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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 19 March

19 March 2018

  • FCS Wake Up Shake Up
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  • Global Money Week
  • Global Money Week 2018
  • Global Money Week

Dear Parents,

The Friends of Compass (FCS) Wake Up and Shake Up Health and Fitness morning on Tuesday morning was a great success! 

The morning began with Zumba led by Apple, a local fitness coach.  Children, parents and staff were certainly left feeling energised by this exciting start to Tuesday morning.  Following Zumba, parents filed into the hall where stands containing foods, healthy skin products, recipes, dentistry information and healthy juices were on display.  During the morning group sessions were held by health specialists and CPR for children was demonstrated.  We were also entertained by Mr Pegrum’s ECA dance troupe.  The morning was very well attended by parents and extremely well organised by our FCS team. Thank you to all the team and Class Representatives for their relentless support and a big thank you to Rebbecca Leslie, our FCS Chairperson, for leading this initiative.

At the start of the week, the school hosted guests who were able to talk to the children about Global Money Week and the importance and purpose of money.  In class, the children focused on activities involving cost and profit.  Challenge and problem solving were a feature in all classrooms throughout the school.  The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the week.

On Wednesday evening, Year 6 parents and children congregated at the Madinat Khalifa campus for this year’s Year 6 to Year 7 transition meeting.  Our Secondary Team delivered information about the curriculum and expectations in Secondary School.  Year 7 students supported the evening by providing entertaining anecdotes about their own personal experiences.  Children who attended the evening seem to be looking forward to this new exciting chapter in their lives.  If parents would like any further information about Compass Secondary School please contact Mr Tom Douch, Head of Secondary or the Admissions Team at

Thursday’s assemblies were led by Year 1D and Year 5A.  1D shared some of this term’s work taken from their IPC unit and book week.  Year 5A recounted some key facts from their IPC unit, ‘Mission to Mars’.  Both assemblies were delightful with students speaking confidently and sharing some of their excellent classwork.  We hope parents enjoyed the performances.  In assembly we also congratulated our Year 3 and Year 4 Basketball teams.  Both teams played exceptionally well with the Year 4 team bringing home gold medals.

With just two weeks left until the end of term, some teachers are preparing for forthcoming school trips.  Year 5 are looking forward to their overnight stay in the desert and Year 6 are excited about their Blue Pearl trip when they will experience mountain biking, kayaking and climbing.  Other Year Groups are also finalising their plans for day time visits to local attractions.  This trips will be a fun way to end a term which has been packed with many learning and cultural experiences for the children.

On Saturday, 24 March the school will be celebrating King’s Day when our Dutch families will be invited into the school to enjoy numerous cultural activities.  Last year’s event was a great success and we are very much looking forward to the morning.

Our Student Leadership Team have been meeting to discuss their student led event on Thursday, 29 March.  The children have decided that this will be a ‘Crazy Hair Day’ when all children can wear a crazy hair style and clothes displaying their House team.  The children will be raising money for ‘Second Chance Rescue’ a local animal charity.  Children have been asked to bring along QR10 and a little something for cats and dogs (meat, biscuits) which will help support this worthwhile charity.

Please be informed that this is the last week for school run ECAs.  They will resume again after the Spring Term holiday.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Gharaffa Campus



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