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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:06:03 GMT <p>The 2014 Abu Dhabi Junior Triathlon</p> <p>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. &nbsp;The win represented a significant improvement in Claudio's seasonal best performance and highlighted his growing confidence in all three disciplines. &nbsp;Claudio was also one of the youngest competitors in the Under 16 age group, making his triumph all the more astonishing!</p> <p>In his own words:-</p> <p>"The race was brilliant but very tiring. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;It was kind of humbling but made me feel really proud at the same time.<br /> 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.</p> <p>The swim section was 300 metres in the ocean – which is never as easy as swimming in a pool. &nbsp;I felt really good and strong from the outset and pushed on to get out of the water in fourth position. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;To make it even better, I had managed to arrive at the run with almost a full minute's advantage. &nbsp;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.</p> <p>The finish was quite simply the BEST! &nbsp;People were cheering like crazy – especially my parents. &nbsp;I found it all really emotional because although I wanted to do well, I just didn't expect 1st place. &nbsp;It was a great experience and fun to be interviewed by professional reporters in front of TV cameras.</p> <p>My final time of 35minutes 44 seconds is now the Abu Dhabi Junior Triathlon record!</p> <p>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."</p> <p>This is a great statement from Claudio. &nbsp;We are really proud of him and this achievement!</p> A Night of Dance Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:03 GMT Eco Update Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:37:52 GMT <p><b>Eco Day</b></p> <p>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. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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).</p> <p><b>Recycling</b> Our new recycling cage is now full and ready to be emptied and the contents recycled.</p> <p><b>T-shirt Competition</b> Many of our students have been taking part in a competition organised by D-Grade to design an Eco t-shirt. &nbsp;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: <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>Many thanks to everyone for their Eco support.</p> <p>Mme Valerie – Eco Coordinator</p> Eco Day Reminder Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:41:30 GMT <p>Please remember that Eco Day in Thursday 3rd April 2014. Click on the flyer for more information <a class="pdf" href="/xim/content/Reminder-EcoDayApr2014.pdf" title="Click right and save as...">Eco Day Flyer</a></p> Sign-up for EC Activities Term 3 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:17:45 GMT <p>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</p> <p><a class="pdf" href="/xim/content/ECTerm3Lettertoparents.pdf" title="Click right and save as...">EC Letter to parents Term 3</a></p> Book Character Parade tomorrow! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:59:02 GMT <p>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!<br /> Parade starts at 8:15, in the playground. See you there!</p> Eco Schools Micro Project Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:24:03 GMT Abu Dhabi International Triathlon Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:46:10 GMT <p>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 <b>00:35:44</b> (Swim: 00:04:34 Bike: 00:16:40 Run: 00:09:57)</p> <p>His brother Csongor Cellie came second in the U12 category ... what an achievement!</p> <p><a class="pdf" href="/xim/content/Abu_Dhabi_Junior_Triathlon_2014_Certificate(1).pdf" title="Click right and save as...">Triathlon Certificate</a></p> <p><a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" title="">Click here for the link to the Khaleej Times Article</a></p> KS3 Production Rescheduled Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:41:58 GMT <p>Dear Parents</p> <p>Please note that tonight's KS3 production has been rescheduled to Wednesday 19th March due to the weather.<br /> Thank you<br /> SIS Admin</p> Sports Days 2014 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:48:15 GMT <p>Another FABULOUS year of athletic competition took place in Sports Day Week, starting on the 10th February 2014.</p> <p>What an excellent week of sporting fun and competition! The effort the staff and students put into making colourful displays, team chants and banners was first class and it helped create a great atmosphere.</p> <p>The spirit in which the students conducted themselves and supported each other throughout the week was exceptional. &nbsp;As always, they were a credit to both themselves and the school.