The Repton Family of Schools in the UAE is celebrating Repton School Dubai’s 15th anniversary with the launch of an exclusive Repton Heritage Exhibition at the Nad Al Sheba campus. Launched on 9 February 2022, the exhibition will travel across campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the coming months, showcasing the enriched heritage and foundations of Repton dating back to its inception in 1557 in the United Kingdom.
The bespoke heritage exhibition displays a dedicated wall to world-renowned children’s author and Old Reptonian, Roald Dahl. This will include a first edition copy of the‘Magic Finger’, a signed first edition of ‘The Twits’, and an uncorrected proof copy of ‘Going Solo’. In addition, through the use of the latest technology of Augmented Reality, the famed author himself will make an enticing one-of-a-kind appearance, taking visitors on a captivating journey as he reads an excerpt from ‘The Twits’.
The interactive experience will also showcase special artefacts and memorabilia such as the original framed rubbing taken from the school’s founder, Sir John Port and an original Graffiti Sanitorium Board, featuring carvings made by students to pass the time in the sickbay, dating back to the 1890s. Reptonians and history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to reminisce and learn about the enriched Repton historical culture; from hand-drawn family- tree charts linking Sir John Port with HRH Queen Elizabeth II, to priceless Repton ledgers and the original Priory Seal explaining the inception of Repton UK.
The first prestigious UK school to establish a ‘sister school’ in the UAE Education
David Cook, Headmaster of Repton Dubai and Chief Education Officer for the Repton Family of Schools in the UAE says: “It has been an honour to provide the UAE community with academic excellence at Repton Dubai. Repton UK was the very first institution in the country to establish a sister school within the dynamic UAE education landscape. The Repton community has grown immensely with talented students and teachers gracing the Repton Family of Schools over the past 15 years. It has been a tremendous journey for the Repton Family of Schools in the UAE so far; we will strive to achieve new heights and look forward to growing our community even further. To celebrate our anniversary, we wanted to commemorate the occasion with a captivating exhibition that showcases the Repton values, heritage and traditions. I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers, students, parents and staff for helping us build a strong and lasting community in the region.”
Mark Semmence, Headmaster of Repton UK says: “I would like to congratulate the Repton Family of Schools in the UAE on achieving this important milestone and continuously striving to enhance student learning outcomes. As a sister school, Repton UK is proud of our counterparts, as we collectively endeavour to create and develop innovative learning opportunities for Reptonians globally, building a stronger and deep-rooted understanding of the cultures of the world.”
Repton’s Heritage Exhibition is showcasing first edition books from world-renowned author and Old Reptonian, Roald Dahl
Repton School Dubai, as part of its vision to explore, understand and embrace different cultures across the world through academic excellence, will begin developing plans to offer Arabic as an online language subject to Repton UK students from the 2022-2023 academic year. Repton students in the UK and the Middle East will benefit from a fluid exchange of values, cultures and knowledge. Repton UK offers Latin as an online language course to all Reptonians in the UAE from Year 10 onwards, aligning with the collective vision to embrace and appreciate the cultural values of the world.
Khaled Al Mheiri, Chairman of the Repton Family of Schools in the UAE and Founder & CEO of Evolvence Group says: “In 2005 we had a vision to bring the esteemed Repton community to the UAE. Today we are proud to be an outstanding-rated school and celebrate 15 years of providing exceptional education to 83 nationalities.”