Headteacher’s Newsletter 16th Jan 2020

Good Afternoon VES Parents

This week we have been again at the mercy of the weather. Many thanks for your patience and support. I’d also like to thank the staff who were in school and working hard. The flooding around school was bad, but the school itself was made ship-shape by cleaners, electricians and a whole cast of other contributors. Unfortunately, the FS1 sports day fell foul of the weather and will be rearranged.

Our Open days for prospective parents went ahead against the backdrop of these difficult conditions. I think it is essential however that we are seen as a working school, and it’s also great that after our introductions the students conduct the tours and answer the questions. I have been in many schools where this would never have happened – but I believe our students are our greatest asset and I am happy and proud to welcome anyone to our school.

The Grade 11 and Sixth Form Students are hard at it doing their exams – good luck to them. It is unfortunate, but also a good exercise, that our schedule has been altered about, and that transport problems hindered some – even a fire alarm went off. This is all part of the learning curve of preparing for the real exam season and also helping our students to develop their resilience to disruption. As we, already, look forward to the Summer exam season – students have received the details of their entries this week. If parents can ensure all of the necessary returns come by 30th January please, it really helps avoid delays in the registration process that can be difficult and costly. Many thanks in advance.

Secondary students are now well on with their preparations for the Science Fair and I know the Science team would appreciate your support by having discussions over the dinner table to get our youngsters talking about and thinking about their project. The more they talk about and articulate their ideas and school work and projects – the more they understand and get enthusiastic about them.

Finally, please remember the school fete on February 21st. If parents would like to book a table and get involved in the day, please contact marketing@ves.ae for details and to make a reservation. The more the merrier! Staff will be out in force on the day running activities and there will be food and other vendors present.

Hopefully for the time being we have seen the back of the bad weather. I was talking to students about how, although it can be really frustrating, it reminds us of the power and majesty of nature. It also reminds us of how we rely upon nature too and that the relationship between ourselves and our environment is one we must nurture more lovingly. In the next couple of weeks, we will be planting and studying, as part of a government initiative, the Gaff Tree as a focal point to understand how the natural world around is our friend …and it’s a friendship we have not cultivated, and one we are at risk of breaking.

Have a lovely, restful weekend 

Keith Sykes 
Head Teacher