Dear Parents and Students
I hope to greet many of you at the Meet the Teacher/Tutor Evenings we will be hosting this week at school. Rather than hosting numerous sessions on one day like we did last year, we listened to the feedback from parents and are breaking it up over four days to allow parents to meet their children’s teachers across the week. We will be emailing slides to the community as well so those who were not able to attend will have access to the presentations. For those parents with children in Primary School, this will be a good opportunity to meet Mr Nick Jefferson, our new Head of Primary.
We very much value your feedback and there will be questionnaires issued to parents, enabling us to quickly respond to any concerns that are raised and build upon our strengths. Following last year’s parent satisfaction survey, I am pleased to say we have addressed the main concern raised by many parents, which is the lack of facilities. In addition to completing new sports facilities, we obtained approval at the end of last academic year to build a new Secondary School, swimming pool and changing rooms. We have been informed that the necessary planning permissions have been processed and are looking to start building this week, which is a significant milestone for NAISAK.
Other concerns that have been raised are related to school transport. I am pleased to report that we have bus monitors on all our buses this academic year, which will help to ensure our students will be safe when travelling to/from school. A few concerns have been raised about buses with our students, which are actually private buses and not school buses. On occasion, we receive and pass on complaints about dangerous driving by drivers that are privately employed by families to transport our students. Unfortunately, this is beyond our control as these are private arrangements. We monitor and attempt to ensure students are wearing seat belts when they leave school at the end of the day in these private vehicles. Please note that we offer a transport service for all NAISAK students. Should you wish to take advantage of this offer, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Another area of concern was related to the canteen, or lack thereof. We had intended to open a canteen last academic year. In order to ensure we adhered to all of the statutory requirements for serving food in Qatar, we decided to wait for our school’s license was renewed. Unfortunately, the process took several months longer than what we envisaged, and we only received the renewal in July. As we have grown into Year 12 offering Advanced Subsidiary (A/S) Levels, we have expanded our school and do not currently have the space to offer a canteen this academic year. Please rest assured that we are currently exploring additional alternatives and we are certain we will be able to offer a canteen service from next academic year at the very latest when we have our new Secondary buildings. My apologies for the inconvenience that not having a canteen has created.