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  • 1. AL YASMINA ABU DHABI Connect issue 2SCHOOL Bloom october 2012/2013 Grow Learn Nurture PlayTHE SECONDARYPARTNERSHIP AL YASMINA SCHOOL STRIVES TO BE AN OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL, MAXIMISING THE LEARNING POTENTIAL OF ALL
  • 2. WELCOMEWelcome to the second issue of the Secondary The Secondary PARTNERSHIP keeps you up-to-datePARTnership for the 2012/2013 academic year. The with student activities across the secondary department.Secondary PARTnership is the publication for Al It 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 Secondary Principal 3Enterprise programme launched in secondary school 4Planning for National Day celebrations underway 6Careers advice available for secondary students 7Science fair 8Focusing on History 9Pastoral care a priority for Year 7 students 11HH Sheikh Zayed inspires poet 12Examination Officer 13Online collaboration for ICT students 14Reading programme underway 15Equestrian club off to galloping start 16New House system launched 17Student Voice members elected 18Halloween bake sale 19The second PARTNERSHIP for this academic yearTopics, trends, updates, views and news from the Al Yasmina Secondary DepartmentPictured on the cover: A SEA OF PINK: Al Yasmina School students abandoned their usual green attire today in favour of pink to showtheir support for breast cancer awareness. The school raised 10 967.50 dhs for breast cancer research. 2
  • 3. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPALAND HEAD OF SCHOOL, MR GALEThe summer of pride began in London with the Olympic Games.Pride radiated from the city and extended from the sportingarena into homes and families. Here at Al Yasmina School wealso soaked up some of this Olympic pride, cheering on teamsfrom our home countries and celebrating in their success.As every single student at this school knows, pride is a big partof our core values. Pride, aspiration, respect and trust - ourvalues underpin every aspect of school life. I was especiallyproud of the school during the ADEC inspection. Everyonepulled out all the stops during inspection week, workingtogether for a common goal. An inspection team reviews everyaspect of school life and the school is required to produce a selfevaluation document which is evidence-based. The inspectorsspent a lot of time observing classroom practice from FS1 toYear 13, talking with students and parents, reviewing policies,student work and planning. We have received a brief overview We are already seeing some exciting innovations in the first halfof the inspection report and the commentary is very positive. of the term. The new sports website, curriculum changes, theWe will share excerpts from the report with the school Achievement Centre and the Enterprise programme are justcommunity when we receive the full copy and this will be placed some of the new initiatives. Student Voice representatives haveon the school’s website. As a school we strongly believe in also been finalised. We are committed, purposeful, determinedtransparency being an important part of our culture. There will - and PROUD!of course always be areas for improvement and we welcomethese suggestions. I am also looking forward to sharing with The Secondary PARTnership continues to provide a valuableyou the many areas in our school where the inspectors say we insight into what is going on in the secondary school. So muchare doing exceptionally well. of our communication centres around the practical issues that are essential to keep school life on track. It’s good to be able toThe excellent GCSE results also were a source of pride for me. offer you an insight into how we are continually adding value toI know how hard students and teachers worked to get these your child’s educational experience.results. Achieving inside and outside of the classroom andin exams takes commitment, sacrifice and hard work. These I’d like to return briefly to the Olympics. A display in a noticeresults were evidence of a partnership between teachers, board in the secondary school uses the Olympic rings to showstudents and parents. With these three components in place we the connection between pride in our presentation, relationships,had a recipe for success and this was clearly reflected in our our school, learning and self. There is also a quote that isresults. relevant to each and every one of us.The feedback I’m receiving after two and a half terms in thepost also fills me with great pride. Children talk with pride “Time is an equal opportunityabout ‘their school’ and parents are taking the time to tell me employer. Each human being haswhat they like about Al Yasmina School. We are pleasing most exactly the same number of hoursof the people, most of the time and delighting a lot of people a and minutes each day. Rich peoplelot of the time. This is evident from the feedback received at therecent round of parent teacher consultations. can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. AndStaff are also a sense of pride for me. Our teachers and you can’t save time to spend it onsupport staff are committed and driven; they are here to make another day.”a difference and that is evident in everything they do. We havebeen focusing on development plans and staff performance Enjoy the second half of the term. I said in my last column thatmanagement targets and have been looking at how we can use this year would be the best ever. We’re right on track.staff skill set to move the school forward. 3
