Headmaster's Blog

Prayers for rain

Water is a precious gift, particularly in the UAE, one of the driest countries in the World.

Today, at the request of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of the UAE, our students are joining tens of thousands of people around the country in praying for rain.

The prayers, which will take place in both the Primary and Secondary Sections of the school, will be led by our Islamic Studies teachers.

National Day celebrations

Throughout today we are holding events in school to mark Commemoration Day and then to celebrate UAE National Day.  In both sections of the school we will be holding special assemblies in the gardens followed by a National Day Lunch.

UAE National Day is an important celeration for all of us at Rashid School for Boys and I would like to wish all students, their families and friends of the school an enjoyable National Day Holiday.

 

Where will you be in 2026?

At this morning's Key Stage 1 assembly our Year 2 students introduced boys and parents to the RSB Time Capsule.  This is a metal box that will be buried in the school grounds on National Day containing items chosen by the pupils.  It will then be dug up again on National Day 2026.   We chose Year 2 boys for this as they will be in their final year at RSB in 2026!

 

The Time Capsule is being buried for the third time, it was originally buried in 1995, and then again in 2005.  So this time the box will contain items from 1995, 2005 and 2016.  We know which boys should be here in 2026, but I wonder which teachers will also be here on 2nd December 2026?

 

Year 8 travel guides

This week all our Year 8 students took part in a two day travel adventure camp.  Day One consisted of teams of four students guiding a member of staff around Dubai using the metro, RTA buses and abras or water taxis.  They boys were following a series of challenges and clues to navigate around the city and many were using public transport for the first time.

Day Two was an overnight camp in the desert in the Al Qudra area of the emirate.  The experience was a great one for all concerned and introduced many of our students to new ways of travel within Dubai.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan addresses students

This morning His Excellency Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Bin Tamim, Head of General Security for Dubai, made a presentation to our Secondary students.   General Dahi Khalfan talked about the importance of being self-reliant and independent, and about the value of education.   His presentation also touched on issues such as Internet safety, being responsible on the roads and being considerate and tolerant towards others.

The students listened with great interest to the presentation and we were honoured to have General Dahi Khalfan take the time to give these important messages to the students at Rashid School.

Wonderful book week

Today saw the start of an exciting selection of Book Week activities.  In Primary all the staff and students turned up as Roald Dahl characters, so the school was full of Big Friendly Giants, Oompa Lumpas and Giant Peaches.

Secondary started with an assembly where poet and former student Wael Al Sayegh talked about what reading meant to him, and why it is so important to read.  He said that in his travels around the world he had 'never met an important or influential person who did not enjoy reading.'

The week is going to continue with visiting authors, competitions, 'drop everything and read' lessons, plus a host of other exciting reading activities.

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