2019 started in earnest with many of our students taking their mock exams and/or the ministry exams. On the whole our students were extremely well prepared, and although the process of marking the exams is still going on, we are seeing some very pleasing results. I am proud of the excellent attitude to learning that our students have been showing. These exams can have a significant impact on future directions, and they also provide us with a good indication of expectations for the summer exams, so they are important. Well done to all concerned, and let's hope the summer exams are as successful.
At the end of January our Under 13's BSME (British Schools of the Middle East) team went to Dubai Sports City to represent CES in a tournament of 21 other international schools from around the region. The whole team acquitted themselves very well, and came back with a good stock of medals and many stories to tell. It was a great event, and a wonderful opportunity for our children who were ambassadors for our school. I would like to offer special thanks to Mr Hussain, Mr Whitley and Ms Vieira for organising and supporting this trip. Visits like this are a lot of hard work for the teachers who make them happen, and their efforts are very much appreciated.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to remind you that Wednesday 13th February is the day of Parent-Teacher Conferences for Key Stage 2 and Secondary students. I very much hope you will take this opportunity to meet with teachers and to discuss your child's progress so far this year, which is especially important of course for those who will be taking formal exams this year. The partnership between teachers and parents is absolutely vital if we are to achieve the very best results that our children are capable of, and the PTC's are at the heart of this partnership, so please encourage your child to make appointments (Secondary) and do your very best to attend.