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Chores, chores, chores. I am already tired by saying this word… a chore. I wrote this word four times; I am exhausted! Yes, this word somehow has the ability to make me feel resentful, annoyed and pestered. I ask myself, is it because I am a mum? A working mum? However, all in all, what I need is support, assistance and a sense of responsibility from every member of my family to contribute, to care and to consistently complete daily jobs that gives everybody the understanding of our little unit, our little community – the family. So as a parent, should I expect my children to contribute towards that little unit? Should parents involve kids in chores at home?
I do not doubt that we all collectively agree that children benefit enormously having a role in the daily operations of their family. As much as we as parents like to protect our children, we are also responsible for preparing and teaching them about the various realities of life. The ability to cope with disappointments, accept the consequences of their actions, develop problem-solving skills, and become functioning, independent adults, depends largely on our parenting choices and not solely on educational institutions. We often worry for our offspring joining college, don’t we? How are they going to cope? My child never cooked a meal, mowed a lawn, washed clothes or a dish or made a bed. Well that’s why chores are so important for our children. By allowing them to do chores from a very early age, we foster responsibility, independence and self-confidence in them.
Objections! But my child is so busy! He or she does not have time to help around the house! Homework, extra curricular activities and busy social life to name the few…
Indeed, considering the right amount of responsibility is a balancing act. Our children are very busy and are expected to work very hard. Nevertheless, children do need their downtime. They need a chance to play, relax, daydream, nap or just be bored. When can we timetable performing chores into their busy schedule? The answer is anytime. Believe me, it is a good idea! Scientific studies have shown that neatness and organization at home can improve a child’s ability to organise and prioritise their responsibilities in an educational setting. Our children will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment if they participate or do the things that adults do. By enforcing regular clean up after playtime, our children will develop a systematised understanding of grouping, arrangement, and orderliness. If we begin this task early enough (around 18 months) and make it part of children’s routine, our children are likely to never understand the concept of making messes and leaving them behind for others to pick up.
Most importantly, our children will understand what it entails to be a fully functional member of a community and that he or she needs to share responsibilities to keep the community going. By being consistent from a very early age, I am certain we will never have to face the dreaded college transition. Our children will be prepared! They will eventually become better team players, responsible citizens and reliable life partners.
North London Collegiate School Dubai (NLCS Dubai) is delighted to congratulate Mrs. Bernice McCabe on her inclusion as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Mrs. McCabe, the former Headmistress at NLCS UK, was appointed Officer of the OBE by the Prince of Wales in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, London, Thursday, June 7th for her services to education.
“We congratulate Mrs. McCabe on her appointment to the OBE. Mrs. McCabe played an integral role in bringing North London Collegiate School to Dubai, and has helped to spread high quality IB education to other parts of the world. We deeply value her contribution to children’s education, and we wish her all the best as she continues to spread happiness throughout her community” said Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of KHDA.”
Mrs. McCabe had served as the Headmistress of NLCS for 20 years (1997-2017) as it maintained its position as one of the most academically successful schools in England.
“Mrs. McCabe is an inspiration and a tremendous guiding influence for the staff, students, and all of those who have had the privilege of working with her. We all send our congratulations and good wishes to her.” said Daniel Lewis, Founding Principal, NLCS Dubai.
Mrs. McCabe is responsible for NLCS expanding globally with new campuses in Jeju, South Korea in 2011 Dubai in 2017 and Singapore in 2020. In her current NLCS role, she is responsible for ensuring the educational standards in the expanding group of NLCS International Schools and chairs the Academic Board of all NLCS Headteachers.
“I would like to congratulate Mrs. McCabe on this extraordinary achievement. She continues to be an inspiration to those of us aiming to raise the standards of international schools, a committed reformer in the field of teaching and a role model for generations of young women. We look forward to continuing our close association with her in Dubai and Singapore” said Mr. Ajay Rajendran, Co-Chairman of Sobha Group.
Mrs. McCabe is Co-Director of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which provides subject-based professional development programmes for state school teachers and leaders. She has advised successive Governments on education policy and served on national education committees, including the National Curriculum Advisory Committee from 2010, and the London Schools Excellence Fund which tackles underperformance in London Maintained schools, from 2013.
We’re sure you’ve heard about the Summer Brain Drain phenomenon; this year your child has the opportunity to Energize, Vitalize, Activate their Brain AND build new Neural Pathways instead, when they enroll in one of our summer programs options, that use fun, interactive, and challenging exercises. The Accelerated Program dramatically strengthens your child’s skills and prepares them for the new school year. The One, or Two Weeks Taster, gives your child a true Brain Workout, and leaves them wanting more. Trust us !
Hold on, that’s not all, for your teen and pre-teen, for the Thinkers and the Innovators we’ve teamed up with Reforma Consulting to bring the Firs of it’s kind one week camp “My Idea, My Design” where they get to engage in five modules of hands on Design Thinking segments. Spaces fill out fast so Hurry up, contact us TODAY to book.
Diverse are back with the coolest summer camps in Dubai! Four whole weeks of fun as our campers sing, dance and act their way through the summer. Parents are invited to join the fun and watch a presentation at the end of each week.
8th – 12th July – Annie – It’s a Hard Knock Life for us as we go back in time to Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage in New York City and join Annie and her friends in her search to find her real parents. We think ‘You’re Gonna Like It Here!’
