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Rayyan Reporter, 26 January

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Preparations are well under way for our International Week, which will take place during the week beginning Sunday 19th February. Friends of Compass are supporting the event and hope to create continent themed displays and some art work. Each Milepost will be focusing on a particular continent this year and their performance will reflect their learning. We are all really looking forward to the buffet and of course, the flag parade. If you would like to assist with any aspect of International Week, please contact Mrs Sarah Harper on sarah.harper@nais.qa

Our Year 6 students, set off for Al Jeer in Sharjah on Sunday, full of excitement and anticipation for their expedition. There were a few anxious parents in school but the regular updates from the camp have helped to reassure them that their children are having a fantastic time. Mr Metcalf has kept us all up to date on Twitter. I am sure you have enjoyed watching the children take the ‘Leap of Faith’, raft building and scale walls and ladders at great heights. What a fantastic opportunity! I can’t wait to hear all about it on their return and share their experiences at assembly on 9th February.

This week we held a House Assembly, to get an update from House Leaders and Captains on how well our team is working. Certificates were awarded to the children in each class who got most points for their house. A great achievement for them. We are all looking forward to battling it out on the sports field during Sports Days to see who can win most points for their house. House t shirts are available from our Admissions Office, Lisa, priced at QR30 each.

On Wednesday 15th February, our visiting musician from Juilliard School, New York will be at Rayyan campus. We hope to be able to offer a parent recital in the morning. I hope you can come along to hear Jessica Meyer play some of her favourite viola compositions.

There is an exciting opportunity for our Years 3-6 students to be part of an international music festival, with performances held in Dubai. Our schools in Doha and Al Khor are joining with our sister schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to hold a music festival with performances form all schools. Compass Rayyan will have a choir performing in Dubai and we are really looking forward to this event and the celebration of our students’ musical ability.  If you are interested in finding out more about it, please contact our Head of Music, Mrs Lerche.

Thank you for your patience this morning with the unannounced road works and limited parking space at the front of the school. Please use the back gate and park in the ground behind the school if possible. Both gates will be operational and it is hoped that the works will be completed over the holiday period. We are trying to contact Kharamaa to find out how long they expect to be working and I will update you with any news.

We will be supporting the Ministry of Health’s initiatives to check children’s vision and Body Mass Index (BMI) in school to identify any visual problems children may have and promote a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, we want to work together to promote healthy eating in school and at home, to give children the best opportunity for healthy living and good learning.  Children’s lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition and provide a healthy snack.

We recommend

  • At least 2 portions of fruit or vegetables every day
  • An energy giving food such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals, couscous or noodles
  • Dairy foods such as cheese, milk or yoghurt
  • Water or fruit juice

Children are required to bring in a water bottle so that they can refill it and have easy access to water throughout the day.

The school community is aware of food allergies within the student population, particularly nut allergies. Due to this we have a ‘no nut’ policy. Parents are strictly requested not to send snacks with nuts or nut products in them. If any are found, they will be removed to prevent harm to other children. 

The children in Year 3 have been learning about the rainforest in their IPC unit this term and excitedly set about creating some rainforest smoothies today, with lots of tropical fruit and delicious ingredients. They have also linked their IPC learning to French, where they have learned the names of the rainforest animals and insects in French and English. This is one of their favourite IPC units and with the Chocolate unit coming up next term, Year 3 certainly have the tastiest learning opportunities.

With the colder weather, many children are wearing clothing which are not part of our school uniform. Please support the school policy by ensuring that your child wears the appropriate clothing to school. Jackets, tights, trousers and fleeces are available from Ascot uniform. Details of our school uniform are available here.    

There are many items in Lost Property, from shoes to water bottles. Please check to see if any of your child’s missing items are there. We also have a selection of watches, glasses, jewellery and a phone which have not been claimed. Please see the School Secretary if you have lost any of those items.

This summer, we will be holding a Performing Arts programme with the Juilliard School.  It’s a fantastic summer programme that would give your child an opportunity to learn Music (vocal, instruments, piano), Dance and Drama with the Juilliard Faculty, in the beautiful setting of College du Leman in Geneva, Switzerland.  We will be sharing details with our students after half term. Please contact the School Secretary for further details if you are interested.

Please note: School is closed next week for our half term holiday. I hope you enjoy the break and cooler weather. We reopen on Sunday 5th February at 7.15am.

Have a lovely holiday.

Kind regards,

Mrs Djedid