Arts, Music & Sports

Visual and Performing Arts are integral to the IB Primary Years Programme and continued as specialist subjects throughout the Middle Years Programme. ISL also provides an advanced course of study in the Visual Arts that students can elect as part of their IB Diploma programme.

The Visual Arts at ISL Qatar

Our Visual Art programme fosters imaginative thinking, expression of ideas and communication. These capacities are basic to the artistic process, and also contribute to a wider range of learning and experiences.

The ISL Visual Arts programmes comprise a broad range of conceptual, material and dimensional form through which students communicate, learn about themselves, and make meaning of the world. They involve students in making objects and images through which ideas, experiences and feelings are made tangible. The Visual Arts link social, cultural, and spiritual action and belief, and inform relationships with other people and our environment.

Much of our experience of the world is visual. Visual experiences promote a variety of ways of looking, describing and responding to the world and involve people in investigating, making and interpreting art.

At ISL the visual arts stimulate our thinking and feeling. They are characterized by established conventions and methods of enquiry that are founded on the traditions of the past. They can also reflect the innovations of contemporary times by communicating information, promoting enquiry, expressing ideas, and presenting us with challenges to evolve innovative art forms and technologies.

Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, computer-generated art and combinations of these forms are some of the visual arts that reflect the traditions and modern-day expressions of cultures and societies. Their forms and processes enable students to tell stories about themselves, to express their personal and collective identities, and to participate in the local and global community.


ISL Qatar students have the opportunity to study a variety of music instruments including voice with peripatetic teachers. Students also perform at community events in Doha and in school musicals. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in music through ISL Qatar’s affiliation with RockSchool, which helps students gain recognised music qualifications. ISL Qatar also produces an annual musical which welcomes the participation of students from all grades.

Physical & Health Education at ISL Qatar

The PHE department aims to produce confident and physically literate students, whose love of sport extends into their adult life.

Students in PYP will explore a variety of activities to develop their skills. Students begin to develop the fundamental skills across a breadth of sports, team building and aesthetic activities. Students will begin to demonstrate personal and social behaviour, which respects the rights, beliefs and backgrounds of all.

As students’ progress into the MYP and have the opportunity to experience a variety of roles within PHE, such as Coach, Official and Player. The MYP PHE program gives experiences to be authentically assessed in small-sided and conditioned situations, developing skill and decision making. Students will experience a number of activities allowing for an inclusive curriculum where all student’s abilities and skills are recognised. Students will be given the knowledge and understanding to enable them to become lifelong participates in physical activity and take action in becoming responsible for their own physical, mental and social health.