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DUBAI COLLEGEA tradition of quality in education
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Induction Day 2012
Contents 14-39Form Photos & Year Pages
of the Week
History Trip to Berlin
Art Trip to the Sharjah Biennial
44Year 11 Art Trip
to the DIFC Galleries
Challenge 2012 - Ladakh, India
Eco-venture Trip, Kalba
Mathematics Competition *Snoland 13*
52-53Ski Trip Verbier,
Lumpur and Singapore Rugby
Fieldwork in Umm Al
58Spanish Trip to
Schools 62-63Desert Dance
Workshop 66Music &
Music at the
Design 86ASArt &
Dear Friends of Dubai College
Another eventful year has passed in the life of Dubai College as we celebrated the 35th year since the foundation back in 1978.This edition of Shamal celebrates all that is good and consistent with the values and ethos of Dubai College, building on our traditions and simultaneously looking to the future with renewed passion and optimism. The academic results in the past year were the best on record and surpassed last years outstanding performance across the board in GCSE and A-levels moreover, the improvement was set against a decline in the overall UK results. Whilst we are proud of the academic performance, we are equally proud of the achievements of our wonderful students in the sporting arena, performing arts and in their contribution to the community where they live and represent us in so many positive ways.
Your Board of Governors is also working hard with the KHDA, UK Inspection
Boards and other external bodies to advance the schools reputation, activities and connections so that Dubai College will maintain its standing as one of the finest UK curriculum schools anywhere. Our Board has been augmented by the addition of Dr. Eman Gaad, an academic of world class reputation who will work closely with the Headmaster on curriculum matters, and also by Peter Debenedictis to connect us to the ever-growing Dubai College Alumni. In addition, we have taken strong steps to strengthen our governance processes and we have commenced a detailed review of our vision and strategies towards 2020 and beyond. Though there have been some set-backs and ever-present challenges associated with our not-for-profit status, our finances and operations are very robust and provide a strong base for the future. Dubai College is constantly adapting to the future and investments in modernising facilities and IT infrastructure are but a few of the new projects that will strengthen the experience we offer our students.
I would like to pay special thanks to the Headmaster, his management team and teaching staff, the Bursar and his support staff who work tirelessly to make Dubai College a special place of learning and personal development for our students. Together with parents, they provide the essential support mechanisms that ensure all our students realise their full potential and go on to further studies and bright careers on the international stage.
In conclusion, Dubai College remains a source of pride and passion for all of us who are involved, with the students at the centre of our efforts, as we look to the future with confidence and optimism in line with the growth of Dubai itself.
Congratulations to all involved in publishing Shamal and I hope you enjoy reading through the pages as a record of the diverse and unique community that is Dubai College.
With warm regards,
Hussain Sultan, Chair of Board of Governors
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Unbelievably yet another school year comes to an end a year to certainly remember. Our talented and hard-working students produced the best ever examination results at GCSE and A Level, Oxbridge offers reached new heights and we received two Outstanding Inspection Reports. That would be fantastic news in itself but, as we all know, education is far more than simply results. Indeed it is often those other factors that help produce the results. The talented students appear to thrive in the increasingly busy schedule of clubs, concerts, debates, expeditions, experiences, fund raising, performances, sport and travel. You will be reading about some of their simply stunning achievements in this edition of Shamal. Our departing Y13 students are perhaps the best testimony to the all rounded education provided. They leave us (and I jest not) as caring, intellectually curious, mature and sophisticated young adults a fact that their parents (and school) can be tremendously
proud of. Success does not, however, come in isolation but through all members of the DC community supporting, guiding and cajoling. My personal thanks to my colleagues for the tremendous effort they have put in this year, whether it was in the classroom, laboratory, office, sports field, stage or in some far flung foreign land.As usual some students, teachers and administration staff are leaving us at the end of the year. On the teaching side we are saying goodbye to Mr Lee, Miss Woolcock, Miss Marrion, Mr Shaikh, Mrs Burton-Burton
and Ms Casey. Our best wishes to them all. We are also bidding farewell to Mr Dougy Douglass, our
Facilities Manager, who has maintained
and developed our campus so well over the last 4 years. However, I do hope they will accept my apologies if I focus on four individuals who, between them, have served the school for almost 100 years. Mrs Ashmore joined DC in 1988 and over the last 25 years has served the school as English teacher, Careers Advisor, Debate organiser and more
recently, as one of the main forces behind
the F1 in Schools initiative with superb results. Less publically, but as importantly,
Mrs Ashmore has quietly cared for,
nurtured and supported generations of DC students through the ups and downs
of the teenage years. Mr Dale also joined the staff in Neanderthal times well 1988!
He has guided thousands of giftedand not so giftedstudents through
the unfathomable subject (to me anyway) of Mathematics and his amazing passion for it is unquenchable. Mr Dale has also co-ordinated our
hugely successful House and Extra Curricular programme.
Without fail...in blistering heat or even very occasional rain, he is always found encouraging, organising or supporting individual students as they participate in the huge House Programme. And as for his commentary and crossword skillsThe school office is losing our very long serving, dedicated and highly professional Office Manager, Mrs Malone. She joined DC as a Secretary in 1993 and her 20 years service to the school is tremendously appreciated. Finally, we have Mr Gulliford our Deputy Headmaster for the last 23 years. As a young impressionable teacher of History I still remember his very first rubbish assembly (it was about litter!). As well as teaching Economics, that Prince of Subjects (M. Gulliford 1991), he has supported, controlled and given some heavy duty counselling to no less than three Headmastersand on behalf of all three I thank him. His work rate, organisational ability, tact and caring nature is something to genuinely behold and will be very sorely missed. In the era of fancy mission statements, objectives and targets perhaps the greatest attribute I can pay Gullie is to state the obvious factif you asked the present school, and the thousands of ex-students, the one phrase they remember from DC the vast majority would faithfully recite all together now
work hard, play hard, be neat, be civil, be cooperative. That so neatly sums up what this place is all about long may it continue. May I wish everyone an enjoyable and safe summer break and wish all our senior students all the best with their examination results in August.
Mr P Hill
The best ever examination
results at GCSE and A Level
We received two Outstanding Inspection
Oxbridge offers reached new heights
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Please!.............Thank you!..............Goodbye Dubai!
9 Victor WayReading
Berkshire RG3 7XF20th March 1990
Dear Mr Parton,I read with interest the advertisement in the current edition of the Times Educational Supplement for the post of Deputy Headmaster of Dubai College. I wish to apply for the post and submit my letter of application herewith.
