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
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.
Head of PE