Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, New Lalazar Branch held a special programme on creating awareness about the harmful effects of plastic use, says a press release.
The Montessori and Junior students of New Lalazar Branch gathered in the school ground on a fine sunny morning where some of their class fellows gave small presentations explaining the topic of the day. Corners were made where projects were displayed depicting scenarios highlighting the harmful effects of plastic use.
Moving in groups made by the teachers class wise, the students started visiting the display corners. The first display corner depicted the sad situation of mother earth where not only humans but land and water animals were also at risk due to the regular disposal of plastic bags and other goods made out of plastic. A student dressed up as plastic monster started circling the display corner chanting loudly how it was affecting the earth. A full description of harmful effects of plastic was given to the audience, the students in return asked questions from the presenters who answered with great enthusiasm and confidence. The next display corner depicted the happy face of earth. Full of greenery and devoid of plastic waste, the students were able to draw comparison between both the scenarios.
The next display corner had the students of Montessori classes dressed up as marine life specifically addressing the menace of plastic disposal into the oceans. Totally engrossed in their characters their sad faces expressed the worrisome condition of marine life owing to the constant disposal of plastics into the oceans, leading towards the destruction of their habitat; hence putting a lot of species in danger.
The discussions among the students in the audience expressed great concern towards the situation. Different alternatives were shared by the students to reduce the use of plastic. The idea of recycling was greatly stressed upon as the teachers showed the students some handicrafts made out of paper. Fancy paper bags were loved by the students and the teachers successfully motivated them to use paper bags instead of plastic bags. Section Head, Saira Noor addressed her students and teachers and together everyone made a promise to ‘Say No to Plastic!
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, celebrated Book Reading Week, says a press release.
The Satellite Town Montessori branch held several activities throughout the week encouraging the students to read. The buzz and excitement to read something new was witnessed among the students as they came everyday looking forward to a new activity planned by their teachers.
The Montessori students owing to their grade level did activities assisted by their teachers. The activities for the little tots of Senior Montessori were defined to the level of three and four letter words. Reading of books was done with the assistance of the teacher and later the students identified the vowels, matched the pictures with vocabulary words and discussed with their teacher about their favourite character from the readers. The Advanced Montessori students presented their acting skills as they first read small passages from the book and later acted on it. The perfect little props and the expressions of the students combined together with the giggles of their fellow friends made the story time even more fun.
The students of grade 1, 2 and 3 were no less and participated actively. Crossword puzzles were solved in the classrooms in groups while some students decided to solve them individually. Books were read by the students with much enthusiasm and the book reading was followed by poster making and review writing. Colourful posters were made by the students using different mediums. Some made posters of their favourite character from the book while some painted out a scene from the story. The writing skills of the students along with the reading skills were also focused upon. Short reviews were written by the students as they read different books, sharing their views from different angles and sharing with everyone about what they learnt from it.
The Book Reading Week ended with a special assembly when a dramatic display on the book and movie ‘The Lion King’ was presented. The audience cheered with excitement as the soundtrack was played and the presenters started coming on the stage one by one wearing masks and costumes. Section Head, Anila Usman appreciated the students and teachers for a well celebrated week and shared with them about the super powers that one gets through reading, imagination being the greatest of all.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School recently held Talent Acquisition Day, says a press release.
An annual talent show was organised by Peshawar Road Primary Branch with the objective to encourage the students to show off their talents. Prof. Raana Qazi, a renowned educationist was invited as the chief guest to be a part of the day and to come and see the students displaying their talents.
The programme formally began when the Section Head Madeeha Umer gave a welcome address and handed over the mic to the students. The students started to show their talents in the ‘Naat’ and ‘Qirat’ category first. Dressed up in white the students very modestly performed on the stage and warmed the hearts with praises for Allah. The program took a very colourful turn when a group of students came on the stage to show their abilities in ‘Origami Art’. Their dresses designed in 3D pattern and made out of recycled newspapers had the attention of the audience as they displayed their art works.
