Inspiring young Authors!

Inspiring young Authors!

The Yr 5s have spent a considerable amount of time writing, editing, designing and making the most remarkable books for the Yr 3s. They interviewed them at the beginning of March and produced novels based on their new-found buddy. Needless to say, the Yr 3s were ELATED at being the star character in a book!

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UK Junior Mathematical Challenge ahead!

UK Junior Mathematical Challenge ahead!

Pupils from years 5-8 are busy practicing and preparing for the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge which takes place this Thursday. The aim of the competition is to stimulate mathematical problem solving and every year over 300,000 students take part.

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The 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations are in!

The 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominations are in!

Today saw the Launch party for the “Shadowing Carnegie” Reading Scheme. The UK based Cilip Carnegie award goes to the best children’s and young adult literature each year, and Cranleigh Abu Dhabi invites pupils from year 8 and above to join in the fun!

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare, to celebrate we are sharing some photos from last term's ASA production of Romeo and Juliet. The recital hall was the perfect venue, stage design and lighting created a very intimate set and the pupils interpretation and performance were wonderful. Thank you Ms Lord and Mrs Allen, your love for Shakespeare really shines through.

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'Music and dancing at playtime'

'Music and dancing at playtime'

Music makes everything better, even playtime. Pre-Prep Voice have enjoyed sorting through the many suggestions that have been placed in their suggestion boxes over the past few weeks. They were excited to find a common thread with the suggestion of 'music and dancing at playtime' in all three boxes!

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day. The message to our pupils is very clear ‘you hold the world’s future in your hands’. Through increasing awareness of environmental damage, cutting down our reliance on plastics and encouraging everyone to reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and remove, we hope to play our part in saving the planet’s natural resources.

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Arabic week

Arabic week

Our wonderful Arabic Department have been working very hard in preparation for Arabic Week. Everyone is included and the activities pupils will be participating in include; an Arabic calligraphy workshop, basket making, a trip to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and many more.

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BSME Swimming Championship Dubai

BSME Swimming Championship Dubai

On Saturday, seven of our pupils competed in the BSME Swimming Championship in Dubai. They conducted themselves in true Cranleigh spirit - enthusiastic, motivated and supportive of each other as well as fellow competitors.

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Two-day mask workshop with Russel Dean

Two-day mask workshop with Russel Dean

This weekend will see Russell Dean from Strangeface working with 30 Cranleighans from Years 7 to 11 in a two-day mask workshop. His Open Minds talk last week received rave reviews from our pupils, teachers and parents and we have high expectations for these workshops. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates and pictures!

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'Via Katlehong Dance'

'Via Katlehong Dance'

A number of Prep and Senior School dancers had a once in a life time opportunity to participate in a dance workshop at the Louvre Abu Dhabi this week. Working with a professional performer from the South African dance company “Via Katlehong Dance”, they explored key moves from the company’s very original style which “…combines pantsula dancing, a sort of non-acrobatic but demanding hip-hop, tap dancing, stepping and gumboot dancing.”

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Thursday Fitness

Thursday Fitness

Thursday Fitness - 45 students are taking part in a fitness programme in conjunction with Haddins Gym every Thursday morning before school with a view to increasing their core strength and fitness levels.

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Meeting a real-life author, Julia Johnson

Meeting a real-life author, Julia Johnson

Today, Year 3 and 4 had an exciting time meeting a real-life author; Julia Johnson is renowned throughout the UAE for writing captivating stories about life in the Gulf that engage children’s curiosity as well as teaching them about the rich heritage of this unique part of the world.

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Cranleigh Open Minds

Cranleigh Open Minds

Join us for a talk that explores the role that our ancient survival mechanisms play in giving masks life. Drawing on recent discoveries in the rapidly advancing field of neuroscience, Russell Dean examines what this might tell us about our perceptions of the wider world beyond theatrical performance. What do we really understand by the phrase ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ and just how autonomous are we in making decisions?

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Exciting finale of the Y9 Design and Technology Project – Formula 1 in Schools!

Exciting finale of the Y9 Design and Technology Project – Formula 1 in Schools!

Formula 1 In Schools are working in partnership with schools all around the world to change the perception of STEM subjects. Our students were tasked with the challenge of creating their own race team, complete with team name, logo and race-wear.

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Lunchtime informal concerts are to come

Lunchtime informal concerts are to come

Over the next few weeks, there will be a series of lunchtime recitals featuring pupils from the Prep and Senior School in the recital hall. Today pupils from the brass section who are busy preparing for their music exams performed one of their grade pieces to parents and peers.

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Inter-house competition and swimming gala - Y5-8 pupils had an exciting day!

Inter-house competition and swimming gala - Y5-8 pupils had an exciting day!

Today, Year 5-8 participated in the latest inter-house competition with the boys competing in a swimming gala and the girls enjoyed rounders on the field. As ever it was played in great spirit with lots of smiles and determination. Next week the girls will be in the pool and the boys on the field.

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History Bee and Bowl Championship

History Bee and Bowl Championship

Cranleigh hosted the International History Bee and Bowl Championships today. The date did not prove unlucky for our two teams of intrepid historians as we more than held our own against stiff opposition from Brighton College, BISAD, Raha International, Belvedere College and Jumeirah English Speaking School from Dubai.

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Y3 Pupils fist official visit to science lab

Y3 Pupils fist official visit to science lab

This term the topic in Year 3 is the rainforest and as an introduction the pupils enjoyed their first official visit to the science labs where they had the opportunity to study different plant cells under a microscope. The lesson started with a talk on the importance of safety in the science labs and they then studied different plant cells and sketched and made notes on what they observed. It is very exciting to think that there may be future scientists amongst them.

