On Tuesday, 5 June, we celebrated World Environment Day in school with a special assembly to launch our Eco Greenhouse and update children on our Grow to Grow Project.
Here at Rayyan, we adopted the UNICEF theme “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”; the mission this year is to beat plastic pollution. To mark this special eco-friendly day, the Eco Warriors confiscated every plastic cup from the school and requested everyone to wear green. It was fantastic to see the school turn green for the day. We had loads of different shades and some children even painted their hair green! The Eco Warriors wanted to add their own ideas for the day so they adopted another theme of no paper allowed. No copybooks, no printers and no photocopiers were allowed to be used and the team monitored this through the day at regular intervals.
The day started with an assembly to mark the opening of our greenhouse. Over the past few months, Mr Metcalf and Mr Akhtar have been working hard with Year 5 as part of the Global Campus with a “Grow to Grow” initiative, whose vision is to create a culture of growing within our school. Their aim was to create a space to grow vegetables and fruit while encouraging responsible consumption by recycling plastic around the school. They involved children, staff and parents within our school community and collected enough plastic bottles to use to make a greenhouse, to grow plants in and to use for resources within the classroom. The main task was to build a greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles. A fantastic way to use the plastic bottles! Endless hours of manual work, and it was complete. The walls of the greenhouse were made from plastic bottles and the Nord Anglia logo was made from the bottle lids. We saw the opening of the greenhouse through a live video feed from the sports hall. Well done to all involved. It is an amazing project.
Mr Metcalf told everyone about the amazing flowers we could make with plastic bottles and we saw a step-by-step guide of how to do it. Many classes worked on these throughout the day creating colourful flowers to brighten up their classrooms. The children have now added a tree and flowers to complement the greenhouse.
Thank you to everyone who cooperated and make this a very special eco-friendly day at Rayyan. We hope you can make some changes to help the environment remembering that if you can’t reuse it, refuse it!
Year 3A reiterated the environmental message in their assembly about the rainforest. They told the story of the Great Kapok tree and how many animals would be affected if it were to be chopped down, not to mention the impact on air quality and the environment. They sang and performed beautifully and shared a presentation on the fantastic year of learning they have had. Well done, Year 3A.
Congratulations to all the children who received awards for Cooperation this week. We heard how they had learned to share, work as part of a team, accept other people’s ideas and help each other. Next week the Personal Goal is Adaptability: getting used to something new, being able to try new things and feel comfortable and being able to do things in different ways.
On Sunday, 10 June, our Year 6 children will attend a Transition Day at our Madinat Khalifa Campus, to prepare them for their move to Secondary School next year. A learning and activity packed day has been planned to give the children a taste of life in Year 7 and I am sure they will have many stories to share with you. I hope it is both exciting and informative and helps the children to tackle any anxieties they feel and prepare them for this next step in the learning journey.
On Thursday, we will be holding a French assembly. Please come along to share the children’s learning.
Have a great week.
Head of Rayyan Campus