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This week, from Sunday 14th – Thursday 18th October, our PYP team celebrate Arts Week!
This year, we have decided to take a new approach to celebrating the arts in our PYP department. Each grade level from Preschool 3 to Grade 5 has organized their own celebration of the arts and parents have been invited to join at different occasions throughout the week.
These celebrations reflect the many ways the arts have been integrated with our Units of Inquiry and include activities and presentations such as; gymnastic routines, dance performances, fitness games, interactive art workshops such as Tie – Dye and Mosaic, singing performances, presentation of a drama written students, cultural song and dance, the creation of a ‘Peace’ mural and many more!
In addition, the student artwork created during Unit 1 is also on display around our Main Hall.
Grade 2: Inquiry ‘Patterns
Grade 2 have been exploring the Unit of “Inquiry ‘Patterns’. For their Arts Week celebration, they have been busy preparing Gymnastic routines with the PE Department. Students selected their own music and choreographed their own routines in groups.
Following their performances, Grade 2 students invited their parents to join them for a Tie-Dye workshop. Students had practiced different methods of creating patterns in fabric using Tie-Dye techniques in their art classes. During the workshop, the students worked together with their parents to make their own Tie-Dye t-shirts. The finished products were nothing short of amazing.
Grade 1: Let’s Stay Healthy
The first Unit of Inquiry for Grade 1 was ‘Let’s Stay Healthy’, so their Arts Week celebration showcased many different aspects of their learning about this topic.
First, the students put on an energetic and enthusiastic dance performance for their parents and teachers called the ‘Broccoli Song’ while they used amazing broccoli hats created by themselves. They also displayed what they had been learning in their PE sessions during ‘Let’s Stay Healthy!’: the many ways that children and adults can keep their bodies healthy. Then, they put on their own fitness class, by teaching their parents some fitness games they had prepared.
Finally, Grade 1 students brought their parents to their art station. In their art classes, they had been learning about the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted portraits of people using fruits and vegetables instead of their normal facial features. As part of the Arts Week, the Grade 1’s drew a ‘fruit face’ portrait of one of their parents and completed the paintings together.
Grade 5: Literature
The Grade 5 classes have been working on the Unit of Inquiry ‘Literature’. As part of their inquiry, the students wrote their own play: thought of the plot, created the characters, designed the props and prepared their own costumes. This play was performed on stage to parents during their Arts Week celebration.
Part two of the Grade 5 Arts Week celebration was a presentation of their artwork. In their art lessons, the students learned about the artwork of an illustrator ‘Warja Lavater’, who created a modern illustration of old tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
Each student made their own accordion book inspired by the work of this artist. They chose a classic story or a fairytale and created a modern day illustration of that story within their accordion books. During their arts week celebration, students shared their artwork with their parents, then taught them how to create their own miniature accordion book.
Preschool 4: All About Me
Preschool 4’s first Unit of Inquiry has been ‘All About Me’ which was celebrated in many ways during their Arts Week event. First, the students of Preschool 4 took to the stage to perform a dance to the song ‘What I Am’. Every student was given the freedom to choose their own outfits to reflect different aspects of their personality.
Following their dance routine, the Preschool 4 students invited their parents to their classrooms to partake in some Arts and Crafts activities. Ms. Tyechia’s class got hands on with their parents by creating artworks using both of their handprints. Ms. Sinead’s class were introduced to the work of Pointillist painter Georges Seurat. Using cotton buds and paint, they created bright, dotty paintings around the shapes of the first letter of their names. The results were amazing and they definitely had a great time.
Grade 4: Conflict Resolution
Grade 4 have just completed their first Unit of Inquiry ‘Conflict Resolution’, so they embraced the opportunity to express their learning through the arts. Their Arts Week celebration emphasised the importance of peace. They performed a beautiful song,’Light a candle for peace’ prepared with their homeroom teachers Ms. Dada and Ms. Hadeel as well as their music teacher Ms. Irene.
