Last week, a group of Year 6 students from Rayyan joined students from the other Compass campuses to take part in the exciting Blue Pearl Leadership Camp. They enjoyed activities including biking, orienteering, bush-craft and high ropes whilst learning to work with children that they had only just met. The trip also tested their water sports skills as they took part in activities such as kayaking and paddle-boarding. The children were challenged by their instructors to show respect, cooperation and communication throughout the activities, and in the process, face their fears, learn new skills and become leaders.
“When I got on the high ropes, I was very scared, but I was proud of myself when I faced my fears.’ Sonam
“I enjoyed the water sports the most, especially the kayaking because it gave me the opportunity to develop my skills more.” Bernardo
When I went to visit, I was very impressed with their enthusiasm for adventure and how well our students adapted to new experiences. Their dramatic tales of exploits demonstrated both engagement and an active imagination! Thank you to staff from across the four campuses for keeping our children safe, healthy and happy, and to Jim Barnett for overall organisation.
Both Year 5 and Early Years 2 also enjoyed trips last week to deepen their learning. On Monday, Early Years 2 went to the cinema to watch Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs as an Exit Point to their ‘Let’s Pretend’ IPC unit. The children came back incredibly happy and used this experience to assist their mathematics and literacy learning for the rest of the week.
On Tuesday, our Year 5 students visited the Al Thuraya Dome Planetarium in Katara. This was a wonderful experience and represented the Exit Point for Mission To Mars, the IPC unit. The children truly enjoyed the day, where they watched two very informative films, one about the planets and the other, in 3D, about the training astronauts receive and the challenges they face when they travel to space. The children were fascinated by the visual effects and enjoyed being 'transported' to space. One memory the children all agreed was a highlight was the alien ‘Chad’ dance. All the children stood in the planetarium and danced with Chad. The group also visited the museum which had fascinating objects and touch screen activities for the children to explore; particularly popular was the model of the astronaut suit and rocket. To end the trip, our children had lunch at Katara and played on the new playground and beach before heading back to school!
Basketball has been the focus of our sporting trips, with two teams showing off their skills in competitions across Doha in the last week. There are four more basketball competitions coming up this week and we are confident that our children will perform to the best of their abilities and challenge their limits.
On Tuesday, our Year 1 and Year 2 swimmers enjoyed an impromptu home swimming gala where they competed in races against each other. For a lot of the children, this was their first taste of competition and they relished being cheered on by friends and family.
Our final trips last week were for our choir, who joined the choirs from the other campuses to compete in a national competition. Although we didn’t get through to the final, Mr. Merino and Mrs Porter were incredibly proud of the performances over Tuesday and Wednesday. The Rayyan choir gave a fabulous rendition of ‘Hot Chocolate’ in the assembly on Thursday.
A huge congratulations to 2C who performed Rayyan’s first wholly Talk for Writing assembly on Thursday. Their re-telling of ‘The Three Billy Goats’ involved all children learning the story verbatim and confidently sharing this with the rest of the school. With actions and strong voices, the children demonstrated wonderful stage presence.
Talk for Writing is a wonderful style of teaching language and I shall be running a parent seminar on the 8th March at 7:30 on this method of teaching to further inform you and show possible tips for assisting at home. This would be suitable for parents of children in Years 1 to 6.
Head of Campus, Rayyan