Coming back to school after months of strict restrictions can be daunting to some of our students. While some find the opening of classes exciting, others find it hard and challenging. Read along and find some tips on how we can all assist and help our students as they transition back to blended and eventually, physical learning.
Coronavirus, coping with anxiety
It’s been a really uncertain time for everybody, both children and adults. It is difficult to tolerate uncertainty but that’s what we have to do right now. By doing so, it can help us manage anxiety in the long term. Lots of people are experiencing anxiety and that’s okay. Some people find it harder than others to manage.
It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children’s mental health and wellbeing. Furthermore, it’s important to acknowledge that we are not all in the same situation. For a lot of children, it will be exciting to return to school and they will adapt quickly and smoothly to their new routine. However, for others coming back to school, it will be a challenge and we need to remember the children’s experiences of the lockdown period will have been varied.
It is going to be important to talk to your children about how they are feeling in a calm way. Many adults are anxious right now but it is important for adults to try to model calmness.
Listen and validate their feelings
Listen and validate, don’t assume that you know how they feel, we don’t know, and they might be feeling lots of things. Validate their feelings rather than coming up with answers, for example “it sounds like you are really worried right now and that’s understandable”.
We don’t have all the answers. It’s possible we will go to school then VLE increases again, then back to school, you don’t have to pretend to know.
Limit news and misinformation
If children have particular concerns, it may be helpful to address some of the facts together in a simple and clear way. For example, if your child is worried about going back to school and getting unwell or passing it on to someone else, you could watch the news and check out the infection rate together. If there is any misinformation they have repeated, try and address this in a simple and clear way. At the same time, you don’t want children to watch too much news as this could make any anxiety worse, so limit it but actually addressing misinformation can be helpful.
This is really hard to do but we know that giving too much reassurance actually keeps the anxiety going. It’s very tempting, as giving reassurance can help anxiety in the short term but in the long term it doesn’t. Instead, encourage your child to ask questions. You can give some reassurance but don’t get into a repetitive cycle of giving lots of it.
Focus on possible strategies
Ask them “how did you manage to adapt in Lockdown?”, “How can you use those strategies to adapt now to go back to school?”. Help them answer their own questions. Help them to solve problems, coming up with lots of solutions and thinking what would be the best way to solve this problem.
If it’s a particular problem like “my friend won’t want to speak to me, I’ve not spoken to them for a while”, maybe they could call a friend or Zoom before seeing them again.
There are other strategies that can help, for example, help your child to think what they normally do when they’re feeling worried, what strategies help? Some children find taking long deep breaths helpful, breathing in for 7 seconds and out for 11 seconds, helping them slow their breathing down and help regulate them.
Try to defer their worries
Some children still have lots of worries so deferring worries could be really helpful where any worries that come up in the day, either in their mind or when they have written them down and they come back to them. For example, at 4:00 pm, I am going to have a half an hour worry time. What we know is that when they come back to them, the worries don’t seem as bad or they forget to have that worry time.
Regaining a good routine
Help children get back into a routine, helping them get up early again by going to bed at a reasonable time. Try doing the school run, try putting on their school uniform, reconnecting with friends again. Preparing them for what’s about to happen. Prepare children for changes in the school (as planned by DBS), for example smaller classes, working in school some of the time and online some of the time. Also break times won’t happen in the same way as they did before and washing of hands will be more frequent etc. Rewards for children who have been anxious but have managed to go to school is another helpful idea.
Self-care and kindness support good health.
Finally, it is really important that children are reminded to look after their own mental health. Eating healthily, exercising, connecting with friends, doing things they enjoy. These are really important during this time of huge transition, and also please encourage children to be kind to each other, to look after each other. This is a difficult time, just go easy on yourself as parents. It’s not going to feel okay overnight. It’s going to take time, it’s going to be a transition and that’s okay.
