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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday, 3 February 2020

Parental involvement produces measurable gains in a child’s holistic development. 

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Parents are the child’s first teacher.  When a school values and respects the relationship between a parent and a child and welcomes parents as equal partners in a child’s education, parents and teachers have an opportunity to influence a child and work together to ensure the child lives a positive and fulfilling life.  At Gharaffa we hope our parents feel valued and supported as we work towards the same goal.

This half term alone we have held English and Mathematics workshops and a phonics ‘in class’ session for parents who have children in Early Years.  We have enjoyed chatting to parents informally at our monthly coffee mornings and have enjoyed building relationships with our highly active, industrious Friends of Compass School team.  Class Representatives met with us last week to share their opinions about the school and today we host our termly Parent Teacher Consultations.  Last Monday we enjoyed welcoming parents to our School in Action when the children shared their work and an activity with delighted mums and dads. 

On Wednesday, we hope our parents will be able to attend the school’s Health and Wellness morning when we have over 40 companies visiting the site to educate our community about keeping fit and healthy.  The morning will begin at 7am with a ‘Wake up and Shake up’ for the children who will then continue the day as usual in class with a special focus on mental well-being and how eating healthy and keeping fit can influence mood and create a positive mindset.  Children are expected to wear PE kits for the day as they will be walking a mile around the campus.  Thank you once again to our superb Friends of Compass School team led by Balsam and Nicky.  We hope all our parents are able to support the team by attending the morning.

Thank you to the amazing Early Years team for hosting Tuesday’s phonics workshop.  It was wonderful to share teaching and learning with our parents who all seemed delighted to share a school experience with their children.  We hope our Early Years parents found the morning useful.

On Thursday we were treated to an exceptional Year 2 assembly who educated the school about the importance of health and fitness which is very much in keeping with Wednesday’s whole school event.  The children delivered their messages eloquently and hopefully inspired the audience to ensure fruit and vegetables are a key part of their daily diet.  Well done to the highly talented 2C children and staff.  Also in assembly, we praised our Year 5 and Year 6 athletes for their success in this week’s Outdoor Athletics competition which was held at Qatar Foundation.  For the first time in Compass history, our children brought home a medal beating other top sporting schools in Doha.  We are very proud of all our sporting champions.  Thank you to the PE staff for all their hard work. 

Ms. Hunashi announced the winners of two recent global campus competitions, one being the Nord Anglia Creative Writing Competition in Term 1 and the other was the Cartoon Competition which was linked to UNICEF.  Well done to all our talented artists and writers and thank you once again to Ms. Hunashi for her leadership with this event.  Nour and Dorka performed piano solos at the end of assembly.  Well done to both girls.

Year 1 had an amazing week last week.  Not only did they visit the MIA park where they enjoyed sketching and hunting for bugs, but they engaged in some inspirational classroom learning.  The trip was linked to the children’s  ‘Flowers and Insects’ IPC unit.  On Wednesday when I visited the Year 1 class the children were highly perturbed as an ‘evil pea’ had made a visit to their classroom and stolen one of the seeds they had planted.  The children hunted high and low for the little green rascal who was nowhere to be found!  The children planned to create ‘Wanted’ posters in order to reach out to our whole school community.  If you do find him or a little seed who I believe is covered in glitter then inform the Year 1 team as soon as possible!

Have a wonderful week!

Karen Wilson

Head of Campus, Gharaffa

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