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    • AL YASMINA ABU DHABI Connect issue 3SCHOOL Bloom 2012/2013 Grow Learn Nurture Play THE SECONDARY PARTNERSHIPAL YASMINA SCHOOL STRIVES TO BE ANOUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYSCHOOL, MAXIMISING THE LEARNINGPOTENTIAL OF ALL
    • WELCOMEWelcome to the third issue of the Secondary PARTnership The Secondary PARTnership keeps you up-to-date withfor the 2012/2013 academic year. The Secondary student activities across the secondary department. ItPARTnership is the publication for Al Yasminas also gives Al Yasmina School the chance to celebratesecondary school and is published eight times a year. progress and achievement and provide more in depthLook for previous issues on the school website. information to parents on a wide variety of subjects. We welcome your feedback. communications@alyasmina.sch.aeCONTENTSWELCOME From the HEAD OF SCHOOL 3NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS 4MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES 9GCSE AWARDS CEREMONY 10RAGS TO RICHES AUTHOR VISITS SCHOOL 11WOW FACTOR IN SCIENCE LESSONS 12PREPARING YEAR 8 STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE 14HOUSE CAPTAINS ELECTED 15FESTIVE FAYRE ON SATURDAY 16EXPERT HELP FOR ENTERPRISE STUDENTS 17DEBATING SUCCESS 19ART IN THE STAIRWELLS 20POST-16 LEADERSHIP TEAM 21STUDENT VOICE ELECTIONS 22OUTSTANDING SUCCESS FOR OSHEA SIBLINGS 23SNIPPETS 25The third PARTnership for this academic yearTopics, trends, updates, views and news from the Al Yasmina Secondary DepartmentPictured on the cover: REACTION: Curriculum Team Leader for Science, Mr Donald demonstrates how much energy there is in coffee whitener(glucose, lactose and other sugars) by putting it onto a blow torch during a lesson on combustion and respiration. 2
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL, MR GALENational Day is one of the most important days on the UAE’scalendar, and for Al Yasmina School it was a day when everyonein our school community joined together to celebrate thebirth of the nation. And celebrate we did, with music, food,traditional dancers, falcon handlers and our own souk, withlocal crafts, food, henna - even a camel. The school field wastransformed into a sea of colour and sound as all our students,from the very youngest to our Post-16 students, took part inthe celebrations. It was a proud moment for the school, as wecelebrated UAE culture, heritage, values and identity. It was atime for us to reflect how far the country has come in the past41 years. This journey was fresh in the minds of our Year 7, 8and 9 UAE Social Studies students, who had heard first-handabout the transformation that has taken place in the country byMohammed Al-Fahim, author of Rags to Riches (see page 10). The festive fayre is organised by FOY (Friends of Al Yasmina)Pride was an overwhelming feeling on National Day - and, and it is a huge undertaking. FOY is a small group of extremelyas you will all know, pride is one of the school’s core values.  dedicated, hardworking parents. They are very keen for newThe sense of pride I have in the school is always present, and members to join them. Contact them on alyasminafoy@gmail.never more so than this month as I have been working my com.way through the secondary classrooms, observing what I canonly describe as outstanding classroom practice. I’ve watched Next term, our annual parent questionnaire will be extendedas teachers engaged students; I saw ideas spark, animated to include the Secondary PARTnership. We are keen todiscussions and students learning in a creative, stimulating find out if the articles in this publication are meeting yourenvironment. needs. Al Yasmina’s secondary school is a busy, exciting place and we want to share as much of this with you as weIt was a special day for our Year 12 students last week, when can. We are continuing to improve our communication withthe school held its annual GCSE presentation ceremony stakeholders and I hope you will all make time to look at the(pictures and story on page 9).  This group represents our live demonstration of the School Communicator ahead of itssecond cohort of GCSE students, and, as you will all know, soft launch on 6 January. http://www.six-delta.com/schools/Al Yasmina School recorded exceptional GCSE results, with interactive_demo.htmlthe majority of students convincingly  surpassing their UKcounterparts, beating their own predicted grades and achieving I hope you enjoy this issue of The Secondary PARTnership. Inan impressive rate of progress in core subjects. The results keeping with our themes for each issue, we take a closer lookalso came out tops when compared to other established British at activities in the French and Science Departments. Due to thecurriculum schools in Abu Dhabi. So it was with a great sense holiday, the next issue of The Secondary PARTnership is onof pride that I presented certificates to this group of achievers, 1 February. The theme for this issue is Arabic and Music. Thesewho are now applying the same level of commitment to their are two dynamic departments that have much to showcase.Post-16 studies. School closes for the term on 13 December at noon and term two begins for students on 6 January. Many of our families willWe are now moving rapidly towards the end of the term and be travelling in December. Travel safely and I look forward tothe beginning of a new year. Reports will be available online seeing you all back again next term.on Wednesday. I hope parents sit down with their children todiscuss the results and digest the comments and use these tomove forward with real purpose when students return to school “National Day is one of the mostfor the second term. New Year is a time for resolutions. Make important days on the UAE’s calendar,sure you all remember to include your school goals when theclock strikes midnight! December is always a busy month. The and for Al Yasmina School it was akey events for the school are the festive fayre on Saturday, the day when everyone in our schoolfestive concert next Monday and the following night the very community joined together topopular WOW Factor features again this year. I hope you all celebrate the birth of the nation.”support these events. 3
    • NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
    • rAL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013OVERWHELMING DISPLAYOF NATIONAL PRIDENational Day at Al Yasmina was a spectacle of UAE identity, culture, colourand character as the entire school community came together to celebrate thefounding of the UAE 41 years ago. Students were in UAE National dress or inthe colours from the UAE flag, turning the sports field into a mass of black,green, white and red and at one point, a human formation of the UAE flag. Theday began formally with secondary students taking a major role in recitalsfrom the Quran, the raising of the UAE flag, taking the Oath of Loyalty to theUAE Leaders and poetry recitals. All parents and visitors joined studentsand staff in singing the UAE National Anthem in Arabic as the UAE flag wasraised. The sentiments expressed in the anthem set the theme for the day’scelebration, the event coordinator, Mr Abu Saleh says. A speech by Head ofSchool, Mr Gale, who spoke in Arabic, delighted the Arabic members of thecrowd, who clapped in delight as he extended his greetings and best wishes tothe UAE Leaders and citizens in their native tongue.Mr Abu Saleh believes it may be the first time ever a non-Arabic Head ofschool has made a National Day address in Arabic. The school’s primaryplayground was transformed into a charity souk for the day, with food andtraditional craft stalls while Yola dancing and the Police Musical Band kept thecrowds entertained, with Scottish bagpipes. The entertainment moved indoorsin the afternoon with folk dancing and games, a patriotic operetta and drama,Na’sh dancing, singing and a traditional dress fashion show. Adding to theflavour of the day were displays, including accounts from students on what itmeant to them to call the UAE home. Winners of 41st National Day challengefor parents and staff were also announced on the day.The competition for staff required them to learn 41 Arabic phrases, while41 parents were quizzed on 41 facts about the UAE’s history, geography,culture, society and heritage. Both groups had to complete their answers in 41minutes. First place in the non native speaking quiz was Dr George Markou,who says he entered to show his children the importance of volunteering andparticipation. The second prize was bagged by Mrs Boby Tariq while the thirdplace was shared by Mrs Yasmin Yatim and Mrs Manisha Bharat. First prizefor the Arabic speakers went to Mrs Raweya Al-Shamsi and the second wentto her husband Mr Khaled Al-Shekaili, who got just one question wrong - thedate oil was discovered in the UAE. He opted for the mid 1950s, although thecorrect answer was the early 1960s. “I should have been aware of that,” Mr Al-Shekaili, a petroleum engineer, said wryly. Mrs Tala won the third prize in thenative speakers’ category. The Modern Foreign Languages staff dominated thestaff contest, with French teachers Mrs Mansoor, Mr Davies and Mr Candanertaking the three top places. 5
