The past academic year was a challenging time for students, teachers and parents. We were past the initial panic of grappling with the realities of a pandemic and yet inspired with a sense of hope. This was followed by some ups and downs and curfews and vaccination appointments.
Although our students missed face to face interaction with teachers, the UAS team worked hard to ensure that there was no loss in their academics. When the pandemic struck last academic year, the teachers started online classes using whatever knowledge of the use of technology they had at the time. Now, I am proud to say, they have mastered the art of conducting online classes. The technology we adopted and mastered in the past year will act as one of the tools to propel us into the future. Technology should always be treated as an accelerator for learning and not a replacement, and the coming year will move very fast.
Students and teachers adapted to the new normal. Students did an amazing job. We sat through many zoom sessions and watched the interaction between students and teachers. I knew early in the year that learning was taking place and that the gaps in knowledge that educators around the world were predicting might not be as severe for UAS students. If this turns out to be true, it is a credit to students, parents and teachers. I believe it will be true.
The 2021-22 Academic Year will show us a lot.
Still, there will be challenges as we begin to move back into some sense of normalcy. However, I think it is important to remember that young people are incredibly resilient. In fact, young people tend to be much more resilient than adults. It is this resilience that will be essential in the coming academic year. And it will be a great year!
I am confident that the UAS family will meet the challenges of the 2021-22 Academic Year with the same creativity and persistence we have witnessed in 2020-2021.
I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer, and I am looking forward to seeing you in August!
Middle School Principal
Universal American School.
Vice Principal’s Message
It is really hard to believe that we are reaching the end of this academic year (2020-2021). It had been a challenging year for many of us. Yet, we always have to look at the positive side to brighten our horizon. There were many positive moments that I have been glad to witness this year. Teachers were eager to share students’ projects and videos to show continued students’ achievements and progress. We saw many smiles and laughter during the Virtual Sports Day. Students and teachers alike had enhanced their technical skills. Most importantly this pandemic year made us discover that we are very adaptable and that together we can make a difference. I want to wish all of you a wonderful and relaxing summer. Let’s reenergize over the summer to be ready for an exciting year ahead. Please visit the school’s website and Instagram for any updates throughout the summer.
Have a great summer.
Vice Principal of Middle School (MS)
The Universal American School – Kuwait