What an amazing week we’ve had here at Gharaffa.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the children participate in this week’s sports days and would like to thank Mr Lyons and our PE department for organising such imaginative, highly energetic sports activities for the children. The children were completely engaged and excited by all of the events, cheering one another on. I even had the opportunity to participate in the football dribbling activity, competing against Mrs Rose – of course, I lost (it was the shoes, not my football techniques). Once again, I’d like to thank all parents who were able to attend and support the children.
Next week, Helen Stevenson, the school’s secretary will contact Class Representatives with a meeting date and time. It is important that we meet to discuss this role and how this position can be further developed. I would also like to increase our parental involvement in many other ways. I would like to begin by focusing on two groups which are already established at Compass. These are our Friends of Compass and our Class Representatives. We are currently short of numbers involved in our Friends of Compass, therefore need to begin by building up this body of parents. We have many events planned for the future which we will be unable to action unless we have parents’ support. Please contact either myself, Collette Bowness or our current Chair, Claire Inglis Smith on the playground if you are able to join our committee. If you are unable to help out but would like a voice in the running and future of the school, then please complete the Parent Survey. Currently, only 17% of our Gharaffa parents have completed the survey. Please, can I ask that you devote 15 minutes of your time this weekend focusing on our school survey which will close on Monday, 20th February.
Thank you to all parents who have already purchased tickets for our Arabian Night on Wednesday, 22 February from 5 pm - 7.30 pm. Tickets will still be on sale next week.
The evening’s events include, an Arabian supper, falcon display, craft stalls, henna painting, Arabic dancing plus further entertainment. The evening promises to be a cultural extravaganza for family and friends. Please remember that parents or nannies must be present with any children.
This week, the teachers met to discuss the school’s forthcoming Book week. The Book Week will commence on Sunday, 5 March. We are asking that all children dress up as a book character of their choice on the first day. Once again, we plan to host a parade for all our parents. The parade will begin at 8am. Mr O’Brien will be in touch with more information.
Parents, so many of you have a range of valuable skills which would benefit the school. We are currently looking for ways to improve our campus and further inspire our children. Our Eco Garden is one area that our children are determined to improve – if you do have any ideas or skills, please contact our EcoWarriors’ leader, Sarah Ralph. I would also love to hear from any parents who are able to host a presentation at the school’s monthly coffee morning. If you do have any talents, skills or specialisms which could be shared, please contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a relaxing weekend.
Head of Campus, Gharaffa