Secondary School News

Dear Parents,

Since coming back from the winter break, we have quickly settled into our day to day routine.

Grade 9 Abdali Trip

Last week, our Grade 9 students had the chance to see modern urban development first hand with their trip to Al Abdali. As they are about to start a unit of sustainable urbanization, this was a perfect opportunity to see how urban planners can use modern technologies and ideas to create a fusion of living, working and social spaces into our cities. Certainly some inspiration for the coming unit in Individuals and Societies.

Drama Production

Rehearsals for our drama production “100” have officially started this week.

Grade 8 Community Projects

Grade 8 students are well into the Planning stage of their Community Projects. They are currently formulating the action plan that will give them the structure to achieve the goal that they set to serve their community.

World Scholars Cup

One important activity we are beginning to prepare at school is the Annual World Scholars Cup which IAA hosts for the Jordan round. It will take place on Feb. 22nd and 23rd and targets Grades 6 to 11 students. The WSC has a comprehensive, thematic curriculum that changes from year to year, and invites students to learn about, research and debate serious global issues. It focusses on collaboration and critical thinking and encourages participants not just to work on their existing strengths and skills, but to discover new ones. This year’s theme will be “2018: An Entangled World”. Stay tuned for more information.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

This week we are lucky to be hosting musicians and singers from the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. The performances will take place on Wednesday afternoon. Afterwards, students who are part of our extra-curricular musical and choral activities will have the opportunity to have ‘Master Classes’ with these incredibly talented artists. We hope it will be a wonderful and inspirational experience.

Information Sessions

We will be holding a number of information sessions in January so mark your calendars. The sessions for next week are as follows:

Transition into the Diploma Programme (Information Session for Parents of G10)

Monday January 15th from 8am to 9am in the Auditorium.

An overview of the expectations and requirements of the Diploma Programme (DP) will be presented to the parents of Grade 10 students on Monday January 15th from 8am to 9am in the Auditorium. During this time, the subject packages offered next year for the current Grade 10 Students will be introduced by Mr Antony, the DP Coordinator.

Grade 8 Options (Information Session for Parents of G8)

On Tuesday January 16th in the MPR from 8am-9am.

There will be a Grade 8 to 9 transition information session for parents in the MPR from 8am-9am. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss with parents of our Grade 8 students the next chapter of their child’s educational journey. We will also introduce the subject packages offered in Grade 9.

Next week we have another two very important sessions:

Personal Project (Information Session for Parents of G9)

Monday January 22nd, from 8am to 9am in the Auditorium.

The Personal Project (PP) is a year-long project where each Grade 9 student chooses a specific goal to work on. This project gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents in unique and creative ways. Mr Donald Cleary, our PP Coordinator, will present to the Grade 9 Parents on Monday January 22nd, from 8am to 9am in the Auditorium, on the expectations of the project.

Extended Essay (Presentation to Grade 11 Parents)

Thursday January 25th from 8am-9am in the Auditorium.

All DP students are required to successfully complete the three elements that make up the core of the DP model – Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action & Service; and the Extended Essay (EE). The EE provides students with the opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.


Thank you.


Mr. Martin and Ms. Zena