Welcome back to school. I hope that all our families were able to enjoy a fun and relaxing holiday.
It was wonderful to chat over coffee with parents at last week’s FCS (Friends of Compass) coffee morning on Tuesday. This is an informal opportunity to catch up and listen to thoughts, ideas or for parents to simply meet and make new friends. We hope parents enjoyed the morning. Our next FCS Coffee Morning will be held on 8 May when we will have a visiting speaker talking to parents about Ramadan. More information will follow. Thank you once again to Rebbecca Leslie our FCS Chair and the team for hosting this event.
Last week, our Year Groups were introduced to their new and exciting IPC (International Primary Curriculum) unit of study. Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of subjects at one time, consider personal goals (such as being resilient or cooperative) which will ensure that our children develop personal attributes which are essential for future success. The IPC approach to learning also celebrates our different nationalities and culture, developing a respect for all. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and how children learn best. We hope your children enjoy this term’s units and are able to recall their daily learning at home. Our teachers have included more information about the current IPC unit in the weekly Learning Letter which was sent home to parents on Thursday.
In assembly last Sunday, we focussed on the first of our IPC Personal Goals, ‘resilience’. I talked to the children about the importance of being strong and determined even in times when they may feel that the only option is resignation. The children have also focussed on the importance of being resilient in PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) in class this week. On Thursday we celebrated our successes in French this year, children in Years 1 to 6 had the opportunity to sing some wonderful songs (all in French). Children were awarded certificates at the end of the assembly. Thank you to Ms Rasha for hosting this assembly. This Thursday, we will be awarding our Koran certificates to our Arabic children who recently participated in the Koran competition.
Next week, we will be visited by Ingrid, Juilliard School of Performing Arts and Music, who will be flying out from New York to work with the children. This term’s focus will be dance. We look forward to welcoming Ingrid next Wednesday.
I hope your child has a highly productive, enjoyable term. Please do speak to the Class Teacher if your child is worried about anything which is impacting their enjoyment at school or may affect their academic performance.
Head of Gharaffa campus