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Published by mario.r_wsa, 2019-11-24 02:05:10

WSATIMES - Patriotism

GEMS Winchester School AD, English Department
Dare to be the greatest Issue 11
“A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country”

CONTENT Introduction
TED Talk
Read to Lead
Lights, Camera, Action!
Mid Term Exams – Study tips UAE National Day
Student work
Around the school Innovation
Reduce Plastic
Reusing Plastic
Health & Wellbeing
UAE News
Upcoming Events Basketball Tournament Laughs
Did you know
WSA Times Social Media
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Patriotism is the quality of being patriotic. Patriotism is a frame of mind in which one loves one’s country and is proud of it. It is a vigorous feeling of love, loyalty and support of one’s country especially in defense against its enemies. It means that one should give more value and importance to one’s country than to one’s own self. It makes one bound for certain responsibilities, and these responsibilities are ideological commitment and dedication to the defense and prosperity of the country. As we all know that UAE National Day is coming up and we must give all our importance to this celebration by honoring and reflecting the spirit of the union of all the seven estates that mark a great achievement for the people.
"Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness."

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Kaithleen Anne
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Kenshin Paul
27 November
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Ekaksh Dinesha
27 November
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Kaan Bugra
27 November
Dorcas Lois
28 November
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Mohammad Ahmed
28 November

I close my eyes and see a flag,
The colours: green, white, red, and black
I open my eyes and see a nation.
I see hope for such great generations. Once upon a time it was lost and just a dessert.
Now it thrives as a beautiful country to which it has convert.
A land of hope,
A land of embraces.
A land in which there are many different faces.
The United Arab Emirates,
A place we call home.
The United Arab Emirates,
A place we all roam.
The United Arab Emirates,
A place to commemorate.
The United Arab Emirates,
A place where we confederate.
Aliza 9G

Simply stated, patriotism is the feeling of love for one’s country. Demonstrating patriotism—being “patriotic”—is one of the necessities of being the stereotypical “good citizen”
A patriotic person is a person who loves his country and his every action is in order to keep the pride of his country... he respects everyone but cannot just walk away when someone disrespects his country...
Remember, it is not about blindly following the beliefs and cultural values of the country.
It is to take pride in one's origin and work for the prosperity of the country. It is important to show patriotism in our actions and be proud of the country we live in.
So, we must put in all our effort to recognize and thank the government, leaders and rulers of the country we live in- UAE.
"As words are not powerful enough to indicate the sublime status of martyrs, we will remain forever indebted to those who have responded to the call to pay the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the homeland, their sanctities and national gains,“ said the prime minister of UAE
In the same way, to return the favors done by the country, here is our chance to show qualities of patriotism on the 28th of November 2019 at Winchester on UAE National day. Celebrate the happiness of union as a way of thanking the country on this coming National Day...
Happy UAE National Day in advance!....Until next issue!
Zainab 9G

Hello readers! Welcome to another issue of our school newspaper.
This week’s book review is ‘Flashes of Thought’ a book written by non-other than our Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The synopsis of this book says ‘I held an interactive question-and-answer session as part of the World Government Summit in the UAE. We explored a wide range of topics from management and leadership to personal life, success and its drivers.
The session became a defining moment for many important ideas, including some that sit at the heart of our vision for this nation.
In Flashes of Thought, I document and expand upon this dialogue. I am neither a scientist nor a wise philosopher. The purpose of this collection of experiences, ideas and thoughts are simply to serve society and bring happiness to people.’
Flashes of Thought is a diverse collection of personal reflections by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
It explores the ideas, principles, and experiences that have defined his leadership role in the development of Dubai and the UAE, as well as his personal journey as an Arab statesman on the world stage. The book is remarkable for its eclectic range of topics and for offering insights into Sheikh Mohammed's character as well as his leadership philosophy.
Its concise chapters cover more than thirty subjects including management, creativity, risk-taking, ambition, motivation, and success. He also draws universal lessons from personal anecdotes, childhood memories, and subjects as varied as happiness, horsemanship, football and poetry.
Flashes of Thought was inspired by an audience
dialogue session at the Government Summit in
the UAE in February 2013, during which
Sheikh Mohammed answered questions and spoke
at length on many themes.
The book's accessible and conversational style reflects
the interactivity of that session. It features a foreword
by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Inspiring right? His words as well as Sheikh Zayed Bin
Sultan’s can be words that we can live by.
One of my favorite quotes from this book is "The
future is for those who dare to dream and find the
courage to pursue their dreams”.
In the end, it's a must-read book and it should be
placed in schools, colleges and university libraries
around the world.
Angela 9G

