Christmas is nothing else but Caring and Sharing
Class 10A presents a beautiful yet simple thought through its skit 18th Dec., 2015
During a class’s assigned Morning Reflection Week, a small skit is also planned for one morning. Since it is staged during the morning assembly, it has got to convey a crisp yet thought provoking idea. As it is the month of December, so the theme was ‘Christmas’.
Class 10A is one of the senior most classes of the school. The coordinator, Mr. Arif Mahmood is particularly conscious regarding every activity that the class takes part in. They presented the skit which was very near in theme to the famous novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens…. the protagonist, a rich woman who is not mindful of others’ feelings happens to have visions which ultimately make her have a kind heart towards the needy and the poor. As soon as she changes her mind and becomes generous, she begins feeling light-hearted and relaxed.
The skit ends presenting different characters with the heroine amongst them, exchanging gifts, love and warm feelings for one another.
It hardly took twelve, thirteen minutes but the way the dialogues were delivered, and the way the characters handled their roles, was all marvelous. No doubt, the credit goes to the coordinator and the class in charge of 10A.
The Principal highly appreciated all the participants for presenting the skit so effectively in such a short span of time. The skit is a proof that Anthonians are equally good at small skits as they are in staging long plays!
The Candles and the Advent Season 30th November, 2015
The Season of Advent brings joy and hope with it. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day which means the Sunday nearest to 30th November and ends on the Christmas Eve i.e. 24thDecember.
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the hope of his return in the Second Advent. So, it’s not just a matter of celebration, it’s in fact repeating the whole history which stretches for over 2000 years. The Second Advent gives the hope of eternal life.
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation; a spirit of anticipation and preparation. It is that hope, which at times faints in our worldly interests, that one day there would be a judgment on sins and, the accountability before God. So, we may say, the light of God will shine brightly on His people and justice would be done— a day of hope for the oppressed. Some are of the view that the light of God shall shine equally on sinners as on His righteous people.
Candles are lighted on every Sunday of the Advent. The colours of the candles vary with different traditions, but these are usually three: purple or blue candles (on the first two Sundays), pink or rose candle and then the white candle. One purple candle is lighted on the first Sunday of Advent. On subsequent Sundays, the previous candles remain lit with an additional one lighted.
The light of the candle reminds us that Jesus is like the light to the world that came to remove the darkness of our lives and brought hope, joy and peace with it.
On Monday morning the prayer was said and the first candle was lighted. We prayed to God to remove our sins; to show us the right path leading towards salvation in this world and the hereafter!
Silver Jubilee closing Ceremony and 5th December—7th December, 2015
Annual Sports Meet 2015
St. Anthony’s Faisal Town completes its first twenty five years—- an era marked with struggle, challenge facing…..and, finally we are on our way to success and accomplishment……..
There are some days which are like the milestones in our lives. Their memories never fade away. Rather they provide us the zeal and fervor for any future challenges and uphill tasks. One such day was the Silver Jubilee Closing Ceremony and the Annual Sports Meet 2015, celebrated on the same day.
As scheduled, the students and teachers started gathering in the school around 10:00 a.m. They were all clad in lively, vibrant colours….most of them in red, blue, green and yellow, representing their respective houses. They were all full of life, and there was hustle bustle everywhere.The Sports Meet is by all means the most cherished event of the school for which they wait the whole year long. The day also puts a stamp on the whole year’s efforts of sports teachers and students who take part in varied sports. A long list of sports items was planned for the day— races, matches, gymnastics etc.
The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti held a meeting with the staff before leaving for the school ground to ensure that each and every arrangement was made the right way. Special instructions were given for the Nursery and Prep children to be seated at the most secure place. That was to take special care and make sure about the safety of the little children.
Staff members were already assigned various jobs and responsibilities for the day. They were all alert and active about their assigned tasks like transportation, sound system, capturing the whole event, refreshments and the provision of first aid in case of any injury. The security and discipline were particularly ensured as always. Even the service staff members were given instructions and tasks which they carried out with all their commitment.
The school left for ground at 11:40 a.m. First of all Nursery and Prep. left along with their teachers and assistant teachers who guided their way to the bus and seated them.
In the ground, the guests had already started arriving. On entrance a track was made through which the children were made to pass to be seated in their assigned places in the ground..
Every arrangement was done and decided beforehand to avoid any type of hassle. The Principal and the Vice Principal were already there in the ground to welcome the guests and to ensure about the arrangements there. Mr. Luke Calvin , Mr. Qamar ul Zia, Mr. Inayat Nawab were already present there. Different enclosures were set for different classes.
A big banner, a colourful one on which was written” Silver Jubilee Closing Ceremony
Annual Sports Meet, 2015”
was prominently placed near the entrance. Actually it was the dice where the 1st, 2nd and 3rdposition holders were to be stood at the end of every sports item. Mrs. Bina Imtiaz and Mrs. Sara Johnson were in the ground accompanying Class Prep. children. Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas was appointed for all the announcements.
Mrs. Wajeeha announced the start of the event. Nursery A and B appeared on the ground with their teachers and assistant teachers.
As it was also the Closing Ceremony of the School Silver Jubilee Year along side, the prominent old students of the school were also invited.
Mrs. Wajeeha wished everyone a cheerful welcome. Ibrahim Zafar the highest marks achiever in Matric exam was invited for the National Flag hoisting, Sara Omer highest scorer on Cambridge side for School Flag hoisting and, Zalif Hassan from 7A was invited for raising the Silver Jubilee Flag.
The House Captains at the same time got ready for lighting the Olympic Torch.
Neha Khawar 10A made a welcome speech. In her speech she applauded the efforts made by everyone in making the school have these glorious twenty five years.
After the welcome speech Mrs. Wajeeha invited the Principal to declare the event open. The Principal announced and the torch was lit. The senior students came from all the four sides towards one torch. Beautiful music was played in the background.
On behalf of the Primary Department, Umaima Faiz, 4A student took the oath. Classes Nursery, Prep and One children presented the very first item. Their teachers made them stand in rows wearing colourful track suits. They presented a lively performance on national songs which filled everyone present there with joy and fervor. “We are the nation strengthiest “
Blue, purple, yellow— all colours of life…..the little children then left the ground.
Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas cited a brief history of the successful journey of twenty five years. The birth of the school, the mission behind, the founders of the school, the way they handled certain challenges and ultimately the road to success.
Then came the turn for Class 6A/C. The students presented their gratitude to God for all His blessings and favours. That performance was prepared by Miss Safina Feroze the school catechism teacher:
“Aay maalik teray banday hum” (O Lord we are Your fellow beings )
The performers prayed to God to show them the right path. It really touched the hearts and souls of the audience.
After paying homage to God, Matriculation students rocked the ground with their performance. It was a Mesh -up by Matriculation and Cambridge students. First, the group of boys and then the group of girls rocked the floor. Both the groups then carried on with their dance performance.
Then the fabulous gymnastic performance started for which the school instructors have been working so hard for so long. It requires a lot of effort on the part of the students and also their instructor to perform with such synergy. They displayed different formations like towers, bridges, triangles, shells, pyramids, cheer leading, cradle, thigh stand, shoulder stand etc. Their performances were really fantastic. They received a huge round of applause. It was a fantastic job in fact a great job.
After that, it was the turn for Mr. Luke Calvin and his team. Mr. Luke Calvin is the school dance instructor who is acknowledged in the whole city for his deep understanding of classical dance and for his choreography skills. For the event he had prepared the children on the song “Don’t kill the world”. In that, the students of classes 6 and 7 participated.
Then came the turn for Mr. Luke’s classical dance performance in which class 5 students performed. It was a very colourful performance.
“Heal the world — Make it a better place to live
Make it a better place for you and for me….
We are the world — we are the children”
Both the songs were sung by the legendary singer Michael Jackson. This performance also received a huge round of applause.
Prep class children prepared by Mrs. Bina Imtiaz and Mrs. Sara Johnson caught everybody’s attention. It was a fairy like dance performance on the song “Spring is here”. In that as well, there was a performance of gymnastics. That part was performed by the boys. But afterwards girls also joined them and showed their gymnastic skills.
Then the Silver Jubilee song was played and all the students whether junior or senior sung after that. Soon afterwards the gymnastic performers took their positions and showed their complete formation.
Mrs. Wajeeha then invited the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti and the Vice Principal Mrs. Sara Waseem to give away the prizes, the Awards to St. Anthony’s Stars: outgoing Matric. and Cambridge students: the ones who had scored exceptional grades. Also the old Anthonians were invited that day who had done exceptional in studies and in various fields in which they have been working. They were called upon the stage and presented with shields. The list goes as under:
- Romail Mannan for scoring1046 marks in Matriculation Exam
- Faizan Masood “ “ 1045 “ “ “ “ “
- Muhammad Bin Atif 1045
- Faizan Atif Butt 1004
- Saad Ejaz for scoring 9 A+
- Shah Saud “ “ 8A+
- Mohib Mushtaq “ “ 5 A+
- Youniqa Nadeem “ “ 3A+
- Mona Khalid “ “ 1st Doctor
- Ayesha Anwer Serving Army as a Doctor
- Fahad Babar Squadron Leader
- Mohsin Bin Salman successful Banker
- Salman Saeed 1st PhD
- Huda Atif Record % age in Board
- Arsalan A. Rahim Professor at LUMS
- Hamza Azhar Selected by IEARN for USA
- Nouman Shahid Ph.D
- Saba Shahid 1st Female Engineer
- Mobeen Ahmed Serving Army as a Doctor
- Madiha Chaudhry Human Resource Department
- Rizwan Ali Model and Actor
- Saqib Mubarak Working in Saudi Arabia at some high rank
- Imran Moeen Successful Lawyer at States
- Rida Khalid National Tennis Player
- Muhammad Awais Graduated from Lums working at a high post
- Rabeel Paracha Successful businessman in London
- Anum Nawaz Winner of International Scholarship
- Muhammad Ahmed Lawyer in England
There is a long list of successful businessmen, lawyers, engineers, doctors, armymen, Ph.Ds, international scholarship winners. The above given list is of the ones who could join us on the grand event.
“They are, in fact, the real stars of St. Anthony’s.”
The Award distribution of Alumni greatly motivated the children, the present students, towards accomplishing something big, something great in life.
Balloons were released in the air…. Blue and white balloons, beneath the cluster was a banner on which it was written “Moving towards 50s”. There was a lot of cheering at that moment.
The last part of the event was actually the time for Sports Meet. The classes were made to move to their assigned areas.
The games session started with Pre School children on tracks for race. They also took part in cycle race. After class Nursery, class Prep children, first boys and then girls took part in obstacle race.
Then it was the time for Flat Race of boys followed by the Tug of War between Nursery A and Nursery B children first amongst boys and then amongst girls.
After them it was class Prep’s turn for Flat Race amongst boys and then amongst girls. Then Ring Race boys and Ring Race girls. Then class 1 A and B Plantation Race– first boys and then girls followed by Tug of War between Prep A/ B first boys and then girls.
Time for Class1 A and B: Flat Race amongst girls then amongst boys, Ring Race amongst girls then amongst boys, Plantation Race amongst girls and then amongst boys. Tug of War amongst girls of 1A and B then the same amongst the boys of 1 A and B. Class 2A and B then came in the ground with the same sequence : Flat Race, Ring Race and then Tug of War between boys and the girls of both sections.
The judges were invited from Main St. Anthony’s. Mr. Pervaiz, Mr. Rana Mehran and Mr. Ghazanfer. The Principal thanked them all for coming in our event out of their pressed schedules.