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    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013NATIONAL ANTHEM OF THE UAE‘Ishiy biladiy ‘ashat-tihadu ‘Imaratina Long live my country, Long live the Union of our Emirates, ‘ishti li-sh’abin You will live long for a NationDinuhul-‘islamu hadyu-hul-Qur’anu Whose religion is Islam and guide is the Qur’anḥasṣnatuka bismillahi ya waṭan I protect you in Allah’s name, oh homelandBiladiy Biladiy Biladiy Biladiy My country, My country, My country, My countryḥamakil-‘ilahu shururaz- zaman God has protected you from the evils of the time’aqsamna ’an nabniya n‘amal We have sworn in to build and workn‘amal nukḫliṣ n‘amal nukḫliṣ Work sincerely, work sincerelymahma ‘ishna nukhliṣ nukhliṣ As long as we are alive, we will be sincerely dedicatedDamal-’amanu wa ’ashal-‘alam ya May the safety permanently prevail and the flag live longer‘Imaratina oh our Emiratesramzul ‘urubati The symbol of the Arabismkulluna nafdiki bid-dima nurwiki We all sacrifice ourselves for you; with our blood saturate you nafdika bil-arwaḥ ya waṭan We sacrifice for you our souls oh homeland 8
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013MODERN FOREIGNLANGUAGESLE SPECTACLE C’EST Français...PARIS Year 11 students can get extra help with their French speaking skills ahead of their speaking exam at the end of the year by taking part in the IGCSE French club every Wednesday fromA language and cultural trip to Paris will be offered to students 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Students work on their pronunciation andin Years 9-12 next March. Trip organiser, French teacher Mrs building sentences for potential questions. Students work inMansoor, says the visit will encourage communication in small groups or one-to-one.  Mrs Mansoor says students whoFrench and students will be able to practice and expand their have attended this class have improved their grades and theirknowledge of the language during the trip. “By hearing and confidence in speaking the language.being immersed in French, the students’ knowledge of thelanguage will be improved, and their confidence in French will .....y Españolincrease,”she says. “The trip will be especially beneficial forKey Stage 4 and 5 students as being in Paris during the run up Smatterings of Spanish may start to appear in classroomsto their exams will be a massive confidence boost for them.” throughout the secondary school, thanks to Spanish lessonsShe says while the focus of the trip is educational, students will being held for staff after school each Wednesday. The classesalso take part in leisure activities, including shopping and a trip are held each week by Spanish teacher Mr Rodic who says theto Disneyland. The six day trip will give students the opportunity group of staff are working at a basic level although some haveto experience many of the cultural aspects of Parisian life had some exposure to the language in the past. He says thoseand visit some of the famous landmarks of the French capital. who attend simply want to learn another language; some haveDetails are still being finalised, but highlights are likely to holiday homes in Spain and the lessons are designed to helpinclude the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chateau Versailles, them get by in a Spanish-speaking country. “The hope is thatthe Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a walk down the Champs the teachers in the group can use some of the language in theirElysees, a cruise on the Seine, and last, but not least, the own lessons, hence providing a more realistic experience for theDisneyland visit. Mrs Mansoor says other venues may be added children who also study Spanish in the school,” Mr Rodic says.to the itinerary. The final price has yet to be established as it “It will hopefully boost the status of the language in the school.”will depend on flight and accommodation costs but it is likelyto be in the vicinity of around 8500dhs, she says. The trip isbeing organised by North Star, which provides educational andcultural adventures for young people. USING MOVIES TOAFTER SCHOOL MASTER LANGUAGE  LANGUAGE CLASSES A film club to help all secondary students studying French and Spanish improve their comprehension skills is being launched at the school in January.  Year 10 student Milan Den Hause says three French films and one Spanish film will be shown each month, and a variety of different genres will be on offer. Milan says the films will be especially valuable for GCSE language students looking for every opportunity to improve their French and Spanish ahead of their examinations. Rewinding parts of the film if students are having trouble following the storyline is an option. “This will enable us to keep following the plot if we are watching films without subtitles,” he says. ONLINE PEN PAL PROGRAMME A pen pal programme will be launched next term, enabling students to correspond with other students at more than 200 schools around the world via the e-pals global community. The scheme will be piloted with Year 7 Spanish students. Stay posted for more information. http://www.epals.com.IMPROVING FRENCH SPEAKING SKILLS: Left to right: Laura Tibi(sitting), Bilqees Achmat, Clara Ziada and Luke Read. 9
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Year 12 Students at the GCSE presentation evening. CELEBRATION: Parents mingling ahead of the GCSE presentationceremony. Photos from left: 1. Mrs Mather (left), Mrs Hughes and Mr Mather. 2. Mrs Wilcox-Staines (left) and Mrs Rees. 3. Mrs Thompson (left) andMrs Simpson. 4. Mrs Alexander (left), Jon Alexander and Mrs BrundanGCSE AWARDS EVENINGAfter all the hard work, it was time for celebration as Year 12 students and their parents headed out last week for the GCSE awardspresentation evening. The occasion began with canapés and conversation before the formal part of the proceedings began. Subject,achievement and attainment awards were handed out to students in 15 categories. Recipients of the Head of School awards werePriyanka Iyer, Shahmir Khan, Holly Young, Wynona Bautista, Lana Zuhair, Joshua Brundan, Abigail Alexander, Nicola Burgess, EmilySimpson, Karim  Saleh Abdel Latif and Joseph Sturt. 10
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013AUTHOR’S VISIT ENTHRALLS STUDENTS  Mohammed Al-Fahim’s book Rags to Riches, a personalaccount of the changes that have occurred in the UAEover the past 30 years, has captivated readers since itwas first published in 1995. This month, it was the turnof Al Yasmina School’s UAE Social Studies studentsin Years 7, 8 and 9 to be mesmerised by the authorand businessman’s descriptions of the UAE’s rapidtransformation from an impoverished Bedouin society to acountry with one of the highest per capita incomes in theworld.Mr Al-Fahim’s first visit to the school was part of a UAESocial Studies curriculum enrichment programme. Hesays the enthusiastic response from the Al Yasminastudents is a typical audience reaction, but it alwayssurprises him. “I really don’t think they will grasp thedifference between what it was like and today but I amalways amazed at their intelligence and their knowledgein taking into account and grasping of feeling of thedeprivation that we went through in the early days of ourlives here and how things changed,” he said after hispresentation. “The change is phenomenal, if you see theold pictures, but they are the same people who movedfrom the 16th century to the 20th century in a matter ofone generation.”Accompanying Mr Al-Fahim was Dr Patrick Doughertyfrom Higher Colleges of Technology who was responsiblefor retelling the story for children. Dr Dougherty talkedabout how and why the story was written and encouragedstudents to keep an account of their own history for futuregenerations. Mr Al-Fahim believes the openness of theEmirati people to other cultures is the reason they haveadapted so well so such monumental change within sucha short time-frame.“Emirati people have always beenopen to visitors. We had different people visiting, startingwith the English in the early century and then the differentnationalities. We did not resist on grounds of religion andinstead opened our homes for the visitors. That enabledus to accept change much easier than others who resistedmixing with visitors and other nationalities. That’s whytoday we don’t talk about people as being Hindus, orChristians, or Muslim - people are people. Their religionor nationality does not mean much to us, instead we treatwith mutual respect and allow them to coexist peacefully.”BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE: Left to right: Al Yasmina’s THE PAST IN PERSPECTIVE: Rags to Riches author Mohammed Al-Fahim talks toCurriculum Team Leader, for Arabic, Islamic & UAE Social Key Stage 3 UAE Social Studies students.Studies, Mr Abu Saleh, Mr Al-Fahim and Dr Patrick Doughertyfrom the Higher Colleges of Technology. 11
