Grade 5 students collaborated as teams for their “Cook for a Cause” event. They were assigned several tasks to complete in which multiple subjects such as Math, English, French, and German were incorporated. The goal was to raise as much money as they can while staying under the specific budget set for all groups. The money raised was then donated to the charity of their choice. Parents and teachers were invited to share the final event performance and by helping the students reach their goal. Overall, it was an outstanding effort that everyone enjoyed being a part of.
Grade Two went on a trip to The Children’s Museum. This was the culmination of a Social Studies unit on Charity and Volunteer Work. We learned about how to help in our community. We held a bake sale to raise money for the trip. We also wanted to invite a school for the deaf and hearing impaired so that we could share lunch with them and treat them to the museum tour and give them a treat as well.
The children had a wonderful time listening to the presentations and taking part in the various activities. They also played with the deaf and hearing impaired children and it was gratifying to see their interaction. We were happy to raise money to share a little of our bounty with the less fortunate in our community.
Co-founder Salma Ehab, a Hayah alumna, sought to create the first Warsha Community Service Conference meant to equip HS students with skills to make changes within their own community regarding the areas of health, poverty, environment, and education . The vision is that the conference will grow to a national level and include original community service ideas by students.
The first Warsha-led initiative took place on the 21st of October, 2016 in Hayah’s MRC. The one-day conference gathered a variety of people including students, NGOs, experts and passionate speakers. The Warsha team, and a lot of helping hands from around Hayah, have been working on this project for almost an entire year. After several changes and adjustments to what had originally been planned, the event took off on a very early Friday morning.
The day was split up into two main portions. The first half of the day was dedicated to informative, hands-on workshops led by a variety of speakers. Among the people involved during the first half of the day were Yasmeen Khamees, the founder of Doodle Factory, and Mostafa Hashisha, the CEO of iSpark. The second part of the day gave students the opportunity to participate in a Think Tank, supervised by an expert and a facilitator, to use what they learned to come up with a solution to a specific community problem. Students were engaged with problems like the lack of
access to clean water, primary school drop outs, and The Nile River pollution. After the time had elapsed in the Think Tanks, students presented their ideas to a panel that chose a project to be awarded the title, ‘The Next Big Thing.’ Overall, students, panelists and facilitators alike found the conference to be engaging, unique, and an experience they would definitely like to repeat.
On Thursday December 1st we celebrated the conclusion of literacy month with a character parade. Students came dressed as characters, from a book they have read, who have positive personality traits that they would like to emulate. It was a beautiful parade honoring both reading and positive character traits.
written by: Mariam Hassaballa, Class of 2016 President
From the commencement of the ceremony to the cap toss, it’s almost impossible to dilute such a poignant and intense ceremony to just a few words. The graduating ceremony began with the national anthem salutation and Mariam Ezzat followed with a beautiful Quran recital leaving the crowd in awe. The speeches then began by introductions from Ms. Abeya Fathy, Head Principal, and Mr. Keith Ord, High School Principal. Five Hayah students then spoke at the ceremony. Aamenah Elsherif, Class Valedictorian talked about the journey we embarked on and the changes we faced, thanking the people who had helped us along the way. Donia Sameh, Class Salutatorian, gave a Cairokee-inspired speech honoring memories of our class going to numerous concerts together. Then, Mariam Hassaballah, Class President, discussed the changes our class had gone through together from Elementary School to High School, illustrating the years this class had spent together. Following the tradition, she handed the senior flag to the Class of 2017’s Class President, Farah El Shimi. Salma Ehab, Class Speaker, then showed the crowd the many talents and virtues of the Class of 2016, stressing on the unique qualities it brought to the Hayah community. Finally, as a surprise, the fifth speaker, Moustafa Ahmed, recited a poem he wrote about his Hayah experience, bringing smiles and laughter to audience members.
The speeches filled the ceremony with a multitude of emotions and were then accentuated by a video demonstrating the close bond of the class and the unbreakable friendships made over the years. As a new element of the graduation ceremony, it was not enough to honor the class with diplomas, but also with awards to outstanding students in the academic as well as the non-academic fields. The component of surprise that went with these awards made it all the more exciting.
