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A Month with the Masters

A Month with the Masters

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by Marc Garnett, LLS Choosing a career path is tough for most us, let alone when you’re 16 and surrounded by so many possible options. During the past month, LLS made it our mission to inspire Doha College students by showcasing the diverse job roles within the global industry of sport; here’s what we’ve been up to… The Goal The goal was simple, well at least on paper; I set Year 12 students the task of planning, promoting and delivering their own sports event. Football tournaments, athletics competitions and fund raisers were all discussed, but for me, I knew students could plan these events with their eyes closed – they needed a proper challenge. ‘How about a guest Q&A?’ I asked. The suggestion was met with the usual reactions of ‘Who could we get?’ ‘What if nobody turns up?’, and so on. One brain storming session and a few names later we had our short list of potential guest speakers – each with an interesting journey in the sports industry, all with their own unique story. World Cup & Champions League winning Physiotherapist Students decided their event needed to educate and inspire. They wanted to plan an evening that could be…
Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:33
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Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Hair-raising acts of charity at Doha College

Hair-raising acts of charity at Doha College

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  In separate acts of kindness, Doha College discovered three of its primary school girls recently and willingly parted with their hair in order to help children less fortunate than themselves.  Amy, Naisha and Lara decided that, even though they were only young, they could make a big, positive difference in the life of others. All three independently sent their braids; grown for most of their lives, to three charities that provide wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. Naisha Faith Katkar (Year 2), donated her hair to the Madat Trust, part of TATA Memorial Cancer Hospital in Mumbai, India, following a conversation with her mother about how each one of us, no matter what age, could help someone. Naisha’s mum Nidhi took the opportunity to introduce the topic of cancer and how people struggle to fight it. The Year 2, kind-hearted student asked if there was anything she could do to make those with the illness smile, and the idea of hair donation came about. She went ahead with the brave act on her seventh birthday and sent her locks off to India. Also after a discussion with her mother, it…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:10
Published in In the Press / Read 171 times
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British Sign Language at Doha College

British Sign Language at Doha College

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Doha College has always provided a wide array of Enhanced Curriculum Activities to choose from, and always strives to extend it further. With a linguist at the helm, in the form of polyglot Dr Sommer, DC offers German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Chinese Calligraphy and from this year – Sign Language. Two 6th form students, Eman Al-Sulaiti and Caitlin Graham Smith, both in Year 13, lead a Sign-Language club for secondary students in the Autumn term. Its success and impact on the students was immediately visible, so they decided to pass on the torch to the Primary School, where Mrs McKenna now leads a Sign Language ECA in the West Bay campus.
Eman
Eman Al-Sulaiti, Year 13
I view languages as a gateway to understanding the world around me, and I wanted to share this aspect of languages with the school community. Sign language is particularly different than a spoken language; it is special in that it embodies a particular sense of care and inclusivity. What drew me to it was my heightened sense of social responsibility, and this is a mentality that I have seen many of our students take on board. I am…
Monday, 26 February 2018 11:48
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University of South Wales students research ‘Flipped Learning” at Doha College

University of South Wales students research ‘Flipped Learning” at Doha College

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As a pioneer in a number of educational fields, Doha College is the perfect setting for innovative research and experimentation of new teaching techniques. One of these is “flipped learning”, an approach that so far has yielded very encouraging results. Doha College has welcomed two final-year students from the University of South Wales to test their method and assess its impact on children’s learning. Lucy Manley and Hannah Phillips completed some action research with Year 1 and Year 4 classes at Doha College, with the aim of topping their already excellent standards of achievement in the classroom. During their time here, they conducted a pilot initiative of the innovative 'flipped learning’ approach. This concept is championed by many educational experts and integrated into the classrooms of some of the best schools in the world. This approach is most often seen in upper primary and secondary settings, so research into the efficacy of such use in Key Stage 1 is very exciting, and a rare opportunity that Doha College was keen to experience. How does 'flipped' learning work? At home, students use videos and other digital content created or assigned by the teacher to learn a new concept, or further consolidate a…
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:15
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Ocean Awareness Month at Doha College

