SISD now offering the IB Career-Related Programme | SISD

SISD now offering the IB Career-Related Programme

We are delighted to announce that SISD has been authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP). The IBCP is the newest addition to the International Baccalaureate continuum. Designed for students aged 16-19 who wish to engage in career-related education, the programme is growing substantially worldwide. This programme allows students to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge, engaging in a holistic education model that fosters an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Learn more about the IBCP at SISD

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    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 winter break.

    Please find below our detailed protocols in place to ensure optimum health and safety measures.

    1. Clinical Protocol-Information for parents: Click Here

    Updated 13th January, 2021

    Please find below detailed protocols in place:

    2. Travel Guidelines and Information: 

    Updated 25th March 2021Please follow the following guidelines from the authorities if you wish to leave the UAE during school vacations.
    • All Students and staff must complete the SISD Parent/Staff Declaration.
    • Along with the Parent Declaration, students must either provide a negative PCR test result or quarantine at home.
    • All Students and Staff must declare recent travel history.
    A) All Students and staff must complete the SISD Parent/Staff Declaration.
    • The link is sent to you via email.
    • Every parent must complete the SISD Parent Declaration before school starts.
    • Not completing the form will mean that your child will not be allowed in school.

    B) Along with the Parent Declaration, students must either provide a negative PCR test result or quarantine at home.

    Negative PCR test 
    • Provide the School with a negative PCR test for your child (and each of your children).
    • The test must be done after arrival, in a Dubai airport or in a DHA approved laboratory.
    • Overseas tests done prior to the flight in the country of travel are not accepted.
    • Students will not be allowed to attend school without first submitting to school a copy of their negative PCR test results (obtained no earlier than 48 hours before their return to school)
    • Please send the PCR test result to after filing the Travel Declaration
    • If your child is undergoing or awaiting a PCR test, please keep him / her and all siblings at home until the result is out and shared with the Health Team.


    • If you do not wish to have your child undergo a PCR test on arrival, you can choose to keep your child in quarantine for 10 days.
    • Please email detailing your choice for quarantine following travel.
    • Your child can then join school on the 11thday of quarantine
    C) All Students and Staff must declare recent travel history.
    • Fill the DHA Travel & Health Declaration Form for your child, (and each of your children separately) on your return and before your child resumes the school.
    • You can find the form here, or with the SISD Parent Declaration.
    • Put health@sisd.aeas the school’s email.
    We will continue to update you as soon as we receive further information from the relevant authorities.