Following their performance, the students and their parents were free to paint any symbol that represented peace for them and created a collaborative painting entitled ‘Peace Around Us’. They also worked together on a ‘Peace Mindmap’, answering the question ‘What does peace mean to you?’.
In their art lessons with Ms. Maire, Grade 4 students had designed and painted symbols of Peace using watercolours. They also learned how to make stencils from their designs, during their celebration, the Grade 4 students and their parents created a wonderful ‘Peace Around Us’ mural outside using spray paints and stencils.
Grade 3: Arts and Expression
Grade 3’s first Unit of Inquiry was ‘Arts and Expression’. During this Unit, the students explored the many ways we can express ourselves through the arts.
First, the students showcased an artistic expression in the form of gymnastic routines they had prepared in PE with their PE teachers Ms. Sylvia and Mr. Andres. They worked in groups to choreograph artistic gymnastic routines.
Music and Visual Arts were also integrated during this Unit, so during the Arts Week celebration, students invited their parents to join them in art and music workshops. In their art workshop, the students showed their parents how they can use line, shape and colour to express an emotion. They randomly chose an emotion from the box, then created an abstract painting expressing that emotion with their parents. Their finished paintings were so impressive!
In their music workshop, the students showed their parents how the various musical elements such as tempo and pitch can be used to express an emotion or idea, as well as how different instruments and music technology on the ipads can be used to express their feelings.
As a final touch to their Arts Week celebration, Grade 3 students showed that culture can also be expressed through the arts. Their homeroom teachers inspired the students teaching them a song and dance from their home country. Ms. Zita introduced Grade 3A to folk music from Hungary and they sang the traditional Hungarian song beautifully. Mr. Joe taught his class ‘The Siege of Ennis’, a traditional Irish dance which they performed on stage, before teaching their parents some of the steps.
Preschool 3: Arts and Expression
Preschool 3 celebrated their art, music and dance skills during their Arts Week Celebration. They presented a song to their parents and invited them to join in their music and movement session involving singing and dancing together.
The Preschool 3 students and their parents then participated in different art stations. They painted together using brushes, sponges and stamps, and they created colourful collages using paper and pom-poms. Preschool 3 students have been learning about their different facial features, and so during their celebration they drew self-portraits together with their parents using mirrors.
Preschool 5: Communities
Preschool 5 students have been learning about ‘Communities’, so their Arts Week celebration started with a dance about working as a team to the song ‘We’re All In This Together’.
After performing their dance in the auditorium, the students then moved to the Main Hall to do a Mosaic art activity with their parents. They had practiced the technique of Mosaic with paper and with stone in their art sessions. During the Arts Week celebration, the students and their parents drew a design together and then they used colourful tiles to create a Mosaic.
First Class of SEK-Qatar Students achieving the International Baccalaureate MYP and DP Programs
SEK International School Qatar has achieved a high important milestone by celebrating the graduation of the first class to complete the Middle Year Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB).
Twenty MYP students and eleven DP students celebrated their graduation in the presence of SEK President, Ms. Nieves Segovia, and the Ambassador of Spain to Qatar, HE Ignacio Escobar Guerrero.
The objective of these programs is to train young people on engaging actively in the learning process and offer them all the opportunities to join the best universities all over the world.
The Middle Years Program is dedicated to students between 12 and 16 years old. And through the program, the students will understand the complexity of the societies in which we live and will develop an open and sympathetic attitude toward the world.
On the other hand, the Diploma Program is allocated to the 16-18 age category. It promotes the development of community conscience at local and international levels, and allows the students to explore their interests and passions.
SEK International School Qatar was established in 2009 within the scope of the Outstanding Schools Program of the Qatari Ministry of Education. In the context of this project, the Ministry elects the best international schools and invites them to set up in the country. The school embraces currently more than 70 nationalities among students, and more than 25 among teachers. SEK-Qatar is a mixed and multilingual international school in Qatar, comprising an advanced learning campus located in the modern district of West Bay – Doha. The English is the teaching language, knowing that the school offers as well Spanish and Arabic courses to all students.
