As you are aware, we had a QNSA Visiting Team in school monitoring and evaluating all aspects of our school. It was a rigorous and thorough process which involved leadership, staff, parents and students and we got very positive feedback from the team. There are always areas we can improve on and we look forward to receiving the report in the coming months.
Last week we held an extended Continuous Professional Development session for staff from Compass International School at Rayyan Campus. The sessions were led by James Hall, a Speech Language Pathologist from Awsaj Academy (part of the Qatar Foundation) and Jacqueline O'Neill, our Year 6 Teacher. Staff learned about EAL Learners and how long it takes to acquire another language and develop proficiency. The focus of the session on Growth Mindset was how we can apply this, as part of our ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy, to mathematics teaching and learning. Thank you to both presenters for leading such useful and informative sessions.
Thank you to all the Rayyan families who turned out in force at the Al Sharq Family Day. It was a lovely day and both parents and children enjoyed relaxing by the pool or beach. The event was such a success that parents are already asking when the next one will be. Our Friends of Compass School Parent group have met to discuss this and hope to arrange another day towards the end of next term. They will send a survey to you to get feedback on the event and give more details nearer the time.
We are now gearing up for our annual Rainbow Picnic. Families are invited to join us on Friday 24th November between 8.00am-10.00am to join in some fun activities and share breakfast. There will be stalls with games and activities, a Table Top sale and a Book Fair on the day. We hope you can join us.
Last week, in Year 5, the children had great fun dressing up as famous characters from Myths and Legends for their IPC entry point. Over the next few weeks, children will be exploring different Myths and Legends from around the world and will be creating their own stories to share using shadow puppets.
In Year 1/2C, the class have started a new IPC unit, ‘Live and Let Live’. Throughout this unit, they will be learning about living things and non-living things. They will explore living things in great detail by learning about different life cycles, food chains and habitats.
For our Entry Point, we used the iPads to research living things that live in different habitats including: forests, jungles, deserts and polar habitats. The students loved finding and drawing living things from different places. We also went on a nature walk to see how many living and non-living things we could find on our school campus. The children found so many things on our nature walk and we were able to sort them into three categories: things that are living, things that are not living and things that have never been alive. We look forward to more exploring throughout this unit!
Year 2a shared their Entry Point learning with us this morning at assembly. We learned that living things move and made sure that everyone in the room was alive with our lovely singing.
We are working on improving parking facilities outside school in a phased approach, starting with the front of the school. Please take care when parking. Some areas will be out of use for a few days so please park at the back of the school instead. There will be fewer spaces available at certain times so please exercise patience if you are waiting for a space. Children’s safety is our first concern so be vigilant to avoid accidents.
Traffic in the area is likely to be heavier as Equestrian Roundabout is converted into an intersection. Children who are late in the morning miss valuable learning time. Please leave earlier to get to school on time.
Thank you for your support.