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Contents

INTRODUCTION

EARLY YEARS

PRIMARY SCHOOL

SPECIALISTS

SECONDARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL LIFE

004 Our Founding Fathers

009 Welcome to Early Years

053 Welcome to Primary School

107 Arabic

125 Welcome to Secondary School

177 Boarding School

005 Message from the Founder

011 Pre-Kindergarten A

055 Deputy Heads and PYP Coordinator

108 Arts

127 Deputy Head and MYP Coordinator

179 After-School Activities

006 Board of Directors

013 Pre-Kindergarten B

057 Grade 1A

109 Inclusion

129 Grade 6F1

181 Sports Teams

007 Academic Advisory Board

015 Pre-Kindergarten C

059 Grade 1B

110 Islamic Studies

131 Grade 6F2

191 B.E.S.T. Community

008 Message from the Head of School

017 Pre-Kindergarten D

061 Grade 1C

111 Languages

133 Grade 6D

193 Autographs

019 Kindergarten 1A

063 Grade 1D

112 Library

135 Grade 6E

021 Kindergarten 1B

065 Grade 1E

113 Music

137 Grade 7F1

023 Kindergarten 1C

067 Grade 1F

114 Physical Education

139 Grade 7F2

025 Kindergarten 1D

069 Grade 2A

115 Technology Innovation

141 Grade 7D

027 Kindergarten 1E

071 Grade 2B

029 Kindergarten 1F

073 Grade 2C

031 Kindergarten 1G

075 Grade 2D

033 Kindergarten 2A

077 Grade 2E

035 Kindergarten 2B

079 Grade 2F

037 Kindergarten 2C

081 Grade 3A

153 Grade 10F

039 Kindergarten 2D

083 Grade 3B

155 Grade 10DE

041 Kindergarten 2E

085 Grade 3C

043 Kindergarten 2F

087 Grade 3D

045 B.E.S.T. of Early Years - Bilingual 047 B.E.S.T. of Early Years - Excellence 049 B.E.S.T. of Early Years - Sustainability 051 B.E.S.T. of Early Years - Together

089 Grade 3E 091 Grade 4A 093 Grade 4B 095 Grade 4C 097 Grade 4D 099 Grade 4E 101 Grade 5A 103 Grade 5B 105 Grade 5C

117 B.E.S.T. of Primary School - Bilingual 119 B.E.S.T. of Primary School - Excellence 121 B.E.S.T. of Primary School - Sustainability 123 B.E.S.T. of Primary School - Together

143 Grade 7E 145 Grade 8F1 147 Grade 8F2 149 Grade 8DE 151 Grade 9

SPECIALISTS 157 Arabic 158 Islamic Studies 159 Inclusion 160 Individuals & Societies 161 Languages 163 Mathematics 164 Sciences 165 Visual Arts 166 Design 167 Music 168 Physical and Health Education 169 B.E.S.T. of Secondary School - Bilingual 171 B.E.S.T. of Secondary School - Excellence 173 B.E.S.T. of Secondary School - Sustainability 175 B.E.S.T. of Secondary School - Together

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Our Founding Fathers

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of UAE

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai

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Message from the Founder

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Board of Directors

Omar Danial

HH Sheikh Butti Bin Juma Al Maktoum

SISD Founder

Honorary Chairman

1,000 reasons to build a school! Since our school reached the 1,000 student mark this year, I have 1,000 more reasons to wake up in the morning and pursue my dream.

It has always been my belief that the most important pillar of a sustainable society’s foundation is progressive education. This is why, Ä]L`LHYZHNV0LTIHYRLKVUHQV\YUL`[VI\PSK[OLZJOVVSVM[OLM\[\YLMVYT`JOPSKYLUHUKMVY`V\YZ

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Abdul Hamied Ahmed Seddiqi Co-founder & Chairman of The Board

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama CEO Al Jalila Foundation

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Bilbo Perrot

Representative of HH Sheikh Butti Bin Juma Al Maktoum

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Eugene Mayne

Group Chief Executive and Founder of Tristar Group of Companies

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Academic Advisory Board

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Message from the Head of School

Francis Clivaz

Founder of Collège du Léman

Beat Sommer

Founding Head of School

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Franco Vigliotti

Dean EPFL Middle East

Sean Power

Director General of Institut Florimont, Geneva, Switzerland

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Leslie Hamilton CEO of Hasheem

Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif

CEO of Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Education

I sincerely hope for all of us that in the coming years, we will be given the opportunity to proudly carry the torch of SISD and contribute to making our school stand out as a beacon in the educational landscape of Dubai. Many thanks once more to all of you for your continued support and trust - it is most appreciated and valued! Best wishes, Beat Sommer

