To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the UAE, visual arts students create dramatic 153-canvas artwork

Falcon design pays homage to UAE national bird 

Swiss International Scientific school, Dubai is joining in nationwide celebrations of the nation’s 50th anniversary with an enormous art project, a bas-relief image comprising 153 individual canvas panels, which together form a falcon. 

The falcon, a powerful symbol of the nation’s strength and courage, was chosen by pupils in Grade 6 and 7 (11 to 13-year-olds) during their visual arts classes.

The pupils were inspired by a marble carving of a falcon they saw during a visit to the EXPO 2020 Vision Pavilion. 

In the spirit of ‘Togetherness’, this year’s SISD National Day commemorative artwork is made up of 153 canvases, each featuring tissue paper and PVA glue to create relief lines. When joined together, they form a striking image of a falcon.

The image took ten hours to make and measures 3.4m by 1.8m. It is now hanging in the school’s secondary auditorium area, for students, staff and parents to enjoy. 

The art project involved all the students closely collaborating, recognising the spirit of the UAE, inspired by Expo and creating a symbolic feature of the UAE.

Teresa Pollard, Visual Arts teacher said: “Students had the opportunity to use regular materials to create something collaborative and spectacular. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, taking pride in their section of the art installation and were amazed when they saw the final artwork.”

One of the students involved in the project said: “I loved making this – I was inspired by one of the Pavilions at Expo, and to work together as a group to create something so memorable and engaging has been a great opportunity. To create it for a special occasion, the UAE 50th anniversary, makes it even more special.”

The leading IB school, based in HealthCare City, offers international and bilingual programmes for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, and international boarding options for pupils aged 11 to 18.

SISD has recently been nominated for two awards in the Schools Compared Top Schools Awards 2021, Best International Baccalaureate Curriculum School in the UAE and Best School for Post-16 Education in the UAE.


Swiss International School in Dubai 

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD. 

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland.

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.

With a diverse student body of 1450 pupils comprising more than 75 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18. 

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too. 

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:


A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.


SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.


Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.


In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.


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