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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 21 May

Dear Parents,

Parental attitude has a key influence on a child’s values and opinions. 

Showing your child the importance of attending school and arriving on time every day, not only helps your child settled quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment.  This will help your child to succeed academically and will ensure that they grow into resilient adults with a good work ethic.

Parents need to create good routines for mornings so that children can arrive punctually and are properly equipped.  I’ve listed a few ideas below which will ensure that your child is receiving the correct messages about the importance of school life and attendance.

  • Make time to encourage and show interest.  Talk to your child about their day but remember, children can be tired immediately after school so the timing of this conversation is important.  A short chat over a snack or later in the evening can produce a better result.
  • Read all school communications and talk to your child about forthcoming events.
  • Attend Parent/Teacher Consultations, workshops and presentations. 
  • Help out in school with any event or join the Friends of Compass School team.
  • Support your child in completing homework by creating a calm space for them to work and set specific times in the week when homework should be done.
  • Share any academic or personal concerns your child may have with the class teacher.
  • Avoid absence from school wherever possible.  Try to make doctor and dental appointments out of school hours.  Absence means your child will miss out on studies and your child will also learn that education is not the main priority within the family.  This can have a lifelong effect.
  • Ensure that you arrive at school before 7.15 am so that your child recognises the importance of school life and punctuality.

Inadvertent messages are given daily to children which will have an impact on any child’s personal, social and academic development.  We all need to play a part in ensuring that we are delivering the correct messages.

I would like to end this week’s newsletter by thanking our student leaders for this year’s successes.  In Thursday’s assembly we heard from our Student Council, Eco Warriors and Global Campus about some of this year’s achievements.  The Eco Warriors and Student Council are currently preparing for World Environment Day on Tuesday, 6 June.  More information will follow. 

World Environment Day

 

Also in assembly, we presented 54 medals to Year 1 to Year 6 children who had participated in the recent swim galas.  Well done to all the children, we are very proud of their achievements. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Campus, Gharaffa