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Message from the Principal: Adapting and Succeeding

08 December 2020

A message from the Principal, Mr. Patrick Horne.

  • Patrick Horne

We draw to the end of another term at BIS Abu Dhabi. In some ways the most challenging of times in many of our lives, but also a time when we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved as a community.

In particular, we should be extremely proud of the students who attend the school. Their ability to react to changes and the way we have to operate has been a lesson to all of us. They understand what is required to stay safe (even the younger ones) and they take this in their stride while staying strongly committed to their learning.

To all our parents – please be proud too of everything you have done to support your children’s education. Whether students have been working at home or in school we know things are not as simple as they used to be. Students still arrive prepared for the day and with full support from home for their activities and all aspects of their education.

There is great pride in the work and efforts of the BIS Abu Dhabi staff for their efforts this term, and I am sure parents will join me in extending congratulations to them. Teachers have to teach online and face-to-face at the same time, plus non-classroom staff have so many more responsibilities to keep the school running so smoothly. It has been a big challenge and the way the staff have performed has been admirable.

So we end the term looking back positively at achievements and we look forward even more positively. For next term I am excited to say that we are able to extend the education even more – please see the separate letter sent out today for more details.

Finally, may I wish all our community a safe and happy holiday ahead. We all work together to support the children and they are in very good hands at home and at school. I trust you and they will enjoy a relaxing and peaceful time and we look forward to seeing everyone again in January.

Patrick Horne