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JPGS Newsletter, Issue no. 4, 2018-19

Jeddah Prep and Grammar School


Thursday 11 April 2019
Founded in 1967
Issue no. 4
Happy Spring break to us all!

Dear Pupils, Parents and

The second term of this positive
academic year 2018-19 reaches its
conclusion. We have all enjoyed
an exceptionally busy,
enthusiastic and progressive

We have been enthralled by
excellent performances of Mulan
and The Addams Family, and a
Serenata XIV concert in recent
weeks. As I am certain you can students in the Grammar School. On behalf of all members of staff
appreciate, this is all due to Well done to all those who receive here at Jeddah Prep and
organisation, generous prizes and awards. Do remember Grammar School, I do wish you a
enthusiasm, effort and teamwork. that hard work and effort bring very Happy Spring / Easter
Well done to all concerned, their own rewards sooner or later. holiday with lots of memorable
particularly to the casts, choirs, If you are not a recipient on this moments with friends and family.
orchestras, crew, teaching occasion please keep trying hard.
assistants, teachers, coordinators On behalf of the entire school, I
and directors. Pupils and students are now shall look forward to seeing you
afforded a two-week break, in the back at school for the start of
Moreover, we have all benefitted majority of cases this will Term 3, 2018-19 on Sunday 28
from the array of sports both here comprise a well-deserved holiday April.
and overseas that have been and rest. For our older pupils and
offered to all pupils here at JPGS. students in Years 10, 11, 12 and
Please read the sports sections 13, who will be taking public
inside this edition. Once again, as examinations in a few short
mentioned above, this is due to weeks, please be reminded that
enthusiasm, dedication and hard an organised revision plan during
work. Well done to the the holidays will certainly assist
participants and PE Department, to prepare more correctly and
particularly to Mr Lowe, Head of effectively. I do hope that time
PE. away from studying and
disruptions to revision will be Mr Mark S. Bedford
Today is the Celebration of ept to a reasonable minimum.
Achievement day for pupils and Good luck. Headmaster

JPGS Model United Nations Club

Over the weekend of 14 to 16 Hamza Dajani and Sara Al Saleh, Best Delegate
March pupils participated in the our student trainers, did a Ayat Rana (Year10)
BISJ Model United Nations splendid job preping the
conference. MUN is a simulation delegation. Sara being the chair Honourable mentions
of the real United Nations where of Human Rights Committee Nadine Maarouf (Year 9)
pupils represent a country in a managed it extremely well. A Jana Al Fase (Year 10)
variety of committees to discuss a special mention should also be Amjed Abdul Majeed (Year 12)
range of contemporary issues. made of Ahmad Awais who
There are often heated debates represented the JPGS delegation
and pupils are required to use all and gave a wonderful opening
their skills of negotiation to speech as an Ambassador of the
develop a resolution to the issue Delegation in the Opening
and gain support by as many Ceremony. Many thanks go to
countries as possible. Our BISJ MUN, and particularly their
delegates have been a credit to Director of MUN Mrs. Alison
the school and many were Tuck, for hosting such a well
formally recognised for their organised event.
contribution to the event.

Mr Kidman and Mrs Ghafoor
JPGS MUN Directors

Sports Furkan Anani, also participating SAIKAC U14 Soccer Boys

Overview in javelin would have recieved and Girls
the medal had he not toed the
line on his final throw.
The athletics team had been
training very hard leading up the However the performance of the
tournament knowing the tough- day and of the games for Jeddah
ness of the high level of competi- Prep went to Ziad Abbas who
tion ahead of them. represented the school in shot
put. He managed to win a gold
On the first day all athletes found medal with three outstanding
track events extremely challeng- throws. He won the event JPGS hosted the 2018-2019 U14
ing however they never gave up convincingly which was a very Football tournament for girls this
and they raced as fast as they proud moment for the school March 14 and 15 . We had two
could to ensure they scored the winning a gold in athletics for the teams competing together with
highest points possible for the first time ever. AISJ, AISR, and BISJ.
school. The performance of the
day on the track belonged to Despite the high level of competi- The two-day event tested our
Jawan Fagiha who performed tion Jeddah Prep and Grammar player’s fortitude battling it out
impressively in the 200m sprint. School managed to improve on with the Kingdom’s best U14
In her heat she finished third, their position in athletics on last footballers. Our school got 3rd
scoring some important points year by one place which showed place, AISJ 2nd, and BISJ 1st. Our
for her home. the positive progress the school SAIKAC U14 Boys football team
has made in this sport. won second place bringing home
The field events proved to be a a silver award.
lot more successful where
athletes managed to score more “It was a very challenging event”
points. Imaad Parwez jumped says Head Coach Dan Wilkinson
superbly in the triple jump from Juventus, Saudi Arabia;
finishing just outside the medals. “JPGS always gets to the finals.”
Also in the triple jump Jawan AISJ received bronze and BISJ
Fagiha narrowly missed out on a won 1st place for gold.
bronze medal finishing 4th.

