Honoring Art with the Art Exhibition

Art expresses thoughts and feelings in so many ways that words can’t. Given a paintbrush and a canvas, or even a pencil and paper,  an artist can let loose, and unleash their thoughts. And when these thoughts are brought to life, they can make something alluring, which should be honored in some way or another. That is the purpose of the Art Exhibition: to display and honor the talents of artistic students young or old, in Art classes or in painting clubs,  throughout our school. Whether the art was in the form of acrylic paintings, sculptures, or even pencil shading, the best pieces were all put up on display in the hallway at the heart of the school. Prices were placed on the art pieces, for anyone who would wish to purchase. The Art Exhibition showed that art is a greatly valued subject at our school, and also showed that when it comes to putting thoughts on canvas or paper, the only limit is your imagination.

Written by: Mirna Hussein, Grade 10 (Media Tech Club Member)

Educational Program

Elementary School surpasses itself every year when it  organizes its outstanding educational program. This year the audience was mesmerized by both, the different themes and interesting shows of grade 2 and 3.

Believe in yourself and you will fly high. With this theme, grade 3 started their Educational Program with great speeches performed by Gr. 3 students on March, 9, 2016. They impressed the audience with inspirational words, bringing to life examples of famous people who suffered to succeed and make a difference in the world, such as: Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and many more. The program included motivational songs, inspirational poems, animal skits that showcased the theme “Never Give Up”.

One- and two-act plays where students represented different characters, and dance shows. It was a great opportunity for students to show their talent and skills to their proud parents and teachers, and to do their very best.

Students of GR.2 started the educational program on March, 3, 2016, with the theme “Around the world with Grade 2”, based on the different cultures of our community.

The audience got the chance to see informative presentations about different countries and their habits, with beautiful national dances, all of which was raised to a whole new level with the students’  traditional costume of each country.

The performance of Gr. 2 students was a display of their skills,  flexibility and intelligence, while their ability to produce excellent speeches using one language to communicate and unify all different cultures proved beyond a doubt that ISG Dammam is more than just a school; it’s one community that stands united to learn and produce the best.

See more photos of our amazing Educational Program on Flickr:

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ES Sports Day

 

Physical Education is an important aspect of education, especially for younger children, as it is  good for their muscles and bones and makes them stronger and healthier. At ISG Dammam, PE is an integral part of the student’s’ educational journey, and the elementary department emphasizes this time and again every year during their annual Sports Day. This year, on March 10, 2016, each class had the chance to participate in more than one sports activity, like running, jumping, basketball, and many more exercises. They also competed with other classes in fun, competitive games.

Sports has great benefits, not only for the body, but also for developing the child’s brain. According to U.S researchers, “ exercise builds new brain cells in a brain region called dentate gyrus, which is linked with memory and memory loss”.  It also improves the child’s ability to learn complex things and reduce stress. Researchers show that kids who participate in organized sports learn confidence, teamwork and leadership.


The sports day was a day of fun, education, and good health, where students enjoyed their time, and learned new exercises and games which they can, in future, practice and play on their own.

Aiming High in Math with MangaHigh

 

It’s no mystery that math is of high significance.   Because it teaches us that every problem has a solution, it’s vital to incorporate maths with technology since students are lately bound to media in every way possible. That’s where MangaHigh comes in. Like Mathletics, MangaHigh offers a wide range of games aiming to improve our math skills and the rate at which we solve the problems. The competition commenced on March 14, and ends on March 24.  Before it started, students were given usernames and passwords for logging into their MangaHigh. Once they logged in, there was no limit on what they could accomplish there. They were now free to unleash their mathematical magic into the colorful variety of games and activities on the website. Though it was only for a limited time of ten days, it was a wildly successful activity nonetheless. The students showed tremendous interest in it, devoting so much of their time to the competition to ensure our school proved itself on the online stage with a first place finish in the MangaHigh Middle East Maths Star Challenge. Congratulations to our Leopards! It’s competitions like these that bring out the best of us Leopards, as our competitive side, mixed in with our math skills, combine to bring strong results.

Written by: Mirna Hussein, Grade 10 (Media Tech Club Member)

The Carnival: Where Celebration meets Unity

 

 

The gift of being a Leopard has always meant pride and joy to each and every one of us from the moment we joined this school. Getting to share that pride with thousands of other students and teachers is a glorious feeling, and what better way to experience it than with a colorful, boisterous carnival! This year, the memorable event was held on February 18, and perfectly captured two of the most important themes of being a Leopard: celebration and unity. Students, parents, and guests all attended this fun fest, with excitement written all over them. Several unique clubs from all over the school worked extremely hard in making sure everyone attending the event had a fantastic time. Whether brainstorming ideas for activities, working at the booths, or even decorating balloons and colorful decorations, everyone made a massive effort and the hard work payed off. The ISG Dammam Leopards were truly united in celebration, and the pride and satisfaction in putting together and enjoying a spectacular, colorful event really shone through.

