Doha College becomes first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) school
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 FounderAchieving this award is a considerable milestone in Doha College’s quest for continuous…
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:26
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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
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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 Al-Sulaiti, Year 13I 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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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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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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Newly elected school councillors have met for the first time this academic year in a whole-school, cross-campus, all year-group event. Secondary students were paired with primary children in a supportive, synergizing frame, and the youngest representatives grew inches in pride next to their older counterparts.
Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:23
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