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WELCOMEWelcome to the first issue of The Secondary                                          department. It also gives Al Y...
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AL YASMINA SCHOOL                                                     issue 1                                             ...
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  2. 2. WELCOMEWelcome to the first issue of The Secondary department. It also gives Al Yasmina School the chancePARTNERSHIP, the official newsletter of the secondary to celebrate progress and achievement and provide moredepartment at Al Yasmina School. in depth information to parents on subjects ranging from the curriculum to making the right GCSE choices.It will be emailed to parents on the first day of every We welcome your feedback.month. The Secondary PARTNERSHIP keeps you up-to-date with student activities across the secondary Please contact us at communications@alyasmina.sch.aeCONTENTSWELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL, MR GALE 3WEST SIDE STORY: AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS 4WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE POST-16 PROCESS 6MAKING SUBJECT SELECTIONS FOR YEAR 11 7BRASS PLAYERS BLAST THROUGH EXAMS 8MATHS CHAMPIONS 8WORLD CHALLENGE FUNDRAISING UNDERWAY 9YEAR 10 STUDENTS HEADING OUT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE 9GCSE: WHATS INVOLVED IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUBJECTS 10MATHS CHALLENGE 10SNIPPETS - A QUICK LOOK AT TRIPS, TALKS AND CAMEL CAMPAIGNS 11SCHOOL TRIPS AID CLASSROOM LEARNING 13CELEBRATING SUCCESS WITH STUDENTS OF THE MONTH 14The Secondary PARTNERSHIPTopics, trends, updates, views and news from the Al Yasmina Secondary DepartmentSINGING STARS: Pictured on the cover are Tommy Wouters (left), Hassan Al Asmawi, Wynona Bautista and Rebecca Schonberg, who appeared in the recent secondarydrama production West Side Story. For more photos, turn to page 4 and 5. 2
  3. 3. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012FROM THE HEADOF SCHOOL “Situations change from time to time. A friend may become an enemy and an enemy a friend. Life is inconsistent and ever changing.” Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan WINNER: Head of School Mr Gale with the winner of the newsletter competition, Patrick Gaunt.What began as a quick Google search for a quote about change Yasmina. But it will be well planned and executed and to thetook me through a maze of websites, each brimming with benefit of all. So meanwhile, the show must go on, and that isclever citations about the role of change in our lives. I began the perfect theme for the first issue of our new-look secondarywith Charles Darwin: “ It is not the strongest of the species that newsletter, which features a story on the secondary drama clubsurvives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that production, West Side Story. It was a spectacular performanceis the most adaptable to change.” and we should all celebrate its success. Next month we will focus on Arabic and Islamic studies. Every student in theInteresting. The next quote to catch my eye was by an Arnold secondary department will recognise the significance of theBennett, an English novelist who died in 1931. He very wisely name of the newsletter, The Secondary PARTNERSHIP.said “Any change, even a change for the better, is alwaysaccompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” A few more web Congratulations to Patrick Gaunt who won the competitionpages later and I found a quote from an American businessman to come up with a winning name. He wins dhs200. I thoughtcalled Nido Qubein, who said “Change brings opportunity.” I’d finish with one more quote, this time from Alan Watts, anAmerican comedian Billy Crystal had this to offer: “Change is English philosopher. “The only way to make sense out of changesuch hard work.” I would have to agree. is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” But I thought there might be something more, and lured into moreAl Yasmina School has been through a great deal of change in screen time, I found it. And it could not have been more fitting.the last few weeks with the departure of Principal Mr Malone.Mr Malone has left big shoes for me to fill. He stood ably at “Situations change from time to time. A friend may becomethe helm of the school and under his leadership Al Yasmina an enemy and an enemy a friend. Life is inconsistent and everhas grown to become a school of choice in Abu Dhabi. It no changing.”longer bears the label of a ‘new school’ but is now a developing Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyanschool, offering layers and depth. Great foundations have beenbuilt and now it is my responsibility to ensure we continue togrow, to develop and most of all to make sure we continue toaim for outstanding. Our plans to farewell Mr Malone are wellunderway. Post-16 students, most of whom have been at theschool for as long as Mr Malone, are coordinating the secondaryeffort. A collection has been launched and donations will beaccepted until March 21.In some ways I have the easiest job in the world. Each day Iam amazed at the achievements of our students and we havean active and engaged parent community. New leadershipinevitably means change, and this will be the case at Al 3
