ACS Doha is celebrating the school’s historic victory earlier this month in the Qatar Foundation (QF) League U19 final. This an outstanding achievement considering this was the school’s first senior football squad, who played their first season, eventually winning to become the best school football team in Doha. The team are currently being coached by Chris Quinn and are busy preparing for their first overseas football tournament in Dubai in February 2016.
I believe that extracurricular programmes have a huge role to play in enriching a child’s experience at school and I think this level of enrichment, is something that goes way beyond learning a new skill or a physical task. Many students derive a huge sense of fulfilment from participation in extracurricular sport and central to that experience is the way it is delivered. We place great importance on positive language and energetic delivery when working with our students in such settings. Regardless of what activities students are involved in, we essentially see moments like these as opportunities to make kids feel good about themselves and develop a love for something.
If you were to ask me more specifically about Coerver, I would say that therein exist some core philosophies which we as a school can easily marry ourselves to. A huge part of the Coerver curriculum is the commitment to developing self-efficacy in students and the programme goes way beyond purely the acquisition of skill (which is what people tend to associate it with most quickly). The programme has a mind-set and an attitude towards improvement that goes with it and conveys the message that talent is something that is not fixed, can always be improved and lastly that it is of redundant use, without coupling it with hard work.