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Term 1 Overview

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Dear Parents and Students

I hope you had an enjoyable winter holiday break and students are ready for a term of learning more than they ever have before. 

Last term was very busy with many event and activities taking place to support and enhance the hard work that is being put into the classroom by students and teachers on a daily basis. 

After much preparation and anticipation, we launched The Juilliard initiative in September and received positive feedback from them during their preliminary visit.   

We started the term by introducing a ‘Meet the Teacher/Tutor Evening’, which allowed parents to meet their child’s teacher/tutor at the start of the term, helping to further develop the critically important partnership between home and school.  We finished the term with further opportunities for parents to meet with teachers during our Parent Teacher Meetings that were held in the final week of term, which followed the issuing of reports. 

The last week was particularly exciting, as our PTFA took the lead in introducing our inaugural International Fair, where we celebrated NAISAK’s diversity by coming to school in our own respective international attire and sharing traditions, food and fun facts.  This supported the International Week activities that took place during curriculum time.  

Thanks to the efforts of some of our local parents and The Girls Centre Al Khor, we revamped our Qatar National Day celebrations at NAISAK to involve many more students and their families. Discussions on aspects of Qatar’s 2030 vision were accompanied by numerous student performances. 

Thank you to the many parents who prepared food amongst many other things for both of these wonderful community events. 

The entire community contributed throughout the term on our newly reviewed guiding statements. I will speak more of the rationale and our purpose at NAISAK in next week’s e-Newsletter. 

This term will also be very busy with many events taking place in the short three and a half week period that is our half-term.  To start with, we have Year 10 and Year 12 Options Evening on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

We have external speakers meeting with some of our Secondary students on Thursday to showcase what the police do with dogs in Qatar and discuss career paths within the local police. 

We have a particularly busy sporting line-up across all areas of the school this term, as we are preparing for an inaugural Qatar Games within the British Schools of the Middle East, which is being held in March. 

Our science department will be busy preparing for the launch of our collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) later in the academic year. 

I could spend pages listing all of the events that took place or will take place.  For now, I will leave the list as it stands and thank students, parents and teachers for all of their efforts.

I wish you a brilliant second term and encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

Dave Pontich