“Pi has 6.4 billion known digits that would take approximately 133 years to recite without stopping”
“Pi has 6.4 billion known digits that would take approximately 133 years to recite without stopping”
At Qatar Leadership Academy, Math Department celebrated Pi day on March 18th as March 14th was Saturday with full support of school administration and other departments. QLA has been celebrating Pi day for the past four years. This year, two schools AKIS-BS and AKIS-CBSE also participated in this event. We started our day with some fun activities such as human formation of symbol "Pi", 100 meters hurdle race where students have to answer a math question to pass the hurdle and arranging students from all three schools in the sequence of digits of Pi. This was a real fun and gave our boys the opportunity to interact and collaborate with students from other schools. All of the teachers and student-participants wore Pi day t-shirts specially designed for this day. After this we got down to some serious stuff; Math Jeopardy for grades 7 through 10 where all the students participated ardently and were very spirited to grab the 1st place. An art competition was also conducted where teams from three schools have to make a poster related to Pi day. The school and the venue of the event were decorated for the occasion displaying information about Pi day. However the main attraction was the chain of color-coded paper loops with approximately 4000 digits of Pi, which was made by all the students of QLA. Apple and blueberry pies were served to all the students and teachers during short break to bring required sweetness to this celebration and to say thanks to their support and contributions. After presentation of artwork, awards were distributed to the schools with AKIS (CBSE) lifted the winner’s trophy. The day ended with fund raising event with the help of student’s council where we organized couple of fun activities for students and teachers. The activities designed for this day was meant to create a positive environment for math and generate a curiosity among the students about the letter Pi and Math at large. Math Department hopes to continue this celebration in future with great interest and involvement.
What could be a proper gift for boys of 18, when they graduate from high school?
Students and staff of QLA were looking for innovative ideas to celebrate the work and legacy of our current grade 12 students in a meaningful way.
This is when Science &DT department came up with the idea of “ QLA Peace Forest” as a gift to our graduating students. Many of our grade 12 students have been with us for five years or more. We want lasting memories and wanted them to connect with QLA in the future. So decided to plant trees and name them after our graduating students. Each of the 21 graduating students will have a tree in their name.
Students and staff of Qatar Leadership Academy take great pride, in protecting the environment especially in and around Al Khor. Our school plays an active role in cleaning the Al Khor beach; collecting and donating gently used clothes for charity and protecting the environment by planting more trees.
Science &DT Dept. of QLA has taken environmental stewardship as one of the strategic goals for the year 2014-15. This enhances educational experiences and encourages the students to appreciate the diversity in Qatar’s environment by promoting the scientific events like Earth Week.
The ambitious mission of the social forestry project is to organize and motivate people from all walks of life to take part in tree plantation on lands like schoolyards, wastelands, roadsides and other lands owned by government.
We all know that trees cool the air around us and provide us with shade from sun. However, how many of us know that, one large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people? A tree can be a natural air conditioner. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. Studies have documented that urban vegetation can result in slower heartbeats, lower blood pressure and more relaxed brain wave patterns. Trees have been reported as having a relaxing effect on students studying for exams. Trees can create lasting impression on how a community is perceived by visitors and affect the mood and community pride of its residents.
(Source-College of Agriculture & Life science, NC State University)
Our aim was to make “QLA’s own small forest “. In the first phase, we were planning to plant 40 trees. Grade 11 students have taken the ownership of the program and decided to complete the project as a CAS activity.
The best part of the project was seeing the adults of QLA community (administrators, teachers and other employees) taking pride in getting the forestry project completed. Students succeeded in inspiring the director and the whole administrative team to come out and actively participate in planting trees.
The culminating event took place on 7th May 2015. We planted 40 plants that will grow to bear fruits. All the trees will be named after a person or a department. All grade 12 students were honored in the ceremony as they were all invited to plant their own tree. There will be an Arabic tree, a Math Tree and so on.
We learnt that there are many advantages of Social Forestry. Some of them are,
* Experiential learning for students
* Encourages environmental stewardship and love for environment.
* Beautification of school campus
* Tress can be named after people. Trees will be planted to celebrate the work and success of our current grade 12 students
* Lasting memory for students and staff
* Students get CAS hours-a requirement for IB
We will miss the current grade 12 students. We wish them the great success in their future endeavors.
