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Project based learning

Project based learning is currently the talk of the Badri School-town. In a previous post, we talked about the session conducted by our expert PBL team of teachers. Their passion and drive was so infectious that now, we’ve all been bitten by the PBL bug! The Montessori Seniors have especially been very affected.Usually the following symptoms manifest themselves throughout the PBL season:

The driving real-world question for the Montessori Seniors was:

‘How do we design a play area for ourselves which caters to our needs?’

The teachers showed them the outdoor area which they were supposed to design. They brainstormed ideas, looked up sample pictures on the net, debated upon the best options and accordingly kept revising their plan. Finally they drew their individual plans. After that, they again sat together and compiled one outline plan through general consensus. Each class nominated four speakers to present the plan in front of JanabNaeemBhaisaheb.

Janab was very kind and patient enough to hear the complete plans presented by the children. The children are still wondering whether what they’ve planned will actually materialize. InshaAllah, they will see the fruits of their work very soon!

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Professor Haroon Rasheed Visits BHS

On 22nd February eminent educationist, Professor HaroonRasheed, visited the Badri High School premises. The professor has held the position of Director of Colleges, Karachi and has served as the Principal of the Government Islamia College and Government City College, Karachi. He writes columns for newspapers and comments on various talk shows as an expert too. Currently he is Director of Vision World Publication.

The professor was impressed with the discipline he witnessed at BHS, the vigilance of the pupils as well as the dedication of the teachers. He was especially impressed with the Robotics classes he had the pleasure to behold and commented on how the school was aptly preparing the children today for the future.

While addressing the students of Class VIII as he visited their classroom, he recalled many of his experiences and anecdotes with young pupils while he was a teacher. “I am a teacher at heart and if Allah would have blessed me with another life I would wish to be born a teacher again.”

As he sipped tea in the library at the end of his detailed tour, he wrote generous comments in the Comment Book where he quoted, “I am so pleased to visit this community based school. Teachers are very energetic, curious and students are very smart. I wish for such a schooling system in our public schools.” He also inscribed an Urdu verse to sum up his sentiments regarding his impressions of BHS.

BHS wishes to expose the students to such knowledgeable figures who can inspire our youth with their experience and wisdom. Introducing such personalities is a step to bringing the best of the world to the children and allowing them to engage in meaningful dialogues with people from various walks of life.

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Exploring the Legacy of Thatta

On Saturday, 17th of February 2018, a group of 41 students of grade VII along with 5 teachers visited Thatta and Makli city. After offering Fajar prayers in Husami Masjid, we left Karachi. Children were keyed up in anticipation of the wayfaring that waited ahead. The way to the city of Makli was breathtakingly beautiful because of the foggy and chilly weather that covered the roads.

MAKLI NECROPOLIS:

Distance from Karachi: 98 km east of Karachi.

Time Duration required for travelling: 2 hours.

Makli necropolis was the first stop, where children explored the somber silence in the grand graveyard. The site houses approximately 1 million tombs built over the course of 400 years. The necropolis also features several funerary monuments belonging to royalties, various Sufi saints and esteemed scholars. The children were awed after witnessing the carvings on the tombs. While leaving the necropolis, the children insisted on watching the famous mongoose and snake fight show which was exhibited by the snake charmer.

Learning Outcome:

Students were able to identify the historical landscape of Makli city. They came to know that it is one of the historical heritage sites of the world other than being the biggest necropolis of the world, where people from all walks of life including saints, royals, scholars and common man are buried. This was integrated with their Social Studies lesson whereby they are encouraged to learn about the sights and people of Pakistan as well as its rich history.

 

 

 

KELRI LAKE (KEENJHAR):

Distance from Karachi: 122 km east of Karachi.

After visiting the necropolis at the city of Makli, the group set forth to the Kelri Lake that is also called Keenjhar Lake. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan. The children were excited to see the vast reserve of water as they have already studied that it is responsible for the water supply of Karachi city and Thatta district.

