Art Week, 4-8 June

Our Art Week commenced on the 4th June and what a colourful collection of artworks the classes produced.

Our Nursery pupils focused their artwork on sea animals and included the theme of recycling and taking good care of our environment. They produced a wonderful collection of sea animals and sea scenes, including fish and an enormous turtle made out of ‘old rubbish’. They also made a collaborative totem pole inspired by the sea.

The Reception pupils created individual, aboriginal style canvases which centred around animals, one of their favourite class topics of the year. They used a special layering technique to create the canvases and the results were truly stunning. In keeping with the animal theme, the Reception pupils also collaborated with the Nursery pupils on their sea themed artworks.

Years 1 and 2 took a trip around the world to learn about the different types of art in various countries. On their journey to Africa they made some beautiful Maasai tribe necklaces and created safari animal silhouettes. They then visited India and studied Indian art which resulted in some elaborate chalk Rangoli patterns on our outdoor basketball court and Mehndi hand patterns. The next stop on the world tour was Venice and the pupils produced glittering venetian masks – perfect for the famous annual Venetian carnival. The final stopover was Australia where the pupils discovered aboriginal symbols and then created impressive masterpieces using their own style of symbols.

Our French language pupils from all year groups worked together to paint a beautiful reproduction of renowned artist, Claude Monet’s ‘The Japanese Bridge’(the Water-Lily Pond). They learnt how to paint like an Impressionist, adding dabs of different colour and blending them together with short brush strokes. The result was truly a work of art!

 

The RGS represents the United Kingdom at the Emir’s Cup Final

The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar was delighted to be invited to represent the United Kingdom as part of the Emir’s Cup Final held on Friday 19th May at the newly refurbished Khalifa Stadium, the first of the football stadiums to be complete in advance of the 2020 World Cup.

Along with representatives from community groups and countries from around the globe, the RGS promoted ‘Education in Great Britain’ and celebrated ‘Great British Children’s Authors’. Children were provided with an opportunity to enjoy well known stories by British authors including Roald Dhal, Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and J.K. Rowling and completed activities linked to some of their favourite British  book characters.

The event was attended by thousands of people and our stand proved to be one of the most popular with its iconic British themed props and book character cutouts.

Mr Downs, the School Head  proved to be a main attraction in his Union Jack suit and tie. He was very much in demand for photographs. 

Family Fun Day

On Saturday 25th January we enjoyed our first RGS Family Fun Day.  Even the bad weather couldn’t dampen our spirits. We welcomed current and new families who enjoyed the games, the bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and delicious food.  

Book Week

On Sunday 26th February we launched our very successful ‘Book Week’ at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar. Throughout the week we celebrated our love of books and the enjoyment and importance of reading.

Each morning throughout ‘Book Week’ the whole school joined together in the library to share a story read by one of the teachers. We were also delighted to welcome author Hana Rogers to our school who read her fantastic storybook ‘Everyday Wishes’. We were especially grateful to our parents, who came in to the library during the school day to read us our favourite stories.

We also held a number of ‘Book’ competitions. As well as a photographic ‘Guess the Reader’, we also asked all of our pupils to create a story box or story bag to display the characters and themes of their chosen book. The standard of entries was exceptional.

We enjoyed bedtime stories dressed in our pyjamas, searched high and low for missing ‘Superworm’, wrote our own story books, designed a relaxing reading garden and colourful book covers and came to school to celebrate ‘World Book Day’ dressed as our favourite book character. The children were very excited when they arrived at school to be greeted by Scarecrow Downs (our Head of School) and there was lots of excitement when they saw their class teachers and staff in their various costumes.

Well done to everyone, but particularly to our wonderful parents for their help throughout the week.

Health Week

From the 5th – 9th February we held a very successful ‘Health Week’ at the RGSGQ, aimed at helping our pupils understand the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise.

Each morning during Health Week the whole school gathered to take part in morning exercise led by Mr Downs, Head of School. What a great way to start the day with fun and enjoyable stretching and dance routines.

Throughout the week there was lots of exciting activities taking place with each day focused on a different theme. ‘On Soccer Sunday’ we welcomed Qatar Premier League Soccer School into our school and on ‘Movement Monday’ we all took part in yoga and dance sessions, as well as navigating an obstacle course using our bikes, scooters and other forms of transport. ‘Tasty Tuesday’ focused on eating a healthy balanced diet and we learnt how to make healthy, delicious snacks, including tropical fruit kebabs. During ‘Keep Well Wednesday’ Nurse Odessa visited our classroom and talked to us about keeping well and looking after our bodies. We learnt how to brush our teeth – the correct way! Finally, on Thursday 9th February we held our first ever Sports Day, which brought our Health Week and our second school term to a successful end.

