As well as developing our students’ knowledge and understanding, another important aspect is nurturing their independence and leadership skills. This year, our students had a wide range of opportunities to take on leadership roles. These have included:
- Student Council
- Head Boy/Girl
- House Captains
- Digital Leaders
- Global Campus Team
- Our many sports teams
A celebration of our student leaders can be found in the atrium area, where their photographs hang proudly. We also have Pupil Profiles which focus on three individual students - Olivier Westerhoven, Kirsten-Marie Vermaak and Mazen Mustafa - who have displayed exceptional leadership capabilities.
Whilst there were a number of strong candidates from Year 6 for our Primary School Head Girl, Kirsten-Marie stood out as the ideal choice. She has a friendly and caring nature, shows great pride in her school and has been a model student since she arrived at Madinat Khalifa. Fellow pupils look up to Kirsten for help and guidance and she is always ready to assist.
Kirsten displays a mature attitude to her studies and works diligently to complete tasks. She goes ‘above and beyond’ to produce high standards of work and has shown the same attitude in her role as Head Girl. When presented with roles of responsibility in class, Kirsten takes a sensible and mature approach to each job. She has self-confidence and is comfortable talking in front of adults and fellow pupils.
Outside the classroom, Kirsten has been involved with our school choir and played key roles in our primary school productions. These qualities made her an ideal candidate for Head Girl and she has had a fantastic year in this role.
Olivier is a kind and friendly student with an engaging personality.
He has boundless enthusiasm for all aspects of school life and tackles challenges with a positive approach. Olivier has a wide range of interests from football to singing and acting in the Primary Production.
He is friendly towards everyone and can often be seen offering help and support to other students in the school. These attributes made him a perfect choice for House Captain.
Mazen has been a member of Compass International School for four years and has played an active role in student life. He has performed in school productions and is an avid sportsman. He has taken part in football, rounders and rugby which have enabled him to develop his team-work and leadership skills. Mazen displays both sportsmanship and fairplay, qualities which are vital to securing a place on the school representative team.
Mazen is a quietly confident young man. His calm, self-assuredness was deemed a positive attribute in the Head Boy selection. His impeccable manners, friendly persona and positive outlook make him a popular member of Year 6. He is considerate and inclusive of others and always one of the first to volunteer if a job needs to be done. His favourite subject is Mathematics and although he finds it easy, his motto is to “never give up when faced with a difficult problem.” This is something Mazen believes helps him to set high ambitions and achieve success. There is no doubt that he had the right attitude to lead the school successfully as Head Boy this year.
Congratulations to these students and a huge thank you to all of our student leaders for their enthusiasm and giving up their own time to make the school an even better place!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary