Last week we held two parent seminars, which were well attended. One on strategies for children who are learning English as an Additional Language; one on reading strategies, including questioning and comprehension. We aim to work in partnership with parents to ensure that your know how to help and support your child at home. If you would like to see a particular subject at next term’s seminars, please let Mr Anderton know on firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 1A were in a particularly celebratory mood this week. We were able to share our learning with the whole school in our assembly; communicating our knowledge, skills and understanding in 6 of our home languages. To further develop our internationally minded approach to celebration, we showcased different dances from around the world and all wore beautiful national dress.
To continue the celebrations, we held our Exit Point for the ‘Let’s Celebrate’ IPC unit straight after. Throughout the week the children have been preparing decorations, invitations and activities for our unit finale. Food from our home countries was devoured, dances were danced and games were played! English, maths and IPC have all contributed to a successful time, proving that we are truly holistic learners.
Congratulations to Ahmad and Hamad for receiving certificates in assembly, displaying wonderful resilience across the curriculum.
Quality Assurance is an important process which we undertake as part of school improvement and is a fundamental part of our ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy. Our quality assurance process supports a continuous journey of improvement. Even where the school rates itself as strong, there is still a drive to ‘Be Ambitious’ and improve further. Our aim is to deliver world class outcomes; evidence from across the world, argues that an essential pre-requisite of getting better at what you do is to have a realistic and evidence based view of your strengths and areas for development, and to be working on both. This is what we do at Compass International School Doha. To support our self-assessment journey, both myself and Ms Amandine completed PENTA Inspection Training, Level 2, which works to British School Overseas standards and incorporates the very high expectations of UK schools. Level 3 is joining an inspection team that visits an international school to validate its quality assurance process and support them in identifying areas for improvement. It was a very valuable learning experience and we look forward to using the learning in our school.
Movie Night was very well attended this term, with tickets selling out in two days. Over 250 parents and children attended the screening of the traditional ‘Mary Poppins’ movie which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to staff, Student Council and FCS for organising the event and making it such a success.
Next month FCS are holding a “Family Day” at the Al Sharq Village and Spa. This is an annual event which is very well supported and is a great way to meet parents, children and have an enjoyable day by the beach. The Al Sharq team will organise lots of activities to keep your children occupied and ensure that they have fun. I hope you can join us. Details and tickets will be available shortly.
Well done to all of our certificate winners who showed excellent RESILIENCE in school. This week we introduced two new certificates for the Arabic Curriculum so children who showed resilience in Arabic or Islamic Studies lessons were recognised at assembly. Thank you to parents for supporting our assemblies so well.
This week we are having a STEAM focus in school, which will culminate in a STEAM showcase on Thursday morning. The theme is ‘Superheroes’; their powers, their clothes and the science and technology behind them. A separate information sheet on how you can be involved and homework projects has been sent out. We hope to see you on Thursday morning, from 7.30am, in the school hall, as we display our work and conduct a STEAM challenge.
Last week the Ministry of Transport conducted a survey and monitoring exercise to evaluate the traffic and parking issues we face. They monitored traffic over a 24 hour period and spoke to parents about the difficulties they face with traffic, parking and the safety of children. We hope that the review will highlight what improvements are needed in the road markings and signage and to extend the parking areas and that steps are taken to improve safety, which is under their direct control. Thank you to those parents who spoke to the representative.
I would like to remind parents of the end of day routines.
Now that the weather is cooler, we will dismiss Years 1-6 from the astro turf at the back of the school. Children who have ECA’s stay in class with the assistant.
Children and parents who are going home should be off site by 1.40pm. This is so that we can check that all children are accounted for when ECA’s start and that all children have been collected on time. It is a basic health and safety requirement. If an emergency or other situation arises, and you know you won’t be on time, please contact the School Secretary to let her know.
When ECA’s end, children should be collected at the astro turf where they will wait with the ECA Leader. At 2.40pm, children not collected will be taken to Reception to wait for their parents. If a child is repeatedly late at school, they may not be able to continue with the ECA. We do understand that occasionally, for unforeseen reasons, a parent may be delayed and we would ask that you contact the school to let us know. Parents with children who have been collected should be off site by 2.40pm so that we can check that all children are supervised. We do not allow children to stay after school to play football or on the climbing frame for safety reasons.
Early Years children should be collected from class as usual. Children attending ECA’s will be taken to their ECA by the assistant and dismissed by the ECA Leader as mentioned above. Thank you for your assistance with making the campus safe.
As you will all be aware the ID Badge Scheme for Parents and Child Guardians has been ongoing for the past 6 weeks, with badges being issued to Parents and Child Guardians.
On Sun 04 November 2018, the ID Badge scheme will come in to effect.
There will be a grace period from Sun 04 – Thu 08 Nov while we check that all Parents and Child Guardians entering the Campus have the issued ID Badge visible. If not, they will be directed to Reception to have a badge issued. If you do not already have a badge, please make it a priority this week.
From Sun 11 Nov 2018, if any person does not have the issued ID Badge to gain access on to Campus then they will be required to produce a form of photographic ID (QID, Passport, Driving Licence, etc.…) and sign in through the respective gate. They will then be issued a Visitors Badge prior to entering the Campus. They will return the Visitors Badge on exiting from the Campus, whilst picking up their form of Photographic ID (the same procedure for Visitors at present).
Please note that the ID Badge scheme is for Drop Off and Pick Up by Parents and Child Guardians only, the Visitors procedure will continue as normal, as well as ensuring all Staff have their ID’s, prior to entering Campus.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the process and the Security Guards whilst we roll out the system to ensure the safety of children on site.
Full STEAM ahead this week.
Head of Campus