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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
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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'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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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.
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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

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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