Join us for a talk and carpet showcase in our Recital Hall

Join us for a talk and carpet showcase in our Recital Hall

Please join us to hear more about the Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) - an innovative social enterprise that harnesses the traditional skills of the Afghan people to produce beautiful hand knotted carpets, embroidered furniture and local handicraft at fair market wages. The evening will start with a talk by FBMI regional manager, Farshied Jabarkhyl. A loom and selection of carpets will be on display.

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Civil Defense came to Cranleigh for a fire evacuation practice

Civil Defense came to Cranleigh for a fire evacuation practice

There was great excitement on campus this morning as the whole school undertook a rather special practice fire evacuation. The exercise was different to normal drills in that it included officials from the Civil Defense Station who brought a number of emergency vehicles on-site including ambulances and fire engines.

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Sixth Formers working on their Extended Qualification Projects met Nikita Amir

Sixth Formers working on their Extended Qualification Projects met Nikita Amir

Nikita Amir was at school here in Abu Dhabi and is just coming to the end of her first semester as an academic scholarship student at the world ranked journalism school Medill College, part of Northwestern University.

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Cranleigh Winter Festival

Cranleigh Winter Festival

It was wonderful to see so many people come together yesterday to celebrate the festive season at our inaugural 'Winter Festival'. A massive thank you to the Cranleigh Community Committee and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it such an enjoyable event and to all the families who supported it.

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Cranleigh dancers to perform at NYUAD's 'Attitude Dance Recital'

Cranleigh dancers to perform at NYUAD's 'Attitude Dance Recital'

A group of Cranleigh dancers will be performing at NYUAD's forthcoming 'Attitude Dance Recital' on Saturday 9th December in the university's amazing Red Theater. Year 10 GCSE dancers Amber, Holly, Thomas and Shamma will perform a group dance on limitations and restrictions in society and as we grow. Dance Scholar 2017/18, Gabriella, will perform a pure dance piece focusing on expressive and physical skills.

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Year 3 and 4 Pupils had a wonderful Christmas Party

Year 3 and 4 Pupils had a wonderful Christmas Party

The Y3&4 enjoyed a Winter Celebration party on Thursday, with party games, arts and crafts and a seasonal feast, thank you to the staff and parents who made it such a lovely occasion.

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Y4 Pupils enjoyed learning about measurement

Y4 Pupils enjoyed learning about measurement

Our Year 4 mathematicians have been learning about measurement this week. Now that the weather is so perfect, the children loved taking their lesson outside to measure how far they could run and jump.

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Sixth Formers Travel to Cranleigh UK

Sixth Formers Travel to Cranleigh UK

The girls were delighted to be welcomed at the airport by Mike Wilson, Headmaster of the UK Prep School (and our incoming Headmaster here in Abu Dhabi next year), as well as by Amanda Reader, Head of Careers. On Sunday Mr and Mrs Wilson kindly welcomed the group into their home for supper when they shared their personal experiences of the history and growth of Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, looking at photos of the sandy plot which became the school building site and is now our campus.

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Pre-prep pupils made a wonderful art piece for National Day

Pre-prep pupils made a wonderful art piece for National Day

Pre-Prep pupils have been working on a wonderful new piece of collaborative art for National Day. The finished piece was unveiled this morning and is now on display.

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National Day Celebration

National Day Celebration

National Day at Cranleigh 2017 - the best yet! A huge thank you to Mr Deady and the many parents who worked with him to give us all such a wonderful day. The field looked incredible, the banquet was sumptuous and the educational activities were varied, engaging and most of all, lots of fun.

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FS1 Students had a Teddy Bear themed Picnic

FS1 Students had a Teddy Bear themed Picnic

The FS1 topic for this term has been Bears. Last week we ended the week on a high with our Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

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Pre prep singers had their final ASA session

Pre prep singers had their final ASA session

A very excited group of young singers entertained their parents this afternoon at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi.

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U14 Cricketers League Champions

U14 Cricketers League Champions

The Cranleigh Under 14 cricket team’s victory against Al Raha last week both secured the league title and completed an undefeated season. What a result! Their dedication as a team has been admirable; those 6:30am Thursday morning training sessions have clearly paid off!

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Cranleigh U9 girls are Abu Dhabi School Sport League champions!

Cranleigh U9 girls are Abu Dhabi School Sport League champions!

In more exciting sports news, our U9 A and B girls football teams did themselves proud in last week's end of season inter-schools football tournament at Amity International School. The girls played with energy and determination, showing their excellent passing and defending skills in all of their matches. Their hard work paid off when both teams progressed through to their respective finals.

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What a week for U9 rugby at Cranleigh!

What a week for U9 rugby at Cranleigh!

The ADISSA U9 Touch Rugby Tournament was one of the most exciting and electric events of the year so far. The tournament saw our A, B and C teams up against Brighton College, BSAK, The Pearl and Al Mamoura. Our boys had a hugely successful day coming away as winners in all four categories!

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Bilingual drama performance 'Cleopatra' was a big hit

Bilingual drama performance 'Cleopatra' was a big hit

We are so proud to have presented another bilingual performance in a joint venture between the Drama and Arabic Departments. 'Cleopatra' was performed in both English and Arabic. Ms Sukker wrote the script and came up with the concept.

