DBS School Calendar - Academic Year 2020-2021
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Communications to DBS parents of students in Preschool to Year 6 Due to our closure, we will be making a rapid switch from an in-person learning environment to a 100% online learning environment. From the experience of schools in East Asia, who have been compelled to do this, it should be noted this switch is highly likely to cause stress and anxiety for students, parents and staff members. Therefore, I would like to please ask for patience and calm from all stakeholders (parents, teachers and children). To begin with, the majority of work set in PS – Year 2 will be via Class Dojo and for Year 3 – 6 will be via Google Classroom. Here is a link to a video to show you how Google Classroom works. To maintain a school routine at home, here is a suggested day broken up into periods for Year 1 – Year 6. 8:15 am – 9:05 am 9:20 am – 10:10 am 10:10 am – 11:00 am 11:20 am – 12:10 pm 12:10 pm – 1:00 pm P1: Maths P2: Reading/Arabic P3: Writing/Islamic P4: Physical exercise P5: Topic/Specialist/Science For Years 3 – 6, your Google Classroom codes have been shared with you via your class teacher. If you need any further support, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.