The children were also fortunate to see migratory birds over there like duck, geese and flamingos. Children were informed that because of these migratory birds, Kelri is considered a wildlife sanctuary. The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake. To this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori’s grave. Every day hundreds of devotees visit the shrine. The students visited the shrine by a boat ride. The ride was stimulating. Everybody was delighted at the end of the ride.Learning Outcome:

Students were able to compare and contrast the geographical conditions of the lake with that of Sea view in Karachi. They saw the shrine of Noori and realized that the epic folk love tale related to the cultural history of the area. They also discovered that the lake is now protected by the government as wetland.

The boat ride in itself was an experience many enjoyed for the first time. It was an ideal example of learning with fun and creating lifetime memories.

 

CHILYA BAND DAM, THATTA:

It is a dam built for storing the water of Kelri Lake and supplying it to Karachi and Thatta district. The students saw the dam on the way to ShahJahani mosque, Thatta. Locals were playing by diving in the fresh water of the dam. Children had a brief 15 minute stay at the dam as it was on the way to Thatta city.

Learning outcome: The structure of the dam and its working was explained and integrated with the Pakistan Studies chapter on resources of Pakistan. They learnt how water is stored and how its presence is an asset for the people of a country.

SHAHJEHANI MOSQUE, THATTA:

Distance from Karachi: 108.9 kms

The students were eager to visit the next stop that was, Shahjehani mosque in the city of Thatta. The Shah Jahan mosque of Thatta is a 17th century building that serves as a central mosque for the city of Thatta. The mosque is renowned for its famous brick work and geometric patterns- a decorative element that is unusual in Mughal architecture. The mosque was built by emperor Shahjahan, who bestowed it to the city as a token of gratitude. There, students interviewed a local who told them that the mosque is influenced by central Asian architecture. The students also spotted the Persian inscriptions on the walls of the mosque.

Learning Outcome:

Students were able to apply their mathematical skills when they spotted the brick work geometrical designs. The students were excited to behold the actual mosque whose picture they have seen in their Social Studies text book.

Students also found out the historical significance of architecture and the ways of preserving it for future generations, so that they can reflect the grandeur of the Mughal era and the importance of Sindh as a province.

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BHS EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO PUNJAB 2018

According to Francis Bacon
“Traveling is a part of education, an excursion is not just pleasure trip. It is the extention of the classroom” .
Educational tours are important they help students to gain new perceptions of the world around them.
At BHS, teaching and learning goes beyond the walls of the classroom because we try to equip the students with the lens and perspective to look at the world in such a way that each moment brings with it life-long lessons. The students of class V went on BHS EDUCATIONAL TRIP and visited Lahore, Khewra, Rawalpindhi, Islamabad and Patriyata. When the students got into the contact with the other culture and the language, it helped them to understand and comprehend diversity in the world. This life-changing experience uplifted these young souls which will be visible in many facets of their personal and academic lives.
The trip showed the students how real things open our eyes and makes us see more than just what  the book shows . It helped students understand the wide world outside. It encouraged them to learn, ask questions, and to build a good relationship with fellow citizens.

 

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BHS SHINES AT INTER-SCHOOL BILINGUAL DECLAMATION CONTEST

William Butler Yeats once stated, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lightning of a fire.” It is rightly called “the passport to the future”.

The purpose of education today is to convert mirrors into windows. These windows provide opportunities to the students to scale the scope of their skills. One of many such windows of education is competition, which results in collaboration.

 

Badri High School, from time to time, has procured such prospects for its students, which have affirmed real life learning exposures and experiences to its pupils.

 

Recently, BHS participated in an Inter school Bilingual Declamation contest, held at Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad. Fatima Najmuddin of Class IX A and Tahera Abbas (Head Girl) of Class X A represented Badri High School at the competition in English and Urdu Language Declamation respectively. The participants were brimming with exhilaration on the morning of 3rd  February 2018. They were prepped and rehearsed when they reached the venue of the competition.

 

Fatima Najmuddin orated on the topic “To be or not to be, that is the question”, while Tahera Abbas presented on the topic “ Bus zaroorat hai ek aaghaz-e-safar ki”.

