Connector October 2022

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October is a special time at Connector, it is the month we celebrate our birthday. A lot has changed. We launched in October 1991, and after 341 consecutive months of publishing, in March 2020, like all free circulation magazines, we were suspended from distributing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That didn't stop us. We kept communicating with our readers through our different digital platforms, and through those same platforms you continued to reach out to us. One question many of you asked on many occasions was when is the "little magazine" coming back? The short answer is, in print format we honestly don't know yet, and it is something we are constantly looking at, however we have taken one significant step towards that happening. To mark our 31st birthday we have "re-launched" Connector as this monthly digital magazine you are reading now. Less newsy than our online content, but more features and interviews. It is a start and one we are excited to bring to you and see where it takes us. We hope you enjoy what you read, and look forward to being able to share more with you. Happy reading and have a great month, the Connector team CONNECTOR.AE 1 3 Welcome Chris Nicolaides Nicole Pereira Vishakha Ramchandani Contents of this publication are copyright. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Notice and disclaimer. The material used in this publication is intended to be used for informational purposes only. A sincere effort has been made to report accurate information. However, one or more recognised authorities in health and nutrition may hold different views than those reported therein, and the reader is so advised. This publication is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific product or services offered. Editor’s Note Welcome CONNECTOR.AE Adult Costumes Kids Costumes Masks Daiso_Japan_ME DaisoJapanME 04 3351532 Dubai Abu Dhabi Ajman Al Ain Ras Al Khaimah Sharjah 771988 STORE LOCATIONS Concord Tower, PO Box 126732, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 04 454 9826,

CONNECTOR.AE 4 5 CONNECTOR.AE Contents Contents Contents 7 Monthly Events A round up of all the major events this October 18 Chef's Corner: Rami Al Maket 22 24 Meet The Teacher: Nicola Hamer All teachers have contributed in multiple ways to their student's lives, by helping them find their calling in life. 26 Detecting Breast Cancer Early 12 Take In The Tastes Of Greece 16 Roobaru: One Stop For Heavenly Indian Dining 30 Stephanie Neuhold: Coming Out Stronger After Cancer Journey Different School Curricula Explained A child's education plays a crucial role in their development and social skills. Anderson Education has a wealth of experience and up to date knowledge of UK boarding schools; we have visited over 350 UK boarding schools, can answer your questions and help you through the process. Date for your diary: UK Boarding School Exhibition Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina Our education service is unique, personal and free. Leading UK Boarding School Specialist SINCE 1999 Considering a UK Boarding School? We can help you WhatsApp/Mob: +44 78 101 86592

Out And About Out And About The UAE is known for offering residents and tourists a wide range of events and activities to enjoy, with entertainment constantly happening on a daily basis. OUT & ABOUT Disney On Ice 12 to 16 October Disney On Ice Presents Mickey and Friends is taking over Etihad Arena for four days. Brought by Feld Entertainment, the show will have beloved Disney characters, both old and new, skate away to iconic Disney tunes. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald will perform alongside Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Inside Out and Princess Power characters. Prices start at Dhs 84. 1 2 5 7 Out And About The show starts at 8:30pmwith tickets at AED 160 Angelo Tsarouchas Kate Barron Stephen Carlin COMEDY SAVED MY LIFE! Fri 14th & Sat 15th Movenpick JBR Wed 19 Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens FRI 21 Grand Millennium Barsha Heights Sat 22 Dukes The Palm, Dubai october Footloose: The Musical 5 to 8 October Enjoy a unique take on the iconic 1980s movie, Footloose. The performance will feature sensations Jake Quickenden and Darren Day starring in the show and will include upbeat dancing and songs including 'Almost Paradise', 'Holding Out For A Hero' and more. The show is running over four days at Dubai Opera ticket prices starting at Dhs 275. With so many events always taking place and things going on, it is all too easy to miss something or to double book for the same day, and can also get confusing trying to decide which ones to attend. To make it easier for you to decide, here is a round-up of some of the major events taking place this October that you can enjoy with friends and family. CONNECTOR.AE

