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Gharaffa Buzz | Week of 30 April

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Dear Parents,

Flames, burning socks, lava lamps and electric circuits, what an amazing week we have had!  A week of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) with children problem solving, planning, designing and thinking, thinking, thinking ….and it was such good fun.

The week has been incredibly busy, filled with so many fun STEAM activities.  I will try to give you a small taste of some of this week’s activities.  In EY1 the children’s science focus was forces, linked to their Enormous Turnip project.  Walking past the EY2 outdoor learning environment, children could be seen heavily immersed in solving the problem as to how they could move water by creating a small aqueduct using pipes and buckets.  Year 1 children created lava lamps and competed to see who could create the largest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.  Year 2 worked together to design and create a boat using lollipop sticks and Year 3 were seen testing the melting point of various types of chocolate.  Year 4 created rocket launchers and Year 5 worked hard to create an aerodynamic rocket, and how to effectively jet propel the rocket to reach a point higher than the other designs.  Year 6 had a fun time creating an electric circuit using a ‘Makey Makey, which is used to control an inanimate object.  This week has been learning at its absolute best.  Thank you to Mr Higgins for coordinating the week.

Thank you to all our parents who attended Wednesday’s Dubai Music trip meeting and our IB information evening.  We hope the events were informative.

It was lovely to meet parents at this morning’s coffee morning.  Please remember that coffee mornings will be held every week in the school library before assembly.  All parents are welcome.  During Ramadan, coffee mornings will not be held but we plan to continue our Thursday coffee mornings from September.

We are proud to announce that our Islamic Studies department and our teachers Mrs Ikhlas and Mrs Enaam were awarded with certificates due to their exemplary department.  The MOI invited 7 teachers from other schools in Qatar to observe Mrs Ikhlas’ Islamic Studies lesson.  Well done to the team.  I would also like to congratulate all our children who took part in the recent Koran competition.  Once again, our children performed exceptionally well.  Congratulations.

Children queued up this week to purchase their pitch for Tuesday’s Blanket Sale.  60 children will be selling their wares (toys, books, puzzles etc) from 1.15 to 2.15pm. Parents and children are all welcome to buy.  Please remember that children who have bought pitch tickets need to bring in their blanket and items for sale on Tuesday morning as we plan to set up the stalls during the school day.  We hope your children are looking forward to this event.

On behalf of the Gharaffa team, I wish you all a relaxing weekend.

Kind regards

Karen Wilson