At DBS learners have opportunities to develop leadership skills in both the Primary and Secondary Schools. We believe in the principles of democracy and in the importance of learner participation in the running of school affairs and school reform. Young leaders make a very real and positive difference to the life of our school.
Head Boy and Head Girl
These positions are the most prestigious of the entire student body at DBS. The young people who carry out these duties have an excellent record of behaviour, attendance and punctuality. Both show consistently high levels of effort in their academic studies. It is a role carried out by Year 12 students and lasts for one year, January through to December. The candidates go through a rigorous procedure of application which includes staff interviews, group presentation and an election.
The Head Boy and Head Girl are the bridge between the teachers and learners. They attend all official functions and visits, in a supporting role to the Principal and Vice Principal. They organise and lead the Secondary awards ceremony and they work closely with the Head of Sixth Form to coordinate Prefects in their role. They are supported by the Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy.
Our two Student Councils are extremely important to DBS because it gives our learners a platform to share their ideas, interests and concerns. We strongly believe in learner voice, decision making and the active involvement of children and young people in our school community. Our Student Councils make significant contributions to school life and bring about positive changes. Participation in our School Councils also gives learners opportunities to enhance their communication, team work and leadership skills.
The Primary Student Council is attended by representatives from every class in Years 1 to 6. It meets regularly to discuss issues that arise throughout the school year and to plan related actions. An example is the redesign of the playground. Council members surveyed all Primary children, drafted designs and fed back their ideas to the School Leadership Team. They now have a colourful and engaging playground with more sports equipment and games painted on the ground.
Other Primary Student Council projects consist of leading a student evaluation of the school that is then fed back to Primary staff and building team spirit through planning house competitions.
If you like taking responsibility for sharing your class’ ideas and for activities and equipment, then it’s good being a Student Councillor.Roj
The Student Council improves things for the school and for the children in the school.Sayed
I think that having Student Councillors is great because you can tell them anything. A teacher might be a little bit different, even though they are nice. A student is a friend … and you can tell your thoughts to your friend.Tasneem
Currently, we have a Student Council consisting of fifty members, ranging from Year 7 up to the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13). Learner interest has been the highest that we have ever had at DBS and this shows how much the students want to make changes for the better.
We have two representatives from each class, which makes up the Year Council consisting of eight to ten members. Each Year Council nominates one of their members to attend the Executive Student Council with the Secondary Leadership group. Student Council members bond as a group as they take part in training at the start of the year. This training also better equips members personally to fulfil their important role.
Recently the Secondary Student Council created their first constitution, ratified the Anti-Bullying Policy and made suggestions that have led to the improvements of the toilets and water fountains.
Being a Student Councillor has been a great experience for me. It is good to see other people’s points of view and to share ideas from people in your class.Adra
The Student Council makes a real difference. We change practical things like creating a rota for the use of the pitch so that it is less crowded and safer. Personally, I feel that I have more input into what happens in school.Karim
The House System provides the opportunity for learners to mix across age groups, developing a sense of community and belonging. There are four Houses at DBS: Blue Stallions, Green Scorpions, Yellow Falcons and Red Oryx.
Our house system is represented by ‘House Captains’. Their role within school is to organise, manage and run house events. This involves lunch time sporting competitions, collecting house points each week and giving additional help on event days such as sports day.
The house system has a high profile across the Secondary school. Throughout the year there are a wide range of sporting, musical, artistic and academic competitions for all age groups. House Captains regularly organise and encourage others to get involved in these Extra Curricular Activities.
Learners earn house points which are collected and collated throughout the year. At the end of the year the colour of the victorious House is tied to the House Cup.
In Primary the Prefect system is made up of Year 6 learners who carry out a variety of leadership roles based on their skills, including:
- Peer Readers: The peer reading scheme is used throughout Primary as a tool to encourage and reinforce reading at all ages. Prefects are a key to the success of this important initiative.
- Library Prefects, who assist in the maintenance of the library and recommend books to other children.
- Playground Prefects, who help to organise games during break times.
Members of the Prefect team are role models throughout the Primary school.
The Sixth Form Prefects are the role models for all students in the school. Fourteen young people make up the team and they provide a clear communication channel between learners and staff. Secondary Prefects talk and work with younger learners to improve the experience of all the members of Doha British School. Prefects take part in the buddy system. They support transition arrangements for younger learners as they move from one Key Stage to the next. Prefects assist in the running of parent evenings and are called on to be external ambassadors for the school.