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Rayyan Report | Monday, 14 October 2019

Dear Parents,

It’s not easy to see your child have a setback, especially after they’ve worked hard. 
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But facing challenges and learning from them can have an upside. It can help your child build resilience. This vital life skill is what allows kids to tackle their challenges despite having setbacks. Donna Volpitta, researcher in education and psychology, claims that resilience isn’t just about “bouncing back.” She writes, ‘It’s about “bouncing forward.” Resilience doesn’t just mean getting back to normal after facing a difficult situation. It means learning from the process in order to become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge. It’s not limited to tragedies or major life events, either. Resilience applies to more common struggles too. In fact, when children respond to any type of challenge — including learning — it creates an opportunity to bounce forward. It helps them learn coping skills and how to find solutions to problems.’

It’s no surprise, then, that Rayyan’s teachers are constantly looking out for resilience in our children. Being our International Primary Curriculum Personal Goal of focus this week, we were able to celebrate our wonderfully resilient learners in assembly.

Thursday’s assembly was invaded by greedy seagulls! 2A performed the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch with creativity, clarity and poise. The children delivered their lines very well and demonstrated great understanding of the story. In fact, the children were also able to show off their knowledge of instructional writing as they recounted different recipes Mrs Grinling was able to make. A fantastic assembly 2A, well done.

Our Year 6 children also revealed themselves to be good writers as they recounted their successful trip to the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum. Although the cars were undoubtedly the stars of the museum in many of the children’s eyes, they weren’t the only items on show. Year 6 were able to link their learning of historical artefacts and primary sources of information, with real-life historical objects. ‘Who knew rugs could tell a story?!’ one member of 6A was heard to say!

The Book Fair was a triumph last week; lots of interesting book conversations were generated, as well as a good sum of money for the school to spend on books for the library. Representatives from Blue Pearl visited the school too, presenting to parents and students exciting information about the Year 6 residential.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Alfie Creissen as interim Deputy Headteacher. I know you will join me in congratulating Alfie and wish him luck in his new role. I am looking forward to working together with Alfie to further the school’s vision of providing ever improving education to the children.

On Wednesday, we host a coffee morning in the area outside the library. As well as hearing of tales from the first seven weeks of school, I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome more parents into the Friends of Compass School parent group.

Have a very pleasant week.

Peter Anderton,

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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