Classrooms are buzzing this week with inspirational learning, innovation and enquiry as the children are immersed in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) activities.
This week’s STEAM activities focus on creating cleaner skies and designing autonomous, self-driving vehicles. Linked to this, the theme for yesterday’s assembly was aerodynamics. The children were engaged in the activities taking place at the front of the hall, leaving the assembly talking about their own designs and how they could further improve upon the models demonstrated in the assembly. There will be a competition at the end of the week to see which Year Group created the best model. The conversations and imaginative thinking generated by the STEAM week has been wonderful. Over the past two days we have had two visitors from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). One of our visitors, Bjorn, designs autonomous vehicles and William designs next generation aeroplanes. The children have thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about their work and their plans for the future. Also today, the school hosted a STEAM workshop for parents. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend; we hope you found the morning’s activities enjoyable and inspiring. Thank you again to Zarah Syed for leading the week.
Thank you to the parents who were able to help out last Thursday with our STEAM curiosity cubes. These were sent home yesterday with our students. We hope the children feel inspired to create something linked to this week’s learning. Each campus will be nominating campus champions.
Please remember that the school will be hosting a showcase in classrooms on Thursday for all parents. This will take place at 12.45pm in your child’s classroom.
Last week’s Class Representatives meeting was also very productive. The school always finds these meetings valuable as we have the opportunity to listen to our parents and look for ways to improve our systems and procedures. Following the meeting, Paula Duarte, our Class Representatives leader emailed any parents who were unable to attend with any information discussed at the meeting.
It was wonderful to see parents at our FCS (Friends of Compass) coffee morning in the Pergola on Wednesday. It’s always lovely to catch up with parents and have an informal chat. It was also a great opportunity for parents to meet our new FCS Chairperson, Rebbecca Leslie. We have hopefully managed to recruit two new FCS members who promise to attend our meeting this week. If you were unable to attend the coffee morning, please come along to our meeting on Tuesday. The meetings are very relaxed and are an ideal opportunity for any new parents to make new friends, drink coffee and find out a little more about our school and community.
Yesterday, 40 of our Year 3 to Year 6 children took part in a Cross Country competition which was held in Dukhan. The children competed against 26 schools in this annual QPPSSA competition. Further information will follow.
Next week, the school will be hosting English and Mathematics workshops for parents. Please consult your child’s learning letter for days and times. Once again, the workshops will be very relaxed and will provide parents with an insight into their child’s education which will further develop that important partnership between home and school. This term’s focus is writing and problem solving. The workshops will be held at the same time as parents felt this would be more beneficial.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Head of Compass, Gharaffa