North London Collegiate School Dubai
Newsletter
May 2018
 
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Letter from the Principal
Dear Parents,

The summer term feels like it’s rushing past in a blur of activity. The School continues to grow and the students continue to impress us with their energy and commitment, not only to their studies but also to the many activities and events across the School...
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First School
As we move towards the end of our first year, we are very proud of the positive relationships that have formed between teachers and parents. We firmly believe this partnership between the home and the school will contribute to raising children who will become caring, respectful and responsible citizens.

Recently, we have been working with the children to really deepen their understanding of the Learner Profile attribute, “Caring”, as well as exploring the saying, ‘Treat others as you wish to be treated.’ Daily repetition, whether it’s a helping a friend with their work, having a classroom job, helping a peer after a fall on the playground we strive to make caring second nature so that we hone the children’s caregiving capacities. Learning gratitude similarly involves regularly practising it...
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Learning Review in the First School
Pre-KG have been getting green fingers as part of their unit of inquiry ‘people are responsible for living things.’ They have started a vegetable, herb and flower garden. In learning how to care for living things, by making sure the garden is tidy, clean and all the plants are well watered, they are not only finding out where our food comes from but also demonstrating their caring attributes...
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Junior School
This term started with a visit from our PYP consultant. He was very impressed with how NLCS Dubai has embraced the programme and how knowledgeable the students are about their learning. This has been reflected in class assemblies, in which students have talked articulately about what they have been learning in class: including materials, signs and symbols, stories, and events in history. The level of confidence in the students has been wonderful to see alongside their enthusiasm and clear enjoyment in sharing their learning with family and friends. We would also like to thank you for your attendance at the parent workshop on ‘Approaches to Learning’ in the PYP. It was a practical session with parents working in small groups to build a landmark using paper, string and sellotape. Each group made a different structure including the Burj Khalifa, Great Wall of China, The Pyramids and Tower Bridge. This activity helped to show how teachers approach new learning in the classroom. Our Junior School students continue to impress us every day and we are all looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of the final weeks of our inaugural year. We thank all the members of our school community who have contributed to such a wonderful year so far.
 
 
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Story Tellers
This term, many of our Junior School students have been focussing on their creative writing skills. Grade 2 have been modelling how to use resources independently to improve writing, and recently finished composing their new myths and legends work; sentence structure and language choice was a focus, resulting in some top quality writing. Grade 3 have been working on their collaborative skills by writing a story book to celebrate and remember their first year of NLCS Dubai...
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Outside of the Classroom
Students in the Junior School have also been looking at how a healthy mind and body can have an impact on their learning. They have been exploring the benefits of mindfulness and living a healthy life. The Junior School recognise that learning outside of a conventional classroom situation can be very powerful. Students in Grade 2 were excited to visit Dubai International Airport and investigate the signs and symbols all around us and how they can be designed to make our lives easier and more organised...
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Little Red Review
On Sunday 22 April, the French department hosted a bilingual French-English production in the School’s auditorium. The UAE based theatre-company ‘Culture Emulsion’ staged an outstanding performance of ‘Little Red’ – a modern day version of Little Red Riding Hood. The show was performed by a visiting French theatre troupe called ‘L’Atelier Florentin’. The visiting French actors gave a formidable performance and it was a very exciting show from start to finish.
We were also delighted to welcome a large group of French-speaking children who joined us to watch the play from the Lycée Français International. We enjoyed working with Culture Emulsion and we look forward to their future shows and inviting them back in the next academic year.
“In my opinion I would say that the show was amazing! The way they managed to perform a whole play of Little Red Riding Hood with only two performers on stage. It was nice how they switched between talking French and English. Whilst watching you could see how much work went into the performance. I think it is probably one of the best plays I have ever seen.”
Saanvi Grade 4 (Falcons)
 
 
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Geography Trip to Iceland
Over the spring break, 25 students and 3 teachers visited the land of fire and ice. This small island in the middle of the North Atlantic is a place filled with natural wonders and a nation of peace-loving and resilient people. With their custom designed hoodies, students set out on the long journey via Stockholm. Upon arrival in Iceland, the fresh, clean air immediately struck them but it took a while and some convincing that it is perfectly fine to drink the water in Iceland. As always, the weather in Iceland can determine a tour schedule and this week was no different...
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History Trip to Italy
During the school holidays in March, 15 students from Grades 8 to 10 travelled to Italy to undertake an investigation into the History, Culture and Art of the Italian Renaissance. The focus of the trip was for students to be introduced to this vibrant period of history and for them to have an insight into how these Italian City States led the way in developing many aspects of modern culture...
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‘12 Angry Men’
This term, NLCS Dubai was excited to see the first Senior School Drama Production. Students from Grades 6 – 9 performed in Reginald Rose’s “12 Angry Men”. The play focusses on how different individuals approach a critical decision in different ways. It revolves around a jury deliberation during which 12 jurors must decide the fate of a young man accused of murder...
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Picnic at The Embassy
Recently, our Senior School musicians were invited to perform at the British Embassy in Dubai for their ‘Picnic on the Lawn’ event. Our orchestra, small ensembles, soloists and choir entertained the guests with contemporary arrangements and classical pieces creating a lovely atmosphere for all. The following week they treated the rest of the Senior School to a concert. Their dedication to their rehearsals and out of school performances is to be commended.
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Turning the School Blue
A couple of weeks ago we turned NLCS Dubai blue in support of the Kick Cancer initiative. Every student from Pre-KG to Grade 10 was involved in activities to reinforce the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. The campaign uses the emotive force of football as a catalyst to effect positive change and awareness about male cancers. Kick Cancer connects with youngsters in the belief that this is the most powerful way to deliver the message to their fathers. NLCS Dubai is proud to be one of a group of schools supporting this initiative.
 
 
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