A student of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori &High School has been awarded a fully paid scholarship to a private school in the US to continue her studies, says a press release.
Syeda Mehreen Tahir has been awarded 98% scholarship by BEYOND Student Support Services, a division of Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) to continue her senior year at Kokomo High School in Indiana. Mehreen plans on getting a degree in applied sciences and becoming a genetic engineer.
Mehreen joined SLS School in Junior Montessori in the year 2002 and was in 9th grade when she was selected for iEARN’s Youth Exchange & Study (YES) programme in 2013. She was the 27th student from SLS School to have been selected for this study abroad programme. After completing her year abroad, Mehreen rejoined SLS and completed her Matriculation.
Inspired by the number of hours she had to put into volunteer work while in the US, Mehreen decided to continue with the same vigor back in her home country on her return. She joined a food drive benefiting over 400 families. She also gave her time at a school for underprivileged children, and actively volunteered with different US State Department programmes such as the International Jessup Moot Court Competition sponsored by OPDAT Pakistan.
While in the US, Mehreen was an exemplary exchange student. She flourished in her studies, was loved by her host families and developed a keen interest in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). She was outstanding in livestock judging competitions and won the highest award in agriculture, the DEKALB award.
Managing Director of SLS Schools, Asiya Talha met with Mehreen to congratulate her on her scholarship and wish her luck in all her future endeavours. Asiya said that it was students like Mehreen who had been with SLS since the beginning who made the school what it is today, giving it the feel of a close-knit family. Mehreen will be leaving in the beginning of August for Indiana.
Two young artists from Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School won the Nukta Art workshop in Art Beat, The Little Art’s National Child Art Competition, says a press release.
Sarah Khan of grade 6, SLS New Lalazar campus and Fizza Haider of grade 4, SLS, Peshawar Road Junior branch won this workshop out of hundreds of student artist entries in this year’s competition. The eight day art workshop was held at the Nukta Studios under the guidance of Sajjad Akram, Artist and Assistant Professor at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi.
Following the theme of this year’s Little Art Competition ‘My Teacher – My Hero’, the workshop kicked off with the introduction of the famous ‘Art Heroes’ of Pakistan. Students then got to choose their favourite artist and were introduced to the basics of portrait making and making impression moulds from clay.
The students started learning from tracing portraits and then learnt to sketch them without the tracing paper. Three portraits were made by each student following three different methods, through shading, using colours in an abstract way and by making a collage of the portrait. The collage making activity was a favourite for the students. Recycled old magazines were used to define the light and dark areas of the portrait.
In the second half of the workshop the students learnt to mount their paintings in various ways. Some mounted them in a simple format, others made patterns on the box board sheet. The last three days of the workshop were the most enjoyable as the young artists got to work in a professional art lab. Students made slabs out of clay, carefully measuring the length, width and the thickness of the clay slab. In the second step the students were told to think of a story and develop it on the clay slab by carving impressions on it. This involved lots of dirt filled hands, fun and big smiling faces all around.
SLS Schools Managing Director Asiya Talha congratulated the students on their selection to be a part of such a wonderful learning experience. The students’ projects will be displayed for public viewing after the holidays.
A two-day workshop on Leadership and Managing Change was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.
The workshop was held by Shaista Shahid, an eminent Education Consultant with nearly 30 years of experience in the education sector. All principals, section heads and Montessori directresses attended the workshop along with some key people from the SLS Head Office who make and implement policies.
The aim of the workshop was two-fold; one, to have an honest overview of the leadership style used in the school at different levels and its effectiveness, and two, how to introduce change at small and large scales.
Through facilitated group discussions, the objectives of the workshop were met. Sections heads anonymously gave honest reviews about their management and leadership styles that went home with them. They were given chances to mull over which parts of their character they needed to work on as a school and community leader and how to go about doing it. Policy makers at the Head Office also got an insight into their leaderships abilities and think about where improvement was needed.
The second half of the workshop gave deep insight to all the managers about why change is resisted at every level and how it is the most essential aspect in a growing organisation. The attendees learnt how to introduce change and how to bring it about in their respective positions in small, baby steps. The correct way of handling the resistance to the change was also learnt.
SLS Schools Managing Director Asiya Talha thanked Shaista Shahid for sharing her knowledge of leadership skills with such lovely personal anecdotes added to it. She said that the team at SLS was like a big family and that family coming together to learn something so valuable was very significant as it underscored what SLS believes in and stands for.
Students and teachers of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Satellite Town Montessori branch, celebrated the International Day of Families in an evening event filled with enjoyment, says a press release.
A colourful stage show was prepared by the students of Advanced Montessori followed by a “Minion’s” themed funfair. The programme started with a welcome song with the young students of Advanced Montessori all dressed up in bright colours of pink and purple dancing while holding welcome cards to greet the rest of the students, their parents and extended families.The next performance was given by a group of enthusiastic little ones dressed alike in red and black, wearing ribbons in their hands who sang a beautiful poem using hand gestures with a lot of brio. They paid their respects to the families who had come to witness this colourful event for providing them with love and care and for offering their support and making them strong.
Following the theme of the World Day for Cultural Diversity, a group of girls and boys had prepared the cultural dances of our country. The students were dressed up wearing beautiful cultural dresses, the boys wearing traditional caps and ‘Ajraks’ and the girls wearing beautiful jewellery and embroidery. The audience clapped and cheered on the students who danced joyfully to the catchy traditional beats. The last performance was a short poem on mothers read by a Montessori student that made everyone a little sentimental. It was about the unconditional that mothers have for their children.
After the stage show ended the parents and students went on to enjoy the “Minions” themed funfair. Everything was decorated with buntings of blue and yellow. Several fun stall games were played and the children enjoyed some of their favourite snacks. A lovely photo both was made for the children to pose with their favourite cartoon character and also for the families to take pictures together,making the evening a special part of their memories.
The event continued till late in the evening as the music played and the families enjoyed. Section Head, Saima Hassan appreciated her staff for putting in all their effort. She also thanked all the families who came and enjoyed the colourful evening filled with laughter and a lot of fun.
English Language Week was celebrated in all campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.
The Language Week celebrated at SLS, Peshawar Road Primary branch had a lot of exciting English language activities planned throughout the week.
Shakespeare and the grandeur of his literary works was the focus of the morning assemblies. Students performed on parts of different plays written by William Shakespeare. It was a treat to see young children dress up like characters of Macbeth, Hamlet and Merchant of Venice and speak Shakespearean dialogues while performing their parts. Students were introduced to famous quotes of Shakespeare throughout the week and were motivated to “learn a phrase a day”.
A poetry writing competition was held and the best poems were displayed for parents and visitors to view and read.”Make your own Story Book” had students making their very own story books following a given outline. The activity was carried out in groups and students loved creating their own stories and adding colorful illustrations and cover pages. ‘Grammar Balloons’ challenge was to keep the balloon in the air while uttering as many vocabulary words as possible from the chosen lexical group at every hit. Other groups listened carefully and shouted “out!” for every mistake or repetition. Another fun filled activity called “Readers’ Theaters” gave students 15 minutes to prepare given roles and dialogues after which they had to present on stage. Students prepared crossword puzzles from their favourite stories and then challenged their friends to solve them.
‘Running Dictation’ was a thrilling game played by students in which interesting paragraphs were pinned up at a distance and students had to run, memorize sentences and spellings, and dictate it to their partners. Chants were made by students and used to memorize difficult concepts. A ‘Mystery Story’ was created by students by passing on the script to others after adding a secret sentence and students laughed their hearts out when they tried to make “Silly Sentences”.
Section Head, Madeeha Umar actively participated with the students through the week. She said that the importance of the English language could not be denied nor ignored and this week’s celebration had instilled a renewed sense of appreciation in the students of the magic that lies in languages.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School marked Pakistan Resolution Day in the form of weeklong succession of activities and events.
The students of SLS, Harley Street Senior branch celebrated this day with great zeal and zest with a special programme organised by the teachers and senior students. The programme began with a national song sung by a student creating an aura of nationalism and patriotism.
Since history plays an important part in making young minds understand the importance of days like Pakistan Resolution Day, a student delivered a speech highlighting the important historical events that led up of the day. To show the rich culture and heritage of Pakistan, students of grade 7, 8 and 9 presented a tableau on the national song ‘Rahay Salamat Pakistan.’ The audience cheered and applauded as the students danced on regional beats wearing beautiful dresses representing the diversity in the provinces of Pakistan.
