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News image A School of Opportunities - A School of Opportunities Blog | Posts From Our People
A School of Opportunities
In April, I was fortunate enough to watch 3 of our students present at the World Energy Summit hosted at the Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. Their presentation was titled ‘Embedding Sustainability into the Ethos of The British International School Abu Dhabi’ and they shared the stage with a VP for Sustainability at FAB Bank, and a scientist who worked for the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency. As I looked around the exhibition centre that day, and watched our students talk so articulately and confidently on that stage, I had one thought running through my mind ‘what an opportunity for these young people.
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News image Nurturing Ambition A Commitment to World Class Learning - Nurturing Ambition A Commitment to World Class Learning Blog | Featured | Posts From Our People
Nurturing Ambition: A Commitment to World Class Learning
Although I am relatively new to BIS Abu Dhabi, I know the unwavering determination that lies within the community to be the best that we can be for the children, the families and the staff in our school.  Just the key phrases: ‘Be Ambitious’ and ‘World Class Learning’ that echo through the halls tell you that nothing short of the best is good enough for those who are part of the BIS Abu Dhabi community.  Taking on a Senior Leadership role within such a large community, was both exciting and terrifying in equal measure.  The responsibility of providing the best opportunities to the community is not something to take lightly.
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Building Green Dreams: Insights from Developing Our Eco Edventure Area
Welcome back to Episode 2 of our blog on our upcoming Eco-Edventure area. In this episode, we will be focusing on why we were keen to develop this area and also share with you some of the challenges we experienced whilst doing so
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Exploring Metacognition: Enhancing Learning Together

Dear Parents,

We were thrilled to share our recent further exploration into metacognition this past week, a crucial skill in today's ever-evolving educational landscape. Metacognition involves being aware of one's thought processes, understanding how to approach tasks effectively, and being able to monitor and adjust strategies as needed - essential elements for successful learning.

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Embracing Errors: How Mistakes Enhance Learning

Sometimes we get things wrong. Whether it is a spelling error or the wrong answer to a maths sum, misunderstanding the meaning of a word, or thinking that photosynthesis has something to do with cameras… sometimes we get things wrong. In life, that can be a real problem. A friend of mine once put diesel into a petrol engine. He got that wrong, and it caused him an awful lot of problems. In school, we want the consequences of being wrong to cause fewer difficulties for our students, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them to get things wrong occasionally.

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Eco Edventure in the making
As many of our current parents will have noticed, something exciting is happening behind the beige screens at Gate 5. Stay tuned: Construction on a new exciting outside area is underway and it will be open for all to enjoy soon!
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Message from the Principal

The meteorological events of this week have certainly tried to test us all. As I walked my dog at 5am on Wednesday morning and waded through water that covered my ankles in parts, a sense of awe confronted me. There were many people up and about, much more than usual and not just the early morning joggers and dog walkers. People had come out to help clear up, to lend a hand to help sort out the area they lived in. They weren’t just taking care of their own area and belongings, but helping to sort communal areas and each other’s spaces.  Neighbours and maintenance people all working hand in hand to get things back in order.

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Message from the Principal

Yesterday saw the UAE recognise and celebrate mums. In fact, in the Arab world, there are over 10 countries that all celebrate the importance of mums on this day.

The history of it in the Arab world originates from Egypt. It was introduced in Egypt by a journalist called Mustafa Amin and was first celebrated in 1956. The practice has since been adopted by many Arab countries.

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Message from the Head of Primary

Recently, I've had the incredible privilege of connecting with professionals and leaders across the Middle East, India, and Asia. These conversations have surpassed the typical networking experience, becoming windows into diverse perspectives, rich experiences, and unique expertise.

It has become clear that collaboration is not just a buzzword but a powerful force that moves us beyond individual capacities and geographical boundaries.

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Proud Onlooker

For a moment I stood a little aside from the Community Iftar this week.  Alone, an onlooker, I watched a scene unfold.  Children ran and played.  Older children organised fun and games.  Adults talked and laughed, the sun turned the sky a rosy shade of pink and the smell of the imminent iftar filled the air.  A voice cried out in song.  New faces, familiar faces, old faces, smiling faces.  Standing alone, I couldn’t help but smile – and I couldn’t stop my heart from bursting with pride – at the sight of this community being together.

