The school welcomed the Nord Anglia review team last week who had the opportunity to observe lessons, talk to students and meet with parents. Thank you to all parents who were able to meet with the team after last week’s Friends of Compass School (FCS) meeting.
At this month’s Friends of Compass meeting, Rebbecca Leslie stepped down as our current chairperson. Rebbecca will be moving into the position of School Secretary when Helen Stevenson sadly retires next week. I’d like to thank Rebbecca for her valuable support to the school in her position as Chairperson and for all her inspirational ideas. Matina Voortman, has kindly offered to step into Rebbecca’s position as Chairperson. Matina’s family joined the school in September and has already supported the school relentlessly with this term’s events. We have no doubt that she will be a great replacement for Rebbecca.
We have an exciting week ahead of us. Tomorrow, the Friends of Compass will be hosting our monthly coffee morning. All parents are welcome to join us in the playground pergola for coffee and conversation. Also tomorrow, 11 December, many of our students have opted to sell old toys, games and books at this year’s FCS Blanket Sale. The sale will take place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. All children are welcome to attend the sale but they must be accompanied by an adult. Sellers will be meeting with me during the school day to discuss marketing techniques. At the end of the sale, any unsold sales items can be taken home or left at the school where they will be donated to a local charity or other less fortunate families.
On Thursday, the school will be celebrating Qatar National Day. We are asking all our students to come to school in National Dress or dress in national colours and bring in some traditional food which can be shared. NO NUTS please. We will start our festivities at 7.30am with a national breakfast which will take place in the classrooms. Following this, we will be hosting an outdoor assembly on the school playground. All parents are welcome to join us for both the breakfast and assembly which will end at 9.30am. Following the assembly, children will be enjoying various activities such as painting and traditional games. They will also have the opportunity to observe henna painting, bread making and weaving. We are very much looking forward to the day’s events and hope parents are able to attend the morning’s activities.
Next week, we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful secretary, Helen Stevenson. Helen will be moving to the UK where she plans to retire. The move will also give Helen the opportunity to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. Helen will be a great loss to the school. She is a truly dedicated lady whose love for the children, loyalty and dedication to the school is evident in all that she does. She has also been a fantastic support to our team over the years and has relentlessly supported me since my arrival in January 2017. Helen’s last day will be Monday, 17 December. There will certainly be many tears and sad goodbyes.
I would like to conclude this week’s newsletter by appealing to all our parents and asking that you take 10 minutes to complete our Nord Anglia Education Parent Survey. If you don’t have time at home then we will have iPads available on Tuesday for parents to use at the beginning and end of the day (at both the Coffee Morning and Blanket Sale). Thank you in advance for your support.
Have a good week.
Head of Gharaffa campus