 

The competition was intricate and challenging as around 26 elite schools of Karachi such as Beaconhouse, Charterhouse, Froebels, MamaParsi, Aga Khan and Habib Public locked horns with each other.

 

The silver tongued orator of Badri High School, Fatima Najmuddin, bagged the consolation price for BH S over the elites mentioned above. It was a joyful moment for the students. Fatima was awarded a shield along with a certificate while the Urdu presentor, Tahera Abbas was also praised by the judges and awarded with a certificate of participation. The students felt appreciative of the opportunities they were provided with.

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When the World is your Classroom

Saturdays are meant to be a source of rejuvenation and that’s exactly what the 10th of February was for the students of the Secondary Section of BHS. Different classes were taken to an assortment of places where they vowed to learn from their environment making the world their classroom; each experience being their best teacher.

Early in the morning, with the air crisp and the sun mellowing the chill, the students of Class 6 set off to Wazir Mansion, the birthplace of Quaid e Azam located in the quaint locality of Kharadar. The students were taken early in the morning to beat the hustle bustle of this area. They were enchanted by the home and personal belongings of the great leader and listened attentively to their guide.

This was followed by an excursion to the National Museum where they saw an interesting kaleidoscope of the culture and history of Pakistan in the vibrant Quranic gallery, Cultural gallery, Buddha gallery and the Moen jo Daro Gallery.

At 10:00 am an excited class 8 left for the Beach Luxury Hotel to revel in the festivities of the Karachi Literature Festival. They drank in the literati present at the beachside rendezvous where many acclaimed authors launched their books and opened up horizons through their panel discussions.

The trip showed the students how literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helped students understand the wide world outside. It encouraged them to learn, ask questions, and build intuitions and instincts.

Yet the highlight of the event was the reading of Shakespearian masterpieces by the literary maestro Zia Mohiyuddin.  The students enjoyed renditions from Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and Seven Ages of man (As you Like It), many of which they have read as part of their literature course. The day helped students to find symbols, make connections, find themes, and learn about Shakespearian characters. They looked at the extracts with a larger sense of detail and depth and realized the importance of hidden meanings.

At BHS, teaching and learning goes beyond the walls of the classroom because we try to equip the students with the lens and perspective to look at the world in such a way that each moment brings with it life-long lessons.The Seniors of Grade 10 presented confidently at the Maaraz- Raf ul Mustawa where they had the unique opportunity to interact with Abnaul Jamea tus Saifiyah and momineen. The students of class 7, 9 and 10 were also accompanied by their teachers to view this spectacular Maaraz at the Al Jamea tus Saifiya Auditorium.   This life-changing experience uplifted these young souls which will be visible in many facets of their personal and academic lives.

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BADRI HIGH SCHOOL GSEA CONTEST

Great design comes from interaction, conflict, argument, competition and debate.

Competition provides motivation to achieve a goal; to demonstrate determination, creativity and perseverance to overcome challenges and to understand that hard work and commitment leads to a greater chance of success.

Competition gears up an individual’s innovative skills, hones them and puts them to use.

Badri High School is a proud advocate of a National Level competition, Such contests are very essential in the cognitive development of students contextually and provides a clear picture as to where they stand at the district and National Level.

Students of Badri High School participated in the 3rd National Science Contest which was held on 23rd NOV 2017. 6 Students of Class VI participated at the FOOBAR level and 18 students of Class VII participated at the TROFF level.

The results of GSEA is as follows:

GSEA RESULTS (FOOBAR) CLASS VI
ASMA ADNAN
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
1st out of 7 6th out of 67 22nd out of 215
AZIZ MUSTANSIR   
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
2nd out of 7 7th out of 67 23rd out of 215
ALIFIAH MOHAMMAD
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
3rd out of 7 11th out of 67 30th out of 215
SHEREBANO HUZAIFA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
4th out of 7 13th out of 67 33rd out of 215
ABDE ALI MURTAZA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
4th out of 7 13th out of 67 33rd out of 215
HUZEFA ALI ASGAHR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
5th out of 7 14th out of 67 35th out of 215
   
