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Madinat Khalifa Secondary | Week of 19 March 2017

23 March 2017

McConnell & Trump - First 100 Days.

There has been huge media attention directed towards US President Trump since he came to office at the start of the year. One approach (taken by the BBC) has been to observe him over the first 100 days of his presidency, and report how he responds and reacts to certain situations – I will leave you to draw your own conclusions and opinions on his success.

  • Compass Model - Success

Hopefully, since joining Compass International School Doha in January, I do not present as controversial a figure as the President, and thankfully the world press are not camped outside the school gates! However, I have been considering and reflecting upon what I have learned, and what will have changed at the end of my ‘first 100 days’.

How do I know the school better?

Relationships are key to our long term success. I have been investing my time wisely, getting to know students, staff and as many parents as possible since my arrival. Every day I have conversations with students who never fail to impress me with their thoughts, ideas, humour and willingness to enjoy education, and support our school. If we are to make real change, we can only do it together.

Learning is the beating heart of the school. There should be no limits on learning. Learning is a learnable skill, we do not have fixed or pre-determined abilities that cannot change. Hard work and perseverance is the golden key to success. Each day I look forward to observing our teachers and the creative ways in which they engage students’ enthusiasm for learning. I have seen some wonderful lessons where students are driving their learning forward by challenging the teacher to extend their understanding and the roles they adopt in the classroom. I look forward to sharing key findings and observations with you in the near future.

Raising expectations and standards. We all want Compass International School Doha to be the best version of itself with high expectations and standards. Survey results showed an overwhelming desire to work together, as a community, to raise the ceiling on current expectations. With support from students, teachers and parents, we are taking steps to recognise and address areas of concern that are either slowing us down or preventing our progress. The RESPECT Agenda was developed by the students earlier this year and it is now the expected standard that we are all striving to meet. Well done to the majority of our students have recognised the importance of RESPECT, and are meeting expectation both in and out of the classroom on a daily basis.

Lasting and meaningful change takes time, cooperation, motivation and direction.

We are on an exciting journey and I am fully committed to making Compass International School Doha great. Compass School for Compass Students … wait, am I starting to sound like President Trump?

Have a great weekend.

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