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The End of the Beginning

This is a very exciting, but also very sad week in school.

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Sunday was the official ‘end of the beginning’ that found us celebrating with our Year 13 students at their formal graduation ceremony. It was a ceremony full of mixed emotions, high aspirations, sharing of future dreams but sadly, in some cases, heading towards final goodbyes. The ceremony was well attended by very proud parents with awards being given to academic prizewinners. The ceremony was punctuated with wonderful musical performances, all provided by the graduating class, and concluded with our ‘Parade of Graduates’ through the Primary and Secondary School.

We will now witness focus and determination as our Year 11 and Year 13 students begin their formal examinations this week. It is always a serious time in school when students have the opportunity to demonstrate their subject knowledge, complete their examinations and receive the results they require to access their next educational step.

As exam season begins, realisation sets in that we, the school, will be sending another group of young adults off into the world to begin the next stage of their life, and that school is just ‘the end of the beginning’.

Where will they go? What will they do? We know the answers for many of them through helping to secure universities offers around the world. But let’s stop and think beyond the next 4 years. What will the graduating class of 2017 be doing in 10 years’ time?

Current research suggests that young adults entering the work place are going to change career path at least 4 or 5 times in their life. New under-graduates, in some areas, are resisting the traditional employment models with more start-up companies finding niche markets than ever before. The greatest challenge for education as a profession, is the fact that many of the jobs our students will specialise in, do not even exist yet! How do we prepare them for that? The answer is that we prepare them to be resilient, hardworking, ambitious but respectful learners who can, and will, adapt to future demands.

To our 2017 graduating class – You are part of our shared Compass International School Doha history and for that, we thank you and your parents. We are exceptionally proud of you and on behalf of all the teaching staff, we wish you good luck in your examinations and beyond. You will be missed, but it is now nearly time for you to begin the next chapter of your very bright futures.

Good luck, well done and thank you.

Paul McConnell
Head of Secondary