The ceremony included the award of prizes to high achieving students and the first graduating cohort of the school in the presence of the school’s Board Members

Qatar Airways celebrated Oryx International School’s first graduation and prize giving ceremony on Wednesday, 1 June 2022, at the school’s state-of-the-art auditorium. The first-of-its-kind ceremony was attended by the graduate’s families, Qatar Airways Board Members, and faculty staff, who applauded the 21 graduates of Class of 2022 as they walked the stage and collected their certificates.

Oryx International School is an exclusive independent school for the children of the airline’s employees and its approved subsidiaries, offering the highest standard of facilities and the best British International education in a safe, caring and welcoming environment.

As of May 2022, there are approximately 1,600 students enrolled at the school. It has operated in partnership with Orbital Education since 2016 and offers a modified version of the National Curriculum of England, from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 13.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “At Qatar Airways we firmly believe that quality education is the cornerstone of every prosperous community and essential for building a bright future, making it a basic right for everyone. Therefore, we are extremely proud and honoured to host the first ever prize giving, and graduation ceremony for Oryx International School, class of 2022. We are committed to enabling and empowering our employees’ children through high-level education, preparing them for their next challenge in life and securing them a promising future. I would personally like to congratulate all the graduates and wish them the best of luck on their next ventures.”

Oryx International School Executive Principal, Mr. Derek Laidlaw, said: “We are delighted to be hosting our prize giving and inaugural graduation event. We are very proud of our students who have overcome many challenges over the last few years. Congratulations and best wishes to our first cohort of Sixth Form graduates. Thank you to Qatar Airways, Orbital Education, our staff, parents, and students for all their support and success creating our five-star school.”

In April 2019, Oryx International School inaugurated its iconic new, purpose-built Mesaimeer campus. The school, was initially located near the airline’s headquarters on Old Airport Road.

Owned by Qatar Airways and managed by Orbital Education, Oryx International School offers several facilities to ensure that the best academic curriculum is offered to all students. These facilities are state-of-the-art, with highly equipped science, technology, and robotics services. Oryx students also benefit from a first-class physical education facility that offers a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, basketball court, and several other designated areas. Moreover, students experience performing arts in the well-equipped music, dance, and fine art classrooms, and perform in a 400-seater auditorium. Oryx International School Sixth Form students also enjoy a variety of designated areas including a breakout room, a lecture theatre, a large study area and a social area with their own kitchen facilities.