This week both teachers and parents had the opportunity to attend a seminar on teaching bilingual children. The seminar was led by Mrs Eowyn Crisfield, an experienced bilingual educator, and gave teachers valuable insight into how bilingual children learn and strategies to support our learners. The most important thing is to ensure that as parents, we maintain our Mother Tongue or home language alongside a second language to ensure high standards of literacy and the acquisition of transferable skills. Many of our parents attended the evening seminar which I am sure they found to be very useful.
There have been many learning events and opportunities this week both in school and with our community partners.
Year 4 had a visit from Dr Sarah’s Dental Clinic and the children learned about the proper care of the teeth and gums. They were treated to a demonstration of the correct way to brush your teeth and given a lesson on the different types of teeth we have.
Some of our Years 5 and 6 students spent a day at the Texas A&M facility in the Qatar Science and Technology Park learning about current research. The students were challenged to collaborate to solve real life problems using engineering and ingenuity.
On Sunday, our Rounders team took part in a QPPSSA competition between the private schools in Qatar. Our team played extremely well and won all their first round games. They made it to the semi-final and came in third place, winning bronze medals. The team showed great attitude and sportsmanship. Congratulations to them on their success.
We have recently launched our second STEAM challenge in school, as part of our collaboration with MIT in Boston. Our Year 5 and 6 classes will be investigating the theme of ‘Discovery through Data’ and will be looking into food waste in Qatar as the focus of their research. We hope to be able to report the findings to you next month.
Year 2 led a very entertaining assembly based on their IPC unit, the Magic Toymaker. We learned about how different toys are made and some important toy history facts. I think the children particularly enjoyed the dancing and singing and there were some great dance moves on show.
Y6 students from all three campuses leave Qatar this week on a week-long expedition to Al Jeer, in the United Arab Emirates. Here they will learn some new skills and challenge themselves as problem solvers and critical thinkers as they approach tasks. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be ambitious and make new friends, before they start the next phase in their learning journey into Secondary education at our Madinat Khalifa Campus.
The Head of Secondary, Paul McConnell, from Madinat Khalifa will be in school on Tuesday morning to discuss the curriculum and opportunities available to students at our prestigious IB school. Details will be sent to parents in Years 5 and 6.
Next week we will have a House Assembly in school, where children who have won most points this month will be awarded House Point Certificate.
We are preparing our Sports Days to celebrate Qatar’s National Sports Day after half term. We hope that you can come along to support the events. Letters with information will sent home in the next few days.
Have a lovely weekend.