HIGH SCHOOL highlights


September 20th, 2018

Dear HS Students and Parents,

I hope that you all have a pleasant weekend. It is hard to believe that on Sunday we will be starting out 4th week of school. Next week will be a very busy week in the HS.

High School Photos

High School Photos will happen this week. Most will occur on Sunday and Monday. They will happen during English class for grades 11 and 12 and during History class for grades 9 and 10. Students should ensure that they are in proper uniform, with ties and scarves.

Back to School Night

Tuesday 25th of September is our back to school night for High School Parents. We hope that you will be able to join us and walk halls that your children walk every day. We will start of in the Auditorium at 6:00pm sharp with some brief introductions and announcements and then parents will have the chance to meet all of their children's teachers. Please ask your child for their schedule for you to follow along. The event should should finish approximately 8:30 pm.

Club Fair

Our annual club fair will also be running this week on the 26 and 27. We encourage all students to take advantage of all the club offering and get involved in school. Our clubs provide excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills and make new friends.

MAP Testing

Grade 9 and 10 MAP testing dates are coming soon. Please see below.

We are looking forward to another exciting week at DAA.

Warm Regards

Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke

High School Administration

High School CAS (Creativity, Action & service)

Here are a few notes & updates concerning CAS.


I will typically communicate with all HS students through Managebac. This will include personal messages on progress as well as advertising opportunities for Creativity, Action and Service. Last year, we communicated with parents through the MB portal. This year, parents will not have access to the system since we are not using MB for grades.


Grade 12 students should continue to work on their CAS requirements. I have encouraged them to use the CAS Checklist to help monitor their progress. This can be found on the CAS Website. If your son or daughter has not started their CAS Project yet, they should get on this ASAP.


This week I had the opportunity to meet with Grade 11 students to inform them of their CAS Requirements. I encouraged them to be proactive and not delay getting started on this. Many students put this off until the last minute and that causes major stress when trying to balance all of their responsibilities as they near graduation.

GRADES 9 & 10

I sent out information to all Grade 9 & 10 students by email about their specific requirements. They should starting logging in information if they have taken part in Creativity, Action and/or Service.

If you have any questions about CAS at DAA, you can can find a lot of useful information at the following website: https://timtschumperlin.wixsite.com/daacas

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. I am here to help.

Tim Tschumperlin


HS may week & experience week

Grade 9 May Week

We will be holding our Annual May Week from April 28th to May 2nd 2019. For students staying in school this week, we will have engaging day trips and activities. For those students who would like travel, we will have many exciting destinations and experiences to choose from. I would like to invite parents to our MAY WEEK Information Evening on October 9th, 2018 at 6pm in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Camps International and Lushescapes about the various trips on offer. For those who cannot make that evening, we will be holding a MAY WEEK Coffee Morning on October 10th starting at 730am in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Camps International and Lushescapes about the various trips on offer during this session as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Doubleday (Dean of Students - High School) at j.doubleday_daa@gesmedu.com

Grade 10 Work Experience Week

We will be holding our Annual Work Experience Week from April 28th to May 2nd 2019. This year, we are offering more options for students that we believe will provide a week that is rich in experiences that will help to guide them in their future careers. For students staying in school, we will be having a Entrepreneurial 5 Day Workshop lead by leading Executives. More information about who will be leading this exciting workshop is to come. Another option for students staying close to home, will be along the same lines as last year where students investigate opportunities to gain work experience by volunteering at local businesses. Lastly, we will be offering some very exciting “Future Career”-themed travel opportunities. As a result, I would like to invite parents to our WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK Information Evening on October 16th, 2018 at 6pm in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Compass International and Explorars about the various trips and experiences on offer. For those who cannot make that evening, we will be holding a MAY WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK Coffee Morning on October 17th starting at 730am in the Auditorium.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Doubleday (Dean of Students - High School) at j.doubleday_daa@gesmedu.com


Theatresports Is Back! Every year, students from the HS undergo training sessions after school with theatre professionals in improvisation and Theatresports, It is a wonderful way to build confidence, increase creativity and have fun! At the end of the 6 sessions, there is an interschool’s Theatresports Competition where all the schools in Dubai compete against each other in a fun and supportive manner. DAA has won the competition twice and have been Runner Up on two occasions. Theatresports could be defined as teams of improvisers competing for points. This is a simplistic definition. Theatresports is much more than a show structure. It represents a philosophy and approach to improvisation. Theatresports encourages performers to take risks while being good-natured. The training sessions will take place in the Black Box on Thursdays after school. The course is free of charge. The Dubai Interschool Championships takes place at The Courtyard Playhouse Theatre Nov. 24. You must be available on this day to take part. You get CAS hours for involvement. If interested, please see Mr. Downey in the HS Black Box. Only 10 places available.

2019 HS ISTA Vietnam ISTA Trip

The HS 2019 ISTA Trip will be a very special trip to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam which will take place January 18-20, 2019 (leaving morning of January 17 and returning night of January 20). ISTA stands for the International Schools Theatre Association.

Title: Going underground

Starting Point: At this festival we will explore systems of resistance and systems of survival and what it means to ‘go underground’, to live in hiding and to face extreme conditions.

Out & About: The Củ Chi tunnels

Inspirations: Architectural, Historical, Conceptual.

The trip is service oriented which is excellent for CAS. It will not only be drama centered but will also include working with local Theatre Companies and local people in the creation or devising of drama. All documents and info. on the festival may be found HERE or please email Mr. Downey in HS Theatre. There are only 12 places available so it is first come first serve. This trip is OPEN to Grade 11 students due to the dates (other students in Grades 9 and 10 will have semester exams). Grade 12 may be considered if they are on target for academic work. Clearance to be sought from teachers

Meals- Included: Breakfast – for all participants at the hotel. Lunches daily provided by the host school Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dinners daily provided by the host school Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The International Schools' Theatre Association, under the patronage of Jonothan Neelands, with over 200 schools as members and a connection to RADA, is the most prestigious and established Drama Organization for young people in the world. As you may know, DAA has hosted two major ISTA Festivals including the largest one in its 40 year history. Students receive a special certificate at the end of the festival which may be used for college applications and work with established drama professionals. The cost of the trip including flights, insurance, ISTA fees, food and hotel will be approximately 6000 Dhs (dependent on flight fluctuation). Please see Mr. Downey in the Black Box Theatre for further info.

This year’s HS School Play will be The Crucible by Arthur Miller which is also on the IB English and Theatre courses. A classic play by one of America’s most beloved playwrights. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism. DAA’s adaptation will be made suitable for the school and region we live in. We are committed to producing plays that are on the actual syllabus and IB course to aid students’ understanding, interpretation and analysis of text. The play will take place the last week in November. Due to the huge number of students who auditioned, the HS will be running a second production in the second half of the year to allow all students a chance to take part. If you would like to be involved in any way in any production whether it be from costumes to props, backstage, lighting or PR and promotion, please talk to Mr. Downey.

key contacts

ATTENDANCE: Roma Agtarap r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9747

Counseling Secretary: Jan Evans j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9831