‘We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it’
‘We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.’ Barack Obama
As I write this newsletter, at the end of another busy two weeks, I am drawn to reflect on so much that has happened at DESS recently. Celebrating National Day yesterday always reminds me of a plethora of colour, fun and a time when we can all come together to enjoy the moment with our community. Recognising #HelloYellow this week as well has helped us to focus on positivity, emotional intelligence and the challenges of being mentally healthy and last week, let us not forget that we opened our doors to a highly experienced, inspection team who spent a few days with us to look, listen and recognise what it is that makes DESS so special. It was overwhelming to hear our visitors speak so highly of our children, our teachers and our amazing community and what we are doing to guide and develop our children.
Listening to Bill Beswick yesterday, a visiting speaker at DESC, who spoke about how much our future generations are already influenced by digital technology and social media, I thought about our legacy, in how much we are doing to shape their futures, to allow our students space for effort and risk-taking, to help them to question themselves and each other and to guide them towards the qualities we would want for them as adults. It is indeed a quest that we embrace at DESS as we continue to support and shape our young people towards their future.
The week has ended with a moment of peace and quiet reflection as the whole DESS community stopped for a minute of silence for Commemoration Day, marking the sacrifice made by the first Emirati soldier to die in the line of duty, 20-year-old Salem Suhail bin Khamis on 30th November 1971, during the ‘Battle of the Greater Tunb’, alongside others who have died doing their duty for their country.
Please remember that DESS is closed on Sunday and Monday for the public holiday to commemorate the 47th National Day holiday. We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 4th December.
I wish you all a lovely long weekend.
Jane Shaddick-Brady (Deputy Headteacher)