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013SECONDARY SCIENCE: EVERYLESSON HAS THE WOW FACTORAl Yasmina School’s secondary science classes are full of awe, wonder, explosions- and big reactions. “Every lesson should include the wow factor,” Curriculum TeamLeader for Science, Mr Donald, says. “When I asked Year 9 students how we startevery science lesson - expecting an answer of ‘with an exam question’ - one of myYear 9 students said ‘With something amazing! An explosion, a big reaction or someidea that blows our mind.’”  The secondary science curriculum has undergoneextensive development, resulting in the introduction of a hands-on approach tolessons which involves more practical, investigative work. A skills-based approachhas also been introduced, with students focusing on: • graph work • obtaining evidence • risk assessments • identifying variables • evaluation • analysis • scientists working together internationally • moral and ethical issues in science.“These skills are key to an understanding of science in general and the scientificmethod that underpins all scientific thinking,” Mr Donald says. “For a number ofyears universities around the world have been complaining that students lack abasic understanding of the scientific method and lack some basic investigationskills. By focusing on these skills we are providing them with the skills they needfor the future and giving them an advantage over their peers.”Mr Donald says a skills-based approach enables the school’s science teachers toconstantly raise standards and improve the students’ ability to access curriculumcontent. The introduction of new schemes of learning across the key stages isalso underway. Mr Donald says this work is largely being carried out behind thescenes. Staff are putting in place tools to enable students to “drive up excitementthrough engagement which will then translate to achievement and attainment.”New methods of assessment are being put in place and science teachers are takingresponsibility for different areas of development.  BOOK TAKESFRUSTRATING SEARCH FOR READERS ONFEMALE ISLAMIC SCIENTISTS A JOURNEY OFIt seemed to be a relatively simple homework task – find female scientists of note SCIENTIFICfrom the Arab world - but the request sent Year 7 and Year 11 students on a longand eventually fruitless search.  “They basically came up empty handed,” Mr Donald DISCOVERYsays. “The students were able to find out lots of information about other female Periodic Tales, by Hugh Aldersey-Williamsscientists, ranging from Marie Curie (the physicist and chemist famous for her may not sound like everyone’s idea of apioneering research on radioactivity) and Rosalind Franklin (responsible for much good book, but don’t let the title put you off.of the research and discovery work that led to the understanding of the structure of Mr Donald describes it as a “fascinatingDNA) but when it came to unearthing famous female Muslim scientists, there was look at how many of the common elementssimply no information around.” were discovered and how they are usedYear 7 student Emily Rossiter says she searched the internet for more than half an today.” His review of the book is on displayhour, trying to find a famous female Muslim scientist, but came up empty handed. “I on the Science Department notice boardsfound famous Arab scientists, but they were all men,” she says. “In the end I had to and a new science book review will begive up.” While his students focused on other famous scientists, Mr Donald started added every two months. The reviews areto do some research of his own. What he uncovered – largely after sifting through a way of extending students’ interest inuniversity papers - was three female Muslim scientists “who everyone should have science beyond the curriculum, Mr Donaldheard of but I can guarantee they haven’t.” says. ·  Professor Samira Ibrahim Islam, who was UNCESCO’s woman of the year in 2000, is responsible for outstanding and groundbreaking research into Periodical Tales, according to his review, biochemical pathways “doesn’t require you to have a huge ·  Ms Sameena Shah’s research involves breakthrough algorithms in global knowledge of chemistry but it will give you optimisation, computer learning and cognitive pathways. She is soon to be Dr more of an understanding of the history Shah of the subject and enough ‘did you know’ ·  Professor Dr Bina S Siddiqui has discovered cures for some cancers and is type facts to win the UK quiz show ‘QI’ with working on a cure for Aids. She has published over 250 research papers and ease.” The next reviewer is Science teacher has brought massive changes to medicine and agriculture. Miss Albrighton.  12
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013 USING MATHS IN THE Towards the end, we were all shown some projects the company had worked on in previous years, including some major villasWORKPLACE which were all beautifully designed as well as the plans of some of their currently ongoing project such as Yas Mall in Yas Island. One aspect of architecture which fascinated us all was the ability of a very small team and several young talented designers toTwo groups of Year 11 maths students got an insight into work together and produce something of such great magnitudehow the skills they are learning in the classroom apply in the and significance to society and that is why we all immediatelyworking world they spent a day in an architectural practice and fell in love with such a profession. The trip really helped us openwith a firm of stockbrokers. The visits were organised as part of our eyes about how great the varied field or architecture is  and“Maths in industry day” which is a new initiative at Al Yasmina it allowed us to see it all from a professional architect’s point ofSchool and aims to develop links with businesses in the UAE, view. One thing for sure is that it is one of the best professions toCurriculum Team Leader for Mathematics, Mr Hetherington consider studying if your love both the sciences and the arts.says. “Students spend lots of time in classrooms working ontheoretical problems,” he says. “It is our intention in the MathsDepartment to allow students to see the real world so they can MR RICHARDS’turn theory into practice.” The department is keen to establishnew partnerships with companies. If you can help, please MATHEMATICALcontact Mr Hetherington shetherington@alyasmina.sch.ae.By Harrison CrawfordBeing a stockbroker involves many skills, including having anable mathematical brain, good analytical and prediction skills and CHALLENGEunderstanding of risk and reward. Thats what we learnt duringa visit to Century Financial Brokers in Dubai. We were shown the The two solutions for last month’s Magic L were correctlycomputer program that is used by brokers to trade in a worldwide provided by Dr Naser Tibi. His answer was randomly selectedmarket and we learnt how a two-way market works and the from several correct entries.importance of this in a diverse and changing market. We got tosee how calculations are made for trading and how they can beapplied to real-life situations. The most interesting thing for mewas realising how easy it is to lose all your money out there, but 5 4also how easy it is to gain so much more and the fragile balancebetween the two. Overall it was a very worthwhile trip and I learnt 3 3that being a stockbroker is a job that combines maths, economicsand business. 2 1 1 6 4 5 6 2 This months maths challenge has more of a festive theme. THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS Five elves work for Santa.  They each wear a different colour 5 costume and each make a different toy.  You need to find the name of each elf, their colour, their toy and how many toys they made. Use the twelve clues below: 1.     30 toys are made altogether. 2.     None of the elves make the same amount of toys.MATHS IN THE WORKING WORLD: Year 11 students visit an architiectsoffice as part of he Maths in industry day visits. 3.     Each elf makes more than two toys. 4.     Bess made one more toy than the elf in red. 5.     Bess made one less toy than the elf who made sledges. 6.     Johnny made racing cars.By Laura Tibi 7.     Jane made five toys.As architecture is something a lot of students at Al Yasmina are 8.     The elf in yellow made the trains.passionate about, myself along with some other students were 9.     The elf in green made one third of the number of toys Suefortunate enough to be taken to the PRP Architects International, did.a well-known and established architecture company with a branch 10.  Mary was dressed in orange.in Abu Dhabi. There, we were introduced to the manager as well as 11.  The elf in blue made the spinning tops and made more toysa newly graduated architect who talked us through the process of than anyone else.building structures as well as design and work on CAD (computer 12.  One elf made footballs.aided design). We were able to achieve a greater insight into the  world of architecture and were all given a chance to draw our own Please email your answers. The solution and the person whodesigns of specific buildings and structures usually given to first solved it correctly will be published in the next issue.year architects, such as coffee shops, boutiques or playgrounds. crichards@alyasmina.sch.ae 13
