Following on from the very successful International Week, we had a relatively quiet week in school, in preparation for Book Week next week. We are looking forward to the events of the week but the main focus is to encourage as much reading as possible. By focusing on a particular author and book, the children will conduct an in depth study of the text to develop their comprehension skills and recognition of author’s devices to engage the reader. Parents can model this and set a good example at home by reading to their children every day and encouraging their child to read. In school, as well as daily reading in class, we encourage children to read by using the library and online platforms such as Accelerated Reader (Y3-6). We also have a range of books available in Arabic for children to read. You can find ten good reasons why you should read to your child here. Please see the separate schedule for details of the events. If you would like to come into school to read, please contact the Class Teacher. It will be a most enjoyable week.
Our School Secretary, Marta Cross, will be absent next week. Please send any administrative enquiries, absence reporting or information to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
During Book Week we are very fortunate to have two visiting specialists from The Juilliard School in New York. These specialists will lead workshops with Year 2 students and an assembly with Years 2-6, linked to our Book Week theme.
Abby Gerdts, is an actress, writer, and teaching artist from New York City. She is a co-founder and former Program Director of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), a non-profit organization that provides arts education and empowerment programs for under-served youth around the world. Through her work at ASTEP, Abby trained and collaborated with hundreds of artists, creating programming for communities with little access to the arts. Abby is an arts education and applied theatre consultant currently working on projects with various organisations, including UNHCR. Since 1999, Abby has helped to cultivate arts programs, performances, and training programs for students of all ages in the United States, India, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, China, and Ecuador.
Dr. Benal Tanrısever Simsek began her musical education at the İstanbul Conservatory. She received a scholarship to continue her work at The Juilliard School of Music where she became the first student to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies in four years. Nominated by the school to play at concerts in various cities in the U.S.A., she was awarded another outstanding achievement scholarship which took her to the Hochschule der Künste, in Berlin, where she worked with Prof. Georg Sava and earned yet another diploma, “Piano Virtuoso.” She attended the Ph.D program at the Graphic Design Department of Bilkent University, earning her academic doctorate degree. Her doctoral dissertation “The Narrative Power of Music in Films” was used as reference material in many scientific researches. She performed in recitals and played as soloist with orchestras in major concert halls around the world and has received the “Women of Outstanding Achievement Award” in the U.S.A.
I am certain you will agree that through this unique partnership, our children are fortunate to learn and experience such expertise as part of their education at Compass International School Doha.
Children in Year 5 have been working hard on their performance of 'Wondrous Garden' by Jack Blume, a piece commissioned by Nord Anglia for our Global Campus Virtual Choir. All 43 NAE schools are participating, making this the largest ever virtual children's choir on record. The children have found the recording and filming very exciting and are looking forward to hearing the complete piece.
On Friday morning selected children from Years 3-6 tried their hand at a triathlon run by Qatar Foundation. As it was the first time we have participated in the event, we decided to enter in teams. One team member swam 100m, another biked 3km and the third finished off with a 1.25km run. With some training and knowledge about what was ahead of us, we went to the event with an open mind. Our Be Ambitious’ philosophy came to the forefront and with effort and determination, we performed really well, with one team winning the event.
Huge congratulations to Compass Doha Team 5! Dien, David and Dariusz completed the race in the fastest time. All children who entered showed fantastic sportsmanship and represented Compass International School tremendously. We are very excited to enter the next event in six weeks’ time. Thank you to Ms McDonald and our parents for taking the team there at 5.30am on a Friday morning.
We also enjoyed success in the recent QPPSSA Athletics tournament, winning 3 gold medals and two silver. Congratulations to Bernardo for winning the long jump, Valentina for winning the triple jump and the Year 3 Relay Team for coming in first place. Al Bandari, Valentina, Katerina and Lucia were part of the winning team. Lucia won an additional silver medal for ball throwing and Katerina for high jump. A great effort from all of our participants and their hard work is now beginning to pay off.
As I am sure you are aware, there have been a few issues with toys and personal belongings recently in school. Effective from Sunday, 5 March, Pokémon Cards are not allowed on campus. Children will be informed of this at assembly. Personal items have gone missing and are not in Lost Property. This includes a child’s back pack and lunch box (white with berries on it) which could not be found after Karate ECA. If you could please check at home to make sure it has not been brought home in error that would be appreciated.
CCTV cameras are due to be installed in Public areas around school in the near future. This will assist with more effective monitoring of visitors to school and the movement of students around school.
On Sunday, 12 March, we will be holding Spring Term Parent Teacher Consultations at Rayyan. Please see the letter to request an appointment time or the appointment schedule on the classroom door. We hope you take this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and ways to improve attainment.
Finally, please be vigilant and take care when crossing the road outside school, making sure your children are close by. With the ongoing roadworks, walking alongside can be dangerous. After much negotiation, the contractors have painted the speed bumps and added a crossing in front of school. Please try to use the crossing in front of the school so that the Guard can assist in stopping the traffic. I am working with the contractors to bring about further improvements. Our Security Guards assist as much as possible but have no jurisdiction on a public road. Occasionally, some drivers do not listen to instructions or are impatient and this is an unfortunate part of daily life. I have contacted Ashgal and Kahramaa to seek clarification on planned road improvements and the completion of road works and will update you in due course. The back gate is safer at the moment so I recommend using that in the meantime, until the road works have cleared. Thank you for your patience and support.
This morning Year 2C and Year 3C presented an assembly as an exit point to their IPC unit, The Magic Toymaker. The children brought the toys to life and told the story of what happens when the factory shop closes. The singing was very enjoyable and the children spoke out clearly in English and French. Well done!
Yesterday and today we held the Early Years, Year 1 and 2 sports days at Rayyan. The children had a lovely morning, demonstrating their sporting prowess as they visited each activity and competed against each other. Aided by the Year 5 and 6 students and parent volunteers, they quickly improved their skills to win points for their House. The lovely sunshine on Wednesday helped to make them very successful days. Thank you to the PE Department for arranging the mornings and to parents for supporting and assisting with the events.
Have a lovely weekend.