I hope you have enjoyed reading your child’s report and reflecting on how much progress they have made this year. It has been a very busy year, packed full of wonderful learning opportunities, and we look forward to working together next year to unlock your child’s potential and encourage them to ‘be ambitious’ and develop their skills through the IPC Personal Goals.
We had our first ever Peace Assembly at Rayyan. The whole school sang for peace and unity across the world. Rayyan students performed ‘This Day of Peace,’ a song composed for the first International Day of Peace observed on 21 September 1981. Our school performed like thousands of others around the world as ‘One Day One Choir’ a global choral project for peace.
We launched new MIT STEAM Challenges 'STEAM Superheroes' this year; Epic Identity, Super Natural, and Medical Marvel, which really engaged our students and set their creativity on fire. The ‘Possibility Pyramids’ were a fantastic way to involve both parents and students in the theme. Visiting specialists added a special touch to the children’s learning and it was a very successful theme throughout the year. Thank you to Mr Akhtar for leading this and creating those ideas and opportunities.
The rain in October, which is highly unusual, saw the school flooded and inaccessible for a day. Thankfully, the Facilities and Maintenance Team did a fantastic job of clearing up and we got back to school shortly after.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the year was the school production of ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. It was indeed a magical production which brought together 15 weeks of rehearsals with Mrs Lerche and her team; Mrs O Neill, Ms Farnan, Ms Creegan, Mrs Lord and a host of others who made the show possible. The students worked so hard to learn their lines, the songs and the acting, with some very talented students taking part. Over 300 children were involved and they acted, danced and sang their hearts out during the show.
This year, we had a strong focus on Quality Assurance, with the education team visit in December and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Accreditation Team in June. We are delighted to announce that we achieved the full IPC Accreditation for our school, with significant areas of mastery identified. More details of this award will be sent in due course but it is a tremendous achievement from all of our staff, students and parents who contributed to the process and who have worked together tirelessly to improve learning.
We introduced the Juilliard Dance Curriculum in January with the visit from the dance specialist who had the whole school demonstrating Flamenco and will be working on the dance programme in spring term next year. We also enjoyed several visits from The Juilliard School for assembly and in-class workshops.
This year we worked on improving ‘Student Voice’ at Rayyan. This is where students are given the ability to influence learning by sharing their views on policies, programs, contexts and principles within the context of learning and education. We held the first Beach Clean Up and Eco Fair at Rayyan both of which were very successful. Thank you to Mr Coughlan for leading our Student Voice leaders. Elections for new post holders will be conducted in school early next term and students will be given the opportunity to present their manifesto and ideas for improvement.
Friends of Compass School (FCS) have been very influential this year, continuing the good work from previous years. They organised Movie Nights, Family Beach Days, painting of the rainbow, a Bake Sale and many other activities in school. They raised funds for the new playground which we hope to start in the next term. Thank you to all FCS members for their support, and to Mrs Booth for chairing the group and giving so much of her time to school.
From our fantastic community celebrations, such as International Week, Book Week, Rainbow Picnic, School Spirit Day and National Day; Quran competitions, Global Money Week and Woofti Days, the children have enjoyed a wide range of experiences and skills which will prepare them for the future.
Sports has been a major focus this year with Rayyan Campus being promoted to the Midland League. We took part in over 27 competitions at all levels and were highly successful in all areas of sport. We look forward to building on this next year.
Congratulation to South on winning the House Trophy this year. All of our children have worked hard to earn points and been victorious week after week on winning House Points. Enjoy our Rayyan Sports Week Image Gallery here.
We have been successful on a global scale with NAE Global Campus competitions and UNICEF where our students’ talents were recognised.
This year, students at Rayyan Campus published their first ever novel called ‘Eliza Smith, Teen Detective.’ A collaborative effort, the book is a story of suspense and mystery about Eliza Smith, a teenage girl turned detective.
Nine hard-working students wrote and illustrated the book during their Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) with Mr Stephenson. The students carefully planned every aspect of the book from carrying out market research to find out what their peers liked to read, to brainstorming ideas for the book. Parts of the story were divided out to each student and the students worked very hard in their spare time to complete the story and illustrations. Illustrations were drawn to reflect the writing or drawn before parts of the story were written to inspire the writers. Needless to say, it was a best seller and sold out!
At assembly on Thursday, we held the staff Oscars ceremony with many colleagues being recognised for their hidden talents. The children really enjoyed the fun as Coach Tom and Mr C swapped personas and entertained us.
As we reflect on the year, a great deal has been achieved and time has passed very quickly indeed. There were so many more opportunities and achievements this year which I am sure your child has benefited from and enjoyed.
To those of you who are moving on, thank you for being a wonderful part of our community. We hope you have many happy and fond memories of your time at Rayyan and wish you well on your new adventure.
To our returning families, have a pleasant holiday, safe travels and we look forward to welcoming you back in August.
Head of Campus, Rayyan