The little children of Playgroup presented their first ever stage program on Friday, 28th February 2020 on the new purposely-built, school stage. The stage is created around shady palm trees encircled by brightly colored stone benches. The palms rise up from the center of the stage and give it its distinctive charm.

After 4 weeks of practice, from coaxing the children to climb on to the stage to doing the actions required, they were finally ready to perform in front of their parents.

As parents came in, they were offered a golden chocolate coin in welcome and asked to pick an instrument from the ones displayed and also write the name of their favourite chocolate on a slip of paper.

The program began at 9:30 with tilawat by Hussaina Abbas in her sweet voice. She was joined by Mohammad and Aliasghar in doing tasbeeh and reciting marsiyah.

The first presentation was ‘Penguins Attention!’ sung in her melodious voice by Ms. Rashida Mohammad in harmony with the piano tunes by the music teacher Sir Ashfaq. It was followed by ‘Shake your Sillies out’ sung with gusto by Ms. Rashida Rizwan. An interactive storytelling session for parents was planned between the children’s presentations in which each character in the story, The Gingerbread Man, was assigned a musical instrument and parents had to whistle, shake, rattle, blow or beat their instrument whenever that character was mentioned. Parents participated with obvious pleasure and enthusiasm to create a delightful cacophony of sounds. The final presentation was ‘Hop little Bunnies’ after which the gift chocolate (Mars) was gifted by Janab Amilsaheb to the lucky parent who had written Mars as her favourite chocolate.

All the lovely costumes had been prepared by parents for which we are immensely thankful to them and applaud their amazing efforts.

Parents took pictures at the ‘Let’s Click a Choco-shot’ booth and left a comment at the ‘Cocomment board’.

It was truly a Chocolicious experience!



Saturday, 30th November 2019 was a perfect day for celebrations. It was cold enough to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and peanuts around a bonfire and yet the sun shone merrily enough to take delight in the cool breeze.

Badri High School arranged for the students of Pre-Primary to spend a day with their grandparents. Together, grandparents and grandchildren had to complete 10 activities before they could move towards the Fun Area where a roaring bonfire beckoned them with roasted peanuts and hot chocolate and some bubble-blowing fun as well.

The activities showcased a mixture of Tarbiyat and Taleem as children did salam and massaged their grandparents feet in one area and read a book together in another. The handprints frame was a cherished souvenir while the circle of love and rings game got the old and the young walking, hopping and jumping together. The grandmas enjoyed weaving and grandpas enjoyed building with blocks. The fishing game was fun and they all wished they could take the fishes home. Their milad cards were collected by Taalebaat from Al-Jamea-tus-Saifiyah to be displayed in Masjid. It was endearing to watch the grandparents make sure to get their activity sheets stamped at every area.

Guests from an NGO based school were overwhelmed by the hospitality they received, especially when each grandma and grandchild pair was given their photograph as a souvenir. Janab Amilsaheb and UmmeAiman Bensaheba graciously accepted our invitation and spent time with their grandchildren and did many activities together. Our chairman Janab Naeem Bhaisaheb was missing his granddaughter very much and has promised to come back with her when she comes to Karachi.

Parent-child-school make a triangle but when grandparents enter the equation, it becomes a circle of love.

General Secondary

Badri High School KUN ZIARAT 1441H

Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin R.A. and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin T.U.S. have repeatedly stated:


The fourth group of Badri High School grade 10 students gave us a glimpse of Ashura in Karbala Moalla with their poignant rendering of Zikr-e-Hussain A.S., their purjosh matam and Noh-o- Aweel. All other Zaereeen were pulled towards them like moth to a flame during every majlis as they recited marsia of Imam Hussain A.S. and made eyes water and hearts melt.

Morning and afternoon, evening and night was spent in Haram Shareef where one could find them reciting Quran Majeed  and Salam, praying tahajjud or doing tasbeeh.

For three consecutive mornings, we prayed fajr namaz in Masjid-e-Kufa. The serenity that one feels, while watching the world turn from dark to light as the sun rises over the tall minarets of Masjid-e-Kufa, is equal to none. Ya Ali Madad pours out unbidden from lips as hearts and souls remember the Maula whose name wipes out the darkness of sorrows and troubles.

