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.
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, Zaraj Campus had a lot of exciting English language activities planned for the students to help them deepen their understanding of the English Language. The activities mainly focused on learning English grammar concepts, enhancing vocabulary and recognizing patterns of pronunciation in a fun filled way.
The Montessori students were brought outside to the play area where they performed various language activities prepared by their teachers. The Junior Montessori classes played “Hit the Letter Game” which had all the students attentively listening to the phonic sounds of different alphabets and hitting the same alphabet pasted on the wall with a ball. A sound hopscotch activity and a sound slap game were also played by the students of Junior Montessori enhancing their phonemic hearing and identifying skills.
The activities planned for Senior and Advanced Montessori focused mainly on word formation. The students enthusiastically played the “Power Word Game” and made new words by adding vowels to the already given words. The “CVC Words Passing the Pillow Activity” was loved by all. The students made new words keeping in mind the Consonant – Vowel – Consonant sequence of word formation. They also expanded their vocabulary through games like “Action word role play”, “Action word finder”, and “The vowel activity”.
The Primary and the Secondary students were no less in taking part in various activities. The “Revolving Wheel Game” was played in every classroom. Questions were asked from the students in the form of riddles focusing on grammar concepts like tenses, parts of speech, vocabulary words etc. It was an enriching activity that truly engaged all the students, who participated actively.
The English Language Week came to an end when a special morning assembly was conducted on the last day of the week. An on spot quiz competition was held by randomly selecting the students from the audience. The participants actively answered the questions one after the other while the audience cheered and supported the teams. The quiz competition was followed by a puppet show performed by the primary students who shared some effective tips with the audience on how to improve their English language. The intonation pattern of the voices behind the puppets added a lively effect to the presentation. Section Head, Ms. Sidra Omer praised the students and the teachers on a well celebrated week, emphasizing on the learning of English Language through activities.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated International Day of Mother Earth, says a press release.
Students of Civil Lines Primary Branch held a special assembly with a belief that Earth Day can be celebrated every day, and every individual can make a difference. The special assembly started off with a brief introduction about the background of the day highlighting the mission to broaden and diversify the environmental movement in order to maintain a healthy sustainable environment.
The first presentation of the day focused on elaborating easy everyday steps that one can adopt to promote a healthier environment. The Primary students shared with their fellow friends the advantages of conserving natural resources, alternatives that one can follow to reduce pollution and the importance of educating one another to do the same. The second presentation was an act highlighting the efforts being done on the governmental level to attain a cleaner and greener environment emphasizing on the tree plantation campaign being held countrywide. The audience listened carefully to the students on the stage and later planted a tree in the school compound along with their Head Teacher.
A thought provoking dialogue between two friends was also presented with an objective to instil the feeling of ownership and responsibility to take care of their mother Earth. The students were shown to realise how badly the humans have been treating their mother earth and how every individual can put in their part to make a difference. The three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) were greatly stressed upon as the students promised to reduce the use of plastic and to reuse and recycle the materials around them.
The special morning assembly came to an end on a cheerful note when a group of students performed on the Earth Song. Holding colourful pompoms they sang and pledged to make their mother earth a cleaner and greener planet for all the species to live in. Section Head, Mrs. Huma Nasir appreciated the students and the duty teacher for a well prepared assembly conveying a lot of useful information to the audience.