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13 October 2016

Message from the Principal

This week has been different with so many of our older students away on expedition.  On Wednesday Mr Cullinan and I visited our Year 7 students on camp in Ras Al Khaima and we enjoyed the discussion of how we can fine tune these experiences with more coherent assessment and feedback detailing individual performance and achievement. We also discussed how we should map out all of these important enrichment experiences, grading them according to the year involved and showing progression from one year to another. How wonderful it will be when in time to come NAS Dubai is known as the school in Dubai where personal growth and development is evidenced through its structured programmes of enriched learning that unite the academic and the non academic, the classroom and the out of classroom.
With our Secondary School away on expedition it was very good to take time to visit our Year 6 classes. As they conclude a flow of work centred on Paleolithic man, I was most impressed by the rigour of some of the thinking I witnessed as groups of students were carrying out collaborative research and preparing complex presentations to share with others in their class. There was true wonder in the responses to the fossils that had been brought into class and intellectual reach to imagine, rationalize and hypothesise about life in times so remote from our own.
Next week we pause for the mid-term break which is an important time for our teachers to develop their own portfolios of learning working together through Nord Anglia University and professional development source materials while also tightening up the internal documentation required for our forthcoming inspection and accreditation.
I understand that the NAS Dubai traditions of the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ and the Halloween Autumn BBQ are calandarised and arrangements are well in place. Sadly, I will not be able to enjoy the traditions myself as I shall be joining all of the other Nord Anglia Principals and Senior Leaders in our outdoor centre in Tanzania during that week for our annual conference. I am very sorry not to be able to join you for these important community events and look forward to hearing the news.

Matthew Farthing

Year 9 & Year 10 Emirates Aviation University Trip

Year 4 Desert Explorer Day

Dia de la Independencia @ Chatter Box Cafe

Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
Last week I wrote on the topic of inspiration; this week inspiration came in the form of a trip to Emirates Aviation University with pupils from Yrs9 and 10. As a primary school head I don’t often get the chance to work with our older students and it was great to see the impact of the visit as we toured the university and learnt more about the various courses on offer.
We enjoyed a university-style lecture, on the twin themes of entrepreneurship and innovation. All UAE universities have been asked to include these topics in their courses of studies and our students were really able to relate to those ideas since they are also key themes for us here at NAS Dubai.
We learnt that innovation involves the renewal or reimagining of something that already exists. The lecturer used the very interesting example of drones – originally developed for use on the battlefield, they are now being developed for use in remote medicine drops and even for Amazon deliveries! I was not aware that the UAE government regularly use drones to send internal mail across the Creek and that our local police use drone ‘boats’ to go to the aid of swimmers in distress.
Innovation is often a response to a problem; innovators see opportunities rather than barriers. I was particularly impressed to see so many of our students raise their hands, when the lecturer asked who saw themselves as future entrepreneurs. Not only did they see themselves as entrepreneurs, many of our students could already identify areas in which they had spotted noticed potential opportunities here in Dubai, which ranged from car parts to solar panels.
We left the university feeling inspired on many levels. Some students enjoyed specific aspects of the university such as the engineering workshops or the flight simulators. Others left unmoved by aviation, but still left with new ideas and inspiration. Throughout the school, we will continue to promote the three themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability this year. As Head of Primary I hope that some of those impressive Yr9 and 10 students will come down and inspire our younger children too.
Have a great week!

Elizabeth Lamb

Message from the Head of Secondary

It has been great to return to Dubai this week after a truly amazing experience with our Year 9 students in Tanzania. I am a huge believer that enrichment experiences beyond the curriculum are key in developing students’ emotional and social intelligence. It is well documented that, not only is high intelligence no guarantee for success in life, it also stops us from recognizing and embracing our full capacity as human beings.
There is much debate about what makes a great leader, but certainly a self-awareness and emotional intellect is central to this success. It reminds me of my own research during my MA regarding leadership qualities and in particular the work of Goleman who stated;

“Emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do”
Within schools we must embed the skills to help students recognise their own emotions and feelings, as well as how our choices impact on others.
Being reflective is a key part of the IB philosophy and one which we as a school drive and encourage our students to do. This could involve reflecting on choices, reflecting on learning, reflecting on relationships or performance during a football match.
During our trips we ask students to reflect on their experiences and how they will use these experiences as they move forward. We will be using the student passport to encourage this reflection, I would encourage parents to start having these conversations with your children to help develop this skill.
Many parents would have listened to one of my presentations and heard me state that academia should be an expectation of good schools. With experts in their subject and field we expect that nurturing and growing this intellect will take place. Combining it with a true understanding of emotions will create a wiser and more successful student.  Certainly after my experience in Tanzania I am more convinced, more than ever, that NAS Dubai is growing leaders and drivers of change.

Liam Cullinan

    NAS News Bites   

Author Marcus Alexander Visits Years 5-10

Today we were lucky enough to enjoy a visit from Marcus Alexander, the author of the, ‘Keeper of the Realms’ series. Marcus is a skydiver, climber, parkour expert, scuba diver, snowboarder, gymnast and sand boarder! He is someone that lives life to the full, he also happens to write books!  He inspired us with his catch phrase: Read More, Play More and Chase Life! He was in school to talk about the places and experiences that he uses for inspiration.

Written by Class 6B

Year 4 Explorer Day

State of the art binoculars, super protective sun hats, camouflage khakis and sturdy shoes- Year 4 were definitely ready for a day of Desert life exploration!