The next performance was the highlight of the programme enjoyed equally by the students and the teachers. The school compound was filled with the sound of students clapping and cheering as the boys of grade 9 stepped onto the stage wearing the national dress of Pakistan with green scarves adorned around their necks and danced enthusiastically on the national song ‘Ay Jawaan Jeet Hay Tera Nishaan.’ This amazing performance was followed by girls and boys of grade 7 and 9 who took over the stage to sing a medley of our favourite national songs with the audience singing along waving small stick flags. More speeches were delivered by the senior students with the purpose of paying homage to the leaders who were the part of the freedom movement and to inculcate the notion of helping the country in hours of need.
Guest of honour, Lt. Basim Mustafa said a few but very encouraging words to the students about being honest and helpful citizens of the country. At the end of the programme, Principal Mobeena Moazzam addressed all the students and teachers and thanked them for arranging such a fantastic event to commemorate such an important day. She also thanked Lt. Basim Mustafa, an ex-SLS student for coming as a guest and motivating the students to do something for their country.
Montessori students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School marked World Wildlife Day, at the SLS, Peshawar Road, and Range Road campuses.
A special morning assembly was arranged for students of Junior, Senior and Advanced Montessori. The audience of students was a sight to see as all of them had their faces painted to represent a certain type of wildlife animal.
Peshawar Road Campus Headmistress Naghmana Anjum gave a brief talk to her students about why this day is celebrated. She highlighted how each one of us can save wildlife, flora and fauna, by protecting natural resources, not wasting water, burning less fuel, by using paper bags instead of plastic bags and by not killing animals for fun or sport. She then invited her students to start the event. As the song “Jungle Rhythm” started playing, students dressed as ‘people of the nature’ danced a song dedicated to the coexistence of humans with nature. A quiz followed with the audience having to name a wild animal and take out its sound. A poem performance called “Walking through the jungle, what do you see?” had the audience and performers singing together ‘spotting’ different wild animals. A student of Advance Montessori said a few words on Animals Are Our Friends and how just like us they have a brain and can feel love and pain.
A skit was presented at both campuses to create awareness about not killing the animals for fun or for their skin. Montessori students of the SLS, Range Road campus showed how animals used to live happily and peacefully until the hunters came to hunt them for fun and for their skin. They also cut down trees and destroyed the habitat. The end consequence showed a world without animals and plants and humans full of regret. Students were told that animals cannot speak for themselves so all of us have to be their voice. Range Road Section Head, Irum Jamal spoke about the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day – ‘the future of wildlife is in our hands’ and urged students and teachers to make kindness to plants and animals a part of their daily life and not just a one day celebration.
Teaching compassion to young students can be a challenging task but with the help of poems, props, costumes and skits, small lessons can be imparted to young minds. World Wildlife Day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly in 2013 and is celebrated every year in March.
Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, Senior Section Lalazar celebrated the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development, says a press release.
The event began the event with rhythmic gymnastics. Students performed a Ribbon act, a component of rhythmic gymnastics in which long colourful ribbons are twirled on long sticks. The ribbon performers were joined by frilly ringed aerobics performers who moved in perfect coordination to the rhythm of the beat. The upbeat opening acts were followed by a PT display and a martial arts demonstration performed to the soundtrack of Mortal Kombat. Students showed their warm up routine composed of stretches and Tai Chi. They showed their stick fighting skills, impressively twirling their wooden sticks in between moves. The use of the nunchaku, a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon, was the second act. Taekwondo followed next with students showing how to defend basic attacks and how to turn them around in your favour. High kicks followed and the martial art performers saved their best act for the last – breaking three tiles stacked on one another. Their “Kiai” sound while breaking the tiles successfully brought a thunderous applause from the audience.
The next act was a synchronized aerobics dance with the use of colourful pom-poms. Moving to the sound of the music, the performers used their sitting and standing positions to make impressive synchronized waves in different directions. These ‘human waves’ were a treat to watch and the students practice showed in their flawless performance.
A girls tug-of-war and boys tug-of-war drew a lot of encouragement and cheers from the audience. A fun spoon race gave time to set the badminton courts where the final matches took place. A friendly football match comprising of just penalty strokes between the existing 9th grade and outgoing 10th grade ensued.
All dressed in black, two dozen boys showed the audience their gym routines, all done to very catchy music. Warm ups and stretches were given extreme importance and the correct body posture for lifting weights was emphasized.
