International Dot Day, celebrated on September 15th every year, is a special occasion that encourages creativity, imagination, and collaboration. At SEK International School Qatar, this day was marked with a vibrant and memorable celebration that filled our campus with dots, fun, laughter, art, and even surprising musical performances.
Artistic expression through dots stole the spotlight, encompassing painting, crafting, and even creating a vibrant dotty mural. The school transformed into a hub of creativity, with students exploring various techniques and materials. The joy and pride in revealing their creations were heartwarming.
Unity and collaboration were palpable as students from different grades worked together on dot-themed projects. This camaraderie peaked in a surprise musical flash mob, inspired by dots, captivating everyone in rhythmic cheer.
Laughter filled the hallways as students and teachers immersed themselves in dot-related games and challenges, creating an infectious atmosphere of enthusiasm. International Dot Day emphasized the importance of celebrating individuality and breaking free from self-imposed limitations. It encouraged embracing the power of imagination, leaving a lasting impression on the SEK International School Qatar community.
This day became a tribute to boundless creativity, reminding students of their unique talents waiting to be expressed. It inspired them to leave their mark on the world, one dot at a time. The memory of this remarkable day will continue to motivate students to explore their creative potential and embrace self-expression.
We look forward to our next fun-filled, art-inspired day next month! 🎨
To the cherished family and friends of our graduates, thank you for your unwavering support and presence as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Your love and encouragement have made this journey truly special. Congratulations to all!
It was an extraordinary day for our Preschool 5 students as they participated in their inaugural school graduation. The IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), which spans from Preschool 3 to Grade 5 (ages 3-12), aims to foster the growth of young learners as compassionate and engaged participants in a lifelong journey of knowledge (ibo.org, 2021). Our dedicated teachers and staff at SEK International School Qatar have thoroughly enjoyed guiding and nurturing our exceptional Preschool 5 students throughout this academic year. We are immensely proud of their achievements and wish them a well-deserved and joyful summer holiday. We eagerly anticipate welcoming these students back as they embark on Grade 1 at SEK-Qatar next academic year.
Next on the agenda were our Grade 5 students, brimming with enthusiasm as they prepare to commence the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in August! Congratulations to each and every one of them on successfully completing the IB Primary Years Programme. Over the past eight years, they have demonstrated remarkable dedication and acquired the skills necessary to overcome challenges and seize opportunities in our rapidly evolving world. At SEK International School Qatar, we take great pride in providing the globally recognized PYP Programme, as it represents excellence in education.
A round of applause for our MYP Grade 10 students at SEK-Qatar, who have triumphantly concluded the IBMYP Programme.
The IBMYP Programme, spanning from Grade 6 to Grade 10, serves as a crucial foundation for the final Diploma Programme (DP) stage. During the MYP years, students engage in community and personal projects to broaden their horizons and enhance their learning.
DP Class of 2023!
Congratulations to the graduates of the SEK International School Qatar Diploma Programme.
Over the past two years, these exceptional individuals have dedicated themselves to rigorous study in order to successfully complete the ambitious International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme.
Not only have they conquered Extended Essays, Theory of Knowledge, CAS, and numerous exams, but it is also worth acknowledging that they have persevered through the challenges posed by a global pandemic during their diploma stage. Our students have demonstrated incredible resilience and adaptability throughout this trying time.
It has been a tremendous honor to educate and equip our Grade 12 students with the knowledge and skills necessary for their future endeavors. The entire SEK-Qatar community wishes our 36 graduates the very best as they embark on their unique journeys ahead.
Destination Imagination is a renowned program that challenges students to harness their creativity and employ critical thinking skills to tackle a wide array of projects. With a strong emphasis on innovation and collaboration, participants are encouraged to think outside the box and present unique solutions to complex problems.
The Depths of the Atlantic, a group of MYP students from SEK International School Qatar, has recently achieved a remarkable victory in the local Destination Imagination competition. This impressive achievement has earned them a well-deserved first-place finish in the prestigious event, propelling them to the global finals. The team’s success is a testament to their exceptional teamwork, commitment, and creative problem-solving abilities.
