Headmaster's Blog

RSB students at Model United Nations

RSB students rose to the challenge of participating in the American University of Dubai’s Model United Nations three day conference, which was held over the weekend from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd November.  Three Year 9 students were introduced to the world of international diplomacy and global co-operation. 

With over 500 students attending from schools and universities across the UAE and from other Gulf countries, Mohammed Hmamu, Rashed Musabeh and Zayed Bin Zayed enjoyed the exciting experience of lively debate and international relations.

They served on three different committees: the UN Human Rights Council, the Historical Crisis Committee and the Press Corps, as delegates representing Belgium, Syria and the Tehran Times. 

The value of travel

Although our teachers can give our students some wonderful classroom experiences and great lessons, nothing can compare with seeing and learning in a completely different environment.  Over the next few days we have three groups from RSB travelling to three very different locations.

Two teachers will be representing the RSB Student Council in Malawi and helping build a new school as part of our Dubai Cares project.  We wish Mr Keir Dowswell and Mrs June Booth a very successful and rewarding trip.

We have a group of our Year 11 students travelling to Dartmoor, in the SW of England, as part of their Geography GCSE course.  This annual trip is a wonderful way to study geography and it is a challenging and exciting opportunity for our students.

Finally, a group of our Year 12 AS Art students are off to Italy for an artistic adventure of a lifetime.  They will be taking part in art workshops and studying some of the world's greatest artists in Rome and Florence. 

We look forward to hearing back from all three groups on their return and we wish them all a safe and enjoyable journey.

Welcome to the new school year

I am delighted to welcome students and staff to the new school year.  All our teachers were in school today preparing for our students and looking forward to the new school term.  We are welcoming 10 new teachers, 8 new learning assistants and a student counsellor to Rashid School this week, and I wish them all a positive and successful time at RSB.

Our students start back on Wednesday 5th September and I would like to remind our secondary students that, this year, the school day starts 10 minutes earlier at 7:50 a.m.   Don't be late!

I look forward to welcoming all our students on Wednesday.

Kind regards,

Glyn Kilsby

Headmaster

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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