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AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                     issue 3                                             ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                                   issue 3                               ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                         issue 3                                         ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                           issue 3                                       ...
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AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                        issue 3                                          ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                       issue 3                                           ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                    issue 3                                              ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                   issue 3                                               ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                      issue 3                                            ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                           issue 3                                       ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                                          issue 3                        ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                                   issue 3                               ...
AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                           issue 3                                       ...
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AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                                       issue 3                           ...
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  2. 2. WELCOMEWelcome to the second issue of The Secondary It also gives Al Yasmina School the chance to celebratePARTNERSHIP, the official newsletter of the secondary progress and achievement and provide more in depthdepartment at Al Yasmina School. It is emailed to parents information to parents on a wide variety of subjects.on the 1st day of every month or on the last day of term.The Secondary PARTNERSHIP keeps you up-to-date We welcome your feedback.with student activities across the secondary department. communications@alyasmina.sch.aeCONTENTSWelcome from the Secondary Principal, Mr Gale 3Meet the new Director of PE 4Cricket a popular choice 5Sports awards winners 6Arts festival focuses on Africa 7Secondary Principal award winners 8Job interview - learning the ropes 9School counsellor based at Yasmina 10Arabic students shine 10Students work with Carnegie Hall musicians 12Year 12 work experience 13UCAS applications underway 14Sustainability programme spreads to community 15Students energy efficiency tips 16GCSE History trip to Germany 17Thailand adventures 18Year 11 prom and charity ball 19Students of the month 20The third PARTNERSHIPTopics, trends, updates, views and news from the Al Yasmina Secondary DepartmentPictured on the cover: IMPRESSIVE BATTING: Batsman Adil Subhani at the crease 2
  3. 3. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPALAND HEAD OF SCHOOL, MR GALEToday is the last day of the academic year and this means it isa time for farewells, thanks and also to look forward to newbeginnings. There are a number of events that occur at theend of the academic year in the secondary school that clearlymark the end of the school year and this year is no different.We have the annual awards ceremony, our end of year concert,the release of the school yearbook and the last issue of theSecondary PARTnership. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12breathe a sigh of relief as their exams end - they can now lookforward to stepping back from their revision schedules andrelaxing over the holidays.This year, the end of term is also marked by the WorldChallenge students’ return from their expedition to Uganda.Their arrival back in the UAE clashes with the deadline forthis publication, but we will bring you stories and picturesabout their adventures in the first issue of the SecondaryPARTnership next term. And of course at the end of the school skills with numerous extracurricular activities. The students,year we always bid farewell to staff and students; this year is no who come from all across the world, get the chance to learn inexception. We wish them every success for the future and hope a truly international setting.they look back at their time with us with fond memories. I couldn’t have said it better myself! I hope you all have a long,With every end there is always a new beginning and we relaxing break. Travel safely and I look forward to seeing youhave established a platform for a solid start in September. back at school in September.Plans for restructuring have been rolled out to stakeholders;these provide a blueprint for moving forward, capturing the Comments, feedback and suggestions:energy and enthusiasm of both our new staff and our teamof committed staff who are remaining at the school. It goes communications@alyasmina.sch.aewithout saying that the unfailing support from our parentcommunity is one of the key components of what makes Al Our roll next term is predictedYasmina a successful, community school. I had a chance to to be around 1600 and wethank all the parents who have volunteered their time at theschool at a coffee morning this week. will welcome hundreds of new families to the schoolThe school is continuing to grow. Our roll next term is predictedto be around 1600 and we will welcome hundreds of new community.families to the school community. For the first time, Al Yasminawill have students in FS1 right up to Year 13. Look for a pictureof the youngest and oldest students in the school in theSecondary PARTnership next term. And of course, we will have This year, we also had anstudents who joined the school the day its doors opened now unexpected surprise - ourbeginning their final journey in Year 13. selection by Ahlan magazineThis year, we also had an unexpected surprise - our selection as the best school in Abu Dhabiby Ahlan magazine as the best school in Abu Dhabi school school this year.this year. It’s a great honour for the school, particularly as thewinning school was chosen after counting votes received fromthe public. Here’s what the magazine says about our school:From the littlest ones attending the foundation stage throughto the oldest secondary school pupils at Al Yasmina, all aretaught the school’s basic core values – to have high standardsin schoolwork and behaviour and to be respectful and trustingof each other at all times. These values have helped createan environment which really helps children flourish, bothacademically and personally, giving them the opportunitiesto pursue their ambitions and develop their own unique set of 3
