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Life at Al Rabeeh School

Life at Al Rabeeh School is exciting and vibrant. Like every other school, each day is different, one day you could be on a trip to the local zoo and the next you could be draped in traditional dress celebrating ‘National Day’.

With children, teachers and members of staff from a range of countries and cultures the school is incredibly diverse, making it an interesting place to work.

The school has 4 or 5 classes in each grade with a network of Grade Leaders, Phase Leaders, two Vice Principals and a Principal to support the development of the school and every member of staff. The opportunity to enhance Continual Professional Development is readily available through our links with The British School Middle East Association (BSME), as is the chance of progression and promotion, in the school, for those seeking to further their career developments. The management are very focused on providing opportunities for distributed leadership and succession.

The range of extensive Extra Curricular Activities available provides staff members with the opportunity to become actively involved in school life and have a positive impact on the many enthusiastic children.

Out of school, many of our teachers take part in a range of activities in which to enjoy their spare time. Abu Dhabi has a large number of successful sports teams who regularly compete in matches against teams from around the Middle-East. Well organised running, cycling and swimming events for serious, well-trained athletes or for beginners to take part in for enjoyment are often available to enter. Yas Island’s ‘Du Arena’ attracts world class performers from all over the globe making music concerts a popular attraction to many expatriates living in Abu Dhabi.

One of Al Rabeeh’s latest recruits Jennie Tipple, who joined in September 2015 has said the following about her experience moving to Abu Dhabi:

“Just married and in search of a new challenge and an exciting new venture, I came across a school looking for class teachers in the Middle East. After a successful interview with Al Rabeeh in May of 2015, my husband and I decided on our move within 24 hours of a job offer. Having never visited Abu Dhabi or the Middle East before, I had a hundred and one different questions that I needed to ask. At no stage were any of my questions an issue. I received answers and lengthy emails around the clock, from the administration team, class teachers, my staff buddy, senior leadership team and the principal herself which immediately put my mind at ease.

We arrived late on a hot August night and were greeted by the Vice Principal, Pete and driven to our new home in the centre of Abu Dhabi. Within minutes of arriving, I had received an email from my new grade leader, Vicki inviting us to meet up with her and some other newbies. This was much appreciated and helped us to settle easily. Our apartment was in a great location, fully furnished, spacious and comfortable and to our surprise the bed was dressed and there were some breakfast materials which was very much appreciated the next morning!

I was a little anxious about starting school so soon with only two days to settle but to be honest, this really sped up the transition into my new lifestyle. I met lots of new people with similar interests and as everyone has been in a similar situation at some stage, you are made to feel very welcome and supported at Al Rabeeh School. The children and parents are both friendly and supportive and with small class sizes, each teacher is able to get to know their students really well and build up an excellent rapport with their class. Having undergone an inspection in the first term, the team worked together and gelled quickly and as a result, I have made many good life-long friends here. A year on and I have been offered a promotion as KS2 English Co-ordinator which I am excited to begin this September. Moving to the Middle East and experiencing a new way of life has helped me to develop my career and been the best decision we have ever made.”

Jennie has just been offered an internal promotion after only 5 months of working at Al Rabeeh School. Jennie now has a new challenge ahead as KS2 English Co-ordinator from September 2016.

International teaching staff benefit from:

• A tax free salary, based on the number of years as a qualified teacher
• Fully furnished accommodation, ideally located in the city centre (utility bills included),
• Transport (to and from school)
• Annual return air fare
• Visa
• Private Medical Health Care insurance
• Gratuity, is based on the length of time worked at the school upon completion of your contract.