At Newlands School, we promote community participation and civic contribution across all age ranges and subjects.
We ensure that our students are proactive and responsible members of the school and the wider communities, and frequently initiate and lead activities that impact positively. We promote resourcefulness so that children take the initiative and manage their own projects and make reasoned decisions. The context of Dubai is very important to the school and the spirit of entrepreneurial action is always encouraged so that children can be exposed to the local expertise within the Dubai community.
The City itself provides a great learning resource and we expose our children to its Heritage sites, modern architecture and infrastructure and world-class attractions.
The school and its student population ‘study’ the City in which we are located, to model the qualities that we want our students to embrace.
Community Support and charity fundraising are a central feature of the school. Community Service is an option for older students. The school encourages every child to have a community focus each year and their experiences are planned, supported and monitored within the pastoral programme. Students have some compulsory trips (e.g. class visits to museums or historical and cultural sites) and, from Year 4, a choice from activities like organising charity activities and fund-raising, supporting younger children and children in a special school, green projects for the school and the local community, and contributing to the school newsletter and website.