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Galette des rois – Dreikönigskuchen – Three Kings cake

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In many countries like Switzerland, France and Germany, January 6th is called Three Kings Day (Jour des Rois, Dreikönigstag). According to tradition, this was the day the three kings went to visit baby Jesus in Bethlehem and brought him precious gifts. Today, Three Kings Day isn’t really about the biblical story anymore but rather about the traditional Three Kings Cake (Galette des rois, Dreikönigskuchen) that everyone eats that day. A bean (originally representing a king or baby Jesus) is hidden in the cake. Whoever gets it is crowned king for a day.

Dans beaucoup de pays comme la Suisse, la France et l’Allemagne, le 6 janvier est appelé le jour des Rois ou l’Epiphanie. Traditionnellement, c’était le jour commémorant la visite des rois mages à Jésus à Bethlehem. Aujourd’hui, le Jour des Rois a perdu sa connotation religieuse, mais reste connu pour la Galette des Rois partagée ce jour-là. Une fève (qui représentait à l’origine un roi ou l’enfant Jésus) est cachée dans le gâteau. La personne qui la trouve est couronnée roi pour la journée.

In vielen Ländern wie der Schweiz, Frankreich und Deutschland, ist der 6. Januar der Dreikönigstag (Ephiphanie). Traditionell erinnerte er an den Besuch der Heiligen Drei Könige zu Jesus in Bethlehem. Heute hat der Tag der Könige seine religiöse Bedeutung verloren, ist aber für den an jenem Tag geteilten Dreikönigskuchen bekannt. Eine kleine Figur, eine Bohne oder eine Mandel (die ursprünglich einen König oder das Kind Jesus dargestellt) ist im Kuchen versteckt. Die Person, die es findet, wird für den Tag als König gekrönt.

Swiss-made!

Latest addition to the Lobby! Have a lounge! Put your feet up!

Grit

The Happy Plant project chose us as participants! Our Grade 4 students coded Big Red, the SISD happy plant to have a personality! Big Red can be found at SISD (in uniform). Thanks to Big Red and it’s team, SISD are part of the #100daysofhappiness project in the UAE. We were awarded the Gritty Award! 

Do you know what grit is? 


Mr. O’Keeffe and the Gritty Grade 4 Team Big Red!

UNITED Arab Emirates 

Did you notice the National Day decorations? 


Every child matters!

Engaged Management

Mr. Sommer is part of the teacher appraisal processs. Here he supported the learning of two students in a German lesson!

Grade 3B Arabic class

Grade 3B students are enjoying their Arabic class. Some of the students are writing their names in Arabic, some are writing Arabic vocabulary on board and doing the puzzle and flash cards.

 

Following through

Sometimes we start projects and the path to completing them isn’t straight forward. We make decisions about priorities and revisit incomplete projects.  The ‘actionistas’ and I managed to come back to the project challenging each other to recognize support staff members such as catering, security, housekeeping and facilities maintenance. Come visit the appreciation wall. Do you know their names? Maybe you have a kind message to post…

Book character day at SISD!

Today was a truly magical day as the students and teachers walked into school transformed into their favorite book characters. Everyone joined in with the fun spirit of Literacy week by dressing up and taking part.  Can you guess the different story characters?

SISD shows their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Our school community came together to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by draping ourselves in PINK!

Jumping for Charity

The Grade 5 students just completed a Unit of Inquiry about being mindful citizens. As part of their inquiry into being internationally minded, they researched different charities in Dubai. Each group then presented to their class, who voted for a winner to present their ideas to the Grade 7 students. All Grade 5 and 7 students then voted and a winner was chosen: Emirates Airline Foundation. Yamen and Imran in Grade 5A have been sharing their winning presentation with the grades 1-5 classes. The entire school will be participating in a jump rope challenge next month to raise money for this charity. What an excellent example of being caring, internationally-minded students!