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A successful start to the new year at the Swiss International School

Posted on: 14 Sep 2017

There was an air of excitement at the Swiss International School in Qatar (SISQ) on Sunday 10 September 2017, as Philip Bradley, Head of School, and his team of over 60 leadership, teaching and administrative staff members, were waiting to welcome over 300 children of almost 50 different nationalities for their first day of school. It was a symbolic day for the entire SISQ team, as the results of all their hard work and dedication in ensuring the successful full launch of the school, could be seen in every corner of the school buildings. The obvious reward being lots of happy and smiling children, many whom had been unable to sleep the night before in anticipation of their new life at SISQ. 

Mr Bradley remarked that “Today was the culmination of a monumental team effort that was envisioned almost three years ago. The pace certainly picked up in the last few weeks and hundreds of “moving-parts” have come together with a passion and vision that you will rarely experience - the reward for all was the energy, joy and excitement radiating from our students”.

SISQ is a partnership between the State of Qatar and Bellevue Education, and officially opened its doors earlier in the year, on 4 January 2017, for 30 children aged 3 to 5 years on the Early Years Programme. The team were delighted to welcome all the January starters back again for a new school year, and now allowing them to participate in a full school community with 300 other children. As a truly international school, SISQ will ensure to promote multilingualism and cultural awareness amongst all students aged from 3 to 13 years. Through offering the highly recognized IB Programme, the school will provide a high quality education, combined with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to ensure learning and development beyond the classroom - many with the French language at its heart. 

Looking at the year ahead Mr Bradley said; “We have been ambitious and idealistic from our first moments and I have no doubt that the nurturing and caring environment we provide will enable our students to flourish and achieve their full potential in all areas this year. It is going to be a rewarding learning journey for all”.

CEO of Bellevue Education, Mark Malley, has been personally involved in setting up the school, and joined the SISQ team in greeting parents and children on the first day of school. Mr Malley said: "The successful launch of SISQ is a testament to the hard work of the staff, faculty and leadership team, and it has been truly rewarding to be here with the team to witness the start of their first academic year. I am honoured to have established such an important school in the centre of Doha, and incredibly proud to be able to meet the educational needs of international and Qatari families living in Doha, through providing a strong curriculum, great teaching and personal care to each child at SISQ." 

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