What is International Mindedness? At QAIS it is a founding principle, a way of life and an ideal we strive for every single day. This paradigm shift requires of every single staff member, student and parent to remove their own cultural lens and look at the world with an international mind. A way of thinking, which celebrates and promotes a multitude of multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement . 

This year our two guiding themes are “Gratitude” and “Embrace Diversity”. We are grateful to welcome staff from more than 14 different countries, 5 different continents, most of whom have lived in 2 countries other than their home country and some who have lived in up to 12 different countries. That means we all know what it is like to be ‘the other’ in a foreign culture and can strive to make no child feel left out because he or she is different. Teachers are risk-takers, who bring their travels and their broadened horizons into the classroom every single day.  

We all pledge to have every student, staff member, and parent treated with dignity and respect at all times. As a community, it is imperative that we show solidarity and constant vigilance to protect one another from speech, gestures, actions and attitudes that could be interpreted as hurtful or disrespectful toward anyone due to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical attributes, disability, age, or socio-economic status. We aim to love and respect one another so that we can bring our vision of a peaceful world one step closer to fruition.