On behalf of the leadership on campus, I wish to extend a sincere welcome to all our students, their parents and families as well as the teachers and support staff who make up the Al-Bayan family, for the new 2016-17 academic year. The energy and excitement that comes with the start of a new year at school is best actualized when we invest good intentions, positive energy and focused goals in our students’ learning journeys.
I am both fortunate and humbled by the opportunity to be part of this amazingly vibrant learning community. I believe that the way forward is inextricably intertwined with the genuineness and sincerity of our combined efforts at guiding each student to reach their individual potential; to thrive by being themselves and willingly giving their best as they prepare for a future that will reward those who intrinsically do the right thing for the right reason, at the right time.
My own journey as a lifelong learner started in the southernmost country in Africa, South Africa, through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya, to the land of the pyramids, Egypt. Venturing even further, to the United Arab Emirates, periodic visits to the United States of America, Jordan and Oman, and most recently in the colorful and diverse land of ancient beauty and culture, India. Kuwait being my new home for the next phase of my learning journey, I look forward to the experiences and life changing opportunities to come.
The preparation I have engaged in on my personal learning journey has culminated in several degrees from various universities: M.Ed in Curriculum Design, B.Tech.Ed in Education Management, PGCE in Education Mentoring, BA.Hons in Industrial Sociology, BA in Social Sciences, and a HDE in Primary education. I am a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) administrator, Middle Years Program (MYP) administrator and Primary Years Program (PYP) administrator.
I do believe that my experience and qualification profile over the last 35 years reflects my personal passion for learning made accessible to all, students, teachers, and parents. The richness of the learning opportunities that we offer at Al-Bayan will be enhanced as we work together on enriching, refining and streamlining the programs already in place at our campus. Our focus for the year is to consolidate, concluding goals from our current Strategic Plan, utilizing the cumulative data and reflections as input for the anticipated new 5-year plan.
I invite the BBS community members to hold true to our Tribes Community agreements of Mutual Respect, Attentive Listening, the Right to Pass, think before responding, and Appreciation. Together we can and will make a difference in the community, the city, the country, the continent and the world.
Gustav J Gropp
I am pleased to announce the launch of Al-Bayan Bilingual School’s new website! This website is easier to navigate and contains more comprehensive information related to the school and its resources. There are still some areas that are under construction, so we ask for your patience as we continue to refine and update our content.
Just like our website, the school has undergone many developments since 2003. Over this time we have expanded the school’s capacity from to more than 2,200 students, rebuilt the Hawally campus, renovated the Jabriya campus to fit the needs of the 2 and 3 years program, rolled out a school wide IT plan, established annual professional development plans for teachers, continuously enhanced our curriculum and added new support positions for our students and teachers.
I have been fortunate to witness these positive developments since I joined in 1997. I have realized that throughout this period, and with the growth that the school has witnessed, there is a continued sense of family and belonging to the school that I have not experienced anywhere else. The strength of the bond between the school, its teachers, students and alumni is extraordinary. Seeing the accomplishments of our alumni gives us reassurance that our mission to foster an environment that develops students to become effective participants and leaders in the community is in fact being fulfilled. BBS continues to aim for the best services possible to all our stakeholders and to be a leader in the region’s education sector.
Maha Z. Kaddoura