The focus was the third part of our work on Medical Marvels and how technology saves lives. We had an ambulance in school with the paramedics showing students the equipment and explaining how it works. We had medical research consultants from Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar presenting to students, Nurse Melanie talked about health and medics from the US Al Udeid Air Base told us about their work. Students got the chance to go inside an ambulance and learn more from the Qatar Red Crescent team and we learnt about the Child Life Services team at Sidra Medicine. This was a great learning experience for our students.
Last week in assembly, we awarded students who have shown great resilience in their learning. Well done to the students who have demonstrated this key life skill. Resilience means:
Our Student Voice Awards went to Neelam Moonasar, Isabella Jones and Ayesha Hashim for ambitious learning, being an excellent role model and great collaboration. Well done for standing out and setting such a good example.
Early Years 1 presented an excellent assembly on ‘People Who Help Us’ which is their International Primary Curriculum unit this term. We had some fabulous firemen, doctors, nurses, vets and teachers on stage! They acted out a role play, spoke beautifully and sang with enthusiasm. Their voices could be heard across the hall and they were a fantastic example of good behaviour, clear expression and good learning for the rest of the school. Well done to Mrs Monvid and the Early Years team.
Many parents attended our presentations this week on ‘New to Early Years’ and 'Early Years to Year 1 Transition’. This is an important phase in your child’s life as they build the foundations for future learning. The feedback and questions raised were very positive and informative. If you were not able to attend, please contact the School Secretary for a copy of the presentation or view here: New to Early Years and Early Years to Year 1 Transition.
During Book Week, our Year 3 and 4 students were set a challenge to illustrate some of the ‘Horrible History’ books. The illustrator himself Martin Brown asked us if we could create our own cartoon character using some of the techniques he uses every day. The children were extremely excited and over the next week perfected their cartoon drawing styles. They were using their cartoons to display factual information that they had learnt, in the same way that Mr Brown does in his books. One lucky winner was chosen from each class and given a signed original drawing from Mr Brown.
The lucky winners were Sara, Aya, Asaph, Hugo and Stella.
Our school attendance is steadily improving and I am delighted to say that three classes won the attendance award last week with 97.8% attendance. They were 1B, 3B and 5B. The competition is on to see who can have 100% attendance and win the award next week.
This week we say goodbye to two very valued members of our staff. Lisa Dyer, our Admissions Officer, is moving on to pastures new in Hong Kong. She has been a fantastic support to school in meeting and greeting new parents and personalising the whole Admissions experience which received a 100% rating in our Parent Survey. We wish Lisa, her husband Matt and son Nick the best of luck as they enjoy a new school experience.
Caitlyn McGowan has been a Learning Support Assistant with us for the last two years and worked closely with students and the ALN Department at Rayyan. She has shown amazing patience and been a great support to student learning. She is moving back to the USA to enjoy some home life. We wish her and her family every success back home and thank them for their time at Rayyan.
On Thursday we will be holding a ‘Woofti Day’ for staff and students. We want to raise awareness of animal welfare in Qatar and support organisations, such as PAWS, who provide a great service in rescuing and providing food and shelter for animals. Children can come to school in clothes of their choice and donate an item of food or cleaning supplies for this great cause.
On Thursday, we will be holding a French Assembly to celebrate learning in French from Years 1 to 6. Parent are welcome to attend.
School will be closed from Sunday 2nd – Thursday 6th June to celebrate Eid al Fitr and the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak and have a lovely holiday.
Head of Campus, Rayyan