QF holds back-to-school events

 22 Sep 2016 - 15:09

QF holds back-to-school events

The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar Foundation’s (QF) eight schools began the 2016-2017 academic year with exciting back-to-school events. 

Orientation activities gave parents and teachers opportunity to meet and discuss means of enriching students’ learning and encouraging their academic and personal development. 

Abeer Al Khalifa, Director, Academic Affairs, Pre-University Education Office (PUE), QF, said: “I wish the QF schools a fruitful academic year in which they achieve the educational and academic success they are accustomed to, effectuating QF’s vision to lead human development, and supporting QF’s mission to nurture future leaders and promote a culture of excellence and innovation.”

She highlighted support given to QF schools in developing and advancing capabilities of Qatar’s youth on all levels, most recently reflected in the launch of Renad Academy, which opens its doors this year to serve children with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A new PUE plan was also recently introduced to increase coordination and exchange of experiences between QF schools on educational level. Interaction and exchange of experiences will extend to collaborations between QF schools and the wider Qatari community represented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.  “PUE’s new plan outlines a unified vision and mission for all its divisions to strengthen and maximise their efforts,” Al Khalifa said. 

Seven of the eight schools started new academic year on Sunday  — five Qatar Academy schools of Doha; Al Wakrah; Al Khor; Msheireb; and Sidra; Awsaj Academy; and Qatar Leadership Academy. The eighth school, the Academic Bridge Programme, started its fall semester on August 14. 

Around 25 families attended Qatar Academy Al Wakrah’s (QAW) orientation on September 7. Parents and students were also taken on a guided tour of the school, led by the director, principal and assistant principal.

Over 45 families attended preschool orientation on the first day of school on Sunday. Accompanied by parents or guardian, preschoolers were invited to visit their new classrooms and meet teachers. A total of 1,800 students started their first day at Qatar Academy Doha (QAD). “After what has been a very long summer for our students and staff, we look forward to an exciting and successful year ahead as we greet the new school year with enthusiasm and high expectations,” said Don MacIntyre, Director, QAD. QAD; Qatar Academy Sidra; Qatar Academy Msheireb; and Awsaj Academy also organised back-to-school nights, while Awsaj Academy will host its annual event on October 3 from 5pm to 7pm.