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Published by jfarooqui, 2019-11-20 06:52:01

JPGS Newsletter, Issue no. 5, 2019-20

Jeddah Prep and Grammar School


Thursday 17 October 2019
Founded in 1967
Issue no. 5
JPGS Welcome 2019-20

On behalf of the school’s doing. Many congratulations to 2 Head of Grammar's welcome,
Governing Body; the Senior our pupils on their hard work Message from JPGS Head Team
Leadership Team (SLT) and and well-deserved results and, of 3 Sports Overview
Senior Management Team (SMT): course, our teachers on their 4 Super Pupils of 1A, Enrichment,
Mr Khalil Ahmed, Deputy Head support and guidance over the D Day at FS2
and Head of Grammar School, Mr past two years. 5 School Council
Raymond Garnett, Head of Prep 6 Year 5 Assembly, House Compitions,
School (acting), Mrs Manal Al I am always extremely proud of BSME Music Festival Kuwait
Tayeb, Business and Operations our pupils’ effort, hard work and 7 JPGS High Achievers, JPGS Social
Model United Nations Club
Manager, Mr Munsoor Shahzad, courtesy which are extended 8
Designated Safeguarding Lead, towards me and everyone else in
and Mr Mahmood Ashour, Head the school. Please do remember to their university applications, and
of Human Resources and arrive promptly for the beginning Parent Teacher Conferences for
Government Relations, and all of the school, an interruption can the Prep School. Do please speak
our staff, please allow me to affect more than just one pupil to us should you need any further
welcome you to Jeddah Prep and and his/her learning. Hard work, explanation and/or clarification
Grammar School and the very good organisation and a positive about any item that might prove
first JPGS Newsletter for this attitude to learning are the key confusing and/or concerning. We
academic year 2019-20. essentials for a top-class pupil. It are always pleased to assist.
is up to us all to ensure we adopt
As JPGS Headmaster, I am very the right approach and build the I wish us all a very successful,
honoured and proud to be correct foundations for higher stimulating and positive year
leading such a wonderful, and further study both here at ahead.
successful and happy school. Our school, later on at college or
August 2019 examination results university and onwards into Mr Mark S. Bedford
for Year 13 students were a very adulthood. Headmaster
impressive 94.6% A* - C and 36%
A* - A. Our departing Year 13 will I am very pleased that we have
be, I have no doubt, significant already provided a number of
assets to the tertiary level informational presentations for
institutions and the degree parents, including a Welcome to
courses that they have just JPGS for all parents, the
commenced, primarily in the UK. Cambridge Primary Programme,
Our Year 11 IGCSE results have Tea and Talk for parents and
been equally positive at over members of SLT, CAT4
90.4% A* - C and over 43.4% A* - presentations for Years 7 and 9,
A. These are world-leading UCAS presentation for KS4 and
statistics that in many ways KS5 pupils about to embark on
confirm how well we are all

Head of Grammar’s Welcome

helping to manage and lead make a difference in a much
international schools in the more global society. We hope all
Middle East. I firmly believe that our pupils are given every
education is a partnership and opportunity to fulfil their
that as a community we are here potential in the classroom, not
to support every child and make every child will be good at
sure that they feel safe, respected, everything but every child can be
and secure in this environment. good at something. It is our job to
We want every pupil to be discover something for every
enjoying school and also pupil.
achieving. It is important that
they take an active role in their I am passionate about education
I am delighted to be joining own education and take and have always enjoyed
Jeddah Prep and Grammar responsibility for it. Whether working with parents to provide
School at this exciting time. pupils are with us for their whole the very best for their children. I
Having worked in the UK and school career or just a few years, am excited about providing our
internationally, I look forward to we want them to head out into children with both a well
working with the young people the world ready to contribute rounded British and international
in our care to provide the very something new. curriculum. Our aim as a team is
best education. Originally from for Jeddah Prep and Grammar
the United Kingdom, my career I look forward to working with School to be a school that is a
has spanned over 23 years in staff, pupils and parents in leading light in education across
teaching and leading in ensuring that each and every the region.
outstanding British schools child receives an outstanding
internationally and UK schools. education. This vision stems from
my desire to see every child
The last 15 years of my entering their adult life with the Mr Khalil Ahmed
experience has been involved in skills, knowledge and values to Head of Grammar