  4. 4. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012WEST SIDE STORY PUTS ALYASMINA DRAMA STUDENTSON THE CITY STAGE STAGE PRESENCE: Cast of the secondary drama club production of West Side Story.Deciding which two students would play the lead female role in a CNN reporter the beginning and end of the production. QuotesWest Side Story was a difficult decision for the play’s producer, from the Shakespearean play were used throughout. Some ofdrama teacher Mrs Hetherington - so she choose both. the darker scenes in the original musical were replaced with lighting and still images which created an atmosphere of tension.Jess Vickery, in Year 12 and Rebecca Schonberg, who is in Year Publicity in the Abu Dhabi Week magazine ahead of opening night11, both performed as Maria in the musical, with each student helped attract an audience from throughout the wider Abu Dhabiappearing twice over four nights. “They are both talented in community, Mrs Hetherington said.different ways so I wanted to provide the opportunity for both ofthem to play Maria,” Mrs Hetherington says. “Maria is a complex The production was filmed by the Abu Dhabi branch of thevocal role and by choosing two singers it also ensured there New York Film Academy who will make CDs of the productionwas no vocal straining for either performer.” West Side Story is available for sale for 30 dhs from the drama department in thethe second production for the drama department, and its first next couple of weeks. Farris Al Ali, who played Bernardo, hasfull musical. The show featured around 40 performers from the been approached by the academy to help with the technical sidesecondary school and explores the rivalry between two teenage of editing the recording made on the night. Tommy Wouters,street gangs. Live music was provided by the school’s music and who played Riff, the leader of the Hoods gang, has been askedperipatetic teachers. to audition for a film produced by the academy.”This musical has definitely put us on the map,” Mrs Hetherington says. “Drama isTo add a modern twist to the story, the names of the gangs was about breaking the mould and challenging ourselves and that’schanged from Jets and Sharks to the Hoods and the Slicks, the what we achieved in this production.”latter an “emo” gang. Parallels were drawn throughout theproduction to Romeo and Juliet. It also followed the example setin Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film of Romeo and Juliet, which featured 4
  5. 5. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012WEST SIDE STORY LEAVES FOND MEMORIESThe curtain has just fallen on the musical West Side Story but they enjoyed the experience of working together, meetingalready the students who took the lead roles can’t wait for the new people and say they have formed a close friendship asnext production. a result. After living and breathing the play for so long they all joke that lines from the script have become part of theirTommy Wouters (Riff), Hassan Al Asmawi (Tony), Wynona everyday conversation. “The performance was a bit rough inBautista (Anita), Jessica Vickery, (Maria) and Rebecca the early days but we worked hard and pulled off an amazingSchonberg (also Maria) say the experience was stressful and performance,” Tommy says. “We are a good team.”challenging - but they can’t wait to do it all again. They all say 5
  6. 6. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012RIGOROUS PROCESS TO HELP STUDENTSCHOOSE SUBJECTS FOR YEAR 12 A LEVEL ACTION: Post-16 Learning and Progress Leader Mr RidpathYear 11 students have made their subject choices for next year, Ridpath says. “Another student may be completely unsure of aemerging from a comprehensive process that matches students career path and would need guidance about which subjects toto subjects and helps them begin to plan their future careers. The take that match their strengths and areas of interest.” Once thehighly individualised programme will be completed next month information is collated, Curriculum Team Leaders do a final checkwhen the 42 students receive letters offering them places in of choices before the curriculum timetable is produced by thecourses in the Post-16 programme next academic year. Post -16 Learning and Progress Leader (Curriculum), Mr Commons.Learning and Progress Leader Mr Ridpath says the process ofselecting Year 12 subjects began last September when Learning A levels explainedMentors discussed options with students. GCSE mock examscores were used to work out average point scores, help build astudent’s ability profile and calculate performance levels. Thishelped the school assess the appropriate pathway for each Students