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Sixth Form Students developed their skills at PWC Talent Academy

Sixth Form Students developed their skills at PWC Talent Academy

A group of Cranleigh sixth formers have successfully completed the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Talent Academy, a series of skills development workshops with executives from this global accounting and professional services giant.

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U12A netballers are ADISSA tournament champions!

U12A netballers are ADISSA tournament champions!

Hot on the heels of the U15 netball squad who won gold in the BSME U15 Games, our U12A netballers have emerged champions in their end of season ADISSA tournament!

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Year 10 Moral Education is focusing on financial awareness

Year 10 Moral Education is focusing on financial awareness

In Year 10 Moral Education this term, pupils have been focusing on financial awareness. They began the year by exploring the history and value of money.

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Year 7 Geography Settlement Projects were amazing!

Year 7 Geography Settlement Projects were amazing!

Geography students in Year 7 have proved themselves to be worthy urban planners last week.

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The Cranleigh U14 cricket team is having an extraordinary season

The Cranleigh U14 cricket team is having an extraordinary season

The match pictured was a win against Al Bateen who finished 46 for 6 while Cranleigh were 47 for 3. In the boys' most recent game, they extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a convincing away win over BSAK. Cranleigh batted first and posted 87 with Freddie Taylor-Cross scoring 23 and Murad Ali scoring a valuable “last man stands” knock of 37.

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Year 2 Students had fun on their Beach Trip

Year 2 Students had fun on their Beach Trip

Y2 enjoyed a trip to the beach. The children took part in a variety of activities including making sand sculptures, gathering ideas for for poetry writing and of course, paddling in the sea! Many thanks to the St Regis Hotel Residence for allowing us to use their beautiful surroundings and facilities.

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Cranleigh Engineers to be will present their own hydraulic cranes

Cranleigh Engineers to be will present their own hydraulic cranes

Our Engineers at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi are almost done constructing their cranes and have started the testing phase.

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Kindness Week 2017

Kindness Week 2017

Kindness Week here at Cranleigh has become a much anticipated annual celebration; an opportunity to really showcase the importance we place on this particular value within our Cranleigh Code. We pride ourselves on being an exceptionally empathetic and compassionate community every day of the year. However, by setting aside one week in particular, and taking advantage of it to make extra special gestures, we celebrate just how important kindness is to one and all.

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Our first ever U15 BSME Games - What a weekend of emotion, effort and true grit!

Our first ever U15 BSME Games - What a weekend of emotion, effort and true grit!

The three-day regional tournament included football, athletics, volleyball (boys) and netball (girls). Fourteen British school teams from the UAE and all over the Middle East – including Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia – descended on NYUAD on Wednesday evening to get acquainted and settled.

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Pupils are making preparations for Duke of Edinburgh International Awards

Pupils are making preparations for Duke of Edinburgh International Awards

Senior School pupils are learning all about campcraft in preparation for their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh International Award expeditions which will take place next term.

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Franz Kafka's 'The Trial' on stage

Franz Kafka's 'The Trial' on stage

This term students in the Dance, Drama and Music Departments have been using their ASA time to rehearse an extract of ‘The Trial’ by Steven Berkoff.

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

In a moving Remembrance Day ceremony today, the whole school joined together to pay tribute to members of the armed forces who have been lost in the line of duty, and reflect on the sacrifices made in the name of national and international peace.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Launches Children's Museum

Louvre Abu Dhabi Launches Children's Museum

It's a great sign when one of the first events the Louvre Abu Dhabi schedules is for educators. The session we attended today included a number of presentations which highlighted the importance the museum is placing on engaging with young minds and those who teach them.

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Top prizes for Cranleigh students at Change the World MUN 2017

Top prizes for Cranleigh students at Change the World MUN 2017

The United Nations provides a vital platform for delegates from all countries to debate key issues in an attempt to reach decisions that aim to provide a stable environment for the resolution of conflict and progress with humanitarian issues. The Change the World MUN mirrors this by engaging young people in the real life processes and setting challenging scenarios based on real life events.

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BSME U13 Netball Tournament

BSME U13 Netball Tournament

Clearly it has been a great day at the BSME netball tournament at NYUAD. Well done to all the girls competing and to our U13 team in particular.

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Year 5s use Fashion to learn French Vocabulary

Year 5s use Fashion to learn French Vocabulary

In French lessons this week, Year 5 pupils have been putting their knowledge of the clothes topic to the test with a fashion show.

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Outdoor and Adventure Activities as part of PE classes

Outdoor and Adventure Activities as part of PE classes

As part of their PE classes, pupils enjoy Outdoor and Adventure Activities. This element of the curriculum includes water-based sports such as kayaking which happen off site during the year but today, here on campus, the challenge focused on orienteering and map-reading.

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Work Hard, Play Hard in the Sixth Form

Work Hard, Play Hard in the Sixth Form

Plato said: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” We agree wholeheartedly with this ancient philosopher which is why time to relax and connect is an important part of life in the Sixth Form at Cranleigh.

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A Level Options Seminar

A Level Options Seminar

This seminar, delivered by Gabbitas Education Director Mrs. Fiona McKenzie.

