• Art for Change Art Competition by Discovering New Artists (Apr 2014)

    Students from Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus participated in an art competition, Art for Change, organized by Discovering New Artists, a non-profit organization that aims to create opportunities for underprivileged children through education and by discovering artists within them. This contest involved participation by students all across Pakistan and included students between the ages 4 to 18 from all walks of life.


    Change has become a popular phenomenon and everyone seems to be willing to see a reformed society. Based on the belief in art as a medium for change, participants were required to base their art on the theme Pakistan Tomorrow. The contest urged children to think about Pakistan’s tomorrow and the outcome was art that provided insights into how these children see their country in the future.


    Each participant had to pay a contributing fee that will help the organization in bringing about change in the community by empowering the underprivileged children with a love for story books and an opportunity to participate in the competition free of cost. This competition also sponsored education of needy children through the proceeds generated from the registration and selling of artwork received from private school students. All participating students received Certificates of Appreciation.


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  • The Second Parent Teacher Meeting (Apr 25, 2014)

    The Pre-Junior Campus held its end-of-year \'Parent Teacher Meeting\' for the Academic Year 2013 – 2014 on April 25, 2014 for Playgroup, Nursery and Kindergarten, and Classes 1 to 3. The meeting was planned well ahead of the final school examinations in May/June 2013 to provide the parents and the teachers an opportunity to discuss the problems faced by the students and plan strategies to resolve them.


    The meeting was well-attended. Parents collected academic files for Classes 1 to 3 from the front desk. These files are a record of each child\'s progress throughout the year and will facilitate preparations for the final examinations. The parents then proceeded for their meetings with the teachers. Parents and teachers optimally utilized the opportunity to confer with each other about the problems faced by various students regarding academics and devised strategies to resolve the issues.


    An elaborate Art and Project Exhibition had been organized and beautiful art work and projects brought the entire campus to life. The classrooms and corridors were a lovely sight with students\' projects, assignments and art work displayed artistically on the soft boards. Art projects included pop-up cards, fabric painting, book marks, canvas painting, still life, hand puppets, sketching and bead work. Playgroup, Nursery and Kindergarten classes followed individual themes for their projects and giveaways.


    The Principal, the Headmistress and the Academic Coordinators met parents in their offices for individual meetings.


    Promotion for Playgroup, Nursery and Kindergarten is based on an ongoing assessment.


    For Classes 1 to 3, the promotion grade will be calculated in the following manner:


    • June examination will constitute - 50%
    • December examinations will constitute - 25%
    • Monthly evaluations will constitute - 20%
    • Attendance and behaviour will constitute - 5%


    The final examinations are scheduled to begin on May 26, 2014 for Classes 1 to 3, while the Pre-School Assessments will take place from May 19, 2014.




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  • Basketball Tournament (Apr 18, 2014)

    Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus believes that sports play a very important role in the physical and mental development of its students. As part of its ongoing program for promoting a love for sports and extra-curricular activities, a special Basketball Tournament was organized for students of Class 3 on April 18, 2014. For two months prior to the tournament, the teams practiced playing the sport extensively during their sports lessons and learnt the rules, techniques and strategies of the game.


    Each of the four sections of Class 3 had its own team. The two teams from the girls’ sections competed in the first match. There was an amazing display of skill, expertise and dexterity as the girls passed the ball, dodged their opponents and scored goals. After a very close competition, one team emerged the winner. The second match between the two boys’ teams took the game to an even more challenging level. The competitiveness, the agility and the game skills were truly impressive.


    During the prize distribution ceremony that followed, the Headmistress, Ms. SemeeShafqat presented certificates to members of the runners up teams. The winning team members received individual trophies, while the winning teams’ captains and vice captains lifted the tournament trophies.  



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  • General Knowledge Quiz (Apr 23, 2014)

    General knowledge contributes to personal enrichment and a better understanding of the world as a whole. At Resource Academia, acquiring general knowledge is considered very significant. Teachers emphasize the importance of acquiring such skills and being in touch with the current affairs. Classes through the year have contributed towards personal enrichment and a better understanding of the world as a whole for students at the Junior Campus. Students have learnt about a diverse range of facts related to various subjects.


    A comprehensive ‘General Knowledge Quiz’ was organized for students from Classes 2 and 3, including topics from Islamiat, Science, Social Studies and Computer Studies. For each of the two participating classes, four teams were selected from each section. The quiz was based on rounds in which students participated individually and as a team. The participants and the supporters participated very enthusiastically, which created an environment of healthy competition.


    All winners received certificates and prizes from the Headmistress, Ms. SemeeShafqat, who appreciated their hard work along with the effort made by the Social Studies teachers.




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  • Cooking Contest (Apr 23, 2014)

    The Culinary Art and Etiquette Classes at Resource Academia strive to inculcate among the students a better understanding for following recipes, creating delectable dishes and serving them in style. The culmination of the year long lessons is the cooking contest that assesses how well the students have gained expertise in the art of cooking.


    All sections of Class Three participated in the Cooking Competition held on April 23, 2014. Four students were selected to represent each class. They were provided assorted ingredients and the option to prepare a pizza of their own choice. The teamwork and organizational skills of all the teams were impressive! Each team had special table setting accessories for their making their presentation outstanding.


    The panel of judges comprised the Headmistress, Ms. Semee Shafqat, the Junior School Academic Coordinator, Ms. Samina Sarwar and the Pre-School Academic Coordinator, Ms. Ayshea Dar. The teams were evaluated and graded for their organizational skills, team work, cleanliness, presentation and taste. After very careful and thoughtful deliberation, the judges announced the winning team and the runner-up. All participants were given certificates by the Headmistress, while the two winning teams received special prizes. 




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  • Pre-School Presentations (Mar 2014)

    Class Presentations are an important milestone for students of Playgroup and Nursery because performing for an audience inculcates confidence in Resource Academia’s protégés from their early years. This year, the Pre-School Presentations were held on March 19 and 20, 2014. The classes chose individual themes according to which the children dressed up in innovative costumes. Each presentation was unique and generally had a lesson to deliver. The overwhelming excitement made some to perform effortlessly, while a few struggled to overcome stage fright. The performances were well-appreciated by the very encouraging audience, their own parents. Their incredible performances did their teachers and parents proud.




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  • Career Day for Class 1 (Mar 18, 2014)

    Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus organized Career Day for Class 1 students on March 18, 2014. This activity complemented the students’ Social Studies lesson ‘Careers and Profession’, because classroom learning takes on a completely different meaning when it is complemented by an innovative activity. Career Day aimed at developing better understanding of their Social Studies lesson and about different professions and jobs.


    Parents were invited and several of them volunteered enthusiastically to participate in the activity and share their work experience with their children and their peers. They spoke about what they do and presented the various tools they use in their work. These professionals came from a variety of industries, including doctors, engineers, software architects, teachers, interior designers and several others.  The children listened to each speaker very carefully.


    The children realized that careers don't just happen; they develop over time and often with specific education and experience. They also benefited from knowing more about the different careers they can choose, the education they will need and finally, what it's like to be in these particular professions.


    The Principal, Ms. John thanked the guest speakers for volunteering to share their work experiences with our students. She reiterated the fact that one of the most important aspects of Career Day was that the children left knowing how important an education and skills are in any profession.




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  • Class 2 Visits the Post Office (Mar 13, 2014)

    In line with the practice of integrating classroom learning with hands-on experience, Class 2 students of Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus visited the Post Office on March 13, 2014. These students were studying how a Post Office works in their Social Studies lesson and observing the working of a Post Office at close proximity was very informative and educational.


    On a lovely spring morning, our young learners boarded the big yellow schoolbusesand very excitedly embarked on this journey. The students were accorded a very warm welcome by the Post Office staff. The Post Office Supervisor explained how the letters go through various processes to travel from a letter box to various local and international destinations. The students were taken on a tour of the facility to see how all the letters were collected, segregated, stamped and then stored in pigeon holes for the postmen to collect.


    All the children had brought self-addressed letters with them and excitedly learnt how to stamp their own letters and then dropped them in the mail boxes. As the act of stamping, addressing and dropping a letter in a post box is quickly becoming a rarity due to the extensive use of courier services, emails and other e-services, this was a first experience for many children. It was delightful to see the enthusiasm and excitement on the children’s faces as they posted their very precious little envelopes. Not only was the trip a great activity for our Class 2 students, but also a great learning experience too!




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  • Parents Commemoration Day 2014 (Feb 28, 2014)

    Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus staged its Annual Commemoration Day on February 28, 2014 at Al-Hamra, the Mall. The students paid a commendable tribute to their parents and reflected a well-rounded learning tradition.  The program began with recitation from the Holy Quran. In keeping with Resource Academia’s tradition, the students of Playgroup passed the Light of Knowledge to the Head Boy and the Head Girl from O3, in a solemn candle ceremony. In her welcoming address, the Principal, Ms. Jamila John offered a very warm welcome to the parents and other guests.


