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Dear DAA Families,
In the next few editions of SPOTS, we will be sharing exciting news about our plans for the 2022-2023 school year. This week I am thrilled to spotlight our new Elementary Principal, Mr. Mike Gilmour. Mike joins the DAA family with over fifteen years’ experience in education, with the last six as an elementary principal in Singapore. He worked at the GEMS World Academy in Singapore and was touted as a student-centered leader, effective communicator and developer of a positive school culture. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Cape and a Master of Education from Monash University.
Please view this short video that Mike has prepared to introduce himself to our community:
Mike published his first book, The Power of Rapport, in 2019.
While we are excited about next year, we must stop and reflect on the incredible leadership of Mr. Craig Cantlie over the last 4 years. Craig has served as a visionary leader that has led the development of an exceptional elementary program that embraces an Inquiry-Based/Design Thinking Model of Learning. Learners utilize technology as an educational tool and innovative thought is fostered in our Apple Distinguished School.
Mr. Cantlie, you will be missed!
Mr. Gilmour will continue to have the support of our wonderful elementary leadership team of Mrs. Nathalie Salameh, Mrs. Noha Bishara, and Mrs. Tooshna Gandhi.
My very best,
old books for new eyes
In honor of the National Month of Reading, Grade 9 student, Camille Parisot is leading a wonderful initiative - Old Books, New Eyes. The initiative will run from March 1st to March 20th.
Please watch the video below for more information on the Old Books for New Eyes Book Drive.
the holy quran competition
The DAA EXPO 2022 Is Now Open For Submissions!
khda - education through the pandemic
Featuring interviews with parents, students, teachers and government officials, KHDA's Education Through the Pandemic offers an insight to how different members of the community responded to the outbreak, and how they came together to ensure children’s education could continue. This Docuseries is divided into 6 videos, which you can view below. Keep an eye out for our Superintendent/CEO, Mrs. Tammy Murphy in Episode 2!
ESM English Language Spring Camp
gems for life
We are happy to announce that re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open. Please check your inbox for a letter from Mrs. Murphy on how you can re-enroll today.
If you did not receive the letter, or have any questions about the re-enrollment process, please reach out to our Director of Admissions, Mrs. Gabrielle Keane at firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance.
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