Last Thursday evening saw the grade nine and ten parents and students invited into school for an evening of information about the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). As you may be aware the school is currently going through the process of becoming an official IBDP school, meaning that this year’s grade ten students will begin classes in September of 2016 and become our first cohort of exam candidates in May 2018.
The group was presented with information on a range of topics including the make-up of the programme and its requirements, subjects on offer here at SEK and the conditions under which a diploma is awarded. A lively question and answer session followed, and then there was chance to enjoy a snack and chat informally with school staff and other parents.
Our thanks to all those who braved the Thursday evening traffic to attend; we hope that you went home with clear information and are excited by the forthcoming challenge. We’ll be getting together again in January for the visit of an experienced SEK college counselor – hopefully we’ll see you there!
PYP students who expressed their desire to become Student Counsellors were honoured in an special assembly attended by SEK president Ms. Nieves Segovia and SEK Vice President Mr. Jose Luis Delso.
Ms. Nieves paid tribute to the originality of the students’ ideas and their desire to become leaders and make positive contributions to the school community. She congratulated all the students on their confident communication skills and encouraged them to continue to share their creative thinking with their peers and teachers.
Last Tuesday, October 27th part of the Spanish Paralympic Team visited the school, including the athletes Kim López, Héctor Cabrera, Melany Bergés, Iván José Cano, José María Pámpano and José Manuel González Santamaría, some of the trainers and Ricardo Navacerrada representing Spanish Sport Superior Council.
PYP and MYP students from Grade 4 to 10 atended an assembly and they had the opportunity to ask them what does being a paralympic athlete mean. They inspired our students with some of the values that they represent: courage, equality and determination.
Four of our MYP students had the chance to interview four of them face to face.
It was a rewarding experience for the whole comunity.
On Wednesday, October 21st the Grade 10 SEK-Qatar students attended the Qatar International College Fair. It was an amazing experience! The students were able to get information about different Universities all over the world. They focused on asking specific schools these questions:
It was a memorable moment for the Preschool 5 and Grade 5 students on 25th of June 2015 when they achieved another milestone and graduated with pride from preschool and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) respectively.
One could sense the spark in the eyes of all the graduates who held their heads up high with immense happiness in front of the students, staff, and parents.
The Grade 5 valedictorian, Miranda Gutierrez Paesano, summed up the whole years’ experience beautifully in her speech while acknowledging the efforts of all the teachers on behalf of the whole class.
After students in both age groups received their certificates, a video was played depicting different learning experiences of the students including moments of joy and laughter along with their learning throughout the year.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to celebrate their achievements from the year.
Please check the playlist below with the full celebration and don’t forget you can watch other events in our YouTube Channel.
Our students will be involved in “Hour of Code” during this week. But, what is the “Hour of Code”? The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. If you want to try, Check out the tutorials.
On Thursday 20th November, Grade 1-5 took part in a special assembly to celebrate Universal Children’s Day. The class representatives made a short presentation entitled “Imagine” followed by a short video explaining what rights are.
Pupils then released balloons with a wish on them for children around the world who are not as lucky as they are.
SEK International School Qatar celebrated its first Pre School 5 Graduation Ceremony and End of Year Celebration.
The Ceremony was inaugurated by Mrs. Nieves Segovia, President of Institución Educativa SEK, who praised the work of the students and thanked the parents for their support and commitment during the school’s first year.
Mrs. Marta Rodger, SEK Director General and representatives from the Supreme Education Council were also in attendance.
It was a fantastic evening, all the students demonstrated their artistic talents with great enthusiasm.
The Staff team and Parents were so proud to celebrate the Students’ achievements throughout this Academic Year.
You can watch the complete video in our YouTube Channel. Here you are a link to the playlist.
Last weekend we had an amazing in-school workshop on inquiry, run by Kathy Short. She is a professor in the program of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and has worked extensively with teachers to develop curriculum that actively involves students as readers and inquirers.
In this two-day workshop, through the use of literature from diverse cultures, Dr. Short and classroom teachers have focused curriculum to include International mindedness. Using critical thinking strategies with literature of diverse issues and perspectives, children will be encouraged to think more globally.
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