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News for 16th April 2015

16 April 2015

A busy first week back at school!


The Family Fun day takes place tomorrow.

Before I take a few moments to highlight how much fun it will be…

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Parent Association members and the Class Reps who have worked incredibly hard to set up this event.

We are blessed at NAS with a superb group of volunteers who put in significant amounts of time, brain & muscle power with both good grace and exceptional organizational skills.

To say that this is a rare and precious commodity would not be overstressing the point, therefore on behalf of the school and myself I would like to say a huge and sincere “THANK YOU” to them all.

As for the event itself…

Well…you could, I suppose, walk round and round a mall, or go shopping, or sit in a food court……ALTERNATIVELY…you could come and join your friends,  meet new ones, chat, play games, dance to music and have a thoroughly good time at the Fun Day. This is where my family and I will be spending Friday afternoon.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best regards

Michael Embley


As you may be aware there are big changes going on in the UK at the moment regarding the way in which we assess children of primary school age.  Parents of students in Years 1 to 6 have recently accessed the Interim Reports, which indicated your child’s National Curriculum ‘level’ for reading, writing and mathematics.  However, next year these levels will be phased out and we will no longer report them to parents.   This week, Heads of Primary from our sister schools in Nord Anglia Education came together here at NAS Dubai to spend two days thinking about the alternatives to levels.  We have started planning our assessment and reporting systems for next year to ensure all schools in the NAE family will have a similar approach to the changes.  Naturally, we will keep parents fully informed about these changes at the beginning of the next academic year, via email updates, presentations and face-to-face workshops.  It is an exciting time for primary education and as always, we will use the opportunity to improve your child’s learning experiences and the quality of the information you receive regarding their progress and attainment.

On a lighter note, I look forward to seeing many of you in school tomorrow for the Family Fun Day.  It promises to be a fun and exciting event.  My thanks go out to the PA and Class Reps who work tirelessly to provide amazing experiences throughout the year, for our students and our families.

Liz Lamb


Welcome back, I hope you all enjoyed a restful break and had a chance to enjoy quality time with your families.  It was a pleasure to see so many of you at parents evening on Monday and Tuesday, thank you as always for your support. 

As we enter the final term, our team of teachers are now pushing and challenging the students to ensure they have secured the key information required for a smooth transition into next year.  I have made students aware that we will have assessment week beginning the 31st of May.  We also have some students who will be sitting their first GCSE’s this year in languages. 

As well as the academic element this term we have a range of sporting fixtures, swimming gala’s, the school production, the environmental ambassadors programme, our annual prize giving, our summer fun day and as always a number of visitors.  There are many more exciting events to look forward to and we will continue to update you regularly. 

We are looking forward to offering parents a workshop on ‘Safer Social Networking’ this will take place on Monday 20th April from 3:30pm – 4:40pm.

Liam Cullinan


Our school calendar has now been approved.  It can be downloaded through the parent portal or via the website.


As the weather is heating up we must remind parents that children are required to wear a NAS Dubai hat during outdoor play.  If they do not have a hat the child will not be permitted to play outside.

Please ensure your child brings their hat with them to school everyday and it is clearly labeled.  Students may leave their hat in their locker.


Friday 17th April  

4pm – 8pm

The carnival themed fun day will be a great day out for family and friends.  The Parent Association & Class Reps have organized games, wacky races and fantastic food.  There will be live entertainment at 6:30pm by our resident parent band ‘BAND@NAS’

Come and join the fun and make sure you volunteer on your child’s class stall!


We have made the decision to re-take the class photographs.  This will take place on Wednesday 22nd April & Thursday 23rd April during school hours.

All children are required to wear full school uniform and ensure they are wearing the correct shoes, socks and hair bands in line with our uniform policy.

You will receive further details regarding our sports team photographs that will also take place over these 2 days.


We have a Parent Calculation Policy Workshop; Sunday 19th April at 8:15am for Year 1 – 3 parents and Tuesday 21st April at 8:15am for Year 4 – 6 parents.  Please take time to read the policy booklet below or from the parent portal.