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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE 2021

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents,

Greetings and Happy New year to all. Thank you for stopping by. As we enter 2021, I am reminded of the words of India’s first Prime Minister, taken from his most famous speech.

“The achievements we celebrate today are but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenges of the future? That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the ones we shall take today?”  Taken from Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’

73 years earlier these words offered hope and solace to millions torn apart by strife and discord. It is poignant how these words continue to be relevant today, as mankind reeling from the aftermath of the pandemic enters a new dawn.

We have all been in a free fall for the last 10 months but have emerged so much stronger and richer for the experience. At SSIS we quickly adapted to the education landscape as it changed around us and all credit to our faculty members for their efforts in such trying times, considering there was no respite from the chaos.

We were the first school in AUH to get all our teachers certified as Microsoft Educators and we were also the first to hold a virtual Open House for parents, during the lockdown. Our quick seamless shift onto digital campuses with continuous innovation and upgrades, have been appreciated by both our student and parent community. It was a proud moment when SSIS was the only school selected from Abu Dhabi, to present its Best Practices to a Global audience during the World Education Week, in October 2020.

We look forward to continuing this momentum in the new year and have a lot of exciting plans to make our teaching and learning the best on offer amongst all CBSE schools in the UAE. There will be no compromise on quality and my faculty and staff are joint stakeholders in this project.

Our Push to Excellence campaign launched in October 2020, has a strong focus on academics and co-scholastics including enhanced parent interactions and will run indefinitely until we achieve this. We would like for the SSIS teaching and learning experience to be a WOW one for the entire Shining Star community and we are beginning the New Year with dynamic additions to the academic team, new SOP’s and increased parent interactions.

To all parents who have entrusted their child’s education to SSIS – Thank You- It is an honor and a huge responsibility-one that we do not take lightly.  If you are looking for admission for your child begin the process by registering online and our admission team will get in touch.

I trust the world has a great 2021 and wish you and your family the best of health and lots of good cheer.

Stay Blessed! Stay safe!

Sanjiv Khanna

Chairman

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch

SANJIV KHANNA

Chairperson – Shining Star International School

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Dear Stars and Potential Parents,
Welcome to the SSIS portal. I am honored that you are considering our school as your gateway to learning.
As a child, I often heard my father echo the words of Malcolm X – ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’ He was a huge fan of learning and often sponsored education costs of children belonging to less fortunate households in our neighborhood. He believed that going to school was the birthright of every child and he spent a lot of time in his later years, convincing his friends and peers to support his endeavors.
He lovingly referred to all these children as his ‘STARS’ and was so proud of them, when they began to shine in their chosen fields. He kept abreast of all their achievements and would proudly recount all their successes, as if they were his own children.
In 2014 when an opportunity presented itself, I took a six-month sabbatical from my businesses, to set up Shining Star International School.
We are a young institution, but our teachers have over a 1000 years of collective teaching experience between them. They have all been handpicked for their respective roles and share a common passion of nurturing young minds. At SSIS, education is not just about imparting bookish knowledge. We teach our children the importance of wisdom, courage, humility and integrity and believe that highly motivated and confident young adults become natural leaders in their peer groups, whilst also having the edge if faced with any of life’s future challenges.
The Abu Dhabi community’s response to Shining Star International School has encouraged us to start building a state-of-the art campus at Wathba which will become operational in 2020-21.
Thank you for taking the time out to familiarize yourself with our school. On behalf of my team, I extend a personal invitation to visit our campus and trust you will be soon be part of our international family.

Wishing you and your families a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2019 – 20.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch

SANJIV KHANNA

Chairperson – Shining Star International School