Owing to the interest shown by the students in the performing arts category multiple acts, dramatic displays, singing and dancing performances were staged. A beautiful adaptation of the famous poem ‘Aik Makra aur Makhi’ by Allama Iqbal was presented by the primary students. The students not only sung the poem but also performed side by side, their costumes and props adding colour to the performance. Multiple dance performances were also presented as the program continued. Break Dance performed by the students on catchy tunes lifted the mood of the audience as they cheered and clapped along. To gather the attention of the audience the performances were made relatable with respect to the everyday trends. Girls showing interest in hairstyling show cased their abilities through a ‘YouTube Tutorial’ hosted and presented by the students themselves on the stage, revamping the idea of YouTube tutorials. Students also showed their talents through a magic show. Using several tricks facilitated by colourful props the little magicians gave a stellar performance.
Everyone enjoys singing, be it bathroom singing or singing on the sage in front of an audience. The young singers of Peshawar Road Primary Branch had the audience in awe as they sung a beautiful piece of Sufi poetry. The whirling dervishes at the back of the stage in their tombstone-like felt hats and billowing white robes fascinated the audience who gave a huge round of applause as the performance ended.
The talent show came to an end when a dramatic display based on incidents and events picked up from the life history of famous Urdu and Persian poet ‘Mirza Ghalib’ was presented. Dialogues delivered by the students with perfect intonation, costumes that took everyone back to the old times and poetry that reminded everyone of the grandeur of Urdu language; the dramatic performance had everyone enchanted by its completeness.
Section Head, Madeeha Umer thanked the chief guest and the worthy parents for attending the show. Special words of encouragement and appreciation were spoken for all the participants for displaying their talents and for the teachers for arranging a successful programme which gave a platform to the students to explore their talents and skills.
Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated kindness week through series of activities held throughout the week, says a press release.
The activities were planned by the teachers keeping in mind the age levels of the students. Skits and poems were presented in front of the Montessori students to introduce the concept of kindness to them. The primary students shared with their teachers and class fellows ‘small acts of kindness’ that can go a long way in spreading happiness while the senior students made charity boxes and collected donations in the form of toys, clothes and books to help the underprivileged.
The senior branch of the SLS, Range Road Campus held a special assembly in this regard, as the week came to an end. The students threw light on this topic by performing short skits. Sharing your belongings, helping the needy, caring for the elders and the young ones, feeding stray animals and taking care of plants were some of the messages that were delivered through the skits. The performance of the students was praise worthy and was appreciated by the audience with loud claps. The skit was followed by a small poem written and sung by the students themselves enforcing the same message of being kind every day. The actions and smiling faces of the performers added a cheerful vibe to the poem performance which was enjoyed by all.
Pep talks were given to the students throughout the week about sacrificing their wants for other’s needs, speaking kind words and especially on being thoughtful and considerate towards others. The students made charity boxes and collected money to help the underprivileged. They also collected books, toys and other items of everyday use and gifted them to the junior staff of their school. The activity ended on a very happy note with lots of smiling faces around.
Section Head, Mrs. Atiqa Dar appreciated the teachers and students on a well presented assembly. She also addressed the students and reminded them not only to be kind to human beings but to animals and plants as well.
A series of 14-day demonstration workshops for primary classes were held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.
The workshops were held at the SLS Head Office and were attended by the teachers from all campuses as a part of the Education Improvement Programme at SLS. The workshops focused on all the subjects divided on different days. The teachers were allotted different topics for demonstrations keeping in mind the syllabus to be taught in the coming term.
