What an amazing week we have had at Rayyan Campus. From the Flag Parade and group dance on Sunday to the children’s performances on Thursday; every child in school was involved in international learning, about their chosen countries and those of others. One campus, 55 nationalities learning together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
At Compass International School, we recognise and embrace the richness and diversity of countries and cultures, and strive to create the necessary skills, understanding, awareness and actions in our school community, in order to develop responsible national and international citizens who will make a positive contribution towards a better world. This includes:-
- an awareness of self and others.
- knowledge and understanding of the independence/interdependence of cultural similarities and differences.
- respect for diversity of views for ourselves, for others, and the environment.
Parent support throughout the week has been fantastic. Emotional at times, as parents watched with pride as their children carried their country flag during the parade and dressed in national costume and colours. Participation in international lessons was a pleasure to see and finally the amount and selection of food at the international buffet was unprecedented.
Many of our parents created interactive displays for children to learn playground games and country facts. This was organised by our Friends of Compass group and enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all of our parents for making this week so memorable and such a success.
3A have had fantastic fun learning all about Spain during International Week. They conducted research to find out lots of interesting facts and information about this vibrant European country and used an atlas to locate all of the major cities and airports on a map. They studied the architecture of Gaudi and replicated his beautiful mosaic art, based on the colourful and mesmerising Güell Park in Barcelona. They also enjoyed listening to stories read in Spanish by a few of our class parents. One of the highlights of the week was learning to dance flamenco in authentic Spanish dresses, by our resident Madrileño Spanish teacher, Ms Vanessa.
Thank you to the organising team at Rayyan campus for all the work that went into this. Our teachers, Learning Assistants and cleaning and maintenance teams worked round the clock to ensure a high level of organisation and the smooth running of the events. Special mention to Mrs Harper, Mr Akhtar, Mrs Lerche, Mr AJ, Ms Humera, Ms Denise and Mr Prakesh for their boundless energy and going above and beyond.
So far 31% of our parents have completed the annual NAE Parent Survey. I would be grateful if you could spare ten minutes to complete it, if you have not already done so. Last year we had an excellent response rate of 70% so let’s try to better that this year. It is available in all major world languages. We have Ipads available in Reception should you wish to compete it at school and it is completely anonymous. Please find the link to the survey here.
Now that the temperature is rising, it is important to make sure that your child is hydrated, both at home and in school. Our School Nurse will start a series of lessons in classes on dehydration and its effects on the brain and body. Please make sure your child has a refillable water bottle in school and extra drinks in their lunch box.
This week Year 5 are heading to the Inland Sea and desert for an overnight camping trip. They will take part in team games and sports, entertainment and enjoy spending time with their friends in a safe and secure environment. Year 5 parents are welcome to come along to wave them off from Rayyan Campus on Tuesday 20th March at 9.00am.
There will be a mathematics Parent Seminar on Wednesday 21st March, the last in the series of workshops to be held at the campus. It will focus on shape, time and measure and show progression from Year 1 to 6. Parents are welcome to join us at 12.30pm to join in some activities and learn some strategies you can use to help at home.
ECA’s finish on Thursday 22nd March and will resume after the holiday. You should have received the ECA form and codes for next term on Sunday. Booking starts on Tuesday 20th March at 4.00pm with a closing date of Tuesday 27th March. Please check your child’s Communication Book to make sure you have the code and instructions. Due to the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, ECA’s will run for 5 weeks only, next term.
There are a few tickets available for the Family Day at Al Sharq on Saturday 24th March. Please contact the FCS group or School Secretary for details.
Have a wonderful week.
Head of Campus