Coke Studio Live 14 October The 14th season of Coke Studio will be held live this month for the first time ever in Dubai at Coca Cola Arena. The popular television show is known for bringing up-and-coming artists together through the power of music. The 14th season will see performances from Ali Sethi, Shae Gill, Hassan Raheem, Justin Bibis, a sister duo of Sania Sohail and Muqadas Jandad, Faisal Kapadia, Young Stunners and Karakoram. Prices start at Dhs 179. George Ezra 21 October The iconic English singer and songwriter George Ezra will be performing once again in Dubai this October at Coca Cola Arena. The 'Shotgun' singer has gone on to win a Brit Award and will perform his hit singles, 'Green Green Grass', 'Anything For You' and more from his new album, 'The Gold Rush Kid' in an electrifying show. Prices start at Dhs 225. Travis: The Invisible Band In Concert 17 October The multi-Brit award winners are ready to perform at Dubai Opera to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third album, 'The Invisible Band'. The album, when released, spent four weeks at number one in the UK and received four times platinum status. Held for one night only, the concert will see the alternative rock group perform songs including 'Sing', 'Side' and 'Flowers in the Window'. Prices start at Dhs 240. Bagong Pilipinas Tagalog Rap Festival 23 October Brought by MDM Global Creatives and Consultancy, Andrew E known as the 'king of Pinoy pop' is set to take to the stage at Coca Cola Arena. As part of the Tagalog Rap Festival Dubai Tour, the award-winning hip hop and rap artist will bring all the energy to the stage and performing alongside are Dongalo Wreckords artists including Jawtee, 3 Digitz, Crazzy G., Mananabaz, D.F.T., Endang and Jhoan, Bastee and Donman and Julius Tha Drummer. Prices start at Dhs 75. Piaf! Le Spectacle 22 October Held at Dubai Opera, Piaf! Le Spectacle will celebrate the life of Edith Piaf on the 60th anniversary of her passing. The tribute will be held for one day only and will highlight her amazing contributions to music. Visitors can enjoy listening to Broadway Entertainment Group perform her amazing releases including 'La Vie en Rose', 'Non-Je Ne Regrette Pas' and 'Mon Dieu'. Prices start at Dhs 295. Global Village 25 October The iconic Global Village is back for its new season 27 from 25 October till March 2023. The one-stop entertainment destination for families is going to be even bigger and better with new pavilions and activities. Delight in shopping around the world at the different country-themed pavilions, trying new dishes as well as enjoying brilliant performances celebrating different cultures. CONNECTOR.AE 8 9 CONNECTOR.AE 3 6 7 8 5 4 Out And About Out And About

11 10 The festival will be held at Yas Island from 28 to 30 October. Brought to you by Brag, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, Miral and Live Nation, the three-day concert will feature international artists as well as local bands. On 28 October, Kaiser Chiefs, the popular British indie rock band will perform an electric set with hits including 'I Predict A Riot', 'Ruby' and more, followed by an amazing DJ set from Clean Bandit with songs like 'Rockabye', 'Rather Be', 'Symphony' and more. The iconic Liam Gallagher will take to the stage on 29 October and will perform 'Shockwave', 'Wall Of Glass', 'Once' and more. The final day of the music festival on 30 October will see local talent battling out during Club Social's Battle of the Bands. Prices for tickets start at Dhs 125 and are available on the Ticketmaster website and on the Platinum List website. Club Social Music Festival Is Back! The third edition of the Club Social Music Festival is back and will feature an amazing line-up of music artists. Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show 27 to 30 October The Grammy award-winning Irish dance group Riverdance is set to perform at Dubai Opera. Held over four days, the show is in celebration of the group's 25th anniversary. Starting at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, the show incorporates both Irish and international music with amazing choreography, spectacular lighting, projection and stage and costume design. Prices start at Dhs 325. A. R. Rahman: Live In Concert 29 October A. R. Rahman, one of the well-known and popular names in the music industry in India is set to perform at the end of the month at Etihad Arena. The two-time Academy Award and Grammy winner has over 100 soundtracks and albums in various languages and will perform from his lineup of amazing tracks. The concert will also use technology, visual effects and synchronised choreography for a night to remember. Prices start at Dhs 55. Jason Derulo 28 October Singer and songwriter Jason Derulo is set to light up the stage of Coca Cola Arena. Brought by Full Circle in partnership with Dubai Calendar, the artist is known for his five-times-platinum single, 'Whatcha Say' as well as getting over 18.2 billion streams globally. With making waves on TikTok, the artist will perform hits including 'Savage Love', 'Lifestyle' featuring Adam Levine, 'Take You Dancing' and more. Prices start at Dhs 175. 9 11 10 Out And About Out And About CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE

12 13 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE Take In The Tastes Of Greece And as Dubai is a melting pot of different nationalities, home to a host of restaurants catering to every taste and cuisine, you do not have to travel to experience the food of different countries, and Greek food is no different. The food from this Mediterranean paradise has become increasingly popular in Dubai with a wide choice of places to try out whether you have a craving for moussaka, souvlaki, taramasalata or gyros. The summer holidays are well and truly over and one of the most popular destinations this year was Greece and the Greek Islands. With crystal clear seas, stunning views, a rich history and amazing food, it is no wonder people were flocking there. Avli by tashas Michelin Guide-listed restaurant, Avli by tashas at Dubai International Financial Centre puts a modern spin on soulful Greek cuisine and serves a wide range of dishes from salads, mezze, vegan meals, seafood and meat, which are created and plated in a stunning way that shines with the creativity of the chef. Some of the dishes on the menu include tiger prawns, lamb chops, seafood platter, lobster pasta, Greek Caesar salad and more. 04-3590008 Opa Popularly known in Dubai as the restaurant for the Greek tradition of smashing plates and enjoying Zorba dancing, Opa, located at Fairmont Dubai, is a great place for amazing Greek cuisine and to celebrate the Greek culture. Starting as a restaurant in a little town in Greece, on visiting Dubai and seeing its vibrant city life, Opa was opened in Dubai and is now home to dishes including beef carpaccio, calamari, lamb kebab, goat's feta and roasted fig peinirli, Opa moussaka and more. 04-3570557 ANASA Located at Conrad Hotel, ANASA is a one-stop destination to transport yourself to Greece. Food is the way to the heart and the restaurant serves diners authentic Greek dishes that will have you coming back for more. Enjoy dishes including dakos salad, sundried octopus on the grill, calamari, smoked eggplant puree, oregano lamp chops on pita bread, lamb kleftiko and more. 04-4447444 Gaia Dubai Started out of a collaboration between Evgeny Kuzin and Chef Izu Ani, Gaia Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre brings a lovely modern and elegant take on Mediterranean Greek cuisine for diners to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Tuck into delicious dishes from the Michelin Guide-listed restaurant including lobster salad, prawn saganaki, baked ala speciota, lamb cutlets, roasted chicken, black truffle pasta and more. Also enjoy a special Chef's Table experience, which offers a private dining area along with some of the best dishes the restaurant has to offer. 04-2414242 Dining Around Dining Around

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what better way to start the day than with waffles. Recipe: Preheat the waffle iron. In a large bowl, mix the carrots, beaten eggs, cheese, chives, flour, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture onto the waffle iron and cook till golden brown. Smash the avocado and add salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice to make the dip. Confit the cherry tomatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper on moderate heat. Make a salad with the lettuce and micro greens and use lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to make the dressing. C Restaurant Celebrate Greek Night, every night at C Restaurant! Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious Mediterranean food, with a great fine dining experience. The restaurant is home to a temperature-controlled terrace to enjoy the stunning views of Dubai while tucking into amazing dishes including Mediterranean soup, Greek Moussaka, spicy fish, chicken pesto, grilled octopus, lobster thermador and more. Enjoy the celebration of Greek culture with plate smashing, live music and amazing live performances. 054-5014111 Eat Greek Kouzina Delight in delicious Greek food at Eat Greek Kouzina. With three branches around Dubai at Mall of the Emirates, The Beach JBR and a recently opened branch at Dubai Hills Mall, the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy Greek food whenever you want it, without having to travel far. Tuck into Mediterranean and authentic Greek food with dishes including Greek mezze platter, baked barrel-aged feta cheese, moussaka burger, lamb pita, lamb chops, mixed grill, loukoumades and more. Taverna Greek Kitchen Delight in delicious Greek cuisine at Taverna Greek Kitchen, located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, while enjoying the stunning view of the waterfront promenade. The newest addition to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the restaurant is a great place to dine at, with rustic settings and a cosy ambience. Enjoy a wide range of scrumptious dishes ranging from spinach pie salad, kadaifi prawns, fish fillet in clay, bifteki, slow roasted lamb shoulder, Greek yoghurt pavlova, loukoumades and more. 04-5895665 Mythos Kouzina and Grill Located at Cluster P, JLT, the award-winning restaurant Mythos is known for bringing tasty authentic Greek food to the table. Enjoy a journey to Santorini with the stunning interiors and an amazing menu worth coming back again for with dishes including baked feta, keftedakia, fried calamari, Santorini salad, chicken souvlaki skewers, spring chicken, lamb pilafi and more. 04-3998166 Carrot Waffles For A Great Breakfast Ingredients: 150g grated carrots 2 eggs 20g chives 25g flour 50g grated Gouda cheese 30g avocado 10g salt 5g pepper 5ml olive oil 15g Frisse lettuce 5g micro greens 15g cherry tomatoes 5ml lemon juice The recipe for carrot waffles is a great one for a quick and healthy alternative and can also be had as a snack anytime during the day. Made by Chef Nilesh Darekar, Chef de Cuisine at Eat and Meat Restaurant at The H Hotel, this delicious recipe will definitely be your go-to for tasty waffles. Dining Around Dining Around 14 15 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE

