The whole school turned out on Thursday 3 November to celebrate National Flag Day.
Flag Day marks the anniversary of Sheikh Khalifa becoming the president in 2004. Every year on November 3, people in the Emirates celebrate this national occasion, in which they reaffirm their allegiance to the UAE flag, which is a symbol of the country’s unity and greatness and represents their aspirations for a better future.
The occasion is an opportunity to remember the efforts of the founding fathers of the UAE – Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai and their brothers from five other emirates. Because of their vision, the country was able to become a modern and ambitious state. In a Flag Day address Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed spoke of the country’s "unity, cohesion and solidarity", and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said, "We raise the flag today to show our great love and appreciation for the UAE President for his national efforts and his continuous initiatives to keep the nation high and cherished.”
As Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said, in an address on this occasion last year: "the flag reminds us of our duty towards our country and our commitment to the flag, to do what we can to keep it flying in pride and dignity, motivate us to further our work and diligence in the glory of our country, and always maintain its position among the ranks of the greatest countries," he said. "I gave directions for our national flag to be raised today at the same time, and in doing so I wanted to emphasise the important fact that we are all one in the UAE, we confirm our belonging to one nation, work to achieve the one goal which is glory, and consolidate our loyalty to the leader of the march of development, the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, promising Allah Almighty to forever keep our flag always flown high in pride of our country and the unity of its people. We know that our union is a symbol of strength and unity, and it is our duty to keep it a towering beacon of our dignity among nations." Addressing the children participating in the ceremony last year, the Ruler of Dubai said, "You are the future and you will shape the future."
To represent the different elements of our school, three flags were hoisted – the national flag of UAE, our school flag, and the British flag – by a pupil, a member of the teaching staff and a member of the support staff. Patrick Lee-Browne, our Principal, explained the symbolism behind the UAE flag and the Kent College flag, then the whole school sang the UAE national anthem.