PSD an­nual ‘Field Demon­stra­tion’ cel­e­brates cul­tural di­ver­sity

Gulf Times - - QATAR - By Pe­ter Ala­gos Busi­ness Re­porter

Pomp and flair was the cen­tre­piece of the per­for­mances of Philip­pine School Doha (PSD) stu­dents, who cel­e­brated the aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion’s an­nual ‘Field Demon­stra­tion’ at the Al Rayyan Sports Club yes­ter­day.

“This event show­cases the tal­ent of PSD stu­dents and the cre­ativ­ity of the school fac­ulty,” said school prin­ci­pal Dr Alexan­der Acosta, who spoke to Gulf Times on the side­lines of the cel­e­bra­tion.

“The dif­fer­ence of this year’s field demon­stra­tion is that it em­pha­sises the theme ‘Mixed World’, where the stu­dents’ per­for­mances high­light the dif­fer­ent cul­tures around the globe, par­tic­u­larly the Filipinos.”

“At the same time, the per­for­mances also un­der­line that the Filipino cul­ture is rich and that it can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated when com­bined with other cul­tures of the world,” Acosta con­tin­ued. Not only is the an­nual ‘Field Demon­stra­tion’ one of the high­lights of PSD’s 26th found­ing an­niver­sary, but it also gives em­pha­sis to the fact that the school “is now lev­el­ling up to the stan­dards of in­ter­na­tional schools in Qatar,” Acosta pointed out.

Ac­cord­ing to Acosta, PSD suc­cess­fully com­pleted the Progress in In­ter­na­tional Read­ing Lit­er­acy Study (PIRLS), con­ducted by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Eval­u­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tional Achieve­ment (IEA). Acosta said PIRLS “is de­signed to mea­sure chil­dren’s read­ing lit­er­acy achieve­ment, to pro­vide a base­line for fu­ture stud­ies of trends in achieve­ment, and to gather in­for­ma­tion about chil­dren’s home and school ex­pe­ri­ences in learn­ing to read.”

“The re­sults re­vealed that PSD sur­passed the per­for­mance of in­ter­na­tional schools and pub­lic schools in Qatar, and we are very proud to an­nounce this to the par­ents and to the en­tire Filipino com­mu­nity in Qatar,” Acosta said.

He con­tin­ued: “We at­tribute this achieve­ment to our teach­ers and to our pro­grammes for read­ing lit­er­acy. We have the clin­i­cal read­ing pro­gramme from pre-school up to pri­mary, and we also have dif­fer­ent read­ing re­me­di­a­tion classes in in­ter­me­di­ate to high school.

“We did not choose the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents dur­ing the as­sess­ment but through a ran­dom sam­pling from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. We have al­ready re­ceived the PIRLS graph from the min­istry and this is, by far, our great­est achieve­ment for the year.”

Aside from PIRLS, Acosta said other PSD achieve­ments in 2018 in­clude an­other three-year in­sti­tu­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Qatar Na­tional School Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (QNSA). He said this is the se­cond time PSD has re­ceived QNSA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The QNSA eval­u­a­tion team spent two weeks at PSD’s new cam­pus in Abu Hamour ear­lier this year be­fore fi­nal­is­ing their as­sess­ment, Acosta stressed.

“Once a school is granted an ac­cred­i­ta­tion, it el­e­vates the stan­dards of the school and also gives the school ad­min­is­tra­tion the con­fi­dence that it is giv­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents,” he added.

PIC­TURE:

Colour­ful props add zest to the an­nual ‘Field Demon­stra­tion’ held yes­ter­day at Al Rayyan Sports Club. Ram Chand

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