SEK-Qatar offers the IB programs since pre-school until Grade 12. SEK schools use the curriculum framework of the IB, which combines a strict course of study with a methodology which promotes competence development. The IB offers high quality courses of study to a community of prestigious schools all over the world.
Currently, SEK International Schools embrace more than 5500 resident and non-resident students, aged between 0 and 18 years old, of more than 70 nationalities, in their locations within Doha (Qatar), Madrid, Barcelona, Almeria, Pontevedra, Dublin (Ireland), and the Alps (France). On its part, Camilo José Cela University has 3500 students, and considers the innovation, the interdisciplinarity, and the internationality among its principal marks of identity.
On the 6th of June, 2018, SEK-Qatar celebrated the Graduation for Preschool 5 and PYP Grade 5. The Preschool 5 students are moving into the next phase of their PYP journey and the Grade 5 students are moving to the Middle Years Program.
Students, parents and the SEK community attended this vibrant ceremony. Several students presented their graduation speeches, Preschool 5 performed a poem and both groups surprised the audience with some videos to remember how amazing this year has been in the school.
Thank you to all who have helped everyone successfully graduate from their programs.
This is just the beginning of the journey. Congratulations and good luck to all of you!
We would like to announce that, after the collaborative effort of all SEK Qatar Staff this year to embrace digital transformation in our school, we have become a Microsoft Showcase School.
We are the second school in Qatar to have achieved this, meaning that we are a role model for other schools in the best practices implementing technology into the curriculum.
We are joining an exclusive community of more than 850 premier schools from around the world who are empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We truly believe that all these technology skills will make our students more competitive and productive, opening them new ways and possibilities to develop their creativity and to express themselves.. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.
As a Showcase School, SEK-Qatar will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices. Microsoft Showcase Schools are the change makers in education.
Leaders and educators in Showcase Schools thoughtfully consider the role of technology as they explore new ways to redesign learning spaces, restructure curriculum, reinvent pedagogy and reimagine what 21st century leading and learning looks like across diverse contexts.
SEK International School Qatar is delighted to receive formal accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in addition to their IB World School status and authorization for the PYP, MYP and Diploma Programmes. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity.
Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, non-profit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical and career institutions, colleges, and universities in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide.
In the final report, the NEASC team expressed, “Many of the identified strengths are the unique balance of this school, which has comprehensive and complete processes, policies, and procedures, as well as an organic professional culture that is nurtured by the Vision and values of the school. This unique balance of structure and innovative freedom gives rise to and supports the strengths identified”.
NEASC has recognised SEK Qatar as an accredited member after having successfully passed its accreditation, which is a thorough objective process of peer review through Self Study and visits from NEASC professionals.
The Visiting team commended the School on the warmth and openness of their community and the depth of their engagement in the reflective accreditation process,
“The school, while only in its fourth year, is already an outstanding educational program and environment. The faculty is talented, dedicated, and has formed an effective and cohesive professional community with a shared vision of excellence. The SLT is simultaneously collaborative and supportive, while still setting high standards of professionalism and performance”.
SEK Qatar Principal, Vivian Arif commented, “We are really proud of this achievement; it is a validation of the collaboration and expertise of our school faculty and a testament to the strength of commitment from our parents and the outstanding profile of our talented, globally minded students. Obtaining NEASC accreditation supports our commitment to rigorous continuous improvement and certifies that SEK Qatar students receive a first class education that meets Internationally recognised quality standards”.
SEK-Qatar students have been enjoying our new garden in the front area of the school. This project has been achieved thanks to the sponsorship of ACCIONA, to whom the school has entrusted full facility management services for the last five years.
The garden has a mixed selection of trees and flower borders and it includes a seating area in the center. It has been built with an irrigation system underneath to facilitate watering the grass.
