celebrates UN day. Our SPARK club students from grade 7 have initiated this
fantastic event that will commemorate and inspire our unique worldwide student
community. Our students from grades six to ten in the Middle Years Programme
have opened their classroom doors today for other students wishing to learn
more about their own cultures. Flamboyant decorations, typical tasty food and
engagingly interesting facts and quizzes have kept our students exploring and
learning more about their peers’ multicultural backgrounds.
Nations day was an empowering day that has led our student community to travel
across different cultures and countries in a day. The best way to learn is when
you have fun. More days like these. This is what education is about. Explore,
inquire and learn. We are SEK.
Arts Week kicked off on Sunday 13th October with
the wonderful Preschool 5 event. They celebrated their first Unit ‘Communities’
by performing a song and dance about the various jobs and roles of people in
our community. The showcased their learning from Spanish class and Arabic class
by presenting what they want to be when they grow up through the different
languages. The parents then joined the students for a painting task, where they
created watercolour paintings of themselves inspired by the title ‘When I grow
up, I want to be….’.
On Monday 14th October, Grade 1 began the day
with an exciting presentation of what they learned throughout their unit ‘Let’s
Stay Healthy’. They performed a song that they had prepared in music class with
Ms. Jenny. This was followed by some interactive games and exercises that the
students had invented in groups in P.E. class. In art class, the children had
created clay sculptures of the healthy foods that can be found on a ‘balanced
plate’. During their arts week celebration, they painted their clay sculptures
together with their parents.
On Monday afternoon, Grade 2 took to the stage to present the learning and ideas they had developed during their unit ‘Patterns’. To begin, they performed some awesome gymnastic routines they had prepared in groups to various songs in P.E. class. This was followed by a musical performance inspired by the patterns the students had observed in the Star Wars theme song. Following their performances, the students brought their parents outside to participate in a colourful and creative ‘Tie-Dye’ workshop. They showed them the different ways Tie-Dye can be used to produce patterns on clothing and they each created their own Tie-Dye t-shirt to take home.
On Tuesday, Grade 3 began the day with an awesome performance of the song ‘One Day We’ll Be Together’. Their unit was ‘Our Place in the World’ and they had choreographed a routine made of traditional dance moves from their home countries. Following their performance, their parents joined them to take part in two stations. Their music station was a traditional stick game from New Zealand. This was followed by an art station where they created drawings inside maps of their home country celebrating its cultures and traditions, and then painted them with watercolours.
The Preschool 3 students had their arts week showcase on
Wednesday morning. The students celebrated the completion of their unit
“Me and My Family” by participating in a visual art activity with their
parents. Students had an outline of their body which they were able to
paint and get creative with feathers, googly eyes, and other decorations.
The end result was colourful and fun for parents and students alike.
For the Grade 5 Arts Week activities on Wednesday afternoon,
Grade 5 had an amazing culmination to their “Literature Unit” that really
highlighted their flair for drama. After reading the novel, The Secret
Garden, the students came up with their own skits which contained many
connections to the novel. They performed these for parents in the
auditorium, working together with their classmates to create very engaging
scenes that were at times funny, mysterious, or even spooky. For their
visual art activity, they painted Modroc masks they had designed and built in
art class. The masks were characters they invented based on the theme “If you
go down to the woods today…”
On Friday morning, Preschool 4 had their Arts Week presentation
which showcased some of their learning from their unit ‘All About Me’. They
sang and danced to a wonderful song about body language, celebrating all the
things they learned about their body parts and the things they can do. For their
art station, they created mosaic art with their parents. Each child and their
parents made a drawing of one of their interests or something they like. Then
they filled their shapes using brightly coloured pieces of paper.
For the Grade 4 Arts Week celebration, each performance and
presentation was inspired by their unit ‘Conflict Resolution’. The Grade 4 students entered the stage wearing
some creative and colourful t-shirts they had designed themselves by painting
symbols of peace with fabric paint. They sang a beautiful song they had
prepared in music class entitled ‘Light a Candle for Peace’. The atmosphere was
heartwarming, with the main hall lights turned off and each student holding a
battery operated candle. After their performance, the students brought their
parents around 4 art stations. They painted a brick to build into a peace wall,
they made portraits of peacemakers they had researched, they created a ‘peace
around us’ mural and they created chalk pastel backgrounds that they wrote
inspiring quotes about peace onto.
