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Principal's Message (11/12/16)

Dear Parents and Students

As the term draws to a close, I have spent time reflecting on my first four months in Qatar. I would like to thank the NAISAK community for making Nadine and I feel so welcome to the school.  Although, there is much work ahead, it is important to celebrate what we have achieved.  I have enjoyed seeing the further development of the student voice through strengthening the house system and Student Council.  The dedicated efforts and commitment of the Parent Teacher Friends Association (PTFA) does not cease to amaze me, whether it be taking a lead in the barbecue, helping prepare resources or making an active contribution to the school’s strategic development plan, which will be finalised in February.  Behind the scenes, we have been steadily progressing in many respects such as formalising policy and procedures, which is making an impact by having better learning opportunities for our students.  Additionally, we are becoming increasingly focused and strategic in our learning initiatives such as differentiation in the classroom and examining our use of both formative and summative assessment. 

However, there have been some challenges.  On 30 June, we left Jordan and fully expected to arrive to Qatar in early August to see our new house and all of our belongings.  Sadly, that has not yet materialised as my shipment has had problems at a customs checkpoint, which has led to substantial delays.  Although it is frustrating not having almost all of our belongings, it is safe to say that life has been fantastic for Nadine and I along with our dog Marty.  When considering what matters in life, I have to ask myself: What negative impact has not having all of these material items had on my overall well-being? The reality is that I have my close family and friends and I am able to do a job that I love, which is far more important than having several boxes full of things we have accumulated over the years. 

I hope everybody enjoys a well-earned break and I look forward to seeing you in the new term.  Irrespective of whether or not our shipment arrives, I know I will be smiling as the enthusiasm of the students that I am able to greet every morning is infectious. 

I would also like to wish a Happy Prophet’s Birthday to those who recognise this important day in the Islamic calendar.

Yours faithfully

Dave Pontich