I hope you had a wonderful Term Break. It was great to hear from the students upon their return, the adventures they had here in Qatar or in far-flung corners of the world.
We certainly hit the ground running this term with classes kicking off their new IPC topics with a wide range of Entry Point events in school and across Doha. Our student council also had the privilege of being involved in the inauguration ceremony for the South African International Festival.
Monday saw our Year 1 students visit the Qatar Foundation Tram exhibition and the Sheikh Faisal Museum as part of their IPC unit 'Transport'. The students were fascinated to learn about the tram line that is being built around Qatar Foundation and how they will be trying to use water, wind and sun energy in the future. They also had the chance to see various forms of transport including vintage cars, boats and bikes. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and returned to school enthused and excited about their learning in IPC.
Our Year 3 students visited to the Msheireb Museum which was an exciting opportunity to be transported back to the Qatar of the 1960s. During this decade, the Msheireb area was the place to be. It hosted the first bank, pharmacies, restaurants, hairdressers and electrical shops. Electricity Street (share’e Alkahraba’a), was the first street in Qatar to have electricity. The museum has collected many of the old artefacts, shop fronts, signs, etc. from that time and this has made the experience feel like a trip down memory lane. The students also had the opportunity to visit the Company House, where they learned about oil exploration in Qatar and what life was like at that time.
Next week is our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Week. Throughout the week, students will be involved in a number of practical projects linked to different areas of STEAM. This will culminate in a learning showcase on the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May, we encourage you to visit your child’s class from 1:00pm onwards. Mr Allan will accompany students from our three campuses on a visit to MIT in Boston, USA.
On Wednesday, 3 May, we are inviting all Compass Families interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Compass. Students and parents of all ages are invited to join us from 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm at Gharaffa Campus to hear from Justin Hughes, IB Coordinator.
Thank you to the parents who attended Wednesday’s workshop that centred on the use of technology to enhance learning in school and at home. Over the course of the year we have held a number of workshops to help you as parents, and we will continue to hold these throughout the summer term. If there is an aspect of the school or curriculum that you feel we should address in future workshops, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Head of Primary, Madinat Khalifa