17 CONNECTOR.AE Roobaru: One Stop For Heavenly Indian Dining Are you craving delicious Indian food? Then Roobaru will definitely not disappoint you with their selection of mouthwatering food. Located on Burj Khalifa Boulevard, the restaurant serves diners a range of dishes that take inspiration from India's rich dining heritage and put a modern spin to a wide range of appetisers, main course and desserts. Chai lovers can enjoy while sipping on tea at a dedicated Chai Room and choose from a wide variety of drinks including chaat to go, bubble tea, chai and boba. Known for being a country with diverse and vibrant cultures, each dish will take you on a journey all over India. To make the ordering process all the more easier, the menu has been divided into vegetarian, meat and seafood dining options. For appetisers, the restaurant gives a delicious taste of all the dining choices to come with Aslam's chicken, bang bang gobi, amchi thecha wings, Baggu's seekh kebabs, manga ceviche and more. The bang bang gobi is a must-try and if you can handle your spice, then amchi thecha wings are the way to go. Comfort food is the name of the game with the main course and diners can choose from a wide variety ranging from malai broccoli, pumpkin curry, paneer makhani and more for the vegetarian options as well as Mysore lamb shank, butter chicken, lamb chops, Konkan prawn curry, and more. The perfect meal cannot come to an end without dessert and Roobaru desserts are perfect for people with a sweet tooth. Delight in options including Roobaru cassata, chom chom, gondhuraj lemon and more. Must-try desserts are the decadent chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream is a great choice for all chocolate lovers and the panna cotta payasam is a unique dish that is not overly sweet, making it a great choice for all. Call 054-7766384 Dining Around 16 CONNECTOR.AE

19 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE 18 Meet Chef Rami Al Maket, the Executive Chef at Next Door Kitchen in Dubai Creek Harbour, who turned his love for cooking into his passion project. Starting his career in 1998, Chef Rami is an expert in cooking delicious food and is well-known around the Middle East, working in Syria, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. With expertise in Arabic cuisine, Chef Rami shares his thoughts on his career as well as his journey as the Executive Chef at Next Door Kitchen. How did you get started in the food industry? I grew up in a family that was heavily interested in the culinary field, and that is what inspired me to become the person I am today. We would always watch cooking shows, buy books with recipes, and try out new dishes daily. Even though my family was all passionate about the food industry, I was the only member in my family to fulfil my dream of studying culinary arts and gained a lot of great experience. I studied in Damascus and strived to achieve the position I am in now, and that is where my journey began. What is your earliest cooking memory? My earliest cooking memory was when I started my first official job in 1998 at a five-star hotel, Le Royal Meridien, in Damascus. I worked in a restaurant specialised in Arabic cuisine as a Demi Chef de Partie, where I cleaned and prepared vegetables and manned the grill daily. The reason I consider it to be my earliest cooking memory is because that is where I learned the foundations of becoming a chef. What is your favourite dish from your country? When it comes to Syrian cuisine, I find it a bit difficult only to pick one dish as everything is delicious. If I had to pick one dish, I would choose the cherry kebab, which is one of the best platters back home. It is made with charcoal-grilled lamb kofta and smokey lamb cooked in a sour cherry sauce. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? I actually love treating myself, and whenever I get a midnight craving, the first thing that comes to my mind is an Arabic-inspired snack. A feta and zaatar dip with olive oil and crispy Arabic bread is the snack that will always win! What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? Back home in Syria, we use a lot of raw ingredients, particularly herbs, which is why I try to include the most delicious herbs in Next Door Kitchen’s dishes. I love using fresh coriander in different dishes as it gives everything a delectable, more appetising, and fresher taste. For spice, I tend to use constantly is dry lime as it is the most flavourful spice to add to any dish. What is the best dish to try at the restaurant? At Next Door Kitchen, we specialise in international cuisine with a modern touch, as we have many unique dishes to serve. One of the best dishes for meat lovers to savour is the juicy Short Ribs which come with carrot, peanut, spring onion, black pepper sauce, and mashed potato. For those who enjoy seafood, the Saffron Seafood Risotto is definitely a must-try! It consists of saffron, squid, shrimp, mussel, garlic, and onions, topped with parmesan. Chef's Corner: Rami Al Maket Dining Around Dining Around Food is the perfect way for chefs to showcase their passion and also helps speak volumes about their dedication.

