5 : School Re-
21 : New Parents
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Evening 4-6 pm
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 23 : PTSA Film
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
27 PTSA AGM
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Principal’s Message Principal’s Message Cont/… Principal’s Message Cont/…
By: Mr Terry McGuire
doing this every Thursday at 1st Break of these situations. Typically, this is at
The term is well underway and I want from now on. the end of the school day when it is not
to congratulate all the teachers and always possible to locate students
students for making it such a great before they leave the premises. In
start. It has been an almost seamless these instances, we ask that students
transition and there is a real buzz who have not been collected by 1.45
about the school. The new staff have pm, proceed to the Library to wait.
settled in well and I am very optimistic They will be supervised until they are
and confident that they will add collected and this will also allow both
strength to the process of teaching and parents and students to know where
learning. This is proof that we can they can find each other.
improve on what was already an
excellent teaching staff. We are trying Please discourage your child from
to create a school environment that is crossing the ‘E’ Ring road outside the
congenial, convivial and familial. With front entrance to the College.
this in mind, I have been meeting with They were (in no specific order):
a small group of parents and I am Bashar Dahdah (8P), Zoe Woodward Meet the staff:
listening carefully to their concerns and (8U), Eleanor Morgans (9U), Megan
ideas for school improvement. I know McGrotty (9P), Kathryn Sefton (9D), I will be presenting existing and new
that through greater consultation and Harry Noel-Smith (7P), Daniel Myburgh staff by departments, and as the
communication we can continue to (7P), Romaana Khan (8S), Deepti Physical Education Department has 3
improve all aspects of school life. Chadwanada (9S), Momeeza Subhani new members, I’ll start with them:
(9S), Hannah Gouldson (7P), Attek Subject Leader, Mark Leppard
Uniform Chima (8U), Selim Talaat (7R), Alex has been at Doha College since
Kenich (8S), Ibrahim Basit (9P), Sherif 1996, is married to Paulette
The children look lots better. The Greiss (9D), Abdulla Al-Thani (9S), and has three children, Max,
uniform is, almost without exception, Justin Ryan (7D) and Aoife Mulvey Murray and baby Millie. Mark is
being worn properly. The yellow card (7D). also Acting Assistant Principal
system is not designed to punish the this year.
students but to change behaviour. We Vanessa Lloyd has completed
one year at Doha College and
have evaluated the system and, of General Reminders
is married to Dan and has 2
course, have found glitches. I hope we Dropping off and collection of Students: children, Abby and Thomas.
have dealt with them effectively and Vanessa is also Deputy Key
that yellow cards are being given for We would like to remind parents about Stage 4 Leader.
sound reasons. To make the system the parking arrangements at the
fairer we are going to allow yellow school. Students may be dropped off Amber Benson has joined
cards to be wiped off after two weeks. at the gate to the rear of the school, the Doha College this year. She
So, if a student receives a yellow card Primary School gate or the front gate in has spent many years in the
but does not infringe the regulations for the mornings, but please do not use Middle East since her own
another two complete weeks, then that the front gate for collection of students
card will disappear. at the end of the school day as traffic Gary Froud is also new to the
I would welcome your feedback on this becomes too congested. Parking Department. His last school
and any other matter. Please contact inside the school premises is for staff was in Durham in the UK. He
me at email@example.com recently got married to Marie.
and delivery vehicles only. All students
should enter the building using the side
Happy Birthdays! and rear entrances of the school, not
the entrances at the front. David Phillips has spent the
Sometimes we forget how important last 5 years teaching in
birthdays are to children. I met, on We understand that there can be Mayasia.
Thursday, with all the Key Stage 3 unforeseen circumstances when you
students who have had birthdays since cannot collect your child immediately
the beginning of term. This was a after school. Front Office staff will
great opportunity to get to know them endeavour to pass messages to
and to remind myself how exciting it students when parents call to notify us
was to celebrate a birthday. I will be
Drama Department Mathematics Department Music Department
By: Mr Simon Donaldson By: Mr Derek Laidlaw
Look out for some exciting new By: Mr Ron Seward Musical Instrument Tuition
developments in the Drama
Department, as two brand new Drama When a brainteaser appears in the Do you want to learn to play an
Workshops prepare to open their doors Newsletter you should solve it as instrument?
to Doha College students. quickly as possible and give the
solution to Mr Seward in Room 3. The Do you want to improve?
Starting next Monday between 1.30pm first five correct solutions will gain
and 2.30pm the Junior Drama housepoints. Whether it’s Robbie Williams or
Workshop will be running in Drama Vaughan-Willams, we cater for all
Studio 2. This is aimed at students in The first question of the year may musical tastes.
Years 7, 8 & 9 who are really require you to find out information
interested in Drama and would like to about Imperial units and measures. The college offers an extensive
develop their acting skills still further. These are still used quite often in programme of tuition in the following
The group will be working as a small- places such as Great Britain, although instruments – piano; keyboard;
scale production company in a they are gradually being replaced by clarinet; saxophone; flute; voice; drum
production of a short play by the metric units. kit; acoustic guitar; electric guitar; violin
Brothers Grimm. and cello. We also offer Music Theory
Think of a number, double it, add the and Music Composition classes.
