Headmaster's Blog

Secondary Book Week 2017

The world of reading has been the focus for students in our secondary section for the 2017 RSB Book Week.  The week started with a collective reading assembly involving every student and teacher in the school - a wonderful way to start the week.

The week has then been filled with activities such as visiting authors; Alan Gibbons and Wael Al Sayegh, a trip to the Sharjah Book Fair and daily reading times in lessons.

The ability to read in Arabic and English, and to enjoy books, is a pleasure and a skill that RSB students will take with them throughout their lives.

 

The best learning our students will ever do?

We can debate for hours the components of high quality education and great learning.  However, few would disagree that the most profound learning and the most memorable experiences our students have, often takes place away from the classroom.

 

Residential trips give our students experiences that it can be difficult to match inside a school building. Last week we have three groups of students in the UK; Year 11 students on our social studies trip and Year 12 students studying AS level Art and AS History.  Experiences included touring a BMW factory, time at Hampton Court and visiting the National Portrait Gallery.  Many of the places they visited had educational programmes for school groups and learning directly in locations like these gives young people experiences they will never forget.

 

In February 2018 we hope to run our first trip for primary students to Malaysia as well as our annual ski trip; two wonderful opportunities.  I would also like to stress the personal and social aspects of residential trips, where students of all ages learn to be independent, socially mature and gain a wider view of the world.

 

We have taken our Year 9 students to the Outward Bound centre in England’s Lake District for nearly 20 years; where they learn team work and outdoor skills in a challenging and exciting environment.  As a result of these trips I was invited, this week, to meet the patron of the Outward Bound Trust, HRH Prince Andrew, where I, and many other school Principals discussed the value of residential education. 

 

I am delighted with the many trips that we offer from Rashid School and look forward to seeing these grow and develop further in the coming years.

 

Mars Generation

Next stop Mars .....   

This morning we were delighted to welcome Dr Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the US Space and Rocket Center, and Mr Michael Barnett, Director of the film, 'Mars Generation' to Rashid School.

Students from Latifa School and RSB watched some of the film about travel to Mars and then had a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about space travel, to both the film's Director and Dr Barnhart, at whose center much of the film was made.

The session explored ideas about space travel and some of the challenges it faces, and also considered how multi-national space travel has become.  Dr Barnhard asked the students to think about what they could bring to this exciting aspect of science, and to consider how they may be involved with the UAE's and the global space programme.

It was exciting to welcome the guests to the school, but even more exciting to wonder whether any of the students who took part might be among the first people to travel to Mars.

New school year, dates and times

I hope that all staff and students have enjoyed their summer holiday and are now looking forward to the new school year.  Dates for Eid Al Adha have been announced and staff dates are confirmed. 

The Leadership Team, Shared Services, admin and all support staff will be in school from Sunday 27th to Wednesday 30th August, and all staff are welcome during these days. 

The school will then close for four days; 31st August to 3rd September. 

The first day for all teachers and learning assistants will be Monday 4th September, with an 8:30 start.

Students should arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 on Sunday 10th September.

We are working hard to prepare for an exciting and positive school year, and I look forward to welcoming you all.

Kind regards,

Glyn Kilsby, Headmaster.

A successful year and best wishes for a great summer

A busy and successful school year ends today, with our secondary students collecting the results of their end-of-year exams.  I would like to thank parents and staff for their support and for helping to make RSB the active and positive community that it is. 

It has been a rewarding year, and the school inspection report from earlier this year has now been received and will be posted on this website later today.  The report outlines the school's many strengths and also shows areas where we can improve.  We will be focusing on these areas as we plan our School Action Plan for 2017 - 2020.

This week we are saying farewell to ten staff and I would like to wish each of these success and happiness in their new ventures.

School will reopen on Sunday 10th September and I would like to close by wishing you Eid Mubarak, and a very enjoyable summer.

Graduation 2017

This week HH Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was guest of honour at the 2017 RSB Graduation Cememony.  Following some excellent speeches by our students Sheikh Rashid presented the leaving certificates and awards to the graduating students.

Top award winners this year were:

Headmaster's Award - Hamad Abdulla Bin Alloba

Rashid School Award - Zakariaa Hmamu

Arabic and Islamic Studies Award - Hamad Rashid Al Maqoodi

Sportsman of the Year - Hmaid Matar Al Kaus

A special mention was also made regarding the success of our two Year 13 students - Fares Salah Al Qassem and Yousef Wafadari.

The event was attended by parents and friends of the school and we were delighted to see the progress that has been made by these young men, and we wish them all the very best for the future.

 

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