What an amazing Book Week we had this week. Staff, students and parents were fully involved in the week’s activities and the number of books read was incredible. A total of 24,900 books have been read over the last few weeks during the book challenge so well done to everyone for getting involved. You can see the number of leaves on the tree in the library which represent ten books each-what an achievement.
On Sunday we launched Book Week with a character parade. The outfits were fantastic and it was clear that a lot of thought went into them. This year Rayyan staff dressed up as ‘Where’s Wally?’ and joined in the fun. Children all through school were focused on reading and an in depth study of their book by Oliver Jeffries.
On Monday we had DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) and no matter where the staff or children were, they stopped what they were doing, to read their chosen book. Many parents and children took the opportunity to buy books from the Family Book Shop who offered a good selection to suit all tastes.
On Tuesday, we had pyjama day with many of our parents volunteering to read in class. It was lovely to see so many dads have time off work to read to the children and I think they enjoyed it. We also had the door decorating competition and the children worked really hard to recreate the story and illustrate it on their classroom door. They are excellent and really capture the essence of each story. If you haven’t already seen them, you will have a chance at the Parent Teacher Consultations next week.
Yesterday our visiting specialists from Juilliard held workshops with Year 2 and an assembly with Years 3-6. They were very impressed with our children and school and enjoyed working with the different groups. The children had both drama and music workshops and really got involved. Ms Benal shared her incredible piano playing skills and Ms Abby, her acting skills. They really gave us something to aspire to in the future.
Today, saw our Book Week celebration assembly where we found out about the competition winners and celebrated the weeks’ learning. Each class presented a synopsis of their class learning and the highlights of the week. We finished the week by having buddy reading sessions, where older children read to younger children and both staff and parents read to students. This has been a great week to focus on the love of reading and encourage both children and adults to read more at home.
Thank you to parents for your terrific support this week in getting the costumes, pyjamas, competition entries and coming in to school to read. Your involvement has made it very successful. Our Friends of Compass School parent group have created a keepsake book mark for each child to commemorate this year’s book week. It will be sent home today. Special thank you to Ms Gilbert our English Coordinator, for organising the week and making it so successful.
This year there will be no increase in our school fees. Reenrolment and new application forms have been sent out and should be returned by the end of March. We have limited places in some year groups so early return of forms is vital. Please see Lisa Dyer if you would like any further information.
Amanda Lobo from our Finance Office will be at Rayyan on 22 March to receive payment for Term 3 invoices (Payments can be made by cash and cheque or bank transfer). She will be available in the Reception area.
Following on from last week’s newsletter and the road works issue, I have now had an update from the contractors. Apparently the road works will be in place until August of this year so the plans we have put in place will stay until the next academic year. Please use the front gate if you wish to park and bring your child into school. The back gate is for drop and leave or parking. The drop off zone is clearly indicated and there is strictly no stopping in front of the school gate.
Parents are reminded that there is no parking permitted in front of the front or back gate.There is a drop off zone at the back gate for those parents who want to drop their child and leave quickly. There is parking at the front and back gate for those parents who wish to bring their child into school. The safety of our children is paramount and parents, drivers or carers must follow the directions of the Security Guards on duty for the benefit of all. I will be monitoring the situation over the next few weeks.
The Year 3-6 Sports Day will now be held next week on 15th March at Al Saad Stadium. A separate letter with arrangements will be sent to you shortly. Children should wear their house colours and bring extra snacks and drinks. House T shirts are available from the Admissions office should you wish to purchase one.
If you haven’t already signed up for an appointment next week to speak to your child’s teacher or specialist teacher, please contact them to arrange a suitable time. Our Arabic, music, French, EAL and PE staff will be available for consultation.
Friends of Compass are organising a movie night, next Thursday 16 March at 5.30pm. Tickets will be on sale from Sunday. They are also planning an Al Sharq Family Day on April 1st and some cookery classes later in March. Watch out for details of these in due course.
Have a lovely, relaxing weekend.
See more photos from book week here.