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Rayyan Report | Monday 28 May

27 May 2018

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Dear Parents,

This year, the Rayyan Swim Squad has trained long and hard for the annual QPPSSA Swimming Galas. The Year 3-6 Girls Gala was held on the 8th of May 2018 at Awsaj recreation centre, where they were placed 4th. The Year 3-6 Boys Gala was held at the same venue on the 10th of May 2018 and they also received 4th place. The Year 1 and 2 swimming Gala was held at Park House English School on the 20th May 2018 and we placed 3rd overall and returned to campus with 48 medals! All three events were very successful as the children returned to campus with a number of medals, placing third, second and first for their given events. This is a real testament to their hard work and commitment during the year and a great position to be in as we prepare for the new league next year.

The year 3-6 boys and girls were given the opportunity to train at an elite facility, Hamad Aquatic Centre, for three weeks. This opportunity has made the students understand the competitive nature of the sport and has had a major impact on their performance overall. They were able to practise their diving technique, prepare for their relay events and also had fun jumping from the diving boards for our last week at the centre. Here are the medal winners of each competition.

75m Individual Medley: Sophia Amey- 2nd place; Rehan Asif- 3rd place

25m Freestyle: Liam Cowsill- 3rd place; Hamza Shalaby- 3rd place; Sophia Sadykova- 2nd place; Luis De la Maza- 1st place; Isla Melville- 3rd place; Nicolas Meerseman- 1st place; Alicia Petillon- 2nd place; Gaston Perez Salles- 2nd place; Fairouz Ali- 3rd place

25m Breaststroke: Sophia Amey- 1st place; Pablo Adrover Alvarez- 1st place; Sophia Sadykova- 3rd place; Omar Abu Ouda- 3rd place; Isla Melville- 3rd place

50m Breaststroke: Claudia Capovilla- 2nd place

25m Backstroke: Yosef Kader- 3rd place; Jana Assabbane- 3rd place; Karim Morsy- 3rd place; Isla Melville- 3rd place

50 meters Backstroke: Ali Al Kowatly- 3rd place

Freestyle Relay:

Year 1

3rd place – Augustin Perez Salles, Neil Oliver, Selim El-Habbal, Nicolas Meerseman

3rd place- Narayani Moonasar, Emma De La Maza, Sophia Sadykova, Alicia Petillon

Year 2

3rd place- Luis De La Maza, Gaston Perez Salles, Karim Morsy, Omar Abu Ouda

3rd place- Isla Melville, Fairouz Ali, Aya Elabid Elsideeg,

Year 3

2nd place- Samuel Douche, Rehan Asif, Yosef Kader,


Medley Relay

Year 1

3rd place- Selim El-Habbal, Marco Capovilla, Neil Oliver, Pablo Adrover Alvarez

3rd place- Jana Assabbane, Sophia Sadykova, Narayani Moonasar, Emma De La Maza

Year 2

3rd place- Karim Morsy, Omar Abu Ouda, Gaston Perrez Salles, Luis De La Maza

3rd place- Fairouz Ali, Isla Melville, Alicia Petillon, Emma De La Maza

Year 3

2nd place- Rehan Asif, Samuel Douche, Yosef Kader

3rd place- Blanca Adrover Alvarez, Sophia Amey, Regina Kim, Melissa Petillon

Year 4

3rd place- Diego Garro, Liam Cowsill, Khalid Al Hussain, Vitor Cardoso


Some of our squad just missed out on a medal but put on a great performance for their team. Well done to all of our swimmers for their individual and team performances. Competition between schools is tough and we will start the year with a rigorous training programme to keep on improving our skills. The children will be presented with their certificates in a special assembly.

One of our students Sebastian Meersseman  recently took part in a Kick Boxing Championship, outside school, and won the competition. We were delighted to see a short clip of him in a kick boxing match and how well he fought. What a great achievement.

Year 1/2C led a very interesting and fact filled assembly about healthy eating and food types last week. It was a very good reminder for us about the different food groups and foods we should eat more or less of. At school, we have a healthy eating policy and encourage children to have healthy lunchboxes and make healthy choices. This is sometimes challenging, particularly when parents send in cakes or sweets for the class. We would like to encourage parents who want to send in a gift for children in the class, to think of children’s diet and teeth, when making choices. A small party bag with stationery items, a book, or a small toy may be more suitable and avoid exposing children and parents to unwanted sweet treats.

Here is a reminder of the healthy eating and birthday policy:

Birthday Policy

CISD recognises that birthdays are a special day for our students and families. However we must also ensure that celebrations do not disrupt the learning process and align with our International Primary Curriculum philosophy which promotes healthy eating habits and physical activity for all students.

Frequent birthday celebrations with cookies, cupcakes, and other sweets are not in alignment with this philosophy. The school and our staff are responsible for positively influencing students’ beliefs and habits in these areas; therefore this policy recognises the importance of wellness, good nutrition and an active lifestyle for our students.

Birthdays will be recognised in class by the teacher and children.  Instead of food treats, if families wish to do something special, we suggest they send an item, (for example, a book for the class, or party bags) in honour of your child’s birthday to be taken home at the end of the day.

This policy was created in consultation with Parents and staff to reflect our desire to positively influence students’ overall health and learning.

Healthy Eating

It is the policy at CISD to promote a school ethos and environment which encourages a healthy lifestyle. The School Nurse also plays a key role by promoting health and well-being in the school.


Snack Time

Children’s lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition and provide a healthy snack for children

We recommend

  • At least 2 portions of fruit or vegetable every day
  • An energy giving food such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals, couscous or noodles
  • Dairy foods such as cheese, milk or yoghurt
  • Water or fruit juice

Children are required to bring in a water bottle so that they can refill it and have easy access to water throughout the day.

The school community is aware of the possibility of food allergies within the student population, particularly nut allergies. Due to this we have a ‘no nut’ policy and parents must not send snacks with nuts or nut products in them.

Some children have special dietary requirements or specific food allergies, so for these reasons, students are not allowed to swap food items or share packed lunches.

We are aware that parents are the primary role model in children’s healthy eating choices and believe that we can promote healthy eating through building a positive and supportive relationship with them through mutual understanding, trust and cooperation.

On Thursday Early Years 1a, and Early Years 1/2C will lead assembly. The IPC personal Goal is RESPECT which means that we want to instil these qualities in our children and school community

  • I am kind towards other children.              
  • I listen to other children and adults.
  • I think about ways I can look after our environment
  • I look after my own and other people’s things
  • I think about what other living things might need.
  • I think about the needs and feelings of other people.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete the form to join in our Iftar Buffet. We hope to have a lovely, family occasion where we learn about and respect the local culture.


Kind regards,

Ann Djedid

Head of Campus
















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