    Pre-School’s musical Thumbelina by the Kindergarten students was a spectacular performance. The story revolved around the enchanting little Thumbelina who was living a very happy life, dancing among the flowers, until she was kidnapped by the ugly toad who wanted her to marry his son. As the story progressed, charming little performers dressed as graceful ballerinas, gorgeous butterflies, scary spiders, lovely flowers and dazzling snowflakes came on stage to present beautifully choreographed performances. The story had a fairytale ending when Thumbelina found her Prince Charming and they all lived happily ever after!


    Junior School had a diverse assortment of events ranging from musical, to theatrical, to pantomime. Class 1 students presented an exhilarating performance on the song Madagascar. Dressed as the funkiest tigers, hippos, elephants and monkeys, the children displayed amazing energy and rhythm, which had the audience thumping their feet. A fascinating Ballet performance by the elegant ballerinas of Class 1 had everyone completely mesmerized. Their vibrant costumes, elegant moves and remarkable poise were truly impressive.


    Class 2 students presented a thought-provoking enactment based on Jawad Ahmed’s song that discusses the rights of children where society is obligated to provide them love, education and a healthy environment. When little children are forced to work in the fields, on the streets or in others’ homes, this takes away from them the opportunity to gain an education. The Ambitious Violet was another lovely performance by Class 2 that aimed to show appreciation for Mother Nature and to respect the delicate balance it offers.  Everyone loved the gentle violets and roses, while the two vibrantly dressed parrots completely stole the show!


    The ambiance created by the Urdu Mushaira took everyone into a different era. The sherwani clad poets and the poetesses in ghararas had everyone giggling, laughing and clapping at their humorous poetry and the even more entertaining expression. The second performance by Class 3 was Araam-o-Sakun. The play depicted the story of a typical home in our society where the family members deal with various conflicts within the home. The Wizard of Oz by Class 3 was a musical enactment of the very popular story. The elaborate costumes and interesting makeup took the audience on an exciting journey to the world of crazy critters.


    The Parents Day performances exhibited the skills and talent of the participants and organizers simultaneously. There was a variety of colours, an assortment of sounds, and a careful blend of entertainment and somberness. The fabulous backdrops and props by the Art teachers, Ms. Saadia Hina and Ms. Gulraiz added grandeur to the show. The Parents Day was a remarkable success due to the coordinated efforts of the students, the teachers and the Academic Coordinators, Ms. Samina Sarwar and Ms. Ayshea Dar.


    The Annual Commemoration Day concluded with an address by the Headmistress, Ms. Semee Shafqat, who appreciated the children’s performances, the teachers’ efforts and the parents’ devotion, with which they appreciated the young performers through the entire programme. 




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  • Milad (Jan 24, 2014)

    Resource Academia Pre-Junior Campus organized Milad-un-Nabi celebrations on January 24, 2014. Students from Classes 2 and 3 paid tribute to the Life of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) by reciting several beautiful Naats and talking about his early life, his family and his personality. The Milad was arranged in the Assembly Area, which had been decorated beautifully with flower petals, candles and incense sticks.  All students from Kindergarten, Classes 1, 2 and 3 attended the Milad. Sweets were distributed among all students and staff. The Milad concluded with a special dua.




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  • Poetry Recitation Competition (Jan-Mar 2014)

    All students from Classes 4 to 7 had the opportunity to participate in English and Urdu Poetry Recitation Contests during the Second Term. Students were provided Urdu and English poems to recite. Teachers conducted the initial rounds of the contests within the classes. The top two students from each section were selected to participate in the second round. These second rounds were also conducted within the classrooms. At all levels during the contest, contestants were evaluated for memory, expression & delivery, pronunciation and clarity of speech.


    The final round of English Poetry Recitation Contest was held on January 17, 2014. The top two students from each class recited their poems. English teachers and the Academic Coordinators judged the event. 


    The winners for the English Poetry Recitation Contest were:

     

    Name

    Class

    Poem

    Poet

    Zoya Rizvi

    4B

    Who Taught the Birds?

     

    Jane Taylor

    Ziyab Ahmad

    5C

    My Mother Saw a Dancing Bear

    Charles Causley

    Anmol Zahra

    6A

    Harvest Hymn

     

    John Betjeman

    Humza Hassan Khan

    7C

    The Brook

    Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Saad Hussain Kazmi

    7D

    The Brook

    Alfred Lord Tennyson

     


    The final round of the Urdu Poetry Recitation contest was held on March 14, 2014. The two finalists from each class recited their poems. Urdu teachers and the Academic Coordinators judged the event. 


