Welcome back to a new term and a new year

With the winter holidays behind us, it is time to turn our minds to the year ahead. January is a time of reflection; looking back at previous achievements as well as mapping out our plans for the next 12 months.

This is my second year as the Principal of Doha College, the school, our students, staff and the community continue to impress and amaze me. Last year, we realigned our vision and mission, and set out a comprehensive three-year development plan to ensure we delivered on that vision.We kept our core values of excellence and achievement, respect and integrity, commitment and responsibility, challenge and reward and fun and enjoyment, as we see these as integral not just to our staff and students but also to our wider community.

As we watched tragedies such as the recent QAWS flooding unfold last year, our students took it upon themselves to provide as much assistance as possible. Supporting another worthwhile cause, the whole school sat down for a 'blind lunch' in October last year to raise awareness of blindness and to support Qatar's Creating Vision initiative which is run through Orbis and delivers sight saving eye operations. As school resumes for the new term, our senior students will also continue to fundraise for social issues both close to home and abroad. I believe this humanitarian outlook is being shaped by the awareness and empathy shown by the wider Doha community.

It has not only been in times of trouble that we come together. As recently as last month, hundreds of people participated in the Doha College 5 km and 10 km Community Run. We had more than 700 people line up to race around Aspire Zone. The purpose of the run, which celebrated its sixth year, is to encourage health and fitness. This aligns with Qatar's vision for a healthy population by 2030 and we are pleased to be assisting in reaching this important goal.

Projects all across the country are gaining momentum as Qatar draws closer to milestone events such as the 2022 World Cup. At a family level, many of us will be considering our goals and aspirations for 2017. For senior students across Doha, the countdown will now be on for examinations and applications for further education. For others they will be looking forward to fun-filled weeks that will inspire their love of learning.

At Doha College, our calendar includes the Medical Review Schools Conference in February, a High Performance learning conference in March with Professor Deborah Eyre and the launch of our inaugural Qatar Schools Primary Choir of the Year competition.

I hope that you had an opportunity to rest and relax with family and friends during the winter school holidays and I wish you the very best for the New Year and welcome to the new term.



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Thursday, 19 January 2017