Change is inevitable and it can either excite or scare us. Our Year 6 started their journey towards a large change in their lives this week with both their Graduation and Leavers Assembly. They have proven that change is exciting, full of possibilities and opportunities and something to which to look forward; not shy away from and be fearful of. On Wednesday a large number of the Year 6 students enjoyed a wonderful Graduation Dinner at Sharq Village and Spa. Our children looked incredibly smart in their suits and dresses and everybody left with a smile upon their face after an evening of games, dancing and candy floss!
Thursday saw our Year 6 students say goodbye to Rayyan in the form of a very successful and entertaining Assembly. A dance medley, poetry and the sharing of memories reminded us all of the experiences offered and taken by the children of our school. With certificates and hoodies in hand, a lot of the year group realised for the first time that this exciting move was very real. It was a poignant moment, full of lovely memories and pride which was shared by parents, students and staff alike. We are very proud of our students and know they will go on to greater things, with their positive attitude, be ambitious philosophy, confidence and resilience. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 - we wish you every success in the future.
We held our first Inter-House Swimming Gala at Hamad Aquatics Centre on Monday. In total, 48 children contested different events throughout the morning. The cross age-group relays were incredibly popular and competitive! East were victorious and ensured that theirs was the first name to appear on the trophy. They were followed closely by the other houses, with only a few points separating each. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved; what a fantastic way to end the year. Thank you too to staff and parents for their continued support and to Coach Roche for organising the event.
As an Exit Point to Y5’s Nature of Life unit, the students visited Hollandi Plant Nursery on Salwa Road. The students were able to share their knowledge and skills of planting and germination and learnt some interesting facts about exotic plants and flowers from the experts. They were also able to buy their very own plants to nurture and care for, demonstrating all of their understanding.
End of term reports were sent home on Thursday to highlight the successes of your children and provide some guidance as to where more focus may be needed. Should you have questions concerning your child’s report, please see the class teacher. We are delighted to see how much progress has been made this year and that our children have very strong foundations to build on.
During the last week of school, we shall be focusing our efforts on creating art work to depict ‘Movement’ in honour of the forthcoming IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 during September and October. We shall be creating attractive pieces to be displayed around our school, developing our artistic flair and skills and celebrating Qatar’s reputation as a top sporting venue as part of our international learning.
Sadly, we say goodbye this week to some of our teachers and assistants, many who have been with us for five years or more. Mrs Lerche is retiring and returning to the UK after a distinguished career as a music teacher. Who can ever forget her fantastic school productions and assemblies? We would like to thank her for an amazing legacy of music at Rayyan. Mr Akhtar has been at Rayyan for five years and previously taught at our Gharaffa Campus. He has created many memorable moments for both students and staff and we will truly miss his creativity and street dance. He is moving to our NAE school in Beijing. Mr Stephenson, Mrs O Neill and Mr Coughlan are moving on to Nord Anglia Education schools in China and Singapore, which is an exciting change for them. They have been excellent teachers and leaders in school and worked tirelessly to take the school forward. Mrs Lord is taking up a new career in sports - we wish her every success with this. Mr Rowntree is transferring to our Themaid Campus which will be an exciting move. Ms Creegan is returning to the UK and Coach Roche and Madame Grigas are moving on to new roles. Every member of staff has contributed to our fantastic school community and ensured that our children have the best experience they can. We wish them well on the next part of their journey.
As this week is the last week of school, we will close at 12 noon on Thursday 27th June. Please collect your child promptly.
The last Assembly of this academic year will take place on Thursday at 7.30am.
Head of Campus, Rayyan