Welcoming our new staff
Boasting a staff retention rate greater than that of schools based in Europe, Doha College strives to cover every aspect of the new staff integration into their new environment. Starting right from the airport, new staff are assisted through every step: accommodation, transport, immigration requirements, childcare for those with young families, and of course finding their feet within the school.
The Doha College community is a warm and welcoming group of people who bring a new meaning to the word “inclusion.” Every new member of staff is initially connected to an established “buddy” or a “mentor”, who shows them around the city and gets them up to speed with everything they need to know to make the transition smoother. Doha College has a long-running “Staff Association” that organises social events throughout the year, such as dhow trips, bowling nights, dragon boat races, mosque tours, children’s parties and many more.
This is a special year in the life of Doha College: it is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary next September, AND it prepares to move into a brand new, state-of-the-art campus fit for a 21st-century pioneering school, at the same time.
Louise Kotek, the new Head of Learning Support, is joining us after five years at BISAK in Saudi Arabia, though she had visited Doha College before while on a two-day course on safeguarding at our school.
The new cohort includes teachers of extensive international experience, some who have worked in Qatar for a number of years, and a newly qualified teacher (NQT) who was quite impressed with the reception.
Roxanne Barnaby, primary teacher joining Doha College from a school in Bahrain, describes her onboarding process:
We look forward to a synergetic collaboration with this fresh intake of experience and outlook, to the benefit of our students (who – news just in – have scored the highest (i)GCSE results in the school’s history; more on that later) and that of the community.
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