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November - The month of Kindness

November - The month of Kindness

Kindness week is fast approaching and our Year 8 children have already been busy planning ahead and working behind the scenes, ready to spread some random acts of kindness around school from 12th November. We are very impressed with their dedication and the strong sense of team they have established.

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Year 9 Pupils spent an outstanding weekend at Bani Yas

Year 9 Pupils spent an outstanding weekend at Bani Yas

Year 9 pupils were privileged to spend part of their recent half term break enjoying an eco-trip on Sir Bani Yas, which is an 87 square kilometre island about four hours drive from Abu Dhabi.

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Roald Dahl Day on Year 3 Corridor!

Roald Dahl Day on Year 3 Corridor!

A huge thanks to the amazing Year 3 parents for decorating their children's corridor for Roald Dahl Day. It looks incredible. Slices is busy working on a special menu as well - it's going to be such an exciting day!

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Sadeeq and Etihad shared first place in Theatre Sports competition

Sadeeq and Etihad shared first place in Theatre Sports competition

Prep School Pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 have been getting into improvisation as part of our inter-House 'Theatre Sports' competition. Each House held initial auditions which culminated in a Theatre Sports final on Thursday 2nd November. Ms Lee, Head of Drama said: "All pupils demonstrated wonderful confidence, stage presence and comic timing. Their performances were very entertaining to watch as the pictures should illustrate."

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Year 8 Students focused on teamwork and problem solving

Year 8 Students focused on teamwork and problem solving

The Year 8’s PE lesson last week focused on problem solving and teamwork. The mini challenges helped develop leadership and communication skills and the boys stepped up to the challenge.

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Cranleigh has been shortlisted for Tes International School of the Year 2018 Awards

Cranleigh has been shortlisted for Tes International School of the Year 2018 Awards

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the International School of the Year category of the Tes Independent Schools Awards 2018. These Awards review initiatives and achievements from the last academic year, and aim to: “…applaud excellence and reward innovation”.

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Prep School Spelling Bee competition

Prep School Spelling Bee competition

Twenty four enthusiastic students participated in this year’s exciting Prep School Spelling Bee competition. One student was selected to represent each house in each of Years 3 to 8.

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Busy week on Cranleigh sports field

Busy week on Cranleigh sports field

Another wonderful week of sport on the fields of Cranleigh.

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Year 10 celebrated Day of the Dead with Spanish dishes

Year 10 celebrated Day of the Dead with Spanish dishes

Year 10 students baked the traditional Latinoamerica and the Spanish dish Empanadas de Camote, made with sweet potato, cinnamon and brown sugar to celebrate the Day of the Dead. They were deliciosa and a real treat!

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Celebrating National Flag Day

Celebrating National Flag Day

Today the school marked Flag Day with a fitting ceremonial flag raising.

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Year 6 Pupils made Tectonic Cakes

Year 6 Pupils made Tectonic Cakes

Year 6 pupils took over the Senior School Atrium today with some delicious but dangerous plate tectonic cake models! This was an extension task, part of their recent Humanities Prep, and it is safe to say it was very popular. There was an array of incredibly innovative designs including spherical global structures and dissected layers of the earth, all of which were decorated with tasty toppings.

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Our word for November is KINDNESS

Our word for November is KINDNESS

Every month, we focus on a value of the month which is explored in lessons, assemblies as well as through our Learning for Life programme. In November, our value is KINDNESS which will be taught alongside care, empathy and helpfulness.

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Year 5 Students made miniature Stone Henge replicas

Year 5 Students made miniature Stone Henge replicas

The Yr 5s made miniature replicas of Stone Henge today. They used air-drying clay and were assessed on proportion and accurate representation. The greatest part, of course, was getting their hands dirty!

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Morgan Whitfield Carney presented at Education Experts Forum

Morgan Whitfield Carney presented at Education Experts Forum

Morgan Whitfield Carney presenting on Moral Education and Constructivism in education earlier today at the Education Experts forum here in Abu Dhabi.

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Year 4 Mummification Challenge

Year 4 Mummification Challenge

'Why couldn’t the mummy come outside? Because he was all wrapped up!'

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Our Year 1 Students had fun with numbers

Our Year 1 Students had fun with numbers

Numbers Numbers Everywhere! Year 1 children have been enjoying learning all about numbers. They had so much fun learning how to recognise and write them, identify their names and find one more and less than numbers to 20 and beyond.

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Cranleigh U14 footballers are in preliminary ADISSA Representative Squad

Cranleigh U14 footballers are in preliminary ADISSA Representative Squad

Congratulations to five of Cranleigh's U14 footballers who have all made into the preliminary ADISSA Representative Squad to face an Ajman U14 team later this year.

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Cranleigh UK families visited campus

Cranleigh UK families visited campus

We were delighted to welcome two Cranleigh UK families to campus today. The Corbett and Ealham families were joined by Old Cranleighan Paul Jackson.

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Introducing our 2017/18 Leaders in Years 5 and 6

Introducing our 2017/18 Leaders in Years 5 and 6

Our Year 5 and 6 Leaders have really settled into their new roles of responsibility in the first half term. This short video is a wonderful introduction to each of them!

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Students are training for BSME Games

Students are training for BSME Games

Our U15 squad has been training hard for the forthcoming BSME Games, taking advantage of the fantastic athletic facilities at NYUAD, just down the road here on Saadiyat.

