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Year 8 English trip

A Precious Gem of a Day
"I want the children of tomorrow to learn what a pearl is," Sultan Al Owais.
On Tuesday, 24 November, the Year 8 students went on a field trip as part of the Key Stage Three English Language and Heritage Unit.  The focus is on the sea and how it is central to the history and culture of the UAE. We were fortunate enough to visit the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum.  The museum houses the priceless collection of exquisite pearls, one of the largest in the world, donated to the people of the Gulf by Sultan Al Owais.  The students were taught about the harsh lives of the pearl divers and what life was like in the UAE before oil was discovered.  They were surprised to discover that the divers would dive up to twenty times a day and that they lived on a diet of rice and fish, with no meat!  The wonderful visit also included a breathtaking panoramic view of the Creek from the fifteenth floor of the building.
In the afternoon we visited the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at the Dubai Mall where the students were taught about the flora and fauna of the Gulf waters.  The staff of the world's largest indoor aquarium also showed our students many exotic species, including sharks. They explained to them the importance of their habitat and how we must protect the coral reefs here in the UAE because they are the home of an amazing assortment of plants and animals.  The informative and educational day ended with a shower of rain which only added to the adventure!
Year 8 English Trip

Assault course construction begins



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The Student Council are delighted to announce that construction has begun on their Assault Course. The aim of the course is to provide National Service-style military apparatus that students can use to improve their own fitness, as well as working on their leadership and team skills.

28 April 2015 03All this has been made possible by the amazing generosity of students and their families. In total 300,000dhs has been raised through non-uniform days, the selling of food, individual family donations and an auction last week that raised over 130,000dhs. The members of the Council are very grateful for all donations received and are delighted at how quickly the money has been raised.

The first phase of construction is to prepare the ground. This involves digging out very old and large tree roots and the relaying of thousands of meters of water pipes lying just under the surface.28 April 2015 04

Once complete, the next phase will begin. The construction of the 15 pieces of bespoke equipment, designed and approved by the Student Council.

It is hoped that most of the construction will be completed by the time school opens for the new Academic year, this coming September.

The Trail: fundraising begins


IMG 2466Today the Student Council announced plans for a non-uniform day on Thursday 19 March. With a minimum donation of 10Dhs per student it is hoped that enough money will be raised to finish the ground work in preparation for the equipment being built for the planned assault course.

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Students celebrate Shakespeare

DSC 0059All Year 7, 8 and 9 students at RSB celebrated the genius of the Bard at the annual Shakespeare Festival on Monday 2 February 2015. Then, later in the week the Shakespeare spree continued with a Year 8 and 9 school trip to see a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by the UK's Shakespeare4Kids touring company.

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Student librarians help select new books for the LRC

10 student librarians from Years 7 to 10 accompanied LRC coordinator, Vikki Gilzean, and Head of English, Fiona Clark, on a book buying trip to Kinokuniya at Dubai Mall.

Ms Gilzean said,

Student librarians who help out in the LRC show real commitment and responsibility by carrying out duties during their break and lunch times. The trip, which included a lunch at the Mall, was a reward for all their hard work. Involving the student librarians in choosing new books as well as using student suggestion slips are great ways to ensure that the LRC has books that are relevant and current to students’ interests. This is vital in encouraging reading for pleasure.”

Assault course plans approved by council

DSC 05941At the last Council Meeting, members approved the plans for THE TRAIL الدرب, a Level 1 National Service-style assault course designed specifically for the needs of all RSB students, preparing to train for their National Service.

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