- Principal’s Award: Alia El Kattan
- Citizenship Award: Salma Ehab
- Artistic Award: Nour Abdel Baky
- Athletic Award: Mariam Hassaballah
The class of 2016 made it through IB with an average score of 34 and with 20 students scoring 37 and above. Two students achieved the top score of 43 – Zeina Gohar and Moustafa Saleh. Class of 2016 alumni will be attending many top universities around the globe including Toronto, London, Montréal, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Manchester, Boston, Istanbul, and here in Cairo.
Finally, the long-awaited moment arrived when Ms. Abeya Fathy officially graduated the Class of 2016. After moving our tassels from left to right, our class at last graduated from High School and started a new journey, which we will forever share together as the Class of 2016 Hayah family.
The Sixth Annual Middle School Talent Show 2015-2016 was hosted by the MS Student Council and supervised by the Performing Arts Department. As always, the talent show in Middle School is a perfect opportunity for students to express themselves in front of their peers and teachers, in a relaxing fun filled environment. This year’s theme chosen by the student council was a “Walk Through Time” and the winning backdrop design reflecting this theme was presented by G8 students Salma Ayman and Nour Khalifa. What was different this year was instead of hosts, the talents introduced themselves with pre-recorded interviews reflecting their choice of talent, the people that inspire them and pictures from their childhood. Despite the yearly wide array of singing talents, there were a few duets, a piano piece, and new this year, a parody of a stand-up comedy competition. This group of bold grade 8 students (Karim Saeed, Ali Ali, Omar Saeed and Belal Gaber) won third place for having a unique concept. In second place was Jana Kawas (grade 6) for her strong stage presence and last but not least Lama , for presenting all the elements of a spectacular performance. The most significant portion of the show was how all the talents overcame their fear and persevered despite stage fright which proved that everyone performing was not only a winner but a shining star.
The combined efforts and dedication by the Student Council members, Back Stage crew and on the day by the House Captains and Prefects is what made this event a memorable one and one that truly embodies student collaboration and spirit.
Once again, Hayah international Academy has achieved outstanding International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) results! Our average score was an impressive 34.1 points. Sixty three students took the full diploma this year and we again obtained a 100 % pass rate.
A further ten of our graduates sat for IB Courses (Certificates) and all achieved very high IB scores. All ten were awarded the Hayah American High School Diploma and all were accepted by top universities, both in Cairo and overseas. In fact all our graduates have been accepted by universities and colleges in countries including the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, India and the UAE.
We are especially proud of the nine students who gained 40 points and above. The highest individual score was a world class 43 points obtained by Shams Badr El Din. Shams’ choice of subjects was particularly demanding. She studied four subjects at Higher Level (HL), Math, Physics, Chemistry and French B. Her Standard Levels (SL) were English Language and Literature and Economics. In addition Shams had to study IB Arabic as a seventh subject to meet Hayah graduation requirements. Shams will be studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
The second highest student was Ola Abdel Hamid who scored 42 points. Ola studied Biology HL, Chemistry HL, Business and Management HL and Arabic B HL. Her SL subjects were Math SL and English Language and Literature. Ola will study Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield in the UK, where she has been offered a scholarship.
Four students achieved 41 points, Firas Ibrahim Atwa, Malak Taher, Ondine Ibrahim Atwa and Zeinab Sherif Abou El Naga. The three students who achieved 40 points were Aida Galal Fawzy, Mohamed Sabry Salama and Rana Amr Lotfy.
It is important to understand that Hayah students are not just about scoring high grades. They also fully immerse themselves in the ideals of the community, organizing and participating in service projects both in Egypt and overseas. They include top level athletes and musicians and also represent the school through organizations like the MUN and TEDx.
With 26 IB Examiners currently on our faculty, we are one of the top IB schools in Middle East and able to attract applications from high caliber students both in Cairo and from overseas. We look forward to the continued growth and success of all Hayah students in their academic, sporting, community service and other activities over the years to come.
By: Aida Galal El Din Fawzy – Hayah Graduate (Class of 2015)
June 12th, 2015, a turning point for 73 students; the end of one thing and the beginning of another. That evening witnessed the graduation of the Class of 2015, Hayah’s fifth graduating class. It took place on campus on a stage set up in the middle school field. To match the color of our senior shirts and flag, the school building was beautifully lit up with red lights, making the already beautiful atmosphere unparalleled.