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Senior School Sports Day

Senior School Sports Day

Innovation in education at Cranleigh goes well beyond the classroom. We love to question the status quo and extend our opportunities for children beyond the traditional.

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Cranleigh is Top School in Abu Dhabi

Cranleigh is Top School in Abu Dhabi

We were honoured to receive our certificate from SchoolsCompared.Com last week recognising our position as the top school in Abu Dhabi and runner up overall in its recent ‘UAE Top Schools Award 2017’. Headmaster, Brendan Law, received the award from Ms Gillian Pearce of SchoolsCompared.Com and was then joined by Mike Wilson, and some very proud Prep School children including the Head Boy and Girl.

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Year 2 Listeners have been selected

Year 2 Listeners have been selected

At Cranleigh we believe our pupils are never too young to take on roles of responsibility and to personify the Cranleigh Code values. The Pre-Prep Listeners are Year 2 pupils selected by their classes as children who consistently bring our values to life.

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First training session for Year 8 Cranleigh Listeners

First training session for Year 8 Cranleigh Listeners

Year 8 Cranleigh Listeners took part in their first training session last week with Miss Bee and Miss Williams. They discussed and explored what makes a good listener. The role is a special one as it is an opportunity for younger pupils to have big sister/brother-like figures in the Prep School.

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Drama teacher brought The Tell-Tale Heart alive for students

Drama teacher brought The Tell-Tale Heart alive for students

In English, Year 7 pupils have been reading Edgar Allen Poe's, 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.

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Year 5 to 8 Bake-Off

Year 5 to 8 Bake-Off

From tempering to tempting, drizzling to decadent, there was no limit to skill and technique displayed in the Year 5 to 8 Bake-Off! Judges were left amazed at the irresistible and mouth-watering displays of the treats.

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Year 7 Students Model Cells

Year 7 Students Model Cells

Year 7s have been learning about the components in plant and animal cells. As part of their prep, they were asked to make a model of either of these cells.

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'Great Humpty Egg Drop' for  FS1 students

'Great Humpty Egg Drop' for FS1 students

Much fun and excitement was had in FS1 today during our 'Great Humpty Egg Drop'. In preparation for this annual experiment, the FS1 children have been working hard all week at home with their parents to protect their eggs. They had a wonderful morning showcasing their work to their fellow class mates and explaining why they thought their egg would not break.

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Cast announced for Prep School production

Cast announced for Prep School production

The Prep School production next term will be 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.

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Cranleigh Museum

Cranleigh Museum

Today our Year 5s found (made) prehistoric artefacts which they had prepared for their new Cranleigh Museum. Mrs Law performed an official opening ceremony by cutting the ribbon.

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Cranleigh GCSE students top in the UAE

Cranleigh GCSE students top in the UAE

Huge congratulations to Xinyi in Year 12 for her achievement as the top scoring IGCSE Geography student in the UAE!

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A Level Chemists get to Grips with Polar Bonds

A Level Chemists get to Grips with Polar Bonds

A Level chemistry students have been looking at polar bonds and polar molecules.

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Pre-Prep Mini Bake-Off

Pre-Prep Mini Bake-Off

Our youngest children loved talking about the different Houses they belong to at school and wearing their house colours to participate in the 'Mini Bake-Off'. FS1 and FS2 decorated cookies in their house colours. Year 1 and 2 designed their cookie decoration on 10th October and the 16 finalists brought their designs to life using ingredients from home.

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Historical Inquiry in Humanities

Historical Inquiry in Humanities

Year 4 children have been carrying out Historical Inquiry in Humanities.

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Cross country running

Cross country running

Our pupils and teachers can enjoy the great weather every Monday after school at Saadiyat Beach, while doing this fantastic outdoor activity.

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Cranleigh Head Boy & Head Girl 2017/18

Cranleigh Head Boy & Head Girl 2017/18

Head Boy and Head Girl has been announced.

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Universities Uncovered

Universities Uncovered

Seminar on applying to universities in the US and UK. Book a place at: bit.ly/2hxZ34h This event is aimed at pupils in Year 9 and above, and their families. It will be led by Fiona McKenzie of Gabbitas Education and Peter Davos of Hale Education who will answer questions on: • How to choose a university • What makes a successful candidate • How to choose between the UK and the US • UK and US admissions process

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Rocket Testing in Year 9

Rocket Testing in Year 9

This term Year 9 pupils have been using their newfound understanding of Newton’s laws to carry out a rocket investigation.

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U14 Cricketers win first match of the Season

U14 Cricketers win first match of the Season

As Ritchie Benaud would say ‘it was a scorcher down at The Gabba’ when Cranleigh’s U14 cricketers took on GEMS CIS in their first competitive fixture of the season. We knew this would be no easy fixture. GEMS CIS – an extremely talented and experienced side on paper – were put into bat first and our Captain, Cooper, knew that he and the team would have to go above and beyond out on the field.

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World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day

Look what our wonderful parents created for the teachers here this morning!

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New Leadership Roles for Year 5 and 6

New Leadership Roles for Year 5 and 6

Interviews started this week for Year 5 and 6 Leaders as well as for Year 6 Librarians. These roles will prepare the children well for other leadership roles that will be available later on in their Prep School career.