After class 2, classes 3, 4 and 5 took their turns in Flat race, Ring Race and Tug of War. Lastly, there was once again the performance of gymnastic girls.
The Principal said a few words in the end. He thanked everyone for coming. All the organizers and teachers who have been working so hard all through . He also thanked the old students who graced the occasion and joined the event on a short notice. He thanked the judges who had come from Main St. Anthony’s. He said, “Thank you very much for doing a great job. For another 50 years till Golden Jubilee…. until then goodbye.
Thank you and May God bless you all!”
This event shall be remembered and recalled for a long time and we pray to God that the Golden Jubilee of the school should be celebrated with even more grandeur and splendor!
The caravan led by Mr. Maxwell Shanti would carry on its journey on the road to real success in service of country and humanity!
20th November, 2015
Children’s Day celebrated with great enthusiasm
at St. Anthony’s
Children’s day is celebrated in various countries of the world on the 20thof November every year. In fact, the date of celebration is not fixed. Different countries observe it on different dates. But the main purpose is the same i.e.to honour children globally. In Pakistan, the day is observed on 20th November every year.
The Main Hall had been decorated beautifully for the event. Miss Nasira Paul, a senior staff member who is adept in art work, along with Miss Elishba Rafique, our activity coordinator decorated the hall stage in keeping with the occasion. The decoration had actually started two days back. The stage was presenting the scene of a garden, and the sun shining and shedding its golden rays —- flowers symbolizing children and the sun, of course: enlightenment.
Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas one of the staff members, hosted the event and shared her feelings about the significance of childhood in a person’s life. She invited Mr. Asif Ali and Mr. Hubab from the staff members for the National Flag hosting and the school flag hosting respectively which is done by the students on routine days. But since it was Children’s Day, that day it was done by the teachers. Children rejoiced a lot and showed their enthusiasm with a huge round of applause.
Mrs. Wajeeha then announced for a slide show about the history of Children’s Day. Mr. Aaqil Naveed, another staff member, was given the mike who gave an introduction and a brief history of the day. He started with Industrial Revolution and told that before this revolution, there used to be only farming. Later on machines were introduced. The revolution had its advantages but disadvantages as well. When it took place, the people started migrating to cities for earning money. In thirst of money they started employing their children in factories. Mishaps started taking place frequently. Little children were treated as if the employers really owned them hence the child abuse started.
To save children’s rights on 20th November 1954, United Nations decided as to celebrate the day every year. Now this is for us to think that whether we are doing justice to all the facilities with which we are blessed?
Then the games session started. Some teachers were invited on the stage. A candle game was arranged for on the stage. A candle was already blown and Mr. Asif one of the senior staff members, was to blow the rest of the candles with just one blow. Then Mr. Sohail, another senior staff member, was invited on the stage for the same game. He lit another candle and tried to lit the rest of the candles with one blow. The students felt rejoiced.
There was another game for the teachers to recognize their students with the help of their voices when the students were hiding themselves behind the stage. Teachers Mrs. Sameera Arshad, Miss Ammara Khalid, Mr. Hubab Atif, Mr. Asif Ali and Vice Principal Mrs. Sarah Waseem were invited on the stage by Mrs. Wajeeha. Mr. Asif gave the right answer and recognized his student. On Miss Ammara’s turn, she also recognized the students. Mrs. Sarah Waseem also recognized and also did Mr. Hubab, although he is quite a new teacher in the school. There came many students and the host Mrs. Wajeeha requested different teachers to guess about them. It was amazing the way teachers recognized their hiding students who had also changed their voices. That showed the understanding level amongst students and teachers. Mrs. Wajeeha thanked the teachers for coming on the stage and participating in the game.
Then another round started. Mrs. Wajeeha then announced for the children to recognize their teachers from their childhood photographs shown on multimedia. The game’s name was: “Guess Who?” The first photograph which was shown was of Teacher Ammara’s . The students kept on guessing for a long time before giving the right answer. Then another 3 students were called on the stage to guess about the teacher by asking certain questions and ultimately they did it and told it was teacher Ammara’s. Then another 3 students were invited who guessed the photograph which was of the Principal. Surprisingly enough they guessed rightly about him in the very first chance. Mrs. Simon called another 3 students for the next photograph which was displayed on the multimedia. Again they asked certain questions. The photograph was quite different and set a challenge for the students. It was vice Principal Mrs. Sarah Waseem’s photograph. Mrs. Wajeeha then announced the names of 3 students from 9A— her own class to guess about one more photograph and it was Mrs. Simon’s .
Mrs. Wajeeha then invited Mrs. Sameera on stage. They both announced the names of certain students who had served as volunteers in varied activities before the summer vacation. They were given a huge round of applause since they have always been there to facilitate their teachers. Then, the most punctual students of the school, the most helpful members of the school both from Matric and Cambridge side, the students who had shown leadership qualities , the all time smiling face , the students with good hand writings , melodious voice, good recitation, then the most well disciplined students , the most well behaved students , IT expert award ,and lastly the most enthusiastic students of the school were all given a big round of applause.
Mrs. Sarah Waseem then announced the names of the winners of Art Exhibition which was held a fortnight back.
Mrs . Wajeeha applauded all of them for their unique qualities and talents. She hoped that next year there would be a bigger number of exceptional students. She wished them all a bright future.
She invited all the staff members and the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti on the stage. The Principal addressed the children and said, “You must be thankful to God for all His favours. You are the most blessed children. There are many who do not even get enough to eat, and toil for about 12 hours a day. They even do not know that this is their day today. You are blessed as you get the love that you deserve. Now this is for you to prove yourselves as being doing justice to all these favours. We all love you. And you should prove your importance and worth through hard work and positive attitude.” He announced for the gift of chocolates for every student in the school.
Lastly, while the staff members were on the stage, they said the school Prayer and then sang the School Anthem. The Principal once again offered homage to God for His blessings that He has showered on us. The staff members along with the Principal said the school prayer followed by the school Anthem. To extend our revelry a little more the most celebrated school Silver Jubilee Song was sung. The students felt great joy on that.
Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas then announced for the dispersal and all the classes started leaving for their respective classrooms.
For Primary Department Mrs. Gloria Shakeel made the opening announcement. After that Mrs. Jessica Qaiser and Mrs. Sheba David hosted the event. For cake cutting ceremony the last year’s Students of the Year were invited on the stage. There were balloons burst to express joy. Mrs. Rana, a staff member, recited a poem which she had written for the children. She wished that every day should be like Children’s Day for our children. Teacher Iris recited a poem “Fata Fut” ( do it hastily). The poem gave the lesson that children should do everything in a cool and calm way rather than rushing. Mr. Moazzam Gill our Music Teacher played the Silver Jubilee Song and the children sang after him, “We are Anthonians”. Mr. Qamar ul Zia ensured the discipline in the Hall. Miss Beenish Desmond, Mrs. Jessica Qaiser and Mr. Tariq Iftikhar were also present there along with Mr. Moazzam on the stage. The children were all very enthusiastic. Their teachers were accompanying them all the time to ensure discipline.
Both the hosts announced about a performance in which Mr. Tariq Iftikhar, Miss Beenish Desmond, Mrs. Tanzeela Ghazanfer, Miss Safina Feroze and Mr. Qamar took part. They played the classroom scene with Mr. Tariq Iftikhar playing as teacher and the rest as students. It was like a comedy show which made the children laugh greatly. The co ordinator Mr. Naveed Anjum was also present there monitoring the celebration.
The school prayer was said and then the children recited the School Anthem.
The motive behind all these celebrations is to make our children feel important; to inculcate in their beings a sense of responsibility. To make them better human beings who benefit the society, the country and the humanity!
17th November, 2015
Class 6C stages its Annual Drama ‘Zombies Wish’
Class 6Cs drama was staged in the Main Hall with both the sections of class 6 as audience. 6C students along with their class in charge have been practicing the play for the last 10 days. No doubt, it requires a lot of hard work on the part of the teacher and the students to present a play which can be truly said as ‘wonderful’.
Since St. Anthony’s has always maintained their standard in staging dramas, the teachers and students are always mindful to present something worthwhile for their audience. In this they try to excel other classes and sections as both certificates and cash awards are given to the winners of first three position holder dramas. So it’s a matter of great pride for any section to stand amongst the first, second, third in the Grand Finale of the drama which is held amongst the classes who secure a particular percentage in the first round.
The topic chosen by class 6c was ‘Zombies Wish.’ The play was selected, written and directed by 6Cs class in charge Miss Ammara Khalid.
The theme being that even if a zombie wishes for something with its true heart, aspires and works hard for that, the wish comes true.
The story presents the scene of a graveyard where some zombies, out of their graves, wish for acting in a film. The wish gets fulfilled since a bus which was passing by the nearest road became out of fuel in the midnight and the passengers, who were film directors, had to come out.
They happen to listen to the zombies’ wish, find them enthusiastic and capable enough to act in a film and thereby the direction and acting sessions start.
The stage setting was unique, presenting the scene of a graveyard. The zombies were looking like real ones as were painted so exactly. The hairstyles, the outfits were all in keeping with the demand of the characters and plot of the drama. In the beginning, the majority of dialogues took place amongst the ghosts and the draculas.
The drama was directed and presented beautifully. The dialogues, the role allocation to the students— in every sense of the word the drama was exceptional.
According to the judges Mrs. Rozina Faiz, Mrs. Gloria Shakeel and Mr. Tariq Iftikhar the play was a big success. In fact, a unique one as they complimented it. They added that since every time there is a room for improvement the dialogue delivery should have been a little louder plus the sound system could have been more effective in the beginning of the play.
Mr. Tariq Iftikhar announced the result. The drama scored 75% which was pretty good a score and hopefully it would be considered for the Final Round.
The Best Actor award was given to Ahmad Nouman and Hijab Asjad was declared the Best Actress. The best actor in Character Role was Wahab Usman whereas the best actress in Character Role was Wannia Usman.
The message that the drama conveyed was really good and motivating. When we want to achieve something with true heart, even miracles may happen.
We believe that children learn more effectively through performing arts.
At St. Anthony’s we provide them with very opportunity to bring forth their hidden talents which, for sure will greatly help them in their lives after they have left the school!
10th Nov. 15
Annual Drama Competition Week
St. Anthony’s has a history of staging dramas. It can be rightly said that Anthonians are known for their drama presentations. This year Class 8A makes the lead with their Annual Drama “Kasoor Kis ka”(Whose Fault). The Main Hall was the venue with classes 8A and 8C seated there as audience. The stage was decorated beautifully presenting a typical drawing room scene. 8A student Areeba Bhatti made the announcement and told about different characters of the drama. In the opening scene a girl is shown sitting in the drawing room. Her younger brother appears fighting with the servant. Then a friend of the boy appears and they discuss about the importance of studies.
In the next scene the mother and the father appear. They find both of the children studying. They feel great. Then Karmu the servant appears and asks for his payment. He shares his grievances about the maltreatment done to him and says,” If I were educated, I wouldn’t have faced these troubles!”
The grandparents appear. They tell about the troubles faced in the way while reaching their home. The grandmother interferes and admonishes the daughter in law i.e. the mother on rebuking the children for not paying attention to studies. The music teacher Mr. Shakir Bhatti was giving beautiful sound effects that lent great impact to the drama.
The grandparents kept on insisting to let go the children and made them take a leave from the school.
Again the servant appears. He suggests the children to play ludo since they were at home instead of going to school. The mother is heard and the children feel scared. She again starts scolding them for wasting their time. At the same time the grandmother appears and takes sides with the children. She then leaves speaking ill of her daughter-in-law.
