To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. Albert Einstein
Rayyan Campus was enthused and imaginations set alight last week during STEAM Week. In each and every classroom, children were involved in questioning, looking to the future and investigating old ideas from a new perspective. The atmosphere and curiosity around school was amazing with children proudly showing and explaining their work, and talking to their peers about what they had learned. Our guest speakers from MIT, Billy Thalheimer and Björn Lütjens really engaged the children and gave them some perspective on today’s science being tomorrow’s technology with some very futuristic transport presentations.
I am really looking forward to seeing the children’s curiosity cube creations and hope that this was an activity that got the whole family involve in STEAM. Thank you to Ms Reid, teachers and assistants for making this such a memorable week and to parents for supporting it.
Children who showed excellent enquiry skills, curiosity and creativity were awarded with a certificate at assembly. I am sure that we have many future STEAM professionals in the making at Rayyan Campus.
Year 4c entertained us at assembly with a very informative and amusing assembly about Ancient Egypt. Using STEAM Week as their inspiration, they investigated Canopic Jars, pyramids and tombs secret doors and the very curious Howard Carter, who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. The children told the story through acting and singing and had the whole school involved-well done 4c.
The FCS group met last Wednesday to discuss and plan forthcoming events and see how they can assist with school events. There are some great ideas to involve students and give them a say in what they would like to see in school; in the playground or in classes, so that they can work together to achieve a common goal. FCS parents will be talking to students at the ‘Student Voice’ ECA to canvas opinion and get some ideas from Student Council members as well.
During assembly our Friends of Compass parents asked the children to share their thoughts on which film they would like to see at our Movie Night on 22nd February. The winner by an overwhelming majority was Paddington 2. Tickets will go on sale after half term so we hope you can come along to watch the film on this family event.
Our STEAM Parent Seminar last week was very well attended and it was good to hear that our parents enjoyed the practical, hands on activities on offer. There were some interesting structures created in the teams and it was an informative and enjoyable morning for all. Thank you to Ms Reid for leading the session and to parents for joining in.
Our next Parent Seminar is on Monday 22nd January at 7.30am, when Mrs Harper will lead a session on Early Years Reading.
After half term there will be seminar on creating educational games to support learning on Sunday 4th February at 12.30pm, led by Mr Akhtar.
There will also be an information session for parents interested in the Bilingual Programme, led by Ms Goffart on the 6th February at 7.30am or 6.30pm.
This will be followed by a Class in Action day in all classes from 7.30am -9.00am on Wednesday 7th February.
Our Year 6 children are already preparing for the transition to secondary at Madinat Khalifa where they will embark on a new journey towards achieving the prestigious International Baccalaureate qualification at the end of Year 13. With this in mind, they will sit Cognitive Ability Tests to assess their potential and identify key areas of strength and areas to work on. This will be followed by an introduction to Secondary presentation for parents later in the term.
On Thursday 25th January, school will close at 2.30pm for half term and reopen on Sunday 4th February at 7.30am. I hope you have a lovely, relaxing break.
Head of Rayyan Campus