Saying hello, saying goodbye are things we do every day but at certain times, they just mean more.
Our school is a vibrant and complex place and when you have so many different people of different ages sharing a space, then emotions can, and often do, run high. The last few weeks of any school year are always very emotional, especially when we find ourselves in an international context.
We are currently saying warm hellos to many new families and students through our admissions process, some of which are new to Qatar and some who are joining us from other schools in Doha. Behind the scenes, we are also planning the welcome for our new teachers and their families. They are all very excited about their new adventure in Doha and have many questions about the school, our community and life in a Middle East country.
The overriding emotion in school at the moment is an unusual blend of happiness and sadness. We are saying goodbye to both staff and students, some of which have been here for many years. They are all moving to new countries, new schools and new opportunities across the world which is why we also feel happiness as new adventures should always be welcomed.
To those students who are leaving us this week, good luck and thank you. You have played your part in making CISD what it is today with your hard work and commitment to the school. I know that I speak on behalf of the staff when I say we are very proud of you and we are confident you will be a great success in your next school. Keep collecting those signatures on your school shirts – they look great!
To our teachers who are leaving us, a warm thank you. As with our students, you have played your part in the life of CISD and may you look back upon your time in Doha with fond memories. Our best wishes and good luck for the future.
At this point, I must make special mention to Mr & Mrs Van der Beek and their sons, who after 9 years at CISD, are moving on to new adventures. I know the school, and our wider Dutch community, would like to thank them for their long service and commitment shown in both Primary and Secondary school across the years.
There was an emotional gathering on Tuesday after school when we, as a community, had to say goodbye to Lisa Cowe, who has been our school receptionist for over two years. Her warm welcome and encyclopaedic knowledge of everything to do with CISD will be sadly missed. We wish Lisa, Natasha, Stacey and family all the best with their new adventure in Denmark.
I do not believe in final goodbyes and as we say in Scotland, ‘Haste Ye Back’, which means return soon and don’t ever be a stranger.
Have a great weekend!
Paul McConnell – Head of Secondary