Yours sincerely(Mr W.E. Parton was the newly appointed Headmaster of Dubai College)
Villa 88 Street 41bJumeira 2
Dubai20th March 2013
Dear Mr Sultan,I wish to give notice that I intend to resign the post of Deputy Headmaster of Dubai College with effect from the end of the Summer Term 2013.Yours sincerely(Mr Sultan is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Dubai College)
Two letters separated by more than two decades. Twenty-three years or, more astonishingly, 69 Dubai College terms that have passed in a flash! The old adage that time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself certainly applies.The earliest days were not totally encouraging. Arriving in Dubai on the 28th August 1990, just over 10 days after Saddam Husseins Iraqi army had marched into Kuwait uninvited, led everyone to say and believe that Things will never be the same!and The job you came to do doesnt exist any more and is probably gone forever. However, things began to look up when the schools Headmaster generously offered me the use of his spare car a magnificient Mercedes Benz open top gas guzzler whilst I was sorting out what to buy for the long-term.The first ten days in Dubai dragged by, despite the Merecedes Benz!
I knew I was going to be happy and at home at DC as soon as the pre-term meetings programme began and I started to meet my new colleagues. People such as Mrs Ashmore and a very young Mr Donovan in English Mr Ashmore and Mr Rivers in Science Mr Lakiss (remember him?), Mr Dale and Mr Flower in Mathematics Creative Arts included Mr Jones (D&T) and two real drama queens named Penson and Jones- in Social Studies Mr Salisbury and a young man destined for greater things over the course of history, Mr Hill!In early September the then 300 plus pupils reported for the first day of term and I knew that my inclination that I would be at home at DC and able to make a worthwhile contribution to the life and growth of the school was about to be confirmed. The rest, as they say, is a matter of history. Standing in front of the
assembled school, for the first time, on the elevated stage of what is now the Sports Hall for the Welcome-Back Assembly on Day One in September 1990 the warmth and enthusiasm were tangible. I remember saying how much I was looking forward to working with all present to find solutions to the situations which we would encounter, whatever they might turn out to be. Not exactly inspirational stuff from the new Deputy Head!So, the school got up and running Normal Routine! Usual Timetable! What was not normal was an experience that will stay with me forever. Arriving for work at 7 a.m. one early September morning, I parked the Mercedes, grabbed my papers and headed for the School Office. As I turned the corner, I was confronted by a uniformed man with a machine gun which to me seemed pointed in my direction! My short life passed before my eyes in a moment as I awaited the sound of my despatch to the after-life. It took me a while to realise that the policeman was actually smiling and trying to explain that he was sent to guard the school against possible intruders connected with the Gulf War!...Phew! My early classes were a revelation clever, cooperative, committed students. How time flies! In my very first then Upper Sixth now Y13, Economics group was a young Peter DeBenedictus, nowadays a middle-aged
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businessman in Dubai I am not sure that Peter would accept that description?and a member of the Colleges Board of Governors.The first term, the first year, went by in the blink of an eye! The Activities Bazaar, the Y7 Barbecue, Sports Day, the Swimming Gala, the School Cross Country in which every member of the school ran, for many years won by a younger Mr RiversFounders Day, Study Leave and Examinations; the yearly cycle was already existent back then.In March 1991, I recall the official opening of the new Science Block. In those days the school was small enough, numbers wise, to be seated on temporary grandstanding at the back of B Block facing Science. This was 2nd March or 16 Shaaban 1411 and His Excellency Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, the Minister of Education cut the tape and we could experiment!Over the years so many great stories!...So many great students!...So many great colleagues teachers, administrative and domestic staff. To you all, present, past and alumni Thank you!Thank you for saying Good morning and smiling, for holding doors open, for offering to help carry things, for making visitors to Dubai College find their way around. As one of our visiting Inspectors said earlier this year This school is more British than most British schools.So, it is Goodbye Dubai!and especially to Dubai College.So,
Work hard! Play hard!... Be neat, be civil, be cooperative!
and one for my esteemed colleagues in the staffroom. Looking backwards, before looking forwards, thank you for!Please do not remember me!...Please do not remember what I used to say!... Just Do It! Show the world how good you can be DC!
Farewell!...and...Make it a good day!
Question: how does one begin to sum up 25 years in Dubai College?
Answer: I havent a clue, but Ill try. I arrived in Dubai in August 1988, courtesy of KLM (Keeps Life Miserable) as a single parent with two sons (Ben and Matty, aged 13 and 10 respectively) and the whirlwind began. Fellow survivors from that year are Mrs Ashmore and Mr Ashmore and soon the latter will be llast man standing. Messrs Donovan, Jones (Ian), and Rivers (hurrah for the Oxford comma) predate our 1988 arrival and, being so much younger than I am, still have enough stamina to plough on whilst my energy levels have drained to the extent that, unlike Sachin Tendulkar, I know when retirement is due. Dubai itself, and DC in particular, have provided me with many memorable moments (more of that anon) but, ironically, the most memorable actually occurred in Gatport Airwick where, in 1989, I met Joan Scott-Minter who was on her way to DC and who was to
become the love of my life (and still is). She was lucky enough to escape DC in 2000 so most of you who are reading this have never actually met her, but those of you who are regular listeners to Talking of Books (Dubai Eye) will have listened to her.
And so, dear reader, to some of the Dubai highlights. Although already past my prime I was for many years a competitive squash player in the local league and my Division 1 League Champions trophy (1994 season) still adorns my bar. Dubai is a place which affords many unexpected opportunities and refereeing an exhibition match between two of the best squash players the world has ever seen (Jahangir Khan, and Rodney Martin Google them) is a treasured memory. Too old for squash, I turned to golf (at which I am rubbish) and being heavily involved in the schools role in the Desert Classic has given me the opportunity to rub shoulders with the great and good of the golfing world (Mr Davidson gets a mention here). In school, I have many happy memories of the hugely successful 1st XI soccer team which I helped to run for 14 years with Mr Greenhow (Big Ron to my Little Ron). I have travelled extensively on behalf of DC in the company of several ISMTF Maths teams (Ankara, Geneva, The Hague, and Athens) and have enjoyed and taken pride in the impeccable behaviour that our students invariably display. Being compere at musical evenings in the time of Mrs Crowe and Mr Squire was a great delight, as was commentating during many hours of Athletics and Swimming events. Indeed, the House Programme in general has dominated much of my time in DC
Work hard! Play hard!... Be neat, be civil, be cooperative!