</p> <p>There were a host of highlights and examples of outstanding sporting performance. It was excellent to see so many students enjoying sporting competition the way it is supposed to be. We celebrated individual and team victories, success in achieving 'personal best' performances and there was plenty of evidence in respect of exceptional sportsmanlike behaviour. &nbsp;It was a pleasure to witness how spontaneously youngsters congratulated each and every competitor on their return to the 'Team Gazebo' after their events.</p> <p>There were also many enjoyable fun moments such as the parents and staff races, which really helped motivate the students to perform well.</p> <p>The Foundation students started the week off with a new rotational format allowing the students to showcase what they had been learning in lessons followed by some friendly competition in the obstacle and running races. The Michael Henry Trophy was presented to the Green Team by our Principle Mr Dave. It was a fitting end to a great first day.</p> <p>Day two and three saw a competitive sporting display from years 1 - 6 with all students and staff creating a fabulous atmosphere. Event 1 saw the Year 1 and 2 Green Team take the lead in the quest for the Wilson Trophy. This was followed up in Event 2 with the Years 3 and 4 Green Team holding onto the lead. &nbsp;Event 3 produced a tight finish with the year 5 and 6 teams putting in a strong performance, particularly the 6 lap relay.</p> <p>After the 3 Primary Sports Days all 4 teams joined together in the Sports Hall for the medal ceremony and the Team Presentation of trophies. Some students did particularly well picking up several medals for their efforts. All the students and parents showed their appreciation to the competitors and winners. The tension built towards the handing over of the final trophies.</p> <p>The Red Team collected the Fair Play Trophy (voted for by all team managers) for the spirit in which they performed and supported each other as well as the colourful displays, banners, flags and head garments made for the week.</p> <p>All 4 teams finished closely with less than 100 points splitting them all. Eventually it came down to 2 teams with less than 20 points between them the Greens and the Blues. In a dramatic comeback the Blue Team were crowned the 2014 Primary Sports Day Champions.</p> <p>The Secondary students had a tough act to follow but did not disappoint. The format was designed as a Pentathlon (5 events done by each athlete with at least one jump, one throw and one run) leading up to a team and individual score. There were a number of competitive events throughout the day but a particular highlight was the High Jump final between Varun Raman, Josh Smith and Tawfeeq Samodien. They congratulated each other throughout the competition and the crowd created a tense atmosphere with everyone willing them over on every jump. Varun performed well after a difficult start and bowed out at 1.42m. Josh and Tawfeeq went head to head for several rounds but the final result saw Josh just beating Tawfeeq to set a new school record of 1m 48cm.</p> <p>It was a fantastic day and again it was great to see the pupils supporting each other, their teams and showing that they really do understand the meaning of 'Good Sportsmanship'. It was a close finish for the team Trophy but the Red Rutherford's Rhino's Team just managed to squeeze out in front to take home the PSFA Shield.</p> <p>One final special mention must be made to all of the Sports Leaders and our current Year 6 pupils who helped out at all the Sports Days. The manner in which they conducted themselves and the effort they put in was first class. There were some real highlights and students who really shone showing their potential as Star Sports Leaders of the future. &nbsp;We really couldn't have done without their unfailing energy and assistance.</p> <p>Roll on next year!</p> Eco Schools Micro Project Update Mon, 03 Mar 2014 03:45:16 GMT <p>We have successfully completed the indoor part of our project and the children are all very pleased with our new 'Kitchen Garden'.<br /> 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.</p> <p>The next step is our outdoor 'sensory garden'. &nbsp;This garden will have plants that have a great fragrance, texture and colour and hopefully there will be some plants that attract butterflies.</p> <p>To help complete this phase we need the following:</p> <p> * A Project Manager and/or ideas people * Paint * Tyres * Wooden pallets * Wooden cables (all sizes)</p> <p>If you can help source any of these materials we would be very, very grateful! &nbsp;Please see Jodie Williams or Jodi Eede at Reception or email me <a href="" title=""></a> if you can help in any way.</p> International Day 2014 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:18:35 GMT <p>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.</p> <p>Each country represented would set up a table / stall as their display area. &nbsp;These stalls may offer a glimpse of the traditional costumes, customs, cuisines, music and artifacts. &nbsp;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.