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24 November 2016

Message from the Principal

Sometimes there is a strangeness in the world that allows us to see the positive coincidences that happen and which link us in our understanding.
This week began with a request that all schools in Dubai understand and respect the tolerance documentation that the government has issued and that as professionals involved in education we denounce discrimination and hate. For our students in Year 9 the week ended with a full day working on ways that young people can combat cyber bullying and the sad realities of discriminatory and violent behaviour that can be expressed online.
Next week we celebrate National Day and I am mindful of the words that are cited at the start of the document mentioned above:
The promotion and observance of human rights without discrimination as to origin, sex, religion or language and denunciation of speeches of violence and hate is a reflection of our tradition, and moral values, and represents an affirmation of the policies and principles of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the field of human rights, which we are very keen to remain among the first countries in the world that protect and strengthen human rights”.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates
I am sure that everyone within the community that is NAS Dubai can concur that sine qua non, this is a very good thing.

Matthew Farthing

Year 9 Innovation Day

Interschool Ski Racing Success for NAS Dubai

NAS Dubai had some phenomenal ski racing success on Friday 18 November, at the UAE Interschools Giant Slalom Championships held at Ski Dubai.

With an entry list of around 80 children aged 7 to 16 years old from various UAE schools, NAS Dubai students certainly led the way on the winner’s podium.  Of the 24 individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded for age/gender category races involving NAS skiers, 13 went to our students, (including 5 Golds!!).

On top of this, NAS Dubai won both the Male and Female Team Gold Medals, together with Team Gold in the Parallel Race Knock-Out competition.

Rio Sharman, a NAS Year 4 student, won the U10 Girls Individual Gold Medal and said; “This was a fantastic day, and we were very proud to represent the school at the Interschool Championships. We had some amazing success and met many new friends from other schools…It was awesome.”

Special thanks must go to Janet and Liza our ski coordinators at NAS Dubai, race organising committee Chairman (and NAS Dubai parent) Murray Leslie, race coach Mike Barkley and all those at Ski Dubai, for enabling this memorable day to happen, whilst helping ensure it all ran super smoothly on the day.  This is the first of 3 such Interschool Championships throughout the current academic year and we all look forward to the next with much excitement and anticipation. 

Secondary Eco Council Trip

Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
This week it was the turn of Year 5 to go on their residential trip, this time to Dibba. I think the Year 5 students were even more excited than Year 6 when they set off! As adults, residentials are often one of the things we remember best about our own school days, and we look back on those experiences with fond memories. I think we can safely assume that our Year 5 adventurers will have had an amazing time and that they will treasure those memories for years to come. Let’s all spare a thought for the teachers that supported the trip though – it’s a 24/7 duty of care whilst they are away with your children, so try not to ask any of them how their ‘holiday’ was…
At the other end of the primary school, myself and members of the teaching team spent a lot of time assessing tiny toddlers aiming to join FS1 here at NAS Dubai in September 2017. I can’t quite get used to ‘testing’ children who were born in 2014 – it’s a good job it’s all about watching them play! It was wonderful to see so many siblings of current pupils – we had fun guessing who was who and spotting the family resemblances. It continues to give me great pleasure to see how much the children love our EYFS classes and how at home they feel there, even during such a short visit. Hopefully it was a stress-free experience for mums, dads and children alike – it was certainly an enjoyable task for myself and the team.
Finally, just a heads up that we are making some changes to the primary timetable after the National Day break. Some of the changes are in direct response to parental suggestions, as well as teacher-led adjustments that we feel will smooth the running of the primary day. Mr Barrett and Mrs McSweeney will be giving a Parent Presentation to explain the nature and purpose of the changes on Sun 4th Dec at 8:15am in the Auditorium. The presentation will be of particular interest to parents of pupils in Yrs1-6. EYFS is unaffected.
Have a great weekend

Elizabeth Lamb
Message from the Head of Secondary

This week has been Innovation Week, this year we are working with ‘beat the cyberbully’.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students to gain a greater understanding of the detrimental impact of social media and the internet, as well as being at the centre of innovation designed to improve the lives of young people.

Our relationship with MIT is another amazing opportunity for our students to work alongside the graduates and scholars of one of the best universities in the world.  A hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, our relationship with MIT will see our students get the chance, through curriculum adaptation and out of hours learning, to develop the skills required to contribute to meaningful change.

True innovation requires true dedication and resilience, I was sent an article from a colleague this week that reminded me that it took 80 years for the electric light to become a success.  The article highlights that “innovation is messy, and it’s awesome”. 

Click here for the link

This week I was asked to be a guest speaker at the K-12 Leadership Conference where we discussed 21st century learning and the vision for Dubai.  Dubai is an interesting and exciting place for innovation and the ideas for its development secure that the UAE is at the cutting edge of philanthropy. As is NAS Dubai, I hope in the near future to announce our Global Challenge in partnership with a spectacular partner.

