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  • AL YASMINA ABU DHABI Connect issue 6SCHOOL Bloom 2012/2013 Grow Learn Nurture Play THE SECONDARY PARTNERSHIP AL YASMINA SCHOOL STRIVES TO BE AN OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL, MAXIMISING THE LEARNING POTENTIAL OF ALL ALDAR ACADEMIES
  • WELCOMEWelcome to the latest issue of the Secondary The Secondary PARTnership keeps you up-to-date withPARTnership for the 2012/2013 academic year. The student activities across the secondary department. ItSecondary PARTnership is the publication for Al also gives Al Yasmina School the chance to celebrateYasminas secondary school and is published eight times progress and achievement and provide more in deptha year. Look 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 3SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT - GEOGRAPHY 4MIND MAP AUTHOR TONY BUZAN 5SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT - MATHS 6BOOK WEEK BUZZ 7ART STUDENTS IKEA PROJECT 10YOUNG ENTERPRISE GROUPS 11 SPRING CONCERT 13ROMEO AND JULIET REVIEW 14SCHOOL COUNSELLOR 14MUSCAT SWIMMING CHAMPS 15WORLD CHALLENGE HARLEM SHAKE 16STUDENTS OF THE MONTH 16FOY UPDATE 17The Secondary PARTnershipTopics, trends, updates, views and news from the Al Yasmina Secondary DepartmentPictured on the cover: Year 8 Geography students kayaking in the Eastern Mangroves in Abu Dhabi 2
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL, MR GALEI am always amazed at how quickly each term passes by and of Romeo and Juliet as part of the Abu Dhabi Arts and Musicterm two at Al Yasmina is no exception. I enjoy the opportunity Festival, an inspiring presentation by Mind Maps author Tonyto sit and reflect on the diversity of activities and events which Buzan, World Book Day activities, the Music Department’s Springtake place in our school. As I write my monthly piece for the Concert, our sports teams challenging our competitor schoolsSecondary PARTnership, I am reminded once again how vibrant and our swim team giving their all at the British Schools in theand dynamic the secondary school is. Middle East Swimming Championships in Muscat.At Al Yasmina we appreciate that every learner has differing The March issue of the Secondary PARTnership reflects all thisneeds and as mentioned on our website, lifelong learning is activity and will hopefully make for a good holiday read as wevalued here and we take advantage of every opportunity to enrich head into the Spring Break, giving both staff and students thethe curriculum. Through real life experiences, educational visits, opportunity to recharge their batteries ahead of exam seasonthemed activities and visiting speakers. pressures in term three.It is no surprise then, that in support of our philosophy, term Enjoy the read. Enjoy the break.two has seen examinations, subject options process, the dramaproduction of Chicago, International Day, the Austria Ski Trip,Duke of Edinburgh expedititons and numerous events andfundraisers. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success Alongside this, we have had Year 8 Geography students kayakingin the mangroves in order to better understand management of takes care of itself” - Henry Fordthat fragile ecosystem, English students attending a production 3
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013GEOGRAPHY OFFERSGLOBAL PERSPECTIVEGeography in the secondary school has a global look to it, drawing onthe knowledge and experience of students from various corners of theworld, but firmly linked to issues facing the UAE.“We have taken a theme-based approach, mapping out three themes –Our Hazardous World, Our Threatened World and Our InterconnectedWorld,” says Ms Lawson, Subject Leader for Geography. “We’recurrently focusing on sustainability.”“Across the curriculum, at Key Stage 3 particularly, we’ve built it in toevery year group, elements of looking at the world and how we can bemore sustainable, but also with a focus on the UAE.”Year 7 looks at what renewable resources are being developed in theUAE and how they are being used. Year 8 looks at management of themangrove ecosystems as part of their “Fantastic Places, ChangingSpaces” unit, and Year 9 studies the sustainability of tourism inthe UAE. “The country is making massive steps towards becomingmore sustainable and the students get a local perspective on what ishappening.””Wherever possible we use local and regional examples in Geography,but as an international school we are able to draw from the culturaland geographical backgrounds of the students.” Ms Lawson gives theexample of studying extreme weather and