Principal Letter

22nd June 2017

Dear Parents,

After an action packed term, we thank you for your immense support throughout another successful year at GWIS. Wishing all our families Eid Mubarak and happy and healthy holidays.

Our Iftar event last Thursday was a great success with our school community marking the Holy Month of Ramadan and demonstrating a genuine interest and appreciation of all cultures. Young and old enjoyed the range of activities and superb cuisine. Our WISPA group did a superb job, with Heba Salama and Dina Yousef leading the event, ably supported by a team of highly committed parents who are to be commended for their immense support and vision. Diwali, our Winter Fair and Iftar have been so well received; thank you to all who supported these events this year. To the many students and staff who volunteered, led activities, performed and supported - thank you one and all.

This week, saw some great chess games in our intra-school tournament. Students from Years One to Nine thoroughly enjoyed the event and we will see plenty more opportunities for chess in the new school year so get practising during the holidays!

Our budding business experts competed in a Stock Market Trading Game at GEMS Modern Academy this week, demonstrating excellent skills in competition with a number of other schools. A special mention to the Year 12 Economics students Adam Khan-Qureshi, Ali Syed, Angelos Gaviotis, Mats Burkens and Pasqual Pook for their engaging and passionate participation.

We have recently been collecting for the STS initiative of "pack a bus" and students today loaded up our contribution for less privileged children, demonstrating a committed approach and great generosity. Thank you to all who contributed.

The Heads of School have shared with you the names of staff leavers and new joiners to our school in their Wellington Weekly newsletters today. Always sad to say goodbye to staff, we wish them all every success and happiness in their new schools and we look forward to welcoming our newcomers in August and working with them in the years ahead. A special mention to Miss Emman Salah who has worked at GEMS for 32 years and is retiring from her position of Arabic B teacher.

To families moving to new schools and homes, I wish you every success and happiness. To you all those travelling to far flung places, or staying here in Dubai, I wish you all a wonderful vacation and a safe, peaceful and healthy summer ahead.

I look forward to seeing you all back in school on September 6th, ready for the new academic year ahead. It will be brimming with opportunities, challenges and success. Together we will continue to strive towards the vision of achieving "success for all as lifelong learners".

Yours sincerely,

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Ruth Burke

Principal/CEO