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Throwback Thursday - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Throwback Thursday - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Throwback Thursday: After months of hard work in rehearsals and adrenaline in performances, here is a reminder of how much fun was had by pupils, teachers, parents and friends during the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ production last term. The drama team and all our young performers look forward to entertaining the Cranleigh community again soon!

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Duke of Edinburgh Presentation

Duke of Edinburgh Presentation

Fifteen pupils completed the Adventurous Journey section of the International Award yesterday by presenting their aims, experiences and the skills learnt from their weekend in Fujairah to the award assessors, Cranleigh international award team, parents and peers. The expedition training included a two day practice and was followed by a two day qualifying expedition to reach this stage.

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Puppet Show for FS2 Pupils

Puppet Show for FS2 Pupils

FS2 had a wonderful introduction to puppetry this week as they watched and joined in with Jack and the Beanstalk, the first story in their ‘Once upon a time…’ topic.

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Y2 'Ballooning Around the World' performance was amazing!

Y2 'Ballooning Around the World' performance was amazing!

Our first week back featured an outstanding performance from Year 2 in the auditorium. Parents were thrilled with 'Ballooning Around the World', which combined singing, dancing and acting and was performed with professionalism and confidence beyond the children’s young age.

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MFL Olympics

MFL Olympics

Towards the end of last term, pupils from across the Prep School represented their houses in the annual MFL Olympics and got to try some weird and wonderful games from around the world including snatch the potato (Ireland) and sepak takraw (South East Asia).

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ETIHAD won House Trophy!

ETIHAD won House Trophy!

After 10 terms without victory, ETIHAD have finally won the House trophy! House Captains, Imen and Lorenzo, hold the Dhow with pride and hope for more success in the future. #union #perserverence #housespirit

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ISTA Festival, Bahrain

ISTA Festival, Bahrain

A group of 20 Cranleigh thespians from Year 8 and 9 journeyed to Bahrain in March to attend this year's ISTA Festival. ISTA is the International School Theatre Association, which hosts Drama festivals around the world. This year is the organisation's 40th year and Cranleigh’s second year of being involved.

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Sixth Form Centre celebration

Sixth Form Centre celebration

Our Year 12 students were delighted to celebrate their new Sixth Form Centre today. The state-of-the-art Centre features ten classrooms, two tele-conference rooms, a large study space, Sixth Form lounge, patio and breakout areas as well as a spacious Art Studio and Design & Technology suite.

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World Scholars Cup Dubai

World Scholars Cup Dubai

27 of our most dedicated and enthusiastic Cranleighans from Years 7 to 11 took part in the Dubai regional round of the World Scholars Cup. Whether it was the thirst for learning about this year’s theme ‘An Entangled World’, the quest for glory in the shape of medals and trophies or the understandable yearning to own their own cuddly alpaca, the students did themselves and the school proud.

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Starting Term 3 full of energy

Starting Term 3 full of energy

The pupils have come back looking refreshed and full of energy as we start term three. ASAs start today and we hope they have as much fun as last term. With a wide choice of activities for pupils throughout the school available, there is something for everyone from coding to cooking and gymnastics to green power racing.

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Our new Headmaster is featured in Absolutely Education and Gulf News!

Our new Headmaster is featured in Absolutely Education and Gulf News!

Our new Headmaster, Mike Wilson, is featured in the current issue of Absolutely Education Emirates magazine, ahead of his official arrival in Abu Dhabi later this year. Read the article for some insights into why he is so looking forward to getting here!

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Cranleigh Engineers To Be had a marvelous term

Cranleigh Engineers To Be had a marvelous term

It was a awesome term in Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. We had a blast with all our students. Cant wait for the new term

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Year 8 Boys had street dance lessons

Year 8 Boys had street dance lessons

Dance lessons for our Year 8 boys (including Mr Kenworthy!) for the second half of last term focused on street dance and not just on the physical and expressive skills a dancer requires, but also on the mental and technical aspects. Miss Williams has been impressed with the theoretical understanding which clearly underpinned the success of their practical work. Well done boys!

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What a fantastic Pirates celebration FS2 pupils had this week!

What a fantastic Pirates celebration FS2 pupils had this week!

The day started with a visit from Pirate Pete, who had prepared a video for the children to watch at the start of the topic. To have him visit in person was so exciting and provided an opportunity to find out why pirates never brushed their teeth and why they ate maggoty biscuits. They also discovered that whilst he was a ‘real’ pirate and didn’t want to share his treasure with any of the children, he was actually quite friendly and was pushed to steal only because he needed to feed his family.

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Farewell Mr and Mrs Law!

Farewell Mr and Mrs Law!

A very emotional day as we said goodbye to Brendan and Linda who enjoyed a wonderful send off. Their parting gift to the school was an olive tree. Every time we see it, it will remind us of everything they have done for Cranleigh and we wish them every happiness and success in the future.

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Cranleigh Got Talent 2018

Cranleigh Got Talent 2018

There was an array of talent on display on the last day of term as the Prep School enjoyed Cranleigh's Got Talent which showcased Dance, Drama and Music and the Senior School enjoyed the Battle of the Bands.

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'Good Morning Stars!'

'Good Morning Stars!'

Term 2 in the Prep School had a strong focus on character development, with the children learning about the virtues and values they need to flourish in school and life. It was logical therefore that the pupils selected to attend our Breakfast with the Stars in this last week of the term were those who have been amazing role models, actively demonstrating the virtues and the strengths that we work to instil and embed in all our young Cranleighans. Well done to all!

