11th was a special day as countries
all over the world celebrated and continued to work toward a safer internet for
our children -and for everybody! At SEK Qatar we took the occasion very
seriously, for we know how the present times require all of us to be online at
a certain degree. This online presence has a deep effect on our lives, which is
why we want to truly educate our students, staff and families on this vital
join the global initiatives our ICT team prepared presentations for each year
group. With these, PYP teachers held assemblies to expand on the topic, while
MYP-DP students had the opportunity to share with their teachers discussions
that sparked conversations on how to be free, respectful, responsible and
year Safer Internet Day encouraged young people to explore how they manage
their online identity and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves
and others. The idea was, and continues to be, to use the internet to celebrate
our differences all the while working towards creating a truly inclusive space
where everybody feels free, welcome, included, represented and fairly treated.
of the queries students got to explore were: How do people express their
identity online? Is the internet a safe and welcoming place for all? Do
people feel free to be themselves online? Questions that, no doubt, you can
expand at home!
you’re wondering “What can we do?” here are some tips to become allies and
fight for a safer internet for your kids and for your whole family:
comments/posts you find online.
Reach out to your kids and
loved ones when you see they’ve become isolated, sad, or are showing a
distinct behavior -it might have something to do with online struggles.
Broaden your feeds, trying to
include positive representation of different types of bodies, abilities,
nationalities, cultures -our brains understand ‘different’ better when
exposed to positive images of that which is different to us.
Think about what you share
and how it might portray others.
Make use of campaign hashtags
and graphics to raise awareness and support for others.
your kids to come to you or a trusted adult when someone else online has
worried or upset them, or has asked them for their personal information,
photos or videos.
grade 10 students have been working endlessly to complete their personal
project, which represents the culmination of knowledge and skills gained
throughout the MYP (Middle Years Programme), and this Wednesday, 12th February
the students had the chance to display their hard work at the Personal Project
sharing the steps taken to reach their goal, students and parents were
enlightened by the achievements and learned about many topics such as first aid
respondents, how to turn trash into treasure and developing more sustainable
ways to use resources -all relevant to the global problematics the world is
facing in the present.
was a pleasure having parents and even siblings here supporting the students.
We can say it was a time that really sparked everyone’s curiosity!
our MYP and DP students spent the day moving, cheering, playing and overall
having tons of fun with their teachers and classmates during the 2020 MYP-DP
total, the students had to go around nine stations to determine the winning
house which, at the end, would go into the traditional battle with teachers
playing tag of war. The nine sports stations were a 1km run, vortex throw,
javelin, 100m run, vertical jump, high jump, shot put, broad jump and throw to
win -a diverse and fun selection which made everything even more interesting
special recognition and thank you needs to go to our DP students, who organized
this event with the mentorship of Ms. Canan as part of their CAS Programme; and
to the teachers who gave their support and got involved in the activities: you
of course, a round of applause must go to the winning team, the Yellow
Scorpions, who not only took the most points, but who also beat the teachers in
the very anticipated tag of war.
We hope everyone had a great time today and that the Preschool, PYP, MYP and DP sporting events we celebrated the last two weeks serve as the perfect introduction to February 11th, when the whole country will move to celebrate Qatar National Sports Day!
Wednesday, January 22nd to Friday, January 24th a group of SEK Qatar MYP and DP
students attended the 9th annual THIMUN Qatar Model United Nations Conference, representing
the delegation of Jamaica. It was our 3rd appearance at the conference and we’re
glad to share that each year our delegation is growing.
students collaborated with students from 165 nationalities to discuss various
global issues in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of
Health and Well Being. They vigorously negotiated solutions to topics such as
achieving universal healthcare, measures to address drug control and crime
prevention, and preventing
contemporary forms of slavery.
We would like to congratulate students on their efforts towards building a cooperative community amongst today’s youth!
What an amazing and active morning! Today PYP students from
Preschool 5 up to Grade 5 filled the school with enthusiasm thanks to the
different sporting activities that were organized to celebrate Sports Day.
We had 5 different stations set up where students could
practice their athletic skills. A penalty challenge, tail tag, tag of war, a
race, long jump and basketball kept kids and their parents cheering on
throughout the morning -the upbeat music and our wonderful teachers added on to
At the end of the day, these were the final
positions for the 2020 PYP Sports Day:
1st place: Green Oryx
2nd place: Yellow Scorpions
3rd place: Orange Falcons
4th place: Blue Stingrays
Congratulations to all the houses for their great efforts and
especially for having fun and working great as teams!