  • 4. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013AN ENTERPRISINGAPPROACH Mr Dube says while the early focus was on making money, the team is also exploring how they can support local charities. The programme facilitators also plan to tap in to the expertise of the school’s parent body and have offers from several parents who are prepared to give business advice. Aldar’s Marketing Manager will also talk to the students about developing marketing strategies. Mr Dube says the Enterprise programme will be extended across the secondary school next year and will eventually become a whole school initiative. He also hopes it will be taken on board by all Aldar schools. “We are really keen for the whole school to think enterprise and for students to develop the life skills, communication and interpersonal skills, along with increased self confidence, as they work their way through the different stages of their business,” he says.AROUND THE BOARD TABLE: Students meet to discuss their businessplan with the Head of School, Mr Gale. Karim Saleh Abdel Latif (left), JAZMANIA SETSMitchell Keel, Ahmed Aman, Mr Gale, Faisal Ali, Dalia Audhali andRameez AnsariSuit jackets buttoned, ties adjusted and briefcases snapped SIGHTS ON T-SHIRT BUSINESSshut, the young executives entered the meeting room. After around of handshakes and introductions, they sat at the meetingtable, ready to talk to the Head of School, Mr Gale, about theirbusiness proposition. Students in the Enterprise programme have established two companies. The first, Jazmania, plans to sell a range of t-shirtsThe meeting was arranged by Year 12 Business Studies which will be printed with different designs. They will have astudents who are taking part in the Enterprise programme, range of set designs but will also offer a bespoke service foran initiative that gives them the chance to run their own customers who want individual designs. The t-shirts will bebusiness and exposes them to all the realities and challenges printed by the school’s uniform shop. The company will sell theof the business world. Working in teams, the students are t-shirts from a stall at the Festive Fayre on December 8.involved in every stage of business development, rangingfrom managing production and finances, organising sales andmarketing campaigns and liaising directly with customers. “We are really keen for the whole“The students gain real-life, hands-on business experience and school to think enterprise and forcan put into practice what they learn in the classroom,” saysCurriculum Team Leader for Business Enterprise and Learning students to develop the life skills,Technologies, Mr Dube, who is facilitating the programme with communication and interpersonalICT teacher Mrs Eaves. skills, along with increased selfHe says the students are very enthusiastic about the enterprise confidence..."programme. They began by watching an episode of thetelevision programme The Dragons’ Den, where entrepreneurspitch their business ideas to millionaires willing to investtheir own cash. Next was a brain storming session and mindmapping to come up with different business ideas. Mr Dubesays the students are encouraged to manufacture products oradd value to existing products, rather than just buying itemsand selling them on.“It’s interesting to see the different viewpoints and how thestudents find some areas of common ground. There is slightconflict, but in a very healthy way and the students are learninghow to overcome that. What we expect to see as the projectdevelops are high levels of innovation and ingenuity.”"What we expect to see as theproject develops are high levels of BUSINESSMEN: Karim Saleh Abdel Latif (left), Mitchell Keel, Ahmedinnovation and ingenuity.” Aman 4
  • 5. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013THE JAZMANIA TEAM They will also use Facebook to attract customers. TheAs company director, Dalia Audhali knows that the buck stops employees eventually plan to expand the business to includewith her. She is aware of her directorial responsibilities and clothing which they will design and manufacture. Laura, who issays she will be firm but fair in her approach. “My job is to lead the Chief Executive, says the company will begin with jewellerythe company and the discussions, make sure we are doing and expand once it has a solid base of loyal customers.everything on time and on schedule, that we have a product anda name for product and know where we are going to get the The company sources some items for its jewellery locally, andproduct - in other words, all the aspects of running a business,” also imports beads, ribbons and other items from Canada,she says. “I will also make sure employers are turning up for Korea and London. Some items have been purchased on e-bay.meetings, are motivated, are contributing and are doing their Every employee is involved in the creative process, workingjob. In our business, everyone participates. Every week we need under the guidance of Yea In, the company’s Creative Director,to make sure that everyone has done their job for the week, and who says the name of each collection will reflect the individualmy role is to make sure they are doing that.” who put it together. The company has already developed a signature bracelet which features faux pearls on a velvet band. “We will all collaborate on the first collection, but will then focus on individual collections,” Laura says. “We all have different styles and this gives us the ability to target a lot of different tastes in the market. Some of our collections are vintage while others use more edgy designs featuring spikes and beads with skulls on them.” The students say they will interact with other jewellery designers via the company blog, giving items to other fashionREADY FOR BUSINESS: Administrator Karim Saleh (left), Company and jewellery bloggers who in turn write about the company andDirector, Dalia Audhali and Creative Director, Rameez Ansari its products. They also have a private Facebook site where they can interact with each other and exchange ideas.Administrator Karim Saleh knows that the attention to detailrequired of his role will be crucial to the efficient running of the Yea In says her role in the company is an extension of what shecompany. “I will organise agendas for our business meetings enjoys as a hobby. “This is what I do in my spare time and I amand prepare outlines for proposals. I need to make sure things always thinking about what I can design,” she says. “As Creativeare running smoothly so will be applying common sense and Director I will always also need to be thinking about innovation.”using my organisational skills. I will be the person who is the Laura says as CEO she will have to ensure staff stay motivated.point of contact with the uniform shop and will also be working “If anyone wants to join the business they have to prove whatclosely with the Finance Director.” they can do to make this a better business or how they can help promote it,” she says. “Yea In knows what she is doing, she isArtistic Director Rameez Ansari’s designs will be used on the very creative and organised so I don’t have to tell her to do this,t-shirts being sold by the company. “I am concentrating on the she organises herself. In this company we want people who wet-shirt design, on the creative side of the business. I need to can depend on without having to nag them.”produce some set designs which will sell for a fixed price andI will also need to interpret ideas from customers who want Clara has been appointed the company administrator, Hiba is ina personalised design.” He will be working closely with the charge of business development and Anissa will take care of theMarketing Manager to ensure the company has a presence on finances. The students plan to have a stall at the Feline FriendsFacebook and will be drawing up posters to ensure the business Christmas market at the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club on Novemberis being promoted and advertised around the school. 