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Microscope Skills

Microscope Skills

Year 7 science students have been using microscopes to observe their own cheek cells this week.

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Harkness in A Level Maths

Harkness in A Level Maths

Last week our Sixth Form mathematicians were getting creative, using their desk space to brainstorm and work out complex calculations. This week it's the windows!

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The Three Cs of the Cranleigh Code

The Three Cs of the Cranleigh Code

Our Year 6s performed an assembly on the THREE Cs of the Cranleigh Code today. The children learned how to use a microphone, how to engage with an audience and, most importantly, how to have fun on stage.

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U15 BSME Squad

U15 BSME Squad

The squad selected to compete in the U15 British Schools in the Middle East – BSME Games has commenced its training programme.

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Coaching from Dame Kelly Holmes for our 'Future Champions'

Coaching from Dame Kelly Holmes for our 'Future Champions'

The six Cranleigh pupils who are privileged to be taking part in the Daman Future Champions 2017/ 18 programme attended their second weekend clinic today at NYUAD, hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes.

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A Career in the Creative Industry?

A Career in the Creative Industry?

A group of Cranleigh Sixth Formers travelled to Abu Dhabi’s 'creative lab' in the City's media free zone this week to explore the facilities it has to offer teenagers in Abu Dhabi. 'creative lab' positions itself as: “the home for people interested in the creative industries…film, TV, publishing, music, gaming, animation or illustration,” and is a lively community hub for anyone hoping to expand their creative opportunities or explore career paths in this exciting field.

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Tackling Complex Numbers

Tackling Complex Numbers

John Forbes Nash Jr. famously solved Maths problems on the windows of his classroom. Here at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, our Further Mathematicians in the Sixth Form are using the tables as their work space.

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Moral Education: Learning for Life

Moral Education: Learning for Life

Prep School pupils have started this term swimmingly, diving into their Moral Education: Learning for Life lessons every Thursday. From tolerance in Year 3 to equality in Year 4, pupils don’t just learn about these values but ensure they are putting them into practice into their school routines and daily communication with one another.

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Mike Wilson to move to Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Mike Wilson to move to Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

The Board is delighted to announce that Mike Wilson, currently Headmaster of Cranleigh Prep School in the UK, will be taking over from Cranleigh Abu Dhabi's founding Headmaster, Brendan Law, who has announced he will be moving on in April next year. Mike knows the Abu Dhabi school extremely well having played a pivotal role in its foundation and development. His move provides a strategic and strong succession plan.

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Congratulations FS1!

Congratulations FS1!

Well done to our youngest pupils in FS1 who today completed their very first week at school.

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BSME Sports Trials

BSME Sports Trials

We have been impressed with the energy on campus this week as the Sports Department kick-started its year with a series of squad and team trials.

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Pupils Audition for Franz Kafka's 'The Trial'

Pupils Audition for Franz Kafka's 'The Trial'

The Drama Department has an exciting performance calendar planned for this year and auditions have started.

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Cranleigh Runner Up in UAE Top Schools Awards

Cranleigh Runner Up in UAE Top Schools Awards

We are absolutely thrilled to have been named runner up in SchoolsCompared's 2107 UAE Top Schools Awards which placed us second of all the schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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School's Back!

School's Back!

What a buzz there was on campus today as the new school year started as it means to go on – with focus and lots of fun!

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Sixth Form Opens

Sixth Form Opens

The Sixth Form at Cranleigh is proud to unveil its 2017 cohort. Students arrived with enthusiasm and positivity on their first day, eager to get started on this next, important educational chapter.

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End of Year Three

End of Year Three

Today marks end of the third year for Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. The second issue of The Cranleighan Abu Dhabi is out and showcases many of the wonderful activities and achievements of this special community.

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Cranleigh Recognised for contribution to Moral Education Programme

Cranleigh Recognised for contribution to Moral Education Programme

We are honoured to have received an award and been identified as one of the leading schools within the pilot group of 19 who have worked on the new Moral Education Programme, as initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

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Silent Movies

Silent Movies

We are great believers in the power of innovative, student-led learning that is FUN! This term, Year 7 pupils explored the art and history of Silent Movies.

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Basket of Giving

Basket of Giving

What a tremendous response we had to the Basket of Giving initiative organised by the Islamic Studies and Arabic Departments as part of our Ramadan focus. The objective was to engage students with the values of charity, mercy, love and benevolence for those in need by asking them to donate gifts for our wonderful security, facilities and catering support staff.

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Best Schools for Performing Arts in the UAE

Best Schools for Performing Arts in the UAE

SchoolsCompared has published its review of Best Schools for Performing Arts which says: 'We believe that Cranleigh Abu Dhabi has opened a door through which other schools and students will seek to follow and created an opportunity for the Performing Arts within the Education sector to achieve the recognition and value they merit.'

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Dragons' Den...Cranleigh Style

Dragons' Den...Cranleigh Style

Year 9s spent this week working on an entrepreneurship project based on the TV show Dragons' Den. They worked in groups to develop and market bath soups. Each group was given a target audience, for example cat lovers, teens, old people, sports enthusiasts etc.

