We have enjoyed a wonderful second term with many indications that school life is slowly beginning to return to some form of normalcy.
Having spent the last 24 months online, on hybrid learning or in school bubbles, students are now enjoying many more practical lessons and activities. This week our students aged 12 or under are no longer required to wear face masks in school, however, the class ‘bubbles must be maintained. Until such times as the bubble system is no longer a requirement, we will not achieve a full return to normal school life, but there are very encouraging signs that we are getting there!
Our highlights this term started with our excellent A Level results from January. Overall our results were very good and several students achieved straight ‘A’ grades in all their subjects and even 100% attainment in several subjects. More generally, students are now enjoying lessons in their specialist practical subject rooms such as Art, DT, Science, Drama, Music and PE. In Qatar History, students have made impressive models of the World Cup stadiums and Qatar’s parks. Students are also now enjoying more outdoor time, albeit within their bubbles and on a rota. We enjoyed some wonderful costumes and classroom door displays for World Book day(s) and all students and staff had their annual photographs taken.
Secondary students were invited by the Qatar Football Association to participate in the traditional football match to activate the Amir Cup and advertise the final. Two teams from Y8/9 played a short match and were rewarded with photograph opportunities with the Amir Cup Trophy and a ‘thank you’ gift from Qatar Airways. Perhaps the biggest highlight was on the last day of term when we hosted the FIFA World CupTM Winner’s Trophy. This was an amazing honour for the school (as the first and only school in Qatar to host the trophy and perhaps the first school in the world….) We were delighted to be joined by the Qatar Airways school board members on the day. My thanks to Qatar Airways for this never-to-be-forgotten opportunity.
We look forward to more exciting lessons and activities this term.
Starting on Sunday 3rd April we expect to operate Ramadan hours as prescribed by the MoEHE. Lessons will take place between 08.00 and 13.00. I will confirm this as soon as we receive the necessary instruction from the ministry.
Once again, thank you for all your support, cooperation and understanding at this time.
Mr. Derek Laidlaw