In the evening the tutor comes and asks about the boy. The girl goes out to look for her brother. It takes her so much time looking for her brother that the tutor goes to sleep. Ultimately, the tutor goes to the garden himself and catches the boy who refuses to get down of the tree. But is caught by thetutor. Again the boy makes an excuse and leaves. He returns back with a Pepsi in his hand which he presents to the tutor. The tutor gets busy in taking Pepsi and the boy flees.
In the next scene, grandparents are seen hoping for the children that they would surely pass in exams. They asked the servant to bring some mithai (sweet) as it was their result day. But the mother comes in and announces that both of them had failed. The father of the children then says to his mother that she had done no good to her grandchildren.
But now they have learnt a lesson. “This is the end of the children who do not take their studies seriously. They lose their precious year, and money as well.”
The play ended beautifully. A question was thrown on the audience whether they promise to take their studies seriously and work hard. They all replied with a big “YES!”
Class 8A students then requested the judges to compile the result. Amongst judges were Mr. Naveed Anjum coordinator Primary Department, Mr. Samuel Deewan Senior School Urdu teacher and Mr. Munawwar Bhatti Cambridge Department teacher. Mrs. Simon, the in charge of class 8A has been alert all the time guiding her students. Last year also her class won the 3rd position in the Final round of Drama Competition.
Mr. Samuel Deewan then came on the stage and commented on the play. He applauded the effort made by the students but at the same time pointed out some mistakes especially in the pronunciation. Besides, he said.”There should have been more feel in the delivery of dialogues.” The drama was awarded 69% by the judges.
Daadi Jaan (Taneer Zafar) was declared as the Best Actress. ‘Servant’ was declared as the Best Actor. Best Actress in character role award was given to daughter (Faiza Khawar) and the Best Supporting Actress was declared the mother (Sarah Suleman). The drama took about 40 minutes.
At the end, the in charge class 8A Mrs. Simon had a photograph with all the participants of the drama. She appreciated her students for doing their best.
Since this week is declared as drama week for the Middle Department, classes 8C, 6A and 6C shall take their turns one by one.
5th Nov. 15
Anthonian wins 1st position in Poster Competition conducted by
NCA delegate paid a visit to St. Anthony’s in May, 2015. They had sessions with class 8 students. ‘‘Nigran-e-Lahore” as the title suggests, evoked amongst the students a sense of responsibility towards improving their city. They shared their views regarding ‘Shehr Saazi aur Soch Vichaar’ which was meant to bring to a platform the views and ideas of our youth for the betterment of our city, Lahore.
‘Nigran-e-Lahore’— a team from National College of Arts makes students from different schools participate in varied activities. It holds competitions to promote art and at the same time gives awareness to Pakistani youth regarding certain issues on city level.
From St. Anthony’s Jubab Nadeem”(8C) took part in Poster Competition held by the NCA team. The competition was carried out in May, 2015 in which he secured 1st position. Jubab says, “First they asked us to make a rough sketch on any one of the two topics that they told us. Afterwards they gave us charts and markers. Their behaviour was very friendly and encouraging.”Jubab Nadeem is awarded with a certificate and some gifts by the Nigran-e- Lahore team.
More than twenty renowned schools participated in different competitions and by all means it was a matter of honour that Anthonians were once again in the limelight!
4th Nov. 15
Class 10A and 9A Participate in Annual Essay Writing Competition
The Writing Skill is termed as the “Advanced Skill.” No communication today is deemed complete without employing the skill of writing. For this reason senior students at St. Anthony’s are made to pay special attention on Writing Skills so that they may not feel any problem when they join colleges.
The month of November here goes quite busy since many activities are scheduled for this month in our academic calendar. Today, all the students of 10A and 9A participated in Annual Essay Writing Competition. They were seated in the Main Hall. The topics were told to them a fortnight before. In fact, there was a variety of topics. The topics were written on chits by the class in charges and the chits were put four fold in a small basket. Every student was asked to pick up one chit for itself on which a topic was written, and to prepare an essay on the same. That was all done to make them go through all the topics given in their course book as the topics were selected from there. In a sense the coordinator Mr. Arif Mahmood had done two jobs through a single activity i.e. Essay Writing Competition and exam preparation at the same time. The word limit and time limit were already told to them so that they could tailor their ides and words accordingly.
At St. Anthony’s we try to make learning a pleasurable experience. The first three position holders shall be awarded with commendations and shields at the end of the academic year. Since every student of 9A and 10A took part it would also ensure their good grades in English in Board Examination!
Students of the Month for September awarded with certificates 1st Nov., 2015
It’s a tradition of the school that the best performing students during the month are awarded with Student of the Month certificate at the end of the said month. All through the 4 weeks the students strive to get this certificate by winning commendations. The teachers can recommend any student for commendation for doing something creative, something positive which can be academic or non academic, it can even be an act of kindness.
Vice Principal Mrs. Sarah Waseem gave away the certificates to Middle Department i.e. to class 6 — 8 Students of the Month this morning. She congratulated the winning students and encouraged all the students present in the Main Hall that next time they could also be the students of the month.
Our mission being, “to promote safe, orderly, caring and supportive environment so as to produce committed citizens,” this is all meant to channelize our students towards doing something good and creative and at the same time appreciating their efforts!
World Tourism Day 28th Sept. 2015
World Tourism Day is celebrated on the 27th of September every year. On surface it seems that it is to encourage people to visit different countries and beautiful places of the world but deep down its main purpose is to promote humanity and brotherhood among the people of the world.
The school reopened today after the Eid ul Adha holidays. Since it is class 6C’s Morning Reflection week, the Tourism Day is observed by the students of class 6C. Despite the Eid holidays, their class in charge Miss Ammara Khalid managed everything very well.
The students were dressed in colourful costumes representing different countries: Pakistan, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, America, and Canada. The amazing thing was that the students conveyed their message “Hum Ek Hain (We are one)” in the language of the country that they represented. Everyone enjoyed this colourful parade.
At St. Anthony’s we try to inculcate a sense of unity and brotherhood in our students so that when they leave the institution, they promote a culture of humanity in the country and in the world at large!
27th October, 2015
Class 8A/C participated in Art Exhibition under the guidance of Miss Nasira Paul accompanied by Mrs. Dorthy Simon, Mrs. Samera Arshad and Mrs. Fouzia Shafqat. The students have been preparing for the display for the last four months under the guidance of these teachers.
The exhibition started soon after the Senior Break. The Principal and the Vice Principal were already sent invitations by Miss Nasira Paul who had mainly organized the event. She and her club members had started decorating the Main Hall the previous day. A red carpet was laid on the entrance of the hall which lent it an elegant look. A little lighting was also done; this had made the hall all the more beautiful.
The stalls were set on the left hand side: paintings, cards, wall hanging, decoration pieces, mats, photo frames, typical hand fans, embroidery items were all made by the students themselves which reflected their interest in different types of art. In one corner, a big portrait of a typical village woman was displayed which was really eye catching because of its vibrant colours and big size.
When all the handicrafts were positioned, the Principal paid a visit. He admired all the art work especially the dresses and frocks which Class 8 girls had stitched. There were multi- coloured dupattas ; vases with hand -made flowers and empty plastic bottles recycled into different kinds of decoration pieces. The dresses and dupattas were displayed in the centre of the hall. All of these items were made by the participants.
A typical Punjabi village was set in one corner of the hall— a typical scene with bughy (carriage), a kitchen with gharay (traditional water containers) and utensils. A huqqua (waterpipe) was also placed in one nook of the drawing room. There were moorahs (typical sofas), indoor plants, and real parrots in the cage to give it a real life-like look. Students loved taking photographs there. It reminded everyone of the typical Punjabi culture.
Vice Principal Mrs. Sarah Waseem , who is also the coordinator of Middle Department ,visited the exhibition and applauded the efforts of the students. The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti also appreciated Miss Nasira Paul’s and her team’s efforts the way they motivated the students and said “It was very good! Very nice!”
Mrs. Sumera Arshad, took the photographs of the colourful event. She truly collaborated with Miss Nasira Paul in holding the event.
The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti always appreciates working with hands. He believes in training the students in some such fashion that they feel comfortable in carrying out all sorts of tasks and responsibilities when they leave the school and enter their practical life. A big majority of our alumni attribute their success to co curricular activities that they used to carry out in their school days.
Our vision statement being” To provide education to all ANTHONIANS in a secure environment aimed at holistic growth, so as to produce better human beings to serve the society,” it’s is our aspiration to prepare our students as capable of working effectively in any situation and in every environment hence making them understand the dignity of working with one’s own hands!
Mehndi Competition 23rd Sept. 15
Miss Nasira Paul is one of the senior most staff members of the school. She usually gets the students busy in one or the other creative activities. She also heads the Red House, which is one of the four houses made for holding Sports Competitions in the school.
This time she organized Mehndi Competition. The event was arranged in Main Library during Senior Break. The Library was beautifully decorated according to the nature of the event. Classes 6A/C, 7A/C, 8A/C and 11C participated. Only the girls took part. They made different designs with the help of Mehndi (Henna) on the palms of the guest girls and teachers who attended the event. The designs were extremely artistic and finely made. They were trendy as well as unique.
The art of making designs with henna is centuries old. It is a part of our culture and tradition. No event or celebration is considered complete without women wearing henna on their hands and sometimes even on their feet.
The girls who won the Certificates of Achievement were:
Jerusha Imran 7C 1st Position
Fajar Jabbar 7C 2nd Position
Fajar Abrar 6A 3rd Position
We prepare our students to become a part and parcel of the society. No matter how learned or highly qualified they are, by all means they are a member of the society, that’s why we raise them the way that they become an integral part of it when they grow up!
Interfaith League Against Poverty (I-LAP) 17th Sept., 15
This is an NGO dedicated to improve the plight of minorities in the country. The executive Director of I-LAP Ms. Nazia Ansari paid a visit to St. Anthony’s and addressed the students. She mainly talked about the future career choice to be made by these students.
The audiences were the students of classes 8, 9 and 10 who were seated in the Main Hall. She said, “This is the age when you should decide about your future. There are so many professions that you do not know about even today. In fact, your career starts on the day when you are born; you need to be what you want to be.”
She asked the students what they wanted to become in future. Many still want to become doctors, engineers, IT professionals.
“The personality of an individual must suit the field that one has selected.” She urged the students to decide right there what they wanted to be. “We have a lot of branches in medical. The more you know the more choices you shall have. For architecture you need to be very good in Math and in Art at the same time. Now when you have a good idea of your own potentials you shall be able to make the right choice.
If you want to go to Liberty Market, but do not know the way… what would happen? ‘I might lose the way instead of reaching there or in the least I shall reach there after so much time wasted,’ replied one of the students.
The same applies to career also… if you want to be something in future, you must know the path and for that career guidance is a must these days. The earlier you get started with your career the better it would be. For enhancing your career you should also know the jobs that your path entails.
Remember! When you aim high the sky is the limit!
‘Work so hard one day your signature will be called your autograph.’
She said that time is precious. Right now you have so much energy, so much ambition. You are lucky that you are passing through this phase when you have much time to decide about your future.”
She urged the students to polish up their skills. “Everyone is blessed with some unique ability.
Don’t thrust yourself into a profession in which you are not interested. Hard work, attention, focus guidance are definitely needed at every step.”
Handouts were distributed amongst the students which carried the information about the coaching classes meant for classes 8, 9 and 10 students. These coaching classes would be totally free of cost.
Hopefully Anthonians shall make good of this golden opportunity!