Work Hard Play Hard
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My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of an ever changing view.A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold, A tapestry to feel and see (Carole King)
...(and not in the words of the song) forever to behold. After having spent 25 years at Dubai College, I am leaving with so many wonderful memories of my time here. I can clearly remember arriving with my family (complete with dog and cat of course) in the intrepid heat of a seasonally soggy September and being driven down Sheikh Zayed Road very slowly, in order to avoid the camels that were sitting on the highway. In 1988, there was absolutely nothing between the Trade Centre and Jebel Ali. People considered Jebel Ali to be an outpost and they were horrified that we lived so far out of Dubai. We loved it! At first, very few villas were occupied but over time, that changed and the village became a thriving community. Family barbecues and pool parties were plentiful; we met neighbours of all different nationalities and cultures and we truly felt a part of the Middle East. I can clearly remember our regular Friday morning ritual, where Mr Ashmore, dressed in his pyjamas, rampaged round the garden brandishing
a newspaper, in an effort to drive the camels away, who were merrily chomping their way through our trees! That certainly would not have happened in UK! Every Christmas, we used to organise festive carols out in the desert. However, much of the time was spent digging each others cars out of
the sand. There were often over two hundred people there and a great time was had by
all! Of course many of my memories come from my time spent in school and what an amazing experience it has been. Soon after our arrival, I realised how special the pupils
really are. We held an annual cross country race for teachers and pupils,
which was, incidentally, always won by Mr Rivers. At that time, one of our pupils suffered from cerebal palsy and movement was very difficult for him but he was determined to run the race. As the other pupils finished, instead of going to shower and change, they all stood by the sides of the finishing post and waited for him to come in, behind everyone else. When he did, they all cheered and clapped and it was a truly momentous occasion. Many of us were overcome with emotion. Dubai College pupils have always proved to be sensitive and caring and I have always been so proud of you. Your enthusiasm, talent, ability and determination abound; there is no limit to what you can do. You are truly amazing. I will miss chatting with my form groups, past and present, and I hope to keep in touch with many of you on Facebook. I have loved being a Form Teacher and have shared lots of memories, both happy and sad, with my groups. I have seen many changes at the College: when we first arrived, C Block courtyard was
Memories 25 Years
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pupils have always proved to be sensitive and
and it will seem strange (but nice), sitting in my garden in France, enjoying leisurely lunches with no events to oversee (or Mr Flowers team talks to endure). I shall certainly miss the wit and banter of the staffroom too many names to mention, too few printable anecdotes to detail.
But my real raison detre is teaching Mathematics (it says so on my work permit) and that is what I am going to miss above all. It has been my privilege to help develop the mathematical skills of many of the best mathematicians to pass through this school and it is a big thrill to be highly regarded for both my teaching skills and mathematical ability. Of equal joy is the satisfaction of helping students from the lower sets to realise their full potential and to see a member of last years Year 11, set 7, now enjoying and excelling at A Level is fantastic. But time marches on (ask David Beckham, Colin Montgomerie, and Jonny Wilkinson) and my skills, like theirs, are now considered, by some, to be outmoded and unlikely to bring guaranteed success. So now the time has come to hang up the felt tip, sample the wine, and look back on a job well done. I shall read this summers results with interest and toast any successes appropriately and copiously. Au revoir!
Goodbye Salaam Auf Wiedersehen Au Revoir Adios
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the central hub of the school and all plays, concerts and events took place there, including assembly! In the winter months, we used to pray it would not rain and in the summer months, we sweltered. We were all glad when the Sports Hall was built and we no longer had to watch performances outside. The musical events are always fantastic and all the talent in Music, Charity, Love will stay with me forever. Lily Schuck always made me cry, as did Ewan French with his fabulous rendition of Bellas Song and there are many others who are too numerous to mention.I have always enjoyed being involved in many different aspects of school life, including of course, the F1 in Schools programme. When Mr Quinlan asked me to accompany him to Singapore to a World Finals event, little did I know that it would change my life. I became passionate about F1: it offers a real challenge to all who partake in it but the rewards are extremely satisfying; I have loved every minute of my time working with the teams and being involved in the competitions. How many people get to meet Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton visit the pit stops and the garage and watch the Grand Prix in four different countries? It really has been a fantastic opportunity and once again, I have been very proud of our teaMs I hope to continue to work with F1 in the UK; it is certainly in my blood now! It has been a great pleasure to work with Mr Donovan for 25 years in the English Department. When I arrived he actually had hair! I almost gave him a heart attack when we decided to produce a school newspaper on Open Day, interviewing people, writing up the articles, printing it and distributing it at the afternoon
Its time for me to say goodbye (again!). Some of you will remember that I left in 2008, only to return through a happy series of accidents. Originally I was only meant to come back for a year, but it is a measure of how much fun
teaching DC students can be that I ended up staying for another 3 more. My first stint at DC brought
many great experiences, but the second has been even more remarkable becoming a father (twice in 8 minutes!) and embarking on an entirely new career path has made for a very busy and very rewarding few years. I would like to thank a few people for sharing their time, skills, opinions and learning experiences with me (not that they all had a choice). Mr Dale has been a great colleague, always ready for a discussion about maths teaching and the relative merits of our students. I would also like to mention all of the accelerated students who have put up with me over time, especially those of you that havent been able to escape me for the past four years you might think that that time has finally come, but you should know betterDo what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
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tea. The IT room was frenetic (and fun) as teachers and pupils frantically raced against time but it proved to be too much for the feint hearted Mr Donovan and after three years, he ordered closure on our Open Day news. I will miss working in such a lovely English Department. It has been wonderful to work with such delightful colleagues, whom I deem to be amongst my best friends. I will remember the support, the banter and the giggles for many years to come and I feel privileged to have worked with them. To Miss Marrion, Miss Brenham, Miss McGivern, Mrs Ashby and Mrs Hodge thank you for great times. I know that we will stay in touch. As many of you know, I am an avid dog lover and have rescued many little lost creatures over the years, often persuading members of staff to look after them. It is so sad to see them hungry and homeless. I am taking back six dogs and I am looking forward to being able to walk them in the countryside in a much more comfortable climate.When I started teaching the children of former pupils, I realised that it was perhaps time for me to move on, before I finish up teaching their grandchildren, which would make me feel really ancient! I have had enough sun for a while and I have a great desire to see snow as I have not seen it for over 30 years. I also want to make the best of new opportunities that will come my way. Perhaps I will go back into journalism or utilise my creative skills to teach dressmaking, or textiles but whatever I do in the future, Dubai College will always remain a part of me and I will never forget any of you. My special thanks go to Mr Hill for being so encouraging and supportive, and for always being ready to listen; to Captain Higgins for taking care of us, and of course to Mr Ashmore, for sharing the load of F1. His quick thinking has saved many a major problem! I leave this wonderful world class school with mixed feelings, but I have many dreams and aspirations that I want to fulfil. Thank you for all the great memories that I am taking with me. Goodbye. I will miss you all.
