Our Own English High School
Found in: Schools in the United Arab Emirates
Our Own English High School is a chain of schools started by the Varkey Group of Schools across the cities of the United Arab Emirates. The first Our Own school was started in 1968 in Dubai.
Our Own English High School Dubai initially started with 400 students and a few teachers. Since then, it has mushroomed into one of the largest educational institutions in the UAE, with over 9000 students and 350 teachers. Till 2005, it followed a split shift pattern, with girls and the kindergarten attending school in the morning and the boys attending the school in the afternoon. At the beginning of the academic year 2005 (i.e March 2005), the boys' school shifted to Al Warqa'a. This allowed the boys' school to be run in the morning as well. Since then, the Al Warqa'a branch has been semi-autonomous of the main branch, with its own principal.
Also in September 2007 the the boy's school of shj shifted to their new location near AUS.
Mr. Madhav Rao has since then been appointed as Chief Academic Officer and has passed over the esteemed position of executive principal to Mrs. Shobana Varghese.
The school follows and is affiliated to the CBSE curriculum.
The head of the school is a principal (Mrs. Asha Alexander in the main branch and Mr J T Mathai in the Al Warqa'a branch). The principal is subordinated by a headmaster. Below the headmaster are seven supervisors, one each for two grades (for instance one for grades three and four). Supervisors and headmasters are appointed from within the staff.
The Executive Principal is Mrs. Shobhana Verghese.
The School has a house system that fosters competition among its students and prepares them for the rigours of Inter School Level Competition.
The Houses are: Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars.
Annual Prize Day
The Annual Day celebrations for the academic year 2006-07 showcased the best of talent, skill and effort of both the teachers and student community. Both the schools performed equally well in high-budget productions.
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