Happy National Sports Day.
I hope you enjoyed the mid-week break and managed to get involved in some of the fantastic sporting activities on offer around Qatar.
What an exciting time we had at Rayyan Campus during Sports Week. From Sunday to Wednesday, the school was awash with house colours as the children got into their teams, ready to give it their best and compete.
Year 5 and 6 students were outstanding on Sunday and Monday as they coached and guided the younger children around the activities and gave them reassurance.
Our Early Years children focused all their energy on the games; including the egg and spoon race, mini hurdles and throwing the javelin. The concentration shown on their faces was a delight to see as they tried to master each skill. Many parents were on hand to offer encouragement and join in the fun. They had a lovely morning and I’m sure were ready for an early bed on Sunday.
On Monday our Year 1 and 2 children were extremely excited and started the morning with a warm up session, courtesy of Danielle, our Funny Dance teacher. That got everyone in the mood to join in and try their best at each activity as they moved round the school. The determination and teamwork that the children displayed was a pleasure to see and their conduct was excellent throughout. They thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the much quieter afternoon.
On Wednesday, the serious competition began! Years 3-6 got into teams, joined in the warm up then set about winning as many points as possible for their house. The games were competitive but there were some excellent examples of sportsmanship on show and team spirit as the groups worked together to maximise points.
The morning concluded with an exciting house team tug of war, which was won by North A Team.
At assembly, the House Captains and students waited with anticipation, to see who won the Sports Day cup. Mrs Creegan kept it a secret but the more eagle eyed in the audience may have spotted the blue ribbons tied to the handles. The House Cup winners were SOUTH. Congratulations on a great effort and sports week at Rayyan. Thank you to our Head of PE, Mrs Creegan, Coach Tom and Coach Roche for making the week such a success.
The annual Arabian Night takes place on February 28th this year. During the evening there will be traditional crafts like henna and basket weaving, pony rides, the traditional lamb and rice dish –huroof and entertainment by students and professional dancers. We hope you can join us for a lovely traditional evening which is firm family favourite. Tickets will be on sale from now until the event.
Many of you are visiting school this evening for the Term 2 Parent Teacher Consultations. I hope you find the meetings informative and find out what your child needs to do to improve. Working together, in partnership, ensures that your child will make the best progress possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact the class teacher for an alternative appointment.
Tickets for Movie Night go on sale this week. Please look for the FCS representative at the Early Years area to purchase your ticket. If you are unable to come in to school, you can complete the form and return it to the School Secretary. The children chose the film themselves so it promises to be a great night and an opportunity to watch the film with family and friends.
On Wednesday at 12.30pm, Mr Anderton will lead a parent seminar on guided reading. The aim of the session is to share our teaching strategies and how skills are developed and give information on how you can help to improve your child’s reading at home. Please come along to find out more.
Jessica Meyer, our visiting Juilliard School expert, will be in school on Wednesday. There are a few places available if you would like to join her class teaching session in the morning. We look forward to her input and sharing her expertise.
Have a great week.
Head of Campus