I hope you are enjoying the half term holiday and have a chance to spend time with the family.
Last Thursday, Year 5 led a rousing and motivating assembly entitled ‘The Race’. Through music and drama, they told the story of what it means to Be Ambitious - to be resilient and keep on going in the face of challenge. Through hard work and perseverance, you can be a champion. It was a fantastic assembly and a lovely way to end the week before our half term holiday. Thank you to Mr Akhtar, Ms Kate and Year 5A for their performance.
Last term, Compass Rayyan worked on a joint STEAM and Global Campus project to meet our Global Goals which are part of the joint Nord Anglia Education initiative with UNICEF. Led by the Student Council and Eco Warriors, we looked at healthy lunchboxes and eating, then investigated the issue of Food Waste. The project was presented at assembly by Year 6 and they made some memorable discoveries. The presentation had a big impact on the children at school and their awareness of world issues. They learned to reduce waste and think of others who are less fortunate.
This is a great achievement for our school. Thank you to Mr Metcalf, Mr Akhtar and Miss Reid for leading the initiative at Rayyan and for the huge amount of work that went into it.
As such, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017/18 Global Challenge! Chosen by a panel of representatives from UNICEF, the following schools received recognition for their inventive ideas:
- Most Innovative Solution
- The Village School (Houston, Texas, USA)
- Nord Anglia International School Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
- Most Sustainable Solution
- Best Videos
- British International School of Chicago, South Loop (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
- Collège Champittet (Pully, Switzerland)
On Tuesday, 24 October, Years 5 and 6 visited the QMA Arabic Music Department in Katara to attend an Arabic Music Workshop. This focused on the goal of being ‘Culturally Aware’ from the Juilliard Learner Ambitions.
It proved to be an interesting morning and not just for the pupils, the accompanying staff also found the session informative too. We were shown the Nau, Oud, Tabla, Req, and Quanun. Each teacher spoke and demonstrated their individual instrument. This was followed by the whole group performing traditional Arabic music. Pupils were also shown how to read Arabic music notation, this was the most difficult part of the morning as the music was based on a 10 beat pattern. Everybody enjoyed the visit and the conduct of our Year 5 and 6 pupils was exemplary.
We now have a new digital piano in the Rayyan Music Room – a Yamaha Clavinova. This will add volume and sound quality to assemblies and performances in the PE Hall especially during whole school singing and productions. Pupils agree it has a lovely tone and it will be unveiled soon during a Thursday assembly.
Last week parents and children enjoyed a Movie Night at Rayyan Campus. It was a sell out with over 200 adults and children watching the film, joining in with the singing and munching on popcorn. Thank you to our Friends of Compass School parents who planned and organised the evening.
Ticket are selling fast for our annual Family Beach day at the Al Sharq Hotel. Please see the FCS representative at the beginning or end of the day to purchase a ticket. It will be a great day out! There is a special discounted rate for Compass International School Doha families should you wish to stay overnight and enjoy a weekend break.
From 7 - 13 November, the Ministry of Education Quality Assurance Department (QNSA) will be in school to monitor standards of teaching and learning and get an overview of our school. They would like to speak to parents and an ideal time to do that will be during our ‘Drop in for Coffee’ on Wednesday, 8 November. Please come along to speak to them.
Next week we continue our series of Parent Seminars with a Phonics Workshop at 7.30am on Monday, 6 November. Mr Anderton, Our Head of English and Mrs Harper, Assistant Head will lead the session to show you how we teach phonics and how phonics skills develop and progress in the first few years of school.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school at 7.15am on Sunday, 5 November.
Head of Rayyan Campus