climate.”Some studentshave really never seen anything but a desert and experienced very littlerain so it’s hard for them to get to grips with a concept like flooding.So we ask why the UAE is so hot and dry while other countries haverainforests. The range of nationalities at the school allows for a moreglobal perspective.” In GCSE and A Level years, the course content isgoverned more closely by the requirements of the UK curriculum butevery attempt is made to use global examples and experience.Trips off-campus are always enticing for students and Geography offersplenty of scope, with excursions for most classes. Year 8 studentshave been kayaking in the mangroves this month, and Year 9 havealready been to Dubai to see how tourism is managed there as part oftheir “Paradise Lost” unit. Year 10 have been out in the field for theircontrolled assessment - “How and why Abu Dhabi has changed inrecent years”. They have collected data in Abu Dhabi and are currentlywriting it up.Year 12 will also head into the city for their topic “Crowded Coasts”which looks at coastal management, and again for another topic called“Rebranding”. This looks at how places have had to adapt to ensure theycontinually develop, and how they relaunch themselves. They examinehow Abu Dhabi has changed and how it has to keep modifying to staycompetitive with other cities around the world.Geography remains a popular optional subject at GCSE level, attractingjust over 50 percent of the current Year 10s. The numbers drop a littleat A Level, where there is big competition with Maths and the sciences.However, a recent survey of secondary students saw 98 percent of themrate Geography as a “good” or “excellent” subject to take.“I like Geography because it is one of those subjects you can adapt tofit in with what’s going on in the world and because it is about the ‘hereand now’, and the future,” Ms Lawson says. “I think it is really importantthat the students understand the planet that they live on and how it isgoing to change. “It is quite a diverse subject and can be readily adapted to what ishappening around us as it happens. This makes it constantly relevant tostudents.” 4
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013IMAGE AND COLOUR KEY TO STUDYSUCCESS, SAYS MIND MAP CREATORSenior students had their notions about learning, memory,and their own potential to achieve turned upside-down at aninspirational presentation by guest speaker Professor TonyBuzan on World Book Day.The prolific author of books on memory, speed reading, andthe innovative concept of mind mapping, told students inYears 9 to 13 that pages of notes are boring, daydreaming isproductive, and image and colour are the keys to memory.The prime language of the brain is image, not words. “Thebrain works by imagination and association. Build up theseand learning will be easy.” It is human to love colour, it is abrain cell stimulator. Using it effectively is critical to success.“Colour helps us to organise our thoughts, it brightensthings up and helps us concentrate.”Writing notes in one dark colour is dull. Mono tone equals A mind map always starts with an image in the centre and hasmonotonous, he told students. “You will all be preparing for branches radiating out from it. There is no limit to how manyexams soon. You have to use colour if you are going to do branches it can have. “The brain is no different, it has infinitewell.” The mind map, or visual representation of a thought or potential to imagine and think. There is no such thing as aconcept, needs colour. “Every note you take, everything you mental block.”want to remember, colour it.” One single human brain cell is more powerful than a computerDaydreaming is also a visualisation of thought and should be and we have millions of brain cells, so there is no limit to ourencouraged, he said. A genius will have a “big” daydream, potential to succeed, he told students. “You just have to usewant to be great and will work to make it happen. In the your brain well.”classroom students should daydream, or visualise, conceptsthey are being taught so they have a picture in their head “I’m not going to wish you luck because you don’t need it.which helps them understand and remember. “A picture is You’ve got the potential. You’re in the starting blocks. Get outworth a thousand words,” he reminded them. there and use the genius that you have and that you are.” 5
