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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 28 May

  • Gharaffa News 28 May 2018
  • Gharaffa News 28 May 2018
  • Gharaffa News 28 May 2018

Dear Parents,

Students gathered in the assembly hall on Thursday for a special STEM Science and Engineering Roadshow.  The presentation was led by staff from Texas A&M University, Qatar. 

The session was presented to Year 1 to Year 6 students who had the opportunity to observe and participate in 4 science experiments involving air and water; thinking about the process of changing the state of liquids and solids and how cloud and snow machines work.  There were many exciting moments in the presentation with the children particularly enjoying the dry ice experiment and thinking about the movement of molecules and how they contribute to the flow of air.  The message the team successfully gave was that the children were not witnessing magic but science.  Thank you to Ms Syed, our STEAM coordinator for organising the Roadshow. 

Also last week, we had a visit from a professional artist, Mr Payne.  Year 5 children had the opportunity to develop sketching techniques whilst considering the importance of hand eye coordination.  The session had a highly successful outcome.

Last week, the school hosted two presentations.  Tuesday’s presentation was focussed on the school’s new intakes into Early Years 1.  This session was led by Kirsty Marrs, Early Years Leader.  Wednesday’s presentation was led by Mr Pegrum who leads Year 1 and Year 2.  The session focussed on the transition between Early Years and Year 1 and what to expect in terms of whole school expectations, the curriculum and more formalised teaching and learning.  Both presentations are available on iSams for those parents who were unable to attend the sessions.

On Wednesday, the teachers will be speaking to the children about Garangaou.  Garangaou is a traditional children’s party celebrated after the breaking of the fast on the 14th night of Ramadan, when half of the fasting month is over.  During the festival, children are expected to dress in festival robes, carry a bag around their neck and visit neighbours, singing special songs, knocking on doors and receiving nuts and candy.  We will be encouraging all our students to attend school on Wednesday in bright, colourful clothes to celebrate the special festival.  However, due to the number of children fasting, any candy which arrives in school will need to be sent home with the children.  Please do not send in any nuts. Any bags containing nuts will need to be removed from the premises as nuts can cause a lethal reaction for some of our children.

Have a good week.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson

Head of Gharaffa campus