I hope you and the children had a lovely, restful holiday over half term and have come back to school ready for an eventful next half term, full of ambitious learning.
This morning, it was extremely rewarding to watch our Year 6 assembly and share the children’s learning experiences both at the Ecoventure Expedition and during their work on the MIT STEAM project ‘Need not Greed’ during which our Year 5 and 6 students have researched food waste in school, in Qatar and throughout the world.
The students presented their activities and challenges at camp and could talk confidently about what they had learned from this very memorable experience. Many of them really pushed themselves to the limit to take on a challenge and face their fears and with the support of their teacher, Mr Metcalf, were successful and grew in confidence. The range of activities and experiences has really prepared our children well for the next stage in their learning journey to Secondary School at Madinat Khalifa.
Throughout the STEAM project, the students have been amazed by how much food we actually waste, both on campus, and around the world. We learned that in one week, the waste could feed 20-25 hungry children and over the course of a whole year, we could feed 250-300 children. Some valuable lessons have been learned. We are encouraging our students to eat the food they have or take it back home-not to waste it. We will have ‘Food Police’ at break times, monitoring waste and encouraging children to do the right thing. As parents, you can support this by giving your child the right amount of healthy, nutritious food and ensuring that you and your children practise this at home.
At our coffee morning this week, I was able to talk to parents about future developments at school and share thoughts and concerns. Our Class Parents would like to share some reminders with you about all the events going on in school via Whats App, especially for parents who do not have a chance to come in to school on a regular basis. We now have a new notice board with details of events next to the Admissions Office for parents who can check in school.
Friends of Compass group held a meeting this week and we are excited about their involvement in International Week, which begins on the 19th February and the events they have organised this term. Details will be sent about Movie Night next month and a Family Picnic at Al Sharq Village and Spa. We are also hoping to offer parents some cookery classes at Al Sharq in the near future. This was a great success last year and I’m sure it will be just as enjoyable this year.
The Nord Anglia Education Parent Survey has been sent out to parents via Isams. We really value your thoughts and opinions about our school and welcome your feedback. The results are analysed and give us a clear indication about what we do well and where we could improve. The survey is available in many languages for ease of completion and takes around 15 minutes of your time. Both parents can complete it if they wish. If you don’t have internet or time at home, you can complete it at school - we will make iPads available for you to use.
Next week we will be holding three separate Sports Days. Early Years have theirs on Monday, 13 February at Rayyan Campus and Years 1 and 2 have theirs on Wednesday, 15 February at Rayyan Campus. The date and venue for the Year 3-6 Sports Day will be confirmed to you shortly. A letter with details will be sent to you today. Parents are very welcome to come along to each day to support their child or children.
School will be closed on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 for National Sports Day.
Next week we also have Jessica Meyer from the Julliard School visiting Rayyan Campus on Wednesday, 15 February. Parents are invited to attend a short workshop with Jessica from 7.30am - 8.00am to learn about the programme and the school’s approach to the teaching and learning of music.
Tickets are now on sale for Arabian Night on Wednesday, 22 February. This is a fantastic night which celebrates the traditions and culture of our host country, Qatar and celebrates our cultural diversity. I hope you can come along to share in the experience and enjoy some traditional Arabic food, handicrafts and traditions.
Preparations are well under way for International Week and we are really looking forward to sharing our learning with you. A separate letter will be sent out today with details of events and how you can be involved. FCS are preparing displays and games for children to join in. Thanks you to those parents who are supporting this.
Finally, congratulations to the Rayyan children who were successful in the recent Cambridge English examinations. Mr Glover presented them with their certificates this morning at assembly and we are very impressed with their excellent results, hard work and achievement.
Flyers Exam: Menna Khalil, Dien Sharif
Starters Exam: Shahzaib Aamer, Meshaal Ahmed, Hamza Abbas, Jood Hamad, Habeeba Naim, Joao Primevera, Duru Sunay.
Well done to all our certificate winners this week. Your hard work, good attitude to learning and resilience are paying off.
Have a lovely weekend,