An honour board has been introduced in the reception area to showcase our students’ achievements. It displays the Class of 2015 IGCSE results as well as various positions of responsibility such as Head Students and Chairperson of the Student Council. It also holds the name of the only achiever of the TEA Medal Gold Award. It is a great way to credit these hardworking students while encouraging younger ones to follow their example and aspire to one day have their name forever immortalised in TEA.
National Day Celebrations
Saturday and Sunday have been declared days of mourning as a mark of respect for the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. School will be closed on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January.
Pictures from today’s International week parade.
We would like to thank all the U13 students who worked very hard this weekend in the BSME
games. The girls competed against schools from all around the Middle East and won 5th place (out of
12). We have won games against a lot of schools like British School of Muscat, British School of
Riyadh as well as British School of Jeddah and Kuwait English School.
BSME MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014-15 Co-hosted by TEA & NES with the final concert held at TEA on the 30th of November.
We proudly raised 954 KD for breast cancer awareness this week! A big thank you to everyone that contributed!
Anna Vislocka, a former TEA Student, came to school today to visit since she was spending some time in Kuwait. The Web Team had the pleasure of interviewing Anna about her TEA experience.
After graduating, I went back home to Prague. I decided to go to the Metropolitan University and get my bachelor degree in Anglophone Studies. I then went on to do my Masters degree in International Relations.
When I walked into the new building, I was so surprised! It’s huge! The receptionists and teachers remembered me, which made me very happy. I really like the new building but I miss the small building as well.
I missed the atmosphere. As I mentioned before, TEA has a very family-like atmosphere.
Study, study, study! Use your private study lessons wisely and don’t waste any time. Regarding career options, I encourage everyone to choose what they really want to do not what they thought was the good choice.
Welcome back all students and staff to the new academic year. We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new teachers and students joining this year. Good luck and have a fantastic year!
Every year the Student Council organises an evening to welcome all our new students and staff to The English Academy. New students are encouraged to invite one guest to join them for the night. The evening features plenty of activities, entertainment as well as refreshments. This is a great way for new students to get to know each other, spend time with other students and make new friends. The event will be held on the 29th of September from 5.30 pm to 8 pm.
Written by Dirk Bloem 9L and Sarah Tonbol 11Y
The CIE official provisional paper statements of result is now available for collection.
The examinations will be on Sunday 1st June at the following times
|Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics 0580||12 (Core)||10:00||1h|
|Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics 0580||22 (Extended)||10:00||1h30m|
|Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics 0580||32 (Core)||13:00||2h|
|Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics 0580||42 (Extended)||13:00||2h30m|
Malaysia? Don’t ask about it! The trip was extraordinary. We had various activities to do like snorkeling and forest trekking. The days we spent there were amazing.
When we first got to Malaysia we went to a shopping mall right next to the twin towers, we had lots of fun that day.
But, that was not the best part. As soon as we arrived at the sensational Tioman Island we went for a practice snorkel. On the following days we did lots of activities like snorkelling –in one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. We went snorkelling in lots of areas; like deep and shallow waters, a mangrove, and the best part was the free snorkel at the end. We also went trekking in the rainforest, and did a coastal transect- examining the population of marine snails and sea cucumbers.
Unfortunately all the fun has to come to an end. We had to go on the ferry the long bus ride, back to Kuala Lumpur and then back home. Even though the bus journey was long it was the best we ever had in our lives. Actually, the whole trip was the best we had in our lives!
Written by: Ebraheem AlQattan Year 9
Year 10 wrote exciting and original pirate stories which they also illustrated for Year 2. The older students then read these tales to their younger visitors who seemed to enjoy them immensely.
Last day at school for many. Students were given lots of awards and certificates for their achievements. Many of them have secured places at universities all over the world. Good luck to them as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
Mother’s day cards created by year 8 for their mothers. All included poems they created themselves expressing their love and thanks to their mothers.
Environment club students cleaning up the beach as part of the adopt a beach project.
TEA hosted the first competition for schools within Hawally on 4th March 2014. KNES, Cambridge and KINES were invited to attend the tournament however only KNES and Cambridge could attend.
TEA entered an A and a B team, all students had previously participated in a KFSAC benchball tournament so they were familiar with the game. Mr Sinclair the coach was very excited about the tournament as the team had came 4th in the KFSAC tournament.
Cambridge and KNES arrived and were very excited about the tournament ahead having seen the medals and trophies on display. Parents and teachers also came from all schools to support the event.
The games commenced with Miss Rowberry and Mr Day Umpriing.
TEA A 10 KNES 4
TEA B 2 CES 4
TEA A 3 TEA B 1
KNES 6 CES 4
TEA B 1 KNES 8
TEA A 10 CES 2
After the rounds TEA A was in first place, KNES in second place, CES in third and TEA B in fourth place.
CES went on to play TEA B in the 3rd and 4rd playoff and TEA A against KNES in the final.
After a great performance from all the students the final positions were:-
1st TEA A
4th TEA B
A great tournament enjoyed by all schools, parents and teachers.
This class is the Year 9 Accelerated class and they were taking measurements to investigate the specific heat capacity (SHC) of metal. This is part of their progress in the Thermal Physics unit at IGCSE level.
For more information on the BSME Music Festival click the link below:
On Thursday the 6th of February at 1:00, KS2 and KS3 participated in the stairathon. They walked up the stairs, across the playground, where students had the opportunity to run, and back to the first floor. The teachers have challenged the pupils by telling them that if they took 5 stamps, one for each lap, they would take a merit.
BY: ZEYAD NAGGER
On Saturday the 25th of January, The English Academy had an open day. People from different schools had an opportunity to visit our new location and the facilities it offers. Students from Year 7 to 12 guided parents to the different areas of the school. Parents were offered freshly baked bread and pizza made by the Nutrition department.
Overall, many parents were pleased and showed interest in our school and look forward to visiting T.E.A again.
Below are some comments made by the parents that signed the guest book:-
“The colours are vibrant and the atmosphere is lively…” – Fatima Al- Ali
“The teachers are very friendly and welcoming…” – Rasha Gadallah
“Mr.Vernall, the best thing about your school is your students…” – Tareq Fathy Bakr
Starting today, the 6th of February, the sandwich bar is open until the end of the week during second break. It gives pupils a chance to make their own healthy sandwich, which costs only ½ a KD.
Every day at 7:30am until 7:50am students in Key Stage 2 will perform warm ups, lead by the 6th formers Moataz, Leen, Nouran, Weaam, Rana and Ahmed. Year 4 and 6 are doing activities related to the Winter Olympics.
In addition, the library has officially opened for all students. Students are allowed to borrow Arabic and English books.
By Bassel Eldabaa 6R, and Zeyad Nagger 6G
In light of Kuwait’s Liberation Day, students who are part of The English Academy’s More Able, Gifted and Talented programme are required to produce a poster, newspaper article, poem, cartoon, painting or music composition depicting anything associated with Kuwait’s Liberation day. Poems may be written in Arabic. Work should be no larger than A3 size and should be handed in by 6th February 2014 to Mrs Murphy in room 128 for Primary students or Mrs Hendriks in room 212 for Secondary students.
Health week begins next week, which is the 2nd of February, and it will be amazing because everybody will get the chance to ask for help from their parents, or a friend to sponsor them during the stairathon. The stairathon is an activity where pupils in both primary and secondary will be walking up and down the stairs, for every floor, your sponsor will donate some money. Also, during health week, the nutrition department organizes a sandwich bar to encourage pupils to eat healthy.
