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.
During term three, grade six studied the human and physical geography of Africa in Individuals and Societies class. Students explored some of the challenges that various parts of the continent are faced with, including issues of poverty and disease.
In keeping with the tradition of service based learning at SEK International Schools and the tradition of charity during the Holy Month of Ramadan, sixth grade students decided to raise money to help improve the health of impoverished children in Kenya. They created a fundraiser to collect money for a nonprofit organization that produces, “Shoes That Grow”. These shoes are special because they can be adjusted to fit the growing foot of a child. This means one child can wear one pair of shoes for five years.
Grade six students created presentations, posters, and flyers to raise awareness about the Shoe That Grows. They also created a donations box to collect money from both students and faculty. Students worked diligently raising money for one week, giving daily updates to their fellow MYP and grade five students about the progress of the fundraiser.
We would like to thank grade six students as well as all of the faculty and staff who donated to Shoes that Grow. Our goal was to raise enough money to send one duffle bag containing 50 pair of shoes to children in Kenya. We exceeded our goal, raising enough money to send a total of 72 pairs of shoes.
Great job to grade six and to everyone else in the SEK Qatar community who helped make this possible. Your generosity has really made a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate!
SEK International School Qatar was delighted to receive a special visit from the Men’s Spanish National Handball Team today 20th January.
The MYP Student Council members welcomed the team, led by Captain Alberto Raúl Entrerríos, who are defending their title at the 24th Men’s World Handball Championship being held in Qatar this month.
They started their visit with a special assembly, where our students had the opportunity to ask the players some questions including why they chose to follow this particular sport as their career and who is their hardest opponent in the matches.
The players toured the school and had a chance to sign many autographs, followed by press interviews.
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.