Head Team 2019-20

As Head Team of Jeddah Prep instance; managing the waste,
and Grammar School 2019-2020, reducing plastic consumption,
we are excited to be working and providing a platform for the
with the pupils both from Prep voices of every pupil within the
and Grammar school, to make school.
things better in all aspects and to
give pupils a golden experience. We have many events planned
this year that will build
We are responsible for excitement for every pupil. We
promoting the welfare of every aim to work closely with charity
(Left to right) pupil and want to implement a organisations and plan events
Poppy Brittan positive environment where that will cater towards donations
(Deputy Head Girl) everyone is being treated in an in areas of need in the wider
Mohammad Khalifa objective and fair manner. community.
(Head Boy) Our role as Head Team is to We look forward to making this
Mariam Kamel contribute to the school year a successful and fun year for
(Head Girl) environment by implementing a pupils and teachers collectively.
Cameron Hooper quality control system that is in
(Deputy Head Boy) line with the school ethos, for JPGS Head Team

Sports Overview

RSAC U19 Girls and Piranhas girls team also represent at U14's
Boys Volleyball level, so for such a young squad
The twilight meet was at BISJ. this results is amazing. The boys
JPGS hosted the Under 19 girls JPGS Piranhas turned up in force A team brought the gold medal
RSAC volleyball tournment on with lots of new swimmers from home again at U16 volleyball for
Friday the 4th of October. JPGS our development and junior the second consecutive year.
Boys, U19 volleyball team swim programme. Our senior They were met by The KAUST
travelled to BISJ. U19's swimmers had a fantastic night school in the final, however the
competitions are challenging with the majority very close or JPGS boys were strong and won
with the eldest pupils competing beating their personal bests. both sets. The MVP (most
within the school. Both teams did valuable player of the
exceptionally well over the Well done Piranhas and thank tournament) was our very own
course of the day, considering you to Mr Lowe, Mr Grayer and Mohammad Ben Ali. Mohammed
both squads carried a lot of U16 Mr Leo for supporting our along with Ebrima Bojang made
younger players. The RSAC swimmers at this meet. the mythical six (dream team) of
tournament helps the pupils to players of the tournament. The
train and prepare ourselves for boys B team also did well in the
the important SAIKAC competition and placed 5th over
competitions later on on the the two days, despite the fact that
term. Good Luck to all the they were unbeaten on the first
Volleyball athletes this season. day.

An awesome weekend from our
RSAC U16 Volleyball amazing JPGS athletes.

U16 Girls volleyball was hosted Go Wolves!
at JPGS and the boys were at
BISJ. JPGS were lucky to have
two teams of boys and girls
competing. Both Teams were SAIKAC Under 16
outstanding on the day and are Girls and Boys
now one of the schools favored to Volleyball
medal at SAIKAC. GNP dental
department sponsored our event Another fantastic weekend of
at JPGS, and two of our girls volleyball. The girls were at BISJ
went home with Jarir vouchers and the boys were at home. The
for being exceptional sports girls had a great weekend and
women on the day. Thank you to managed to gain a bronze medal
GNP and Dr Khan. at third place. The majority of the

JPGS PE Department

Super Pupils of 1A

We are the fantastic storytellers been learning about the included that he stopped his
and actors of 1A. Despite being so beginning, middle and end of unkind behaviour. We wanted to
nervous about our first ever class stories we gave the story a little remind all our friends in Year 1
assembly, we remembered our twist at the end. Instead of and 2 to show kindness to each
loud voices and practised our pushing the troll into the river, other, as when we make others
actions for an amazing the biggest Billy Goat Gruff asked happy it also makes us happy!
performance. We retold the story him to stop bullying and play
of the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” with the goats instead.
using actions to help us Ms Saira Ali
remember the words. As we have The troll was so happy to be Head of Year 1