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Daman Future Champions Programme focuses on developing sporting talent

Daman Future Champions Programme focuses on developing sporting talent

‘This programme has inspired me to chase my goals, even when times are tough, I should never give up on my dreams because there is still a way to get to the top’ Harriet, Year 8

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Fun, games, activities with a purpose

Fun, games, activities with a purpose

A business buzz spread across Cranleigh yesterday afternoon when Year 9 and 10 pupils under the mentorship of their Sixth Form leaders hosted an Enterprise Fair for Year 5 to 8 pupils.

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

There are 6 students away on Qualifying Expedition for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award at present. They started on Friday and have, this morning started their final day of assessed expedition.

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Our Value of the Month for March is Resilience

Our Value of the Month for March is Resilience

Resilience is our Value of the Month and our U9C Football (Boys) team showed it throughout the term. Up until the final game of the season they had not won a match or even scored a goal and then in the final game of the season they scored their first goal which lead to their first victory. We are as proud of them as we are of our winning teams.

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FS1 Food Festival

FS1 Food Festival

The FS1 shared area was abuzz with excited children and aromatic smells during their spectacular food festival this morning as part of the penultimate week of their ‘Food’ topic.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

The Silver qualifying expedition starts tomorrow, Friday. Good luck to all the students taking part!

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Opening of Y6 Grand SOUK

Opening of Y6 Grand SOUK

Tonight the Y6 parents enjoyed the opening of the Grand SOUK which exhibited ancient artifacts based on the Y6 pupils study of Early Islam (900-1100AD). It showcased the their hard work this term and included perfume making, individual hand-made books on noteworthy scholars, Wilfred Thesiger inspired art, as well as drama & dance.

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Sixth Formers hosted an IGCSE lesson for Y9 Pupils

Sixth Formers hosted an IGCSE lesson for Y9 Pupils

Some of our Sixth Form Economics students hosted a pop up iGCSE Economics lesson on Tuesday. The purpose of this lesson was to introduce Year 9 students to the broad concepts contained within the course to help them make a more informed iGCSE options choice. Twenty Year 9 students attended the session and were very engaged in the class activities.

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Cranleigh team is STEM Challenge winner!

Cranleigh team is STEM Challenge winner!

Our STEM Challenge team, made up of pupils from the Prep and Senior School created a thought provoking project to tackle the problem of water wastage.

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Charitable enterprise fair on 19th March! Save the date!

Charitable enterprise fair on 19th March! Save the date!

Next Monday 19th of March, pupils in Year 9 and 10 will host a charitable enterprise fair for pupils in Years 5 to 8. Representing their Houses, pupils will use their business acumen selling their goods and services in an effort to raise money for the Choice to Change Foundation – lifting children out of poverty through education. http://thechoicetochange.org/about-us-4/

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Y6 Students made Walter Thesiger charcoal replicas

Y6 Students made Walter Thesiger charcoal replicas

Our Year 6 pupils have been studying Ancient Islam and the Golden Era of Baghdad. Part of this study included researching the Crossings of the Empty Quarter. Walter Thesiger, a world famous explorer and accomplished photographer was one of these pioneers. The Year 6s used chalk and charcoal to replicate some of his black and white photos. Year 6 parents will be able to see some of them at the Grand Souk tomorrow.

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Eventful day in the U12 Girls Football Tournament!

Eventful day in the U12 Girls Football Tournament!

Our U12 Girls Football Teams took part in a football tournament yesterday at Al Bateen in sweltering conditions and played some superb football. A Team made it to the final and ended the day runners up. The B & C team lost in the semis (C Team lost on penalties). Well done to all involved!

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Prep School House Competition winner is Etihad!

Prep School House Competition winner is Etihad!

In the latest Prep School House Competition which took place over a number of lunchtimes, pupils demonstrated their gaming skills in a FIFA Tournament in which Etihad were victorious in Y3 and 4 and Sadeeq in Y5 and 6. The matches were competitive but played in a sporting manner and the pupils certainly enjoyed the competition.

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Community Brass Day at BSAK

Community Brass Day at BSAK

A selection of our accomplished brass players enjoyed a Community Brass Day at BSAK with the dynamic Bavarian Camels, the intensive day culminated with a superb concert which included Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, the theme from Ghostbusters, Guns N’ Roses - Paradise City and a performance by the Cranleigh Brass ensemble of ‘Blaze Away’ by Abe Holzmann. A big thank you to Adrian Lane and Ron Moonesinghe for accompanying the children and to BSAK for arranging the event.

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Cranleigh Scholars - In Their Own Words: Esha Y11

Cranleigh Scholars - In Their Own Words: Esha Y11

In the second of our '#CranleighScholars - In Their Own Words' series, we talk to Esha in Year 11 who was awarded an Academic Scholarship. Applications are still open for our 2018/19 scholarship programme which includes Sixth Form awards for the first time. The deadline for submission is April 15th. Email admissions@cranleigh.ae for more information.

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Fantastic sport results!

Fantastic sport results!

It has been a great week of sport at Cranleigh. With our U11 C Girls Netball Team winning the B League, our Cranleigh B Boys Football Team winning 4-0 to be confirmed as U9 B Football League Champions as well as our U9 Cranleigh A Team who won 5-0 and celebrated as League Champions. Congratulations to the Sports Department and all the coaches and thank you to all parents and pupils for their support.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards

We hope all our intrepid Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Award students are planning to get a good night's sleep tonight. They have to be up at the crack of dawn in the morning to set off for their qualifying expedition! Click through to the video below for an insight into how they got on during their practice expedition earlier this year...

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' -  What a marvelous performance!

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' - What a marvelous performance!

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ cast took everyone on a high-energy trip down memory lane, as Greg Heffley invited the audience into his world at Westmore Middle School. Pupils from Years 5 to 8 worked on this production for 6 months.

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International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day 2018

‘International Women’s Day’ provided a perfect platform for a discussion with Year 7 girls on what type of young women they aspire to become and most importantly, what this looks like for 2018 and beyond. The group shared their thoughts and feelings of what virtues and strengths girls need heading into the future. They talked about courage, bravery, power, kindness, independence and more.

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Dress Rehearsals today!

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Dress Rehearsals today!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dress Rehearsals in full swing ready for tonight and tomorrow night’s performance.

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' on 7th March! Save the date!

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' on 7th March! Save the date!

Only the technical and dress rehearsals to go before Diary of a Wimpy Kid takes to the auditorium stage with Alvaro playing Gregg Heffley. The whole cast and production crew are excited to see you on 7th or 8th March. Click below to book a seat!

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U12, U14 and U16 rugby teams finished second place!

U12, U14 and U16 rugby teams finished second place!

Congratulations to the U12, U14 and U16 rugby teams on their great season of competitive matches. All three teams finished in second place in their respective ADISSA rugby league. In total the Rugby teams played 22 fixtures, won 18 and lost just four.

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Observing the biggest planet in our solar system

Observing the biggest planet in our solar system

This week some of our pupils were lucky enough to have a visit from an Astrophysicist from NYU who brought along a solar telescope which allowed them to safely observe the sun.

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Pirates, portraits and enthusiasm

Pirates, portraits and enthusiasm

This week, some of our FS2 children gave a pirate assembly, where they showed off their super pirate portraits and sang a pirate song as well as performing a jig. They were confident and enthusiastic and gave a wonderful performance.

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Tijana (Y2) is Gymnastics World Championship silver and bronze medalist!

Tijana (Y2) is Gymnastics World Championship silver and bronze medalist!

We are so proud of Year 2 pupil Tijana who attended the Biles International Invitational gymnastics competition at World Champions Centre in Houston, Texas last week.

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Y8 students practiced drama techniques

Y8 students practiced drama techniques

Murder, Mayhem and Macbeth. This week Y8 have been bringing their learning to life by enacting the scene where Macbeth murders the prime witnesses and sleepy guards of the Kings Chamber. Through drama techniques, the students have had the opportunity to get into character thus giving them an insight and understanding of how the they may have felt in different scenes from the play.

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Y5 Arabic non-native students have been building wonderful 3D projects

Y5 Arabic non-native students have been building wonderful 3D projects

Over the last few weeks, Year 5 Arabic non-native students have been building wonderful 3D projects about their latest topic (The City), each group built their city with all its details: the streets, the buildings, the hotels and the parks, then they gave each city a name. At the end, all the groups presented their projects to their friends totally in Arabic. The results were beyond the expectations! Well done year 5!

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World Book Day!

World Book Day!

We know many of our pupils and teachers have been working hard on their costumes and getting into character for the celebrations. Year 9 pupil James C has been out and about in school capturing some insights into the impact books have had on people. His film was edited by James F, also Year 9. https://vimeo.com/257887586

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Introducing Sixth Form Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Introducing Sixth Form Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Cranleigh Sixth Form offers a bespoke programme that values independence and initiative in our young adults. This is evident in our Harkness method of teaching, where pupils have active discussion-based tutorials which require collaborative problem solving.

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Lunchtime informal concerts

Lunchtime informal concerts

This week, we enjoyed the last informal lunchtime concerts for this term, it was great to see all the talent on display and we were especially proud of our Y3s some of whom were performing for the first time.

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Introducing the Pre-Prep Voice

Introducing the Pre-Prep Voice

This year we are proud to introduce Pre-Prep Voice, a council put together of Year 1 and 2 pupils and voted in by their classes. They represent the other children by attending regular meetings where they share and discuss ideas.

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Math Challenge Success!

Math Challenge Success!

Mathematicians from Year 7 to 11 have achieved some tremendous results in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge – a schools competition run by the UK Maths Trust. (www.ukmt.org.uk). Among a slew of Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates, four top maths students have made it through to the next round. Congratulations to everyone and in particular to Wilson in Year 11 (pictured giving algebraic advice!), Samy and Eisa in Year 9 and Richard in Year 7.

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The 'essence' of Science

The 'essence' of Science

The Year 6s have explored the making of perfume as part of their study on the Ancient Islamic Civilisation in the 1100s. These ingenious people worked at perfecting the art and our Year 6s now have a renewed respect for the process.

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Understanding our Moral Compass

Understanding our Moral Compass

As part of Moral Education lessons this term, Prep School tutors and Heads of Year have been working very hard launching our very own character programme. We wanted Prep School pupils to have an understanding of the language to use and the steps to take in order to build character, and help them to realise its value as a key life skill.

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Y10 Biology students examined fresh internal organs

Y10 Biology students examined fresh internal organs

Y10 Biology students examined fresh animal lungs whilst learning about their structure, function and the mechanism of breathing. The ability to get some hands on experience of internal organs is not only a valuable experience, but exciting!

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Senior Swim Squad raced at Al Bateen

Senior Swim Squad raced at Al Bateen

Senior Swim Squad raced at Al Bateen Academy this afternoon. They showed great team spirit and they all had a great time. Thanks to our ever supportive parents for these photos.

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Sixth Formers complete Columbia Pre-College Course

Sixth Formers complete Columbia Pre-College Course

Sixth Form pupils have completed their Columbia Business School entrepreneurship and innovation venture.