Have you heard of
ATL or Approaches to Learning? This groundbreaking framework designed by Lance
King for the IB curriculum focuses on developing 21st Century skills in students that help them learn how to learn.
It is a true honor to have Lance King at SEK International School Qatar, as his
venture has been transforming and shaping the direction of especially the MYP
and DP programmes -over 4000 IB schools in 150 countries are implementing the
Lance King’s ideas revolve around developing
resilience and guiding inquiry learning in the classroom by activating a cycle
of implementation based on Thinking, Planning, Doing and Reflecting.
Almost 50 international teachers that live in Doha
learned from Lance King in his two-day workshop “Teaching with ATL in mind”.
The workshop outlined the ATL framework and provided hands-on opportunities to
incorporate a focus on developing these skills into regular classroom practice.
Some of the topics included the purpose and need of 21st Century skills; thinking and learning skills selection to match student
needs; identifying the Cognitive, Affective and Metacognitive ATL skills;
teaching time and task management, goal setting and motivation skills;
developing self-regulated learners through helping students to take
responsibility for their own skills assessment and development, and so much
Furthermore, important questions were being answered
throughout the workshop, such as what skills and teaching strategies give
students advantages in specific qualification examinations, what are the steps
of development of the Cognitive ATL skills across a student’s school life, how
can teachers raise meta-cognitive awareness in students, and how can students
(and teachers) learn how to “fail well” -amongst many others great inquiries!
The workshop was a “hands-on” style full of activities
for participants, designed to give schools clear practical strategies.
Today we had the
pleasure to have Lance King in school, a worldwide recognised writer and an
expert in Approaches to Learning skills. Our grade 9-12 students had the
opportunity to choose to attend one of two workshops: Future Proofing and
Academic Success Skills.
In the first
workshop, students learnt how to set their personal and academic goals, looking
at the difference between making good and bad decisions and exploring career
choices. Students were also reminded about the importance of creating an online
identity focused on strengths, goals and exemplifying their virtues.
On the other hand,
the second workshop was focused on learning about failing well, finding
strategies to be successful academically and trying to find ways to deal with
procrastination. Student also explored metacognition, looking at how their
brain works in certain situations and investigating about ways of thinking and
It was a very interesting experience for our students and we are glad that we had the chance to have this special guest in school today.
We would like to
congratulate Hyder (Grade 11) and Hasan Jinnah (Grade 7) who have won the
second series of Qatar Sports Tech (QST) Hackathon competition held 26th-28th
September in Doha.
minds of Doha had the opportunity to get together and put their ideas into
practice finding solutions for the sports industry, especially now with the
World Cup so close. Over the weekend (48 intense hours), participants went
through all the stages of forming a company.
Hyder & Hasan’s team came up with the idea of an indoor navigation for stadiums, which can also be used for big malls. The app name is “NavBuddy”. This initiative was appreciated by the judging jury as it is a solution based on technology, which can be used in the future.
We are very proud of these two young innovators. Congratulations!
SEK International School Qatar has celebrated the graduation of the
grade 10 and 12 students in the presence of SEK President, Ms. Nieves Segovia,
the Ambassador of Spain to Qatar, H.E. Belén Alfaro, the Vice President of SEK Education Group, Mr. José
Luis Delso, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Spain, Mr. Fernando de Castro.
learning organisation aimed at modelling values and practices for our students,
we built on the belief that “education is a journey without end, only
horizons”. Thus, for over one hundred and twenty-five years, SEK has
unceasingly sought “a new, and better, educational horizon”, without
ever settling for anything less. That is the keystone of our entire educational
model, that our students learn to learn, but also to unlearn and relearn, to be
able to tackle life’s only constant, that is: change.
raises on four pillars that cement our identity and explain our pioneering
spirit. A spirit that takes us often where no one’s ever been before, enabling
us to dare to do things that have not yet been done and encouraging us to reach
of these four pillars is excellence, that
is: the desire to excel, to demand rigour, effort and perfection of oneself.
an international vocation, that is: being
a citizen of our times. Our grade 10 and 12 students received an education at a
distinguished International Baccalaureate school, heir to the SEK education
legacy that pioneered the implementation of the International Baccalaureate
programme over 40 years ago.