Goodbye Salaam Auf Wiedersehen Au Revoir Adios
My three years in Dubai have absolutely
sprinted by I remember
arriving in the desert in September 2010 only to be welcomed by a heat so fearsome it felt like an admonishing slap in the face. As I rattled down the Sheikh Zayed road for the first time, I gaped out of the window at skyscraper upon skyscraper burning against the tarry sky and cars flashing past leaving trails of light. Despite the shocking heat and my belief that there was a gremlin living in the air conditioning vents of my new apartment, I soon settled into expatriate life.I also quickly learned that Dubai College is a truly special place, in many ways. My illustrious leaders, Mark Donovan the Merciful and Zoe Brenham the Serene
have had to put up with a lot from me: ridiculous anecdotes, would you rather questions and my recent belief that I had caught Dead Shark Disease! I have really enjoyed working with everyone in the English Department and am glad that I have found a person in the world who shares my interest in true crime and serial killers. Yes, thats you Mrs Hodge! Named and shamed!However, most of all, I close this chapter of my life feeling privileged to have taught and got to know the students of Dubai College. They have challenged, entertained and inspired me; theyve got charisma!! I will always remember golf and cupcakes with form, formidable debating with 9EJ, 10MBs humour and intellectual curiosity, 11KMs general hilarity plus discussions with my Year 13s ranging from
Back in 2009 I had never been to Dubai and had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Four years later I can safely say I am happy I came and will be very sad to leave.Within a week of arriving at DC, Foulksey
and I were asked to make the first DC World Challenge Expedition happen. We did it, and by
July 2010 were jetting off to Malaysia for the trip of a life time. Thankfully we brought everyone back safely and since then another three expeditions have taken place. Thank you to Miss Foulkes, and to all the other staff students and parents who have been involved in these expeditions. Good luck to those of you who will (hopefully) get to go on one of these expeditions in the future.I also got involved in girls football as soon as I arrived at DC. I had no idea what I was doing but it all went well and the girls won the league! (all credit to them not me). I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching the girls for 4 years and will miss you all very much.My tutor group! Woolcocks Warriors! I am sorry. I am abandoning you before year 11, but I know that you will be absolutely fine! I am so proud of you all. You are the loveliest, most musical, funny, friendly, sporty, thoughtful and smiley bunch of people I could ever wish to see at 7.30 every morning. I will miss you terribly and will treasure my signed travel mug forever! Please stay in touch and good luck with everything you do in the future! If Brainwave becomes famous then remember who let you use your amps in the classroom!!!Being Head of House has been lots of fun. Im writing this in
existentialism and feminism to the most profound question of all:
If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?
(I am an aubergine, by the way). It really has been an education, but now it is time for me to leave the weirdness and wonder of Dubai for the shady grove of home (hope you get the Blake reference Year 13!!!).Thank you for everything Dubai College, and farewell! Over and out,
May so Im still hoping Cousteau come out on top. Thanks for all the fun times and thank you to Mr Dale and the other Heads of House (not so much Mr Mac) for being so helpful over the last 2 years.I should probably mention Maths. Thank you to everyone in my department, youve been a great bunch to work with. Hope SharePoint makes sense eventually!! Thanks to my classes, I will miss you all loads!Good bye and thanks for having me.
Welcome to Dubai College!Another year, another induction day, and another
array of newspaper towers!!The idea behind the Year 7
induction day is for students new to Dubai College to get to know
their way around school and to meet some of their teachers. More importantly, new students get to
know their form tutor and other students in their new class.After a busy morning touring the school and meeting teachers, students spent an hour with their form tutors and Sixth Form liaisons in their form rooms before having lunch at the DC canteen.The afternoon is spent with Mr Woolley, form tutors and
liaisons taking part in various team building activities in the sports hall.The competition this year was fierce: the six forms battling for the ascendancy, liaisons shouting and encouraging and form tutors cheating like mad!This day truly is about the taking part but it would be rude not to mention that 7WD were victorious! All parties had a great time and Mr Woolleys target for the Year 7 students of talking to everyone in your form and learning at least 10 names was met by most!A big thank you to everyone who helped out on the day but in particular our Sixth Form liaisons who were awesome.
Induction Day 2012
This years Year 7 Barbecue organised by the Sixth Form liaisons and Mr Woolley proved to be a very wet affair as it included some very ingenious games, that involved hose pipes, water balloons and a dip into the swimming pool. The final round of games moved indoors followed by a barbecue. This years Champions were AA and VB. Thanks go to all the staff and prefects who made the afternoon so enjoyable.
MW Year 7 Barbecue
Ms S Corless
7 NB Mr N Bernaz
Ms H Bastable
Back Row: Harvey Bullock, Maryam Ahmed, Amun Chaudhary, Shumraze Fawad, Cassia Middleton, Ishaan Arora, Eve Clark, Hannah Nurmohamed.Middle Row: Ms S Corless, Jasmine Liew, David Hunt, Sophie Ingram-Johnson, Joni MacDonald, Kiara Whittle, Samuel Reedy, Alisha Gupta.Front Row: Oliver Chohan, Vishal Ayyagari, Brianne Riewer, Hamilton Rogers, Ammar Mooraj, Shemica Adenwalla, Ishaan Alidina.
Back Row: Siddhant D'Souza, George Gosling, Geesue Abrichami, Eman Zeeshan, Khalid Belselah, Rhea Kotecha, Mustafa Lone. Middle Row: Mr N Bernaz, Sylvie Waft, Alizeh Yahya, Matthew Wane, Jamie MacKinnon, Anna Maureta, Natasha Nobbs, Alexander Smyth.Front Row: James Taylor, James Caution, Ratan Kachwalla, Zoya Afzal, Jade Fernandes, Jaimini Patel, Andrew MacIntosh.Absent: Jacob Camilleri.
Back Row: Adam Shah, Thomas Plumtree, Benjamin Davidson, Gabriella Reynolds, Nitya Thawani, Marco Gabriel, Anoushka Malhotra, Lauren Johnstone.Middle Row: Ms H Bastable, Jawad Jafar, Alberto Viel, Tomos Roberts, Brendan McCann, Ella Nates, Rihana Al Nabhani, Naoise Morgan. Front Row: Aachal Gowan, Sasha Verrall, Finlay Keegan, Rebecca Wilding, Caitlin Theocharis, Sebastian Webb, Ibani Hattangadi.
Mr S Gardner
7 VB Mrs W Davies
Mr M Wood
Back Row: Layla Haider, Harry Hughes, Isabella Duthie, Serene Sng, Aleyha Hameed, Michael Reid, Arya Flisher.Front Row: Mr M Wood, Mariam Khan, Benjamin Williams, Jordyn Hamilton, Elliot Crossley, Francesca Hall, Jemma Shand, Tara Desai, Edward Roy.Front Row: Mark Baxter, Anise Noor, Holly Rhys-Maitland, Hishaan Mahtani, Kristian Kolandjian, Simrin Vaswani, Aryan Oberoi.