On Thursday 26th February 2015 Qatar Leadership Academy held its half-yearly Promotions and Awards ceremony in front of respected parents, staff and honoured guests. The promotions and awards ceremony is organized to recognize and reward the achievements of the cadets at QLA. Promotions and Awards were presented by the Commandant, Lieutenant Hassan Saleh H A Bujaloof and the Dean of Students, Doctor Mohamed A Al Musleh.
Promotions are a recognition of the individual cadets’ prowess in their Leadership activities and put the promoted cadet into a Leadership position amongst his peers. The student body is organised along the lines of an army Battalion with officers, warrant officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. Promoted cadets may then be appointed to positions of further responsibility having attained suitable rank and demonstrated natural Leadership abilities. This promotes self –esteem, leadership and man-management skills and recognizes the abilities of the cadets which might not be apparent in a more mainstream school.
The awards are achievement ribbons that are worn on the cadets’ parade uniform. In each grade group there is a ribbon awarded for the cadet who achieves the most in each subject and there are also ribbons for the most improved cadet in each subject.
The ceremony started with a display of skills learned in the cadets Leadership lessons. This was in four parts. The first a display of unarmed combat and self-defence, the second was a group of cadets demonstrating a military fire and manoeuvre exercise simulating making contact with the enemy and fighting through a position. This was followed by a demonstration of abseiling skills in which a “casualty” was evacuated by stretcher down the abseiling tower by two cadets. The finale was a demonstration of rock climbing on the artificial rock climbing wall.
After this the battalion mustered for the promotions and awards ceremony
In addition to the academic awards, 70 cadets received a special ribbon, never before issued by QLA, to recognize their achievement in participating in the Qatar National Day celebrations on the Corniche in Doha this year.
Four cadets, Ali Saeed Y K Al-Sulaiti (Grade 8), Yousef Abdulla Y H Al-Amri (Grade 8) Fahad Adam K Althuwaini (Grade 9) and Seif Hany Sayed Ahmed (Grade 9) were awarded Distinguished Cadet ribbons for their individual contribution to Leadership at the Academy.
Other notable awards were Academic Achievement ribbons awarded to three cadets in grade 12, Mohammed Yousef A A Obaidan, Ali Salim Nasser Al Aufi and Mohammed Majid S S Al-Romaihi who were the team from QLA who achieved recognition as the best research team at the Environmental Sustainability in Qatar Challenge, a national competition.
Three cadets in Grade 12, Mamun Moalem, Mohamad Aref Ayche and Mohammad Soheil Zantout, were also awarded Academic Achievement ribbons for having completed all of the major core requirements for their International Baccalaureate Diploma
All QLA cadets in school were present for the ceremony. Some 40 cadets took part in the display and 81 cadets received a total of 104 awards and promotions between them. It was a real delight to see so many parents present to celebrate the achievements of their sons. QLA looks forward to holding a similar event again at the end of the academic year.
The event was coordinated by Head of Leadership Peter L Barnett, organised and arranged by Leadership Programme Administrator Salem B Al Fahidi assisted by the Leadership team, Colin H. Campbell, Christopher R. Johnson, Jamaal A. Cebrun-Adams, Mohamed Al-Tork, Nashat Hasan, Atalah Eid Alkhowaldeh and Mohamed Elhadi Elyas.
It was ably managed by the Public Relations Coordinator Khaled Y Khasab with the assistance of the Facilities Management Supervisor, Hassan Ahmed and the Facilities Management team at QLA. The Master of Ceremonies was Cadet Captain Ali Abdulla A A Al-Abdulla.
QLA cadets chosen as the Best Research Team Feb 2015 Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy organized a competition called “Environmental Sustainability in Qatar- Challenge” for high school and university students of Qatar. Extensive research and field work were required for the completion of the project. Qatar Leadership Academy member of Qatar Foundation for education, Science and Community Development entered three students in this competition. Our team consisted of Ali Al Aufi, Mohammed Rumaihi and Mohammed Obaidan. All are from grade 12 US Diploma Programme. It is our pleasure to report that our team is chosen as “the Best Research Team” by the Supreme committee. There were 99 entries from 34 different schools and universities. Science & Design Technology department members worked very hard along with students to make this happen. Ms. Janine, Ms. Fiona, Mr. Nagoor, Mr. J Sharma, Mr. Earl and Mr. George were part of the project. This recognition was made possible through the collaboration of Academic Affairs, public relations and facilities management of QLA. We hope that, this is just the beginning of much academic recognition that our students are going to achieve in the coming time. Our achievement shows that when collaboration and teamwork are applied well, impossible can be made possible.