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June 27, 2020

Virtual Inter house competitions

“When you define a goal, remember that you have the power to realize it. It comes with planning, hard work, strategy and the will to make it happen.”

The House system is of great importance to school life. Its function is to inculcate the spirit of healthy competition among students and encourage it within school.Houses may compete with one another at different activities and maybe in other ways, thus providing a focus for group loyalty or teamwork. Every student from classes l – lX is placed in a house. The four houses are named after flowers Chrysanthemum, Hibiscus, Sunflower and Orchid and have their own inspiring motto. ... To build a healthy spirit of competition & team spirit amongst students, Art, Essay writing, Singing, JAM, Dance and sporting events are organized all year round.

During these times we have held inter house competitions virtually on every Tuesday to keep the spirits high and to build positivity in everyone’s life. We are happy to see the enthusiasm and over whelming response from the students.

The competitions were held in a very fair way with talented judges to the grades from 1-5 and the prizes were awarded in the form of certificates for first position, second position and third position.

Art Competition

In the virtual Inter house competition held on Tuesdays, Art competition was held live with full enthusiasm and zeal. The students of grades 1 to 9 participated in a huge number and turned in their artworks on Google classroom. The competition was class wise and the topics were assigned as per their level. The students displayed a variety of techniques and subjects to express their interpretation. 

The Judgment criteria for Art Competition was Creativity and neatness.

The topics for grades 1 & 2 were as follows

Grades 1 - 2 - Fish Pond or beautiful scenery

Grades 3 - 5 - Futuristic vehicle or save animals

Essay Competition

GIIS DUBAI held a virtual Essay competition as part of the Tuesday Inter house activities. Children participated with all the enthusiasm and put their pen to work. They have sent in their work on google classroom. Shortlisted children based on the criteria. Winners were selected for each class.

The Judgment criteria for Essay writing was Creativity, spelling, grammar, significance of thought and conclusion

The topics for grades 1 to 5 were as follows.

Grade 1 - Games you like to play with your grandparents

Grade 2 - Food that I do not like

Grade 3 - Cooking dinner with mom / dad

Grade 4 - Something I wish would happen

Grade 5 - What if you had a dinosaur as a pet

Music Competition

The music department GIISDUBAI held a virtual singing competition as part of the Tuesday Inter house activities. Children sent in their audition videos on google classroom. Shortlisted children from each class were given the stage to perform live virtually. Winners were selected for each class.

The Judgment criteria for singing competition was voice modulation, confidence, pitch, expression, body language and timing.

The Children could choose their favorite song they were comfortable with.

JAM Competition

GIIS DUBAI held a virtual JAM competition as part of the Tuesday Inter house activities. The competition was class wise and the topics were assigned as per their level. Children from each class were given the stage to perform live virtually. Children participated with all the confidence, expressed themselves in a given time. Shortlisted children based on the criteria. Winners were selected for each class. 

The fourth event was JAM - “Just a Minute" is great for encouraging speaking skills and for development of vocabulary.

The Judgment criteria for JAM was Content, expression, fluency, vocabulary confidence, pronunciation and duration.

Time Limit – 1 minute time will be given

The topics for grades 1 to 5 were as follows...

Grade - 1: The best toy ever or if I was turned into an animal for a day, which one would that be and why?

Grade - 2:  If I were a kite 

Grade - 3: If I had a super power

Grade - 4: How I help my parents

Grade- 5: Power of reading

It was breath - taking to see the range our children are capable of; from the deeply personal inner – focus needed for all the activities. The students learnt to analyze scripts and write their own ones from scratch. Their grace and poise were truly inspirational.

As we watched them rise overhead our hearts too began to soar, inspired by their ascent to reflect on our own progress as members of the GIIS family.

We are very happy that inter house competitions had a great positive impact on children to enhance social and Emotional learning. These competitions helped children to develop their self-esteem, motivation, confidence and self-confidence.

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