On Thursday morning we held a special assembly in school to celebrate the International Day of Peace. This is a special day which takes place on 21st September every year to invite nations and people to cease hostilities and focus on peace through education and public awareness. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
On this day, Nord Anglia Education schools around the world, sang for peace. At Compass International School Doha, our Primary students sang “This Day of Peace” during assembly. Led by Mrs Lerche, the children sang beautifully and in harmony. We will put the three Compass schools recording into one whole school performance and share it with you.
During the assembly we learned about Yusra Mardini a refugee who had to flee her country and start a new life. We learned about peace and how hostility and war can affect people’s lives. This was followed by a 1 minute silence to think of others who are caught up in conflict. Children who have helped others to settle in this week were awarded with a certificate in recognition of their thoughtfulness and kindness to others. You can find out more about International Peace Day here.
This week we welcomed parents to share in their child’s learning by attending Class in Action mornings. They were very well attended and I think that parents really enjoyed their taste of school life and seeing first-hand the learning experience their child has every day. We hope to welcome you into school for parent Seminars and to participate in many more learning focused activities.
End of day routines have been problematic this week as the ECA programme began and children went off in many directions to join their ECA class.
Can I remind you of the routines, to make sure all children are dismissed safely?
Early Years 1 and 2: Collect from class at 1.20pm. At 1.30pm, children not collected will be taken to the library to wait.
Years 1 to 6: Children will be led to the astro turf at 1.30pm. They will be lined up by their teacher or class assistant and asked to sit down. They must tell the teacher they are leaving before joining their parent or carer. Please do not take children before this time.
The astro turf must be kept clear. Parents should stand in the shaded area near the main building or hall to avoid blocking the pathway. Children not collected by 1.40pm will be taken to the library to wait. Due to ECA’s we cannot dismiss children from the hall. Please be on time to avoid having to wait in the heat.
On Tuesday morning, we will be holding the first Parent Seminar on the Arabic Curriculum. Our Arabic Coordinator, Ms Enaam, will lead a workshop on the curriculum at Compass International School. The meeting will take place at 7.30am in the school hall.
An email about healthy eating and our ‘no nuts’ policy was sent out earlier this week. Despite this, parents are still sending nuts to school. We have children in school with serious allergies - please do not send any nuts or nut products to school.
Elections have been taking place in classes this week to select the new Student Councillors, House Captain and Eco Warriors. They will be presented with their caps and badges in assembly next week.
Next week we will have a special focus on handwriting in school. Children are encouraged to form letters correctly and in Years 3 - 6, to join their handwriting. I hope to see some beautifully presented work next week and during the rest of the school year.
Friends of Compass School (FCS) is our parent teacher group who meet once a month to discuss new ideas and organise community events. The group has been highly successful in organising events, social groups and family beach days. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at 1.30pm. All parents are welcome to attend.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Rayyan Campus