Our Own High School, Al Warqa'a encourages ambition and acknowledges potential, educating students to become critical thinkers and compassionate citizens, whilst attaining academic distinction within a creative and supportive environment.
Using the CBSE educational curriculum to deliver a consistent and holistic educational approach, the school is committed to broad and ambitious teaching, enabling each and every student to develop their voice, talents, and abilities.
Through the CBSE curriculum, our students develop their analytical capability, versatility, and critical thinking – all traits that are highly regarded by employers and universities alike. Indeed, the CBSE is a passport to the finest universities in the world.
Our Own High School, Al Warqa’a, is a GEMS school created in 2005 as a single shift facility for boys of ‘Our Own English High School, Dubai’ which was established in Bastakiya in 1968. ‘Our Own’ Al Warqa’a shares the same vision, ethos and work culture that has given the parent school its laudable presence. ‘Our Own’ Al Warqa’a now has 4,700 students and 218 teachers.
The school is well-recognized for the quality of its academic achievements and the service it provides to students and parents. Our educational priorities are based on current trends that affect education globally, on the shared leadership and management agenda that is consciously emerging across GEMS schools.
The DSIB inspectors recognized these priorities in daily school life and have awarded our school an overall ‘GOOD’ for SEVEN consecutive years. The academic activities are administratively controlled by the Principal with the support of the Headmistress, the Middle and Senior School Head and Supervisors. The day to day working of the school rests on the shoulders of 200 competent and conscientious administrative and support staff.
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Creative Expressions Visual Arts
We pride ourselves on providing a wide platform for students’ artistic and creative energies. We help to channel creativity and imagination as a means of self-expression, through a series of art competitions and talent shows held throughout the year. The fine quality of art at “Our Own” is in evidence in the department and is on display around the school. Students gain genuine fulfilment by expressing themselves in drawing, painting, three-dimensional work, and other media. Various activities include craft making, glass painting, fabric painting, sand painting, mask making, and vegetable printing.
The Performing Arts
Music is developed through vocal and instrumental skill-based activities contributing to the school's characteristically energetic and outgoing ethos. There are plenty of opportunities for children of all ages to participate in choirs and ensembles.
We also involve our students in various performing arts and over the years have helped mould students with exceptional theatrical talents and presence of mind on the stage. They are involved in musicals, cultural performances, dances, elocution and drama.
Students learn to develop a deep appreciation for different forms and various expressions of art and culture. They gain self-confidence and poise that will prove to be an asset for them in the future.
The skill to speak in public is a must for success in life. Acquiring public speaking skills involves "learning by doing." Students are trained to give short demonstration speeches beginning in primary grades and progressing through high school. Their oral communication techniques are refined and retooled as they gain more experience through debates, declamations and elocution.
Students experience many areas of activity including games such as cricket, football, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and basketball as well as gymnastics, athletics and swimming. Free coaching is given in the activities after regular class hours. Emphasis is placed on the value of exercise as a means of enjoyment as well as promoting a healthy way of life. Participating in team games is encouraged in order to develop appropriate social skills. We take part in inter-school matches and sporting events.
To provide a full range of facilities for physical education, the school has hired the facilities available at the Etisalat Academy. “Our Own” has an established reputation for sporting achievement.
A perfect package of mental and physical activities that enhance the overall personality of the student. Under the able guidance of competent teachers, boys are given training to 'be prepared' to face the challenges of life.
Educational Field Trip
The school conducts field trips and outings that provide interesting, fun-filled and educative experiences for students. Student involvement and participation is a prime objective, as successful first hand experiences foster a positive attitude towards learning and reinforce the concepts that are learned in the classroom.
Our students participate in large numbers every year in the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science Olympiads organised by the Council of CBSE schools in the Gulf.