Doha British School is delighted to announce that 4 Year 12 students have been awarded with two certificates for ‘Highest Mark in the World’ and seven ‘Highest Mark in Qatar’ from the ‘Outstanding Learner Award’ examinations. Highest Mark in Qatar for History: Muhammad Arsal Taimoor Highest Mark in Qatar for GCSE Science (Double Award): Saad Agboatwala Highest Mark in Qatar for GCSE English Language: Muhammad Arsal Taimoor Special mention to Juanita Antony Joseph for the following awards: Highest Mark in the World for GCSE DT and Graphics Highest Mark in Qatar for GCSE Physics, English Literature, Computer Science and Spanish. Congratulations to DBS incredible students, their parents and teachers! Amazing results achieved by amazing students. We are so proud of them.
It has been another year of success at Doha British School Ain Khaled, with outstanding exam results including: Tharienee Pillai scored the highest result ever in DBS history for her IB Diploma - an incredible 44 out of 45; IB average score for class of 2018 well above world average; 87% achieved 5 IGCSE A* to C including English and Maths; 45% of students scored A* or A in their IGCSE exams; Throughout the world 1174 students sat IGCSE Textiles. Of those, 40 were awarded a grade 9 (A**). 7 of those 40, i.e. 18% were from DBS. Top IGCSE DBS students with outstanding results: Juanita Joseph scored an excellent 10 A* grades 1 student with 9 A*s and 1 B 1 student with 8 A*s and 2 As Principal, Terry McGuire, said that “….these are the best overall academic results ever achieved at the school. This represents a continuation of the improvement in academic outcomes year on year. This achievement is the product of first class recruitment, continuous development of teachers, great resources and facilities, wonderful students and supportive parents. We are investing heavily in our facilities including significant investment in I.T.; a refurbishment of the swimming pool and basketball courts; and a new football pitch. DBS is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. Our first class examination results demonstrate how far we have come. This school is going from strength to strength. The sky’s the limit”.
DBS students, Principal Mr McGuire and Director of Sports and Wider Learning Mr Bell, featured in an Al Jazeera news story about the first ever British International Schools Qatar Games (BISQ Games), held this weekend and last weekend at Aspire. The inspired idea for the Qatar Games came from DBS Principal, who had seen only a select few schools from Qatar being able to participate in the annual BSME Games. With the implementation of the blockade on Qatar, Mr McGuire asked Mr Bell to lead the organisation, with the assistance of other British curriculum schools in Qatar. The enthusiasm, support and assistance by the schools and venue operators Aspire Logistics has been outstanding; and schoolchildren in Qatar have benefitted from being able to participate in the largest ever sporting event in the incredible facilities at Aspire Dome Check out the news story here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXFUj6wXzsg&list=PLB7EE1B6A8D0F0678
Doha British School is pleased to announce that we are enhancing our Post-16 provision to include a suite of Edexcel International A Levels, and a range of BTEC nationals. This development will ensure that together with our AS levels and IB Diploma, we can provide appropriate pre-university qualifications for our diverse and international community. “DBS is the only school in Qatar that offers such a range of courses post-16. We are confident of our high standards, and our reputation for educational excellence can compare with schools anywhere in the world” says Terry McGuire, DBS Principal. “We want our students to enjoy a first class experience that is available in Doha, so that families do not feel pressure to send their children abroad or back home to complete their education. Our post-16 portfolio of pre-university qualifications will provide all students in Qatar with an outstanding range of high-quality programmes that suit their individual aptitudes, abilities and aspirations.”
Doha British School announced that their Sixth Form Centre received an outstanding exam results in IB Diploma examinations. IB Diploma average score for class 2019 is well above the world average, including Jieu Lee who scored 42 out of 45 and Manya Girdhar who scored 41 out of 45. It has been another year of success at DBS Sixth Form, with outstanding exam results including: IB average score for class of 2019 well above world average at 31.7. For more details please contact the school at +974 4019 8000.