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013YEAR 8 URGED TO LOOK TOTHE FUTUREEach issue The Secondary PARTnership willfocus in a different secondary year group. In thisedition, we look at Year 8Harnessing the enthusiasm of the Year 8 students and making them realise that whatthey put in place now will benefit them later are some of the goals of their Year Leader,Mr Ward. He says students in the six Year 8 mentor groups are lively and enthusiastic andkeen to get involved in all aspects of school life. "They are confident, comfortable withthemselves and very focused on what they are doing at school," he says.The students decorated their mentor boards during PSCHEE and each board reflects thepersonalities of the individual groups. They all show originality, attention to detail andthe students went to considerable effort to demonstrate their interests, personalities andwhat they want to achieve during the year. Mr Ward describes Year 8 as a crossroads yearfor the students as they have completed their first year of secondary school but are a yearaway from making their GCSE choices."My focus for Year 8 is to encourage them to do their best at every step," he says. "I amencouraging them to develop the mindset where they realise its not about what they doright now, its about how they prepare for whats coming next. In last weeks Year groupassembly we discussed the idea of try not to fail, but dont fail to try." The  subject ofchange was discussed at another recently assembly.Discussions touched on how to deal with change and how to look forward, not back,Mr Ward says. "My aim is to help Year 8 students to develop new skills and a sense ofresponsibility and to help them realise that its not a teachers or a parents job to managetheir everyday life, that they are responsible for that, giving them the motivation to startdealing with this and the tools to cope with it." GETTING NOTICED: Year 8 students and their decorated mentor group boards. YEAR 8 DIRHAM BOTTLE CHALLENGE Year 8 students are raising money to help save the leg of a young girl living in Abu Dhabi, one dirham at a time. Their fundraising activities began after Khamis al Hinai (8 Bih) saw an article in Abu Dhabi Week magazine about Jasmine Ammari, who has a rare condition known as congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT), which means her bones fail to form properly, making them prone to fractures. Jasmines family want to take their daughter to a specialist in the United States for surgery. Khamis, with help from Learning Support Assistant, Mrs Preston, has organised the dirham bottle challenge to raise money for Jasmines surgery. Every student in Year 8 has been given an empty water bottle and to fill with dirham coins. The money raised will be FILLING BOTTLES WITH DIRHAMS: Left to right: given to help save Jasmine Ammari’s leg. Visit www.youcaring.com and Naimh Griffiths, Alina Kamal, Khamis Al Hinai and Roxanne Gardiner. search for save Jasmine’s leg’. 14
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013 NEW-LOOK HOUSE HOUSE TOTALS FOR SYSTEM KICKS OFF TERM ONE The new House system is underway, with Year 10 and 11 students now able to earn House points through activities in Voyager 1766 Maths, English and Science as well as on the sporting field. Students can be awarded 80, 60, 40 or 20 House points at Endeavour 1689 school events and these are added onto individual points, Discovery 1656 Director of Sport, Mr Smith says.  Scores are added up at the end of each month and the House with the most points wins. Challenger 1477 The winning House for the first term is Voyager and all students in Voyager will have a non uniform day next term. Next term the new House system will extend across all KS3 subjects and Post-16 students will come on board in the third term. Science HUBBLE TROUBLE A has introduced House activities to encourage students to learn HOUSE CHALLENGE WINNER the periodic table, maths students have earned House points through quizzes and the English department has come on board with spelling competitions with a twist - students spell words by using their own bodies to form the letters. Mr Smith says Finding out ways in which science has massively affected the House captains have also been named following an exhaustive world around us through accidental or incidental developments selection process that involved sifting through more than 70 is the focus of the House challenge for Year 10 and 11 Science applications. Nominees had to present to their classmates, students. Curriculum Team Leader for Science Mr Donald says outlining why they should vote for them. one example the students have uncovered is how a malfunction Year 10 House captain Katha Toma says she decided to run by the Hubble space telescope meant doctors were able for the position because she saw it as a good way to practice to correct a problem in images provided by mammogram her leadership skills.  She has previous experience as House machines. When the Hubble was launched in 1990, a blunder captain in her previous school and was keen to take on this in the design of its optics meant it generated blurred images. responsibility at Al Yasmina.  "If you have responsibilities and Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Centre in you are in charge of things it helps to prepare you for future Washington DC realised that the image distortion problem was jobs," she says. Derek Lee, also in Year 10, says it sees his role identical to the problem they had with images produced by as House Captain as a great way to know other students in his mammograms, which are used in the early detection of breast Year group and to help the school grow as a community. And cancer. The solution devised for the Hubble was adopted by for Ruby Hughes, being a House captain runs in the family - her the medical community and countless women are alive today younger brother, Murray, is also a House captain in Year 7. thanks to a design flaw in the Hubble space telescope.HOUSE CAPTAINS: The secondary school`s House captains are ready to lead their classmates through academic and sporting challenges under thenew House system. 15
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013FAYRE A FINE WAY TO APRON SALES BENEFITSPEND THE DAY WORLD CHALLENGEAl Yasmina’s festive fayre on Saturday is set to be a day of food, STUDENTSmusic, competitions, raffles, games and shopping. The day willhave a relaxed feel with music being provided by the Al YasminaSingers and the school’s brass ensemble. FOY (Friends of AlYasmina), which is organising the event, say there will be morethan 20 stalls offering a wide range of items for sale, rangingfrom cakes to crafts. Other attractions include craft activitiesin Santa’s grotto, henna painting and a chance to have photostaken in traditional Arabic clothing.Children will be entertainedwith energetic activities provided by the school’s PE departmentand an ‘unbeatable’ obstacle course set out by Haddins Fitness.Raffle tickets for gift hampers will be sold at the fayre andprizes include baskets of spa products, gourmet food, children’stoys and outdoor and gardening items. For those with a sweettooth, the chocolate hamper will be hard to resist. There willbe lots of competitions, from guessing the name of the cow,the number of sweets in a jar, a lucky dip a tombola staff anda crowd favourite, the dunk tank. Food will be a big part of theday, with barbecue food, drinks and cakes on offer. The fayre isfrom 11am until 2pm. Proceeds will support Operation Smile,and a yet-to-be-decided local children’s charity.Calling all bakers: donations for the cake stall can be droppedat the school on Friday from 10am-12pm or on Saturdaymorning from 9.30am. Queries: goodwins.uae@gmail.comBUY A BRICK CAMPAIGNThe school’s World Challenge students will sell ‘bricks’ at thefestive fayre as a fundraiser for their trip to Uganda next June.Money raised at the fayre will help buy materials to add extrarooms onto Jjezza School in Uganda. The bricks - pieces ofcardboard that people can write their names on when theypurchase them - will sell for 20, 50, 100 and 500dhs, giving APRONS FOR SALE: Head of School Mr Gale wears one of the Alpeople the chance to buy small, standard, large or extra Yasmina aprons which will be on sale at the festive fayre.large bricks. World Challenge students will then use themto ‘build’ a wall of purchased bricks in the school atrium so Looking for the ideal Christmas present and want to supporteverybody can see the progress of the fundraising campaign. the school’s World Challenge students at the same time? HighThe students help teach the children at Jjezza School and use quality aprons by Abu Dhabi company Moon by Mazoon willtheir practical skills with bricklaying, mixing concrete and be for sale at the festive fayre on Saturday. The aprons will bepainting around the school. After the festive fayre the bricks available in a variety of colours and with different messageswill continue to be sold at reception. embroidered on them. A portion of each sale will go to support the school’s World Challenge students. Orders can be taken on the day for those who prefer a customised message on their apron. Adult sized aprons will sell for 100dhs and smaller aprons, suitable for children, are 80dhs. The big sellers on the day are expected to be the Al Yasmina PRIDE and Play Your Part aprons, which were debuted by World Challenge students at the Halloween bake sale. Stocks of aprons with the following messages will be available at the festive fayre: Adult size: Child size: Santa’s Helper Santa’s Little Helper Super Mum Rock n’ Roll Star Marvelous Mum Girls Rule Super Dad My Little Prince Dare Devil Dad My Little PrincessBUY A BRICK: Mitchell Keel (bottom left), Jake Hughes, Shahmir Super GranKhan, Joshua Brundan with the bricks that can be bought at the fayre. 16
