Drama is an important part any school curriculum. It encourages students to think and act creatively thus developing critical thinking and problem solving skills which can be applied in all areas of learning. It also allows children to take on responsible roles and to express emotions in a supportive learning environment.
Last Tuesday’s ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ school production was a great success, featuring many toe-tapping songs, brave solo singing performances, comical moments and quirky dances. The children’s personalities shone as they presented energetic character performances; including pirates, ‘Wongas’, a cat, toucan, monkeys and mice. Every child acted with perfection and evidently enjoyed their moment in the spotlight. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to seeing them in future productions. Thank you to all the staff who worked tirelessly from September to ensure the show was a success. We are very lucky to have such dedicated staff working at Gharaffa.
On Wednesday, the Friends of Compass School (FCS) and Class Representatives met to discuss the school’s forthcoming Health and Wellness morning. This will be held on Tuesday, 13 March in the Morgan Sports Hall. The day will begin with a ‘Wake up and shake up’ on the playground at 7am (children and adults).
Following this, parents will be invited into the hall to sample some delicious healthy juices and a range of teas, learn more about healthy lunch boxes and practise CPR. Zumba, Yoga and Spinning demonstrations will also be held with additional stands providing information about the importance of a balanced diet. Art therapy, mindfulness and styling tip presentations are also planned for the morning. If it all gets too much then our school nurse will be stationed to check your blood pressure. At 8 am, the children from Mr Pegrum’s dance troop will be performing. We look forward to seeing all our parents at this event. Thank you to our FCS Chair, Rebbecca Leslie for organising the morning and the FCS and Class Representatives teams for their support.
In Thursday’s assembly, we heard from our school’s leadership teams. The Eco Warriors told us more about their work this year and their next project which involves reducing the amount of litter in the snack area. The children plan to host a competition to see which House Team can collect the most litter. Mrs Fathers gave a summary of the work carried out by the Playground leaders. Traditional playground games such as skipping are now encouraged by the leaders at break times. The children are thoroughly enjoying these opportunities to try something a little different. The Student Council spoke about some of their recent work and informed the children about their forthcoming event to support the ‘Second Chance’ animal charity. The children have many plans for this special day which will be held on the last day of term, Thursday, 29 March. More information will follow.
Over the weekend, our athletes attended the BISQ 2018 Games which were held at Aspire on Friday and Saturday. The children competed in football, basketball, netball, athletics and swimming. The sun was beating down on both days as the children participated in some outdoor events. I was amazed to see our children’s resilience as they competed, they didn’t give up and fought very hard against the other Doha schools – with some children achieving first place in their heat. We were very proud of all our children who were serious competition for the other 12 Doha schools. The final total placed Compass in 7th place out of 13 schools. I would like to thank our children and staff for this weekend’s successes. Well done, Team Compass.
This week, the school is learning more about the Global Money Week and the importance of money. In Maths, we will be focussing on money and finding out why it is important to save or invest money. Yesterday, Year 4 to Year 6 welcomed visiting speakers who spoke to them about the importance and purpose of the week. All children will continue with Global Money week activities until Thursday. We hope your child is able to tell you more about the week at home.
Our Year 6 Families (and all interested parties), are invited to join us for the Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Evening at our Madinat Khalifa Campus on Wednesday, 14 March from 6.00 pm.
Please remember to fill out our Parent Survey, we want to hear from you.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Head of Gharaffa Campus