Doha British School students were celebrating after achieving a record set of iGCSE results. A total of 48% of grades were secured at the equivalent of an A grade (Grades 7,8 and 9 in the new system) which is the school’s highest ever figure despite this year’s new more challenging grading system. A total of 89% per cent of students have met and exceeded the benchmark standards of five Grade 9-4, with 80% of students achieving five Grade 9-5. All students hope it will be good news when they open their envelope on iGCSE results day but for DBS student Natalie Magness, the news could not have been better. Natalie achieved a perfect set of results with ten grade 9s. Natalie will now be continuing her education at Doha British School 6th Form where she will study A Levels in Music, Biology and Chemistry. Terry McGuire Principal of DBS, said: “I am immensely proud of all staff and students at DBS. These results are a fantastic achievement especially under the new very challenging system of iGCSEs. This just goes to show what can be achieved with the right combination of talent, constant dedication and a willingness to work consistently hard. We are all delighted for Natalie and all our students and are looking forward to working with them on A Level courses next year” For more details please contact the school at +974 4019 8000.
Year 11 students from Doha British School are celebrating after achieving a record set of iGCSE results. A total of 48% of grades were secured at the equivalent of an A*/A grade (Grades 7, 8 and 9 in the new grading system) which is the school’s best ever set of results despite the more challenging syllabus and grading system introduced this year. A total of 89% of students have met and exceeded the benchmark standards of five Grade 9-4 including English and Maths. The examination board were so impressed by the results that they awarded certificates of ‘exceptional performance’ to 28 DBS students. These awards are in recognition of students who met the requirements for the ‘High Achievers Awards’ category, where students achieved grades 8 or 9 in 5 or more subjects. This puts them in the top 1% of IGCSE students worldwide. DBS Vice Principal, Paul Sherlock said: ‘This is an outstanding achievement by our students and we are immensely proud of their success. Well done to all 28 for their hard work and dedication to their studies. To achieve these exceptional levels is testament to both the hard work of the students but also the relentless effort and dedication of all the teachers at DBS’. A permanent focus on securing excellent academic outcomes for students is the core purpose of DBS. In addition students are encouraged to embrace the wider aspects of school life and to participate in the many extra-curricular activities on offer. A wider and broader commitment to develop the whole child is very important to the school. If you would like to visit DBS and get a deeper insight into this great school, then you can join one of our Thursday morning tours. Please contact Ramsha Yousuf at DBS by emailing Ramsha.email@example.com or by contacting the school office on 4019-8000 to arrange a meeting with the Vice Principal and members of the school’s senior leadership teams.
Doha British School Ain Khaled Campus is now accepting applications for the Academic Year 2020-2021. Admissions open for all year groups from Pre-school to Year 13. Please check the school website for the Admission Process: http://whytecreations.in/beta/ain-khaled/admissions-process Call us on +974 4019 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Student enterprise competition is a fantastic opportunity for Doha British School students to enrich their understanding and application of business beyond the classroom. Massive thanks to Ghadeer Dairy and to DBS business teacher Matthew Kerridge for organising the competition! Ghadeer Dairy & Doha British School Student Competition 2019
Aligned with its vision to provide a leading model of social and educational dimension to industrial enterprises, Qatari Arab Dairy Company (Ghadeer) launched the initiative of Ghadeer Impact Academy at the Innovation Competition Awards, organized by Ghadeer in collaboration with Doha British School, for high school students in the field of business, which was launched three months ago and included introducing students to projects to develop dairy and juice for "Ghadeer". ILQ: Ghadeer launches Impact Academy at Doha British School
Doha British School is proud to offer the possibility for your child to come and see this year’s school production ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’ on December 8th at 1:30 pm. We hope your child will find this inspirational as every aspect of this show has been student-led. For the 1st time in DBS’s history, students have worked on the set, the costumes, hair and makeup, sound and light, the choreography, the advertisement, the selling of tickets, and of course the band (which will play live). This is the result of the immense amount of work students have put in this term. This is a special performance for Primary Students only and if parents wish to attend, and bring younger children, there are shows on 10th, 11th and 12th of December at 5:30 pm that they can attend. You can buy the tickets here.
