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Rayyan Report | Monday, 23 September 2019

Dear Parents.

The International Day of Peace was established by the UN in 1981. 

Celebrated each 21 September, this day provides a globally shared opportunity to commit to building peace. The theme for 2019 is ‘Climate Action for Peace’. As a school, we expressed our desire for peace in a number of ways.

The One Day One Choir initiative sees schools from around the world to join together in song. Our voices were hear loud and proud in assembly on Thursday and this recording will be put with choirs from other schools in order to create a powerful message of peace from our younger generation. We have very talented singers in the school and it was wonderful to hear their voices so clearly. Joanna from 4B displayed her talents too, playing us in and out of the hall with a variety of piano pieces. Should your child have a musical talent that we can highlight, please let Mr. Merino know as he is looking to showcase a different musician each week.

Our certificate winners this week have all shown impressive International Mindedness in and out of lessons. Listening to the teacher’s comments as certificates were handed out highlighted to me the plethora of ways that our children can demonstrate their understanding of the similarities and differences shown with the human race. This links very closely to Peace Day, as summed up wonderfully by one of our Year 5 students, ‘if we understand how and why people are different then we can understand how to live peacefully.’

Teachers made links to the theme of peace in their lessons this week, most notably in Year 4 where the children were tasked with working out how groups of people could work together to make a positive difference. The children were involved in thoughtful, considered, discussion about how developed countries could assist developing countries in their plight towards better living conditions and, ultimately, peace. I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing this learning and feel that the school as some great leaders of the future.

In Year 6, the children followed the theme of ‘Climate Action’ and found a very easy way to, literally, save lives. Through using a different search engine, ecosia.org, the world benefits through the planting of trees. The children were impressed that even small changes to our behaviours can have a large, lasting impact.

This week sees our first athletics event of the year get underway, best of luck to our athletes as they compete against children from schools from all over Qatar. Wednesday and Thursday are school photograph days and so the children are encouraged to doubly ensure that they are wearing the correct uniform. Please see you child’s class teacher for further details as to timings. Our first class assembly, for 6B, will be held on Thursday – we are looking forward to a presentation of the children’s learning.

Have a fabulous week ahead!

Peter Anderton,

Head of Campus, Rayyan

 

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