On behalf of the new High School Leadership I would like to introduce the team. My name is Ole Bernard Sealey, but people call me “OB”. As Principal, my primary goal this year will be to ensure the best quality teaching and learning. I’m looking forward to building on the incredible work of Ms. Simone Sebban, an inspirational educator with whom I had the pleasure of working with last year. I will be spending most of my first month inside the classrooms, learning with teachers and students and helping to develop the culture of excellence that UAS constantly strives for.
Our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Coppes, along with his Grade Level Coordinators will be found in the hallways, helping ensure that our students get to class on time and ready to learn. He will be promoting the values that articulate what we stand for: Respect, Punctuality, Uniform. UAS is dedicated to empowering students to be caring, critical thinking, responsible global citizens and we believe strongly that emphasising the three values above will help us achieve that.
Ms. Cummins has taken on the role of IB Diploma Coordinator. A nine-year member of our community, she understands the needs of the school as well as anyone. Ms. Cummins is organized and forward thinking. She has begun a review of the assessment calendar to ensure that our students have balance in their projects, enabling them to submit their best work. Under her guidance, I fully expect to see further improvement not just in our IB Diploma Programme, but across the school.
As a team, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the students and begin the year!
(Mr. Coppes, Ms. Cummins and myself)
Day 1 Schedule – Monday August 29th.
6:00 AM – Student-Run Grad Breakfast in the New Senior Lounge (Room 3300)
7:45 – 8:25 Assembly in MPH – All students report to assembly before 7:45.
8:45 AM – Students go to Homeroom.
10:00 AM – Recess
10:20 – Students report to their Day “2” classes (this will be Period 3).
3:25 – Busses depart.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THIS YEAR?
Last week I wrote about how we plan to make the year come A.L.I.V.E. In addition to those important initiatives, we must start thinking about what the next 5 years at UAS is going to look like. We will begin by conducting policy reviews to understand whether our existing practices reflect best practices. To make informed decisions, we need parent and student input. We will be doing lots of surveys to ensure everyone’s voice is represented in the strategic development of UAS. Your input is essential in ensuring a smooth transition from a good school to a great one! For clarity on our policies and procedures, it is essential the all parents and students thoroughly understand the contents of our handbooks.
An important development this year will be made in our Homeroom programme. Last year, I fielded some important questions regarding where we actively teach things like academic writing, research, goal-setting, study tips, and time management. These skills are essential in all classes but are often overlooked in any one class as teachers are focused on delivery of their subject matter. Homeroom is the perfect place to teach these skills. UAS has dedicated 35 minutes per day to Homeroom, which we used primarily for reading last year. Reading will remain a part of Homeroom, but we will be expanding the progamme this year to actively teach these important skills and habits.
Senior’s Lounge – last year I asked the Grade 11 students what they wanted most in their Senior Year. Their answer was a Senior Lounge; a space just for them to study, relax, and socialize. Despite a very busy timetable, with some creative scheduling, we were able to create a lounge for the students. We are very excited to see the development of the lounge. The students will furnish and decorate the lounge. The skills in learning to work together on this project will help them enormously when they move off to university next year.
On behalf of the School-Wide Senior Leadership Team, we would like to invite all members of the community to join us in the MPH for the school’s first Community Faire. As stated in the Director’s Blog, the point of this event is to meet the teachers, generate some spirit and learn about the various resources we have within our community. We hope to see you there.
- Monday, Aug 29th – 1st of school (6:00 AM Grad Breakfast in New Senior Lounge)
- Wednesday, September 7th – UAS Community Faire 4:00 to 7:00
- September 10th to 13th – Eid Al Adha. Approximate dates – Not Confirmed by KHDA!
- Monday, September 19 and Tuesday Sept 20th – CAT 4 Testing (Grade 10)
- Wednesday, September 21st – High School Back to School Night
- Thursday, September 22nd – 2:00 PM (Full HS Aspirations Assembly – guest speaker)
- Friday/Saturday September 23/24 UAS hosts teachers across the UAE at an Inquiry/Technology Workshop.
- Week of September 25-30 (Grade 9 and 10 MAP testing)
- Saturday October 1, SAT testing
Have a wonderful last weekend of summer holiday!
High School Principal