Al Manarat Heights recently commenced its drama club. Club members range from grade 3 till 8. The purpose of the club is to enrich the student experience with performing arts in an Islamically appropriate manner. The club not only provides the opportunity for students to develop and hone their acting skills but they will also be learning about the different elements involved in putting a performance together like script, props and direction. There is careful consideration of Islamic adaab in keeping the content and environment clean. Drama is a powerful tool to convey an heart penetrating message across.
Reading groups are a fantastic place to promote learning. Our students and their learning needs are unique so this is a wonderful way to engage students. After a short reading session, the students discuss their stories, which helps to reinforce the concepts an thus leads to a better retention.
Chess is a board game that is played with sixteen pieces on each player’s side, with different pieces that have a unique role on the board. In other words, they all have different abilities for moving across the board. Chess is only won when check-mate is achieved, which means that the king of the opponent cannot escape without being killed. It takes time and a lot of thought!
We have 1-hour sessions in which the students learn to play chess using winning strategies! Furthermore, each new student of chess is paired with an experienced player so they can learn from each other. In doing so, they gain leadership skills, better friendships, and chess skills! Playing chess also helps in increasing the IQ, uses both the left and right hemisphere of the brain, improves creativity, memory, foresight, problem-solving skills and concentration.
Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric. Knitting creates multiple loops called stitches, in a line or tube that can be used to make garments and other necessities.
The purpose of the knitting club is to revive the art of knitting while providing a sense of camaraderie for the students. The students at AlManarat first learn to knit. Guidance is offered as the students knit their own individual projects.
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful handwriting. The term may derive from the Greek words for “beauty” (kallos) and “to write” (graphein). It implies a sure knowledge of the correct form of letters—i.e., the conventional signs by which language can be communicated—and the skill to make them with such ordering of the various parts and harmony of proportions that the experienced, knowledgeable eye will recognize such composition as a work of art.
In order to keep this great art alive, Al-Manarat Heights has introduced English, Arabic and Persian calligraphy lessons for the students during Friday Club sessions. Students’ unprecedented response and appreciation have invigorated our belief that calligraphy cannot be old-fashioned in age.