How To Find The Right Extracurricular Activity For Your Child? The activities taken up by students range from science, art, calligraphy, book clubs, chess, music lessons, swimming, rugby, horse riding, taekwondo, sailing, street jazz, ballet and more. Here are some requirements parents should look for when enrolling their child and the activities that are becoming more popular among children. When picking an extracurricular activity, it is key that the student is interested in the activity and will also enjoy it. Having a conversation with your child when picking the activity and also considering their strengths and weaknesses is necessary as in extracurricular activities, children are able to overcome their weaknesses and lean into their strengths. It is important when looking for a facility for extracurriculars to ensure the facility offers the best scope to learn as well as is priced based on the teaching capabilities. Children also need to check whether they will be able to fit their extracurricular activities into their schedule as well as see if they will learn more when participating in them. When planning on enrolling a child for an activity, it is important to check whether the activity is taught by qualified professionals as well as if they have all the licenses and permissions to teach the class. Additionally, students should be exposed to a new activity that they have not experienced before, as it will help them learn how to thrive in a new environment as well as gain first-hand knowledge of something new. Parents should also consider how the activity will contribute to the child’s overall growth and encourage their child to constantly broaden their horizons. As there are a multitude of different extracurricular activities to choose from, students should not be afraid to try out any activity of their choice. When exploring an activity, students can find their passion as well as an activity that they excel in and if not, they can try and find another extracurricular activity that is better suited to their liking and interests. As life is now more inclined with technology, there has been a surge in extracurricular activities like coding as well as digital animation. However, it is key to ensure that there is a balance and that students are able to grow and learn more about the digital world as well as learn new skills required for day-to-day life. There has also been an increase in students opting for more physical activities, including sports and athletics, as children were online schooling during the pandemic and could not leave their houses for recreation. As there is a range of activities students can choose from, it is important to make sure that the extracurricular activity contributes towards the student's well being, their development as well as is enjoyable and interesting for them. Extracurricular activities (ECA's) are fun activities that are not part of the academic curriculum, that students partake in based on their interests and are a way of building character, learning new skills as well as finding new talents. Kids And Education Kids And Education 20 21 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE

British Curriculum British Curriculum starts at the age of three years old, with the early years foundation stage. As students progress, they work towards their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs), at the age of around 16 years old, followed by A Levels, which are taken around the age of 18 years old. The curriculum focuses on subjects including mathematics, English, science, design and technology, history, geography, art and design, music, physical education, computing, and ancient and modern foreign languages. In Year 10 or 11, students take their GCSE or IGCSE exams and a grading scale of one to nine is used, with nine being the highest grade. In Year 13, A Level exams are taken, which is a usual requirement for students attending university. Indian Curriculum The Indian Curriculum has two key streams, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). Starting at the age of two to three years with pre-schooling, compulsory education begins at six years old. The academic year for the Indian curriculum runs from April to March. Students get a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) on completing Grade 10 and a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) at Grade 12. In Grade 9 and 10 (around 14 years old), under CBSE, the curriculum includes two languages, mathematics, science, social science, art, health, physical education and two further subjects, one a skill and one academic subject. In Grade 11 and 12 (around 16 years old), there is a range of skill-based or academic subjects as well as Different School Curricula Explained Grade 9 to 12 (around 14 to 18 years old), students work towards receiving a high school diploma. The curriculum includes subjects such as English, arts, mathematics, history and geography, science, social studies and physical education. From Grade 9 onwards (around 14 years old), students can opt for a range of elective classes. A General Educational Development (GED) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are mainly recognised in this curriculum, with a score between 200 and 800 required for GED and the same for SAT. The curriculum does not require an external examination or qualification to receive a diploma, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) being the academic achievement given at the end of schooling. Advanced Placement (AP) classes and assessments are also available for higher knowledge in the different subjects. two languages. The grading system is based on percentages from all subjects. International Baccalaureate The International Baccalaureate (IB) is divided into three stages including the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) and starts at kindergarten at the age of three years old till Grade 12 (around 17 years old). The curriculum focuses on three key core elements, theory of knowledge, extended essay and creativity, activity and service. Students are graded from one to seven for each subject and will be given a maximum of 45 points, with 24 being the minimum points required. On completion, students will receive an IB Diploma. Each curriculum has its strengths and when considering a school, it is important that the benefits are in line with each child's own requirements. Schools help in the growth of a child and as they spend most of their time learning and increasing their knowledge here, it is crucial to make the right choice. A child's education plays a crucial role in their development and social skills. Kids And Education Kids And Education When considering schools, the curriculum at the school plays an important role in the decision-making process, be it while changing schools or applying to a new school. With around 600 private schools in the UAE, the American, British, Indian and International Baccalaureate (IB) make up three-quarters of them. With each curriculum, there are different benefits and it is important to consider each one based on the requirements of the child. Here is a brief of the four main curricula available in the UAE, that are widely recognised by universities around the world. American Curriculum The American Curriculum begins at the age of 3 years old (pre-kindergarten). From CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE 22 23