By: Bassel El Dabaa 6R
Health Week is an event that the school hosts annually and one that the students look forward to. This year is no different. Health Week will be from the 2nd of February to the 6th of February with a sponsored stairathon and mufti day taking place on Thursday the 6th. There will also be a sandwich bar open on Monday for Year 2 and Tuesday for Year 1. The sandwich bar will be open every day of Health Week for KS2 to KS5 students during break times. And as is tradition, the money raised from the sponsored event will go to a charity. This year the charity is BACCH. The sponsored event will be a stairathon where students walk up and down the stairs with money being collected from sponsors for every floor. This will happen on Thursday afternoon. The mufti day will be on Thursday and will cost 500 fils to come dressed in sports wear. Last year we helped raise enough money to fund a Bayt Abdullah documentary, can we do it again?
Written by Dirk Bloem 8B
The conference will be held 24 – 26 January at Al Bayan Bilingual school.
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Reception arabic and islamic classes
Student Council elections took place on the 12th of December. It was a very exciting experience for all candidates as they gave speeches to their peers convincing them that they deserve their votes. The results were announced during 2nd break. Congratulations to all new members!
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Mr. C. Greenfield (Physics) will be performing in the Staged In Kuwait (SIK) production of ‘Aladdin’ on December 12/13/14.
He will be playing the role of Wishee Washee, the brother of the titular character, Aladdin.
The story takes audiences on a journey from China to Egypt as Aladdin aims to realise his dream of marrying the beautiful Princess Say Wen. Aladdin, Wishee and their mother, Widow Twankey have to fend off the interference from Abanazar, who is trying to use his magic for evil motives.
There are plenty of laughs and jokes along the way as well as many musical numbers performed by the all star ensemble.
The Student Council elections will take place on Thursday 12th December.
Last year the school came up with a new way to reward students for various things that they do in school, thus the TEAM (The English Academy Medal) award was born. There are 3 tiers that can be earned: bronze, silver and gold. The award works on a points system, where you get points for everything you do, with different things being worth different amounts of points. These include positions of responsibilities, extra curricular activities, attendance and punctuality.
On Thursday, the school handed out the awards to the people who had earned enough points for a bronze award. The silver and gold awards are due to be given out during the next assembly.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 8B
This week primary pupils are learning about countries around the world including Morocco, Austria and Japan. This week is a great week for the primary pupils. The teachers have prepared fun activities and crafts to allow the students to explore the country’s culture. For example 6G pupils who will be learning about Morocco. They will create fez hats and they will colour their t-shirts. They will be a tour guide for the other classes when they visit their class on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are all looking forward to a great, informative, fun-filled week.
By: Zeyad Nagger 6G
This weekend, TEA’s MUN club visited the American School of Kuwait to participate in the annual KSAAMUN 2013. The conference lasted for three days, with Friday lasting for 10 tiring hours!
Our delegates took part in different commissions, from the Human Rights Commission, to ECOSOC, to Security Council and Disarmament Committee. TEA MUN Student Director, Sanduni Mudiyanse, was the Documentation and Placard Executive at the conference. All the delegates were ushered to the Auditorium for the Opening Ceremony where two guest speakers made speeches.
After long hours of preparation, policy debate and discussion, with several eloquent and passionate speeches along the way, time flew. Soon it was the Closing Ceremony, where the Chair people made speeches about their commissions, recognising delegates who stood out and were given awards. Moataz Bashir was recognised as the delegate with “Best Clause” in the Security Council.
Congratulations to all delegates that took part in KSAAMUN’13 and hopefully, we will have new delegates to participate in the next conference in March.
Written By: Sandy Mudiyanse and Moataz Bashir
On Thursday 14th of November, TEA announced that we would be having a Philippines appeal to help the people affected by the devastating typhoon. Students were very keen to help such a strong cause and have worked extremely hard to aid those in need. We would like to thank everyone that contributed towards helping all the people in need of these clothes.
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TEA’s MUN club commenced three weeks ago with an all-new system. Ms Elvin is now supported by a group of experienced students to make sure newer pupils can get the best of the group. Sanduni Mudiyanse is Student Director with Moataz Bashir as the Deputy. Rana Mohammed, Leen El-Taki, Mike Wehbe and Hana Makhlouf are the Mentors whose job is to transfer their knowledge and experience of MUN to new delegates.
After several sessions of hard work, TEA is proud to display its newest delegates in the first nationwide conference we attend this weekend. KSAA MUN will be held in the American School of Kuwait on the 21st of November. The conference will last for 3 days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday where our delegates will be discussing pressing issues facing our world today, from Terrorism to Human Trafficking to disputes over different lands.
Enthusiastic and prepared, our delegates are ready to debate in KSAAMUN and to begin or continue their Model UN career.
Moataz Bashir – 12G
A new shipment of books has arrived to the school Library. All the librarians are currently helping with organising the new books and hopefully the new books will be on the shelves available for borrowing by mid-November. Make sure you check them out!
By: Zeyad Nagger 6G
On Tuesday 29th October, the primary new teachers and students BBQ took place. This year’s BBQ had a large attendance, much greater than previous years. Students had loads of fun! Different teachers and students performed, displaying their talents. The students enjoyed several activities such as: dodge ball, pass the parcel and musical chairs.
– Kariman 6G –
The new student / teacher BBQ is an annual event, organised by the student council. It is meant to welcome the new students and staff to The English Academy. Due to the large number of new students this year, the school will be organising two separate events, one for the primary students and teachers, and another for the senior students and teachers.
The BBQ for the seniors was held on the 8th of October. To keep them company, the new students were encouraged to bring along one friend with them.
There were music and games. We played games like Tug-of-war, dodge ball, football shoot outs. There were 4 musical performances by Nadine, Christine, Moataz, Dulshan, Nouran and Khalid.
For TEA, the BBQ is a way of warmly welcoming the new students and staff. It was a successful event, all thanks to the student council.
Poppies are sold in The English Academy during breaks in remembrance of soldiers that loss their lives in war. The money is sent to an organization called The British Legion that gives the money to the veteran’s families.
Sandy Mudiyanse, 12B
Last week, some of our students volunteered to bake and sell things like cupcakes, cookies, donuts and pizza. Pink ribbons were also sold as a symbol of support to cancer patients, all of the money being donated to the Hayatt Cancer Foundation. We collected over 300KD through the week with more than 65KD on one day. For more information about the Hayatt Cancer Foundation, visit their website www.hayatt.org. In this week, we were successful at making our students aware of the dangers of cancer as well as allowing them to contribute to this cause.
Omnia AlSayed and Sara Makhlouf 7B
Literacy week for students this year is more exciting than last year because of all the new ideas and activities. This year some of the teachers chose old classics while some chose newer books from modern authors. Also in literacy week classes from year 3 to 6 are studying about the authors who wrote these books.
Year 5 and 6 are participating in competitions within classes about the books they are studying and the authors as well. Each class is working on illustrating a book cover on their door. Other classes must then guess which book it is.
By: Zeyad Nagger
The English Academy organise three mufti days a year. During the mufti day students and teachers pay KD 0.500 and come dressed in non-uniform. The money raised by the council is used to organise various events throughout the year. This year the student council donated KD100 from the money collected to cancer awareness.
Written by; Seema Mohammed Year 10
Each year the Student Council like to welcome new students to the school by organising a barbecue. Because there are so many new students this year, Primary students are having their own barbecue. New students are encouraged to bring a new friend they have made at school to the BBQ.
In the BBQ, there will be activities such as dodge ball, football, musical chairs/statues, penalty shoot outs, etc.
Date: 29th October 2013
Years from: 4 – 6
By: Kariman 6G & Zeyad 6G
Mr. Greenfield has recently been invited by the University of Houston-Clear Lake to attend an award ceremony. This university was created at the request of NASA four decades ago to serve as a resource for the educational and research needs of NASA. The web team interviewed him to know the details, and here’s what he said:
1) When will you be travelling?
I will be missing a few school days as I will be leaving on 14th October and returning on the 21st October.
2) Where are you going?
I’ll be going to the University of Houston-Clear Lake
3) What are you doing there?
UHCL will be organising an award ceremony. I nominated an astronaut for the Distinguished Alumni; Mike Fincke. Mike Fincke has been chosen for this award.
4) Why do you have to be present there?
Since I nominated this astronaut, I need to be there to present the award to him.
5) Did you volunteer to do this, or did NASA request you?
Neither, since I’m the nominator, I have to be there anyway.
6) What did you like about working in NASA?
Its good fun, I can talk to the people who have been on the moon, I like the fact that I can bring experiences from NASA to my lessons and enrich the students interest in physics.
7) What did you not like about working in NASA?
Budget cuts; I hate those since they’re the reason why I’m here. It’s a shame that we can’t do as much now as we did few years ago.
8) How is your experience in TEA so far?
It’s great fun since I got to meet new students. I can see a desire for success and learning. They bombard me with a lot of questions since they have a thirst for knowledge. It’s hard to describe.
9) What kind of advice would you like to give to a student who would want to pursue a career that involves working in the field of Astrosciences or physics, possibly with NASA?
Work hard, start looking at career options involving your field of interest and do your best. It can be any field in science and technology, not necessarily NASA.
Written and Interviewed by: Seema Mohammed|, 10-G
Primary students organize projects to raise money for the enterprise group. The students raise money by making sandwiches every Thursday that costs 250fils and Smoothies for 500fils. These events are organized during the meetings held every Sunday.
The Parent Consultation afternoon will be for primary, year 7 and new students to secondary. It will be held on the 9th of October from 2:30pm to 5pm. The primary students will also have a parent consultation day on Thursday 10th of October from 9am to 3pm.
By: Sara Makhlouf year 7
The sixth form gathering was held on Thursday the 19th of September to celebrate the Class of 2013’s examination results. Teachers and members of staff were invited to enjoy food that the sixth formers provided. This was a great opportunity for students and teachers to socialize.
We would like to congratulate the Class of 2013!
Starting last Sunday, 22nd of September, Our food technology department has been organizing an everyday breakfast club for students. It consists of fresh and healthy food such as toast, cereals and delicious fruits. It opens early in the morning in the food technology lab – room 311 and closes before line-up. Students in primary have been enjoying the club and having a healthy start to the day. Senior students have volunteered to help in preparing breakfast for the juniors every morning.
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The first thing that comes to mind when we think of our new school building is our sixth form area. In comparison to the old school building, we have a much bigger space that is very well designed. The sixth form area was designed by a young ambitious Kuwaiti designer. It features a vintage ceiling, with modern light fixtures and a custom made carpet.
The sixth formers are able to make most of their time by utilising the facilities available to them, which include a furnished kitchen, a Wi-Fi connection, four private study rooms, as well as a fully equipped classroom.
Aside from the sixth form area, the school boasts several science laboratories, a large theatre, a dance studio and a fitness room. We also get two playgrounds and a brand new canteen.
Overall, the sixth form students are extremely impressed with the new building and looking forward to a fruitful and prosperous year.
Written By Hana Faez, Moataz Bashir, Sandy Mudiyanse
2013, A new era in the history of TEA
The 4th of September 2013 ushered in a new era in the history of TEA. As they say, you only get one shot at first impressions and the new building certainly did make an impression. For a start, the classrooms and corridors are bigger which makes it feel a lot more welcoming. The carousel subjects have also been given a major upgrade with more computer labs, an art store room and a much bigger hall for PE purposes as well as a school theatre for drama and school plays. I personally think that this is a massive leap forward for the school and can only result in great things for TEA.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 8B
Moving from primary to secondary is a big step, especially if it is a new building. The first thought that came to our minds was how organised and huge the new building was. Since the pupils in Year 6 and Years 10-13 started a few days earlier, they had the advantage of getting to know the school more comfortably on their own.
We were wholly impressed with the new computer labs because of the new equipment and the structure of the rooms.
In addition, we were helped by sixth form students and teachers to find our classrooms. We are looking forward to exploring the amazing new facilities that the new building has to offer.
Omnia Alsayed 7B
Sara Makhlouf 7B
We would like to congratulate all of our year 11, 12 and 13 students on their outstanding performance at IGCSE, AS and A2 level.
Saturday, 4th of May, was the day when the Class of 2013 finally reached the time many of them had greatly anticipated their graduation. It was held at the Regency Hotel ballroom which was filled with the family and friends of the year 11 graduates who came to cheer and support.
The ceremony consisted of two parts: formal and informal. Performances by the school choir, speeches by two graduates (Hana Faez and Khaled Al-Sabah), speeches by the principle (Mr. Vernall) and the owner of the school (Mrs. Al-Sayer) and the handing out of certificates made up the formal part of the evening. The informal part was composed of a video of the graduates and finally, the throwing of their caps.
Overall, it was a successful night and both students and guests enjoyed the evening.
Congratulations, Class of 2013!
Written by Nadiah TuanZaid Year 10
Through the course of the year Mrs Stocks has been offering after-school music lessons. With the help of Mrs Stocks the students occasionally arrange after-school informal ‘concerts’. Anyone can come watch and the students are encouraged to get their parents to attend. The students get to show off what they have learnt while the parents watch in wonder. The concerts are usually held in the music room. There are group acts as well as solo acts to help students develop the ability to play together in a group.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
On the 4th May 2013 the TEA primary school cricket team (a group of students who showed skill during the after-school practices) took part in a competition against 4 other schools. The schools taking part included TEA, BSK, TES, NES and KES. Unfortunately our team didn’t win the tournament. All the boys had an opportunity to sharpen both their batting and fielding skills in addition to bowling 5 overs each. All the students thoroughly enjoyed it and although they didn’t win, they all learnt something; helping them prepare for the next tournament.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
On Thursday the 18th April 2013, the CEO of Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice (BACH), Miss Rasha Al-Hamad came to collect the money TEA raised for BACH. The school had fund raised over KD 3000 during Health Week for BACH and Miss Rasha al-Hamad was presented with a large cheque during morning line-up by Mr. Vernall.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
France was simply amazing. The days we spent there were astonishing. As soon as we landed, we were off on a river cruise and then lunch at the ‘Tour Eiffel’. Later that morning we went to Chateau De Grande Romaine. It had beautiful natural surroundings. That afternoon and evening we took part in many challenging activities.
The next day we were on our way to Disneyland Paris. It was a day filled with discovery, freedom and fun.
The day after that, we had quite a long bus journey to Normandy. This is a place, everyone should see! A place of exquisite charm soaked in history. There we spent every day doing 3 different out door activities, ranging from rock climbing to abseiling and fencing. One day we visited the local market. There were many different things to look at and buy.
