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Rayyan Report | Monday, 2 December 2019

Dear Parents,

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer.

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I recently read a book which included this quote and the links that this has with communication and it struck me as an ideal way to start a newsletter! Our job as educators is to provide the environment in which children are growing and learning. When I visit classes, referee football matches at lunch, welcome people in to school in the morning, watch assemblies, and many more daily occurrences, I see the power of communication within this environment. The children of Rayyan are great communicators and understand that this attribute isn’t just about the ability to talk; listening to others is probably of even higher importance.

Early Years 2B displayed their skills remarkably on Thursday by teaching us all about the animal kingdom in their assembly. As Miss Nowland pointed out, for a lot of these children this was their first time performing in assembly and for many it was in a second, or third, language. Through humour, song and a wonderful reading of ‘Dear Zoo’, the children were able to describe animal attributes and teach us the names of young animals. The class were ably assisted by Early Years 2A who sang beautifully and confidently. Well done to all!

Our certificate winners were once again celebrated in assembly and it was encouraging to hear such a wide range of ways in which the students were successful. The teaching of our children to be positive role models is of vital importance to us. Next week, though, we take a mini break from the children receiving certificates as Student Voice will be presenting staff certificates based on their (top secret) categories.

You may have noticed on ClassDojo that we have launched the annual Global Campus Creative Writing competition. This is a wonderful way for children to express their creativity and use their newly developed skills in a different way. Whilst the piece submitted should be the child’s own work, I would encourage conversations as a family about the subject matter, ‘What does home mean to you?’.

Thank you to all those who have submitted photographs for our STEAM competition, we have received some truly brilliant snaps. Massachusetts Institute of Technology set the school challenges throughout the year as part of our collaboration, and this is the one which has captured the imagination most successfully – it seems that we have a lot of budding photographers out there!

Year 5 visited an artist’s studio last week where they were able to each create a masterpiece linked to Myths and Legends, their International Primary Curriculum unit. Without exception, all children proudly demonstrated their artwork and could explain new skills and techniques which they had learnt and applied. This week, the youngest children in school are visiting the beach to explore sand and water, adding context to their class learning.

On Thursday our athletes took to the course at Doha Golf Club, competing in the QPPSSA Cross-Country race. Rayyan performed very well, finishing fifth overall. Individual top ten places were achieved by Sinemis and Asser (6th) and Sofia GB and Kerem (4th). Rolf, in Year 6, finished 1st place in his race, controlling his pace perfectly across the course. Well done to all runners for their efforts and also their exemplary behaviour.

Some dates for the diary:

  • 5th December – last day of ECAs
  • 10th December – Compass Swimming Gala
  • 11th and 12th December – STEAM days
  • 12th December – reports to parents
  • 15th December – Qatar National Day assembly (wear the colours/dress of Qatar)
  • 16th December – last day of the term – school closes at 12 noon


Peter Anderton

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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