The workshops were held during the presence of the subject coordinators guiding the teachers about teaching each concept in an effective and easy manner. Activity based teaching of each subject was highly stressed upon in every workshop. Teachers brought several audio visual aids relevant to their topics and shared their ideas of teaching with the rest of the teachers. The audience also gave in their input by sharing several activities about each topic making the workshops interactive as well. Each workshop was followed by a short feedback session, the purpose of which was to appreciate and provide positive feedback to the teachers especially the new ones in order to boost their morale and create room for improvement. Managing Director, SLS Schools, Mrs. Asiya Talha also attended the workshops and appreciated the teachers for sharing their knowledge and putting so much effort to make the lessons interesting for the students in order enhance their learning. The teachers were also awarded with certificates of appreciation for such well delivered demos.
A three-day workshop on ‘Activity Based Learning in the Classroom’ was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.
The workshop was conducted by Shahgul Junaid, primary coordinator at the SLS Lalazar Branch. The workshop was based on the practical application of methodology for the classroom aiming towards combining theory with good practice.
The workshop started with several introductory/ice breaking activities and the teachers were guided on how to implement these activities in their classrooms in order to make learning a fun process for the students. The introductory activities were followed by a series of hands on activities each targeting different areas of learning. Demos were taken side by side to ensure better learning and understanding of the teachers. On the second day of the workshop the VAK (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) model of learning was introduced to the teachers. The teachers worked in groups as they were given the task to incorporate the VAK model in order to make sample lesson plans, after choosing any one topic from the subjects that they were teaching.
Side by side guidance was given to the teachers by the workshop moderator. The teachers discussed common classrooms problems and ways to avoid and overcome them. The third day of the workshop focused on cooperate story telling activity. Starting from the significance of paralinguistic features in storytelling to sharing the benefits of it, a demo was given on a story targeting the topic of ‘Prepositions’ in English language class. The last part of the workshop highlighted the importance of time management in a classroom. The teachers were guided on how to divide each section of their lesson plan in the given 40 minutes period aiming towards maximum results in terms of the understanding of the student.
The teachers were able to gain an in depth knowledge about incorporating activities in their lessons both individual and in group. Mrs. Asiya Talha, managing director of SLS Schools appreciated the teachers for sharing their ideas through the creative demos that they presented and encouraged them to implement the learned methods in their classrooms for better learning of the students.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School held week long activities as they celebrated Fight against Child Labour Week, says a press release.
The primary students of SLS, Satellite Town, Chandni Chowk branch marked the day by presenting a special assembly and some awareness activities in this regard. The program began with a speech in which a student explained the topic and highlighted the significance of observing this day, to the audience. The speech was followed by skits and poem performances based on the theme “Small hands handle toys better”.
Skits were performed making the topic of the special assembly easier to understand for the students. Different types of child labour in Pakistan were demonstrated by a skit making the children realise the prevalence of child labour in our society. The wishes of children working as labourers and their dreams for a better life were presented in the form of a song and a role play. Next up came on stage a group of girls who recited a sweet poem. Holding placards in their hands they tried to present the despair of these children and hope for a brighter future.
The last presentation of the day had the students sharing different scenarios about child labour and the steps that can be taken to reduce the rate of child labour in Pakistan on their part. A graphical representation was also displayed comparing the rate of child labour in Pakistan and other Asian countries.
A one to one session with child workers and their lady owners was also held. Students gave presentations to the lady owners sharing with them some facts, government policies and effects of child labour in the society making them aware of the rights of the children. The students also spent some time with the child workers and together they performed some educational activities. The children were taught to write their names, a colouring and painting activity was also held which helped breaking the ice and developing new friendships. The session ended with Branch Head, Rubeena Munawar appreciating her students and teachers for their efforts. She expressed her views and distributed gifts among the child workers as a token of love from the SLS staff and students.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated the International Day of Living Together in Peace through a series of activities and special assemblies, says a press release.
The SLS, Civil lines Montessori Branch held a special assembly in this regard giving various presentations on what is peace and how can we all live together peacefully. The assembly started off when one of the teachers explained the meaning of peace to the students. The students sat in the school ground ‘peacefully’ wearing headbands with peace-dove origami’s pasted on them and listened to their teacher carefully.
