Secondary Graduation 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017



Keeping with tradition, May 21, 2017, witnessed the long anticipated, annual, Secondary Graduation ceremony of our hard working years 11, 12 and 13 – held at the prestigious EBreez Ballroom, Symphony Hotel in Salmiya, Kuwait. Looking splendid in their impressive and colourful graduation gowns, the graduating students were ushered into the hall and the ceremony continued in earnest. There were dignitaries and esteemed guests at the awards evening and graduating ceremony. Notable amongst these are the guest of honour, Ms Martine Moreau, Her excellency the Canadian Ambassador to Kuwait, Ms Jacky Perkins, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Kuwait, Mr. Gharabally Al Gharabally, the Chairman, and of course, Madame Chantal Al Gharabally, the School Director.

The glittering ceremony started at 7:15 pm with the reading of the Quran by one of the graduating students. Thereafter, we had the National anthems of Kuwait and the United Kingdom. One long serving member of staff (Mrs. Hermilyl Asarani) received the Chairman’s Award for good and loyal services.

Eloquent speeches were given by members of the Kuwait National English School Student Council, the Head of Secondary, the School Director Madame Chantal Al Gharabally and the Guest of Honour.  The Head Boy (Halvor Tonsberg) spoke of his positive experience and successes at Kuwait National English School, the Head Girls (Mariam El Safty & Nada Abdelhalim) showed their gratitude to the many members of staff who had helped them throughout their life at the school and the School Prefect (Pamela Nassar) gave a philosophical approach to a student future journey through life. The School Director, Madame Chantal Al Gharabally, concluded by congratulating class 2017 and thanked them for giving a meaning to her life dedicated to students and education. 

In addition to the certificates and diplomas awarded to the graduating students, various special and prestigious awards were handed out as well, to deserving students. Some of these awards included the Omar Al Gharabally Scholarship winners, The Gold Award from the United Kingdom Mathematics Challenge 2016/2017, the ECIS Award for international understanding (Ms. Nada Abdelhalim) and the Director’s awards which went to Mariam El Safty, Jasem Abdul, Rakan Hassan Hou Hou and Ahmed Abdelaziz. The Student of the Year Award 2017 went to Saifeldin Mohamed (Yr 11).

The Graduation ceremony concluded with the traditional cutting of the “Class 2017 Graduation Cake” by the Head Boy, Head Girl, School Prefect, the School Director, the Chairman and the Guest of Honour. To end the evening, a delicious buffet was served to everybody in a very friendly and chic atmosphere at the Symphony Hotel.

Overall, it was an occasion filled with glamour, joy and laughter as we bid goodbye to our graduating students, especially the year 12 and 13 students that are heading into tertiary education outside of Kuwait. In the audience, were proud parents and relatives of the graduating students, who could not conceal their joy and pride at the achievements of the children/wards. The staff of KNES were not left out of this joyous occasion.

Kuwait National English School would like to wish the Class of 2017 a happy and prosperous future. It has been our privilege watching you develop over the years and reach your full potential.

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