HIGH SCHOOL highlights
from high school
May 30, 2019
Dear High School Students and Parents
This week is a time for celebration in the High School!
On Sunday we held our Athletics Banquet. Thanks to Mr. Hibbard, Ms Deakin and Ms Yvonne for your organization. It is great to celebrate our students athletic achievement. As far as I can remember it was the best attended Athletics end of year celebration that I can remember. I am often overwhelmed as to how able our students are in finding balance in their lives!
On Wednesday we had our annual High School awards ceremony where the student body had the opportunity to say goodbye to the senior class for one last time. Many student awards were presented. Congratulations to our award winners. Never have we had such a hard time in selecting deserving candidates. This is a clear testament to the hard work and dedication of DAA students. At the same event, we saw the swearing in of our new Student Government Presidents. A huge thank you Eman Qadumi and Nick Hensel for your service. Congratulations to Sofia Ladak and Mert Saygi who will take the reigns of our amazing student government from next year.
At the ceremony we also said good-bye to members of our community. Thank you to all the students who chose to be part of the DAA community. We wish you all the best! Unfortunately we also said goodbye to a small number of teachers who will leaving us at the end of the month. A heartfelt thank you for your service.
Finally to the Class of 2019! We are so proud of your accomplishments. We hope you enjoyed graduation. It was a fabulous ceremony. Don't forget us and make sure you drop by for a visit.
Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke
High School Administration
Some of our Grade 11 Business Management students participated in a local business competition this weekend at DIA. DIA hosted hundreds of local students who participated in one of four events to display their knowledge and application of business tools and theory. One team of DAA students, Minyoung Kim and Jihong Min, took second place in their mobile app development category for their development of the “Pluppy” app.
Correction to previous publication: Seong-Joong Yim was not mentioned but also took part in the Business Minds competition. He designed the prototype for the application for this competition.
We are super proud of these kids, as they worked really hard to create an amazing presentation for the judges. Congratulations and well done!
Work Experience Week
During the first week of May, 10th Graders took part in a very successful Work Experience Week. We would like to share some success stories about the week as well as some of the special experiences that our students were able to have. After the conclusion of Work Experience Week, we asked students to share their experiences with us. This is what we found out:
- 47 students traveled overseas on “career-focused” trips to Germany, Switzerland and California
- 32 students took part in an in-school workshop focused on entrepreneurship
- Of the remaining 173 Grade 10’s who took part in volunteer internships, approximately 94% were in Dubai, 2% elsewhere in the UAE, 4% were overseas
- Students who completed the internship were placed in companies such as: The Landmark Group, Dubai Municipality, MAG Clinic, Scality, General Electric, Consulate General of India, St. Georges Hospital London, Al Noor Special Needs School, and many more.
- In a feedback survey completed by students, we found that 17% of students found their own placement, while most had assistance from a parent in order to secure their placement. In the same survey, it was found that 25% of parents assisted the program by offering a placement to someone in Grade 10 other than their child.
- In the same survey, 85% of those who attended the Entrepreneurship workshop feel more knowledgeable about what it takes to be an entrepreneur
The following are short summaries of work-placement experiences by some of our Grade 10’s. They make for quite and inspiring read:
Great job Grade 10!
Thank you to Mr. Starr, Mrs. Jochinke, Mrs. Douglas (Grade Level Advisor for Grade 10), Grade 10 MEA teachers for their support, as well as all of the teachers who volunteered their time to be chaperones for the overseas trips or local excursions.
Dean of Students -High School