Philippine School Doha

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Philippine School Doha
المدرسة الفلبينية الدوحة
Location
Doha,  Qatar
Coordinates 25°18′24.71″N 51°28′38.19″E / 25.3068639°N 51.4772750°E / 25.3068639; 51.4772750
Information
Type Private Community School
Motto Knowledge Begets Wisdom
( المعرفة تولد الحكمة)
Established October 1992
Principal Dr. Alexander S. Acosta Ph,D
Website

Philippine School Doha (Arabic: المدرسة الفلبينية الدوحة‎), also known as PSD for short, is a major learning institution in Qatar as far as providing basic education for the Filipino is concerned. The school has undergone numerous processes to gain its DepEd recognition, finally receiving it in 2000 after 8 years of ceaseless strive for excellence. The school also aims to be the "First Philippine Science School in the Middle East", as it says in the school's vision and mission.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Philippine School Doha was established on October 1992 to serve the educational needs of the children of the Filipino community in the State of Qatar. Its birth was the result of the action of members of the Filipino community in Doha under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy. As required under the laws of the Philippines, the school has been incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit educational corporation and is duly registered as the Philippine School in Doha, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, the school is governed by the Corporation Code and special laws and regulations of the Philippines. A special set of regulations for the operation of the PSD as a private school is the MOPAR (Mannual of Policies and Regulations). This was drawn up by the IAC (Inter-Agency Committee) of regulatory agencies of the Philippine government, namely, the Department of Labor and Employment. The MOPAR is amplified by the PSD Manual of Norms and Policies approved by the Board of Trustees in order to manage and operate PSD pursuant to the amended By-laws of the school corporation. On the other hand, the school is also governed by Amiri Ordinance No. 7 of the year 1980 regarding organization of private schools in the State of Qatar and by applicable regulations of concerned local authorities. In accordance with the general provisions of the said Ordinance, PSD was given permission by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to operate as a private school of the Filipino community in Qatar, under the patronage of the Philippine Embassy in Doha. The Department of Education Culture and Sports, granted the PSD the permit to operate on March 6, 1997, per Government Permit No. 002, s. 1997. Subsequently, on February 1, 2000, Philippine School Doha was granted recognition by the DECS per Government Recognition No. 001, s. 2000.[3]

Function[edit]

The Philippine School Doha follows the Basic Education Curriculum as made by the Department of Education. Its present principal is Dr. Alexander S. Acosta Ph. D., who came to his current post in 2003.[4]

Vision[edit]

Guided by the dictum "Knowledge Begets Wisdom", the Philippine School Doha envisions itself to be the center of academic excellence as the first Philippine Science School in the Middle East abreast with the dynamics and development of society, culture, Science and Technology and the Arts. It also aspires to produce globally competitive graduates with inherent values of honesty, propriety tempered with prudence and Divine Wisdom.[5]

Mission[edit]

The Philippine School Doha, a non-stock, non-profit school, has commissioned itself to provide learners optimum quality education that is attuned with the relevance of time and technology advancement under the precept of pro-God, pro-environment, pro-people and pro-nation.[6]

Curriculum[edit]

The Philippine School Doha offers complete programs from Pre-Elementary to High School following the Revitalized Curriculum for Pre-school and the Understanding by Design for Elementary and High School, respectively prescribed by the Department of Education, Philippines; acknowledged and recognized by the Ministry of Education, Qatar.[7]

Primary Intermediate Secondary
English English English
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
Science and Health Science and Health Science and Technology
Filipino Filipino Filipino
Makabayan Makabayan Makabayan
Character Education Character Education Eduk. Pagpapahalaga(Values Ed.)
Sibika at Kultura / MSEP Musika, Sining at Edukasyong Pagpapalakas ng Katawan (MSEP) MAPEH/CAT (4th Year)
Heograpiya/Kasaysayan/Sibika (HKS) Araling Panlipunan(Social Studies)
Eduk. Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan/Computer Educ. TLE/Computer
Elective

Grading System[edit]

The Philippine School Doha has a grading system which averages students' scores through zero-based transmutation.[8]

Students[edit]

Student Government[edit]

The Philippine School Doha's current student governing body is the SSG (Supreme Student Government), headed by Laarni Pascual. Student-related activities, donations, either school-related (e.g. "A Riyal for PSD") or other concerns (e.g. donations for flood victims and other disasters occurring in the Philippines most especially), and other events are hosted by the SSG. Elections for positions in the SSG occur before a certain school year ends, usually involving two parties in the election.[9]

SARC[edit]

Vision[edit]

Total development of PSDians through lifelong co/extra curricular learning activities.[10][11]

Mission[edit]

Provide PSDians a well-balanced Student Activity Program to further enhance their total development through co and extra-curricular activities, utilizing student formation tools involving membership to clubs/organization, sports program/varsity, student coordinating body (SSG), school publication, educational outbound program, performing arts troupe and other worthwhile student activities to support the attainment of the PSD vision and mission.[12][13]

Student Clubs[edit]

The Philippine School Doha's SARC (Student Activity and Research Center) aims to provide the students a well-balanced Student Activity Program to further enhance their total development through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities based on the centre's vision and mission. The Student Activity Program includes the utilization of student formation tools involving membership to clubs/organization, sports program/varsity, student coordinating body (SSG), school publication, educational outbound program, performing arts troupe and other worthwhile student activities to support the attainment of the Philippine School Doha's vision and mission.[14][15] See the table below for all the school's co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs and organizations.

Club Department
SSG Secondary & Intermediate
Link Secondary
HIYAW (Dance & Chorale) Secondary
STEP Secondary & Intermediate
Glee Club Primary
Art Club Primary
Dance Club Intermediate & Primary
Theater Arts Secondary
Tinig Kawayan/Chorale
Drum Corps Intermediate
Future Homemakers
Jr. Science Club Intermediate
Jr. Math Club Intermediate
Jr. Basketball Club Intermediate
Sr. Basketball Club Secondary
Table Tennis Club
Volleyball Club
PSD Basketball Team
PSD Volleyball Team (Boys)
PSD Volleyball Team (Girls)
Guitar Lesson Secondary & Intermediate
Piano/Violin Lesson Secondary & Intermediate
Piano/Keyboard Lesson Secondary & Intermediate
Keyboard Lesson/Voice Lesson Secondary
Robotics Club Secondary

School Paper[edit]

Pursuant to the Republic Act 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, the Philippine School Doha promotes campus journalism and freedom of speech through the school paper. The Link, the official publication of Philippine School Doha, serves as the artery that keeps the lifeblood of school life flowing in the stream of responsibility and commitment. It reflects the activities, the needs, the voices and the achievements of the students and the school. The tagline "The Artery of Free Ideas" embodies the paper's aim to uphold the truth, the just and the beautiful through responsible journalism through its fearless views, balanced reporting and free expression of ideas, sentiments and opinions. The school paper has its regular sections namely Campus News, Opinion, Voices Bureau, Editorial, Features, Literary, Entertainment, and Sports.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Vision and Mission | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "About Philippine School Doha | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Vision and Mission | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Vision and Mission | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Vision and Mission | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Curriculum | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Curriculum | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 7-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Student Government | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 24-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Student Support Services | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 24-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "SARC PVMGO.pdf". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Student Support Services | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 24-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "SARC PVMGO.pdf". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Student Support Services | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 24-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "SARC PVMGO.pdf". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  16. ^ "Student Paper | Philippine School Doha". Psdqatar.com. Retrieved 24-11-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°18′24.71″N 51°28′38.19″E / 25.3068639°N 51.4772750°E / 25.3068639; 51.4772750