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Next Update: February 6, 2020

superintendent's perspective

Thank you to the many parents who completed the GEMS Parent Survey. Please watch Tammy Murphy's video as she shares and addresses the highlighted themes in your feedback. Watch Now!

What is future-focused learning? Lee Crockett explains the Blooms taxonomy and future focused learning during our latest Professional Learning Day for teachers. Watch HERE:

highlights & QUICK LINKS

Now, pay fees and for field trips now through the GEMS Connect App. Use your GEMS Username and Password or contact for support.

from admissions

If you are leaving Dubai and intend to withdraw your child from DAA, please note that you are required to inform our Admissions team and complete the Transfer request through the GEMS Parent Portal or GEMS Connect App using your GEMS Username and Password. For more detail on the withdrawal process, please visit our Website or reach out to our Admissions team at

Upcoming calendar of events

January 27th - Grade 5 Parent Morning (Dibba Camp Trip), 8am, AuditoriumJanuary 27th - Middle School Winter Concert, 6pm, AuditoriumJanuary 28th - High School Japan Trip Meeting at 6pm in Room T66January 29th - Pathway Evening for Grade 8 Students and Parents, 6-8pm, AuditoriumJanuary 29th - MESAC Season 2 Tournaments beginFebruary 2nd - Start of Semester 2 for MS and HSFebruary 2nd - Registration open for MS/HS Athletic Teams, Season 3February 2nd - HS Tile Presentation, All are welcome, 3:30-5:30pm, AuditoriumFebruary 2nd - Middle School, Hatta Fort 7th /8th Grade Parents Info Session, 5:30pm, AuditoriumFebruary 3rd - Pathways Evening for Grade 9 Students and Parents, 6-8pm, AuditoriumFebruary 4th - HS MAP testing beginFebruary 4th - Middle School, Hatta Fort 6th Grade Parents Info Session, 5pm, AuditoriumFebruary 5th - Pathways Evening for Grade 10 Students and Parents, 6-8pm, AuditoriumFebruary 5th - Pathways Morning for Grade 11 Parents, 8-9:30am, AuditoriumFebruary 9th - ES and MS MAP testing beginFebruary 9th - Unifrog Session for HS Parents (2 Sessions Available - 8am-9am or 6:15pm-8:15pm), AuditoriumFebruary 9th - Season 3 TryoutsFebruary 11th - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

wellbeing DAA

Perseverance and Grit

The wellbeing census has indicated that students in DAA need more opportunities to show perseverance. Can you think of a way to encourage your children to keep at it?

Grit and perseverance are what keeps us trying to meet long-term goals. In many cases, intelligence isn't enough to be successful. Grit is the extra ingredient which helps us reach our goals. It means being able to re-start after experiencing failure. Similar in many ways to resilience, grit is what helps us to try again after not achieving a goal and staying motivated.

Additional Resources about Encouraging Perseverance & Grit

To register for lunch delivery (K-G2) or top up your child's account (G.3-12), please click here: . Remember that once you have topped up money in your parent account, you must transfer funds to your child's account.


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ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane / 04 704 9706 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744 / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi / 04 704 9730
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed / 04 704 9736
SLICES / 054 792 7509

STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat / 04 704 9755

Divisional directory

Early Years Reception: 04 704 9705
Elementary Reception: 04 704 9724
Middle School Reception: 04 704 9722
Middle School Attendance: 04 704 9728
High School Reception: 04 704 9723
High School Attendance: 04 704 9747
Athletics, Activities & Aquatics: 04 704 9842