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Year 7 Students' day at The British Club

Year 7 Students' day at The British Club

The Year 7s enjoyed a fantastic day at The British Club and enjoyed a number of activities including kayaking, rock climbing and archery , perfect for our Value of the Month 'Risk Taking' Photos by Robyn Hafkamp

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The students who are spreading hope to refugees

The students who are spreading hope to refugees

Thanks to Abu Dhabi World for picking up on the Stitching Hope initiative we are working on with Alghadeeruaecrafts. More news on this terrific project coming soon...

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Y4 Students had a great 'Victorian Day'

Y4 Students had a great 'Victorian Day'

Last week, the Year 4 children travelled back in time to experience life as a Victorian child. The children were taught the ‘Three R’s' and learnt Victorian playground games. Also, the children brushed up on their etiquette during a traditional Street Party including scones and Victorian sponge.

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Y3 Roman Day

Y3 Roman Day

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed Roman Day, bringing all their learning to life. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and enjoyed sampling Roman foods at the feast, parading with their shields, making models of Rome, clay Roman soldier ID tags and bulla pouches.

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'Seen and unseen' Dance

'Seen and unseen' Dance

Our dancers have been busy preparing for the first BSME Dance Invitational being held at Cranleigh from the 22nd-24th February. As part of the Moral Education Framework the theme is ‘Seen and Unseen’ and over a 100 Pupils from across the UAE and the Middle East will come together to explore the theme.

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Year 8 Spanish students have been cooking this week

Year 8 Spanish students have been cooking this week

The pupils made Tortilla de patata - diced potatoes fried in olive oil then made into a thick omelette which were then put into a lightly toasted ‘barra de pan’ (baguette) to make ‘bocadillos de tortilla’. The students learned lots of Spanish food vocabulary, improved their cooking skills and also had a very tasty Spanish lunch!

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' rehearsals are in final stages

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' rehearsals are in final stages

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rehearsals are in the final stages as our cast prepare for what promises to be a fun-filled and action-packed performance.

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We are delighted to announce our 2018 scholarship programme!

We are delighted to announce our 2018 scholarship programme!

The Cranleigh Abu Dhabi scholarship programme is designed to broaden access to our holistic and enriching educational model, as well as to attract and support talented students who show passion for and potential in their chosen field.

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Are the Best Things in Life free?

Are the Best Things in Life free?

North House took on West House in the final of our first House Debate competition just before the half term break. The topic handed to the two teams was: “This House believes that the best things in life are free”.

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Year 8 Um Al Quwain Trip

Year 8 Um Al Quwain Trip

Our Y8s had a great time in Um Al Quwain

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What an eventful week!

What an eventful week!

What an amazing week! Pupils throughout the school have been enjoying new experiences, from trips to Borneo and Austria for Senior School pupils to Pirates, Pets and Chocolate in Pre-Prep who also enjoyed workshops with the author Laura Wall. Older Prep School children enjoyed Sports Day yesterday and today have been at Al Forsan and The Club whilst Year 3 and 4 got into character for Roman and Victorian Days. Year 8s are pushing personal boundaries on their adventure trip in Um Al Quwain. Here

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Children's author Laura Wall visited Pre prep School

Children's author Laura Wall visited Pre prep School

On Thursday 15th February we were delighted to welcome the UK based children’s author and illustrator, Laura Wall, to the school. Laura, who was visiting the UAE as part of a tour organised by Author’s Abroad, ran a series of readings and workshops throughout the day to children in pre-prep, introducing them to her larger than life character, Goose.

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Etihad won the house challenge on Sport's day!

Etihad won the house challenge on Sport's day!

A fantastic day of sport, sportsmanship, camaraderie and fun with all four houses challenging for the trophy, records broken and a fantastic effort all round. Congratulations to Etihad!

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FS1's furry visitors from Posh Paws

FS1's furry visitors from Posh Paws

FS1 had some very important visitors when 'Posh Paws' brought a range of animals from 'TooToo' the Cockatoo to puppies. The children were wonderfully behaved and really enjoyed the experience and learnt about how to look after animals

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Senior School Ski Trip to Austria

Senior School Ski Trip to Austria

The Senior School skiers enjoyed perfect weather conditions for their first day and took full advantage of it. After an hour or so of warming up at the Ski School area the various skill groups broke off to other areas of the mountain. Staff joined each ski group and the reports were that everyone had a great time and made tremendous progress.

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Senior School Borneo Trip

Senior School Borneo Trip

A fantastic first day out in the Borneo wilderness for our senior students. The day started at a local village set against the incredible backdrop of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea.

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Senior School Students are having exciting trips and activities this week

Senior School Students are having exciting trips and activities this week

Over the next week, pupils across the school are taking part in a raft of exciting enrichment and adventure trips and activities.

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International Day

International Day

With over 60 nationalities, International Day is always very special, it was wonderful to see so many national costumes, to taste delicious foods from around the world and learn about different countries and cultures. A special mention to the Music Department for the entertainment. The staff for helping out on all the stalls, the parents for all their handwork in making it such a special occasion and a very special mention for Linda Law for co-ordinating the day. Have an enjoyable half term.

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Award winning Chinese Students performed at Cranleigh

Award winning Chinese Students performed at Cranleigh

In conjunction with the Ministry of Tolerance and ADEK, a group of pupils from China visited Cranleigh today. The award winning students treated Years 3 and 4 pupils to traditional Chinese performances including singing, dancing and instrumental acts. They then joined us to celebrate International Day on the school field and showcased some of their arts and craft skills. It was wonderful to meet these youth ambassadors and we wish them well on the rest of their journey.

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' is coming soon!

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' is coming soon!

