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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!
The SEK Educational Institution starts, one more year, SEKMUN, an educational and cultural project which applies the “United Nations Model” at SEK Schools. It will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th of March 2018 at 12.30 pm (Qatar time) in the Spanish Senate House.
SEKMUN opens an space for reflection and debate, where about 500 students from 15 to 18 years old, contribute with solutions through dialogue and negotiation as the best frame for conflict solving.
The educational and cultural project has the authorization of United Nations, and it is an excellent opportunity to address the most relevant issues of the international agenda from an innovative orientation, essential for building a world of which young people will be protagonists.
For three days, students from SEK and other international schools will assume the role of diplomats from different countries to deal with conflicts that affect the whole humanity. The assemblies and councils, related to human rights, safety, environment, health, crime and tourism among others, will be developed in Spanish and English.
Click into the below link to follow the session live.
On Monday, 22nd January, Preschool 3 and 4 students celebrated Sports Day with a 50 min circuit developed and organized by Grade 5 with Teachers and Parents cheering them on during this exciting day.
One day afterwards, the PYP Sports’ Day took place at SEK-Qatar, involving staff and students in different sporting pursuits. The activities were a combination of obstacle challenges, and throwing stations. Students from Preschool 5 to Grade 5 participated enthusiastically in the 8 stations including javelin, zig zag and relay races, obstacle course, tug of war, football and basketball challenges. The day was marked with a big presence of parents who attended to support their children, and witness a very friendly, and cheerful atmosphere.
On Thursday, 25th January, we celebrated MYP/DP Sports’ Day. Students represent their House team and move around 9 different athletic and sport stations, challenging the skills they developed in the Athletics unit. The stations included Shot put, Javelin, Throw to win, Hopper Race, Vortex Throw, Broad Jump, Vertical Jump, 100m Sprint, and 1Km Run. The day concluded at 1pm with a prize giving in the auditorium.
The students demonstrated excellent enthusiasm throughout the day, including cheering for their classmates, and giving every activity their best try! Thanks to the excellent work of the Radio Station media club, the students had music, and house point updates throughout the day. Well done to all of those who participated on the day, and to the teachers’ collaboration, and parents who supported the event.
Qatar National Day gives the students, parents and teachers of SEK Qatar a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many aspects of Qatari culture. Every term, our students take time to study about Qatar, its culture and traditions. The Qatar National Day is a great opportunity to share their learning and own creations with the whole school community and celebrate Qatar’s rich heritage.
On Thursday, 14th of December, Displays of PYP and MYP were around the Main Hall, as well as Photo Display with pictures showing life in Qatar. Face painting and henna stations were near the grade 1 and 2 entrance and food and drinks were served in the cafeteria.
In the stage there was a variety of performances from the students, as the Arabic Dance from PYP Girls, a Poem from Grade 5 or the Sword dance from PYP boys. MYP students participated as well with a Poem Reading and a presentation on the development of Qatar over the years.
A special thanks to all of the students, school staff and parents helping us to make this event happen! We are glad to have shared with all the visitors this special day and celebrate Qatar’s culture and heritage.
The Hour of Code was created as an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science, making the process fun and creative. It is accessible for all ages, for all students, regardless of previous coding experience.
The hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. This is an initiative created by Stephen Curry and code.org.
SEK International School Qatar is participating with one hour coding activities during this week, starting today, Monday 4th of December. Students have the opportunity to learn computer science, which helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
Parents and school staff are encouraged to participate too. The school has enabled an area at the entrance foyer with laptops for people interested in joining the coding activities.
Get involved in this amazing learning experience and discover how computer science can enrich your life!
Last Tuesday 28th of November, our family recycling day was a success! A big thank you to all the parents who got involved in this project. Members of the PYP student council were happy to be part of SEK initiative to protect the earth.
Our next recycling Tuesday will be on the 19th of December, 2017.
We look forward to having all our parents bring in their recyclable paper and plastic.
Grade 11 were off timetable on Tuesday 28th November in order to immerse themselves in beginning their IBDP extended essay task.
The task is not an easy one: write a 4,000 word university entrance level research paper on a chosen topic. The stakes are high too – failure to meet the minimum standard will result in a failing condition for the diploma!
It’s fortunate, then, that help is at hand. During the day the students were assisted by librarian, Annick Lapalme, who was able to offer expertise on such topics as research and effective citation. Several of the school’s subject specialists guided the students too, focusing on the specific requirements of the essay in their subject discipline.
Pictured are the grade 12 students dropping by to offer their advice and the dos and don’ts of the process from their perspective – they should know, they’ve just finished theirs!
All in all it was a very positive start to a long and rewarding journey – thanks to everyone involved.