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013COOL WALL: from left Emily Rossiter, Gemma Parker, Paolo Pretorius and Arthur Noble-Ditchfield.MAKING MATHS “SERIOUSLY COOL”Top Gear’s “Cool Wall” has come to Al Yasmina’s Maths The department is always looking for ways to both extendDepartment, but with a twist. It is just one of the ideas staff its most able students and encourage those who find mathshave come up with to make maths fun and relevant. more difficult.This Cool Wall celebrates the progress of secondary In KS4 (Years 10 and 11), gifted and talented students havestudents. Those who have made three sub-levels of progress been entered in Further Pure GCSE Maths, in addition to theirtowards their target grades are deemed to be “sub zero” (the standard Maths GCSE. This is seen as a great introduction tocoolest of all!), those with two sub-levels “seriously cool”, A Level Maths.and those with only one sub-level of progress “a bit chilly”. About 60 students in Years 9 to 11 have also competed in theJust as Top Gear illustrates their wall with photos of cars, UK Maths Challenge – a challenging multiple-choice exam.the Al Yasmina board is covered with students’ photos. “There’s no point guessing the answers because they willResults will be analysed each term and the wall updated. lose marks for the wrong answers. It’s more of a Mensa-styleMr Hetherington, Curriculum Team Leader for Maths, says IQ test than a maths test, so it’s really for the high-achievingstaff are always thinking of ways to add value to the lessons, students we have.”reward students, and provide real-life situations to illustratethe relevance of what they are learning in the classroom. Some Post-16 maths students are involved in a mentoring scheme to help prepare Year 9 students heading into GCSEsOnly last term, groups of students in Years 9, 10, and 11, next year, and borderline C grade students in the currentgot maths-related work experience. A careers survey was Year 11. It’s a win-win situation as the younger studentsundertaken and those interested in working in fields with benefit from the knowledge of the older ones, and the Post-a requirement for good maths skills got to make industry 16 students who are involved in the World Challenge get tovisits. One group went to stockbroking firm Century Financial satisfy the volunteering/community service component of theBrokers in Dubai and another to architecture firm Design IEC programme.in Abu Dhabi. “At the stockbroking firm they got to do a littletrading, make and lose some money and see how easily it In addition to this, Maths teacher Mr Leach runs a regularcan happen in that game.” Study Club after school for secondary students, with other staff planning more revision clubs in term three. World MathsThe students who went to Design IEC got to take part in a Day on March 6 saw Al Yasmina students competing against“hands-on” workshop run by the managing director. “The their contemporaries from around the world via internetstudents thoroughly enjoyed the visits,” Mr Hetherington quizzes. “We try to offer as many open-ended enrichmentsays. Another industry day is planned for term three. He activities as we can to make things a bit more interesting thanis keen to hear from any parents who know of firms which just working out of a textbook.”would be happy to be involved. 6
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013BOOK WEEK BUZZ BIG BOOK SWAP Book Week wrapped up with the Big Book Swap. Over the period of a week students were invited to bring in their pre-loved books to swap within the secondary school. Every book was swapped for a token and at the Big Book Swap on March 14, students exchanged their tokens for a “new” book from the collection. The book swap received more than 350 donated books, with around 250 going to new homes. The rest of the books will be donated to a charity collecting books for underprivileged children and children’s hospitals. 7
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013MYSTERY STORY- READERS’ CUPTELLERS’ TALES FINALOn World Book Day, March 7, secondary students becamemystery readers to students in the primary school. Years 7 - 11visited primary classes to read some of their favourite storiesand to listen to some of the stories written by the primaryclasses. “My children loved it,” said Year 2 teacher Miss Dean. After elimination rounds at school last month, an Al Yasmina team travelled to Dubai on March 6 to take part in the Readers’ Cup final, run as part of the Emirates Festival of Literature. Mehek Mathur, Aysha Atti, Aran Quintana and Hannah Green fought against some tough competition from schools from Muscat and Dubai and were worthy runners-up, losing out by only 1-1/2 points to the International School of Muscat. 8
