When we have visitors in school they almost always refer to the welcoming nature of our students, staff and families. This was again evident on Saturday, when the school community came together to celebrate our Spring Fete. So much so that one of the vendors, who had participated in a number of Doha school events this year, was compelled to say how much they enjoyed being part of the day. It was great to see so many families and friends of Compass enjoying such a lovely event. There was much to explore and participate in, from the many arts and craft stalls, the many staff-led games and activities, the fantastic performances from our choirs and bands and the delicious treats served up from the BBQ, waffle grill and our legendary tea and cakes!
We had a really busy week of opportunities for the students. We started the week with a fantastic production of Annie from secondary school students. The rehearsals started back in September and show the work ethic and dedication of both staff and students to put on a good performance. The cast demonstrated excellent acting, singing and dancing skills. The bigger opportunity that school performance allows for is the development of character traits. Growth mindset has been the buzz phrase in the educational community for a number of years. A school play is something that teaches children resilience and practise. The more time they gave over to practise, the better they got. This is very important for the children to translate this process to their learning. The more they study, the better they'll do, but also that key part of making mistakes and things being tough. These barriers, with hard work, can be overcome. At Compass we emphasise this mentality which is why we promote learning a musical instrument, the same points apply as well as sounding nice.
Thursday saw the delivery of many spherical objects to school from pizzas to doughnuts, much to the disappointment of myself, no pie, however. The irony is that it was the global pi day. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. The maths department gave their lessons over to celebrating the formulas that utilise pi and ensured, with a bit of food, engaging lessons measuring circumference and diameters. I also saw one Year 9 student, Hissa, proudly displaying a praise postcard she had achieved in the lesson for memorising Pi to 47 numbers!
This week, things have gotten a little bit more serious for our IGCSE and IB students. Lots of internal assessments have been handed in by our Year 13s and although the distraction of prom organisation has been nice, and the fundraising they have been leading for this, the realisation of only five teaching weeks left to the start of the exams is starting to dawn. Similarly, the GCSE students have been filmed for their PE moderation this week and will also begin their GCSE formal oral exams. We have three events to look forward to. We have a visitor from Juilliard working with our funkadelic orchestra, trumpet players and providing a showcase in an extra assembly. The MK poetry evening this Wednesday and next week in the assembly time a Year 8 class decided after studying Macbeth, they would like to perform it to Years 7, 8 and 9. Look out for the photos on facebook next week.
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa