First Day Back at School: In Pictures

Many UAE schools have re-opened their doors this morning for the first day back at school, while others will follow throughout the week. had a look at how the morning went in schools across the emirates.
First Day Back at School: In Pictures
By Susan Roberts
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Many UAE schools have re-opened their doors this morning for the first day back at school, while others will follow tomorrow. had a look at how the morning went in schools across the emirates. 

GEMS Metropole School Al Waha welcomed its first students this morning. Principal Mr Jeremy Hallum was at the forefront of the excitement, greeting families as they entered. 

A founding family at GEMS Metropole Al Waha
Principal Jeremy Hallum greeting one of the school's new families

Dubai's new Glendale International School showed students that school isn't all about being serious, as it opened its doors to students with some unexpected entertainment and a lot of smiles. Juggling circus performers on stilts welcomed students into their new school, breaking the ice and putting families in a positive mood. 

New students at Glendale International School in Dubai were welcomed by juggling stilt walkers this morning
A teacher at Glendale International School was charmed by a gift from a new student

Nord Anglia International School Abu Dhabi also opened its doors for the first time to excited students. Mr Liam Cullinan, Executive Principal, said:

“We welcome the future leaders to NAS Abu Dhabi, the most curious, creative and compassionate young people who are the first to step into this wonderful learning space. As Willy Wonka said: If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

Students arrive at the newly opened Nord Anglia International School Abu Dhabi

It was all smiles at Collegiate International School in Dubai this morning, with parents and students posing for photographs and expressing how pleased they were to be back.

Parents and students pose for photos at Collegiate International School

Dwight School Dubai welcomed back students, who expressed great excitement at being reunited with school friends after the summer. New students also eagerly entered the school this morning, warmly greeted by school staff.

Class mates reunited at Dwight School Dubai
New smiles at drop off at Dwight School Dubai

Commenting on the start of term, Nargish Khambatta, Principal, GEMS Modern Academy and Senior Vice President – Education, GEMS Education, said:

“We are so ready to embrace a new school term and new academic year after a rejuvenating summer break. The summer months give us the all-important pause to reconnect with loved ones and celebrate the importance of family time. But, as we resume our school routines, our focus is recalibrated to our unwavering focus on learning.”

Students arriving for the 2023-24 academic year at GEMS Modern Academy 

Brighton College Al Ain welcomed its young Brightonians back this morning also, who raced in with plenty of smiles and enthusiasm. 

Students returned to school this morning at Brighton College Al Ain 

At Reach British School, parents wished their children well before the start of a new school year. 

Students return after the summer break to Reach British School

Raha International School in Abu Dhabi was also full of energy and anticipation this morning. Students posed for photographs, marking the first day at the school for many.

New students at Raha International School

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