Our ECA Programme got off to a great start with more choice than ever, and more children signing up for activities to enhance their knowledge and skills. Many of our children are involved in three or more activities per week and enjoy the social aspect of meeting new children and developing the qualities to meet the IPC Personal Goals. We have been flexible in allowing children to change ECA whilst they settle in however lists are now closed and no further changes can be made this term. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to enrich our ECA offer and with that in mind, we have agreed to have a 10 week ECA with Little Engineers, a group which promotes STEAM education and can link learning to our curriculum. More details to follow in a separate notice.
Last week we held out first House Meeting of the year with the new House Captains and House Leaders presenting certificates to our House Point winners. There was strong competition around the hall as leaders prepared their house chant for 2018 and shared it with us. We are all excited to see who will be first to win the house points this year and present their chant at assembly. Congratulations to our House Point winners this week for making such a great start to the term.
Our Friends of Compass (FCS) group met on Wednesday and it was lovely to see some more parents join to share their ideas. Already we are planning a Movie Night, Family Day and the Rainbow Picnic this term. Mr Coughlan is increasing Student Voice this year during his ECA and the children will share much more of the decision making about activities. They are going to be working on a newsletter for students and designing a new play area. They have lots of ideas to share so we are looking forward to enabling them to succeed.
We had a fantastic turnout for the first Parent Seminar of the year, about the Arabic, Islamic Studies and Qatar History Curriculum. Ms Enaam updated parents on the new syllabus and interactive books which have been produced by the Ministry of Education. Parents will now be able to help their children and get more information by scanning the QR code on each lesson page. This is an important new development which we believe will support Arabic teaching and help children to learn better.
Our English leader, Mr Anderton, will be introducing a Handwriting Challenge this week and working with children to improve their skills. We are challenging children to improve their handwriting and work presentation in all subjects. Children with the most improved handwriting will be awarded with a certificate for their achievement. Although we live in a technological age, there is much research on how handwriting develops areas of the brain which assist with reading. ’’ Findings demonstrate that handwriting is important for the early recruitment in letter processing of brain regions known to underlie successful reading. Handwriting therefore may facilitate reading acquisition in young children.” Karin H James and Laura Engelhardt. The Handwriting Competition winner’s work will be displayed so that we can see skills progression however all children can take pride in improving their handwriting.
On the 18th September, parents are invited to join their children in class for a “Class in Action’ morning between 7.30-9.30am. Children will share their learning with you and you can see, first hand, how children learn and participate in a sample activity. Parents are welcome to stay for any amount of time-we realise that working parents may only spend a short time in class.
The next parent Seminar takes place on 19th September at 7.30am when Mr Anderton will present a session on Phonics. This is the skill where children learn the sounds of the English language and blend them to decode words and learn to read. This is a crucial skill so we hope you can come along to hear about our teaching and learning and how you can help at home.
On visiting classes it is very encouraging to see how focused and settled the children are now. They are enjoying learning about the brain and how we learn and their interest and enthusiasm is a joy to see.
Mrs. Ann Djedid
Head of Campus