Spring Term 2014 Issue 12 Week 21 NEWSLETTER Brighton College turns pink for the day! The Senior and Prep Schools participated in Pink Shirt Day 2014 on Wednesday 26th February. This is recognised world wide, as a symbolic way of showing support against bullying. “We were delighted and proud that so many of our pupils showed up wearing pink in their uniforms – they looked wonderful and the whole atmosphere of the day was one of celebration and extra kindness towards each other,” Ms Sands commented. In the Classroom Gearing up for Book Week Brighton College, Abu Dhabi hosts its third Book Week next week. Staff and pupils alike are excited to take part in the activities arranged by the English Department – particularly with regards to the famous ‘Dress-up Thursday’. Having enjoyed the Book Worm book fair this week, your children are demonstrably inspired to read; we hope this will continue as they enjoy the many activities we have planned next week. Please do check the School Communicator for full listings and deadlines but be aware that the Extreme Photo competition can be a focus over the weekend, as can the creative writing story competition running for years 6-9. Email pictures of your son/daughter reading in extreme/unusual situations to [email protected] brightoncollege.ae or hand in paper copies labelled with name, year group and class teacher or form. Many other competitions will be running throughout the week, for more information, please read the letter on the communicator. Happy reading and best wishes, Kerry Coburn, Richard Lee and the English Department Ismael Ibrahim, Y6 BGK In the Classroom That’s the way to do it! The children in Year 1 have started a new Art and Design project which will include the children in FS2 as their “clients”. The Year 1 children conducted a survey in FS2 to find out which puppets the children would like for their Punch and Judy shows when they move up to Year 1 in September. The children had great fun getting to know each other and finding out information for the design of their puppets. Watch this space for the next step in this exciting project! Pink Cake Bake Patter of tiny feet! The School Council have decided that a ‘Friendship’ Bench would be a welcomed addition to our outside area and so yesterday they held a ‘Pink Cake Bake’ in order to buy the bench. This was very successful and a total of AED 2241 was raised! Thank you to all parents who donated cakes and to all those who bought them. Watch this space for arrival of the bench… We are pleased to annouce the birth of Mr Crane’s daughter, Poppy Scarlett Eloise Crane on Saturday 22nd February and the birth of Arun Jacob’s son, also born on the weekend, who is yet to be named. In the Classroom When in Rome... Year 6 take on Roman army formations Here are some of our Year 6 practising Roman army formations such as ‘the tortoise’, ‘the orb’ and ‘the wedge’… In the Classroom Year 4 Gallery Taking Shape In year 4, we have been busy drawing round all 88 of us to brighten up our corridor. Once we have finished painting ourselves, this will become a Year 4 gallery for all our fabulous writing. First display will include our diary entries from Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated trip to Antarctica on his ship the Endurance and a selection of the most fabulous penguin drawings. Watch this space! The children and parents had great fun posing with all the props at the Market Day photo booth. These brilliant photographs were taken by Miss Adetayo and the proceeds were put towards the FS1 collection. BRIGHTON COLLEGE ABU DHABI SIXTH FORM OPENING IN 2014 An outstanding co-educational British-style school First-class specialist teaching in small classes, with a choice of over 20 A-Level subjects. To book a tour in the Senior School please contact: +971 2 815 6504 – [email protected] – brightoncollege.ae In the Classroom Year 5 Camping Trip After weeks of planning, packing and sorting, a happy band of 78 year 5 pupils and their 9 supervisors from Brighton College finally set off on our adventure to a secret island. Mr Kenworthy had set us the challenge to push ourselves to ‘be the best that we could be’ in a completely different environment. The trip was very professionally run by the Noukhada adventure company and their experts helped us kayak across the mangroves to a small island where we set up camp for the night, cooked our own food, prepared our own toilets and put up tents in a pretty strong breeze. It was amazing how the whole experience really brought out the very best in us. The food wasn’t quite what we would get at home and we had sand in our sleeping bags, we got wet when we kayaked, and the toilets were very basic. Some people kept us awake when we wanted to go to sleep and others where wide awake at 5 am. But we all helped each other and everyone was positive. We had fun and I was so proud of all the children who got in those kayaks in the morning to paddle back to the mainland and proud of those who stayed behind to help clear up. In the Classroom Feel the force! Yr 1 children were excited to start their new Science topic this term. They have started learning about the world of forces and spent some time this week exploring how familiar objects move. Children used the vocabulary of pushing and pulling, magnetic, blowing and sucking to describe how they made the objects move, some were better than others at sucking (pulling) pasta using a straw! Arabic Learning Styles The Arabic department have begun a series of training sessions for members of staff aimed at taking advantage of the multiple learning styles. Further sessions will take place throughout the year. In the Classroom Year One Puzzle Makers Year 1 recently made some jigsaw puzzles to sell at the Enterprise Week Market. They