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Rayyan Report | Week of 7 May

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Dear Parents,

This weekend, children from Rayyan Campus are participating in a Music Festival in Dubai alongside children from our NAE schools in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is an excellent opportunity for our children to share and develop their skills through collaboration and performance.  Mrs Lerche is accompanying the group of 14 children from Years 4-6 to participate in the festival and I am looking forward to hearing all about it. You can view photographs of the visit on our Facebook page.

This morning, Year 3a shared their learning about their IPC unit ‘Chocolate’ and entertained us with some amazing facts and singing. We shared the A to Z of chocolate and learned many chocolate facts about where and how cocoa trees grow and how chocolate is produced.  They also encouraged us to buy Fair Trade products to ensure that the farmers get a decent price for their cocoa and can support their families. They described characters from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and sang beautifully. 

The Ministry of Transport has requested that parents complete a questionnaire about transport to and from school. It is available in Arabic and English and I would be grateful if you could take some time to complete it. They are reviewing current practice and your input would be valuable to them. For Arabic use the link here. For English use the link here. Thank you for your assistance.

Many parents have asked about school timings during Ramadan. School will be open from 8.00am-1.00pm during Ramadan and lessons will be shorter during this period. Please advise the Class Teacher if your child is fasting so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

Due to the addition of the bilingual classes next year, we now have limited places available in some year groups. Please contact Lisa Dyer in Admissions for further information if you have friends or colleagues who are looking for a place next year.

On Sunday morning, Friends of Compass school presented every class in the school with a goodie bag of games and toys to use during indoor break time. Proceeds from Movie Night and Uniform Sales were used to enable this to happen and the ladies in the group searched the toyshops of Doha to find suitable games. This was a fantastic gesture at the end of a year’s hard work and collaboration from the group. They have worked tirelessly to bring new opportunities for both students and families and made a very valuable contribution to our Rayyan Community. They are already planning some great activities for next year and I hope that many more of you will join in. Thank you very much from the children and staff at Rayyan.

On Monday, a very tired but elated Nero Stipicic returned from the Cambridge Science Fair in Boston. He had an amazing experience and was very keen to share it with you.

“Hi, I am Nero and I went on a trip to Boston, America with MIT. On the trip our main activities were Chemistry, Product Design, Biology, Science, and more. We learnt about the cells that stop diseases, and our group made cells to stop cancer.

In product design, we learned the three steps are ideate, model and test. We got into groups which are colours; it was randomized. I was in team pink. The teams had to make things to impress the CEOS. CEOS are people who work at MIT. So my group made an obstacle course, which had a water bottle flip, obstacle course and an army crawl under lots of string. Once you completed that there was a ball pit with feathers and balls and we put 3 rubber ducks in the pit and you had to find all three of them. Then last of all there was a ring toss.

 We also did this thing called Boda Borg. Boda Borg is an activity where you get in a room and find clues to the next room. We had two hours to try to get as many stamps as possible. My group got one stamp. Other activities included archery, a vacuum cleaner which made air in the jar stay, and fencing. First, I did archery. So we made a bow, then tested it. Last of all we saw who can shoot the furthest with their bow. My next activity was the vacuum cleaner. We also got tips from Blackbeard the pirate about how to make a cannon work. So we did it. Then the last activity we did was fencing but they used the Makey Makey instead of a rapier. 

It was a great experience and a once in a lifetime trip and I recommend other children my age to go on the MIT trip next year.”

This week Year 4 started their new IPC unit: land, sea and sky. As an Entry Point the children looked at the work of the artist Franz Marc.

Franz Marc was a German painter at the turn of the century who unfortunately lost his life in the Second World War. He saw beauty in nature and loved to paint animals. He was a founding member for the German Expressionist movement and his particular group was called the Blue Rider Group. Over time he became less worried about painting true pictures and instead tried to show another reality. He wanted to capture the animals’ essence rather than being true to their anatomy. He also developed his ideas of colour theory. Blue was male and masculine. Yellow was female and Red shows matter and is brutal and heavy.

The children chose one of Franz Marc’s pictures and discussed why they had chosen it. They thought about how it made them feel and what emotions it evoked. Being able to discuss an artist’s work is one of the Year 4 assessment objectives. After studying the pictures, the pupils recreated the picture using either chalk, paint, crayons, pencils, water colours or oil pastels.

As I am sure you will agree, the children took great care and effort to select and use appropriate materials carefully. We are incredibly proud of the results.

On Sunday, we will be holding the Year 6 leavers Function at the Al Sharq Village and Spa. We are looking forward to celebrating the students’ achievements with them and having a very enjoyable evening.

Over the next two weeks, teachers will be carrying out assessment tests in mathematics and English, which will contribute to their end of year judgements. Please make sure that your child is well rested and eats healthily during this time.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Kind regards,

Mrs Djedid

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