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February 28, 2019

Dear High School Students and Parents,

Another action-packed week in DAA High School!

Grade 10 Pathways Night

Thanks to all of our grade 10s who attended our Pathways Night last Tuesday. Deciding what courses to take for your grade 11 and 12 year is a big decision and not one that should be taken lightly. We will spend the next month or so helping guide students to make the most informed decision as possible. There will be more information presented to students over the coming weeks

Visiting Author -- Rehan Khan

On Monday 25th February, Rehan Khan visited DAA and offered a masterclass to our students on how to design a novel. Rehan Khan is a renowned author and has published several books, among them Last of the Tasburai (2014), Scream of the Tasburai (2017) and his most recent novel, Tudor Turk (2019). The students could learn some strategies about how to introduce conflict and intention to a novel, how to plan the development of a story and how to create interesting characters. At the very end of the session, the students had the opportunity to buy his last book and have it signed by him. The session was sponsored by the Emirates Literature Festival as part of their educational program.

A Reminder from High School Counseling

Thank you to all of the grade 11 parents and students who attended the recent Junior College/University Night, held on February 5, 2019 in the Auditorium. We had more than 150 people in attendance to learn about college and university counseling at DAA.

You can view the presentation here, https://prezi.com/view/4s5dnXCLfghQdIWEEvV8/.

For parents and students who were not in attendance and have viewed the presentation link provided, please make sure that you speak with your counselor about this presentation aimed at grade 11 students. All of the slides produced were put into context through our presentation and make not make perfect sense when viewed out of context. All of the High School Counselors are available to answer any questions you may have to put this information into context for you.


Please don’t forget that the DAA High School Counseling Office has many resources for students and parents. Here are a few of our most important resources:

  1. The DAA High School Counseling Blog
  2. The DAA HS Facebook Page
  3. The Program of Studies
  4. The High School Handbook
  5. Unifrog
  6. GEMS Uniconnect Scholarship Opportunities


Please remember that if you would like to make an appointment with one of the High School Counselors, please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Jan Evans, at j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com.

HS Spirit Week

Student Spotlight

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 from Feb.28th: 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!

Career Conference

Dear Grade 10 Students,

On March 7th, 2019 the entire grade 10 will be participating in our annual DAA Career Conference. Students will report to the DAA Auditorium at 7:40AM. This will be all day event for sophomores as you will be attending a keynote speaker and 4 sessions (we have over 25 outside speakers attending) to learn about different careers, followed by lunch and Pathways Presentation, Unifrog Session, and an IB/AP Student Panel in the afternoon. This event is beneficial because it allows you to make decisions about your future and which courses you might be interested in for grades 11/12.

All grade 10 students are asked to come dressed in "Business Casual Attire". Please note, inappropriate attire can result in not participating in the Career Conference activities. Please see attachment below for further information on dress code.

Please bring the following:

  • Water Bottle.
  • Notepad and Pen/Pencil to write down notes.
  • Snack & lunch or lunch money for break time (You will not be able to go grab items from your locker during this time).
  • Positive Attitude!

Please visit DAA Career Conference 2019 Website to see each speaker's picture and biography to help make intentional choices.

After reading about each speaker, please visit the website later this week for Student Sign Ups for each session. You will need to log in using your DAA email account (ex. Name.Name@gemsdaa.net). Once you submit your choices, you are NOT able to go back and make changes. You will receive an automatic reply receipt listing all of your sessions chosen. If you forget, you will receive your schedule the morning of the conference outside the DAA Auditorium.

We hope you find the DAA Career Conference fun and insightful. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know in the counseling office by emailing daacareerconference@gemsdaa.net.

Work Experience Week for Grade 10 Students

Dear Parents of Grade 10 students,

On Tuesday, February the 19th, we held a Grade 10 student assembly about a couple of important topics. One was the upcoming Career Conference on March 7th. During this conference, students will come to school and take part in workshops with working professionals from various careers. More information from Ms. Watson will be coming about the career conference.

We also discussed the upcoming Work Experience Week which is taking place from April 28th to May 2nd, 2019. During this week, those students who are not taking part in the overseas career focused trips or the in-school entrepreneur workshop, we will arrange volunteer work placements. These work placements will have students volunteer at a place of work of their choosing. In the past, we have had students complete their work placements at hospitals, schools, consulates, hotels, marketing firms, and law firms to name a few. Students will be expected to complete a normal work week, follow professional dress codes, as well as professional etiquette. As this is a volunteer program, students should ensure that they are not receiving any payment. We are often asked if a student can complete their work placement at a parent's place of work. While this is not always the ideal scenario, however, if a student wishes to pursue this career in their future, it is fine. We only ask that there is separation from the parent within the workplace as our goal is to see the students grow and develop without the aid of a parent.

This past Tuesday, February the 26th, during MEA class, students began working on their personal resume/CV in Unifrog. Unifrog is a program that our high school students use all through high school and help with pathways to university as well as the application process.

During MEA class, students will be given a copy of the Parent Permission Form. We ask that you have this signed and returned as soon as possible. Students will also receive a Company Agreement letter as well as a Company Information letter. The Company Information letter can be used when students approach companies when asking for a volunteer work placement. The Company Agreement letter needs to be filled out by the individual at the company that is agreeing to have the student complete the work experience. This person will act as the supervisor and will be asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the work experience week. In addition to this, students are expected to gather written/video reflections so that they may present back to their MEA class regarding their own experiences during Work Experience Week.

All forms should be returned to the student's MEA teacher in a timely manner. Please see the timeline below for an idea of how we progress towards Work Experience Week:

  • Resume/ CV completion: March 12 2019
  • Parent Permission: March 12 2019
  • Company Agreement: March 26 2019
  • Evaluation Form: May 7 2019
  • Personal Reflection Presentation: May 7 2019

It is our hope that this experience will help students in determining their future goals, university programs and ideal careers. This experience is meant to get students out of their comfort zone, experience what it is like to apply for a job, build self confidence and independence. Over the years that this program has been running, we have received incredible feedback from students, parents and company representatives alike. In some cases, students have been encouraged to return to seek employment once their education has been completed.

Those students who are either travelling to Switzerland, Germany, or the USA, or taking part in the in-school Entrepreneurship workshop will be expected to write reflections of their experiences so they can share these upon returning to school.

Please let either Dionne Douglas: d.douglas_daa@gemsedu.com (Grade Level Advisor for Grade 10) or I know if you have any questions.

May Week for Grade 9 Students

As you know During the week of April 28th to May 2nd, we have many exciting trips planned for many of our grade 9 students. Destinations include service-based trips to Kenya and Cambodia and adventure based trips to Nepal and Austria. These trips are now meeting as groups to get to know each other better and to discuss expectations, kit lists as well as to answer questions.

If you have any questions about these trips, please email Josh Doubleday, the Dean of Students in the High School at j.doubleday_daa@gemsedu.com

As not all of our students are travelling, we have planned many fun day trips that will take place within Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These day trips are likely to include: The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, Wild Wadi, IMG World and the Burj Khalifa. The price for the week will include all transportation and entry to these locations as well as some meals which will be shared with parents of Grade 9 students via email. If you have any questions about the day trips, please feel free to email Tommy Buteau, the Grade Level Advisor for Grade 9 at t.buteau_daa@gemsedu.com

Enjoy your weekend.

Warm Regards

Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke

High School Administration


If you know your child will be away from school, please contact Roma Agtarap, our HS Attendance Secretary at r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com or call her at 047049777 ext 747.

For general High School Inquiries, please contact Nashmia Saleem, High School Secretary at n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com