The School Day and Term Dates, Calendar 2018-19

Dear Parents

I am writing to you to inform you of the term dates for next academic year and also of some important changes to the school day. From the start of the new term on Wednesday 29th August, we will be increasing the length of the day by 15 minutes to add an extra 1 hour and 15 minutes of lesson time each week. This will mean an increase from 25 hours of lessons per week to 26 hours and 15 minutes.

We have done this in order to deliver more learning to our students and better meet the needs of teaching both the British Curriculum and the requirements of the Ministry of Education. The lesson times and break times have been re-organised slightly to accommodate this change and the new start and finish times, for each age group, are published below. Please note we have not changed the times for our youngest students, who already have very long days.

Early Years

FS1 and FS2

Nursery and Reception

Key Stage 1

Year 1 and Year 2

Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5

Year 3 – Year 13

Start 7.00am 7.00am 7.00am
Finish 12.50pm 1.05pm 1.20pm
The School Creche will continue to run until 3pm for those parents who wish to book their children in for after school care After School Activities will now begin at 1.30pm and finish at 2.30pm

Although the changes are relatively small we hope the extra lesson time will have a positive effect on raising standards and we trust you will support us with these changes. Our aim was to take into account a number of things:

  • To increase the lesson time each week for the students in Year 3 and above.
  • To keep the start of the day the same
  • To not start and finish at the same times as our neighbouring schools and make the traffic worse
  • To spread the departure times for students a little more to ease traffic but keep them close enough for families who have children of different ages across the school

In addition to this information I would also like to inform you of our term dates for the next academic year which are printed on the reverse of this letter. We thank you for your continued loyalty and support for QIS and look forward to an excellent year next year.

Your sincerely,


Mr D.C.M. Baker



Term Dates 2018-2019

Term 1
Wednesday 29th August 2018                                                  Term commences

Wednesday 24th October -Thursday 1st November                 Half Term

Monday 17th December                                                            End of Term 1

Term 2
Sunday 6th January 2019                                                          Term commences

Sunday 10th February – Thursday 14th February                     Half Term Holiday

Friday 8th March                                                                      School Fair

Wednesday 3rd April                                                               End of Term 2

Term 3

Sunday 14th April                                                                   Term Commences

Sunday 2nd June- Thursday 6th June                                    Eid al-Fitr Holiday

Thursday 27th June                                                               End of Term 3

New Year start: – Confirmed by the Ministry of Education & Higher Education

All dates maybe subject to change by the Ministry or in line with declared official holidays in Qatar


TERM DATES 2018-2019