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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday, 20 May 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all parents who attended the school’s Internet Safety Day presentation on Tuesday. 

In class, the children had the opportunity to discuss the importance of safe usage and discussed the pros and cons of the internet with a focus in all Year Groups on cyber-bullying.  In the meeting with parents, Zahra Syed, (Computing Coordinator) discussed how important it is that parents supervise any internet usage at home, the negative impact of too much screen time and the importance of developing good relationships with children so they are able to share any suspicious activity when they are online.  In the presentation, I had the opportunity to inform parents that to date, the school has had no issues as we very much ensure that firewalls and safety settings are in place, we supervise all internet usage and encourage children to talk in PSHE (Personal Social Health Education), Computing and other lessons about the importance of correct internet usage.  In the next few days, Zahra plans to email parents with a sheet which will identify how to ensure children are kept safe by ensuring settings are in place on home computers.

In assembly on Thursday, the children found out which adventure playground name had been chosen by the student body.  ‘Compass Castle’ was the name chosen and nominated by the children. 

We also found out which students had won this year’s Global Campus Visual Arts competition.  All children who submitted work were judged against the entries from all the Nord Anglia Education schools worldwide.  Currently there are over 60 schools. The winning children from the Gharaffa Campus were Dorka Toth, Year 5, Amelia Castillo, Year 3, Leya Shaaban, Year 4 and Jaydon Cason, Year 2.  Well done to all our four children.  We are also pleased to announce that Leya and Jaydon’s work was Highly Commended and will be displayed in the New York United Nations building.  This is another great achievement for our school.

Also in assembly, the Fusion team spoke to the children about the forthcoming summer camp which will be based at the Gharaffa campus from 2 to 6 June but will run for the whole summer at the Madinat Khalifa campus.  The team sent out information slips with the children on Thursday.  If parents would like to sign up for this fantastic camp where the children will be engaged in activities such as sport, dance, art and crafts and science then the team will be on site at pick up and drop off this week to enable parents to sign up.

Our PE department continue to move from strength to strength.  We are extremely proud of all our successes and the number of medals the school has brought home this year.  I plan to send out exact figures at the end of term.  Last week we celebrated further achievements in recent football tournaments and swimming galas.  Well done to all our competitors and thank you once again to our truly dedicated PE department.

Tomorrow we will be hosting a presentation to parents whose children will be joining us in Early Years 1 next year.  The presentation will take place at 12pm.  On Wednesday we look forward to seeing all our current Early Years parents at the school’s transition to Year 1 presentation.  It is important that parents attend these meetings in preparation for the forthcoming academic year.

Thank you once again to all our parents who continue to support the school by ensuring children are in school no later than 8am.  There is still a problem with late arrivals as this has an impact not only on the late child’s learning but also impacts the learning of all children in the classroom.  The teacher’s timetable for lessons has been reduced by 10 minutes due to Ramadan hours.  It is therefore essential that teachers are not stopping and starting lessons to recap as children drift into class late.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Please remember to dress your children in the colour green on Thursday as we celebrate and educate the children about World Environment Day.

Have a good week.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Head of Gharaffa Campus

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