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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 30 April

Dear Parents,

Thursday’s International Primary Curriculum (IPC) presentation was extremely well attended by our parent community.  We hope our parents found the meeting useful and informative. 

What is it about the IPC that has gained the commitment of over 1,300 schools in over 63 countries around the world in 10 years?  In our presentation this morning we outlined the challenges of teachers and learners in the 21st Century and how it is more difficult than ever to engage and inspire children as there are so many more appealing things which will naturally draw them away from their learning.  The IPC curriculum has multiple goals, the most essential ones are:

  • Rigorous learning – paying attention to the development of key skills, linking subject content and ensuring that there is steady progress towards deep understanding
  • High levels of engagement – making learning enjoyable and inspirational so that the children enjoy learning and want to continue learning throughout their lives, ensuring parents are also engaged and understand their child’s learning
  • International, global and intercultural awareness - so many of our 21st Century problems are caused by different groups not knowing and respecting each other.  The IPC curriculum enables these barriers to be broken down.
  • The development of personal dispositions – creating opportunities to develop qualities which will help them on their journey; qualities such as resilience, respect and adaptability.

Thursday morning’s presentation is now available on our website for parents to view.

Also last week, our Friends of Compass School (FCS) parent group met to discuss our forthcoming Ramadan Coffee Morning which will take place on Tuesday, 8 May.  We plan to invite a speaker or an existing parent into the school to talk to our parents about Ramadan.  More information will follow.

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On Wednesday, Ingrid Kapteyn from Juilliard School of Performing Arts and Music visited the school.  This term’s Juilliard focus is dance.  Ingrid held dance master classes and led an assembly demonstrating different styles of dance, including ballet, modern and contemporary.  From September, dance will become part of the PE curriculum at Compass International School Doha.  We look forward to further engaging with Juilliard.

Thursday’s assembly was led by 3C who told us some key facts about their, ‘Saving the Rainforest’ IPC unit of study.  The children confidently delivered their facts and created some hypnotic rainforest sounds using percussion instruments.  Teachers and parents were all extremely proud.  Well done to the 3C team.

This week, children in Year 1 to Year 6 began their end of year assessments.  Assessments take place every term and are only a small part of our assessment process.  Children do not need to prepare for the assessments, however, they will benefit from an early bedtime and a healthy breakfast. 

Our IPC personal goal this week is 'thoughtfulness'. Please talk to your children at home about how they could be more thoughtful.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Gharaffa Campus