End of Year Letter from the Assistant School Director

14 Dec 2022

Dear KNES Parents and Students


Introduction: As the end of term one approaches, I would like to thank you all for your continuous support throughout this very busy first term.


First term Activities and Events:

It has been rewarding to meet you all again during our parental conference in October. We hosted a variety of events/activities - Entrepreneurial Master Class (EMC), Innovation camp, Halloween, Profession Day for our students, KNES Community watching the FIFA World cup 2022 in the school theatre. We organised some Educational and interactive trips to the Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company KCSC (KDD), International Book Fair, National Geography Ultimate Explorer, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and English Literature library. Our KNES community visited the British Embassy on three different occasions:  Paying our last respects to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Remembrance Day presentation and ‘Reach for the Sky’ dinner with the Red Arrows.  Our students were welcomed by Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Mrs. Belinda Lewis at the Embassy. Our graduating students went for some Job shadows at the Gulf Bank, and RSM  “Owning our future”. Please be sure to check the school calendar on the back of this letter and on our website.


Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award.

Kuwait National English School was proud to announce that one of our students, Hurriyyatus, received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award. Huriyyatus has been identified by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE, UK) as one of the best performing learners in Kuwait in the IGCSE May/June 2022 examination session and has been awarded the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award. Our sincere congratulations to Huriyyatus for her hard work and commitment.


United Kingdom Mathematics Challenge 2022/2023: (February 01, 2023 & April 26, 2023)

Kuwait National English School students will be participating in the annual United Kingdom Mathematics Challenge 2022/2023 organised by the University of Leeds.

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge (Year 10, 11 & 12) is scheduled on February 01, 2023

Junior Mathematics Challenge (Year 7, 8 and 9) will take place on April 26, 2023. 


Kuwait National English School First Term Secondary Examination (December 2022):

The First Term Examination for the secondary department started on December 04, 2022 and will ended on December 13, 2022. Results will be sent to parents/students on Thursday January 12, 2023.


External Examinations from the United Kingdom (Cambridge/Edexcel/Pearson):

Cambridge IGCSE November 2022 session: [October 17, 2022 – November 17, 2022].

Some of our students took part in the Cambridge IGCSE November 2022 session. The results will be released on Wednesday January 18, 2023.


Edexcel/Pearson IAS/IAL January 2023 session: [January 09, 2023 - January 23, 2023]. 

Presently our hard working year 12 students are getting ready to sit some units in the Edexcel/Pearson AS/IAS Examination in January 2023. We wish them “Good Luck”.          


Conclusion: Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season (December 18, 2022 until January 05, 2023) and looking forward to the students returning on Sunday January 08, 2023 ready for registration at 7:15 am.


Best wishes,

Dr. Raouf Khodabocus, BSc, MSc, PhD, FCIC (Canada)

Assistant General Director, Kuwait National English School

Academic Year 2022/2023 - Dates for your diary:

First Term dates:

September 04, 2022 – December 15, 2022)


September 04, 2022 Start of First Term for all students

1st September 2022 – Presentation by the British Embassy (10:00 am)

4th Sept. 2022 - Start of First Term for Yr 7 → Yr 13

25th Sept. 2022 – Y11 &12 Job Shadow – Gulf Bank (Kuwait city)

29th Sept. 2022 – English Literature Trip to Kuwait City


3rd October 2022 – Job Shadow (EMC) (Y10) [Business Studies]

6th October 2022 – Innovation Camp (Y11 & 12) [Business Studies]

10th – 12th October 2022 Parental Meetings

16th – 20th October 2022 – Mid Term Holiday

17th Oct – 17th Nov. 2022 – IGCSE Cambridge November 2022 session

27th October 2022 - Educational Trip to Kuwait Oil Company   

27th October 2022 – Educational Trip National Geography 

27th October 2022 – Job Shadow: Injaz “Owning our future”


1st November 2022 – University visit: GUST University

1st November 2022 – Winter uniform

2nd November 2022 – Educational Trip to the National Geography

8th November 2022 – British Embassy + KNES Remembrance Day

10th November 2022 – Remembrance Day Assembly 2022

11th November 2022 Remembrance Day      

21st November 2022 – KNES watching the FIFA World Cup 2022

21st November 2022 – British Embassy Dinner + KNES Y12 Students

22nd November 2022 – Year 8 Field Trip to KDD

23rd November 2022 – Year 7 Field trip to the International Book Fair

1st December 2022 – Educational Field trip to the Cultural centre


4th – 13th December 2022 First Term Exams

15th December 2022 End of First Term (2022/2023)

18th December 2022 – 5th January 2023 Holiday


Second Term Dates:

January 08, 2023 – April 06, 2023)


8th January 2023 Start of Second Term 2022/2023

9th – 11th January 2023 – IAL Edexcel/Pearson Examination

9th January 2023 – Registration for External examinations

12th January 2023 Reports to Parents

16th – 18th January 2023 Parental Meetings

18th January 2023 IGCSE Results released from Cambridge

26th January 2023 Year 11 Career day

31st January 2023 Science Fair & Quizzes


1st February 2023 UK Maths Challenge (Y10, 11 & 12)

6th February 2023 IGCSE Year 9 Option Meeting

26th February 2023 – 2nd March 2023 National Day Holiday

February 2023 Overseas Educational Trip

February 2023 Junior Achievement Award (INJAZ)


March 2023 – GUST High School Maths Competition

9th March 2023 English Quizzes

19th – 21st March 2023 reaccreditation process

19th March 2023 – Summer Uniform

26th March – 6th April 2023 Second Term Exams

30th March 2023 – Start of External Examination from the UK

6th April 2023 End of Second Term (2022/2023)

9th – 13th April 2023 Spring Holiday


Third Term dates:

April 16, 2023 – June 12, 2023)


16th April 2023 Start of Third Term (2022/2023)

20th April 2023 Reports to Parent                 

26th April 2023 UK Maths Challenge (Y7, 8 & 9)

April 2023 Eid Al Fitr*


1st – 3rd May 2023 Parental Meetings

May/June 2023 Secondary Graduation


4th – 8th June 2023 Third Term Exams

9th June 2023 – End of External Exams from the UK

14th June 2023 Report Handed out

12th June 2023 End of Third Term for students


15th June 2023 Last Day for returning Teachers

20th June 2023 Last Day for staff leaving KNES

20th June 2023 Last Day for SLT

28th June 2023 – Contingency date for External Exams



Kuwait National English School – Secondary Department

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust  2022/2023 Challenges


Intermediate Mathematics Challenge (Year 10, 11, 12):

Date of challenge:Wednesday February 01, 2023


Junior Mathematics Challenge (Year 7, 8, 9):

Date of challenge: Wednesday April 26, 2023