We use two exam boards for the GCSE – Edexcel and Cambridge. Cambridge announced last week their ‘Highest in Qatar' awards and Compass achieved two of these. We are still waiting for the Edexcel ones, which we have been successful in recent years. The Cambridge award was for Science and Art. This is two years in a row we have had the highest mark for Science. The science department has achieved great success, with 47% of the whole year group achieving an A* to A. What makes this even more impressive, is that the CAT4 ‘potential headline' was 15% A*-A.
Ultimately what this means is that we are making tremendous progress with these students.
The maths department achieved similar levels of success with 43% achieving an A* to A. As I have discussed on many occasions, we challenge all students at Compass MK, no matter what a piece of paper says that their ability is. We look beyond that and are truly ambitious in challenging their learning. I am happy to sit down with any parent and discuss the academic monitoring and tracking systems that we have in place to ensure that no student is left behind and fulfills their potential. I am proud to be part of an inclusive school that puts so much emphasis on the character-building of children, as well as the academic success that comes with attending this school.
Our other success was in the Art department which is going from strength to strength. You may remember the IGCSE and IB exhibition last year at the Fire Station Art Gallery. This was extremely successful in showcasing the student's work and auctioning off to the highest bidder. To my knowledge, we are the only school that has been allowed access to exhibit their work there. A fantastic opportunity for the students at Compass MK.
Sporting success was also achieved last week. Squads are being selected from the extensive sporting ECAs that our PE department has made available. So much so that the Year 9 boys now have two volleyball teams to compete as they are enjoying it so much. It is the girls' volleyball team that won the plaudits last week. It was gold for the Girls Under 13s volleyball team at the QUESS tournament. I believe this was the first time that they have competed and so even more impressive was the outcome.
The half-term has gone so quick, however, I think the students are starting to feel a little bit tired of those early wake-ups 6 weeks in a row. To that end, they were energized last week with the visit of the AFCENT band, who I'm told were really ‘on trend' with their song choice in their set. I even recognised some of the songs! It was great to see the initial discipline and respect of sitting in rows, clapping along to the music. This all changed with the introduction of Bruno Mars and the majority were up releasing any inhibitions to dance along. An impressive ‘group floss’ was witnessed from otherwise restrained boys. I finished off thanking the band for visiting us and the importance of two strong female leads singing to act as role models. We all agreed it would be nice for more concerts in Qatar.
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa