We believe that teachers' education does not stop when they enter the classroom for the first time. At Compass International School Doha, we invest in a comprehensive training programme to allow our staff to keep up to date with changes to the curriculum and bring to their attention new ideas for developing their skills to support the learning of their students. This includes access to Nord Anglia University, which gives teachers the platform to learn about new methods and innovative teaching techniques, while engaging in professional dialogue with colleagues around the world and some of the best minds in education.
Our research-based approach to training and development does not just inspire our teachers to get better results in the classroom. It exposes them to new ways of thinking, and encourages them to collaborate with others to create more effective and engaging ways of reaching students.
This week, two of our teachers will embark on the second residential phase of their leadership training programme. Mr Akhtar from Y5A and Mr Metcalf from Y3A. They have been working on a research based project in school over the past nine months and will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from other NAE schools and present their research and findings. All of our teachers and assistants will be working on Nord Anglia University courses this academic year to positively impact on the teaching and learning in their classrooms.
During assembly on Thursday, Year 3a took us on a tour of their Jurassic museum. The children shared their class learning and the key facts they had learned from their research. They conducted research on dinosaurs and the palaeontologists who discovered them. The students identified the different types of dinosaurs and described their appearance and features. They then created and performed dinosaur raps to describe each species. The assembly ended with a song created and composed by Mrs Lerche. The children learnt all their lines perfectly and it was all going well until … a T-rex escaped into the audience. Well done to Year 3a for making assembly so interesting and enjoyable.
We celebrated the success of children who demonstrated the qualities of the IPC Personal Goal, Thoughtfulness at assembly. Congratulations to the students who showed that they can do one of more of the following:-
- Think about and take care of other people.
- Think about other people’s point of view.
- Use their thinking skills to help solve problems.
- Think about what they have learned and what they are good at.
- Can find ways to get better at the things they want to improve
- Help new children in their class and school.
Tickets for Movie Night are now on sale. The ticket price of QR10 includes popcorn and a drink. Please come along to watch the original version of Mary Poppins on Thursday at 5.00pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Thank you to the parents who attended the Parent Teacher Consultations last week. I hope you found the meetings to be helpful and informative. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress in more depth, please make an appointment to meet the class teacher.
I am delighted to see that our Friends of Compass group is growing and has been very involved in arranging family events this term and supporting the upcoming Rainbow Picnic. Thank you to the group, members for meeting this week to arrange the Movie Night and the Al Sharq Family Day. Further details of the family day will be sent out soon and we look forward to a lovely relaxing day by the beach. If you would like to join the group, please contact Marie Booth on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 17th October, there will be a Parent Seminar on reading. It will take place at 7.30am in the school hall. Please join us to find out how you can help and encourage your child to read at home and about the strategies we use in class to teach reading.
Thank you for your continued support-have a good week.
Head of Campus