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End of Week One Newsletter

04 September 2014

Read our end of week one newsletter

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank the whole NAS Dubai community for making our first few days so outstanding.

The students and the teachers have been wonderful. Engaged, working hard and enjoying their time at school.

We have a number of events coming up and details are contained in this newsletter.

This includes dates for the start of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) after school and the information about how the sign up process will take place when the club lists are released next week.

We are not perfect of course and, as I have pointed out, there are a few delayed items that we are working on;

Chief amongst these is our iSAMS parent portal and communication system and our security cards for parents/drivers/nannies. Both are not yet fully operational and this will take us two to three more weeks.

We will always be transparent with our aims and our communications, as to be otherwise, is to be dishonest.

Finally I would like to offer my genuine thanks, both personally and on behalf of all of us, for the many words of thanks we have received from parents. It does mean a great deal to us.

I would like to wish you all a very happy weekend.

Best regards

Michael Embley

Back to School Picnic

Our ‘Back to School’ picnic will take place in our internal atrium from 12pm – 2pm.  This event is a bring your own hamper / lunch and blanket.  It is a great opportunity to gather as a community to meet fellow parents and children.

There will be no refreshments offered by the school so please make sure you bring food and drink for all!

Drop off, Pick-Up & Parking

Thank you to everyone who has made a great effort to follow our security guards directions with regard to drop off, pick up and parking.  There will be signs indicating directions, parking areas and no entry areas as of Sunday.

A few reminders;

If you are parking please use the gravel car park to the right of the school.  Be mindful of pedestrians and cars leaving the area.

The road system is one way therefore if you have missed the parking you do need to follow the one way system to return to the school.

Please follow the instructions of the parking security guards; they are there for your child’s safety.

Use the designated roped off foot paths.

Drop offs and pick-ups can be made in the layby past the main entrance to the school.  However this area is not to be used for parking.

Please utilise the staff car park car park entrance to the school as a walkway also; it is a pedestrian only area from 7:10am – 8:30am.

EYFS, primary and secondary classrooms do not open until 7:30am.  If you arrive early please wait in the main atrium, at our Chatter Box Café or in the EYFS reception.  A member of staff will inform you when you are able to head to your respective classrooms or form rooms.

The outdoor play areas are not to be used outside of school hours and only under supervision of NAS Dubai staff.

CCA Sign Up

School-led CCA (after school activities such as sports, clubs, music, drama) sign up will take place during next week.  You will receive a list of activities and information on how to sign up.

All our external partners will be hosting a sign up afternoon on Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th September in the main atrium from 2pm – 4pm.

Trials & Assessments

KAFO Academy is hosting trials on;

Friday 5th -      9am - 11am - Under 6, 8, 16

                           5pm - 7pm - Under 10, 12, 14

Saturday 6th - 9am - 11am - Under 10, 12, 14

                           5pm - 7pm - Under 6, 8, 16

Please email them on info@kafoacademy.com to confirm your participation.

Speedo SwimSquads are hosting their assessments as follows;

Friday 5th September - 8.30 - 11.00am

Tuesday 9th September - 3.30 - 5.00pm

Thursday 11th September - 3.30 - 5.00pm

Please email SSS on ray@speedoswimsquads.com for further details.

School Lunch Menu

Having spoken at length with D-Club we have agreed on the following options for the time being.  Please note we are happy for your feedback and will continue to perfect the process.


All EYFS children opting for school meals will be given a Combo Meal inclusive of drink at a cost of AED 20.  This meal will include a full selection of the menu with 2 main course selections (meat and vegetable).  For children with special medical, cultural or religious dietary requirements they will be served an appropriate meal.  With this in mind please inform your class teacher of any of these requirements.

Primary and Secondary

Both refectories will have the following combo options available;

Standard Combo = AED 20 inclusive of a selection from every food station and 1 drink.

Mini Combo = AED 15 inclusive of 1 main course option and 1 desert option (no salad or bread on offer).

All children will have the option to buy food items individually.

The lunch menu is available through the  link below with the prices shown.


Our September calendar is available through the link below.

Please note our Meet the Teacher dates as follows;

8th September                     6pm – 7pm           Yrs 7 & 8 for English, Maths, Science & Language

15th September                  6pm – 7pm           Yrs 7 & 8 for PE, Music, Computer Science, History &              


        6pm – 7pm           Yrs 5 & 6

16th September                  6pm – 7pm           Yrs 1 & 2

17th September                  6pm – 7pm           Yrs 3 & 4


School Shop

The school shop will be open from 15th September.  Further details of location and timings will be sent next week.

Security Cards

Thank you for such a fantastic response to sending in your passport photos for your ID cards. In the last 2 days we have printed and distributed ID cards for 24% of our NAS families! We appreciate you may have sent in photographs at the time of applying to Admissions however by re-sending them we will have a far more efficient and speedy process and then can also include additional people responsible for your child.

If you haven’t sent your photographs in already then please provide a passport sized photo for each person that requires an ID card with their name written clearly on the back.

Put all the photographs in an envelope with the name of your child (and siblings) and their class on the front.

Please hand in the envelope to either the main reception or to EYFS reception.