they storm with energy across the heavens, Ramming through cotton wool clouds turning into the Dark Side, Suddenly the rain drums viciously down on my bare head, Losing energy as the tears run out, It glides from door to door, knocking quietly until it finally vanishes into thin air. It punches its way, as it crashes and pounds on the forest below, A vicious hail storm bursting with anger like Zaki on a bad day. It bellows with laughter as I struggle against its aggressive army, Howling loudly, it thrashes and rams through the unprepared village, Like a phantom closing in, Smothering the world like a sheet of death, The dark skies fire bolts of lightning paralyzing the innocent earth, Screaming as it illuminates the ominous skies.

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News from the Primary School The Donkey Seller Congratulations to all Key Stage One children who participated in The Donkey Seller, our first KS1 production in the new auditorium. The young students eagerly took to the stage and put on a fantastic show. All the hard work and rehearsals certainly paid off with a wonderful evening full of colour, sparkle, song and donkeys. Everyone who saw The Donkey Seller left the theatre in a holiday mood. A big thank you goes out to all staff, parents and students who helped to put the show together with a special thank you to Ms. Stanley for all the time and effort she gave to make the show such a success. Well done everyone!

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News from the Primary School Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance Memories of snow, Santa and mince pies were conjured up on Wednesday night as the Key Stage 2 Christmas concert returned for another year. Throughout the performance, the children sang a mixture of classic and modern festive songs to the delight of the audience. Year 3 presented their version of Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker, where cheeky Henry decided to swap around the labels on the presents. Year 4 recited a beautiful poem about snow, while the Year 5 Irish dancers got everyone in the party mood. Year 6 performed a rap about their experiences of Christmas, which was written by the pupils themselves, and Anneketrien put the icing on the cake, with a beautiful rendition of the Snowman theme tune, ‘We’re Walking in the Air’.

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News from the Secondary School

The Geek Squad The “Geek Squad” members are ICT Prefects. They are a cool group of techie Key Stages 4 and 5 students who are knowledgeable about ICT and technology in general. Members of the “Geek Squad” have the privilege of supervising the ICT labs during break-times, helping students who have queries and reporting any issues that arise in the ICT labs. This is a wonderful opportunity for  students to support the ICT Department and display their responsibility, talent and knowledge. Duties undertaken by Geek Squad members are considered as Community Service hours towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award.   An experience like this also looks favourable in Personal Statements for university applications. I am very pleased to see our students working together to make the best use of the technology that SES has to offer. The “Geek Squad”…. You can still be a part of it! Interested students should contact Mrs. Bernier-Kawash in the ICT Department.

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News from the Secondary School Middle  East  Mathematics  Challenge: This  is  the  first  year  in  which  senior  school  students  participated  in  this  challenge. Overall  149  students  participated  on  6th  and  7th  November. The  statistics  are  as  follows: Total  questions  answered:  112718 Average  questions  answered:756.4966443 Congratulations  to  all  the  participants. In  secondary  age  group,  out  of  all  the  participating schools  in  the  UAE: Joseph  Babu  came  3rd  (18,189  points) Patrick  O’Connell  17th  (12,600  points) Joshua  Vaughan  46th  (8,819  points) Overall  Joseph  came  5th  and  is  in  the  Hall  of  Fame  for  all  the  participating  schools  in  the   Middle  East. www.middleastmathematicschallenge.com Saif Dawoodbhai

Maths Relay 7SO and 7AE competed in a Mathematics relay on 25th November.

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News from the Secondary School Science News Year  9  Edible  Organ  Systems In  Science,  we  have  been  learning  about  which  organs   are  part  of  which  organ  system  and  their  functions.   For  homework,  we  were  asked  to  make  an  edible   organ  system.  On  the  day  people  brought  in  lots  of   goodies  for  us  to  eat  and  we  were  all  able  to  describe   what  they  were  as  well  as  their  functions.  We  used  a   range  of  food  for  our  models,  ranging  from  cake  to   pasta  and  biscuits.  We  had  a  great  time  and  we  learnt   from  it  too.

Year  12  have  been  working  hard  in  AS   Chemistry,  conducting  assessed  practical   work.  They  can  be  seen  here  making  up  a   standard  solution  of  Sodium  Hydrogen   Sulphate  and  then  using  it  to  determine  the   concentration  of  the  unknown  Sodium   Hydroxide  solution.

