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By Pervaiz Imam

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RIYADH, October 5, 2000 – In the recent IGCSE University of Cambridge examination held this year, Eraj Adeel, a student of the Pakistan International School (English Section) came out top by
securing eight A*'s an eight point scale of grades.
To celebrate this highly successful results of all the first batch of students who appeared in IGCSE examination, a graduation ceremony was held at the Pakistan embassy hall on Monday, October 2, 2000. It may be added here that the students of the school have secured hundred percent results in the final examination conducted by the University of Cambridge in June 2000.
The new ambassador of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lt. Gen. (retd.) Mohammed Asad Durrani was the chief guest on this occasion. Besides the large gathering including the parents, the other notables who graced this function included Mrs. Nighat Wali, headmistress of the Pakistan International School (English Section); Masroor A. Junejo, Pakistan embassy counselor and the school link officer; Nusrat Ali Shah Kazmi, principal Pakistan International School.
The ambassador, who is the patron-in-chief of the school awarded the degrees and certificates of excellence to all the successful students and praised their performance. Mrs. Nighat Wali, Masroor A. Junejo and Nusrat Ali Shah Kazmi assisted him here.
The jubilant Eraj said," the students should take pride of their teachers’ intense care, proper teaching methods and their cordial and congenial relationship with students and their parents. Being an outstanding debater herself, she further added that during here stay in the school, she got ample opportunities to harness here latent qualities and self confidence, like other students, due to close relationship with teachers who generated a congenial atmosphere in the institution.
The other outstanding A-grade students were Hammad Zia Siddiqui, Hina Nasim Syed, Shabaz Salim Khan, Somira Soomro and Shan Husain. They were also awarded merit certificates at this graduation ceremony. In all, eleven students were awarded degrees and certificate of performance.
It is worth mentioning here that Bilal Qureshi, another successful student, is an excellent sportsman as well. He recently skippered the Saudi Arabian Cricket Board (SACB) Expatriates XI Under-17 cricket team to the ICC Asia Cup, which was held in Karachi, Pakistan. Here, he proved to be an all rounder and against Malaysia, he won the man of the match honor. For his team, he emerged as the highest wickettaker. In his best bowling figures during this prestigious ICC Asia Cup, he took four wickets for 24 runs and his best batting partnership was of 78 runs.
Ever-agile Rida Khan presented the history of the school during the ceremony, which was founded in 1995 by the parents looking for high quality education in English medium.
The school teachers who were recognized for their dedicated services during the IGCSE University of Cambridge examination are Mrs. Lubna Kamran, Mrs. Shama Fazli, Dr. Shahida Hassan, Dr. Estella O’Brien, Mrs. Sajida Imran, Mrs. Ameena Cader, Mrs. Attia Nadeem, Mrs. Wafa Al Saeed, Mrs. Ghazal Junejo and Mrs. Naima Waqar.
In series of speeches, the ambassador said, "a council of parents will be set up soon to administer the affairs of the Pakistan International School in Riyadh which have collectively enrolled about 10,000 students and is one of the largest institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He went on to say that the council will provide useful guidance and advises for efficient functioning of the institution. An announcement to this will be made shortly for these schools. He urged the students to keep up the laurels and lofty principles of their institution and concentrate on their studies with more dedication and even try harder to excel in performance then their predecessors.
The ambassador praised the performance of school’s headmistress, Mrs. Nighat Wali and her teaching staff for their diligence and skill in imparting best of education to their students and taking care of their welfare and discipline.
Mrs. Nighat, in her welcome speech, said that the school takes pride in the fact that it received full attention and cooperation of the Pakistan embassy, its officials, teachers and parents in achieving this excellent result. She added that," it is just the beginning. Better results will be realized in the future as well as the students and the teachers are confident to bring a good name to their institution and they are really determined to inculcate quality culture in their school," she stated.
It was also disclosed that the school development plan has been formulated for the 2000-2001 academic year. Some progress has been made towards the targets set for this year while others have been identified for the coming years.
The English section under Mrs. Nighat is devoted to raise the standard of the school, primarily the standard of the student achievement. They are also working improving the quality of teaching and learning.
As a Head of the school, Mrs. Nighat has developed bonds of mutual trust, discipline, cooperation and respects amongst all staff member and she has high expectations of them. They all work in team and have coordinators looking after their specific areas. All have clear view of the school’s distinctive purposes and values. By regular evaluation, they constantly check to see whether their practice matches the aims and values. Overall, this also helps them to find more effective means of improving their practices.
Mrs. Nighat was all-upbeat of the success. She said that our first batch consisted of eleven students only and they have secured 28 A’s (90%) and 12 A* (95% and above). This is really outstanding and it could not have been possible without the combined efforts of the students, teachers and parents. It is really a positive relationship.
In her concluding remarks, she outlined that our faculty worked with pure devotion and professional commitment to give their pupils the precious gift of knowledge and the skill to prove their work. It is the logistic approach to the curriculum that led the pupils towards higher attainment.
The parents’ role in this is equally important. As we all know that parents are the pillars of strength and support for their children. The friendly and affectionate relationship between a child and his/her parents held them develop confidence and self-assurance. It also guarantees positive attitude and ensure enhancement in their abilities.
She concluded by saying that," a little devotion and attention works wonders for children. So we have to work collectively to stabilize their future. With our support, leaders will emerge automatically.

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