COMING SOON: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into Middle School, where under-sized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready will be brought to life by the finest actors that Cranleigh has to offer.

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Duke of Edinburgh's International Bronze Award

Duke of Edinburgh's International Bronze Award

Well done to our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award students who have completed their Bronze Practice Expedition.

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Y11 Pupils visited the Borouge Innovation Centre

Y11 Pupils visited the Borouge Innovation Centre

On Sunday 28th and Tuesday 30th of January, Year 11 IGCSE Design and Technology and Chemistry students enjoyed a visit to the Borouge Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi.

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Y1 Students had a lovely day at Umm Al Emarat Park

Y1 Students had a lovely day at Umm Al Emarat Park

Year One visited Umm Al Emarat Park as part of their Desert Topic. The park is a wonderful place to see a whole range of desert plants and animals. The staff at the park were amazing and helped to teach the children how to make clean water, how plants adapt to the desert environment as well as learning about the different animals found in the desert. Finally a trip to the park wouldn't be complete without a picnic and time to play!

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Don't miss the musical experience in the mornings this week at East Gate!

Don't miss the musical experience in the mornings this week at East Gate!

Year 5 pupils will be playing the Ukulele and Djembe Drums this week at the East Gate from 7:10 and demonstrating their newly learnt skills.

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Open Minds Talk: The Global Refugee Crisis

Open Minds Talk: The Global Refugee Crisis

Toby Harward, Head of the UN refugee agency in the UAE, will speak on: ‘The global refugee crisis in an era of conflict and climate change’. This talk is suitable for adults and children aged 13+.

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Cranleigh Student is being featured as Yalla's first ever Rising Star!

Cranleigh Student is being featured as Yalla's first ever Rising Star!

Many congratulations to Maya in Year 3 for being featured as Yalla Abu Dhabi's first ever Rising Star! Maya is a keen and extremely talented golfer and following her success in the Future Falcons series at Yas Links, she was selected to tee off with Rory McIlroy at the recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA as the article and video explain. Click through to hear Maya's story.

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'I’m 16. I am an Adult. Or am I?'

'I’m 16. I am an Adult. Or am I?'

The House debating season was kicked off by the Seniors as Year 11 and 12 students contested the semi-finals of the competition with the motion that “Sixteen year olds should be considered as adults”. North House took on East House in one semi-final, with Jasmin and Samiha opening their comments by focusing on biological arguments. Jasmin’s contention that puberty marks the change into adulthood being countered by the point that adulthood only starts once the development cycle has ended. The deb

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Prep School inter-House Sketch Off challenge

Prep School inter-House Sketch Off challenge

In the latest Prep School inter-House competition, artists from Year 3 to 8 were challenged to a Sketch Off. Pupils from each Year Group had one minute to draw before the next one took over. They had a choice of different mediums including pencils, Sharpies, oil pastels or paint.

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Y4 Pupils learned about warning tales in English lessons

Y4 Pupils learned about warning tales in English lessons

In Year 4 English lessons, pupils have been learning about warning tales based on the Iron Man. In order to embed the structure of their warning tales, the children used puppets to share their stories with each other, remembering to 'close the curtains' when starting a new paragraph.

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FS1 Students had a dress up day

FS1 Students had a dress up day

The children had a wonderful morning dressed as their favourite animals. We enjoyed sharing fun facts about the animals, we were dressed up as and parading in the FS1 corridor to show the other classes our wonderful costumes. There were giraffes, tigers, butterflies, swans, rabbits, zebras and dragons as well as many other animals from the land, sea and air roaming around the FS1 area today.

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Cranleigh dancers joined a workshop at NYUAD with Aakash

Cranleigh dancers joined a workshop at NYUAD with Aakash

What a privilege for some of our dancers this week as they joined NYUAD students at a workshop with award winning contemporary British dancer, Aakash Odedra. During the two-hour session, dancers worked on rhythms, footwork and arm movements inspired by classical Indian dance styles such as Kathak in which Aakash is an expert.

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Cranleigh Senior B league swimming team finished in 2nd place

Cranleigh Senior B league swimming team finished in 2nd place

The Senior B league swimming gala was held here at Cranleigh this week and the team was proud to finish in 2nd place overall.

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FS2 students visited Zayed Agricultural Center

FS2 students visited Zayed Agricultural Center

FS2 had a wonderfully educational day out at the Farm on Sunday and Monday this week. We visited the Zayed Agricultural Center to see first-hand how plants are grown and animals farmed. The children were very excited to be taking their first bus trip with their school friends and enjoyed the journey looking out at the mangroves, desert and various buildings and vehicles along the way.

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Sixth Formers are undertaking a pre-college programme

Sixth Formers are undertaking a pre-college programme

We are thrilled that our Sixth Formers are among the first in the capital to undertake a Columbia Business School pre-college programme, studying under lecturers and professors from this prestigious Ivy League institution. The certified course is conducted through a series of virtual lectures and focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. This week, students have been covering their last module which is in business finance.

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Informal Concerts during lunchtime

Informal Concerts during lunchtime

Our Informal Concert Series, held during lunchtime, provides our instrumental music pupils with an opportunity to perform a musical piece to family and friends in a relaxed and supportive environment. For many young musicians this wonderful experience will be their first solo appearance in front of a small yet enthusiastic audience.

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Cranleigh Music Exchange - Big Band Supper Dance

Cranleigh Music Exchange - Big Band Supper Dance

The photographs from the Big Band Supper Dance on the last night of the Music Exchange have arrived from the UK. It was clearly an amazing performance evening full of singing, playing, dancing and lots of fun. Some of our pupils were lucky enough to have family members come along which added an extra special dimension.