30 where they hope to recoup some of their setup costs.JEWELLERYCOMPANY READY FORBRIGHT FUTUREA jewellery manufacturing and design company, offering bothcustomised designs along with ranges produced by each of theemployees, has been established by the second group of Year11 students. Yea In Lim, Laura Tibi, Clara Ziada, Hibah Hassanand Anissa Johnson are the brains behind Of Petals and Pearls.The students plan to sell their jewellery via a website thatwill be attached to a fashion and lifestyle blog that Laura, the JEWELLERY SUPPLIES: Laura Tibi (left), Yea In Lim, Hibah Hassan andcompany’s Chief Executive, established in August. Clara Ziada 5
  • 6. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013AL YASMINA NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONSOrganisers of the celebrations to mark the 41st UAE National Day on 29 November at Al Yasmina School are hoping the event will beeven more successful than last year, when a host of activities were held to mark the 40th anniversary of the union. Curriculum TeamLeader for Arabic, Islamic and UAE Social Studies, Mr Abu Saleh, says the scope of activities last year were particularly pleasing for thecommunity of UAE Nationals at the school and many were visibly moved to see their culture taking centre stage.The community wants to build on the success of the celebrations last year and a group of Arabic parents are joining FOY (Friends ofAl Yasmina) to help organise the programme of activities this year. They will help source traditional dancers, decorations, flags, andwill bring in artifacts from their homes and farms which will be sold at a charity bazaar offering traditional food, heritage items andhandicrafts. Mr Abu Saleh says the format for the day will be similar to last year, with a students’ parade, an operetta, Yola dancing,which is performed by the men, and Na’sh dancing in which girls swish their hair from side to side as they dance.Secondary students will deliver key note speeches, read Nabaitiy poems and take part in flag raising and oath taking activities. Oathtaking is particularly significant for UAE Nationals. It will be recited mainly by Emirati students and other native Arabic speakers andtestifies to their pride in the Union, loyalty to the leaders and a commitment to fulfill their aspirations and dreams by making sacrificesto ensuring the safety, security and sovereignty of the UAE.A CELEBRATION FOR A NATIONNational Day is for everybody in the UAE, regardless of where they are from, Mr Abu Saleh says. Taking part in the celebrations givespeople an opportunity to appreciate the heritage of the UAE and to increase their awareness of the culture of the Emirates which hesays represents a "unique model of cross-cultural harmony, peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance."“The host country provides facilities for everyone to live here peacefully and happily,” Mr Abu Saleh says. “National Day is anopportunity to express gratitude to the leaders who provide equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their religion or nationality.The expats make up the largest group in the country so they are the biggest beneficiary of everything that is good in the country. TheUAE is the fastest developing country in the region and the UAE Nationals are optimistic about their future. On National Day we can allcelebrate the achievements of the country.” 6
  • 7. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013CAREERS ADVISOR CASTS EYE OVER UNIVERSITYAPPLICATIONSYear 13 students have received expertadvice from a careers advisor on how tomarket CVs and personal statements fortheir UCAS applications. All applications tohigher education in the UK, Scotland, Walesand Northern Ireland are done throughUCAS (Universities and Colleges AdmissionsServices ) which processes universityapplications. Students complete an onlineapplication, create a CV and write a personalstatement.Mrs Howell has had one-to-one sessionswith all Year 13 students and says mostpersonal statements are in good shape butmany students needed to focus more onthe marketing and presentation side of thedocuments. “Most of the students are sellingthemselves properly and have outlined theirachievements and their transferable skills,so the main content is there, but they needto ensure they are presenting this in the bestpossible light,” she says. Mrs Howell alsourged the students to think about where theirhigher education might take them. CAREER DIRECTION: Careers advisor Mrs Howell talks to Year 13 student Jess Vickery“I want to make them think about what they would be doing in three or four years time when they finish their degrees so Iencouraged them to think long term. It’s important that they do this before they start their degree so they can make any changesnow. A lot of students do a degree because they think it is the right thing to do, but don’t know where it is going to take them and areunsure about exactly what skills they will acquire during their studies to achieve their end goal.” Mrs Howell has worked in the UKwith secondary students of all age groups, with adults wanting professional qualifications, and with people whose roles have beenmade redundant.A COORDINATED APPROACH TO CAREERS ADVICEStudents with questions about career and higher/further Other career-based initiatives in the secondary school include:education options can now find answers right on their