We were also blessed by Aqa Maula’s Kalemaat Nooraniyah from Karbala, Najaf and Kufa Waaz Mubarak.

The journey began and ended with one Dua: May Allah Ta’ala grant our Maula a long and healthy life till the day of Qayamat and may we remain in His khidmat till our last breath. Ameen.


The First Week in Pre-Primary

The new academic year 2019-20 is a year of new beginnings in the Pre-Primary Section. With expansion in the infra-structure, renovation in the interior decor, the introduction of exciting co-curricular activities, a strong team and a new batch of little children as unique and inimitable as they always are, the BHS Pre-Primary is all set on the high road to success.

The New Playgroup: An Enabling Environment

An enabling environment acts as the ‘Third Teacher’ for the child and enables them to create, build develop and reinforce their learning in an environment which is pleasing, invigorating, comforting and safe. It provides children with opportunities to learn individually and socially even when there is no explicit teaching. The Activity room fulfils this need for the students of the Pre-Primary Section. The two and a half years old children of Playgroup want a play experience that would cater to their needs exclusively, and this was achieved by bringing it into the Playgroup classroom. This classroom will incorporate an outdoor area as well where children will be able to experience a wholesome outdoor experience.

A second room for Playgroup B is under construction. We look forward to welcoming a new batch of students as soon as it is complete.

Robotics in Seniors

The Seniors will have a one-hour Robotics session every week in which they will work with Lego WeDo 2.0 to construct and program their minibots. Their first project is construction of a fan and programming it to rotate at different settings. Our little stemmers are excited! And so are we!
The Team Triangle

The orientation on Saturday served as a platform for parents and teachers to get to know each other and share and discuss important aspects of their child’s respective grade in the year that lies ahead. With a strong team triangle of passionate parents, dedicated teachers and the most amazing children, we anticipate great feats from little hands.

The Year Ahead

The first week of school began with brand new belongings and books, some screams and sobs, meeting old friends and getting to know new teachers and peers in a new room. As the first week comes to an end, the rest of the term now begins with well-settled children who are ready to play and learn and laugh and make strong connections of learning in their minds and unbreakable bonds of friendship in their hearts.


Creative Writing In Seniors

It begins with the first scribble that the child identifies as ‘me’. Gradually, as a child’s concepts grow with exposure, his vocabulary expands, and his observation becomes sharper, ‘me’ develops from a scribble to a figure with recognisable features and painstaking detail: ‘me’ might now be wearing a frilly pink frock which ‘papa brought from Dubai’ or have a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses perched on her nose or may be playing cricket with his brothers.

As the child learns to read and begins to write, ‘me’ is represented with ‘I like to wear my pink dress’, or ‘I like to play cricket with my bhai’ using invented spelling.

The more passionate writers also develop the ability to write stories with characters, problems and solutions and create suspense too!


The world of reading and writing beckons them. And it all begins with a scribble that the child identifies as ‘me’.




The Playgroup Little Stars Mini-Presentation

The Playgroup Little Stars


The stage was set on Friday, 15th March in the BHS Astroturf ground for the little Playgroup students. The tiny glittering stars on a pitch black backdrop behind the stage looked inviting. Children were going to present a mini stage-show for their parents. They had been preparing for more than a month and they were excited in anticipation of the performance. Their teachers were just as excited as this was the first time the Playgroup students were going to perform on stage in a show which was wholly presented by them.

Two children began with tilawat and then Khadija ben led the gathering to Recite Marsiyah of Imam Hussain A.S.

Playgroup A children then came on stage resplendent in their pink and black dresses with pink star headbands and golden pom-poms. They performed to the action song ‘Wiggle your fingers, blink your eyes……shake your hands, shake, shake, shake”. Very soon they had their parents wiggling, blinking and shaking with them!

Playgroup B came on stage to perform on the all-time favourite song ‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands’. They displayed their joy by clapping their hands, stamping their feet, slapping their thighs and finally waving their hands to say goodbye. They were a treat to watch in their bright red and white dresses, happy-face headbands and shiny red and silver pom-poms.

