Newsletter no. 34 (October 31st, 2017)

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  1. Extempore Speech Competition: on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, students from class I-X took on the challenge of participating in the extempore speech competition at School. It was indeed a bit nerve-wracking to speak without any form of preparation, but the students handled the competition with confidence and impressive improvising skills. These events are important because they highlight the strong and weak areas of any student so the progress of further development is targeted.
  2. Biology Quiz: the boys and girls of class X fought to the very end using only their knowledge of the subject in the biology quiz on Thursday, October 26th, 2017. We applaud the students for their hard work preparing for the quiz and their competitive spirit.
  3. Sports Week 2017: the sports activities have started and will continue until November 03, 2017, Students may therefore wear sport shoes, sun glasses, P cap etc.
  4. Syllabus and Date Sheet: the syllabus and date sheet will be extended in the coming week.
  5. SPR: the Student Progress Report for the month of October will be distributed on Monday, November 6th, Parents/guardians are requested to review it with the students and have a conversation over it. The students must be appreciated for their strong areas, and the weak areas should be discussed by coming to an agreement on how to best work further for improvement.
  6. Attendance: there is a clear link between attendance and successful School performance, for this reason it is essential that regular attendance be maintained. Please note that 85% attendance is compulsory during the academic year.
  7. Promotion criteria:

In order to be promoted to the next class, the student must score at least 50% marks in all the subjects. Not less than 40 stars out of 80 stars must also be obtained in the General Assessment. Furthermore, the student must have an attendance through the academic year of at least 85%. In the case of any zero in the Monthly Assessment of the Annual Report, the student shall not be promoted. If a student, except of class 8 fails his/her first year, conditional promotion may be given. However, if the student fails the same class for two consecutive years the student shall not be allowed to continue studying in the Institution.




Hadith of the Day

Ayyub bin Musa narrated from his father, from his grandfather, that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “There is no gift that a father gives his son more virtuous than good manners.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Book 27, Hadith 58)


Quote of the Day

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

  • Jim Rohn


Importance of the News

Reading the news frequently is essential to educate yourself on the up-to-date world events and to better understand the world we live in. Here are examples of 10 important events of 2017 everyone should know about:

January: Donald Trump became the 45th President of the U.S.

February: North Korea continues its military tests provoking and straining its relation with many of the world’s superpowers.

March: the UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

April: the U.S. military launches attacks on ISIL targets in Syria and Afghanistan.

May: the results of the Brexit referendum rules that the U.K. will leave the EU.

June: Yemen continues to suffer under the war by the Saudi led coalition and Houthis. The country is currently facing a massive cholera outbreak due to collapsing health, water and sanitation systems, it is currently soon to reach 800,000 cases of cholera.

July: the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualifies Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for life.

August: the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by its military continues, but is now highlighted in the world news.

September: an earthquake in Mexico kills closer to 400 people and leaves around 1000 homeless.

October: Catalonia announces its independence from Spain.


General Knowledge

Art: Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist who has drawn a lot of attention due to their political and social commentary in the public sphere. Their work originated in England but has spread to other countries like the U.S., Palestine and France. Banksy is considered a cultural icon and their identity remains a mystery despite the World’s curiosity.

Biology: plants use water, light and carbon dioxide to create their food and release oxygen into the air, this process is called photosynthesis.

Culture: the Maori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Like most indigenous people that were colonized, their culture and way of life was oppressed by the colonizer. However, parts of their culture remains intact, like the traditions of ta moko tattoos, wood carving and the kappa haka that is a traditional performance art.

Cookery: the tomato that is commonly thought of as a vegetable is actually classified as fruit. Similarly, the almond is botanically a seed, not a nut.

Discovery and Exploration: in the 13th and 14th century the Mongols ruled the largest contiguous empire ever to exist in history.

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