The Senior Drama workshop will also number of pints in a gallon, multiply by
be opening its doors in Drama Studio 1 the number of sides of a pentagon, Tuition takes place both during and
on the same day to students currently take away ten times the number you after school. In addition to full time
in the senior section of the College. first thought of. Now add on as many staff, we engage the services of top
This workshop also runs between dozens as there are feet in a yard, class instructors to deliver our tuition
1.30pm and 2.30pm and offers double this number and take away the which is offered at a discounted rate for
dedicated Drama students the number of edges on a pyramid with a Doha College students. We also have
opportunity to work with a text with a square base. some instruments available for hire at
view to a performance of a short play, no extra charge. Students can sit
here in College, in early November. What is the answer? Associated Board examinations,
perform at recitals, participate in
“ THE WIZ!’ – auditions are going to be concerts or simply learn for their own
held early in October for students who pleasure. We also provide musical
fancy taking part in this year’s main ensembles to compliment students’
College Drama production, ‘The Wiz!’ learning.
This exhilarating musical, an up-dated
version of the classic ‘Wizard of Oz!‘, If you are interested, please ask your
will be run in the main College Hall child to collect a REQUEST FORM
from Tuesday, 8th February until Results from the music department as soon as
Thursday, 10th February. Auditions will By: Mrs Fiona Read possible.
be open to any student in the college,
from Year 7 to Year 13, who wants to The Mathematics Department is
take part in the show in any way, either delighted to announce the magnificent
acting or working backstage. If you A-level, GCSE and KS3 results for
have any interest in acting, then this is 2004 that rewarded the hard work of
the show you should be involved in Its both students and staff.
going to be hard work but great fun!
With the constant raising of exam
Keep an eye out on the Drama Notice standards, it is possible to become
boards for all the latest news. If you sceptical of improvement but the
have any questions, contact Mr results this year reveal truly significant Notes from Mr Toni
Donaldson in Drama Studio 1. progress as we strive to achieve the Nowakowski
very highest level of success for every
boy and girl at the department. For Sale. Daewoo Royale Upright
Piano. Good Condition. If interested
At GCE level 100% pass please contact Doha College
A-C grade 87% Reception on 4687379.
At GCSE level A*-C grade 94%
There are still a few copies of this
year’s Yearbook available. Anyone
In addition, a record 23 students who did not manage to purchase a
achieved A* grade at GCSE level. copy before the end of last term can
obtain one from Mr. Nowakowski. Cost
Learning Resource Centre
By: Mrs Teresa Drewry
During the first week of term, over 3,400 textbooks were
issued to students and scanned onto students’ profiles in
the library. In addition to this the library staff took
photographs of all new students and produced 225 new
library cards. After this mammoth task, we would like to
request that parents make sure that students bring their
library cards to school every day to make it easier for us to
scan their books! YEARS 7 & 8
From Sunday 19 September, the library will be open from
Sunday to Wednesday, 1.30pm until 2.45pm, for students to
complete homework. On Thursday afternoons we will close
as usual at 1.30pm. ‘HOLES’
Based on the book by Louis Sacher
DATE: THURSDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2004
Doha Dolphins, based at Doha College’s swimming pool, VENUE: DOHA COLLEGE
will be restarting classes for the Autumn Term term Sunday,
TIME: 7PM – FILM STARTS 7.30PM
19th September. Registration for existing members, who
COST: QR 10 (Inc Drink & Snack)
should by now have received details (via email) on when
FINISH: 9PM – PICK UP STAFF CAR PARK
and where to register, will take place in the week beginning
After existing members and swimmers on the current Letter of parental consent must be returned to your
waiting lists have been time-tabled, any remaining places form tutor by Monday 20TH September 2004 .
will be available for new applications, which may be made
at any time. For further information, or an application form, All students are requested to ensure that arrangements
please contact Hans Krug or Lorraine Harrison by email, at are made for prompt departure from the college at the
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 4689283. end of the evening – approximately 9pm.
The Doha College Parent Teacher Student Association
(PTSA) aims to help maintain close co-operation and
effective communication between home and school, to
assist with welcoming parents and pupils into the College
and to raise funds for projects within the school through
various events scheduled throughout the school year.
The Annual General Meeting of the PTSA will be held on
Monday 27th September 2004 in the school hall from
Remember to visit our
6.30pm. In terms of the constitution all parents or legal website on
guardians of pupils and all College teachers are www.dohacollege.com
automatically members of the PTSA.
The PTSA is managed by a committee elected at the AGM.
Members are invited to hand in their nominations (name
and contact details) for election to the committee which
should reach the school reception by Monday 23rd
A proposal for a revision to the PTSA constitution which will
be voted on at the AGM. A copy of the Constitution,
together with the proposed changes will be posted on the
Doha College web-site (www.dohacollege.com). Hard
copies will also be available from the reception.