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News for 4th June

04 June 2015


5th June |  Gala Dinner

Dress, check! Shoes, check!, Babysitter, check! The 2015 NAS Gala organised by the Parent Association, sponsored by Hunt & Harris Real Estate is right around the corner. 
The NAS PA are looking forward to seeing you at Emirates Towers, Godolphin Ballroom, Friday, June 5th, 2015 (Please enter through ballroom entrance, not hotel entrance). Our bubbles reception will begin at 7:45, with our first course to be served at 20:30. Remember to register with Careem, and order your car to and from the event (discount available). Dress code is formal. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Dubai 92's own morning show DJ Alyssa. 
Finally, the evening will also have a raffle. Raffle tickets will be available on your table, with our sponsors including: Jumeirah, Hilton Hotel & Resorts, Intercontinental Marina, Jebel Ali Hotel, Heartbeat Sports, Stu Williamson, E-Walls Studios, Ascots & Chapels, Zaks Uniform, The Music Box, Pret-a-Portrait, Taste Kitchen, CLove Jewellery & Diverse Performing Arts School
See you on Friday,
Nadine Ashkuri (PA Secretary, Gala Organizer - nadine_malcolm@hotmail.com)



Message from the Principal   

I (and indeed Mrs Embley) are very excited about the Gala Dinner bing held this weekend. It is always a lovely way to celebrate the end of the year. We are organising an Iftar for all our staff as they have been part of making the school what it is.

Celebrations are a great way to be part of the team. Mr Cullinan talks about TEAM NAS with both his students, and also to their parents. Sometimes the word "team" is rather overused. In the school context however it is one of the most important phrases of all.

In the battle for good results, good manners, self confidence and self worth, it can often be a case of "I fought, we won". By this I mean that we all struggle to do well, we all from time to time suffer from self doubt or feel uncertain or lost. If we did not we wouldn't be human.

It can sometimes be a lonely fight, especially for adolescents, who often feel at odds with the world.

But...this fight is best won together (we won) as part of a team.

I fought, we won.

I am proud to fight on behalf of TEAM NAS.

I'm also...looking forward to a night out with my beautiful wife :)

Michael Embley



Message from the  Head of Primary

It was lovely to be a part of ‘Stay and Play’ this week, where we welcomed many of the children starting in our Nursery classes in September.  In fact, many of our ‘new’ children are siblings, and it was great to see so many of our NAS families preparing their children to follow in big brother or sister’s footsteps.  As you may already be aware, the EYFS unit here at NAS Dubai is attracting a lot of positive attention both locally and even internationally.  Right from our first day we set out to become the leading exponent of English Early Years best practice in Dubai.  Although there are always things we can do to improve further, there are some truly amazing things going on in our EYFS.  Oxford University Press became aware of the outstanding practice taking place here and selected us to be a model school for some of their latest teaching and training materials.  With this in mind, OUP sent a film crew into EYFS yesterday, to document some of the work that we do.  The film crew spent the whole day in school and our EYFS children were very excited by the presence of the camera men!  OUP were rather pleased with the way the filming went and will now be spending a few weeks editing the many hours of film down to fifteen minutes.  They are hoping to have this complete by the end of June, so  we can share the product of the filming with you at some point in the future; it will be a great record and celebration of our first year.

Have a great weekend; I hope to see many of you at the Gala Dinner tomorrow.

Elizabeth Lamb



Message from the  Head of Secondary

It is good to be back at NAS Dubai after a week in the UK. The event organised by Nord Anglia Education was a inspiring and led by many leading voices in education. Learning is central to success at all levels.  I am truly delighted at the level of work Nord Anglia Education puts into the development of staff in our schools. I will be talking to our students in assembly on Monday about my own learning and how it impacts them.
This week has been exam week and I have been impressed by our students' dedication. As promised there will be no homework next week, hopefully this will allow you to have some time together as a family.
On Wednesday we welcome into school our new Year 7 students and our current Year 6 students for Transition Day.  Transition from primary to secondary is a scary time for all as they move into a new setting. The day is laid out to offer both parents and students reassurance about secondary.  A great opportunity to meet fellow students, teachers and dispel any nervous before day 1.

Have a great weekend.

Liam Cullinan


School News

NAS Dubai Year Book 2015

Our yearbook will be on sale from Monday 8th June.  You can order it from the yearbook desk at the main reception from 7:45am - 8:15am & 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

We will also be sending home order forms during the week.

The book will cost AED 100 each and be a great coffee table memento of a fabulous first year at NAS Dubai.


New Teachers for September



Stephen Sharma

I have lived in the UAE, with my family, for 4 years and held Year Leader and Curriculum Leader positions in Dubai.

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Marie Connolly

On the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland is where my passion for music began…My hometown of Galway is a vibrant hub for music and The Arts, a true inspiration for any musician.

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Emily Robinson

I am thrilled to be joining Nord Anglia International School in the English Department and look forward to working in an innovative, creative and hardworking environment.