4th Sept., 2015
Cancer Care Hospital personnel visit St. Anthony’s
The Director of Cancer Care Hospital and Research Centre Dr. Nazish Faisal visited St. Anthony’s along with her team. Cancer Care Hospital would be the second cancer hospital in Pakistan after Shoukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.
In the Morning Assembly she addressed the students and told them about the services provided by the hospital situated in Raiwind Road. She said, “Our mission is to provide a standard of care to cancer patients especially the poor and marginalized without discrimination. To teach and train doctors, nursing and para medical staff in the field of oncology. To organize and conduct research in the field of cancer and related fields.”
Right now, the situation is this that where Pakistan has an estimated population of over 200 million, we have a load of cancer patients that exceeds 300,000 per year. In Punjab alone, where the population exceeds 100 million annually, the annual cancer patient load is 180,000 new cases per year. Unfortunately, the majority of cancer patients remain untreated in Punjab.
She asked the students to volunteer generously. She said that their mission is the establishment of a cancer hospital where comprehensive, professional and affordable care is provided with compassion and commitment. A hospital where no patient is denied treatment on the basis of advanced stage of disease or the expense involved. The volunteers would be given certificates, mugs, T-Shirts and souvenirs. So, the students and their kith and kin could equally participate as it’s a charity collection campaign since the hospital is in its first phase of establishment and lots of funds are needed.
Dr. Faisal told that they have been having campaigns in many other schools of Lahore such as LGS, Bloomfield Hall. Almost everywhere the people donated openhandedly to the noble cause.
She thanked the Principal for giving them the opportunity to come and talk to the students.
The School Activity Incharge Miss Elishba Rafique and Administrative coordinator Miss Sonia Anjum handed over the charity tickets and write ups containing information about the hospital to the coordinators who would distribute it to every student in the school. These charity tickets and write ups were brought by the doctors.
We hope that Anthonians shall contribute generously to the noble cause as they have always been doing earlier. Whenever there was a calamity in the past they have always supported the countrymen. Establishing a Cancer hospital is a big deed and Anthonians inshallah would be ahead of everyone in constructing the hospital!
Milo Team visits St. Anthony’s
Drink Milo and be the “CHAMPIONS OF TOMORROW”
Nestle is a well-known world wide trusted food brand. It has many products like Nestle Milk Pak, Nesvita, Nestle Pure Life, Nescafe, Milo, Everyday, Cerelac etc. The company caters all age groups and is equally popular with its consumers all through the world to which Pakistanis are no exception.
Nestle Milo team visited St. Anthony’s. The programme started at 10:10 in the morning.
Classes 3, 4 and 5 participated during their break time and had fun filled time with Milo people. They participated in different activities and then given the energy drink “Milo” to boost their stamina.
The programme was arranged by the school Activity Incharge Miss Elishba Rafique who monitored the whole event very enthusiatically.
The arrangement was made in the school verandah. Milo people had set their stalls in a very nice way. They had also put there carpets. It was all looking very lively as mainly it was green colour— the colour of Milo brand. There was a football net which was placed for the football activity. The children participated with great joy. In fact, Anthonians love such outlets.
Deep freezers were there in which Milo drinks were put. The programme was planned for the children’s break time. It was written on the stalls “Champions of Tomorrow”. The teachers were busy guiding the children as how to go about since they were extremely excited. Miss Sonia, the Administrative coordinator of the school also accompanied Miss Elishba Rafique and guided the children through making announcements with mike in her hand. That way the crowd became much controlled and organized.
After a while they were all standing decently along the boundary made by the Milo people. Service staff members were all the time active keeping the verandah floor neat and clean. Milo people were also guiding the children. There were boys and girls in Milo team. The children were all distributed Milo drink after they were lined up. Class monitors helped Miss Sonia in lining up.
Children took part in activities. All the equipment was brought by the Milo team. Children participated enthusiastically in the games . When the break was over they were again lined up and taken back to their classes. The Milo People left at about 11:45 a.m.
Such activities keep children active. They enjoy and as a result they enjoy their studies also. The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti and the staff members always try to provide such opportunities to the children.
We thank the Milo team for coming to St. Anthony’s!
Congratulations St.Anthony’s another feather in your cap!
Cambridge department outshines in May/June 2015 result….
St .Anthony’s is well known for its personality grooming and teaching values to its students. We prepare them in some such fashion that they apply this education and training in all the spheres and in all the phases of their lives.
The Cambridge department at St. Anthony’s is no exception to this. Here also, like other departments of the school, students paticipate in national and international activities without sacrificing their studies. More than often they win prominent positions in these competitions for which they are highly appreciated. Since life is varied, we overlook this fact at no point while educating them. That ‘s the reason that Anthonians , wherever we find them after the completion of their studies they stand out. In fact, if they happen to win good grades in academics it is because of these varied skills that they learn while being at school.
The Cambridge department is headed by Mr. Shahbaz Anwar, a renowned Mathematician himself, who is often seen coaching his students inside and even outside the classroooms as Mathematics is his passion. If Saad Ejaz (11C) wins the first position in Mathematics amongst all the cambridge candidates in Lahore, it’s not a matter of surprise to us.
The result of May/June, 2015 is a proof of our endless efforts. These students are not just the stars of St. Anthony’s, they are asset of this nation. They are the true representatives of Pakistani youth who in every sense of the word are second to none.
Earning good grades in Cambridge has earned St. Anthony’s High School a distinction this year. The honorees include: Saad Ejaz securing 4A*, Moheb Mushtaq securing 2A* and 3 As, and Youniqa Nadeem who has won 4As. Others include Ghufran Arif , Arsalan Naeem, Faizan Zahoor, Alisha Javed, Ali Zeeshan.These students have no grade lower than a B. Majority of them had a perfect attendance. They had been so highly motivted that their teachers used to guide them even outside the classrooms . Of course, the credit for this goes to the cambridge staff and their coordinator.
On the day the result was declared everyone was so excited because even the average students of the class had got extremely good grades.
The Principal highly applauded the students and the coordinator Cambridge Department Mr. Shahbaz Anwar. A banner is placed at the entrance of the school with the photographs of the position holders, their names alongwith the grades earned by them. This is all to appreciate them and to motivate the upcoming students to keep them on their toes.
These Anthonians honour to the school and to the country. We wish them good luck for the future!
15th Aug. 2015
The Classroom Environment and Well-decorated Passages of Matric Department
When teachers are asked what influences most in a classroom, they come up with a variety of answers. Without a doubt, it ‘a highly unlikely that many of them nowadays would not refer to the physical environment of the classroom. This is for the reason that environment is an inseparable part of our everyday lives.
Parents these days are getting more and more conscientious about the school environment. They want the school presenting the true picture of a school…. a purpose built building, neat and clean classrooms and passages, where their children would feel like learning.
It’s a tradition of the missionary schools that we always strive to give our children the best environment, not only from the behavioural point of view on the part of our staff and the sub staff, but also from the physical environment point of view. Our buildings and our classrooms are exemplary. By all means they present a challenge to the other good standard schools of the city.
Classrooms and the adjacent passages are not a matter of main concern in our Nursery and Prep classes only, our all the departments try to excel in this from each other. This is given so much priority that the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti himself visits the classrooms for their decoration and setting, and the teachers with the best classrooms are awarded with shields and certificates in addition to the cash prizes. This is like a tradition as every year the teachers are selected and awarded.
We often feel that the senior school would be exempt of this. But surely this is not the case at St. Anthony’s. Even the senior school teachers decorate their classes and devote a lot of time in keeping their classrooms most up to date regarding furniture setting, and the information displayed on the walls of the classrooms and the adjacent passages.
An excellent example of class decoration is class 9A and 10A. Charts on almost all subjects are displayed— colourful charts with latest information. The coordinator Mr. Arif Mahmood has ensured that the information is latest, unique, and relevant to the topics taught in the class but still not there in their course books so that the students feel like reading it.
The Principal is strongly of the view that Anthonians should be prepared for ‘Life Long Learning.’ Our students not only shine in their Matric and Cambridge examinations, they always stand out at every point in their lives. We make them realize the worth of diligence and creativity and teach them bring perfection in their work and in their lives wherever they are!
Once again the Matric Department leads…..
Matric Session produces 100% success rate in Lahore Board Examination, 2015
It is often thought that learning word by word, cramming all through the two years of class 9 and 10 is the key to success in Board examination…..Anthonians, in every sense of the word, are an exception to this.
We believe that life requires a balance and that grooming children has different implications as compared to focusing on getting good marks only.
Keeping in view this rule of educating and grooming our students, we, at no stage neglect the overall personality development and sprucing up of Anthonians. This is the reason that after the completion of their school education, wherever they go, they leave their mark. Even the Anthonians who were average in studies while being at St. Anthony’s, are working at very promising positions inside and outside the country and have earned a good name to the school.
This year also, the Matric Department has produced 100% success rate. Romail Mannan (10A) has scored 95% marks with a lead. 31% of the students have scored A* and 19% have scored A grades
These are the students who staged the Annual Play and arranged for the Sports Event just a month prior to their Board Examinations…..but at the same time without sacrificing their studies and for that their grades are the evidence.
We believe that this outgoing batch, like their predecessors, shall also shine in future as we prepare our students not just for learning but for “Scientia Cum Virtute”as our school motto goes, i.e.”Learning with virtue.”
We congratulate the coordinator Matric Department Mr. Arif Mahmood and the staff members on this brilliant success!
Sports Event– Matric Department
“To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”…. Buddha
The Matric Department arranged for ‘Sports Event’ a little before their board examination. As per plan they left for the school ground early in the morning at 5:30 a.m. and the games started at about 6:30 a.m. The weather was pleasant. The school coaster was utilised. The students also took school posters with them.
The sports were planned for two consecutive Saturdays. The principal also accompanied them to the playground.
For cricket match, the boys were grouped into four different teams. To start with, 2 teams against the other two, and then the two winning teams from both the groups against each other for the final. Girls participated in bad minton and ludo championship.
In cricket, the final was played between the teams of Mr. Arif Mahmood and Mr. Inayat. Mr. Arif’s team won the final. The neat and clean ground was prepared on urgent basis.
That was all done to change the mind of the students; to get them occupied with some physical pastime…. away from their daily routine, away from computers and routine lessons and revisions.
There were 45 students in all. Mr. Arif Mahmood, coordinator Matric Department was grateful to the accompanying teachers Miss Rahat Javed and Mr. Inayat Nawab for sparing time from their hasty schedules. Besides, they had arranged for all that within a short span 24 hour notice from the coordinator. All the sports equipment was brought instantly. Mr. Inayat helped a lot. Mr. Arif was particularly thankful to him.
Special arrangement was made regarding water…Nestle dispenser was set; teachers were served with tea. Proper arrangement was made where the students could sit and play.
Service staff also went with them and put flag lets over there to make the boundaries.
On the following Saturday, 40 students went to the school ground. The schedule was nearly the same. They left at 6:30 a.m. and returned at 10:00 a.m. Four teams were made as good as the last week’s teams. The boys got busy with cricket and football, whereas the girls participated in bad minton, ludo and football. This time Cambridge students also accompanied them.
Mr. Arif Mahmood once again thanked Miss Rahat Javed and Mr. Inayat Nawab for making the event possible. He also thanked the service staff members Mr. Salim, Muhammad Ali, and Elvin —- our school driver.
The Principal highly appreciated the students and the teachers . He said it to be very encouraging. He also shook hands with them after the games were over.