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Hello everyone, welcome to issue 11!! Without further ado, let’s start! First
up in the category is:
Real Steel
Date Released: September 6, 2011 Launched by: Touchstone Pictures
in Australia
Charlie aims to make it big in the sport of robot boxing. When he has to stay
with his son for a few months, he teams up with him (Max) as he has to go to work
away to pay off his bills. They
embark on an adventure and find
difficulties along the way. Throughout the
journey, Charlie and Max newly
find an old robot and develop a friendly feeling towards it, they both get into an agreement and Charlie train the old Robot to fight, by days and weeks the old robot wins fight by fight and at the end the robot fights against the best robot in the world.
Finding Nemo
Date released: May 30, 2003
Launched by: Disney, Pixar.
A dad struggling with letting his son (Nemo) go to ‘school’ for the first time, unfortunately,
was right when he felt hesitant. While at ‘school’ Nemo goes beyond allowed and ended up getting ‘fished’. His dad doesn't give up and
goes beyond looking for Nemo. Into this adventure, he meets another fish (Dory), and
they embark on a journey to bring him home.
Melissa 9G

Mid Term Exams – Study Tips
Hi everyone!
My name is Cassandra, and as you all know, the mid term exams are coming soon.
In this article, I’m going to be sharing my tips on how to revise for the upcoming exams.
DISCLAIMER: These tips are my way of studying; everyone is different, and these might not work with you.
First Tip-
When studying, make sure your family is aware that you are revising for exams.
I have two brothers, so my surroundings are very noisy and disturbing at times.
Telling my parents that I am studying makes them aware that I need to concentrate, so they bring my brothers to another room and make sure that I am able to focus.
Second Tip-
Listening to music.
Listening to music drowns out all the surrounding distractions and it helps keep me entertained while revising.
Several studies have shown that listening to music before studying or performing other tasks that require your total focus can be beneficial.
It improves your memory, attention, and reduces the levels of anxiety and depression. Although if you’re the type of person who gets distracted very easily or has some difficulties with multitasking, then listening to music while studying might not lead to good results!
It’ll be very easy to lose focus from what you’re studying and listen to the lyrics instead, so be careful.
Third Tip-
Give yourself some time to rest.
Mid term exams are a very big deal and we want to get as much information in our head as possible, but it is important to remember to take breaks.
Benefits of taking breaks are:
Helps you make better decisions (by thinking more clearly)
Breaks spark creative ideas and new solutions
Taking breaks helps you stay focused over long periods of time
Help you retain information in memory (important for studying or rehearsing a speech etc.) Taking short breaks every now and then help you re-focus on your big-picture goals.
How long your break should be:
Take short breaks – say 5 to 15 minutes – every hour or so.
Take a longer break – at least 30 minutes – every 2 to 4 hours.
Fourth Tip-
Use the worksheets.
This is quite obvious, but it will help you revise as well
as help you get a general idea of what the test will be like.

