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‘If you want to change the world start by making your bed’ Admiral William McRaven

If you want to change the world start by making your bed’ Admiral William McRaven

It is a simple task, mundane at best but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven many times over.  There is great value in the little things in life.  These simple chores teach you to be independent, organised, motivated, disciplined; to take responsibility for yourself. They also teach you humility; to stay humble and grounded.

Admiral McRaven in his now famous speech said,

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.  By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.   Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.  And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made – that you made – and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better”.

Visiting the Year Five classes presenting their work on Influencers, I was particularly impressed by one group of students who had focused on Ghandi and his famous quote,

‘Be the Change you want to see in the world.’  

Yesterday we had the chance to celebrate our Year Six leavers and to look back at their journey through DESS.  They really are the next generation of influencers and most importantly will need to ‘be the change’ for they are the custodians of the planet.  Having had the privilege to watch them over the past five years I can say that I have been hugely impressed by their sense of responsibility and independence.  They really care about each other and their environment.  More than any other Year Six before them, they have taken ownership of their learning, their tasks, their performances on the stage the track or the field.  Watching them receive their prizes I was filled with hope that maybe what started here will indeed have changed the world for the better.

There are no better examples of DESS and DESSC alumni than Nader and Amal Afyouni. Amal was the Student Commencement Speaker this summer at Ohio State University and gave a beautiful speech for 10,000 people.  During our Leavers’ assembly we were lucky enough to have these two inspirational young people back in Latifa Hall once again, 11 years after they left, speaking to our Year 6 students.  Apart from being two hugely impressive, future influencers they also happen to be lovely people and their family is a perfect example of the bonds that are formed when a close partnership develops between parents and school.…. click here to see their story in full

The end of an academic year carries with it a mixed bag of emotions.  It is great to look back on the progress that has been made by individual children and by the school as a whole; the number of fantastic learning experiences and initiatives that have all helped to make this an outstanding year.  It is also a time though to say goodbye to some much loved and important members of our community.  And to some highly valued staff members who are moving on to pastures new.

After 16 years at DESS, Mrs Shaddick Brady is moving back to her beloved Cornwall in order to spend some time with her mother. She came to DESS as a Year 6 teacher in 2003 and then moved through the ranks as Year 6 leader, KS2 leader and Assistant Headteacher before being promoted to Deputy Head Teacher in 2015.  She has seen DESS through numerous changes during her time here and was also responsible for leading the pioneering coaching programme which has been so successful here, training more than 14 workplace coaches in association with the British School of Coaching. Knowing her passion for Performing Arts, this morning the children put on a special assembly just for her.  Her calm professionalism, dedication and passion for learning will be missed by us all.  We are hugely grateful for all that she has given DESS over the years. ‘Life is better in flip flops’, is one of Mrs Shaddick Brady s favourite sayings and I know she is looking forward to spending more time in them herself before she settles on her next venture.

Mrs Reid is also returning to the UK after 18 years at DESS.  She joined DESS as a part time PE and swimming teacher in 2001, prior to that she worked in Kuwait and at another school in Dubai. She then joined DESS as a full time teacher in Year 6 in 2002. She fulfilled a variety of roles including Year Leader, Humanities DT and Art teacher as well as finding the time to coach swim teams. She joined Year 4 in September 2013, taking on the post as Art Leader. Mrs Reid has spent this academic year in her favourite room, the STEM Room, which she helped to redesign. A talented artist, her expertise has been a great resource for all our teachers and children and we will miss her creativity and sense of humour!

Understandably, Mrs Hunt has decided she wants to spend more time with her baby boy, Frank.  Miss Hunt is returning to the UK after four years at DESS to take up a teaching post in Dorset. Our DESS librarian, Mrs Fouch is also returning to the UK.  We will all miss her amazing ideas and incredible costumes! Mr Flanagan joined DESS as a parent helper, trained to be a teacher and then worked as an LSA before becoming our Computer leader and Maths teacher.  He is leaving to set up his own business.  Congratulations to Mrs Merchant who has secured her first teaching post in another Dubai School. Mrs Harris and her family are leaving Dubai to relocate back to Australia.  Mrs Quborsi has decided to take some time out with her family.  Mrs Taylor is moving to a new role at the College and Harrison Astley is going to university in the UK to continue his sports coaching studies.  

Each one of them has given so much to DESS in their own way and I hope they take with them many happy memories.

Click HERE to find a brief introduction to our new staff members joining us in September and some other staff news. 

Sadly, we are also saying goodbye to some families who are leaving Dubai.  We will miss you all and wish you well in your future adventures.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed to this incredible year at DESS.  My fantastic staff, my wonderful SLT team, the amazing Mr Gibbs, the Trustees and, of course, your awesome children. I would like to make a particular mention of those staff that continue to work throughout the holidays; our admin team, Grenville, Mr Rycroft and our whole team of site staff. We are very excited about some site improvements that are being made to Latifa Hall, Arabic and the field over the holidays so watch this space!

My final thank you is to you, our parents.  We really appreciate the vital role that you play and would like to thank you all for your continued support this year.

Have a wonderful summer, stay safe, enjoy your children and I look forward to welcoming you all back at the end of August. 

Oh, and children, don’t forget to make your bed!

Happy Holidays!

C Dando

Congratulations to Murali (Facilities Staff member) who got engaged during the Eid break this year.

Congratulations to our Staff Stars of the Week, Mr Joshua Arnup, Ms Hannah Blunden, Mrs Jasmin Padda and Mrs Aileen Davidson.


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