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Doha College officially breaks ground at new Al Wajba campus

Doha College officially breaks ground at new Al Wajba campus

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In a momentous occasion for Doha College and international education in Qatar, the construction of its new campus has been officially inaugurated at its new Al Wajba site. Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College; British Ambassador, His Excellency Ajay Sharma; Joseph Abraham, CEO of Commercial Bank; Fouad Hamdan, CEO of main contractor Domopan; and other prominent partners associated with the project, all participated in a historic ground breaking ceremony at the new location, marking the beginning of work on the state-of-the-art campus. After meticulous consideration and independent guidance from construction consultants Quantex Qatar, the contractor tasked with building the inspiring future vision of Doha College was Domopan Qatar – a company that has proudly played an important role in the development of Qatar in recent years. With the building of this spearheading, educational beacon, Domopan will make its mark ever more prominently on Qatar’s modern landscape. CEO Fouad Hamdan stated: “We are delighted to be part of this ambitious project. We provide innovative and cutting-edge construction practices to address the visionary demands of unique clients such as Doha College, and look forward to delivering a perfectly executed campus in 2020.” An integral part of the funding for the project…
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:08
Published in In the Press / Read 224 times
Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school

Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school

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Doha College, already a shining beacon of outstanding education in Qatar, has now received the highly prestigious distinction of being the first ever to be awarded the status of HPL World Class Award School. The journey started two years ago, when HPL was first introduced at Doha College. High Performance Learning is an educational philosophy which identifies cognitive performance characteristics as well as values, attitudes and attributes that can be developed in school to enable more students to achieve highly. HPL provides a framework which school leaders can adapt to transform learning – actively involving students and their parents in the learning journey and presenting schooling as a quest for cognitive success. The impact that HPL has had at Doha College is quite evident: the ethos pervades all layers, the attributes that make an excellent learner are clear, and the 2017 examination results have been the best in the school’s history.   Professor Deborah Eyre, who developed the HPL philosophy, based on a lifetime’s research and practice in education for advanced cognitive performance, praised the school for their commitment:
Professor Debora Eyre, HPL Founder
Achieving this award is a considerable milestone in Doha College’s quest for continuous…
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:26
Published in In the Press / Read 157 times
Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Doha College students put eco-friendly DT project to good use for young peers

Doha College students put eco-friendly DT project to good use for young peers

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Two students taking A-Level design and technology at Doha College created a project that successfully linked both its Primary and Secondary schools, promoted the eco-friendly ethos of the college, and assisted the Enhanced Curriculum Activities in a cross-campus venture. As part of their design and technology A-Level examination, students Dyllan Briggs and Pauline Mabulay produced an interactive watering station that doubles as a storage space and notice board, alongside its main utility of watering the plants. The generous and pioneering students then gifted their invention to the Primary School so their younger peers could have endless hours of fun, as well as the functional and eco-friendly use of the product of watering the popular garden on campus. The students were thrilled to see their project in action and being used by the younger students for the first time. A delighted Dyllan described the technical side: “It is a wall mounted water play station designed for use by primary aged children. The water is stored in a trough which has a platform over the top so smaller children can stand on it. Water can be pumped to the top of the station, where it comes out from self-designed waterspouts which I…
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:45
Published in In the Press / Read 55 times
Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Doha College Librarian named 2018 Dimmit Fellow

Doha College Librarian named 2018 Dimmit Fellow

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Doha College’s Secondary librarian, Mohana Rajakumar, an award-winning author and literature scholar was recently honoured with the title of 2018 Dimmitt Fellow.  This recognition involves a prestigious two-week invitation to work with students, faculty, and staff at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, which she has just returned from.  During her visit, Rajakumar was a scholar in residence on campus, while lecturing with students in creative and critical writing, literature, mass communication, sociology, Spanish, education, political science, and business classes. Significant aspects of her visit included: a campus Common Read event focused on her 2011 collection of short stories, Coloured and Other Stories; a public speaking engagement in the impressive UPS Auditorium titled Living in an Interconnected World: Why Global Perspectives Matter; and a variety of community events at the Mary Treglia Community House, and Northwest Area Education Agency. With such a wide background as an author in many genres that undoubtedly allows Doha College students exposure to a greater selection of literature, Mohana addressed multiple topics from different perspectives during her time in the States. As a naturalised US citizen born in India, and having lived for extended periods in other countries – of which the last 12 have been in…
Monday, 28 May 2018 11:34
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Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Doha College sweeps the podium on their first entry to the Alice Programming Competition

Doha College sweeps the podium on their first entry to the Alice Programming Competition

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Three out of the four teams put forward by Doha College for the recent Alice Middle East Programming Competition earned a place on the winners’ podium. To make this achievement even more remarkable, it was the first time Doha College entered the competition, which now on its third edition. The competition was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), and welcomed just under 40 teams from government and international schools across the country, that use the Alice Middle East software to learn computing as part of their Information Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum. ‘Alice’ is software that guides students through a 3D interactive world, teaching them the fundamental skills of programming and computational thinking, and was created at the main Carnegie Mellon campus. The challenge set to participating students was to create an animation or game in the Alice programming environment, centred around a number of different themes, namely Qatar 2022, space exploration, global warming, social issues, or an interactive video game. Doha College entered four teams comprising students from Years 8 to 10. Amash Mir, Head of ICT and Computer Science at the college, stated: “Our winning team scored full marks in every assessed category. Such was the standard of…
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 12:51
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Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

Doha College's Young Golfers

Doha College's Young Golfers

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Doha College is renowned for its exceptional academic results and the number of alumni that go to their first choice of university. But equally commendable, is their dedication to nurturing gifts that complement the academic facet of a young person’s development, like music, visual arts, sports and practical talents. Today we focus on sports and in particular golf, which has offered some DC students a path that is truly off the beaten track. In a country where golf may not spring to mind at the top of the list of sports, especially in summer, it is nevertheless possible to hone this skill to exceptional levels. Such levels, in fact, that some Qatar-grown talents beat others from places with a far older tradition in the game. One example is Laila Hrindova, who graduated from Doha College in 2017 and is now working through her first year at Baylor University in Texas, US. Thanks to her dexterity with the titanium club, Laila secured a golf scholarship at Baylors, and is now playing regularly in addition to her academic commitments. Here she tells us about her experience so far: “The workload is substantial, with studies interlacing fitness, practice, golf team qualifications and travel…
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:27
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Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

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 269 times
Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

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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Cristina Ionascu

Cristina Ionascu

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
Published in In the Press / Read 444 times
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Cristina Ionascu

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