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.
FS1 and FS2
Nursery and Reception
|Key Stage 1
Year 1 and Year 2
|Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5
Year 3 – Year 13
|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.
Mr D.C.M. Baker
Term Dates 2018-2019
Wednesday 29th August 2018 Term commences
Wednesday 24th October -Thursday 1st November Half Term
Monday 17th December End of Term 1
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
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