Back Row: Arman Jasuja, Diya Malhotra, James Dare, Tamsin Rose, Cameron Matthews, Serena Lambert, Shaan Nathwani, Polly Jones. Middle Row: Mrs W Davies, Emaan Ahmed, Lara Zaveri, Sahil Mordani, Yash Bhansali, Alysha Alimohamed, Anders Mahesan, Alma Zickerman, Mrs B Phillips. Front Row: Benjamin Avery, Maisie Harvey, Etienne Tillon, Owen Palmer, Joonwoo Jeong, Rhea Ganguli, George Gunn.
Back Row: Kasia Truscott, Tara Zadeh, Hireena Hans, Patrick Dowling, Annabelle Style, Jack Norman, Emily Peck, Siena Gordon.Middle Row: Mr S Gardner, Jason Pollock, Malika Alidina, Rory Nisbet, Yi Wen Lee, Joseph Plumtree, Kara Catchpole-King, Owen Wakeham. Front Row: Samuel Burns, Mehek Vohra, Omar Khan, Niamh Bone, Joseph Madeira, Navika Agrawal, Meeran Fehmi.
Miss N Li Fook
Back Row: Cameron Graham, Anushe Sheikh, Ramzi Jalili, Magen Chadha, Sophie Lewis, Emma Janus.Middle Row: Miss N Li Fook, Adelaide Coffey, Janvi Jetwhani, Francois Maureta, Joe Page, Victoria Ewert, Felix Firth, Harry Sheedy.Front Row: Jessica Pollock, Rebecca Ludden, James-Lachlan McCallum, Thomas Williams, Ruby Mae Ebdon, Iysa Qureshi, Mina Jenkins. Absent: Parth Agarwal.
8 JS Mr J Salisbury
Back Row: Parmida Shoaei, Alex Smith, Meiha Raja, Hasan Malik, Mayuri Vinod, Omer Hasan, Ariyike Oyelola.Middle Row: Mr J Salisbury, Joshua Armstrong, Mariam Shaikh, Robbie Pereira, Daisy Kirkaldy, Thomas Ryan-McGrath, Ellie O'Keeffe, Alex Newbery, Elizabeth Zubanova.Front Row: Rae Mitchell, Toby Tatham, Devina Popley, Kimberly Miranda, Thomas Haigh, Annabel Clifford, Luca Parkinson.
Mrs E Adamson
Back Row: Yasmeen Mohajer, Malaika Nanda, Matthew Denton, Murtaza Javaid, Amrita Vohra, Matty Russo, Gordon Phipps, Ellen Holmes.Middle Row: Mrs E Adamson, Craig Buchan, Janne Meijer, Julia MacKay, Tara Mewawalla, Georgina Holbrook, Sadhana Madnani, Lucas Moon-Almaraz.Front Row: Georgina Peck, James Till-Nehme, Craig Lough, Hriday Mani, Olaolu Faniran, Safwan Malik, Sophie Rhys-Maitland.
Mr C Temple
Mr A Hann
Back Row: Eleanor Reid, Amy Harrison, Alexander Wiltshire, Kate Dodds, Rhys Luke, Chiara Rehman, Mathieu Springuel.Middle Row: Mr A Hann, William Jones, Vicky Stogiannidou, Mohammed Chaudhry, Rachel De Sousa, Jonathan Mulligan, Isla Stewart, Hugo Dolan. Front Row: Nimrah Siddiqi, Daniel Gibbons, Hayat Brannelly, Blake Murphy, Victoria Tode, Mikaeel Habib, Maitha Price, Georgina McBride.
Back Row: Euan Kennedy, Chantal Meyer, Ethan Pearce, Luca Sackeyfio, Oliver Tait, Barney Holt, William Treston.Middle Row: Miss T Johns, Rachel Choi, Emma Kelly, Vanessa Sumners, Cate Hentschel, Isabella Lahdo, Aleksandra Skroban, Iman Shaikh, Maha Masud.Front Row: Devansh Popley, Angus Benstead, Zahra Mandviwala, Eve Macdonald, Chloe George, Josh Kotecha, Matthew Anderson.
Miss T Johns
Back Row: Hannah Story, Sophie Shamsuddin, Alexander Hall, Elias Harrison, Arnav Lahiry, Angus Thompson, Oh Jun Kweon, Seung Ho Lee.Middle Row: Mr C Temple, Chloe Williams, Kabir Nanda, Katie Gardner, Laura Murphy, Maya Sandhu, Max Holt, Olivia Brown.Front Row: Sophie Scott, Amaury Besse de Laromiguiere, Emily Tsen Jia Li, Claudia Young, Chloe Elliott, Gregor Watson, Kim Sparrow.
It is safe to say that Year 8 is the most chilled year of secondary. This year, weve had the privilege to enjoy so many amazing activities and visit so many fascinating places, all thanks to our phenomenal teachers who took time out of their hectic schedules to organise these for us, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you very much.
Kalba Trip, January 2013 January 17th 2013. The date will be forever etched in at least one persons mind, and that would be the poor coach driver who had the dubious pleasure of transporting 120 overly excited Year 8 students and sitting through 2 hours worth of non stop, nonsensical chatter.
AssembliesThis academic year the school decided to introduce assemblies which will occur once a week in place of Wednesday Prep. This new idea allowed Year 8 to express what they believe in to an audience. We discovered great talent from our peers from artistic skills to unbelievable sporting attributes. This was an amazing experience to learn all sorts of new things and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fun DayYear 8 wouldnt be the same without Fun Day. It was a relaxing day where students had the chance to hang out with classmates and to compete in several games, all in a comfortable yet inevitably competitive environment; from doughnut eating races to a soapy mat race. Its impossible to say that we did not have a good time. :D
Charity DodgeballOn 26th March from 3:40-5:30 it was no regular day. The Pagalz, The Slothbears and Mr Dennis and Co. went face to face to win it all. For The Pagalz, it was a glorious day full of victory. On the other hand, The Slothbears and MrDennis & Co. hung their heads in shame; they were defeated. Its safe to say, whether we won or lost, we undoubtedly had a fantastic time throwing dodgeballs at our peers. Not only did we have a great time, but it was even better knowing that our donations were going to a good cause.
The Xmas SocialThe Christmas social was another gr8 opportunity for Year 8 to be social while raising money for the Children of the Mountain charity. It was amazing, from the Papa Johns pizza, to messing up the Sixth Form common room; it was quite an experience! However, I am sure that what people enjoyed the most was playing Pass the Parcel...
ConclusionYear 8 is an amazing year - there is absolutely no doubt that the Year 8s of the years to come will enjoy it as much as we did. There is only one piece of advice we can give you:
Work hard, play hard. Be neat, be civil and be cooperative. #Mr Gulliford
Angus, Bella, Iman, Josh and Vanessa 8TJ.