The best was for the last: the immensely popular ‘Baby Shark’! Both classes came up on stage while their parents crowded around them, mobile phones in hand, taking pictures and shooting videos of their little darlings.

It was by no means a small feat to get almost 60 little ones between 2-3 years old on stage performing in front of an audience. In some cases, it took a lot of coaxing and cajoling to get the children to even wear any kind of costume, headgear or pom-poms. Kudos to the Playgroup teachers!


The Pre-Primary Students Celebrate Reading

It begins with the realisation that those straight and squiggly lines have some meaning.

The child then begins to decode the meaning of each squiggle. He can now understand that the sounds that he uses while talking correspond to a special symbol.

As he journeys deeper into the wonderland of reading, he learns to string the sounds and squiggles to make words which have meaning.

With stars in his eyes, he discovers that he can read!

He can read words!

He can read a series of words put together!

He can understand what all those wonderful words are trying to tell him!

This journey from squiggle to understanding to creating one’s own story has the potential to become a journey of love and reverence or a tedious task and a burden depending on how the child is exposed to it.

We want to make sure reading and writing become a lifelong passion for our students. For that:

  • We’ve introduced DEAR Time for our Juniors and Seniors during Circle time during which students and teachers all sit down with a book to read quietly.


  • The students are taking home a book in their library folder every weekend. They look forward to Friday to see which book they will get this time in their library folder. Of course, the child’s preference is also taken into account.


  • The Reading Day program with parents is running successfully with parents coming to read for pleasure with their children. We see parents just as enthusiastic about reading as the little ones.


  • The Reading Competition in Juniors and Seniors motivated the students to read. It was very difficult for our judges to crown the Reader of the Year. A tie-breaker round decided the winner in Seniors while the Junior winner won by a mere half point!


  • The love for reading has now begun to translate into creating picture stories by Juniors while the Seniors have embarked on a simultaneous journey of using words and sentences with invented spelling to write their own stories. Being able to read their story during assembly provides extrinsic motivation to the children to continue writing.


  • Story writing has become so popular in the Seniors that now we have to limit them to one turn per week for reading during assembly! Some of the passionate writers have also become proficient in creating a mind map, others can join together two sentences with and and but, and still others can write stories with a beginning, middle and end. The children are already displaying a glimpse of their own unique writing styles.


  • We wish the children all the best in their reading and writing. They have their eyes on the stars! For us, they are the stars!



English Language Classes for BHS Mothers 20th October 2018 – 5th January 2019

 To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. – Chinese Proverb

This Saturday saw the conclusion of the English Classes for Mothers which comprised of ten 1 1/2 hour sessions held every Saturday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. By giving the participants opportunities to speak in a variety of situations and in front of an audience, we sought to build their confidence in a language which they’re already quite familiar with.

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. – Frank Smith

Participants were also given opportunities to express their thoughts in English through reflections and story writing. They could further improve their language and build their vocabulary by issuing a book from the library every week.

The last class was special as each participant had prepared a two-minute speech which they delivered in front of the class. One participant shared that I had never dreamed that I would one day be standing in front of an audience and delivering a speech in English! Another shared how reading and watching English news channels helped to improve her English. Many others shared how the classes have helped to enhance their language, build their confidence and make friendships along the way.

Participants were then taken on a nostalgic journey back in time from the first class through photographs and video clips. Certificates were handed out and the final session closed with a party especially arranged for the mothers.

Considering the overwhelming response, we will announce registration for the second batch very soon, InshaAllah.

Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language. Frank Smith


Montessori Primary

Music Classes for Pre-Primary and Primary Students

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” 
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

With the advent of the new year, music classes have been incorporated into the Pre-primary and Primary students’ weekly schedule. A specialized music teacher will come twice a week and students will be exposed to the different tunes and melodies with the help of the organ according to their grade level.

Our children are surrounded by music in their daily lives beginning from the melodious sound of Azaan as the day begins.  The spirituality of Tilawat and Qasida infuses their minds and souls with the spiritual strength for learning. The inspiring notes and lyrics of the national anthem serve to foster patriotism in them. Throughout the day, they listen to and sing poems, clap and tap to a beat and observe and listen to sounds in their surroundings.

