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Madinat Khalifa Secondary Headlines | Monday 21 May

Dear Parents,

Ramadan Kareem!

A focused but more thoughtful mindset has descended upon the school.  Students are busy interacting and discussing the changes brought in to the school and everyday life for a better understanding of the culture we live in.  The courtyard has been transformed in to a reflective space.  The emphasis we have put on it in school for everyone is how can we improve?  How can we be better people?  A challenging question for each and everyone of us.

Exams have now finished for IB and they deserve a well-earned break.  The graduation ceremony took place last night in the sports hall with all students in cap and gown.  All students will be progressing to university, developing their independence further. My message to them was to enjoy this time of ‘kidulthood’ and embrace being a child still.  This isn’t to simply take advantage of the bank of mum and dad still, but to realise what a transitional moment they are in.  I shared a book called ‘you choose’ that I read with my sons.  The excitement for all of us is choosing where to live, what to do and who to live it with.  The students need to realise that they literally have the world at their feet.  I completed my speech to them with the quote from the Dr.Seuss book ‘Oh, the places you’ll go’…

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the person who'll decide where to go.”