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Gharaffa Buzz | Week of 12 March 2017

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Dear Parents,

The weather and its unpredictable behaviour has been a topic of conversation on the campus this week.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel this week’s Sports Day as we couldn’t guarantee that the sand storm wouldn’t continue into Wednesday.  We now plan to host a Year 3 to Year 6 Sports Day on the school campus.  Our PE department will contact parents with a new date and time.

This week, I am proud to announce three key events which took place in the school. On Sunday, our Gharaffa Year 3 Basketball team competed against five (5) Doha schools, bringing home a gold medal.  Well done, boys and thank you to Mr Rowntree for training the team.  Also this week, Josef Wheldon, Early Years teacher, and his wife, Laura, welcomed a new baby girl into their family.  We have seen many photographs of Valerie, she is beautiful and is a very lucky little girl to have such lovely parents.  I have already enrolled Valerie at Gharaffa! 

On Wednesday, the school had a visit from our Artist-in-Residence, Deborah Trew.  Our Eco Warriors and School Council worked alongside Ms Trew and Mrs Creissen to create a beautiful collage in our Eco Garden and also had the opportunity to repaint the school’s friendship bench which has now been relocated to the Eco Garden. Thank you to Sarah Ralph for organising the children. Parents, if you do have the opportunity to take a look at the children’s art work then please peer over the face which is located in the picnic area.  We plan to look at ways to further develop and  increase the use of this garden in the very near future.

Thank you to parents who attended this week’s Parent Consultations.  It was a pleasure to finally meet some of our working parents for the first time.  If you were unable to meet with the class teacher it is important that you make an appointment to meet as soon as possible.  I have heard some very positive comments about the meetings, thank you for your feedback.

Parents, could I please remind you that children should be wearing black shoes for school (as written in the school uniform policy).  Children are welcome to bring in a pair of trainers if they would like to take part in football during break or attend a sports after school club.  Could I also take this opportunity to remind parents that children need to be collected on time at the end of the school day.  There are still many children who are being collected late or are playing on the football pitch or other equipment.  Apologies, but children need to remain with parents after pick up (for their own safety) and will be spoken to by a member of staff if they are using the climbing frame or football field.  Thank you for your support.

Finally, thank you to the Friends of Compass.  We met on Wednesday to discuss a very exciting event for next term.  More information will follow shortly, but if your child is in Year 1 to Year 6 and would like to run their own version of a mini car boot sale (Blanket Sale), then they will have the opportunity at the beginning of May.  So don’t be tempted to throw anything away as we are aiming to create future entrepeneurs here at Gharaffa and yes, they can keep all profits.

On behalf of the Gharaffa Team, have a relaxing weekend.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Campus, Gharaffa

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