Swiss International School of Qatar (SISQ) has received Triple IB authorisation (PYP, MYP, DP) from the International Baccalaureate Organisation in Geneva, head of school Philip Bradley announced at a ceremony held on the school premises yesterday.
Accordingly, the school is now authorised to offer its students the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Bradley said the school currently has some 720 students from 69 nationalities and is considered one of the most sought-after schools in the country. He stressed that “the school was borne out of the vision of HE the Attorney-General Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, president of the school board, as he wanted to ensure that it was truly international by attracting students and teachers from across the globe.” “Rich in language — English, Arabic and French, we continue to grow and, within only two years, we became an authorised IB continuum school — PYP, MYP and DP. Every step has made us better as individuals and better as a school,” Bradley said while addressing a gathering of students, their parents and a number of guests who included officials from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as well as Mark Malley, CEO of Bellevue Education, who came from London to take part in the event.
In his address, Malley recalled when he met HE Dr al-Marri six years ago to talk about the school project. HE Dr al-Marri told him that he needs to create a truly international school and discussed what should be done to realise such a vision, he said.
“Now the school has set the highest bar in the GCC region as HE Dr al-Marri assured me that he would give his full support to the project. It has become a school of choice in Qatar and we are proud of it. The school enjoys the efforts of a highly dedicated staff of 100 members on all levels, and I really appreciate that we have wonderful students, teachers and staff, who constitute the real asset of the school, besides being a sophisticated school as a joint venture of Bellevue and Qatar,” Malley noted.
He added that the school serves students aged from 3-18 years, and the new accreditation would enable the students to join any university around the world.
The ceremony featured a choir performance by pupils of the school, who started with the Qatar national anthem and then performed some other songs accompanied by the piano. Eventually, the students, parents and members of the school staff posed for photographs to mark the occasion.