  • From left is Zunair Khurram, Aysha Atti, Mehek Mathur, Sam Forbes, Fadhel Barakat, Jamie Queen. Not pictured: Savannah Ansell, Neha AliBOOK WEEK COMPETITION WINNERSCompetitions ran throughout the week: The winners were:Guess the Teacher with photos of teachers hiding behind their Guess the Teacher – Zunair Khurramfavourite books Author Anagrams – Savannah AnsellAuthor Anagrams where students had to unscramble the Where’s Wordell?--Sam Forbesauthors’ names Maths in Books – Mehek MathurWhere’s Wordell? which involved students working out fromphotos where in the world Wordell the bookworm was reading Highest point score overall – Aysha AttiMaths in Books to tie in with World Maths Day, which testedstudents’ knowledge of numbers used in literature Book Quiz – joint 1st place Jamie Queen and Neha Ali, 2nd place Fadhel BarakatBook Quiz which pitted literature experts against each other in afour-round quiz.ARAN YEAR 7’S KEENEST READER AGAINFollowing his success in the first term, Aran Quintana has topped the Year 7 Accelerated Readerprogramme again this term. The year group is piloting the research-based programme, whichencourages students to develop a passion for reading and develop their skills as active readers.Students are given a range of books to choose from and take part in a quiz to test their comprehensionskills after completing each book. Points are awarded to students each time they win a quiz and thesepoints are exchanged for prizes. The students were given a period off timetable on the last Tuesday ofterm for a prize afternoon. The points will now be reset for the start of term three. Next term, there willbe two prizes awarded per class for progress and effort.Highest point score: ProgressAran Quintana Mohammed BakhitGina Cantelmi Ibrahim Al MokatashNour Barjes Tegan FriedenthalMehek Mathur Karim MoukhtarReem Ibsais Noah ColeyFatima Anani Kayan Khraisheh 9
  • STUDENTS GIVE IKEA CHAIRS RADICAL LOOKThe classic sleek look of the IKEA chair is nowhere to be seen Jessica Vickery chose Art Nouveau; Haas Al Mashani,after colourful and quirky makeovers by Year 13 BTEC Art Surrealism; Nick Bryant, Op Art; and Liam Troup, Cubism.and Design students. In a collaboration between Al Yasminaand the local branch of IKEA, six chairs were donated to the Miniature versions of the chairs were created in the workshopArt Department for the students to complete the “Exploring before work began on the real thing. Each student had toResistant Materials and Contextual Influences in Art and address the challenges of their design and work with a rangeDesign” unit of their BTEC diploma. of materials, some of which they were not familiar with. It was a steep learning curve but the excellent quality of the outcomeIn return, the chairs have been on display at the Yas Island speaks for itself. IKEA created a multi-leveled display stand andstore over the past two weeks, making the vocational installed lighting to display the students’ work.connection essential in any BTEC brief. Mrs Walsh, Art andDesign Curriculum Team Leader, says she made the initial The students provided information boards outlining the designapproach to IKEA after coming up with the idea of taking an of their chairs. The exhibition is likely to feature in IKEA’sexisting product and upcycling it. own internal magazine. Best of all though, the Edexcel BTEC external verifier was at school on the last day of term and Mrs“IKEA was an ideal choice as it is both global and local. As their Walsh took her to IKEA where she assessed the works in situ.furniture range is flatpacked, it just made an ideal marriage.” “It’s a bit of a coup, really.”She says she had already written up the brief for the studentswhen she approached IKEA over the summer. They were An unveiling of the chairs took place on March 21. Seniorlooking to develop links with the local community and were management, teachers, parents and, of course, delightedkeen to be involved. “BTEC is a vocational qualification, so our students were able to attend.projects are very much connected to the world of work. It wasimportant to get that connection.” Mrs Walsh would like to thank Matthew Pritchard, our man at IKEA for his help and support throughout this project. SheAs part of their brief, the students had to select and research a also looks forward to future partnerships with IKEA and the Al20th century Art movement. Armed with this information they Yasmina Art Department.had to redesign the chair in that style. 10
