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Students brace themselves for school after summer break

Olivia Olarte / 5 September 2011

ABU DHABI — Classes begin today for some private schools in Abu Dhabi while others will commence in the coming days. However, most schools will reopen on Sunday next week in tandem with the public schools.

The Abu Dhabi Indian School, Emirates Future International School, American Community School, American International School in Abu Dhabi and the Asian International Private School in Al Gharbiya will all welcome their students back today.

The British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) will hold its Induction Day in the morning and get the students to meet their teachers for the new academic year. Classes will, in effect, begin on Tuesday.

The British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) and the Canadian International School Abu Dhabi will also welcome their students on Tuesday.

Al Rayyan National Private Schools will start the 2011-2012 academic year on Wednesday while Al Yasmina School will welcome its new students on Wednesday and its returning students on Thursday.

Prior to the opening of some schools this week, a few resumed classes early in accordance with their approved opening dates.

The Pisco International School, which follows the Philippine curriculum, started classes as early as August 14 for its high school students.

“We have to start them early otherwise we will have a shortage on the number of school days,” said principal Rosemary Natividad. Students returning to the Philippines to pursue their higher education would have to be in their country before June when classes usually start.

However, the primary and elementary students will only go back to school on September 11.

The Philippine National School (PNS) also started their grade school early, on August 21.

According to Dr Ofelia Padilla, PNS principal, they are still awaiting the approval from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) for their new secondary building in Mussafah before classes resume for the higher levels.

The German School and the Indian Community KG meanwhile started their classes yesterday.

The new Brighton College Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, will welcome its first batch of students only on September 13.

Back to school in Dubai

Some private schools in Dubai began their academic year yesterday after about eight weeks of summer holidays, while other private and public schools are scheduled to welcome students back on campus on September 11.

Among those that opened on Sunday were the Jumeirah English Speaking School, Al Rashid Al Saleh School and Regent International School.

According to GEMS Education, private schools in Sharjah under their management such as GEMS Millennium School and Our Own English High School, Sharjah, will resume their semesters on September 6 while international schools will begin the new academic year later in the week with some opening on September 7 and some on September 8. GEMS-managed schools following the Indian CBSE curriculum will resume their next school terms on September 11.

Administration and faculty in schools set to open next week resumed their posts on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming semester.



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