JPGS Enrichments D Day at FS2

themselves to represent JPGS at
the various tournaments such as

We have the provision of External
Enrichment from: Jeddah Ballet
Academy, Sweet-Spot Tennis and
Parkour KSA also coming into
Enrichment at JPGS is as busy as JPGS to train our young learners.
ever with approximately 40 after These clubs are still looking for
school activities on offer members to fill up their activities To make our learning of phonics
throughout the whole school. so please encourage others to join. more engaging and meaningful
These enrich our young learners for our children, Reception hosted
with skills outside of the With all that is going on a D Day on Thursday 3 October.
classroom and school day setting. throughout the busy school day Children and the Reception Team
We have activities such as Chess, we must keep reminding came to school dressed as
Multipsorts, Art and Computing, ourselves that school is not only dinosaurs, doctors, and in
all of which cover a wide range of for young learners to learn the dazzling dresses. Parents also
senses and skills for our younger content of their subjects within joined in the fun by helping to
learners in Prep School. And we classrooms but also that teaching make some dynamic dinosaurs
have Camp Craft, Art, Origami within the school encompasses out of paper plates. Of course our
and Leadership Young Enterprise many life skills that come day would not have been
for our older pupils and students together to enrich, progress and complete without having a ‘bring
in the Grammar School. develop our pupils and students a dish party’. We had delicious
in preparation for daily life letter d shaped biscuits, Doritos,
Our sporting tournament teams whether it be inside or outside dumplings and donuts galore! All
are also very busy with the school. in all, it was a delightful D Day.
Volleyball Season well underway
and our Wolves training hard in Mr Eric Mason Ms Nargas Gulzar
their Volleyball squads to ready Head of Key Stage 3 Head of Year FS2


School Council

At Jeddah Prep and Grammar
School we are proud to have
pupil representatives from each
class in the Prep school and each
tutor group in the Grammar
School that take part in School
Council meetings. The School
Council is in place so that pupils
have a voice and are involved in Some examples of things that Abdur-rahman Butt (6A)
the decisions about the school have been discussed/ decided Ammar Moumena (6B)
that affect them. Through the through the School Council: Ayzah Jafri (6C)
School Council all pupils have the Imaan Zuberi (7X)
opportunity to raise issues, share · School lunch menu Saleh Gandee (7Y)
ideas and take part in discussions · Shared areas Sarah Alakhal (7Z)
that involve all of their classmates · Lockers for bags Umar Ghani (8X)
in reaching a democratic solution. · Behaviour rewards Faisal Junaid (8Y)
Pupils at JPGS know that this is Ziad Kandiel (8Z)
their school and their thoughts A very warm welcome and Sakifa Khurram (9X)
and ideas matter. congratulations to our new Faisal Daaboul (9Y)
School Council Reps. Lina Muneeb (9Z)
School Council Representatives Nadine Maarouf (10X)
are voted in by pupils in their Hussein Mohamed (1A) Ziyad Salloum (10Y)
class es. They are not chosen by Ahmed Rageb (1B) Athar Siddiqui (10Z)
their teachers. Aydin Ashraf (1C) Lubna Al Salloum (11X)
Layal Abou Rafeh (2A) Abdullah Usman (11Y)
Each class teacher will Essa Abdul Karim (2B) Jana Al Fase (11Z)
communicate issues, concerns, Ali Elbanhawy (2C) Abdullah Alsini (12X)
worries or ideas that they wish to Taleen Abdulla (3A) Haadiya Usman (12Y)
discuss at the School Council Faye Al Saheal (3B) Abduljalil Kayak (13X)
meeting. School Council Meetings Omar Aly (3C)
are held monthly.Discussions are Omar El Danab (4A) Mr Munsoor Shahzad
then reported back to each class Layane Osman (4B) Designating Safeguarding Lead/
teacher by the representatives Syed Hamza Haider (4C) KS4 Coordinator
and discussions/ideas brought Mohammad Bitar (5A)
back to the next School Council Marwan Memoni (5B) Mr Yassar Hussain
Meeting. Leyana Hamdan (5C) Head of Year 4

