Scholars International Academy

SIA Newsletter 13 – Secondary

I hope this letter finds you well and filled with as much joy as I as we reflect together on the recent activities and achievements within our community.

In the Foundation Stage, it’s been a delightful time witnessing the enthusiasm of our FS1 learners as they dive into the world of mini beasts through the beloved story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Their engagement in role play and creative expression with playdough truly reflects their excitement for learning. Similarly, our FS2 learners have been diligently mastering the elements of sentence structure while exploring the wonders of colour through vegetable printing. Ms. Daisy and I were discussing how heartwarming it is to see their curiosity and creativity flourishing, which I got to see first hand during my visit to FS today.

Moving on to our Years 1 to 3, the celebration of International Day was still a big focus of conversation which is a testament to the diversity and richness of our community. The learners were telling me about how proud they felt donning their traditional attire, sharing insights about their cultures, and indulging in delicious cuisines was a truly enriching experience. Being someone that is passionate about promoting inclusivity and creating inclusive learning opportunities this was just so very special to hear.

In the upper primary years, the highlight of the week for me undoubtedly remains the morning High Performance Learning (HPL) assembly, a gathering I eagerly anticipate attending. These assemblies shine with a sense of community, where both learners and teachers are acknowledged for their efforts, and parents join me with the celebrations. Witnessing the culmination of hard work and dedication as learners receive certificates or win the year group attendance prize is awesome. The genuine happiness radiating from our learners during these moments of recognition reaffirms the importance of fostering a supportive and encouraging ‘eco system’ where every achievement is celebrated.

Furthermore, our efforts to strengthen the partnership between parents and educators have been bearing fruit. The initiative to engage Emirati parents in discussions about learner development and the teaching strategies tailored to their children’s needs was met with enthusiasm. The subsequent classroom visits provided parents with invaluable insights into the learning environment, fostering a collaborative spirit that is essential for learners success. Building upon this success, we extended our invitation to all secondary parents to explore the concept of High Performance Learning (HPL) and its implications for learner achievement. The session proved to be insightful, empowering parents to actively support their children’s learning journey both at home and in the classroom.

Finally, last week members of our fantastic PE team accompanied learners from diverse year groups to an athletics competition coordinated by EISSA. Once more, our Learners demonstrated remarkable talent and sportsmanship, returning with a commendable collection of bronze, silver, and gold medals. Their exceptional display not only underscores their unwavering pursuit of excellence but also underscores the formidable presence of our school in competitive arenas. We commend all participating learners for their dedication and perseverance in achieving athletic success.

To conclude, I am reminded of a quote:

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Arsène Wenger

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to our SIA HPL family.

Take care

Mr. James Batts | Principal