Headmaster's Blog

Inspection Time

Rashid School for Boys is having its first DSIB Inspection from 25th to 29th November.  School review and improvement are important aspects of the success of any school, and we welcome the insight and experience of the inspection team during their visit to our school.

The inspection is designed around the KHDA 'Inspection Framework' and looks closely at every aspect of the school including, student attainment and progress, personal and social care, our curriculum and school leadership.

The inspection team don't only look at what is going on inside the school; parents have an important role to play, too.  Parents have been invited to complete a survey, where they are asked about their view of the school.  The link for the online survey has been sent as a text message, and I encourage all our parents to complete this.

We have worked very hard to prepare for this inspection and we look forward to welcoming the team on Sunday 25th.



CAT4 Parent Workshops

This week many RSB parents are attending workshops to find out about their son's CAT4 assessments.  The assessments are for students from Years 4 to 9 and are used by our teachers to measure their academic potential, and to understand student strengths in language, number and shape. Parents have enjoyed the workshops, and some of our Year 6 students have been doing a great job explaining sample questions during the sessions.

The CAT4 assessments are completed by all students in Dubai and are also used by the KHDA as a way of measuring progress in schools. CAT4 data is then used by our teachers to improve lesson planning and make sure that the lessons we teach are well matched to the needs of all our students.




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


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