Meet The Teacher: Nicola Hamer Nicola Hamer is the Deputy Head of Secondary School at The English College Dubai, with over 21 years of teaching experience. Having moved to the UAE from England when she was 12 years old, Nicola found her purpose in teaching and has since been helping students out for over 15 years. With a business degree and a post-graduate certification in education (PGCE), Nicola shares her life as a teacher, where she coaches the school netball teams and has run many Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, which help young people go out of their comfort zone to build new skills. What inspired you to start teaching? I decided to get into teaching because I have such fond memories of my school days. I can remember all of the teachers that had a positive impact on my life and because of that, I wanted to be someone who could make a difference. How did you decide to teach your current subject? I teach Business and Economics, I love the fact that the subject prepares students for their future. No matter what their chosen career path they will have an understanding of how the business world works, as wellas be able to complete their own budgets and financial records. It truly teaches life skills! Why do you love teaching? No two days are the same in teaching! Every student is unique and that's what makes this such a fun and exciting job! Those lightbulb moments, where you can see something really click for a student are so incredibly rewarding. Sometimes you can really see the impact you have had and there is nothing more rewarding. What is a unique part of the school? The English College truly has a community feel. There is a real sense of being a part of a team here and we pride ourselves on our strong relationships. What would you do if you were not a teacher? I think it would be really cool to be a lawyer. To fight for what is right in a court of law. I bet it is amazing to win a case tried in front of a jury! Do you remember your favourite teacher from school? I had a biology teacher called Mr Monteith, he was incredible. So kind and patient but more importantly made the lessons fun. He had such high expectations for every one of us that it made us all want to do our best for him. How do you make everyday classes more interesting? I try to make my lessons apply to the real world so students can see the value in what they are learning. I try and add humour and personality to my lessons too so that the students want to do well, just like I did for Mr Monteith. All teachers have contributed in multiple ways to their student's lives, by helping them find their calling in life. Kids And Education Kids And Education 24 25 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE

CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE 26 27 The awareness month is held to encourage women to get checked regularly and perform self-check-ups. What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a tumour in the mammary gland, where the malignant cells multiply and grow and can affect other organs. Although the thought of breast cancer can be daunting to many women, with the help of early detection and treatment, breast cancer can be treatable. What to look for? One of the most critical steps for early detection is to perform regular self-examinations at home, at least every month. While doing self-examinations, individuals should be mindful to feel for something new, and if concerned about an issue, it is crucial always to get it checked. To perform a self-examination, Dr Rania Soued, Specialist Radiologist at Mediclinic Al Sufouh said, "Women are advised to examine their breasts soon after their period ends. They should stand in front of a mirror and look for skin changes and examine them methodically quadrant-wise with the flat of their fingers or palm." Detecting Breast Cancer Early Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent kinds of cancers detected, and in an effort to raise awareness of the issue, the month of October is dedicated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to Dr Shweta Agarwal, Breast Radiologist at Allied Medical Centre, some of the early signs are: • New lump in the breast or underarm (arm pit) • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast Irritation or dimpling of breast skin • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood • Any change in the size or shape of the breast • Pain in any area of the breast As there are types of cancers that are fast-growing, getting regular check-ups, especially when older, is crucial. "Every 2 to 3 years, to get check-ups from the ages of 20 to 39 years old and once a year after the age of 40 years old." advised Dr Rania Soued of Mediclinic Al Sufouh. Dr Jawahar Charles Mathais, Specialist General Surgeon at Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital advised that on frequency for different types of examinations "Monthly breast examinations, yearly ultrasound scans, and mammograms should be done every two years." Women that notice an issue, should immediately book an appointment with a doctor and get follow-up tests done to rule out any possibilities. Dr Rania Soued of Mediclinic Al Sufouh said that the ways for breast cancer check-ups to be done are through: • Physical examination: Physical examina tion of the breast - checking for lumps, hardness or tenderness in the breastsand lymph nodes • Mammogram: X-ray of the breast • Ultrasound: Imaging the breast using sound waves to detect for abnormal lumps • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): MRI of the breast provides a detailed image of the breast lumps • Positron emission tomography (PET): To determine the staging of cancer • Breast biopsy: Removing a sample of breast cells for microscopic examination Who is at risk? Although breast cancer is more prevalent in older women, it can be passed down through genetics, making it important for all women Health and Wellness Health and Wellness

