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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 30 October

‘Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.’  Bob Beauprez

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As a teacher, you hope for parents who are supportive of your teaching techniques; who extend classroom activities and learning opportunities at home.  As a parent, you want the best education possible for your young child.  As a parent, you need to be well informed by the school about your child’s learning and how you can support your child at home.  We hope we have been successful in our goals this half term.

We are celebrating many successes at our Gharaffa Campus.  The recent sports trials resulted in most of our children being accepted to train for the BSME Games.  Well done to all the children who competed. I would also like to congratulate our children who participated in the QPPSSA Indoor Athletics – Mr Lyon was extremely impressed by the standard of our children's performance.  Our choir’s recent, stunning performance at Katara was repeated at last Thursday’s assembly – the choir is a new feature at Gharaffa with the children already demonstrating that they are rising stars – their performance in assembly was beautiful, there truly are some very talented children here at Gharaffa.

Our school production of Pirates of the Currybean is also well underway.  The performance to parents will take place in March.  The children have been carrying out surveys and interviewing staff members as they begin to compile information for their first edition of the School Magazine and we look forward to seeing the results.  Last week, our digital leaders led a 'Class Dojo Workshop' for parents, with our other school leaders also taking a more prominent role in the school. In last week’s assembly our new Playground Leaders were introduced, we are looking forward to seeing them in action after the holiday.  All in all, we’ve had a very busy but extremely successful few weeks. 

We received over 60 Global Campus entries for our photograph competition. Thank you to all those children who contributed.  The photographs were thoughtful and in most cases very creative, imaginative and atmospheric. Ms Lees shared the photographs at last week’s assembly. The competition is worldwide with our children competing against the other 46 Nord Anglia Education schools.  Congratulations to our Gharaffa winners, Kirsten Tenorio and Okke Tjallema.  Their work has now been submitted.  We are crossing our fingers!   

Last week, the Year 6 students travelled to the Madinat Khalifa and Rayyan campuses to learn about other ancient civilisations.  At Gharaffa we studied the Mayan civilisation and our knowledge was shared with children from the two other schools.  The children did an exceptional job, presenting and portraying Mayan theatre, architecture and culture.  A wide range of activities such as drama, Minecraft, modelling and quizzes were used to enthral and educate the children.  Well done to all the children for their hard work.

Also last week, the Early Years children enjoyed the grand finale to their exit point as they took part in a Teddy Bear Picnic – I learned many new teddy bear names as the children excitedly introduced their furry (if not slightly balding) friend.  I hope the children enjoyed this exciting event.

During this Half Term Break, we hope your family will find the time to relax and have fun together.  The school has many activities planned for the next half term.  We are hosting our FCS Picnic Breakfast and Table Top sale on Friday, 10 November – this event is free to all our families.  On Saturday, 11 November the Al Sharq Hotel will be hosting all three campuses with fun activities for all the family.  Tickets for the Al Sharq event will be on sale after the holiday.  More information will follow.  The week beginning Sunday, 12 November, is the start of our International Week with children expected to wear National Dress or colours representing their country’s flag for the parade on the Sunday, 12  November

I would like to conclude this newsletter by thanking all our parents for your relentless support and positive comments.  Have a wonderful break.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Compass, Gharaffa