Wednesday 15 February 2017

EI Asset 2016-17 results declared

MashaAllah - our students did us proud again this year in the EI Asset examination - a national exam to measure learning outcomes in English, Maths and Science. With about 3.5 lakh students taking this exam across India, we are thrilled to see our students once again rank amongst the top.

In brief:

3 Overall Outstanding performances - Safwan Samsudeeen, Grade 4, Hani Malang Grade 6, Aisha Jamal, Grade 10 (Outstanding - rank in the top 1% )

Subject Outstanding (top 1%) - Aisha Jamal - English, Science, Hani Malang, Abdurrahman Jamal & Aamina Akmal - English.

5 Distinguished Performances - Hanan Samsudeen, Grade 3, Abdurrahman Jamal & Aamina Akmal, Grade 7, Nusaibah Anas, Grade 9, Sumaiyya Anas, Grade 10. (Distinguished - rank in the top 5%)

10 Creditable Performances - Khadijah Sattar, Grade 3, Aahil Syed, Ameeth Ahamed, Abdul Majid Syed, Anam Fathima, Mariam Akbar, Shaheel Faizal Grade 4, Zaynab Anas, Grade 6, Huda Sultana, Grade 7, Maryam Anas, Grade 10.

8 students have qualified for the EI Asset Talent Exam next year - Safwan Samsudeen, Aahil Syed, Mariam Akbar, Hani Malang, Iman Akbar, Zaynab Anas, Abdurrahman Jamal, Aamina Akmal by ranking in the top 10 percentile in one or more subjects.

Special Mention for Hanan Samsudeen - a 2nd grader who took the 3rd grade exam and won laurels.  Zoya Abdul Taher - another 2nd grader who took the 3rd grade exam and got ranked in the 88th percentile in Science.

21 students in English, 13 in Maths and 19 in Science are ranked in the top quartile among the 45 students who took the exam.

All praise to Allah SWT 

Sunday 12 February 2017

Visit to the Raincentre to learn about rainwater harvesting

Wonderful visit to the Rain Centre to learn about rainwater harvesting.
The Upper Elementary visited the Rain Centre as a part of the unit on Water in Small Science.
Children learned about the water crisis looming ahead and how rainwater harvesting is a must.
They not only saw models of buildings implementing rainwater harvesting, but were taken around the Rain Centre to see all the modifications made to the building to enable it. Mr. Sekar Raghavan , a superb teacher who manages to engage and reach children, gave detailed explanations.
A direct result - the children are digging a well in school with the idea to do rainwater harvesting here itself. Not sure how far it will go, but its a testimony to the action orientation of the children - who see a problem and find ways to solve it.
Thank you Mr. Raghavan for giving your time to teach our children.

Saturday 11 February 2017

Organic Terrace garden bears fruit

Al Qamar Elementary's Organic Terrace Garden . Children planted beans, ladies finger, brinjal, gourds. They worked hard - mixing the soil, watering their plants daily. Some even cuddled their plants, recited Quran to them. Finally the effort paid off - with a delicious harvest.

Talk on nature conservation

Wonderful talk by K Ramnath Chandrasekhar at Al Qamar Academy today.
Ramnath, a young conservationist and photographer, spoke about how he got interested in wildlife as a young child. He pursued his passion and has traveled across India photographing wildlife and nature.
He showed a documentary on the Sholas by Shekar Dattatri which outlined the immense diversity of wildlife in the Western Ghats and how it is being threatened by development.
To help children relate to the complex interweaving of life, he organised an nice game where children roleplayed different parts of the forest and made connections using a large piece of twine with other creatures. So a flower connected to a butterfly which connected to a bird and so on.
The question answer session which followed was lively with children and teachers asking about his profession, about animals, and about conservation. Most importantly, he stressed how everyone in their own professions and places can play a role in conservation. Children can reduce waste, can document the changes in the landscape, can create terrace gardens and backyard wildlife pools.
Thanks Ramnath for a fabulous talk.

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