 

Sports Day

 

Nettles Wins Sports Day, 2017

As part of our Health Week we held Sports Day on Thursday 9th February. Pupils took part in a range of sporting events alongside their peers from the same House team. It was great to see everyone trying so hard and using the skills they have been learning in PE lessons. Students in older year groups supported their younger team mates and there was lots of encouragement provided by staff and parents. After lots of different activities and some very exciting running races, it was Nettles who was crowned Sports Day Champions 2017. Nettles finished with a total of 279 points which was just nine ahead of Powell who finished second on 270 points and Valpy who finished third on 258 points.
Well done to Wali’s Mum and  to Yared and Ayana’s Dad who won the adults races! 

 

International Day Celebrations

On the 27 October (2016), our whole school community came together to celebrate our very first school event, International Day. It was a wonderful celebration and an accumulation of our week’s learning about the many different countries that make up the world in which we live. It was also an opportunity for our pupils to learn about different cultures and develop an appreciation of the multicultural environment we are fortunate to enjoy at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar.

The pupils, staff and parents came dressed to school in a variety of national costumes and we enjoyed a colorful ‘around the world’ assembly of dance and song from our Early Years and Stage 1 pupils. Our Year 2 pupils described their home countries and provided us with some interesting information about countries as varied as Egypt, Italy, Australia, Qatar and England.

For lunch we enjoyed a magnificent International Day banquet with food from all over the world which was organised by our parent volunteers. Each food table was decorated with flags and artefacts from the various countries represented.

Our pupils had spent all week learning about their own country and the countries that their friends and teachers come from, as well as the class country that their teacher had chosen to represent this year.

During International Day all of our pupils had the opportunity to explore even more countries as they visited each other’s classrooms to explore Mexico, USA, France and Japan and collect passport stamps in their RGS passports. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in every classroom and a wonderful, broad range of learning opportunities to enjoy from making maracas in Mexico to creating beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan.

 

 

RGSGQ Wins Prestigious Business Award

Within the first term of opening its doors to students, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘QBBF  Start Up Business of the year 2016’ by the Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF).

At a recent awards ceremony held at the Oryx Rotana Hotel, Qatar (30 November, 2016), hosted by the QBBF and in front of an audience of 180 of Qatar’s most eminent British business leaders, Paul Bridges, Principal of The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar, collected the award from His Excellency the British Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Ajay Sharma and QBBF Chairman, Mr Emad Turkman MBE.

Announcing the winner, Matt Kitson, QBBF Committee Member stated that competition for the award had been high amongst a number of sectors, but that The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar was a worthy winner having created a large and successful British business in Qatar, over a very short period of time. Kitson added that this had only been possible due to the dedication of the team, coupled with strong leadership, which had allowed the project to overcome a number of unprecedented challenges, not least those associated with the current economic climate caused by the fall in oil prices.

Kitson commented that The Royal Grammar School, Guildford had created strong partnership links with Qatar, which was benefitting both the UK and Qatar and was an excellent example of the work the QBBF does, which is to promote business excellence and Qatari partnering in the British community.

On receiving the award, Bridges commented that he was honoured to receive such a prestigious award and to have been welcomed so warmly into the Qatar British business community. “This was the Royal Grammar School in Guildford’s first venture overseas in our 500 years’ history. Our aim has been to raise the profile of the British curriculum here in Qatar and to work with our Qatari partners, Al Qamra Holding, to provide the same high standards of British education in Qatar, that we offer at our very successful RGS, Guildford and Lanesborough schools in Guildford, Surrey. We came to Qatar at the invitation of the Chairman, Mr Hamad Al Qamra and it is his passion, vision and generosity which has made the Royal Grammar School in Guildford possible here in Qatar. I would also personally like to thank the staff of the RGS in Qatar, our success has been largely due to their hard work, determination and talent and over the coming years we hope to provide many thousands of children living in Qatar with a first-class RGS, Guildford education.”

 

Qatar National Day Celebrations

On Thursday 15th December we celebrated Qatar National Day (official celebration date is 18th December).

Staff and pupils came to school wearing traditional Qatari dress or items of clothing that represented Qatar.

During the morning pupils took part in a series of activities aimed at increasing their knowledge of the country that we live in and its customs and traditions. There was traditional music and dancing, henna hand art and we particularly enjoyed having our photographs taken with the majestic falcon. Parents were invited to join us for a special National Day assembly, in which we entertained them with dancing and traditional stories about the history of Qatar. This was followed by a family picnic outside.