doorstep.English teacher Miss Ariff has been newly appointed to the role • careers-centred lessons are being delivered throughof providing careers advice as part of the recent restructuring the secondary school’s PSHCEE (personal, social,at the school. She is responsible for coordinating careers health, citizenship and economic education)advice and activities and has an open door careers session each programme for Year 11 students. A version of this mayTuesday after school for secondary students. Her current focus also be introduced for Year 8is on the school’s Post-16 students. • on-line careers assessments • work sampling day for Year 7 students to introduceRepresentatives from Reading, Southampton and Warwick them to a working environmentuniversities have spoken to the Post-16 students and this month • work experience for Year 10 studentsa delegation from Abu Dhabi University will address the group. • work placement for Post-16 students over the summerMiss Ariff is also collating information for students planning to • mock job interview process for Year 9 studentsattend university in other countries, such as Canada, Australia, • a day for Year 10 students which focuses on businessNew Zealand and the US, where admittance procedures differ presentation skills.from the UK. She also hopes to be in a position to offer advice to families whoare not resident in the UK but who wish their children to attend yariff@alyasmina.sch.aeUK universities. Miss Ariff says from January she will introducea careers-related programme for students in KS 3 and 4. 7
  • 8. SCIENCE FAIR AL YASMINA SCHOOL By Sally Zeidan Year 8 Hatta issue 2 october 2012/2013 Took place on 16 October at ADNECWe learned theimportance ofscience in ourlives and howthe worldwould behopelesswithout it The most exciting activity we did was dissecting a camel’s eye The science festival was a fantastic experience We discovered and explored information in an entertaining way
  • 9. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013SOURCE-BASED FOCUS FOR YEAR 13HISTORY STUDENTSHISTORIANS: Brandon Rowland (left) Chelsea Lawson, Alistair Mains, Chloe Moss, Haas Al Mashani, Khalifa Saleh and Jon AlexanderYear 13 students who have chosen History as an A level subject are increasing their analytical knowledgeand further developing the critical thinking skills they will need for their university studies. Subject Leaderfor History, Mrs Hodgson, says the subject provides students with important skills that will be of great valueas they embark on their higher education and future studies. "History students learn to absorb, analyse andassess a wide variety of information and viewpoints, to express arguments in oral and written form, and to thinkand work both independently and in co-operation with others," she says. "This means History students acquireskills which are valued by employers in all fields. Learning about the past also enables students to come to abetter understanding of the present."The A2 History students have two double History periods twice a week with Mrs Hodgson and a double periodonce a week with History teacher Ms Natschowny. They are focusing on 20th century international relationsfrom 1879-1980, examining the changing relationships between the powers and the ways in which this affectedthe balance of power throughout this period. They are concentrating on Germany between 1900 and 1945,analysing the development of Hitlers dictatorship and the fall of the Kaiser and the Weimar Republic.The students will look carefully at Germany in peace and war and the tragic evolution of the culturallysophisticated and economically impressive Second Reich into the Third Reich via the Weimar Republic, MrsHodgson says. "This unit is a study in depth and requires a firm understanding both of the selected chronologyand of key issues, problems and debates associated with it."CHOOSING HISTORY FOR PRESENT DAYADVANTAGEHistory will be one of the subjects Jon Alexander will study at "We did Germany history in Year 11 but we are now going intouniversity before heading for a career in military aviation or in things in a lot more depth, using a different writing style andthe infantry, and he says learning "what went on before will analysing sources so its a lot harder."come in handy." He says enjoys studying what he describes asa particularly volatile time in History. "It is different from GCSE Brandon Rowland plans to be a History teacher. He describes thein terms of skills. Its a lot more advanced and we have to be a Year 13 syllabus as fun, but difficult. "The Cold war and the navallot more concise and cant waffle, but in terms of what we are arms race are all topics I enjoy," he says. "The biggest changestudying there is lot of familiar ground. But I like the fact we are compared to previous years is having to write in a more concisegoing into the subject in a lot more depth." manner, making every word count and using source-based material." Brandon says he enjoys German history and is able toChloe Moss decided to take History because she really enjoyed make use of what he learnt during the school History trip to Berlinthe subject in Year 12. She plans to be a PE teacher and says when he was in Year 11.her History studies will further develop her analytical and essaywriting skills. 9
  • 10. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013HISTORY IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL Students will study the following topics this year: Year 7 Year 10 What is History? Causes of WW1 Medieval Times The Peace Settlement 1918 The Cold war Year 8 Germany 1918 -1939 The Tudors Native Americans Year 11 Germany from 1918-1939 Year 9 USA 1945 - 1970 Industrial revolution Slavery Post-16 The Battle of Somme Germany from 1900-1945 The Cold War 1945 - 1990HISTORY BECOMES PERSONAL FOR YEAR 7STUDENTSYear 7 students have begun their History studies by examiningtheir own pasts. They have produced timelines in a comic stripstyle to show significant events in their lives. Year 7 Historyteacher Mrs Wood says the students were asked to chose sixmajor events in their lives and complete a timeline by drawingthese events, writing about them or using photos. The exerciseenabled to students to look at chronology, evidence, sourcesand what bias means in History."The students did very well in recording the important eventsin their lives, but most were not precise about when theseevents occurred," Mrs Wood says. "We will work on them beingmore specific, which is a skill they will master as their studiesprogress." Students were also asked to bring in pieces ofevidence about themselves and their classmates had to writeabout what these items said about their fellow students. Theclass was flooded with memorabilia as the students brought inmementoes from their past. For Lotte De Rooy, it was a cup shereceived in a sailing competition. "Ive given up sailing now butit reminds me of what I did achieve when I used to sail a lot,"she says.H History in the secondary schoolStudents will study the following topics this year:Year 7 MEMORABILIA: Lotte De Rooy with her sailing cup. 10