Zainah Ali and Nai Hussan
scored some valuable points in JPGS Sports Team
javelin with some solid throws.


Prep School Annual Production 2019

From 26 to 28 March a cast of express ourselves creatively while into a set fit for a professional
120 Prep School pupils took their giving our children the production in a world class
peers, parents and teachers on an opportunity to discover their theatre!
unforgettable journey to Ancient talent and hopefully a love for the
China! performing arts. With their exceptional singing
voices and acting skills our cast,
It is with tons of gratitude, more The four months long process as we expected, did us proud.
than the avalanche that the Huns started with choosing a show,
were buried beneath, that we look obtaining the performance licence The sacrifices that they have
back upon the last four months and scheduling auditions. After made by rehearsing three
during which we have worked so the first stage was completed, afternoons a week for the whole
very hard to make this yet rehearsals with our amazing, of the second term paid off and
another successful musical for newly-selected cast started and during our three performances
Jeddah Prep. carried on non-stop while our they were shining like true
costumes were designed, made, Broadway stars!
As teachers we are grateful that fitted and altered. At the same
we were given the opportunity to time our Junior Hall was turned

Mr DeWet Hugo
Head of Year 5

This term’s Field Trips

Pupils of today are visual They looked at environmental Mrs Ghafoor successfully.”
learners and a field trip allows quality, land use and pedestrian
them to touch, feel, and listen to counts to understand how new Faisal Daaboul-Year 8: “The
what they're learning, which developments attract further Deeratna trip was amazing.
helps them build on classroom investment. To follow up they When I was riding on the buggy I
instruction, gain a better will use the data to write a report could really relate to chemical
understanding of topics, build illustrating their appreciation of energy being transferred to
cultural understanding and how the Corniche is changing kinetic energy as we tackled the
tolerance as well as expose them over time. On this trip the Year 8 dunes.”
to the world outside. pupils were a credit to the school,
taking the tasks seriously and Sary Fagiha-Year 9: “The quad
Our Year 2 and Year 4 pupils behaviour excellence. bikes were an experience of a
benefitted a lot from the LCS lifetime. Going at maximum
School trip this term. Year 2 went speed on the track makes you
to a wellness center where they love life!”
learnt more about Saudi culture
through Arabic calligraphy, Ibrahim Ul Haq-Year 9: “Sports,
traditional dances and cooking video games, quad bike, spells
activity. out fun for me!”

Ebrima Keita-Year 9: “The
driving was thrilling and

Year 7, 8, and 9 visited Deeratna Ella Trompeter-Year 10- “The trip
as part of our link to energy was fun, had an amazing time
transfer in Science while The Year with friends.”
10’s trip to the same location was
linked more to Geography. The Abdallah Nasser-Year 10: “I
venue was amazing and the enjoyed the trip, it was fun, I
events were well-coordinated. suggest we have one every term.”
Year 4 explored historic Jeddah The choice of activities was
by having a walking tour of brilliant with enough for pupils Maryam Badeeb-Year 10: “It was
balad that combined history, to do as well as just relax! The a relaxing trip, the whole of Year
heritage and arts for students. pupils had a fabulous time.Here 10 had a fun time unwinding.”
are some of the comments from
the students: Our pupils were principled,
listened attentively and followed
Eshaal Junaid- Year 7: “Inside the instructions well. Thank you to
venue there was lots to do! It was all the staff that assisted on the
a big place and there were lots of trip as well as all the people
snacks.” involved at the venue, behind the
scenes in accounts, reception and
Yasmeen Bitar-Year 7: “The zip driving the buses. A wonderful
liner was very high. I was scared time was experienced by
at first, but when I went on it, it everyone. Our pupils were great
In order to support their was spectacular!” ambassadors of JPGS!
classroom studies on coastal
management, Year 8 pupils Salma Moumena- Year 7: “We
visited the Corniche on a learned how to rescue people
fieldtrip. They compared an old when you are in a hot
section of the Corniche with the climate/desert. My team
new by collecting primary data. succeeded in rescuing


