Enhanced Curriculum Activities Round-Up

Mr Douglas Briggs, Director of Extra-Curricular Activities

The advantages of Enhanced Curriculum Activities are numerous and obvious, and they fulfil different functions in the development of a child in Primary, compared to a Secondary student. They offer an opportunity for physical activity, encourage creativity, relieve stress, build confidence, foster teamwork, teach time management, help children discover new interests, develop a sense of belonging and camaraderie, and for older students they set a framework where they can hone skills sought after by universities and employers.

For these reasons and more, Doha College has established a wide-ranging programme of Enhanced Curriculum Activities (ECAs) that has been enriching children's educational experience and bringing much joy and variety to children's school days.

This year has been a particularly very exciting one for ECAs at Doha College. We have seen a large number of activities, from the traditional sporting ones to knitting and claymation. During the year we asked secondary students what clubs they would like to see, and this resulted in further expansion of the range. Table tennis was a very popular choice, and we went from having no clubs to three oversubscribed clubs. The support of 6th Form students has been fantastic, from running their own clubs in Secondary to taking on a drama club in Al Waab Primary. A very welcome addition to the ECA programme, and again based on student and parent interest, has been the introduction of Mandarin and Latin classes. We are fortunate to have been able to source two teachers from outside the college to run these classes, and we aim to further increase the range of ECA languages on offer next year.

The diverse assortment of clubs provided by staff has been supplemented by a number of paid for clubs from outside agencies, who have made valuable additions to the selection. Evolution Sports have also played a big part in this, and we are grateful for their continued support and look forward to working with them next year.

From September, Doha College will implement a new system for signing on and managing clubs. We anticipate that this will be a great improvement and make the whole process much easier for students, parents and staff.

Sporting clubs have always been very popular, and they saw students compete against other schools in Qatar and return laden with medals and trophies. A new contender, however, has knocked all other clubs off the first preference in the West Bay campus, and that was the KS1 and KS2 choirs. No doubt spurred by the inaugural edition of the 'Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year' (QPSCOY), enthusiasm and membership numbers have soared. Both choirs have won trophies in the competition, and this is sure to be reflected in next year's interest in the club. Doha College extended its extra-curricular offer to the larger community, by hosting workshops for the QPSCOY finalist choirs, led by QPSCOY Head Adjudicator Greg Beardsell. His engaging delivery sent ripples across the music community and raised interest in choral singing not just at Doha College, but right across the country.

A big thanks must go to Mrs Capewell, Mrs McSwiggan, Mrs Prescott and the front office staff in Primary for their tireless efforts in coordinating staff and students for the ECAs. Producing such a wide-reaching array of ECAs at Doha College is a real team effort, but the rewards of seeing the children actively engaged in such a diverse range of clubs is well worth that effort. Also, with new staff come fresh perspectives, and we look forward to their added colour in shaping the DC ECA offer, and we will now leave you with some of the more special clubs that featured this year, alongside the well-established, traditional ones: Touch Typing, Script Club, Bounce Back (PSHE), Minecraft, Comic Book Creation, Zumba, Film Making, Healthy Cooking, Stop Motion Animation, Mandarin, Henna, Hama Bead Club, Legotronics, Gardening, Robotics, Glee Club, Mechanics, Scratch Coding, Karaoke, Jewelry Making, Environment, Learn to Knit, Psychology in Film, Scuba-Diving, Up-Cycling. Why not add your own to the list? 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017