  • 11. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013PASTORAL FOCUS FOR YEAR 7BOXING ON: Reem Ibasais (left) and Jamie Queen with the 86 boxes filled as part of the Box Appeal charity campaign.Each issue of The Secondary PARTnership will focus on adifferent secondary year group. In this issue we look at Year 7.Comprehensive support measures are in place to ensure that Goals and target setting are a focus for Year 7 students thisthe transition from primary to secondary school is a smooth one term. They are encouraged to meet manageable, smaller goalsfor Al Yasmina’s Year 7 students. Year 7 Leader Miss Macleod each week and as a group worked together towards a biggersays the move into the secondary school is an exciting one for goal of organising the box appeal this year. A total of 86 boxesthe students who feel more grown up with their own lockers, were filled and will be donated to the city’s labourers. Othersecondary school uniform and specialist teachers. Although ideas include organising a fundraising event to support thethey are the youngest students in the secondary school they are World Challenge students. The Year 7 students will also haveevery bit as important as the older students, and this message the opportunity to forge relationships with the school’s Yearis reinforced in Year 7 assemblies, Miss Macleod says. 12 in a peer mentoring scheme which is part of the Year 12 community service award. This scheme gives the older studentsThe mentor group structure is particularly important for Year an opportunity to undertake volunteer activities in the school7 students. Registration and PSCHEE lessons are delivered and the wider community.via mentor groups. The Year 7 students have decorated displayboards in their rooms with pictures of themselves, giving A buddy system has been established, allowing the six Year 12information on where they have come from and their personal students in the CSA scheme to work alongside Year 7 studentstargets. This lead to a healthy competition between each of the who may need extra help with organisation or support withsix Year 7 mentor groups for the best boards, Miss Macleod homework or other issues during PSCHEE. This scheme wassays. introduced to students at a Year 7 assembly. “A lot of issues can be worked through with the help of an older student,”“For this Year group the pastoral side is just as important as Miss Macleod says. “We have also put a suggestion box in eachtheir subject learning so in PSCHEE lessons we are focusing on mentor group and Year 7 students who have any concernswhat their issues might be and being in tune with anything that can write them down, put them in the box and then the Yearthe students want to discuss,” she says. 12 students can take charge and sit down with the younger students to work through these issues.” 11
  • 12. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013WRITING FROM THE FARIS’S POEMHEART Once a young child sat with his dad with a map on his lapYear 10 student Faris Al Nahdi was five-years-old when he met Found land shaped like a kangaroo and askedHis Highness Sheikh Zayed at a horse riding competition in “Where’s that?” pointing at the map.Egypt. Faris has no memory of the meeting and relies on the “I don’t know,” he answered, “I don’t know.”photographs of them together as evidence of his encounter withthe Father of the Nation. So when he was asked to write a poem Down in the Middle East, where nothing grewat school for National Poetry Day, Faris did what he always does Sat a leader looking at the view- he turned to HH Sheikh Zayed for inspiration. “One day this place will be a beauty,” said this wise leader, “One day this place will be a beauty.”“We had to plan and write a poem but mine was already inmy heart,” Faris says. “Sheikh Zayed is the inspiration for Sand blew from west to easteverything I do, all I had to do was write it on paper. He is my The trees left stood like a beastgreatest inspiration because of everything he has done and “This place is dead,” said the British, trying to findhis beautiful vision for this country.” Faris writes poetry for resources for WWII, “This place is dead.”pleasure and recites it to his family. Visiting relatives oftenask to hear his latest compositions. “All I need to do is think of Then came a son of a sonSheikh Zayed, my favourite hero, and that will motivate me to Who grew up in the sand under the sunwrite a poem,” he says “This child will be great,” said his father, “This child will be great.” He was young, he was wise His wisdom slowly rose “This child will be a great ruler,” said his father, “this child will be a great ruler.” Started with Al Ain, slowly to the big city Turned a big city, green and pretty “It’s a dead country,” they said, “It’s a dead country.” Under the sun, he had a dream That all the cities nearby became a team “That was when the union started,” announced UAE, “That was when the union started.” Once unknown Now known Took 20 years, or less, took 20 years We have power, we have fame He created us a patriotic name Emirati we call our self, proudly, Emirati we call our self Now the richest, strongest and the bestPOET: Faris Al Nahdi recites his poem about HH Sheikh Zayed. He accomplished a dream, he accomplished a quest “You taught me well,” as this wise ruler looked down in his father’s grave, “You taught me well.” Broke records locally and worldwide“All I need to do is think of Sheikh We’re proud to have this prideZayed, my favourite hero, and that “Is this still a dead country?” I asked. “Is this still a dead country?”will motivate me to write a poem.” In 2004 thunder struck Turned all our hearts into muck Rest in peace, great one, rest in peace. Now we have the biggest tower, we have the biggest mall Now this country will never fall His name was Sheikh Zayed, rest in peace great one, his name was Sheikh Zayed. 12