It is rightly said that “All time work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” These students who devoted to their studies as well as to all the other creative activities in the school are the ones who have brightened the name of the school and scored bombastic marks in Matric Examination. We congratulate coordinator Mr. Arif Mahmood for this great achievement and wish that he and St. Anthony’s teachers shall keep high the name of the school in making the youth of the country shine under the guidance of Mr. Maxwell Shanti !
Following the philosophy of ‘You against you’ Class 10A once again creates history this year!
The class stages its Annual Play —
the well- known “Qurtaba Ka Qazi” by Imtiaz Ali Taj
The play was staged in Main Hall. The stage was decorated beautifully depicting a particular era in history in the famous city called Qurtaba in Spain. The plot was based on a story showing a Muslim family settled in Qurtaba at that time. As the name shows, the story of “Qurtaba ka Qazi” revolves around the life of its protagonists— the chief justice of Qurtaba, and his son.
The stage was set in a way that it depicted the court of the chief justice in Qutaba, Spain. The students who were among the cast were dressed beautifully representing the very era. The costumes had been specially prepared for the drama. Iqra Afzal did the job of the narrator.
Neha Khawar, the chief prefect, wrote the whole play under the guidance of Miss Rahat Javed, the in charge of class 10A. Mustafa Shehzad decorated the stage. Music and sound effects were arranged by Joshua Naeem and Salman Javed. Both of them organized all the music and tunes needed for the play.
Last year, class 10As play “No time” was a big success. So, this year also, the class efforted to maintain the standard of drama for which the whole school had been waiting desperately. Almost all the staff members along with classes 9A, 9C and 10A, 10C watched the play. No doubt, Miss Rahat Javed, had worked extremely hard with every bit of the play — with characters, with costumes, with dialogue delivery—- none of the areas was neglected. In fact, Mr. Arif Mahmood, the coordinator of Matric Department is always at the back of the teachers. He always encourages them and facilitates them in every way in order to make their efforts turn into a big success. And it always happens. That’s why the whole school awaits the Annual Drama by 10A. Before the drama started, he was busy settling down the audience and organizing his whole team.
The play was judged by Miss Hina Patrick, Mrs. Rozina Faiz and Mr. Naveed Anjum.
In the first scene, the Qazi’s son Usman appears who is shown disrupting his father’s important documents for which his father badly scolds him. The mother interferes. She tries to console her son.
The Qazi had two wives. The second wife, Rukayya, who had no offspring, was jealous of the only son of Qazi. She was shown busy all the time plotting against Usman. She had an idea that Usman yearned for his father’s affection. So, she designed against the boy and his mother, the first wife of Qazi.Rukayya is shown as a frivolous woman all the time occupied with her appearances.
Time went by. Usman grew up into a young man. He is shown as a kind hearted person who loves helping the poor and the needy. Then in one scene a friend comes to ask Usman of some loan. Usman replies that he had no money. He goes to his father and asks for ‘Ashrafees’. On Rukayya’s interference the Qazi refuses. This deeply hurts Usman.
Rukayya , then hires a boy to astray Usman so that there takes place distance between the Qazi and his son. Usman is shown in deep thoughts.” My father does not love me—– I crave, yearn for my father’s affection.” Soon after that the man sent by Rukayya captures him. He takes Usman to a brew where there were women dancing, who presented him wine.Usman feels good and exclaims, “It has removed all my sorrows.” He shirks going back home because of the fear of his father: the Qazi of Qurtaba.
Usman is then shown as an addict of wine. One day he reaches drunk to his beloved’s house. She refuses talking to him saying that he was drunk and that
because of his drinking habit she could no more have any relation with him. This annoys Usman. He starts fighting. Drunk as he was, he presses her throat and puts her to death. She dies at the spot.
The case is presented to his father, the Qazi. “Is he your son? Usman bin Ahmad— he has done this since he was drunk.”
The Qazi questions his son. After listening to the whole incident, he orders to hang the murderer— his own son Usman. He orders to throw the culprit in the jail. Usman starts weeping. Qazi also feels sad on the decision. When Qazi is back home, he asks his servant Abdullah, “ Shamein gu lkar dow” ( abandon the lights).
Again the scene is that of court. No one agrees to hang Usman. Everyone has a soft corner for him as he has repute for being humane. When no one agrees to obey Qazi to hang Usman, the Qazi says that he would do it himself, declaring that a murderer has got to be hung. He hangs his own son with his own hands!
The play has a moral: if parents show love and compassion towards their children, many sad stories can be avoided. We most of the time keep on scolding children. In fact this is a habit with most of the parents which they must overcome to have a healthy society. Most of the crimes that take place are because of the avenging attitude of neglected children.
Miss Hina Patrick after consulting the other two judges announced the result:
Best Actor: Arhum Ali (Qazi)
Best Actress: Neha Khawar (Qazi’s first wife)
Best Supporting Actor: son of Qazi
Best Supporting Actress: Rimlia Rafique (Qazi’s second wife)
According to judges’ evaluation the drama was awarded 87%. This is something one can only dream of for the reason that at St. Anthony’s it requires a lot of standard to score this much percentage. Since the play was a masterpiece, it set a challenge not only for the next year’s 10thclass but also for the whole school. The Main Hall was re-sounding with clapping after the show was over.
In the end, the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti congratulated the whole team for such a wonderful job done. He told, “We have a tradition of staging plays. The plays were staged even when the school was newly established.” So, the tradition goes on, and today Anthonians enjoy the repute for staging marvelous plays!
Service Learning Project
Class 9A— Matric Department arranges for ‘Free Eye Camp’
It was the first Anthonian eye camp— free for everyone— students, teachers, service staff and even for outsiders…….
The arrangement was made in the Main Hall. The stage was set according to the theme. A verse was written on the stage telling about the importance of eyes and eyesight. Both classes 9 and 10 were present that day and were seated in the Main Hall.
At about 9 o’ clock people started turning up as it was an open invitation that anyone could get his eyesight checked. There were men, women and children—people from all walks of life. They were all seated in the Main Hall. After some time, they were all served juices keeping the Anthonian tradition of hospitality.
The camp was already made known through school website and through banners which were put up in the close neighbourhood of the school.
Mr. Arif Mahmood, coordinator Matric Department was busy monitoring the programme and the teachers Mr. Zeeshan Arif, Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas and Miss Rahat Javed were all busy in seating and serving the attendants. The multimedia was displayed all the time demonstrating something interesting and informative about eyes and how to take good care of our eyes.
Matric students behaved very responsibly. They were all alert and active, shoulder to shoulder with their teachers. They were present on the hall entrance welcoming the guests and helping them towards their seats.
Once the guests were seated and served, the school anthem” We are Anthonians” was played.
Talha Ahmed, a 9A student came on the stage and made an introductory speech. then Hashima Khan 9A told the audience about the food which is good for eyes like carrots, spinach, green vegetables, milk, butter, cheese and asked to eat these foods more.
Kanaan Rooman 9A, another student came and told about keeping our eyes neat and clean. He stressed on rinsing eyes with cold water, and if irritation felt then immediately consulting the doctor.
Sana Khalid 9A, shared her views on the importance of wearing glasses because if we wear glasses when once it is recommended by the doctor, the eyesight stops declining. She told about the common symptoms of weakening eyesight such as feeling headache, blurred eyes, watery eyes, itching etc.
Afterwards a drama was presented by class 9A students. There are two brothers shown in the drama one taking care of his health, keeping himself neat and clean whereas the other one is careless and is shown in a habit of watching T.V. in the dark. The mother keeps on advising the careless one but he turns a deaf ear. Ultimately what happens is that his eyesight gets badly affected. The boy then repents that if he had taken care of his eyes, and had obeyed his mother, he wouldn’t have faced the trouble.
Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas, the in charge of class 9A came on the stage and thanked the attendants for coming. She announced about the arrival of doctors and told about the place where the doctors would do the check -up. She invited Mrs. Sarah Waseem, the Vice Principal of the school to come and share her views. The vice principal came and thanked the all for coming. She said that she hoped from onwards they would be more careful and apply all the tips to have healthier eyes.
Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas led the attendants towards the check up booth. She urged the attendants to come according to their token numbers which were distributed at the entrance of the school. That was done to maintain the discipline and to avoid any sort of disturbance. The attendants were more than 200 in number at 9o’ clock and they kept on arriving till 2 o’ clock in the noon. The doctors examined all in detail.
As the glasses were also to be distributed by the school, the volunteers of class 9A took the addresses and the telephone numbers of the attendants, so that the glasses could be sent to their homes.
The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti highly appreciated the Matric department. He is himself a big promoter of volunteerism and always encourages the students and the staff to spare some time as volunteers in service of the country.
The camp was a big success. The Principal congratulated Mr. Arif Mahmood, the teachers and the students of the Matric department particularly class 9A and their incharge Mrs. Wajeeha Waqas for this great effort. We hope that St. Anthony’s shall have such camps organized in future also!
‘Service Learning Project’ is an annual activity meant for classes 3, 5,7,9 and 11. These projects promote innovation, creativity and team work. This inspires to save nature and nurture the environment. Through Service Learning, the students learn not only to preserve nature but also the importance of volunteerism in our society.
Literature Club: Cambridge Department arranges
Cambridge department is the senior most department of the school. The students here, most of the times remainpre occupied with their studies. The teachers strive to utilize each and every minute as it’s the main goal of the participants to achieve some position in their O level exams.
Despite this pressed schedule, we encourage our students to take part in literary activities as well to enrich their school life. This week Cambridge department arranged for Mehfil-e- Mushaira which was of course in Urdu as the name shows. Classes 9C and 10C took part and organized the whole event under the supervision of their coordinator Mr. Shahbaz Anwar and teachers Mr. MunawwarBhatti and Mr. Samuel Deewan,their Urdu teacher.
The stage was decorated gracefully according to the theme of the event. The students were dressed in Awami suits, and the background music was all Eastern. The slides were continually displayed having verses of AllamaIqbal and Meer Taqi Meer. ShalifShoul, a 10C student and the president of the club, welcomed the guest classes 9C and 10C on behalf of Cambridge department
Mr. Samuel Deewan recited AllamaIqbal’s famous poem “MaankaKhwaab” on which ShafaqYousaf (10C) presented a solo Skit. Everyone appreciated the way Shafaq presented it particularly her facial expressions and body language which were very much in keeping with the solemn theme of the poem.
TaimurZia, a 10C student and also the Secretary of the club, threw light on the life history and poetry of Dr.Iqbal, because of whose ideology and values which he has presented in his poetry, his name is alive and will always remain alive. It’s because of his foresight that today we live a life of independence.
After Taimur,ShalifShoul threw light on the life of Meer Taqi Meer, who is known as “Khuda-e- Sukhan” meaning the god of poetry. He is also amongst the three greatest poets of Urdu, the other two being AsadUllahGhalib and AllamaIqbal. Shalif elaborated the achievements of Meer, who is gone for 205 years but is still alive in our memories.
Taimur again took over from Shalif. He invited class 9C and 10C students on the stage. They all appeared with the traditional decorum, and one by one took their turns. Before reciting the poetry, every participant took permission from the president as is the custom and sat cross- legged on the carpeted stage—- the true feel of a Mushaira was revived. Mrs. Patrick, Former Professor Urdu Kinnaird College and Miss Hina Patrick Urdu teacher St. Anthony’s evaluated the students as judges.
The judges highly appreciated the effort made by the students, and the coordinator and teachers of Cambridge Department. It’s really worth admiring the way students had prepared for the event. We strongly believe that Urdu being the national language holds a very important place in our lives and in every sense of the word is our identity. Mrs. Patrick, an acknowledged Urdu scholar , and the judge of the event gave some very useful advice to the participants.
