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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 14 May

13 May 2018

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Dear Parents,

FCS (Friends of Compass) Tuesday’s coffee morning was very well attended by our parents who asked numerous questions about the holy month of Ramadan and clarified some misconceptions.  Thank you to Rebbecca, the FCS chair and Balsam for organising this highly successful event.

Following the coffee morning, the school had an IPC (International Primary Curriculum) pre-accreditation visit, a valuable exercise which has now enabled the school to recognise what it is doing well and the areas in which we need to improve.  During the day, Helen, the school’s auditor, met with children, staff and parents to ask numerous questions about the school and how we engage with the International Primary Curriculum.  Helen was extremely impressed with the school’s engagement with parents and she enjoyed looking at the children’s work, both in books and displayed around the school.  She also felt the School Magazine was a valuable medium for the children to express their thoughts and opinions. Feedback from the day will now be added to the school’s 2018/19 School Improvement Plan. 

Well done to our School Magazine team, the school has now managed to sell almost 200 copies with 50 magazines still on sale at the front desk.  We hope the children enjoyed this term’s features.  Thank you to the ECA team, led by Mrs Dook and Mrs Crease.

Year 2 had a fun time building bears on Monday’s trip.  The children arrived back in school at 11.30am each clutching their own bear which they had helped to build.  I’m told every single bear has a heart which the children planted inside the bear’s chest.  I hope the bears are being treated very kindly at home.

On Wednesday night, Year 6 attended their graduation event at the Al Sharq hotel.  The children were all dressed very smartly with some boys in 3 piece suits and the girls in beautiful dresses.  The evening was packed with fun events which excited and engaged the children.  We hope your child will be talking about this special event for many years to come.

On Thursday, the Arabic team led a school Ramadan assembly which focussed on the spiritual meaning of Ramadan.  Through short sketches, our Arabic children conveyed the true meaning of Ramadan.  We listened to some beautiful music and powerful readings and messages from the Qu’ran. Well done to the team and children for all their hard work and an interesting insight into the holy month.

Thursday was the last day for ECAs.  I was delighted to see Mr Pegrum’s dance troupe perform a special dance after school.  Mr Mannings also held a special music ensemble at the end of the day.  Parents were invited into the school to watch their child perform.  We listened to some beautiful singing and heard some amazing instrumental performances on the violin, piano and guitar.  The school has some talented musicians which we will be looking to showcase to our wider community next year.  Thank you to all the children and parents who supported this event.

I would like to end this week’s newsletter by congratulating our Year 1 and Year 2 plus Year 3 to Year 6 swimmers.  Both teams finalised in 4th place overall at last week’s swimming gala.  Mr Lyon informed me that all the children competed exceptionally well, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship throughout the competition.  Well done to our two teams.

Please remember that tomorrow the school will begin Ramadan hours.  The gate opening times are 7.45am and 12.45pm.  The children will be starting lessons promptly at 8am and should either congregate on the school playground or in the hall (if too hot or dusty) before this time.  Children must be collected promptly at 1pm. 

Ramadan Kareem.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson

Head of Compass, Gharaffa


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