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013SCHOOL BUSINESSES EXTENSION CLASSESGIVE CHARITY A HAND FOR AGT STUDENTSYear 11 and 12 Young Enterprise groups Elegant Edge and A group of Year 9s identified as Able, Gifted or Talented (AGT)Yazmania have both reported a successful year selling their have swapped a few of their free periods for extension classesproducts and have chosen to make charitable donations out of in History, Science and English.their profits. In History, 24 students attended a 45-minute session. Fifteen ofBusiness Studies teacher Mr Dube says that the students are them indicated that they would be taking History GCSE. “Theykeen to show that despite running a “for profit” business, they were a very engaged and interactive group of students,” saysstill care about social issues. To this end, they have donated a AGT co-ordinator Miss Magee.total of 335Dhs towards World Challenge’s Uganda expeditionin June. Looking at the feedback, the majority of students felt strongly that the session achieved its aims of deepening their knowledgeThe Young Enterprise scheme was launched at the beginning of World War One, rather than trying to teach them somethingof the school year. The Year 11 company is Elegant Edge, which new.makes and sells custom-made jewellery. To date the companyhas sold at the Feline Friends charity event at the City GolfClub, school events like International Day and National Day,and through Facebook. The Year 12 company, Yazmania, sellscustom made t-shirts at school events, including National Day,where they made bumper profits!Both groups admit that the process has been challenging butenjoyable, Mr Dube says. “Team members have had to jugglestudies, learn to work in teams, and get over their fears ofselling to the public.”The final event for the year is the nationwide Young Enterprisecompetition to be held at Marina Mall April 3-6. The purposeof the competition is to encourage young people to think aboutbusiness as a career choice and to equip them with skills toenable them to be successful in a tough business world. Bothteams will be dissolved at the end of May. In Science, the students are investigating Science in the“Team members have had to News. They have been researching and analysing a variety ofjuggle studies, learn to work in newspaper sources reporting on scientific topics. They have searched out “weasel words” in order to assess how accurateteams, and get over their fears the reporting is.of selling to the public.” In English, they explored different ways of promoting a cause, such as poetry, song, visual techniques and a variety of campaigns. This came after they had read To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with racism. Again, it was aimed at exploring the issues in more depth rather than learning anything new. The sessions have been running since January and more are planned for other year groups. “So far the feedback from all the sessions has been really positive,” Miss Magee says.Back: Mr John O’Hagan (Parent Advisor) and Faisal Ali. Front: ShahmirKhan, Jake Hughes, Mitch Keel, Abigail Alexander, Clara Ziada, DaliaAudhali, Yea In Lim 11
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013MR RICHARDS’ 3 3 0 3MATHEMATICAL 3 3 3CHALLENGE 3 3 3Congratulations to Taisir Al Saqri, who provided the correctanswer to last month’s challenge, correctly stating 13 plain 3pencils (8 pence each) and 4 coloured pencils (10 pence each). 3 3 3This month a twist on a magic squareFill in the empty spaces so every line adds up to the same,including diagonals. Which two numbers will be used to do Please email your answers tothis? crichards@alyasmina.sch.ae. The solution and the person who solved it correctly will be published next month.MUSIC STUDENTS Al Yasmina was well represented at this year’s Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival Young Artists Day.PERFORM AT ADMAF The 27-strong combined primary and secondary Brass Ensembles performed to a capacity audienceYOUNG ARTISTS DAY at the event, held at Abu Dhabi Theatre on March 9. They played Break Loose by David Frost and an arrangement, by brass teacher Nick Hudson, of the Eye of The Tiger. The brass ensemble was joined on stage by drummers Sam and Josh Hudson and bass guitarist Liam Troup. 12
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013FULL HOUSE FORSPRING CONCERTMusic students from across the school performed to a full house atthe Spring Concert on March 20.A total of 450 students from Year 2-13 were involved andperformances included the Senior orchestra, Senior choir, AlYasmina Singers, Intermediate choir, Junior choir, the Secondaryand Primary Brass ensembles, Clarinet trio, Flute choir, Saxophonequartet, Junior string orchestra and two piano soloists – IsabellaJarman in Year 5 and Annia Mirza in Year 10.The students had lots of fun and enjoying performing to such a bigaudience, says Mrs Hudson, Curriculum Team Leader for Music. Thedepartment’s next event is a student recital on Thursday April 25, at2.45pm in the recital room. 13