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013GET THE BASICS EXPERT ADVICE HELPSRIGHT, RECOMMENDS DRIVE COMPANYLAYWER FORWARDBarrister Mrs Fowler is working on a business plan with Elegant Employees of Yazmania, a company formed by Post-16 studentsEdge employees, encouraging them to ensure the foundations as part of the school’s Enterprise programme, are receivingof their business are well established before they embark on expert advice from businessman Mr O’Hagan, who has beenthe more exciting aspects of their business development. She in the retail trade for 30 years. He has owned and operatedhas discussed the importance of short, medium and long term retail, wholesale and franchise businesses and worked withgoals with the students and has asked them to think about the suppliers and companies worldwide. The students are meetingsteps they need to take for those to be achieved.  She has also weekly with Mr O’Hagan, tapping into the experience he has inencouraged the girls to think carefully about the structure of setting up and running companies from scratch, his expertisetheir organisation, individual responsibility and accountability in preparing business plans and his knowledge of operations,and the appropriate processes for decision making. Mrs Fowler merchandising, buying functions and promotional activities.works for a global risk consultancy, advising clients on a widerange of issues relating to conducting business in the UAE and Mr O’Hagan says he was more than happy to help out with thewider MENA region, contextualising their issues within a legal Enterprise programme. “I thought it was a great initiative fromframework and working with them to find practical solutions the school to help students get some practical experience ofto the problems that invariably arise while working in complex the workplace and to help them realise what they can do if theyjurisdictions. “I am often called upon when things go wrong, have a commercial idea and the will to make it happen.” In hisso I hope my early proactive involvement with the team will first meeting with the group Mr O’Hagan helped the studentsensure a smooth path for their venture,” she says. Mrs Fowler focus their targets and drilled down what they needed to get thehas been previously involved in a programme mentoring and company up and running.offering careers advice for young women in the UK who werepursuing careers in traditionally male dominated industries. “It Discussions centred on what had been achieved to date andhad been on my mind to speak with Al Yasmina about the what needed to be done for the sales launch period. “Suppliers,implementation of a similar programme for some time, so when locations and targets were discussed and we have beenI received an email from the Young Enterprise team it seemed moving all these matters forward at our weekly meetings,”like an excellent opportunity to get involved and I jumped at it,” Mr O’Hagan says. “I think it is important that the students canshe says. “Running even a small business can be complicated, achieve as much as they can themselves, and I can monitorand the skills required are not necessarily those that one would their progress and advise if I consider them to be on the rightexpect to learn in a traditional academic  setting so I think it is path.” Mr O’Hagan says he will be involved in Yazmania on anwonderful that students at Al Yasmina, especially young women, on-going basis “unless the students fire me! I hope we can putare being offered this practical opportunity to learn a set of forward a successful business model and set of practices whichskills that I hope will stand them in very good stead in their we can build upon for future schemes,” he says. “I would likefutures.” to thank the school for including me in what I think is a great scheme and hopefully we can take it forward and create someShe sees her role as supporting the girls to make their own entrepreneurs in the near future.”decisions and says her background means she is well placedto give advice on corporate structure, decision making and the Mrs Gomez and Mr Gimena have also joined the Year 12developing a business plan. Mrs Fowler says she would like Enterprise group as business advisors. Both have extensiveto be involved long-term in the Enterprise programme. “As business knowledge and Mrs Gomez also has contacts in thesomething of a fashion junkie, who likes nothing more than textile industry. The team has already benefited from theseflicking through the pages of a glossy magazine, I am also contacts when sourcing raw materials. Look for an interview inhoping that as time goes on I might be able to offer some advice the next issue of The Secondary PARTnership.in relation to their product range!”EXPERT ADVICE: Mr Jordan and Mrs Fowler (left picture), and Mr O’Hagan discuss business plans with the Enterprise students. 17
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013FOCUSING ON FINANCE COMPANY PROGRESSWith a background in investment banking, project financeand private equity, Mr Jordan is perfectly placed to assist the ELEGANT EDGEemployers of Enterprise programme company Elegant Edgeto launch and operate their business.“In my career I have • Elegant Edge took part in the Feline Friends Christmasbeen in situations like this numerous times, when a group of market last Friday, making several salesentrepreneurs or investors face a challenge and they need • The company will also have a stall at the festive fayre onexpert advice on the options they have,” he says. Saturday • It also hopes to have a stall at school once a week nextMr Jordan will advise the students on how to prepare a budget termand how to assess market opportunities and turn them into • The company has established a Facebook page where itsales strategies. He will also help the students acquire skills updates its jewellery lines, takes orders for custom-madethat will enable them to become more structured and more jewelleryefficient in their work, such as setting targets and priorities for • The company hope to expand its collections and becomethe week and explaining how these objectives fit into the bigger more creative and innovativepicture. • Employees are working hard to increase brand awareness for the company and its products.Mr Jordan is working with Mrs Fowler to assist the group ofgirls on a weekly basis, helping them develop their businessplan and put this into action.  Mr Jordan says the Enterpriseprogramme is a great initiative and has huge potential. “It YAZMANIAis very exciting and potentially very rewarding to work with • Yazmania sold its complete line of t-shirts at the school’sstudents and help them develop new skills and help them National Day celebrationscreate something of their own.” • It has designed a new range of bespoke designs ready for sell at the festive fayre on SaturdayHe will help the students to get access to potential customers, • It has developed a comprehensive business and plan andas well as sponsors who will endorse and support their has raised start-up cash to finance its business costscompany. Mr Jordan says he hopes to be involved in the project • Employees have designed a logo that represents its brandon an on-going basis.  “This is a long-term project and it would and will unveil this in the next issue of The Secondarybe very interesting to see how the venture evolves,” he says. PARTnership • Yazmania will begin producing new designs in January.TAKE YOUR PICK: Yazmania employees with a range of t-shirts sold at the National Day celebrations last week. 18