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Welcome to Early Years

Message from the Head of Early Years

AMINA EL DIFRAWI

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“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.â€?- Benjamin Franklin What a busy year we have spent together! As we say goodbye to the school year 2017-18, we can still UHPHPEHUWKHĂ€UVWGD\RIVFKRRO7KHUHZDVDVHDRIVPLOLQJIDFHVDQGVRPHRWKHUVZKRZHUHOHVVKDSS\ÂŤ We have been impressed by the endless support during all our memorable moments. From Pre-KG to KG2, students have taken part in many events, including International Day, Book Character Day, UAE National Day, the winter concert and Sports Day. We were open-minded and caring when we shared an amazing International breakfast together. Our Pre-KG were inquirers when they became Little Explorers. 2XU.*EHFDPHNQRZOHGJHDEOHZKHQWKH\WRRNDVFLHQFHZRUNVKRSDERXWWKHĂ€YHVHQVHV2XU.* ZHUHFRPPXQLFDWRUVZKHQWKH\KHOGWKHLUĂ€UVWDVVHPEO\GXULQJWKH8QLWRI,QTXLU\6KDULQJWKH3ODQHW7KH following pages showcase the Early Years and the SISD community and have been put together by those who spend a considerable amount of time with your children. Thank you for your support.

Message from the Deputy Head of Early Years

SONÉ DU PLESSIS

What a wonderful year! As an Early Years department, we expanded and started the year with 10 new teachers, 5 new teaching assistants and 6 new classroom assistants. This has been a very busy but rewarding year. We learnt something new every day, we explored some unknown areas, and had WR PDNH VRPH LQWHUHVWLQJ GHFLVLRQV :KDW DQ DPD]LQJ (DUO\ <HDUV WHDP ZH KDYH  ,W LV Ă&#x20AC;OOHG ZLWK hardworking people and we appreciate each one of them! Our motto for next year is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We keep moving IRUZDUG RSHQLQJ XS QHZ GRRUV DQG GRLQJ QHZ WKLQJV EHFDXVH ZH¡UH FXULRXVÂŤ DQG FXULRVLW\ NHHSV leading us down new pathsâ&#x20AC;?- Walt Disney.

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Welcome to Primary School

Message from the Head of Primary School

SABAH RASHID

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7KLVDFDGHPLF\HDUWKH3ULPDU\<HDUV*UDGHJUHZVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\LQQXPEHUVRIERWKWHDFKHUVDQG students. As a school section we sustained three processes to verify our excellence and provide next VWHSVIRUXVWRDFKLHYHWRJHWKHU,WLVP\SULYLOHJHDVWKHIRXQGLQJ+HDGRI3ULPDU\WRUHĂ HFWWKDWWKLVKDV EHHQWKH%(67\HDUDW6,6'7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVW&RXQFLORI,QWHUQDWLRQDO6FKRROVPHPEHUVKLSYLVLWWKH,%3ULPDU\ <HDUV3URJUDPPHYHULĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQYLVLWDQGRXUĂ&#x20AC;UVW'XEDL6FKRROV,QVSHFWLRQ%XUHDXLQVSHFWLRQFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG WKHYDOXHVLQRXUDSSURDFKHV,ERUURZZRUGVIURP&KULV0F&DQGOHVVWRH[SUHVV´WKHUHLVQRJUHDWHU joy than to have a changing horizon, for each day, to have a new and different sunâ&#x20AC;?.

From amongst the memories that will remain with me this year, a few highlights can be included from our daily life at school. 2SSRUWXQLW\+RXUKDVEHHQFRQVWUXFWHGE\WHDFKHUYROXQWHHUVWRH[WHQGOHDUQLQJ2XUYHU\Ă&#x20AC;UVW3<3([KLELWLRQWKHFXOPLQDWLQJ project for the programme took place with Grade 5 students. There have been feats of engineering using building blocks undertaken by individuals and groups of students during indoor play. A Kindness March and Friendship project was undertaken E\*UDGHVWXGHQWV*UDGHVWXGHQWVKDYHOHDUQHGWRWDNHWXUQVDQGHVWDEOLVKURXWLQHVIRUHTXLWDEOHXVHRIWKH()XQWDEOH $OOWKHZKLOH*UDGHWKHELJJHVWSDUWRIRXUVFKRROVHFWLRQKDYHPDWXUHGDQGEORRPHGLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUIRU3ULPDU\6FKRRO 2XUFKLOGUHQDUHRXUSULGHDQGMR\DQGZHFRQWLQXHWRZRUNWRLQVSLUHWKH%(67LQWKHP

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Welcome to Secondary School

Message from the Head of Secondary School

LUKE OSBORNE

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Einer für alle, alle für einen. 7KHEHJLQQLQJRIWKHVFKRRO\HDUZDVPDUNHGE\WKHRSHQLQJRIWKHÃ&#x20AC;UVWSKDVHRIRXUYHU\RZQ state-of-the-art secondary facilities. As we grow, we look forward with no small degree of anticipation to UHWXUQLQJLQDXWXPQZLWKDFFHVVWRWKHDXGLWRULXPDQGDUWVIDFLOLWLHV,WWDNHVDYLOODJHWRUDLVHD FKLOGDQGZKLOH'XEDLPLJKWEHDJOREDOYLOODJHWKHFRQFHSWKROGVWUXHKHUH:HH[SUHVVRXUJUDWLWXGH IRUWKHVWUHQJWKDQGVXSSRUWRIRXUZKROHFRPPXQLW\LQSXUVXLWRIWKLVFRPPRQFDXVH 8QSRXUWRXVWRXVSRXUXQ

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