The purpose of this monthly update is for parents to be better informed about the support offered to Grades 9-12 students, especially the sessions run during the school day. All events will continue to be advertised on Microsoft Teams for students, on the Universities & Careers team.
Congratulations to our first offer holders!
Congratulations to the students below for received their first offers! We are truly proud of all our students and wish everyone the very best in their applications.
Khadija Abdullahi – Business & Human Resources Management – Anglia Ruskin University & HULT London
Rashed Jabr – Business Administration – HULT Bolton (USA)
Danil Kim – Business Administration & Management – Heriot Watt University & American University in Dubai
Golbarg Mostafavi – Hospitality – Glion Institute
Ghena Radi – Environment & Business Co-op – University of Waterloo
Amin Rashad – Economics – University of St. Gallen
Camila Simao – History – University of Bristol & University of Exeter
Kourosh Zarei – Computer Science – University of Massachusetts & Rutgers University
We also wish the very best of luck to our students who have been invited for interviews by Stanford University, Princeton University and UPenn!
G10 Work Experience – We need your help!
Work placements are an invaluable experience for our students and we are hoping to be able to widen opportunities this year. I am pleased to share that I have recently received positive communication back about work placement opportunities resuming in the UAE for High School students, including in medical job shadowing. We will communicate the work experience enrichment dates as soon as they are available. In the meantime, I would like to reach out to our supportive community and ask to please contact me at email@example.com if you would be willing to provide work experience for our Grade 10 students within your company. Please specify the number of students you could accommodate, name of workplace, field of work and possible tasks they would complete.
Career & University Talks
With physical events resuming, the school has started to offer talks about different career paths and university experiences. We were delighted to welcome Maximilian Büsser who talked to our Grade 11s and will hopefully schedule a physical session with our Grade 12s soon. We hope these talks will broaden students’ future aspirations and develop their curiosity towards a wider variety of career fields. Parents are invited to join these talks and share their own journey with our students. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part in this series.
Upcoming SISD events:
Thursday 3rd February, 1:45-2:40pm (G12) + Monday 7th February 1:45-2:40pm (G11):
University Talk with Anthony Loxton-Baker
Mr Loxton-Baker will talk about his experience studying American Studies at Aberystwyth University and will also share his change of career and motivation to join the teaching profession after 8 years as Customer Service Representative.
Wednesday 9th February, 8:00-8:55am: G11 University Talk on US Sports Scholarships with Coach Kevin
Kevin has had several posts in university admissions in the US before working as a career counsellor in Dubai. An athlete himself, he has also delivered talks on Sports Scholarships for Hale Education.
Thursday 10th February, 11:10am-12:05pm: Grades 9 & 10 Work Monthly Workshop
This month we will be discussing the benefits of work experience and voluntary work. I will also share many virtual opportunities to help students find alternatives if physical work experience opportunities are still limited.
Monday 14th February, 1:45-2:40pm: G11 Oxbridge Talk (TBC)
Dr. Rafiq holds a PhD in Politics & International Relations from the University of Oxford and an MPhil from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. As part of the ‘Oxford Lecture Series’ organised for prestigious secondary schools around the World, Dr. Rafiq will interact with our Grade 11 students about admissions to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities in the UK.
Tuesday 22nd February, 8:00-8:55am: G11 Canadian Application Workshop with Vandana Mahajan
Vandana Mahajan, CEO of Futures Abroad, will be our guest speaker and will talk about how to prepare for and apply to Canadian universities. Vandana is the former Director of International Academic Liaison for the University of Toronto and is also the international representative for Western University. She has also been the Education Marketing Coordinator for the Embassy of Canada in Dubai since February 2021.
Thursday 3rd March, 1:45-2:40pm: Grades 11 & 12 International University Visit
This is an exciting physical event! We are expecting around 30 universities to join us in the largest SISD University Fair to date!
Monday 7th March, 1:45-2:40pm: G11 University & Career Talk with Leila Hoteit
Leila Hoteit is the Senior Partner & Managing Director of Boston Group Consulting. She was elected one of the Top 50 businesswomen in the Middle East and studied at Imperial College London where she obtained a PhD in electrical engineering. Leila Hoteit also has an MBA in Business Administration from INSEAD. Leila Hoteit has delivered TED Talks and is a truly inspirational speaker!
Upcoming events online:
Wednesday 9th March, 5:00-8:30pm: Africa & Middle East Study Abroad Fair
This is a highly recommended virtual fair where students and parents will be able to:
Participating institutions so far include:
Algonquin College; Acadia University; Canadore College; Carleton University; City University of Hong Kong; Durham University; Emlyon Business School; Glendon Campus of York University; Global School for Entrepreneurship; Grenoble Ecole de Management; Griffith University; Iowa State University; Irvine Valley College; Lakehead University; Laurentian University; MacEwan University; Memorial University; Northern College; St. John’s University; The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; The University of Sydney; University of Alberta; University of Groningen; University of Missouri (Mizzou); University of Cambridge; University of Leeds; University of Prince Edward Island; University of Saskatchewan; University of Westminster, London; University of Waterloo; Vancouver Island University (VIU) & High School at VIU; York University; University of Birmingham and more.
Please ensure students watch this short video on how the platform works which includes how to register for the event.
Upcoming events in Dubai:
Saturday 12th February: Les Roches & Glion Hospitality Discovery Workshop, W Hotel The Palm
Students in Grades 10-12 are invited to this very exciting Hospitality Discovery workshop where they have a chance to engage in activities that will be both fun and educational! Students will compete and one of them will win a weeklong Summer Program in Spain! (PDF brochure attached)
Monday 14th February: Student for a Day, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
Tour the campus and join exciting workshops on this very hands-on OpenDay!
The whole SISD team has been working hard to ensure that your children are healthy and safe in the school for their return after the summer break.
Please find below our detailed protocols in place to ensure optimum health and safety measures.