The German School Doha (GSD) will today welcome around 20 new first grade students to the school following the summer break, and the school will be observing a German tradition as it does so.
A school official explained that each student will be presented with a cardboard cone which will be filled with sweets and small novelty gifts, such as stationery. These cones will be presented to each child by their parents on the first school day – just as they would be if they were in Germany.
The school was founded in October of last year, and this year will welcome 80 students between the ages of three and 15 in the school and preschool sections.
“Teaching staff for pre and primary school have studied in Germany,” explained the official, adding “in preschool, German is the main language and English as a foreign language is also offered.”
“From first grade onwards, natural sciences, German, English, music and handicrafts are taught as major subjects,” she said, adding “Arabic classes will follow in the future.”
The new headmaster at the school, Ilka Detampel claimed that the GSD accomplishes further objectives: “Our goal is to provide first class education based on German educational standards. Additionally we want to attract local and international pupils in the future and to function as an open house for an intercultural exchange in Qatar.”
She added that since March 2009 the Initiative German Language Classes Qatar in co-operation with the GSD and the German Business Council Qatar (GBCQ) has been offering German language lessons for adult beginners.
The lessons are based on the curriculum of the Goethe Institute, and new classes will begin in October.
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