I have spent much of my week getting out of my office and into classrooms, the libraries and canteens. It has been wonderful to see how quickly the teachers and children have got going with lessons -there is a purposeful and positive energy in the lessons. The enthusiasm and boundless energy of the Early Years boys and girls is infectious and inspirational. Quite how those teachers keep up with their children is quite beyond me: they always look so serene. At the top end of the school I have enjoyed listening into the Diploma Programme’s lessons whose academic rigour and challenge are inspiring. A hallmark of our school is the excellent relationships between the teachers and students, we strike a fine balance between order and freedom, one based on mutual respect. We want the best for our students and from our students.
Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for the new parents’ orientation and the Secondary Back to School Night. Both were informative and great opportunities for new families (we have 300 new students in our school this year – a record number) to meet the ’old hands’ and for parents and teachers to get to know one another. Primary parents, we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening for your Back to School Night.
There are many outcomes that we hope to achieve in education and as parents, but I am sure that there would be consensus that allowing our children to identify their talents and to nurture them. We want to develop strong, confident, principled young people who can achieve their potential. Each child is unique and we want to inspire individuals. As Principal I am looking for the willingness to try, to risk failure, and to try again. To rewrite that English essay, polish the work of art, or to start again with that personal project. Not to be happy with second best and ‘good enough’. Only then will they make the best of their potential. What will make all the difference is discipline, perseverance and resilience. We live in city and an era that is dedicated to luxury and convenience. Malcom Gladwell says in ‘Outliers’ that ‘Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.’
A reminder to those parents who not yet signed their KHDA Parent-School Contract. This a legal requirement for schools and students in Dubai and we are not allowed to have students in the school whose parents have not signed this contract. The KHDA are very strict about checking that these are in place.
Greenfield Community School