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Message from the Principal: Being International

25 February 2020

A message from the Principal, Patrick Horne.

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This week is one of the favourites for many people within our school year. Thursday is International Day, a time to come together and celebrate all the nationalities we have in our school and how we join as one to make our special international community.

It is great to have a week and an event where we can highlight our breadth of nationalities. We do also look to ensure that the focus on internationalism always extends beyond the week to ongoing learning for the students. This does not mean simply learning basic facts, such as the capital of a country. There is a lot of higher learning once one digs into the history of a country and relations with its neighbours, for example. How do the regions and countries of our world operate, and how can our similarities and differences enhance our overall global community?

Being International is also about each of us and is a state of mind. We will all want to support our students to develop as individuals who will have a global view, and learn to cooperate with, and learn from, people from all over the world. On Thursday, we will see all our nations in their different colours which is a wonderful experience, and let us use this opportunity to consider the value and benefits this brings. We should all keep in mind the great privilege we have in Abu Dhabi of living in this multinational society.

I know an awful lot of our families have been working together to prepare their stalls to celebrate their country as part of the Parade of Nations and the Taste of BIS Abu Dhabi food fair. All your efforts have a tremendous impact on the students and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for all their hard work to create such a wonderful day. 

Patrick Horne