To involve the students and to make them participate with the performers “The Alphabet” song was sung. A group of students dressed up in white sang the song memorising the spellings of PEACE, the audience followed them and sang along cheerfully. Displaying their dramatic skills a group of students came up on the stage and performed on a skit sharing with others small acts that can allow us to live together peacefully. A classroom setting was displayed in this regard executing the message according to the level of the Montessori students.
Next up came a group of student’s wearing traditional dresses and performed on the song “Kya Hum Aik Hain?”. The coordination, gestures and expressions of the students were praise worthy as they delivered a very strong message through their performance that we should rise above and think beyond the differences of cast, colour and religion as it only leads to distress. Short messages were also shared by the students. Holding colourful placards mounted on sticks the students came one by one and shared messages highlighting the importance of gratitude, understanding, compassion and of course a smile as ‘Peace begins with a smile’.
An art activity was also held in which the students made a “Peace Painting” which was later displayed in the school ground. Section Head Naghmana Iftikhar appreciated the performers and the teachers for a well prepared assembly. The special assembly came to an end when the students made a pledge to show tolerance and respect towards each other in order to live together peacefully.
Students and teachers of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Satellite Town, Montessori Branch, celebrated International Day of Families through a special program, says a press release.
Students of Advanced Montessori, dressed up in colourful costumes, showed up in the school along with their parents, siblings and grandparents. The special programme started when the audience was greeted warmly by one of the students followed by a poem presentation. A group of students dressed up in vibrant costumes came up on the stage and sang a beautiful poem about families. With pompoms and their favourite family photos in their hands, they sang with great enthusiasm. A skit highlighting the importance of family bonds and relationships was also performed with a message that children require the love, affection and most importantly the time of their parents instead of toys and other material possessions.
Showing off their singing skills, the tots of Advanced Montessori presented different poems related to the theme of the day, their energy adding liveliness to the program. The acting skills of the students were praise worthy as they performed an act depicting family as the most important unit of the community. A common household setting was shown to the audience giving away a very strong message to the audience that children learn from what they observe so it is important for the parents to practically follow good values in order to make their children to do the same.
It was indeed a very emotional moment to witness. Branch Head, Zakia Wali praised her teachers and the students for a well presented program. She also addressed the parents focusing on the importance of spending and celebrating family time in this time and age when everyone is tremendously occupied.
A five-day inter-branch Table Tennis tournament was held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release.
The week-long event was hosted by Peshawar Road Primary branch, Satellite Town Primary branch, 37-Tulsa Road Branch, Gulraiz Senior Branch, Harley Street Senior Branch and Islamabad Campus. A total of 408 students participated in this year’s competition out of which 212 were girl and 196 were boy participants.
Owing to the very enthusiastic participation of the students the five day tournament was divided into three levels and each level was further divided into two zones. Level one comprised of grade 8 and 9 students, level 2 had participants from grade 6 and 7 whereas level 3 comprised of fifth graders only. Playing in their separate categories the participants played the qualifying matches and semi-finals on the first four days, whereas the final matches were played on the last day of the tournament. With the supporters cheering in the crowd and the coaches encouraging the participants each match was a sight to see. All the participants played with great enthusiasm keeping in mind the true essence of the competition that is maintaining sportsmen ship.
Peshawar Road Senior Branch after scoring +35 points in zone 1 of level 1 and 2 won the winning trophy whereas Peshawar road primary branch won the winning trophy in zone 1 of level 3. Harley Street Senior Branch with +29 points, Gulraiz Senior Branch with + 25 points and Newlalazar Branch with +20 points won the winning trophy in level 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
The final matches were attended by Razi ud Din Ahmed, National and International Level badminton coach; Syed Saleem Abbass Kazmi, National and International Level Table Tennis Player and Gul Muhammad Memon, Chief Scientific Officer (r) Ministry of Science and Technology. The chief guests congratulated the participants and distributed prizes among the winners, runners up and the best players of the tournament and shared with them some words of motivation and encouragement.