Have a lovely weekend and I expect I will see some of you at the DC7’s on Saturday.

Liam Cullinan

    NAS News Bites   

Secondary Eco Council Trip to Masdar City

On Tuesday we went to Masdar City in Abu Dhabi to look at sustainability in the UAE as part of Innovation Week.

We took the PRT (personal rapid transit) and had a tour around while we answered some questions. At Masdar, we learnt that it’s not just a sustainable city, it is also a university with around 300 students studying there.

Masdar City is carbon neutral and gains its energy from its multiple solar farms and the city gets cooled by its wind tower. The wind tower channels the air so it goes round the city, cooling it down.

We really enjoyed the trip, and it was interesting to think about how we could apply some of the ideas to NAS Dubai.

Maia Kantaria 7LFA &
Zaid Benchaffai 7LFA

    Upcoming Events    

Sunday Nov 27 

  • Bookworm Book Fair in the Atrium 8am-3:30pm
  • Year 9 Sports Day 8am-10:30am
Monday Nov 28
  • Bookworm Book Fair in the Atrium 8am-3:30pm
  • Year 10 & Year 11 Sports Day
  • Year 2 Trip to Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre 8:30am-1pm
  • DESC Junior Maths Cup
Tuesday Nov 29
  • National Day Celebrations @ NAS Dubai
  • Bookworm Book Fair in the Atrium 8am-3:30pm
  • Outdoor Leaning in EYFS Parent Presentation 8:15am-9am
Wednesday Nov 30
  • Bookworm Book Fair in the Atrium 8am-3:30pm
Thursday Dec 1
  • School Closed for National Day Holiday

Important Notice:

Car Park 3 Closure
At pick up times car park 3 at the back of the school building often becomes extremely busy. For safety reasons our Security Team will close this car park when it is considered full. Traffic will be directed to one of the other car parks.

Please support our Security Team when this decision is made for the safety of students and the smooth flow of traffic.

Thank you

   Parent Community  

Chatter Box Café

First a big thanks to all our wonderful bakers this week! Another big thanks goes to the parents that help us each morning with the warm toast we give to the students after their early morning training sessions – we appreciate your support and know the children devour the toast!   

Next up is the huge National Day celebration on Tuesday and we’re very much looking forward to enjoying it with you so please do stop by to sample the local flavors. 

Lastly, in leading up to the big reveal of the NAS Dubai Xmas Tree we eagerly await your decorated baubles back. Please place them in the Xmas dedicated area by the Chatter Box notice board. 

Have a restful weekend! 
Marie & Liz  

Parents' Association


Get ready…. it’s Grotto time!!!

The tickets for time slots for the incredibly popular Santa’s Grotto go on sale Monday 28th November at 7:30am till 8:30am in the main entrance. Due to the extremely high demand for entry into the Grotto and the limited amount of time slots available please take careful note of the following:
  • Tickets cost 35aed and include a 2 minute time slot with Santa plus an age & gender appropriate gift
  • Tickets are only available for purchase for NAS Dubai students up to Year 2
  • Each Year 2 (or under) student can invite up to 4 siblings/ friends (any age) to join in their 2 min time slot
  • Any invitee that would like to receive a gift must purchase a 35aed ticket
  • Sale of tickets will stop on Tuesday 29th for National Day and resume Wednesday Dec 1st until all slots are taken
Please note that tickets sell extremely quickly!!!

The annual Xmas Lucky Dip tradition returns on Sunday 27th November when all Primary and EYFS students will each receive a jar. Instructions on how to fill them and how they will be used are included in each jar.  Please fill (and decorate!) the jars which can be returned up until December 8th at the main reception. Please do remember not to include anything edible or in poor condition.

The NAS Dubai Xmas Tree will be going up during the long holiday weekend so please do return your decorated baubles to the designated area at Chatter Box Café by Nov 30th. 

On a final note, Santa’s elves will be doing a lot of wrapping soon so donations of wrapping paper are much appreciated (at CB again!)

Enjoy the weekend.
Svenja & Maria

   Sports News  

Sunday Nov 27

  • Christmas Cracker Swim Gala @ DESS 2pm-4:30pm
  • U8 & U9 Boys Football Playoffs 2:30pm-4pm
  • U12 Girls Football vs DESC @ NAS Dubai 4pm-5pm
Monday Nov 28
  • U16 Boys Football vs GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis 4pm-5pm

Tuesday Nov 29
  • U10 & U11 Boys Football - DASSA Playoffs @ Rashid School of Boys 2:30pm-4pm 
  • Year 6 Netball Tournament @ Kings Al Barsha 12:30pm-4pm
  • U14A Boys Football vs EIS Meadows @ NAS Dubai 4pm-5pm
  • U14B Boys Football vs GEMS Metropole (Away) 4pm-6pm
  • U14 Girls Football vs Deira International School (Away) 4pm-5pm

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