JPGS Social and are always welcome to come barbecue, while the rest of the

students relaxed in the common
and participate in the event since
One of our long lasting JPGS they're members of our room playing different games and
traditions is our sixth form social. community.These Socials aim for getting to know each other better.
Towards the end of every school students in Year 12 and 13 to And towards the end of the night
term the Head Team comes connect and get to know each we all got together to enjoy our
together to plan a social event other better to have tight-knit barbecue while listening to music.
where all sixth formers come community where everyone gets Overall it was an amazing
together to enjoy each others along and works side by side. afternoon and it was only the
company and reflect on the beginning for many more great
previous term. Moreover ex-JPGS This first social was very casual, socials to come.
students and students who've cozy, and an ice breaker, students Rayyan Yakout
graduated from JPGS are invited were having an outdoor Sixth Form Pupil

Roald Dahl Assembly

Two weeks ago, 5A presented an supporting us, not only with the
assembly to the KS2 pupils. Our We ended our assembly by preparation, but also on the day of
assembly was in remembrance of performing a choral speech of the assembly. Without them the
the great author, Roald Dahl and ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the assembly would not have been
his 103 birthday, which was Wolf’ from Roald Dahl’s book, possible.
celebrated on 13 September of Revolting Rhymes. Even though
this year. our performance wasn’t perfect, Finally, another thanks must go to
everyone gave it their best effort all the parent who sacrificed their
Some of the events in our and it was still my favourite part time and taking a break from their
assembly programme was to read of our assembly. busy schedules to come in and
summaries of our favourite Roald watch our Roald Dahl assembly!
Dahl books and to play a puzzle On behalf of the class, I would like
game in which the audience got to to thank our teacher, Mr. Hugo, Roshan Kazi
guess which of his characters were and our teaching assistant, Mrs. Year 5A pupil
hidden on the screen. Marilyn, for helping and

House especially Adam Attar and Nai BSME Music

Competitions Hassan in Year 6. Imperial House Festival: Kuwait
currently lead the way topping
the table after a successful start
House competitions are very with House captain Sari
much underway with Grammar Bachaalani playing an important On Thursday 28 November some
School competing in House role in his teams success (See of our best musicians will be
volleyball competitions which league below). flying to Kuwait to take part in the
have been very entertaining with annual BSME Music Festival
all Houses proving tough Rank Year 6 Boys W D L Pts GF GA GD which will be hosted by the
opponents. Additionally in the 1 Imperial 2 1 0 7 4 1 3 English School, Salmiya and the
School, Grammar House quizzes 2 Year 5 Boys 1 2 0 5 5 2 3 New English School Jabriya.
have started with pupils recently Victoria
taking part in a House general 3 Year 5 Boys 1 1 1 4 6 5 1 This is an amazing opportunity
knowledge quiz kindly organised 4 Year 6 Boys 1 1 for our pupils to benefit from the
by Mr Matthew, Mr Lowe and Mr Newton 1 4 6 6 0 opportunity to enjoy making
Cox have made arrangements for 5 Year 6 Boys 1 1 1 4 4 4 0 music to a high standard and as
House 5-a-side Football to start for 6 Year 6 Boys part of a much larger body of
Grammar School to take place Newton 0 0 3 0 4 11 -7 pupils. They will be joining forces
every Thursday at break and with singers and instrumentalists
lunchtime. from around the Middle East in
choirs and orchestras, working
The Prep School have enjoyed the hard to prepare for a gala concert
first inaugural 5 a side football on the final day of the festival. In
league. Currently Year 5 and 6 addition to the challenge of a large
Boys have been competing number of musical rehearsals,
playing fixtures every break time participants will also be able to
with girls to follow afterwards. relax with their peers and enjoy a
The league has been hugely number of non-musical activities.
popular amongst pupils drawing This year the aim is to host more We will be returning to JPGS on
large crowds to come and watch. House competitions giving all Sunday 1 December.
The atmosphere is amazing, pupils an opportunity to
House and Vice House captains showcase their talents.
have been very productive Mr Leo Cox Mr Shane Porter
helping to organise teams House Coordinator Prep School Music Teacher


A Level Results Continue to Rise

Jeddah Prep and Jeddah Prep and Jeddah Prep and
Jeddah Prep and Grammar School Grammar School Grammar School
Grammar School

JPGS Sixth Form JPGS Sixth Form
Graduate Graduate JPGS Sixth Form
JPGS Sixth Form High Achiever
High Achiever

