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Co-curricular Activities

Co-curricular clubs at Newlands are designed to give our students real-life learning opportunities.

Co-curricular activities are offered as part of the extended curriculum at Newlands Islamabad and are designed to give our students real-life learning opportunities. They include:

Co-curricular Activities:

  • 47+ clubs ranging from public speaking, science, and teaching, to outdoor activities
  • Opportunities to enrich student learning within and beyond the classroom
  • Structured activities offering life skills
  • Skill-based report each term, enriching the students’ portfolio
  • The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, which is now in its third year
  • Expert coaches who are carefully selected to ensure the safety of your child

The following are offered as part of the co-curricular activities.

PYP Clubs - Grades 1 and 2

Earthling

The environmental club allows every individual to learn about themselves and their environment, with a focus on their connection to, and responsibilities towards the environment. Students analyse global environmental issues, engage in problem-solving, and take action to address challenges.

This club aims to provide learners with the knowledge and awareness about the environment and helps them create a balanced relationship between humans and the natural world. The aims and objectives of the Earthling club are:

  • Suggesting solutions for global environmental issues and threats
  • Creating awareness through art (painting, poster making, etc.)
  • Inquiring about their responsibilities towards the planet on which they live
Pet a Pet

The Pet a Pet Club aims to teach children how to treat pets. Students learn about how pets communicate, their different needs, and how to take care of pet animals. This club makes them demonstrate various IB Learner Profile attributes: they become caring towards their pets, inquirers when inquiring into the needs of their pets, better communicators when learning to communicate with their pets, and they become responsible by taking responsibility for their pets.

The aims and objectives of Pet a Pet Club are:

  • Understanding the needs of a particular pet
  • Differentiating between pets and wild animals
  • Developing positive relations with pets
  • Taking on some responsibilities related to pet-keeping
  • Coming up with a basic pet-keeping routine

PYP Clubs - Grades 3 to 5

Music Club
The importance of music and its benefits in the cognitive and personality development of an individual are well documented. In alignment with the concept, the Music Club has incorporated in its curriculum:
  • Music Theory (Basic)
  • Instruments, such as Guitar, Ukulele and Violin lessons - fret/fingerboard familiarisation, chord progressions and solo renditions
  • Drums: Time signatures are taught in 3/4, 6/8, 2/4 and 4/4, along with fills, rolls and breaks
  • Vocals: Using various compositions, students opting for vocals are encouraged to emulate accomplished artists with guidelines regarding pitch perfection and time precision, which are supported by techniques such as breathing, modulation, and head voice practice routines.
Students are also encouraged to form and perform as a band to develop a sense of teamwork and collaboration.
Squircles

The Squircles Club deals with statistics, where students collect, gather and organise data using IT tools like Google Forms, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.  Students acquire these skills which will be helpful in their real life.  They also make digital graphs and convert them into 3-D models as well. From a young age,  children learn how to conduct surveys by following the rules for data to be fair, affordable, ethical and realistic. They also conduct bake sales by giving healthy options instead of junk food by using the information gathered through a survey.

The Mind Readers

The Mind Readers Club aims to promote inquiry and higher order reading skills. It makes participants into empathetic readers who have a deeper, conceptual understanding about literal comprehension. This club also makes students exhibit IB Learner Profile attributes through reading.The aims and objectives of this club are:

  • To enable students to develop personal preferences, select books, Identify fiction and nonfiction, along with independent reading
  • To develop understanding and respond to the ideas, feelings and attitudes expressed in text and to make them Empathetic Readers
  • To apply different strategies to self-monitor and self correct, skim scan useful information, make connections, along with recognising the purpose of the author
  • To use reading skills such as re-reading and cross checking, and reflect on their ideas
  • To identify relevant, reliable and useful information along with deciding appropriate ways to use and present it.
The Handy Mandy

This club aims to teach students about fundamental painting techniques and styles as they are starting out on their artistic journey. They gain knowledge of colour, tone, brushwork, texture, and composition, to create their own masterpieces with confidence. The aims and objectives of the club are as follows:

  • To think through materials (chalk, acrylic/water colours, canvas, charcoal etc)
  • To create patterns (symmetrical and asymmetrical)
  • To create pieces using the Paper Mache technique
  • To analyse and develop doodle art
  • To create art using natural tools (different vegetables, leaves, stems etc)
  • To learn elements and principles of art and design
  • To identify common techniques and inspiration for contemporary art
  • To understand and demonstrate innovation in concepts, formal language and/or materials
Fitness Factory Club

The aim of this club is to create awareness about the benefits of regular exercise for children. By exercising regularly, students will have:

  • Stronger muscles and bones,
  • Leaner bodies,
  • Decreased risk of obesity,
  • Lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, and
  • A better outlook on life.

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, fit children sleep better. Exercise improves school performance and makes children less likely to develop depression. Students will take part in obstacle activities, which help in the development of motor skills, physical fitness, self confidence, determination, and quick reflexes. Additionally, on an obstacle course improve their strength and balance.

Green Thrives
Green Thrives club is an initiative that aims to introduce kids to the pleasure of growing their own food / plants while learning about soil cultivation and composting.

MYP Clubs - Grades 1 and 2

The Art of Living Club

Student well-being is very important in all schools, particularly IB World Schools. The Art of Living Club helps with students' overall wellbeing. The aims of this mindful movement education are:

  • To enable the student to have good health
  • To practise mental calm (eg listening to calming music)
  • To strengthen emotional stability

At the end of 8 weeks, students will demonstrate different postures drawn from yoga, and have improved flexibility.