15th – 19th July – A Million Dreams – Join us on our Greatest Showman inspired journey as we celebrate all things individual and different. Come and join us at the Circus!
22nd – 26th July – Mama Mia – Become a ‘Dancing Queen’ with Sophie, Donna and our favourite Mama Mia characters as we get ready for the wedding of the year!
29th July – 2nd August – Aladdin & The Magic Lamp – Join Aladdin, Abu, Princess Jasmin and the Genie on our magic carpet ride through the city of Agrabah and discover ‘A Whole New World’. Will your wishes be granted during this magical week?
With climate change, scarcity of resources, and alternative energy dominating society’s talking points, it’s easy to see that sustainability is a major topic of concern. However, sustainability isn’t just about what major industries, corporations, and governments do to work towards ecological balance – it’s just as much about the lifestyle choices that every individual makes to reduce their footprint in the world.
These lifestyle choices are hard to make when you’re already older and accustomed to a certain way of living that may no longer be sustainable. That’s why it’s important to ingrain such a lifestyle in people at a young age. With this in mind, Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is striving towards being a school with focus on sustainability, not only to reduce their own footprint and conserve energy, but lead their students by example towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Many of us would have grown up being reminded about simple things like turning off the lights when they’re not in use, or segregating trash. Simple enough! But today, it’s advised to go completely plastic-free, through the use of reusable utensils and food containers, or that we should unplug electrical devices from outlets even if not in use, because they still consume some amount of electricity.
While these methods might not always make their way into our homes, schools have been implementing awareness programmes so that students can adopt these choices. As a result, they’ve led the charge in teaching children new methods of eco-friendly living. You may have been aware of similar programmes when you were yourself schoolchildren – many of us would have become aware of trash segregation or electricity conservation in the first place through what was taught to us in school.
Such sustainability education is important to ensure that our children, future leaders as they are, will make environmentally-friendly decisions once it’s their turn to take the reins of power. It’s especially powerful when schools don’t just teach sustainability, but integrate it into daily school life.
“At Swiss International School Dubai, sustainability is at the core of everything we do, from every design element of our campus to the different programmes we implement not just during special occasions, but all year round. Indeed, sustainability is part of our codified school values, as we consider it essential to providing a good environment for our students in which to learn.”
“Our community’s efforts, guided by our Sustainability Coordinator, have led to a very visible aura of sustainable development all over SISD. We meet the extensive standards of the Swiss Minergie ecolabel for energy consumption, while implementing technologies on campus such as the water-conserving Smixin handwash technology. Meanwhile, our students are taught to save energy and water as well as value the environment as a whole, through initiatives that encourage trash collection, going plastic-free, and even student-led ideas like the light monitor, who ensures that lights are kept off when unneeded.”
SISD recently received the DEWA Conservation Award, as an educational institution that upholds eco-friendly values, paving the way for a generation of students who will be inspired to live eco-friendly lifestyles in turn.
When choosing what kind of education your child will be getting, there are many considerations to make that will affect how they learn, how they perform, and even the kind of educational future they can look forward to. Making such a decision, you need to be informed as to the quality of the school to which you’re going to send your child, and the curriculum that they’ve adopted.
In this article, we take a look at the advantages of an IB education system, and how it stacks up against more traditional frameworks such as the British GCE A Level system.
Advantages of the IB
The first and most obvious advantage of the International Baccalaureate is right there in the name – “International over the world, in over 4,000 schools.
IB students are set to be well-prepared for a future in an increasingly globalized world. This is notable across all aspects of the curriculum. In the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), taught from ages 3-12 years, content in the curriculum is divided into “Units of Inquiry,” which are driven by a Central Idea that engages with real-world issues. This approach develops not only critical thinking and analytical skills, but also a better knowledge and appreciation of world affairs.
Meanwhile, for comparison, the British GCE A Level system was developed for England and is also used by certain Commonwealth countries. It presents a more focused, UK-centric approach to education. Students taking the A Levels will find a more focused curriculum, outlined by taking “Advanced Levels” in each subject for which they desire qualifications. A Levels are typically found to provide more knowledge content than the IB, and feature lots of textbook-oriented learning centered on memorization and examinations. In addition, examinations are administered and graded by external bodies, rather than within the school, which is associated with greater trust of results.
Even though the IB arguably provides less “knowledge” over the course of an education, it works better with providing students with the faculties for critical thinking and independent inquiry. Furthermore, the value of memorization, textbook-based learning has been questionable as of late, with formulas, dates, historic events and the like easily searchable on Google.
In addition, the two-year International Baccalaureate Degree Program is recognized by thousands of schools across dozens of countries around the world, in contrast to the A Levels that might only be accepted within a country whose universities recognizes them, or only at specific universities around the world. And for students who move around a lot from region to region, the IB program at all levels is flexible enough to support moving and continuation of classes between different IB schools.
Another advantage is that the IB DP program fosters a more open-minded and well-rounded student, through a broad education spread out across six subject groups, as well as a course on the theory of knowledge, a 4000-word essay, and a “Creativity, Activity, or Service” project that has students engage in real tasks outside the classroom. Similarly, the other programs for younger students include a variety of areas of study, as well as a collaborative nature of study, and an objective for students to become internationally-minded.
Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is an International Baccalaureate school offering bilingual curriculum, taught in English/German or English/French, as well as its English programme with additional languages. It also provides an elite Swiss education along with top-tier facilities that truly make it a premium international school. For more information, visit http://sisd.ae.