In April 2014 Brother George Anchupankil arrived in Doha, Qatar, to become the inaugural principal of Olive International School. The school was established under the auspices of the Indian based Luminous Academic Services Private Limited, they had approached the Indian Province to supply Brothers to administer the school. Bishop Camillo Ballin, mccj, Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, granted permission for the school to open.
The inauguration ceremony on 5th September, 2014.
From left: Mr. Dean Gilchrist, Sheikha Athba bint
Tamer al-Thani, Br. Jerome Ellens, Mr. S.K.
Sareen, Mr. Dinesh Udenia, Mr. Nasser Al-Malki,
Mr. Saleh Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Br. A. J. George and
Mr. Davis Edakulathur
Much had to be done, the school was being set up from scratch. The questions and challenges were many but on the 5th September, 2014, two campuses were formally inaugurated: a primary campus and a separate kindergarten campus, and soon work began on a third campus.
Very soon and without too much trouble and with the third campus, another kindergarten, opened, the student population rose to 1020. The students are, in the main, the children of Indian expatriates working in Qatar. The staff are mainly Indian as well, but several nationalities are on staff. Several of the teachers were in fact recruited from Patrician schools in India.
(<< Map of the Doha area and the four campuses. The Nuaija campus is the main campus. From Abu Hamour to Um Salal it is around 30 kilometres.)
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School website: http://oliveschooldoha.com