The Hamilton International School recently hosted an online inspirational speaker event with Qatari high-altitude climber, adventurer and senior banker, Fahad Badar.

The Hamilton International School is part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), a global network of schools that also includes Park House English School.

Over 30 students from Grades 4 and 5 attended the virtual session, where Fahad told them about his journey as an adventurer, and about his achievement of being the first Arab man to scale Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse, each within 24 hours.

The Hamilton International School Fahad Badar Zoom

The aim of the session was to inspire students and to encourage them to dream big and work with dedication towards achieving their life goals. Fahad shared that when he realised his first dream, he didn’t want to stop, and kept working on achieving more goals.

The Qatari high-altitude climber also stressed the importance of leadership, positive thinking and self-esteem as keys to success. He said that it’s important to be inspired not only by others, but by yourself as well.

There will be times when you want to give up, but you have to keep in mind that failure is never a good option. You have to believe in yourself, in your dreams and in the story you can tell.

The talk was concluded with an interactive Q&A session, where students seized the opportunity to ask Fahad questions on his sources of inspiration, the challenges he had to face, and how he managed to overcome them. Fahad, who is also a Senior Banker at Commercial Bank of Qatar and a social media personality, shared with students his future plans to climb the highest mountain in each of the world’s seven continents.

Ian Rinaldi, Head of Elementary at The Hamilton International School, said their students were very happy to have the chance to speak to Fahad Badar. He said that it’s important for students to hear success stories, especially one that is as accomplished and inspiring as Fahad’s.

The Hamilton International School is committed to encouraging the students to learn from positive people and real life examples, and I am sure that interacting with people like Fahad, in addition to the support our teachers provide, will allow our students to build their own success stories in the future.

Launched in 2019, The Hamilton International School offers the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is taught in over 2,000 schools across 98 countries. Hamilton is opening their Middle School (Grades 6 to 8, ages 11 to 14) in September this year, which will also offer the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) whilst embedding the core of the US curriculum standards

According to Hamilton Principal Terry Senior, they have developed a strong and engaging curriculum for Middle Years Students, to include inspirational experiences with prominent personalities from the region.

He said that while they’re still waiting for guidance from appropriate authorties regarding re-opening, the entire school team is putting plans in place that will see them maximise as much on – premise learning, with the broadest curriculum possible.

This will all be done in an environment that prioritises the health and safety of our community. We look forward to welcoming our new cohort for the next academic year.

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