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International School Dhaka - February Highlights

Maheen Khan


courtesy : ISD

Arnob takes the stage, courtesy : ISD

February was an eventful period for International School Dhaka (ISD). The school joined the festive spirit of Dhaka city, with events held both inside and outside school.

It began with the 'People United Fun Run 5k-2k' on February 3, 2011. The Fun Run started four years ago and has grown from a simple run down the streets of Bashundhara to a grand event consisting of over 800 participants. Everyone came forward to promote health and fitness and contribute towards the betterment of facilities that are offered to the under-privileged children involved in the ISD initiative - the Kajol Project. While the physical education teachers, Terry Weston and Cadi Riya, trained the primary students for the 5km and 2km distances, Marc Favre and Sasha Marshall set up the 'ISD 25 Kilometre Club'. This year there were a number of runners who crossed the 25 km mark and one dedicated student, Azaanullah Sayed from Grade 3-D, even made it to over 200 km!

Participants at The Fun Run. courtesy : ISD
Bangla Language Competition. courtesy : ISD
A student's creation exhibited at Personal Project. courtesy : ISD

Each year, ISD organises an Annual Staff Picnic. The picnic is managed by the Sunshine Committee, which comprises enthusiastic members willing to give their time in providing recreational amenities for the ISD staff members. This year the picnic was held in the AIUB Sripur Project, Bhangahati Sripur on February 4 and was sponsored by ISD parents, Mrs. Nadia Alim and Mr. Ishtiaque Abedin. It was a fun-filled day where all staff members enjoyed an outing with both their families and fellow colleagues. A raffle draw was held at the premises and exciting prizes were won. ISD recognises the amount of dedication and hard work of each and every employee, and the Annual Picnic is a fantastic way to give back.

Following the Annual Staff Picnic, the Personal Project took place on February 13 and 14, another highlight in the stream of festivities. Compulsory for all students in Grade 10, each student is assigned a supervisor who monitors the progress. The Personal Project allows students to explore their creativity and generate an original “product” of their own. The entire journey is encapsulated in a journal that is maintained to help them write a Personal Statement which is then assessed as part of the Middle Years Programme Certificate. Finally, the hard work and immense effort are showcased on a two day event. Primary School students and students from other schools, parents and members of the ISD community visited the exhibition. The exposure and the ability to portray their hard work motivate students to strive for excellence.

The festivities ended with the much awaited ISD Bangla Language Competition held on February 18. As the name suggests, it is a language competition in Bangla in which eight English medium schools participated. Ms. Farjahan Ehsan and Mrs. Tahsina Rahman had initiated the concept and Namit chose to work with the competition as her Community Action Service (CAS) Project. The motive was to raise the profile of the Bangla language in English medium schools. The participating schools were International School Dhaka (ISD), The Aga Khan School Dhaka, Scholastica, Playpen, Sunbeams, Sir John Wilson, Manarat International School and Delhi Public STS School. The quiz was conducted by the popular quiz-master, Mr. Ferdous Bappi and the moderators for the evening were Abdur Noor Tushar, Anisul Haque and Shampa Reza. Chief guest Ex- Education Minister, Sheikh Shahidul Islam, distributed crests among the participants. Richard Tangye, CEO ISD, announced the runner-up team from Sunbeams while Sir John Wilson School grabbed the winning spot. Nonetheless, each and every team was a winner as they all partook with great enthusiasm and interest. The event ended with a cultural show by ISD students and a surprise performance by Arnob, whose melodies made the day complete. ISD hopes to continue with the event annually and create awareness of Bangla language among students from English Medium schools.

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