It is a privilege to have been appointed as the Head of Secondary at The British International School Abu Dhabi, especially in what promises to be a special tenth anniversary year for the school. Students and teachers have returned from the summer break absolutely raring to go and in these first couple of weeks, there has been a tremendous ‘buzz’ of activity around the corridors. Students in Year 11 and 13 know that they have a lot to live up to after the superb academic results of the summer and throughout the school there is a great desire to get involved in the many, many different activities that take place throughout the year. From chess club to rugby, from choir to Model United Nations, there really is something for every student to get their teeth into alongside their studies.
There is no shortage of academic research to indicate that actively ‘taking part’ in co-curricular activities has a considerable impact upon student performance in the classroom. Recently the University of Illinois measured brainwaves in students to show that physical fitness could have a significant bearing on language and reading skills. The Nuffield Foundation in the UK found that even attending only one after-school club per week could make a big difference to student school performance. With our own eyes, teachers can see those students who ‘get involved’ growing in confidence and improving their social skills on an almost daily basis.
Our school offers a world class curriculum taught by superb teachers but we also offer a vast array of co-curricular activities before, during and after school time. We hope that every single one of the students in our school will get involved in these activities and benefit from the opportunities on offer – it will surely help the grades on their report card!
Head of Secondary