Happy New Year!
Thank you to all our parents who have already completed the NAE Parent Engagement Survey. If you haven’t been able to complete the survey, we would very much appreciate it if you could complete it in the next few days. Your feedback is essential and will only help us to improve. Feedback from previous years’ surveys have resulted in the following:
- Improved Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)
- More opportunities for children to share successes and talents (Music Assemblies, Ensembles, 2019 Term 3 Talent Show)
- Improved communication between school and home – additional School in Action Open Mornings, Parent Workshops, Class Dojo, Show My Homework
- Improved facilities – a new adventure playground which will be used in PE lessons and break times, peripatetic music practice rooms, improved Early Years outdoor classrooms
- Keeping our focus on high quality teaching by developing our staff and recruiting outstanding teachers for our outstanding schools
- Gaining accreditation through the QNSA, the IPC and IBO
- Making sure that we are strong in every aspect of teaching and learning, as reported back by the Nord Anglia Education Review Team in December 2018
- Offering more trips and visits to local places to enhance the learning experience
- Focusing on year on year improvements in academic results – tracking pupil progress and providing short term booster groups for children with learning gaps
- More opportunities for pupils to compete nationally – sports, languages
Thank you to all parents who were able to attend Tuesday’s FCS coffee morning and Thursday’s assembly. Last week we also enjoyed a visit from Brian Drye, trombonist and Teaching Artist from Juilliard. He worked with Mr Mannings during the day to deliver Master Classes and share his expertise with the school in a special assembly. The school was very much excited and inspired by Brian’s visit and wish him the best of luck in his forthcoming Broadway show.
Once again, we have many exciting events planned for this term. Our usual workshops and School in Action will be taking place shortly and the teams have planned many exciting trips for the children which include Year 5 and Year 6 residential opportunities. The school production is planned for March and our athletes will be competing in the BISQ (British International Schools of Qatar) games will also be taking place in the same month. Our FCS team also have two events in mind which we will be planning in the very near future.
In Thursday’s assembly I gave the usual reminders about school uniform. If your child would like to keep warm in school, it is the school’s expectation that they wear school uniform. Fleeces and jumpers which are not school uniform are not allowed. Also in assembly, I spoke to the children about the importance of being in school before 7.15am. All children are expected to be lined up when the whistle is blown at the start of the day. There are still far too many children arriving late for school, this does disrupt lessons and will have an impact in class. All children are affected by late arrivals as the teacher inevitably has to repeat messages which delays the lesson.
If your child has signed up for an ECA this term, they are expected to remain in their chosen ECA until the end of term. No changes to ECAs can be made partway through the term. The expectation is that all children are collected promptly at 2.30pm, if you are unable to guarantee that you are able to collect your child on time please withdraw your child from the ECA as soon as possible. Any child who is collected late on more than two occasions may be asked to withdraw from the ECA. Thank you for your support in this matter.
Finally, if you haven’t had the opportunity to take a look at our new Adventure Playground, please pop into school as soon as possible. We plan to open the Adventure Playground, which will feature a climbing wall and ropes ladders next month.
Have a happy and healthy 2019.
Ms Karen Wilson
Head of Gharaffa Campus