The students were super excited on Thursday morning when they came to school in ‘Mufti’ or shall we say ‘Woofti’? Mufti is a Gulf term used for students who would usually wear a uniform but are allowed to wear normal dress to school for a special occasion. The focus of the day was UNICEF Goal 16, to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. Our Friends of Compass Group and Student Voice got together to arrange a charity day for PAWS Rescue Qatar. We collected food, blankets, cleaning products and even pet toiletries. The children were so happy to help this worthy cause and extremely proud of the large amount of items we collected. Pet toothpaste and shampoo was a great source of amusement as students imagined brushing a pet’s teeth. If you would like to know more about PAWS, please click on the link. Thank you so much for the donations. They will help to make a difference to animal welfare in Qatar and to the many volunteers who support this cause.
Our Parent Seminar series continued last week with two seminars; one on Bilingual Education and the other on the International Primary Curriculum. I was very impressed by the conversations between parents and the important questions they asked. Many commented on how the learning approach has changed so much from the traditional book based approach to a modern skills based approach where children are encouraged to think for themselves, pose questions and conduct research. For many, this is a big change from memorising facts and knowing the ‘right answer’. Parents felt encouraged to have learning conversations with their children and more equipped to help them at home.
During their International Primary Curriculum lessons, Year 1A and 1C have been learning about artists and studying paintings by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. One of our parents, Mrs Finefrock is an artist herself and she came into class to demonstrate some of the techniques Vincent Van Gogh would have used when he painted his famous paintings, particularly ‘Sunflowers’.
Mrs Finefrock showed us some of her paintings and explained the different brush strokes she used when painting them. We are looking forward to her next visit when we will be experimenting with these techniques, using paint on blank canvases.
Our Year 5 and 6 students and parents were invited to a ‘Secondary Showcase’ on Thursday afternoon to offer insight into what students should expect as they prepare to move into this important phase in their lives. They were introduced to the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’, the school Funkadelic Band, the choir and an overview of excursions and events, such as the Model United Nations (MUN) and Tanzania trip. Our students were very impressed by how well our secondary students expressed themselves and were able to share their experiences. Thank you to Mr Douch, Mr Porter and Mrs Porter for giving our children this experience.
Sadly, we said goodbye to our facilities and maintenance team last week after 5 years of service at Rayyan campus. They have been so hard working and reliable and worked tirelessly for us at school, behind the scenes, every day. I would like to thank Prakash and his team for their effort and support over the years, they will be missed around campus. Thanks to donations received from staff and parents, we were able to treat them to lunch and a parting gift to help them and their families. Thank you for your generosity.
The excitement is building for a fantastic week of sports with all four houses competing for the ‘House Cup’. In House Assembly we awarded certificates for most house points and focused the teams on the task ahead. We are looking forward to find out this year’s winner. Sports Day is about collaboration, participation and sportsmanship, as well as winning. It should be enjoyable for all students, whether or not they win so we will encourage a growth, positive mindset throughout the events. I am sure the children will have a very enjoyable time. House T-shirts are available at Reception should you wish to purchase one.
We look forward to seeing you on Sports Days. Have a good week.