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

Scholars' Showcase

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

Scholars' Showcase

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.

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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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