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ATHLETICS & Activities

October 17, 2019

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Activities Department News

We are midway through the first activity term, and lots of positive energy has been put forward during the activity sessions both by students and teachers. The Activities Department would like to remind parents that it is important that your child attend every activity session. Valuable lessons are learned by taking part in activities, and it is a safeguarding issue as we must know where all students are that stay on campus after the regular school day ends.

If you have any questions regarding the Activities Program please contact Jim Matter, Activities Coordinator (j.matter_daa@gemsedu.com).

Athletics Department News

The Leopard teams have continued their winning ways throughout Season One, as the hard work being done at practice by the players and coaches is really paying off. A great new tradition began as the Varsity Volleyball teams and Student Council took time to recognize the efforts and commitment of the seniors at the last home game this past Wednesday, see photos below.

Next week our HS teams will be competing in the EAC Championship Tournaments. Please see below dates and locations.


  • October 24th EAC Golf at the Abu Dhabi City Course
  • October 26th EAC Swimming Meet at Dubai American Academy
  • October 26th EAC JV Volleyball at Universal American School
  • October 26th EAC Varsity Volleyball at GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi

MESAC is right around the corner! DAA is the proud host of the MESAC Academic Games Event on November 8th, 9th, 10th and we are looking for parent volunteers to help with the event as Quiz Game readers, timers, scorekeepers. If you are available to help please contact Yvonne Sidani (y.sidani_daa@gemsedu.com).

Finally our Jr Leopards Soccer teams took to the fields to participate in a mid-season jamboree. Lots of positive energy from the players and coaches went into those games and a lot of positive experiences were had.

If you have any questions please contact the Athletics and Activities Office and Scott Hibbard, Athletics Director (s.hibbard_daa@gemsedu.com).

Go Leopards!

MESAC HOSTING

To the DAA Parent Community,

DAA is proud to be a founding member of MESAC, the Middle East South Asia Conference of Schools, which includes ABA IB School in Oman, American Community School in Abu Dhabi, American School of Doha, ASD, and American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. Our selected students from Grade 8-12 participate in several Activities and Athletic Competitions, three times a year, at these locations. Our teams are Athletic or Academic based, and we have several teams during each season.

This season, DAA is proudly hosting MESAC Academic Games from November 7-11th. We are welcoming approximately 60 scholars from our member schools and are looking for DAA families who would be willing to assist with hosting.

Even if you do not have older children, or anyone competing in MESAC, you are welcome to help host. Your main responsibilities include providing comfortable accommodations, driving students to DAA in the mornings and picking up from DAA in the evenings, and providing one or two meals (depending on the competition schedule). It is a wonderful experience for our families, and the start of lasting camaraderie between players and students.

Like our own students, these visiting students have worked hard all season, and as they travel away from home, it is the host school's responsibility to ensure that they are taken care of, during their time in Dubai. Help us show our Leopard Pride by ensuring that all families and players have a positive MESAC experience. If you are interested in housing two visiting students from these schools, please contact Yvonne Sidani at y.sidani_daa@gemsedu.com

SWIMMING

DAA Junior Swimming Squad has won the 1st place at the DASSA Primary League first gala! We are so proud of this achievement! All swimmers has contributed and swim at their best during the competition.

Well done Leopards!

DAA Aquathon team has competed in their first competition on October 13th and they loved it! Our young athletes swam 100m in the pool and ran a mile around the campus! It was such a great experience for the kids!

Congratulations to the medalists:

Tala Marawan 1st place

Simon Fokuo 2nd place

Nora Scortecci 2nd place

We are looking forward the next event on October 28th at GWA.

Athletics & Activities Office Contacts

Athletics DirectorScott Hibbard: s.hibbard_daa@gemsedu.com
Activities CoordinatorJim Matter: j.matter_daa@gemsedu.com
Aquatics CoordinatorMarie Leclerc: m.leclerc1_daa@gemsedu.com
Athletics & Activities AssistantYvonne Sidani: y.sidani_daa@gemsedu.com