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013ROMEO AND JULIET GETS MODERN MAKEOVEROn Tuesday March 5 the Year 8 students went to the Abu DhabiTheatre to watch Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. GlobeTheatre Company of London performed it. I expected it to bemediocre at best, but it exceeded my expectations greatly. Theplay was based on the traditional Romeo and Juliet, of twoarguing families and forbidden love. The setting of the play wasVerona, Italy.The plot was traditional but was portrayed in a modern way.They still spoke in Shakespearean language but the charactersand setting was modern day London. Their accents were almostCockney, which was very interesting and gave it a nice moderntwist. The actors were very good and consistent throughout.Most of them were extremely well suited to their roles. Romeowas very good and suited his character very well as a 14-year-old boy. His mannerisms and gestures were also extremelyconsistent. The humour was suited to our age group and was tailoredOn the other hand, Juliet was not as good. No doubt she was extremely well to the conservative culture of this country anda good actress, she just wasn’t suited to Juliet’s role. She was the audience.quite manly and did not depict the typical image of Juliet’sgirly character. Other than that, the characters were very well Overall a brilliant performance. Very well executed, humorousportrayed. The best part was how the actors sometimes entered and portrayed wonderfully. I really recommend it to anyone whofrom the back door and interacted with the audience very well. enjoys an interactive fun performance. The set could have beenFor example, in the one scene the policemen were asking the changed a little more. But otherwise absolutely brilliant!audience who did it and that added an element of excitementand thrill. By Rachel Foulsham, Year 8 Hatta. ............................................................................................SCHOOL COUNSELLOR OFFERS DROP-IN SLOTSFOR PARENTSSchool Counsellor Vicki Bowen is offering parents theopportunity to speak to her about any issues they may have withtheir children at monthly drop-in sessions.“This might be for advice, tips, strategies and support aroundtheir child’s behaviours at home. Anything regarding theirchild’s behaviours in school they will still speak directly to theclass teacher as normal.”Ms Bowen will be available on the last Wednesday of everymonth 12.30-2.30pm in Meeting Room 1, behind Reception.The dates up until the summer break are Wednesday April 24,Wednesday May 29, and Wednesday June 26.Ms Bowen has made these times available to parents as somehave attempting to call in at her office, but this is for studentsonly. 14
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013TALENT, DISCIPLINE AND HARD WORK PAYSDIVIDENDS FOR AL YASMINA SWIM TEAMI remember getting on the bus at the end of last year’s British Early mornings while most people are still in bed, our childrenSchools in the Middle East swimming championships and saying are covering an average of 4km in the pool, late afternoonsto the kids, “You have done it guys. Al Yasmina is no longer a another 4 -5km, weekends training, and competitions. Hardparticipant, Al Yasmina is a contender. I had my confidence in the work, discipline and team ethos have been at the core of ourteam but little did I know how right I was.” success. We aim to achieve excellence and we can only do so by been excellent every day, every practice, every stroke and turn.We are back from the same competition a year later and my wordsseem to be carved in stone now. Sixty medals – 11 gold, 25 silver, Congratulations to all swimmers. We are very proud of you.24 bronze, six BSME records and memories for a lifetime. Allour swimmers achieved personal best times. This was the most By Al Yasmina Swim Instructor Mr Todorovsuccessful swimming event yet. Our school swim team is in thetop five teams in the GCC region. Record holders are:Our swimmers provided some of the most exciting races of the Isabelle Darling (Year 4) – 50 Freestyle 37.59 and 50competition. From close races and battles to the last stroke to Butterfly 43.19record-breaking swims, they elevated us with great excitementand pride. Hayden Woodrow (Year 4) – 200 Freestyle 3.00.34The achievement of those results has not been without sacrifice. Cameron Oliver (Year 10) – 50 Backstroke 28.94,Swimmers have committed time and effort in pursuit of goals and 100 Backstroke 1.02.51 and 200 Freestyle 2.04.51dreams. ............................................................................................ JAKE WALKS AWAY WITH COVETED GOLF PRIZE Year 10 Muzeera student Jake Peate will be hoping his feet have stopped growing after he won an extremely valuable pair of custom-made shoes at a recent competition at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The tournament was held over two days and was sponsored by the Italian handmade shoe company La Raimondi. More than 50 people took part and Jake won the 0-9 Division A, handicap group, with a score of 40 points. First prize was to have a pair of custom-made golf shoes designed. Of course, Jake chose his favourite football team colours, West Ham Claret & Blue. The shoes are worth about 1800Dhs. “Good job he won them!” says his mother Sonia. And there’s no chance of them finding their way into someone else’s bag – his name is engraved on the side! 15
  • AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 6 2012/2013ATRIUM ANARCHY ALL IN A GREAT CAUSEThe atrium was a scene of complete madness this month We raised a total of 700Dhs, which will go towards fundingas students took part in the viral internet craze The Harlem our expedition this summer and we would like to thankShake, in support of the World Challenge expedition to everyone who got involved in our 30 seconds of completeUganda in June. anarchy, as well as the whole school for the support we have received throughout the year.Students paid a 5Dhs entrance fee to take part in what isbest described as an absolutely random and crazy dance, By Shahmir Khan, on the behalf of the Worldwith Mr Gale taking the lead. Students crowded around thebanisters on the first and second floors to watch our Head of Challenge Team.School lead their friends into the chaos.MARCH STUDENTS OF THE MONTHDana Nasser (Islamic Studies - native), Fadwa Qadan (French),Tahira Kalsoom (Islamic Studies - non-native) Kayan Khraisheh, Jamie McMillan,Mohamed Al Hashmi (Arabic - native), Jamie Queen (Geography),Zaid Jafarey (Arabic - non-native), Liam Bryant (History),Abdulla AlMheiri (UAE Social Studies), Jake and Emily Rossiter (ICT),Ciara Loane (Art), Aran Quintana (Mathematics),Ryan Sayegh (Business Studies), Liam Troup (Music),Aurore Queromain (Drama), Fadwa Qadan (PE),Abby McGough (DT), Nicola Burgess (Psychology),Alvinderjit Gurjit Singh (Economics), Anissa Johnson (Science),Ruby Hughes (English), Kaitlyn McVicar (Spanish). 16
  • LATEST NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF AL YASMINAThe Friends of Al Yasmina (FOY) have been able to contribute toseveral exciting school activities this year. These have includedproviding refreshments at functions such as the various sportsand swimming days, the Year 2 Click Exhibition, welcome coffeemornings, and the Aldar Olympics. Putting the funds raised byFOY to a good cause is what we are all about and fortunately thismonth we are able to donate quite a bit.We have also been very lucky this term to have been helped bya very enterprising young lady in Year 6 - Layla Jawhari who hasraised the huge amount sum 1200Dhs on her own, and has verykindly donated it to FOY. This will be added to an amount at theend of the year that will be donated to charity.FOY Veg has been getting some assistance with the vegetableboxes from the World Challenge team, so the funds raised thismonth have been donated to them to help with their Ugandafundraising. This month amounted to 1255Dhs. Furtherproceeds from FOY Veg will also go towards the World Challengefundraising.A total donation of 2000Dhs was distributed by FOY to all of thestalls participating in the hugely successful International Day.The Primary drama production of The Wiz will benefit from thedonation of 5000 Dhs. Funds will help with props, costumes andlighting.The Al Yasmina Spring Ball is a major event on the calendar nextterm and the funds raised will go towards Operation Smile, thecharity which helps improve the quality of life for children withfacial disfigurements. Make sure you get some friends togetherand organise a table or come on your own and meet some newpeople for a great night out.We are looking at further ideas to assist the primary and wholeschool and will have an update as soon as its available.Come along to the next FOY meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 8am.It is a great way to be involved with your childs education andcontribute to some really worthwhile fundraising. 17