  4. 4. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012“OUTSTANDING” A KEY GOALFOR NEW DIRECTOR OF SPORTWIDE RANGE OF SPORTING INTERESTS: The new Director of Sport at Al Yasmina School, Mr Smith, climbing Snowdonia in Wales.Al Yasmina’s new Director of Sport, who joins the PE team next SPORTING ACRONYMSterm, says he is excited about beginning his international careerin a school that values sport and strives to become outstanding. Mr Smith says his strategies to achieve ‘outstanding’ status areMr Smith says he will be looking to both staff and students to based around the acronym SPORT.raise the standards and profile of the department. Mr Smithhas taught in schools in the UK for the past 12 years in a variety S Sport for all. Encourage as many people to take part inof roles, including Head of PE and Performing Arts and more sport or physical activity both in school and extracurricularrecently as School Facility Development Director. He has gaineda number of national governing body awards in sport, which have P Partnership. Create a positive working partnership withallowed him to pursue coaching opportunities at Manchester parents/teachers/students and professional clubs to enableUnited Football Club and at Major League Soccer in the United each child to achieve their goalsStates. He also selected the rugby league team for Preston O Outstanding. To be the best we can be in all that we doin the Lancashire Youth Games. Mr Smith says he is eagerlyanticipating his move to Al Yasmina School. R Raise. Raise the expectation of sport within the school by creating a culture of achieving through exam results/target “Having met the Head of School and the PE staff their passion for setting/school squads/tours and specialist guest speakersPE and sport was clear to see and this confirmed my desire towork at Al Yasmina,” Mr Smith says. “The staff and facilities at Al T Talent. Showcase the sporting talent and opportunities at Al Yasmina will give me endless opportunities to build on previous Yasmina.success and further raise the profile of sport not only withinschool, local area, but the Middle East. This position has allowed SPORTS EDUCATION PROGRAMME TRIALEDme to achieve a personal goal of becoming a Director of Sport The introduction of a sports education programme in thein a school that mirrors my own values and attitudes to sport in secondary school will give students the opportunity to work onpursuit of excellence.” more than just game skills during PE lessons. The programme focuses on other skills associated with playing sport, such as theMr Smith says he will be looking at the squads and how they can role of a coach or referee. It also helps students develop personalbecome more professional - ranging from uniforms to player skills such as teamwork, working in small groups and taking intocodes of conduct - in a bid to produce competitive teams. “ I account other’s points of view. The PE team hopes that exploringfeel sport can break down barriers in ways that other subjects different ways of becoming involved in sport will help foster acan struggle to match, by encouraging participation, integration life-long involvement in physical activity. The scheme was trialedand diversity,” Mr Smith says. “The power of sport makes it the this term in Years 7, 8 and 9 and will be introduced across theperfect vehicle to bring an international community together.” secondary school next term. 4
  5. 5. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012IPADS ON THE PITCH Technology has made its way to Al Yasmina’s sports fields. The PE teachers are using ipads in secondary sports lessons to video students playing sport and to analyse their performance. The ipads offer easier editing options than traditional video cameras and the students relate easily to the technology. PE teacher Mr Dunne says recently an ipad was used to help a student master a forward roll. “This student couldn’t quite get the hang of a forward roll and although the teacher demonstrated how it should be done and gave them pointers on where they were going wrong, the student couldn’t understand until they saw the video of themselves,” he says. “We were able to show them stills and slow down the video, showing them the images frame by frame so they could see exactly where they were going wrong.” Analysing performance is also a chance for meaningful small group discussion.TECHNOLOGY TIPS: The PEdepartment is using ipads to enhancestudent performance.YEAR 10 STUDENTS COMPLETE SPORTSLEADERSHIP AWARDThe first cohort of Year 10 PE students have completed their junior sports leader award. The programme involves PE studentsworking with younger children, teaching them leadership skills through a range of games and activities. The award focuseson specific skills, such as giving instruction and the organisation of children and equipment. The Year 10 students plan, lead,communicate and organise activities. PE teacher Mr Stanley says the Year 10 students work with groups of around eight childrenin the primary school, from FS1 up to Year 6. They set up activities that are appropriate for the age of the children which focus onthe skill development. FS2 students, for example, might play games such as catch or throwing bean bags through hoops which helpdevelop co-ordination and imagination.“One of the advantages of the programme is it shows students that sport is not just about performance,” Mr Stanley says. “There area lot of roles in sport other than being a professional athlete, ranging from coaching through to tournament organiser and facilitiesmanager.” The Year 10 students working towards their junior sports leader awards were involved in running the recent Year 1 and 2sports day at the school, organising teams to take part in around 20 different activities.www.sportsleaders.orgCRICKET JUST THE WICKETCricket is becoming a high profile sport at Al Yasmina, with threesecondary teams making their mark on interschool competitionsafter just two terms of playing as a team.“The players have just got better and better as the year has goneon,” PE teacher and coach Mr Stanley says. “You can see realprogress being made and the teams are starting to win againstschools that we were losing to at the beginning of the season.Now we’ve got a squad, rather than a team. It’s a shame we hadto finish for the season, because the kids are really buzzing aboutcricket.”Around 35 students play in the three secondary teams. Next termcricket practices will not clash with other extracurricular sportingsessions which will hopefully mean even more students can takeup the sport, Mr Stanley says. Teams are 11 aside and there are 15overs in each game. Practice is done largely at the school’s cricketnets and there is a big focus on fielding. Some of the participantsin the Duke of Edinburgh programme have been involved inleading cricket activities, making the sport attractive not just toplayers but also to young leaders in the school.Look for details on the secondary school’s cricket teams when theextracurricular information is posted on the website next term. 5
