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Themaid News | Monday, 25 November 2019

Dear parents,

Last week, swimming lessons got off to a splash with the start of the swimming programme at Themaid. 

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Our students were so enthusiastic and excited to get into the water and were amazed at the size of the pool. We are looking forward to starting a training programme at Themaid as we begin to prepare teams for competitions. The ECA programme will include swimming sessions and competitions and you will hear news of this from the PE department. The pool is heated and sheltered so that students can swim year-round.

On Sunday 17 November Compass International School Themaid's Year 7 and 8 boys basketball team hosted Compass International School Madinat Khalifa in what was a very close and exciting match. Compass Themaid began the match well and took an early lead but Madinat Khalifa stormed back and took the lead heading into the third quarter. With hard work and dedication to team tactics, Themaid was able to weather the storm and pulled off an outstanding comeback win 16 - 14.  

A special thanks to Team Themaid for their outstanding work, as well as Mr Porter for his wise input and enthusiasm. It was much appreciated by both Mr Sutton and the team. Also, a massive thank you to staff, parents, family, and friends who came to support our boys. We are looking forward to Sunday 24 November as Themaid's Year 9 and 10's host a very strong MK 9 and 10's squad at 2.30 pm at Themaid Campus. Parents are welcome to come along to support the team.

Year 7 have been learning some games in French class. This included a translation game. To start, they take turns to roll the dice to get a 6. The person who gets a six first starts translating up to four small paragraphs on a sheet of paper which refer to time (ie. Il est trois heures), school subjects (la biologie) et le jour (Lundi). Their partner (whilst the first person is writing/translating) throws the dice to attempt to get a three so they can translate the sentences and hence the turns to throw the dice and complete the translation is repeated. Only one person can write/translate at any one time with the objective being that the fastest person to successfully translate all four mini paragraphs on the sheet is the winner. The game was a hit and the class was enthused.

Now that we have introduced IGCSE Design & Technology at our Themaid Campus, part of the course requires students to understand and experiment with a range of different smart materials.  This month, our Year 10 students now understand the types which change due to exposure to heat, acidity and sunlight. The next step was to carry out a polymorph activity which is a material that changes due to exposure to hot water. It consists of small white balls which when exposed to hot water, change into a moldable transparent plastic. The students were able to identify the changes in its characteristics and how it used in today's society in the making of gum shields in sport, vampire teeth in fancy dress and other household decorative pieces. Our Year 10 students thoroughly enjoyed the session and we are looking forward to experimenting with more in the future.

Last week in International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Year 4 started their science experiment to find out what happens to an eggshell when it is put into different liquids. The eggshell represents our teeth and the different liquids represent the food and drink we consume. We made our predictions about what we think will happen.

Our students are having fun learning in our new Computing suite. In year 8 this week during class time students showcased their work and demonstrated their fantastic programming skills in Alice - Java. In Year 7 this week students presented their E-safety projects. Both year groups were able to demonstrate and illustrate their understanding at the end of their units.

Congratulations to Year 6A and 7B for having the highest attendance this week. We aim for 100% attendance and punctuality in school and our class teachers and form tutors are monitoring this. Every week we will award a certificate to the class and form with the highest attendance. We appreciate your support in getting your children to school on time and in making sure they come to school every day, unless sick. Congratulations to Year 8 for having no lates recorded this week.

On Thursday, the primary school held their House Assembly where they learned about collaboration and teamwork, their house motto and chant and ways to earn house points. Certificates were awarded to students who won most house points in their class. They are eagerly waiting to hear who has won the House Cup this term!

The children in Early Years had a lovely morning, learning about animal welfare and types of animals as part of their IPC learning. Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) brought a cat, tortoise and guinea pig into school and the children were delighted to see and touch them. We presented QAWS with all the food and animal supplies donated by the Themaid community and they were delighted with the response. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

The end of term is approaching fast so we would like to let you know that we will be celebrating Qatar National Day in school on Monday, 16 December. There will be a programme of performances and some special Qatari cultural activities. We look forward to seeing you in school to celebrate with us. The programme and details will be sent out next week.

Friends of Compass School will be launching ‘Thanksgiving Boxes’ to give back something to our community of Security Guards, Cleaners and Maintenance staff. Parents are requested to donate an item of their choice as a thank you. Further details will be sent before the 28th November when we launch the project.

Have an enjoyable week ahead.

Kind regards,

Ann Djedid

Head of Campus, Themaid

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