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SLS marks ‘Creativity and Innovation Week’

Rawalpindi: All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School celebrated Creativity and Innovation Week, says a press release.

The week-long affair enabled students to do something entirely on their own or in groups by using their own ideas and imagination.

The Harley Street Montessori branch students made small DIY projects and other activities, which they later presented in front of their class fellows and parents.

The Junior and Senior Montessori students set up outside in the school playground displaying their class projects. The colour-mixing activity had every one excited as a group of Junior Montessori students gave a presentation on mixing primary colours to form secondary colours. Students used old shoe boxes, plastic bottles and ice-cream sticks to make money boxes, flower pots and photo frames with the help of their teachers showing the fun and practicality of recycling. A corner of the school was made into a small winter wonderland by students who had utilized items of everyday use to make snowmen, snowballs and snowflakes.

The Advanced Montessori students gave step-wise presentations on their DIY projects. The “how to make a party popper with empty tissue paper roll” and “how to make quick eatable items with jam, cake rusk and dry fruits” presentations were a big hit with everyone. Grade 1 students made a project on Rainforests. They shared facts about animals and birds found in rainforests. They had also made a Sea Life display with paper plates.

Section Head, Humaira Zaidi appreciated her team of teachers and students for the wonderful event.



Peace through art

Rawalpindi: Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Lalazar Senior Section conducted a special programme on Peace Through Art, says a press release.

Ideas of world peace were portrayed through different performances. Students narrated speeches and read beautiful poems emphasising the need to minimise violence. They shared ideas on advocating pacifism through finding common goals of peace and sustainability.

A group of students dressed up as followers of different faiths around the globe presented a tableau on acceptance of all religions. It was a beautiful sight to see the idea of Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and others singing in the hopes of brotherhood and harmony.

To show how differences in everyone’s unique cultures can be a way of appreciation and inclusion as opposed to differences, groups of Citizens of the World clad in their vibrant national dresses rejoiced together on rhythmic tunes. The Turkish Sufis swirled, the jubilant Punjabis danced on Bhangra, the Polish and Germans performed their traditional dances to form beautiful group formations, the Chinese group danced gracefully in their bright costumes, and Kashmiris also danced on their soft music.

The second last part of the performance had girls and boys dressed up in white lighting up candles on the song ‘Light a Candle for Peace’. The final performance of the day was on a beautiful song sung by two students with a guitar also emphasising the choice of the path that leads to peace.

Thanking the audience and appreciating the students Section Head, Farah Badar said that religion was one important factor in bringing people closer to one another, culture being the other. She said that when people start embracing each other’s differences along with the similarities, peace was bound to prevail.



SLS School holds Badminton Tournament

Rawalpindi :A four-day Inter-Campus Badminton Tournament was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, says a press release.

Syed Shabbar Hussain, international badminton player and six times national champion and gold medallist was the chief guest to witness the final matches and to distribute prizes among the winners. The final matches of the annually held badminton tournament were hosted by SLS, Senior Section Lalazar and SLS, Islamabad Campus.

The Lalazar Senior Campus took the Champions Trophy in Secondary Category by scoring +35 points on the points table and Satellite Town Senior Branch stood second with +20 points. In the Primary category Peshawar Road Primary Branch took the Champions Trophy with +10 points and the 37 Tulsa Road branch and Islamabad Branch stood second with +5 points each on the points table. The tournament was held at the Primary and Secondary level with a total of 384 students competing in the singles and doubles category. A total of 192 matches were played between class V students who play separately in the primary category and class VI – X playing in the secondary category.

The first three days witnessed the elimination matches and the semi-finals, and the finals were played on the fourth day with all the participants showing their best game and their class fellows and supporters cheering on their team mates. The chief guest appreciated the students for playing well and congratulated the winners on their success. Best player awards were also awarded in both categories. In the primary category, Shahzaib Aslam of Peshawar Road Primary branch and Umaima Irfan of the Islamabad campus won the best players of the Tournament trophy (singles). Ayesha Shahzad and Uzaira Shams of Peshawar Road Primary branch and Ali Irtiza and Sharjeel Butt of 37-Tulsa Road won the best players of the tournament trophy doubles in the girls and boys category respectively.

At the secondary level Ahsan Afzal Mir of Senior Branch, Lalazar and Sara Yasir of Senior Section Satellite Town won the best players of the Tournament trophy (singles). In the girls doubles category the best players of the Tournament trophy was won by Narmeen Raza and Syeda Zahra Naqvi of Senior Section, Satellite Town branch and in the boys it was won by Murtaza Kamal Durrani and Muhammad Haseeb of the Islamabad campus.



