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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 8 January

  • Gharaffa Newsletter Jan 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!

I hope your family had a wonderful time this holiday and found an opportunity to relax and catch up with friends and family far and wide.  We welcome all new families and hope your children have settled very well into school.

Once again, we have a very busy term.  Please refer to the two calendars which the school sent out prior to the holidays for an overview of the term.  We would be delighted to see all our parents at this term’s events which we hope you will find very useful and enjoyable.

Tomorrow morning we will be holding this term’s Class Representatives meeting.  This will be an opportunity for our team to catch up, share ideas and for me to find out how the school can better support our parents in this role.  Also this week, we have our first FCS (Friends of Compass) coffee morning.  This will be held in the pergola on the school playground.  Please come along and meet our new Chairperson, Rebecca Leslie and other members of the FCS team.  Rebecca sent an email to parents last week with a list of this term’s FCS events.  Once again, all parents are welcome to attend.

The school is now preparing for STEAM week which will be held 14th to 18th January.  STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) week is being led by our STEAM coordinator Zahra Syeed.  The week guides children into adopting a multidisciplinary approach to learning and problem solving using real life situations.  Zahra will be holding a workshop for parents on 15 January.  This will enable our parents to find out more about STEAM and how children are taught to think and problem solve.  Week beginning 21st January the school will be hosting more English and Mathematics workshops.  This time we will have a different focus.  The English focus will be writing and maths will be problem solving.  Rather than holding too many meetings, the maths and English workshops will be held together and led by our maths and English coordinators, Hannah Brown and Kevin James.  We have many more events this term.  We will keep parents informed.

I would like to end this week’s newsletter by mentioning two of our students, Enrique Mondragon Diamond and Abdel Rahman Hammouda.  Both students are ball boys, supporting the Qatar Open Tennis tournament.  In preparation for this prestigious event, they have had to train for 3 months.  The days are long, finishing at 11pm.  Enrique informed me last week that being a ball boy is very intense and exhausting but worth it as he has met many famous tennis stars.  The school is extremely proud of both boys.

Please remember that if you have any concerns that it is important to speak to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.  Most issues can be resolved very quickly.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson

Head of Compass, Gharaffa