The Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association (QPPSSA) tournament season is in full swing with students participating in competitions every week. If your child is involved in a competition, please feel welcome to come along to watch and support the team.
This week Rayyan campus participated in two tournaments. Our Under 9 girls football team travelled to Aspire sports ground to compete at the QPPSSA Football tournament and our Under 11 rounders team travelled to Doha College to compete at the QPPSSA Rounders tournament.
Both teams showed great determination and resilience. Our children are gaining lots of confidence and developing their skills in sports by entering these tournaments. With more practice and future tournaments, they will continue to progress in competitive sports.
Rounders Team: Fladina Ghaisani, Zaira Diaz Munoz, David Jones, Ramon Ramirez, Bernardo Ventura, Omar Shalaby, Sebastian Meersseman, Fardan Dayana, Adam Hawken, Charlie Finefrock
Football Team: Reem Al Maadeed, Melissa Petillon, Stella Halldorson, Aleen Latif, Julia Berthereau Adaya, Isla Melville, Salma Vink
Well done for representing the school so well and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and behaviour during the tournaments.
Rayyan welcomed curriculum specialist Joshua Palmer all the way from the Juilliard School in New York on Wednesday. We had a full day of dance, showing all styles from ballet to street dance. Joshua was so impressed with how our children have responded to the Juilliard curriculum in the past three weeks and is looking forward to a very productive future for Juilliard dance at Compass. Joshua watched various lessons from Year 1, 3, 5 and Year 6. At the end of the day, the Year 5A and 5B boys were lucky to have Joshua’s expertise shine through as they discovered “Tricky Transitions” as part of their Street to Stage module. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from the best.
This week, Rayyan’s Mathematics Co-ordinator, Ms O’Neill led a parent seminar with the focus on mental agility and developing mental number skills. Parents were given an insight into how children progress from working with hands-on material, to using visual diagrams to working with mental calculations. The parents joined in with the activities and learned how to apply the strategies. They found the session both informative and helpful and understand how their children develop skills and how to support them at home.
On Tuesday Year 4 Rayyan visited the Shaikh Faisal Bin Qassim Museum to support their learning for the current IPC unit ‘Tombs, Temples and Treasures.’ The children enjoyed a guided tour and were exposed to an impressive collection of historic items from around the world. The children gained a real insight into life during early civilisations and kept records of what they had learnt throughout the tour. Highlights of the trip included viewing the largest Quran in the world, collecting water from an original sweet water well and seeing a real dinosaur head. In class we have learnt a lot about ancient Egyptian civilisations, and it was a real treat for the children to see some real hieroglyphic wall carvings that were on display from Egypt. We had a lot of aspiring archaeologists on the bus ride back to school!
This week the IPC personal Goal focus was on Communication. It was impressive to hear how well our students communicate in school, in a variety of languages including English, French and Arabic and how confident they have become. Well done to our certificate winners this week.
The student award, which is highly sought after, went to three students who have really stood out this week both in class and in school. They received their award as follows:
Leon – Year 1c: Working very hard, making brilliant progress and for always trying his best.
Mila – Year 4a: Settling really well into class, working hard and making lots of new friends.
Ourania – Year 6c: Working super hard in class making lots of improvement in all subjects.
Rayyan Campus was a hive of activity on Tuesday morning as many parents joined the Class in Action morning. They joined in lessons, participated in outdoor shape hunts, learned about our approach to phonics and learned new facts and vocabulary related to learning a language or the IPC. It was a lovely morning for parents and students alike with parents sending very positive feedback messages to our teachers. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend-we hope you enjoyed spending time with your children in school.
The children in Year 5 have been learning about the wonders of the solar system as part of their Mission to Mars IPC unit. Y5 students who attend the Digital Art ECA at Rayyan, decided to create some art related to the theme of our destiny being in our own hands. Will we protect the Earth? Will we soar across the galaxies to a distant planet? It’s in our hands. Please look out for the images on Facebook-the students aim to reach over 100 ‘likes’ so please help them to reach this ambitious target.
Year 3C were full of enthusiasm and excitement when they took on the ambitious challenge of telling the story of the cocoa bean in assembly. With an original rap about chocolate bars, jokes, fun facts and a song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, they shared their learning in a truly ambitious way Did you know that it takes over 400 cocoa seeds to make one bar of chocolate? Well done 3C for the impressive role play and sharing the story of chocolate and for being so happy on stage.
On Thursday afternoon, a team from Madinat Khalifa Secondary will lead an assembly to inform our parents and students about life in secondary school and what to expect. All parents are welcome to attend to find out about the educational programme, excursions and opportunities to be ambitious from our secondary team. The assembly will take place on 31st January at 12.30pm in the hall-we hope you can join us.
We are working on the UNICEF goals and raising awareness of charitable causes in school. With this in mind, Student Voice, FCS, parents and two of our students have put forward some initiatives to raise funds for animal welfare in Qatar. We would like to start collecting donations of pet food and blankets and to hold a non-uniform day and bake sale to raise funds. Thank you to Khalid Al Thani and Malak Al Hajri in Year 6 for writing a letter to me ask if they could organise a ‘Bake Sale’ to support the charity. More information on charity initiatives will be sent home in a separate letter.
Please note that the EY2A assembly on Thursday 31st January will now be a House Assembly. Mrs Mckelvie will reschedule her class assembly later in the term, due to some unexpected professional development training.