As the weather is beginning to cool down, the Gharaffa team of children and staff are still learning focussed.
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time in classrooms reviewing the quality of teaching and learning. It’s always very reassuring to flick through books and see the progress our students have made since September. English and Maths targets ensure the children recognise areas for development and next steps in their learning, along with feedback from teachers which allows time for students to reflect and improve their work. Year 1 to Year 6 classes all have dedicated improvement refection time (DIRT) in which they have the opportunity to consider the class teacher’s comments and respond. This is purposeful marking.
Last week our Y3 and Y4 boys’ football teams visited Aspire where they competed against 12 other top performing schools. Our Year 4 boys played incredibly well, winning the last two games. Overall, they came in seventh place. Year 3 who also performed exceptionally well, came in second place, bringing home a silver medal. Well done, to all our Year 3 and Year 4 footballers. The PE department is currently preparing for the 2019 BISQ (British International Schools of Qatar) games. Trials are currently taking place in swimming, athletics, basketball and football with our top performers competing in the games in March.
Thursday’s assembly was a celebration of the work covered in Year 2B this term. Lines were delivered confidently and some of the challenging classroom activities were shared with Year 1 to Year 6. Well done to the Year 2B team.
The school’s Music department is currently preparing for the end of term Music Assembly when our musicians will have the opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills, both choral and instrumental.
This week our FCS (Friends of Compass) have started selling tickets for our forthcoming Blanket Sale. Tickets will be sold at pick up and drop off (this week only). All children are asked to pay QR10 for a pitch and sell items such as old toys, games and books. On the day of the event, I will meet with all our vendors to discuss how to market their goods. We will also be discussing profit and loss. All children will be invited to visit the sale after school on Tuesday 11 December. As the sale is taking place after school, children who plan to buy must be accompanied by an adult.
Last week, I met with our Student Leaders to discuss the school’s Anti-Bullying policy. It is important that children are informed about policies and have the opportunity to express their opinions about behaviour expectations and standards across the school. Our Student Leaders were also involved in the final design of our Adventure Playground which will be completed this academic year.
Thank you to all parents who attended last week’s FCS coffee morning. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and have a quick catch up.
Have a good week.
Head of Gharaffa campus