study for their A levels in Years 12 and 13. At Alstudent. Yasmina School, these Year groups are referred to as ‘Post- 16.” They begin their AS (advanced subsidiary) qualificationThe next step was a Post 16 options evening in January which in Year 12 and move onto A2 (advanced) in Year 13. Each partgave students an opportunity to find out about available subjects makes up 50 per cent of the overall A level grade. There arein more depth. “This was done in a very relaxed environment in three pathways: traditional, hybrid or vocational aimed atthe school atrium,” Mr Ridpath says. “All teachers were present three university levels: elite, the Russell Group (comprisingand each department had a notice board, displaying information 20 leading UK universities) and vocationally focusedon what GCSE grades a student would need in order to study universities. Subjects can be taken at an academic or BTECa particular subject, detailing career opportunities and the (Business and Technology Education Council) level. BTEC isuniversities they could attend.” a vocational qualification. The number of subjects chosen depends on GCSE marks. The UK standard entry levelStaff were on hand to explain in detail what was involved in each requirements are:subject. The final step in the process was an interview with MrRidpath, which the student attended on their own or with their • Five A* - C grades in GCSE subjects, including mathsparents. These interviews varied hugely, depending on the and English: three subjects.student. One student may have already made their subject choicesand knew the field in which they planned to study. Discussions • Seven A* - B grades in GCSE subjects, including mathswould therefore centre on looking at specific universities and and English: four subjects.focusing on what grades would be required for admittance, Mr 6
  7. 7. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012 GOOD ADVICE: Mr Ridpath with students Shahmir Khan (left), Priyanka Iyer, Gemma Haefele and Rameez Ansari.STUDENTS MAKE POST-16 CHOICESFor Shahmir Khan, deciding what subjects to do in Year 11 was maths. “It was a tough decision in the beginning but my parentsproving problematic. came along to the meeting with Mr Ridpath and we discussed career decisions and the path that I should take. I don’t have aRather than being limited to a few areas of interest, the career choice as yet as it’s confusing and hard for me to find out16-year-old had a long list of possible career directions. “The what I want to do. But I have made sure my options for A levelsproblem is I am interested in so many things,” he says. “I’m are pretty broad so I can go anywhere I want and can get ankeen on journalism and have had two articles published in UAE MBA or perhaps look at engineering as well.” Making a careermagazines, I’m into photography and like film and media but I choice was not a problem for Gemma Haefele and Priyankaalso like the sound of law. Before the options evening I wasn’t Iyer, both of whom want to work in the medical field. Becausesure about anything, but when we got to talk to the subject both have decided on their career path, they elected to see Mrteachers and listen to what their subject was about and looked Ridpath without their parents present. “I knew which options Iat the specifications about what I was going to learn things needed to take to become a doctor but I wasn’t sure about thebecame a lot clearer.” fourth,” Priyanka says. “The process helped me decide that history would be my fourth subject.” She says she benefittedHis focus sharpened further after his interview with Mr Ridpath, hugely from talking to Mr Ridpath about the importance ofwhich he attended with his parents. “He told me to do what extracurricular activities, the university interview, how toI enjoyed doing the most and in areas where I wouldn’t get differentiate herself from other students, work experience andbored. We looked at university choices and what careers I could which universities she could attend.consider if I pursued some of these different subjects. Wetalked a lot about university, about which one I should aim for Nailing the fourth subject was also a challenge for Gemma,and about what grades I would need at A level.” Shahmir has who has opted for biology, chemistry, psychology and Englishdecided that law could be a possible career, but has opted to literature. “The options evening was great, because I got to talkkeep his options open by studying maths, history, business and to the teachers about the coursework. There was no pressureeconomics and English literature. from any of them to take certain subjects and you could go back to any of them for more in-depth information. Mr Ridpath hadHis classmate Rameez Ansari also struggled to come up with excellent advice on what universities are looking for and hada career choice and he found it difficult to narrow down the list all the data on hand about our abilities and what grades we areof potential subjects to just four. In the end he has opted for predicted to get. His advice was to broaden our knowledge andchemistry, business and economics, DT (design technology) and subject choices and not to do something we didn’t want to do.” 7