SLS School holds quiz contest


All senior campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School participated in an intra-SLS General Knowledge Quiz Competition, says a press release.

Teachers and students from the senior campuses showed up in order to support their respective teams at the Harley Street Senior branch that was hosting the event. The chief guests were educationalists Tehmina Malik and Asma Bakhtiar.

The nail biting competition comprised of five rounds. The first half of the competition constituted of Mutual Discussion rounds in which the team leader answered the questions after discussion with the team members. It was followed by Individual Visual round in which every student had to answer the questions individually after watching a video clip. A break in the form of a dance performance by the students of Senior Section Lalazar Branch brought the cultural tunes of Poland, Germany and China on stage fully decked with costumes and accessories.

The second half of the quiz completion constituted of the Buzzer Round and a Rapid Fire Round, the latter being the most entertaining with students having to answer maximum questions in sixty seconds. Applause and cheers from the audience kept everyone in a friendly-competitive mood. Before the announcement of results a group of students from the Islamabad branch sang heart-tugging songs on friendship.

Senior Section Lalazar bagged the trophy for the first position after scoring 140 points and Tufail Road branch stood second with 135 points on the points table. Managing Director, SLS Schools, Asiya Talha congratulated all the participating teams on their performance and the host branch for organising everything so well.

SLS Schools celebrate Day of Older Persons


All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School celebrated International Day of Older Persons, says a press release.

The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated in October of each year. The SLS, Lalazar Montessori Section celebrated this day keeping in mind this year’s theme by the United Nations of focusing on the “pathways that support full and effective participation in old age”.

Primary students presented various skits and performed on poems through the week to demonstrate the need of love and care towards older persons, their rights and how we should take care of their feelings. A special event for the grandmothers of Senior Montessori students was organised. Students came on stage one by one and narrated beautiful one liners to express their love for their grandmothers. Then students and grandmothers were invited to fun-filled activities that they could do together. The school backyard was decorated beautifully. Different games like musical chairs, passing the cushion and pin the tail were played. A ‘Grandma Touch Test’ game had students blindfolded and they had to identify their grandmother by touch in a group of grandmothers. The students made hand impressions of themselves and their grandmothers on a piece of paper and took them home as a keepsake for the years to come. A “selfie-session” and story time by grandmothers made for a great end to a great day. Hugs shared by the grandmothers and grandchildren made everyone in the school emotional as Section Head, Attiya Nadeem thanked all the grandmothers for coming.



Charity drives held at SLS schools


All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School held multiple activities and events in their Charity Week drive, says a press release.

The school theme of the second term is Kindness and learning how to collect funds for causes is one of the things students learn. Students hold charity drives, charity carnivals and use recyclables to create sellable items in collecting funds for different causes.

The SLS, New Lalazar campus held a charity carnival to raise funds for Bostaan’ilm School, a non-profit afternoon-hours school that uses two SLS campuses rent-free to educate underprivileged children. Prior to the carnival, teachers conducted small sessions in the classrooms talking to their students about the concept of charity and helping others.

A small assembly with a poem and skit presentation kick-started the charity carnival. The poem was sung by Montessori students impersonating sunshine saying that together we could bring change by doing good deeds and helping others. The skit by the primary students highlighted the same idea of helping others through one’s own resources. A “Charity Train” made up of Montessori students depicted different ways in which one can do acts of kindness like by caring for others, by greeting others with a smile, donating to legit organisations etc.

After the assembly all the students proceeded towards the school ground which was decorated with buntings of red and white with multiple food and games stalls. The students bought tickets to play games and enjoy delicious snacks, all proceeds benefitting Bostaan’ilm School.

Section Head, Saira Noor appreciated her teachers and students effort in learning about kindness and charity. She emphasized that this spirit of helping others should remain the same throughout the year.




Kindness Week held at SLS schools


A week teaching students about practicing kindness in different ways took place in all campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, says a press release.

A series of activities and special assemblies were held at SLS Schools dedicated to encouraging the students to be kind towards other humans and to animals and plants. Pep talks were given in classrooms and students came up with age appropriate ideas of performing small acts of kindness. They fed birds and animals and left water out for them, they greeted everyone with a smile and helped the cleaning staff of the school with some of their chores, amongst other acts done at home.

