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This week began with International Teachers' Day, which was celebrated on 5th October. SES thanks parents and students for all the acknowledgements of the occasion; their gratitude to teaching staff is appreciated and valued.

Sharjah Educational Council (SEC) sent a presentation gift to the school, to mark the occasion, which was raffled among staff. The winner was Ms Hazel O'Brien, Year 3 teacher, who is pictured accepting her prize from Mr. Nolan. She represents all staff in receiving the award.

Many thanks to SEC for their thoughtful gesture.

The Primary School is delighted to share that Mia March and Waleed Qureshi were successful in their application and were selected as Student Leaders for this academic year.
Today they met with Mr Nolan and were congratulated on their achievement. Mr Nolan listened as they detailed items that they would like to develop over the course of this year!
Looking after our planet and being a supportive friend were key areas they would like to see developed across our school.

Tuesday 8th September saw a large and enthusiastic gathering of parents for the Parents' Support Group Coffee Morning. The PSG is a crucial part of Sharjah English School. Being mainly concerned with building community spirit and organizing fund-raising efforts, the group consists of parents who are willing and able to devote some voluntary time to enhance the experience of the children at school – through supporting school events with refreshments, building community spirit, and celebrating diversity with our annual Iftar and other social occasions.
Fundraising efforts in the past year have enabled the purchase of a laser cutter for the Design and Technology department, and supplying IT equipment to support music and composition.
All parents are invited to participate in PSG events; the level of commitment can vary from a few hours a term to getting involved in our big efforts such as 'Winter Fayre.'
You can follow the PSG on their Facebook page. Please see the PSG page on the school website for details of how to get involved.

SES is proud to recognize the achievements of Mr. Toby Oakeley, of our PE department, who recently represented the UAE at international level in Rugby 7s.

This is a huge personal accomplishment for Toby, and provides an inspiration to all our students. Toby, himself as SES alumnus, is a model of the rewards of dedication, discipline and hard work which we promote as values that all our students should aspire to, whether in sport, arts or academic work.

Well done, Toby!

On Wednesday 4th September, students began rehearsals for the film and live orchestra performance of "Gladiator" at the Dubai Opera House. 9 students from S.E.S will be a part of the newly formed "Arabian Youth Choir" and will perform the work with a full orchestra and professional choir at the Dubai Opera House on 18th & 19th September. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a truly amazing performance. We wish the students well as they embark on two weeks of intensive rehearsals ready for the big event. Tickets and more information can be found at #SESMUSIC #GLADIATOR #DUBAIOPERA #SINGINGWITHRUSSEL #REHEARSALS #PERFORMANCE

This week the Primary School held its annual 'Spelling Bee' competition. Mr Hyland is thanked for organising a very challenging and exciting event. The spelling capabilities of our pupils proved extremely impressive, well done to all our finalists!
Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving Spelling Bee Champion of their Year Band.

Year 1 (Ali), Year 2 (Mariyah), Year 3 (Rivan)
Year 4 (Rayyan), Year 5 (Idris) and the Year 6 (Anaadya)

Earth Day 2019, Emirates Environmental Group Public Speaking Competition,

Presenting a speech on Healthcare & Sustainability.
A team of fours students from Sharjah English School did a great job in this years competition. Their speech was very well researched and delivered. It was certainly among the best of the day. They finished fourth of about 40 schools who entered in total. Well done to the year 10 students.

Congratulations to four of our A Level Maths students who represented Sharjah English School in the 7th National Maths Competition at Abu Dhabi University.

There were fifty teams consisting of one hundred students from schools all across the Emirates and we are pleased to say that both of our teams made it through to the finals. We are extremely proud of their achievement.

Sharjah English School hosted a Space & Rocketry Programme during the Spring Break. Students from Years 5 to 10 took part, including some from other schools. Over three days, the participants learnt about living & working in space, rockets, the International Space Station, space exploration and Mars missions. They tried astronaut food, completed a number of space themed engineering challenges and built their own rocket which they launched in the desert this weekend.

Everyone worked hard and it was great to have students from primary and secondary working together. Well done to everyone that took part and I hope it has sown the seed of interest and motivation to work hard and consider a career in Space Science.

Dubai Cares Donation

Members of the Student Council visited Dubai Cares last week to deliver our donation of 10,000 dhs, raised by the Walk for Education last term.

