Compass prides itself in being an inclusive school, where children of all abilities are nurtured and encouraged to be ambitious and resilient; to make excellent progress and to be the best they can be. This morning we celebrated academic achievement at assembly by recognising the children who have worked extremely hard all year and exceeded expectations in English and mathematics. We are delighted with the progress the children have made this year and are confident that all of our children have a very strong base on which to build next year. We congratulate them on their success.
This year, we have developed the Juilliard Music Curriculum in school and created an instrumental programme for students who wish to learn to play an instrument. Next year, there are plans for the programme to be extended and we hope that many more of our children will avail of the opportunity to have lessons taught by a music specialist both during school hours and as an ECA.
This morning we were able to see some examples of children who are beginning to learn or developing their instrumental skills. They gave a short performance on piano, violin and guitar and gained valuable confidence from having the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. We look forward to seeing them progress next year under the guidance of Mrs Lerche, their parents and teachers.
Our Year 5 class represented Compass Rayyan by participating in a global music participation with Nord Anglia schools worldwide. The children in Year 5 worked 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 participated making this the largest ever virtual children’s choir on record. The children found the recording and filming very exciting and it was lovely to watch the final version in assembly this morning.
On Monday, the whole school came together to celebrate World Environment Day, led by Mrs Harper and the Eco Warriors. The children took part in eco activities in class, made junk models using plastic water bottles and made a variety of creations from plastic bags.
The Eco warriors presented their thoughts on the environment and shared them in class. There were competition opportunities and we were very impressed with the entries. It was very difficult to choose the winners but the Eco Warriors did an excellent job of reviewing the entries and choosing the ones which they thought were best. They will be giving out certificates to the winners in class today.
Recently, our Fencing Club completed their ECA course and finished off by displaying their fencing skills in a closely fought competition. Competition was fierce between the boys and they fought hard to win each and every point, using their skills to outwit their opponent and score a ‘touch’. Congratulations to Mohammed, Omar and Ahmed Al Salama, Meshaal Ahmed, Mohammed and Khalid Al Hussain, Paolo Znimi Ghilardi, Sebastian Meersseman, George Saddi , Ghanim Al Maadeed and Andrew Sousa.
This morning Dr Creissen presented the winners of the Nord Anglia MIT Makey Makey Challenge with their certificates and prizes in assembly. Assisted by our STEAM leader, Mr Akhtar, the successful team developed a self-registration system which could be used in school to save the teachers lots of time and ensure that children who arrived late are registered. The team were able to explain their concept and develop a working model of it for all to see. Congratulations to Amanda, Isobel, Meriam, Eva and Natalie in Year 5 on your success.
Being part of a worldwide premium schools organisation gives our children so many opportunities for collaboration and development which are unique to Nord Anglia Education. We look forward to seeing more STEAM initiatives and competitions next year and music collaboration across our schools.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Garangao.