Last, but never least, we would like to thank the staff for
the organization, and the parents who attended to support their children and
witness this cheerful atmosphere. Keep on moving!
The SEK secondary boys Basketball team
participated in the School
Olympic Program (SOP) Basketball tournament this 13th January, and gave us all a reason to celebrate.
Marios, Ryota, Karim, Mark, Jorge and
Dawood played really hard during every match and tried their very best to bring
back a favorable result, which was indeed the
case! We were so proud to see the boys’ optimistic and enthusiastic attitude
throughout the whole tournament.
Take a look at these excellent results!
School Doha 18 – 25 SEK International School
Blyth Academy Qatar 5 – 26 SEK International School
Al Manar International School 16 –47 SEK International School
A special congratulations to our players
who represented our school during the SOP tournament; you showed great sportsmanship!
The SEK Qatar swimming team has just finished their
participation in the Qatar Foundation Inter-School Invitational 2019 with great
Last Friday December 13th at H2O Swim Club
students Riad Harfouche (G10), Syed Hamza Salim (G9), Leonardo Bettoni (G8),
Margherita Mino and Omar Salim (G6), Matilde Bettoni and Madison Smith (G5)
competed in backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.
Our team conjunctly won 9 podium medals, including one first
place medal for Margherita in 100m backstroke, along with other 17 medals that
account for their team work and efforts.
A special congratulations and thank you to each swimmer who represented our school against 8 other school teams. We’re proud of you!
traditional music, sweets, flags and artwork from our students depicting iconic
Qatari scenes, students, families and staff celebrated the most important day
in the country at SEK Qatar.
Pupils from all
grades were involved in making today special, and showcased their talents in a
heartfelt way to really convey the love we all feel for Qatar as our home.
Whether we were born here or live here as part of the expat community, we can
all agree that we get excited every 18th
December -ever more so since we have the opportunity to fully enjoy it with our
The event gave a
little bit of everything you can expect to truly experience a bit of the Qatari
culture. Poems, traditional songs and dances that stated “I love you, Qatar!”,
a play that helped understand Qatari customs and traditions, the folkloric and
admired sword dance performed by PYP boys, and a beautiful rendition of the
National Anthem with MYP students playing the music and grade 4 students
singing it in sign language.
After the show,
parents enjoyed the different exhibits from MYP and PYP students. Some of them
had fun with face and henna painting, others admired the artwork in the main
hall, and we can say almost everybody visited the traditional food stations.
We want to show our appreciation to the teachers that were in charge of putting everything together as part of the QND committee, thank you for your hard work! And of course a big praise to all the students that performed today and got our hearts filled with pride and gratefulness for living in this wonderful country.
Hour of Code just finished in our school and we
couldn’t be more excited about all the things our students, teachers and staff
learned about the basics of coding. If you have never tried coding, we promise
that through their easy-to-follow exercises you can understand the first steps
of building a game, a program, a software or any other digital platform -which
comes in really handy when your kids are so immersed in technology. You can
visit their website anytime during the year and learn along with your children.
From December 9th until the 15th we got to demystify code through Hour of Code activities, which provide
a simple, fun and creative introduction to computer science that shows anybody
can learn the basics. It is accessible for all ages regardless of previous
coding experience, and one of the best parts (aside from the good laughs you
get with their activities) is the skills you gain while practicing:
problem-solving skills, logic and creativity to mention just a few!
the surprise of looking at a very real human heart up close, our students
experienced this week the wonderful world of virtual reality (VR). This was the
first time the school implemented this technology, with hopes of extending its
use to many different classes -like biology, physics and math.
students no doubt will take advantage of having access to the VR devices and
software, for it has been shown to have many benefits in education. Making
contents more fun creates a different kind of interest in the students, thus
increasing their engagement and involvement in the class and the topics. It
also provides with visualizations that would otherwise be impossible in school
-talk about seeing a human heart!
not only that, VR can be used for teaching social and emotional skills like
empathy and self-regulation, as it allows for the creation of different
environments -which definitely rings a bell in an international school such as
ours, with so many different cultures intertwined in our classrooms.
VR also opens the dialogue of interacting with technology from a young age,
allowing for discussions like the importance of human connection and real-life
experiences, or how to avoid addiction to technological devices, a conversation
that is so important not only for younger generations, but for adults as well.
proud to continue growing, and excited to see all the amazing things that we
will be able to learn together with this new technology.