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23 March 2017

Message from the Principal

Our student production of ‘Hairspray’ should teach us much. Some eighty students aged across the middle years age range bridging Primary and Secondary schooling came together and they shared their delight in performance. Teams of responsible adults with generous parent support facilitated and developed the production so that by the time the audience came in everyone was ready. It was hard work and sustained effort with everyone playing their part working towards a common goal. And then came the dress rehearsal and showtime on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
There was mastery on stage and delight on the faces as everyone moved in time and sung their part out loud.  As I drove home afterwards I felt that the production was something of a metaphor for the School.  In each and every different part of the School we put in our own individual efforts while working together for our common goal ambitious for every student’s future and for NAS Dubai.
This term we have experienced significant development with the understanding that has been derived from three inspections. Next term we will work from the strategic plan that has been formed and derive purposeful development planning specific to every section of the school.
Thank you to all for the great and sustained efforts that have been made throughout this term.  I hope everyone will be able to enjoy their well deserved break and return refreshed in April.

Matthew Farthing

The auditorium was full (to bursting) on Tuesday and Wednesday evening for our much anticipated whole school production of Hairspray. The history of the show is widely known - it’s a big, bold and beautiful and the NAS cast certainly didn’t disappoint!
The students lit up the stage with their bright 1960s costumes and sang their hearts out to terrific numbers such as Good Morning Baltimore, The Nicest Kids in Town and Welcome to the 60s! 
For those of you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s centered around a warm-hearted, buoyant tale of young Baltimore teenager on her quest to survive 1960’s school life and the matter of tackling racial segregation. There is a poignant thread that runs through the play of following your dreams and ambitions – “You’ve got to think big to be big”. 
The effervescent show boasted of a cast of over 70 performers, ranging from Years 6 to 9 - a unique opportunity for Primary students to work with the Secondary students and we are so very proud of the extra dimension it brings to all!  
The performance also strengthens our embedded Juilliard arts curriculum – collaborating drama, music and dance whilst also ‘inspiring young minds’ (a bit like Tracy Turnblad’s) to follow dreams and ambitions.  
The feel good performance had us all bopping in our seats and it was a wonderful way to end the term on a high. We certainly couldn’t stop the beat!
Abigail Mack & The Performing Arts Team


Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
I often find myself writing about the Performing Arts in the Newsletter and this week is a triple celebration!
Firstly, I wanted to highlight the achievements of three of our NAS students in the recent ‘Dubai Singing Sensation’ competition. Aerin Thatcher (Yr3) got through to the finals in her age group, Roshan Donald (Yr10) came third in his age category and Riana Rattonsey (Yr2) actually won in her age range. Many congratulations to those three students and also to Vera Boyarinova, our peripatetic singing tutor.
Hot on the heels of the GCSE Drama production, myself and the Lamb family enjoyed yet another incredible performance on the NAS stage this week. The cast of ‘Hairspray’ gave an energetic, exuberant performance which was a credit to all their hours in rehearsal. The sheer energy of the singing and dancing was a joy to watch. As always, thanks must go to the extensive support crew working behind the scenes, from the music and drama teachers, to Thomas in the box; from the parents making scenery and costumes, plus others on hair & make-up! A fabulous example of collaboration, culminating in an terrific show.
Finally, Year 5 took us on an amazing Voyage of Discovery this morning with their outdoor performance entitled ‘Islands Experience’. Parents met on the terrace for juice and fruit kebabs; we then assembled in front of the Pirate Ship, sitting on rugs ‘picnic style’. The children performed a wonderful piece that began on the Pirate Ship, with a song introducing Captain Cook. The drama then moved around the outdoor space so we could ‘visit’ six different islands. Each class in Yr5 represented an island that Captain Cook voyaged to. It was a highly entertaining and innovative piece, which the children had helped to plan, script, rehearse and eventually perform. What a great collaborative effort! Thanks must go to the Yr5 teachers, especially Mr Patterson and Mrs G for working so hard on the piece and allowing the children to shine. The audience all left in a holiday mood – what a great way to end a busy term here at NAS.
I wish you all a relaxing holiday, enjoy your family time together and see you in two weeks.
Elizabeth Lamb
Message from the Head of Secondary

Last week was Arts week across the school, and the finale of this week was the amazing production of Hairspray.  I have to confess I was truly inspired by the performances of our students and it is great to see the students' enjoyment on stage all clearly engaged with the acting, dance and music. 

The message behind the musical is also clear, it challenges prejudice and it is no surprise to me that the students of NAS Dubai wish to put on a performance that recognises the importance of diversity.

