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Leanne Fridd


Safa Community School

Leanne Fridd, a respected educator from New Zealand, is the Principal of Safa Community School (SCS) in Dubai. With a commitment to excellence, Leanne has led SCS with diverse experiences, a global perspective, and a passion for creating thriving learning environments. Having held leadership positions in primary and secondary schools before coming to the UAE, Leanne's tenure at SCS and her eight-year stay in Dubai have provided valuable opportunities to contribute to the multicultural landscape. Her academic foundation from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and her National Professional Qualification for Headship from the Centre for Educational Leadership (UCL) have further strengthened her leadership abilities. Leanne's quest for knowledge extends beyond formal education. She has studied effective educational systems worldwide, including an enlightening trip to Finland, where she learned from educators and witnessed their positive impact on students. As the Principal of SCS, Leanne has overseen remarkable growth, including increased student enrollment, facility expansion, and curriculum development. She prioritizes the wellbeing of staff and students, striving to create an environment where every member of the Safa family can succeed and thrive. Outside of work, Leanne is a dedicated mother who cherishes parenthood. Her love for sports, particularly netball and rugby, reflects her dynamic personality. She also finds joy in watching F1 racing.


31 October, 2023 | 16:30 to 16:50
Ensuring Wellbeing Matters: Achieving Exceptional School-wide Wellbeing

Leanne Fridd, Principal at Safa Community School, will share a compelling case study on how the school, in partnership with Komodo Wellbeing, successfully implemented a data-driven strategy to promote student wellbeing, aligning with the KHDA wellbeing framework. The session will unfold the journey of Safa Community School's wellbeing focus to bring this to the heart of the school. It will offer practical insights into how schools across the Middle East can replicate this success. The session will delve into the role of regular data collection and analysis in crafting a clear wellbeing vision, engaging students, staff, and parents, promoting students' positive attitudes and attributes, and fostering a culture where students proactively improve their own wellbeing and that of others.