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013AND MY POINT IS: Shahmir Khan (centre) in action during the open division debate as the rest of the team - Wynona Bautista(left), Priyanka Iyerand Abigail Alexander - confer.A DAY OF DEBATINGAl Yasmina’s debating teams secured their best results ever at the annual Debate Dubai competition last month, with Year 10 student Derek Leewinning  the best speaker award for the Under 16 division and the under 14 B team coming home runners-up in their category. It was the third timeAl Yasmina has competed in the contest and this year fielded its biggest number of competitors with four teams from the school competing in threedivisions;  two in the under 14 category and one team in the under 16 age group. Post-16 students competed in the open division.Winners from each pool are awarded a cup, runners-up from each pool receive a plate, third place-getters are awarded a bowl and losers from eachpool receive a shield. Al Yasmina’s Debate Dubai coordinator, Ms Magee, says the other Al Yasmina teams also did extremely well. The under 14 teamqualified for the cup but were knocked out in the quarter finals, while the under 16s qualified for the bowl but were knocked out in the semi-finals andthe Post-16 students qualified for the plate but were knocked out in the quarter finals.Ms Magee says it was the most successful year for the debaters, particularly for the Year 9s who competed at a high level.  “All the teams learnt a lotabout structuring arguments, listening to the opposition and about rebuttals and delivering speeches with confidence and style,” she says.  “The Post-16 students were outstanding and an absolute pleasure to watch.  Many of them supported the other Al Yasmina teams and gave them tips. Year 12student Shahmir Khan was absolutely fantastic in coaching the other teams.” It was a long day for the students, who left Abu Dhabi at 7am and arrivedback at 8.30pm.Speech topics and teams:Year 9 (under 14 category) Year 10/11 (under 16 category) Year 12 (open division)Nikita Amir, Shahzain Khan, Owen Harcup, Jude Dababneh, Derek Lee and Mallory De Man. Priyanka Iyer, Abigail Alexander, ShahmirAya Zeidan, Syeda Manal Ahmed, Ramya Iyer, ·      This House would allow people to sell their Khan and Wynona Bautista.Samali Weerasekera, Varsha Madapatha, organs ·      This House would repeal ObamacareDaniella Pretorius and Bidisha Misra. ·      This House would actively privatise all state ·      This house would enforce IPR ·      This House regrets the practice of tiger schools (intellectual property rights) in parenting ·      This House would tie development aid to the developing countries ·      This House believes that harsher enforcement of population control ·      This House believes the Euro was a punishments should be imposed on mechanisms. mistake. celebrities who commit crimes ·      This House believes that the environment should be prioritised over economic growth.DANCING UP A STORM Months of preparation by Al Yasmina’s secondary dance group High Standards paid off when their performance lit up the stage atthe Al Bateen Dance and Choir Group Festival. Students from schools throughout Abu Dhabi took part in the festival to show theirpassion and love for dancing and singing. The Al Yasmina students danced to Rihanna’s Where Have You Been, demonstrating greatconfidence, fantastic timing and delivering a top quality performance, their choreographer, DT and Art teacher Ms Owbridge says.The students have been refining their moves in the street dance extracurricular club and have also attended extra practice sessionseach week. Ms Owbridge says she has been teaching the High Standards dancers since they were in Year 7 and this year they madeup most of the dance themselves. The students achieved the right hairstyles thanks to Mrs Troup, who helped out backstage for threehours on the day of the show. High Standards members: Year 10: Jessica Lewis, Bethany Troup, Soo Lim, Abby McGough, RachaelHill and Farah Hanbali. Year 11: Jessica McMillian and Reem Hassan-Beck. Year 13: Emily Prest.STRIKE A POSE: Members of High Standards perform on stage at the festival last month. 19
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013MURAL MAKEOVER FOR STAIRWELLS The sterile walls in the secondary school’s stairwells are being transformed into areas of beauty by Year 13 BTEC students and the school’s mural painting club. The BTEC students have completed a unit of work by painting trees into each of the stairwell corners and the mural club students, in Years 8 - 13, are painting murals in four different styles - optical illusion, Art Nouveau, Cubism and Surrealism. The Art Nouveau mural is being painted by a group of Year 8 and Year 11 students and is based on the work of the artist Alfons Mucha, a Moravian painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a key figure in the Art Nouveau movement. Curriculum Team Leader for Art, Mrs Walsh, says the painting, which is very ornate with many natural elements, focuses on a central figure. The optical illusion mural is black and white, with clever use of perspective and introduces the concept of going from indoors to the outdoors. The Cubist mural is inspired by the work of German painter and printmaker Franz Marc. The surreal painting is more complex and requires a higher level of ability because the artists are making the painting look real, Mrs Walsh says. The group of artists first created the image - which is based on the Burj Khalifa - on the computer. Mrs Walsh says the mural club is very popular but it will be limited to the same group of students who are midway through their murals. The school’s atrium has also been adorned by a mural which was painted by a group of Year 10 artists and one Year 12 student. The mural uses Cubism and symbolism to reflect the students’ understanding of life in Abu Dhabi. The multicoloured balloons running though the painting symbolise the multi- cultural aspects of their community. The students included many iconic structures, connected by an Islamic pattern, in their mural. It was painted by Hasan Al Mashani, Clara Ziada, Hibah Hassan, Yea in Lim, Laura Tibi, Sarah Munro, Aseel Mohammed and Faris Al Ali.STAIRWELL ART: Hibah Hassan (left) and Hasan Al Mashani work on a surreal painting in the secondary school stairway. 20
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013FUNDRAISING FOCUS FOR POST-16 LEADERSHIPTEAM The Post-16 students represent the school’s most senior students, and with that comes the responsibility of being role models for the rest of the school. The newly-elected Post-16 leadership team say their job is to model appropriate behaviour, dress standards and academic and sporting achievement, along with fundraising for various charities. The team kicked off the academic year by supporting Movember, encouraging students to wear a moustache to school in return for a 5dhs donation, which will support Movember charities. The next charity event on their calendar is on Valentine’s Day on 14 February, 2013.  This event is subject to confirmation. Cupid will deliver messages to students from admirers, who will pay him a fee for the message delivery. If the receiver of the message wants to find out who the message is from, they can – if they pay. Post- 16 leadership council member Nicole Crighton says a decision on what charity this fundraiser will support will be made closer to the time. She hopes students will wear Valentine’s DayLEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: Three members of the Post-16 Leadership Council Jessica colours – pinks and reds – on the day in return forVickery (left), Nicole Burgess and Daniel Brundan discuss fundraising plans. a donation.The leadership team comprises five Year 13 students: Nicole Crighton, Chloe Moss, Jessica Vickery, Jon Alexander and Daniel Brundan. Three Year 12members were chosen to represent their Year group after an exhaustive recruiting process. The successful candidates are Wynona Bautista, AbigailAlexander and Shahmir Khan. “We were looking for students who are confident, imaginative, who were able to think outside the box and who were,most importantly, willing to give up their time,” Nicole says. MOVEMBERMOUSTACHE MADNESS: Secondary students donned moustaches to support Movember charities. 21
