All students in Grade 9 are expected to take part in the work experience programme as part of their work-related learning education. The aim is to provide an ‘experience of work’ rather than specific job training.
Students get the opportunity to work with an employer for a short, unpaid period of time to learn more about different industries. They can observe and work alongside people as they go about their daily tasks and experience the disciplines of the workplace, such as attendance, time-keeping, regulations and the importance of teamwork, particularly in a job or area of work that they might be interested in pursuing in the future.
Students get an insight into what employers look for when recruiting and how the subjects they study in school link to certain jobs. It provokes thought about careers that had not been considered before and the skills and grades needed to plan for the future.
Details of a full orientation program will be provided to parents and students at the start of grade 9.
QAW began offering this exciting and enriching experience for our students in 2019, The Global exchange program was launched.
QAW and Qatar Foundation International worked together to provide a truly memorable experience for our students. This year QAW teamed up with Dominion High and Park View High School in Loudoun County, Virginia in the United States. After going through a rigorous selection process each student at QAW was paired with a buddy from Dominion High and Park view. With regular virtual exchanges, students are able to learn, discover and explore the lives and country of their buddy.
The buddies are then invited over to Qatar. The students are able to explore all that Qatar has to offer, from Al Shaqab equestrian centre, Al Jazeera TV Network, Souq Waqif and the numerous Museums. There are many benefits to a student exchange program, some educational and personal benefits include:
- Allows for an understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives
- Language acquisition through practical immersion
- Enhanced interest in global issues
- Offers a multifaceted approach to learning and equips students with analytical and problem solving skills.
- Self-development and awareness leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Maturity and social poise, fuelled by the necessity to confront challenges outside a familiar support network and comfort zone.
- Development of life-long friendships, fostering an appreciation of home and family.
- A tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion encourages students to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain fresh goals.
Middle school exploratory and experiential learning
For an hour and a half every week, Grade 6-8 students attend their MEET class. A time for students to spend meaningful time exploring and engaging with a variety of exciting classes.
For many students, middle school may be the last opportunity to explore new subjects and interests, the last time to learn to play the flute, play chess, or practice their culinary skills.
With MEET Students are offered wide-ranging opportunities and experiences that they would not otherwise have.
Some examples of MEET classes offered at QAW
School of Life (Farming/horticulture and Food Tech)
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