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19 November 2015

Message from the Principal
 

Dear all
 
I have had cause to reflect over recent days on the value of international schools.
 
My own children are currently in the UK in the village where I grew up. They attend an “outstanding” school in that village. It is, like the village itself, pretty much mono-cultural.
 
I have numerous comments, as you might imagine, about exactly what “outstanding” means in the context of that school but that’s not the point I wish to make here. Suffice to say that they need to be back at NAS Dubai as quickly as possible!
 
The real issue though here is a positive one.
 
I read a while ago on one of those awful “meme” emails something that I thought was interesting, it read;
 
“Common sense is what you are brought up with until you’re 18”
 
I took that to mean, and I hope that I’m correct, that many assumptions we make are based on our early experiences or the opinions of our parents. These might be good, they might be negative, or they might simply be for lack of wider exposure.
 
And so to the value of a school such as ours;
 
To see our children growing up, accruing their common sense, in an environment in which people from a wide variety of backgrounds, of varied shades of skin, and of varied philosophies, work and play together without the need to develop stereotypes of any kind, is a gift not only for them but (and I hope I’m not overly prone to preachy hyperbole so please forgive me this once) to the world and to our shared future.
 
I would wish you all, and your families wherever they may live in the world, a peaceful and happy weekend.

Mike Embley
Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
 
It is hard to believe that next week is the last week of November!  As we enter the final part of Term One, more and more seems to happen around NAS.  Thank you to everyone who attended our  parent information workshops this week, which explained calculation methods in Key Stage 2, and gave information about assessment in EYFS.  As parents I know you value teacher-led workshops, as they allow you to better understand the learning experiences that your children have within lessons.  This in turn empowers you to discuss learning with your children and to support or extend them at home.  I’d like to say a special thank you to the teachers who ran these informative sessions.  There will be further workshops next week and indeed throughout the year.  Feel free to suggest topics for future sessions that would be of interest to you as a parent.
 
Learning outside of the classroom has also continued this week with Year 4 and 5 enjoying educational and exciting trips to help reinforce what has been happening in school. Taking learning outside of the classroom is such an important part of the curriculum; it shows that what we learn about in class really does relate to the ‘real world’.
 
I must also reiterate Coach Ray’s article and mention how much I enjoyed watching our primary swim team on Wednesday afternoon, it was wonderful to see all those early morning training sessions pay dividends!  The tremendous NAS parental cheering our team received poolside could be heard in the car park!
 
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, especially with the cooler weather and opportunities to be outside enjoying the fresh air. The month ahead at NAS Dubai will continue to be action packed so I hope your family can spend time doing what they enjoy this weekend, including some well-deserved rest.  I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, for Parents’ Evening.

Elizabeth Lamb
 
Message from the Head of Secondary

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”
Steve Jobs
 
Next week is Innovation Week across the UAE and we have decided to embrace this here at NAS Dubai. It will be an opportunity for students and entrepreneurs to showcase their leadership skills and talents.  Having the courage to take the risks required to succeed is something I feel very passionate about and our students are challenged to take these big leaps in order to succeed.
 
Within CCAs students have been busy learning the key skills required to not only design a product, but also manage the pressures required to bring it into the market place.  Every morning next week the students from the Young Enterprise CCA will be displaying their products by the Chatter Box Cafe. Please do stop by to enquire about their strategies and show your support. 

We are also delighted to announce our first ever Young Innovator Day which will take place on Thursday November 26th.  During the day our Year 9 and 10 students will be off timetable and will have the honour of working alongside some of the most talented leaders and entrepreneurs who will help them recognise their own skills and guide them in developing their own talents.

It is not only our students who are innovators, our staff and parents are creating a flying machine that will compete in the Redbull Flugtag event at Deira Creek on Friday November 27th.  More details to follow during the week on our Facebook page.
 
Have an enjoyable weekend.

