What a sensational International Week we have had at Rayyan campus. Fortunately, the rain held off on Sunday for the Olympic Flag Parade and children lined up by nationality behind their flag. There was a great community feeling as parents joined in with the spirit of internationalism, wore national costumes and walked with the parade to the photo booths. We are one campus with 48 nationalities and it was a pleasure to see everyone embrace the philosophy with pride in their own nationality and respect for others.
In classes, children were learning about their chosen country in depth. I watched lessons on Samoan tattoos, sushi making, national landmarks, research on country facts and play based learning in Early Years around the theme of Antarctica; most popular being the ice tray where children developed vocabulary to describe the feeling of ice and cold. On Wednesday, many parents joined us to share the learning and have first-hand experience of our international week. I think they enjoyed it even more than the children.
The children from each class visited the other classes to share their learning so that all gained a sense of the countries and features of each continent and enhanced their geographical understanding. Each class spent the day visiting other classes, where the children explained their international learning and arranged activities for the children.
On Wednesday evening we celebrated Arabic culture with our annual Arabian evening. As well as handicrafts and traditional sweets, there was dancing from the Jordanian dance group and performances from classes. There was an opportunity to learn about falcons and have henna tattoos. The evening ended with a traditional kharoof meal of roasted lamb and rice with a spicy sauce-delicious!
Finally, this morning, we celebrated with an International Buffet with a very wide range of food on offer and an insight into regional specialities. That was delicious. Thank you to parent for your excellent support throughout the week.
I would also like to thank the staff at Rayyan for planning and organising excellent learning opportunities for our children and teaching them to respect themselves and others in a culture of international mindedness. It is a valuable lesson for everyone.
Next week we hope to organise Sports Days on Wednesday and Thursday for Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2. More details will follow from the PE Department.
On Saturday 4th March, Premier League Soccer will hold a free football session for girls in Years 3-6. This will be held at 1:30-2:30pm in the Compass Rayyan sports hall . We hope to gain enough interest to start a girls academy to compete in competitions next year. We look forward to seeing you there.
We have just launched our latest Global Campus initiative which focuses on health eating and fitness. Students are invited to design a health lunch box and there will be a whole school focus on healthy eating. Please encourage your child to eat healthily by preparing a healthy lunchbox. We will be giving out free fruits and exchanging less health options to gain Class Dojo points.
Thank you for your support with the NAE Parent Survey. The completion rate at Rayyan was very high and we look forward to reading your comments and analyzing the results.
Recently, we are having reports of lost clothing and items brought to school. This includes Pokemon cards and toys, which should not be brought to school. Could you please check that your child brings the correct clothing home and return any items that do not belong to them? It is very easy to confuse school uniform, especially without names. All school uniform items should be named so that they can be returned to their owner if lost. We still have a large number of unclaimed items in the ‘Lost property’ boxes. Please check for your missing items there.
This week, in between all the international learning, Years 1, 3 and 4 visited the Al Rayyan theatre to watch a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. This linked to their English curriculum learning on play scripts, speech and dialogue as well as telling a traditional tale. The children enjoyed learning about the characters and set about writing and improving their own scripts in class.
Special congratulations goes to Anjana Castro Gomez from Year 4 who won an award in the Museum of Islamic Art, 'Irsim' Competition. To enter the competition, children had to paint a picture of one of the pieces of artwork that can be found at the MIA museum - Anjana chose to paint a beautiful picture of a pot. On Wednesday, 15 February, Anjana was invited to MIA for an awards ceremony. Well done, Anjana we are very proud of you!
This has been a very busy but memorable week in school.
Have a lovely weekend,