It has been proven that exposure to music from early childhood onward helps children to speak clearly, develop a larger vocabulary and strengthen social and emotional skills.  The psychologist Howard Gardner stressed the importance of music intelligence as music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team.

 “The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind” –Maria Cristina Mena



Winter Fiesta at Badri High School

Winter usually passes us by in Karachi with a quick nod. But this year it stopped to say hello and we, at the Badri Montessori, were prepared to welcome it in style!

Playgroup parents were invited with their children for the Winter Fiesta but the actual program was kept a surprise while the teaser videos, sent in the days preceding the event, added to the anticipation.

Friday, 14th December dawned with a chill in the wind-perfect weather for the winter fiesta! The parents and children arrived-dressed for the occasion in shawls, hoodies and sweaters- bought ‘tickets’ at the ticket booth and embarked on their train journey.

At ‘Hyderabad’, they visited the famous bangle bazaar and sorted bangles in creative designs.

The next stop was Multan where they helped wrap the famous Multani Halwa.

At Faisalabad, they were awed by the clock tower and tried to create a tower with blocks.

Kite-making in Lahore for the Basant season was so much fun!

They visited the Rose and Jasmine garden in Islamabad and made paper flowers.

The rest of the journey was completed by car and parents and children were greeted with a spray of snow as they entered Murree. They were served hot chocolate, peanuts and chocolate-dipped marshmallows, which they enjoyed around a roaring bonfire. Pictures and selfies were clicked with the snowman and the lovely train, while our music teacher added warmth to the chilly air with lovely music.


BHS Reception Celebrates Grandparents Day

It was almost nine o’clock on Saturday 10th November 2018. A little three-year old tugged excitedly at her Grandpa’s hand as she led him through the school gates. “This is my school, Dada. And that window over there, that is my class!” She gushed animatedly as she took him towards the ground. Other children and their grandparents started coming and very soon it was time to begin the Grandparents Day program.
After Tilawat-ul-Quran and matam, the children stood up and did salaam to their Grandparents and presented them with a lovely bookmark they had made themselves. The grandparents then made a flower craft from their grandchild’s handprint and then both posed for a photograph.
After that, they all participated in a fun game called ‘Four Corners’. The winners were presented with gifts. A salad buffet was prepared and the grandparents and children enjoyed a bowl of healthy and delicious salad together.
The grandparents left with a smile and lovely memories, hand-in-hand with their grandchildren. A day well-spent, indeed!


Juniors Celebrate Father’s Day

Around the world, Father’s Day is celebrated on different days throughout the year. It is a celebration of the bonds of love and respect between father and son/daughter. BHS Juniors planned a grand program on Saturday, 3rd November 2018, to celebrate Father’s Day in school. Junior fathers were invited to come and spend a fun-filled hour with their children in the school ground.
The juniors could hardly contain their excitement as they walked in the class on Saturday morning. They all wanted to tell the teacher that their father was coming to school today!

At nine, fathers started to arrive and took their seats with their children. The program began with Tilawat beautifully recited by Ruqaiya Hussain from Junior A followed by Matam and wazifatushukr. Marsia was recited by a team of students from Junior B.

Fathers were then asked to estimate the number of sweets on the car, write their answer on a post-it and put it in the basket. There was surprise gift for the best answer.

It was then time for the Papa shoe race. Children stood at the starting line wearing their father’s shoes and waiting for the signal. It was an effort to run in the big shoes and the children struggled happily amid excited cheering by the fathers. The children’s level of excitement can be gauged from this comment by a little girl:
“Teacher, please call my mummy next time.I want to run in her heels also.”

After the race, each father and child team made a crown for each other while the music teacher entertained the gathering with lovely music. Each father-child duo had their photograph taken in the beautiful frame prepared especially for the event.

Gifts were given to winners of the Papa shoe race and Aliasghar Shk. Huzaifa’s father received the sweet-studded car for the closest guess.

Souvenirs help revive memories long after the event and the Junior fathers are always going to remember this day when they use the keychain lovingly presented to them by their children.
One four-year-old was so overwhelmed by the program that he commented:
“One day, I will also come as a father for the program in my big car.”

