a great deal in preparing for Islamic
studies assessments without any
This was conceptualized to develop
students’ interest in Mathematics.
Many children generally do not
enjoy the subject, as it requires
regular practice and involves logical
and analytical skills. The computer
teachers of Grades 7 and 8 were able
to create an app ‘Math Café’ with
the relevant content provided by the
Math teachers. This had a positive
impact on students who were able
to overcome their fear of the subject.
They developed an interest in Math
activities. Math Café paved the way for
the extension of Personalised Learning
in subjects like English and Science.
Senior school students conducted
the first ever press conference that
showcased an ‘all-women’ cabinet. The
team formulated policies and welfare
schemes, which were questioned by
the reporters and guests. This was
done via a video conferencing session
with Political and International Affairs
Analyst, Dr. Janardhan and Mrs.
Meena Janardhan, writer, editor an d
consultant. The students discussed
and debated international issues in
connection with the role played by the
United Nations in today’s crises and
environmental concerns. This enriching
learning experience enabled students
to look beyond their textbooks and
classrooms for solutions to achieving a
peaceful and sustainable future.
Junior School Parliament
OOS believes in nurturing leadership
skills at a very early age. Hence, the
Junior School Parliament has students
from Grade 1 upwards in key roles
such as Prime Minister, Leader of
Opposition, Health Minister, Education
Minister and Members of Parliament.
They debate and deliberate issues
related to; food available in the
canteen, cyber bullying and misuse of
technology. Recently, they discussed,
‘Future will be for those who adopt
innovations’. The Junior Parliament
is a democratic endeavor, instituted
to provide leadership skills and to
encourage students to raise concerns
and find feasible solutions.
Personal Universal and Life
Skills Education (PULSE)
The PULSE programme is spread
across the school and involves
sessions such as; shadowing a
professional, personality grooming,
stress management, peer pressure,
self- defense, cyber bullying, handling
relationships, and so on. The school
aims to have at least two modules
for each grade. Grade 12 students,
who have to prepare for the CBSE
Board Examinations, are introduced
to skills to help them cope with the
overwhelming stress and expectations
from parents, teachers and peers.
Grade 10 students have a session on
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
to enable them to use their mental
skills more effectively.
This show directs attention to pressing
issues that impact the environment.
The Junior Parliament at OOS comprises
of students from Grade 1 upwards.
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The theme was ‘Celebrating past,
Shaping the future’. The show
dialogue prevalent in UAE and
presented models of symbiosis.
The designs highlighted both the
local culture and Indian culture. The
students were able to show off their
creativity by making stylish clothing
from materials that would otherwise
end up in landfills. Students also
employed the use of technology by
constructing digital portfolios. OOS
has been recognized for unique
environmental initiatives and has
been a recipient of Green Flag for
two years. They also received ‘Sharjah
for their significant environmental
This is a student-led forum that seeks
to bring a cross-section of the student
and parent community of Grades 7-9,
on a common platform to discuss
sensitive and delicate issues openly. It
is a universal fact that children may not
always share their fears and anxieties
with parents. The aim of CANVASS
is to forge pathways into the parentchild relationship, thus, strengthening
the bond. The well-utilized platform
provides, to all parties concerned, an
insight into the minds of the other,
which goes a long way in ironing
out the differences. Parents have
welcomed the forum and lauded it as
a space to properly discuss an array of
topics, which cannot be approached
in a personal conversation at home.
It is hoped that CANVASS will create
a happier atmosphere for students in
school, as well as at home.
A student performing at the
‘Ruhaaniyaat Islamiyah’ event at OOS.