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Mrs S MacLaren
Back Row: Christopher Vail, Omar El-Ashmawi, Saif Khawaja, Barnaby Brett, Angus Steel, Shaan Lalvani.Middle Row: Mrs M MacLaren, Omar Malik, Olivia Peacock, Anaa Haider, Robert Hughes, Hannah Cleere, Alex Jarvis, Jonathan Lattouf.Front Row: Miraal Ikramullah, Alexander Cargill, Zahra Kapasi, Jason Daswani, Kate Fisher, Michael Rea, Alexandra Clements.
9 EJ Miss E John
Back Row: Min Ho Lee, Vikramaditya Jadeja, Jeremy Clark, Adam Osborne, Eoin Brady, Oisin Morgan.Middle Row: Daniel Farid, Cate Waft, Alex Faulkner, Mahnoor Kamran, James Lemon, Eleanor Roy, Jay Desai, Miss E John.Front Row: Tanya Hussain, Alireza Chassebi, Corynn Foote, Alkis Loukos, Jetasri Gupta, Sen Mountain, Naina Grover.
Miss Z Brenham
Back Row: Sabrina Daga, Alexandre Gheysen, Franciska Kundrak, Dylan Russo, Dharam Madnani, Kipngeno Chirchir.Middle Row: Miss Z Brenham, Noah Shariat, Taylor Ziarno, Rahul Samadhin, Aleka Gheewala, Ronan O'Malley, Sally Marr, Dushan Stembo.Front Row: Jet Biddle, Oliver Dyson, Madryn Riewer, Max Dennehy, Amelia Dolan, Cameron Hughes, Sophie Cameron.
Mr D Riordan
Mr J Cottam
Back Row: Aaron Camball, Oliver Boon, Matthias Falzon Young, Isabel Snaas.Middle Row: Simren Nijhawan, Helen Fergusson, Rory Quick, Ceyda Davidson, Alec Bandy, Mr J Cottam. Front Row: Denia Loukos, Daniel Jhoolun, Anjali Magecha, Darius Afkhami, Kirsten Drake, Ali Malik, Rebecca Hamer. Absent: Frazer Hanson, Emma Howard.
Back Row: Richard Pickup, Kitty Willson, Owen Mul, Rowan Weaver, Zachariah Davies.Middle Row: Mr R Dennis, Konstantine Skandalis, Valentin Arstal, Scott Simpson, Emma Taylor, Imogen Lewis, Shenez Ahmed, Issam Al Ghussain.Front Row: Max Jones, Kirsten Holtby, Rida Ali, Alexandra White, Becky Edwards, Zena Sharif, Kristi Flanagan.Absent: Siddhant Jhurani.
Mr R Dennis
Back Row: Max Lovett, Jordan Russell, Joshua Devereux, Yehia Islam, Siddharth Pillai, Shahmeer Chaudhary, Jodutt Qudsiyeh. Middle Row: Mr D Riordan, Rahul Lopez, Reeza Khan, Juan Rivero Cruells, Charlise Koch, Matthew Baxter, Sarah Bolton, Shahmir Samee, Charlotte Style.Front Row: Fatima Gheewala, George Simmonds, Anushe Samee, Ali Kapasi, Beth Jarvis, Felix Meijer, Alison Tuffin.
Mr A Shaikh
Back Row: Sarah McKinney, Nicolas Bagatelas, Aniket Chandra, Matthew Dunne, Aditya Prakash, Akbar Sardar.Middle Row: Mr A Shaikh, Saleena Nurmohamed, Ashling Murphy, Tabetha Davies, Caitlin Janus, Eilisha Hatter, Sarah Kashani, Rohan Gupta.Front Row: Anurati Sodani, Leah Mitchell, Anusha Aggarwal, Iona Stewart, Natalie Jalili, Tzeitel Degiovanni, Sheyan Adenwalla.
Miss G Woolcock
Back Row: Ciara Bone, Sandip Roy, James Thrower, Hannah Cassidy, Zak Wilke.Middle Row: Miss G Woolcock, Euan MacKinnon, Robin Over, Hasan Masud, Ryan Evans, Francois Pieterse, Loa Pour Mirza.Front Row: Aiza Ahmed, Ashna Gupta, Alina Siddiqi, Holly Jhoolun, Navya Kataria, Tara Chacko, Shehryar Haris. Absent: Sara Kachwalla.
Mr M Barrington
Back Row:Tamsyn Morfee, Oliver Fleming, Joseph Story, Patric Tinston, Ciaran Brady,Cameron Afkhami, Kiana Simpson. Middle Row: Mr M Barrington, Albert Shehata, Ethan Ebdon, Jessica Evans, Tilsim Palfreyman, Libby Johnson, Hayley Moore.Front Row: Natalia Adair, Millie Ayres, Jas Singh, Antara Jaidev, Margherita Vianello, Saava O'Kirwan, Erin Dawson. .
Mrs B Ashmore
Mr A Davidson
Back Row: Thomas Murphy, Arjun Dave, Nathan Appleby, Thomas Webster, Kevin Peiris. Middle Row: Mr A Davidson, Sarah Khullar, Antonia Spiteri, Zahra Karmally, Jessica Lattouf, Kristen De Sousa, Joanna Park, Emma Murray. Front Row: Jessica Ingram-Johnson, Cameron MacKay, Hannah Tayab, James Hoad, Sophie Shennan, Niall Moore Hamoudi, Aoife Corroon.
Back Row: Adian Liusie, Shan Maru, Aneeb Sheikh, Christopher Rose, Mustafa Zaidi.Middle Row: Mrs K Bell, George Ludden, Alexander Tait, Haren Bhavnani, Lachlan Whittle, Jessica Shaw, Sacha Harding, Layla Armstrong.Front Row: Pooja Daswani, Charlotte Baines, Amy Henderson, Serena Campos, Abhishek Nair, Katherine Jones, Catherine Grimshaw.Absent: Josephine Jagtiani.
Mrs K Bell
Back Row: Jonathan Lahdo, Conor Kennedy, Aiden Wright, Liam Benstead, Lucy Bell.Middle Row: Mrs B Ashmore, Raahim Zafrullah, Martha Gregory, Daniel Momeni, Nicholas Maddock, Harriet Brannelly, Anneka Javat.Front Row: Alana Rogers, Sahil Badlani, Beatrice Prosser, Maha Shaikh, Beatrice Turner, Alesha Gulamhusein, Pranay Jethwani.