Year  13  conducted  several  experiments  in   studying  the  chemical  reactions  of  organic   substances.  They  participated  in  assessed   practical  work  where  they  synthesised  Aspirin   (2-­‐ethanoylhydroxybenzenecarboxylic  acid  )   from  salicylic  acid  and  ethanoic  anhydride.   They  made  the  organic  product,  recrystallised   and  purified  it  and  then  determined  the  purity   of  their  sample  by  measuring  the  melting   point  of  their  Aspirin  sample.  The  results   showed  that  their  Aspirin  was  very  pure.   20


News from the Secondary School Year  9  solving  the  question  Who’s  the  Fittest? Exercising  and  measuring  pulse  rates  before   and  after  exercise  in  order  to  calculate   recovery  rates  is  a  key  indication  of  fitness. The  person  whose  recovery  rate  is  the  fastest   is  the  fittest. Recovery  rate  is  the  time  it  takes  for  a   person’s  increased  pulse  rate  to  return  to   normal. The  winners  in  the  class  were  Hind  Abusnana   and  Mikolay  Al-­‐Jindi

Year  7  –  Cooking  in  Science  “Gordon   Ramsey  Eat  your  Heart  Out!” Students  in  year  7  have  been  investigating   chemical  reactions  and  energy  transfers  of   heat  when  cooking.  These  budding  Year  7   cooks  have  used  their  scientific  knowledge   to  produce  perfect  pancakes  with  home   made  ice-­‐cream  and  delicious  chocolate   doodles.    

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News from the Secondary School Year 11 - Edible Cells

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News from the Secondary School A  Very  Practical  Day On  Tuesday  20th  November,  the  entire   cohort  of  Year  7  students  stopped  all  lessons  and   had  their  annual  Design  &  Technology  Day.    The   students  spent  the  whole   day  working  on  their   DT  project  in  what  proved  to  be  a  very  productive  day  indeed. The  day  itself  was  designed  to  give  the  students  the  opportunity  to  focus  on  one  project,   the   Automata.    Since  the  Year  7s  are   currently  divided  into  three   groups  for  their  Art   and  DT   lessons,  some   students  were   at  different  stages   of  the   project.     The   majority  of  the  students   spent   most  of  the   day  in  the  workshop  drilling,   cutting,   filing  and  sanding  their  work,  although   many  others  were  painting  their  finished   artefacts.    As  well  as  all  the  practical  work  ,  students   took  part   in  several  challenging   and  fun  activities   aimed  at   clarifying  the   theory   behind   their   product.    Overall,  it  was  a  very  productive  day  which  all  the  students  enjoyed. A  big   thank  you   goes  out  to  all  the  staff  who  made  this  day  possible  but  an  even  more   special  thank   you  goes  to  the   Sixth  Form   Product  Design  students,  whose  help  during   the  day   was  invaluable. “It  was  a  truly  awesome  day!”  Rohaan  Imran “Can’t  wait  for  the  next  one!”  Dionysios  Tanteles “DT  Dominos  was  really  fun!”  Zack  Doublesin

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News from the Secondary School Dubai  Rugby  Sevens  Training  at  SES This  was  the  second  consecu@ve  year  that  Sharjah  English   School  was  designated  as  an  official   training  venue  for  the  Dubai  Rugby  Sevens.  This  year  saw  a  very  busy  schedule  of  interna@onal   teams   over   the   week   leading   up   to   the   popular   tournament.   It   was   an   informa@ve   and   inspiring  series  of  training  sessions. Teams  including   Kenya,  Scotland,  France,   Portugal,  South   Africa  Ladies,   Netherlands  Ladies   and  New  Zealand  Ladies.   All     the   teams  arrived   armed   with   coaches,   managers   and   physiotherapists  for   a   number   of   sessions  on   our   sports   field.   France,   who  are  now  ranked  5th   in   the   IRB  Series,  trained  whilst  wearing  a  GPS  tracking  device  under   the   watchful   eye   of   their   performance  coach.  Kenya,   who  returned  for  a  second  year,  had   a   new   management   structure  in  the  form  of   ex-­‐ England  Sevens  manager,  Mike  Friday  and  his  strength  and  condi@oning  coach,  Chris  Browne.  Chris  also  kindly  gave  a  short   presenta@on   to   the   Secondary   PE   Gi_ed   and   Talented   students   on   the   nutri@on   and   training   aspects   of   elite   rugby   performance.  Kenya,  who  finished  3rd   at  the  Dubai  Sevens,  now  lie  joint   second  with  Fiji   in  the  IRB  Series  heading  into  the   3rd  Series  compe@@on  in  Port  Elizabeth,  South  Africa.         As  the  compe@@on  con@nues  to  grow,  and  sevens  rugby  becomes  an  Olympic  event,  we  hope  to  con@nue  and  expand  our   involvement  with  the  compe@@on  organisers.

