A yearlong reading program for the students at the Junior section is aimed to develop a love of reading. A new theme is introduced at the beginning of each month and various activities are planned to encourage everyone to read some material related to the theme! The most popular themes are usually mystery, fantasy, adventure and favorite author. The drop everything and read (D.E.A.R.) activity is thoroughly enjoyed by all as the freedom to choose the setting for reading a book is so exciting when it can be up a tree or inside a tunnel! Lookout for this year’s activities in our updates section.
Information and communication technology programIntroduced from KG I, this program goes up to grade 11. A most modern and well equipped computer lab and trained faculty ensures the best ICT education for our students.
The school works with an internationally recognized organization, The Fourth R in order to bring the best and latest in the field of technology to the students. The school is also a part of the classroom connection, a worldwide initiative organized by the British Council.
Physical Education ( PE)Children, who learn the importance of health and hygiene in their early ages, tend to grow up to be responsible and healthy adults who are well aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
At the preschool level, the physical education program emphasizes the development of fundamental motor skills through outdoor activities, drama/ movement, music and sports.
The students at the junior level enjoy traditional sports and activities as they are ready to experience a wide variety of movements. The young adults at the senior level are provided ample opportunities to explore their choice of physical activities and specialize according to interest and abilities.
Professional DevelopmentIn house training and development is a regular feature of the school and continues throughout the year. This is done by the subject coordinators and principals at each level. The schoolâ€™s employment code makes it mandatory for each staff member to attend a set number of training sessions.
Moreover, experts and specialists are invited to the school usually on working Saturdays apart from the enrollment of faculty members in workshops and certificate courses offered by recognized teacher training institutions like Teachers Resource Centre, Spelt, AKU- IED, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) etc.
Community Involvement and OutreachThis has been an integral part of The AMI School since its inception and we have an enviable record of service with a number of NGO s and Government organizations. We are always ready to lend a helping hand across the country to people affected by earth quakes, floods or other calamities. Great stress is given to social responsibility and activism and such activities are included in the school year at each level. Apart from the compulsory community service of 30 hours at the secondary level, the school is involved in drives, campaigns and fundraising for different organizations and causes.
The school works with CMPHR, WWF-Pakistan, Legal Aid Office, Karachi Down Syndrome Program and Dow University of Health Sciences, regularly.
Social Welfare ProgramThe mandatory 30 hour Social Welfare for O-I and O-II was held from September 03 to September 07,2012. The Kidney Center Post Graduate Training institute, Child Aid Association and SMB Fatima Jinnah Girls School are organizations with whom The AMI School has established permanent links for this activity. Various tasks were assigned to students, ranging from updating the database, taking the blood pressure reading to promotional work for a charitable mela.
The aim of this week is to make students aware of their role in society and to become responsible citizens.
CAP (across the border)The AMI School has joined hands with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan(CAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural and historical heritage of Pakistan for their Exchange for Change program .The aim of this program is to improve relationship between school students of 2 different countries .it makes the students in both countries realize that dialogue is not just possible but sustainable too.
Our country is India. The Exchange for Change- India seeks to exchange information, establish intercommunity linkages, alter student’s stereotypical perception and encourage people to people contact. Class VII is participating under the supervision of the class teacher Ms. Naveeda Salim and Ms. Asima Arif.
There are 5 phases involved:
- Phase 1 – Letter Series
- Phase 2 – Photography Series
- Phase 3 – Oral History Series
- Phase 4 – Video Series
- Phase 5 – Physical Exchange
- Phase 1 – Letter Series: Students write letter introducing themselves, interest, hobbies and ask questions from their counterparts. Handmade Eid cards were sent along with their letters.Phase 2 – Photography Series: Photography depicting lifestyles and collages depicting Monuments, school life, food and festivals workshops will be made. This enables letter understanding of the other country lifestyle.Phase 3 – Oral History Series: Students interview grandparents about their early lives in the subcontinent and record them to be sent to their counterparts.Phase 4 – video series: The entire project is documented, recording the student’s hopes and aspirations which will be exchanged at the end of the project.Phase 5 – Physical Change: At the end of the project, selected members will visit India for a weeklong trip. This will allow face to face interaction and personally experience life across the border.
Critical Thinking Program (CTP)Thinking clearly and critically are essential skills and must ideally be part of every lesson plan. However, some focused activities targeting these skills made available during school hours greatly helps develop these in children and staff alike. Presently, running for students of class VI only, the program is being modified to become a part of the weekly schedule at every level.
Traffic Management ProgramParent support and cooperation is required to manage the traffic outside the school more effectively. School staff and CPLC guards are on duty at morning and afternoon time to assist and keep the traffic moving. This problem affects all and requires understanding and patience on everyone’s part to be addressed properly. The Management tries its best to do whatever is possible to keep the area neat and clean, traffic and parking organized but cannot succeed without everyone’s help. Truly believing that our parent community comprises of well aware and socially responsible people, we look forward to continuous support in this matter.
The main outlines of this program are issued at the beginning of each academic year to ensure announcing of changes made to the arrangements essential for the smooth running of this program. These are made available here too for convenience.
