On Thursday 14th December we held a whole school celebration for Qatar National Day which also marked the end of a successful first term at the RGS.
Pupils, staff and parents arrived at school in a range of wonderful clothing which represents the country we live in. There was traditional Qatari dress, colourful clothing linked to the Qatari flag and even military and police uniforms. Thank you so much to everyone for putting in so much effort.
The morning started with a whole school assembly, expertly presented by Haneen and Saif. We enjoyed singing and dancing performances and pupils from Early Years and Year 3/4 told us why they love Qatar. It was wonderful to see pupils having the confidence to stand on stage in front of an audience and I think everyone was impressed at how they performed.
Qatar National Day is celebrated annually on December 18th, commemorating the inception of the modern state of Qatar in 1878. It is a day to celebrate the unique history and heritage of the Qatari people and to keep past traditions alive. Therefore, throughout the morning, pupils took part in a series of activities to support their learning about Qatar past and present. These included Arabic bread making, Henna and Tattoo painting, storytelling in the Majlis, Arabic calligraphy, drumming and handball. Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 also had the opportunity to complete careful sketching of a camel and a falcon who visited our school for the day!
The final activity of the morning was our family picnic which took place outside in the Early Years garden. This was an opportunity for our whole community to come together and celebrate not only Qatar National Day but also the end of Term 1. It was lovely to see so many parents in school socialising with others and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for supporting this event and the School throughout term 1.