Saturday’s International Breakfast was a fantastic success and a wonderful start to our 3 International Days.
At Compass, Gharaffa we celebrate our internationalism in so many ways and this is one week when the children can really show who they are and celebrate their traditions and culture. On Saturday, we opened our gates at 8am for our annual International picnic breakfast. Parents brought dishes from various countries to share whilst children engaged in fun activities such as basketball shoot, obstacle courses, soak the teacher and name the teddy whilst others had their bodies decorated with Henna and face paint. On Sunday, we held our international parade when a procession of over 500 children had the opportunity to show off their country colours and national dress as 59 flags were waved by excited children snaking their way around the school’s perimeter. When children returned to class, passports were distributed and children prepared their rooms for children from other classes who would be visiting over the next two days. Classrooms were transformed, transporting children on a magical journey around the world. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff who have worked relentlessly to make these days an exciting, educational experience for our children. I would also like to thank all our children and parents who have supported the school in any way ensuring that International Week was a resounding educational journey for the children. I would also like to thank our FCS team, led by Rebbecca Leslie and our Class Representatives team, led by Balsam Al Mohannadi for all their support, plus the endless list of parents who contributed artefacts, knowledge and classroom time. Thank you also to families who shared food from around the world. It was wonderful to not only taste a wide variety of different dishes but find out more about the background of a particular dish. Without the kindness of our whole school community, the week wouldn’t have been such a success. Any leftover food was donated to a Doha charity, ‘Saving Food’ who distribute food and provisions to less fortunate people living in our country.
Tomorrow we will be inviting our parents into the school to share a story from their culture. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at this event and also at tomorrow’s International Days celebratory assembly. Whilst on the theme of celebrating success, our PE department have also had recent achievements. Last week, Year 5 and Year 6 boys travelled to Aspire to participate in a football match, competing against 12 other schools. The Year 5 boys came in 4th place and the Year 6 boys in joint 5th. Well done to all our footballers.
On Thursday, 5A and 5B showcased knowledge, skills and understanding from this term’s Myths and Legends IPC unit. The children paraded a wonderful variety of costumes representing a character from a myth or legend, read amazing poetry created in class and performed a play about Theseus and the Minotaur. The assembly was a huge success and gave our younger pupils an insight into the world of the Year 5 Myths and Legends IPC unit.
Tomorrow, a mobile Blood Donation unit from Hamad Hospital will be visiting the school. Parents and staff are all invited to donate blood during the day. The school decided to invite Hamad Hospital into the school following an urgent appeal for blood donations. As a school, we believe it is our responsibility to support our local community and educate our children in the importance of thinking about others. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Head of Gharaffa campus