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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday, 7 October 2019

Dear Parents,

This week, our Language One Dutch department are celebrating Book week.  

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We are very much looking forward to seeing their celebratory assembly on Thursday.

Last Thursday, Year 6B shared their knowledge and understanding of the Mayans in our weekly assembly.  The children were articulate in their delivery of facts and information relating to life in AD900.  Knowledge of this unit was shared with energy and confidence.  The children re-enacted how the Mayans sacrificed human life sharing one of their many rituals.  Our captive audience appeared to be pleased that times have changed.  This assembly was testament to Year 6B’s hard work.  Video clips showing food preparation and the children enjoying typical Mayan food transported us into the classroom.  From the classroom we were transported to Chichen Itzi in Mexico as one of the students wearing a virtual reality mask, led the audience on a 3D tour.  Well done, to the 6B team and thank you in particular to John Hart, Mandy Payne and Claire Leungen for producing a fantastic whole school learning experience.

On Thursday, parents will have received an invitation to attend this term’s Parent Teacher Consultations.  Sign-up sheets are now available for sign up.  Please be informed that all parents need to sign up this week, this will enable our teachers to prepare in advance.  Thank you for your support in this matter. 

Also on Thursday, the school hosted Dutch World Athletics champions, Nick Smidt and Killiana Heymans, who are currently competing in the IAAF World Athletic Championships 2019 in Doha.  The children had the opportunity to find out about more about the lives of top athletes and even had the opportunity to hold some professional running shoes.  I would like to personally thank Monica Mansveld our Dutch LanguageOne director for organising this wonderful experience for our children and our Dutch Ambassador for joining us for the assembly.  Thank you also to our Dutch athletes for giving up their time to visit the school today and Nick Smidt and Killiana Heymans for their engaging presentations.

Today, parents will have received a letter about our forthcoming International Breakfast and International Days.  This year, our focus for the days will be children’s rights and the needs of children around the world.  During the week we plan to raise money for the charity UNICEF.  UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories reaching out to disadvantaged children and adolescents.  On Tuesday, 12 November the children will be selling books, games and toys, all monies raised will be donated to UNICEF.  We have asked all children to bring in any of the above items so the school can start collecting in preparation for the day.  Thank you in advance for all your support.

This morning, Year 6 parents were invited into school to find out more about this year’s residential trip.  We hope parents found the meeting informative.  Last year’s Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their time away from school and had the opportunity to make friends from the other Compass campuses.  During the residential trip our students will have the opportunity to take part in so many activities including swimming, cycling, climbing and kayaking.  Memories created on this trip will last a lifetime.

Parents with children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are invited into school this week for this term’s parent workshops.  The Year 3 and Year 4 workshop is timetable for tomorrow and the Year 5 and Year 6 workshop is timetable for Wednesday.  We look forward to seeing you at these sessions. 

Have a fantastic week.

Karen Wilson

Head of Campus, Gharaffa

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