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Annual Review 2016-2017

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


CEO’s Message Dear Parents, As I reflect on how fortunate we are to be living in the UAE, amidst a nation that promotes safety, and truly values tolerance and respect in an ever changing world, we are delighted to see how our students remain focused on creating happiness and positivity in society. We are fortunate that the Happiness and Positivity agenda has been reinforced through several visits to our schools from Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness. With Dr Abdulla Karam, Chairman of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Her Excellency officially opened the first Mindfulness room in UAE schools, a dedicated space for our primary students at Greenfield Community School, which has prompted not only a similar room for secondary students at Greenfield, but many more in our other schools too. Together our distinguished visitors came to work alongside students at Uptown school, to assist in class for a day, and we were honoured they also visited Jumeira Baccalaureate School to launch our Happiness Speakathon this year, an initiative which involved all Taaleem students from our group of schools, culminating in an impressive final of public speaking for students from 5-18 years of age. Our schools work tirelessly to create an engaging and inspiring learning experience for all students from the youngest ages of 2 and 3 years, starting at The Children’s Garden and Dubai British Foundation, and I am very proud to report that all Taaleem schools are participating in the Minister of Happiness initiative - #1MillionActsofGiving, which aims by end of 2017, to record one million acts of giving both locally and internationally. May I strongly encourage you to share your children’s acts of giving through using #1MillionActsofGiving in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and @Taaleem. The school year has been marked by many outstanding achievements, with school teams and individuals winning both national and international acclaim for their endeavors and accomplishments. We are proud to be associated with and sponsor many of the high profile cultural and educational events that take place in the UAE. The Emirates Festival of Literature (EFL) that took place in March of this year was a particular highlight for our students who won prizes in both the story writing and poetry competitions. As well as the Literature Festival we have also supported The ChoirFest Middle East, hosting school choirs from Dubai and Abu Dhabi in our Dubai British School Jumeira Park, The SciFest Dubai, Global Education Supplies & Solutions (GESS) Education Awards and several other high profile annual events.

The first ‘Oscars for Education’ event organised by The Education Journal Middle East, received over 200 nominees for various awards which were judged by a panel of notable, national and international education experts. Out of the 15 categories Taaleem staff and schools won four awards, including Dubai British School for ‘Foundation Stage of the Year’ and ‘SEND Department of the Year’. Rola Ghadban from Greenfield Community School won ‘Innovative Teacher of the Year’ and we received a special Editor’s award for the ‘Education Executive of the Year’. Our Uptown School was a finalist in the category ‘SEND Department of the Year’ and Shaimaa Karara from Greenfield Community School was highly commended as the ‘Arabic Teacher of the Year’. In the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year Award’ Ashwin Mhalsekar from Uptown School and Sunesh Kumar from Greenfield Community School were also finalists. Whilst this peer recognition is always appreciated, our focus is first and foremost on our students, and each year I am in awe of those graduating at their respective leaving ceremonies at the end of the term. The graduating class of Al Mizhar American Academy had a most elegant ceremony this year and we were honoured to receive Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, as our distinguished guest, and Raha International School in Abu Dhabi held the largest event with almost 100 graduating students, some of whom have attended Raha from the very first day the school opened in 2006. Listening to their inspiring speeches, and observing them as they are destined for higher education around the world including Oxbridge and Ivy League universities, I am confident that our students are prepared and better equipped to help lead and change the world towards building a secure future. We wish them every success for their continued happiness and wherever they end up, I am sure that they will make a positive impact in their communities and global society.

Rosamund Marshall Chief Executive Officer


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

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Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


Principal’s Message In September 2016, we opened for another academic year with new students and teachers. My reflections of the year focus on the outstanding achievements by many students, the collective nature of our community and the many firsts in the history of Jumeira Baccalaureate school. JBS is a happy school. Students have a love of learning, a sense of pride in who we are and a desire to enjoy all the offerings of sport and music as well as the close friendships with each other. This report highlights all that is great about JBS, its achievements the activity and the diverse nature of the community that it is made from. The teaching staff have worked incredibly hard this year to support learning at all levels and ensure all students make excellent progress. We pride ourselves on our inclusive nature but also our desire to push students to their very best. Learning is the fundamental part of our day to day business, organised into a culture that supports, enriches and praises individuals. We are committed to all the needs of our students. Throughout these pages, information is displayed via images, graphs and statistics but these do not show the warmth, collegiately and the community spirit that exist at JBS. Visitors, friends and parents of JBS comment on the friendliness, joy, energy, spirit and partnerships in learning that flows through the school. The continued development of the campus reflects the school to always improve. New play areas in KG and Primary, the development of the community café as well as the opening of the new extension to the BACC building are all shaping the school. In the lower primary school there are new toilet facilities and the creation of spaces for soft indoor play as well as support rooms for extended learning have all helped with the very good progress seen in these areas. The IB nature of the school is starting to inculcate our thinking, how we respond and the messages passed onto students. The PYP is well placed to be fully authorised in November 2017 and the

MYP, DP and CP course will be reauthorised around the same time. JBS will become one of a few schools in the world with all 4 of the IB programs fully authorised. The school has been a hive of activity, community and action all year. The number of ECA’s on offer has increased and we have had many more sports teams actively participating in the DASSA leagues, the development of rugby, athletics and netball as well as the whole school sports day at the Police stadium have all been key features of the progress made this year. The number of students going on international trips has also increased with MUN trips to Singapore and New York as well as Histroy visits to the WW1 battlefields in Europe and fieldwork in Ireland. The school and the Parent and Friends association (PFA) continue to work in close partnership and provide a range of weekly events and functions as well as supporting the larger whole school cultural program. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the JBS community for their contribution over the past year. The relationships, partnerships and support have been outstanding and I encourage us all to continue on this journey in the new academic year.

Mr Richard Drew Principal


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Events Winter Wonderland The winter wonderland is a December fixture and the PFA do a brilliant job every time. From arts and crafts, to snowmen, to food and beverages. It is always a fun and successful event.

UAE National Day Celebrating the history and culture of the UAE with activities including henna, falconry, dance and traditional food.

Arts Walk The students presented their artwork in a gallery like arrangement around the school.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


Arabic Week Arabic week has been a successful event full of different activities. Students enjoyed the sessions/workshops of famous Arabic authors, the Arabic book fair, the calligraphy workshop, the reading sessions and the interactive competitions of writing and speaking.

Arabic assembly April 2017

Ramadan Workshop The PFA, parents, students and teachers collected a ton of food, toiletry and household items to giveaway this holy month as part of our Ramadan workshop.


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Highlights Desert Cubs Cricket This year saw Desert Cubs Cricket Academy form a partnership with JBS by opening a purpose built cricket facility here at JBS for their players and the school players to enjoy for many years to come.

Brazil Ladies Rugby Getting into the rugby spirit. The brazil ladies team trained at JBS.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Christmas Fair

The secondary school community came together to spread awareness about Breast Cancer. Many of the grade 11 & 12 CAS students led homeroom activities so that students could get involved and learn more facts about cancer and incorporate it in to the caring attribute of the learner profile. From painting posters, to donating to having their pinky’s painted all in support for a noble cause.

An event organised by the PFA which is always a success. The fair had lots of stalls and the children enjoyed activities and games while the choir entertained everyone.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


Pre KG Flower Planting The early years students have gardens that they look after around the playground. They have planted some flowers and now have the responsibility to water and nurture their flowers.

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition

JBS Design Fair

The students presented the projects they’ve been working on in the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition.

Tons of interesting designs and inventions at the recent Jumeira Baccalaureate School ‘Design Fair’.

Kindness Day

STEM challenge

Kindness Day was a great way to really celebrate the kindness that goes unnoticed in our school. Students from primary through to secondary donated items and packed them as lovely gifts to distribute amongst the support staff family here at JBS. It was a delight to see so many gift hampers packed and they were all received with great appreciation.

Grade 8 pupils took part in Phillip Harris’ ‘My school is an island’ STEM challenge for pupils aged 12-14 years. A project designed to inspire students to create STEM related solutions for real-life situations.


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Art & Music At JBS, the arts are an integral part of the IB programme and is offered to students at all the levels. The art lessons provide opportunities for students to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts. Students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas.

