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23 February 2017

Message from the Principal

Thank you to all parents who have declared their intentions for next year with the majority remaining in Dubai and expressing a commitment to continuing their children’s schooling at NAS Dubai. Very soon we will be in a position to be able to publish the fee schedule for the year ahead and before that the Finance Team will be issuing invoices for re-enrolment that are required to secure places for the next academic year.
This week we have enjoyed hosting colleagues from other schools both regionally and around the world who have come together for training. All toured the School, Senior Leader Programme being taken around by our students and the feedback resounded with the single overwhelming remark, ‘How courteous our students are, how well they understand their school and how proud of NAS they are’.
This special pride in the School is shared across the age range and this week I have again been visited by the Year 3 ‘Litter Patrol’ who asked me to support their good cause of keeping the school free of litter. Fully aware of the work that they are doing trying to maintain a clean and litter free environment they know that they have to keep going and that their quest is to encourage others to follow them with the same care that they are showing.  In Japanese schools this practice is common behavior – click here.
I wonder whether we might advance some more of the same at NAS Dubai. Meanwhile, I am scheduled to join the litter patrol again next week.
Matthew Farthing


Chinese Student Visitors
“我叫Danisha, 今天我们有中国学生来我们学校,10个七年级的学生和他们组成伙伴。我的伙伴叫Yifei Wu,我们一起上中文课、阿拉伯语课、美术课和音乐课。她听我唱歌了!她很友善,我们上中文课的时候,她也帮助我很多。”

“I’m Danisha, today we had Chinese students come to our school, ten Year 7 students buddied up with them. My buddy’s name is Yifei Wu. We had Mandarin, Arabic, Art and Music lessons together. She listened to me singing! She is very nice, when we had Mandarin, she helped me a lot!”

Danisha Sharma 7LFA

“今天我的老师告诉我,要陪伴一个客人,她的名字是Kiki, 她住在北京 。Kiki跟我一起上了四节课,阿拉伯语课、中文课、电脑课和 英语课。今天很好玩!”

“ Today my teacher told me I’m buddied up with a guest student. Her name is Kiki and she lives in Beijing. Kiki went with me to 4 lessons, Arabic, Mandarin, Computer Science and English. It was a fun day!”

Jonathon Koratzopoulos 7MCO


Year 5 Island Day

Message from the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,
I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about upcoming events in the Primary school linked to Litfest.
The 9th Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL) starts on the 3rd March 2017 and will run until 11th March, 9 days, spread over two weekends during the UAE’s 2017 'Month of Reading'. 
It is always an exciting event, but this year has a particularly fine line up with more than 180 authors from 33 countries. A key feature of the Festival is its five-day Education programme which takes place from 5th – 9th March and includes events for students, competitions and author visits to schools.
As part of this Education programme, we are extremely honoured to have two authors visit us here at NAS Dubai.  Debi Evans will be coming in on Thursday 2nd March to meet with Years 4 and 5 to talk about her “Secret Adventures of Rolo” series of books about a time travelling dog who blogs and shares his love of history and nature.
On Wednesday 15th March David Webb will visit for the day to do a storytelling session for Nursery and Reception, a talk with Year 1 and Year 2 about how to go about writing a book which is packed with practical ideas and suggestions, and then after lunch an author talk with Year 5 and Year 6.
In addition to these visiting authors, on Monday 6th March, a few selected students from Year 3 will go to Hartland International School to meet Francesca Simon, who created the famous (or infamous) Horrid Henry.  Furthermore, on Wednesday 8th March, some selected students from Year 6 will go to the Intercontinental Hotel at Festival City to meet Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre who wrote Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North, to name but a few.
The Festival’s art exhibition, held in the Dubai Festival City Mall, displays the talent of young people from around the UAE and currently the Lichtenstein inspired artworks from Year 5 are being shown there.  A big thank you to author and NAS parent Rachel Hamilton, who attended the launch of the gallery and was going to try and take some photographs of the work and also coerce some author friends of hers into recording some messages for our students!
If you wish to participate as a family, tickets are already on sale for Litfest and more information on the authors and the main festival can be found at
Keep reading!

Elizabeth Lamb

Message from the Head of Secondary

This week our Year 10 students have started to find placements for their work experience that takes place on the 19th to the 24th March.

I believe experience outside of school is a hugely valuable and important part of a school curriculum. 

Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. You get to learn the do’s and don’ts, understand work place etiquette and it also introduces you to the world of office politics. Vitally, it’ll give you an idea of the skills you might need to thrive in the workplace.

It also changes students' mindsets about work, it helps them identify their skills and perhaps even highlight the areas they might want to work on.

I also think it is a great way to introduce students to a network of people who can take on the role of mentors to support them, guide them and also introduce them to contacts for future employment.

In order to support our students we are once again going to request support from you.  We are blessed with our parent community here at NAS Dubai, last year we had some excellent placements from you and we are requesting your help again for this year.

