They showed how much progress your child has made and is expected to make this academic year and give them areas to focus on in the coming terms. All students can improve, no matter their current level and we look forward to a positive and ambitious spring term with increased focus, effort and achievement. If you have any questions about the report, please feedback to the class teacher or form tutor.
Last week we had a very exciting week as we held our first STEAM event of the year. The theme was ‘Life Through a Lens’, learning all about light and perspective. The Primary students got to visit the science lab to take part in a number of experiments and learning all about colours, light and the magnification of objects under a lens. The students learnt about perspective photography where all is not as it seems as they appeared to be eating each other or having a very large foot descending upon them from above! It has been a fantastic week which culminated in our wonderful spectrum artwork made up of students artwork and photographs showing all the colours of the rainbow. It is proudly on display in the Primary corridor. Please pop along to visit.
In Primary, the International Primary Curriculum Personal Goal was ‘Enquiry’, which was particularly apt during STEAM week. Enquirers show the following qualities:
Over the last few weeks, Year 5 students have been excellent enquirers by reading and exploring some of the many mythical and legendary characters in stories from different societies. On Thursday, for our Exit Point, the children were able to come into school dressed as their favourite 'Myth and Legend' character. Throughout the day the children worked in groups to ask questions, research and create some informative posters about Robin Hood, we found out about why he was a legend in the medieval times and discussed whether we would have done the same if we were him. To end the day, we watched 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and created some beautiful winter artwork.
Thank you to all our families who generously donated to the Friends of Compass School (FCS) Thanksgiving Boxes and collection. On Sunday, 15 December, FCS presented twenty-eight cleaning, maintenance and security staff with a token of thanks for their hard work and effort behind the scenes. They keep the school clean, tidy, operational and secure 24 hours a day and we cannot thank them enough for making Themaid campus such a great place to be.
Sadly, we say goodbye to our Lab Technician, Kristen Marsh, who is returning to Canada. She has been part of the Compass family for many years, and we were very fortunate to have her on Themaid staff, sharing her knowledge and skills. We will miss the family who I have known for the last two years both at Rayyan and Themaid. Good luck to Kristen, David, Ainslee and Shannon in their new adventure.
In a very fitting last day of term, we celebrated Qatar National Day. Primary and secondary students came together with staff and parents to sing the National anthem of Qatar to open the programme. The students presented songs, poetry, traditional dances and cultural items to celebrate the history and independence of Qatar. Some of our students wrote poems about Qatar and what it means to them for a poetry competition and shared their thoughts with us. We finished with a quiz to find out who has learned most about Qatar and test our knowledge. Our Qatari students were so proud to share their feelings about their homeland. Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this very special and proud day. Happy Qatar National Day.
It has been a long term but we have accomplished a lot in opening a new school and building our community. The staff have been amazing and we have very strong foundations on which to build. Thank you for your patience and support during this first term at Themaid as we got the school off the ground.
We hope that you have a lovely holiday and well-deserved break with your families. Have a good holiday and we hope to see you back in school, with well-rested students, ready to learn on Sunday, 5 January 2020. Happy New Year.
Head of Campus, Themaid