Oryx International School is proud to be opening its new campus in Mesaimeer for the 2018 academic year. It will provide a first-class experience for students with state-of-the-art facilities exclusively for the children of Qatar Airways employees and their subsidiaries.
We will continue to deliver a 5-star educational British curriculum in our new facilities specifically designed to support your children’s growth and development in the academic subjects of science, technology and mathematics, as well as inspire them to participate in sport and the creative arts.
To keep our students active, we will offer an array of outdoor facilities including basketball, netball and tennis courts, as well as an athletics track and soccer field.
Our indoor facilities include a six-court sports hall with retractable seats to sit 140 spectators, a fully equipped Health and Fitness Gym and a swimming and a teaching pool.
The performing arts facilities include music, dance and drama rooms, audio visual and music recording studios, a radio station as well as a 500-seat auditorium to host numerous events from school productions to music recitals.
Fine arts and design students will be creatively inspired with the well-equipped studios including two kilns for pottery to rouse the budding artist within.
The two-floor canteen caters for our students’ appetites with healthy meals and drinks, while they relax during break-time. This facility will be open throughout the day for both students and parents.
There are exciting educational outdoor exploratory areas in each key stage block to ensure time from the class is spent relaxed yet still within a learning environment.
When will the school be ready?
The school is due to be completed by 2 August 2018, subject to Qatar Civil Defence approval.
When will tours of the new campus start?
Tours will commence once all the safety measures have been approved. Keep up to date with the latest tour dates by following up on Facebook or via our website.
What curriculum will be taught?
We will continue to follow a modified version of the English National Curriculum that meets the needs of our international student body here in Doha. We provide our students with a challenging learning environment – by providing an academic curriculum that is balanced, interactive and supports development in all activities at school. Our students are recognised as individuals with their own unique learning needs and are nurtured to become successful learners.
You can find all the curriculum details here. (link to curriculum)
As the school moves into examination programmes for secondary years the students will follow IGCSE/GCSE using a variety of examination boards including Cambridge and Edexcel. BTEC courses will be developed for students who wish to take vocational routes.
Post age 16 the school will offer ‘A’ level programmes which will qualify students to enter universities all over the world.
There are no plans at this time to offer IB programmes although this will remain under review as the school develops.
What languages are being offered in the 2018 academic year?
We will offer Spanish and French for both primary and secondary students.
Our Arabic language course is on offer to all regional Arabic speaking students, according to Ministry of Education regulations.
Will Arabic and Islamic studies be available to non-regional students?
Arabic and Islamic studies will be offered to non-regional students as optional After School Activities.
What subjects are being offered in Year 10 for IGCSEs?
All students will study 9 subjects at IGCSE. The following subjects are on offer for the start of Year 2018:
Core subjects: (To be taken by all)
- Either English Language A (for first language speakers OR English as a Second Language),
- English Literature,
- Mathematics, and
- Co-ordinated Science (double award)
A choice of a minimum of four subjects* from the following options:
- Arabic First Language,
- Art & Design,
- Business Studies,
- Design Technology,
- Computer Studies,
- Spanish and
- Physical Education.
* These courses will only run if there are sufficient students in the group to make the subject viable for the learning experience, e.g. physical education.
What year groups will open in 2018?
From September, we will enrol students from FS1 (Foundation Stage 1/Nursery) up to Year 9 (commencement of IGCSE examinations). Year 10 will also open if there is sufficient demand.
What are the class sizes on the new campus?
Personalised learning is key to our approach with class sizes kept to low numbers, there will be up to 20 students per class in Early Years Foundation Stage (FS1 and 2) and up to 25 for Years 1 - 11.
Years 12 and 13 have been designed to accommodate up to 150 students
What are the tuition fees for the 2018 academic year?
Fees are subject to MoE&HE approval and are yet to be confirmed. Current discounts for siblings will apply.
Application Fees - to be paid on submitting Admission Forms
Registration Fees - to be paid with Tuition Fees on start date
Will there be other additional charges?
As with the current school, there are additional charges for uniforms, educational trips, bus transportation and after school activities supplied by external companies.
Parents will be able to order and pay for lunch and snacks via the new canteen facility.
If you opt to use the before and after care facility in school there will be an additional charge which will be communicated to parents by August 2018. There will be fees for the respective examination boards in the UK for IGCSE and A-Level students.
Will the school uniform remain the same?
Yes, the current uniform of Oryx International School will be unchanged when the students move to the new campus. Uniforms have been designed in a similar style and colours for the secondary years.
What time will school start and finish?
07:30 – School starts
13:55 – School ends
14:00 – Buses depart
14:05 to 14:55 – After school activities
15:00 – ASA buses depart
What after school activities (ASAs) will be provided?
We will provide the same variety of ASAs that we have at the moment which include activities such as sport, music, art, construction, culture and languages. Certain paid for ASAs will be offered by external suppliers such as football, gymnastics, swimming, etc.
Will there be 'before and after' school care?
Similarly, to the old campus, we will offer both ‘before and after’ school care at a nominal fee (fee to be confirmed).
What are the school calendar dates for the 2018/2019 academic year?
The approved Ministry of Education start date is 29 August 2018, the full calendar is with the MOE&HE for approval. Once this has been received it will be communicated to parents.
Will the school have a bus service?
The bus service will be contracted to an external company. We will endeavour to make the service as convenient as possible by including a bus that runs from the Towers in the Old Airport area, as well as door-to-door routes. We will communicate the detailed information to parents once the contract is finalised.
The school will welcome any comments and advance requests which will assist planning.
Will employees of Qatar Airways be able to use the school facilities?
Yes, our facilities will be open to all our parents and we welcome anyone to apply to run an activity during the day or in the evenings on the new campus. All applications will be considered and managed within the school timings.
When can parents visit the new campus?
As soon as it is safe to do so, tours of the building and information sessions will be organised
Will the existing staff of the Oryx school move to the new school?
All staff will have opportunity to move to the new school when it is open.
Who are the new staff members?
All new staff members’ information will be available on our school website under ‘Our School’ before the new campus is open in August.