Welcome to the new term
Happy New Year, and welcome to the new term. I am delighted to have been able to welcome all our students back, and to see them so eager to learn. A special welcome goes to our thirty-eight new Primary and fourteen new Secondary students and their families. In the true Doha College spirit, I am confident that they will all settle in very quickly. Students and staff will do their utmost to help; we have all been new once.
This is the time of year for reflection on what has been achieved so far, in all academic subjects and other areas; it is also the time to consolidate and refine all learning ahead of examinations and final assessments.
2017 was an outstanding year for Doha College, and we are well underway to making this year a highly successful one, too. Having been shortlisted again for the British International School of the Year Award 2018 - this time in the category Outstanding Digital Technology Initiative - we feel proud that we have been recognised as a beacon for digital learning, and generating 21st-century skills. The winner of each category will be announced on 22nd January 2018 at the Awards Ceremony in London – we will be sharing the news with you via social media.
On the subject of our facilities, you will recall that we had to undertake some structural work on the main building in Al Waab last term. This caused some inconvenience but, owing to the positive, growth-mindset attitude of students and staff, teaching and learning continued apace with minimal disruption. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, as parents, and the entire Doha College community for your understanding. The Reception area will reopen today.
Looking ahead, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to the Governors’ Forum, which will take place on the Al Waab campus on 22nd January from 6.30 pm till 8.00 pm. We will report back on the achievements of the year gone by, give an overview of the finances and discuss the priorities for the year(s) ahead, especially on the subject of the new campus development.
Before we know it, public examinations and final assessments throughout the school will be upon us. The outcome of the mock examinations last term indicated that our students, as expected, are well on target. Let me thank you, yet again, for your support in aligning with our aspiration of ‘Excellence From All’.
I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our Assistant Principal, Mrs Meikle, on the birth of her baby boy Quinn. We all wish her family well and look forward to welcoming her back next term.
Over the course of this term, I am hoping to see many of you at upcoming school meetings and events. Other than that, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of the pastoral or academic teams, or myself, if required.
With all my very best wishes for 2018.
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