JPGS Book Week

During Book Week in the Prep All classes had the pleasure of around the school, that resulted
School, staff and students had an having different teachers and in some creative door displays.
outstanding time, learning about members of staff visiting and
authors, making books, telling reading to them in English and We hope that students will
stories and taking part in our Arabic, and we even had some remember this book week for a
door decoration challenge. The Year 9 pupils reading with classes long time to come and more
week culminated in an assembly, also. importantly, the value and
where each year group shared importance of reading.
some of what they had been One of the highlights really was
learning through song, spoken the door decoration challenge, Remember, in the words of JK
word, drama and poster displays, where students had to work Rowling, “If you don’t like to read,
followed by a book character together to create a door display, you haven’t found the right book.”
parade, where staff and students using a range of recycled materi-
came dressed in many wonderful als. There was a real sense of Mr David Millar
costumes. teamwork and competition English Subject Leader Year 6


Riding High

Following the problems faced by result of their growing A former JPGS graduate and
Open Skies last year it was confidence with the horses and Open Skies volunteer, Swathy
wonderful to hear that the good relations with the young Sethuraman, included the
programme of therapeutic horse people. following comment in a recent
riding was resuming this year communication: “Ever since
under the supervision of Mrs All volunteers will receive volunteering with Open Skies, I
Lisa Robinson, former principal certificates of participation in made sure I found volunteer
of Hope Centre for Exceptional acknowledgement of their places here, too. It was one of the
Needs. Reborn as Jeddah EEA, participation and have been things I grew to love during Year
the programme which assists invited to an end of year 12. I would encourage even more
disabled youngster in the barbecue at Trio Ranch. students to get involved next
community with social skills, year.”
confidence building, language, Jeddah Prep & Grammar school
and motor development. The looks forward to continuing to
programme not only has a new offer this valuable community Mr Thomas McGarry
leader, but also a new venue at service. Head of Sixth Form
Trio Ranch in Briman.

Students from JPGS have
generously given their Saturday
afternoons over the course of the
first two terms to act as side
walkers, supporting children in
the saddle, encouraging them to
participate in physiotherapy and
instructing them on how to
complete the tasks assigned to
them. A hard core of a dozen
students attended regularly
throughout the year, many of
them developing strong bonds
with the youngsters that they
supported on a weekly basis. A
couple of JPGS student have
taken on the role of leaders as a


FS1 this Term aquatic friends swim, and We even went to the Aquarium to
discovered which sea animals
look all the different sea animals
have legs (tentacles) and just how that live under the sea.
many they have!
We’ve been busy discovering
animal life in our Animal Stories
topic of study. We began by
looking at farm animals, finding
out what foods they eat, and
learning about the things they
give us such as milk and eggs. Nursery is always a fun place to
We then jumped straight into our be. Play is the centre of all our
jungle theme, and explored wild learning and most of all the
animals and their different children love to play.
habitats. The deep blue sea also
provided scope for lots of Mrs Ammara Ilyas
learning as we watched our Head of FS1

The next Half Term at JPGS…

May 2019 Thursday 2 Year 11 to Year 13 Tracking Report 3

Thurs 2—Fri 3 U14 Basketball (Boys—AISJ)

U14 Basketball (Girls—JPGS)

June 2019 Wed 12—Thurs 20 Year 10 End of Year Exams

Sun 16—Thurs 20 KS3 End of Year Exams

Friday 14 VI Form Prom

Saturday 15 VI Form Graduation Ceremony

Thursday 20 Prep School, Year 7 to Year 10
End of Year Full Reports

Monday 24 Prep School Celebration of Achievement Day

Tuesday 25 Nursery and Reception Moving on Show

Thursday 27 Year 7 to Year 10 Results Report

End of Summer Term

Jeddah Prep and Grammar School

Tel: +966 (12) 654 2354 Email: [email protected]

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