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Brett Girven

Dubai’s Arbor School appoints new principal

DUBAI, October 14, 2019

Dubai’s Arbor School, an ecological school based on the National Curriculum for England, has appointed Brett Girven as its new principal.

The school, which delivers the National Curriculum for England to students from FS1 to Year 7, was inspired by an ecologist and is taught by a community of passionate educators.

It utilises six climate-controlled biodomes, a reflection and learning gardens as key educational spaces to engage children in a deeper understanding of their ecology and environment.

Girven shares the vision of the Arbor School founders in teaching children to question their impact on the planet and to assume their responsibility as stewards of the future in a profoundly interconnected world.

A New Zealand national with more than a decade’s experience in Middle East education, Girven holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and postgraduate qualification in Environmental Science.

In Girven’s previous role, he played a pivotal part in successfully moving the school from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in the KHDA rating, underlining his credentials in quality assurance and continuous school improvement experience. His current academic focuses on continuous professional development, innovative strategies and methods for assessing student learning.

“Brett’s appointment comes at a time when we’re continuing to spread the message about Arbor throughout Dubai and why we place ecology at the heart of everything we do,” said Dr Sa’ad Al-Omari, co-founder of the Arbor School and CEO of Praxis Education, owners and operators.  

“It was clear to us from our first meeting with Brett that he is entirely aligned with the ethos of the school. At Arbor, children are taught the skills to question their impact on the planet and develop an ethical skillset which provides them with the intellectual courage and knowledge to explore.”

The Arbor School is located in the Al Furjan district of Dubai within easy reach of Jumeirah Village Triangle, Green Community, Victory Heights, Damac Hills and the Marina.

Launched by Praxis Education, the Arbor School is a coeducational school catering to Early Years Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary students, initially offering Year 7 and will extend to Year 13 in a phased roll out. - TradeArabia News Service




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