"The garden is designed to stimulate the student's senses – there is everything from cacti to carrots. Our staff are using the garden to bring lessons to life for our students"
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal
Many parents have watched our Learning Garden at our West Bay Campus develop and grow over the last few months.
Last week, our gardening club children, parents and staff were joined by VIPs as we celebrated the official launch.
The Learning Garden project was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Limited or Oxy Qatar, and President and General Manager Mr Stephen Kelly was on hand to cut the ribbons and plant a mulberry tree to commemorate the official opening.
Mr Kelly said, "On behalf of Oxy Qatar, we congratulate Doha College on the inauguration of the Learning Garden.We know a lot of effort has gone into bringing it to life and now the Doha College community can enjoy plants, vegetables and herbs right here in its own school, bringing to the students first-hand experience of the things they learn in class."
Mr Kelly also joined the students and buried a time capsule in the garden to be opened in 2066. Student's had filled the capsule with messages talking about their hopes and dreams in 50 years' time, they also included a pin badge and a USB with the College's prospectus and images of the garden, the school and Qatar into the capsule.
Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer who also attended the launch said the garden was a valuable outdoor addition to the campus, providing a site for children to relax but also to learn.
"The garden is designed to stimulate the student's senses – there is everything from cacti to carrots. Our staff are using the garden to bring lessons to life for our students" Dr Sommer said.
"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Oxy for their support as the Learning Garden is well-loved by the students and the broader Doha College community.
Primary Class Teacher and Curriculum Enrichment Coordinator Mr Darragh Shanahan who leads the Learning Garden Project said students, staff and parents have spent many hours planting, weeding, watering and painting over the months.
"As the garden has grown it has become a focal point for the campus and the students," Mr Shanahan said.
"Students have picnics in the grassed area, our after-school gardening club spends time tending it, and parents use it as a place to relax when collecting their children.
"I would also like to thank Paige Tantillo, who designed the garden. Without her support, vision and skills this project would not have possible."
Have a look at a video of our garden