The Swiss International School of Qatar (SISQ), a partnership between the State of Qatar and Bellevue Education, is a new international private school for students from the age of 3 to 18 due to open January 2017.
It offers state of the art brand new facilities in Al Luqta and will initially accept children from 3 to 5 for the Early Years Programme, before opening up for children up to 14 in September 2017.“I am honoured to be establishing such an important school in the centre of Doha,” said Mark Malley, CEO of Bellevue Education, who has been personally involved in setting up the school since the beginning. Bellevue Education, a group of thirteen exceptional co-educational and single-sex day and boarding schools across the UK and Switzerland, is committed to excellence in education through a relentless focus on quality as a result of continued investment in teachers, technology, buildings and facilities. All Bellevue students are treated as an individual with their own unique sets of talents and skills, and achieve exceptional results as a natural outcome of instilling a lifelong love of learning.The Swiss International School of Qatar (SISQ) will aim to provide an outstanding international education set in an environment that excites, inspires and challenges every student to excel academically and socially. Through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (of which the school is currently pursuing authorization for), an internationally recognized programme that encourages learning in and beyond the classroom, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, students will develop intercultural awareness, language skills, and a passion for sport, drama and music.As a Bellevue school, SISQ combines the best of traditional education and most innovative teaching practices, ensuring that children learn how to learn. Most importantly, they develop a love of learning that will enable them to thrive both at school and beyond. “We will be providing a strong curriculum, great teaching and personal care that ensures that each child flourishes and succeeds.” Mr Malley said. Whilst the main language at the school will be English, as a Swiss international school, SISQ will include elements of Swiss culture and the French language as part of the overall curriculum. Other languages as well as Arabic will be provided, and for the local children Arabic, Islamic studies, and Qatari history and culture are integral elements of their curriculum at SISQ. It is SISQ’s aim to ensure that students will join an international classroom where they are exposed to different cultures, languages and views.