Mr. Shahbaz Anwar, coordinator Cambridge Department shared his views. He said that in English medium schools usually students do not arrange for activities in Urdu. It has been a little effort to relive the Urdu Literature. “It’s been a very positive change,” he said. He particularly appreciated class 10C students: ShalifShoul, Muhammad Taimur Zia and Muhammad Ahmad for organizing the Mushaira. Afterwards he thanked the teachers of his department for guiding and encouraging the students. He said that the Cambridge Department plans to stage a grand drama after summer vacation. He invited all the teachers to come and put in their efforts.
Lastly, Mr. Maxwell Shanti, Principal St .Anthony’s High School came on the stage and encouraged the participants for the wonderful job done. He said that it had been a great attempt. He stressed on the importance of language learning. “Children should be proficient in all languages —- be it Urdu, English or even Punjabi as all these languages are needed in our daily communication.” He thanked Mrs. Patrick for coming and adorning the Anthonians with her valuable advice. Mrs. Patrickcongratulated the participants and suggested the name “Bazm-e-Adab” to the club.At the end, the Principalonce again applauded them saying:”Well done. Keep it up!”
Mrs. Patrick announced the positions as 1st: Joshua Sharif
3rd: Sana Khalid and Micah Nadeem
The motive behind this literary activity was to make senior students have a break away from their daily routine. Almost all of them took part. The way they recited the poetry was amazing. The Principal was really happy and said that in future we shall have the same sort of literary activities. ‘If Anthonians keep on performing this way,’ he said, ‘we can also have inter school competitions in future!’
13th May, 2015
In Junior Block Green Club Activity takes place with great enthusiasm
St. Anthony’s is St. Anthony’s because of the activities here that go hand in hand with academics!
These activities not only make them smarter and more skillful in handling the business of day to day life, it also gives them a better understanding of their own potentials and how to make their surroundings better!
Theactivity was ‘arranging an Organic Garden’. The goal behind this activity being how to achieve self-sufficiency in having a chemical free, all natural environment, children took keen interest in it.
The Green Policy says
- Do not throw used papers, tins and plastic bottles.Put/throw them in related bins for recycling plastic, tin/can and paper.
- Do not throw away stationery, pens, pencils etc.
- Return them to the club so that we can reuse them.
- When you leave the classroom make sure all lights and fans have switched off.
- Instead of using disposable lunch boxes and water bottles, use regular bottles and lunch boxes.
The children had brought seeds with them. They planted different seeds like that of coriander, mint, basil, okra. Then with the help and guidance of their activity teachers Mrs. Gloria Shakeel and Mrs. Faiza Shabbir,they planted them in flower pots. Children had also brought empty coke bottles, which were carefully cut and then used as flower pots. This was all to ensure recycling. These flower pots were put afterwards in a corner in the junior block, from where the students could easily observe them growing.Classes 2A/B, and 3A/B took part. Children were divided into three groups with different types of seeds. The concerned teachers kept on guiding them side by side.
The activity teachers also plan to introduce some other similar activities also, which would reinforce the idea of recycling as how to make good use of the waste material.
Under the school umbrella, the activity holders shall provide Neem plants to the interested parents and teachers. Neem tree has its medicinal and environmental benefits. For us all these are available for free by the “Green Club.”
The motive behind conducting this activity is to teach our children how to behave in an ‘environmental friendly’ way. We try to help them make a practical implementation of 3Rs i.e. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The club’s policy is that being an Anthonian, we must all be environmental friendly!
Primary Department Classes 4 and 5 participate in
Earthquake Awareness Programme
Life is varied and cannot be delimited to books only. The true education, we believe, is that which teaches how to remain alert and active in face of a trial — says Mr. Maxwell Shanti, Principal St. Anthony’s High School.
With the passage of time, geographical changes are taking place about which the residents of a particular area must be aware. At St. Anthony’s we hold certain seminars where students are taught the Dos and Don’ts of a critical situation.
One such seminar is held this week as how we can minimize loss in case there is an earthquake. The students were told about the difference between an earthquake and tsunami. Afterwards a 3D animation was shown to them which was of about 3 minutes and 3 seconds duration. Mrs. Faiza Shabbir, the seminar conductor also showed them different models on earthquakes. This was all meant to make them have a better and clearer idea about how earthquakes originate, when are they most expected, and how could we safeguard ourselves.
Later, the students were told about safety positions as where to stand, where to move immediately in case there is an earthquake. They were taught to maintain their composure during emergency and make use of all the available safety measures most effectively as chaos causes more destruction than the real destruction itself!
TEPF Participants awarded with certificates
“The Environment Protection Foundation” popularly known as TEPF is an organization that provides various opportunities to the students to take part in activities, which inculcate social responsibility through community service.
St. Anthony’s in partnership with TEPF started different project activities in October, 2014. On completion of the project, Mr. Maxwell Shanti, Principal St. Anthony’s awarded the participants with certificates .
In Morning Assembly, Taneer Zafar a student of class 8A shared her views and said that she and her companions had been privileged to take part in different activities and that they had been doing great for the last seven months with the TEPF organization. She said that St. Anthony’s is a wonderful institution that not only provides them abundance of knowledge but also encourages them to participate in co curricular activities.
One activity which has been very popular with the students was ‘Clean Green Project ‘which had three main goals to achieve namely,
- litter picking
- teaching tolerance
26 Anthonians participated. They say that the project has brought many positive changes in them, and that the organization has played a very important role in teaching them the art of loving one’s country. Taneer Zafar added,” The activities have polished us and made us patriotic Pakistanis.”
The Project Activities that the Participants took part in were:
- Litter picking in Gulshan Iqbal Park
- Litter picking and plantation in St. Joseph School
- Plantation and litter picking in Alif Laila Library
- Church / Mosque exploration with explanation of rituals and religious history.
- Wall painting
- Basket painting
- Watching movie
- Cookout— eradicate the notion of ”untouchable” in the kids/ community
- Lastly, the Grand Finale, which was held at St. Joseph School, Cantt.
The participants especially thanked the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti, the TEPF team, the teachers Miss Hina Patrick and Mr. Azhar Bashir for their guidance and concerned behaviour, and for helping them towards becoming better persons through availing this opportunity!
‘Oath Ceremony’ takes place with its traditional dignity
One of the most prominent departments in the school is ‘Disciplinary Committee,’ which is headed by Mr. ArifMahmood. The good name that St. Anthony’s enjoys is because of the discipline maintained here both inside and outside the classrooms.
Other than maintaining discipline in the school, there are certain other jobs done by the committee, one of which is the selection of prefects after every six months. To become a prefect, there is a procedure that a nominee for prefect ship must go through and fulfill. The short listed nominees are then interviewed by the team which includes the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti, Mr. ArifMahmood, Mr. MunawwarBhatti and Mrs. SameeraArshad. The successful candidates in the interview are appointed as prefects for the coming six months.
As per our tradition, the newly selected prefects are gathered in the Hall who take oath on the stage. For the present tenure, total 28 prefects are selected by the Disciplinary Committee from classes 6 to 11, both from Matric and Cambridge side. They shall perform their duties as prefects for the 1st Term, i.e. till October, 2015.
The Chief Prefect and the Assistant Chief Prefect are both from class 10A this time. Mr. ArifMahmood took the oath as always. ShafayHassan , a prefect of outgoing 10A, spoke on behalf of the previous Chief Prefect Shah Saud as he had been busy with his O Level papers.
The whole ceremony was organized and conducted by Mr. ArifMahmood. The stage was decorated beautifully in keeping with the theme of the event. The prefects were holding candles in their hands— lit candles symbolizing the spread of enlightenment in society. Since the Silver Jubilee year of the school is in progress, the prefects held the school flag with Silver Jubilee logo on it for oath taking. Students from classes 6 to 11 attended the ceremony.
NehaKhawar is selected as Chief Prefect
Aun Ibrahim as Assistant Chief Prefect
The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti graced the new prefects with prefect sash. He then addressed the students and shared his views regarding leader ship. He said that there can be no leadership without responsibility, and that we are preparing leaders for tomorrow. He congratulated the new prefects and encouraged them to follow their predecessors in maintaining the good name and traditions of the school.Lastly, the prefects had their photo session. “We are thankful to all, especially Mr. Haroon William for the coverage of the event and also the supporting staff members for their services,” said Mr. ArifMahmood.
On Primary side, Auxiliary Prefects were selected who would perform their duties for breaks only i.e. during short break and at full break. These prefects are 12 in number and are chosen from classes 5A and 5B, being the senior most students on Primary side.
Mr. ArifMahmood , in the morning assembly of Junior Block, made a speech in which he said that for prefects their responsibility should build a sort of relation through taking care. He then garlanded the newly selected prefects with Prefect Badges in the assembly. Mrs. TanzilaGhazanfer, one of the members of Disciplinary Committee on primary side also accompanied him.
One of The Purposes and Aims of the School say,
‘ An Anthonian should be trained in the art of creative and critical thinking as well as active leadership , adjusting to daily situations and thus grow in responsibility and self -direction, so that he may effectively contribute to the progress of world and the real growth of a truly dynamic Pakistan identity and vibrant national goal.’
Making a practical implementation of this, we strive to equip our valued participants with all the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become the leaders of tomorrow!
Mother’s Day 11th May,2015
Every year Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May all through the world. Children and even elders pay homage to their beloved mothersthis day. They acknowledge the devotion and love of their mothers towards them by visiting them, presenting them flowers, gifts; spending time with them. Undoubtedly, there is no substitute, no parallel to a mother’s love; there’s nothing in this world more precious and pure than a mother’s heart.
At St. Anthony’s, every year we celebrate Mother’s Day with traditional verve. Songs are prepared, dance performances are organized. Our music and dance teachers prepare with the children the most lovable and touching songs and performances; selected poems and thoughtfully written speeches are presented by the students. Mothers are invited, are presented with garlands, chocolates, with cards which carry beautiful quotations on them. The occasion is organized both by the teachers and the students and we try to make this very special day, a memorable day.
In the morning assembly, the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti addressed the students and shared his views with them. He said that rather than looking for material things, try to do such things which bring a smile to your mothers’ face. This is what we call ”Giving yourself”,where money is not involved.
“In what way you can make your mothers feel happy? It’s not that difficult, if you really want to!
Some of the mothers find it really hard to make children come out of the bed every morning. So, on Mother’s day, wake up early on your own; if it’s your mother who always washes dishes at home, on this day you may wash dishes for her; if she cleanses the house every day, today you may help her in house chores. Bring smile on your mother’s face!” He added that mothers have kind hearts. They will be happy if their children show even a little concern towards them.
These are also the teachings of all the prophets and saints to have great respect for our elders, especially for our mothers as mothers are a great gift of God.
Class 7A/7C presented a beautiful skit in which the different phases of a child’s life were depicted that how a mother contributes at every stage of a child’s life. She is love and care personified. Right from the time when a baby is born, when a boy, when a student, when a married man— her devotion and love are unconditional. After the skit, the teachers who are mothers as well, were called upon the stage and were presented a token of appreciation. Mothers are the builders of a nation — the more educated and sensible they are, the more educated and sensible the coming generation would be. Somebody has rightly said,” Give me educated mothers; I will give you an educated nation.”
Mother’s Day was celebrated by Primary Department also. Mothers were invited. The function was arranged in the Main Hall. Miss MehwishObed welcomed the worthy guests. Students were made to stand in a very decent way along the stairs on the Senior Hall entrance. On guests’ arrival, they showered rose petals on them, who were then seated by Miss Obaid.