designed their picture based on a letter of the alphabet, painted it and then finally watched it being cut on the College laser cutter. The children were fascinated watching the wood being cut and very excited every time they saw a tiny flame shooting off their puzzles. A big thank you to Mr Savage and Mr Sumera for taking the time to explain the process to the children and cut more than 200 puzzles! Socks and Soles for Syria huge success so far! A huge thank you to all of you in the BCAD community who have contributed socks and shoes for the Socks and Soles for Syrians collection. I have delivered over 15 large bags of donations in total and here is a photo of the second delivery of around 7 bags from BCAD. The photo is on the Facebook page and is a thank you for all of our generosity so far here at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. I will continue collecting, so please bring in more socks and shoes including flat sandals for the warmer weather to S039 on floor 2, or leave them at reception. I will keep delivering to this worthy cause. Many thanks Catherine Morgan In the theatre 21 days until the BSME Games! In the last edition of the newsletter we included two articles written for Sport 360 all about the BSME Games. We now show you another two to help you get excited about the big event! The BSME games are coming to Brighton College Abu Dhabi this March on the 19-23rd! It will be the 11th BSME games meeting. The British School Middle East games have been running since 2003, where only 4 schools competed with approximately 80 pupils entered in events. It has since grown greatly and Brighton College Abu Dhabi will be hosting 11 schools, each who are each bringing 36 of their top sporting pupils to vie for the top spot. There will be football, swimming, basketball, netball and athletics for all aged under 11. Each podium finish will be fort for by each pupil; however, in line with the tradition of the games there will be a high level of sportsmanship and fun involved. Brighton College will be holding different activities throughout the week with most of the sporting events at Zayed Sports City; the main event, excluding the sport, will be the Gala Dwinner, which will be a spectacular ending to a sport filled week. There is a high level of anticipation from the competitors “I’m greatly looking forward to the netball and I can’t wait for it to begin, many of us have circled the dates in our diaries and are really looking forward for the competition to begin” one of the competitors from year 6 told me. Many of them are also doing extra training each week at BCAD to prepare and have very little time for much else! Oscar Lindley-Smith Year 10 Ryle The BSME games (British Schools in the Middle East) is a competition held once a year. During the six days of competition, the competitors participate in a variety of inter-school sports, music, art and other forms of skill based academics. The main area of competition is sports and specifically includes football, athletics, netball, basketball and swimming. Each year, there is a host country and for the year of 2014, Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the host of the BSME games. The games were formed in 1982 and this will be the first year that Brighton College will not only be competing in it but also hosting it! A group of some of the most talented Brightonians, from years five to six, have been entered to compete in the extremely fun yet challenging occasion. The whole school is buzzing in anticipation of the games and everybody is joining together to do everything possible that will be of help. So far, the school has been very busy organizing a variety of actions to help raise money for this massive event: the huge bake-sale and the disco for years four to eight are just a few examples. There have also been an assortment of competitions within the school that have already been held, weeks before the actual games! A prime example is the logo competition in which any student from Pre-Prep to Senior school could enter to win the whole BSME kit and other merchandise. The BSME games will be held from the 19th to the 24th of March this year, so come along and show your support! We wish all competitors and the Tournament Director, Mr Crane, the best of luck in the forthcoming games. Deva D’Cruz Year 10 Ryle Stars of the Week Name Eloise Harvey Sara Khalifa Barnaby Patterson Olivia Nu Mostafa El Meleegy Sanjana Anand Sultan Alblooshi Sienna Valdez Maria Ines Lozano Kramer Hansen Wu Sirine Messaikeh Katya Vandebril Form 3 HW 3HW 6 BAK 5 BFS 3 JC 4 SW 4 GP 4 SD 4 SA 6 BGK 6 GBK 7 HAM Elliot Saxon Rula Al-Garousha Ekaterina Kelly Lewis Chappell Eliza Caputo Al Yazeya Almemari Aakanksh Vaidya Oscar Fowles 6 HHA 5 FAS 6 JAH 5 FKH 4 GP 4 SD 4 GP 4 SA Comments For consistent hard work and taking on extra responsibility For excellent extra reading work For wonderful singing every morning and thinking about others For making nice pink flowers for her t-shirt and always being helpful For improved concentration, focus and contribution during lessons For a fantastic diary entry and an amazing writing assessment For excellent improvement in maths For superb effort across the curriculum For commitment and determination in all areas of school life For good behaviour and being helpful For always being very well organised and consistent in her positive attitude For outstanding effort, attitude and for always going above and beyond in everything she does. She baked 93 cupcakes for the Student Council bake sale! Absolute legend. For reading in form time and punctuality For tidying the house room. For making her friend feel better who had lost AED100 For always being on time All for being absolute stars!
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