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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday, 11 November 2019

Dear Parents,

Over 700 people from over 62 countries swarmed into the school on Saturday to celebrate the school’s internationalism and our diversity at our International Breakfast.

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The day began at 8.30am as parents arrived laden with food from their home countries.  Parents served dishes throughout the morning to excited children, parents and staff.  Our Friends of Compass School (FCS) team worked long hours every day over the weekend to ensure this annual event was a wonderful success. 

Staff created fun activities which the children enthusiastically participated in and some highlights of the morning were our Gharaffa staff band, Mr Pegrum’s dance group and the Compass Community Choir.  The morning passed very quickly and everyone left with a smile on their faces.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our amazing FCS team, led by Balsam Al Maari.  The ladies have spent weeks organising this event for our children.  The fine detail such as labelling food ingredients for hours on end, setting up the hall and resourcing items allowed the morning to run seamlessly.  Thank you to each and every FCS member who contributed to the morning, to our maintenance and security teams who always work tirelessly for the benefit of all our children.  I would also like to thank our dedicated staff who always endeavour to make school events as good as they can possibly be.

Yesterday morning, we welcomed our parents back into school for our International Flag Parade.  At the parade we celebrated the 62 nationalities represented by the school.  The children were excited and proud to wave their flags as the community cheered them on.  After returning to class the children participated in fun, engaging, international activities to learn more about different countries and cultures from around the world.

This morning, we opened our gates once again to our parents for our International Reading morning.  We now look forward to tomorrow’s toy market where the children will be selling toys, games and books to raise awareness for UNICEF.

On Thursday, children in Year 2A shared their International Primary Curriculum (IPC) learning, ‘Let’s go on Holiday’ in assembly.  The children spoke about their travel experiences and even showed us how to book a holiday.  We also enjoyed the children singing a song to the accompaniment of Mr Pegrum on the guitar.  I would like to thank all our talented children and both Mr Pegrum and Mrs Hughes for all their hard work in preparation for the assembly.

This week, our girls’ and boys’ football teams will be competing in Duhail.  We wish our teams the very best of luck and look forward to hearing the results. 

If you are a parent in Year 5 or Year 6 and interested in finding out more about the school’s secondary provision then please join us for our Secondary Showcase on Sunday, 17 November.  The Showcase will take place at 8am in the Morgan Hall.  Following this, there will be a Secondary Open Evening at the Madinat Khalifa campus on Wednesday, 20 November.  The evening will begin at 4.30pm.  In January, we plan to host a second showcase, focusing on secondary provision at the Themaid campus.  We look forward to seeing our parents at both events.

Parents please be mindful that teachers need time to respond to any emails or messages.  The school asks that teachers respond to messages within 24 hours or on Sunday morning if a message is received at the weekend.  If you have a non-urgent email and are able to ask another parent then please do so in the first instance.  Thank you for your support in this matter. 

We hope our families enjoy the rest of the week.  Thank you once again for continuing to support the school.

Kind regards

Karen Wilson

Head of Campus Gharaffa

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