Happy New Year. I hope that 2019 brings you happiness, good health and prosperity and that you had a lovely holiday.
Rayyan Campus got off to an amazing start on Sunday with an environmental themed visit from Jose Saucedo, Founder of Doha Environmental Actions Project (DEAP), who came to speak about what his group of volunteers do for the environment in Qatar. Jose spoke about what his company, how we can help and the dangers facing Qatar’s environment if things don’t change. The children listened and contributed with their opinions, answering many of his questions, showing how aware our students are of environmental issues.
Jose’s company was founded in May 2017 and since then they have conducted 80 beach clean ups and collected over 43,000kg of trash. His company are also promoting the projects related to the conservation of Qatar’s Whale Sharks and Dugongs. Our Eco Warriors told us about ways we can help the environment and reduce our use of plastics.
On Friday, in cooperation with DEAP, the Compass Community came together for a Beach Clean Up at Purple Island. Over 150 adults and children came along to help to collect rubbish and managed to gather an incredible 1500kg of waste, much of it plastic.
As part of this project, we will be working with ‘Flowers Each Spring’ which is an organisation set up by HH Sheikha Moza to work on replanting mangroves. We hope these events become a regular feature in the Compass calendar in the future! Thank you once again to DEAP for their support and to Mr Coughlan for organising this event.
On Sunday, we also had a visit from the US Airforce AFCENT Band, who sang and entertained the students for over an hour. Both staff and students joined in the singing a mix of pop and rock music songs and the visit was very uplifting; a great way to start the New Year.
On Wednesday, Brian Drye from the Juilliard School came to visit and share his expertise with the students. He worked with some classes in music lessons with Mrs Lerche and held an assembly for Years 4 to 6 where he demonstrated his trombone playing skills and engaged the students in fun activities. The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Uniform reminders: Now that the weather is cooler, students should be wearing a school sweater, which is available from the uniform shop. This is more than adequate in current temperatures. Should it turn cold, children may wear a navy blue jacket over their school sweater until inside the building. They are not permitted to wear non uniform cardigans or sweaters to school.
Our assembly focus on Thursday was RESPECT - our IPC personal Goal. The Head Boy and Girl, Ivan and Fladina, talked about showing good manners around school, assisted by our Prefects. Teachers and the Student Voice group will be monitoring behaviour and manners in the coming weeks, supported by the new posters they have created to ensure good behaviour. Well done to our certificate winners for showing Respect.
Last term, our Librarian, Ms Eman, started a new Reading Award Challenge to promote reading in school. At assembly, awards were presented to our most ambitious Readers at Rayyan; Year 4A and 4B won the Butterfly Challenge which is awarded to Years 3 to 6. Years 2B and 2A won the Caterpillar Challenge which is awarded to Years 1 and 2.
Congratulations to George Saddi, Fardan Dayana, Katy Bou Akl and Jana Assabane for being the Top Readers during the first term. Rewards will be given at the end of each half term. Good luck to all our readers.
ECA’s begin on Sunday, 13 February. Please check the online system and your child’s communication books for details and any changes. ECA’s finish at 2.30pm sharp. There are still some places available should you wish to register.
This term we will be holding a programme of Parent Workshops, to invite parents to share our teaching and learning approaches and help their child at home. Please check the Spring Term calendar sent home on Thursday for details of the dates and times. We hope to involve as many parents as possible as partners in their children’s learning.
Thank you to our parents who have already completed the NAE Parent Survey. It will be open until Sunday, 20 January 2019 and there is still time if you have not yet completed it.
Have a great week.
Ms Ann Djedid
Head of Rayyan Campus