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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 22 October

  • STEAM Week
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Dear Parents,

There is a growing and necessary focus on spurring innovation worldwide. Through STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) and the school’s collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) we are ensuring our students are developing essential 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical-thinking, innovation and risk taking.

We had a fantastic turnout of parents at last week’s STEAM meeting.  The challenges were tough but our parents worked collaboratively to create towers constructed from a minimal amount of materials.  It was fascinating to watch as mums and dads discussed options, took risks and listened to the advice of others around the table.  Some of the towers were successful, others collapsed – however, all had the opportunity to evaluate what would work better in the future, any mistakes made became a learning tool for future innovations.  I’d like to thank Zahra Syed (STEAM coordinator) for leading Wednesday’s workshop and thank all our parents for being such good sports.  We hope you found the morning fun and educational.  If you would like to find out more about STEAM and this week’s ‘Supernatural’ STEAM focus, please chat to your child’s class teacher.

Last week, our Friends of Compass (FCS) group held a coffee morning in the playground pergola. New uniform and secondhand uniform was also sold and Nurse Lyn (Head Nurse) who is based at the Madinat Khalifa campus demonstrated first aid for children.  It was lovely to catch up informally with parents and hear news from home.  Our next event will be our International Breakfast on Saturday 10 November, 8am to 11am when we will be opening the school for fun events and activities for all the children.  The FCS group will be encouraging parents to bring along a special dish which is enjoyed in their home country.  Following the breakfast, the children will be celebrating 3 days in school learning more about other cultures, finding out about similarities and differences.

Last Thursday, our Dutch children held a special friendship ‘vriendschap’ assembly.  Children and parents enjoyed finding out about the children’s recent book week as the children shared their work.  The children also performed a wonderful Book week dance which appeared to be very technical.  Thank you to Monica Mansveld for organising this celebratory assembly and well done to all our children.

Thank you to all parents who have relentlessly supported the school this half term by attending our numerous events.  Presentations and workshops, School in Action, Parent Consultation, IPC Exit Points, FCS meetings and Coffee Mornings have been heavily supported by our parent community.

Please remember that the school will be closed next week.  Have a good week and enjoy the half term break.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson

Head of Gharaffa campus