  8. 8. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012 BLASTING OUT: Brass teacher Mr Hudson conducts a performance by Harrison Crawford (left), Felix Griffin (partly obscured), Ramya Iyer and Chloe Lawson.BRASS ACCOLADESAl Yasmina brass students achieved some of the highest scores preparation and study and entrants frequently need a guidingever recorded in the UAE in their recent exams, their teacher, (and at times disciplinary!) hand with home rehearsal. EveryMr Hudson says. one of the students’ parents took time to visit me to discuss the format of the exams and the commitment required from theirOf the 12 students who sat the Associated Board of Royal children before making the decision to enter. Consequently theSchools of Music (ABRSM) exams, eight received distinction. parental support has been a large factor in these wonderfulThe other four were awarded merit and were no more than results. It has again confirmed the extensive interest in thethree points away from obtaining distinction. These scores led instrumental music service at Al Yasmina, and further endorsesto a group of the brass musicians being invited to perform in the the recognition of its importance in the school curriculum.”exam board’s ‘high scorers concert’. Feel like finishing off the month with a musical interlude?Mr Hudson says making the decision to prepare for an ABRSM Hear some of Al Yasmina’s talented musicians play in a recitalexam is a sizeable one, both for the students and their parents. on the last Thursday of each month. The performance kicks off“These examinations require months of disciplined home at 2.45pm and lasts for around half an hour.MATHS CHAMP Year 11 student Hannah Morris has topped the school with her marks in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) intermediate challenge. Hannah received a gold certificate, along with two other students, Abigail Alexander and Mohammed Shahrour. The UKMT is an international competition organised the University of Leeds in the UK to advance the mathematical education of children and young people. More than 90 Al Yasmina students in Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the challenge, which forms part of the schools able, gifted and talented provision for maths. Hannah has been competing in UKMT challenges for the last four years, and last year also received a gold certificate. She plans to take both maths and further maths for A levels when she returns to the UK in September. The silver certificate recipients were: Ahson Kamal, Alex Parsons, Alvin Singh, Clara Ziada, Usman Liaqat, Omar Ali and Faiqa Subhani. Those who received bronze certificates were: Josh Brundan, Lana Zuhair, Priyanka Iyer, Rebecca Schonberg, Anissa Johnson, Hibah Hassan, Laura Tibi, Emily Green, Ahmed Alsaqri, Claire Lynch, Yeain Lim, Harrison Crawford, Yousef Abdelfattah, Andrew Lord, Oliver Barron, Yan Tenyakov, Zain Mustafa,MATHS MIND: Hannah Morris, who received the best results in the school in the Tejas Menon and Fawz Hreiki.UKMT maths challenge. 8
  9. 9. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012DISCO TO RAISEFUNDS FOR UGANDAADVENTURE WELL EARNED REST: At the top of Jebel Hafeet: Liam Troup (left), Nicholas Bryant, A secondary school ‘spring fling’ disco this month is the Daniel Brundan, Jon Alexander and Rafeh Safdar. major fundraiser for a group of World Challenge Year 12 students who are raising money to help build a school in a The team members are Rafeh Safdar. Jon Alexander, Daniel Ugandan village. Brundan, Nicholas Bryant, Liam Troup, Stefan Bennett, Khalifa Abdulla, Chloe Moss, Emily Prest, Nicole Crighton and Jess Vickery. The March 20 disco is being organised by 11 students who Meanwhile, the next cohort of Duke of Edinburgh candidates leave for Uganda on June 10. Some of the group are doing completed the adventure section of their silver medal last weekend, the World Challenge as an adventure in its own right, while spending three days and two nights in the desert. Want to know for others it is part of the gold medal Duke of Edinburgh more about the Duke of Edinburgh programme? award. Uganda was chosen from a list of developing countries by the group, and one of the reasons was a team member’s father was born there, says Chloe Moss, one of the students fundraising for the trip. The group has been on a training exercise in the desert and while conditions did not resemble the Ugandan countryside, they were able to rehearse situations that could occur under arduous WORKING WORLD conditions. BECKONS “We looked at what to do if someone got lost, or if there was an injury to someone in the party. We also practiced other Year 10 students swap their school bags for briefcases skills such as sanitising water,” Chloe says. “We worked this month, leaving their lessons behind for a week’s work on getting the