Billy Jean King once said ‘Champions keep playing until they get it right.’ ‘Practise, practise, practise’ is a moto we use frequently at NAISAK. Competition is an important part of the physical education and sport experience. Whilst winning is amazing, it does not always happen. Life skills, such as dealing with failure, understanding the importance of commitment, and respect for others and the decisions they make are key skills our students learn through PE lessons and sports ECAs.
This year, our Primary students have shown real dedication and enthusiasm whilst developing their skills and understanding in a variety of sports. This has allowed them to participate in numerous tournaments, competitions and friendly fixtures in Doha and Al Khor. Success for our students has not always been measured by winning medals, but more so by their willingness to learn, take on advice, keep their heads held high and the pride they demonstrate when representing our school. So far this year, students from Year 3 to 6 have participated competitively in football, basketball, athletics, cross country and netball fixtures, with over 70 boys and girls from across the four year groups putting on a NAISAK team shirt.
Girls football has really grown in strength this year across the four year groups. All years attended the QPPSSA tournaments and have played numerous friendly fixtures against teams locally and in Doha. Our Year 3 team have been particularly successful and finished third in their tournament, as well as drawing with EMS Al Khor in their latest fixture.
The Year 4s have had a mixed season with some very strong and impressive performances individually and as a team. They were unlucky to only finish fourth in their QPPSSA tournament, narrowly losing out to ISLQ for third place. They recently beat EMS Al Khor 2-1 in their last fixture with goals from Maryam Al Hemaidi and Noof Al Baloshi.
The Year 5s started as a brand new team this year and have really developed their skills and knowledge of the game as the year has gone on. Like the Year 4 team, they also finished fourth in their tournament, narrowly missing out on the finals. They have also had victories in friendly fixtures against EMS Al Khor.
The Year 6 girls have shown a real interest in football this year, which has seen them give several impressive performances. They finished fifth in their tournament and were unlucky not to progress to the next stage. A fantastic performance against EMS Al Khor in their most recent fixture saw them win 3-0 with goals from Maryam Al Mutlaq and Sarah Mendozza. They also put in a solid performance against an experienced AKIS team losing 4-1.
In March, newly formed Year 3 and 4 girls basketball teams travelled to Doha College to compete in the QPPSSA tournament. The girls were full of enthusiasm and keen to show off their basketball skills. The Year 3 girls played well together and there were some fantastic attacking and defensive skills on display. They finished fourth out of six schools. The Year 4s showed fantastic commitment and progress throughout the tournament coming from behind several times to either draw or win the match. They eventually finished fifth overall after some very competitive play between the teams. All of the girls thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and are looking forward to their next fixtures against AKIS after the break.
Since January, our football teams have competed in regular bi-weekly fixtures against a local school, AKIS. This opportunity has given many boys across all year groups in Key Stage 2 the opportunity to apply the skills they have been learning both in their PE lessons and in ECAs. In our last meeting against AKIS, we won 1-0, with a great goal scored by Abdur Rehman Khan from Year 5.
When competing against AKIS, our teams have shown a great commitment and a desire to go the extra mile for one another. Taking our teams on numerous occasions to play local fixtures has been rewarding for the pupils as they are learning invaluable life lessons dealing with winning and losing.
A large squad of students went to the American School Doha for a day-long Track and Field competition. This was a chance to compete against over 20 other schools from around Qatar, which meant there was some tough opposition and getting into the top positions was going to take a high level of performance. Our students stuck to their task resiliently as, for many, it was their first time in such a competition. Two students’ performance especially stood out as they took top three positions – Maryam Al Mutlaq in the girls high jump and Abdulaziz Al Mohannadi in the boys standing triple jump.
Back in October, teams entered in to the Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 indoor athletics competitions at Doha College. This was a new experience for our students and they enjoyed taking part in the ten-activity carousel, which tested how well they could throw, run, balance and jump.
Well done to all!