    3. Pick-up & Drop-Off procedureClick here

    Oxbridge Week

    SISD will be hosting three Oxbridge virtual events throughout this week:Monday 22nd March, 5:30-6:30pm: Aspiring to Oxbridge TalkZoom Link:“Aspiring to Oxbridge”, the session delivered by Alicia Luba, is an introductory presentation designed for students and their parents from Year 9 upwards. During this presentation, Alicia will be addressing key points such as who should consider applying, how to apply, and the process from initially considering Oxbridge all the way through to the interviews themselves. Alicia will share her own experience both as an Oxford undergraduate and now for the past five years as an admissions consultant. The presentation will cover the different entry requirements, the college system, pooling, the strategy behind choosing the right course and the different admissions tests students need to sit in advance.SPEAKER’S PROFILE:ALICIA LUBA - CONSULTANCY DIRECTOR AT OXBRIDGE APPLICATIONSAlicia holds a first-class degree in English Literature from St Hilda’s College Oxford and also an MA in Shakespeare from Kings College, London. She has been consulting with students, schools and parents for Oxbridge Applications since 2013, specialising in the Arts and Humanities subjects. She regularly takes on her own Premier Service students as well as conducting the initial Private Consultations in the London office or around the globe. Alicia travels to meet clients and schools in the United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Nigeria and most recently, Oman.______________Tuesday 23rd March, 5:30-6:30pm: University of Cambridge Virtual Presentation Zoom link: session is aimed at parents and students who wish to learn more about the University of Cambridge, the application process and entry requirements. Roshan will also explain how students as early as Grade 9 can start preparing for a highly selective institution such as Cambridge._____________SPEAKER’S PROFILE:ROSHAN WALKERLEY - DEPUTY HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECRUITMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGERoshan Walkerley is the Deputy Head of International Student Recruitment at the University of Cambridge. He was also part of the Cambridge International Global Recognitions team for two years, leading work with universities in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. Prior to joining Cambridge International in 2018, Roshan worked as a Student Recruitment Manager and Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia. Roshan studied Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, and Macquarie University, Australia. _____________Thursday 25th March, 5:30-6:30pm: Oxbridge Virtual Panel Discussion am delighted to be inviting the Carfax Education team again to lead this insightful virtual conversation with recent Graduates from Oxford and Cambridge. Both the humanities and the sciences will be represented during this event. Acceptance into these elite establishments is extremely competitive, top grades are not enough to guarantee a place. Our four guests will share their stories, give valuable inside advice on making your application stand out and tell you what it is really like to study in the "dreaming spires".
    We are delighted to announce that Mrs Ruth Burke has been appointed Principal/CEO of SISD from next academic year. She will succeed Mr. Norbert Foerster who is retiring as planned and moving back to Europe.As an educator and school leader with an outstanding record in school development, Ruth’s experience in leading a range of top-tier international schools, increasing opportunities for all students to be successful and building inclusive community cohesion will support the next stages in the development of our school.Educated in Trinity College Dublin (first degree) and Bath University, UK (Masters’ degree), Mrs Burke’s in-depth understanding of education, her proven track record in school improvement at the highest levels in schools such as JESS, GEMS Wellington International School and Deira International school, will see her vision for student success and wellbeing positively drive all aspects of school culture and provision at SISD in the years ahead. During Ruth’s tenure at JESS Jumeirah and GEMS WIS, the schools were rated as Outstanding in the KHDA DSIB inspections, and both schools are leading IB Diploma schools in Dubai, ensuring students achieve the best global university places.Ambitious for students, staff and schools, Mrs Burke believes strongly in the power of education and the potential of growth mindset, supporting students to achieve their potential and creating partnerships to build effective learning communities. Both boarders and day students at SISD can expect a focus on all aspects of their pastoral, extra-curricular and academic experiences to be developed in a caring, community-focused and forward-thinking manner.In addition, Ruth’s energetic and highly personable approach will assure her successful transition to life at SISD. As mum to three ranging in ages from 8 to 27 years and residing in Dubai for the last 20 years with her husband, Mrs Burke is looking forward to joining the SISD community and further contributing to the four central principles at SISD of Bilingualism, Excellence, Sustainability and Togetherness.SISD Founder, Omar Danial said ‘I am delighted to welcome Ruth Burke to SISD as our new Head of School. As an experienced IB educator, and a long-standing leader in a number of ‘Outstanding’ schools in Dubai, Ruth will be an incredible asset for our school. Ruth’s vast experience of the UAE, coupled with her commitment and passion for inclusive education, will support our vision to deliver a first-class IB education for all our students. I feel very fortunate to have secured Ruth as the new Head of School, and am looking forward to working with her on the next stage of school advancement.’Ruth said ‘It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected as the next Head of SISD, particularly following the remarkable vision and leadership of Norbert Foerster. The SISD Education is unique: global in its outlook, bilingual in its approach, Swiss in its culture, and yet also rooted in the local community of Dubai. I am passionate about the IB, it is absolutely the gold standard of education, and it is what employers and universities are now looking for. When combined with the languages and the STEAM education that SISD offers, I have no doubt that we have developed something unique for our students – I am looking forward to developing this further, becoming part of the SISD community and supporting the school in the next stage of its growth and development.’We look forward to welcoming Ruth to the SISD community this summer.Find out more about Ruth - A Q&A session with Ruth is on our website here.
    Our Grade 11 Diploma students have created their own newsletter for secondary students, containing articles about their recent studies, school news and their personal media recommendations.Read the newsletter here Grade 11 - Newsletter January 2021
    We are delighted to introduce our student leadership team for this year. Congratulations to all students on your selection, and we look forward to seeing what you can achieve together this year!Read more about the students, and their interests and roles here.
    In conjunction with the world-class IB programme, students from PreKG to Grade 5 have the opportunity to study STEAM subjects as part of our enhanced education offer.Personalized learning, creativity, problem solving and project management – developing skills for the future.Learn more about our International Baccalaureate programmes. 
    At SISD we are proud of the unique programmes we offer to suit learners and their interests. We are an inclusive school of diverse pathways and subject choices for students as this ultimately equips them for university and beyond.SISD students are accepted by some of the world’s most prestigious universities.Learn more on our Secondary School page. 
    We are proud to have been recognised with the “People of Determination Friendly Entity - ” award by Dubai Healthcare City Authority.The award recognises our efforts to support and facilitate the engagement of students of determination in line with the UAE national agenda. Our school’s excellent facilities, flexible curriculum choices and dedicated staff all ensure that students of determination reach their full potential.  
    Congratulations to our MYP eAssessment graduates as well as our MYP coordinator Martin Keon on their wonderful achievements:
    • Pass rate : 96%
    • Percentage of students above the world average : 65%
    • Percentage of students achieving a bilingual certificate : 61%
    • Highest score : 52 points
    Watch this video to discover what an MYP education looks like.Learn more about the MYP at SISD.