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013STUDENT VOICE ELECTIONS HELDDerek Lee, one of the candidates for the role of Secretary on Next up were the candidates for Treasurer. Year 10 studentStudent Voice, had his election speech ready to go. “I’m very Katha Toma promised she would use her mathematical skillsorganised and know how to keep track of things,” he told the to provide a general financial oversight, Waie Rasidin, in Yearroom of Student Voice members deciding who would fill the 10, talked about her existing fiscal responsibilities, Taharaposition of secretary. He promised accountability, perfect Moonemalle (Year 10) promised to bring her organisationalattendance and a written record of all decisions made. skills and dedication to the role while Michael Franks (Year 8) said he would draw on his previous student councilThe other candidates were equally impressive. Year 7 student experience to the role and his leadership skills developedIbrahim Al Mokatash urged the room of voters not to be put with his involvement in the Scouts. off by his age and  stressed his availability when some of theolder students might be sidelined by exam timetables, while Votes were counted and Waie was the successful appointee.Year 8 student Rachel Foulsham said she liked to get involved She and Derek join the Chair, Mallory De Man and Vice-Chairand make sure things were done on time. Eliel Ponen who were appointed in the last meeting. Positions of responsibility will be re-elected each term.Year 7 student Fatima Anani said she was organised,responsible and liked to keep account of things. The four The Post-16 Student Voice representatives are Nicolacandidates were ushered out of the room while the votes Burgess and Tom Willcoxson-Staines. Student Voicewere counted, with Derek leaving with a parting shot - “My coordinator Mrs Hewitt says the students created sevenname is Derek, don’t forget to vote for me!” before the doors committees, each focused on different aspects of school life -shut. After just minutes, the candidates were invited back communication, curriculum, events, facilities, sustainability,into the room, impressing Derek with the speed of their recreation and rewards. Students will participate indecision. “You could teach them some lessons in Florida,” he committees of their choice and at the next meeting a leadersaid, before smiling broadly when he was announced as the will be chosen for each committee. Student Voice meets oncewinning candidate. a fortnight.STUDENT VOICE: Each mentor group has a representative on Student Voice, the secondary school’s student council. 22
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013OUTSTANDING RESULTS FOR AL YASMINASPORTING SIBLINGSSibling athletes Holly and Sam O’Shea aredominating the UAE multisport scene in theirage groups, clocking up an impressive set ofresults over the last 12 months. Their recentachievements include the 2XU Triathlon inDubai last month. Sam came first in the under18 category, completing the Olympic distance(1.5km swim, 42km cycle and10km run).Holly came third in the U18 girls’ category forthe sprint distance (750m swim, 22km cycleand 5km run). The next day, they completed theADNIC run at Yas Island, with Sam leading the3km race from the start to finish and winningthe 14/15 year old category in a time of 10:37.Athletics is in the blood for the O’Shea siblings.Their parents, Angela and Paul, competeregularly in events around the UAE and lastmonth Mr and Mrs O’Shea and Sam competedin the Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon at YasIsland. Sam came second in the junior category(ages 16 and 17) with a time of 1.38. The siblingathletes recently added the Biathle WorldChampionship to their long list of sportingachievements. The Al Yasmina students were WINNING STYLE: Sam O’Shea crosses the finishing line in first place at the ADNIC run last weekamongst 317 competitors from 23 different (picture courtesy of Sport360 www.sport360.com) and below, Holly competes in the Biathle Worldcountries in the recent event, many of whom Championships in Dubai.were serious athletes. Holly, who is 15,completed a 1km sprint, swam 200m and thensprinted a further 1km.  Fourteen-year-oldSam, who entered in the 13 to 14-year-old agegroup, ran 500m, swam 100m and finished witha 500m sprint. Although they didn’t win, bothknocked several minutes off their qualifyingtimes.Sam and Holly say while the distancesweren’t particularly great the fact they had tosprint, not run, made the event particularlychallenging. “The sprint was full on for ashort period of time and it was too short forme to pace myself,” Sam says. Holly andSam qualified to compete in the event, whichwas held at the International Marine Clubin Dubai, as part of Team UAE. Sam’s otherachievements include winning the junior 20kmAloft run for children at ADNEC in Septemberfor the second year in a row in a time of onehour and 31 minutes,knocking more than 20minutes off last year’s time. Sam completedhis first triathlon, the Abu Dhabi InternationalTriathlon in March, participating with his father,and was the youngest competitor to enterthe event. He completed the sprint course which is a 750m swim, 50km cycle and 5km run. Holly and Sam both competed in Tri Yas at the Yas MarinaF1 Circuit in April, both finishing in first place in their age categories. Event rules forbade competitors in their age groups from completing theswimming section of the triathlon, so the siblings completed the event as a biathlon and collected their trophies from the F1 podium. Mrs O’Shea saysboth children compete regularly in triathlons and biathlons in Dubai and Al Ain and run around the F1 track every Tuesday to prepare themselves forthe Abu Dhabi International Triathlon next March. Holly wants to complete the sprint course and Sam is aiming for the short course, which is a 1.5kmswim, 100km cycle and 10km run.  Holly has stress fractures in both shins and has been advised to limit her training to swimming and cycling untilthey have healed. “She is very reluctant as the weather is more favourable for training and now she has the bug she doesn’t want to stop or lose thefitness level she has worked so hard to achieve,” Mrs O’Shea says. 23
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013VOLUNTEER WORK A HUMBLINGEXPERIENCE FOR POST-16STUDENTS Abby Alexander and Wynona Bautista have only started helping out at Abu Dhabi’s Future Centre for Special Needs, but it has already had a profound effect on the two Post-16 students. They volunteer at the centre once a week as part of their Community Service Award. The centre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the empowerment of individuals with disabilities. It opened in September 2000 and has 170 students aged between three and 20-years-old. Abby works with children aged between 7-12, helping them with painting, puzzles and spatial awareness activities while Wynona volunteers with a group of young adults. She helps with reading, PE lessons and vocational tasks such as sewing and weaving. Both students say HAPPY VOLUNTEERS: Abby Alexander their volunteer work is both humbling and inspiring. “We have learnt to be more understanding,” Abby says. (left) and Winona Bautista say “They are people just like us, they have their own hopes and dreams.” Abby says she had sometimes seen volunteering at the Future Centre has groups from the centre at shopping malls and was interested in how the school worked. enriched their lives.“Now I am working in the school and it is such a rewarding thing to do. It really opens your eyes - it’s something a lot of people should do.” Wynonasays the young adults she works with are a particularly caring group. “They are so emotionally supportive to each other. They know if one of theirclassmates is feeling sad and will go up to them and pat them on the back or give them a high five.” Both students say they would love to do more workat the centre. For Wynona, it has reinforced her decision to choose a career in medicine. “I realise that I want to take care of people and that’s one ofthe main reasons I’m choosing medicine.” Abby’s work at the centre has influenced her career choices and she says a job that involves working withpeople with special needs may be in her future.COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDAll Al Yasmina’s Year 12 students are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities as part of the school’s Community Service Award programme. Thestudents volunteer in their free periods. The scheme allows them to contribute to the wider community and to develop self esteem and interpersonalskills and provides an opportunity for the type of part-time work that they would have access to in their home countries.  It also adds weight to CVsprepared for university application. Students undertaking three A levels commit to two hours a week; those studying four A levels contribute one houra week. Students begin in October and finish in April. The students do not participate in the scheme during the lead up to exams.HANDS-ON APPROACH TO MEDICAL CENTREVISITBy Wynona Bautista, Lana Zuhair and Priyanka IyerStudents interested in a career in medicine were invited to the Harley Street Medical Centre last month. Being able to tour around a legitimate, high-quality medical centre was not just educational, but also enlightening. We were guided around various departments which included Recovery, X-ray,General Practice, Urology and Reconstructive Surgery. Doctors in different fields informed us about what their profession entailed, giving us an idea onwhat our future lives might be like.  All students involved had the opportunity to try out actual surgical equipment while in the operating room, pickingout ‘kidney stones’ represented by seeds, which was incredibly fascinating. CPR was also taught to us, which is surprisingly easier said than done.Nobody really knew what to expect but throughout the whole tour, we were kept on the edge of our seats by of all the intricate medical apparatus, andwe acquired a deeper understanding of what being a doctor essentially means.GOLF SEASON UNDERWAY Al Yasmina Golf Team teed it up in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Schools Golf League last month at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The boys played very well with Callum McKay (Year 9) winning the individual section of the tournament. Callum put a very impressive score on the board, posting 1 under; a score any professional would be proud of! Thanks to PJ Van Merch from Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for organising such a fantastically successful event and Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi for their generous support of the Abu Dhabi Schools Golf League. The team is in action again this  month at the City Golf Club. Any new players interested in playing should see Mr Ward. Al Yasmina School golf team: Ryan Hunter, Year 10 James Forbes, Year 9 Harry Baldock, Year 10 Callum McKay, Year 9GOLF CHAMPS: PJ Van Merch, Callum McKay, Jake Peate, Year 10 Max Baldock, Year 8Jack Emerson (Abu Dhabi Golf Club) andRoddy Gordon from Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi Aaron Parker, Year 10 James Tweddle, Year 7(tournament sponsors). 24