JBS Expressions A collection of artwork from the class of 2017.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017



Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

Benchmarking and Examination Results JBS Diploma and Career Programme

Diploma Program (DP)

This is the third year of the Diploma and the first graduating class for the CP. This year’s Diploma Program and Career-related Program results were again very good results. This is the second time, in 3 years, that we have achieved a 100% pass rate for students in Grade 12.

In all, 100% of students were awarded the Diploma which is an improvement on last years 95% (although last year, the percentage was due to one student failing the Diploma even though she had 25 points, as she did not have the required 12 points on her HL subjects) and a return to the form of the first cohort.

Career-related Program (CP) All students were awarded the CP. Many students achieved grades of 5 and 6 in their course subjects, with English B, in particular, worthy of note. This further justifies the fact that we offer this programme as it allows students to achieve to the best of their ability due to the reduced subject package size. Overall the average subject pass grade was 4.73 points. All students passed the Reflective Project, although we had four students achieve a D and this will need to be a target for improvement this year. (The CP coordinator is already working with wider staff in order to streamline the moderation process). The Btec results are worthy of note with 2 Distinctions, 4 Merits and 5 Passes with no failures. This was despite the fact that we had an unforeseen change of teacher at the start of Grade 11.

Our average score was 32 points (2.1 points higher than last year) and 20/25 students (66% of the cohort) matched or bettered this years IB World Average score of 30.07. We achieved 12 bilingual diplomas (which is a strong indicator of the ESL nature of our cohorts here at JBS). In terms of Core points awarded for TOK/EE, the average score this year was 1.72 this is way above our target of a minimum 1 point for every student. Historically, we have maintained a very consistent performance in the Diploma over the 3 years of the programme. This is despite the fact that we have extended the programme substantially, both in terms of the numbers of students and also through expansion of the programme with the addition of the CP. We feel that the CP compliments the DP programme and allows all students to achieve to the best of their ability when they are placed in the correct programme with the correct subject package.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


KHDA Rating 2016-17 The school inspection this academic year took place in February. In preparation for the Inspection the school worked hard on a collaborative approach to the preparation of its Self Evaluation as well as a key focus on student progress in class and the quality of effective teaching. The school was rated Good with many Very Good and Outstanding features. Improvements were made in 25 of the 87 individual elements and decreased in zero.

Overall, JBS provides a ‘good’ quality of education for its students. Children’s progress is mostly very good in the Kindergarten and in the diploma programme as a result, of at least consistently good teaching. It is good in the primary years programme and the middle years programme. Students’ attainment is at least good across the school. Students’ personal and social development remains outstanding across the school. In the MYP and DP phases, students have a deep understanding of Islamic values and how these influence their daily lives. Almost all teachers have secure subject knowledge. The curriculum is effectively designed to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate programmes for children and students from PKG to DP. Adaptations have been made to the curriculum to add a greater degree of challenge to support students in reaching higher standards Procedures to ensure the health and safety of students are rigorous and consistently operated.

All students’ benefit from the inclusive, nurturing and family ethos that results in very good care and support. In the DP advice for students to prepare them for life in further education or work is of a high quality. Leaders effectively share with all staff a clear vision and direction for school improvement. Self-evaluation processes are improving. Parents continue to be fully engaged as partners in their children’s learning. The governing board has an outstanding influence on the work of the school, not least in the provision of high quality resources

The Key strengths of the school are: • The quality of teaching in the KG and DP phases, that results in students’ very good progress in English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic as an additional language. • The systems to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. • Students’ personal development including their awareness of and contribution to social responsibility. • The partnerships with parents.


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

Astronaut Abby Astronaut Abby visits Jumeira Baccalaureate School in Dubai United Arab Emirates as part of The Mars Generation tour of the UAE. Astronaut Abby has been invited by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre - MBRSC | UAE Space Program to view their space centre, Hope Mars Probe, speak at their Project Space forum, speak at schools, as well as to have an opportunity to tour several parts of this beautiful country.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

Guest Speaker Taleb Kanaan who is a very famous Arab TV personality came to visit our school to conclude Arab Week. He gave the students a talk and some fun facts about the history of the Arab language. As a thank you, we presented him with a gift of our appreciation.



Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

Parent and Friends Association Mothers Day Breakfast The mother’s day breakfast was organized by the PFA for all JBS mums in celebration of Mother’s day.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Another event organised by the PFA to honour our teachers here at JBS. They arranged an array of home cooked food and brought it into the school for the teachers to enjoy for lunch.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017



Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

University Placements University Acceptance and Matriculation JBS students are accepted at and matriculate to colleges and universities all over the world: UK, Canada, USA, UAE, Australia, Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Italy, Spain, and Argentina.



Arizona State University, Babson College, Bentley University, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Fordham University, Northeastern University, Columbia University.

IE University.



University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, Western University, University of Alberta.

University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, University of Wollongong.


Middlesex University Dubai, New York University Abu Dhabi, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, American University of Sharjah, American University of Dubai.

King’s College London, Lancaster University, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Essex, University of Kent, University of Leicester, University of Manchester.

Russia National Research University - Moscow Power Engineering Institute.


Netherlands Hanze University of Applied Science, University of Groningen, Delft University of Technology.




University of Kent, UK

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Warwick, UK


University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Financial Economics

University of Essex, UK


Babson College, USA


University of British Columbia, Canada


Hanze University of Applied Science, Netherlands


University of Melbourne, Australia

International Development

University of Chester, UK

International Relations

University of Leicester, UK

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017


Alumni Success In 2014, our first year with graduating students, one student received a full scholarship from Columbia University in NYC and graduated with a 39 diploma score. Another went on to the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands to study aerospace engineering and he told us that physics and maths at Higher Level prepared him well for this demanding course. A 2015 graduate is studying at the Royal College of Surgeons – Medical University of Bahrain after finishing her IB Diploma with 37 points. A number of students from 2015 are studying at various universities in the UK. One 2016 graduate said no to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to study at Babson College outside of Boston where he is happily

immersed in the business world. Our JBS Nominee for New York University Abu Dhabi and was admitted Early Decision and had a very successful first year here in the UAE. Further to these success stories, we are very proud of the students that may not get the highest points scores but still achieve to their own best. Both on the CP and DP we have examples of these success stories, which have seen students go on to study in higher education both in the UAE and overseas. Indeed, each year as the numbers in the graduating class grow, the success stories continue. Students regularly report that their study in the IBDP and the IBCP prepared them well for the challenges of university level study.


Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Sports Sports Day Our sports day was held at the Dubai Police Academy. Students took part in teams and also competed against each other in what was a fantastic day out.

Football Probably our most popular sport in the school. We have a total of ten teams, both girls and boys. Varying degree of success this year but highlights have been the grade 5 boys team winning the Division 3 Tournament Trophy.

Netball Our under 14’s netball team took victory by winning the Dassa league 7. We are looking forward to continued success in the new academic year.

Basketball In the secondary school we had both boys and girls teams that equipped themselves well in the DASSA leagues this year. All teams ended their seasons with winning records. In the primary the Basketball is developing and we had a grade 5 team that played in the DAPSA league they finished mid table of the league campaign and came runners up in our own Taaleem Tournament.

JBS Sports Day

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Sports Awards JBS celebrated the achievements of both our Primary and Secondary sporting stars. The Secondary Sports Awards were held this year as a formal sports awards dinner in the Gloria Hotel. The Primary Sports Awards was held as an awards celebration followed by sports disco here at JBS. We are very proud to have so many sporting talents. We were also very impressed with number of parents and students that showed up to support both events.



Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS History Trip Grade 8 trip to Ireland 22 Students visited historical, geographical, scientific, cultural and sporting venues and participated in a variety of active learning activities. All students displayed IB qualities and returned to Dubai enriched by the experience.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School | Annual Review 2016-2017

JBS Visitors Minister of Happiness The Minister of State for Happiness, Ohood Al Roumi, and Chairman and Director-General of KHDA, Dr. Abdullah al Karam, visted JBS where teachers, students and parents shared what our school is doing to encourage children to have more positive habits and how we strive to create a happy and positive learning environment for all students. Students showcased their happiness poems, secondary compassion campaigns, the JBS Fitnovation initiative that focuses on fitness and innovation as well as fun programmes such as our reading and riding activity.



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Jumeira Baccalaureate School Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2016-17  

Jumeira Baccalaureate School Annual Report 2016-17