Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities
We offer over 60 extracurricular activities to student interests, confidence, resilience and teamwork skills. Activities include: sports and athletics; the Duke of Edinburgh Award activities; performing arts (music, drama, dance, and ballet); World Scholars Club; Model UN; student newspaper; rock bands and school orchestra; STEAM club; poetry, math and book clubs; and much more.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Activities
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life. Over 8 million students participate from over 140 countries.
World Scholars Club
The World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) is a global competition where schools compete against each other in teams raising their debate, writing and public speaking skills, and learn from each other celebrating different other cultures. The WSC finals are held at Yale University and regional competitions are held in key schools worldwide. Sunmarke hosts the Middle East WSC competition where over a 100 schools send their teams over an exciting 2 day event.
Sunmarke’s students won the WSC Championship at Yale University in the Debate and Public Speaking Category.
The Model United Nations (UN) is a popular extracurricular activity at Sunmarke. Many global leaders in international relations, law, government, business and the arts were students who took this activity. Students learn how the UN operates, participate in the Model UN each year, and visit Model UN conferences. They take real action to support UN values and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Performing Arts (Music, Drama, Dance and Ballet)
Students develop their talents through a deeply arts-infused programme in Music, Theatre, the Visual Arts and/or Dance as well as Media and Communication, where student reporters produce an online and physical newspaper, podcasts and blogs, developing skills in literacy, presentation, and collaboration.
Sports Hero’s Academy
Sunmarke’s Student Volunteers Building Compassion for Children of Determination
The Sports Heroes Academy is a one-of-a-kind sports programme, welcomes more than 40 Children of Determination people into Sunmarke School each week, to train with one of Sunmarke’s 65 student volunteers.
The programme provides visiting our athletes with equal opportunities regardless of their ability in their chosen sport. An aspiration for these young athletes is to eventually have the opportunity to reach Special Olympic standards one day.
Sunmarke’s student volunteers work closely with the Inclusion Department at the School to learn the necessary skills to coach and assist their “buddies” during training sessions. This peer-coaching programme draws upon our School’s core values and Positive Education ethos whereby confidence, physical skills and social communication skills for the athelete, the Children of Determination, are developed. It also allows for meaningful friendships to develop with a deep admiration for the athletes’ strength, perseverance and courage.
In line with H.H. Sheikh Hamdan’s initiative, which aims to make Dubai a friendly city for people of determination by 2020, this powerful programme continues to touch hearts and receive growing support from people across Dubai including external providers such as C.F Tennis Academy, Streetwise UAE and Apollo Perelini.
Sunmarke hosted the ‘Infinity Games,’ the first UAE wide sports competition for Children of Determation.
Sunmarke was chosen as only school to host the Olympic Torch in the Special Olympic Games held in the UAE in 2019.
Sunmarke also hosted the Irish Special Olympic Team in 2019.
The Sports Heroes Academy programme caters for all levels of ability and is completely free for young people within the Dubai community to attend. To register your child for The Sports Heroes Academy or volunteer as a Sports Coach, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org