The Victoria International School of Sharjah will turns 10 this year, and it kicked off its anniversary celebrations with a visit from Australian dignitaries.
Following a state visit to the UAE, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia and his wife, Her Excellency Lynne Cosgrove, with Arthur Spyrou, Australian ambassador to the UAE, visited the school to meet with children and teachers. Also in attendance were Dr Amr Abdel-Hamid, VISS chairman and director general Sharjah Research Academy, and John Butler, State Government of Victoria commissioner to the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.
The officials were given a tour of the world-class facilities and provided insights into how the school's curriculum and quality programs positively impact the students' overall development.
The tour was followed by an assembly where students performed musical routines and poetry reading. Sir Cosgrove also addressed the students, highlighting the importance of accomplishing successes through opportunities presented in life and becoming the leaders of the future.
VISS principal Dean Pyrah said: "It was a great honour to celebrate the start of our 10th year with such an auspicious visit from the Governor-General of Australia and dignitaries. This visit is not only a testament of the strong relationship between Australia and the UAE, but also Australia and our school. Being at the forefront of quality education in the UAE, the success of VISS for the past 10 years exemplifies the positive impact such a robust relationship can have. It was truly an honour to welcome them as we celebrate this important milestone."