</p> <p>Please see Jodie in Main Reception to register your interest.</p> Edexcel Accreditation Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:09:18 GMT <p>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.</p> School is open on Thursday 6/2/14 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:47:30 GMT <p>This is to confirm that as of now, the school will be open on Thursday 6th February 2014 until further notice from the KHDA or Ministry of Education. Please allow for more travel time to school as the roads may be blocked for the cycle event.<br /> Should there be any change, we will post an update.<br /> Thank you<br /> SIS Admin Team</p> Request from Ms Shar for the Eco Schools Micro Project Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:52:21 GMT <p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p>Last term I submitted an application to the Eco Schools Micro Project Committee for funding for garden projects for the foundation desert and the outside play area. &nbsp;We were lucky enough to have the application accepted and have been awarded 5000dhs to spend on the project.</p> <p>I am now looking for volunteers and materials to help get this project moving.</p> <p><a href=";s=JAX42Hmkl6V69423" title="">Eco Schools Micro Project-Click Here</a></p> <p>Above is the link to a PPT for the plan of the project. &nbsp;Within the PPT are a couple of pages with requests for volunteers for specific jobs and a materials wish list, as well as my contact email. Please could you contact me if you can help in any way. &nbsp;Any help no matter how small would be very much appreciated.</p> <p>As a starting point, is there anyone out there who thinks they could get an amazing deal on lovely bright paints suitable for the tyres. We can probably manage some sort of acknowledgement for a company in return for a heavy discount. &nbsp;We will also need more tyres.</p> <p>Kind regards<br /> Ms Shar</p> Eco Art Competition Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:51:08 GMT <p>The Emirates Environmental Group are holding their annual art competition. &nbsp;The competition will be divided into 2 topics:</p> <p>- 'Green Living' (for 6-8 year olds) - Food Wastage (for 9-11 year olds)</p> <p>If you are interested in entering the competition, please see Madame Valerie or Miss Gee at the school for more details.</p> <p>The closing date is 31st March.</p> Whole School Sponsored Biathlon Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:30:27 GMT <p>On January 28<sup>th</sup>, 29<sup>th</sup> &amp; 30<sup>th</sup>, the WC Team have planned a Sponsored Biathlon Event, involving all Star pupils. FS Children with partake in a run and cycle and all Primary and Secondary students will complete a swim and run.</p> <p>We would like to encourage pupils to get individual sponsorship; all of which will contribute towards supplying the visited Indian School with fundamental teaching resources. We are fully aware that a week is not a long time for your child to gather sponsorship; but even a small amount of sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.</p> <p>The Biathlon Timetable has been given to each child. All pupils will need their full swimming and P.E. kit, with the exception of FS1&2. Parents are more than welcome to come and support their child; there will be seating available.</p> <p>The WC Team, would like to thank you once again for your support.</p> Years 3&4 Night Camp Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:43:01 GMT <p>Dear Parents</p> <p>Please download the attached letter for more information regarding the night camp on 23/01/2014 <a class="pdf" href="/xim/content/NightCampLetter20012014.pdf" title="Click right and save as...">'Night Camp on the School Field'</a></p> <p>Thank you<br /> Admin Team - SIS Umm Sheif</p> Sports News Flash! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:49:15 GMT <p>Our U14s played their first ever fixture away at Kings on Wednesday; nerves were present! However, after 8 minutes it was 2-0 to Star, and the nerves had turned into determination. After 16 minutes we had scored another 3 goals and after 32 minutes, the game ended incredible defeat!</p> <p>Most of the girls played out of position during the last 2 quarters to try and give Kings a chance of scoring, but we were just too good! All the teams efforts in training paid off.</p> <p>We are super proud of them. A great start to the season!</p> School is Closed - Jan 12th Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:31:52 GMT <p>The UAE government declared a holiday on January 12th to mark the Prophet Mohammed's (PBUH) birthday.<br /> A circular on the Mawlid Al Nabi holiday was issued by Humaid Al Qattami, minister of education and chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.</p> <p>Therefore, the School will be closed on Sunday January 12th instead of Monday January 13th as originally posted on our calendar.</p>