Team NLCS Half Termly Review
In Lower School Sport, NLCS Dubai started 2019 in a positive, energetic and successful way. Grades 2 to 5 competed in the annual DAPSA Cross-Country event at Rashid School for Boys. Not only did our students represent the school brilliantly and with pride, the highlight over all three events was the fantastic Grade 2 girls’ team, made up of Maisie, Iona and Tabitha. All three girls achieved personal best times in the relay event and from the 42 schools competing; the girls managed a 4th place finish.
This Term has also marked the start of the DAPSA Golf Tour. This is four rounds of nine-hole golf on academy courses at the Dubai Creek Golf Club, Trump International, Emirates and Montgomerie. Three students from Grade 4 and 5 represented NLCS Dubai and made a competitive start to the series, shooting an average of 39 on the par 3 course.
Term 2 is known as the Netball Term in the DASSA and DAPSA leagues. In only our second year, NLCS Dubai has entered teams in the U9, U11, U13 and U16 categories. The U9 girls recently played their first tournament, winning three out of their four games, with Marnie in Grade 2 was awarded the player of the tournament. Our U13 and U16 girls continue to have games each week until the Spring break.
Athletics Track and Field dominates the Dubai schools sports calendar between January and March. NLCS Dubai students have been working exceptionally hard in all disciplines during curriculum lessons and extra-curricular activities. Most recently, our Senior Athletics Squad travelled to their first competition against five other schools. Highlight performances came from Zahra, placing first in the 200m and Olivia, storming to victory in the 1500m.
Our Junior and Senior Swim Squads continue to go from strength to strength. Having won promotion from their DAPSA division last year, they convincingly won both of their divisional galas. With a break in the DAPSA calendar, NLCS Dubai entered the Middle East Unity Cup competing against 800 swimmers representing 29 schools from seven countries. In only our second year, NLCS Dubai were able to field the 6th largest squad with 45 swimmers from Grade 3 to Grade 11. The competition was held at the Hamdan Swimming Complex, with all races taking place in an Olympic standard swimming pool. There were many great achievements over the weekend, with every student achieving at least one personal best time. The squad as a whole achieved 127 personal best times, with one senior student achieving seven alone. NLCS Dubai finished 12th in the medal rankings with 16 medals. Notable performances came from Asjad in Grade 2: Two Gold and four Silver, Asma in Grade 4: Three Silver and two Bronze and Olivia in G6 with two Bronze medals. Well done to all our swimmers.
The final House sporting competitions of this half term were the annual NLCS Dubai Sports Days. Once again, House Spirit was evident as our students roared each other to run faster, throw further and jump longer and higher than ever before. Each and every competitor entered their event with a sense of fun and determination that was wonderful to witness. This year Jais were the victors in both the Lower and Senior School Sports Days but the individual and collective performances across the board were very impressive. A special mention must go to our four sports captains whose organisation and enthusiasm contributed to a fully inclusive and enjoyable event.