  6. 6. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012 Al Yasminas secondary male sportsperson of the year, Milan Den Hause, has a very firm career goal - to be a member of a swim team competing at the Olympics. The Year 9 student swims six times a week - sometimes twice a day - at the Neptunes Swim Club, under the watchful eye of coaches Mr Todorov, from Al Yasminas PE department, and Mrs Naylor. "Its demanding, but it comes with a reward at the end," Milan says. His preferred events are individual medleys and breaststroke. He has competed in the British Schools of the Middle East swim meets and in Speedo events in the UAE. This summer he will compete in the Belgian Junior National Championships. Milan had to meet a strict selection criteria, submitting personal best times and race times. He willMOTOCROSS CHAMPION: Winner of the Jack O’Donnell Award for sportingexcellence, Ryan Wynn. participate in the 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley events.MOTOCROSS ACE WINS AWARD FOR Lucy Thompson won the secondary female sportsperson ofSPORTING EXCELLENCE the year. Unfortunately Lucy was on study leave and could not be interviewed, but look for her story in the next SecondaryWhen he was four-years-old, Ryan Wynn watched motocross on PARTnership.television - and was instantly hooked on the sport.He spent the next year begging his parents to buy him his own NEW UNIFORMS FOR SPORTS TEAMSbike. A year later they relented and he became the proud ownerof a 50cc motorbike. Since then, Ryan has gone from strength The schools secondary sports teams will have a new,to strength, making his mark on in local motocross events. His professional look next term. New uniforms have been orderedachievements were recognised by Al Yasmina when he was for the schools netball, cricket, hockey and girls football teamsawarded the Jack ODonnell award for sporting excellence. and will arrive in time for the winter sports season. Boys rugby and football teams already have their new kit (see Thanks toRyan competes in two championship series in Dubai and Um Al Sponsors, below). Check out the Secondary PARTnership nextQuwain. Three years ago he finished seventh out of eight riders, term for pictures of the teams in their new uniforms and detailsand, unhappy with this result, he set himself a goal to be the top on how to order the new sporting attire.rider in the 85cc category. He committed to practicing 2-3 daysa week in Dubai and embarked on a programme of running andswimming to increase his fitness levels. His hard work paid off THANKS TO SPONSORSthe following season when he came first in Dubai and second in Al Yasmina has the generosity of sponsors to thank for providingUm Al Quwain in the 85cc category. He has since moved up to new sports uniforms for the secondary boys football and rugbythe 125cc category and is riding a Honda CRF 250R. He placed teams and enabling it to buy a gazebo for sporting events. Thesecond for the season in Dubai and first in Um Al Quwain, despite purchase of the gazebo was co-ordinated by Teaching Assistantbeing one of the youngest riders in this category. Ryan is fully Mrs Korff, whose son plays in the schools secondary rugbysponsored by a local bike shop Sandstorm, which provides him team. Her efforts resulted in a 5000dhs donation from Meherwith a new bike and covers his costs for the racing season. and Cheryl Al Khatib through their family company, Cravia. ThisHe hopes one day to win the American Cycle Association Pro was topped up by Friends of Al Yasmina (FOY) who made 1500dhsNational supercross title, but he also plans to complete a degree available from its fundraising activities. Portable Shade providedin computer graphics. a discount on the price of the gazebo.SPORTS TROPHY ACKNOWLEDGESSWIMMING ACHIEVEMENT SHADING YOUR APPRECIATION: Thanks to Al Yasmina’s sponsors GAC spent around 35,000dhs for the new-look secondary rugby and football uniforms. Parent Darren Ball says both his children are active in the sports teams and he was keen to see the old uniforms retired in favour of full matching kits. The uniforms also promote brand awareness for the services GAC provides, he says. SWIMMING SUCCESS: Al Yasmina’s secondary male sportsperson of the year, Milan Den Hause. 6
  7. 7. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012 AFRICA COMES TO LIFE IN DAZZLING DISPLAY Africa came a step closer to the Middle East when the art, music and drama departments combined to bring the culture of the continent to Al Yasmina School as part of a two-day arts festival. Teachers worked with the schools able, gifted and talented secondary students across the performing and creative arts departments. Each of the three departments embarked on an exploration of African arts which included composing African music, filling giant canvasses with African images andEXPLORING AFRICA: Arts, music and drama students creating a musical show version of The Lion King. The show was performedshowcase achievements in two-day festival. for parents at the schools award ceremony last week. A highlight for music students in Years 7-10 was a workshop by members of Dubai Drums, which enabled students to explore African drumming techniques and rhythms. They also created a composition around a piece of African music entitled "Yiri", working initially in groups and then joining together for a final performance. ABRSM EXAM RESULTS Curriculum Team Leader - Music, Mrs Hudson, says the musicians worked really hard and had lots of fun. "They especially enjoyed the Dubai drum Violin workshop, learning new playing techniques and rhythms. They even performed Danielle Reynolds, grade 2 - merit some African Dance moves! It has been a pleasure working with these talented Emmanuelle Vuileumier, grade 2 - merit students. I have been impressed with their creativity and how well they have Shan Coley, grade 1 - pass worked together as a team to produce three performances of a high standard.” Leila Al Qaimi, grade 2 - pass Art students in Years 9, 10 and 12, many working in pairs, brought the magic of Ali Al Hashmi, grade 1 - pass Africa to life in giant canvasses which were mounted on the art departments new Voice easels and using acrylic paints to depict exotic African landscapes and wildlife. Emily Simpson, grade 5 - pass The drama departments focus on The Lion King explored the idea of cultures Alex Rashed, grade 3 - pass living and working together - the ethos of the circle of life. They took inspiration Cello from the idea of African storytelling to create their own versions of different Richard Gardiner, grade 2 - pass stories and morals which were all inspired by the lyrics in The Lion king. Brass Leon Radin, grade 3 - pass Students took part in strenuous movement workshops, creating their own Flute African Savannah characters from lions, gazelles, birds and warthogs and Jef Vanden Auweele, grade 2 - merit created masks to fit their characters, taking inspiration from African masks and Madeleine Korff, grade 1 - merit artwork. A highlight was receiving training from a voice coach and working on Claire Dempsey, grade 4 - pass African chants and language from the lioness hunt in The Lion King. Kyle Wynn, grade 2 - pass Hannah Morris, grade 2 - pass “I have really enjoyed working with new people Emily Simpson, grade 3 - pass Piano that I would not normally know, as well as being Adnan Al Armouti, grade 1 - merit taught in detail lots about how to fully develop a Abdullah Al Armouti, grade 1 - merit character.” Roxy, Year 7 Toby Cross, grade 2 - merit Leon Cheng, grade 1 - merit Zara Woodrow, grade 1 - merit “The students have been a pleasure to work with. I Natasha Callow, grade 1 - pass Cassia Reynolds, grade 1 - pass have never seen a more focused group of students Rachel Foulsham, grade 1 - distinction willing to commit and try new ideas." Edward Drew, grade 1 - distinction Mrs Hayward, vocal coach Imogen Baig, grade 1 - pass Alexander Fairbairn, grade 2 - merit Katherine Hill, grade 2 - pass “ The Arts event was a really good way to open our Darius Rameshni, grade 2 - merit Isabella Jarman, grade 2 - pass eyes and ears to different ways of making music Lara Wahed, grade 2 - merit and improving our skills. I would definitely do it Yeain Lim, grade 3 - pass again” Hannah Green Year 7 George Willcoxson-Staines, grade 3 - merit Oliver Barwell, grade 3 - pass Anisha Pachisia, grade 4 - pass 7