team together and focusing on the roles experience. that everyone needs to play in the group.”Now the practice run has been completed, the group’s attention has turned The 68 students have been placed in a wide range of industry back to fundraising. Recent fundraising activities include groups, ranging from nurseries, engineering consultancies selling Valentine’s sweets bags, providing refreshments at to a theatre company, the Al Ain Zoo and a gym. Work events, organising a cake sale and a charity football match experience co-coordinator Miss Stephenson says the main between the Year 12 boys and the teachers (the teachers aim of the programme is to give students a taste of being in emerged victorious). It was attended by Radio One DJs the working world rather than aligning it with their specific Serena, Danny Cee and Flo. Five team members also career interests. “Many students might go to other countries raised around 6000dhs by completing a sponsored climb up and want to seek part-time jobs within the next couple of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. years and need to understand the responsibilities of being in a workplace. Things like punctuality, working with initiative, In Uganda, the team will spend a week trekking in the meeting deadlines and getting along with people they don’t jungle and a week helping out in a village. The students know all come into play. This is an opportunity for them to see plan to add a roof to an unfinished school building and carry what the ‘real world’ is like.” out any other carpentry work that they can. Fundraising will go to buy extra building materials in Uganda. It is the Year 10 was selected because it was felt the experience end of the monsoon season and the team is expecting wet, would help sharpen students’ focus as they get further into muddy conditions with humid conditions in the forest and their GCSE programme, Miss Stephenson says. Employers cooler conditions as they climb higher. Chloe says the are given a handbook detailing some of the activities and group is able to access an comprehensive evacuation plan experiences that the school recommends for its students. and will carry a satellite beacon and satellite phone. “It The amount of coursework and modular exams in Year 11 is very remote, and at times it will be quite scary, but that means work experience is not an option for this group, Miss is part of the challenge. But we know if something goes Stephenson says, but work experience is being arranged for wrong, we can get out quickly. The silver medal for the Year 12 students in June. Duke of Edinburgh is testing, it does push you to the limit, and Uganda will do that too. We will work as a team and I Can you help with placements for Year 12 students? will really get to know the people I go to school with!” Contact 9
  10. 10. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012ROBUST PROCESS FOR MAKINGGCSE CHOICES Progress Leader Mr Commons and students Soo Lim and Rhys Vickery.Year 9 student Soo Lim didn’t skip a beat when asked what checks all students’ choices with their subject teachers. Theoptional subjects she plans to take for GCSE. “Art, French, DT school decides whether to offer an IGCSE or GCSE subject aftertextiles and history,” she answered immediately. The 14-year- analysing the course content and taking into account how wellold has carefully handpicked her subjects so she can fulfill the content sets up students for study at Post-16. Mr Commonsone of her two career aspirations - either becoming a wedding says the process is both robust and consultative. “We makedress designer or a translator. For her classmate Rhys Vickery, sure students have ample time to discuss their options withthe decision took a little longer. He has chosen PE, history, their parents and their subject teachers,” he says. “Our aim isgeography and ICT. “I’ve chosen the subjects that I enjoy and to have our students taking subjects that are right for them andthat I’m strong in,” he says. Their choices have been fed back to delivering these options in the best possible way.”the Curriculum Learning and Progress Leader, Mr Commons,who makes sure students have made the right subject choicebefore he turns his attention to drawing up the GCSE timetableand looking at staffing levels. MATHS CHALLENGEStudents have to take English, maths, chemistry, biology and There were no correct answers to the last math’s challenge,physics and are asked to pick four optional subjects, one from which asked readers to solve a sock problem. Surprisingly,each of four option blocks. Previous year’s choices are used you only have to take three socks from the drawer. Imagine ifto decide whether a subject appears on one of more subject the first was red, the second was black, then there is no pair.blocks. History, for example, was a popular choice last year However, it does not matter what colour you pick out third as itso appears on three option blocks, and more teachers have will match one of your socks. This month’s maths