Welcome to Book Week 2018
The week promises to be fun, informative and most importantly, to get the whole school to focus on reading. Mr Anderton led a very interesting parent seminar on guided reading on Wednesday which I hope you found useful. The parents I spoke to certainly got a few tips to help with reading at home.
The most important thing is that parents read to their children every night. That can be in your own language, or in English. It can be the same book, or a different book; a newspaper, online article or a recipe. Research has shown that children love to read with their parents up to the end of primary school, even although they can read independently. An example of research findings is contained in this article. The more children read, the better their skills and those skills are transferred to all aspects of the curriculum. We cannot stress the importance of good reading skills enough. Children at Compass International School read every day, whether it be books, instructions, questions, online research or for pleasure. Support at home is vital for children to make good progress. For some reading tips, please click here.
We are looking forward to seeing parents in school to read and to assist in class. The highlight of the week will of course be the Book Character Parade, on Thursday morning.
Please keep the photographs coming in for the ‘Get Caught Reading’ competition. We have some very interesting scenes already and it is going to be difficult to choose a winner. The more adventurous, the better!
Movie Night on Thursday was a great success. Over 200 adults and children came along to our ‘cinema’ in the Rayyan hall. Paddington 2 was the children’s choice and it proved to be very entertaining indeed. Thank you to Friends of Compass School for organising the event and providing the snacks and drinks.
We held a special Eco friendly assembly on Tuesday, with guest speakers from QAPCO who taught the children about new initiatives in Qatar to tackle environmental issues. The theme was REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and the children learned about the new bins which have been placed in areas and malls around Doha and what happens to the recycled items afterwards. We had our own eco competition, led by the Eco warriors and Ms Creegan, with prizes awarded to the best entries. Thank you to Mr Faraj and Mr Davies from QAPCO for presenting to the children, conducting a quiz providing the prizes.
QAPCO certificate winners
DRAWING COMPETITION - Neelam Moonasar and Rehan Asif
RECYCLED MATERIALS ARTS COMPETITION - Sasha Shamin and Dylan Thomas
BEST IDEAS COMPETITION - Jihan Hiponia and Sophia Amey
On Wednesday we had Jessica Meyer, our visiting Juilliard specialist, in school working with Mrs Lerche and teaching our Year 5 children. Thank you to the parents who attended. I hope you enjoyed the lesson and learned something new.
On Thursday we were treated to a bilingual assembly by the Year 3 and 4 bilingual class. They impressed us with their learning about Ancient Egypt and exploration expressed in English and in French and sang beautifully. They have made amazing progress in learning French and English and it was a joy to watch them perform.
Chinese New Year in Early Years 1!
We were very lucky last week to be joined by one of our parents, Hui Hoffman, who asked if she could celebrate Chinese New Year with the children. She explained to the class that she comes from a different country than Qatar, called China, and that in her country, unlike in many places in the world where New Year’s Day falls on the 1st January each year, in China, New Year is never on a fixed date, as it follows the lunar calendar, and began on Friday, February 16!
2018 is the Year of the Dog. We read together a lovely story about how each year is named after a different animal and, how many years ago, those 12 animals decided when they would take their turn to name a year. She explained that 2018 is the year of the Dog and the children enjoyed colouring in a picture of a dog, and a traditional Chinese monster, who scares away bad wishes in Spring-time. The children were then very lucky to receive a gift, with a traditional red envelope containing QR5, which is regarded as ‘lucky money’!
At assembly, children who have been working hard and being ambitious, were awarded with a certificate for their efforts. It is great to see how much they have progressed and the smiles on their faces as their achievement is recognised. Two of our children were awarded the Cambridge Movers Exam passes this week and were presented with their certificates in assembly by Mrs Metcalf. They are Omar Al Salama and Khalid Al Hussain. Well done to both of them.
Enjoy the rest of Book Week .