I hope you had a lovely spring holiday and would like to welcome you back to summer term at Compass International School, Rayyan. We are looking forward to seeing the children consolidate their learning and prepare for the next academic year.
You should have received the Parent calendar, which outlines the events of this term and highlights key dates. We are waiting on Ministry approval for our 2018-19 term dates, however I can confirm that next academic year, school starts on 29th August 2018.
The Holy Month of Ramadan starts on 15th May, depending on the moon sighting, and our school hours will be 8.00am-1.00pm. The gate will open at 7.30am and school will close at 1.30pm. Please note that there are no teacher led ECA’s during that time.
This term we embark on a new journey of accreditation with the International Primary Curriculum. (IPC). The IPC learning goals are specially constructed to ensure that children learn the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding that they will need for the future. Children’s learning is the central purpose of everything connected with the IPC. Helping children to learn - academically, socially, morally, emotionally and physically - is the only real purpose of schools.
Every week we will be focusing on one of the IPC Personal Goals: Communication, Adaptability, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Morality, Thoughtfulness and Respect. A key philosophy which underpins the IPC beliefs and principles is International Mindedness. What children learn should respect the past but should be of help to them in their future lives. Children’s learning must respond to their current and future personal needs, their future career needs and the needs of the varied societies and cultural groups in which they are likely to play a part.
Learning needs to be active, in the sense that children must engage with their own learning. For primary children, this means that learning which is relevant to the future, must be placed in a context that is meaningful to their present lives. Children need to share responsibility for their learning with their teachers, parents and carers. The proportion of responsibility will depend on the age and characteristics of the children. Nevertheless, learning must be constructed in such a way that, by the end of the primary years, children begin to see and experience the potential for taking responsibility for their own learning.
We will be holding an information morning for parents to outline the IPC beliefs and principles and give some insight and experience of how the curriculum works in school. It will be held on Wednesday 2nd May at 12.30pm. I hope that many if you can come along to learn about our approach.
In assembly last week, we celebrated the successes of the children who are part of the Bilingual Programme. Year 2B were awarded certificates for their success in the French Institute competitions and some of our children recently passed the DELF Prim examination with the vast majority scoring 85% +. Ms Sylvie Lamie from the French Cultural Institute presented the certificates to the children and gave an interesting speech on our school’s cooperation and promotion of the French language.
Congratulations to Elisa and Melissa Petillon, Stella Hallordson Rayan and Jad Tarrouche, Malik Kane, Jemimah Choudhury, Ramon Ramirez, Patricia Vazquez, Rafal Ahmed and Blanca Alvarez on their success.
On School Spirit Day, The members of Student Voice ECA and Student Council organised a collection for students to donate food and blankets to the Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) organisation, who look after homeless pets in Qatar. Kelly, a QAWS animal rescue volunteer was pleasantly surprised by the generous donations that the charity received from friends and families of the students at our Rayyan Campus. A huge amount of food and biscuits was very well received and we would like to thank you for your contributions.
Student Council are now embarking on a new ‘sustainability project entitled ‘Grow to Grow’. The idea is to recycle used plastic bottles and use them to grow plants which will be on display around school. The class challenge is to produce the conditions to grow at least five plants and make sure they are looked after. We will also be planting seeds in the garden and watching them grow. More details to follow from Mr Metcalf.
On Saturday, we will be holding a Secondary School Open Day at out Madinat Khalifa Campus from 10.00am-1200pm. Parents are invited to come along to visit the campus, speak to staff and get a taste of life in secondary school.
Friends of Compass School will be meeting on Wednesday at 1.30pm. Parents are welcome to attend or join the group.
Thank you for the very positive feedback we received about end of term reports, especially Early Years. We look forward to working with you during the term to ensure that your child is ambitious and makes excellent progress.