  • 13. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013EXAMINATION OFFICER FAQLEAVES NO ROOM FORERROR Can I get a copy of my exam paper? Yes. Every student who has sat an exam paper may request a copy of that paper. There is a deadline for paper requests forAl Yasmina School has appointed an Examination Officer to each exam series - ie November, January, March and June. Thisoversee the organisation of the school’s GCSE, A level and BTEC year, the deadline for the summer series was September 20.examinations. Mrs Gale’s responsibilities range from educatingstudents about exam protocol to managing the enrolment Do I pay for this?process, analysing data and handling queries after the exam The cost of getting a paper returned varies by subject, but it isresults have been received. Her key responsibilities include around 100dhs per written paper or module sat.registering the details of all students in Years 10-13 who aresitting GCSE and A level exams with Edexcel, the school’s exam If I opt for a resit, and I did better in the first exam paperboard, liaising with Curriculum Team Leaders over programmes than in my second attempt, can I choose the better of the twoof study, producing exam timetables and ensuring all fees are grades?paid on time. Mrs Gale also liaises with ADEC to ensure exam Edexcel will take the best mark of any units sat at A Level andresults are approved and registered. GCSE. However, if you resit and re-aggregate a whole GCSE they take the most recent grade.Another important part of her role is keeping up-to-date withEdexcel course changes and ensuring these are communicated Is there anything on my resit result that indicates I sat theto Curriculum Team Leaders. Edexcel has a regional office in exam more than once?Dubai and Mrs Gale works with the exam board’s coordinator The provisional statements of results after each exam seriesfor the region and the account advisor in London. “Each year will show all attempts, the final certificates show only the finalEdexcel sends us up-to-date information on the courses aggregated grade.changes, specifications and new opportunities, so I make sureteachers can access this information,” Mrs Gale says. I’ve heard that if I go for a remark on my exam paper that the mark can only go up, not down - is this true? There are 3 things that can happen:examinationofficer@alyasmina.sch.ae 1. Your original mark is confirmed as correct and there is no change to your grade. 2. Your original mark is raised so your final grade may be higher than the original grade you received. 3. Your original mark is lowered and may or may not affect your original grade (it is recommended to ask for re-mark if within 3 marks of the next grade so a loss of 1 or 2 marks would not usually result in a grade change) I’ve heard that there are some changes to the GCSE exams. What are these, and how will it affect Al Yasmina students? Maths is moving to a linear course which means current Year 10 students will sit their final exam in Summer 2014. Other subjects, including ICT and Business, are changing from IGCSE to GCSE and will be modular courses, examined throughout the year. Why is it important that my name on my passport matches the name on my examination papers? Because when applying for university or college places or at a job interview, you will be asked for a copy of your passport and this will need to match against the name that appears on your exam certificates. It can potentially create many difficulties if the name on both documents differ. Also, ADEC requires the passport name to exactly match school exam results documentation. Can I re-sit in any exam session? Some subjects are available in November, January, March and June others in June only. The availability can be checked with the Examination Officer or the student’s subject teacher.EXAMINATION RESPONSIBILITY: Al Yasmina School’s ExaminationOfficer, Mrs Gale. 13
  • 14. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013SEARCHING FOR “This allows students to put up reports, link through to different internet sites, and create an online forum so they can collaborate and teach eachSANTA other,” Mrs Dunn says. “They can update and modify the material as they wish and upload it to their group so everybody in the Year 11 ICT group can then also access it. They can also invite people from other groups to view their work. It will be a continuous buildup of the students’ resources.”FOY is looking for a volunteer to fill the role of Santa at the Festive Fayre onDecember 8. “It will involve about an hour of someone’s time and will make Emails are the first part of the package to be implemented and thea lot children very happy,” FOY Chair Mrs Loftus says. “We would also like interactive components will be in place shortly. Once the system is robust,to hear from anyone who can lend us a Santa suit for the day.” The Festive Miss Dunn says it will be introduced gradually into the secondary school,Fayre is being held in the school grounds on December 8 from 11am to one year group at a time. The aim is for each Year group to have their own2pm, and organisation for the event is in full swing. Volunteers are still area and within that Year group every subject will also have its own space.needed. Anyone who can run a stall or can help with organisation before theevent can email justine2h@hotmail.comFOY would like to hear from parents who are interested in purchasing fresh NEW LOOK FOR ICTvegetables via the school. The group is considering a partnership with theAbu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, an organisation that distributes foodfrom local farms. If the scheme is introduced, Al Yasmina families could CURRICULUMsubmit weekly or monthly orders, with cash payment, for fresh vegetables The secondary school’s ICT curriculum has been revamped to make itor a soup or salad mixed box in either 2kg, 5kg or 7kg weights. Produce is more relevant, modern, enriching and engaging. Students will look at realfresh and prices