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Fiona Cottam

Principal

Fiona Cottam - BA (Hons), HDip, MA, NPQH Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Fiona joined Hartland International School in 2016 after an extremely successful tenure at GEMS Education. Initially joining Jumeirah College as Principal and CEO in 2009, she led the school to “Outstanding” in 2010. Following that, Fiona held a number of senior roles in GEMS including Director of School and Senior Vice President New Schools. Prior to her roles in the UAE, Fiona was the Headteacher of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Kent, where she was the first female leader of the school in its history. Fiona joined Hartland in 2016, and under her leadership, Hartland received a “Good” judgement in its first KHDA inspection, the highest grading that any new school has achieved. Fiona is a graduate of University College Dublin and majored in Classical Music and English.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

GESS Talks Active

26 February 2019 | 17:00 - 17:45 | English | GESS Talks Active: A Performing Arts Pun on VAT in Schools

An artistic take on the acronym “VAT” looks at how the Arts add value to students at all stages of their learning if schools enable their provision with high priority in the school timetable. Global statistics strongly indicate that the Arts, especially Music, Drama and Dance, are being squeezed out of curriculums, but in the international arena, can our flexibility should ensure their safety? It’s all about priorities: just as with financial VAT, the inclusion of the arts and their success is based on the students access and thereby consumption of the subjects with value added to life skill development at each stage of the learning journey. Through live student performances and discussions, we will explore this theme and highlight the importance of these subjects for future generations.

 

GESS Talks Active

27 February 2019 | 15:00 - 15:45 | English | GESS Talks Active: A Performing Arts Pun on VAT in Schools

An artistic take on the acronym “VAT” looks at how the Arts add value to students at all stages of their learning if schools enable their provision with high priority in the school timetable. Global statistics strongly indicate that the Arts, especially Music, Drama and Dance, are being squeezed out of curriculums, but in the international arena, can our flexibility should ensure their safety? It’s all about priorities: just as with financial VAT, the inclusion of the arts and their success is based on the students access and thereby consumption of the subjects with value added to life skill development at each stage of the learning journey. Through live student performances and discussions, we will explore this theme and highlight the importance of these subjects for future generations.

 

GESS Talks Active

28 February 2019 | 14:00 - 15:00 | English | Panel Session

Given the competition in international schools.  How can a curriculum including Performing Arts and Sports offer students resilience in a changing learning environment and ensure they have essential soft skills for the FE/HE and workplace.

Panel session followed by demonstrations from students