News for 18th June
18 June 2015
The Holy Month of Ramadan began today, this means, in line with the declaration from the KHDA that the schools Ramadan hours come into effect from tomorrow.
School will begin at 8:30am and close at 1:30pm in line with the above declaration.
Please take a look at the NAS GUIDELINES
Students can go to classrooms at 08:30am ready for registration at 08:45am. Students will finish school at 13:30pm
Chatterbox café will be closed during Ramadan
Students who are fasting will go to the Arabic classrooms at break and lunch times where they will be supervised
Break and lunchtimes – students are only allowed to eat in refectory or outside
Parents should not eat and drink in the school lobby
Staff will dress more modestly and including covering shoulders
Message from our Principal
To our members of our school community who are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with their families I would like to wish you Ramadan Kareem on behalf of the school, and my own family.
I was reminded yesterday while talking to a Muslim colleague that the spirit of Ramadan is manifold but two of the most important aspects are to examine the self (and perhaps set new priorities) and contemplation of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Self-evaluation and honest self-appraisal are skills that are useful for all of us. Adults of course but also the children in our care.
Equally this can apply itself to the whole school. The work of the school is partly pragmatic and centered on the here and now. It is also forward looking.
The end of our first school year is coming soon and we will begin our formal in depth process of looking forward. In pragmatic terms we’re up to our ears in reports! (I prefer not to rely too heavily on metaphor but in this case it is appropriate). Once that process is over the development of our school improvement plan (SIP) will begin.
All schools should have a SIP. It will be the work of the school, the students, the parents, the board and the NAE family. It will be “our” document. It will involve detailed self-reflection and honest self-appraisal.
We have our own school staff IFTAR coming up; an opportunity for our school family to come together.
We wish all of our families a very happy and peaceful Ramadan.
Message from PA to Head of Primary
With Mrs Lamb holed up report writing and just for a change, this week’s newsletter comes to you from Mrs Chidgey! Where do the weeks go, we are speeding towards the end of term and still so much going on.
Another busy week for Primary, firstly we had the Year 6 Graduation, the first graduation from Primary to Secondary at NAS! It was lovely to see all the parents whom could attend, enjoying the musical interludes and speeches given by some of the Year 6 children. The graduation ceremony was conducted by the Year 6 teachers and certificates were presented to all the children with some receiving a gift voucher for outstanding achievements and effort.
On Wednesday we watched a lovely class assembly presented by Year 5D entitled: The Crazy world of Anglo Saxons, performed as a news report and based on Anglo Saxon superstitions and crime & punishment. It included dancing and was full of comedic performances, an excellent job and well done 5D.
The Early Years opened their doors to the ‘Father’s Day Stay and Play’. It was great to see so many dads able to join their children in the classroom and I know the students loved having them there to show off where they work and play all day. Thank you to Chatter Box for supplying some lovely cakes!
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and Ramadan Kareem to you all.
Message from Head of Secondary
This week I have been busy reading reports and reviewing the data, this process is key to ensuring we have a clear picture of the students’ attainment and to highlight areas that need to be developed.
Currently in the UK students are completing their final exams, our Year 9 and 10 students will start this journey next year. I often refer to the GCSE as the business end, it is when all the key learning students have accessed since age 3 is tested and they achieve a key qualification. Having read the reports I am very excited about the capability of our students, they have truly made ‘outstanding’ progress this year and this is thanks to the grounding they have had previously and the experts they now have teaching them.
Continuing the theme of GCSE I was delighted to read that Nicky Morgan, the education secretary in the UK has made it compulsory that students in the UK system must now study the EBacc at GCSE level. We were already committed to this, all students at NAS study at this level. The EBacc is a measure not a qualification, it prepares students for not only the rigour of further education but also offers a wider choice, the best universities state that it is ‘desirable’ for students to have an EBacc. It means getting excellent passes in English, maths, science, history or geography and languages. I have always stated that my frustration with the English system is a lack of commitment to students developing another language, this has now been recognised by the UK government. The fact that our language programme is part of our culture from Early Years through to IB is a model for excellence and one that could impact on education change internationally.
We now have a later start which means Mr. Embley and I are exposed to even more heat in the morning, more sun block will be applied! It is part of our culture and ethos that we have the opportunity to welcome you into our school and this will never change.
After living and working in Ras Al Khaimah for the past decade, my family and I are really excited to be heading south to Nord Anglia International School Dubai.
Monday 22nd June - End of Year Reports
Tuesday 23rd June - Moving Up Day (Whole School)
Wednesday 24th June - Global Orchestra Students leave for New York!
Thursday 25th June - Yr 6 Leavers Assembly
Thursday 25th June - Secondary Prize Giving Ceremony
Thursday 25th June - Staff Iftar
Tuesday 30th June - Last Day of Term
Thursday 27th August - Induction for new students
Sunday 30th August - First day of term
Full Calendar on our Parent Portal or Website
Swimming Gala | 11th June
Well done our primary swim squad for their victory! Year 5 winners, Year 6 winners & Overall Winners.
As our first year comes to a close we would like to thank our whole NAS community for the continued commitment and support given to the Parent Association. It has been a hugely successful year that started with a flutter and a glow at the Autumn Barbecue and ended with a whirl and a bang at the Gala Dinner. Your volunteering and enthusiasm in both preparing and attending PA events demonstrate the unique community spirit of our NAS families.
Closure of financial statement
Raised: 63,242 AED
Charitable Fund: 25,268 AED
The Parent Association Committee has voted on necessary acquisitions and event budgets for 2015/2016
Detailed accounts can be found on the Parent Portal next week.
We wish you all a wonderfully relaxing summer and look forward to the next fun-filled school year!
Svenja Cassia & Maria Murgian
Parent Association Co-Chairs
Ramadan Donation Drive
We are gathering items to donate as part of the Dar Al Ber Society Ramadan Drive.
All the items can be dropped near the lift in the Chatter Box atrium by 25th June. See below for full details of the items that can be donated.
Items that can be donated
Boxed Cake Mix
For more information please contact Donna Limin - firstname.lastname@example.org or Nada Elkais -email@example.com
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