Welcome to Autumn Term 2018 at Compass Rayyan. We were delighted to see such happy and excited parents and children on Wednesday when they joined their new class and teacher. The day went very smoothly and there was a lovely atmosphere on campus. Those first feelings of apprehension disappeared as the children made new friends or found old friends and settled very quickly into class routines. We are looking forward to a highly successful year where the children will be nurtured, challenged and encouraged to be ambitious.
Over the summer break, the Facilities Team worked hard to improve our provision adding an EAL Room, ALN Room, new toilets, new shading for Early Years, and carpeted areas for children to work in. The improvements enable us to support and extend learning to maximise opportunities for our school population.
On the first Wednesday of every month we hold an informal ‘Drop in for Coffee’ to give parents a chance to meet other parents and members of staff. The first meeting this term will be on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30am.
Next week we will be holding Welcome mornings in school. Parents are invited to attend their child’s class to meet the teacher, hear about school routines and class expectations. You will receive an overview of this year’s curriculum and a weekly learning letter. This is a great opportunity to get to know the teacher, learn about our teaching and learning philosophy and ask questions. We hope that you will join us. The timings are as follows:
- Sunday 2nd September: Years 5 and 6, 7.30-8.30am
- Monday 3rd September: Years 3 and 4, 7.30-8.30am
- Tuesday 4th September: Years 1 and 2, 7.30-8.30am
- Wednesday 5th September: Drop in for Coffee
- Thursday 6th September: Early Years 1 and 2, 7.30-8.30am
This year we are working on improving ‘Student Voice’ at Rayyan. This is where students are given the ability to influence learning by sharing their views on policies, programs, contexts and principles within the context of learning and education. We will have Student Councillors, Eco Warriors, Prefects, House Captains and a Head Boy and Girl. Mr Coughlan led an information packed assembly about the opportunities for students and what we want to achieve this year. Elections will be conducted in school early next week and students will be given the opportunity to present their manifesto and ideas for improvement.
Children involved in any of the roles mentioned above will be expected to attend the Student Voice ECA on Wednesdays. Inevitably, student roles are very popular in school. Many children will present their manifesto, but only one from each class can be chosen. We must teach our children to be resilient; to bounce back from disappointment and become stronger from the experience. This applies to all aspects of life; if not successful this time, learn from the experience and try again next time. There are many opportunities for children to stand out in school throughout the year and we will focus on recognising children’s achievements at assembly each week.
ECA booklets and signing on codes will be sent home on Sunday with the online booking system being available from 5.00pm on Sunday to 12.00pm on Wednesday. Please make sure you sign on quickly-some of our ECA’s fill up within minutes.
We will shortly be starting our Parent Seminars in school with an Arabic Workshop for parents. Please check the Parent Calendar for details of when they will take place. If you have any aspect of school life that you would like to learn more about, please let me know and I will arrange a workshop on that subject. We would like parents to work in partnership with us and their children to ensure academic success and sharing our methods and philosophy help you to help your children.
As you are aware, there are extensive road works in the area. We hope that the works behind the school will be completed by the end of next week and will update you accordingly. In the meantime, if everyone follows these procedures, we will keep our children safe:
- All Parents should park at the front of the school and use the front gate
- Please reverse park so that your car is facing out and there is no need to reverse out
- Be vigilant when leaving the car or crossing the road
- Make sure children have seat belts fastened before you move off
- Avoid using mobile phones when driving
- Do no leave small children unsupervised in the car, even for a short time
Thank you for your warm welcome and support during this first week back at school. I wish you and your children a very successful and happy academic year.
Head of Campus