UAE: Habitat School in Ajman wins Sharjah Sustainability Award 2022

Sharjah: Habitat School, Al Jurf, Ajman has won the prestigious Sharjah Sustainability Award (SSA), which declared the school as the ‘Best Outstanding School’ in the domain ‘The Green School’.

The awards 10th cycle (2021-22) highlights the importance of developmental sustainability, protecting the wildlife and its biodiversity.

The award ceremony was recently held at Al Qasimia University, Sharjah, where more than 100 schools and universities participated. In the closing ceremony, conducted under the auspices of Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), its chairperson Hana Saif Al Suwaidi handed over the trophy and certificate of appreciation to Bala Reddy Ambati, principal of the school, who was accompanied by students and faculty of the farming department, Prathibha Komath, and head of department of biology, Smitha Krishnakumar.

Sustainable practices

Habitat Schools said the group has over the years invested in green ideas and sustainable practices to showcase model sustainable school communities. “The management of Habitat Schools, chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Rashed al Nuaimi and managing director Shamsu Zaman have invested in and pursued a special vision for Habitat Schools over the years that has resulted in many unique initiatives and achievements like tree-planting campaigns, publication of a ‘Farming Handbook’ and accolades like ‘Grow Your Food Award-2015, Ajman Agricultural Award-2019 and a Guinness World Records title for the largest number of saplings distributed-2019,” the school said in a statement.

 “LIFOLOGY GLOBAL FELLOW 2022”

” Our School has registered participation in Lifology Global Fellowship Programme – The Future 10000 – the World’s 1st and largest Fellowship Programme for school students which is to be given to selected 10000 students around the globe and the programme is intended to act as a Teenage Transformation Movement. Five students from Habitat School, Al Jurf have determinedly, successfully and laboriously achieved the title of “LIFOLOGY GLOBAL FELLOW 2022”, entering the list of Top 1000 Fellows. Congratulations to all the “FUTURE FELLOWS” of Habitat School.

1. Saleh Shaikh – Grade 10A

2. Alfiya. B.C – Grade 10 C

3. Fathima Shifla – Grade 10 C

4. Suadalfiya Nazeer – 10 C

5. Andria Mathew – 11A 

We wish all of them good luck in future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Spelling Bee Round 2

On 13th October 2022, Thursday KG2 had a Spelling Bee Round 2 Competition. Spelling Bee Round 1 Qualifiers were taken to the corridors by the judges where they had three rounds. Students were divided in a group of 5 on a table with 1 judge for each table & 70 students qualified for Spelling Bee Round 2.First round students were asked to spell the words asked by the judges. Second round they were given pictures and letters to write the spelling of the picture they got from the judges. Third round students were given a worksheet with words having missing letters and they had to complete the words. Students were very excited for the competitions. Every child was motivated to do and try to complete the task given to them within the time limit.

 The children were judged according to the following criteria:

  • Spell the word correctly
  • Picture Reading
  • Oral
  • Fill the missing letters
  • Fluency 
  • Confidence

Debate

We conduct  debate  in the classroom and it provides students with the opportunity to work in a collaborative and cooperative group setting. Housewise debates help students learn through friendly competition, examine controversial topics and strengthen skills in the areas of leadership, interpersonal influence, teambuilding, group problem solving, and oral presentation. Using debates in the classroom provides students the opportunity to explore real-world topics and issues. 

Topics given are

1. Should healthy eating be made mandatory?

2 Internet safety

Housewise Debates also engage students through self reflection and encourage them to learn from their peers.

Newsletter Making

A newsletter designing activity was conducted in the CCA period during the Habitat al Jurf 5 to 8 section in honour of the celebration of International Literacy Day. Classes were  divided into 4 teams and all 4 teams designed their newspaper in the classroom by compiling the news articles they had brought from home.The teams designed the newspaper as per their plan.The success behind this event is the participation and involvement of each student by contributing creative news articles and presentations.The key benefit of newspaper designing  is that it helps students to acknowledge  and analyze that  it is still a fountain of knowledge and information.They are still an invaluable resource to educators and students. A newspaper designing  is an effective way to demonstrate knowledge and stimulate creativity in students.This activity seems to have several advantages, including increased leadership opportunities, more interaction and sharing schemes  between the participants. Students being  together were enthusiastic and the outcome was commendable indeed.

Elocution

Grade 5 conducted the Elocution Competition .The competitions open for all the students, Children participated earnestly in the competition. Their efforts and initiative were appreciated by one and all. The participants exhibit perfect finer points that go into making a public speech interesting and captivating. The poise, self-confidence, and praise-worthy articulation delivered by the speakers with an uncommon sense of conviction made the event a benchmark for the fellow students and also provided utmost satisfaction and pride to the teacher. Some factors which were judged during the competition were voice quality, speech content and delivery standards.

Grandparents Day

“Grandparents are the footsteps to the future generation”

Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, the greatest storytellers and the keepers of traditions. Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation. Through their special love and care, grandparents keep a family close at heart. To honour Grandparents, Habitat Kindergarten celebrated Grandparents Day on 12th September 2022 with great zeal and zest. Grandparents were physically invited to school and few joined online from their home country on this special day. 

Our tiny tots welcomed them with welcome speech, welcome dance and Importance of Grandparents in our life followed by different games and activities done by the teachers and children.  The students made beautiful cards to show their love and respect towards them. The grandparents expressed their gratitude and love to the teachers and commented on how special they felt. Grandparents Day was a memorable one for the children as well as the grandparents, who left with happy memories, loads of appreciation and heaps of blessings to the school and its staff.

Mock Fire Drill

A mock fire drill was executed for the entire school to create awareness and preparedness on 7th September 2022, with a targeted time of 5 minutes.

The students were trained to be alert, quick, and responsible, follow instructions, maintain calm and avoid panic to avert stampedes and casualties. The main aim of the drill was to build courage and confidence amongst students and develop leadership skills.

All the students, teachers, and staff were evacuated from the school building in 4 minutes and 20 .seconds, this being the first mock fire drill conducted during this academic year 2022.23.

Students are trained to reach the safe designated areas allocated for each class in case of any emergency. Headcount was done by the class teachers to ensure the presence of everyone. Special training has been imparted to the staff members to handle crises and give first-aid relief if required.