Mrs K Greenlees
Back Row: Jake Rogers, Sam Leach, Mohammad-Wahid Ghaffari, John Devitt.Middle Row: Mrs K Greenlees, David Culemann, Tasha Howard, Ryota Minagi, Sheamus Power, Simran Kashyap, Thomas Cleere.Front Row: Kelley Day, Emily Dunne, Nikita Tourani, Pooja Nair, Arya Agarwal, Sabrene Ben Dekhil, Jemma Ansell.Absent: Brendan D'Souza.
Mr G Jeffcote
Back Row: Padraig Ryan, Karan Nair, Alistair MacGillivray, Prateek Nadkarni, Adil Saldanha.Middle Row: Mr G Jeffcote, Saskia Heyster, Anya Malik, Shivani Maru, Bianca Pereira, Inaam Mian, Giorgia Maccini-Hill.Front Row: Caleb Goddard, Nadia Young, Finnian Ford, Devina Singh, Angus Maxfield, Drishti Masand, Ryan Underwood.
Mr R Ashby
Back Row: Mr R Ashby, Waleed Malik, Joe Singh, Michael Camball, Joe Shamsuddin, Varun Peshori.Middle Row: Lara Fowler, Jenna Denton, Urooj Ali, Catriona Benson, Alexandra Mulligan, Adil Javat.Front Row: Nermeen Islam, Biddy Fogg, Miranda May, Ryanbir Juneja, Neha Narain, Madelaine Freeman, Urmika Mani.
Miss M Mennaai
Miss K McGivern
Back Row: Zorez Haider, Mohammed Hansrod, Harkirath Dhillon, Jonathan Mills, Matthew Palmer.Middle Row: Miss K McGivern, Imogen Lemon, Gabrielle Guscott, Aidan McBride, Sheheryar Salman, Joseph Blakemore, Daniyal Malik. Front Row: Daksha Agarwal, Lauren Beattie, Ellen Burley, Isabelle Haigh, Perle Battistella, Jessica Sayer, Constance Antia.
Back Row: Rohan Padmanabhan, Tristan Ebdon, Jack Jones, Ryan Harris, Matthew Laven.Middle Row: Miss D Foulkes, Hanna Salem, Hannah Holly, Maisy Duncan, Ali Chassebi, Alice Lovett.Front Row: Kripa Venkatesh, Olivia Dennehy, Radhika Bhatia, Natasha Lopez, Sofi Zickerman-White, Zahra Bawany, Zoe Curtis.Absent: Thomas Francis, Sa'ad Iqbal.
Miss D Foulkes
Back Row: Pierre Springuel, Troy Sharples, Jordan Fenton, Cameron Moffat.Middle Row: Miss M Mennaai, Oliver French, Samuel Morris, Michael Foote, Eleanor Proctor, Saad Khan, Helena Wick.Front Row: Joanna Summers, Adam Athas, Lizzie Adamson, Mia Bazzoui, Ariana Bakhshandeh, Jenna Pfeifer, Alyzeh Jiwani.
Absent: Zohayb Shaikh.
Mrs J Bailey
Back Row: D'Arcy Anderson, Tushaar Nadkarni, William Hammond, Ziyaad Massoud.Middle Row: Mohamed Bin Drai, Mark Gavigan, Mrs J Bailey, Danielle Jones, Aarya Mishra.Front Row: Kevin Drake, Noor Jafar, Yash Shankar, Imogen Hawksbee. Absent: Kathryn King.
Mr G Case
Back Row: Yehya Al-Hafidh, Elliot Barker, Joseph Graham, Owen Over.Middle Row: Josh Blakemore, Hibah Hoque, Mr G Case, Charlie Morfee, Robert McConney.Front Row: Rhea Patel, Danielle Soares, Cathrin Faria,Anna-Louise WilliaMs Absent: Rehan Ayrton.
Mr L Ashmore
Back Row: Jack Denham, James Bywater, Henri Schomper. Middle Row: Kenny Fahim, Cameron Walker, Mr L Ashmore, Jon Biddle.Front Row: Linda Bieleski, Lora D'Costa, Bethany Wright, Yusra Jafar, Madeleine Wilson.
Mrs K Thompson
Ms M Doherty
Back Row: Justin Govender, Shivank Keni, Jessica Snaas,.Middle Row: Suprojit Paul, Nicholas Hindley, Ms M Doherty, Anuj Aggarwal, James Ozden, Adam Bilbey.Front Row: Yasmeen Salman, Aditi Nijhawan, Isabel Taylor.Aishah Siddiqi, Anisha Kataria.
Back Row: Gayatri Mehra, Junaid Patel, Nimit Kataria, Saif Sarwar, Lisa Janus, Mr J Croft.Front Row: Oh Hyun Kweon, Tania Zaidi, Jonathan Sumners, Ella Vaux, Daniel Shehata, Amna Ali.
Mr J Croft
Back Row: Mrs K Thompson, Dominic Flower, Tobia Culemann, Rhys Casey, Alex Young, Tom Harding.Front Row: Benjamin Sparrow, Irina Hyndman, Mia Zickerman-White, Amiya Nagpal, Lavanya Malhotra, James McWhirter. Absent: Dorottya Nagy.
Mrs V Holmes
Back Row: Rayhaan Lone, Nathan Banks, Nicolas Whitman, .Middle Row: Callum Duncan, Mrs V Holmes, Lakshay Badlani, Kirstin Engelmann.Front Row: Joanna Hartley, Lauren Hindley, Azmina Gulamhusein, Alia Mahtani, Anjali Garg.Absent: Reuben Abraham.
Mr C HouseBack Row: Christopher Thorpe, Daniel Wakefield, Simran Dhillon. Middle Row: Umer Shaikh, Parth Rajwade, Victoria Frost, Mr C House, Sam Gardner, Samer Ashur.Front Row: Honor Nicholl, Maryam El-Rashid, Ellie McBride, Yasmin Adib, Raina Srivastava.
Mrs L Hodge
Back Row: Mrs L Hodge, George Kenaghan, Ronit Karamchandani, Yasine El-Ashmawi, Fraser Christensen, Robert Powell, Vijay Gupta.Front Row: Sarah Moore, Talia Elsener, Farynne Reader, Harriet Hamzelou, Rhianna Foote, Chelsie Feather.
Miss A Marrion
Mr P Flower
Back Row: Haider Mirza, Matthew Scriven-Baker, Samuel Jones, Mr P Flower.Front Row: Euan Mowat, Florence Prosser, Chloe Heard, Emily Donovan, Eleanor Abu-Nimeh, Abhishek Belani.Absent: Emma Britnor, Conor Cassidy.
Back Row: Mr G Rodgers, Gaurav Lahiry, Sam Bullock, Joseph Flynn, Vishnu Tikku, Shayan Momeni, Veljko Mladenovic. Front Row: Summer El-Ashmawi, Emma Thrower, Sophie Brown, Sasha Thomson, Shanzeh Khurshid, Shannon Juneja.
