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Rayyan Report | Week of 23 April 2017

  • South African Ambassador
  • South African Ambassador
  • What is an IB Education
  • STEAM Week
  • Year 6 Graduation Celebration Poster

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the summer term at Rayyan campus. I hope you had a lovely holiday and had some time to spend with family. This is the shortest term, but one where the children can show the fruits of their whole year’s learning and continue to strive to improve. The children have already settled down to some hard work and I look forward to seeing them being ambitious in their learning in the coming weeks.

With this in mind, next week we will be having a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM), with creativity, questioning and critical thinking high on the agenda. Part of our unique partnership with MIT gives Compass access to challenges and projects initiated by the team in Boston and our children have been participating in them all year, led by Mr Akhtar. This week, each class will participate in investigations, complete a home challenge and demonstrate their learning in a science fair on Thursday between 8.30-10.30am, in the Rayyan Hall. We are looking forward to an exciting week. Please see the separate letter with more detail on events. 

On Wednesday, two of our children were invited to the launch of the special South African Week at Lulu Hupermarket in Gharaffa. Jumainah and Yusuf Haq participated in the opening ceremony and met the South African Ambassador, His Excellency Prof Shirish Soni. The children had a great time meeting other students from Compass and members of the South African delegation. The Haq family were a lovely representation from our Rayyan Campus.

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. 

Throughout the year, the Student Council have worked on many initiatives to give students a voice in school, listen to suggestions and improve awareness of local issues and health. This week they led a behavioural initiative, suggested by one of our parents, to encourage children to "Think before you speak. Is it kind? Is it helpful? Is it necessary?" The competition produces some lovely posters and cartoon strips to get the message across. After much deliberation, the Student Councillors chose a winner from each Milepost.

  • Early Years: Taim Mohamed (Simos) EY1A
  • Milepost 1: Rafal Ahmed, Y2B
  • Milepost 2: Jood Hamed Y4B
  • Milepost 3: Andrew Sousa Y6A

Congratulations to our winners. We hope this message will continue to have an impact across school and the Student Council will promote it as their motto.

In April, a group of sixteen children from Rayyan participated in the MOE Quran Competition alongside students from our Gharaffa and Madinat Khalifa campuses and schools across Doha. The children worked very hard to read and practise their reading skills and memorise the Surat so that they could recite them to the committee. Congratulations to our children for their success in the competition. They each received a certificate in recognition of their participation. The winners were

Excellent: Subhi Hamed, Alaa Al Hussain, Khalid Al Hussain, Mohammed Al Hussain, Sarah Bouaouina, Jood Hamed, Hebeeba Naiem, Hamza Naiem, Fladina Ghaisani.

Very Good: Salma Naiem, Meriam Zarzour, Amnah Abdul Khalik.

Good: Yahia Abdul Khalik, Abdullah Zarzour, Omar Khalil, Oamer Al Khayarin.

Our Arabic Teacher, Ms Rania, is leaving Rayyan today on maternity leave. We are looking forward to hearing her exciting news. Arabic classes will be taught by Ms Hind and a new teacher, Ms Ilham, under the close supervision of our Arabic Coordinator, Ms Enaam. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Enaam on enaam.taweel@nais.qa

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Mrs Ann Djedid
Head of Campus, Rayyan