On the Final Night – what better way than to spend time together as the TEA family round a campfire, singing songs, sharing stories and roasting marshmallows!
This trip was breathtaking and unforgettable.
by Zain Al Ansari 8Y
The Cyprus trip started 20th of April 2013. The 17 silver award students flew to Cyprus where they got settled in to the Souli Beach Hotel for 2 days. They then had to do their practice hike in which they walked approximately 10km. On the third day, the students were taken by bus to their starting point, the expedition started! They had 3 exciting days of trekking ahead of them. The teams were required to cook, to trek and to camp at night. On the 24th of April, the 3 teams successfully arrived back to the hotel. The students were very exhausted but overjoyed. The next day, they left Cyprus with unforgettable memories and pride.
Hana Makhlouf- 9B
The English Academy students recently took part in the Kuwait Quran competition against all other private schools. Our students achieved high scores and won amazing prizes. Congratulations to all our contestants and well done!
Hana Maklouf Y9
On Wednesday 14th April the secondary student council surprised the chairperson as this was his last council meeting. The council prepared a thank you card for the chairperson and his deputies. Islam Salah Eldin, NailahFaez and Nabilah Tuan: THANK YOU!
One of the student council members said: “This was an unforgettable year, thank you Islam!”
By Hana Maklouf Y9
On Wednesday the 10th of April, the sixth formers hosted a formal “Black and White Masquerade Dinner” for teachers and students in Year 11. It turned out to be a successful night and there were many things that made the occasion enjoyable, such as the Best Dressed Award for both teachers and students. The Best Dressed Award for teachers was given to Mr. Patel and Miss Ahmed. Leen El-Taki and Ahmed Nasser were voted Best Dressed Students. This year, the ‘Best Mask Award’ was introduced to go along with the masquerade theme and this was won by Barrak Al Tayyar.
There were plenty of decorations in the hall that were designed by students themselves, which showed how much effort they put in to set up this wonderful event. During the night, there were performances on the guitar and piano by talented students from the sixth form, Nabeel and Mohammed Fakhreddine. In addition, there were also some amazing performances by teachers from the music department who played instrumental versions of songs like Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’ and Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ on the violin and flute.
Finally, the food during the night was provided by Mais Al Ghanim. It was enjoyed by everyone and this was evident by the scarce amount of food left at the end! Even though it was the first time for a themed Black and White dinner, it turned to be an amazing night for those who attended, and a huge success for the sixth form.
Written By: Hana year 11
Edited by: Nailah year 13
This year the International Award – Silver Award Expedition will be held in Cyprus.
As our students prepare for their 2013 International Award Silver qualifying expedition, Interaxion has created a webpage especially for TEA students to keep up to date and check the Itinerary and other trip details.
Click the logo for more details.
On the 3rd of April 2013 the TEA Student Council hosted the first TEA School Treasure Hunt and Quiz Night. It was a huge success with more than sixty people taking part in groups of three to six. The Student Council decorated the main areas the treasure hunt was to take place in, this included red carpet, scary and carnival areas. Clues and riddles were written and the treasure was hidden…but unfortunately it was found within ten minutes by an extremely lucky group! It was a shame but the rest of the evening went off smoothly with the Student Council selling hot dogs, popcorn, water, sprite, cotton candy and corn in cups. The Quiz Night had many different categories but the most interesting by far was the interactive part as participants had to dress up in a set amount of time and perform other entertaining activities. We hope this would turn into an annual event in the years to come!
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
On Thursday, 4th of April, the English Academy primary department decided to make a simulation of BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Four Year 9 students were selected to judge projects made by Year 5 students. It was a truly memorable experience as the year 5 students learned to present their projects and persuade the judges to endorse them. The pupils worked extremely hard and the prize was to go to Mr. Vernall and present their project so that it can be put on display in the new school. The decision was tough as all contestants did their best. Mr. Longworth and the four judges had to come to a decision.
The winners were:
• 1st place: The Surprise Button & The Educational Tab.
• 2nd place: The Reality Tablet
• 3rd place: The Board Changer
“I had so much fun and those ideas were very creative”
–Marwan ElKhodary, judge.
Written By: Hana Makhlouf
Web Team Manager/Judge at Dragon’s Den
When:On the last Sunday of Every Month.Where:
Omnia AlSayed 6B
The English Academy students attended the Kuwait English School Model United Nations (KESMUN’13). The conference was held on the 21st till the 23rd of March.
T.E.A delegates did a fabulous job in participating in the debate where current global issues and revolutions were discussed from the “Arab Spring” to the “Restriction of Long Range Missile Tests”. Our delegates were constantly engaged and spoke eloquently like smart diplomats.
Moataz Bashir had some outstanding solutions to the escalating violence in the Middle East. He won “Best Resolution” – TWICE! In the states of Arab League and in The General Assembly. He had some brilliant clauses that could definitely be the solution to some problems in the Middle East.
Secondly, Hana Mahlouf and Reem won the “Most Improved Delegates” award in the Human Rights Commission.
It was a very fruitful experience for all the delegates, we gained the ability to say that “something can be done”, and through our debating and creating resolutions, we had proven that very statement.
Miss Elvin and I are very proud of the T.E.A Model United Nations team for their outstanding effort and contribution in making a difference in the society we live in.
By: Sanduni Mudiyanse
T.E.A student Executive at KESMUN’13/ Security Council Delegation.
You are now very close to your examinations. We hope that you are not too stressed out, and to help make studying more exciting, here are some links to websites that will hopefully enhance your revision.
Websites for Literature:
Websites for Maths:
By Hana Faez, Year 11
On the 22nd of February to the 1st of March, as part of the International Award Gold Level, a group of senior students travelled to Nepal. They participated in challenging activities, such as trekking, hiking and camping in the Himalayas.
As part of the residential project, they painted a school and educated local pupils. They found the expedition rewarding, as they experienced life outside Kuwait, giving them a refreshing outlook on life. They learnt how to work in teams, and to survive independently. Despite the trials that they faced, they had a very memorable experience!
On Thursday the 21st of March, TEA held a Parents Consultation Day, where parents discussed with teachers how their children are doing academically.
The whole day turned out to be a success with help from the year 10s, who were acting as guides and translators for the first time.
A team of Year 10s and Year 9s organised a café where teachers, students and parents were able to purchase drinks during the breaks. The café was managed by Masha Mihailovic, and her team which included Lulwa, Aya and Zeina Taqi, and Layal Zuabi. They sold coffee, cupcakes, amazing Russian teacakes and croissants.
By Hana Faez, Year 11
The English Academy has recently been taking groups of students to visit the new TEA building which is located in Hawally. Students who have been there include those from Year 8, Year 11 and members of the Student Council. Soon some primary and more of secondary year groups will be going. Students will take a tour around the school and will see the improvements that are taking place. Can you predict what it will be like when everything is fully finished?
Written By: Omnia Al-Sayed & Sara Makhlouf 6B.
Our school Maths Department has invested in a website called “myimaths.com”. MyiMaths offers a fully interactive, online mathematics learning solution for all ages and all abilities, where students can do online homework and online practice to improve their mathematical abilities. From Level 2 to A-Level, everyone can enjoy 24-hour access whether at school, at home or on holiday. The website is written by experienced maths teachers and is specifically aimed at pupils and their teachers.
