- Oud Metha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saint Mary’s Catholic High School Dubai
I feel honoured to move ahead into the role of Principal, after devotedly serving St. Mary’s school community as Vice Principal from 2008 onwards.
We, at St. Mary’s, aim to give the best education to every student in our care, preparing them for life beyond school, as global citizens. As you walk through the hallways you will notice enthusiastic students and get a feel of the vibrancy, strength and diversity of our wider school community. The St. Mary’s family is a ‘melting pot’ much like that of Dubai-a cosmopolitan and multi ethnic community where respect and tolerance thrive.
Our theme for this academic year ‘Learn to Love Life’ aims to encourage our students to love and respect every aspect of life. We want to nurture in them a deep sense of value for the gift of life and for the wider world they live in such that they will work zealously to protect their immediate environment and understand the importance of sustaining our planet for future generations. It all begins with little steps and we would like them to start right here at school.
We expect high standards in all that we do at our School. We encourage our students to aim high in academics, to work hard and to be sensitive to the rights and needs of others.
St. Mary’s High School, is a ‘Learning community’ which encourages staff, students and parents to identify with the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Achievement and Cooperation (www.smgeducation.com) while being actively involved in all aspects of school life. Do browse our photo gallery to get a better perspective on the unique diversity and enthusiastic student life that exists in our school.
I proudly affirm that the St. Mary’s School Community of dedicated teachers, responsible parents and ambitious students are integral partners in driving its success.
Paul Asir Joseph.
Saint Mary’s Catholic High School – Anyone who has been in the UAE for some time will know of someone who has been educated at St. Mary’s. Practically an institution, St Mary’s, based in Oud Metha in Dubai, is home to almost 1929 students, girls and boys, aged from 5 to 19. The school is one of the oldest educational institutions in the Emirates. It was founded in 1968, and is said to be something of an anomaly in following a broadly Catholic curriculum for Religious Studies (a choice of study is allowed).
The largest group of students at the school come from India, followed by those from the Philippines, other Asian countries and Pakistan. A very few Western expatriate students can be found at the school, but clearly are very much in a minority and very exotic to the general population.
The school is rated highly by past and present students. It is run pretty much like most Catholic schools around the world – strict, ‘known’ to produce good results. The latter is largely anecdotal – the school’s web site has been improved in terms of design, but information is still missing. Extracting actual results is not possible. The school’s KHDA report in 2012/13 did however note “outstanding attainment in external examinations in English, mathematics and science.
Key strengths of the school include students’ personal responsibility (outstanding in the secondary phase); Students’ understanding of Islamic values and Emirati culture (outstanding); students’ understanding of their community and their environmental responsibilities (outstanding in the secondary and post-16 phases). Students’ attainment and progress is Good in Maths, English and Science across all phases.
In 2013/14 the school has improved the attainment of secondary students in Arabic as an additional language, the attainment of primary students in English and mathematics, and the progress of primary students in science; It has raised the quality of students’ learning skills in primary and in post-16 students, their understanding of Islamic values and their local culture and global awareness; and the quality and use of assessment has improved, particularly in primary.
The school follows the English National Curriculum and prepares students for I/GCSEs and A’ Levels. It has departments for English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Commerce, Arabic, Religious Studies, French, History, Art, ICT, Geography, Science, Social Studies and Citizenship. That gives it a fairly broad range of possible studies, but not as broad as you would find in (more expensive) schools elsewhere in Dubai. The range of possible subjects is not however a complaint raised by many students.
Facilities at the school are sufficient, but not on a par with Dubai’s newest and shiniest institutions. Each of the rooms in the school has interactive white boards and projectors, the school has large fields and playing grounds; there’s a well – spaced library equipped with a range of references and resources for research and studies and a multipurpose hall as a venue for different school events. The school’s cafeteria offers “healthy and hot foods” for staff and students.
Fees for the school are relatively highly affordable,but can rise up to over 17,000 AED for Year 12 for those students doing A’Levels with two labs based subjects (there is an extra fee above the tuition fee for use of the labs). (A student following humanities based A’Levels where there is no labs based work would pay less).
Level taught: K-12
Curriculum: A’ Level, GCSE, National Curriculum for England
Number of Children: 2000
School Inspection Rating: Good
Year Founded: 1968
St. Mary’s Catholic High School Dubai
Address: Oud Metha Road, Umm Hurair Second, P.O.Box 52232 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Note: School begins at 7:15 AM and ends at 1:45 PM for all Junior and Senior Classes.
Thursday: All students will end school at 12:20 however some classes (Arabic,French)will run for some Sr.5 and A’Level students at that time.