The closing act was prepared to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity celebrated the world over in the month of May. Close to a hundred students dressed in different provincial costumes performed provincial dances. Every province’s act was done keeping in mind every small detail of costume and dance. At the end, all the sports performers joined the regional dance performers and it was the most colourful and happy sight to behold.
Section Head, Farah Badar thanked the parents for their support and time. She said that while she understood how much pressure students are under once they are in secondary classes, sports is the most integral part of building character, and no one should grow up without having fun. She said the celebration of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development brought both pivotal aspects of sports and fun together in one day.
A four day Inter-campus Table Tennis tournament was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, says a press release.
The event was hosted by SLS, Harley Street Senior section and the SLS, Islamabad campus.The competition was held between 18 branches from which a total of 320 players participated comprising of 164 girls and 156 boys.Grades 5 played in their own Primary category and 6th to 9th graders competed in the Secondary category. The first two days had the qualifying matches, semi-finals were played on the third day followed by the final matches and prize distribution on the fourth day.
Raheela Kashif, National Table Tennis player who has represented Pakistan forty times in various Asian games, SAF games and World Championships was the guest of honour to witness the thrilling final matches and to award prizes to the winners. All the participants played with enthusiasm and had the audience mesmerised in the games. Fellow students supported their campus players with a lot of cheering and applauding.
The Islamabad campus took the Champions trophy by winning the most number of matches and scoring 54 points on the points table after a tough competition with Lalazar Senior branch which stood second with 32 points. In the Primary category, Peshawar Road Primary branch stood first with 11 points after giving a tough time to 37-Tulsa Road which bagged the second position by scoring 8 points on the points table.
The chief guest appreciated the players admiring their great zeal and zest andshe also acknowledged the hard work put in by their coaches. She said that sports played a vital role in building confidence, in developing sportsmanship and maintaining not just good health but also a healthy mind.
In the Primary category Abdullah Tariq of Peshawar Road Primary branch and Fizza Khan of Tufail Road branch won the Best Player of the Tournament Trophy (singles), Mirza Faris Ahmad and Abdullah Rauf of Civil Lines branch won the Best Doubles Team of the Tournament Trophy (boys), and Hira Karim and Raima Sohail of 37-Tulsa Road branch won the Best Doubles Team of the Tournament Trophy (girls). The title of the Best Players Secondary category (singles) was won by M. Umer of Junior Section Lalazar and Zoella Sultan of Tufail Road branch. Ehsan Imtiaz and M. Ammar of Peshawar Road Senior branch were awarded the Best Doubles Team of the Tournament Trophy (boys), and Eman Nadeem and Amna Sohail of Islamabad Branch won the Best Doubles Team of the Tournament Trophy (girls).
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated International Day of Mother Earth, says a press release.
Students of SLS, Lalazar Junior Section, celebrated this day with a special morning assembly. The assembly started with students explaining simple facts about the earth and how it came into being. The condition of earth at the time of its formation and its current condition was compared, and students were made to realize just how much destruction and pollution humans are responsible for.
International Day of Mother Earth is celebrated globally on April 22 every year. This year the theme is “Trees for the Earth”. Keeping in mind the importance of trees, two skits were performed based on the idea of their preservation. Students showed that trees are not only a source of oxygen and food for humans but food and shelter for insects, animals and birds. One skit’s message was that by cutting down trees for our greed, we deprive so much of Mother Nature from its natural habitat. While the thought of all the trees being cut down for road expansions and metros was depressing, students showed hope by showing that one can make a choice. The skit showed people cutting down trees on the one hand and people who were contributing towards planting them on the other. The morally correct choice of not cutting down trees was chosen by the conflicted citizen who joined hands with the plantation community for a cleaner and greener Pakistan.
The need to stop destructing the earth and how one could do it as a student was the subject in the second half of the assembly. The three R’s of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling were presented to the students. The importance of all three was demonstrated by examples.
The last part of the assembly was about joining hands and promising to keep the earth safe. Dance performances showed students as the defenders of earth, circling around the earth with different countries flag sticks in their hands, happy inhabitants of earth dancing around merrily. Section Head, Mrs. Samia Raheem reminded the parents and students about their responsibilities as the inhabitants of earth and emphasised that Pakistan was our land and our responsibility.