Every student who attends Doha College is a member of a ‘House’. There are 6 houses which are all mythical creatures.
Dragon – Green
Griffin – Red
Phoenix – Blue
Roc – Purple
Salamander – Orange
Unicorn – Yellow
The House System encourages students to work as a team and support each other. The House System objective is to give every student in each house the following:
- A sense of belonging· positive role models from within their peer group
- A sense of achievement outside the classroom
- Fun and excitement through competition
- Curiosity and creativity leadership
- Individual and collective responsibility
- To celebrate success of their house and other houses
- The development of communication skills, flexibility and resilience.
In the secondary school, house points are available for exceptional effort in all subjects. Certificates are awarded for reaching a certain number of house points and distributed during year group assemblies. Certificates for excellence and the Governors award are awarded at whole school assemblies at the end of each term.
- Bronze = 20 House Points
- Silver = 40 House Points
- Gold = 60 House Points
- Platinum = 80 House points
- Excellence = 100 House Points
- Governor’s Award = 150 House Points
However, it is not only academic success that is recognised; sporting achievement, effort, attendance and good progress are also rewarded. Each year a formal ceremony is held where prizes and certificates are awarded. In the primary school, we have an individual house point system where students can achieve a number of certificates which reflect both their academic and pastoral achievements. These certificates are awarded to students at weekly assemblies where their achievements are celebrated.
House points are awarded during lessons for the following
- Excellent classwork
- Top of the class
- Excellent homework
- Competition winner
- Playing for school team/drama/music
- Excellent practical
- Excellent test results
- Excellent presentation
- Grade Report
Throughout the year, there is a variety of house competitions which allows every student to be involved. House Points are awarded to each house for every competition and added to the running total. The house who has accumulated the most house points throughout the year win the House Cup.
In the primary school, house competitions are held half termly and include a central theme such as poetry writing or uniform design. Students work together as part of these teams to participate in music and sports competitions. Considerable emphasis is placed on mutual respect between staff and students, the development of self-discipline, consideration for others, and a sense of responsibility towards the community.
Meet the Houses
Head of Dragon House is Ms Naomi Capewell
|The dragon is a legendary creature. In ancient days the dragon was regarded as a most sacred animal, and used to be the imperial emblem of Chinese emperors. It is the powerful yet gentle 'Loong' made up of different parts: a camels head, a carp's body, a snake's neck and a tiger's feet. Have you ever thought of yourself as a Dragon? Well according to the Chinese Zodiac. If you were born in the years 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 or 2000, then you were born in the year of the Dragon. Dragons are passionate and soft-hearted, but somewhat stubborn, very healthy and energetic. The next year of the Dragon is 2022.|
Head of Griffin House is Miss Shanaz Akhtar
|The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and often wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Because of the griffin's strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures. The wings of griffins were white and their necks were variegated in colour with blue feathers. The griffin claws were especially valuable as they were reputed to change color in the presence of poison.|
Head of Phoenix House is Miss Anisa Mohmed
|The phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird. With a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of myrrh twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. Some describe the phoenix as an eagle-sized bird; half eagle and half pheasant. Others say it is heron-like or a conglomeration of the most beautiful parts of all the birds in the world. Its name comes from the Greek word for "purple" because the phoenix is associated with fire and the sun. It has been described as golden or multicolored. Some say it never eats. Others say it eats only dew. Most believe there is only one of its kind and it lives alone in Arabia or Ethiopia. All agree it is a bird of great beauty.|
Head of Roc House is Mr Matthew Acton
|A roc is an enormous legendary bird of prey, often white, reputed to have been able to carry off and eat elephants. A Roc is a mythological bird of Arabia, its bird of enormous size, bulky body and wide wings, flying in the air; and it was this that concealed the body of the sun and veiled it from the sun. The wingspan of the Roc was 16 yards and the feathers 8 yards, its feathers were as big as palm leaves. According to Arabic tradition, the Roc never lands on earth, only on the mountain Qaf, the centre of the world.|
Head of Salamander House is Miss Sonia Fuentes
|The name salamander is applied to both a mythical and a real creature, the one inspired by the other. The name comes from the Greek for 'fire lizard'. The salamander was believed to be a creature of fire. The level of its elemental association varied. Sometimes it was simply fire resistant or would put out fire, at other times it was said to live in fire, sometimes it was even said to be born in fire. It has been said that salamanders were created when glass-blowers stoked their furnaces continually for seven days and nights.|
Head of Unicorn House is Mr Brian Kerr
The unicorn is the only fabulous beast that does not seem to have been conceived out of human fears. In even the earliest references, he is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. He could be captured only by unfair means. So, a unicorn is alot more than a horse with a horn sticking out of its head! It is a symbol throughout time of purity, devotion and loyalty. When Voldemort is rather nasty to unicorns, (see first Harry Potter book) he is condemned forever to live a sort of empty half-life devoid of proper feeling and happiness.
Unfortunately, most of Doha College houses have big, ugly beasts as their leaders. Unicorn is the only house to have something really good.