Philippine School Doha
|Philippine School Doha
المدرسة الفلبينية الدوحة
|Type||Private Community School|
|Motto||Knowledge Begets Wisdom
( المعرفة تولد الحكمة)
|Principal||Alexander S. Acosta, PhD|
|Grades||Kindergarten to Grade 10|
Philippine School Doha (Arabic: المدرسة الفلبينية الدوحة), also known as PSD for short, is a learning institution in Qatar providing basic education for the Filipino. The school has undergone numerous processes to gain its DepEd recognition, finally receiving it in 2000. In 2011, the school received a prize from the Supreme Education Council as one of the highest achieving international schools in Qatar.
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 (Manual 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.
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.
In 2016, the school was one of twelve schools excluded from Qatar's education voucher system.
The Philippine School Doha follows the Revised Basic Education Curriculum required by the Qatar Supreme Education Council. Its present principal is Dr. Alexander S. Acosta Ph.D., who came to his current post in 2003.
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.
|Science and Health||Science and Health||Science and Technology|
|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|
The Philippine School Doha has a grading system which averages students' scores through zero-based transmutation.
The Philippine School Doha's current student governing body is the SSG (Supreme Student Government), headed by Edgar Gian P. Bernardino, the SSG President. 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.
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.
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. See the table below for all the school's co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs and organizations.
|SSG||Secondary & Intermediate|
|HIYAW (Dance & Chorale)||Secondary|
|STEP||Secondary & Intermediate|
|Dance Club||Intermediate & Primary|
|Jr. Science Club||Intermediate|
|Jr. Math Club||Intermediate|
|Jr. Basketball Club||Intermediate|
|Sr. Basketball Club||Secondary|
|Table Tennis 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|
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 through balanced reporting and free expression of ideas, sentiments and opinions. The school paper has regular sections named Campus News, Opinion, Voices Bureau, Editorial, Features, Literary, Entertainment, and Sports.
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- "12 Schools Excluded from Educational Voucher System". Ministry of Education and Higher Education - News Details. Qatar. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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