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Angela Minervini

I have always been involved in sport from a young age and was involved in sports leadership programmes when at school, which was where I discovered my passion of working with children.

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Simon Fleming

Since gaining my PGCE at the University of Brighton, I have taught Biology and General Science at KS3, KS4 and KS5 in the UK and recently in Vietnam.

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Upcoming Events!

Sunday 7th June - Music Box Recital - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Sunday 7th June - Yr 3 & 4 Netball Match vs WEK @ Home - 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Monday 8th June - Reception A, B & C Graduation - 8:15am - 9:00am

Monday 8th June - Book Fair - 10:30am - 3:30pm

Tuesday 9th June - Reception D, E & F Graduation - 8:15am - 9:00am

Tuesday 9th June - Book Fair - 8:00am - 3:30pm

Tuesday 9th June - Music Box Recital - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tuesday 9th June - Nepal Bake Sale by 4A

Wednesday 10th June - Transition Day for Yr 6 to Yr 7 - 8:15am - 2:30pm

Wednesday 10th June - Book Fair - 8:00am - 3:30pm

Wednesday 10th June - Nursery 2015 Starters Stay & Play 8:30am - 10:30am

Thursday 11th June - Primary Swim Gala Finals vs GIS, WEK, Raffles & Foremark.

Thursday 11th June - Yr 5 & 6 Quiz at JESS Jumeirah - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday 11th June - Music Box Recital - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Friday 12th June - Music Box Recital


Full Calendar on our Parent Portal or Website   



Sports News

UAE Interschool Ski Race Championships 30th May 2015

Saturday 30th May 2015, saw the first ever ski race that NAS Dubai have officially entered and with over 130 children (aged from 6 to 16) from schools all over the country, competition for medals from some of the more established Dubai schools was always going to be fierce.
So what an amazing result it was when at the end of competition, NAS Dubai had secured 7 winner’s podium finishes.

The NAS Dubai Ski Development Pathway is due to start in September 2015 and early indications suggest that there is going to be massive participatory interest in the Pathway.  As such, it is anticipated that skiing ability levels will shoot through the upward projectile for those children engaged with their skiing development.
This year’s UAE Interschool Ski Race Championships has provided us with the perfect tonic from which to launch the Pathway, and I am certain that next year’s Championships will provide NAS with even more medal winners.

Many, many congratulations to all the children that took part in the racing, there were endless smiley faces and satisfied racers. 
We now move onto next weekend, Saturday 6 June, when NAS Dubai have selected a ski race squad of 32 skiers to take on Repton, Kings and JESS in a high level quadruple team fixture at Ski Dubai.  
Medal winners from the 2015 UAE Interschool Ski Race Championships:


Rio Sharman - U8 Girls GOLD

Finn Sherriff - U8 Boys GOLD  

Ben Sherriff - U10 Boys GOLD

Niamh Sherriff - U12 Girls SILVER

Clementine Silverwood - U14 Girls SILVER

Zara Shaw - U14 Girls BRONZE

Archie Morriss - U14 Boys BRONZE 

Onwards and upwards!!!!


PA News

Hunt & Harris Real Estate


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Email - info@huntandharris.com

Telephone - 0097144221602

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Your ride for the night!


New users sign up with promo code NORD for AED60 free credit and ride for free* on the day of the Gala Dinner – June 5 2015.


For existing Careem users:save 20% on trips to & from the Nord Gala when using promo codeNORDGALA when making Business Car booking.



Charity and CBC News



We have two more students who are raising money for Nepal.  Nicholas and Edward Reynolds will be undertaking a 50km sponsored bike ride.  The ride is planned for the 5th June but its not too late to contribute, we'll be taking in donations at Chatterbox Cafe all of next week.  Good luck with the ride Nicholas and Edward!

Another bid to raise money for Nepal comes from Yr 4 A who will be holding a cake sale at Chatterbox Cafe on Tuesday 9th June.  All of the cakes will be made by the students so be sure to join us for some yummy treats!  

As you may have noticed, we have a number of bags and boxes of goods for Nepal at Chatterbox Cafe.  We'd very much like to get these to the Red Crescent within the next two weeks.  If anyone within the Parent Community can assist us with transportation of the goods. Please contact us at nascharityofficer@gmail.com / Donna Limin - 050 2491419. Red Crescent will confirm the drop off location next week.

Chatter Box Cafe


Our first Tupperware Party was a great success, many thanks to Kylie Fisher for organizing the event.  Fear not if you missed it, we'll be holding another Tupperware morning later on in the year, we'll keep you posted!
Its another busy week for the Cafe, we'll be open every day next week so do join us for coffee, cake and a chat.  
Sunday  - Open as usual
Monday  - EYFS Graduation
Tuesday - EYFS Graduation & Yr4 A Cake Sale for Nepal
Wednesday - Yr 6 to Yr 7 Transition Day
Thursday - Open as usual

If you'd like to bake or volunteer at the Cafe don't hesitate to contact us at naschatterbox@gmail.com / Donna Limin - 050 2491419