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013SNIPPETSYASMINA ZOO VISITSTUDENTS VIEFOR TOP READERA team of avid readers from Al Yasmina’s secondary schoolare competing to become the top readers in the UAE. Thirtystudents took part in the first heats of the Reader’s Cupcompetition, which is organised by the Emirates Festival ofLiterature. There were four rounds of questions based onpopular young adults’ literature, and the competition was fierce.The eight top scorers won a place in the two teams that willtake part in the next heats in January. The teams have to read four specific books, written by authors ZOO TRIP: Year 7 science students visited the Al Ain Zoo last weekwho will visiting the festival, and be ready to answer questions to gain a hands-on perspective of two of their curriculum topics, classification and adaption.on those books. The top eight scoring schools in the heats willgo through to the finals in Dubai in March.  The students inthe teams are:   Raumati Yusaf-Horsfall, Aurore Queromain,Matthew Pretorius, Niamh Griffiths, Aysha Fathi Hassan Abass STUDENTS OF THEAbdul Atti, Mehek Mathur, Aran Quintana and Hannah Green. MONTH Congratulations to the students of the month: Arabic native - Aya Zeidan, Arabic non-native - Teo Elsmore, IslamicBRONZE DUKE OF Studies native - Ehad Odeh, Islamic Studies non-native - Rameezuddin Ansari, UAE Social Studies - Mohammed AlEDINBURGH PRACTICE Dhaheri, Art - Phoebe Hughes, Business Studies - Ali Abu Saleh, Drama - Holly O’Shea, DT - Katherine Hill, EconomicWEEKEND - Laura Tibi, English - Jessica Vickery, French - Lamya Al-Yazdi, Geography - Hannah Green, History - Jovita Joshni,A group of 32 Year 10 students battled uncharacteristically hot ICT - Ali Al Haddad, Maths - Mohammed Al Dhaheri, Music -weather on their Duke of Edinburgh bronze medal training Annia Mirza, PE - Sam Forbes, Psychology - Jessica Vickery,expedition weekend in early November.  Duke of Edinburgh Science - Ruby Hughes, Spanish - Kayan Khraisheh.Award Coordinator Miss Stephenson says the teams underwenta “gruelling” 12 km to walk through the desert area around WOW FACTOR ANDFossil Rock, just outside Sharjah. “Teams worked together touse GPS to find their route and kept their spirits up despite the CHICAGOheat and the blazing sun,” she says. “Tents were pitched anda camp fire built to see us into the night, with marshmallowstoasted and ghost stories told until it was time to turn in for anight under the stars.” The second day dawned just as hot and More than 60 acts are auditioning for the WOW Factor, Alsunny and the teams set off across the dunes for a 8km trek Yasmina’s secondary school talent show which hits theback to the pickup point.  All the teams finished in good time stage on 11 December with DJs from Radio One as judges.and in good spirits, tired, but happy, Miss Stephenson says. The Meanwhile, rehearsals are well under way for secondarystudents will return to the desert for their assessment weekend school’s drama production, Chicago. The show will be stagedin January. in February 2013, with a matinee and night performance on February 10 and evening performances only on February 11 and 12. Head of Drama, Mrs Hetherington says rehearsals are going brilliantly. “ We have some great singers dancersWATCHING PAPER and actors who are working in a very professional manner. Watch out for tickets on sale in the new year.”CONSUMPTIONAl Yasmina strived to become a paperless school for one daylast month as it joined a national movement to reduce paper POPPY THANKSuse and encourage resource efficiency. 21 November marked Al Yasmina School has donated 1252dhs to the Poppy Appeal,the fifth year of paperless day, an initiative by Environment earning the school a big thanks from the British Embassy.Agency Abu Dhabi, which urges organisations and companies The Poppy Appeal is the major single source of revenue forto find more environmentally sustainable and responsible the Royal British Legion’s Benevolent Fund.ways to do business. 25
    • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 2012/2013FESTIVE CONCERTThe festive concert next Monday will showcase theschool’s musicians and singers - and this year willfeature a rap by Year 9 student Nick Coley. He willperform during the song “Empire State of Mind”,by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, which will be sung by thesecondary choir. “The rap describes New York asone of the best places you will ever visit in yourlife,” Nick says. “It says it’s a heck of a town andthen goes on to say that if you don’t like the way thecity is run, then by all means you can leave.” Therap was supplied by the music teacher Ms Macleodbut Nick says he writes his own raps, “about myday-to-day life and how I am feeling.” He admitsto having slight stage fright when he thinks of hisperformance but says when it comes to rapping,movement keeps the flow. “I’m nervous, but it CHOIR ON FIRE: The secondary school’s choir rehearses with music teacher Miss Macleod and below, rapper Nick Coley practices his moves.will be okay.” The festive concert is in the primarysports hall on 10 December and begins at 6pm.The concert will feature primary and secondarymusic ensembles and selected piano soloists. Thesenior orchestra, senior choir, Al Yasmina Singers,intermediate and junior choir, the senior and juniorbrass ensembles, the flute choir, junior strings,a clarinet trio and saxophone quarter will allperform. The concert will finish with a short festivesingalong for the audience and students.TRIPS PLANNEDTO HONG KONGAND NEWYORK CITYPlanning is underway for a sports trip to HongKong and a combined ICT, Business, Maths, Drama, READING PROGRAMME AHistory and Music trip to New York City early nextyear. The sports trip next April is open to students HUGE HITwho represent the school in U13 rugby (boys), U15football (boys) and U13 and U15 netball. The nine- The Accelerated Reader Programme is providing some keen competitionday trip will include sporting matches at local Hong amongst Year 7 students who are piloting the new scheme.English teacherKong schools and will also take the sights of Hong Miss Walsh says the research-based programme is really encouragingKong, including Golden Bauhinia Square, Victoria students to think about what they are reading and develop their skills asPeak, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen fishing village and active readers. It is also helping to promote a passion and enthusiasmStanley market. The trip will be facilitated by Global for reading. Accelerated Reader is a tracking and monitoring tool used toAdventure Travel. The New York trip will be offered encourage students to read and is based on students’ individual ability.initially to students studying ICT, Business, Maths, They  are tested on their basic language and literacy skills and the resultsDrama, History and Music in KS3 and KS4. are used to put together a range of books for them to choose from.If there are any spaces left, they will be offered to After finishing each book, students take part in a quiz to test theirstudents in KS3, with priority going to those who comprehension level. Points are awarded to students each time they win ahave a specific interest in any of these subjects or quiz and these points are exchanged for prizes. Top of the leader board  iswho are involved in them through extracurricular Aran Quintana, who has read 21 books - a total of 1,762,414 words - and hasclubs. The six-day trip in March will include a visit passed a quiz on each book. Closely behind is Katherine Hill, who has readto the Empire State building, a boat trip to the 15 books and passed a quiz on each, and Zunair Khurram, who has read andStatue of Liberty, a tour of Central Park, Wall St passed a test on 11 books. Miss Walsh says prizes are to be awarded to twoand Fifth Ave, a visit to ground zero, two Broadway students from each English group: a prize for the student who has the mostshows, an educational talk at New York University points and a prize for the student who has made the most progress withand possibly a day volunteering. their reading. 26