As I am sure you are aware, the Holy Month of Ramadan is due to start next week. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is a period of prayer, self-control, charity and goodwill to others. For our Muslim and non-Muslim students, this is an excellent opportunity for them to think about self-discipline and consideration of other people.
Part of Ramadan is fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. Muslims believe fasting has many benefits, such as feeling closer to God, establishing a healthier life style, developing better habits, understanding of self and establishing better relationships with others.
We want all the students of Compass International School Doha to learn about this special month and to take advantage of the aspects of self-improvement that are associated with it. To enable the Muslim students to take full part in fasting and the other spiritual experiences, we have set out some special activities during Ramadan:
- Muslim students will observe Zohar prayers together at 11.20am each day in the internal courtyard. Parents and student volunteers who would like to lead the prayers, or make the call to prayer, are more than welcome. Please contact the school if you would like to do so.
- We will provide opportunities for spiritual activities such as Islamic learning circles and Qur’an recitation at break-times.
We will be holding a special Ramadan primary assembly, which will be led by our Arabic students, to explain about Ramadan and why it is important for Muslims. The assembly is planned for Sunday, 13 May.
As Ramadan coincides with midsummer this year, we understand that the combination of long days, higher temperatures, as well as on-going school assessments, will put extra pressure on our young Muslim students. Following guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, we are required to reduce the school hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan, starting at 08.00 and finishing at 13.00 promptly. The reduced hours will help students have enough time to rest and have plenty of time to revise and study. If your son/daughter is fasting, please make sure to choose a well-balanced diet and keep them hydrated. It helps, of course, for children to get as much sleep as they can during this time.
Attendance during this period is as important as at any other time of the year. Children need to be in school to continue to learn. Our high academic expectations for our students will remain unchanged during this time and the learning and assessment opportunities will feed into our students’ end of year report. We respectfully ask you to make sure that your son/daughter continues to come to school on time every day during Ramadan.
Thank you for your support, which is always greatly appreciated. May you and your family have a Ramadan filled with peace and serenity.
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary