On Monday I met with Class Parents to discuss the school year so far, changes for next year and any issues or feedback on what we can do to improve. It was a very productive meeting and a good chance to share views. Following on from this, we have taken some ideas and suggestions on board about communication and school uniform. Next term we will have a similar meeting to review the year and I hope you will have a chance to meet the QNSA review committee when they visit our school.
One point which was made by parents was about the impact of Book Week on encouraging and motivating children to read. This is something we continuously encourage in school, however, we have now created an in school competition to see which class can read most books in a week. They will be rewarded with some ‘Golden Time' for their efforts. I look forward to seeing lots of reading around school.
This year there will be no increase in our school fees. Reenrolment and new application forms have been sent out and should be returned to school by the end of March. If your child is transferring to Year 7 at Madinat Khalifa, you should complete a transfer form for them and any siblings who would like to transfer there. Places are limited in some year groups. Please see Lisa Dyer in the Admissions Office if you would like any further information.
On Saturday, 1 April we will be holding a Secondary Open Day for our families to visit Madinat Khalifa and experience a range of activities from the curriculum on offer. It is a chance to learn about the Year 6 to Year 7 transition and find out first-hand what you and your child can expect in September. Both children and parents are welcome to attend between 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and would like to encourage you to bring a friend.
Our Year 5 children had a wonderful desert experience this week. There are a few tired faces in school but all said it was the most enjoyable and memorable experience they have had so far. They made new friends from the Gharaffa and Madinat Khalifa campuses and joined in a wide range of activities. We are very proud of how they represented our school and how well behaved and mannered they were.
Year 3 began their new IPC unit ‘Chocolate’ this week with a very tasty Entry Point. The children enjoyed some chocolate tasting and experiencing some new tastes. This is definitely the most popular IPC unit and the children will learn about the Aztecs, where chocolate grows and how it is produced. I’m sure they will also try some healthy dark chocolate to help them along the way.
This morning Year 2A celebrated their learning of number bonds and addition strategies. They shared their learning and even included some audience participation. They are well on their way to some ambitious maths calculations in the future.
At assembly, we celebrate positive behaviour, good attitude, achievement, effort and success. Every week we see children who are happy and who try to be the best they can be at school. It is very rewarding to see how much effort they put into learning or being good role models and the recognition they are given. This week we also recognised the children who have been very active in the Global Campus Healthy eating competition. Rayyan lunchboxes are now really healthy and children are making the right choices about what to eat. We will continue to reward children with Class Dojo points for the rest of the year to encourage healthy eating.
Next week we are really looking forward to watching the Rayyan production of Poptastic. This performance brings all the hard work of the children and teachers together to perform for you on stage. If you have not already got tickets, please complete the form and return it to the School Secretary.
I would like to thank Ms Debra Williams for stepping in to support us as School Secretary during Mrs Cross’s absence. She kept everything running smoothly and has been a pleasure to work with. Mrs Cross will return to school on Sunday and we look forward to welcoming her back.
Have an enjoyable weekend.