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Madinat Khalifa Secondary Headlines | Week of 14 May

Student Spotlight – Timea

While walking around school this week, Timea approached me and showed me a newsletter that she had proudly produced as part of the Journalism Club ECA.

After reading through the newsletter, Timea requested my feedback for any improvements. Impressed by her maturity for openly asking for review and possible criticism, I completed her request. With all editorial changes made, I felt that the task of producing this student newsletter had offered her many learning opportunities both academically and socially.

I then decided I would interview her and share her thoughts today, as well as her student newsletter, with you all next week…..

Timea was born in the Czech Republic, has spent the previous 5 years in Doha and has attended CISD from Year 4. Now in Year 7, she enjoys school and has a passion for Science and Maths. Her Mother was born in Hungary and her Father, himself a former Journalist and now working for Oreedoo, was born in the Czech Republic.  A love of language runs deep in the family as Timea’s Mother is an English Language Teacher at our Gharaffa campus.

When asked about the newsletter, Timea wanted to share information, stories, current affairs, jokes and puzzles with other students. Her vision is to build the Journalism Club (supported by Mrs Harrison) in numbers and to produce a student newsletter on a regular basis. The first edition contains current news items, reviews of students work and winning entries on the Global Campus as well as amusing jokes.

Timea’s high ambitions for her future nearly knocked me over! She casually replied that she wanted to be either a scientist, author or journalist. Without prompting, she explained that she has an interest in exploring diseases and how they grow and spread. Timea honestly believes that she can find a cure for some of the most common diseases for the benefit of us all. Whilst doing that, she would write about her progress publishing her results and findings.

Timea’s motivation, high personal expectations and desire to take full advantage of her educational opportunity is nothing more than normal to her. I was so impressed that when we finished speaking, I took another walk around school and realised that Timea is not alone or unique.

The teachers at CISD are very lucky to have many great students that impress us and make us proud every day. I look forward to sharing more ‘Student Spotlights’ with you in the future.

I cannot finish without mentioning our Year 13 students. By 4.00pm on Friday afternoon, IB examinations will be completed and you will hear a huge sigh of relief from Mr Hughes. On Friday evening, our school community will be celebrating with Year 13 students at the Prom before their attentions shift towards moving country as exciting University careers begin. We wish them all the very best of luck and thank them for their contribution to CISD. They will be missed.

Have a great weekend!