The Montessori branch of the SLS, Gulraiz Campus held a special assembly at the end of their Kindness Week. The performances by the students revolved around the very theme of helping others and spreading happiness through small acts of kindness. The first performance was on Allama Iqbal’s poem “Hamdardi”, which means compassion. Two students dressed up as a Nightingale and a glow worm used their facial expressions and gestures to show that good people are those who are always ready to help others. The second act had students dressed up as animals and birds and they sang and performed on a poem about kindness towards animals and plants.

Lastly, a skit was performed by students to a story read out loud by their teacher with beautiful sound effects. The young students dressed up as the characters of the story performed very confidently and received a big round of applause from the audience.

The special assembly ended with Section Head, Tanzeela Nadeem appreciating her students and teachers efforts. She said that simple acts of kindness go a long way in spreading happiness around us.



SLS schools arrange Welcome Back Week


All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School had a Welcome Back Week planned for their students after their summer holidays, says a press release.

Enjoyable welcome back activities were planned by teachers for their grade levels to have the students communicate with each other and to share stories from their summer holidays with their classmates and teachers.

The SLS Montessori and Primary branch, Civil Lines had younger students wearing wrist bands and colourful glittery crowns made by their teachers and everyone made the Pakistani flag to pin on their shirts to commemorate Independence Day. A puppet show with their the favourite cartoon character asked the students about what they did in their break and lots of smiles and giggles filled up the space as the toddlers shared their moments. A “Today’s Feeling” activity let them express their feelings on the first day of school. Some felt happy to be back while others were anxious or felt sad. Games and art activities made everyone feel better. Primary students shared their family photographs and “selfies” showing their family and the places they visited in summer break. They also penned down a few lines on it.

Later in the same week the students did some academic reinforcements by singing poems and chants to revise different concepts with flash cards. Civil Lines Section Head, Amina Shabbir said that it was very important to break the ice with younger kids when getting them back into the routine of the school year after a long and hopefully fun summer break.




SLS School holds in-house workshops


A series of 14-day in-house workshops were held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.

The workshops were held and attended by teachers from different campuses of SLS School as a part of the Education Improvement Programme at SLS. The workshops focused on introducing better teaching methodologies in the classrooms.

The Montessori-level workshops focused on grabbing the attention of toddlers through effective classroom strategies and making learning possible through activities. This included Story Telling, reading and writing and fun ways to strengthen the fine motor skills of toddlers.

At the primary level attention was given to creating an inclusive classroom environment and introducing and adopting teaching strategies to keep the students productive and motivated. The importance and practicality of English language skills and innovative teaching methodologies were the focus of the workshops.

Maths workshops focused on how teachers can simplify mathematical problems using trick operations and several hands-on activities to make the subject fun for all the students. The Science and Social studies workshops were about making learning easier by incorporating various techniques like learning through chants, group activities, models, role playing, puzzle games etc. A workshop on Effective Lesson Planning was also held in which all the components of a lesson plan were discussed in detail and a group activity was done by the teachers to incorporate their new learning.

Heads of secondary classes held sessions on the subject-wise needs of the students and teachers in board classes. Workshops related to the new patterns of paper setting by the Federal Board were held for all the senior teachers.

At the end of the workshops, Asiya Talha, managing director of SLS Schools, appreciated all the teachers for their constant hard work and dedication in introducing new techniques and encouraged all the attendees to become completely familiar with the new methods so that they could be implemented in an effective manner.




SLS School students win art workshop prize


Nine students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School won the prize of attending the Nukta Art Workshop in this year’s Art Beat – The Little Art’s National Child Art Competition, says a press release.

Out of over 2500 entries, Sarah Jabeen and M. Wasif from the SLS, Gulraiz campus, M. Yousaf, Khadija Imran and Unzila Muskaan Qamar from the SLS, Peshawar Road campus, Farheen Noor and Sarah Khan from the SLS, Lalkurti campus, Shammas Nasir from the SLS, Harley Street campus and Tashif Wali from the SLS, Westridge campus won the art workshop along with forty-five other students from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Sarah Khan from grade 7, SLS, Lalkurti campus was selected for the second time in a row to attend the art workshop, winning it last year as well.

The one week art workshop was held under the guidance of Sajjad Akram, Artist and Assistant Professor at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi.

The students started with sketching and later learnt to shift their work on different mediums. They brought their favorite toys and were taught pencil sketching, later shifting their drawings on to a canvas with oil paints. They used coloured papers to make origami art all the while playing fun games and making new friends. Sculpturing from dough had students making scenes from the city or their favorite buildings.

Managing Director, SLS Schools, Asiya Talha congratulated her students and appreciated the wonderful new art skills they had acquired.