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Issue 9 – Imerologiophobiac

Let’s start with an easy one. Arachnophobia……yes that’s right- a fear of spiders. You will probably also know that agoraphobia is a fear of crowds and that aerophobia- an obvious one – a fear of flying.

However, what about Nomophobia? (the fear of not having phone signal – yes honestly) or Arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth – yes, you can google it). To be honest, I never thought I had a phobia until I realised and finally admitted to myself that: I am Louise Ford, I’m 39 years old and I’m an imerologiophobiac.

No this doesn’t mean that I am scared of the dentist, clowns or brussel sprouts (although for the record, I don’t really like any of those things) it actually means that I am frightened of calendars. That’s right – calendars. Those innocuous things that you check on your laptop or that hang precariously from the side of your fridge. They haunt me. I can’t stand them. I don’t like them and I won’t plan. Ask me what I am doing next week and I will fill my response with hedges (well/perhaps/maybe) and fillers (um, er, like). I detest having my time mapped out and try to unsuccessfully retain the whimsical spontaneity of a child. Who am I kidding? Time has to be planned.  As a wife, mother and Assistant Head here at the College I have twenty-six places to be before breakfast!

The whole thing becomes even more ridiculous when I now reveal that this whole, quite frankly farcical, preamble is only really serving as a rouse to introduce you to our new KS3 curriculum guide. A guide which if downloaded (click HERE) will allow you to find out what is happening in Science on the 25th November, Social Studies on the 27th January, English on the 21st April…. Yes, that’s right, it’s a calendar, a curriculum plan for every subject at KS3 taught here at DESC, and yes I did help to put it together.

The DESC curriculum continuously evolves to ensure that, as our Vision Statement asserts, ‘students are ready for the diverse challenges of tomorrow.’ However, it is also meticulously planned by our Heads of Department to ensure that there is progression between phases and continuity between subjects. In terms of this cross-curriculum provision we concentrate on four areas, neatly aligned to our Dare, Excel, Share, Create motto. In terms of Dare, our staff systematically plan opportunities for our students to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. As those of you in Business will know, enterprise is about risk taking hence why it fits comfortably under our Dare agenda. For Excel we engineer lessons that ensure that students are enhancing their Literacy skills, whilst also keeping a healthy mind and body. It is unlikely that students will excel in life without being able to read, write and communicate fluently and all of us wish for nothing more than good health. Share reminds students to be grateful for the opportunities that their education here in the UAE has afforded them and leads to units that consider the local and wider community. Finally, Create challenges our students to be innovative and to apply their knowledge to the solving of World Problems.

So, if you are intrigued and want to find out more about our Curriculum, do take a moment to download the guide and maybe take a look as you enjoy a coffee, that is of course unless you suffer from mlafenphobia, chromophobia, papyrophobia, bibliophobia or indeed didaskaleinophobia.

Finally thank you to all of the parents without aquaphobia who attended our House Swim Gala. Sky were victorious. Go Eagles!

Please don’t forget to complete the KHDA/DSIB Parent Survey (click HERE) and view this week’s VLOG (click HERE).

Have a lovely weekend.

Louise Ford

Assistant Headteacher

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