The much-anticipated opening of King’s College Doha happened last Sunday, 18 September. A capacity crowd of parents and children flocked through the open doors into the newly refurbished school to take their first assembly with Headmaster Nicholas Gunn in the impressive central atrium. The parents and children were welcomed at the entrance by a friendly and experienced school leadership team who introduced them to their new classes and teachers.
The close ties with the UK school were immediately evident, with children beautifully dressed in uniform matching that of King’s Hall in the UK and lessons already mirroring those that would be taking place at their sister school in the UK.
KCD’s Headmaster, Nicholas Gunn, said:
This was an incredibly exciting day for us. After months of planning and preparation, it was amazing to see children finally walking through our doors, beautifully dressed in our KCD uniform. More amazing was to then see them leave at the end of the day with broad smiles on their faces, eager to come back again in the morning.’
‘All my interactions with parents to date have demonstrated how supportive they are and Sunday was no exception. It was great to see so many parents joining our first assembly and staying on afterwards for a coffee – we are already starting to develop a strong sense of KCD community. All my staff have worked remarkably hard to get us ready for our opening and we are now all looking forward to building on the success of our first day during the rest of this term.’
The children were obviously excited to get involved in the kaleidoscope of activities on offer throughout the day ranging from interactive, multimedia lessons to a full range of sports, arts and crafts. The buildings were finished on schedule and the 5 star feel has set the bar for schools in Doha.
The school is aiming to run a series of open days this term for interested parents.