  8. 8. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012WINNING SMILESRecipients of the inaugural Secondary Principals award, which is given for an all-round contribution to the school are: Standing(left to right) Diala Nasser (Year 7), Kyle Crighton (Year 8), Edward Drew (Year 9), Elena Castillo Guijarro (Year 9). Sitting (left to right)Luke Read (Year 10), Head of School and Secondary Principal Mr Gale, Amber Loane (Year 8) and Cameron Steyn (Year 7). Absent:Anissa Johnson (Year 10). Separate awards will be made to Year 11 students when they return next term, following their externalexam results.YASMINA STUDENTS SHINE IN BIOLOGYCHALLENGEFive Year 10 Al Yasmina biology students have picked up awardsin the 2012 UK Biology Challenge.More than 30,000 students from around the world took part inthe online competition, which aims to encourage an interest inbiology beyond the school curriculum and stimulate curiosity inthe natural world. Questions were set on the topics covered inmost general biology courses for pupils in Year 9 and Year 10.Al Yasmina was the only school in the UAE to compete in thechallenge, according to the UK Society of Biology. One hundredYasmina students took part in the challenge.The following students received awards:Gold: Mohammad ShahrourSilver: Usman LiaqatHighly commended: Hibah Hassan and Luke Read BIOLOGY WINNERS: Left to right: Luke Read, Sarah Munro, Hibah Hassan,Commended: Sarah Munro Usman Liaqat, Mohammad Shahrour and Biology teacher Mr Wan. 8
  9. 9. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012TACKLING THE JOBINTERVIEW PROCESSApplying for their first job will be less daunting for Al Yasmina’sYear 9 students, who have been through a robust processdesigned to prepare them for the interview process.The 90 students applied for four positions that were advertisedin the UK for those aged 16 and over - a housekeeper or aroom attendant at the Holiday Inn, store assistant at Tesco andcrew member at McDonalds. The roles were placed on a jobadvertisement board at the school. The students had to lookthrough job descriptions, select a relevant job for their skills,complete the application forms and prepare for an interviewby one of the Year 9 PSHCEE teachers. Of the 90 students whotook part, 35 made it through to the interview stage and 11were successfully appointed. There was a follow up session forthose who were unsuccessful which looked at why they didn’tget the role they applied for and focused on what they could dodifferently next time.Mrs Cox-Jones, who co-ordinated the scheme, says thePSHCEE teachers decided that looking at job applications wouldbe a great idea for Year 9 as they start to look at their GCSEoptions for Year 10 and 11. “Many have ideas that they ‘deserve’a good job but realised very quickly without the skills they wouldnot meet the criteria,” she says. “It also aimed to show themwhat jobs they could get if they left school after their GCSEs.The students learnt that applying for a job and being interviewedis stressful and the time and effort that is put in is important.They learnt interview skills, how to dress, how to behave, howto wait appropriately and how to complete application formsrelating to job descriptions and their skills.” JOB HUNTERS: Students discuss their job options (above) and at the interview process (top)MOCK JOB INTERVIEWS - LESSONS LEARNTBeing prepared, answering questions succinctly, maintaining eye contact - these are just some of the skills that the Year 9 studentswho got job offers say they learnt about the interview process. They all say they now have specific tools for job interviews and theconfidence to go into an interview knowing the kind of questions they may have to answer.Derek Lee applied for a job at McDonalds and went into the interview knowing the role would involve multitasking and that teamworkwould be very important. His interview focused on teamwork and problem solving. “What I found the most challenging was to find theright words to answer the questions without sounding either arrogant or inexperienced. The preparation that we did on our PSHCEElessons helped me a lot to remember and think about what to say and what not to say. The skill that I made most progress on waschoosing my words wisely to suit the questions I was asked – and doing it on the spot. When you are filling out an application form onpaper or on the computer, you can go back over what you wrote and improve it. However, on a one-to-one interview, you need to haveyour answers prepared and think of what to say to give a convincing answer because once you’ve said it, there’s no way back!”Sarah Pace, who applied for Tesco fresh food assistant role, says the interview was challenging as she wasn’t used to being put onthe spot to answer questions. “It was also challenging because I knew that I wasn’t the only one applying for the job and there wasmore chance that I wouldn’t get it. From this interview experience, I have learnt that I need to learn to be comfortable in telling astranger about myself and why I suit the job. I also learnt that it is very important that you are confident, and an interview isn’t aseasy as it may seem. Some skills I’ve learnt is that you need to be consistent and give the right amount of information and to beconfident and comfortable with yourself. Even if you know you’re not a confident person and you get really nervous, don’t show itand try to hide it, because that will make the interviewer uncertain about your place in the company. Next time, I would increase myenthusiasm towards getting the job, and not be as nervous as I was and I will be more comfortable in sharing personal information.” 9
  10. 10. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012COUNSELLOR BASED students improve their spelling of Arabic words and distinguish between words which sound very similar, but have differentAT AL YASMINA meanings and are written differently. Native speakers used the competition to hone their grammatical rules for Arabic script.SCHOOL Three overall winners and 10 top achievers were chosen from both the primary and secondary school. Mr Abu Saleh says the competition was keenly supported by parents and a number of Sharing a problem is them made contributions to the prize pool. now a lot easier for Aldar Academies’ students, The first place winner was Year 8 student Fadwa Qadan (left), who can talk through any who had an overall score of 99.5 per cent. Year 9 student Rayan issues that are bothering Sayegh (middle) finished in second place and Sally Zeidan them with a school (right), Year 7, was third. counsellor. Ms Darwiche is based at Al Yasmina School, but is available to see students enrolled in any of the five Aldar schools in Abu Dhabi. Students can see Ms Darwiche after being referred by senior staff, or, if they are in Year 10or above, they can self refer. Students in the primary years andup to Year 9 require parental consent. Referral to the schoolcounsellor is usually made after a range of strategies have beenput in place by staff to assist students. At Al Yasmina referralsfor secondary students are usually made by Year Leaders or theLearning and Progress Leader for Students, Mrs Peacock.Ms Darwiche says typically she sees students who are having The 10 runners up were: Year 7: Laila Moharram, Diala Nasserdifficulties at home or at school. Students may want to discuss and Christina Chaar. Year 8: Aya Zeidan, Samuel Lynch andissues such as bullying, grief or loss, exam pressure, parents Ryhana Rasidi. Year 9: Easa Al Shehhi, Rowan Smith, Sarahseparating or issues around moving to another country or Ali and Edward Drew. Alf Mabruk (congratulations) to theschool. Group sessions can be organised for students who secondary school winners.are facing similar problems. “Counselling is a type of therapythat helps students offload negative emotions and focuses on 100 PER CENThelping them find solutions to the problems they are facing,whether it’s a social, emotional or behavioural problem,” Ms