Liam Cullinan
 
INNOVATION WEEK
Young Enterprise Days


Secondary Young Enterprise students and Years 4-6 NAS Entrepreneurs have been honing their business skills over this term during the entrepreneurship clubs.  We have been learning about the skills and drive needed to become a creative business minded person.  The children have formed a company, developed products, carried out market research and are now preparing for Innovation Week.  Each group will be involved in selling their products during the school day next week and would appreciate your support, so come along and help our ambitious entrepreneurs!
Year 4 Heritage Village Visit

Year 4 had an exciting opportunity to visit the Heritage Village in Deira as an introduction to their new topic ‘The Desert Explorers.’  They discovered different aspects of Bedouin life by looking at the various styles of housing depending on the landscape they were living on. Our students also had the opportunity to explore how Arabic bread was made and learn about traditional Arabic clothing.  During the final part of our visit to the Camel and Horse Museum the children discovered how camels and Arabian horses play an important part in Arabic culture.

Angela Neal Year 4 Teacher
NAS Dubai's COBIS Membership

NAS Dubai was recently approved as a COBIS member. COBIS stands for Council of British International Schools. Being a COBIS Member is a clear mark of quality within the International schools network and something for our school community to be proud of. 

    NAS News Bites   


WINNERS - NAS Dubai U10A Boys Football Squad win the Blue South League

Under 10A Football Team
Harry Robertson (5A), Ayden Refaie (5A), Conor Air (5A), Edward Reynolds (5A), Luka Van Der Tweel (5A), Nero Jones (5B), Darius Cassia (5C), Leonard Szentirmai (5C), Yash Gupta (5D), Sasha Haddad (5F)

RUNNERS UP - NAS Dubai U11A Boys Football Squad come 2nd in the Blue South League
 
Under 11A Football Team
Shahin Ben Salah (6A), Ben Sherriff (6B), Callum Hamilton (6B), Kai Woodhouse (6B), Kamran Valizadeh (6B), Guillaume Castree (6C), Marc Sheriff (6C), Nicholas Ghantous (6E), Zacharia Huda (6E) - (Captain), Ryan Elwan (6E), Josh Harbour (6E) 


NAS Dubai added another trophy to their cabinet as their U10A team finished the season as Blue League South winners and U11A as runners up as part of the DASSA Primary football leagues.
 
Over the last 8 weeks both teams have faced Wellington International School (WIS), Greenfield Community School (GCS), Dubai British School (DBS) and EIS Meadows (EIS) which has resulted in success both on the pitch and off the pitch. It was an achievement that has tremendously pleased Mr. Johal (U10A Coach) and Mr. Thomas (U11A Coach). 

Well done boys!



NAS Dubai Primary Competitive School Swim Squad ROCKS their first League Gala!
 
After weeks of early morning and afternoon sessions, it was finally time for our Primary Competitive Swim Squad to show off their talent. This was the first DASSA League gala of the season and was hosted at home at the fantastic NAS pool.
 
Everyone involved has worked tirelessly to ensure the event ran smoothly and was enjoyable for participants and spectators alike. On the day of the event, the swim squad team and coaches were really excited (and a little bit nervous).
 
When visiting schools started to arrive you could feel the excitement and the atmosphere around the NAS pool was just incredible. 
 
At first, we did not know what to expect from our opponents but the NAS swimmers really put their hard work, dedication and determination to good use.  We were unstoppable in the pool with every swimmer fighting all the way to the end. NAS took an early lead after the first set of events and from there on they just increased the lead. Out of the 57 events NAS achieved 47 wins, 7 second places, and 1 third place. Unfortunately, we had 2 disqualifications and so that gives us a few technical areas to work on in training. An overall champion performance from our primary swimmers.
 
One of the things that really stood out yesterday was the sportsmanship between schools, especially from the NAS team who were gracious hosts and humble victors. It was wonderful to watch how supportive our swimmers were of each other and the team spirit was positively contagious with parents and teachers cheering on the team.  The whole poolside was buzzing with excitement!
 
In the end, NAS Dubai came out as the overall winners with an impressive 1st place score of 349 points. WEK was 2nd with 255 points, RIS came 3rd with 188 points, DIS 4th with 178 points, GIS in 5th place with 172 points and Foremark in 6th place with 149 points
 
A huge congratulations and well done to everyone involved and a special congratulations to all our swimmers who really made the NAS Dubai family proud.

