Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD) is proud to report pupils and staff at the Al Jadaf-based IB, bilingual school have raised over AED 20,000 towards the 1 Billion Meals initiative. Smashing an initial target of AED 10,000, the funds were raised by a number of student-led initiatives, including ‘Dress to Express’ day, a community Iftar event and various fundraising initiatives. The Dress to Express Day was a particular hit with students and staff, and saw the community choosing to come to school in clothes, outfits and accessories that best express their personalities, interests, passions and interests.
Ruth Burke, Principal and CEO at SISD commented, “At SISD, part of our rounded, holistic approach to preparing our pupils to become good global citizens is to encourage them to not only raise funds for worthy causes, but to be mindful of the needs of others, and to develop keen awareness of other cultures. Our pupils are acutely aware of their privilege, and it’s humbling to see so much money raised which will help alleviate global hunger, especially during this special Holy month.”
In addition, as part of the school’s supportive approach to staff care and welfare, 145 care packages were distributed to the school’s support staff ahead of Eid. These were the result of donations received from the school community during the Ramadan weeks.
Swiss International School in Dubai
Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD.
The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland.
The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.
With a diverse student body of 1450 pupils comprising more than 75 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18.
Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too.
The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:
A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.
SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.
Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.
In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.