It has been such a privilege being able to see so many smiling and enthusiastic children coming through our gates and greeting each other with stories of their holidays. Welcome, too, to the new members of our Rayyan community, it is a pleasure to have your children in our classes and you as parents around the school.
After a summer of change, there are also new faces in our teaching team. Rayyan is proud to be able to recruit the best teachers and so we continue to offer good quality learning in every lesson. In Milepost 1, we welcome Miss Lisa Bell and Mr. Alfie Creissen. Miss Bell joins us from another school in Qatar and Mr. Creissen continues his Nord Anglia Education journey, having moved from our sister school in Guangzhou.
Milepost 2 sees Mrs Lucinda Elliott, Mrs Alison Ioannides and Miss Claire Kilcrann join our team. Both Mrs Elliott and Mrs Ioannides have previously worked for Compass International School Doha and both have experience of Rayyan. Miss Kilcrann joins us from another school in Doha.
In Milepost 3, we say hello to Mrs Jo Anderton and Mr. Peter Holden. Mrs Anderton was previously a teacher in Brunei and most recently, a lead teacher in Doha. Mr Holden has spent the last five years teaching in Milan.
Our music teacher, Mr. Daniel Merino joins us from the Nord Anglia school in Warsaw and has already impressed us with his guitar playing.
Ms. Karima Boukettaya is our French teacher, she has previously taught at Qatar University and brings a lot of experience to the role.
Our new look P.E. department now has two teachers: Mrs Nicola Jervis and Mr. Paul Summers. Mrs Jervis joins us from a school in Doha, and Mr. Summers previously taught in Spain and Bangkok. With the other members of the P.E. department, they are looking forward to entering our children in different tournaments and becoming even more competitive.
Our last new teacher is Mrs Ayesha Ahmed, joining as our Additional Learning Needs Teacher. Mrs Ahmed has also joined us from a school in Doha.
Extending the familial feel of our school was even more important this week as we included students from our Themaid campus. I am delighted that all made the transition very smoothly and have enjoyed learning alongside our Rayyan students.
Our newly refurbished Early Years 2 classrooms allow a bright and fluid learning environment in which the children can flourish and explore each of the seven areas of early childhood development. They have been set up with the children’s learning at the forefront of our thinking and will allow great child initiated experiences.
On Wednesday, our parent coffee session was a tremendous success. This gave both existing and new parents the chance to offer their thoughts on the school and transitions between year groups. Strengthening and making new relationships between parents and the school is incredibly important to us and if you feel as though you can commit to making a difference in a more official capacity, please see us about joining the Friends of Compass School (FCS) group. Parents within this group support the school with the organisation of events, fund raising and more throughout the year.
After a week in my new role I would like to express my gratitude for the kind wishes extended to me by our Rayyan families; it is an honour to play this role in your child’s education and life journey.
Interim Head of Campus, Rayyan