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9 March 2017

Message from the Principal

Thank you and congratulations
Last week we appealed for your support as together we manage the challenges faced by the construction work that surrounds us. This week we find that the traffic flow is smooth and effective as we all pull together to ensure that we overcome these difficulties. What a special comment on the understanding and strength of commitment within the NAS community. 
Yesterday I received the draft report of our British Schools Overseas inspection. I am delighted to report that we have done very well and been awarded ‘Good’ on a four point scale (Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory, Inadequate) and I believe that this is a result that we should all enjoy and in which we should take great pride. 
The BSO inspection accredited us as meeting and going beyond the standards expected by the British Government’s Department of Education which are the same as the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England.  The BSO inspection standards embrace all aspects of the life of the School and are applied in the same way that they are when a school in England is inspected. 
For a school as young in its history as NAS Dubai this is a significant achievement. Congratulations all round – to our parents for your trust and support, to our teachers and staff for your continuing commitment, passion and professional application, to our students whose behaviour is judged to be ‘Outstanding’.  I believe that we can learn from the report and that we will not struggle to be found to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas when the next inspection comes around in three years time. 
Of particular interest are the two simple recommendations that we are left with: 
What the School could do to improve further:
1. Raise the expectations of leaders at all levels to reach and sustain high standards, so achieving the school’s mission and vision.
2. Improve the use of extensive assessment information available to monitor more effectively the impact of structured improvement plans.
We should all look forward to working together to meet these expectations. 
Congratulations all round. 
Floreat NAS Dubai
Matthew Farthing

Our New Head of PE: Alex Collin


It is with great pleasure that I write this School newsletter as the Head of PE. I would like to thank all staff, parents and, most importantly, students for making me feel very welcome since joining the school.

I have been teaching in Dubai for six years and have had eight years’ experience leading outstanding PE Departments. Since I have been teaching in Dubai I have seen NAS Dubai grow in participation, professionalism, competitiveness and with a reputation for excellent conduct and sportsmanship from staff and students. The school is well respected in the education community and it is an honour to lead and develop the department further.

From what I observe daily, the members of staff in the department are truly exceptional and in my short time here I can see already there is an abundance of outstanding teaching taking place.

Next term I will be thoroughly reviewing the department and looking at where improvements can be made and putting in place robust policies and practices. Since joining in January I have been able to observe how the department works and I now have my own vision of how to develop the department further. I am already very excited about projects being discussed at this moment and I look forward to sharing this with you very soon. With the support of all stakeholders I can assure you that I will do my very best to make NAS Dubai one of the best schools in Dubai with regard to sport.

In the short term we will be putting in place a weekly ‘Sports Recognition Report’. This is an opportunity to recognise all our fantastic sporting achievements (win or lose) internally. The main reason for this is to allow students to have the recognition they deserve for representing the school, and celebrate their outstanding achievements to make us all proud to be part of NAS Dubai. From this the students will be recognised in assemblies and tutor time which will then spill over to other areas around the school.

We will also develop our sporting competition for all through house activities. At the end of every topic of sport we plan to have a week of house competitions during their PE lessons. This will be a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the thrill of competition and how important it is to be part of a team and instil values of cooperation, support and fair play.
I look forward to getting to know you and your children more in the coming weeks.

Alex Collin
Head of PE
Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
We have had a very musical day in primary school today!
Thanks to the hard work of our music department, we have Thursday morning ‘busking’ sessions most weeks, from 7:15am in the Atrium. Today was no exception and we enjoyed some wonderful piano playing from Abbie Hurley (Yr3), Daisy Mae White (Yr3), Raafae Chandoo (Yr3), Arjun Bhatnagar (Yr1) and Yana Danilova (Yr3) from the primary school, not forgetting Omar in Yr7. As always, the children were tremendously brave – it takes some courage to play a musical instrument in front of others. They were also well rehearsed so thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped the children to prepare for such polished performances.
Our young amateur musicians were followed by a group of seasoned professionals! Parents and children were entertained by a Brass Quintet from the Welsh National Opera, who showcased a whole range of tunes from Chicago to Carmen! WNO have been appearing at the Dubai Opera House in Madame Butterfly and La Boheme. The musicians took time out of their busy schedule to come and spend the day with us here at NAS Dubai, working with students studying GCSE Music as well as students in the primary school. Children in Years 4 & 6 were treated to a wonderful workshop with the quintet, who explained the workings of their instruments and answered questions for the children. The musicians were highly impressed by the behaviour and enthusiasm of the students, as well as the quality of their questions. The whole school enjoyed the lunchtime concert and the atrium was the perfect place for the amazing sound created by the quintet. Our thanks go out to them for giving us a real treat today.
Finally – I wanted to mention the GCSE Drama examination performance that took place last night in the Auditorium. It was an amazing show. Mrs Mack and her thirteen students put on an incredible production of a very high standard. The show was filmed to be sent to the examination board for grading and I am sure those examiners will be tremendously impressed by the quality of the work. Well done to all the students and staff involved.
Have an enjoyable weekend!