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News image A Parent's Guide to supporting your Child's Educational Journey - Message from the Head of Secondary News | Posts From Our People | Featured
A Parent's Guide to supporting your Child's Educational Journey
From a very early age, parents like to project a future onto the youngsters in their careHow many parents, seeing their toddlers singing and dancing in their innocence, have watched with smiling eyes and remarked ‘they are destined for the stage!’How many children playing with a toy stethoscope have been told that they will make a splendid doctor one dayHow many 8-year-old Lego fanatics have been told that Lego is a fine introduction to a career in engineering?  It’s a comforting thought to imagine that the seeds of a successful future lie in the joys of the present moment.  If only a child’s journey into adulthood was so simple!
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News image Navigating Your Child's Educational Journey: A 'Future Ready' Curriculum - Message from the Deputy Head of Whole School Blog | Posts From Our People | Featured
A ‘Future Ready’ Curriculum​ for all

Navigating the dual roles of parent and school leader within the same setting can indeed be both enriching and challenging! I wouldn't trade this unique position, as it offers unparalleled insight into the social, emotional, and academic journey of both students and parents at BIS Abu Dhabi.

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Message from the Principal

At this time of year around the world, many international schools are busy planning for the year ahead. One of the key aspects of that is recruitment. Schools are looking to add to their teams, trying to find the right people and make their school stronger. I particularly enjoy this time of year. I love getting to know people, unpicking what they have to offer. Looking to see if they could be a good fit for our team. Do they have the right qualities, the right attributes to be able to teach our children to give them more of an advantage?

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Navigating the Digital Playground Harnessing its Benefits for Childrens Learning

My role in school has taken me on many journeys, more recently embarking on a collective mission to create a safe and enriching online environment for our young learners. On January 3rd, we had the privilege of hosting an E-Safety Workshop, where we delved into the online world and practical measures aimed at ensuring our children's safety in the digital realm. Today, I'm excited to share with you some valuable insights from the workshop and offer practical tips to keep our loved ones secure while exploring the wonders of the internet.

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Message from the Head of Secondary
One People One Planet 2 was a wonderful community event, conceived, planned and led by students.  So what is OPOP?  One People One Planet is an idea.  What if we really listened to what our students talk and care about?  What if we hosted a community event that showcased the work that our students do in school to promote sustainability?  What if we invited our community into school to see a glimpse of how the world might be a little better?  What if we encouraged our community to do one thing – or more – a little differently so that we used less, recycled more, reduced our impact?  What if we paid a little more attention to our wellbeing through activity, rather than through consumption?
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Tips from our School Counsellors

Research on the well-being benefits of gratitude has found that practicing gratitude can help reduce stress, depression, hopelessness, and insomnia.

In a world filled with constant stimuli, rapid changes, comparisons to peers and the weight of expectation given the academic and social demands placed on children, the importance of teaching our children gratitude has never been more necessary.

Gratitude is more than just a polite gesture or saying “thank you”, it is a mindset and approach to life that looks for appreciation in the small things. Such an approach can support in creating compassionate and emotionally intelligent individuals. 

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Message from the Head of Primary

At BIS Abu Dhabi, values like empathy, resilience, and nurturing talent drives our mission to create a world-class learning environment. This week, my message underscores the importance of these values, offering a glimpse into our students' journey.

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Message from the Principal

There are many times in our lives when we have to make decisions. As simple human beings, when faced with numerous choices, it can often feel overwhelming. The plain truth is that we seek out opportunities that give us choices. There is joy in making choices, such as going to restaurants, perusing menus, and taking time to decide on a nice evening meal with family. However, when confronted with these choices, we often find ourselves in a dilemma. Will I make the right choice? Will I have food envy when it arrives at our table? When decisions hold more weight, there is also stress and anxiety that come with making choices.

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Message from the Head of Secondary

On the 16th January 1897, John Dewey published an article called ‘My Pedagogic Creed’ which marked the beginning of a long and incredibly important body of work for a man whose ideas about education and its purpose remain as relevant today as they were 127 years ago.  John Dewey worked as a classroom teacher for a few years before entering academia to embark on a career of studying education, considering its purpose and making recommendations to various government bodies on how to organise education for young people. 

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Mastering the Art of Revision

BIS Abu Dhabi Launches A Guide to Effective Revision

At The British International School Abu Dhabi (BIS Abu Dhabi), our passion for learning goes beyond the classroom walls, it’s the driving force behind everything we do. I became a teacher, because I loved learning in my own school days, and I continue to aspire to be a lifelong learner. My goal is to instil this passion in my students, empowering them to become independent and self-driven learners.

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