    The winners for the Urdu Poetry Recitation Contest were:


    Name

    Class

    Poem

    Poet

    Muhammad Bin Ahsan

    4C

    Tote Batoat

    Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

    Zarnab Malik

    5A

    Ammi Kay Bachay Ki Faryad

    Shaan-ul-Haq Haqi

    Talha Rashid Butt

    6C

    Khuda Karay Keh Meri Arz-e-Pak Per Utray

    Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi

    Syeda Huda Leghari

    7A

    Khataab Ba
    Naujawaan-e-Islam

    Allama Muhammad Iqbal


    The winners received prizes and certificates from the Principal, Ms. John, at a special award ceremony. All finalists also received certificates and prizes.


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  • International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest (Mar 20, 2014)

    Resource Academia Middle and Senior School participated in the International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest held on March 20, 2014. The international academic event is organized annually worldwide by the association, Kangourou Sans Frontieres. Created in 1990, the KSF unites students from more than 60 countries all over the world. The examination is held on the same day at all the various testing centres globally.


    Extensive preparations were carried out at school by the Mathematics teachers at Resource Academia. They guided the children on preparation for the specific style of testing implemented by KSF. A total number of 191 students from Classes 4 to O1 participated in this contest. The venue for the testing was Punjab College for Girls Campus. The students all went there for the assessment and were accompanied by the Principal, Ms. Jamila John, and the Academic Coordinator, Ms. Samira Butt, who was also the Kangaroo Coordinator for the school. The two-three hour test was quite challenging and extensive, particularly for the younger children. The entire process provided the young children valuable exposure to international standards of examination which will prove to be a beneficial experience for them.



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  • Resource T20 Championship (Mar 2014)

    Resource Academia Middle and Senior Campus organized the Resource T20 Championship 2014 at the Model Town Cricket Club from March 11 to 14, 2014. Participating schools included the host team Resource Academia, Lahore City Grammar, Sharif Education Complex, Quaid-e-Azam School, and Beacon House Township.The umpires for the tournament were Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, Mr. Liaqat Ali and Mr. Ilyas Khan.

    The tournament started off with some nail-biting matches with four winning teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The two semi-finals were played on March 13, 2014; Lahore City Grammar vs. Sharif Education Complex, and Resource Academia vs. Quaid-e-Azam School. After two very competitive and challenging matches, the two emerging winners qualified for the final. The T20 Championship final was played on March 13, 2014 between Resource Academia and Lahore City Grammar. After a very tough contest, Resource Academia won the final match by two wickets.

    The Chief Guests for the event were the Principal of Resource Academia, Ms. Jamila John, the Academic Coordinator at Resource Academia, Ms. Humaira Tariq, Manager Coach Education PCB, Shahid Aslam, Captain Pakistan Under 19 Team, Mr. Sami Arsalan, and Former Test and One Day Player Pakistan Team, Mr. Akram Raza. In a prize giving ceremony that followed, Ms. John presented the winning trophy to the captain of the Resource AcademiaCricket Team. Members of both teams received certificates. Ms. John admired the expertcricketing skills and sportsman spirit displayed by both teams. She also appreciated the effort made by the Sports Teacher, Mr. Asif Abbas for training the RA Cricket team and for organizing the event!


    Man of the match Mustafa Khattak
    Best wicket keeper Muhammad Muqeet Shah
    Best bowler Raahim Jamil
    Player of the tournament Fahad Sheikh
    Best fielder Mustafa Ishaq



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  • A Visit to the National Cricket Academy (Apr 5, 2014)

    In response to an invitation by the National Cricket Academy, students of Resource Academia attended a one day coaching session at this prestigious cricket training institute. This training was conducted under the supervision of international coaches from all around South Asia, including coaches from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Oman, Qatar and Dubai. The entire session was very informative and productive, and the cricketing expertise of our students was highly appreciated by all the trainers. The students were accompanied by the Head Cricket Coach of the school, Mr. Asif Abbas.




