Headmaster's Blog

School closed Monday 4th and Tueday 5th February

Following an announcement by the Ministry of Education concerning the visit to the UAE by Pope Francis and on the occasion of the 'Global Religions Dialogue Forum on Human Brotherhood', Rashid School will be closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th February.  The school will reopen on Wednesday 6th February.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has welcomed the visit to the United Arab Emirates, saying:

“The UAE receives Pope Francis at a time when we are in dire need of meeting on common human values, extending bridges of brotherhood and friendship, highlighting the points of similarity, uprooting factors of separation, defusing and fighting strife, hatred and religious and ethnic discrimination."

At RSB we share and support these important human values.

 

As a seperate point, we had severe damage to some trees at school today, due to the weather, including one very large tree being blown down.   These two closure days will also allow our gardening staff time to make the grounds safe, before your son returns on Wednesday.

Early finish, Tuesday 29th January

Following the success of the UAE football team in reaching the semi-final of the Asian Cup, Rashid School will close early on Tuesday 29th January.  The early close is at the request of the Ministry of Education as this will allow students and their families to attend the match, safely, in Abu Dhabi.

The Secondary Section will close at 12:10, and Primary at 12:20 pm.  Latifa School will close at 12:30 pm.

We wish the UAE Team every success and look forward to seeing them join Japan in the final on Friday.

 

UAE Year of Tolerance

The staff and students of Rashid School welcome the announcement that 2019 has been declared the Year of Tolerance in the UAE.  This fits very well with one of our three RSB core values, 'Respect and kindness'.  This value includes:

  • Having respect for your own culture and religion
  • Having respect for the culture and religion of others
  • Showing respect to young and old, women and men
  • Showing empathy and sensitivity
  • Being tolerant and fair

Following the announcement, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said;

“Tolerance is the cornerstone of advanced societies, intellectually and humanely, and is one of the tools of empowering civilisations and ensuring stability and flourishing of nations.

In 2019, we will endeavour to establish this value and lead the intellectual, media and research production movements to reaffirm this value in our region, which has suffered a lot because of extreme allegiance to ideologies or factions or parties.”

Within Rashid School we will celebrate and support these values throughout the year.

Inspection Time

Rashid School for Boys is having its first DSIB Inspection from 25th to 29th November.  School review and improvement are important aspects of the success of any school, and we welcome the insight and experience of the inspection team during their visit to our school.

The inspection is designed around the KHDA 'Inspection Framework' and looks closely at every aspect of the school including, student attainment and progress, personal and social care, our curriculum and school leadership.

The inspection team don't only look at what is going on inside the school; parents have an important role to play, too.  Parents have been invited to complete a survey, where they are asked about their view of the school.  The link for the online survey has been sent as a text message, and I encourage all our parents to complete this.

We have worked very hard to prepare for this inspection and we look forward to welcoming the team on Sunday 25th.

 

 

CAT4 Parent Workshops

This week many RSB parents are attending workshops to find out about their son's CAT4 assessments.  The assessments are for students from Years 4 to 9 and are used by our teachers to measure their academic potential, and to understand student strengths in language, number and shape. Parents have enjoyed the workshops, and some of our Year 6 students have been doing a great job explaining sample questions during the sessions.

The CAT4 assessments are completed by all students in Dubai and are also used by the KHDA as a way of measuring progress in schools. CAT4 data is then used by our teachers to improve lesson planning and make sure that the lessons we teach are well matched to the needs of all our students.

 

 

 

RSB students at Model United Nations

RSB students rose to the challenge of participating in the American University of Dubai’s Model United Nations three day conference, which was held over the weekend from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd November.  Three Year 9 students were introduced to the world of international diplomacy and global co-operation. 

With over 500 students attending from schools and universities across the UAE and from other Gulf countries, Mohammed Hmamu, Rashed Musabeh and Zayed Bin Zayed enjoyed the exciting experience of lively debate and international relations.

They served on three different committees: the UN Human Rights Council, the Historical Crisis Committee and the Press Corps, as delegates representing Belgium, Syria and the Tehran Times. 

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