reasonable, with all funds received used to benefit local world applications and learn more about how they work, increasing theirfarmers and FOY for the benefit of Al Yasmina students. “At this point, base knowledge which in turn will raise attainment levels. There will bewe are simply gauging interest to see if this is a worthwhile venture,” Mrs lots of interactive and animation-based projects and a focus on up-to-date,Loftus says. “Boxes would be delivered weekly to the school atrium at relevant learning.parent pick up time. Parents would be responsible for picking up their boxon the designated day/time and signing for it.” Register your interest byemailing foyveg@hotmail.com.FOY is still looking for a parent willing to take on the role of FOY secretary. MR RICHARDS’Please email Mrs Loftus if you are interested in joining FOY or need moreinformation on the role.The next FOY meeting is on Monday 26 November at MATHEMATICAL8am in the old uniform shop, ground level, off the atrium.Key dates: CHALLENGE 26 November - Next FOY meeting From many correct entries Zaid Al-Qaimi drawn at random provided the 29 November - National Day correct answer of 5, simply adding the top and bottom row. 8 December - Festive Fayre 1 3 3 5 4INTERACTIVE 5 6 8 7 ?LEARNING TOOL 4 3 5 2 1FOR YEAR 11 ICT This month’s challenge may cause a few problems. Using only theSTUDENTS numbers 1 to 6 can you make each “leg” of the L shape add up to the same number? I have provided one solution there are two more…Year 11 ICT students are trialing a new software package thatallows them to collaborate online with their classmates using webconferencing, group videos, emails and voice chat. If the project 6is successful, the ICT department plans to introduce it across thesecondary school. 2ICT teacher Mrs Dunn says Office 365 runs on all PCs and Applecomputers, smart phones, android phones and Blackberries, 1enabling students to stay in touch with each other through what isessentially a virtual learning environment. 3 5 4Students can carry out group work from remote locations usingthe tools available in the software package. Typically they mightupload and download documents and use messaging, video Please email your answers.conferencing and file sharing to complete tasks set by the teacher. The solution and the person who solved it correctly will be published nextThe information can be uploaded to a blog or Wikispace. month. crichards@alyasmina.sch.ae 14
  • 15. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013READING PROGRAMME OFF TO A GOOD STARTSecondary librarians have catalogued booksfor the Accelerated Reading Programme andstudents have been through the initial round oftesting. The programme is designed to improvethe reading abilities of students and encouragea life-long love of reading. Year 7 students arethe first to participate in the scheme, whichwill be introduced across the secondary schoolnext year. The on-line assessment providesinformation on the student’s overall readingability and suggests a range of book levels foreach student. Teachers then meet with eachstudent to set individualised reading practicegoals and monitor progress as the studentswork towards these goals.Aran Quintana returned a perfect score afterhis on-line test. The avid reader answeredquestions on The Spooks’ Stories (Witches) byJoseph Delaney, which he describes as a “goodcombination of fantasy and comedy, which workwell together.” Aran couldn’t say exactly howmany books he would typically read in a week.“If I’ve got seven books, then maybe seven,”he says. After they finish their books, studentstake part in a quiz to test their comprehensionlevel. Points are awarded to students each timethey win a quiz and these points are exchangedfor prizes.AVID READER: Aran Quintana (left) with the book he was quizzed on, and (right) Reem Ibasais chooses a book for the accelerated reading programme.EMIRATES LITFEST WRITING COMPETITIONSCalling all budding poets and authors - the Emirates Festival of Literature is next March, but entries for story writing and poetry competitions close later thismonth. Students can submit a poem exploring the LitFest theme of “Heroes and Villains” or write a story about “Seeking the Truth.” Entries for both categoriesclose on November 25. To submit your entry, and for further information, see www.emirateslitfest.com 15
  • 16. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013NEW HORSE RIDING A MUSICAL END TOCLUB FOR SECONDARY EACH MONTHSCHOOLA group of eight secondary students have become the first tojoin the Al Yasmina Equestrian Club. The novice riders havebegun lessons at the Al Forsan Equestrian Club and the clubcoordinator, FS1 teacher Ms O’Farrell says another eightstudents come on board in December. Lessons are in fiveweek blocks and each session is 30 minutes long. Ms O’Farrellsays giving students the opportunity to take a short number oflessons initially gives them the chance to see if horse riding isa hobby they want to pursue before making a longer financialcommitment.The first group of students are in Years 6-10. Ms O’Farrell,who has a Certificate in Breeding and Horsemanship froman equestrian college in Ireland and has taught riding for 10years, assists the Al Forsan instructor. She says the studentslearn to ride fairly quickly. “By the end of five weeks thestudents should be confident on their horses, will have learnedto maintain proper posture on the horse and will be able to gettheir ponies to walk, trot, canter and go over small jumps,” shesays.Students pay 500dhs for a block of five lessons. Bustransportation is provided by the school to the equestriancentre in Khalifa A and Al Forsan has waived the normal entryfee into the resort. Members of the school’s equestrian clubalso receive a discount from Al Forsan’s shop and discountedentry to events at the resort. Ms O’Farrell says if the studentsin the first groups decide to continue with horse riding andadvance to intermediate and advanced levels then the schoolwill be able to offer riding lessons across the ability range. Theequestrian club is on Wednesdays from 2.45pm. Students areback at school by 4pm. All the gear is provided by the centre,but students need to bring a long-sleeved top, long pants andclosed shoes. Secondary students interested in joining the clubfrom January should email Ms O’Farrell.cofarrell@alyasmina.sch.ae Don’t miss the opportunity for a musical interlude on the last Thursday of each month. The school’s talented musicians perform at an after school concert, showcasing a range of different instruments and musical styles, ranging from electric guitar to the flute and a range of brass instruments. The performance helps students get used to performing in front of an audience. The concert is held in the old uniform shop, on the ground floor of the school just off the atrium. Note: The concert was held early this month because of half term. The next performance is Thursday, November 29, at 2.45pm.HORSEMANSHIP: Year 9 student and Al Yasmina Equestrian Club memberAmro Luqman puts his horse through its paces. 16
