Arts Night 2017

We are celebrating one more year the Arts Night, this time at the Movies, on Thursday, 25th of May, 2017.

This year we will be showcasing our students’ achievements in our Arts programs with movie themes. Our celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. with performances from our PYP program including dance, drama and music. Afterwards our guests will have a chance to explore our PYP, MYP and DP student art exhibitions, Grade 8 Community Projects, partake in art, music and drama workshops, games and activities, as well as watch short films produced in our after-school film club. We will wrap up the night with final performances from our PYP and MYP music classes and clubs.

In PYP Visual Arts lessons, students have been exploring a broad variety of films as a starting point for their art making over the past number of weeks.  They have drawn inspiration from characters, scenery and concepts in many well-known films. Some of the classes have created individual pieces, whilst others worked on collaborative projects. They used a broad range of media including drawing, painting, collage and animation.  In extra-curricular art clubs, students worked on movie themed 3D props for the stage scenery and decoration.

Hollywood Mural Painting Workshop with Miss Maire

Location: PYP Art Room

Ever wondered what it would be like to have your own star on the Hollywood walk of fame? Now you can! A mural painting workshop will take place in the PYP Art Room on Arts Night. The tickets will be provided at the school entrance from 4:30 pm on a first come first served basis, so if you’re interested in taking part please arrive early. The workshop is open to artists of all ages willing to be creative and try their hand at painting their own Hollywood star.

Interactive Film Music-Making Workshop with Mr. Fernando and Mr. Devin

Location: PYP Music Room

How many times have you wished it was you up on the stage? How many times did you wish you could feel what it’s like to play music in front of an audience? Do you enjoy film music? This is your chance to answer those questions and enjoy the thrill of performing on stage. During three 20-minute slots, we will work on three famous pieces of film music and will prepare an accompaniment to perform together with Grade 5 students on the closing show for the evening. No previous music experience is necessary for this workshop. Only 10 people will be able to join each slot, so come early to make sure you get your ticket.

Parents, families and friends are welcome to enjoy the Arts Night with us. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Grade 5 Exhibition


The second SEK Qatar PYP Exhibition took place on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May. Our Grade 5 students enthralled their audience and captured the imaginations and attention of all the guests who attended. Each of the fifteen groups have worked closely with mentors from our school, DP student mentors as well as their homeroom teachers Ms. Cassandra and Ms. Catherine. This was a true collaborative effort from the PYP team, led by our PYP Coordinator Ms. Nikki.

For the past seven weeks, students have been following the inquiry cycle and expanding their knowledge in relation to a shared central idea: “People have a shared responsibility to promote sustainability through positive and proactive interactions with their environment.” Students selected a wide range of issues connecting to this central idea such as endangered animals, eco-warrior animals, deforestation, pollution, water conservation, climate change, recycling, universal education, sustainable energy and food sustainability. They have developed their own lines of inquiry and formulated key questions to drive their investigations forward. They gained new perspectives by going on numerous field trips and conducting interviews with professionals, experts and specialists in their chosen fields of study. This process has been immensely challenging and rewarding at the same time. We have witnessed our student’s inquiry skills develop at an impressive rate over the past couple of months. This invaluable experience has laid the foundations for continued skill development in MYP next year.

Monday’s performance and presentation welcomed students from other local IB schools as well as our own PYP classes, who wanted to share in this joyous occasion. The visiting students asked questions and engaged in dialogue with SEK students who were well able to display excellent communication skills as they delivered their speeches and presented their inquiries. This was a wonderful learning experience all round. The Grade 5s were true ambassadors for change and excellent role models, inspiring others to become more conscious about sustainability.

On Tuesday, we had our long awaited parent’s evening. The excitement was palpable as students, parents, family friends and members of the school community turned out in force to support the Grade 5 in their final stage performance. This was by far the student’s best performance and there was a real sense of achievement in the air. Students confidently performed a poem entitled ‘Mission Exhibition’, followed by a contemporary dance. One of our DP students, Lafan Hasan created an inspirational and uplifting video, which evidenced the entire learning process. Next, the students shared their own fairytale about sustainability before the entire grade level took to the stage for a musical display, which consisted of a soundscape and the student’s own musical rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’. The audience response was amazing and it was truly heartwarming to witness the culmination of the student’s efforts.

Here you are the full playlist from our YouTube Channel Play SEK Qatar.

We are a Microsoft School

SEK Qatar International School joins the Microsoft School Program for 2016-2017 school year.

SEK Qatar is recognized as a global leader in successful integration of technology with teaching and learning.

Doha, Qatar – 5th April 2017 – SEK Qatar joins the Microsoft Schools Program, an exclusive community of more than 1,000 premier schools from around the world, recognized to celebrate their pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment with the intent to drive deep 21st century competencies.

SEK Qatar joins the program for the 2016-2017 school year because they identify themselves as engaging with Microsoft in some capacity and is signaling an intent to explore programs, resources and professional learning opportunities further.

“Becoming a part of the Microsoft Schools program is an amazing opportunity to connect and engage with over 1,000 leaders in education around the world,” said Vivian Arif, Principal at SEK Qatar. “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 well as being recognized on a global scale for their innovative approach to educating tomorrow’s workforce, Microsoft Schools receive additional collaboration opportunities with other schools around the world, access to professional development opportunities, access to Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIE Experts) on staff to help drive innovation and to support staff, peers and students, and more.

On 15th May, SEK Qatar ICT Coordinator Francisco J. Ruiz, who is a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, was invited to share the best practices using Microsoft tools in Microsoft Event. He presented how the school use Microsoft tools in different ways every day putting the focus in Microsoft OneNote with its two variants, OneNote Classroom and OneNote Staff.

If you want to know more about Microsoft Schools, follow this link