Mrs. TanzilaGhazanfer and Mr. Tariq Iftikhar did the job of compering. To start with,class 5A student MahnoorAzhar made a welcome speech. ThenIsbahDaudi and HibbaDaudi presented a song in their sweet voices. After their song,another student QuosainLaique recited a poem,
“Mummy and me, it’s Mother’s Day
MahnoorAzhar then told about the Mother’s Day history as how and when people started celebrating Mother’s Day. She told that it was first in United States that the day was celebrated and later decided that the second Sunday of May shall be celebrated as Mother’s Day every year.
A group of students from classes 5A/5B, then came on the stage and presented a tableau on the popular song“Tarayzameen par”
(Children are like stars on the Earth)
The students were prepared by Mr. Luke Calvin, our school dance teacher, one of the well-known choreographers of the city.
Children from class 2A/2B then presented a beautiful dance performance. Side by side, slides were displayed on multimedia showing photographs on the bond between a mother and its child. Before leaving the stage, the children wished a happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers.
After wards, mothers were invited on the stage to share their views. A mother shared her feelings and highly applauded the way Mother’s Day was celebrated in the school. Another mother said,” Today, we really feel like special people. This year the school has celebrated in a great way and has made this a memorable day that we can never forget.” She thanked all the teachers and students for their efforts.
The school had arranged for different games in which the mothers took part with great enthusiasm. When Musical Chair started, everyone present in the hall started clapping. When games session was over, again some of the mothers shared their views. Of course, they applauded their own mothers also as Mother’s Day is meant for all mothers, no matter young or old. Those who had lost their mothers recalled their memories and paid tribute to their mothers.
One of the staff members Mr. Tariq Iftikhar, then tried to make the atmosphere lively by parodying some of the celebrities which made everyone laugh. Then he started a quiz competition in which riddle-like questions were asked of mothers which some of the mothers replied back very intelligently. Those who came up with the right answers were given presents.
The guests were then served with brunch. They were all made to wear a royal blue silk sash. At the end, some of the students made closing speeches and thanked all the mothers who had come. There was a huge round of applause at the end.
We strongly believe in moral and societal values and make our children realize the worth and place of these values in our lives, so that when they leave the school they are ambassadors of peace and integrity and work for the uplift of the nation, a nation in which elders are given their due respect!
21st December, 2014
Blogroll : Christmas Dinner takes place this eve with a solemnity in feel
The guests started arriving at about 5:00 p.m. The prayers were offered. Afterwards, the guests were seated in Trinidad Hall. The weather was quite cold but the arrangement was warm and cozy. Once the guests were seated Mr. Munawwar Bhatti, one of the senior staff members, made a speech and shared his feelings about the Peshawar incident and about the children who lost their lives thereby. One minute silence was observed in memory of the demised.
Mrs. Simon then shared her feelings and prayed for the departed souls as to ‘sleep in heavenly peace’. She specially prayed for the parents of the children as God may bless them with patience to bear the heart rending loss.
Miss Safina, another staff member, recited verses from the Holy Bible when angels had prophesied about Jesus Christ. Jesus was born just the way the angels had predicted. Mr. Munawwar continued and recited some more verses from the Holy Bible. After that the whole staff sang the carol:
‘Joy to the world the Lord has come’. Mr. Munawwar who did compering for the most of the time invited Mr. Shahbaz Anwar, the Cambridge co-ordinator, to share his views about the Peshawar incident. Mr. Shahbaz then made a speech about the martyrs. He recalled a song by the well-known singer Madam Noor Jahan which was very popular in 1965 war days. The words were somewhat like these:
‘The sons are not sold in the shops,
What are you looking for in the market?’
Teacher Ayesha, another staff member, said a few words about this sorrowful incident. She said that no one can even think of placing itself in the place of the parents of the demised. While expressing her feelings she burst into tears.
Mr. Samuel Dewan, one of the staff members , also shared his views about the Peshawar incident. He said that he couldn’t stop his tears when he came to know about the incident. He added that we should all strongly despise what had happened.
Another teacher Mrs. Tahira Asif said that words fall short to explain the feelings of the parent of the children who lost their lives at the hands of the terrorists. It’s only a mother or a father who could feel the pain. It’s only when we lose a blessing that we realize its worth. We must value our children and our family members.
“Teri yaad aayi tere jaanay ke baad”
( I remembered of you after you were gone— gone forever)
Mr. Rooman then recited a poem and dedicated it to all the mothers who lost their children in the incident. It was somewhat like this:
“O my mother, what has happened to me,
That all my bag is drenched by blood!”
Mr. Munawwar then invited teacher Iris who shared her heartfelt feelings. She said, “When I lied down along with my children that night, I thought about the mothers who had lost their children in the Peshawar incident— how they would be feeling without their children— May God give them patience and endurance.”
Afterwards, the Principal made a speech: “These children are now in His kingdom, then why worry. As a nation we must keep on moving as life never stops. Only by praying or preaching we cannot remove evil; evil can only be defeated by doing good, and that God has given us the faculty to make a choice. Jesus said, ‘I am the truth, I am the life.’ So we must spend our lives the way Jesus spent— in sacrificing for His fellow beings; doing good and only good to humanity. Today we face the question how evil can be handled. How can we stop injustice — we must ask ourselves this question. Whether we are killing the children mentally as teachers. Whether everything is done to its fullness—Do we give them what we should?
When it’s a question of children, everything starts melting— globally. The loss of 131 lives has melted the hearts of the masses. This has changed the scenario completely— this incident has changed the hard hearts of our politicians and leaders; this incident has changed the societal values; has brought a drastic change in the country. If we realise that we have lost so many lives, we can resolve to give our one thousand children a better life, and in this way can do good and fight against evil.’
A few minutes’ silence followed in remembrance of the demised of the Peshawar incident. All of us whether Muslims or Christians prayed to God so that His blessings remain with us , all through our lives.
Lastly, before the dinner started, Teacher Saba wished everyone a very happy Christmas and a happy new year. She prayed that may God turn this loss in our nation’s benefit and all of us always stand united as a nation in every trial.
This afternoon, the whole school gathered in Trinidad Hall to condole the demise of the schoolchildren in Peshawar. They were massacred brutally by the terrorists last morning. For sure, they will remain alive in our memories; remain alive in the hearts of the whole nation.
Students recited from the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible to bless the souls of the departed. Afterwards candles were lit by the students and teachers in memory of the martyrs. Then Vice Principal made a speech in which she prayed for the families who lost their loved ones in this heart-rending incident.
Students made speeches and shared their feelings. They said that in fact it was a loss of the whole nation as students are the future of a nation and must be safe and sound in every sense of the word. Not only that they prayed for the departed but vowed to change the country’s situation.
Mr. MunawwarBhatti, one of the senior staff members of the school, prayed for the souls of the innocent people who lost their lives at the hands of the terrorists. And particularly prayed to God as to show the terrorists the right path. He also prayed for our leaders and politicians so that they promote peace and harmony in the country.
In the end, the Principal made a speech. He said that all over the world, every country, no matter our friend or enemy condoled with Pakistan on this sorrowful event. He further added ”the best way to fight against evil is to do good. We can all spread peace and do good deeds. It all depends upon the path we choose”. The assembly in remembrance of the martyrs endedwith a prayer to God as to show us all the right path andwe as a nation should stand united in this hour of grief.
St. Anthonys Enters its Jubilee Year; Annual Sports Meet Held on the same day
On Saturday, 6th Dec. 2014 the 25th Annual Sports Meet of St. Anthony’s High School Faisal Town Lahore took place in the school ground and the Jubilee Year was declared started, as the school has very successfully completed its twenty five years.
That day, as per programme, the students and teachers started gathering in the school at 10:30 a.m. The school buses were ready to take the students and teachers to the school playground. Everyone was dressed according to its assigned house colour. The colours being red, blue , green and yellow, all were dressed in these colours.
The school that day was full of life; students and teachers everywhere dressed in their house colours. It took us about an hour to reach the school ground which was beautifully decorated for the Sports Meet. There were tents of the four houses. Red, yellow, blue and green canopies were quite prominent. The guests were seated on the other side of the playground. Although a December morning but the weather was unexpectedly pleasant. In one corner, there was arrangement for music. Near to that the teachers responsible for annoncements were seated. The students were alongwith their housefellows and houseIncharges; wearing track suits of their housecolours. Beautiful sayings were written on banners as “Coming Together is the beginning; Staying Together is Progress; Working Together is success”. The ground was decorated with colourful balloons, buntings and streamers. The Chief Guest was Rev. Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw Chairman, Catholic Board of Education Lahore. He was accompanied by other principals of Main St. Anthony’s , Sacred Heart Convent and Cathedral convent. Mrs. Victoria Patrick, the poetess of our Jubilee Song was also accompanying him. As Montessori Branch is recently opened in Canal View, the chief guest, alongwith other distinguished guests inaugurated the branch. Assistant Chief Prefect of the school Shafay Hassan presented garland to the worthy chief guest. Then everybody rose for the National Anthem and the Sports Meet was declared started. Umal Baneen, a student of Class 10A presented a welcome note. Since the school has successfully completed its 25 years, so the Silver Jubilee Year celebrations are started which will continue all the yearlong.
A beautiful performance was made by Primary students as how a seed transformed into a beautiful tree— the idea and the way it was presented was appreciated by everyone. No doubt children had rehearsed well before presenting it. The opening ceremony started and all the four houses took their turns one by one. The outgoing Chief Prefect Emad Saleem raised the School Flag and everyone rose for the School Anthem. The worthy chief guest said the prayer and further added that Anthonians as doctors, engineers, scholars are the fruit of our efforts and an asset to the nation.
Rev. Sebastian Shaw raisedthe balloons and declared the Jubilee Year open with Jubilee Song “We are Anthonians” playing in the background . after this, class 11C, the senior most class of the school performed on the song “Badtameez Dil”—- they rocked the floor in the true sense of the word.
The Sports Meet started after this with different races from Primary students. Mostly, the races were amongst boys and girls separately. To start with class 2, then classes 3,4,5 took part in different races like Flat Race, Ring Race, Tug of War etc.
Sister Martin, Sister Saba—- the distinguished guests gave away the prizes to Tug of War students, whereas to class 6 students, Sister Rose and Sister Katherine gave away the prizes. To the boys and girls of classes 7 and 8, Mrs. Roshnay and Mrs. Victoria Patrick distributed the prizes.
The boys from senior classes took part in Relay Race whereas girls from senior classes participated in Sack Race and Chatti Race—- a beautiful, full of life moment to view!
Then, Flat Race’s time came in which students from different house participated . The winners of these races were to be declared as the fastest boy and the fastest girl of the school. This year Shehroze Raza of 10A won the race —the fastest boy of St. Anthony’s whereas in girls Amna Zahid of 10A won the title.
In Tug of War: Boys, ultimately Blue House won and Blues were termed as the most energetic, mightiest boys of the school. In Tug of War: Girls, again Blue House won and earned the title of the strongest girls of St. Anthony’s. In fact, all the houses did their best; all the students participated with all their hearts to make their houses win, for which they had been practicing at least for the last two months.
It’s a tradition in St. Anthony’s that houses are given positions on decoration as well. This year again the houses were given positions. No doubt, all the houses were beautifully decorated, but Red House was unmatched. The credit of course goes to Reds and their house incharge Miss Nasira Paul who put in a lot of effort in decorating her house. Green House won the 2nd, Yellow House 3rd whereas Blue House got the 4th position in house decoration.
When the judges announced the Sports results, Red House stood 4th with 29 points , Green 3rdwith 37 points, Yellow 2ndscoring 38 points and Blue stood 1st with 45 points. Blues — the champions shall rejoice their victory for the whole coming year.
The trophies were awarded for house decorations and for the positions secured by the houses. The Captains and the Vice Captains of the houses received the trophies on behalf of their respective houses. Mr. Munawwar Bhatti, the incharge of Blue House waved the blue flag as blue house was declared the “champion”.
In the end, the Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti made a speech and thanked the worthy guests who honoured the occasion with their presence. He thanked the parents for their co-operation, and the entire staff for their efforts. He appreciated the students who worked hard to make the day. He said it was amazing that 25 years back Blue House was the champion and even on the 25th year, Blue House had stood first and again declared as champion.
Atabout 4:30 p.m., Anthonians returned back to school. The day shall be remembered and recalled for a long time.
St. Anthony’s Welcomes the Advent Season
With hymns, candles, and Christmas Tree —- the school enlivens the Christian tradition of welcoming the Advent season.
The Principal, Mr. Maxwell Shanti lit the candle alongwith a ‘little angel’ from Pre-School, and declared the beginning of Advent Season. After that Mr. MunawwarBhatti lit the Christmas Tree .
Students fromJunior classes performed on a religious song “RoshniRoshniSaraaAalumHua” written by Mrs. Victoria Patrick— a well-known educationist and former professor of Kinnaird College.
The occasion was made even more cheerful as the drama competition position holders were given cash prizes. Alongwith the first three positions, a consolation prize was also given this year, as the classes had performed extremely well.
The principal, once more highly appreciated all those who took part and encouraged others also to take part in extra-curricular activities as it would greatly help them in their future and they would definitely stand out as individuals in society at large.
He appreciated the commentators of Junior Sports Day also, who were selected from the Senior School. They had really done a great job although they were so much pressed of time.
Lastly, he wishedall thosepresent there a new Christmas Season and hoped that we would all try to bring in a positive change in ourselves
Blogroll: English Speech Competition in Primary Section
For the academic year 2014-2015, the Finals of English Speech Competition took place on the 1st of December. Students from classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 participated. They had prepared well as none of them read from the paper. This is quite evident that not only the children but of course their parents and teachers also take keen interest in co-curricular activites. Making children take part in speeches, Morning Reflections, debates has always been our main focus in St.Anthony’s, as it will make Anthonians even more confident in speaking and conversation for which they are given training right from the beginning.
MONTHLY REPORT NOVEMBER 2014
Blogroll: The month of November with all its hustle and bustle comes to an end
This month has been full of activities all through. To start with the Final Rounds of ‘Poster Competition’ and the Semi Finals of ‘Singing Competition’ took place in classes 2—5.
Besides, in the first week, the ‘Elections of House Captains’ were held, as the most celebrated ‘Annual Sports Meet’ is quite close. These elected captains shall take care of their respective houses regarding finances and different types of arrangements for the day. Every house aspires to win as this victory shall be cherished till the next sports meet, the next year.
On 9th Nov. the birthday of great poet philosopher Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was celebrated. The students vowed to follow the teachings of the Poet of East.
To enhance the spelling learning amongst the students, Spelling Bee Competitions are held. These are conducted in classes 2—8. Almost all the students are encouraged to take part in this activity since it greatly helps them with every subject. The preliminary round was held in the beginning of the academic year. Then on the 10th of this month, the winners of the first round participated in the Final Round. The position holders of the Final Round would be awarded with shields as always. In classes 6—8, the Semi Finals of the same were conducted. Side by side, the Final Rounds of Urdu and English Poetry, Urdu and English speech Competitions (classes 2—5) took place in which the students participated very enthusiastically.
The General Knowledge Competition with the name ‘Brain of St. Anthony’s’ is one of the most popular ones with the students. It is conducted in four rounds. The 2nd quarter final took place on 11th this month and the students took part with all their zeal and zest.
The senior classes 9A and 10A, afterwards got busy with their Send-Ups.
Staging drama is one of our traditions—- a tradition in which our students feel delight to take part. On 19th, the four winner classes of Drama Competition appeared again on the stage to compete for the first three positions. The classes who secured first three positions were 2B, 2A and 8A respectively, with class 6C securing the 4th position which was given the consolation prize.
On the 20th, Universal Children Day was celebrated in the school. The hall was decorated beautifully in keeping with the theme of the occasion. The teachers sang songs for the students — no doubt children are the future of a nation. The famous ‘AURAT KAHANI’ play which was staged by the Drama Club in Alhamra Art Centre was given awards . All the students who took part, alongwith the directors Mr. Luke Calvin and Mrs. Sara Johnson were given shields and certificates.
The sober t Prefects Oath Ceremony’ took place on the 21st in Trinidad Hall. These prefects shall hold their office for the year 2014-2015.
‘Clean Green Project ‘activity was taken part in by Anthonians alongwith other schools. All through they were in limelight because of their active and outgoing behaviour.
On Pre-school side, the little children of classes Nursery, Prep and One took part in Handwriting Competitions as we strongly feel that handwriting must be monitored right from the beginning and all students must follow the school handwriting pattern. In addition, these little children also participated in English Reading Competition.
In classes 6—8 the Semi Finals of English and Urdu Speeches took place in which the students participated with much enthusiasm. The short listed ones shall appear in the Final Round.
The most cherished Pre-School Sports Meet was held on the 27th in school ground. Children of classes Nursery, Prep and One participated. Their parents were also invited. The students from Senior School lend a hand and greatly helped the teachers on the occasion.
Morning Reflections were continued side by side according to the weeks assigned to different classes. This month classes 2A, 3A, 3B, 4B, 7A, 8A, 8C and 9C took their turns.
Anthonians made their mark in “Clean Green Project” activity
The participants of the activity reached Gulshan-e-Iqbal as planned.On reaching there, they were given jackets by the” Clean Green Project” team. These jackets are necessary to wear before collecting the garbage.
Following the Anthonian tradition of punctuality, they reached there right in time. Wearing jackets, they cleaned the garbage in the park and finished before the other teams did. LGS, Beaconhouse, SOS, and Govt. Girls High Sshool had sent their teams in addition to ours.Being the first team to reach the venue, Anthonians got the honour to host the programme as well.
Not only the people over there, but also the service staff meant to take care of the park felt amazed by the great job done by the Anthonians as absolutely no garbage or rubbish was left on the ground to be cleaned.
The activity was a lot of fun. Afterwards, almost all the participants were interviewed. Because of so much emphasis on speaking skills particularly the Morning Reflections in the school, again Anthonians stood apart in giving interviews.
A lady, who was one of the organizers, made a speech and highly appreciated our school team. Lastly, the Anthonians sang a song “Ye Watan Tumhara Hai“—- a song highlighting our duties towards our homeland, and of course keeping our country clean is the most desirable of all.
We suggest that all the schools should take part in such voluntary activities.
The dignified ‘Prefects Oath Ceremony’ takes place on the 21st this month
As is the tradition, the oath ceremony takes place after the selection of prefects. The nominees must fulfill certain conditions set by the Disciplinary Committee after which they qualify as prefects. They are selected from classes 6 —11 both from Matric and Cambridge departments.
The upcoming board of prefects for the year 2014-2015 consists of 29 students with 12 girl prefects and 17 boy prefects chosen from the above mentioned classes.
The outgoing Asstt. Chief Prefect Shehroze Ali (10C) made a speech exclaiming that it had been a wonderful experience from which he learnt much.
Sir Arif, the Co-ordinator of Matric Deptt. and Disciplinarian of the school called out the names of newly selected prefects one by one who were handed over the Prefect Sash by the Principal. Later, they were all presented with a candle — the symbol of enlightenment and progress.
When once they were all on the stage, Sir Arif made them take the oath. Shah Saud the new Chief Prefect (11C) made a speech promising to do his best as the chief prefect of the school and even afterwards in his life.
Lastly, the Principal made a closing speech congratulating the new board of prefects and encouraging them to develop leadership quality in their personalities to perform all the tasks in an improved way. He urged them to synchronize their energies to attain synergy so as to remain successful in every challenge of life.
On 21stNov., the winners of 2nd Quarter Final of ‘Brain of St.Anthony’s’ were awarded shields.
The upcoming session i.e. the 3rd Quarter Final of the same shall take place somewhere in Jan.2015.
Drama Club’s masterpiece “Aurat Kahani” awarded
The touching drama ‘Aurat Kahani’ staged by the Drama Club of the school gets acknowledged even by the celebrities like Usman Peerzada. Mrs.Sara Johnson and Mr. Luke Kelvin directed the play and set new standards in staging techniques.
The principal appreciated the efforts made by the students who took part alongwith the directors, and awarded them with shields and certificates.
Anthonians Setting New Standards in Staging Dramas
19th Nov. 2014 has been a special day as the four classes who scored the highest in the first round of ‘Drama Competition’ this year, appeared on the stage for the final round.The finalist classes being: 2A, 2B, 6C and 8A took their turns one after the other.
The judges: Mrs. Victoria Patrick — a well- known educationist and former professor in Kinnaird College,
Mr. Rasheed Masih from Main St.Anthonys and Miss Mehwish Imran from St.Dominic Convent, JoherTown
announced the results.
Class 2B stood 1st scoring 98%
Class 2A stood 2nd scoring 91% and
Class 8A with 84% got the 3rd position.
The stage was set beautifully for every drama matching with its theme.
2B’s theme was : Think before you speak.
2A’s theme : Kindness is ultimately rewarded.
8A presented a comedy drama with the theme that making a false show of one’s riches never pays at the end of the day.
The judges highly appreciated the efforts made by the students and of course by the teachers with whose guidance the children/students made their day.”These dramas have really set a standard”, the judges say,
” and present a challenge not only to the upcoming students of the school but to other schools as well!”
Children’s Day Celebrations in St. Anthony’s Faisal Town ,Lahore
Universal Children’s Day is celebrated all through the world on the 20th of November every year.This is to acknowledge that all the children have the common rights — to survive, to thrive, to be educated and above all to be loved.In St. Anthony’s High School the day is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm. Slide shows, documentaries were shown on the day to encourage the children who are the future of our nation. The teachers recited beautiful poems appreciating the students. Some teachers sang songs also and showed their love towards the students. The students also celebrated the day. From junior classes little children presented a beautiful dance show on the song ” Dil Tou Bachcha Hai Ji”. Senior students made speeches acknowledging the efforts made by the teachers in grooming their personalities which will help them in becomig worthy citizens of this nation in the times to come.The principal made a closing speech and appreciated everyone for taking part in the celebrations.Later, chocolates were distributed as always amongst all the children of the school.
The Earth Day event is celebrated today in the morning assembly.Class 7C
presented a beautiful tableau on
“This is our Earth
This is our home”
The students were dressed beautifully, with green and blue colours
prominent in their dresses: green colour signifying land and the colour
blue signifying water. One of the students was holding a model of earth
in her hands. The idea was that we must keep our earth clean of all the
litter and impurities just as we keep our homes neat and clean.
In Junior School, the children were awarded with the ‘Student of the
Month’ certificates. The Principal Mr. Maxwell Shanti gave away the
certificates to the students. It’s a tradition of the school that the
students who win at least two commendations from its teachers for any
good deed done during the month, and have not got any warning letter at
the same time, are awarded with this title.
At St.Anthony’s we strive to get our pupils engaged in creative
activities and keep on encouraging them at the same time. The school
atmosphere is such that students keep on trying winning this title as
only one student is selected from every section for a month.