Undoubtedly the highlight of the term was the School Production of the 'Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. Wednesday evening’s performance won a standing ovation from a packed audience to bring the miraculous, mystical, momentous, magnificent performance to an end. It was indeed a magical production which brought together 15 weeks of rehearsals with Mrs Lerche and her team; Mrs O Neill, Ms Farnan, Ms Creegan, Mrs Lord and a host of others who made the show possible. The students worked so hard to learn their lines, the songs and the acting, with some very talented students taking part. The costumes, scenery and backdrop were amazing and transported us to a winter wonderland, which was the Snow Queen’s palace. As is the case in all good fairy tales, in the end, good triumphs over bad. Gerda rescued her brother, Kai, and with the power of the rose, melted his frozen heart and changed him back into the nice, happy and healthy boy he was before.
Over 300 children were involved and they acted, danced and sang their hearts out during the show. Special mention to our soloists, Haya Moussa and Samara Mahood who sang beautifully. To Samara Mahood as Gerda, Adam Hawken as Kai and Sarah Saafan as the Snow Queen for their great interpretation of their role and acting. Especially to Mrs Lerche who brought it all together in what was an excellent example of the ‘be ambitious’ philosophy at work.
Thank you to teachers and support team, students and parents for their assistance in getting students to rehearsals, providing costumes, decorating the hall and backdrop and for supporting the students at both shows.
On Monday we continued our celebrations with a programme for Qatar National Day at 7.30am on Monday, 17 December. Parents were welcomed to join the celebrations and watch the activities as we learned about the culture and traditions of the State of Qatar. Students came to school dressed in the national colours of Qatar, maroon and white.
On Thursday, 13 December, we held House Assemblies to celebrate the House points for Term 1. Students who won most House points were presented with certificates at the assembly. Well done to all those students who achieved so many House points this term.
The end of term, reports will be given out on Monday afternoon. Please share them with your child and discuss what they are doing well, as well as what they can improve on. The students have worked hard this term but there is still time to raise their attainment and learn new knowledge, skills and understanding. Attendance and behaviour are key areas to work on and we will be introducing a new policy on attendance next term, which will support students to learn better.
I am sure you will agree when I say that this term has passed very quickly. The children settled quickly into routines and had many excellent learning opportunities which we will build on in Term 2.
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Have a wonderful holiday and a safe journey if you are travelling. Enjoy the festive season and we look forward to welcoming you back on Sunday, 6 January 2019 for the New Year.
Head of Rayyan Campus