On Thursday, our assembly was about peace in the world and what that means for us and people around us. As part of our focus on UNICEF goal 16, Peace and Justice, we reflected on how we could make our school a peaceful place and work together to create harmony. The children shared their thoughts and ideas on respect and consideration for others. Mrs Lerche initiated the idea of joining the One Day, One Choir project, which is a global project for peace and we used our united voices to sing for peace. This recording will be sent to the organisers to be part of the global recording. September 21st was World Peace Day and children were encouraged to think about freedom from fear, not being at war, being quiet and still and feeling safe, protected and secure at home and in school. Details of the recording will be sent, once it is released.
“This week in assembly the whole school sang for peace and unity across the world. Compass Rayyan, Gharaffa and Madinat Khalifa all performed ‘This day of peace’ a song composed for the first International Day of Peace observed on September 21st in 1981. Our school and pupils performed like thousands of others around the world as ‘One Day One Choir’ a global choral project for peace. On this day people will also observe a one minute silence at 12 noon across all time zones, creating a ‘Peace Wave’ as it moves around the globe.
The word ‘Islam’ is derived from the Arabic word meaning ‘peace’.
In Music and during the assembly pupils listened to a special arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ from his 9th Symphony. This piece of music was adopted by the European Community as their Anthem for peace, freedom and solidarity in 1972.” Mrs Lerche, Head of Music.
“This assembly fits in perfectly to the UNICEF Global Goals and our Photograph Competition for Global Campus. The focus for this year are Goal 4 Quality Education and Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. With the emphasis on peace, our school and Student Voice will be focusing on the topic of Bullying and working on ways to combat this and make our school a strong institution.” Mr Coughlan, Student Voice Lead.
Our School in Action morning were a great success with many parents joining in specialist and class lessons on Tuesday morning. It gave parents a chance to see learning, first hand, and have their children explain what and how they learn, to them. For many parents, it is a whole new experience compared to their own schooling and it was lovely to see how much they enjoyed it. It is invaluable to see what a typical morning in school looks like and to discuss learning with your children at home. There will be many more opportunities to share your child’s learning in the future and we look forward to welcoming you to school.
Mr Anderton led a Parent Seminar on Phonics on Wednesday morning where he shared our approach to early reading skills and English language acquisition. Phonics is a method of teaching the reading and writing of the 42 sounds of the English language by developing learners' awareness of the sounds of individual and blended letters (phonemes) in order to teach the relationship between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them and form words. Our synthetic phonics approach teaches blended sounds which can be joined together to read whole words. Parents found the session very informative and useful in supporting their children’s learning at home. The next parent seminar will be on Early Years and Milepost 1 mathematics strategies. We hope you can attend.
It has been noted that more and more children are arriving late in the morning. School starts at 7.15am and children complete learning tasks at that time. If your child is habitually late, they miss valuable learning time. There is a close correlation between your child’s rate of progress, absence and late arrival, both of which impact negatively on learning. Traffic and parking are an ongoing challenge so you may need to leave home earlier. We are working on reporting absence and punctuality on school reports so your assistance with getting your children to school on time is appreciated.
We are pleased to announce that two new opportunities for after school learning will be available at Rayyan Campus this week. One is STEAM education with Little Engineers and the other is a new collaboration to offer language acquisition and support with Hibernia Learning Centre. Classes will take place on site, after school, so that children will have the opportunity to avail of these offers without travelling. Please contact the School Secretary for further details.
I would like to congratulate Mr Peter Anderton on being appointed as Deputy Head of Rayyan Campus following a rigorous interview process. An experienced teacher and international school leader, I look forward to working with him on taking the school forward and continuing our cycle of improvement.
Head of Campus