To prepare for the competition, the students engaged in a series of processes including creative writing, technical design and acting. Based on the scientific research gathered on marine life, the students designed and created a character with hyperbolic traits using the features of the animals researched. This character was incorporated into a story which sent out a message of hope. Within the story, biological explanations and diagrams were used to enhance communication and develop the understanding of the characters features. To bring the story to life, the students worked together to gather suitable costumes, and create props with materials which were available to them, such as a boat. By combining all these areas and practicing to ensure the play was coherent, the students were successful in completing the Destination Imagination Far-Fetched scientific challenge.
In addition to the team’s remarkable achievement, other teams from SEK International School Qatar also showcased their incredible talent. The 7AS1 team from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) secured an impressive third-place finish, displaying their exceptional skills and dedication. Furthermore, the Dream Team Clean Machine, also from the primary category, participated in a non-competitive capacity, demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability and community service.
The success of these teams has brought great pride and joy to the entire school community. The achievement not only showcases the students’ remarkable skills but also highlights the dedication of the educators and the school’s commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.
With their first-place victory, the depths of the Atlantic team has earned the coveted opportunity to represent Qatar and SEK International School Qatar in the global finals of Destination Imagination in Kansas USA. This remarkable accomplishment speaks volumes about the talent and potential that resides within the students of Qatar, and the team’s participation in the global finals will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion.
The entire SEK International School community stands behind The Depths of the Atlantic team, offering their unwavering support and encouragement. The team’s achievement serves as an inspiration to students across the school, demonstrating the transformative power of teamwork, commitment, and creativity.
Congratulations to The Depths of the Atlantic team, as well as the 7AS1 team and the Dream Team Clean Machine, for their outstanding achievements in the local Destination Imagination competition. Their success is a reflection of their talent, hard work, and the unwavering support of the SEK International School Qatar community. We eagerly await their performance in the global finals and have no doubt that they will continue to make us proud. Good luck, and may their creativity and innovation shine on the world stage!
We are a group of 8th Graders who have created “Acknowledgement of Unprivileged Children” for our community project. Our goal was to spread awareness on the non-profit organisation that goes by the name Educanepal, that is based and located in Nepal.
This organization helps underprivileged children that have come to the association, due to various reasons, by providing education and a place to stay. We arranged an interview with the founder of the association, Jose Díaz, on the 8th February. Using the information from that interview we have created a documentary that you can watch by scanning the QR code below:
If you are interested in helping this NGO, donations are welcomed through their website! For more information about this association, please check www.educanepal.org.
Every small action counts!
Dana Moawad, Olivia Brunn and Aina Vivas Aguilera Grade 8
On March 6th, SEK International School Qatar held their annual Diploma Programme Visual Arts Exhibition. This is an annual event that showcases the artwork of students who are completing the IB Diploma’s Visual Arts course. The exhibition provides an opportunity for students to publicly display their artwork, which has been developed over the course of two years, to a wider audience. Throughout the course, students create a body of work that reflects their artistic interests, cultural backgrounds, and personal experiences. The artwork is assessed by both the student’s teacher and an external examiner appointed by the IB organization.
At the end of the course, students prepare their artwork for display in a public exhibition. We held our exhibition at our school, and the exhibition is open to our school community. The artwork is displayed in a professional manner, with each student’s work arranged in a designated space along with the curator’s comments. The exhibition provides an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and communicate their ideas and perspectives to a wider audience.
It was an absolute pleasure to see the great work our students have produced over the course of two years. Through their artwork, our seniors presented themselves not only as skilled artists but also as open-minded, caring, reflective, and internationally-minded young adults. Their topics ranged from displacement to reflection of Self to environmental challenges the world is currently facing.
The exhibition is a celebration for an IB school. It’s the synthesis of the journey throughout the Primary Years Programme, and a time to share the knowledge, achievements and success of each student.
As a culminating experience, the exhibition is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. The enthusiasm and motivation exhibited by this group of Grade 5 students throughout their exhibition journey has been admirable.
As inquirers, each Grade 5 student identified a passion, for which they were personally compelled to investigate, educate and address. Primary and secondary sources were sought, field trips, interviews and observations staged, data collected via surveys, experts consulted and group negotiations conducted.
The mentors, all teachers from within the primary school, supported students with structuring their time, keeping them on track with their research and supporting them with questions and guidance. Our experts, including our specialist teachers, were also on hand to support transdisciplinary learning, and helped the students make their research more interesting.
Grade 5 have been passionate in the way that they have approached these significant and complex passions. They should be very proud of their achievements, and we are sure their parents were proud as they visited their booths on 1st March 2023. While exploring their passions, the parents experienced;
The knowledge that the students have generated,
The skills the students used in gaining that knowledge.
