On 20th January, 2012 the King Fahad Academy hosted the annual London International Schools’ Association prestigious annual conference for high school teachers. Nearly 600 teachers attended for the day. They attended presentations in the two halls (linked by video and audio links for the occasion) and then a choice of workshops and subject sharing meetings during the day in groups of around 20-30. Eight of these workshops were led by staff from the Academy.
The King Fahad teachers attended as delegates supported by KFA students them and the other delegates throughout the day. Twenty eight students from Grade 10 and IB acted as guides or served delicious coffee and dates in the Arabic tent that had been set up for the day in one of the gyms – a highlight for those who attended who enjoyed the music, coffee, hospitality and the occasional henna tattoo. A small group performed a traditional dance to their large audience and one helped with the audio systems.
Everyone at the conference came away with a positive image of the school and of a culture that was new to most. “I’ve never been in a Muslim school before”, said one” the students were great”. “It was just like other schools”, said another “but with some extra features.” “I never thought I would see Arabs wearing a tee shirt” said another. The food, the hospitality and the tent will live in the memories of those who attended alongside the real learning they gained from the many sessions they attended.