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Rayyan Report | Monday, 24 February 2020

Dear Parents,

With Qatar celebrating the National Sports Day during our half-term break, we at Rayyan joined the initiative and had a week of sporting activities. 

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All children performed excellently and gave their best efforts; achieving a sense of pride and also points for their house teams. With many new events, the children were able to apply all of their learnt skills in creative and exciting ways, giving excellent feedback throughout the week. The most popular event this year seemed to be the tug-of-war, with children giving their all for the house victories. In a serendipitous twist, all houses were winners over the Mileposts, allowing Chadi, Michael, Alana and Ruaridh to collect trophies in assembly. Many thanks to the P.E. team for their dedication and hard work, with Mrs Jervis most notably organising this sensational week.

Exercise is only one way to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Our staff have recently noticed a large number of lunch boxes in school that don’t offer a balanced diet. To further promote healthy eating, and general fitness, we are going to be awarding ‘Thoughtfulness’ Dojo points to all children who are able to show a healthy, balanced lunch box. This will run along mini-lessons each week concerning what a balanced diet looks like and possible options for lunch boxes. Please assist us with this by talking about food choices at home and providing a variety of snacks for your child.

On Wednesday and Saturday, seven members of staff attended extensive First Aid training with Qatar Red Crescent, highlighting our commitment to health and safety within school and on school trips and visits. Feedback from the course providers was encouraging, with our staff all passing the course through the demonstration of skills under pressure.

I would like to congratulate Chadi from Year 6 whose poster for was chosen by Student Voice as the winner for the art competition. This poster will feature on our promotional material for the Rayyan production which will be open to view on the 2nd and 3rd March. More details will follow from Mr. Merino in due course.

Mr. Merino is currently working with the music teachers from the other Compass campuses to perfect the Compass Primary Choir who are competing in a national competition this week. We wish the choir all the best as they look to beat fierce competition to make it to Thursday’s final.

Continuing with the music theme, we welcome more Juilliard Artists to our school. Flutronix are two professional flutists who perform their modern take on traditional flute playing to audiences internationally. We are thankful to Nathalie and Allison for coming to the school to provide workshops and an assembly – inspiring our children to see more of what the world of performing arts has to offer!

As you read this, members of Year 6 will be at their residential camp. This camp offers the children a wonderful opportunity to experience a range of activities with their friends in a safe yet exciting way. I look forward to hearing of their adventures and shall include a report in the next newsletter.


Peter Anderton,

Head of Campus, Rayyan

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