Looking beyond the Classroom
Our students do not just limit their curious minds to what they do in the classroom. Whilst many have been given the opportunity to visit places outside of School; such as Grade 2 investigating the history of the QE2 or Grade 6 applying their Biology learning to local mangroves, it has been the success of our students in extracurricular activities or external competitions that has impressed us the most in the second half of Term 2.
We started after the half term break with our singers and musicians competing at Dubai Opera in the annual Dubai ChoirFest. The following weekend our scuba divers gained their PADI qualifications whilst more of our musicians competed in the Emirates International Peace Music Festival. Our debating teams continued their run of success in the Dubai Debate League and won the Crossfire Debating Championships. Our Design students spent two weekends at Dubai Design District, workshopping and presenting their design ideas for the DIDI Project Design Space challenge. Our Grade 10 team come second and the Grade 9 team won with their Dubai Mall proposal.
Also this half term, many of our students attended the DIAMUN Conference, with NLCS Dubai delegates taking home many awards including best delegate. Some of our younger Senior School students travelled to Abu Dhabi to take part in the regional F1 in Schools Challenge, learning from professionals how to modify their car design in preparation for the competitive phase of the challenge. They were also able to explore the F1 circuit and some very impressive cars! We were also very proud to see that so many of our students signed up for and worked hard at the Harvard Innovation Challenge that this year focused on Public Health, Education and Sustainability. All our NLCS Dubai participants demonstrated their creative and business flair with their innovative solutions to local and global problems and, once again, it was NLCS Dubai students who reigned victorious.
Finally, our Academic Societies programme continues to flourish, with fascinating speakers visiting the School each Sunday afternoon to speak with our Grade 9-11 students. However, the expansion of societies has now gone to a new level with the Junior School also forming their own academic societies. Recently the society leads from the Senior School went downstairs to run workshops to inspire our Grade 5 younger learners, which proved to be a huge success.