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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday, 9 December 2019

Dear Parents,

STEAM was the school’s focus on Wednesday and Thursday as the school explored the work of Felice Frankel. 

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Ms Frankel is a science photographer and research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has received multiple awards for her ability to communicate complex scientific images through photographic images.

In classrooms across the school, the children were creating their own images in the style of Felice Frankel.  Abstract images on paper were shared as the children attempted to specify locations and identify objects which had been photographed from various angles and distances.  Skills for the future, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration were being developed in all classrooms and around the school. Children excitedly thought about images, questioning one another whilst evaluating the success of their outcomes.  We hope all our children enjoyed the two days and had the opportunity to discuss their STEAM experience at home.  Thank you to Ms Syed, Gharaffa’s STEAM Coordinator for inspiring the work which took place last week.

In school, we are driving reading and have noticed that many of our children are not reading daily.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that all children should be reading for at least 20 minutes each day at home. This is an expectation from the school.  If your child isn’t enjoying reading then please work in partnership with the class teacher or our school librarian who will be able to recommend books which will hopefully encourage your child to develop a lifelong passion for reading.  As we are closely monitoring reading and continue to focus on raising standards in English can I ask that parents communicate home reading activity in the home/school record.  Please do inform us when a child has read, which parts of a story they have enjoyed and their ability to understand the text and sound out new vocabulary.  Reading will become a greater focus for the school next term. 

Last week we enjoyed another catch up and coffee morning under our playground pergola.  Following coffee, Balsam Al Maari led our monthly Friends of Compass meeting where we discussed this term’s activities and our forthcoming Health and Wellness morning.  This event will be held early in February.  More information to follow.  Thank you once again to our Friends of Compass team for their continued support and energy.

I would also like to thank the Friends of Compass team for helping the school organise gifts for our wonderful security and maintenance teams.  Thank you also to all our parents who have donated food and toiletries which will be used to create special hampers.  Tomorrow, the staff will be bringing in parcels of hot food and drinks in order to prepare a special banquet for the teams; hampers from parents will be distributed at the same time as the banquet.

Year 4 enjoyed their trip to Kidzmondo last week, arriving home safely, excitedly communicating their day’s activities and new knowledge.  This week, Early Years are enjoying a special school trip to Carluccio’s, refining their cookery skills under the direction of a Carluccio chef.  Year 6 will also be out of school tomorrow as they visit one of our local museums, linking their activities to their recent IPC learning.

We are very much looking forward to the Compass School Inter-School swimming gala which will be held at the Madinat Khalifa campus on Tuesday, where our Gharaffa students will have the opportunity to compete against the other campuses.  Hopefully bringing home the cup once again.  We wish our swim team the very best of luck.

The school is now preparing for Qatar National Day.  Our school’s celebration will be taking place on Thursday.  Parents are invited into the school from 7.30am for our special assembly which will be taking place outdoors; following this parents are invited along to an Arabic breakfast which will be taking place in classrooms.  During the breakfast we will be entertained by sword dancers.  We hope all our parents will be able to attend this annual event. 

Have an enjoyable week.

Karen Wilson

Head of Gharaffa campus

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