Sara Tonbol and Nailah Faez
Health Week was a huge success in primary this year with lots of fun activities going on throughout the week. Every day the Enterprise team sold smoothies at break time, using healthy fruity ingredients. Each class from Year 1 to 6 focused on a sport or sports person for the week, from Rugby to Kung Fu, Mohammad Ali to Chris Hoy.
Every morning all pupils joined in a ‘Wake and Shake’ aerobics routine led by two instructors from Dasman Diabetic Centre (DDC). On Monday Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a sunny Sports Day and on Tuesday Year 5 and 6 also competed in their sports day. Also on Monday and Tuesday, Year 4 and 5 took part in a Nutrition workshop led by a nutritionist from DDC where they found out about healthy eating and tried some delicious fruit parfaits! On Wednesday the primary department had an aquatic themed day where they listened to a talk by Naif Alkatrash, a Kuwaiti swimmer. He talked about water safety, swimming techniques and the importance of eating healthily and exercising. On Thursday Year 1 and 2 did a Walkathon, I wonder who did the most laps around the playground?!
Year 3 to 6 took part in a Stretch and Strengthen fundraiser. They were sponsored by friends and family to exercise for over half an hour with yoga instructor Wilmarie from Sahara Resort. Each class nominated a Healthy Hero…who is the healthiest of them all?!
A special thank you to all the teachers, Mrs Sinclair, Dr Bahareh Azizi and her team from Dasman Diabetic Centre, Naif Alkatrash and Wilmarie Greyling at Sahara Resort.
Head of Primary
On Thursday the 14th of February both the junior and the senior student council members went to visit the new English Academy building. Whilst the building was not yet completed they were given a tour of the new building’s main features. They visited all 5 floors and were informed of things such as:
• The new building will have 5 floors; these include a basement, 4 floors and the roof.
• It will have three music rooms as well as a recording room and practice rooms.
• It will have three art rooms and seven science labs, one of which is a demonstration lab.
• It will have four computer labs.
• A theatre seating 450 people.
The building is in Hawally and is not hard to get to and also has a parking space. It has a lot of windows letting in a great deal of natural light which means that no room, with the exception of the basement, is ever going to be dark except for at night.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
From 1961, every 25th of February marks the celebration of the National Day of Kuwait. Here in The English Academy, primary students dress up in Kuwaiti traditional clothes. In addition, the school is decorated with pictures of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and Kuwaiti flags. Students from Key stage 1 sing, dance and wave flags in the morning. Before the end of the day students gather forming the Kuwaiti flag for a picture.
Sandy Mudiyanse, 11B
Omnia Al Sayed, 6B
Click the link below to view a questionnaire designed by 2 of our year 6 students:
Health is Wealth!
TEA’s Health Week was held from the 3rd to the 7th of February. Students and teachers were heavily involved in promoting healthy eating and exercise. The whole school had lots of fun participating in bleep tests, eating fresh fruits, healthy sandwiches and drinking smoothies.
Here are a few pictures taken during the week showing the fabulous contribution of teachers and students in making Health Week a succesful event.
Written by: Sanduni Mudiyanse, 11B 3526
The Secondary Sports Day is going to be held on Tuesday the 12th of February 2013 in Al-Arabi sporting club. Pupils need to arrive at 7:20 am; the regular school timing and later student will be transported to the stadium by 8:00am. The event will commence at 8:30 and sports day will approximately finish at about 1:30pm.
Do not forget to bring a healthy packed lunch, proper kit and a sun hat and sun cream.
DO BRING PLENTY OF WATER!
Parents are welcome to be a part of the sports day and enjoy the day.
By: Sara Makhlouf, 6B 3520
TEA’s forthcoming drama production of the musical, ‘Oliver’ will hopefully be staged in the new school in April. The drama team has already performed in ‘Cinderella’ last term, but now want to show off the fantastic new stage to parents before we move in.
Some of our favourite young actors will be starring in the production, which comprises of six narrated, all singing and dancing, scenes from the musical. However, this time both secondary and primary have united to produce this modernised version of an old classic.
An art competition – in conjunction with the drama department – will be exhibiting a display of the students’ entries at the new school, so you can view their work when you come and see the production! The display will have a collection of graphic art, textiles and sculptures describing the modernized Oliver Twist. Dates have not yet been finalised – so watch this space!
The senior calendar is out! It is available now during breaks and after-school.
For more information, see Mr. Bushfield.
It’s health week! That means healthy food, sports and all about being fit! In Key stage 2, Health week includes SPORTS DAY occurring through the week. Different fruits are given out; there is a Sandwich Bar and SMOOTHIES made by the E-Team which you can buy any break during the whole week! There is variety of activities going on; for example, the Kuwaiti Swimmer will be paying us a visit. On Thursday, a sports mufti day is going to take place. Students go to school wearing sports wear and instead of having a walkathon at the end of the day we have a ‘Stretch & Strengthen’ activity. All the money collected from mufti day and the Strength and Stretch activity will be donated to Bayt Abdullah hospice (BACH)! Don’t forget the towels and money!
By: Omnia Al-Sayed and Sara Makhlouf Year 6.
• Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th Sandwich Bar 2nd break
• Sunday 3rd Bleep Test 3rd break Years 9 and 10
• Monday 4th Fruit Feast and Guess the Fruit hosted by 6th Form, 1st break
• Monday 4th Skipping competition 3rd break Year 7 and 8
• Tuesday 5th Fruit Feast and Guess the Fruit hosted by 6th Form, 1st break
• Tuesday 5th Skipping competition 3rd break Year 9 and finals
• Wednesday 6th Bleep Test 3rd break -Years 11 / 12 and 13
• Thursday 7th KS3 sports mufti
• Thursday 7th Bleep Test 3rd break Year 7 / 8
• Thursday 7th KS3 sponsored “Stretch and Strengthen’ session
The Junior’s School Council started a project one month ago to make a friendship bench. The team raised money by selling friendship bracelets to primary students during break times. They then collaborated to come up with a creative design for the bench. The design and the money were then sent to the carpenter who turned it into a magnificent place to sit. Finally, the handprints of the team were left as a memory on the bench and it was presented on Monday 21st during break time. What a great first project completed by the children and Mrs Sinclair.
By Dirk Bloem and Hana Makhlouf.
During the last academic year (2011 – 2012), these former Year 1 and Year 2 students achieved 100 House points. They have worked extremely hard to achieve these, well done!
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All of our student librarians have contributed their best for the effective running of our school library. They are the positive role models to all the library users. Among them we have some of the most committed & hardworking. Regularly doing their duty in the library:
I appreciate all of the librarians those who have committed their own time for this academic year. These librarians have carried out a range of duties during break time and library lessons. The duties include:
• Supervision of pupils using the library and its facilities and the upkeep of the book shelves.
• Know the library layout and locate items on the shelf using Dewey Decimal classification numbers(DDC) for non-fiction, and the alphabet for fiction
• Remove items from the return box and follow returning procedures so that the books are ready to be shelved
• Sort the books into fiction , non-fiction , picture books and shelve the books
• To arrange books on shelves from left to right, top to bottom
• Ensure all books are upright on shelves
• Put books needing repair aside for mending
• Fixing the pages of the books that seems to be coming out
• Applying labels, for example, coloured dots, genre and spine labels, barcodes
• Know about the upkeep of the library environment by keeping tables and chairs and cushions neatly arranged
All I can say is that training to become a student librarian is extremely valuable. The skills learned are those which are valued in any walk of life – organisation, communication, team work and customer service and also having a greatly increased level of self-esteem and confidence and an improvement in learning.
