DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways has officially opened its new Oryx International School, a premium education facility dedicated to the children of the airline’s employees. The school reflects Qatar Airways’ commitment to its staff, by ensuring both employees and their children receive the first-class training and education needed to excel.
The school was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
The school inauguration was also attended by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Ajay Sharma; Sheikha Hanoof Al Thani; Chairman of Orbital Education, Mr. Kevin McNeany; Director of Private Schools, Mr. Hamad al-Ghali and Brigadier Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Muftah. To mark the occasion, H.E. Mr. Al Baker revealed a commemorative plaque, which was followed by a tour of the school’s facilities.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways has a commitment to its employees, and we are proud to extend this commitment to now include their children by providing them with a facility that is dedicated to ensuring they receive the highest level of education. The Oryx International School will deliver to the same standard as our airline, offering impeccable education, delivered through a strong curriculum by the finest teachers. This is our way of ensuring that Qatar Airways is not only the best airline but also provides the best opportunities to our colleagues and their families too.”
Chairman of Orbital Education, Mr. Kevin McNeany included: “We are delighted to have launched Oryx International School in Doha, in partnership with our good friends at Qatar Airways. Companies like Qatar Airways need to attract and retain the best talent and when employees are moving around the world, the availability of top class schools is often a factor in the decisions they make. We wanted to make sure that, for Qatar Airways employees, moving to Doha allows them to access the finest in international education, supported by their employer and with the assurance that there is no better school in the city for their children.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Human Resources, Ms. Nabeela Fakhri added: “Providing the best possible facilities and care for our staff is a priority for Qatar Airways and supporting development and learning does not end with our employees, their children too are a vital part of the Qatar Airways family. Through the provision of a world-class education we aim to ensure our staff and their families continue to develop and grow with us here in Qatar.”
Oryx International School is ideally located to be easily accessible to Qatar Airways employees, with the school day planned in line with the airline’s office hours to increase convenience. The school follows the National Curriculum for England, providing students with educational breadth, balance, challenge, continuity and coherence in an interactive, participative environment.
Catering to students from Early Years through to Primary, Oryx International School is committed to recognising students as individuals with their own unique learning needs. Exciting plans are already underway for a state-of-the-art new 41,000m² school campus to be built in Abu Hamour, which will house both primary and secondary students. The futuristic design encompasses a fully-equipped auditorium, 11,200m² playground and sees all students benefit from the most advanced technology throughout the building.
Oryx International School offers an environment that enables a rich learning experience, providing the nurturing needed for students to become successful learners, ethical individuals, and international citizens. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy numerous after school activities, which will change on a termly basis, some of these include Science Club, arts and crafts, Book Club, sport multi-skills, gardening, construction, and more, all of which will be carried out in a safe and caring environment.
Principal, Mr. Jarlath Madine added that: “The opening of Oryx International School by Qatar Airways and Orbital Education is a landmark event for the airline and its employees. I am hugely honoured to be Principal of this exceptional school. We aim to ensure that every student leaves the school enabled, confident and ready to take on the challenge of their next stage of life. They will have effective behaviours for learning and attitudes for life that will enable them to thrive and succeed as global citizens of the 21st Century.”
The school will operate in synergy with the Qatar Airways community and has tailored the school day to meet the needs of the employees by ensuring it is in line with their office hours. One of the first projects the new school will undertake is the China Exchange; a teacher exchange programme with rural schools in China allowing participants to benefit from cultural and knowledge interchange.