Posted by cassandramolloy on 13 September, 2017 @ 10:27
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Last year, we said goodbye to some wonderful friends here at SEK Qatar. Some of our teachers and their families left Doha to pursue careers in other parts of the world and it is always hard to say goodbye. People migrate for many different reasons and so, to initiate our unit studies, 5B got in touch with Mr. Fernando and his daughter Julia to hear all about their recent migration to Malaysia.
We got to hear all about their big move, including the various challenges and opportunities they have been experiencing and the students were very excited to hear details of a migration journey. We found out that Julia’s class is also inquiring into migration, so we got to share and compare our ideas as well as discuss different perspectives on the same topic.
Life in Malaysia seems very different to life here in Qatar. One of the coolest things we heard about was the monkeys who visit the children in the school yard at break times. While we love to monkey around at break times too, we certainly don’t have any monkeys here at SEK. Besides the heat, our desert climate is vastly different to the tropical climate of Malaysia. Julia and Mr. Fernando described the lush green surroundings of their school. Their school uniform reflects these surroundings by being bright green and yellow. We found this very interesting indeed. Another thing the class seemed very keen to hear more about was the fact that Julia studies food technology and learns how to cook at school.
There were of course, many similarities as well. For instance, the PHE uniform consists of various house colour t-shirts and the daily schedule is pretty similar in structure with their lessons being 40 minutes long instead of 50 minutes. Even though we may be in very different parts of the world, school life is very similar and the expectations are in line with ours. They are in an IB school with the learner profile, attitudes, concepts, skills and action is encouraged in all learning areas.
Overall, this was a very engaging skype call and the students loved gaining new knowledge and reflecting on the process of migration. Next week, 5A & 5B hope to continue our skype sessions and to collaborate further with Mr. Fernando, Julia and the students in Year 6 at their school.