SUCCESS RATE INDarwiche says.Specific strategies are provided, giving students skills to dealwith issues such as anger management, stress or helping them MINISTRY ARABICbuild social skills. Everything discussed between a counsellorand a student is confidential. Ms Darwiche is a social worker AND ISLAMIC STUDIESwho has more than 10 years experience in social work andcounselling in the UAE and her native Australia. She is anArabic speaker also. EXAMS All the school’s Year 12 students have passed their Ministry Islamic Studies and Arabic Amr Hanafy, Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Mohamed Al Nuaimi,FURSAN AL-IMLA Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Ayman Faghmous, Ahmed Khan, Kaddijatou Sanyang, Khalifa Saleh, Rafeh Safdar, Hasan AlWINNERS CHOSEN Mashani, Alya Al Suwaidi and Yasmeen Luqman all passed Arabic and/or Islamic Studies with marks ranging from 63-90 per cent.Secondary students’ Arabic spelling and grammar has improvedsignificantly following the school’s inaugural Arabic spelling Among the native speakers Amr Hanafy score the highestbee, Fursan Al-Imla’. All students in years 7, 8 and 9 took part in Arabic (81) while Rafeh Safdar topped the non-Arabs inin the competition, which spanned the first half of the term. Islamic Studies with 90 per cent. Formally known as the ‘unifiedCurriculum Team Leader for Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies, examination’, it is mandatory for all Muslim students to writeMr Abu Saleh, says the participation of students was beyond his Islamic Studies. The Arabic exam is essential for any studentsexpectations. The success of the competition means the Arabic wanting to get their UAE Higher Secondary EquivalenceDepartment plans to organise an inter-school competition Certificate which is a prerequisite for admission into any collegenext year. He says the competition helped non native speaking or university across the country as well as for higher education scholarships granted by certain government agencies. 10
  11. 11. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012MATHS CHALLENGE A THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGEMONTHLY FAVOURITE The magic W - can you place the numbers 1 – 9 in the circles so each set of 3 adds up to the same number? There are severalFOR YASMINA DAD solutions, I have found 4. Maths has long been Taisir Al Saqri’s favourite subject, both at school and university and is a key component in his job as a civil engineer. So it follows that he would be a keen supporter of the Secondary PARTnership’s maths challenge, which appears in each issue of Al Yasmina’s on- line newsletter. He submits an answer to each maths quiz, only missing sending in his answer if he’s too snowed under at work. Mr Al Saqri describes the quizzesas “easy to medium” in terms of their difficulty, but saysthey are always challenging. This is reflected in his successrate, which is around 90 per cent. Mr Al Saqri has passed hisenthusiasm for maths onto his son, Year 10 student Ahmed,who is also a keen mathematician. Please email your answers. The solution and the person who solved it correctly will be published next month.Mr Al Saqri correctly solved last month’s puzzle, outlined below. crichards@alyasmina.sch.aeWithout lifting your pencil from the page and only drawing 4straight lines can you pass through every dot in the square YEAR 7-8 UKMT MATHS CHALLENGE WINNERSbelow? Thirty Year 7 and 8 students have received medals in the Junior UKMT maths challenge. Best in school in Year 8 was Ahmed Al Ali. In Year 7 the top award went to Hannah Green. Maths challenges for different age groups are set throughout the year. YEAR 8 Gold: Ahmed Al Ali and Sarah Binnie Silver: Chris Lincoln, Mustafa Hamdani, Kelsi Friedenthal, Ryhana Rasidi, Georgie JonesThe correct answer for last month’s challenge was provided by Bronze: Kamal Khraisheh, Carol Al Mokatash, Nikita Amir,Ihab Kilada. Solving this one needs a little bit of algebra from Sam Lynch, Grace Chuan, Kareem Khan, Raghav Mathur, Jasonyour school days…solving simultaneous equations. Paul is half Howe, Josh Lynch, Syeda Ahmedas old as Sarah. One year ago Paul’s age was just two fifths ofSarah’s age one year from now. How old are Paul and Sarah? YEAR 7 Gold: Hannah Green and William Ayass.2P = S Silver: Zaid Jafarey, Hashir Safdar, Rachel FoulshamP-1 = 2/5 (S+1) Bronze: Shanna Chung, Makyla Fahmy, Adam Barron, Roxanne Gardiner, Alice Von Wedel, Adnan Al Armouti, Robyn CooperPaul is 7 and Sarah is 14 Okanome and Jassim Fahkroo 11
  12. 12. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012THOUGHT OF HOMEPROVIDES MUSICALMAGICFinding the inspiration to create a musical composition based on anEgyptian folk song was a personal journey for Al Yasmina musiciansAshkan Bafti and Ramya Iyer.The students, who were selected to work with musicians fromCarnegie Hall in New York, joined 13 other pupils from schools inAbu Dhabi to participate in a workshop after school each night for aweek. The students performed their music at the National Theatreon Abu Dhabi Young Artists’ Day, which was part of the Abu DhabiFestival. Year 9 student Ashkan is a violinist and Ramya, who is inYear 8, plays both the piano and euphonium, but was selected forher expertise at the keyboard.The students’ main task was to create a composition based onan Egyptian folk song, Zourouni, written by composer SayyedDarwish. The students spent several days discussing ways toenhance the music and developing various musical techniques toaugment certain parts of the tune. They were then split into groupsdepending on which instrument they played and made differentvariations to the piece before eventually merging the various piecestogether for their performance. “Our version of the piece was toexpress our varied cultures and backgrounds based on Zourouni’stune,” Ramya says. “Through the music we were asked to expresswhat we most miss living out here in the UAE. The piece had anelement of everyone’s home countries and personal stories whichmade the piece very special to each of us 15 students.”The composition was similarly moving for Ashkan.”We wereasked to look at our cultural backgrounds, and what we woulddo if we were given the chance to go back home, and we wereasked to infuse that in our compositions. The end result was trulyspectacular, and it was a great experience for me to perform withprofessional musicians and other people who are as interested inmusic as I am. Now that I’ve been through that experience, I realisewithout a shadow of doubt that there are not many other activitiesthat I do and enjoy as much as this workshop. Overall, it was anamazing experience.” Ramya says the experience was both fun andeducational.”My experience working with the ensemble membersand especially with the other students was an amazing opportunityand all of us developed a close relationship with each other.”MUSIC RECITALSWant to end the month on a musical note? The school’s talentedmusicians take part in a recital after school on the last Thursdayof each month. Head of Music, Mrs Hudson, says the mini concertsare an opportunity for the school’s musicians to perform in front ofan audience and to become comfortable with the idea of playing inpublic. The recital series has grown from strength to strength sinceit began two years ago and around 30 students perform at eachrecital. There is a range of ages, with students from Year 1 throughto Year 11 taking part. In last month’s concert, the audience wastreated to vocal performances and students playing the trumpet,flute, saxophone, violin, piano and guitar. The performers wereHannah Green, Harry Baldock, George Willcoxson- Staines, JefVanden Auweele, Joseph Howells, Omar Suleiman, Tejas Menon,Ella White and Kyra Dixon.There will be no concert today (the last day of school). MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Ashkan Bafti (violin) and Ramya Iyer (piano). 12
