أهلا بك, salaam aleikum and welcome!
It is my privilege to say that I am the new Principal at Deira Private School. I’m just writing to say hello and welcome you back to the new school year. I can’t wait to meet you and your children when school starts again. I’m sure we can take the school from strength to strength.
A little about me; I am British; born, brought up and educated in South Wales, UK. I received my teaching degree with honours from the University of Wales and began my teaching career in London, England. I have been a teacher and school leader for more than thirty years and I have worked extensively in the UK and all over the World. Over the years, amongst my many roles, I have been a principal, headteacher, educational adviser and a school inspector. I am married to my lovely wife Laura and we have two young children we are very proud of; Nia aged 8 and IslaI am passionate about the education of children. I see this profession as a vocation. I love teaching and I strive to nurture that love of learning in those I work with in my schools. I am committed to raising standards for all students whilst ensuring that the education we provide is creative, challenging and exciting. I will work tirelessly for the children entrusted to me.
To be truly effective, it is crucial to engage everyone in the educational process. I am joining a school team committed to raising standards and providing a rigorous and stimulating education for your children. We will strive to take the school to the next level. Our most recent KHDA Inspection Report identified many strengths at the school for us to build on including the quality of the curriculum, the protection, care, guidance and support given to students and our partnerships with parents and the community. I look forward to working with you all over the coming years. Working together we can really fly.
The British educational system, at its heart, is about striking a balance between both excellence and enjoyment. It is rigorous and structured and has very high expectations of all students. In best practice, it is also enjoyable and exciting. Students are engaged in stimulating and thought-provoking activities that develop enquiry and a thirst for more knowledge. It inspires students to love learning.
There is a word in the Welsh language that does not really have an English equivalent. The word is “hwyl”. It is a word that needs to be said with passion… HWYL! If you look it up in a dictionary, it is translated as “a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy”. I endeavour to build some hwyl into education; to instil this quality throughout the school and to make education even more passionate, engaging and exciting. Students should love every single day of their education. As a school, we at Deira Private School aim to make this a reality.