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Rayyan Report | Monday, 4 November 2019

Dear Parents,

As the weather begins to cool, the children at Rayyan have been able to use more of our outdoor learning opportunities. 

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  • RY Rainbow Picnic 2019

Early Years are enjoying exploring the spaces outside the classroom and further developing a lot of their fine and gross motor skills. Year 2 have been looking around the school in order to find things which are alive, were once alive or have never lived; a tricky challenge but one which they are enjoying. Year 1 have also been exploring the school grounds in their quest to find different shapes in context, applying their new maths learning to real-life situations.

The cooler weather also allows us to take both break times outside, meaning that the children can run around and expend some of their spare energy on the playground! Unfortunately, though, a number of our students are missing this opportunity as they are not coming to school with a hat. We operate a ‘no hat, no play’ ruling whereby the children without a hat need to sit in the shade so please ensure that your child comes in to school with the correct uniform.

Last week, our school choir started, initially for Years 4, 5 and 6. Mr. Merino was delighted that 44 enthusiastic singers joined him and is excited about being able to perform with the choir throughout the year. Choir is still open for admission should your child wish to join.

The first performance of the choir will be at Rayyan’s annual Rainbow Picnic, held on Saturday, 16 November. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the campus in full swing and a broad spectrum of colours! Our staff will be on stalls, offering different activities for all ages and engaging in the fun. This is a family oriented day so please feel free to bring any extended members of the family to school by requesting tickets through the class teachers or Mrs Lewis. I always enjoy the amazing array of delicious foods offered by families from around the world, it is a true gourmet delight!

This week we celebrated all of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Personal Goals through the presentation of House certificates in the House assembly. These certificates reflect the high number of Dojo points acquired by the winner, these being earned by showing the Personal Goals in all situations. Well done to all of our winners.

Next week, the IPC Personal Goal is ‘thoughtfulness’. Whilst it is easy to see this as us being thoughtful to others, we will also look at how we can engage in thought about our own actions. Teaching our children to be reflective, in their learning and in their actions, allows them to link experiences and applying this to new situations. The following are questions which you may wish to ask at home, all of which encourage reflection.


  • What were you most proud of?
  • How did you deal with something which was difficult?
  • What is frustrating you? How could you deal with that frustration?
  • What are your next steps?
  • What made you curious today?
  • How did you help somebody today? How did somebody help you?

We have a number of children registered for the Mall of Qatar Art Competition focussed on Qatar National Day. Should you wish to register, please contact Mr. Anderton for the registration form. Your child’s art work could be displayed in the mall and also win a considerable prize!


Peter Anderton

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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