This week I have had the opportunity to also listen to some amazing poems by our Year 7 and Year 8 students who have continued the themes from Hairspray and articulated their feelings and messages to the world through verse.

So I would like to dedicate the rest of my email to the leaders of tomorrow by hearing their voices.
I am a person
Not a he or she
With freedom to choose
What I want to be

Bronwyn Bennetts

So, how, can we all promote fairness,
Through gender, complex and racial awareness.
Disability, religion, belief or race,
Don’t judge people ‘bout the colour of their face.
Treat others as you wish to be treated
And never make someone feel defeated.

Finlay Morriss

We all have the right to make a choice,
How to live our lives and use our voice.
But if we decide, to choose
To hurt another, a life will lose
Then that decision is not yours to make
Another’s life is not yours to take!

Levent Ince
Enjoy the break,

Liam Cullinan
Bernadette van den Tweel & Ann Reussen

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ICC Cricket Academy - T20 Visit

On Thursday, 12 boys from the U11 cricket squad were asked to represent NAS Dubai at the ICC Academy - Emirates T20 day held at the ICC Academy, Dubai Sportscity. 


At the event pupils were asked to be ball boys for the game between Lancashire Lightning and Birmingham Bears as well as take part in a cricket masterclass ran by players Lancashire county cricket. 


Yash Gupta (6B) had this to say........

"I really enjoyed today, especially the masterclass. I learned how to improve my spin bowling and can't wait for the cricket season to start next term."


The cricket season at NAS Dubai starts in Term 3 with our U9 and U11 teams training and competing in the DASSA leagues.


Well done to all students involved 


Danny Thomas
PE Teacher


Language Homework

In preparation for Language Week – 16th to 20th April, this is a reminder to parents to ensure that children from Years 1-8 complete their homework competition tasks to have the chance to win prizes donated by Chatter Box Café.

They are required to complete one task per language – poetry recitation, spelling bee, building a 3d model of a famous building or teaching a family member their part in a dialogue.

Looking forward to judging the competitions along with key members of our school community.

Ellen Mcgillicuddy
World Languages Leader

    Upcoming Events    

Spring Break March 24th - April 8th

Sunday April 9 

  • Term 3 Begins at 7:45am

Monday April 10
  • Term 3 CCA List published
  • Year 2 Swim Demo Lessons 8am-10am
  • Principal's Meeting with Year 5 Parents 8am

Tuesday April 11
  • Year 5 Swim Gala 8am-10am
  • External CCA Providers Sign-Up Session 1:30pm-3:30pm

Wednesday April 12
  • Juilliard Curriculum Specialist Jessica Meyer @ NAS Dubai
  • External CCA Providers Sign-Up Session 1:30pm-3:30pm

Thursday April 13
  • Juilliard Curriculum Specialist Jessica Meyer @ NAS Dubai
  • Principal's Meeting with Year 2 Parents 8am-9am
  • Year 3 Swim Gala 8am-10am

Friday April 14
  • Family Fun Day 3:30pm-7:30pm

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   Parent Community  

A big thank you for your support of the Parents' Association for both donating your used books and also buying them. The Annual Used Book Sale was a great success once again! Special thanks goes to Ann Reussen, our book loving PA parent who organized and managed the sale with the help of her meticulous team. After running the event for the second year Ann will be leaving us to return to Belgium and we wish her the best of luck!

Kylie Fisher, a founding PA Committee Member since its inception in 2014 is also leaving Dubai for Malaysia.  Always dependable Kylie generously gave her enthusiasm, dedication and perfectionism to every single PA event.  From roasting marshmallows in the dark, to hula hooping with each child and sticking her hands in slimy goop, Kylie never hesitated to give a helping hand to build our amazing school community. We will miss Kylie greatly and wish her, and her lovely family, all the best on her next adventure. 


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Sunday April 9 

  • Early Morning & Afternoon Squad Training Begins

Monday April 10
  • Year 2 Swim Demo Lessons 8am-10am
  • U11 Girls Basketball vs Raffles (Away) 3pm-4pm
  • U13 Boys Cricket vs GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis @ NAS Dubai 3pm-5pm

Tuesday April 11
  • Year 5 Swim Gala 8am-10am
  • U15A Rounders vs EIS Jumeirah (Away) 3pm-5pm
  • U15B Rounders vs Latifa (Away) 3pm-5pm

Wednesday April 12
  • U15 Boys Cricket vs GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail (Away) 3pm-5pm

Thursday April 13
  • U13B Rounders vs JBS (Away) 3pm-5pm

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