SAKINA ZOHAIR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
5th out of 7 14th out of 67 35th out of 215
GSEA REULTS (TROFF) CLASS VII
SAKINA ALI ASGHAR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
1st out of 18 9th out of 66 15th out of 228
IDREES SH. MANSOOR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
2nd out of 18 11th out of 66 18th out of 228
ZAINAB HATIM
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
2nd out of 18 11th out of 66 18th out of 228
AMATULLAH ALI ASGHAR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
3rd out of 18 12th out of 66 22nd out of 228
   
MUSTAFA ZAKIR
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
3rd out of 18 12th out of 66 22nd out of 228
MUSTANSIR MUSTAFA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
4th out of 18 14th out of 66 25th out of 228
FATEMA ADNAN
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
5th out of 18 15th out of 66 26th out of 228
MUNIRA HUSSAIN
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
5th out of 18 15th out of 66 26th out of 228
SAKINA TAJJAMUL
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
5th out of 18 15th out of 66 26th out of 228
MUSTAFA ADNAN
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
6th out of 18 17th out of 66 28th out of 228
HATIM YOUSUF
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
7th out of 18 18th out of 66 29th out of 228
MOHAMMAD QUAID
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
7th out of 18 18th out of 66 29th out of 228
HUSSAINA ABBAS
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
7th out of 18 18th out of 66 29th out of 228
ARWA HUZAIFA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
8th out of 18 19th out of 66 31st out of 228
IDREES ABBAS
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
9th out of 18 20th out of 66 32nd out of 228
AMATULLAH MURTAZA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
10th out of 18 22nd out of 66 34th out of 228
LAMYA MURTAZA
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
10th out of 18 22nd out of 66 34th out of 228
TASNEEM QUSAI
Position in Badri High School Position in Karachi District Position in  Pakistan
10th out of 18 22nd out of 66 34th out of 228

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Training teachers for Project Based Learning

A weekend well spent brings ahead a week of content.
Being teachers, all of us, look forward to the weekend. These days are significant for teachers because they help them gear up for the challenges that are in store for the upcoming week. Here, at BHS, the teachers envisage the vitality of professional development above anything else. Intrinsically motivated, they were jubilant to converge on a Saturday morning, dated 27th of January for a workshop entitled “Project Based Learning- Facilitating autonomous learning”, which was conducted by the BHS Project Based Learning team, which comprises of four teachers, trained formerly in this contemporary emerging pedagogy.
Participants were piqued when they set their feet in the Hifz room. Each one was excited to discover the innards of the PBL package, the team was ready to offer, as the workshop was publicized in an appealing way with the help of flyers, posters, and a video message.
At the onset of the workshop, the visionary Principal of BHS, Janab Shk. Hashim Bhai Saifuddin, intoned the Imani perspective of teaching and learning which served as a catalyst for the rest of the learning process. Participants of the workshop were briefed about the theoretical content that gave birth to the pedagogy. Theories such as Maslow`s Hierarchy of needs and Individual differences were assimilated.
Use of online tools in the classroom and its consequences were discussed and practically demonstrated in the workshop. The participants of the workshop were acquainted with various new strategies such as Socratic Circle and Think-Pair-Share during the course of the three hour workshop. Design thinking was also discussed and displayed.
Albert Einstein declared experience to be the only source of gaining knowledge. Subsequent to the thought, PBL team led the participants hitch the roller coaster of events that took them to the preparation of a board game. The objective was to create a board game that is interactive and mesmeric. Every group had to prepare a prototype for their idea and present it. Each game was supposed to be designed with a USP- Unique Selling Point.
The rendition part of the prototype board game was enjoyed by everyone. At the end, the participants were rigorously thanked by the team. Certificates for attending the workshop were given. The conductors of the workshop, Miss Zenab Mohammad, Mr. Ibrahim Shabbir, Miss Rashida Adnan, and Miss Rashida Mohammad, were also awarded with certificates and appraisal in terms of persuasive remarks from the colleagues.

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