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Another Success for STAR, students!

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Junior Triathlon

We heartily congratulate Claudio Cellie, one of our Year 8 students on his recent victory in the annual Abu Dhabi Junior Triathlon competition held in March 2014.  The win represented a significant improvement in Claudio's seasonal best performance and highlighted his growing confidence in all three disciplines.  Claudio was also one of the youngest competitors in the Under 16 age group, making his triumph all the more astonishing!

In his own words:-

"The race was brilliant but very tiring.  It was an amazing experience to race on the same track as Olympic medalists, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee amongst others, as well as a number of Ironman Champions.  It was kind of humbling but made me feel really proud at the same time.
Before the start of the race I was really nervous, like everyone else, because I had been training and working so hard for this one race.

The swim section was 300 metres in the ocean – which is never as easy as swimming in a pool.  I felt really good and strong from the outset and pushed on to get out of the water in fourth position.  This gave me to confidence to really 'go for it' during the bike phase and by the end of this part of the race, I was in first position.  To make it even better, I had managed to arrive at the run with almost a full minute's advantage.  The run was 2.5Km and despite the temperature starting to get really high, I was able to keep a steady speed, even adding to my advantage over the second placed athlete.

The finish was quite simply the BEST!  People were cheering like crazy – especially my parents.  I found it all really emotional because although I wanted to do well, I just didn't expect 1st place.  It was a great experience and fun to be interviewed by professional reporters in front of TV cameras.

My final time of 35minutes 44 seconds is now the Abu Dhabi Junior Triathlon record!

Ofcourse I have to say that none of this would have happened without the belief and support of my coach, Trace Rogers and my wonderful family."

This is a great statement from Claudio.  We are really proud of him and this achievement!

Published: April 22nd 2014
Last modified: April 22nd 2014

Eco Update

Eco Update

Eco Day

Our first-ever Eco Day was a great success. The day came at the end of Science Week which had 'Our School Environment' as its theme this year and included Eco projects such as making bird feeders, hanging baskets and a green house from plastic bottles! Students wore green clothes in support of the day and enjoyed the experience of our very own 'Earth Hour' when we turned off our electricity for 1 hour. Students were also encouraged to bring 'Sustainable Lunch Boxes' to minimise waste. The Recycled Toy Sale was very popular and raised a total of 1700 AED.  Details of the amount raised by the Non Uniform day and the Y4 Cookie and Bookmark sale in aid of the Rainforest Foundation will follow after the holiday.  Meanwhile, many thanks to everyone for their support. (Some photos Eco Day and the Eco projects can be found on Communicator under Gallery – Eco School).

Recycling Our new recycling cage is now full and ready to be emptied and the contents recycled.

T-shirt Competition Many of our students have been taking part in a competition organised by D-Grade to design an Eco t-shirt.  Copies of the entries by finalists from our school have now been posted on the company's website – so please vote for your favourite designs: https://www.facebook.com/dgradeclothing

Many thanks to everyone for their Eco support.

Mme Valerie – Eco Coordinator

Published: April 8th 2014
Last modified: April 8th 2014

Eco Day Reminder

Please remember that Eco Day in Thursday 3rd April 2014. Click on the flyer for more information Eco Day Flyer

Published: March 31st 2014
Last modified: March 31st 2014

Sign-up for EC Activities Term 3

Remember to sign-p for Term 3 extra curricular activities on Thursday 27th March from 12.45pm. More details in the enclosed letter and on the Extra Curricular page

EC Letter to parents Term 3

Published: March 23rd 2014
Last modified: March 23rd 2014

Book Character Parade tomorrow!

It's Book Character Parade tomorrow! We encourage all children and staff to come to school dressed up as their favourite book or movie characters. We will be giving away prizes for the best dressed!
Parade starts at 8:15, in the playground. See you there!

Published: March 19th 2014
Last modified: March 19th 2014

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

Our very own Year 8 'Star' Claudio Cellie participated in the Abu Dhabi International Junior Traithlon and landed the male category with a brilliant time 00:35:44 (Swim: 00:04:34 Bike: 00:16:40 Run: 00:09:57)

His brother Csongor Cellie came second in the U12 category ... what an achievement!

Triathlon Certificate

Click here for the link to the Khaleej Times Article

Published: March 16th 2014
Last modified: March 16th 2014

KS3 Production Rescheduled

Dear Parents

Please note that tonight's KS3 production has been rescheduled to Wednesday 19th March due to the weather.
Thank you
SIS Admin

Published: March 13th 2014
Last modified: March 13th 2014

Eco Schools Micro Project Update

We have successfully completed the indoor part of our project and the children are all very pleased with our new 'Kitchen Garden'.
A HUGE thank you to Star Club for taking the original idea and turning it into something amazing! Their time and financial contribution is very much appreciated.

The next step is our outdoor 'sensory garden'.  This garden will have plants that have a great fragrance, texture and colour and hopefully there will be some plants that attract butterflies.

To help complete this phase we need the following:

* A Project Manager and/or ideas people * Paint * Tyres * Wooden pallets * Wooden cables (all sizes)

If you can help source any of these materials we would be very, very grateful!  Please see Jodie Williams or Jodi Eede at Reception or email me shard@starschoolummsheif.com if you can help in any way.

Published: March 3rd 2014
Last modified: March 3rd 2014

International Day 2014

This special event, which will be held on 27th February 2014, is a time for us all to come together to share a little of our own cultural backgrounds with other members of the community, as well as giving us all an opportunity to learn lots of exciting and interesting things about life around the globe.

Each country represented would set up a table / stall as their display area.  These stalls may offer a glimpse of the traditional costumes, customs, cuisines, music and artifacts.  There will also be a small stage area that will be available as a platform to perform dancing, singing, or any other cultural activity. The children will receive a Passport, which they can then use to collect passport stamps from the various countries (stalls) they visit.

Please see Jodie in Main Reception to register your interest.

Published: February 9th 2014
Last modified: February 9th 2014

Edexcel Accreditation

Edexcel Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Star Secondary Department had just received accreditation from Edexcel as a recognised Examination Centre to conduct International GCSE, GCSE, GCE, International Primary Curriculum and International Lower Secondary Curriculum examinations with Pearson.

Published: February 6th 2014
Last modified: February 6th 2014

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