Mid Term Exams – Study
Fifth Tip-
Make your own revision sheet (written not digital).
I’ve been doing this method for 4 years and it really helps me when preparing for mid terms and finals because writing things down helps me remember information better and get an overview of all the things to study.
Additionally, I like to add colors, diagrams, and small doodles to make my revision sheets less plain and so that it’s more engaging & interesting to study from.
How to Make Your Own Revision Sheet:
- Find a blank notebook
- Refer from the topics given in your study guide
- Write down information about the topics, this can be information from MyLearning or from your class notes/class work.
- Add colors, diagrams, and doodles (optional)
Some Pages From My Revision Sheets Last Year:
Cassandra 9G

National Day is celebrated on 2nd of December each year in the United Arab Emirates. It marks the UAE's Union Day between the seven emirates.
In WSA, we will be celebrating our UAE National Day on 28th November 2019.
There will be various activities and competitions that you can participate in, with amazing performances by different year groups.
In addition, you are open to wear national clothes of the UAE or any flag colored clothes.
There will also be a competition open to all year groups in where you have to do the best decoration of your class/ corridor to win exciting prizes!
Hope to see you soon in celebration of UAE National Day!



When a designer creates an app mock-up, they typically need plenty of filler–from lorum ipsum text to fake addresses to sample images. Craft is a suite of five free plug-ins that work in Sketch or Adobe Photoshop CC to take the pain out of finding and placing filler design elements, as well as sync design assets across every user on a particular project.
Sleep is one of the most vital features of the human body. If you get little sleep than required, you will be ill-equipped to handle the day’s takes, and if you oversleep, you may end up missing your responsibilities. Sleep Cycle helps your body get the optimum rest by monitoring your sleeping patterns and waking you up when it senses that it is the best time.
Zainab 9G


Dhairya Khandelwal 4B


UAE National Day weekend concerts, fireworks and events in Dubai.
National Day weekend is just over a week away and Dubai Media Office announced all the events you could enjoy in the emirate during the long weekend. Here's what you should know
Music fans can enjoy live entertainment as regional icons from the UAE including Balqees, Hussain Al Jassmi, Hamad Al Amri, Eida Al Menhali and Mohamed Al Shehhi along with Kuwaiti star Essa Al Marzouq perform a series of free-to-attend concerts at La Mer, the beachfront destination by Meraas and Global Village:
Concerts at La Mer:
29 November: Eida Al Menhali at 9:00 pm
1 December: Balqees and Essa Al Marzouq at 9:00 pm 2 December: Hussain Al Jassmi at 9:00 pm
Concert at Al Seef:
6 December: Mohamed Al Shehhi at 9:00 pm
The concerts at La Mer a
nd Al Seef are being organised in collaboration with DFRE’s Strategic Partner Meraas.
Concert at Global Village:
2 December: Hamad Al Amri at 9:00 pm
Join in the National Day celebrations and watch the festivities take to the skies over Dubai, thanks to a dazzling display of fireworks organised by DFRE.
Melissa 9G

National Day Celeration:
Thursday, 28th Of November.
For the first time in WSA we will Have a fruit flag, it will be displayed On UAE National Day.
The noon next challenge: This challenge invites all GEMS students to submit a proposal and prototype to re-define the e-commerce industry
GEMS Xcelerator:
This programme is a startup and youth business programme aimed to develop the skills of student innovators.

Tournament 24x0
WSA Winners of Tournament at Al Jazira
Credit: Mrs. Smitha

Her: What do you do?
Me: I race cars.
Her: Do you win many races? Me: No, the cars are much faster.
An angry man comes to his neighbor:
“Is that your cat that in my garden, digging out my carrots?”
The neighbor replies: “Of course. Do you think I have time for that?
What did the mayonnaise say when somebody opened the refrigerator?
"Hey, close the door! I'm dressing!"
An old grandma brings a bus driver a bag of peanuts every day. First the bus driver enjoyed the peanuts but after a week of eating them he asked: "Please granny, don't bring me peanuts anymore. Have them yourself."
The granny answers: "You know, I don't have teeth anymore. I just prefer to suck the chocolate around them."
Why was the cookie sad?
Because his mom was a wafer long!
Aaqib 9B1

Did you know each insect is a host to 10 bacterial species?
Did you know instrument strings were made from animals?
Did you know your body loses up to 8 percent of water in a flight?
Did you know wind on Mars is audible?
Did you know if you add up all the numbers from 1 to 100 consecutively (1 + 2 + 3...) it totals 5050?
Did you know a duck can't walk without bobbing its head?
Hatim 9B1

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