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Rayyan Report | Monday, 9 September 2019

Dear Parents,

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn, says Benjamin Franklin.

At Compass Rayyan we truly hold Student Voice as an integral part of our school and cherish their involvement. Last week, we witnessed over 100 students putting their names forward and ideas across in hope of representing our school in different capacities. I personally thank each and every one of these children for their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment. Students were able to express their thoughts and ideas in ways that best suit their personalities – we had song, poetry, posters, interactive PowerPoints, speeches and question and answer sessions and more! With a robust election process in each class, we were able to find our Student Councillors and Eco Warriors for classes across Years 1 to 6.

Congratulations to the following students in their new roles, I am confident that the school is in a good place with their valuable insights.

Student Councillors: 1A – Emma, 1B - Marie, 1C - Maryam, 2A - Maryna , 2B - Ruaridh, 2C - Omar, 3A - Zaid, 3B - Alicia, 4A - Sophie, 4B - Oskar, 4C - Jesús, 5A - Youssuf, 5B - Ayesha, 6A - Chloe, 6B - Vitor.

Eco Warriors: 1A – Meliza, 1B - Zachary, 1C - Yazzan, 2A - Aljohara , 2B - Ryan, 2C - Jude, 3A - Nirvan, 3B - Mia, 4A - Hala, 4B - Ali, 4C - Rowan, 5A - Salma, 5B - Melissa, 6A - Ayaan, 6B - Elanor.

House Captains: North – Sarah, South – Malak, East – Erick, West – Chadi

I was also incredibly fortunate to be involved in the interviewing of candidates for Head Girl and Head Boy. Whilst the opportunity to meet with the 10 candidates was an incredibly enlightening and pleasant experience, the process of choosing the two students who will lead activities and events for Compass Rayyan was tough. Congratulations are due to Sinemis Boztepe and Ahmed Abaza and I wish them luck in their new posts.

In assembly I shared an anecdote of me failing my driving test when I was 18 (a couple of times!) and yet not giving up. To all those who weren’t successful this time, please don’t give up – you are already successful in so many ways and will continue to be successful in so many more. I (eventually) passed my driving test and have not looked back since, metaphorically at least.

The most rewarding part of being Head of Campus is the ability to see each and every class and seeing the teaching and learning happening all of the time. The smiles, focussed discussion and ‘aha!’ moments are a joy to behold. Our School In Action will allow you the chance to discover these moments too. On September 10th, between 7:30 and 9:30, we open our doors to parents and the wider community to witness Rayyan at its finest.

Our Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) programme began yesterday and involves a wide variety of activities designed to cater for all wants and needs. There are some spaces still available in a couple of the ECAs so you may still sign up if you wish.

Looking further afield, our school photographers will be in school on the Wednesday, 25 September and Tuesday, 26 September and we will begin our sporting fixtures on Monday, 23 September with an indoor athletics event.

I leave you with a quote from a book called Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners, by Adam Fletcher: If we want students to become the change makers of tomorrow rather today as well we shall equip them so as to how to voice their opinion, how to put forward things that they believe in, how to oppose things that they dislike and how to give someone feedback. And what better place to start this than their own cocoon, that is their classroom, where they have people who understand their mistakes, correct them when they are wrong and help them to rise when they fall.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Anderton,

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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