The understanding of concepts which most might think are too difficult for a Grade 5 student to understand.
Our G5 students dazzled us with their research, their singing and their dancing. Congratulations G5 for a successful PYP Exhibition.
Please do visit the PYPX 2023 website to learn more about the students passions and keep checking our YouTube channel for videos of the event.
Last week, our MYP and DP students were able to engage in various University fairs. Among others, Unifrog was hosting a virtual international university fair for our students with nearly 50 institutions represented. The list included prominent universities from Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. The US Education Group (USEG) was represented on our SEK-Qatar campus with 15 American universities to discuss program options and pertinent issues for applicants.
The Community Project is a core part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and at SEK-Qatar our students are completing it in Grade 8 (MYP3). This enriching project is divided in four phases, our year students started working on their projects in October in order to finish by May.
Phase one – Investigating: Students worked over the months of October and November researching about needs and issues in our community in order to set a goal for their project. They also had to evaluate their primary and secondary sources, to make sure they were reliable and up to date.
Phase two – Planning: Once they had finished their investigation, they started planning how they were going to achieve their goal and create a successful outcome or product. They were asked to use their organisation skills to set short- and long-term deadlines, as well as develop their collaboration skills within their groups.
Phase three – Taking action: In this phase students focused on giving a service and making an impact in our community. Some of them decided to organise in-school events, others were a bit more risk-takers and created connections with organisations outside of school.
Phase four – Reflecting: Finally students reflected on their learning experience and the development of their ATL skills. They evaluated the quality of the service provided and their impact in the community.
This academic year we are proud of our 13 projects and we are pleased to invite other students, parents and staff to see their presentations by visiting their virtual exhibition.
Through the link below, you will be able to access our very special and innovative virtual exhibition – https://bit.ly/3MEat0l
Each section shows three of our student’s group. After viewing them and giving feedback, please move along to see the rest. You can always go back to the previous sections you have already visited by following the markers on the floor.
Please continue reading below to help you navigate through the virtual space.
By clicking on the markers on the floor you will be able to move around in the virtual space. Each section is designed by three of our student groups. When viewing the section you are linked to the related Sway (a new tab will open). Please make sure to read the survey at the end of each Sway where you will have the chance to leave your feedback which is especially very valuable for our students. After that, you can close the tab and go back and look at the next project.
Do not miss the welcome video in the center of the virtual exhibition which will give you an overview of all their work.
Please be aware, loading time for the virtual space may take a while depending on your internet connection, please be patient.
This year’s exhibition was a synthesis of the journey throughout the Primary Years Programme, and a time to share the knowledge, achievements and success of each student. As a culminating experience, the exhibition has given students an opportunity to pursue their interests, develop conceptual understandings, apply ATL skills and demonstrate the attributes of the IB learner profile. Students where able to showcase student agency and take action to make a positive difference in their school and local community.
During the exhibition, students overcame challenges as they worked collaboratively with their group members. Primary and secondary sources were sought, virtual field trips, online interviews and observations staged, data collected via surveys, experts consulted and group negotiations conducted. And it was from this, that sustainable action to educate, eradicate and even reimagine has and continues to be taken by these learners. Throughout the process they were guided by mentors who supported students with structuring their time, keeping them on track with their research and supporting them with questions and guidance.
The grade five students celebrated this process by presenting their understandings to the school community. They should be very proud of their achievements, the skills the students used in gaining that knowledge, the understanding of concepts which most might think are too difficult for a G5 student to understand, and the actions that the students have taken to attempt to solve their issue, or raise awareness of it.
This week we have been celebrating Book Week at SEK-Qatar. There have been many exciting opportunities for students to learn more about some of our great books in the library, as well as take part in many games and activities based around literacy.
Some of the great activities included:
Book mark making competitions
D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)
Book Nooks in the main hall
We had many parents come into school to join us, reading some of their favorite stories, or reading in their home language. We would like to thank all those parents who were able to come in and celebrate with us..
The PYP Student Council also contributed to the fun, by organising some fun days over the week.
Funny Hat Day
Reading in our PJs
Teddy Bears ‘Book’nic
One of the most important part of our Book Week celebration is the Book Character Parade that happened on Thursday. Students dressed up as their favorite book character and shared with their friends!
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