As the academic year draws to a close, it is the ideal time to reflect on the rich learning experiences, both in and outside of the classroom, our students have been involved in at Madinat Khalifa Primary.
The school ethos of ‘Be Ambitious’ is at the heart of everything we do. This is embodied in our collaborations with world class institutes such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Juilliard School, and UNICEF along with our family of Nord Anglia Education schools Global Campus. This ethos has also been reflected in our students’ outstanding participation in musical, sporting and academic activities; it has also been evident in the community service projects our Student Leaders have led.
Here at Compass International School Doha, we truly are an international school and we take great pride in celebrating the many cultures that make up our community of students, families and staff. This was most evident during our annual ‘International Week,’ which this year as well as learning about countries from across the globe, we also celebrated our home countries including Qatar. The week was a blur of learning, art, music and food!
Thursday morning assemblies continue to be a highlight of our school week. These provide a great insight into the fantastic learning that takes place in the classroom and beyond. Through class assemblies we have been transported to the rainforest, Ancient Egypt, Space and beyond. Our Learning Celebration assemblies have been a great way to recognise individual student achievement across the curriculum and beyond. We have also added regular Sunday assemblies, where students have focussed on each of the IPC Personal goals and developing an awareness of the world around them.
Our MIT STEAM Challenge 'STEAM Superheroes,' saw students address problems associated with healthcare and wellbeing. These wonderful learning experiences were complemented by expertise within our parent body and our collaboration with MIT. Having such an array of fantastic role-models inspired the students, many of whom are now talking about how they would like to be a doctor, nurse or brain surgeon when they grow up!
It is not only the students that make a high-performing school but also our team. It has been an honour to work alongside such a committed team of teachers, learning assistants and support teams. Through their patient, positive and supportive approach, our students have been able to flourish academically inside and outside of the classroom. I enjoy visiting the classrooms and am always amazed that at any time of the day, in any class, I am met with motivated, engaged and happy students who work independently and collaboratively with such ease. This is what makes Compass International School Doha truly special. This was very much echoed by the International Primary Curriculum Accreditation Team, who when awarding the school accredited status, commended us for ‘Rigorous children’s learning and teachers high expectations of it’ and also for the way we incorporate ‘International Mindedness’ in all aspects of curriculum offering.
For those of you who are leaving us for adventures elsewhere, I wish you good luck and hope you take many happy memories of your time at Madinat Khalifa. For those of you returning in August, I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer and look forward to working with you again next year.
Head of Primary, Madinat Khalifa Campus