Written By : Mirna Hussein  (Media Tech Club member)
Edited by : Bana Salim (Journalism Student)

Infused Water

Infused Water is one of the latest, most-popular and most-sought after topic of interest amongst health-freaks. It is a blend of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in water. Numerous benefits have been reported on the web for infused water. It is claimed to be a detox-agent as well. It is also known to boost metabolism and naturally help body to release fat cells. Thus, it is used as an agent for weight loss. However, the claims on internet are not yet proved with any research results.

High School Science Club of ISG Dammam, planned to carry out this research work in school. The research study was conducted on two different age groups: 15-20 years and 40-50 years. The volunteers provided their approval for a two-week study through a consent form. Three different combinations of infused water were tested using different proportions of the ingredients which included cucumber, lemon, mint and green tea. The volunteers consumed 1.5 litres of infused water daily for two weeks. Control measurements were taken with the same amount of normal drinking water as well. Body weight and belly dimensions were measured as dependent variables.

A mean 2% of weight loss and reduction in belly dimensions was observed by the end of the study. These results reflected clearly that infused water can help in weight loss. A study for longer duration and with larger number of volunteers however, can provide statistically significant results. Surely, infused water is a healthy flavorful drink to keep our body hydrated and flush out toxins.

Study conducted by: Roba El-Zibaoui (Gr11), Nour Hachouche (Gr10), Armina Khan (Gr9), Kianaat Khan (Gr9), Kayla Aleeza (Gr9), Abeeha Abbas (Gr9) 

Supervisor: Neha Pachisia

Sing Your Heart Out!

 

Music helps us escape the reality we’re in, going straight to the ears and touching our hearts. And for an hour and a half on Feb. 2, we got to escape the reality we were in by attending the Music Club’s , it wasn’t only the members of the music club who got to show their talents to us, as Mrs. Sadaf also took the stage to deliver an amazing performance. Whether the performers were singing, strumming their hearts out on their guitars or even showcasing their dancing prowess, they without a doubt wowed the audience with their talents. Perhaps one of today’s performers could one day rise to fame in the music world? Maybe; it certainly is a possibility! But today’s music concert certainly showed that music is a key part of our school and something that unites us all. Where words fail, music speaks, so sing, strum, or dance your heart out! A huge shout out to the sponsor Mrs. Rasha Osma and her music club members for a rhythmic afternoon.

 

Written by: Mirna Hussein, Grade 10 (Media-Tech Club member)

 

Middle School ECAP

 

MS provides ECAP that are community-driven to enrich students’ learning experiences beyond the classrooms walls.  It provides students with the opportunity to be creative and collaborative, have a sense of commitment, enjoyment and relaxation. They can choose cooking, dancing, learning Russian, sports, crafting, gardening, music, Yoga or pottery based on their interest.

ECAP (Extra Curricular Activities Program) is an interesting way for the students to discover their hobbies, building their character, knowledge and develop their communication skills.

Students enjoyed their hand made food, danced on the tune of their music, relaxed their minds and bodies with peaceful Yoga, played volleyball, basketball or soccer, made wonderful hand crafts for decoration, planted plants, and communicated with their teacher using Russian Language.

 
Along with the many benefits of ECAP, participation in extracurricular activities can lead to success in school and have a positive effect on the students to enhance their academic learning, with the cooperation of our outstanding staff to reach high level of standards.

Lego Competition

 

To bring out the best of students talents, our High School Math department decided to hold a Lego competition. This activity was held on December 2; it required students to design the best community online using the Lego builder Google tool. Each class was divided into teams . As a group, we had to display our imagination and creativity on the screen in just 45 minutes. It was a tough challenge yet with enough research, critical thinking and imagination, we were able to come up with spectacular results that  made it hard for the judges to make a decision.  Each group’s community was unique in its own way. Another  result of this experiment was our fascination towards the new perspective of technology that we explored. We were more than exhilarated with our final results. Creating a community was such a a fun experience that helped us use math in a real life situation. It was as if we were engineers making an architectural plan. Overall, the activity was an experience that the students would definitely want to participate in it again.

Written by Leena Elsabagh
Grade 9

Book Fair

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W. Eliot

To many people, the sight of a book is nothing special.  It’s little more than a stack of papers held together between two covers filled with a combination of twenty six letters that comprise our language. But, like many things, its commonplace appearance is deceiving.  So mystifying that it’s nearly impossible to see its life changing potential for the author and reader both.  It is a fragment of the author’s soul.  It is a tale that, as Erin Morgenstern put it, “It may take up residence in someone’s soul, become their blood and self and purpose.  That tale will move them, and drive them, and who knows what they might do because of it.”