It was great to welcome our Qatari parents into DBS this week to meet with Mr Sherlock and other senior staff. This provided a wonderful opportunity for the school and the Qatari community to come to together and share thoughts and ideas. We were all able to sit and discuss relevant issues in the schools majlis area and sampled Arabic coffee.
The annual yearbook is something that the students and parents always look up to at the end of each year. DBS commemorated the academic year in a special way by distributing the yearbook online and totally free of charge. Though the physical sheets are absent this time, we are glad to have a piece of this year’s memories through the online edition of the DBS 2019-2020 Yearbook. View the yearbook through this links: DBS Ain Khaled - https://bit.ly/30Ih0BJ DBS Al Wakra - bit.ly/30MRFHb
To the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance", Doha British School (DBS) staged a grand event to honor and recognize the graduands of SY 2019-2020, except that our hall was filled with people - virtually. Held last 17 June 2020, the Virtual Graduation Ceremony was hosted live via Zoom by Kerry Rose Walton, head of Sixth Form. The event saw the graduands dressed in their graduation gowns and caps, and together with their families and friends, watched the live broadcast of the online graduation ceremony. The event was a huge success with an online attendance of almost 250. In the end, all the graduands had their moment as a tribute video was made to commemorate their graduation at the time of Covid-19. The complete Virtual Graduation Ceremony can be watched here - https://bit.ly/3eWgSmM
Communications to DBS parents of students in Year 7 - 13. In order to continue to support your child(ren) in their education and in preparation of their examinations (iGCSE, AS Level or IB), we have put in place a contingency plan whereby every classroom teacher has a Google Classroom to set work for your child(ren). You can find all the codes on the school website or here. If your child(ren) is (are) in year 7 to year 10, you can find the Google Classroom codes here. If your child doesn’t know how to access their Google Classroom, you can find a step-by-step guide here. Staff and students are expected to follow the Ramadan hour timetable below: Teachers will be online during these hours as per the normal timetable to answer any questions from students and give them direct feedback.
Very well done to all Year 12 students on their results in what has been a particularly challenging year in the absence of formal examinations. It was very pleasing to be able to support our Year 12 students with their results and support them in their chosen next steps to university and employment. Paul Sherlock Principal DBS Ain Khaled
Doha British School (DBS) students were celebrating after achieving another set of outstanding exam results. At iGCSE level, a total of 51% of students achieved grades, the equivalent of an A/A* (Grades 7, 8 and 9 in the new system), which is the school’s highest ever figure despite the new more challenging grading system. A total of 95% of students have met and exceeded the benchmark standards of five or more grades 9-4, with 81% of students achieving five or more grades 9-5. All students hoped it would be good news when they received their results on iGCSE results day but for DBS student Shada Koduymayil the news could not have been better as she achieved a perfect set of results with ten grade 9s, while Fiaz Mahmood and Kanzah Maktoum both earned nine grade 9’s. Students at DBS 6th form were also celebrating, with students achieving the schools highest set of results. Two students, Yaman Al-Haneedi and Benedict Canillo achieved 3 grade A’s at AS level. Students studying the International Baccalaureate weren’t to be out done, with 92% of students achieving a pass with outstanding points scores from Juanita Joseph and Muhammad Arsal Taimoor achieving 42 points out of 45. Paul Sherlock, Principal of DBS, said: “I am immensely proud of all staff and students at DBS. These results at iGCSE, AS level and IB are a fantastic achievement especially under the very difficult circumstances all our students and staff have faced this year. This just goes to show what can be achieved with the right combination of talent, constant dedication and a willingness to work consistently hard. We are all delighted for all our students and are proud of their achievements. We have record numbers in our 6th form, as students continue their education on our different post 16 pathways, which include a range of A Level courses now on offer. We are looking forward to working with all our students on their chosen courses next academic year."