Ocean Awareness Month at Doha College

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Doha College was the first school in Qatar to be awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education in 2016, following a rigorous inspection which looked into all its sustainable initiatives and projects. Continuing this commitment, and in line with Qatar’s prioritisation of environmental preservation, the EcoSchool Committee at Doha College ran an ‘Ocean Awareness Month’ in January 2018. The purpose was to promote awareness of the vast amount of waste-plastic which is dumped into the ocean, and the growing crisis surrounding this. Throughout the month of January, the school highlighted these issues by organising topical activities: Eco-School assemblies Plastics in the Ocean – Fact of the Day Screening of “Blue Planet II” Beach clean-up trip Cooking with sustainable locally sourced fish in ‘Cooking Club’ Screening of Sky News’ ‘A Plastic Tide’ Kayaking in the Al Thakira Mangroves trip ‘Plastics in the Ocean’ presentation at DC’s CCI Legacy Talks Art Department Enrichment Day, where Year 7 students created sea-life models from plastic waste Plastic-free Day in the tuck shop The environmental awareness mindset fostered at Doha College fits in with Qatar’s commitment to its international responsibilities. Government initiatives being implemented in Doha, such as plans to address urban water…
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:17
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Primary School Student Leaders

Primary School Student Leaders

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Committed to preparing children for the real world from the earliest stages of their education, Doha College ensures that Primary students are actively involved in the life of the school. To achieve this, the college offers a diverse range of leadership opportunities for students. At the beginning of each year, elections and other selection paths put together a vibrant and enthusiastic body of students that gladly go the extra mile to serve their fellow students and the school community. While the Head Boys and Girls come from Year 6, the other jobs are taken by students from Year 1 and up; some positions require representation from each class, others from each year group, while others only require particular passion and expertise, regardless of class or year group. Student leadership reaches into each aspect of school life, and here is a description of each role: Head Boy & Head Girl – they are responsible for representing the school at events and make public speeches. They serve as a role model for students and share pupils' ideas with the school’s leadership. School Councillor – they represent their fellow students to the management and their secondary school counterparts, they promote their ideas and communicate…
Monday, 15 January 2018 13:21
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Doha College is shortlisted for prestigious BIS Award

Doha College is shortlisted for prestigious BIS Award

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  As you will have heard by now from our other platforms, Doha College has been shortlisted for a British International Schools award in the “Outstanding Digital Technology Initiative” category. The nomination came as a recognition of our school’s spearheading work in the Digital Learning area. The college has a long history of integrating digital technology in all areas of the curriculum from a young age, aiming to create a generation that is ready for whatever technology the world of tomorrow may bring. The qualifying criteria were that the initiative is demonstrably successful, genuinely innovative, broadly scalable, reasonably affordable and widely shareable. Doha College’s projects obviously ticked all of these boxes to make it on the shortlist. Lead by Mr Brian Kerr, Head of Digital Learning at Doha College, the initiative focuses on equipping students with eight key qualities to help them become: digitally literate, creative explorers, independent enquirers, collaborative participants, engaged learners, innovative leaders, responsible users and organised scholars. Each of these qualities have links to High-Performance Learning, an educational approach which leads to significantly improved results and has been pioneered at DC since 2016.
Mr Brian Kerr, Head of Digital Learning
We are absolutely delighted…
Monday, 11 December 2017 10:04
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Not one, but TWO 'Best in the World' (I)GCSE results came from Doha College

Not one, but TWO 'Best in the World' (I)GCSE results came from Doha College

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Doha College recently announced achieving the best examination results in the history of the school’s 35+ years of existence. But news from Pearson and Cambridge International examination authorities topped that announcement with triumphs that are even more extraordinary: three ‘Best in Qatar’, three ‘Best in the Middle East’ and two ‘Best in the World’ awards.   Ms Justine O’Brien from Pearson travelled to Qatar to personally congratulate these exceptional young people. She said in her address to the proud students: “You have made this possible through persistence, hard work and an ambition to constantly improve. I commend you for it. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey ahead. You will be entering a very competitive world of constant change, but all the skills and knowledge you have acquired will help prepare you for any hurdles that may lie in the future.”     Eyas Elamin, holder of the ‘Best in the World 2017 in IGCSE Mathematics’, took the examination a year earlier than his peers, while still in Year 10. “When I don’t study, I like to do lots of other things, particularly basketball. I knew I got 100% in the exam, but not necessarily that I was…
Monday, 04 December 2017 08:49
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DC Success at the Qatar National Music Competition

DC Success at the Qatar National Music Competition

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A 30-strong group of Doha College students participated in the Qatar National Music Competition, which took place recently in Katara; quite astonishingly, more than half of them received awards and special jury prizes. This number excludes the 50 members of the Doha College “Fortes” Choir, who also won First Prize in their category.
Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:41
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DCMUN brings over 600 students together

DCMUN brings over 600 students together

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Continuing a well-established tradition, Doha College Model United Nation (DCMUN) has hosted a large conference that brought together over 600 students from 18 schools and took part over three days of presenting, lobbying and deliberating.
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:54
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