Headmaster's Blog

RSB Alumni dinner

Yesterday we welcomed more than 160 former students to an Alumni Dinner.  The evening started with a staff verses alumni football match which was won by our former students.  However, there were cries of foul play when the teachers spotted that they were playing against 15 former students.

The match was followed by a beautiful dinner in the school gardens where many stories and memories were shared.  It was wonderful to hear how well our alumni are doing and to find out what important roles many now have within Dubai and around the world.

We all enter teaching because we wish to make a difference in young peoples lives.  Last night showed us that we are not only making a difference at RSB but, through our former students, we are making an important contribution to the development of Dubai and the UAE.

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Two plus two equals Shakespeare!

Today at RSB we had two very special events: Maths Day in Primary and a Shakespeare Festival in Secondary.

Our Primary students arrived dressed in colourful Maths Hats and these set the tone for an exciting and enjoyable day, with competitions, maths activities and games throughout the day.  An understanding of numbers and maths is essential and our teachers and pupils had a wonderful Maths filled day.

I am sure that the British playwright William Shakespeare would have enjoyed seeing parts of his plays performed by our Secondary students, as they took part in our annual Shakespeare Festival.  There was many an over-acted gory death and Juliet has probably looked more beautiful, but nonetheless, a great time was had by all.  Well done to the English Department and our students.

Cross country success

This week Rashid School hosted the largest schools Cross Country Running event in Dubai, with 800 boys and girls aged 9 to 11 taking part.

Our young runners had a wonderful time and enjoyed the excitement of this major event.  Our Year 6 students were particularly successful and were the second placed team from more than 25 schools.  A great result, well done boys!

Balloons over RSB

Last week the World Air Games came to Rashid School.  70 hot air balloons from around the world took of from our playing fields as part of this aviation event.  As a qualified Hot Air Balloon pilot I was fortunate enough to be taking part in the event and was one of two pilots representing the UAE.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see RSB from the air and the visiting pilots talked with many of our students about the sport of hot air ballooning.

WAG involved over 1,500 people in 11 different airsports.  However, for many people, it was 70 balloons flying over Dubai that will have made the biggest impression.

National Day celebrations

Students and staff are busy planning for this year's National Day celebration, which will mark 44 years since the formation of the UAE.

In both sections of the school we will be marking National day on Sunday 29th November.  In Primary parents and students will be invited to a special outdoor assembly, starting at 8:00 where we will have a range of items to inform and entertain us, all on the theme of the UAE.  This will be followed by activities and games for the next part of the morning.

Secondary students will start their celebrations a little later in the day, and will have a special lunch combined with the opening of our new Assult Course, created and funded through our Studnet Council.

We will also be remembering that 30th November is UAE Martyrs' Day, where we will be thinking about those who have given their lives in the protection of their country.

School will then be closed from 1st to 5th December.

Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

It was with great sadness that we received the news of the death of Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai.

Rashid had been a student at RSB and was therefore known to many of us at the school.  He will be remembered by his teachers as a talented sportsman and an able young man.

We send our deepest condolences to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and to all Rashid's family and friends.

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