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Dear Parents,

Many thanks to the parents who joined us in school this week for the workshops on how to support our EAL students, and the transition from Primary to Secondary school. We have a number of parent workshops planned over the next two terms and I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

Highlights from a week of varied and exciting learning experiences at MK Primary

As part of their IPC Entry Point, Year 2 students (and some brave parents!) went on a scavenger hunt around school. This involved the students using cryptic photographic clues to find hidden letters. They then worked together to rearrange the letters to spell out the name of the topic.

Can you rearrange the following letters to spell out the Year 2 topic? LOD RWUOR

As part of the upcoming MIT science challenge, our Year 5 students have been learning about data collection and handling in Mathematics lessons. As well the traditional ways of presenting data such as pie charts, bar and line graphs, the students also looked at creating unique data stories using a wide range of materials. I look forward to the students using these skills when they present their completed MIT challenges later in the term.

Our Year 1 students have been very creative in IPC lessons this week. They have learned about Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork, focussing particularly on his use of colour in landscape paintings. The students were then set the challenge of creating their own versions of ‘The Starry Night’ using pencil, pastels and paint. The finished products look absolutely fantastic and Year 1 will be showcasing their art to their peers and parents as part of their Exit Point next term.

Many of our Year 6 students have spent the week at the ECOventure camp in Sharjah, UAE. They have had a great time working together in a range of outdoor adventurous activities, these have included raft-building, sand boarding, archery, high ropes to name but a few! The students (have) supported each other brilliantly throughout the expedition and feedback from the camp staff has been incredibly positive. Well done to all students involved and a special thanks to Mr. McConville, Miss Lovett and Mrs Brasch for accompanying the students. If you would like to find out more about the trip please go to the twitter feed @compassyr6uae

Our Year 4 students have been learning about Ancient Egypt in IPC and English lessons this week. They have focussed on the age-old question ‘How were the pyramids built’? Utilising iPads and non-fiction texts, the students researched the different theories surrounding this feat of engineering. Using their research notes, the students have created their own explanation text about the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

One of the highlights for me this week was a visit from beaming Year 3 students who were keen to show-off their work in English. The standard of their independent writing, based on Roald Dahl’s book the Twits, was wonderful and I was particularly impressed by their use of descriptive language to add detail to settings, characters and wormy spaghetti!

Our Nord Anglia Global Campus students have been thinking of ways to work towards UNICEF’s Global Goal of ‘Zero Hunger’ here in Qatar. They have been in contact with a number of local charitable organisations and have decided to partner with the Eid Charity. A group of students are planning to visit the food bank at the Eid Charity headquarters, to find out how the food is distributed to people in need. The students would like all members of the school community to help by donating non-perishable goods. Further details of this great student-led initiative can be found in this week’s newsletter.

Would you like to know more about the great things happening school? Please follow us on twitter @CompassDoha and on Facebook.

I wish you and your families a safe and fun-filled half term break.

Kind Regards,

Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary