We are hurtling towards the end of a very hectic term. May I, first of all, thank each one of you for the kind words and welcome you have bestowed on me during this, my first term as Principal. I have been struck by the ‘togetherness’ of all those associated with the School. I do not believe the management of The City School Group could have been any more supportive of the School in the lead up to our inspection. Their focus was and always is, on the benefits of our requests to support students’ improvements in their learning. I am also impressed by your contributions, as parents, in guiding your children to fully involve themselves in the life of the School. As Principal, I have been lucky enough to witness many wonderful assemblies with very important messages, sometimes delivered by our very youngest children right through to our very mature Year 11s. All children have been given the opportunity to make several educational visits and I have enjoyed hearing their stories when they returned
Whilst learning is, and always will be, our key priority we have also all enjoyed the many other activities taking place in School, many of which have been designed and conducted by your child. The most emotional day for many staff was the Senior School’s support for all our teachers on Teacher’s Day. The appreciation that our young people showed them for the hard work and dedication was very touching indeed. It was nice to see their leadership skills recognised during the School inspection.
Our Foundation Stage continues to go from strength to strength. Their entrepreneurial and baking skills were wonderfully merged as they conducted a Bake Sale earlier this term. As the weather has cooled they are also benefiting from learning and playing in the superb new outdoor learning area. And finally, but certainly not least, I must praise the efforts of all the adults in our School. Their hard work and dedication to improving the School for the benefit of your children are second to none. For some, who have been at the School for many years, this term has been a watershed. Whilst we may still not officially convey the outcome of the inspection, I am sure many of you are aware that the whole School was judged to have significantly improved over the past twelve months. The inspection outcome is a recognition of everyone’s efforts; students, parents, administrative and domestic staff, teachers, School leaders, and governors. As we prepare for our Winter Break I hope everyone can reflect on this term with great pride and satisfaction. We hope you enjoy reading about our students’ adventures. Thank you to the editorial team and contributors for creating this permanent record of our term’s work.
All the staff of The City School International, Dubai wish you a happy and peaceful holiday. We look forward to receiving your children again in the New Year, full of vigour and enthusiasm to tackle the new challenges put before them. We hope you enjoy your break and treasure the time you are able to spend with your children. I ask you only one favour of you all; wherever you go this holiday, please return safe and sound, ready to make next term as memorable as this one.