(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
The Hamilton International School (Hamilton), a brand-new school which is part of UK-based International Schools Partnership (ISP), launched on Friday its on-campus theatre, the largest in Qatar.
The theatre features an auditorium that can accommodate 850 guests, with a VIP balcony, an orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art backstage facilities. In addition, the school also has a 250-seat black box theatre.
Speaking to local media at the event, Terry Senior (pictured), Hamilton Principal, revealed the school's robust performing arts programme and plans to host major concerts and performances.
'Because we have an amazing theatre, we are going to have major productions coming to use our theatre including orchestras and major West End productions. Using both our theatres, we are going to have dance and theatre clubs, where people can come to have acting, singing and dancing sessions, said Senior.
The school which can accommodate 2,301 students is fully equipped with amazing facilities including nine science laboratories, five ICT suites, three libraries and a stadium with two swimming pools, indoor tennis courts, fitness centre, dance studios, among others, said Senior.
'I guess our facilities are amazing but what happens inside the classrooms with our amazing teachers defines us as a school. Using an international curriculum, we are moving away from the traditional and into seeing our students really love school, he said.
He also underlined the school will maximise the use of facilities with after-school programmes such as swimming, football, taekwondo, basketball, tennis, and volleyball as well as performing arts.
To mark the theatre's inauguration, the school collaborated with 'Gotta Sing! led by Greg Arrowsmith, a Musical Director from the West End for the London Palladium pantomimes, and Joanne Corrigan, an experienced ex-BBC live programme editor and producer, to host a series of workshops throughout the day for children, teaching them about singing, mastering their vocals, and other aspects of performing arts.
The theatrical event titled 'An Afternoon at the Theatre featured workshops concluded with a performance by more than 250 children who brought the stage to life and impressed the audience with their talents.
Hamilton International School offers the International Early Years (IEYC) and International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is taught in over 2,000 schools across 98 countries. Students at Hamilton will eventually graduate with either an IB Diploma or a High School Diploma accredited by NEASC, a US accreditation organisation.
Catering to students aged between 3 and 10 years during its first year of operation, Hamilton plans to expand and become a pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school.