New Year, New Me?

We are all guilty of coming up with resolutions but never fulfilling them. It seems so easy for us to come up with them every year but it is an overpowering challenge to actually keep them up. You know some of us have the  “I’m going to join the gym” or “I will study more often this year” type of aims but spare a moment and think about those whose resolutions might be “I will work more to earn enough money for my family” or most importantly those who have “I will try my best  to get my family to safety”. 2016 was a year filled with mixed emotions: happiness, liveliness, love, pain, sorrow and anger. From Donald Trump winning the elections to David Bowie’s death to Leonardo Dicaprio winning an Oscar, this year was anything but uneventful. Though it was saddening to see all those wonderful stars pass away, we often forget about those in Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and a lot of other countries suffering from war and poverty. It’s, even more, saddening that the world is well aware of those things but does so little to make a better life for those suffering. 16,000 Syrians were killed in 2016 but did the world care? No. We were too concerned about Kim Kardashian being robbed.

About 21,000 people die everyday, because of hunger but did we do anything about it? No. We were busy trashing the half-eaten McDonalds burger. Around 62 million girls were out of school in 2016, while we were busy complaining about waking up early in the morning.

Instead of coming up with resolutions that are hard to fulfill, how about we come up with plans for donating enough money, food and clothes to countries that are in agony and taking care of refugees that are present in your countries so they could live a better life and their children could have a better future. Come up with plans to reduce the amount of racism, sexism and bullying that happens every single day. No one deserves to die, starve to death or get beaten up without a reason. I say we should take this opportunity and use it to make our world a better place. Make it better for not only you, but for everyone else around you. Leopards, it’s in our hands to make 2017 an even better year not just for ourselves, but for everyone around us. Happy New Year!

Safia Mouzzam. Grade 9, Media Tech club Member

Fall Festival

Fall is one of the cherished seasons that people wait for every year, where the cold wind blows your hair and the ground is covered with colorful leaves to reveal a beautiful view. Likewise in ISG Dammam, we never got tired of trying to amuse our Leopards with different kinds of atmosphere throughout the school year. On the 31st of October till the 2nd of November, we celebrated the spirit of Fall, where each department creatively decorated the school in a scary and spooky style and came wearing creative costumes to add color to the atmosphere.

To start with, the Elementary Fall Festival was a great success because of the incredible collaboration of all the staff and the students did to create something different and entertaining. We had the pleasure to welcome parents to share this festival with us and their delighted children. At the early morning after the little Leopards settled in their classes with their exclusive costumes, they were prepared by their teachers to march across the hallways till they reached the soccer field, and they formed a big, organized circle. The parents themselves, who was happier than the children, took pictures and proudly watched them enjoying the day. After that, the students went to nibble different kinds of Halloween-themed food and got to choose any activity they would like to do. They could either have an amusing face painting, play fun games in the gym, play racing robots that can be remotely controlled, or take a photo in the Photo Booth.

In the same way, the Middle School also had their wonderful time. The students came with their unique costumes, enjoyed their day by playing different kind of games, and danced with the upbeat spirit in their socials.

Last but not least, the High School! On this week, the High School Department was filled with the spirit of Fall and Halloween. High School students came with their costumes on the 31st of October and it was fascinating to see people with their own creative costumes. They got their new Munchies cafe, which is sponsored by the Business class, where coffee, cookies, popcorn, and other appetizing snacks were sold. Not to mention, the Student Council also played a big role in lighting up the week. They held a Bake Sale, various of mini-games, and, how can we forget, the lively Socials that was held in the 2nd of November in our auditorium. We can say it was just lit.

The Fall Festival celebration is one of the themed celebrations that ISG Dammam hold every year to put the word ‘fun’ in our minds when we hear the word ‘school’. It simply just tells us that with all our different costumes, each one of us is different and unique on our own. But a spiritual, fun week with several entertainments can gather us all as one.  

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Edited by Yasmin Zahra (Media Tech Club Member)

Middle School Earth Day

Earth day was an amazing experience. The activity that we participated in was fun and thoughtful. Picking up all that trash really helped clean the school and give a break to our hard-working janitors! It taught us just how important and valuable the earth is. We certainly need to take care of it. If we continue to pollute, water levels will rise, landfills will increase, and the weather will become hotter.  We should all be more eco friendly to help make the world be a better place.

– Farouk Tayibu 8A

4th Annual Carnival

Games, prizes, face painting and more,
Hotdogs, popcorn, treats galore !
“Time spent away from family is time wasted”, that is the motto that ISG – Dammam has kept in mind while preparing for the 4th annual Carnival. The school-wide event, held on February 21st, 2015, has not only attracted the attention of kids, families, and high schoolers alike, but has also refueled the joy in our hearts after such a long and stressful semester. Seeing things such as bouncy castles, bean-bag toss, face painting , raffle draw and the marvelous photo booth aimed in bringing back the memories of previous exciting times in all our childhoods, as well as helped create refined memories for the children of the present and the generations of the future. Such a success could not have been achieved without our beloved sponsors, clubs, and not to mention volunteers whom we would like to thank enormously. Also, we would love to congratulate all the prize winners in the raffle draw that we’ve been anticipating for a long time (can’t say we don’t envy you, cause we do!). Setting the bar high was a achievement that ISG – Dammam has proudly earned year after year, and we absolutely cant wait to see how high they’d aim in the many years to come!
Special thanks to our sponsors : Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Fly Dubai, Saudi Masterbaker LTD, Al Harthi, AlGosaibi Services, Mastoura Company, Tamimi Markets, Tamimi, Mcdonalds, KFC, Golden Tulip, and Unifruitti
Written and Edited by: Noor Ra’fat (Layout Editor)