to start incorporating self-check-ups from an early age. Dr Jawahar Charles Mathais from Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital said, "We usually recommend after 40 years, but as breast cancer is getting more common and seen in younger patients and patients in a high-risk group, we advise breast self- examination, check-ups, and ultrasound examination at age 25 and above." Women that are at the most risk, as mentioned by Dr Shweta Agarwal of Allied Medical Centre include: • The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50 • Women who have inherited changes (mutations) to certain genes, such as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, are at higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer • Starting menstrual periods before age 12 and starting menopause after age 55 expose women to hormones longer, raising their risk of getting breast cancer • Dense breasts have more connective tissue than fatty tissue, which can sometimes make it hard to see tumours on a mammo gram. • Women with dense breasts are more likely to get breast cancer • Personal history of breast cancer or certain non-cancerous breast diseases • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer • Previous treatment using radiation therapy • Exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) • Breast cancer survival rates According to 'Breast cancer survival and its prognostic factors in the United Arab Emirates: A retrospective study', in 2021, breast cancer in the UAE has a five-year survival rate of 89%. The severity of breast cancer is divided into four stages and Dr Shweta Agarwal of Allied Medical Centre mentioned that, "The survival rate also depends on the biological subtype of cancer and staging." Dr Rania Soued from Mediclinic Al Sufouh added, "Stage 4 breast cancer is the latest stage. Though treatable, metastatic breast cancer cannot be cured as it has spread outside the breast and may be affecting vital organs, like the brain and lungs. The five-year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 22%, average survival is three years." On surviving breast cancer, Dr Jawahar Charles Mathais of Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital added, "As everywhere else, this depends on the stage at which it was diagnosed and the urgency with which treatment was initiated." The idea of regular check-ups and self- examinations can be extremely worrying, especially for people with family history, rather than not knowing what the outcome will be, finding out can give the individual more time to recover. Our bodies always give us signals when something is wrong, and listening to your body and the signs given is important. If you feel like there is something wrong, it is always advisable to get a check-up done to rule out any issues. This month, encourage all the women in your life to get regular check-ups and help to tackle breast cancer earlier rather than later. 28 29 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE Health and Wellness Health and Wellness

30 31 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE Breast cancer can spread rapidly and be caused by genetics or unhealthy lifestyles. Many people go through varying stages of cancer, and can find it difficult to open up about their struggles and experiences. Stephanie Neuhold went on her breast cancer journey and in conversation with Connector shared her experience. Living in Dubai for over 12 years, Stephanie is the Hotel Manager at Rove Hotels and is also a mother to a five-year-old daughter. While planning on having a second child, Stephanie wanted to make sure she was in the clear before welcoming a new member to the family. As risks are higher with family history, and having first-hand experience of losing some of the people she loves to breast cancer, Stephanie was diligent and careful to make sure she got regular check-ups. In March 2020, when Stephanie went for a check-up she got an all-clear, but in August of the same year when she got checked again, a pearl-sized ball was detected. Unsure if it was benign or cancer, a biopsy was carried out, which Stephanie shared was one of the hardest experiences, as the results could be life-changing and took six days to come. Stephanie was then detected with BRCA 1 triple negative, which is a mutation from her genetics and was informed that it is an aggressive form of cancer with another one detected behind the first one. After her diagnosis on 13 August 2020, it was a fast-paced journey as she quickly started chemotherapy, three weeks later on 4 September. Six months later on 1 February 2021, her 16 sessions of chemotherapy came to an end but due to her genetic mutation, getting a double mastectomy was advised to remove the breast, with the tumour, tissue and lymph nodes, as there was an 85% possibility of cancer reoccurring, and a month later, the double mastectomy surgery was carried out in a five and a half hour procedure. Stephanie said, "It takes a lot of courage to say I want to know if there is a percentage that I have a reoccurrence because if there is a genetic default, you pass it on to your family." Stephanie strongly advises people with or without a family history, when ready, to do a genetic test to see if they are at high risk for breast cancer. With cancer, it is a rollercoaster of emotions that a person goes through, and people do not stay the same and over time, everyone around you has to get to know you again. As chemotherapy changes hormones and weakens the immune system, it requires dietary as well as lifestyle changes. Stephanie experienced a wide range of side effects from nausea, loss of sleep and weight gain and even when the cancer was taken out, the adverse side effects from chemotherapy included numbness of fingers and toes, fatigue, lack of sleep, memory loss, stressed out by simple tasks, overwhelmed easily and not able to multitask. For Stephanie, her side effects took a toll on her for over a year and a half and slowly but surely was able to get back to feeling more Stephanie Neuhold: Coming Out Stronger After Cancer Journey Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UAE and in 2021, it accounted for 21.4% of all cancer cases. Health and Wellness Health and Wellness