He seemed to be as enamoured by the ‘car’ theme as by the program in general!
As the program came to an end, fathers sipped a much-needed cup of coffee while listening to appreciative remarks by others.

Mothers and family members who watched the live streaming of the program appreciated the effort and felt as if they were a part of the program as well.

Thank you, fathers. You deserve equal credit for the success of BHS Juniors Father’s Day Program.


The First Day of Playgroup

Imagine yourself in a strange place, surrounded by strange people who speak a language other than your own.

Does it sound like something out of a story book?


Now add to this the fact that your loved ones take you by the hand and leave you there.

How would you feel?

This is more or less what each of our tiny tots felt on the first day of school. They expressed their fear and frustration of their unknown surroundings the way they knew best: crying.

Our teachers were prepared for all eventualities. They had name badges ready at the gate and as soon as a child came in, they pinned it to his pocket. Most children had to be carried to the class as they struggled to run back to their parents. Other teachers pitched in to help with the struggling tots.

In the classroom, the teachers got down to the task with incredible calm and patience. Their soothing voice and calm demeanor gradually pacified the young ones until most of them were willing to settle down and play with the toys or participate in singing rhymes. Some of them though, kept crying at intervals as the memory of their surroundings resurfaced.

Soon, the hour was up and the teachers went around sorting bags, caps, scarves and water-bottles, checking for labels and helping children wear their backpacks.

They took the children to the gates and as each child spotted his parent(s) his face broke into a smile of recognition and relief as he ran towards outstretched arms.

A week has gone by and the children have now begun to recognize the school environment, the teachers and the other children. This sense of familiarity and routine has gradually increased their level of comfort. Most of them are now coming with a smile and have begun to enjoy time spent in school. Some of them have also started coming by the school van.

But as much as they enjoy school, at the end of the day, the little ones all look forward to going home to be greeted with a smile and a hug by the most beloved people in their lives.



Goodbye 2017-18

As the sun’s rays danced on all things Karachi, the BHS Montessori children hopped and skipped to school in their lovely party dresses for the end-of-year party in school. Some of them came dressed as super-heroes as that had been the current topic of discussion in class. The influence of T.V. and star power was evident when one 4-year-old insisted he was dressed as ‘Singham’, whistle and all!

It was a fun-filled day with outdoor games like musical chairs, hide & seek, blowing bubbles and indoor games like “pop the balloon” and “name, place, animal, thing”. The day ended with delicious chocolate ice-cream and snacks.

A memorable end to a memorable year!


Little Scientists

Children learn best when they’re involved in the learning. Hands-on science encourages children to observe and ask questions, touch and smell, explore and experiment. A learning experience will become more meaningful if it gives children the chance to make discoveries on their own.

Being ‘scientists’ allowed the Montessori Seniors to ask the why, how, and what questions. Even better, they found the answers to the questions themselves and learned the scientific process along the way!

Cleaning a Coin:

Which solution is most effective to clean a copper coin?
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Looking for Fossils:

How does a paleontologist look for fossils?
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Blowing Balloons: 

What happens when baking soda meets vinegar?
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Magnetic Maze:

How can you make the paper clip reach the bag without touching it?
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Sink & Float:

Find out for yourself which objects sink in water and which objects float.
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They may have been ‘scientists’ today, but they have become explorers for life.


Tomorrow’s Doctors being Doctors Today

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”
― George Bernard Shaw

Children are very observant. They can pick on mannerisms, accents and emotions and then replicate them with startling accuracy.

So, when the Montessori students role-played ‘At the Doctor’s Clinic’, the ‘doctor’ came across as an important person doing serious work while the ‘patients’ distress and frustration in the waiting room was evident. The ‘secretary’ was smiling and helpful and dealt efficiently with the waiting ‘patients’ while the ‘chemist’ made sure to read the prescription carefully before handing over the medicine.

What the children learned throughout this process was evident in their ideas, their actions and their language. They may have played at being doctors but they were on a journey of discovery – discovering themselves.

“Through others we become ourselves.”
― Lev S. Vygotskyy

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