challenge is abeen employed to cope with the extra numbers. PE, another doodling exercise. Without lifting your pencil from the page andfavourite, is on two blocks. This year Business Studies has only drawing four straight lines can you pass through every dotemerged as the most popular subject, Mr Commons says. New in the square below?subjects are also introduced each year. In September, one ofSoo’s choices - DT Textiles - will be offered for the first time.DT students can also specialise in resistant materials, graphicsand food technology.The process of selecting optional subjects for GCSE kicksoff in January when option booklets are sent to parents. Aweek later, parent teacher consultations and an optionspresentation session are held on the same evening, givingparents the opportunity to talk to subject teachers ahead ofthe presentation. Students’ options choices are submitted in The solution and the person who solved it correctly will bemid February and confirmation letters are sent out at the end published in the next newsletter. Email your answers to:of the second term. In the intervening period, Mr Commons 10
  11. 11. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012SNIPPETS GRAND PLANS: Christo talks to students at Al Yasmina School. GRAND PLANS: Christo talks to students at Al Yasmina School. WRAPPING IT UP A mesmerizing talk by Bulgarian artist Christo, who is known for wrapping iconic buildings in fabric, kept GCSE art and BTEC students glued to their seats during a talk at the school. His visit was part of a lecture tour hosted by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. He also discussed his plans to build a Mastaba ( a flat roofed, rectangular structure) made of more than 400,000 oil barrels, in the desert near Liwa. Art and Design Curriculum Team Leader Mrs Walsh says Al Yasmina was one of two schools in Abu Dhabi that was visited by the famous contemporary artist. His visitSMART ATTIRE: Frontline staff in their new uniforms. was particularly relevant for the BTEC students, who are working on a sculptural unit of work. “Being able to hear what he had to sayA UNIFORM APPROACH was an amazing experience for the students and added a depth of understanding that they couldn’t get from a visit to a gallery.”, professional and easily recognisable - that’s the messagebeing projected by front of house administration staff in their newbusiness uniforms. They have the option of wearing either a blackskirt or trousers with a tailored jacket, white shirt and green scarfwith Al Yasmina branding which ties loosely around the neck.The uniforms have received a positive response from the schoolcommunity, Administrative Manager Mrs Roberts says. “They makeus easily identifiable to parents, we look smart and businesslike andproject a good first impression of the school.” ON FILM: A BBC cameraman films Cameron for the documentary. CAMEL CAMPAIGN ATTRACTS WORLDWIDE INTEREST Cameron Oliver’s profile as a camel campaigner has been raised even further with the release of a short BBC documentary on his activities. The Year 9 student spent two days with a BBC camera crew and who filmed him and a group of fellow students cleaning up rubbish in the desert. The result was a four-minute segment which was screened on the BBC documentary channel 10 times over a periodSHAKESPEARE COMES of three days. The exposure led to a flurry of emails from as far away as Brazil, India, China and Egypt, many hoping to get theirTO LIFE hands on one of Cameron’s distinctive camel campaign t-shirts, but others offering to donate money to the cause. As a result, Cameron says he will investigate establishing a Paypal account.Romeo and Juliet came to life for 90 Year 8 students who travelled Now the documentary has been aired, it’s back to his core businessto Dubai to see a performance of the Shakespearean drama. The of raising awareness of the dangers of rubbish on the health of thevisit was a timely one for the students, who have been studying the UAE’s camels. “I said on the documentary that I will never giveplay in English. Also on the trip were 12 Year 10 drama students, up, and I won’t, not until the camels stop dying and the rubbish iswho are required to critically analyse a live performance as part of cleared up.”their drama coursework. 11
