This is a much more challenging stage in a student’s academic career. As the foundation stones have been laid down at the primary level, now is the time to start putting together the building blocks.
At the first step of the secondary school level, teachers confront formidable tasks to achieve. Parents are at their wit’s end, trying to find a healthy amalgam of social modernity and hard core educational discipline. This is where GSIS enters the life of a child. We believe that “Children are born with wings, teachers help them to fly.”
Student centered classrooms
Exclusive sections for girls
21st century curriculum
Regular parent teachers meetings
Strong value system
Experienced and motivated faculty
Character and personality development
New concepts in debating and dramatics
Group and project work
Representation in school’s student council
Individual counseling sessions.
Neat and proper school uniform is compulsory for all students. Students are encouraged to develop decent language and manners, upright behaviour, regularity, punctuality and caring for their fellow students. They are motivated to develop a sense of proprietorship towards the institution and to protect the environment.
The academic year begins in August and ends in May. It is divided into two terms August to December & January to May.
Summer vacations start in the second week of June and end in the third week of August. Winter vacations begin in the third week of December and end the first week of January.
GSIS started exclusive classes for girls in 2005 when the sections of class VI were segregated. The idea received a welcome response from both students and parents. Since then, these classes have been upgraded every year until now, when two batches of O’ level have passed out with flying colors.
In this exclusive environment, girls have enjoyed opportunities to display their various talents with more confidence and liberty. The typical feminine touch in their art exhibitions, dress shows, debates, drama, sports and recipe weeks have brought a fresh and new air to GSIS.
Students are encouraged to involve in diverse activities and explore their hidden talents. The activity week, which is scheduled in the second term of the academic calender, is the most exciting time for the students. Teachers help them to direct and produce English and Urdu plays. Drama competitions and role plays are very popular among the students.
These activities are given the touch of our own classical culture by holding activities such as ‘Mushaira, Singing Competition, and Dress Shows’. Students participate in setting stage, making costumes and props, writing dialogues and making other arrangements.
Public speaking is not only an art but is more of a skill. At GSIS, we like all the children to be able to express their ideas freely and confidently. This enhances their personalities and goes a long way in their lives later on.
Inter-house Speech and debates competitions are held. There is always a tough competition and each speaker is vehemently cheered by his/her supporters. An air of enthusiasm is created all around. In both Urdu and English, thoughtful topics are given and the students are encouraged to do proper research to collect facts and figures related to the topic.
At this stage, it is important for them to know that they must form their own ideas based on logical reasoning and knowledge. In this way public speaking boosts their information, communication, confidence and thinking skills.
The GSIS adventure club keeps on exploring new sites and adventure points. From hiking into Margalla Hills to visiting Murree and Thandiani in the times of snow fall, these trips add life in the school days. Teachers responsible for planning out these trips take special care of the transport arrangement, food and safety.
Sporting facilities are very much a part of student life at GSIS. They not only provide opportunities for playing games, but also teach students to deal with stress, promote health and provide routes to personal development.
Sports week at the GSIS in the first term is held at very competitive grounds. Students are divided into four houses i.e Lions, Eagles, Dragons and Sharks. The house captains are elected from among the students. Whereas, the house incharge teachers are nominated by the principal. As the preparations for the week start, students put on their house colored shirts. Matches of Football, Rugby, Cricket and Handball (for girls) are the key part of these events. Athletic moot is the ultimate occasion to decide the house positions. The Medal giving ceremony in itself is a colorful affair. The traditional displays of Kung Fu are the main attraction in this ceremony.
GSIS junior team of Rugby is the all time winner of Islamabad. Football and Cricket are also competed well at the interschool level.