Update from the Principal.
Starting at the Art Hotel at the Festive Singing event on Saturday evening, it has been a packed schedule of events, celebrations, and projects during this last week!
To start with, a huge thank you to all parents, students, and staff for an amazing Festive Singing event last night. It was wonderful to give the students such lively support with many of our families attending and making it truly a night to remember. Our first ever performance in Dilmunia and it feels like a step closer towards moving into the new school building. I visit the building again on Sunday for an update and couldn’t help but imagine what it will be like to see our students sing on our stage, in a new assembly hall in the new Nadeen School building. Judging on the positive reactions last night, we have a lot to look forward to. Meanwhile, a lot of us (myself included) need to brush up on our actions for the twelve days of Christmas! – a fantastic way to finish such an incredible evening if I can remember how many swans are swimming?
A huge well done to our students, so very proud of each and every single one of them.
It was a real pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Festive Singing and I am very grateful for the hard work, dedication, and commitment from our staff. Our current staff are very excited about the good times ahead and the opportunities that our students and families will have. To have Miss Pauline attend our first singing event in Dilmunia Mall was very special. We will do our absolute best to continue and appreciate the amazing work that has taken place over the years at Nadeen School and value this fortunate position we are in as a community. A fantastic way to finish the term for everyone connected with our school!
We have enjoyed a superb Book Fair this week and very grateful to host this event and promote a love of literacy and reading. This is a real strength of the school and many students were fascinated to browse through the books on offer. We strive constantly for students to explore texts, share books and to read. This was another great step in this direction. We have also celebrated International Hour of Code, held another wonderful Sports Day and enjoyed a fabulous EYFS Winter Show (Please see the image mid article).
We are currently putting together a group to encourage the development of Arabic conversational language as mentioned last week in the update. If you are interested in getting involved to help with this, we are putting together a Parent/Teacher group to plan how we can embed further opportunities for Arabic at playtime, tutor time, before and after school by using basic words and building conversational language. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org include ‘Arabic Language Group’ in the subject heading.
Thank you to our PTA for another uniform sale, these really help, and it is very important to continue supporting one another. We appreciate your time in organising this for us all. Congratulations to our Year 5,6 and 7 boys for some fantastic performances in the football games this week. We are always proud of our sports teams and have included a writeup below to talk further about these games.
Yesterday, we had a visit from the Cambridge exam board and hope to update all families soon about another exciting development at Nadeen as we plan forward for all of our families. In my previous schools as a Principal, I have worked with Cambridge Exams in Slovenia and in Malaysia and had an experience with the quality of what they offer, support, resources, and rigor of assessment.
This weekend, we also have our Football Festival from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday as another event in our PE block promoting being active and a healthy lifestyle!
We also now have 7 Teacher Feature Articles on our Website. The articles are an informal insight into the thoughts, experiences and background of our teachers. They all answer the same 4 questions:
- Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
- Why did you decide to specilaise in your chosen area?
- What makes Nadeen such a unique place to work?
- How would you describe a typical day at Nadeen?
Click on the links below to read about our staff so far who have been a part of our ‘Teacher Feature’ series:
Coffee with the Principal
I look forward to the next Coffee with the Principal at Thursday 12th January 2023, 8.00am – 9.00am.
School Year 2023/24
Please contact admissions or our school office, if you would like to register interest for any siblings of current Nadeen School students. Our enrolment for 2023/24 has started. If you have any further questions, please contact: +973 17 728886 or email email@example.com
Drop Off Point
Please can parents use the Drop Off Point, if possible, in the mornings.
Drop Off – Parents on site
- This option of walking students on site remains open for parents of children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, as normal.
- Also, we have the option for any new parents to drop off their children to the class for the first 2 weeks.
- After this, Year 2 to Year 7 students must be dropped off at the front of the school.
- Only parents of Nursery, Reception and Year 1 should be accompanying students to their classrooms.
- Parents of students in Year 2 to 7 must make an appointment to see the teacher (to avoid disrupting learning, lessons, target time), an email to the teacher or to contact the reception if this is an emergency.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
- 7 main areas for Communication: There will be an update from the Principal each Thursday from school to the whole community, latest news on the website for all articles, a school newsletter every half term, first Thursday of each month for coffee with the principal, weekly email from teachers, Social Media (Instagram/Facebook) and many exciting school events coming up on our events page on the website.