From the Sahara Desert in Africa to the Sonoran Desert in the USA, the students have been learning about different desert climates, it’s fascinating wild life, Ibn Battuta’s travels across the world and even learning about the local Bedouin lifestyles. Today marked the end of our topic of Desert Explorers, and students were able to celebrate their learning through Music, Art, D&T and Orienteering activities.

“I really enjoyed creating a picture of Ibn Battuta and learning why the Chinese drew pictures of the explorers”. (Jasmine Veriga, 4E)

This topic has provided Year 4 with an opportunity to explore all that our surrounding environment has to offer, and has encouraged students to research and discover ambitiously.

“I particularly enjoyed learning about the Sahara Desert! I didn’t know that Antarctica could also be considered as a desert!” (Quintin Wiegerinck, 4E)

A big congratulations to Year 4 for some outstanding Desert exploring! 

Aline van der Zee
Year 4 Teacher

First Squad Match for U8 Boys Football 

What a great start for our Under 8 Boys Football team for their first ever match representing their school! Coach Thomas was very proud of the team that has worked so hard in training in the run up to game against Safa Community School. While the boys lost 2-1 there was a great effort from most improved player Euan Caldwell, Tariq Murgian goal scorer and Man of the Match goal keeper Noah Smith.

    Upcoming Events    

October 15th - October 22nd 2016
NAS Dubai is closed for Half Term

Sunday Oct 23 

  • Individual Photographs for Primary & Secondary students
  • Breast Cancer Awareness day @ Chatter Box Café 7:45am-11am
Monday Oct 24
  • Individual Photographs for Primary & Secondary students
  • Halloween Autumn BBQ voucher sale @ Drop off & Pick up
  • Islamic Education in EYFS Coffee Morning 8am-8:30am
  • Pumpkin Patch @ Main Entrance 2pm-4:15pm
Tuesday Oct 25
  • Individual Photographs for Primary & Secondary students
  • Year 3 Egyptian Day
  • Halloween Autumn BBQ voucher sale @ Drop off & Pick up
  • Egyptian Day @ Chatter Box Café 7:45am-11am
  • Reading in EYFS - Parent Presentation 8am-8:30am
Wednesday Oct 26
  • Individual Photographs for Primary & Secondary students
  • Halloween Autumn BBQ voucher sale @ Drop off & Pick up
  • Year 6 Maths Parent Presentation 8am-8:45am
  • Year 6 Open Maths Classrooms for Year 6 parents 8:45am-9:45am
Thursday Oct 27
  • Halloween Autumn BBQ voucher sale @ Drop off & Pick up
  • KS4 DT students visit Dubai Design Week
  • Halloween Autumn BBQ 6pm-8:30pm

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Introducing: Fat Dads Thursday Spinning Club

Where: Spinning Room (2nd floor)
When: Every Thursday
Time 8am-9am

Attire: Shorts, t-shirts and trainers

Sign up by sending a whats app to the spinning teacher Moni on 055 6672647

   Parent Community  

Chatter Box Cafe

Thank you to the Hispanic community for putting on such a marvelous celebration on Wednesday.  The beautiful festive dress, colorful table displays and delicious food, including the popular dulce de leche tastings, were a real treat for us all.  On Sunday, our first day back, CB will be selling candles for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and on then Tuesday 25th our Egyptian parents will host the morning while the Year 3 students enjoy an Egyptian themed day with their teachers. 
Have a wonderful break.
Marie & Liz

Parents' Association

Get your costumes ready!!  The week back starts off with the Pumpkin Patch on Monday when you can choose your reserved pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch in front of school between 2pm to 4:15pm. We welcome you to bring your carved pumpkins back to decorate the Halloween BBQ on Thursday October 27th.  

With a 6pm start to the Halloween BBQ it ensures we all have enough time to get into costume and return to school for the spooky event. Vouchers will be needed for all items purchased at the event. These can be bought in the week leading up to the BBQ, and at the event itself. The vouchers can be redeemed for lamb, beef and vegetarian sausages, ‘Salad Jar’ salads, beverages, snacks, Chatter Box baked goods and coffee, glow sticks, Jello Shots and the popular Gruesome Grab activity.
Please note many families choose to bring a blanket to sit on for the lawn and we encourage your children to bring a bag for Trunk or Treating.
Lastly, we will still be collecting sweet donations up until the start of the event (for our 1300 students…!)
Enjoy the break.
The PA

Parent Class Rep Vacancies

Thank you to all who have volunteered as Parent Class Rep. 31 classes are now filled with two volunteers, 28 classes have one (it is ideal to share aspects of the role with another) and 16 classes still have no representation.

Please see the attached sheets outlining the spaces available and please consider volunteering urgently this greatly facilitates communication from the PA and Chatter Box. Your help would be greatly appreciated by your children and the wider parent community. Contact if you wish to take up the role.  

Thank you
Julia August
Head of Parent Class Reps

Early Years Class Rep List
Primary Class Rep List
Secondary Class Rep List

   Sports News  

Sunday Oct 23

  • Secondary Cross Country Training Begins
Monday Oct 24
  • U11 Girls Football vs JESS Ranches @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm
  • U16 Boys Football vs SRS @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm

Tuesday Oct 25
  • U10 & U11 Boys Football vs DIA @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm
  • U14B Boys Football vs Kent College @ NAS Dubai 4pm-5pm

Wednesday Oct 26
  • Years 3-6 Cross Country Competition @ Rashid School for Boys 2:30pm-5pm
  • U12 Girls Football vs Wellington SO @ NAS Dubai 4pm-5pm

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