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News from the Secondary School Year 7 Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ras Al Khaimah Tadrib Desert Oasis Camp Year 7 recently took on the exciting challenge of the annual camp trip. The camp was hosted by Raseel Travel and Educational Tourism, a company established to develop and run Outdoor Development programmes for students and teachers. The trip was designed to provide innovative learning outside the classroom which combined adventure and education in a positive and creative environment. The students left the camp with an increased awareness of several crucial issues: how to feel positively about themselves and what they could accomplish, an improved determination to overcome challenges, a consideration of how to plan and prepare for tasks, how to make an effective contribution to a group and recognize the strengths of others. All the Year 7 students demonstrated excellent behaviour, energy, enthusiasm and application throughout the trip. There was plenty of fun, including a talent show, a few songs around the camp fire and roasting marshmallows. Experiential learning provides a powerful way of engaging participants. It is motivating and has impact and credibility. Participants learn through what they experience and encounter. Using a variety of outdoor activities, learning takes place in a domain where actions have real outcomes and consequences. It stimulates new ways of problem solving, communication and decision making. It is an energising and inspirational learning method and enhances skills such as enquiry, experimentation, review and evaluation. On behalf of the Mrs Egan, Ms Shirazi and the Raseel Travel and Educational Tourism staff, I would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to Year 7. You were a credit to yourselves and the school. I look forward to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Camp!. Ed Mosley Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

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News from the Secondary School Year 7 Camp

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Whole School News and Information SES at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sharjah English School was again ably represented at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not by any of our speedier teaching staff or newly licensed student drivers, but by our school medical staff. For the 4th year running the Medical Centre at Yas Island was staffed by Doctor Shereen Habib, who was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Nurse Mary Smythe was again the Lead Nurse at the Centre. Both were part of the medical team that looked after the F1 drivers, their teams, the full media contingent and all the VIPs in the hospitality area. It was a long weekend with the practice days, qualifying and the race day itself. Race day was very busy with incidents involving three drivers who needed to be attended to by the medical team. There were no major traumas, however. They claim they were too tired to attend the Kylie or Eminem concerts after the race, but we have our doubtsâ&#x20AC;Ś. Well done to both for being selected for this prestigious event. Dr Shereen and Nurse Mary will be reporting for duty again next year.

SES Winter Fayre The SES Winter Fayre was held on 7th December in glorious weather. It was a pleasure as always to welcome so many parents and families, including so many overseas visitors. The Fayre offered the usual opportunities to do some pre-Christmas shopping, ride a camel or pony, pick up a puppy or kitten, sample some fine savoury or sweet foods, throw a pie at your least favourite member of staff or simply mingle with other families and parents in the festive and happy atmosphere. The luckier participants also went home with some superb raffle prizes or goodies from the Silent Auction. Santa put in his usual appearance, arriving on a camel to greet the younger children; apparently he's now off somewhere preparing Geography lessons! Top prizes in the raffle, two Etihad Airways tickets, went to Mr John Wareing and our own Miss Theresa Santos. This year's event was enhanced by the presence of Dubai Drummers, who got both parents and children to lose their inhibitions and join in the rhythmic music making. DJ Dave Crane also kept the pace and jollity going with his stint on the microphone. Our own musicians attracted a large crowd to the auditorium for guitar, orchestra and rock performances. Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters who donated various prizes and vouchers - your support is greatly appreciated as always. A huge thanks also to the members of the Parents Support Group, the volunteers and helpers, the teaching and admin staff, and the site workers for all their time and assistance.

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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.  

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SES Newsletter-December 2012