- Morning Drop off – The gates open each morning at 7.35am, if parents would like to drop students off earlier in school, please email Miss Karen about the breakfast club from 7.00am.
- Communication – the next Coffee morning is on Thursday 12th January 2023, 8.00am – 9.00am.. An opportunity to hear updates, plans moving forward and to meet other parents.
- Student Illness – If your child/children show symptoms of being ill, please keep them at home and seek assistance from your doctor.
- School Newsletter – click here to read all about it!.
- New School – Opening Spring 2023
- Social Media updates – Please follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to see the latest photos, posts and updates about our new school campus in Dilmunia. It looks incredible and it is great to see the progress each week of everything coming together.
Also, we have a chance for parents to invite your friends along to experience what Nadeen School has to offer, please see the dates below for all parents to come in and see our school. Parents can walk around the school, see classes, and meet teachers. There is no formal presentation as it is an opportunity to see the day-to-day learning at school.
Early Years Open Mornings
Monday 16th January
Monday 20th February.
OPEN DAY 2: Sunday 29th January 2023
OPEN DAY 3: Tuesday 23rd May 2023
Key Dates – (Whole School Days in bold)
- Whole School Dates
- Awareness Days
- PTA Events
Have a wonderful weekend!
All urgent updates continue to be sent via email or SMS for emergencies (School Closure).
Please monitor your emails for future updates as this continues to be the best way to send out clear and consistent communication to all parents. Check that you are receiving emails, have enough space in your email folder, that they do not go to your ‘junk’ folder and if you are unsure, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, see reception or phone on +97317728886 to personally check your contact email and phone number on record.
If you change any contact details, please inform the school immediately.
Health and Safety
All urgent Health and Safety announcements will be sent directly to parents via email.
We will continue to work together to follow all health and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of diseases as recommended by the Ministry of Health specialists. Together with your constant cooperation and taking responsibility by keeping your children at home when feeling ill, will also have a significant impact in limiting the spread of diseases. Thank you to all members of the community in advance for this.
Please keep your child at home if he/she is ill, has flu or cold symptoms
Please find all of the previous updates below.
All updates are sent out at the end of the week and published in the ‘Latest News’ section of the website.
1st December – Update from the Principal (Festive Singing)
24th November – Update from the Principal (Sports Fixtures)
17th November – Update from the Principal (Remembrance Day)
10th November – Update from the Principal (Sports Events)
3rd November – Update from the Principal (Mount Everest)
20th October – Update from the Principal (Halloween)
13th October – Update from the Principal (Buddy Classes)
6th October – Update from the Principal (Cystic Fibrosis)
29th September – Update from the Principal (Dyslexia Awareness Week)
22nd September – Update from the Principal (Nadeen School is an Outstanding School)
15th September – Update from the Principal (We pay our respect to Queen Elizabeth II)
8th September – Update from the Principal (eSafety and Inclusion Presentations)
1st September – Update from the Principal (First Week Back)
25th August – Update from the Principal (Orientation Day!)
18th August – Update from the Principal (Final Preparation for the Orientation Day)
11th August – Update from the Principal (Planning for INSET training)
4th August – Update from the Principal (Summer update)
As you might have seen, this summer it was announced that it is no longer mandatory for schools to provide Virtual Learning for students, shared by the Ministry of Education on Tuesday 2nd August 2022.
The Ministry of Education has announced that the syllabus system for the coming academic year 2022/23 in all kindergartens, schools, universities, government and private educational institutions at all stages will be mandatory attendance for all students. The ministry clarified that there would be no choice for parents to attend their children to receive in-person or remotely learning, assuring its keenness to provide for all the requirements for a successful back to school.
At Nadeen School, following the announcement from the Ministry above, our provision for learning will be on site.
For students unable to attend or overseas, we will offer an extra provision to help support with Year 3 and above, including:
- Students will be included in Google classrooms to have the same access as those onsite.
- A link to a curriculum plan for all year groups.
- A weekly class email from the teacher.
- An appointment to discuss your child/their progress over email or an online meeting when required.
- Access to our book list covered in school.
- The resources from the online subscriptions used on site will be available.
- An opportunity for a teacher/student conference if needed, as directed by the class teacher.
We hope all students have the opportunity to be back on site. We look forward to the new academic year and following the Ministry guidance above for our students at school.