Thanks to the librarians for their hard work so far this year!
A few weeks ago, pupils in the Primary department came to school wearing clothes according to their month of birth and took pictures to put on the TEA Primary calendar. The calendars are now for sale but only 100 calendars are left! You can purchase your TEA calendar during break times and after school.Prices:
-Article by: Sarah Tonbol 9G
Applications were collected last term to select the new Year 6 Prefects for Term 2. It was a very difficult decision as there were so many thoughtful and interesting applications.
This morning the following pupils were announced as the new Prefects for this term.
Congratulations to the new Prefects and we wish them luck in their new roles!
| Yassmin Yasser 3373 Osama Al Fayez 2775 Farah Ahmed 3383
Al Joud Al Asfour 2370
| Jana Al Shaya 2721 Nada Zaki 3885 Hussein Ali Salman 2397
Khalid Hassan 3939
Abdullah Mustafawi 2578
Abdullah Fetit 3991
Khalid Al Shaiji 2382
| Anas Salem Wafy 3935Ghazi Al Saab 2376 Malak Hanafi 3934
Bader AlAwadhi 2565
Malak Awad 3945
Mohammed Abdulaziz 3786
Khaled Fakhreddine 3860
AlBandary Al Rabea 3027
Shehab Al Mani 2767
| Ibrahim Ibrahim 3550 Saad Al Mutari 2431 Hady Ibrahim 4094
Abdulrahman Bahzad 2990
Ahmad Sharrah 2518
This morning we announced the Merit Prize Winners from each year group in Juniors. All the merits from last term were collected and a raffle draw took place where Mr Vernall randomly selected one lucky winner of an Al Shaya gift voucher!
This week, starting January 6th, the Junior Play Buddies have organized a fundraising event. During their breaks, the play buddies prepared lots of fun games each costing 500 fils. The money that will be collected at the end will be used to buy new equipment for the play buddy team. Some surprise activities will be held too! Can you guess what they will be?
Hana Makhlouf- 9B
Web Team Manager
On Thursday the 20th of December the student council elections took place. The students had three days to nominate themselves to stand for the council. People who signed up to run for the student council went around their year group giving speeches to their colleagues. They then had to vote for one girl and one boy from their year group.
The results will be put on the website in January!
-Article by: Sarah Tonbol 9G
On Tuesday 11th December all the children in KS2 had the opportunity to be part of a calendar. They were dressed in a theme depending on when their birthday is. The Enterprise team will print the calendars and they will be available to buy in the new year.
Hana Makhlouf Year 9 – Web Team Manager
International Week was a great success! Primary school altered some of their lessons to fit the theme of their country and decorated their classrooms. On Thursday, the whole school dressed up to represent their chosen countries whilst secondary school set up stands in the playground. Students visited the stands of other countries and learnt about the language, food, history and culture. An interesting section was the quiz table where students had to guess where each food originated from. The doors of each class were also decorated and there were competitions for the best door and stall.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
Edited by: Nailah Faez 13B
To get the bronze award students have to learn or improve a skill (like joining a sports club), do something for the school (like being a prefect, housecaptain… etc) and then survive a night in the desert. They were dropped off at the starting point and then had to find the campsite using the set of instructions they had been given. The boys were required to set up their tents and cook something to eat. The next morning using a map, instructions and a compass they had to find their way back to the starting point. They were divided into groups so that they could also learn teamwork with a minimum of 4 students per group. The groups set off at 10 minute intervals so they couldn’t just follow each other. They had to use the navigational skills they’d been taught. There were teachers that monitored their progress and made sure they didn’t loose their way.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
On Thursday, November 22nd 2012, our Model United Nations group attended a conference in the American School of Kuwait. They all arrived in formal attire, representing The English Academy with pride. The Opening Ceremony was extremely well-prepared and our students loved it! After that, everyone went to their commissions, where debates began. We presented speeches and debated our policies. The conference lasted for three days. Our students were extremely committed throughout the whole event. During the closing ceremony, TEA’s very own Moataz Bashir from 11G was recognized with an honourary mention. However, all of our students gave stellar performances. TEA has an amazing MUN group that should go on from strength to strength.
Here are interviews with Sandy Mudiyanse (year 11), the assistant co-coordinator of MUN, and Nicole El Sayegh (year 11) who went through her first MUN experience during the conference:
1) Since the Security Council, which was the commission you were in, is one of the main
bodies of the United Nations, did you feel under pressure or nervous being a part of it?
Yes, I did feel a lot of pressure being the delegation of Pakistan. I had to have a strong policy debate in order to defend my country’s different problems.
2) What is your favourite thing about participating in MUN?
Tackling global issues with people just as passionate and driven to find a solution as I am. Moreover, MUN has given me the ability to say “YES! Something can be done.” I’ve become more confident in interacting with individuals that have the same ideas and purposes as me to make a difference in the world.
1) What made you join MUN?
Debating is not something I like, but I argue a lot with everyone, especially with my friends. A lot of my classmates joined MUN last year and they told me how wonderful and how much fun it was.
2) What was the most memorable thing at the conference?
The most memorable thing at the conference is the sound of the laughter! MUN is mostly about meeting new people and making new friends. I really enjoyed it; it’s hard to describe what the most memorable thing at the conference was!
Interview and article written by Hana Faez and Moataz Bashir (year 11)
On Thursday 29th of November, the girls prepared their rucksacks and went off to the Jahra desert. They arrived at 3.15 pm and walked for 1 hour to their camp site. There, they had to set their tents and make lunch. In the evening, a big bonfire was lit and everyone gathered around roasting marshmallows and played games. At around 9 pm, everyone was hidden inside their sleeping bags like hedgehogs! Early morning on Friday, everybody woke up to prepare breakfast and hot chocolate as it was freezing. They then had to pack their tents and start the hard part of the expedition: hiking! The groups walked for approximately 4 hours in Mutula Ridge and were finally done with the expedition. Maram Razouki, a Year 9 student, said: ‘It was an amazing experience which made me truly proud of myself.’ It was a great experience that taught the students confidence, independence and teamwork.
Written By: Hana Makhlouf 9B
On Wednesday, November 7th, TEA’s Drama department showcased its production, Cinderella.
TEA’s Cinderella is quite different to the classic story; it is set in another era, with different characters and interpretations. Cinderella is not the “airy fairy” we know, she is fiercer, more romantic, more insecure and more infuriated by her sisters. Prince Charming is no longer prince charming; he is a modernized version that loves Apple technology… and dancing. His brother on the other hand, Prince Smarmy is unable to live without his mirror and his golden shoes. The ugly stepsisters are scarier and funnier than ever. There is also Fedex, Cinderella’s secret-admirer, who helps Cinderella to deal with her insecurities and tells her, how beautiful she really is. Benson the Butler and the Cook, his wife, were nagging all the time, as the Stepmother ordered them around to set dinner, open the door or carry out her unpleasant errands. The King, a very money-conscience one, and the Queen, a luxury loving one, hosted a memorable ball that joined the Prince and Cinderella for eternity.