If you can support us in anyway please contact my PA

Have a restful weekend

Liam Cullinan


    NAS News Bites   

Year 5 Island Day

How would you like to visit Dubai, Australia and New Zealand all in one day? Not possible I hear you say? Well Year 5 can prove you wrong on that! Suitably dressed in board shorts, grass skirts and cork hats, the pupils took to the skies aboard NAS Airways for an exciting adventure.

To begin the day, after making their own passports and boarding cards, the children boarded a NAS flight bound for Australia and New Zealand. When we were safely on board with our seatbelts fastened and our trays in the upright position, we prepared for take-off! Captain Donal Patterson and his glamourous flight crew ensured children enjoyed a relaxing and smooth journey complete with snacks, exercise and inflight entertainment. Once they had landed in Australia pupils were raring to visit the Steve Irwin Zoo, where they all had a photo taken with some of the weird and wonderful animals found in the Outback. The children then re-boarded the aircraft ready to complete the last leg of their voyage on to New Zealand. There they were greeted by Maori performers who welcomed them onto a local Marae.
As a very special island activity once ‘on location’ the children were invited to take part in a Bush Tucker trial, where they could sample, if they wished, various types of bush tucker food. Pupils were treated to fish eyes, witchetty grubs, blended maggots, crocodile tongue and some fish spawn, before finally washing it all down with a delightful cocktail of snake blood! The children soon guessed these awful ingredients were in fact; spaghetti, corned beef, lychees, coloured porridge and tomato juice!  Children were then challenged to decipher Australian slang.
Finally, the day was concluded with the children spending time on a range of Australian and NZ themed art activities. This included Australian Aboriginal dot-art and New Zealand Taniwha pictures featuring the Koru. 
Children and teachers had a great day learning about these mysterious islands!
Year 5 Team

Email Issues
Please remember to check all junk mail folders for missing school emails. The ongoing email issue has particularly been affecting Microsoft account holders such as Outlook, Hotmail, Live, etc.

Thank you

Lynn Ashby

    Upcoming Events    

Monday Feb 27

  • Year 9 Maths Competition @ DESC 7:45am-12:20pm
  • Nursery Trip to Little Explorers 8:30am-1:45pm
  • Year 7 & Year 8 French Language Play 10am

Wednesday Mar 1
  • EYFS & Primary Fund Raiser for Dubai Cares - Non Uniform Day & Dirham Trail (10aed donation)
Thursday Mar 2
  • Mindful Parenting Workshop for Primary parents @ Chatter Box Cafe 8am - 9am 
  • Primary Choir travel to Choirfest @ Dubai British School 8am-1:15pm
  • Principal's meeting with Year 10 Parents 8am-9am, followed by Year 10 Work Experience Q&A
  • Author Debi Evans visits Year 4 & Year 5 8am onwards
  • Secondary Choir travel to Choirfest @ Dubai British School 1:15pm - 4:15pm

   Parent Community  

Parents' Association 

Second Hand Book Sale
The PA will be hosting their annual Second Hand Book Sale on March 20th from 7:30am to 4:30pm next to Chatter Box Café who will also be open all day selling both a savory and sweet assortment of treats. 
Please donate any used children/adult books and DVDs at any time in the boxes located next to Chatter Box Cafe. We would also welcome and appreciate any help you can give us in organizing and/or selling the books.  Please leave your name and number with our lovely Chatter Box ladies or email them on
Big Night Out!

Start gathering your friends and preparing those dancing shoes as next week the sale commences for tickets to the The Big Night Out to be held at The Address Montgomerie Golf Club in Emirates Hills on Friday April 28th starting at 8pm.  
Enjoy your weekend!

   Sports News  

Sunday Feb 26

  • U9 Contact Rugby vs GEMS WEK (Away) 2:30pm-4pm
  • U8 Tag Rugby vs GEMS WEK (Away) 3pm-4pm
  • U16 Netball vs Repton (Away) 3pm-5pm

Monday Feb 27 
  • U9, U11 and Secondary Tennis Squads visit Dubai Duty Free Tennis Kids Day 9am-5pm
  • U9 Netball vs DIA (Away) 3pm-5pm
  • U12 Contact Rugby vs JESS Ranches (Away) 3pm-5pm

Tuesday Feb 28
  • U12 & U14 Netball Tournament @ Wellington International School 8am-3pm
  • U11 Netball vs GEMS World Academy @ NAS Dubai 3pm-4:30pm

Wednesday Mar 1
  • Years 4-6 Athletics Tournament @ Dubai Sports City 2:15pm onwards
  • Secondary Cross Country @ Rashid School 2:30pm-5pm
  • U12A & U14A Netball vs SCS (Away) 3pm-5pm

Thursday Mar 2
  • DASSA Primary Swim Gala @ NAS Dubai 2pm onwards

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