Hope you all enjoy it!
The G8 students held their Community Project Exhibition on Thursday 19th April. It took place in the gym from 12:00 to 15:00
The Community Project focuses on community and service and gives Grade 8 students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various collectives and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. All students have been working in groups since the beginning of the school year and the exhibition is the celebration of the accomplishment of their learning through the process.
The exhibition was a huge success and the students had the opportunity to share their important work with our SEK Community.
SEK-Qatar school has celebrated Book Week from 15th to 19th April, with different activities taking place around the school, to engage students, staff and parents into different reading challenges.
PYP students have guessed the identity of mystery readers that recorded themselves reading a book. Each class had set a reading goal for a Read-A-Thon that took place all week. Classes have also been taking extra time for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and we encouraged students to read at home in the evening as well.
Students and parents could purchase books during our Book Fair from Monday to Wednesday in the main hall. Each class had also a few special activities from writing a story, to buddy reading, to having guest parents read to the class. Grades 1, 2 and 3 have received the visit of an author Omer Naqi in the library, and the Student Council had the chance to interview him.
The week culminated with a Costume Parade in the Main Hall on Thursday morning for Preschool and PYP students.
MYP students celebrated Book Week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Grades 6 and 7 spent one English class during Book Week creating blackout poetry, where students took a preexisting text and obscured words to create a new meaning. Students voted on a top five from each class, and the selected poems will be displayed outside Mr. Berent’s room.
Grade 7 students heard from SEK Qatar’s very own published author, Shaikha Al-Obaidan, during their Tuesday Tutor Session; Shaikha talked about the writing and publishing process and answer questions from students, which they had prepared during English class.
To synthesise their sterling work on Themes and Shakespeare, the G9 students created display posters on a Shakespearean play of their choice. This included choosing their favourite quotes and writing their own summaries of these influential works.
Grade 10 students researched and chose a book that would save from destruction. They have debated, and only ‘save’ half the books. It was connected to the play they are reading, The Enemy of the People.
Native speakers in MYP Spanish and Arabic Language and Literature classes spent a period as Spanish or Arabic reading buddies with native speaker students in PYP.
Four Mystery Readers recorded themselves reading a book and the students from different grades had to guess who it was.
It was a great week enjoying and engaging students into reading. Check the pictures below!
SEK’s Maths and Science Fair took place on 9th and 10th of April.
It was a great success on all fronts where students from all the Pre-School, the PYP, the MYP and the DP had the opportunity to experiment, discover and have buckets of fun at the same time.
Parents are always welcome at SEK and it was lovely to see some friendly faces coming in to see what their children are getting up to in school.
The fair gave everyone the chance to jump from activity to activity learning about various topics of scientific and mathematical interest. Some of the wonderful learning available spanned from mental maths activities with Snakes and Ladders to showing how colour can travel using Skittles to experimenting with the states of matter, allowing students to create and take home their very own play-dough and slime of course!
In total, we had over 20 different stations operating over these two days, with each one stimulating the eager young minds here at SEK. As you can see, we have some inquisitive minds here and we always like to balance our curiosity and commitment to learning with some super fun activities.
Hope you all had as much fun as we did, we are already looking forward to next year! Never stop inquiring, never stop learning!
A huge thank you and well done to all involved in our Maths and Science Day celebrations during these two days.
SEK Students participated in the First Lego League and Junior First Lego League last 17th and 18th of March, 2018.
During the weekend, the team was competing in 4 different categories: Robot Game, Core Values, Robot Project and
It was a fantastic learning experience and they won a Strategy and Innovation Award for their work and they ranked 4th in the Robot Game. Congratulations!
The Junior students did an excellent job presenting their LEGO models which they created in their Robotics Club.
The team won an Inquiring Mind Award!
Let’s congratulate our teams for all the effort and time they will be investing to achieve this goal and for the enthusiasm they are showing! Keep it up!