- From this year, the students of the senior branch are getting dropped off in the morning at the back lane from where our staff escorts them safely to the school gate. This has not only improved the traffic flow in the morning but also reduced the inconvenience to all using the roads around the school.
- The privately run vans coming to school are made to leave immediately after dropping off the children in the morning and instructed to come only 15/20 minutes before the school gets off. Please instruct the van drivers to follow these instructions as their presence for longer time creates parking issues for parents and visitors. In addition, it also compromises the security of the children and the school staff.
- No parking here signs have been placed in front of the gates to ensure minimum inconvenience to the residents of the area. More signs are being prepared for daily reminders for all to ensure effective implementation of the traffic management program.
- The road in front is made one way for brief durations in the morning and afternoon to manage the flow of traffic from both directions. The timings for this are:
Morning 7:30 am 9:15 am
Afternoon 12:15 pm 2:15 pm
- Cars coming from Hill Park godown from the back of the Daycare building to take a right turn from the lane besides the Daycare and again turn right to come to the Nursery or Junior branches.
- Use of horns is strictly forbidden. Blowing of horns disturbs the neighbours living near the school as well as the students doing lessons and is considered noise pollution. Therefore, please refrain from honking to reduce this type of pollution for ourselves and the children.
- Do not ever drop your child on the opposite side or a long way from any of the school gates no matter what.
- Do not insist on dropping the children exactly in front of the school gate. All wanting to do this creates a huge dead lock at the back making everyone late. Moving up a little ahead of the gate will help avoid this. A sign please bring your car to this point is used for the purpose.
- Move your car forward immediately after dropping your child as cars are lining up at the back. Make the children keep their bags with them in order to get down quickly. Bags kept in the boot take a long time to be collected and again cause a traffic jam.
- Please help the staff by cooperating with them. Do not argue or misbehave with the staff as they are only doing their jobs. A little understanding on your part goes a long way in managing the traffic. Please also instruct your drivers also not to argue and misbehave with them.
- Try leaving home 5 to 10 minutes earlier to avoid the rush and anxiety faced when time is running out.
- Last but most importantly, patience, understanding and civility by everyone can greatly improve the flow of traffic around the school
Life Skills Program
In a fast changing world, having Life Skills is essential and has therefore, become an integral part of education. Students need these life skills to cope with the ever increasing pace and change of the modern times. In everyday life, developing of life skills help students to :
- find new ways of thinking and problem solving
- take responsibility for their actions
- gain confidence for group collaboration and cooperation
- achieve a greater sense of self awareness and appreciation of others
- work as part of a team
The courses offered are:
Our Life Skills Program has been running successfully at Junior and Senior Sections for many years and will continue in next academic year too with some exciting additions. Each Life Skills course is conducted by trained instructors on a weekly basis. It is a compulsory program and every student has to select one course.
- Roller skating
- Creative clay
- Cyber Robotics
- Home Gardening
- Vocal Training
- Art Therapy
- Public Speaking
- Live From Space
Is a black belt DAN certified by World Taekwondo Federation Korea with the following awards to his credit. Is currently working as a sports coordinator and Taekwondo instructor in many schools & clubs. Is also the founder and president of United Taekwondo Academy.
- Black Belt 3rd DAN, 1998 (Kay Jays Taekwondo Association
- International DAN Certifications: Black Belt 4th DAN 2007 (World Taekwondo Federation, Korea)
Worked with several notable directors and have done many theatre plays and countless mobile theatre performances for educational purposes in remote villages and cities of Pakistan. Along with theatre, he has also performed in various TV productions and a film called “RAM CHAND PAKISTANI”. Has conducted numerous theatre workshops for enhancing communication skills in collaboration with Aga Khan Medical College and University.
Is a voice over artist and does voice overs and narrations as well.
As a culinary expert his recipes have been published in SHE Mgazine, DAWN Review, THE NEWS and he has also taught many people how to cook in Singapore and Pakistan.
Has attended various national and international tournaments. Has organized summer camps for youth & works as a coach at various school. Is a recognized player of Roller hockey, Roller basket ball and Roller soccer.
Represented Pakistan in speed skating championship held in China. Received a gold medal in speed skating in All Pakistan CDGK Roller Skating competition.
Umair Khan, gymnastics instructor, started his training as a gymnast in 1986. He has the honour of being the all round gymnast in Karachi/Sindh Championship. He is also a gold medalist in National games and interclub competitions. At present, apart from his responsibilities as the Sports teacher and gymnastics instructor at The AMI School, he holds the position of a coach in Sindh Sports Board and is also the treasurer of Sindh Gymnastics Association.
Sana is Yoga instructor at The AMI School Junior Branch since 2016. She has had her training of Yoga and Aerobics from Yogi Wajahat Institute and Shape up solutions Canada. She is a graduate in Psychology from Sir Syed Girls College. Currently, she is a trainer at Retreat resort and Fat to Fit apart from being a LSP instructor at AMI.
Christine has been a part of The AMI as a music instructor since 2015. She has gained an ARCO diploma on the organ and completed her masters in music from Oxford University, UK. She has been teaching music in primary and junior schools level over 25 years, now presently, she teaches music at Froebels Education Centre and The AMI School.