The cast started working on the play last year. They practiced weekly, to perfect the performance they were to deliver. Behind all this production, stands a very proud backstage team. “We couldn’t have pulled it off without them!” says one of the cast members. Ms. Constantinou and Ms. Lamont worked extremely hard to create the script and make sure that the play went according to the plan. Mr. Fairlie was in charge of the songs, the music and the beautiful piano pieces in between the different scenes.
This production was the product of many months of hard work from so many people. It was a major success and it is definitely something every student and teacher in TEA should be proud of.
Written By: Moataz Bashir Year 11
Character Day was a great success with all the doors representing a story or author and most of the primary school students dressed up as their favourite character. When asked what he thought about the day Reghardt Bloem, a student in 5B, proclaimed it to be the best themed day in the school calendar. “Character day was the best because we all got to dress up as a character from our favourite book and basically walk a mile in their shoes.” On character day the whole primary school stopped to watch the parade where each class showed off the cream de la crème of their costumes to the rest of KS1 and KS2. Certificates were also given out to the best-dressed students in each class.
Written by: Dirk Bloem 7G
Year 10 History students along with our teacher Mr Thompson went to the British embassy to pay their respects to the Veterans that fought in the war. The students met ranked officers at the memorial, a colonel, who gave them a clear introduction about the series of actions that took place in WW1 and WW2. Moreover, a senior army general explained the significance of the day to the veterans.
By Sanduni Mudiyanse
Abdullah Al Saber from 6G was so inspired by Abdulwahab’s friendship poem that he read in Junior’s assembly last week, that he decided he was going to create his own poster at home about respecting teachers….
What a lovely thought….
On Thursday 20th September 2012 the sixth form hosted a gathering to celebrate their IGCSE and AS level results! It was a great opportunity for staff and students to mingle sharing stories of their summer holidays and celebrating the successes of the students who had achieved such superb exam results.
Students had brought in their own homemade dishes for teachers to taste. The array of dishes also had an international flavour, reflecting the backgrounds of the students, from Malaysian desserts to Egyptian and Polish savoury dishes!
The event was a wonderful way to begin the new academic year. Congratulations to both staff and students!
Congratulations to Bibi Murtada who has won a 4 year scholarship at NYUAD.�The scholarship covers her tuition fees, accommodation charges, health insurance, personal expenses, books and airfare twice a year. Bibi has achieved this award through her hard work and a great deal of focus during her time at TEA. She also took part in a rigorous selection process writing essays and attending an interview weekend in Abu Dhabi. Here she was competing with hundreds of students from all over the world.
Again congratulations Bibi, and the best of luck in your future studies!
As of Sunday 16th September the new opening times for the uniform shop are Sunday to Thursday 7.00-9.00 and 11.30-14.00
Special opening times for the start of the Academic Year 2012-2013 are:
|Sat 25th to Thurs 30th Aug||9am to 12pm|
|Sat 1st Sep||9am to 3pm|
|Sun 2nd to Thurs 15th Sep||7am to 2pm|
TEA students participated in the National Quran Recitation Contest for English Schools in Kuwait. This is a contest to see who can recite the Quran.
Our students won in the following groups:
1st Place (Year 6) – Mohaned Amr El Ataar
6th Place (Year 3) – Lulia Al Yamani
8th Place (Year8)- Abdelfatah Mohammed Aboul-Foutouh
10th Place (Year 1) – Omar El Yamani
12th Place (Year 5) – Tuleen Ammar
In addition, Faris Ammar Ali (year 4) and Mahmoud Ahmed El Yamani (year 5) who presented a great effort in the competition too.
Further more TEA students also participated in the contest for the Islamic Culture (for English Schools) and Yousef Oraikat in year 2 won the third place.
Well done to all of the students who participated and all of the teachers for helping out, it was an extremely enjoyable day.
By Mr Mohammed Hasan (Head of the Islamic Department)
KG classes donned Fireman’s Uniforms, climbed aboard fire trucks and put out a few ‘fires’, on 7th and 8th March, as part of their Transport and People Who Help Us topics. Over the two days all four classes visited the Salmiya Fire Station to learn more about Firemen, their trucks and the job that they do. Children were given opportunities to use the fire hose, go up on the hydraulic ladder and drive in the fire truck to begin to fully understand the important job done by these real life heroes.
All children thoroughly enjoyed the experience that helped them to make clearer links between classroom learning, pictures in books and the real life work of firefighters. Some children have even vowed to become firefighters as a result of their visit.
We were very proud of our children for their excellent behaviour and bravery while ‘fighting fires’! We think they would all make great firefighters!
By Ms Dee Patterson (Senior Teacher EYFS)
On Tuesday 1st May the little ‘bears’, ‘monkeys’, ‘ducks’ and ‘frogs’ of KG entertained parents and staff with their Animal Countdown Concert and a theme of numbers and animals. With the support and hard work of their teachers and assistant teachers the four classes successfully performed rhymes, English and Arabic songs and played percussion instruments, as they impressed their families with their musical ability and counting skills. The concert included songs like ‘Five Little Monkeys’ performed by KG Red, ‘Five Little Ducks’ by KG Green, ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’ accompanied by some great actions from KG Blue and ‘Five Little Bears’ beautifully adapted by KG Yellow children.
They also showed great interpretation skills, performing actions and clapping rhythms in time to each song. A few KG favourites were also presented, including a number of much-loved nursery rhymes and the crowd-pleasing ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.
We would like to thank parents for their enthusiastic response and excellent attendance on the day and for their support with costumes in preparation for our big day.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to the same level of fun, success and support next year!
By Ms Dee Patterson (Senior Teacher EYFS)
TEA students took part in an international Maths competition which was run by the University of Waterloo in Canada. Students in year 7 and 9 who were brave enough to accept the challenge, not only attended classes in the Maths Challenge Club, but also showed interest in taking part in challenging themselves even more to compete with the rest of the world! Congratulations to Alaa Hassan 9B and Abdullah Salem 7G who came first in their year groups.
By Mr Bahador
Every year at TEA the members of student council put in maximum effort to organize a memorable event. One of these events is our famous fund raising walkathon. Every year it is a success, as we raise a reasonable amount of money to aid charitable organizations. However, this year it was an even bigger success as we managed to raise KD1,149 money to be given to the Senyar diving team.
The Senyar Diving team was introduced to us by our student council member, Bader Al Ali. He suggested to donate the money to Senyar in order to help them with their goals towards protecting the environment. The Senyar Diving team preserves Kuwait’s marine life by keeping the coastal areas and sea clean. They also protect and aid marine creatures.
You might ask yourselves how we raised this amount of money. During the walkathon our students bought in an amount of money and divided it with the number of laps they needed to complete the walkathon. They paid a fixed amount of money per lap. Of course, due to the students’ generosity and appreciated contribution, we managed to collect enough money.
During our morning line up, after we had collected all of the money, Mr Vernall presented the Senyar Dive Team with a giant cheque on behalf of every student and teacher that participated.
We thank the Senyar Diving team for their continuous care towards Kuwait’s marine life.
To find out more about the Senyar Dive Team you can visit their website www.senyar.net
By Leen El Taki – 10R
Good Luck to all Year 11, 12 and 13 students during your study leave. TEA wishes you the best for your exams.
Paris….the city of lights, history, adventure and love. For the forty students who chose to go on The English Academy school trip, it was an unforgettable experience.
From the Eifel Tower to Disneyland and then all the way to the Normandy countryside, France was remarkably breathtaking. It was breathtaking to the extent where there was no more memory left on our cameras!!