Elizabeth Lamb
Noah Shawki - GC Creative Writing Competition

Message from the Head of Secondary

In education there is continuous debate about the role of the arts and sport in the curriculum.  Often people will recommend the removal of these subjects from the day to day life of a school, instead they recommend drama, art, sport, dance and design to be delivered after school.

My own belief, and this is supported by my own experiences leading schools, is that the most successful schools and the ones that achieve the greatest outcomes for their students, offer a rich curriculum choice that nurtures students' talents alongside the core subjects.

This week we have had the GCSE PE moderation and the performance of the GCSE drama exam.  It is an amazing moment for me to observe these students display their individual skills sets and achieve great success.  The feeling of performing in front of an audience, scoring that try and winning that race are wonderful moments in time.  Students grow in self-discipline, they become more confident and reflective, they collaborate, they take risks and they display grit and determination.

Both our GCSE drama and PE students achieved great success in their individual disciplines and this school will always be one that offers these curriculum choices as we know the long and short term impact it has.

As promised this week I will hand over the majority of my newsletter piece to Mr Alex Collin, our new Head of PE.  However I felt that I had to congratulate our GCSE students, I am so proud and their efforts have been the highlight of my week.

Liam Cullinan

    NAS News Bites   

Global Campus Creative Writing Competition
Each year, NAE students from around the globe are invited to enter the annual Creative Writing competition; with the chance of having their work selected for publication in the NAE Creative Writing and Visual Arts Anthology. The Creative Writing competition helps students to develop written powers of expression and to learn from some the strongest examples of writing across the family of schools.
We are very proud to announce that Noah Shawki’s entry Sky Shield has been selected by the panel of judges for publication in this year’s anthology. The overall winner and four runners up in Noah’s age category (11-14 years old) are due to be announced very soon.
Jacqueline Canfield
Secondary Science & Global Campus Coordinator

Welsh National Opera Brass Quintet

Today we were lucky enough to be visited by the Welsh National Opera Brass Quintet, who are currently performing in The Dubai Opera with The Welsh National Opera’s performances of Madame Butterfly and La Boheme.

The Quintet came in extra early to perform in our Thursday busking session, worked with a mix of primary and secondary classes to show off their instruments and demonstrate what a brass quintet sounds like, before rounding off their visit with an informal lunchtime concert in the atrium to hundreds of students who came to listen. They certainly were a very popular group with students and staff and we look forward to welcoming more visits from them in the future.

The Music Department 

    Upcoming Events    

Arts Week
Sun March 12 - Thurs 16th

Sunday Mar 12 

  • Hairspray Rehearsals
  • Author John Felton Visits Nursery, Reception and Year 3 8am-11:45am
  • Juilliard artists Abby Gerdts & Dr. Benal Tanrisever Simsek Visit
  • Ski Trip Lessons @ Ski Dubai 5pm-7pm

Monday Mar 13
  • Hairspray Rehearsals

Tuesday Mar 14
  • Hairspray Rehearsals
  • St Patrick's Day Celebrations @ Chatter Box Café 7:45am-11am

Wednesday Mar 15
  • Year 4 Swim Gala 8am-10am
  • Year 3 Residential
  • Hairspray Rehearsals
  • Year 4 Oscars - Parents' Open Morning 8am-10am
  • Author David Webb Visits Year 1, Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6 8am-2:30pm

Thursday Mar 16
  • Year 3 Residential
  • Hairspray Rehearsals
  • Principal's Meeting with Year 5 Parents

Friday Mar 17
  • Whole Cast Rehearsal for Hairspray 10am-4pm

   Parent Community  

Please drop off your donated used books at Chatter Box Cafe at any time. 

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Invites available from Sunday March 12th 

   Sports News  

Sunday Mar 12

  • U8 Tag Rugby vs Raffles (Away) 2:30pm-4pm
  • U9 Contact Rugby vs EIS Jumeirah (Away) 2:30pm-4pm
  • U16 Netball vs DBS (Away) 2:30pm-5:30pm

Monday Mar 13
  • U10 & U11 Girls Basketball vs GEMS WIS (Away) 2pm-4:30pm
  • U11 Boys Touch Rugby Tournament Final @ Kings Nad Al Sheba 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • U12 Contact Rugby vs Kings Al Barsha (Away) 2:30pm-5pm
  • U13 Cricket vs DESC @ NAS Dubai 3pm-5pm

Tuesday Mar 14
  • DASSA Secondary Athletics Finals @ Dubai Sports City 10:15am-4pm
  • U9 Basketball vs Kings Al Barsha (Away) 2pm-4:30pm
  • U9, U10, U11 Primary Rounders Trials @ NAS Sports Pitch 3pm-4:30pm
  • U12A Netball vs DC (Away) 2:30pm-5pm
  • U12B Netball vs EIS Jumeirah (Away) 2:30pm-5:30pm

Wednesday Mar 15
  • U11 (Year 5 & Year 6) Dubai Schools Tennis Championships 9am-2pm
  • DASSA Primary Athletics Finals @ Sports City 2:15pm-4:45pm
  • U14A Netball vs Horizon @ NAS Dubai 2:30pm-5:30pm

Thursday Mar 16
  • Year 4 Swim Gala 8am-10am
  • U11 Rugby & Netball Tournament @ DESS 12pm-5pm

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