United Nations Day 2019

SEK Qatar 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.

United 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.

PYP Arts Week 2019

Day 1 & 2:

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.

Day 3:

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.

Day 4:

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…”

Day 5:

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.

Lance King – “Teaching with ATL in mind”

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 ATL curriculum.

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 more.

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. 

You can find out more about Lance King and ATL here https://www.taolearn.com/

Lance King workshops for MYP-DP students

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 memory strategies.

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.

Qatar SportsTech Hackathon V. 2.0

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.

Entrepreneurial 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!

Graduation Day MYP 10 and DP 12

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.

As a 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.

SEK 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 new heights.

The first of these four pillars is excellence, that is: the desire to excel, to demand rigour, effort and perfection of oneself.

Secondly, 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.

Finally, 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 common world.

Congratulations to grade 10 and 12 students for achieving this high important milestone, as well as to parents and teachers for their invaluable support.

Preschool 5 and PYP 5 Graduation Day

On the 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.

Students, parents 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!

‘Discovery and Exploration’ MYP – DP Arts Night 2019

SEK-Qatar 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.

Grade 6 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.

In addition, Grade 8 students displayed their yearlong work towards their community projects displaying service within the community and performed Radioactive.

Grade 9 and 10 performed Reflections in Moonlight, Thriller, Sway Tango Argentine, Calypso (Mexican Folk Song) and Perfect.

Students 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.

And, In the auditorium, we enjoyed a talent show with amazing performances from Maelada, Matthew, Nicole, Narod, Fares and Grade 7.

Thanks 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 music.

Earth Day 2019

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.

Enjoy viewing our photos!

PYP Exhibition 2019

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.

Tuesday’s 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 learning experience.

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!