Children’s books author, Bernadette Wirtz visited the Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Islamabad campus, says a press release.
Wirtz has worked extensively in educational publishing in Asia for over 14 years publishing a number of titles for English Language Teaching. The purpose of her visit was to talk to the students about their likes and interests when it comes to reading stories. Wirtz will be putting together new readers for primary and secondary classes that will incorporate cultural content and elements from Asian cultures.
Wirtz took a tour of the campus to see the resources available to the students. She was particularly interested in the library and the IT lab. She observed English classes from primary to lower secondary while they were in session. She asked the students what they knew about their neighbouring countries, their cultures and what sports and games the children over there played. She questioned the students about their favourite genre of stories, if they liked mystery and suspense or science fiction and fantasy.
Festivals were discussed and Wirtz was told about the celebration of the ‘Basant’ (kite flying) Festival to welcome spring. The significance of Monsoons was mentioned, how people make special food to distribute to their neighbours and how rainy weather is a joyous occasion for adults and children alike.
Wirtz then sat down with SLS Schools Managing Director Asiya Talha and Principal, SLS Islamabad campus, Shahida Khurshid to discuss more in detail the kind of readers that would be a source of joy and inspiration to students. The students were very excited about their visitor and gathered around her after school hours to ask questions and make friends.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated the International Day of Peace, says a press release.
The Montessori students of Islamabad Branch along with their teachers and parents held a special morning assembly in order to mark the importance of this day. All the Senior and Advanced Montessori students peacefully sat in the assembly area wearing headbands with peace symbol made on them.
The programme started off with a brief introduction of the day so as to engage the young minds with the notion of peace and its importance, that peace begins with a smile and when everyone around us is happy we feel at peace. To inaugurate the day and to spread happiness, a group of students came on stage to welcome the audience as they danced delightfully to a very cheerful welcome song. The next performance was by a group of girls dressed up as fairies wearing white, lacy frocks. They performed on the famous peace song “Light a Candle for Peace” which conveys a beautiful message that if everyone fulfils his part in the process of achieving peace then a day will come when our wish for world peace will become a reality.
The dove is known as the symbol of peace the world over and in order to familiarize the students with it, a special performance was prepared. Four students from Advanced Montessori dressed up as doves and carrying beautiful paper props representing the wings of the dove came on stage and presented an act on the famous Urdu poem “Aman Ka Panchi”. To emphasize the significance of this day some famous quotes of renowned personalities known for their work for world peace were quoted by the teachers side by side during the special programme. A peaceful society to live in is the right of every living being and it can only be achieved if every individual works for it in order to create a ripple effect. Keeping this very thought in mind, the next performance was based on a song which held a very strong message that peace can be taught by doing and saying.
The special assembly ended with a peace song sung by the Montessori students. The parents of the SLS students were moved by these heart-warming efforts and they gave a huge round of applause on a well celebrated day. Montessori Head Directress, Uzma Ali thanked her students and teachers for their efforts. She ended by stating that the purpose of celebrating this day was to start with peace at home which is only possible if perceptions and attitudes are changed.