To dilute such an intense, immense and emotional event into mere words is almost impossible, but here is how the sequence of the ceremony went. The crowd and the graduates rose to the national anthem, and which was followed by a powerful segment of Quran recital by Mohamed Sabry, one of the graduates of the Class of 2015. Then, the speeches began with Mr. Keith Ord the High School Principal commencing, followed by Ms. Abeya Fathy the Head Principal, both speeches clearly heart-felt, warm and endearing. Following that, four of the graduates gave speeches beginning with the Valedictorian Zeinab Abouelnaga captivating the audience with a beautiful story about her father’s journey and how it awakened inspiration and hard-work within her, pushing her to accomplish her goals. This was followed by the Salutatorian’s speech given by Ola Abdelhamid in which she gave her interesting insight on the relativity of success and how it is not just academic. After that came the bittersweet speech by the Class President Youssef Ramzy and which revolved around an extended metaphor describing life as “a box of chocolates”, and in which he spoke about the class’ experience. The final student speech was that of the Class Representative Anas Soliman describing the class’ journey in Hayah as a circle, and reminiscing on the class’ memories as well as recalling its humorous mishaps. The speeches engendered both laughter and tears due to their sincerity on this highly charged day. This surge of conflicting emotions was further enhanced by the videos playing throughout the ceremony, generating more laughter and tears. However, the tears were quickly overshadowed by cries of joy and excitement as Mr. Mohamed Magdy gave his speech and began calling out the graduates’ names. Finally, the long awaited moment finally arrived as Ms. Abeya Fathy officially graduated the Class of 2015 and caps were thrown into the air and the sky rained confetti.
Class of 2015 is not just any class; it has repeatedly displayed its excellence in different fields. Academically, this class was nothing short of superior with 63 students taking and passing the IB diploma with an average score of 34.1 and a top score of 43 points. Moreover, this class pioneered by managing to be the first IB graduating class in Hayah to score 7’s in Chemistry HL, and which was achieved by 3 students. Also, 9 students managed to obtain a score of 40 or above on the IB diploma. However, this is not the only area this class excelled in. It is brimming with talent between its artists, writers, musicians and other performers who brought life and color into the school’s talents shows, carnivals, and countless occasions. It is also not devoid of its athletes who made the school proud time and time again.
Graduates of the Class of 2015 will be studying in universities in different places around the globe from Egypt to the US, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Spain, India, South Africa, Belgium and the UAE. Class of 2015 does not lack in spirit with every single member uniquely bringing something to the table, undoubtedly making this class’ absence difficult, and making it impossible to forget.
On Monday, May 4, THE LORAX visited the KG! In celebration of Earth Day, the High School’s “Environmental Science Studies” class presented the Sr. Seuss story with an environmental theme. The dramatic reading included Lorax mustaches for the whole audience, as well as a gift of seeds to plant. All children took the “Lorax Oath” to protect the environment and be kind to the trees. Earth Day might be located on the calendar only one day of the year, but the idea of being environmentally aware is important all year round!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 SWW Photo Competition!!! The “School Without Walls” program certainly inspired our students to actively apply their academic learning to the greater communities around us, both local and global. While adventuring to destinations such as the White Desert, Thailand, Marsa Allam and France, we also asked them to take note of the natural world they were exploring.
Sponsored by the Library Team of the MRC, the SWW photography competition encourages students to pay close attention to ways in which the natural beauty of their destinations could be captured on film. It aims to expand the SWW explorations to include new visual and interpretive perspectives. The entries for the three categories were all amazingly beautiful! Selection of winners was quite challenging. The esteemed judges this year were Ms. Doha Samraa (a professional photographer and a member of our Elementary faculty), Mr. Praveen David (the Head of the Visual Arts Department) and Mr. Keith Ord (the HS Principal).
The 1st Place winners for this year’s competition are as follows:
Category 1: Beauty of Nature….Farida Yasser, 9S
Category 2: Nature of Place….Hend Wahdan, 9T
Category 3: Artistic Composition….Nouran Alaa, 10T
Congratulations to ALL who participated in the competition. Sharing beauty makes us all winners!