Stu­dents plan­ning to ‘de-stress’ dur­ing 3-week win­ter hol­i­day

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dubai — Stu­dents are in for a three-week-long treat as win­ter hol­i­days for UAE pri­vate schools are com­ing up next week.

Pri­vate schools with for­eign cur­ricu­lums are off from De­cem­ber 16 and will re­sume classes on Jan­uary 6, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s (MoE) 2018-2019 aca­demic year cal­en­dar.

Those that fol­low MoE’s cur­ricu­lum, as well as pub­lic schools, are off for four weeks start­ing De­cem­ber 16, and will re­open by Jan­uary 13.

Pri­vate schools in Dubai, how­ever, are al­lowed to re­duce win­ter break by two weeks or ex­tend to four weeks af­ter seek­ing ap­proval from the Knowl­edge and Hu­man Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

Many pupils have de­cided to spend their long-awaited win­ter hol­i­days ‘de-stress­ing’, rather than get­ting ahead in their stud­ies.

Ashna Pre­santh, a ninth-grade stu­dent at New In­dian Model School, said: “Stu­dents are en­grossed in stud­ies most of the time. Their sched­ules are fully packed dur­ing the week­ends, leav­ing no time to stretch . ... Bom­bard­ing stu­dents with home­work dur­ing the win­ter va­ca­tion would af­fect their so­cial life and min­imise their time with fam­ily and friends.”

Win­ter break pro­vides stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to give their minds a break from school­work in be­tween the semesters.”

Zahra Ab­dul Rasheed, Grade 8 stu­dent

Bom­bard­ing stu­dents with home­work dur­ing the win­ter va­ca­tion would af­fect their so­cial life and min­imise their time with fam­ily and friends.”

Ashna Pre­santh, Grade 9 stu­dent

It’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber there isn’t al­ways an­other chance (to spend time with fam­ily), we need to take the op­por­tu­nity when we can.”

Ali­cia Hol, par­ent

“Win­ter va­ca­tion is bet­ter than sum­mer va­ca­tion, though the num­ber of hol­i­days is fewer, as the cli­mate is good for trekking and hik­ing, among other ad­ven­tures. It is also the start of the Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val and a good time to visit the Global Vil­lage,” Pre­santh added.

An eighth-grade stu­dent in Dubai, Zahra Ab­dul Rasheed, said win­ter hol­i­days ben­e­fit not just stu­dents but also the school’s staff. She said it gives both ed­u­ca­tors and pupils an op­por­tu­nity to “re­boot their sys­tem” in the mid­dle of the school year.

“In my opin­ion, win­ter break pro­vides stu­dents with the much­needed op­por­tu­nity to take it easy and to give their minds a break from school­work in be­tween the semesters. It helps ensure that stu­dents re­turn for the new se­mes­ter with fresh minds to tackle the rest of the school year.

“It’s im­por­tant to un­wind for a bit, but stu­dents should be wary of to­tally shut­ting their minds dur­ing the win­ter va­ca­tion,” Rasheed said.

A par­ent of three chil­dren, Ali­cia Hol, said her fam­ily would use the win­ter hol­i­days to travel home and spend qual­ity time to­gether. Hol re­cently lost her fa­ther and said it has re­minded the fam­ily just how im­por­tant it is to spend time with loved ones once hol­i­days ar­rive.

“We are head­ing for Aus­tralia to spend Christ­mas with my fa­therin-law and the fam­ily. We re­cently lost my own fa­ther and it has re­ally showed us how pre­cious these op­por­tu­ni­ties are. I think it’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber there isn’t al­ways an­other chance, we need to take the op­por­tu­nity when we can,” Hol said.

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