The big day is almost here – your child’s first day at school. But what can they do to prepare themselves for this important milestone in their life? Well, as far a six-year-old Areej Fatima is concerned, it all came down to receiving advice and support from a former student and a current teacher of GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai … her mother and grandmother!
When Areej walked through the gates of GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai on the first day of school last year – she was following in the footsteps of two generations of her own family; Mrs Sidra Rashid, her mother, and now also English teacher at GEMS New Millennium School – Dubai, and her grandmother Mrs Ghazala Dar, who has been an Urdu teacher at GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai for over 33 years.
Areej loves going to school, and enjoys bumping into her grandmother from time-to-time: “I get pleasure from seeing ‘nanno’ in the corridor,” she proclaims happily.
“I do bump into my granddaughter at school sometimes,” Ghazala laughs, adding, “now all the children in her class call me nanno (grandma) as well!”
Sidra, Areej’s mother, decided to train as an English teacher thanks to the extremely enjoyable time she had at the school back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. So it’s no surprise the Areej headed to GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai, too. Sidra and Ghazala stated that not only did the family consciously decide to enroll Areej, but she herself chose to attend the school. “When she was four-years-old, I took her to the school for a visit. She instantly told me that that was where she wanted to go to the school,” concludes Sidra.