Following the love of books, an annual convention is held in the celebration of these stories, which you must know as the Book Fair.  Once the term “Book Fair” comes into mind, one might think of tables aligned side by side with books on top of them up for sale.  I can assure you that it is not that simple.  The Book Club, along with the Librarians, plan months ahead of time for all the elements that play a major role in the extravagant event.  From deciding the theme to decorating, each aspect needs a lot of organization skills, teamwork, and time.  After much debate and consideration, we chose a galactic theme for this year, and with all our hard work and dedication, it turned out even better in reality than we could hope.

 

One of the major components was the decoration, which the Book Fair is well known for.  Ammar Addabbagh, the President of the Book Club efficiently divided the members into groups, and assigned work such as making a life sized astronaut model, spaceship, brainstorming ideas for fun games etc.  Ms. Sumera brilliantly made 3D models of the solar system, and hung them from the ceiling. The members were excused from most of their classes to make the decor which may sound like all fun and games, but once they got there they had a bigger workload than they ever imagined.  I, in particular, was assigned to “sparkify” the curtains by adding glitter.  It looked easy, but as soon as  my hands made contact with the bottle of glue, I knew I was in for a challenge.  Some members were in charge of the space themed canvases, which at the beginning looked horrible with all the different colors, but once blended it truly looked like a masterpiece.  Initially we decided to make a spaceship, but somewhere along the way there were some complications.  Nevertheless, we knew we could work with our problems and create something even better.  So with a positive attitude, we brainstormed and came up with the idea of an alien creature inspired by a turtle.  It took weeks, and more than half the club using recycled carton boxes to cut out every single scale from the biggest one to the tiniest which was smaller than your pinky finger.  When it came to the final days, we started wrapping up, which included spray painting – a form of art itself.  The techniques needed to handle paint without getting it everywhere, and holding the glue gun without burning yourself was a massive struggle.  To conclude, even though we went through many hardships, the process made us closer as a community.

In the Book Fair, we also conduct some activities for fundraising.  This year we decided on a Zodiac Booth where we had multiple tattoos based on Chinese horoscope signs, and face paintings based on birth signs.  We added some fairy lights to give the impression of being surrounded by stars.  It was a fun way to learn about how astrology connects with us on a spiritual level.  There were three games featured.  Space Jam was a basketball game in which players had to make three out of five shots.  In Space Pong, they had to bounce four ping-pong balls into nine cans.  And lastly, Alien Gundown had an alien target that the players had to shoot in order to win.  Coming up with ideas for the games was fairly easy.  It took about ten minutes for all the boys to conjure up fun games.  Preparations did not take a lot effort, unlike with the decorations.  As easygoing this task may sound, there were some factors that proved difficult.  One of the challenges was the weather; it started  raining cats and dogs along with the wind howling fiercely.  As a result, we could not hold the games outside, and so we had to conduct them inside.  Another factor we faced was the gun malfunctions, but with tolerance and patience the boys overcame this obstacle.  A wide range of prizes, from barbie dolls to school supplies, were given out to the winners.  All in all, conducting the games was fun, and it is always one of the most interesting part of the preparation.

We could go on for hours about how much work the members put into the decorations and how much it paid off, but none of it holds a candle to what the Librarians have done.  For months, they worked on buying a wide range of books such that there’s something for everyone.  With books ranging from Shakespeare to celebrity autobiographies to Geronimo storybooks, no one was left unsatisfied.  I saw teachers browse through the cook books and gamers buying the Minecraft novels.  Some more spiritual people were interested in the meditation books, and there was no fictional genre left out from the selection.  And to make the books even more diverse, Mrs. Rema made a deal with another business party from Bahrain to bring books that we otherwise wouldn’t have.  I spent a particularly long time in that section, where I bought a novel by Zoe Sugg among many others that I’m just itching to read.  And with the stacks of books I’ve seen others walk out with, it’s safe to say that everyone walked out with a bright smile on their face.

The entire experience was worthwhile, and felt like we travelled to the depth of the galaxy.  Though we faced many trials and tribulations, the satisfaction when everything came together was each and every second.  Imagination and teamwork were key components of putting the event together.  The variety of books gave more options to the buyers, and broadened their horizons of thinking.  In the end, we would like to thank everyone for the support and hardwork in making the Book Fair a successful event, and special thank you to those enthusiastic patrons.

Written by: Asma Khan, Layan Salameh, Dheif Daniel Yunting – Gr. 11