  13. 13. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012YEAR 12 STUDENTS FOCUS ON CAREER GOALSDURING WORK EXPERIENCE WEEKThe school year has ended with a flourish for the school’s Year 12 students.The group of 11 students returnedfrom the World Challengeexpedition in Uganda on Monday,while the 15 students who stayedin Abu Dhabi have completeda weeks work experience. Allstudents are completing theirUCAS applications ready forenrolment in September 2013.Year 12 work experience relatesdirectly related to the studentschoice of career, or field of study.This means the students are ableto gain valuable experience in theappropriate area of work and canuse this experience to supporttheir university applications.Seventeen-year-old Ally Mains,who wants to pursue a careerin hotel management, spent aweek at the Emirates PalaceBeach Club. He was responsiblefor ensuring guests needswere met , which meant beingon hand to fulfill any request,ranging from dry towels tobottles of water. Ally hopes toattend university in his nativeScotland and complete a degreein international hospitality andtourism management. Three ofhis classmates all chose to workin the education environment.Brandon Rowland, 17 wants tobe a history teacher and plans toteach PE as his second subject.He spent the week at Al BateenSchools PE department, workingwith children from FS1 - Year 9.He took his own lessons, teachingstudents sporting techniques,refereed matches and madesure the students followed therules of the game and taught theyounger children how to be goodsportspeople. WORK EXPERIENCE: Chelsea Lawson and Kaddijatou Sanyang."I learnt a lot about howto deal with children, a lot Chelsea Lawson was able to best thing was having the kids secondary department after herof teaching techniques, refine her career choices after come up to me after the lesson placement plans fell to keep kids quiet and spending a week with primary and telling me it was the best But she says being in a workconcentrating, and keeping and secondary music students lesson theyve ever had. I played environment for the weekthem focused and in the at Al Yasmina. The 17-year-old games with them, helped them was extremely beneficial. Shelearning mindset.," he says. plans to do a history and music learn new songs and played the helped individual students with"It was also an opportunity degree so she can become a euphonium for them." Kaddijatou subjects, particularly maths, andto talk to history teachers. music and history teacher but Sanyang would like to be a helped with individual readingAll the staff treated me like says she now plans to focus on psychiatrist, and perhaps moving equal, which was really primary teaching." The week onto a medical degree afterwards,nice." was incredibly worthwhile. The but found herself at Al Yasminas 13
  14. 14. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012PREPARING UCAS SEPTEMBER Final versions of CVs and personal statements are completed.APPLICATIONS Students prioritise university choices after receiving AS exam results Year 13 Learning Mentors Miss Albrighton and Mr Richards write references based on data from subject teachers and historic reports.Selecting universities and preparing applications is the focus for the schools Exam results received, allowing university choices to be firmed up.Year 12 students. OCTOBERAll applications to tertiary institutes in the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Applications are sent to UCAS by the Learning and Progress Leader - Post-Ireland are done through UCAS, an organisation which processes university 16. This process is completed early so students will receive provisional offersapplications. Students complete an online application, create a CV and write ahead of their January exams. Knowing they can get into their university ofa personal statement. choice if exam results are good enough is a key motivational factor.JUNE MARCHThe school holds an evening for parents, providing information on the Universities confirm places for September 2013.application process, funding and any issues families may face lodgingoverseas applications. POST-16 STUDENTS COMPLETE FIRST AID COURSELearning Mentors work intensively with students, providing guidance on: Eleven Post-16 students are now confident in their ability to deal with• how to write a professional CV emergency medical situations after completing a Heartsaver day-long first• the benefits of higher education aid course. Some of the students elected to do the course because they are• the different kinds of universities available ie city or campus based planning to enroll in health or PE courses at university, while others wanted• budgeting, living off a student loan and student life. to add an extra qualification to their university applications. One of theStudents complete their draft personal statement, draft CV and draw up a attendees, Chelsea Lawson, says the course had a practical, hands-on focus.provisional list of the five universities they would like to attend. Two choices Students practiced their skills on a both a child-size an adult-size dummy.are aspirational, two are realistic and one is a contingency option. Personal Chelsea says the course taught students CPR and outlined what to do in astatements are 47 lines or 4000 characters long and are generic as they are variety of emergency situations, ranging from an accident, stroke, seizuresent to each of the five institutions of choice. to heatstroke. "Before I wouldnt have known what to do in an emergency situation, but know Im a lot more confident," she says.JULY AND AUGUSTLearning Mentors review CVs and personal statements.SPREADING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE From small beginnings, the Al Yasmina School sustainability project is slowly spreading its tentacles beyond the school gates. Under the watchful eyes of the schools eco warriors, sustainability projects are starting to take shape in homes and compounds - and even in the business community. The 28 eco warriors in Years 7, 8 and 9 are responsible for emptying designated recycling bins around the school into a recycling cage by the secondary gate each Tuesday and Thursday. Eco warriors Noor Sanie-Eldin (Year 7), Roxanne Gardiner (Year 7), Elena Castillo (Year 9) and Tyler Richards (Year 7) say although they were always interested in sustainability, the recycling project has sharpened their interest. They speak knowledgably about endangered turtles digesting plastic bags which they mistake for jellyfish, of their support for Camerons Camel Campaign and their effects of C02 omissions.ECO WARRIORS: Noor Sanie-Eldin (left) and Roxanne The students say their roles as eco warriors makes them TEAMWORK: Elena Castillo (Year 9) and TylerGardiner empty bins into the recycling cage. proud and they enjoy the sense of responsibility. They get a lot Richards empty the recycling bins in the atrium. of questions from other students as they empty the bins andsee this as a chance to educate them and raise awareness about the benefits of recycling. "At first I thought it was just a job but now I try and put effort intowhat I do now, now its serious - were actually helping the environment," Roxanne says.The eco warriors say they have also introduced sustainability measures into their own homes and communities. Shorter showers are now the norm and all thestudents families recycle. Roxanne has begun a petition to expand the recycling programme at Sal Al Nakheel and Elena wrote to the management at Al RahaGardens to urge it to expand its recycling scheme for residents in her community. As a result all residents at gate 19 now have recycling bins. 14
