Paving the Way to Excellence

by BTM

Fri, 05 April 2024

Yasmine Dannawy, Head of Senior School, St Christopher’s School Bahrain

In the classrooms and halls of St Christopher’s School Bahrain, a commitment to academic excellence and holistic development thrives under the leadership of Yasmine Dannawy, the Head of Senior School. With a passion for nurturing young minds and preparing them for the challenges of the modern world, Ms. Dannawy offers her insights into the school’s dynamic programmes and initiatives.

At St Christopher’s, academic rigour is intertwined with personalised pathways for success. The school offers the British National Curriculum, culminating in GCSEs for Year 10 and 11 students. As they progress into 6th form, pupils have the choice of three options; pursuing A Levels, a combination of A Levels and BTEC, or the IB programme. 

“This comprehensive approach equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in higher education and beyond, with many securing scholarships and gaining admission to prestigious universities worldwide, including Ivy League and Oxbridge,” Ms. Dannawy explains. 

Beyond academics, St Christopher’s Senior School boasts a vibrant array of extracurricular activities, with students having access to more than 65 sports teams, engaging in leagues across Bahrain. Additionally, the school offers diverse programmes in music, drama and the arts, allowing students to explore their passions and talents while complementing their academic pursuits. These activities foster teamwork, creativity and leadership skills, essential for their future endeavours. 

St Christopher’s believes in the transformative power of experiential learning, and thus offers extensive overseas trips and exchange programmes, providing students with immersive experiences in service, culture and STEAM disciplines. From conservation projects in Borneo to debating competitions at Yale University, these opportunities broaden students’ horizons, fostering global citizenship and empathy. 

The school takes pride in recognising student achievements, from academic accolades to sporting triumphs. “Our students consistently excel, winning first place in various competitions and demonstrating exceptional talent in diverse fields,” Ms. Dannawy elaborates. “Furthermore, St Christopher’s prioritises student well-being through comprehensive support systems, including form teachers, guidance counselling and enrichment programmes focused on holistic development. 

“In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, the school prepares students to navigate technological advancements and embrace global citizenship. Our curriculum integrates these elements across subjects, empowering students to think critically, adapt and thrive in a complex world. Through assemblies and school events, the community celebrates diversity and encourages students to voice their perspectives, fostering a culture of inclusivity and empowerment.” 

St Christopher’s fosters a strong partnership between school and home, welcoming parental involvement and engagement with an open-door policy, inviting parents to participate in workshops, meetings and initiatives aimed at enriching their child’s educational journey. This collaborative approach ensures that parents feel connected and supported in their child’s education and holistic development.

As the school continues to evolve, Ms. Dannawy envisions a future where every student thrives as a global citizen and leader. “Our rich and diverse community is built on the values of compassion, commitment, curiosity, creativity and courage,” she concludes. With a relentless focus on excellence and innovation, the school remains committed to empowering students to realise their full potential and make a positive impact on the world.