It has been the calmest and smoothest school opening I have ever seen and I am happy to say that our students are settling into the space and using the facilities well.
The cafeteria is proving to be very popular. Thank you to those parents who have sent feedback on the menus. We are meeting the providers to make some suggestions and improve the service. Please note that from now on, card top up should be done in cash before and after school. We cannot accept top ups during break time as it slows down the service.
Most of our students are wearing full school uniform. However some are wearing ‘trainers’ or colourful shoes when they should be wearing all black shoes. Please make sure you send your child to school in the correct clothing. We will shortly be going outside at break times and students will need to wear a SCHOOL CAP to be allowed outside. This is part of our sun safe policy to keep students healthy. All items are available in Uniform Mart; please see the link on our website. Thank you for your support with this.
On Thursday morning, we held a Student Voice assembly for both Primary and Secondary to announce the roles at Themaid Campus. We are looking for volunteers to lead initiatives in school and introduce some new ideas. Over the next two weeks, students will have an opportunity to apply for the roles and present their thoughts to their peers. The successful post holders will be announced in assembly on Thursday, 3 October. Parents are welcome to attend all primary assemblies and joint primary/secondary assemblies on Thursday mornings at 7.30am. We hope you can come along.
The available posts are:
- Head Boy and Girl (Year 10 and Year 6)
- Student Councillors (Year 1 to 10)
- Eco Warriors (Year 1 to 10)
- House Captains (Year 10 and Year 6)
- Prefects (Year 4 to 10)
Students should contact their Class Teacher or Form Tutor if they wish to apply.
The second part of assembly was to celebrate International Day of Peace. Students were asked to think about peace in the world and what that means for us and people around us. The theme for 2019 is peace through climate change. As part of our focus on UNICEF Global Goals for Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, we reflected on how we could make our school a peaceful place and work together to create harmony. All of our campuses sang for peace and unity across the world, performing ‘This day of peace’ a song composed for the first International Day of Peace observed on September 21st in 1981. Our school and pupils performed like thousands of others around the world as ‘One Day One Choir’ a global choral project for peace, led by Alison Porter, Head of Music at Themaid. On this day people will also observe a one minute silence at 12 noon across all time zones, creating a ‘Peace Wave’ as it moves around the globe.
The Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) sign up was completed last week and all students have been issued with information on which ECA they are registered for. Students will be given 10 minutes to have a snack before they start their ECA and should be collected promptly at 2.30pm. Any changes to ECAs should be notified to the secretaries.
On Saturday we held a very successful Open Day, to showcase our school, learning philosophy and unique partnerships with the best schools in the world; The Juilliard School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Some of our community partners assisted on the day to give parents and students a taste of learning at Compass International School Doha. Thank you to those of you who came along. We were delighted with the turn out and activities on offer and there is a lot of interest in our school.
Traffic flow is continuing to improve and we are in discussions with Ashghal about improving the safety of the road outside the school. There is a long term project to create a new roads and drainage system which will give excellent access to the school and surrounding area.
The drop off and pick up system is working well, however some cars do not have access stickers yet. We have extended the time period for a week to allow you time to register your cars at Reception. Thereafter, cars without a school sticker will not be allowed on site. Notices will be given to drivers and cars next week as a reminder.
This week we will begin our Parent Seminar series with a presentation about the Arabic Curriculum, led by Ms Enaam Taweel, Primary Arabic Coordinator. You are welcome to come along to hear about the programme for native and non-native speakers at Themaid campus. There will be further presentations by our staff this term to share their expertise and give you information on how to support your child’s learning at home.
Thank you for making the first week of school such a special one. Have a great week ahead.
Head of Campus, Themaid