Headmaster's Blog


This week Rashid School welcomed 40 teachers and educationalists from around the Arab world as part of a course funded by UNESCO, the United Nations educational agency.  They are all studying curriculum design at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and the visit was part of a two week course in Dubai.

During the visit they took part in more than 80 meetings and lesson observations and also had the opportunity to meet with many teachers who are responsible for designing and implementing our school curriculum.

The visitors enjoyed their day and particularly appreciated meeting with many our students.  Course organiser, Dr Khadeegha Alzouebi, said that the day had been highly successful and thanked the staff and students at the school for being so welcoming and hospitable.


Carnival success

This year's RSB National Day Carnival was a wonderful success.  We celebrated UAE National Day with a fantastic event that was well supported by parents, students, staff and friends of the school.

We also succeeded in raising more than AED 170,000 for our chosen charity, 'Dubai Cares'.  We are using the money to adopt a school in Malawi and we hope to be able to visit this school in 2018 to see how our financial support is being used to help people living in a very poor part of that country.

I would like to send my sincere thanks to all who were involved with the carnival for giving us all such an enjoyable and rewarding day. 

Excitement Mounts for National Day Carnival

Excitement is mounting in the school as we prepare for our UAE National Day Carnival on Wednesday 29th November.  The event is for the families of our students and activities kick off at 4:00 pm.  The afternoon finishes with a Grand Auction from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.

All the money we raise will go to Dubai Cares; Adopt a School, where we aim to help children in the African country of Malawi.

Family members are all welcome and we are looking forward to a rewarding and very enjoyable afternoon.

Secondary Book Week 2017

The world of reading has been the focus for students in our secondary section for the 2017 RSB Book Week.  The week started with a collective reading assembly involving every student and teacher in the school - a wonderful way to start the week.

The week has then been filled with activities such as visiting authors; Alan Gibbons and Wael Al Sayegh, a trip to the Sharjah Book Fair and daily reading times in lessons.

The ability to read in Arabic and English, and to enjoy books, is a pleasure and a skill that RSB students will take with them throughout their lives.


The best learning our students will ever do?

We can debate for hours the components of high quality education and great learning.  However, few would disagree that the most profound learning and the most memorable experiences our students have, often takes place away from the classroom.


Residential trips give our students experiences that it can be difficult to match inside a school building. Last week we have three groups of students in the UK; Year 11 students on our social studies trip and Year 12 students studying AS level Art and AS History.  Experiences included touring a BMW factory, time at Hampton Court and visiting the National Portrait Gallery.  Many of the places they visited had educational programmes for school groups and learning directly in locations like these gives young people experiences they will never forget.


In February 2018 we hope to run our first trip for primary students to Malaysia as well as our annual ski trip; two wonderful opportunities.  I would also like to stress the personal and social aspects of residential trips, where students of all ages learn to be independent, socially mature and gain a wider view of the world.


We have taken our Year 9 students to the Outward Bound centre in England’s Lake District for nearly 20 years; where they learn team work and outdoor skills in a challenging and exciting environment.  As a result of these trips I was invited, this week, to meet the patron of the Outward Bound Trust, HRH Prince Andrew, where I, and many other school Principals discussed the value of residential education. 


I am delighted with the many trips that we offer from Rashid School and look forward to seeing these grow and develop further in the coming years.


Mars Generation

Next stop Mars .....   

This morning we were delighted to welcome Dr Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the US Space and Rocket Center, and Mr Michael Barnett, Director of the film, 'Mars Generation' to Rashid School.

Students from Latifa School and RSB watched some of the film about travel to Mars and then had a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about space travel, to both the film's Director and Dr Barnhart, at whose center much of the film was made.

The session explored ideas about space travel and some of the challenges it faces, and also considered how multi-national space travel has become.  Dr Barnhard asked the students to think about what they could bring to this exciting aspect of science, and to consider how they may be involved with the UAE's and the global space programme.

It was exciting to welcome the guests to the school, but even more exciting to wonder whether any of the students who took part might be among the first people to travel to Mars.

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