Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Governors
Welcome to our second bumper edition of The Diyafah Beacon, our half termly newsletter.In this edition we have tried to capture both visually and in writing the very best of what has been taking place in this great school since our first edition in October 2017. I am sure you will agree with me – it has been action packed.
It is a real joy for me to see daily so much imagination and creativity in bringing learning alive.Our children love to learn because their teachers make learning such fun; they make it so active and they give your children so many opportunities to discover for themselves.
I recently attended the EduTech Middle East 2017 Conference in Dubai. There I was struck by the wonderful ways in which technology and education can and are working so well together to enhance children’s learning experiences It is true that future generations will have to be flexible and will have to possess key life skills such as the ability to problem solve, think critically and to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world. I think back to the technological changes I have seen in my lifetime and I shudder! And the rate of change is getting faster. One presenter called the rate of change “exponential”.
However, in my view, nothing can prepare children better to meet these future challenges than the dedication, creativity and commitment of good teachers. Teachers can ignite the curiosity of children in ways that technology cannot. Teachers can support, encourage, guide and challenge at that key level of human interaction. And above all good teachers care. I don’t think teachers have to worry about the advancement of technology in education. Even the best and most sophisticated technology can never replace a dedicated teacher.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition of The Diyafah Beacon and share with me in thanking our wonderful staff and students in all they do collaboratively in making learning, both inside and outside the classroom, so worthwhile.
THE DIYAFAH BEACON
Term: Autumn | Issue 2 | Date: November 2017
November 2: Flag day
November 9: Family Fun Fair
November 19: Exams begin
November 20: Universal Children's Day
November 22: Year 5 Mental Maths School Competition
November 26: Year 5 Yas Marina Race
November 27: Year 2 Field Trip to Fire Station.
November 29: National Day celebration
November 30: Martyr's Day- Commemoration Day.
November 30: Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Innovation Day was held on Thursday, 19th of October. We had a super fabulous day!
Our students were very passionate and highly engaged in creating various items.
DIS acknowledged Breast Cancer Awareness month by having a “Think Pink Day” on Monday, 16th of October. Teachers and students wore pink and contributed 5 AED towards the UAE Cancer Foundation; of which amounted to a total of 4000 AED. We also had a 'pink walk' by having our students and teachers walking on the road in the school’s vicinity in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Year 9 girls had a bake sale which yields a total of 466 AED towards this cause.
Farah Nadhilah 8G
We had a field trip to ADNEC on Wednesday, 18th of October. Students from years 5 to 9 were allowed to participate in this field trip. We had a lot of fun and we learned interesting things that will certainly shape our decisions on studying technical education and develop our entrepreneurial skills.
Ruchika Singh 8G
a glimpse of EARLY YEARS (FS1)
In FS1 this month, we have had lots of fun getting to know our new school. Throughout the month we have played with lots of new toys and made lots of friends. On ‘World Heart Day’, we wore red and were very excited when we did some dancing outside. We love to take our shoes off in Sand and Water when the floor isn’t too hot (don’t tell anyone but Ms. Lesley loves it too). In PE, we have completed obstacle courses and had races. Every day we have lots of fun playing on the Jungle Gym and we want to go outside all the time, even when it is too hot for Ms. Ella, Ms. Elen and Ms. Lesley. We have had lots of tears and tantrums along the way, but now we all love coming to school every day.
In the month of August, just before we started off this academic year, on the occasion of the 29th SEA Gamesin Kuala Lumpur, three of our students from DIS, namely Rushill Reuban (Yr7), Rushaan Reuban (Yr6) & Riyaa Reuban (Yr 4) participated in the 5Km run, in the opening ceremony of the SEA games. They managed to cross the finish line within the specific time which earned them a finisher medal. Well done!!! Rushill, Rushaan and Riya, for you have ‘let your light shine’.
All our Primary Students have been actively engaged in learning.
In Year 2, we have been treated with amazing assemblies this term. We announced our first monitors to lead our classes. They have been doing a fantastic job! During assemblies, not only did our learners perform on the stage, but they have had the pleasure of receiving a few guests.
Dr. Dania Al Mahmoud, mother of Omar Al Mahmoud, held an interactive session with Year 2 students and explained what healthy eating means and how we can make better and healthier choices when picking snacks.
Ms. Wendy visited primary assembly and told us all about health and safety around our school. We now know exactly how to report any safety hazards we see in and around the school.
RED everywhere!!! Year 2 were actively engaged in World Heart Day celebrations this month. We loved working out with the PE department and took the opportunity to laugh a little extra. It was an amazing way to show thankfulness for having healthy hearts in our bodies.
a glimpse of primary (KS2)
a glimpse of EARLY YEARS (FS2)
Learning to recognize their names. by painting over it.
Fantastic Flamingos (FS2B) enjoying their tasty treats!
Exercising on World Heart day to keep our Hearts healthy. healthy.healthy!������v�&��
Fantastic Foxes (FS2A)
Playing pretend in the role play area.
Busy bees (FS2D) giving the dolls a bath and washing their clothes while learning about Hygiene.
Clever Owls (FS2C) matching counters to numbers during a Maths lesson.
