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Rayyan Report | Week of 16 February 2017

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Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, due to the weather, Sports days were rained off this week. Who would have thought it could rain so much! I hope you had an enjoyable Sports Day holiday and managed to join in some of the activities around town. We will reorganise our Sports Days for next week, after International Week so watch out for details of dates and times.

This morning, we held a special assembly to remind us to keep fit and have fun while exercising. Ms Gilbert led a Wake up, Shake up assembly where the whole school joined in exercises to music and warm themselves after up after a cold and damp journey to school.  Teachers and parents joined in the fun and it was a great start to the day.

This week, we had our visiting Juilliard musician, Jessica Meyer in school. Our Year 5 and 6 children enjoyed a percussion workshop with her and Year 3 had a lesson on tempo and keyboard composition with her and Mrs Lerche. It was a treat to have such a talented teacher and musician in school and I know that they children really enjoyed the lessons.

Following on from our Year 5 and 6 project on Food Waste-Need not Greed, the research and findings have been submitted to the Ministry of Education to participate in their annual science competition at primary school level. We look forward to hearing of our progress in due course.

One of our Year 6 students, Nero Stipicic, has been selected to go to MIT in Boston to participate in the Cambridge Science Fair. This is a unique opportunity to work with some of the best brains in the science world and join a select group of students from Nord Anglia Schools around the world. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience and we look forward to sharing Nero’s ambitious learning in the future.

We are delighted to announce that two of our students have progressed to the final stages of the Nord Anglia Global campus creative writing competition. Karthik Anapindi from Year 4b wrote an amazing Beast Quest story which included a fiery sand dragon and Jacob Lukjaniek from Year 2b wrote an alternative version of Little Red Riding Hood with some very interesting changes of character. Well done to both boys-we look forward to celebrating their success at a special assembly later in the term, where more details will be revealed and the final results are issued.

Part of our education in school involves promoting good health and fitness to optimise learning, and central to that is the promotion of healthy eating. A growing number of students are bringing unhealthy snacks to school including chocolate, biscuits, cakes and junk food. We would appreciate your cooperation with our healthy eating policy in ensuring that your child has a healthy snack. Included in the policy is the fact that we do not celebrate birthdays in school by holding parties or eating birthday cake. It is not a good use of our time and it impacts on learning.  Parents who wish to send in a party bag or item to celebrate their child’s birthday should not send cakes, sweets or food items.

Next week we are looking forward to one of the highlights of the school calendar. International Week begins on Sunday with a flag parade and children should wear national dress or colours to school. Parents are welcome to attend the parade and join in activities throughout the week. A separate letter with details of events has been sent out. The main events are:-

  • Sunday,19 February: International Flag parade, 8.00am in the playground
  • Wednesday,  22 February: International learning in action. Parents join classes from 7.30-8.30
  • Wednesday, 22 February: Arabian Night, Gharaffa Campus, 5.00pm
  • Thursday, 23 February: International Buffet, 7.30-8.30am
  • Thursday, 23 February: International class performances, 12.15pm, Rayyan Hall

Have a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Mrs Djedid

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