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Personal Finance Focus for Year 8

Personal Finance Focus for Year 8

As part of their post Common Entrance programme, Year 8 spend a week's worth of Maths lessons studying a module on Personal Finance, led by Mr Kenworthy. Head of the Prep School and one of our Maths team. Personal finance is one aspect that is omitted from curricula around the world and yet it is so very vital.

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A Musical Year

A Musical Year

As we approach the end of the academic year, the Music Department has been reflecting on just how much our talented music pupils have achieved.

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Scholars' Showcase Impresses the Judges

Scholars' Showcase Impresses the Judges

Exams are over and Ramadan has begun, however, our intrepid pupils are still hard at work. Last week saw the Year 7 – 10 Scholars’ Showcase, an annual event which allows pupils to display research projects many have been working on all year. This was the largest showcase yet and it was wonderful to see so many pupils taking part for the first time.

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Scholars’ Showcase 2017

Scholars’ Showcase 2017

All year the Enrichment pupils have been pursuing a long term independent Project for the Scholars Showcase. These projects will then be presented to the Cranleigh Community on June 7th 2017.

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Scholars’ Showcase 2017

Scholars’ Showcase 2017

All year the Enrichment pupils have been pursuing a long term independent Project for the Scholars Showcase. These projects will then be presented to the Cranleigh Community on June 7th 2017, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

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Head of Sixth Form Announced

Head of Sixth Form Announced

Morgan Whitfield Carney will lead our new Sixth Form with a mandate to shape it into one of the region’s most bespoke programmes, working with each student to develop a personalised plan that realises their full potential in the classroom, and beyond. “Young adults are unique,” she says. “Their aims and aspirations are specific to them alone. Our Sixth Form will be highly tailored, benefitting from global reach through our strong relationship with Cranleigh UK and the Old Cranleighan network."

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Ballet & Dance Fusion Clubs Perform for Parents

Ballet & Dance Fusion Clubs Perform for Parents

FS1 to Year 4 parents thoroughly enjoyed two very professional and engaging performances last Thursday by the children who have attended the Ballet and Dance Fusion after school clubs this year.

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The Apprentice...Cranleigh Style

The Apprentice...Cranleigh Style

Today Years 3 to 6 in the Prep School took part in an unusual House competition introduced Head of the Prep School, AKA Mr "Lord Sugar" Kenworthy.

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Year 5 and 6  learn about Ramadan

Year 5 and 6 learn about Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner and is a time to reflect. The Arabic and Islamic Departments used all their creativity and dramatic prowess today to help Year 5 and 6 children understand what Ramadan means and why it is such a special time.

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Island Adventure Day in Year 2

Island Adventure Day in Year 2

Year 2 really enjoyed our ‘Island Adventure Day’. The children were busy all day completing lots of challenges based on our topic ‘Marooned’. We used our capacity skills to mix up pirate punch, we went to the Senior School Science labs to investigate which fruits contained the most vitamin C to prevent scurvy, and we completed a treasure hunt that took us on a journey around the school.

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Medals for our Sailors

Medals for our Sailors

The Cranleigh Abu Dhabi sailing team undertook the final regatta of the Inter-Schools Sailing Series today.

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Senior House Debating Competition

Senior House Debating Competition

Our Year 9 and 10 debaters did not disappoint in the tense final of the Senior School House Debating Competition today.

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Pupils to work with Dame Kelly Holmes and Thinius Delport

Pupils to work with Dame Kelly Holmes and Thinius Delport

Six Cranleigh pupils are to work with two extraordinary sporting ambassadors - double Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes and former South African international rugby star, Thinus Delport - as part of the Daman Future Champions 2017/ 18 programme.

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Model UN, Qatar

Model UN, Qatar

Did you know that the richest eight people in the world have the same amount of money as the poorest 3.7 billion? This gravely consequential fact stood out for our delegates at the opening ceremony of the Middle Schools Model United Nations in Doha. The theme for the weekend was ‘Combating Inequality’ and the keynote speaker began by emphasising the breadth of this global concern, both within and between different nations.

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U9 and U11 Girls win ADISSA Basketball Tournament

U9 and U11 Girls win ADISSA Basketball Tournament

We are very proud of our U9 and U11 Girls Basketball teams who took home the trophies in this week's Abu Dhabi International Schools Sports Association (ADISSA) tournaments.

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Scholarship Programme Launched

Scholarship Programme Launched

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi has announced a new scholarship programme designed to broaden access to its holistic and enriching educational model, as well as to attract and support talented students who show passion for and potential in their chosen field. As well as Academic awards, scholarships will be offered in: Sports, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. The programme is open to pupils entering Year 7 and above in September 2017.

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Performing Arts Team wins EJME Award

Performing Arts Team wins EJME Award

We were honoured to take home the award for Arts Team of the Year at the inaugural Education Journal Middle East Awards in Dubai tonight. The award was for the incredible Beautiful World opera, our ground breaking educational project that used the power of performance and visual arts to inspire and develop children and celebrate UAE culture.

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Arabic Week

Arabic Week

Arabic Week at Cranleigh supports the Abu Dhabi’s government vision of enhancing the role of the Arabic language and national identity.

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Moral Education Session at Bett Middle East

Moral Education Session at Bett Middle East

Headmaster, Brendan Law, was invited to participate in ADEC’s Moral Education forum at the education conference, Bett Middle East in Abu Dhabi today.

