April 14th, 2013
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
October 3rd, 2012
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!
September 30th, 2012
Congratulations to our Class of 2012 for achieving the best results to date
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!
March 31st, 2012
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!
March 15th, 2012
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.