At Dhahran British Grammar School (DBGS) we have a deserved reputation for working collaboratively, as a team and with the wider DBGS community. We love to process ideas, in order to gain levels of knowledge and understanding that could not be achieved by working alone. This also compels all stakeholders in our community - parents, students and teachers - to recognise progress and to celebrate success.
As part of the International Schools Group (ISG) we are delighted to be involved in activities alongside our partner schools across the district. Our new system student performance goals of Learner Agency, Compassionate Action and Growth in Literacy give us a unique way forward. We encourage our students to become independent learners to prepare them for an ever changing world of the future. It is not enough for pupils to just learn information by rote - they need to know how to challenge themselves, how to get the best out of their learning, to engage in effective dialogue with teachers to provide feedback and ways forward and to utilise appropriate resources effectively. As well as these we want our students to be happy, to care for one another, to accept differences and to promote positivity within the school community.
Our teachers are learners too. Extensive programmes of professional development through organisation such as the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and other external providers gives us and effective platform for school improvement. As an organisation our school’s commitment to professional development is first class.
We welcome parents into the school at all levels. Our new Head of Seniors, Mrs Rachel Cannon has hosted events already this year for parents in Year 7 and Year 10 to make the senior school more accessible. Mrs Dufney Botha, the new Head of Primary has effective plans to encourage more involvement of parents in the classrooms. A strong partnership between parents, teachers and students is essential to the development of the child. Mutual respect and recognition is fundamental to a strong school culture - one that is very apparent to anyone who visits DBGS.
I am delighted to have been appointed as principal at DBGS. This is my twelfth year working for the organisation with my previous roles being Year 6 teacher, Literacy Coordinator, Key Stage Leader and Head of Primary. I am extremely proud of all that has been achieved at the school and look forward to our continued success. We always endeavour to create a positive environment in which children and young adults can thrive.
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