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Rayyan Report | Monday, 20 January 2020

Dear Parents,

‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’

Frank Smith, Psycholinguist

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Rayyan’s unique Bilingual Programme has officially been recognised as a provider of quality education in two languages, this last week. This recognition is the result of a thorough and extensive accreditation and results in the award of ‘LabelFrancÉducation’. I wish to congratulate the whole of the bilingual team and, most importantly, the children for their wonderful achievements. We have approached the French ambassador with the hope of inviting him to present this label during our International Week Parade on the 4th February.

Continuing with the bilingual theme, Years 3 and 4B entertained the school on Thursday with a wonderful assembly combining the best of their learning. Looking at Ancient Egypt and chocolate, the assembly taught us many different facts through an interesting narrative. I was very impressed with the standard of communication from all children; lines were delivered clearly and confidently and, for some, in a new language. Congratulations to all!

Many of our children are bilingual, or polylingual, and we enjoy making links between the different languages that are spoken by our school community. As I walked through the school at registration this morning, I was delighted to hear so many children answering the register in different languages; embracing International Mindedness. We at Compass, and research supports our understanding, believe that having a strong mother tongue will be immensely beneficial to any person as they look to make progress academically. In fact, being able to link language to an existing language is arguably the best way to learn a second, or third. We therefore strongly encourage all children to maintain their mother tongue whenever possible: talking to relatives, reading newspapers, reading books etc. is a great way to keep this up.

Last Monday, our Early Years 2 classes went to CurioCITY. They had amazing fun playing, learning and exploring with friends. The children told me that, ‘we were drawing, sliding, driving, making sandcastles, climbing, dressing up and playing in the water.’

”I played in the sand and I made a castle with my friend. It was a tiny castle.”

“I liked drawing in the glow in the dark room.”

“My favourite was the slide. It was big and dark. The kitchen and the dressing up room because they had some princesses.”

“In the kitchen I liked the squishies!”

A large team of swimmers journeyed over to Madinat Khalifa on Monday to take part in the Compass School Swimming Gala. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to compete in a safe and supportive environment.

On Tuesday, 2B and 6B went to the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre to take part in several French language activities as part of the 30th Doha International Book Fair, in conjunction with Qatar-France Year of Culture. The children had an amazing time meeting authors and creating comic books, displaying fantastic behaviour and manners.

ECAs have now been running for a week and feedback from parents and children has been incredibly positive. With a wide choice on offer and a new range of external providers coming in to teach different skills, we are proud of what we are providing. I would like to say thank you on behalf of all to Mrs Lewis who works tirelessly putting all of the options and logistics together.

Thank you to Friends of Compass School who have been regularly meeting and are looking to invest some of their funds into school. They have purchased a new pair of goals for children to play with and have tasked our Student Voice with finding out which other playground equipment they would like to see in school. We are still hopeful for gaining permission from Kahramaa to remove the generator from site which will allow us to build the new playground as we continue to look for ways to provide quality resources and experiences for our children.

 

Have a pleasant week ahead.

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Passez une semaine agréable.

 

Peter Anderton

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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