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Year 7 and 8 Pupils debate the Refugee Crisis

Year 7 and 8 Pupils debate the Refugee Crisis

Year 7 and 8 pupils displayed a mature and thoughtful approach to their House debating topics this week, which were linked to the refugee crisis.

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Sustainability the Focus of Science Week

Sustainability the Focus of Science Week

The focus of Science week this year was sustainability. The world’s resources are depleting and we need to take responsibility for our consumption of non-renewable resources.

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Dracula Spectacula Takes Shape

Dracula Spectacula Takes Shape

The staff and pupils involved in this year’s school musical – Dracula Spectacula – are getting very excited as the show date approaches. Rehearsals are going well, costumes and set design are on schedule and seats are starting to book up!

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IGCSE Art

IGCSE Art

Our Year 11 GCSE Art students have just completed a ten hour controlled test for their externally set assignment.

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Debating Animal Rights

Debating Animal Rights

The first of our Prep School House Debating competitions took place today starting with Years 5 and 6 who set a high benchmark for the rest of the Prep School. The theme for their debates was Animal Rights, with Zaeem and Etihad taking on the motion that zoos should be banned and Al Sharaf and Sadeeq following with a motion on whether testing animals for the benefit of human health is acceptable.

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Cranleigh Open Minds Talk: Carrots, Spiders & Red Salt

Cranleigh Open Minds Talk: Carrots, Spiders & Red Salt

Professor Anthony Watts from the Biochemistry Department at Oxford University will present 'Carrots, Spiders & Red Salt' - a talk inspired by the fascination with light capture in biology. The event will be held in association with the Oxford & Cambridge Society, UAE. Sign up at: bit.ly/COMPAW

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Cranleigh's Got Talent!

Cranleigh's Got Talent!

It's the last day of term and time for...Cranleigh's Got Talent!

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History Bee Champions

History Bee Champions

1. At what battle did the US sink 4 Japanese aircraft carriers in 1942? 2. Which Scandinavian country’s flag, known as the dannebrog, is the oldest national flag? 3.Whose nicknames included ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘The Milk Snatcher’?

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Open Day 2017 - Prep and Senior Schools

Open Day 2017 - Prep and Senior Schools

Please join us for our Open Day 2017, when we will showcase our Prep and Senior Schools. The afternoon will start with registration at 15:00 in the Senior School Atrium. Following a short presentation, Senior School pupils will then show visitors around the campus in small groups after which there will be time for an informal Q&A.

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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

Another step towards Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award for our Year 11 students who completed their expedition walk over the weekend.

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Invaded by Romans!

Invaded by Romans!

Year 3 pupils had a wonderful time celebrating Roman Day today!

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Year 5 and 6 Scholars' Showcase

Year 5 and 6 Scholars' Showcase

Cranleigh Enrichment Pupils exhibited their year-long investigative research projects in the Year 5 and 6 Scholars’ Showcase this evening. This programme highlights the academic best of Cranleigh, allowing gifted pupils to demonstrate their ingenuity and giving them an opportunity to explore a topic that fascinates them.

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Headmaster delivers keynote on UAE's new Moral Education curriculum

Headmaster delivers keynote on UAE's new Moral Education curriculum

Headmaster, Brendan Law, presented at The Principals Symposium in Dubai today. The main focus of the event was the Government’s new Moral Education Programme for which Cranleigh is a pilot school.

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Pupils travel to Muscat to attend International Drama Festival

Pupils travel to Muscat to attend International Drama Festival

Year 7 drama students travelled to Muscat in Oman over the weekend to take part in an International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Festival. ISTA runs workshop festivals all over the world for drama enthusiasts and is well know for its highly interactive and participative approach.

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Fun, Games and Lots of Medals at World Scholars Cup Dubai

Fun, Games and Lots of Medals at World Scholars Cup Dubai

Debating, alpacas, moonshots, alpacas, conspiracy theories, Kasack dancing, alpacas, time travel, Ed Sheeran, mythologies, more alpacas and lots and lots of medals…it can be tricky to explain World Scholars Cup to someone who has never witnessed it! A far cry from conventional academic competitions, World Scholars Cup is as much about having fun as it is about learning and there are times when it feels more akin to being at a pop concert or in Hamleys Toy Store.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Guiding in the UAE

Celebrating 50 Years of Guiding in the UAE

BGIFC (British Guiding in Foreign Countries) is celebrating 50 years of Guiding in the UAE this year and to mark the event, Cranleigh Brownies and Rainbows joined 200 fellow Guiders for a weekend in the desert.

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Shakespeare Shorts

Shakespeare Shorts

"To be or not to be, that is the question." Hamlet - Act III, Scene 1.

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New House Champions on Sports Day

New House Champions on Sports Day

The atmosphere was charged on Sports Day this year as two time House champions, Zaeem (red) fought hard to retain the trophy.

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Victorian Day for Cranleigh's Year 4 Children

Victorian Day for Cranleigh's Year 4 Children

Year 4 children really got into character as they travelled back in time to experience life as a Victorian child.

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Year 8 Adventure Tip

Year 8 Adventure Tip

As part of our trips and team building programme, Year 8 boys and girls travelled to Umm Al Quwain this week for two days of adventure challenges.

