A four-day inter-SLS Badminton Tournament, between 10 campuses of SLS, was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Islamabad campus, says a press release.
Imtiaz Gill, secretary general of Pakistan Badminton Federation was the guest of honour to witness the exciting final matches and award trophies to the winners. A total of 140 students of classes V to IX from 15 branches competed in singles and doubles matches for girls and boys.
Playing first in the eliminating heats and then moving up through the quarter final, semi-final and ultimately the final rounds, all participants showed their competitive streak and every point was well played and earned the applause and admiration of all the spectators. There was a lot of applauding and hurrahs as the students of the different campuses cheered on their playing team mates.
The Islamabad campus and Lalazar campus dominated the proceedings, and Satellite Town put up a good fight as well. The players qualified through the eliminating matches to reach the Finals in different categories in the Singles and Doubles. Mr. Gill who himself represented Pakistan internationally and played professionally for 15 years was full of praise for the standard of matches he witnessed.
Basing it on the maximum number of matches won, the Islamabad campus walked away with the championship trophy with 54 points, breaking Lalazar campus’s 11-year winning streak. The Lalazar campus came second with 41 points. Rafay Kiyani, grade 9 and Sajal Fatima, grade 7 of the Islamabad campus won the best players of the Tournament trophy (singles), Huzaifa Abbas and Hayan Khan, grade 9 of the Lalazar campus were awarded the Best Doubles Team of the Tournament trophy (boys), and Noor-e-Fatima and Fareeha Hasan, grade 9 of the Tufail Road campus won the Best Doubles Team trophy (girls). The coach who was awarded the certificate for the Best Disciplined Team was Riffat Iqbal of the Satellite Town campus.
A student of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School has secured the 33rd position worldwide at the grade one level in the recently held World Education Games, says a press release.
The World Education Games (WEG) is the world’s largest online education event hosted by 3P Learning in partnership with UNICEF and has been taking place since 2007.
Reshail Ahmed of the SLS, Lalazar campus is a grade one student and participated in the WEG for the first time along with six million other registered participants. The WEG is a three-day online event that tests students’ knowledge in literacy, math and science.
Hundreds of students from all campuses of SLS School registered and participated in the competition. The overall opinion of the participants was that the education games were a lot of fun and tested the core concepts taught to the students. Reshail secured the 33rd position worldwide by securing a total of 3,089 points with the highest grade one score being 4,114 points. Students of SLS School are routinely tested on their knowledge through the use of worksheets that are built into the specially designed curriculum.
Students are given opportunities several times in the year to hone and show their skills, like making science projects in Little Scientists Week, practicing and proving their reading skills and knowledge in the International Day of Literacy celebrations, and the yearly open days that have class exhibitions on all topics that the students study in the year.
Fairy tales are part of a child’s learning experience from the time it begins to read and recognise images and they not only entertain but are responsible for flights of imagination that let a child enjoy the wonderland of mythical creatures like fairies and witches.
Keeping this in mind, the SLS Montessori and High School in Islamabad organised a Sports Day with the title, ‘Wonderland Sports Day,’ in which children of the various Montessori sections took part dressed in costumes assigned to each section. The event was attended by proud parents and siblings and the guest of honour was Susana Martin-Saravia, wife of dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Argentina, Rodolfo Martin-Saravia – apart from which she is a popular personality of the capital in her own right.
The playground had the young students – dressed in their colourful costumes – sitting on one side and the parents at the opposite end, with a stage in the middle. Balloons and bunting and colourful decorations gave the place a cheerful look while lively music played in the background. The programme began with Director of SLS Schools, Asiya Talha introducing the guest of honour and saying a few words about her, including the fact that she and her husband have been here over a decade and are instrumental in making Argentina known better to Pakistanis, while her husband has received the highest civilian award from Pakistan for his contribution in improving bilateral relations between Pakistan and Argentina.
After recitation from the Holy Quran, the games were declared open by the guest of honour with the cutting of a ribbon, and the programme began with a march-past by all the children – fairies and princes; bumble bees and mermaids; unicorns and witches and many other fairy tale characters, with the little ones walking in a surprising orderly fashion, waving to the parents and those on the stage with confidence and cheerful smiles. After this there were different kinds of races and these were interspersed with a lively cheer-leaders performance and a PT display. Of-course there were a few instances of little ones straying away and walking and running in the opposite direction but these added to the enjoyment of the event instead of detracting from it. Who can resist children when they look so cute, happy and unaware about their actions!
Anyway, despite the fact that the children were from three to six years old, everything went with clockwork precision, with no delays, credit for which goes to their teachers and the overall in-charge – Uzma Ali. It requires patience and a love for children to achieve results of the kind on display at this event – the guest of honour was rightly impressed and had words of praise both for the children and their teachers. “I have a four year old grandson and I know what it is like to handle them,” she said with a warm smile. “I give them full marks!”
Prizes were awarded to the first three position holders in each group, while a special consolation prize was given to a little girl who kept going to complete her walk, completely unaware that she was alone trailing behind the others long after they had reached their goal. Now that’s sportsmanship, even at that tender age! In conclusion the principal Shahida Khurshid and Uzma Ali were presented tokens of appreciation by the school administration; the director thanked the guest of honour for taking time out from her busy schedule to attend the event and refreshments were served to the parents and children and the successful event concluded on a happy note.