Destination: Destination: Destination: Destination: My Sixth Form experience:
Keele University, UK My Sixth Form experience: University of Birmingham, UK My Sixth Form experience: University of Bristol, UK My Sixth Form experience: University of Manchester, UK My A-Levels were integral to
Course: My favourite courses were Course: Although Sixth Form was Course: A levels are said to be one of Course: my improvement of valuable
Medicine Biology and Chemistry as they Medicine hectic with uni applications Mathematics and Computer Science ‘Žȱ–˜œȱ’ĜŒž•ȱŒ˜ž›œŽœȱǰȱ Law skills such as critical thinking
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have helped me build the
and a strong work ethic, which
and being part of the head
Courses studied at JPGS: knowledge and foundations Courses studied at JPGS: team, I think it prepared me Courses studied at JPGS: ›Žœ˜ž›ŒŽœȱŠ—ȱŽ¡ŒŽ••Ž—ȱ Courses studied at JPGS: helped me pass my exams and
- A* Physics, A* Mathematics, A Chemistry, for my University course. - A Biology, A Chemistry, A Maths, B Physics well for the challenges that uni A* Biology, A* Chemistry, A Maths ŽŠŒ‘Ž›œȱ•’”Žȱ‘Žȱ˜—Žœȱ’—ȱ ǰȱ -A* Literature in EngUsh, A History, A Sociology most importantly develop the
B Biology life will bring. ’ȱ‹ŽŒ˜–Žœȱ–žŒ‘ȱŽŠœ’Ž›ȱŠ—ȱ correct mindset for later life.

Course: Course: Course: Course:
Foundation A Level A Level A Level
Courses studied at JPGS: Courses studied at JPGS: Courses studied at JPGS: Courses studied at JPGS:
- A Busmess, A Physics, A Economics, A Math - A Chemistry, A Physics, A Maths, A Economics - A Chemistry, A Physics, A Maths, B Economics - A Chemistry, A Physics, A Maths, A Economics

Congratulations to our recent High standards have been set for
graduates on their record the current batch of Year 13
breaking results in their A Level students to emulate but we have
exams. We had an overall pass every confidence that the
rate of 100% and 93% of A*-C combination of experienced staff,
rate. These results make Jeddah supportive parents and
Prep and Grammar School dedicated and able students will
competitive with UK mean that they excel in their own
independent schools and right.
reinforce our promise that your
children’s education is in safe
As a consequence of such
excellent results 88% of
graduates were accepted on their
first choice course or at their first
choice university including Law
at both Durham and Manchester,
Medicine at Keele and
Birmingham and International Mr Thomas McGarry
Relations at the University of Head of Sixth Form


Model United Nations Club

Model United Nations and Technology applicability of what they study
conferences occur periodically with us here at school. And in our
around schools in Saudi Arabia. · Refusing access to refugees in case, this process came to good
They provide opportunities for order to pursue sustainability and fruition. Of the nine committees,
teenage pupils to emerge from the economic development at the JPGS pupils were nominated as
chrysalis of a comparatively UNHCR the best delegates for six and
secluded childhood into outstanding delegates for several
something approximating to the · Sustainability of Healthcare others! That is from a cohort of
refined and well ordered rough during humanitarian crises at the nineteen pupils amongst 250
and tumble of international World Health Organisation others from seven different
politics and diplomacy. To schools which shows that the
indicate the range of issues with · The trade war between China school possesses a sizeable
which our students at JPGS were and the USA at the World Trade number who are more than ready
dealing, listed below are just a Organisation to step up, be aware and be a vital
few of the twenty seven or more and active part of their societies.
topics that came up for The opportunity to think about Essentially, they are well on in the
consideration and debate amongst these and similar issues can be a process of becoming educated
the various committees: major catalyst for our pupils and and wide thinking men and
a giant leap towards the women.
· Combatting human trafficking in intellectual and emotional
the General Assembly maturity required of those on
course for IGCSE and A Level
· Increasing access to modern exams. It shows the pupils the Mr Rashad Moolla
technology for LEDCs in Science wider and indeed synthetic JPGS MUN Director

Jeddah Prep and Grammar School

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

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