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FS1 meets Posh Paws

FS1 meets Posh Paws

Our youngest learners from FS1 rounded off their animal topic today with a visit from ‘Posh Paws’, the Dubai-based animal sanctuary. Each class got the chance to see and learn about different animals as well as touch, hold and feed them.

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Cranleigh skiers hit the pistes

Cranleigh skiers hit the pistes

Trip season has started at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and a group of Senior School students have travelled to the French Alps and are having the time of their lives!

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Headmaster named one of the UAEs 'Educational Influencers' 2017

Headmaster named one of the UAEs 'Educational Influencers' 2017

Cranleigh Headmaster, Brendan Law, features as one of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com's UAE 'Educational Influencers' 2017. WhichSchoolAdvisor is a leading educational advisory organisation which, through this initiative, aims to recognise those individuals who are shaping and changing the UAE's educational landscape for the better.

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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is New British International School of the Year 2017

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is New British International School of the Year 2017

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi has been named New British International School of the Year 2017. The Awards ceremony was held in London, UK and was organised by BIS magazine. The Awards, held this year for the first time, are designed to celebrate innovation in strategic, financial and educational projects and aim to recognise excellence in British schools overseas. With 11 award categories, each one called for outstanding examples of best practice and innovation during the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Cranleigh hosts two very special Olympic athletes

Cranleigh hosts two very special Olympic athletes

We were delighted to be able to welcome Special Olympic athletes, Michelle Kwan and Matthew Williams to Cranleigh yesterday. Abu Dhabi has been selected to host the Special Olympics in 2019 and Michelle and Matthew were able to tell us a little more about it. They told us of their background, about competing at the Games, about their feelings and emotions as well as valuable tales of failure and perseverance. Cranleigh pupils asked lots of questions which the athletes answered with real passion.

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Cranleigh Pupils Manage Scoreboards at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Cranleigh Pupils Manage Scoreboards at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

In an exclusive partnership organised through the PGA European Tour, Cranleigh pupils from Year 8, 9 and 10 have been responsible for the management of all the scoreboards at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2017.

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Cranleigh hosts inaugural 'Mini Olympics'

Cranleigh hosts inaugural 'Mini Olympics'

The first ever Abu Dhabi schools ‘Mini Olympics’ for Years 5 and 6 took place here at Cranleigh on 13th January 2017. It was a terrific day of sport that saw the children compete in athletics, swimming, football (boys) and netball (girls).

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IGCSE Art

IGCSE Art

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi's IGCSE Art students are on target for some excellent results in their exams later this year.

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End of Term Celebrations

End of Term Celebrations

With exams over and the end of the first term in sight, Cranleighans in Abu Dhabi are enjoying the last few days of term and the school is buzzing with drama productions, trips, musical concerts and inter-House competitions.

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Cranleigh Pupils in the final of Genes in Space Contest

Cranleigh Pupils in the final of Genes in Space Contest

Genes in Space is a contest which invites creative minds to develop experiments that address real-life space exploration challenges. This year is its first year of operation in the UAE and it called for students to: ‘Become part of the first generation of space DNA scientists and compete for a chance to send your experiment to space.’

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Beautiful World Opera

Beautiful World Opera

With Sheikh Zayed’s poem and Narjes Noureddine’s calligraphy as a starting point, we worked with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s students over five days in November to interpret what Sheikh Zayed’s moving poem – Beautiful World - means to them.

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"Beautiful World" exhibition held at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

"Beautiful World" exhibition held at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Emirati-born calligraphy artist, Narjes Noureddine, will showcase a new exhibition fusing contemporary and traditional calligraphy art in Cranleigh’s Senior School Atrium from November 9th to 24th.

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British International School Awards 2017

British International School Awards 2017

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi celebrates being shortlisted for two categories in the BIS awards!

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East Meets West in Innovative School Opera & Arts Project

East Meets West in Innovative School Opera & Arts Project

In a celebration of Eastern and Western cultures and presented in association with Abu Dhabi Art, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is embarking on an ambitious two-part performing and arts project inspired by a poem written by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God have mercy upon him) called Beautiful World.

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Straight A* grades in Cranleigh’s first IGCSE results

Straight A* grades in Cranleigh’s first IGCSE results

Ten of our Year 10 students sat an IGCSE exam in the summer and every one of them (100%) achieved the top grade, A*, in their respective subjects.

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Innovative Sixth Form Model

Innovative Sixth Form Model

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi to Adopt Innovative Sixth Form Model New approach will help students hone analytical research and thinking skills, ensuring the A Level years effectively prepare them for their university and professional careers Abu Dhabi, 28th June 2016: True to its vision of keeping young people’s development at the heart of its pedagogy, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi will be evolving and deepening the focus it already places on learner-centric teaching when it opens its new Sixth Form Centre.

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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi holds first Scholars' Showcase

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi holds first Scholars' Showcase

Cranleigh Enrichment Pupils will exhibit the results of a year-long investigative research project at the school’s first Scholars’ Showcase on June 15th 2016. The event will highlight the academic best of Cranleigh, allowing gifted pupils to demonstrate how they have used their ingenuity to explore a topic that fascinates them.

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