Posted on June 05, 2016

Meritorious students from Gulf English School’s (GES) secondary section, AS and IB Class of 2016 were felicitated during the Graduation Day held recently. H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani presented the certificates to 24 IB and 75 AS graduates. Having earned acceptance to Universities in the UK, Canada and Qatar, they will now step out into the world to pursue higher studies.

Further, special awards were given to three outstanding performers, namely Ahmed Mashadi for Highest Achievement, Malika Mamdova as Most International, and Maryam Farid for Greatest Contribution to the School. “I’d like to start off by congratulating the graduating Class of 2016 for their accomplishments and the positive contributions they’ve made over the years to Gulf English School. But tonight is not about the past, it’s about your future,” said Mona El Helbawi, Principal of GES, in his address.

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Exemplar GES Alumnus, Nawal Mir, from the Class of 2013, spoke of his memories of studying IB at GES. He encouraged students to be inspired and strive to achieve the impossible, pave the way for the future and make the world a better place. He also talked about the importance of making the right choices and having the correct mindset. “Educate and improve yourselves and create more solutions. Since you have even greater opportunities than my generation, do not ever take any of the opportunities that come your way for granted,” he told the graduates.

Malika Mammadova, IB graduate of Class 2016,while addressing the gathering, thanked her teachers, coaches, family and friends who all helped make graduation day possible for her as well as for her classmates. "At GES, we have garnered a unique toolkit of skills and developed everlasting relationships that we will always be able to rely on. The solution to any problem will always be within reach; you just have to look inside yourself and find it,” she said.

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Mr. David Frame, Head of Secondary, and Mr. Daniel Langfield, Head of Sixth Form too spoke on the occasion. They advised the students to keep up the momentum and continue their growth, knowledge and education as they went forward. With thanks given to teachers and family for their support through their high school days, the day ended on a celebratory note with tossing of the caps into the air, and cheers echoing throughout the venue.