Independence and responsibility are other SEK
hallmarks. Since 1892 we have passionately defended the uniqueness of our
educational model and the dignity of each of our students and teachers. Our
students have been educated to dare to question the status quo, to think differently, to travel to the unknown and
to evince the indomitable spirit of the pioneers.
SEK’s fourth pillar is that of a tradition of
innovation. We honour our past and learn from its valuable legacy, but
we work for, and in, the future. This is our wish for all our students. That
they learn from the traditions of your family, of your country and its culture,
and that with those sound foundations they strive to build a diverse, but
Congratulations to grade 10 and 12 students for achieving this high important milestone, as well as to parents and teachers for their invaluable support.
12th of June, 2019, SEK-Qatar celebrated the Graduation for Preschool 5 and PYP
Grade 5 in the presence of SEK President, Ms. Nieves Segovia, and Mr. José Luis
Delso, Vice President of SEK Education Group.
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!
celebrated Arts Night on Thursday 25th of April. The Arts Night provides our
students, parents and teachers with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the
wonderful musical and artistic talents of our school community.
In recent months, our MYP students have been preparing their many performances and artworks
inspired by the theme ‘Discovery and Exploration’. During this special evening, students explored a variaty of muscial
styles across cultures, genres and time periods in order to discover new styles
and possibilities in the main stage.
students were Storytellers for the evening having researched folk tales from
around the world in English and written their own with accompanying music.
Meanwhile Grade 7 students performed Atomic Clock and Danza Africana.
addition, Grade 8 students displayed their yearlong work towards their
community projects displaying service within the community and performed
and 10 performed Reflections in Moonlight, Thriller, Sway Tango Argentine,
Calypso (Mexican Folk Song) and Perfect.
across all Grades developed Art Installations highlighting the learning taking
place in their Visual Arts Class and were displayed within the main hall,
gymnasium corridor, library corridor and more. Moreover, they played
“Treasure Hunt” following the QR Clues around the school.
the auditorium, we enjoyed a talent show with amazing performances from Maelada, Matthew, Nicole, Narod,
Fares and Grade 7.
to our SEK community for joining us for a fantastic evening of music and visual
arts and installations inspired by different periods in the history of art and
On Monday, 22nd April we celebrated Earth Day by listening to experts who told us about the impact humans are having on the world and reminded us that it is our planet and we need to take better care of it.
We engaged in different activities such as taking a trip to the closest nature around the school and starting a “plant a seed project”. In addition, we went further to make specific promises of actions that we will take to save our mother nature.
We are proud to say that the SEK Qatar PYP Exhibition that took place on the 26th and 27th of March was a huge success! This year’s exhibition informed about different topics that are relevant to our world: Disabilities and Illnesses, Pollution, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, World Peace, and Endangered Animals were the five selected themes to celebrate the culmination of the fifth graders’ learning journey, and was a wonderful finale to this year’s effort and process.
In order to
summarize and present their newly acquired findings, students researched 3
lines of inquiry to suit their own interests and wrote 3 informative essays.
They also came up with key questions on each of their lines of inquiry that
helped them to start their research. To do this, students gathered information
using different sources such as the internet, books and interviews. Technology
was a huge part of the Exhibition process, as they worked daily using their own
devices, and kept a record of all their work using Teams and OneNote, being
responsible for putting everything they produced in there.
At the final
Exhibition, students presented their visual projects around the hall, all of
them filled with interesting and eye-opening facts -including a replica of a
refugee tent! The highlight of the exhibition was during the music, dance,
drama, and poetry performances, which were deeply though-provoking and got the
public excited and laughing.
performance and presentation welcomed students from other local IB schools as
well as our own PYP classes, who wanted to share in this happy 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. It truly was a wonderful
On Wednesday, we had
parents evening. The excitement was palpable as students, parents, family,
friends and members of the school community were supporting the Grade 5 in
their final stage performance. Thanks to all SEK community for participating in
such a special event!
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