Today is the final day of the first half of the first term of this academic year. Next week our students and teachers will enjoy a well-earned break for one week before school resumes again on Sunday October 24.
Cat Weatherill, a popular children’s author visited the school to talk about her books and stories and her journey to becoming a well-known author. The children were enthralled as she narrated her own life story and read passages from some of her books. The Early Years and KS1 children thoroughly enjoyed an interactive performance of some of her own and other well-known stories. Cat also signed copies of her own books which we are sure the children will always treasure. Cat was so impressed by the school and DBS Al Wakra children - she even commented that in 20 years of doing school visits, our children at DBS Al Wakra asked her the best, thought provoking questions she has ever been asked!
Our wonderful new play equipment for the EYFS has been installed and now that the weather is cooler the children have been able to enjoy using the equipment. The sand tray and bench, the water area, activity wall, mud kitchen and reading area have been a great hit with the children and will help to develop all areas of the EYFS early learning goals.
We have some great news for Qatari families looking at schools in the Al Wakra area. From now on, Qataris are eligible for school vouchers at DBS Al Wakra from Pre-school up to Year 9. Call us on +974 4019 8080 for more information.
Parents of secondary age students are invited to discuss our school and its expertly planned curriculum, as well as any other issues that they would like to raise, with senior leaders in an informal setting every two weeks. 1st session will be on Thursday 26th September at 8:00 am.
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
DBS Wakra School Calendar - Academic Year 2021-2022 Important Notice: As per the directive of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Thursday May 6th is the last day of online learning before the EID Al Fitr holidays. Online learning for students will resume on Wednesday May 19th.
Ms. Mason and Dr. Vineeta Khan along with wonderful KS3 students newspaper team are extremely happy and proud to present to you the very first edition of our ambitious student led school newspaper - DBS Bugle. All students involved have worked delicately with the best of their capabilities. Hard copies are also available at the school reception, library and Head's offices for you to have a look.
Continuity of Learning: We will try to ensure that all children are taught effectively throughout this current period of closure and as a result we are publishing the virtual learning plan indicated below. The timing of the (virtual) school day is as follows: PERIOD 1 PERIOD 2 PERIOD 3 PERIOD 4 PERIOD 5 PERIOD 6 08.15 – 08.55 09.10 – 09.50 09.50 – 10.30 10.30 – 11.10 11.30 – 12.10 12.20 – 13.00 Parents will be required to manage the logistics of supervising children either while working from home or while working elsewhere. All members of the DBS Wakra community will do their utmost to provide the best service they can at this time. However, it will be important for us all to be flexible and patient when working online and when deadlines are inevitably missed. All teachers and students must check their email at 7:45 am each day from Sunday to Thursday for a daily briefing notice. Parents can contact the school as usual and their enquiry will be directed accordingly. As a school, we will remain in regular contact with staff, parents and students with at least one daily update on the status of the closure and online learning. Student participation during each day will be tracked as a means of registering learning. Please see below a list of instructions for how your child should continue to access learning during our current school closure: - Independent home learning tasks for students in pre-school, reception, Year 1 & Year 2 will be set via Class Dojo - Independent home learning tasks for students in Year 3 – Year 9 will be set via Google Classroom - Teachers will be available daily to provide independent home learning tasks and receive completed tasks as well as offer support, guidance and feedback during working hours - Teachers will keep a daily record of which students have participated each day in online learning - Early Years Maths & Phonics tasks will be set daily - Primary Maths, Reading & Writing tasks will be set daily - Tasks via online platforms such as Literacy Planet & MyMaths will also be provided for Key Stage 1&2 - Notifications relating to already published reading lists will be made - Primary Science, foundation and PE tasks will be supplied weekly for Key Stage 1&2 - Parents or children can send completed tasks back to their teacher in various forms and can liaise with their teacher about how to do this; this could be a photo, work uploaded on google classroom or sent via email. - Secondary subject specific tasks will be set daily - Tasks via subject specific online platforms will also be provided - Notifications relating to already published reading lists will be made - Parents or children can send completed tasks back to their teacher in various forms and can liaise with their teacher about how to do this; this could be a photo, work uploaded on google classroom or sent via email.
After over a year of blended learning, we are delighted to welcome our brilliant students back to 100% in-school learning on Sunday October 3. Covid, however, is still with us and the pandemic has not passed, so we must keep many of the measures in place which have served us so well over the recent 18 months. For example, students will continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and must continue to wear face masks in school.
During November 2021 CNN reached out to various schools and organisations to bring sustainability and reducing harm to our environment at the forefront of their agenda especially as the world leaders are realising how important it is to act now to save our planet. Many schools and organisations were invited to share their ideas via #CalltoEarth on November 10, 2021. The students of Doha British School Wakra worked very well to create a video to highlight tangible ways in which we as individuals can reduce our wastage of resources. The main students who were involved in the making of the video were Maya, Ziad, Rifqy, Insia and Nabil from Year11. Tina from year 9. Tricia and Shaurya from year 8, Tom and Arfan from year 7. DBS Wakra were the only school from Qatar to be included on CNN world events and this shows great pride. Well done to the DBS Wakra EcoSchools team!