  15. 15. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012SCHOOL RECYCLINGPROGRAMMEINSPIRES COMPANYCLEANUPEco warrior Elena Castillo’s passion for the environment has also madea difference to the streets of Mussafah where her father works as CFO atNational Cement Factory, whose parent company is Holcim. Mr Castillo wasinspired by his daughters commitment to the environment to organise a daylast month where all 150 staff at the company picked up 650 tons of rubbishfrom a 60km area.The police cordoned off sections of the roads to ensure staff could worksafely. Employees worked in groups of 7-10 for a maximum of threehours outside in the extreme temperatures, placing organic, plastic andpaper rubbish into separate bags. Service to the community is part of thecompanys culture and each year it selects a worthwhile project, Mr Castillosays. COMPANY CLEANUP: National Cement Company staff cleaning up the streets of Mussafah.A GENTLE REMINDERSometimes, all it takes is the right group of people to deliver a message.When primary teacher Mrs Foote, one of the three staff involved in theschools sustainability project, noticed some secondary students were notseparating waste in the schools recycling bins properly, she decided to callon the big guns - her Year 2 students.She noticed that food was being put into the bins along with paper andbottles containing liquids that had not been emptied prior to being disposedof. This created a major issue as the cage, where the rubbish is placedready for collection, was attracting cockroaches. Everyone was asked tomake more effort to separate waste more carefully. Mrs Foote says shealso assured staff and students that the school is using a genuine recyclingcompany. But to make sure recycling instructions were being properlyunderstood, Mrs Foote decided to ask her Year 2 class to reinforce themessage."I felt it had to be made more clear to the students how important it is thatthe materials are correctly placed in the recycle bins. I didn’t want themto receive another lecture from yet another teacher so I asked my Year 2class if they wanted to help me give a message about recycling to ‘the bigkids’. They were more than happy to be involved as they have taken on therecycling message with much responsibility and passion!" The secondarystudents were told that the waste that is put into the recycling bins mustbe correctly emptied and sorted or the recycling project will have to becancelled. Being reminded of their responsibilities from the Year 2 studentsseemed to have the desired effect. "I concluded the presentation by pointingout that if children as young as 6 can take responsibility for the planet, thensurely they can too," Mrs Foote says. And the reaction from the secondarystudents? "The majority nodded in agreement."Who do you call? Want to know more about Al Yasminas recyclingprogramme? The staff involved in the project are Miss Williams, Miss Footeand Dr Patricia. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT: Elena Castillo Guijarro (left) receives tips on separating waste from Year 2 student Matthew Hile. 15
  16. 16. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012YEAR 7 STUDENTS CONDUCTSURVEY TO RATE ENERGYEFFICIENCY Energy efficiency practices have come under scrutiny from Year 7 students, who have surveyed parents, teachers and their friends about their energy consumption. Students worked in teams to collect and analyse data and then produced leaflets which summarised the information their findings. They outlined successful sustainability measures, areas where there is room for improvement and what is required to be more sustainable in the future. Curriculum Team Later - Geography, Mrs Lawson, says Year 7 students studied global actions, local affects as part of their sustainability unit. Conducting the survey, processing the results and designing the leaflet allowed the students to examine renewable and non-renewable energy and resources and to develop their enquiry skills. They will do more work on sustainability in Years 8 and 9. don’t recycle cycle if we 58% dont re re our plane t may be then in th e near futu s The Result a giant wa ste dump. charge over eir phones on 59% leave th iency s sent out to you usually only takes 30ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS: Michael Sturt Energy Effic From the su rvey that wa Easter brea k th ese are the night. A mins -2 hour single phone s max to ch arge so char ging before the electricity.(left), Cameron Steyn and Felix Griffin. that survey . ht wastes results from them over nig ing the light s on d well hts on. Leav What you di g showers uses 43% leave lig nt of electric ity owers. Havin huge amou 81% had sh ore again uses a important bath theref used on more“We are young, an having a that could be less water th on steps r. thing s. If one pers saving wate and reuses d starts ter bottles forward anand want to 67% refill wa ers and wate r ange Re using contain making a ch containers. e not wasting follow. s that you ar others will bottles mean g the planet. ke a change . Itchange the world.” tin u’re not pollu rson can ma money and yo . Air drying Well one pe te a domino their clothes e pe rson to crea 75% air dries up electricity . only takes on reuse, redu ce doesnt use t all of us to your clothes ng sensibly effect to ge world for th e nsibly. Drivi change our 86% drive se petrol as if you and recycle to n be you, yo u up as much e person ca doesnt use erefore let ting better. That on ct and chan ge sensibly, th at domino effe dont drive s. can start thThe winning leaflet was produced by Cameron out less carb on emission the way many people live. rning your TVSteyn, Felix Griffin and Michael Sturt. Mrs Lawson things like tu It’s the little rning your lig hts ll or even tusays the boys leaflet was concise, to the point off by the wa ich really e the things wh off these ar can do thes eand discussed the survey results in a logical ricity and we ll waste elect lights off to savemanner. "We chose this brochure because it What you didnt do we s as turning simple thingis straight forward, has exactly what we need standby. pliances on energy. u can buy to save 60% leave ap it is not me things yoto know in it and it is set out in a simple, but ctricity when Here are so rbon emission s. This uses ele ason. lower your ca cessary re energy andeffective way." used for a ne es of a piece ficient bulbs use both sid • Energy ef distances) 63% do not sides of a travel short t using both • Bike ( to s e.g. a solar of paper. No what wasting red applianceThe three boys all have an interest in the piece of pape r is some • Solar powe we waste paper more clock.environment that has been by reinforced by the paper and if could lead and power fo r your hous e. Steyn t down which • Solar heatwork they have done in the classroom. They By Cameron tree are cu ts inhabita nts to die e.g . Griffin to the planesay they have examined the energies that are Felix rt humans.available, including solar and nuclear, and Michael Stuassessed whether it is efficient and safe for theenvironment. They have a lot of advice to offer onhow to be more energy efficient and say they areconcerned for the future of the planet. "We areinterested in what energy resources we can useto make a better tomorrow," Cameron says. "Weare young, and want to change the world." 16
