Wednesday, the 7th of November. Dr. Sue Dahdah has conducted a meeting with the new parents to explain the school’s new policy, objectives and mission to foster mutual understanding between parents and the administration.
Dr. emphasized on the aspect of creativity; how the students should innovate and develop an interest or a passion alongside their academic skills. An innovative child is deemed to be a great one. In addition, parents inquired about the different activities offered at school, consequently, as of this Monday, the school will start after-school activities including: carpentry, football, gymnastics and ping pong (table tennis). School clubs are also offered, ranging from, the newsletter & yearbook (journalism) club, website club, and most recently, robotics club. Also, it is worth to note AHSS’s annual school art contest which will occur soon in which multiple schools come to AHSS to compete with their artworks.
One of the most important points discussed was regarding the school’s new policy. Previously, the school taught all the subjects for the first and second graders in Arabic. However, this was troublesome for many foreign students which reperesent a huge percentage of the student body, making it hard to keep up with the other students academically. To fix this problem, the school decided that it would be better to teach those grades in English as it makes things more fair.
Unfortunately, Dr. Sue pointed out that bullying between students is increasing, claiming that students get this behavior from outside of school, as the Abdul Hamid Sharaf School has zero tolerance policy for bullying. It was advised from Dr. Sue to watch out on the young students long hours of playing on video games as they are easily influenced through them with violence. Recent research gives evidence supporting the claim that long-playing hours on video games can cause students to become anxious and angry rather than more relaxed.
Finally, the Abdul Hamid Sharaf School aims to be a comfortable school for students, where they come excited and happy to learn and engage with their friends. For any inquires and suggestions from parents or students about the school’s activities program, please do not be hesitate to ask and comment below. We will happily take answer!