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Evoking The Great Fire of London

Evoking The Great Fire of London

This term Year 2 are busy learning all about the Great Fire of London! We learnt about what London was like in the past (350 years ago) and made our own Tudor style houses. We then re-created the Great Fire of London by starting a small fire in one house and watching the flames spread. Many thanks to the Civil Defense and our Chief Fire Wardens for all their help making our investigation happen.

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Third place for U12 girls netball team!

Third place for U12 girls netball team!

The U12A netball team had a busy weekend competing in the BSAK 7s Netball tournament at NYU Abu Dhabi and were delighted with their third place. Well done girls!

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh's International Award practice expedition

Silver Duke of Edinburgh's International Award practice expedition

Thanks to Esha in Year 11 for her terrific account of the weekend that follows: 'The sun was only just beginning to creep over the horizon when we climbed onto the school bus, backpacks on and full of anticipation and apprehension. Some four hours later, we were in the wilds of the Northern Emirates with a number of other groups from Dubai, having our safety briefing.

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Break time chill with a good book

Break time chill with a good book

The weather in Abu Dhabi is so beautiful at the moment that Year 6 pupils decided to take their reading outdoors this week.

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We believe in cooperative and collaborative learning

We believe in cooperative and collaborative learning

What's the best way to learn fractions? By working with your classmates of course! We are great believers in the power of co-operative and collaborative learning. So, having been formally taught this challenging topic in their maths lessons, our Year 6 pupils broke out into small groups and worked together, discussing and solving the problems they had been set.

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Pre-Prep sports day

Pre-Prep sports day

Sunday saw FS1 and FS2 kick off the annual Pre-Prep sportsdays and despite the rather windy and chilly conditions there were plenty of brilliant performances and many smiling faces.

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Prep School House competitions ahead!

Prep School House competitions ahead!

The huge range of fun House activities and competitions continues to grow in the Prep School with a creative programme ably led by our House Captains and Housemasters. We are looking forward to many more opportunities for pupils to earn points for their Houses in the months ahead!

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Throwback four years!

Throwback four years!

It has been four years now when this amazing journey of ours has started!

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Science Week

Science Week

The Science Department have been celebrating Science Week, with the laboratories full of eager pupils every Break and Lunchtime enjoying a range of activities, demonstrations and experiments from launching rockets to making slime. Thank you to everyone who made it so exciting and engaging and demonstrated that learning is fun.

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'Romeo and Juliet' from another aspect is to come this Term

'Romeo and Juliet' from another aspect is to come this Term

Year 9 have got the term off to an energetic start, working creatively and collaboratively to explore Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' in an interactive and innovative way. Tasked with re-creating as aspect of Act 1, they came up with everything from news reports to puppet shows, not forgetting personified fruit battles and quick draw cartoons in between.

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Our Stock Brokers Cup story was in the papers!

Our Stock Brokers Cup story was in the papers!

Thanks to Abu Dhabi World for sharing our Stock Brokers Cup story!

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Football and Rugby season started!

Football and Rugby season started!

The competitive football and rugby seasons started this week and our teams performed with spirit, sportsmanship and to the best of their ability as always.

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 Cranleigh Pupils manage Scoreboards again at HSBC Golf Championship

Cranleigh Pupils manage Scoreboards again at HSBC Golf Championship

Cranleigh pupils have been going through training to become scorers for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. The annual high-profile golf tournament is taking place over four days, from 18th to 21st January, at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. https://vimeo.com/261810492

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Y8 pupils developed their problem solving and team work skills

Y8 pupils developed their problem solving and team work skills

As part of their PE curriculum, pupils enjoy Outdoor Adventurous Activities. This morning, Year 8s were instructed to appoint a team leader to act as the shepherd who was then tasked with leading the ‘sheep’ into a pen without speaking. Students focused on developing their non-verbal communication, problem solving and team work skills by coming up with commands to navigate their way around an obstacle course.

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Cranleigh UK Culture Magazine is now available

Cranleigh UK Culture Magazine is now available

Cranleigh School UK has published a wonderful new magazine that explores the meaning and impact of our shared school motto, 'Ex Cultu Robur - From Culture Comes Strength'. https://www.cranleigh.org/culture/

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Cranleigh UK Music Tour 2018

Cranleigh UK Music Tour 2018

Our pupils have arrived safely in the UK and enjoyed a warm welcome from Mike Wilson and members of the Music Department over a very British afternoon tea. Let the music making commence!

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Have a closer look into Science classes

Have a closer look into Science classes

With Science Week fast approaching, we felt it would be a great opportunity to showcase what happens across the Sciences on a daily basis, from Y10s trying to discover the link between the reactivity of metal in a carbonate and the rate at which it decomposes to testing for starch levels in leaves to comparing gases in Y4. There will be lots of fun Science activities during break time and lunchtime next week.

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Start your day smart!

Start your day smart!

Taking pride in our appearance is heavily enforced throughout the Prep School. We are proud of our beautiful uniform and expect the pupils in the Prep School to wear their uniform with pride. Miss Oliver and Mrs Tinkler wrote to Y3-6 parents in their weekly VLE update to inform parents that uniform checks would be taking place this week.

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2018 UAE Rhodes Scholars' speaker will talk in Cranleigh

2018 UAE Rhodes Scholars' speaker will talk in Cranleigh

We are excited to be welcoming Rhodes Scholar, Maitha Salem Al Memari, to school on 14th January. Maitha is a student at NYUAD and will be talking to our Sixth Formers and Senior Purvis Society students about her own personal and academic journey, focusing on the importance of aspirations and goal setting.