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  • Parents Commemoration Day 2014 (Feb 26, 2014)

    Resource Academia Middle and Senior School staged its Parents\\' Commemoration Day on February 26, 2014 at Al-Hamrah, the Mall. The students paid a commendable tribute to their parents and reflected a well-rounded learning tradition. The Head Boy, Mohammad Zaid Bin Zafar and the Head Girl, Syeda Alizah Hassan hosted the program. Recitation of verses from the Quran was followed by the National Anthem. The Principal, Ms. Jamila John welcomed the parents and appreciated the effort made by the students and staff members in putting together such a wonderful programme.


    The Stone Soup, the opening play by Class 4, presented an old folk tale in which some shrewd hungry travellers outwit the selfish villagers who refuse to give them food. Pretending to make a stone soup, they manipulate the villagers and take all the ingredients from them. Touched by an Alien, also by Class 4, told the story of some space explorers who hold some aliens captive and want them to sign the Galaxy Confederation Charter. Both plays were presented by the youngest students at the school!


    Bashira Challa London by Class 5 took the audience into a village home. This play portrayed the fascination of our people, particularly villagers, in travelling to London. The humorous but satirical play told the story of Bashira, the main character of this play. He manipulates his father into selling off his land and pays two fraudulent travel agents for a visa and ticket. Ironically, he ends up in jail for a fake visa! The Peacock Dance by Class 5 students was as pleasing aesthetically as it was musically. Dressed in vibrant green outfits and peacock feathers, the elegant movements of the girls had everyone completely enthralled.


    An adaptation of a story by renowned Urdu writer, Ismat Chughtai, Kaam Chor told the story of an average middle class household within our society, where the entire family lives together. As the father nears his retirement age, he tries to cut down on household expenses. The result, chaos! The children are too irresponsible and do not realize the harsh realities of life. The very talented Class 6 students displayed an excellent performance. Another remarkable performance by Class 6 was King Arthur and the Witch. The audience was taken back into the medieval times of King Arthur, when his best friend Sir Gwain stood in deadly peril. To save his friend, King Arthur agreed to marry an evil witch!


    Ebony Scrooge, a successful restaurant owner in the play A Christmas Carol believes in over-charging his customers and underpaying his employees. He learns a lesson when he is visited by ghosts from the past, present and future, who remind him of the importance of sharing and giving. Presented by Class 7, the play had the audience completely engrossed. The Goblin Market, enacted by Class 7, told the story of two sisters who lived on the edge of a forest inhabited by evil goblins. One of the sisters falls prey to the goblins’ plot to taste their magical fruits. The other sister risks going into the goblins’ midst returns successfully with magic fruit juice for her sister, which helps her to recover. The play ends on a happy note and they both live happily ever after!


    Order, Order! Adalat Ka Kamrah transported the audience into a court room. The sophisticated lawyers and judges spoke their dialogues to perfection and exhibited the way in which courts reach their decisions. Performed by Class 7 and 8, the students did an excellent job. The tale of the Millionaire Miser is a Buddhist folktale based in the 5th century AD. The story revolves around Sakka, the King of Heaven and a Buddhist version of the Hindu God Indra. Class 8 presented this very interesting story.


    The grand finale was a musical Umeed-e-Sahar by students of Class 8, O1 and O2, who put together a spectacular performance. Although presented in an innovative manner, the play was based on our everyday characters that face difficulties due to religious and social issues. The audience was completely captivated by the classical Turk dance performance!


    Alongside the main performances, the fillers successfully captivated the audience\\\\\'s interest. A Sitar Recital by the very talented siblings, Abeeha and Numair, transported the audience to a pleasingly peaceful mood. The Wake and Shake aerobics display was pleasantly invigorating. A melodious rendition of the song Main Bhi Daikhoon Ga was much applauded. The poem Hamdardi was enacted beautifully. The Clap Dance displayed brilliant coordination by O2 boys who created music and rhythm simply with their synchronized hand and foot movements. Natawan Pehlwan was a hilarious display of the pomp and glory displayed by a supposed ‘pehlwan’! The Leotard Dance by O1 and O2 girls was a dazzling display of illusion created by the black and white in the performers’ outfits and their fascinatingly orchestrated dance moves! Shazia Gaa Mian gave a lovely display of her musical expertise with a beautiful keyboard performance.

     

    The Parents Day performances exhibited the skills and talent of the participants and organizers simultaneously. There was a variety of colours, an assortment of sounds, and a careful blend of entertainment and sombreness. The fabulous backdrops and props by the Art teacher, Ms. Uzaira Humayun added grandeur to the show. The Parents Day was a remarkable success due to the coordinated efforts of the students, the teachers and the Academic Coordinators, Ms. Humaira Tariq and Ms. Samira Butt.



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