December 9, 2021

Dear Elementary Families,

Today is the last day of school for 2021! 

NEW IN 2022!

As you know the UAE has announced a change to the work week in 2022. As such we have adjusted our elementary schedule to reflect this change.


What do you need to know for our return to school on Monday, January 3rd?

The way you have prepared for every Sunday this school year will remain the same. You will now just prepare it for Monday. The schedule for the first day of the week will remain the same in 2022.

On Monday, January 3rd our teachers will send you the details of when your child has specialist teachers so you can be aware of any changes in the week.

Here is a copy of our timetable for the rest of the year:


Thank you for an excellent trimester. With the final day of school and trimester one report card delivered, we wish you all the best over the winter holiday break. We will see you at 7:40am on January 3, 2022. 

Finally, our teams wanted to send you some holiday greetings which you can see below.

Happy Holidays!


Craig Cantlie

Executive Principal, Elementary

The Elementary Leadership Team

Fine Arts Team

The Inclusion Team

The PE Team

The Islamic Team

The Grade 4 Team

The EAL Team

The Grade 5 Team

The KG Team

The KG2 Team

The Grade 2 Team

The Grade 3 Team

The Library Team

The Grade 1 Team

New E-book platform from our library

KG1 Learning

Movie Monday

Movie Monday


Sleepy Sunday

Sleepy Sunday

Triple Tuesday

UAE Celebrations

UAE Celebrations

UAE Celebrations

Winter Wednesday

KG1 Learning

The past few weeks have been very eventful for KG2FP class children. We had valuable experiences to broaden the children’s cultural understanding of the community that they live in. One of our highlights was a field trip to the Mobility Pavilion at the Expo. The children enjoyed visiting three different country exhibits and they made connections with our learning about different communities.


At school, the children attended a virtual UAE National Day assembly and they were exposed to the UAE culture as they visited the DAA UAE Heritage Village. They engaged in activity centers that included: The UAE flag tattoos and Henna, Arabic sweets station, Pin the Camel game, and watching the live UAE show of dancers and jugglers.

The last week of school involved a variety of dress up days. Children looked very cute in their Pajamas.

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year.




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key contacts

Should your child(ren) need to be away from school due to illness or appointments, please contact our School Secretaries.

KG1 - Grade 2: Shirley Vas  s.vas_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9705

Grades 3-5: Rene Botha  r.botha1_daa@gemsedu.com /04 704  9724

General Elementary Inquiries:  elementary_daa@gemsedu.com

Craig Cantlie 

Executive Principal of Elementary (K - Grade 5)c.cantlie_daa@gemsedu.com

Nathalie Salemeh   

Elementary Principal, Grades 4 and 5n.salameh_daa@gemsedu.com

Noha Bishara              

Assistant Elementary Principal, Grades 2 and 3n.bishara_daa@gemsedu.com

Tooshna Gandhi          

Assistant Elementary Principal, KG1, KG2 and Grade 1t.gandhi_daa@gemsedu.com