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It has been a fantastic start to Term 2 at DIS. Students in Years 9 and 11 have taken part in DIScovery days, where the timetable was collapsed and students spent the day exploring potential new subjects in the next stage of their education. This was followed by parental engagement events which outlined in further detail what these choices would mean for their future career paths. I would like to thank parents for their attendance, which was very high, in these important meetings. We have ran a number of parent workshops including IB pathways, the importance of sleep and nutrition on performance, Key Stage 3 English, IB1 University applications, Parent Worry Workshops and how we are using Lexonik to improve performance in Year 10.

The Commerce department hosted a very well attended and successful ‘Dubai Financial Market’ House competition which was a great chance for students to test their skills on the real-life stock market. Whilst teachers took part in a day of professional learning on 26th January, our Year 11 scientists came into school to fine tune their scientific knowledge and skills. Well done to all those who took this opportunity to attend. We’re looking forward to welcoming Ian Murphy on the 29th January to entertain and educate Year 10 in the visual arts. As if that were not enough, on the 31st of this month, students will head to Dubai College to compete in the ‘History Bee and Bowl’, courtesy of the Humanities team.

However, the highlight of this month has to be the school’s success at the Model United Nations conference. Year 12 students attended the Key Note speeches from Ban Ki-Moon and Siva Kumari (Director General of the IB). With over 500 participants, DIS was delighted to win the ‘Best Delegate Award’ and ‘Best Judge Award (for the international court of justice)’. Again, huge congratulations to those who took a leading role.