There are people that I meet in my travels who not only make a lasting impression, but actually change the way that I think. Such is the case with Ms. Maya Al-Hawary, the Acting Director & Principal of Dubai Women’s College High School. Ms. Maya is moving on to pursue other goals in a life rich with diverse educational experiences, but not before imparting to me the determination and focus of women in the United Arab Emirates. She could be quite an imposing presence, and I found myself saying “Yes, ma’am” to her a lot. Yet she could be warm, but just as firm, in talking about her faith. There are many observations she made to me that I will always remember, and often quote. In an e.mail to me she wrote: “It was a fruitful journey at DWCHS and it was surely a pleasure starting the first blended school in the region. I’m proud of that.” Below are some thoughts from one of her students.
A whole year passed with a great leader who guided us and led us to be the best. Mrs. Maya Hawary was an incredible mentor and principal, considering all of her students as one of her daughters. It has been a great year with activities, assemblies, and events etc. she has planned for us. We hope her the best in her future work, futire projects and achieve her dreams. We will certainly miss her.
-Fatma Saud Al-Mualla, DWCHS 11th grader
“Everybody looks forward to their senior year— and now that we’ve finally arrived it feels surreal. Our high school days are over, they have come to pass. It’s time to look towards the future that gleams with hope and opportunity. With perseverance and hard work anything can be done, high school is often considered a mixed experience. Some people love it, some people hate it but one thing is for sure— none of us can wait to graduate!”
Our graduating class:
Class of 2014
Maryam Rashid, Tara Mousavi, Dana Osman, Yasmine Kayed and Hana Al-Awadhi.
KHDA holds various seminars each year that is named “WhatWorks”, where educational leaders, teachers, administrators from different schools come together to discuss and share their experience, educational philosophies and best practice.
This is their 2nd event this year and they have asked that we send five of our students to volunteer during the event.
As always, we’re so proud of our students:)
Simply “Thanking” the helpers, supervisors and security for doing an amazing job. For making sure that everyone on campus is safe and secure. For making our days happy and clean:)
Ms. Lakshmi Priya is DWCHS’ math learning coach.