We are very grateful for the efforts of the students, their parents and the whole school community in helping us to raise such a terrific sum.

The Student Council will now vote on which Dubai Cares initiative that their money will support.

The 2nd of of our new look concert series took place on Tuesday 26th March, with the inaugural Spring Concert.

Over 80% of the performers were new to the SES stage, and the whole evening was full of enthusiasm and positivity, and some amazing performances. Year 11 students were given their last to chance to perform before recording their GSCE coursework, and the music department were pleased to welcome a few performers from the last "Won't Stop Beating" concert, held in school at the start of the month. Favorites such as SES Barbershop, Concert Band and Vocal Ensemble wowed the audience, and all performers are looking forward to the next opportunity to showcase the extensive musical talents of SES.

Thanks as always go to our dedicated peripatetic staff, parents and performers, along with Ms Alvarez and Mr Laird.

On Tuesday 19th March 9 SES students attended the DASSA Athletics championships, they had qualified in the top 8 athletes in their respected events after competing in the Team Championships two weeks ago. It was a fantastic display of some elite athletics and we are proud to report 7 medals were won by SES Students.

Bronze Medal for Ryan Brown in the U14 Discus
Silver Medal for Jeena Lumumba in the U14 Discus
Gold Medals for Imani Moneyang in the U12 Shot Put,U12 Javelin and U12 200m
Gold Medals for Kenya Moneyang in the U14 100m and U14m 200m

In the Team Championships SES competed in Division 1 - with the largest schools in Dubai and as a team earnt a respectable 5th place overall - well done Team SES.

As the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi comes to a close on Thursday, SES salutes all the participants and people of determination who have made this such an inspiring and memorable event.
As a school we have been proud to have participated in many ways in creating great memories for those involved: from ex-SES student Chaica Al Qasimi delivering a speech at the opening, to Ms Hyland training and supporting competitive Cheer-leading in its first appearance at the Special Olympics, and to Anneketrien who led the massed student choir at the Opening Ceremony.
Well done SES. And mabrook to all the organizers and supporters.

SES student Anneketrien Van Wassenhove raises the curtain on the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi last Thursday. Performing in front of 40,000 people, 7,500 athletes from 190 countries and a world-wide TV audience, Anneketrien led the choir in singing the specially composed anthem "Woven World".
"The school is really proud of Anneketrien's achievements in music. This is a remarkable distinction for such a young singer", said John Nolan, SES school principal. "The school is also delighted to be able to support this fabulous event and all the athletes of determination who are participating."

Congratulations to Megan White on passing her Young Leader Qualification for British Girl Guides Overseas.

A number of SES girls are active members of the Sharjah Guides, and put in many hours of service assisting in running of the troop. For Megan to receive this accolade is a great achievement, and sets her up to proceed to her full leadership qualification.

Sharjah Guides and SES are very proud of her.

The photograph shows the Chief Commissioner for BGO, Diane Thomas, presenting Megan with her badge and certificate last week, when Diane visited Sharjah as part of a Middle East visit.

On Thursday, Students from SES competed in "Choirfest Me" an international choir competition for school across the country. Led by Ms Lis, the choir performed 3 songs and were adjudicated by professional choir directors. Competing against DESC, Dubai College and Winchester School, students were treated to some exceptional choir performances. We are very pleased to say that our vocal ensemble came out winners of the "choir of the day", something which recognizes the dedication and talent of both our students and staff. A huge congratulations to all involved, especially Ms Lis and the participants for once again showing the quality of the music opportunities at SES.

Year 11 students enjoyed a creative writing workshop with published author, Rehan Khan. Mr Khan's latest novel 'A Tudor Turk' is described as Mission Impossible but set in the 16th century. Students were given the opportunity to dissect what makes a good story and given tools which will surely help them in their upcoming examinations. The English department would like to thank both Rehan and the Emirates Literature Festival for allowing us such a fantastic opportunity.

Congratulations to three SES students made the finals of the Kellogg's Spelling Bee at Motiongate, Dubai. Nishant Sood (y9), Rhea Sequeira (y10) (returning contestants) and Anna George (y8), a newcomer to the competition. Nishant went on to make joint 6th overall and was the highest ranked Sharjah student. The registration for next year's competition will open in term 3 with Miss Somers (for years 6-10) and next year, we hope to launch a new competition with the spelling bee organisation for years 1-5!