  12. 12. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012EVERY CHILD MATTERSThe principles of Every Child Matters - the UK-based initiativewhich ensures every child is looked after and given theopportunities they deserve - is a woven into Al Yasmina’s PSCHCEEclasses.The programme was established by the Department for Children,School and Families and is set across a framework of servicesthat touch on the lives of children, ranging from doctors andhospitals to social services and schools. Every Child Matters hasfive strands: be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make apositive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing. PSHCEECoordinator Miss Stephenson says the programme is implementedacross the school. “Each of the topics that we cover in PSHCEE(personal, social, health, citizenship, economic education) classesaddresses aspects of the Every Child Matters agenda,” she says.“For instance, Year 7 is discussing friendships and bullying, whichfits in with the ‘stay safe’ strand. Implementing this programme is READY, SET, GO: A flying start for competitors at the Muscat swimming championships.not done in a regimented way, but it does underpin everything thatwe do as teachers.” SWIM CHAMPS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS FAMILY FUN SPORTS DAY Al Yasmina’s secondary swimming team came home with a host of medals from an international swimming competition, and the Don’t forget family fun day on Saturday from 9am- honour of having one of its members, Cameron Oliver, chosen as 1pm. Join a mixed team of students, parents and swimmer of the tournament. A team of 31 Al Yasmina students, teachers and compete in sports including football, from Years 3 to 9, competed in the British Schools of the Middle tag rugby, swimming relays and multi skill events. East Swimming Championships in Muscat. They participated in 124 Families who enter will be asked for a donation and races and came home with a cache of 39 medals from individual funds will go to various charities and to support races and relays - 10 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze. PE teacher Mr the school PE programme. Refreshments will be Todorov says all swimmers swam personal best times in all races, provided by FOY (Friends of Yasmina). with some of the times very close to the championship records. “Our swimmers demonstrated quality swims with excellent skills and race awareness. They approached the whole competition andFRESH VEGES FROM FOY each race in a very professional and mature manner. They did us very proud.”Want to receive a box of fresh, locally grown vegetables everyWednesday for a month?All you have to do is place and pay for your order by the first Monday WEBSITE REVAMPof each month. Orders should be emailed to Lindy at It’s been a slow and frustrating process, but Al Yasmina’s and payment placed in the Vegappetit box look website will be completed by the end of term. The newat reception. Include your name and mobile number. Then, pick design will reflect the look and feel of both the secondary and theup your box each Wednesday after school outside the secondary primary school and will be a comprehensive, up-to-date source oflibrary. The deliveries are organised by Friends of Yasmina (FOY) information for information on the part of its fundraising efforts. Already around 40 parents andstaff are getting their vegetables via Vegappetit, choosing betweena 2.5kg box for 30dhs, or a 5kg box which costs 55dhs. Each boxcontains a selection of seasonal vegetables. Specific orders are nottaken - each box is prepacked with a selection of vegetables.FOY chairperson Janine Loftus says this is only one of severalfundraising initiatives being organised by the group, which is alsoselling second hand uniforms. Anyone interested in buying orselling uniforms that are surplus to their requirements shouldemail Urooj at FOY members meetregularly and the group welcomes new members and is alwayslooking for volunteers to help out at various 12
  13. 13. AL YASMINA SCHOOL issue 1 MARCH 2012SCHOOL TRIPSSecondary classes were out and about last month on a variety of The Post-16 physics group used a visit to Ferrari World to bettertrips and excursions to support learning in the classroom. Year their understanding of dynamic physics. Data collected was9 geography students headed for Jumeirah Beach Residence in used to design an experiment to investigate energy transfersDubai where they explored both the physical and human aspects of moving objects. And just to make sure the objects did move,of coastal geography. They used many data collection techniques the group also sampled the various rides on offer. A group of 17including beach profiling, assessment of environmental quality Year 10 GCSE PE students volunteered at the HSBC Abu Dhabiand questionnaire surveys. Students are now using their data to Golf Championships. The students were responsible for ensuringwrite a report on how and why this coastline needs managing. that all of the scoreboards on the course were up to date and accurate, information which was then shown on TV screensDubai was also the destination for Year 7 science students, around the world. Thanks to the students’ efforts, Al Yasmina haswho visited the aquarium and underwater zoo. They were been asked to provide volunteers for next year’s event. And lastgiven a two-hour tour by specialist guides which added to their but not least, Year 7 DT (design technology) students had a day atunderstanding of their current science topic "classification and the Shahama Petting webs." The students carried the food theme through to theirvisit to Candylicious. Teachers were able to do their own researchon the affect of sugar on adolescents on the return journey. 13