  17. 17. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012GERMANY BRINGS For the second consecutive year, Mrs Frampton, Curriculum Team Leader for History, led anHISTORY TO LIFE overseas trip to Munich and Berlin in Germany. The trip was designed in partnership with North Star and supports GCSE History students in their studies. The trip focuses in on two examination units, Nazi Germany and the Cold War, and seeks to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the topic and create an empathetic understanding for the past as well as develop a love of the subject! This year 28 students took part in the trip. By Laura TibiIt was towards the end of the trip where we really shoddy, grey wall. We were not sure where togot a taste of the rich history and impressive even start our gaze! This was an especiallyarchitecture Berlin had to offer, and we savoured enticing visual experience as every single paintingeach moment and movement slowly unfolding was a pictorial representation of what each andaround us. Berlin was a different type of city, one every artist had felt towards the construction ofwhich had a modern and dynamic city life mixed the Berlin wall and they expressed it throughwith its ancient roots and enthralling past, giving paintings of the past, of freedom, and of theus the perfect combination. It was the Berlin Wall oppressed people. We walked by each paintinglocated in the heart of the capital that took our admiring and contemplating it intently lookingbreaths away. It is not only synonymous with the for its deeper meaning and trying to see theCold War, but also a relic, and one that has great world from different people’s perspective. Thesentimental value for the people of Berlin. excitement could be felt in the air the entire time, We arrived at the start of the wall which each painting being more expressive and complexseemed to stretch into perpetuity and were than the other.given the chance to walk as far as we could andmeet after half an hour. It was not exactly the We didn’t manage to finish the never-ending wall,concrete blocks and debris we found captivating, however we did learn about it in a way we couldbut rather what this wall stood for, being an have never done while reading it from a textbook.iconic symbol of Berlin and it’s rough past. We It was the closest we could have been to theimmediately split ourselves into groups and historical events and the suffering of the peoplewalked by the wall, our jaws dropping to the at the time, and we felt unbelievably fortunate toground as we stared at it in complete awe. It able to witness the remnants of the past. Overallwas a beautiful sight, and one that had endured the trip is one that is impossible to forget, a onceadversities since 1963. Each and every section in a lifetime type of trip and one that will remainhad been painted with vibrant streaks of colour in our memories forever.splashed onto every corner of the previously By Laura Tibi 17
  18. 18. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012THAILAND ADVENTURESBy Leon Radin, Year 8On the 26th May I was lucky enough to travel with Al Yasmina students toChiang Mai, Thailand. We were accompanied by Mr Dunn, Mrs Brundan,Mr Stanley and Dr Patricia and were about to embark on a much-anticipatedadventure holiday.When we arrived in Chiang Mai I was so excited about what was ahead in the next6 days. Our accommodation, a purpose-built athletes’ village, had everythingwe needed - with basic rooms holding up to three people. We were surprisedand delighted to have an open outlook to the resort and impressive mountainsbeyond.Our first day was not too physical – we were picked up at the hotel in a very brightcoloured touring bus (with an ‘interesting’ interior colour scheme!) and headedtowards Chiang Mai. On route, we were furnished with details of what to expectover the next few days – basically the practicalities of being prepared for the Thaiweather and insects! We spent a reasonably relaxing day discovering the historyand culture of Chiang Mai and its religious beliefs. We visited local landmarksand ornate temples which were very impressive. On returning to the complex weenjoyed our evening meals eating mostly western dishes - with a Thai option forthe more adventurous.The planned activities over the week were all off-site and early on we travelledto Chiang Mai Jungle Flights. This amazing eco-adventure allowed us to zipline through the rainforest canopy. It was fantastic, and even those facing fearsended up raving about the experience. We didn’t see any animals but we reallyappreciated the amazing views. Another activity we all enjoyed was mountain-biking. Having travelled for 45 minutes, we were divided into groups and cycledthrough forest paths, coming across villages and great scenery. The weather wasbeautiful when we started but the heavens opened during our cycle – howeverthis did not dampen our spirits, it was still great fun splashing through puddlesand no one minded returning looking like swamp creatures. Fortunately, we hadspare shirts before entering our restaurant for lunch that day.One of the other educational activities we did was survival and raft building. Wewere put into groups and assigned our own guide. First, we had to build a shelterthen make cooking equipment to cook our rice, noodles, vegetables and tea.Discovering what you can make using just a few tools and natural resources wasfascinating. All-in-all it turned out to be quite a competitive day.The raft building took teamwork and communication. Since we were buildingthem from scratch, it was quite nerve wracking when we hit the rapids. Despitea few sailors going overboard none of the rafts failed. The whole day was verytiring so the teachers were relieved that night. One visit that seemed to appealto most of the students was our trip to the Elephant Sanctuary on day four.Here, we learned of the respect that the Thai people have for them and theimportant part they played in the now- banned logging industry. There weredemonstrations to showcase their intelligence – this included painting picturesusing a brush held in their trunks and even playing drums.The latter part of the week was just as good as the beginning. A visit to thebustling night market, ensured our wallets and purses were emptied. Thenumber of stalls was astounding – each with very enthusiastic sellers! However,this did not put us off returning for a second visit. Bargaining was great fun andwe all came home with bags full of souvenirs.On two days of our holiday we had time to swim at the sports complex. It was ahuge pool with a diving board and lots of the boys took the opportunity to showoff! In addition, we used the sports hall one night for some team relay games aswell as free time to play netball, football and basketball. Trekking on day 6 was areal challenge - the heat and humidity tested our limits. However, the rewardsat the top of every climb made it all worthwhile – the views were mind-blowingand we all appreciated the beauty of Chiang Mai.Each day was full of fun and activity and we all had no trouble falling off to sleep.I would like to thank the teachers on the trip and for Al Yasmina, as a school, forallowing this opportunity. For me, this was a remarkable, educational trip whichI will never forget. 18
  19. 19. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 3 JUNE 2012FORMALFUNCTIONSSuits and ball gowns replaced uniforms forthe school’s Year 11 students at their end ofyear prom, while parents also abandoned theirnormal daywear for glamorous gowns andstylish tuxedos at the Al Yasmina charity ball. 19