I hope you and your families had a restful break, wherever in the world you spent it. The students had a great first week back, experiencing various opportunities to develop the character traits we value so much here.
On Monday, the Year 12s flew out to Tanzania to partake in their community service aspect of the IB Diploma. Part of the trip is learning about global experiences, for Tanzania, this is regarding farming and living sustainably. These are experiences that will last a lifetime for them and hopefully give them more thoughts on long term choices for their life and perspective. The group has now split in two, with eleven students staying in Tanzania to carry out their Gold Award for the International Duke of Edinburgh Award.
With over 100 students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at Madinat Khalifa, the expeditions week is an opportunity for the Year 10s to hone their skills and stamina for their adventurous journey ahead. Later in the year, the Year 10s will be travelling to Cyprus to carry out their Silver Award. During expeditions week after preparing in school, they ventured into the Doha desert to set up camp. The physical requirements shouldn't be undervalued here with a hike of 6 hours each day they were out, covering a total distance of fifty kilometers.
Madinat Khalifa is driven in giving all students the opportunity of the Duke of Edinburgh earlier. This saw the Year 9s learn the skills required for the adventurous journey one year earlier. They also camped for a night in the desert, with a shorter hike of three hours each day. They were a little tired over the next few days of the week but were still able to enjoy their trips to the Msheireb Museums where they learned about local life and culture and Tawar Mall where they took part in a language exercise and learned the science behind cinema.
All of Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a beach clean up. Interestingly, they were cleaning a beach that no people can usually gain access to. This meant, all the rubbish that they collected was from the sea. In two days, the students collected two tonnes of rubbish. This was extremely useful for the students to experience first hand the impact we are all having on the environment around us. The children were so inspired, they have now set up an Eco club and will be meeting for the first time next week.
Years 7 and 8 also took part in local expeditions from photography competitions, Dhow boat cruises, a visit to the MIA, geographical map skills at Aspire Park to name a few. All students were extremely complimentary of the week and the different skills that they had learnt outside the classroom.
For Year 11 and 13, they enjoyed their own expeditions to the Sports Hall for their mock exams. This is a good preparation for the students to learn the rigours and demands of formal examinations before the real exams in the summer. They will have a mock exam results day, followed up by the Parent Teacher Consultation Evening the next day.
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa