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Gharaffa Headlines | Week of 19 February

23 February 2017

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Dear Parents,

Wednesday night’s Arabian Night was a fantastic success.

Preparations for this event began over a month ago, with meetings over the last few days focussing on the finite details. I have received numerous comments from parents and children who evidently enjoyed the evening, one parent informed me that the school managed to capture the very essence of Arabia, congratulating and thanking the school.

The evening kicked off to a great start as children and adults arrived in traditional dress and colourful attire.  Atmospheric Arabian music filled the air as a trained falcon displayed its marvellous markings and skills as it took flight across the campus.  An Arabian tent, housed with approximately 70 rugs, held numerous stalls.  Traditional food was sampled by most.  The evening was a delightful community event.  Thank you parents for bringing your families along to support the Arabian Night.  Once again thank you to Mrs Enam and the Compass team who worked together to make the evening such a memorable experience.

This week, Early Years 1 held their Teddy Bear’s picnic – I’m hearing that the Teddy Bears had a wonderful time as they gathered together with their favourite owner and their parents.  It was wonderful to hear that the Teddy Bears shared their snack with the children.  Thank you to Early Years 1 for organising this lovely event.

Our Y3 and Y4 Athletics team represented our school at ASD this week.  It was wonderful to hear how well our team worked together, displaying the qualities we nurture and expect at Compass.

In the build up to Book Week, our Year 2 and Year 5 children visited the theatre to watch a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We hope the children enjoyed their trip.  They were certainly very excited as they boarded the bus to leave the school.

Book Week will commence on Sunday 5th March.  Mr O’ Brien has worked hard to ensure our children are immersed in literature during the week.  Our chosen author is Oliver Jeffers. We will also have a special visit from Juilliard’s Music and Performing Arts team.  This will take place mid-week.  The children will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance led by a pianist and actor which will be linked to a book theme.  Following the performance the team will lead workshops with some of our children. 

During Book Week there will be two fun dressing up days.  On Sunday, 5th March we would like the children to attend school dressed as a book character of their choice. Following on from this date, Tuesday, 7th March is Pyjama Day, this is linked to bed-time reading.  We plan to hold a parade at 8am in order to open up our themed week – we hope to see our families there.

There will be a meeting for all our Class Representatives next week.  Please contact Helen Stevenson if you didn’t receive your invite.

Thank you to all parents who completed our Nord Anglia survey.  50% of our school supported the school in this request.  I look forward to reading your valuable comments and working with our teams to ensure the school continues to build on its successes.

This week I have attended a Nord Anglia course in Dubai, I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.  Please could you please ensure that your child is arriving at school by 7.20am – punctuality is still a problem for Gharaffa.  Children who are frequently late will not only disrupt lessons but will ultimately fall behind academically.  Please remember that your child’s education and the well-being of all our children is our priority.

Have a relaxing weekend.

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