Guided by its Mission statement, International School of London (ISL) Qatar encourages its students to become caring, compassionate, responsible and knowledgeable global citizens through its Global Citizenship and Community Action (GCCA) programme.
As an organised part of the curriculum, GCCA activities offer opportunities to apply concepts, skills and knowledge, as students explore the complex global community, gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and grow in confidence and responsibility as they engage in the ‘real world’ beyond school.
During the first term, students held several activities in support of the GCCA:
Second Chance Animal Shelter
The Second Chance Animal Shelter Extra Curricular Activity Group worked on initiatives to support local shelters. The group held a movie event in September and contributed to the ISL Qatar Market Day selling homemade sweet snacks in November. So far they have raised over QAR1,600. Alongside the fundraising, the students visit the shelters every two weeks to learn about animal welfare, walk the dogs and socialise the cats. The group of 12 students spanning Grade 6-11 intend to continue their positive community involvement in the second term.
Grade 9 students initiated a GCCA assembly for students as part of their Service as Action Programme. They invited Jose Saucedo, a representative from Doha Environmental Actions Project (DEAP) to talk about taking action against pollution.In addition, one of the Grade 10 students announced the launch of her ‘Greener Blue Personal Project’ for climate change awareness and asked the community to wear blue. A couple of Primary students also encouraged the school to dress up as an animal to help raise awareness of the Australian bush fires as part of their ‘Sharing the Planet’ movement.
Flea Market for Education Above All
Six students in Grade 8 organised a flea market as they initiated this project as a part of their Service as Action programme required by the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The proceeds from the sale will go to support the charity Education Above All and their work, aiming to give all children in the world the chance to get proper education.
Community Raised Funds for Support Staff
An ISL Qatar staff member started a community action programme for the ISL Qatar support staff with the help of some of the students and parents. The team sold fatayers during break times to raise funds which were used to purchase supplies such as rice, flour, oil, sugar, tea, and lentil. This initiative will continue until the end of the year.
ISL Qatar has an outstanding reputation for high academic standards, prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and an impressive record of admission to the best universities worldwide. The student body of 1150 are aged from 3 to 18.
For further information about ISL Qatar, please consult the school’s website www.islqatar.org.