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Sixth Formers had seminar with HR manager

Sixth Formers had seminar with HR manager

Sixth Formers have been learning about human resource management as part of their careers programme. In order to enhance this learning and bring it to life, this week they participated in a seminar led by our own HR Manager, Christine McCreath.

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ADISSA Mini Olympics

ADISSA Mini Olympics

What a day the U9 and U11 competitive sports squads had at the ADISSA Mini Olympics hosted here on campus. Our young athletes have been training since the beginning of December at lunch times and after school. All the hard work, dedication and determination certainly paid off - their performances were outstanding with both age groups ending the day in top position.

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Prep pupils focus on 'Building Character' as part of Moral Education lessons

Prep pupils focus on 'Building Character' as part of Moral Education lessons

Tutors and Heads of Year have been giving pupils the opportunity to discuss what character actually is. This includes helping them to understand the language and behaviours associated with the kind of moral, civic, intellectual and performance virtues that are required to flourish in and out of school.

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The Cranleigh Stock Brokers Cup 2018

The Cranleigh Stock Brokers Cup 2018

This week, we launched The Cranleigh Stock Brokers Cup 2018 - an online virtual stock market trading game designed to teach Sixth Form students to track and use the stock market. This game is based on the US stock market. It is closed system, ie only open to Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, and is initially live until 22nd of January.

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Arabic Reading Competition ahead!

Arabic Reading Competition ahead!

A Reading Competition has been announced by His Highness Sheikh Al Makhtoum, with a view to encouraging students to develop a passion for reading Arabic. The Arabic and Islamic Departments at Cranleigh are delighted to participate in this global event.

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Prep pupils made their own 3D Iron Man installations

Prep pupils made their own 3D Iron Man installations

Today the Y4 pupils read the introduction of the Iron Man and used their interpretations of Ted Hughes’ description to build their very own Iron Man! Hughes' use of similes and descriptive language stimulated their imaginations and is the foundation of their 3D installations. Look out for them in the corridors shortly!

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Term 2 starts with Cross Country Competitions

Term 2 starts with Cross Country Competitions

Welcome back to all our pupils and teachers - it's great to see campus buzzing again. This first week of the Spring Term has opened with inter-House Cross Country competitions for pupils in Years 3 to 11. Pupils run for between 25 and 35 minutes during their Games lessons to complete as many laps of the one-kilometre loop around the school as they can. The winning House will be announced next week. A brilliant way to start the new term with energy and spirit!

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Winter Wonderland in Pre-Prep

Winter Wonderland in Pre-Prep

A Winter Wonderland appeared in Pre-Prep this morning, with festive food and incredible decorations including bubble-snow and a roaring e-fire! Huge thanks to the amazingly creative parents who transformed the dining room and arranged the food and drink for the children. It was a wonderful way to end the term!

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Hip House Holler

Hip House Holler

In what has become a much anticipated Prep School tradition on the last day of term before the winter break, the Hip House Holler was a roaring success this year.

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End of Term Festive Celebration

End of Term Festive Celebration

With festive tunes ringing in our ears thanks to the tremendous singalong performances from our talented teachers and pupils, the last day of term has now drawn to a close. We wish all our families and the broader community a peaceful, joyful break.

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Breakfast with the Stars shining through in the Prep School

Breakfast with the Stars shining through in the Prep School

All term, Tutors, Heads of Year and Miss Williams have been noticing those Prep School pupils who have demonstrated the Cranleigh Code alongside their hard work in their lessons. This week those ‘Cranleigh Stars’ enjoyed breakfast with Miss Williams and the pastoral team to congratulate them on all of their hard work as Cranleigans.

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'A Winter Overture'

'A Winter Overture'

We were proud to present 'A Winter Overture' - the first concert of the year and an opportunity to showcase our young performers, some of whom were live on stage for the first time.

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An Inspiring Visit from FBMI

An Inspiring Visit from FBMI

We had a very special visit from the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) today. FBMI is 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. Members of the FBMI team spent time with many of our pupils, helping them to understand how carpets are made and the importance of the Initiative for so many Afghan people.

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Year 4 Pupils visited the Mangroves National Park

Year 4 Pupils visited the Mangroves National Park

Over the last three days, Year 4 pupils have enjoyed a memorable trip to the Mangroves National Park, an area of outstanding beauty and importance to the environment. Rich in flora, fauna and wildlife, the Park acts as a gauge to the health of the environment that we live in.

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“Winter Wonderland” Science Day

“Winter Wonderland” Science Day

The children looked amazing dressed up from everything from mad scientists to astronauts and butterflies to solar systems. We started off the day with a Pre-Prep assembly outside, where children got to experience a Dragon's Breath, the different sounds balloons make and flying rockets! Then it was back to their their classrooms to do some more cool experiments and investigations.

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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 joined us for a special fire drill

Civil Defense joined us for a special fire drill

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 meet Extended Qualification expert

Sixth Formers meet Extended Qualification expert

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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Attitude Dance Recital

Attitude Dance Recital

Year 10 GCSE Dance students and Year 7 Dance Scholar, Gabriella were thrilled to perform as part of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Attitude Dance Recital this evening.

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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 travelled to Cranleigh UK

Sixth Formers travelled 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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December is all about COLLABORATION

December is all about COLLABORATION

December's Value of the Month is Collaboration!

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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 present their own hydraulic cranes

Cranleigh Engineers 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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U15 BSME Games - a weekend of emotion, effort and true grit!

U15 BSME Games - 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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Teamwork and problem solving in Year 8

Teamwork and problem solving in Year 8

Year 8 PE lessons this 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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Shortlisted for Tes International School of the Year 2018 Awards

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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