“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best
place for the next moment”
Al Bateen House System has a number of key aims:
the development of an increased sense of community and belonging
a means to reward all students for their personal achievements and supports the
inter-year group friendships
a healthy sense of competition
the IB learner profiles
students who attend Al Bateen School are a member of a ‘House’. The houses are
made up of students, teaching and non-teaching staff.
4 houses based around famous explorers:
American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an
aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in
the Korean War. After the war, he completed his bachelor's degree at Purdue
University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, where he logged over 900 flights.
participant in the U.S. Air Force's ‘Man In Space Soonest’ and ‘X-20 Dyna-Soar
human’ spaceflight programs, Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962,
and made his first space flight as command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, becoming
NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. On this mission, he performed
the first docking of two spacecraft with pilot David Scott.
second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11
moon landing in July 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz
Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and one-half hours
exploring, while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.
Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)
“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”
Ibn Batutta (1304 – 1368)
“Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a
Berber Muslim Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels and accounts
of which were published in the Rihla.
period of thirty years, he visited most of the known Islamic world as well as
many non-Muslim lands.
journeys including trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa,
Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South
Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing
threefold his near-contemporary Marco Polo.
Batutta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. He journeyed
more than 121,000 km, a figure unsurpassed by any individual explorer
until the coming of the Steam Age some 450 years later.
explorer, navigator, and coloniser, born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is
today northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain,
he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general
European awareness of the American continents.
voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of
Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonisation, which foreshadowed
the general European colonisation of what became known as the "New
Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas his voyages
led to the first lasting European contact with America, inaugurating a period
of European exploration and colonisation of foreign lands that lasted for
therefore, an enormous impact in the historical development of the modern
Western world. Columbus himself saw his accomplishments primarily in the light
of the spreading of the Christian religion.
Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly
arrive at his chosen goal or destination”
A British explorer and writer who
travelled and explored Africa.
Kingsley was an outspoken critic
of European colonialism, a champion for indigenous customs, and campaigned for
Britain to support traders and merchants in Africa rather than settlers and
her travels she collected many scientific specimens, including insects and
fresh-water fishes, for the British Museum while she explored the lower Congo
also visited the Fang tribe, who had a reputation for fierceness and
cannibalism. She climbed the southeast face of Mt. Cameroon, the tallest
mountain in West Africa (4400 m).
returning to England in 1895, Kingsley wrote the controversial book,
"Travels in West Africa". In this book, Kingsley wrote of her
opposition to many of the common European practices in Africa and of her sympathy
for African natives; an unpopular stance at the time.
Mary Kingsley (1862 – 1900)
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”
At the beginning each academic year we elect House Captains and House Vice Captains. Students can self-nominate by writing a letter of application to The Principal or be nominated by staff or their peers. Usually One boy and one girl from the Middle School are elected as House and Vice Captains for each house. The job of the House Captains is to take responsibility for the leadership and organisation of their house throughout the forthcoming academic year. This year they have been involved in helping organise a number of activities including the ‘Al Bateen Olympics'.
House Competitions and points:
competitions and quiz’s take place throughout the year; all competitions give
the students the opportunity to win house points. Most recently Ibn Battuta won
the Al Bateen Olympics giving them a number of points and putting them at the
top of the leader board. One of our most successful competitions was when
students designed their own house logo. The winners then had them made up and
are now used as our current logos. Students also achieve house points when they
reach Bronze, Silver or Gold merit awards and when tutor groups demonstrate
high attendance during a term.
are attached to a house they play active role and gain points towards the total
through staff competitions. Most recently staffs have competed in events such
as badminton, archery and the bleep test.
are added together and the house with the most points at the end of term 1 and
2 are announced in the last week. In the final week of term 3 the overall
winners are announced and receive the House Cup.
Tutor Student of the Week:
tutors nominate a student of the week for going above and beyond what is
expected. This earns the students house 25 points which is added to the overall
total. In addition to tutor student of the week, tutor groups are able to earn
house points for attendance and having no lates to registration.
will pick their student of the week based on the International Baccalaureate
Learner Profiles which are:
you enter our reception area you will see our huge BurjKhalifa display. This
fantastic piece of art was drawn by Nicola Corfield, one of the members of the
art Department. Although it is magnificent to look at it is actually our
scoreboard. Each week the total house point scores are updated and markers are
moved in place to show what score each house has. But who’s name will be at the
top of the tower at the end of term 3?
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