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HS Principal Letter

Dear Hayah friends,

A very warm welcome back to the 2016-17 school year at Hayah International Academy.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mr Peter Vaughn to Hayah as the High School Dean of Students.  For the past ten years he has worked in the United States and Germany in many roles including teacher and administrator.  Peter tells us that since completing his administration licensing program it has been his goal to work as a Dean of Students.  He is excited to realize this goal at Hayah and is looking forward to working together with the entire Hayah High School community.


Another new addition to the Hayah staff is Mr Gareth Obie who joins us as Athletics and After School Activities (ASA) Coordinator.  Gareth has ten years experience as a teacher and administrator both in England and China.  Gareth will continue to ensure the success of the Shark teams in ISAC here in Cairo and in the METS and CISSA tournaments overseas.  He will be managing the ASA program for the whole school.


We have a few new members of the HS teaching faculty this year.  In the Math department two teachers have joined us to teach HS/IB Math; Yasser Elmessiri and Sandy Gibbs.  Yasser is Egyptian and has been working most recently at AIS, Cairo; Sandy is from New Zealand and has been teaching in England.  Rohan Pelzer will be teaching HS/IB English.  Rohan is Australian and he joins us after working in Peru.  Finally Karim Gaber will be teaching MS/HS ICT.  Karim is Egyptian but has lived and worked all his life in Abu Dhabi.  We wish them all every success.

This year in Grade 9 the homework load has again been reduced.  Homework will only be given in the core classes; Math, English, Arabic, Biology and Social Studies (including MOE).  Teachers in these subjects will be assigning more preparatory work, for example reading in English and research in Social Studies.  This trend is moving towards the modern educational model of the flipped classroom.  The High School is moving towards the concept of instilling in our students the habits of independent life-long learning.

The Grade 9 Semester 1 exams were moved to the week before the winter break last year. This worked well, giving the students more time to relax during the break and also allowing them to better prepare for the MOE exams in January.  Accordingly, we will keep the Grade 9 Semester 1 exams in December for this year.

The Hayah IB results were again outstanding, surpassing all expectations.  Our average score was 34 points, 20 students scored 37 and above with two students achieving 43 points.  The details will be made available on the IB page of the website.  Our Grade 11 cohort this year currently stands at 86 students, the largest number we have ever admitted.

Welcome back again and I would like to wish our entire Hayah community a healthy, happy and successful year!

Very best regards,

Keith Ord