Keep up the good work NAS Dubai Swimmers, you ROCK!!

Coach Ray

    Upcoming Events    

Sunday Nov 22 

  • Parent Consultations - EYFS 2:15pm-6:15pm - Primary & Secondary 3:15pm-7:15pm
  • Santa's Grotto Ticket Sale @ drop-off & pick-up
Monday Nov 23
  • Santa's Grotto Ticket Sale @ drop-off & pick-up
Tuesday Nov 24
  • Parent Workshop on Calculation Policy in EYFS 7:45am-8:30am
  • Year 1 'Room on the Broom' at Ductac
  • Music Box Recital 3pm-4pm
  • Santa's Grotto Ticket Sale @ drop-off & pick-up
Wednesday Nov 25
  • Parent Workshop on Calculation Policy in Years 1&2 7:45am-8:30am
  • L'Avare Performance at Ductac 
  • Music Box recital 3pm-4pm
Thursday Nov 26
  • Music Box recital 3pm-4pm
Friday Nov 27
  • Red Bull Flugtag at Dubai Creek Park - Come to support the NAS Dubai Team "AMBITION" (Captain Liam Cullinan, Graeme Malcolm, Mark Cahalane, Ryan Connolly and Mervin Pillay)

   Parent Community  

Parents' Association


This week the Bauble Sale got the holiday season off to a flying start.  It was delightful to see the expressions of serious contemplation the children had when considering the creative possibilities of their new bauble - which made us even more eager to see them decorated!   Please do drop them back off at reception anytime before November 30th to ensure that each can be hung on our NAS Dubai Xmas Tree.

Santa's Grotto @ the Christmas Fayre on December 11th
We will be selling the tickets for the Xmas Fayre Santa’s Grotto on Sunday Nov 22 through Tuesday Nov 24 at drop-off and pick-up.  Each ticket (or entrance for one child) will cost 35aed and includes a gift and a two minute session with our wonderful Santa Claus.  Children are welcome to share their time slot with siblings or friends. For those of you that did not attend last year's Xmas Fayre, the Grotto was an extremely popular attraction which sold out very quickly and unfortunately left some younger children disappointed.  Therefore, this year we will allot the 3pm-5pm time slots to the EYFS children only (and their siblings if entering together).   The time slots between 5pm-7pm will be open to Years 1 –4 only (again with siblings if entering together).  If there are any time slots still available by Tuesday at drop off we will open the sale to all the years. 
 
Hopefully you all have received, via your Parent Rep, the information regarding the Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing-a-Long on Sunday Dec 6th from 5:30-7pm in the main atrium.  If you would like to practise the songs your children have been busy preparing in their music classes for the event please follow the links below. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 
 
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 
Frosty The Snow Man 
Rudolph 
Winter Wonderland  
Do They It's Christmas Band Aid
Jingle Bells 
We Wish You A Merry Xmas 
 

   Sports News  

Sports Newsletters:

Click here for the Primary Boys Football Newsletter

Click here for the U11 Girls Football Match Report

Click here for the U12 Girls Football Match Report


22 Nov

  • U8 Boys Football Playoff Match vs. Jebel Ali Primary School @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm
  • U9 Boys Football Playoff Match vs. Kings Dubai @ NAS Dubai 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • U14/U16 Netball Friendly Match vs. Regent School @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm

23 Nov
  • U8 & U9 Boys Football Development Squads vs.Victory Heights @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4pm

24 Nov 
  • U10A Boys Football Playoff Match vs. Foremarke School (Away) 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • U11A Boys Football Playoff Match vs. Kings Dubai @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4:30pm
  • U14B Boys Football vs.GEMS First Point @ NAS Dubai 4pm-6pm
  • U14 Girls Football vs. Jumeirah College (Away) 3pm-6pm

25 Nov
  • U11 Girls Football Finals Tournament 2pm-5:30pm

26 Nov
  • Secondary Swim League Gala @ GIS 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • U12A Boys Football vs. WSO @ NAS Dubai 3pm-6pm

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