  • 17. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013DISCOVERY TAKES OFF HOUSE SYSTEM EXPANDSDiscovery has taken the lead in the House competitions afterstudents put their sporting prowess to the test just before half THROUGHOUTterm break with boys’ football and girls’ netball competitions.Director of Sport Mr Smith says the tournaments were all close SECONDARY SCHOOLaffairs and were played in good spirit with a healthy dose ofcompetitiveness. “Thanks to both staff and students for ensuringthe House competition started in true Al Yasmina style,” he says. The House system is about to hit the classroom, beginning thisThe next activities on the House sporting calendar are athletics and term with English, Maths and Science competitions for Year 10swimming. and 11 students. “Look for inter classroom chess competitions, Olympic-style maths quizzes, and Shakespeare spot prizes,” saysOverall Standings for term 1: Director of Sport, Mr Smith. “The idea is to extend the same fun, competitive element that we have in House sports through to all other areas of learning.” Year 7 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Football Voyager Challenger Discovery Endeavour The new House system will extend across all KS3 subjects next Netball Discovery Voyager Challenger Endeavour term and Post-16 students will come on board in the third term. House points and bonus points will be awarded during the year and Year 8 1st 2nd 3rd 4th the winning House announced at the end of each year. Students Football Challenger Voyager Endeavour Discovery have to apply for roles as House captains and House leaders, Mr Smith says and he is currently sifting through around 70 written Netball Discovery Endeavour Voyager Challenger applications. Appointees will be featured in the next Secondary Year 9 1st 2nd 3rd 4th PARTnership. Football Discovery Challenger Endeavour Voyager “We’re hoping that students will bring the enthusiasm and Netball Endeavour Discovery Voyager Challenger competitiveness they have on the sporting field to the classroom,” Mr Smith says. “We know we are going to get the same eagerness Year 10 1st 2nd 3rd 4th to compete and desire to uphold the school’s motto of pride, Football Discovery Voyager Endeavour Challenger aspiration, respect and trust.” Netball Voyager Discovery Challenger Endeavour Year 11 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Football Voyager Endeavour Discovery Challenger Netball Challenger Endeavour Discovery Voyager 17
  • 18. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013NEW SECONDARY STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTEDStudent Voice representatives have been elected, andtheir first job is to come up with a new name for thegroup. Ideas so far include The Voice of Al Yasmina,Student Committee and PARTicipation Group. Thestudents will also nominate a Chairperson, ViceChairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.Student Voice coordinator Mrs Hewitt says thesepositions of responsibility will rotate each term.This year every Learning Mentor group has onerepresentative on Student Voice and all representativeswill attend a fortnightly meeting to ensure that eachLearning Mentor group has a ‘voice’, she says. The nextmeeting is period five, Thursday November 8. “We arestill in the early stages of discussing our plans for theyear but so far the students are very enthusiastic aboutworking in conjunction with the primary school council,improving the atrium, planning celebration and charitydays, improving the school’s environmental impact andimproving communication within school,” she says.Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10Butinah –Katya Ayass Siji-Nicole Gross Jaziera- tbc Sidra-tbcMaryah-Fatima Anani Tayyibah-Abdullah Al Mazrouei Khaladiya- Chris Lincoln Khannour- Katha TomaDelma-Matthew Pretorius Bih-James Ensor Muroor-Tina Kamel Yasmina-Salem Al ShamsiYas-Ibrahim Al Mokatash Galeelah-Micheal Franks Safarat-Ramya Iyer Muzeera-Eliel PonenFutaisi-Sumayah Yousaf Hatta-Rachel Foulsham Gurm-Geethma Kaunatileke Qattouf – Tehara MoonemalleReem-Kayan Khraisheh Mardi-Aurore Queromain Hamdan-Areeb AnsariYear 11 Year 12 Year 13Jahili-Yash Bhatia Nayhan-Nicola Burgess Zayed-Post 16 leadership team on a rotaFahidi-Clara Ziada Maktoum – Thomas Willcoxson- Khalifa-Post 16 leadership team on a rotaBushaq-Mohmmmad Shahrour/ StainesAnissa JohnsonHusn-Mallory de ManSTUDENTS OF THE MONTHBack from left: Maddie Korff (Music), Nour Barjes (French), Zain Mustafa (Drama),Tejas Menon (ICT), Mohamed Al Hashmi (Arabic native), Rowan Smith(Arabic non-native), Shan Coley (History), Kelsi Friedenthal (Science)Front from left: Roxy Gardiner (Geography & Spanish), Mr Gale (Head of School), Kieran Moss (DT), Salmaan Mohammad (Islamic Studies non-native), DanaNasser (Islamic Studies -native)Not pictured: Fadhel Barakat (UAE Social Studies), Khamis Al Hinai (Maths), Karim Saleh Abdel Latif (Business & Economics), Shahmir Khan (English),Stephanie Lepouras (Psychology), Jake Hughes (PE), Liam Troup (Art) 18
  • 19. HALLOWEEN BAKE SALEAL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 2 october 2012/2013 Cakes, cookies and muffins with a Halloween theme filled the atrium yesterday in a bake sale organised by Post-16 World Challenge students. The baking, which was donated by parents, was sold after school to hoards of hungry students. Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator Ms Stephenson says the bake sale raised dhs 5200. “Thanks to everyone who contributed,” she says. 19

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