Outdoor Fitness Factory

Fit children enjoy not only the health benefits of regular exercise but also better sleep. Such activities boost school performance and improve mental health. Students engaging in obstacle courses at our Outdoor Fitness Factory develop motor skills, physical fitness, self-confidence, determination, and quick reflexes. These courses also enhance their strength and balance.

Studio Tehnique Club

This club aims to teach students about fundamental painting techniques and styles as they are starting out on their artistic journey. They gain knowledge of colour, tone, brushwork, texture, and composition, to create their own masterpieces with confidence. The aims and objectives of the club are as follows:

  • To think through materials (chalk, acrylic/water colours, canvas, charcoal etc)
  • To create patterns (symmetrical and asymmetrical)
  • To create pieces using the Paper Mache technique
  • To analyse and develop doodle art
  • To create art using natural tools (different vegetables, leaves, stems etc)
  • To learn elements and principles of art and design
  • To identify common techniques and inspiration for contemporary art
  • To understand and demonstrate innovation in concepts, formal language and/or materials
Music Club
The importance of music and its benefits in the cognitive and personality development of an individual are well documented. In alignment with the concept, the Music Club has incorporated in its curriculum:
  • Music Theory (Basic)
  • Instruments, such as Guitar, Ukulele and Violin lessons - fret/fingerboard familiarisation, chord progressions and solo renditions
  • Drums: Time signatures are taught in 3/4, 6/8, 2/4 and 4/4, along with fills, rolls and breaks
  • Vocals: Using various compositions, students opting for vocals are encouraged to emulate accomplished artists with guidelines regarding pitch perfection and time precision, which are supported by techniques such as breathing, modulation, and head voice practice routines.
Students are also encouraged to form and perform as a band to develop a sense of teamwork and collaboration.
Fitness Factory Club

For children and teens to grow up healthy, it is important for them to stay physically active and eat healthy foods every day. To help children develop habits that will last a lifetime, they must start practising early in life. Physical activity has benefits at every age, and especially helps children:

  • Have a strong and healthy heart and lungs
  • Become more flexible
  • Develop strong bones
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Lower the risk of several diseases and health issues
  • Improve mood and self-esteem, and perform better in school

MYP Clubs - Grades 4 and 5

Green Thrives

Green Thrives Club is an initiative that aims to introduce children to the pleasure of growing their own food/plants while learning about soil cultivation and composition. Knowledge about types of plants and seasonal vegetables develops a clearer understanding and appreciation of the food we eat and where it comes from.

Math Club

Math Club has been successfully implemented in the PYP. The learners focus on individual and collaborative problem-solving activities and aim to connect mathematics with real-life. The goal of the club is to engage learners and develop their interest in mathematics outside of regular class lessons through fun and innovative strategies. In this club, students will be:

  • Conducting surveys
  • Collecting data
  • Organising data using Google Sheets
  • Making Powerpoint presentations
  • Making 3-D models for the data collected in graphical form using styrofoam
The Art of Living Club

Student well-being is very important in all schools, particularly IB World Schools. The Art of Living Club helps with students' overall wellbeing. The aims of this mindful movement education are:

  • To enable the student to have good health
  • To practise mental calm (eg listening to calming music)
  • To strengthen emotional stability

At the end of 8 weeks, students' will demonstrate different postures drawn from yoga, and have improved flexibility.

Choose Your Campus

The Learning Tower

Our facilities include the Learning Tower, our school library. Much more than a traditional library, it is a place where diverse and varied ideas, thoughts and viewpoints flourish, and where research is fostered as a lifelong learning skill. We believe that the school library is a learning hub that should provide essential support for teaching and learning in the classroom.

The Learning Tower is a three-storey building designed to create an environment where students can engage in different activities that promote a love of reading and research. The Learning Tower houses over 23000+ books and reference material, besides digital resources covering a wide range of topics. The ICT suite is on the top floor and has computers for research, multimedia projectors, as well as a dedicated space for robotics.

It is a resource centre for both individual and collaborative work for students and staff alike. Library lessons are utilised for issuing books to students, as well as for providing opportunities for different activities such as reading sessions, book review competitions, vocabulary and word games.

In line with our mission statement, we foster international mindedness by celebrating international days and events such as International Peace Day, World Dignity Day, Mothers’ Day, and World Book Day, which enable students to be aware of international issues as well as providing learning experiences. At the Learning Tower we teach our students to respect and protect resources, develop a strong sense of community, and increase their understanding of the world in which we live. It is our most powerful learning space for creating life-long learners.

Gymnasium

The magnificently designed and state of the art auditorium at Newlands is a platform where imagination and creativity comes to life in memorable and spectacular shows and events. This facility is not only used to showcase student activities and events but is also utilized for community events and institutional functions. The artistically designed auditorium, with its high quality light and sound systems has a seating capacity of 700. It has been a proud host to mega events like TEDxLahore, Teacherhood Conference and cultural and literary events like Dastangoi. Similarly, a myriad of student activities such as plays, award ceremonies, debate competitions, musical productions, orchestral performances and dance competitions are regularly carried out in the school auditorium, providing our students an opportunity to express their creativity and talents. Such events help develop initiative and confidence in our students and at the same time equip them with the 21st century skills such as creative thinking, information & media literacy and communication skills. On the other hand, such events cultivate an appreciation for arts and culture, grooming our students into refined and cultured audience.

Auditorium

The artistically-designed and cutting-edge auditorium at Newlands Islamabad serves as the venue for memorable and spectacular performances that bring imagination and creativity to life. This facility is used for student events and activities and can accommodate up to 350 people.

Activities held here help students build self-confidence and acquire 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, media & information literacy, communication & social skills, and self-management skills. Additionally, events help foster love and an appreciation of the arts and culture.