Children in Year 3 were also working on addition and learning how to add 2-digit numbers to another 2-digit number. This was done through a variety of exciting activities, involving dice and number spinners. By the end of the lesson, some children were even able to use their knowledge and add 2-digit numbers to a 3-digit number. Super progress!
Year 3 – World Heart Day in Maths!
They investigated their heart rate after exercise, recording their heart rate before exercise, immediately after exercise and then 10 minutes after exercise. Caleb in 3B said, "My heart rate went really high after exercise but started to slow down 10 minutes after exercise and was nearly back to normal". Well done to all of Year 3 for celebrating 'World Heart Day' by being great investigators.
Year 4 have been having super fun while learning new concepts. Each classroom has been a laboratory where teachers and little scientists have been conducting experiments on solids, liquids and gases.Students also now know that a gas has weight.
a glimpse of secondary (KS3)
In September, there was a volleyball competition between teachers and year 9 boys. The teachers won 15 v 13.
In History class, Mr. David's students did a research project on inventors during the industrial revolution.
year 8 - History Project
On Thursday the 19th of October KS3 teachers joined together to lead the school song in the morning assembly. The students were impressed with the teachers performance.
Year 8 investigated the strength of magnets.
Year 7 explored the human skeletal system.
Year 9 demonstrated that light travels in straight lines.
Year 8 made electro magnets in Science.
Science in action
Yousef Jouda 9B
I am honoured to be apart of the student leadership team as the Head Boy of such a noble institution. My name is Yousef Jouda and I am currently in year 9B. I can assure you that I will represent my school well. I will be motivating and inspiring my fellow schoolmates to do their best at all times. As we move forward working as a team, let us ensure that we "let our light shine".
Farah Mounir 9G
It is indeed a privilege to be selected as the Head Girl for such a prestigious institution. It was always my dream to hold this position and I plan to work assiduously in ensuring that I represent my school well. Many people think being in the school's leadership team is useless or a waste of time but I consider this opportunity training for future endeavours. As such, I will ensure that I motivate my schoolmates so that they can aim high in everything they do and hence, be successful individuals. I am looking forward to working with you all!
head GIRL's message
head boy's message
Year 6 are in the process of inventing and designing a piece of technology that could be used to help the environment in the future. All students are looking forward to the competition for the best design. 30 Dojo’s to the winner!
Year 5 students helped plan an exciting activity to learn about the moon phases.They discussed how the use of Oreo’s would help the visual learners in the class and that this would be a fun and exciting way to learn about the moon phases. When presenting the work, groups spoke in Arabic and English.
Year 4 students started identifying the difference between shapes and how lines of symmetry are formed. Learners identified that when using a mirror to reflect a half of a polygon it completes the image or shape. This was done in an activity where they completed their own faces using what they have learned in the lesson.
Class Dojo has been a reward for good behavior and learning that is happening in and outside the classroom. Year 5 has been looking forward to using this tool to communicate effectively with parents during and after the school day. The children can be very involved in deciding the categories that can earn them points and can be linked very close to the life skills that we focus on during the school year. One child in Year 5 when asked about working with the teacher on adding skills to receive points, “It’s so much better when we are involved in deciding how the points are rewarded.It just means that we are part of the process”.
On Wednesday the 31st of October, DIS held its Student Investiture Ceremony. The attendees included the principal of our Dubai sister school, parents and students. We were warmly welcomed by Joel and Anfal. Mr. Bart gave an introduction speech followed by the UAE National Anthem and a recitation of the Holy Quran by Mohammed Raeef (year 4). We sang the school song which was led by "The Classic Choir" and then the head boy and girl gave their speeches. We were also entertained by Early Years; they did a presentation on life skills. They were so adorable! All student leaders received their badges and Asher (year 8B) did a piano solo. This was followed by the Principal's address and the student pledge, where the student leaders pledged to uphold their responsibilities and let their light shine. The ceremony ended with a song from the choir called "The best day of my life". It was a very memorable event!
Amin Qureshi (9B)
Johann Hernandez 9B
Rushil Pradeep 8B
Simoni Shaw 8G
Omar Ahmed Kamil 7B
Hiba Siddique 7G
Mohammed Abdullah 6B2
Lea Golaith 6G
Khadija Al Romaithi 5A
Mohammed Waleed 5B
Joanne Manimata 4B
Fahim Yasser 4D
Clarise Bexuidenhout 3B
Varek Schafer 3E
Student Representatives for the Environment
Reyouf Al Harithi 9G
Haassan Ali Hassan 8B
Irem Teliroglu 7G
Joelle Mekdar 7G
Head Boy - Yousef Jouda (9B)
Head Girl - Farah Mounir (9G)
Vice-Head Boy - Amin Qureshi (9B)
Vice Head Girl - Sofia Khan (8G)
Sarah Lutfi 9G (Captain) Mohammed Wassem 9B (Captain)
Sergio Otero 8B (Vice Captain) Farah Nadhilah 8G (Vice Captain)
Dareen Firas 9G (Captain) Rashed Ali 9B (Captain)
Kevin Agredo 7B (Vice Captain) Sara Al Mansoori 8G (Vice captain)
It's here again!
DIS presents its
“Let your light shine”
Week of 21 January 2018
School Basketball Court
Open from 8 January 2018.
Come one! Come all!
More information coming soon!!!