We really enjoyed the out door activities in Normandy, from rock climbing, abseiling, rifle shooting, a fun dip in the mud on the assault course and many more activities that are far to vast to mention on a single page!
On our last night in Normandy, France, we all had a blast singing campfire songs while smelling the sweetness of sugary marshmallows being roasted on the fire.
After a week of wonderful experiences we said “Au revoir” to France, even though we were still hungry for another slice of it.
By Masa Mihailovic 9G, Gizelle Salama 9G, Ghadir Hayssam 9R
TEA has returned from a successfull silver qualyfying expedition to Cyprus. 18 Students undertook a 3 day expedition and all passed. It was great fun but challenging for all.
Mr R Thompson
This year TEA held their first Science Fair Competition, where Year 7-9 students were encouraged to participate. The competition ran alongside the Kuwait Science Fair, which two of our students were one of The Best 100. Students planned, experimented, and analysed their own investigations, ending with an open house display and award ceremony.
Eiad El Shinawey
Abdulaziz Al Rebae
Mohammed Al Qames
The first place winner was Yasmine Abdelghafoor in Year 7, she investigated the effects of colour on the taste of food. Second and third prize were awarded to Andulaziz Al Rabea and Mohammed Al Qames, both in Year 7. Students were awarded prizes from the British Science Museum in the UK. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all participants!
Mrs H. Mohamed
Mrs Rimmer asked several students if they would be interested in entering the competition. The task was to collect some rubbish or recycled material and make something out of it.
The students were very inventive and came up with soome excellent ideas. Including dresses made of bin liners and chairs made out of bottles.
The projects were submitted and the competition was judged. The English Academy students competed against approximately fourteen other private schools in Kuwait and the standard or work produced was very high.
The Movenpick very kindly invited a group of our students to visit the hotel to observe all of the projects from other participating schools. We were then given a presentation on recycling which provided the students with information about how important recycling is and what schools and individuals can do to help recycling in Kuwait.
Miss L Procter
As part of TEA’s expansion in music a range of individual instrumental lessons are being offered by specialist musicians. At present about 20 pupils ranging from years 1 to 9 are receiving lessons. Mrs Short is teaching violin and Mrs Johnson piano (supplemented also by the department’s Miss Kate). Plans are well underway to include guitar, drums, flute, clarinet and brass instruments in the scheme. This will enable in the future to run groups such as orchestra and bands.
The benefits of learning a musical instrument have been well documented for improving skills such as hand/eye co-ordination and concentration which in turn improves skills in other subject areas. But most importantly students get to experience the sheer enjoyment of producing their own music.
All those currently on the scheme are showing great improvement and there will be performance opportunities for all. In many cases instruments can be provided although pupils are encouraged to purchase their own as they develop. We have invested a considerable amount in the music department.
If you would like further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Fairlie – Head of Music
The pupils did amazingly well – we were the smallest contingent at the KESMUN event but by no means did they go unnoticed! For some, this was their second MUN experience but we had several who had only recently joined the group and were feeling somewhat apprehensive about the forthcoming event.
The policy debates started promptly at 5pm on Thursday evening and every one of our pupils took part in the debates in one way or another – whether it was to raise issues by making an opening debate and putting forward a resolution – or to ask thought provoking questions to other delegates.
By 9pm on Thursday they were all buzzing from the excitement! The Friday was a 13 hour stretch of lobbying and debating – another chance for them to show their skills at arguing and questioning. Yet again, an excellent display of their command of the specific language required by both the UN and MUN. A number of teachers visited the event on the Friday and all have commented on how surprised they were at the sophisticated level of debate and discussion by all the pupils involved.
After a hard morning of debating and amending resolutions put forward on Saturday, all the delegates were shipped off to the Holiday Inn, Downtown where they were ushered up into one of the banquet halls for the ambassadors’ luncheon and closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony was introduced by the Secretary General of KESMUN and followed by interesting speeches by the Ambassadors of Australia andPakistan, both of whom opened the floor to questions from the student delegates. Following this the Chairs of all commissions awarded delegates for ‘most improved’, ‘best effort’ and ‘best delegate’. From TEA Karol Kusmider was nominated ‘Best Delegate’ for the Human Rights Commission .
All the pupils put outstanding amounts of effort into their commissions, each of them having spent a considerable amount of time researching their country (France) and helping each other to present a united front.
Rana Mohammed, who was attending her second MUN, made a leap from ‘quiet attendee’ at her first experience to being that of a forthright and argumentative delegate in the Territorial Disputes Commission questioning her peers directly.
Absolutely every one of our pupils was a credit to the school and I was proud to be their Director. They displayed strong speaking and listening skills in an environment where the language demanded is specific and required to be strictly adhered to. This is an excellent opportunity for them to take themselves out of their comfort zone and test their strengths linguistically, politically and socially.
Well done to the MUN team at TEA!
Year 11 Students:
Abdallah Al Qallaf
Abdulmohsen Al Mudhaf
Fatimah Bin Eiden
On Thursday March 22nd, a team of 8 Year 11 students took part in the Earth Day Competition organised by Al Bayan Bilingual Environmental Committee at The Discovery Mall in Kuwait City. The competition involved events such as oral and audio presentations, physical challenges, a photo display and producing an on the stop mural and fashion item. The TEA team won first place in several events and came 3rd place in the overall completion. The team have been invited to attend the REUSE Earth Day Celebration next month. Well done team TEA!
This year the International Award – Silver Award Expedition will be held in Cyprus.
As our students prepare for their 2012 International Award Silver qualifying expedition, Interaxion has created a webpage especially for TEA students to keep up to date and check the Itinerary and other trip details.
Click here for more details.
Heaven lies beneath her feet,
By Sana’a Khundakji – Year 11
On a cold and stormy Wednesday night in February the sixth formers and some year 11 students attended a Black and White Dinner at school along with their teachers. However, the weather did not ruin the event as everyone turned up dressed immaculately. The event had a clear theme so all guests had to wear the appropriate attire; to add to the theme, the school hall was decorated: there were black and white balloons on each table and silhouette-artwork displayed on walls. The tables were decorated formally with candles and the lighting was subdued to add to the atmosphere. Mr Fairlie and his wife played classical music in the background as guests entered the room. Mais Al Ghanim provided the delicious food while entertainment was provided by the students themselves. Towards the end of the evening, everyone was given the opportunity to vote for best dressed male, female and teachers. After a great deal of deliberating the panel of judges made the following decisions:
Best Dressed Male student: Bader Al Bader
Best Dressed Female student: Alaa Hafez
Best Dressed Female teacher: Mrs Mohammed
Best Dressed Male teacher: Mr Bushfield
Congratulations to those winners!
Once these announcements were made, dessert was served and the evening ended with music from Mr Fairlie who was accompanied, once again, by his lovely wife playing the piano. The event was a success and has now been added to the school calendar as an annual event. Thanks to Farah Hassan for all her efforts in organising this new event along with her team of helpers. Finally, a huge thanks to the staff and students who attended to make this event a night to remember.
Congratulations to all the pupils who received their AS/A2 exam results recently. Well done for all of your hard work and effort, it has really paid off!
A big thank you to all the teachers who helped our students and provided them with support when needed.
The group have now come to the end of the 2 day visit to Scotland’s historical capital city Edinburgh and will be heading back to the airport after breakfast for the flight home.