As opening up was difficult, she wanted compassion, but did not want to be treated with sympathy and empathy, but rather as herself. Having the people around her treat her as she is, helped in her processing everything in her timeline. Stephanie said, "My personality is very people oriented and I didn't want to let anyone down more than myself and wanted to stay as who I am because after the journey I will be different and will have to reintroduce myself." Stephanie shared that everyone going through a similar experience with cancer needs to accept their path and embrace their journey, allowing them to come out stronger from the experience and with a new appreciation for life. "Don't look back on who you were, just look forward and think about what happens next and how to turn this situation into new learning and embrace yourself as a new character," Stephanie says. While still balancing at times, Stephanie reminds herself to focus on the things that are in her control. Stephanie said, "We, the ones who have experienced the diagnose, should not underestimate how much the beloved ones, friends and family join in the suffering and feel helpless." As it is an experience that takes a toll on the person, the people around you watch the pain you go through and can sometimes feel helpless in these situations. Similarly, for Stephanie, she realised that the most important help you can get from the people you love is listening skills as well as communicating with them so that they understand how you are feeling, as you can go from happy, grateful to frustrated, depressed and demotivated very quickly. Going through breast cancer is a turbulent experience and is something that Stephanie now sees as a positive one and, since her experience feels that "everything in a journey like this, which people feel as a battle or a fight, is just a blessing to realise things, and makes you better as a person and more vulnerable to life, and realise you are on a visit." It has helped her find a deeper purpose, set boundaries, tell people what she wants rather than having expectations and, focus on her health and peace. Stephanie's advice to people going through cancer is, "Whoever is experiencing this journey, don't fight it, allow the thought of acceptance. Allow the feeling of embracing it and see yourself on the other side, transforming into that new you, because the more you are against and try to fight, let go because you will not have an answer. Instead of being stuck or going backwards, give yourself the power and the energy to move forward." Cancer for her is not a struggle but a gift to see how life can be and how you can come out stronger from the experience. As she changed her lifestyle for the better by incorporating a healthier diet and more activity, including spinning on the bike and going on walks, she has a happier lifestyle than ever before. Always be prepared as there will be constant follow-ups as well as times of uncertainty and listen to your body, as she was able to detect her cancer in stage 1 and get the right treatment. Stephanie now focuses on the daily small wins and knowing it is an ongoing chapter for the rest of her life, and takes the time to appreciate everything on her cancer journey. Health and Wellness Health and Wellness like herself. However, with all the pain and hardships endured, Stephanie never saw her journey with cancer as a battle but rather as another chance to start her life again with a greater sense of appreciation. Throughout her journey, prioritising her healing was more important than the aesthetic. With cancer, she went through the highs and lows and despite not feeling herself with all the changes, Stephanie started focusing on the positives and taking it from a minute, to a day at a time. Support is one of the main pillars in our lives and with the help of her family, friends and work, Stephanie's journey was manageable. As a mother, one of her biggest fears with cancer as well as the main motivation to get better was to be there to raise her child and guide her in life. Having her daughter reminded her not to slow down, her husband Mohamed being there at every appointment and her family and friends constantly keeping in touch, meant she got more moments with them which made the entire process worthwhile. Additionally, another motivator for her to stay busy was work, where she worked through most of her chemotherapy sessions and her love for her job made her go back to work a month after the surgery. Stephanie said, "The support of an employer and the personal community with family and friends and work colleagues helped tremendously on the journey." 32 33 CONNECTOR.AE CONNECTOR.AE

Health and Wellness Health and Wellness CONNECTOR.AE ad 32 .A Contents Health a d Wellnes 34 29 CONNECTOR.AE People undergoing treatment for breast cancer as well as survivors, families of people affected by breast cancer and supporters, have all been seen donning pink ribbons and lapel pins to show their support and raise awareness of the cause. Although the ribbon is a popular symbol for breast cancer awareness screenings and campaigns, many of us do not know its origins. The ribbon was originally created in 1991, by breast cancer survivor Charlotte Haley from California, USA. Determined to raise awareness as a breast cancer survivor, Charlotte began hand-making peach-coloured ribbons in her dining room and handing five ribbons out with a card saying "The National Cancer Institute's annual budget is $1.8bn, only 5% goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing this ribbon." Origins Of The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Month is held every October, and as a symbol of solidarity, the pink ribbon is worn. The ribbons with the cards were handed out at supermarkets and by writing to prominent women in authority, including the First Ladies of America, encouraging accountability to be taken to help prevent breast cancer. As awareness grew, Charlotte was asked by Self Magazine and Estee Lauder to collaborate with them, however, she felt a collaboration would make the cause too commercial and turned it down. As pink is usually associated with femininity, the companies then went on to create a pink coloured ribbon, which is now widespread as the ribbon dedicated to breast cancer awareness. During October, it is good to remember Charlotte Haley for the dedication and effort put into raising awareness of breast cancer, and continuing to ensure people get check-ups as well as perform self-examinations.