As we approach these holidays, I’d like to share a few events that stood out for me in Term 2. This term has highlighted the global opportunities taken by many of our students and celebrates the internationalism of our school community. The quality I noticed most was the initiative taken by our students to widen their learning opportunities and to make their mark in the communities they live in.
Our first ‘Global Expedition’ took our students skiing in France where their resilience was put to the test in this demanding programme of learning to ski. Our students were challenged each day with physical tests of endurance as well as having pride and respect for the environment they were displaced to from the desert of Al Khor. So too were the students who took the adventurous opportunity to test their outdoor skills in Ras Al Khaimah. The students had to work collaboratively to solve problems and place their faith in each other to perform daring acts that tested inner as well as physical strength.
Our Year 8 ambassadors who travelled to Tanzania in February were commended by the Expedition Coordinator for their maturity and leadership skills. They were congratulated on being the students in the group who took the initiative when given tasks to complete and being the innovators in solving problems posed to them. They worked hard at achieving successful outcomes for the Tanzanian families they reached out to and found joy in discovering the huge difference they had made to the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. The expedition was an experience of a lifetime for these four young ambassadors but also showed how generous and committed our school community is in supporting worthwhile projects like these that give our student the chance to be global citizens.
Another group of students that have impressed me with their global ambitions this term are the ‘CISAK Eco Buddies’. Their continued commitment to looking after the world around them and playing their part in global awareness of climate change is admirable and their involvement in the Purple Island project evidences their dedication to keeping our local and global environment beautiful.
Our school choir has moved from strength to strength and represented Great Britain in Qatar’s British Festival this month. They sang superbly at an event hosted by the Al Khor Mall and attended by the British Embassy and our students were again congratulated on their pride and respect and knowledge of the world around them. A couple of our aspiring singers have auditioned for the NAE Global Orchestra that will take place in New York in June this year, true models of global ambition.
A learning initiative undertaken by the teachers, students and parents this term has really stood out as one that has got us all talking. The ‘Big Talk’ questions each week have resulted in classes visiting farms and garden centres so that they could compare Qatar’s animals and plants to those of countries they were familiar with; visiting fire stations, hospitals, museums and galleries so that they could begin to aspire to what they would like to be when they grow up. The term’s learning culminated in ‘Culture and Creativity Week’, a week that genuinely shows off our communities’ cultural richness and how successfully we blend together to make our school community the vibrant place of learning that it is.
Finally, the display of talent, pride and respect encapsulated in the incredible art exhibition this week is a true indication of the genuinely ambitious global community of learners we have here at CISAK.
Thank you for all of your generosity and support for these global opportunities taken by your children. May I wish you all a restful and enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing you next term.