Mr G Rodgers
Back Row: Amaan Khullar, Andreas Hodgson, Veronika Nagy, Miss A Marrion, Kelly Shuttleworth, Grant Heath, Lewis Streak.Front Row: Freddie Bennett, Taybah Siddiqi, Prianka Bhatia, Sophie Burley, Ziyan Kassam, Nazim Nauthoa.Absent: Ahad Basrai.
Mr S Over
Back Row: Adam Patel, Adam Melone, Adam Andreani. Middle Row: Joanna Helsby, Taimur Samee, Mr S Over, Arya Narasimhan.Front Row: Saima Seer, Miren Singh, Imaan Ashraf, Stefanie Watt, Florence Antia. Absent: Conor Merrigan.
Ms F CaseyBack Row: Ashwin Gupta, Danyal Niazi, Joseph Palubiski, Christophe Rippon, Bami Ogunyoye, Aaroosh Kohli, Callum Hatter. Front Row: Ms F Casey, Charlotte Johnson, Shanzeh Hameed, Jessica MacCormick,Sanjana Daswani, Tanya Lalwani.Absent: Niamh Merrigan.
Mr J McIlveen
Back Row: Shahryar Mooraj, Lydia Morgan, Aly Ibrahim.Middle Row: Joshua McNicholas, Mr J McIlveen, Connor Murray, Sahas Singh.Front Row: Smriti Talreja, Tanvi Bhatia, Pritika Mehra, Eleanor Mallon, Ella Rogers.
Mr B Trivi
Back Row: Vansh Dassani, Ewan French, Shaurya Kalsi, Siddharth Sehgal.Middle Row: Wiliam Roderick, Eloise Bevan, Mr B Trivi, Rishi Ganguli, Andrew Refalo.Front Row: Saniya Mediratta, Asena Ayan, Menrit Guirguis, Pauline Bagatelas, Tara Burke.
Back Row: Harvey McAdam Clark, Karan Talreja, Elliott Fogg, Ayrton Loureiro, Daniel Adair, Rory Blincow, Mr G Roberts.Front Row: Joanne Adib, Clara Townsend, Ambre Battistella, Sucheta Kinger, Joanne Mascarenhas, Holly Brannelly.
Mr G Roberts
Nick Jones, Dubai Colleges departing Head of Sixth Form of eighteen years, told me when I came
out to visit last May that he had the best job
in the school. At the end of my first year in post I can confidently say that he was absolutely right. This year I have been privileged to work with some of the brightest and best students I have ever come across and I have been ably supported by the excellent Mr Tate, Head of Year 12 and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, as well as a loyal and eclectic band
of Sixth Form tutors who have gamely got to grips with a bountiful array of new initiatives, most of which have inevitably had teething problems due to my unfamiliarity with DCs idiosyncratic systems and timings. One of the main reasons this year has been so fruitful, however, is because the Jones/Tate double act had already put in place an excellent framework on which we could build a Sixth Form for
the next eighteen years, so Id like to start by offering a huge thanks to everyone involved with the Sixth Form both past and present.
September to November was, as ever, fraught with university applications. If I went to bed before midnight for those three months I was lucky: the calibre of applications which our students were making and the prestige of the universities they were
The Sixth Form Year
targeting meant that this year the reference writing process was subject to intense scrutiny to ensure that our applications stood out. About one third of our Year 13 students applied for courses which required an interview: these include all those students aspiring for places at Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Medical, Dentistry and Physiotherapy courses. With 9 Oxbridge, 6 Medical, 6 Physiotherapy and 2 Dentistry offers, this years medal haul was impressive. This does not include another 5 of our students who were offered places at Ivy League institutions in the USA. Much of the success came from the robust interview preparation programme we have now implemented: parent doctors, a resident UK-trained dentist, the company Oxbridge Applications as well as staff from both DC and the British School Al Khubairat have all helped to give our students that valuable exposure they need to the rigours of the interview process, including preparation for the Oxbridge entry examinations (the MAT, HAT, PAT, ELAT, TSA and BMAT to name but a few of the dazzling array of acronyms by which they are known). Equally, with Mr Tate taking on exclusive responsibility for US applications, we have now started to create an elite university preparation programme comparable to the top independent
schools in the UK. The sad fact for schools that do not have such a programme is that they are competing
with long established schools in the UK
that do, which is why next year we will be strengthening this process
Following on from the application season in January we launched TopUP Top University Preparation which is a new Sixth Form extend and challenge initiative. While Dubai College produces excellent examination results annually, we all know education should be about more than simply standardised testing. Thankfully the top universities also agree. As such we want our passionate pupils to be taking part in activities designed specifically for Sixth Form students so that they can extend themselves beyond the confines of the curriculum and read and research a topic of their choice for prestigious awards globally. Each subject department has been asked to populate a folder on the Shared Area with a list of books, competitions and courses which will allow suitably motivated students to extend themselves independently. Many have already heard me quote Mike Nicholson, the University of Oxfords Director of Undergraduate
Admissions, this year when he said that he is looking for students who are engaged, enthused and excellent rather than second rate historians who happen to play the flute and it is for this reason that TopUP was created: it will allow suitably motivated students to display a much sought after independence of learning. We have also been working with NYU Abu Dhabi to create an essay competition specifically so that students of the UAE can take part in their own extend and challenge initiative within the region. Details of this will be published soon.Beyond what seems like a two-year process dedicated to CV points for university applications, however, the Sixth Form has remained as rich and exciting as ever. In addition to our first two Enrichment Days, the Sixth Form also runs an Enrichment Programme on a Tuesday afternoon, as well as a weekly schedule of PSHE throughout the year. The Wednesday Project is one
key element of the PSHE programme that allows students to plan, execute
and review a skill session which they teach their fellow tutees. The subject of two re-launches this year by the indefatigable inventor of the Wednesday Project, Mr Tate, it looks like
we have a concept, which is now rightly here to stay. Sixth Form
students have also orchestrated the raising of over 100,000AED for charity, have won the Gulf U18 Boys Rugby Sevens tournament, participated in and directed a wide range of music and drama as well as being generally good humoured company.
At the end of any year we must say goodbye to both staff and students: this year we say goodbye to Miss Alex Marrion, who is leaving the Sixth Form tutor team after three bountiful years to pursue her writing ambitions in the UK. We also bid farewell to Mr Graeme Rodgers, who is venturing a somewhat shorter distance to a middle school tutoring position. Thanks to both for all their energy and effort. It is also, of course, time to bid farewell to the Year 13s who, by and large, have been an outstanding advertisement for Sixth Form both within the school and the wider UAE community. Heres to an even better year next year. ML
engaged, enthused and
100,000AED for charity