What a great week at school, ending with our International Breakfast on Saturday. Over forty countries from around the world were represented and students, teachers and parents enjoyed sampling foods, participating in traditional activities and listening to songs with a global theme throughout the morning. Thank you to all of those involved in making the event a great success!
We are planning ahead for our next event, which will be Sports Day on the 5 February. We have been lucky enough to be granted use of the Aspire Dome. Our students will be lucky enough to run on the same track that will hold the World Athletics Championships this year. I spoke to the students this week on the importance of sport. Qatar is suffering from a diabetes and obesity problem, and healthy eating and sporting activity is key to overcoming the situation the country currently finds itself on. I also discussed with students the charitable aspect sport can help with. Some students had entered the colour run, whilst also being a lot of fun, raised money for charity. I highlighted events coming up for National Sports Day, activities being held at Aspire Park, a 3km race and a triathlon for children.
A link that I emphasised between sport and school, was the mindset needed to succeed. I made the link between training at sport, practising a musical instrument and training for academic success. Noting that it is fine to fail along the way. I was lucky enough to hear Dame Tammy Grey Thompson speak previously. She won 11 gold medals and held over twenty world records. Per year, she spent 4500 hours training, for 16 years. All this practise time, equated to just twenty minutes on the track for her whole career. The students accepted that academic success is similar. You have to work hard if you want to achieve.
Speaking to the primary schools about the secondary school, it is clear, however, that we are not just about academic success. We produce students that achieve well. Last year a student in the top 8% of the IB results, the year before, the top 4%. Our strength is students that also have character. We ensure that academic success is merged with confident, young people.