Extracurricular Activities

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Celebrating 150 Years of Canada and 30 Years of EIA

Hajj Play

 

Hajj is the ultimate form of worship as it involves the spirit of all the other rituals and demands of the believer’s great sacrifice. Students in EIA learn about Hajj in their Islamic curriculum. The best way to enhance the learning is when they actually practice the steps of Hajj. For many years, students have practiced this ritual through a Hajj Play as a major event in the Academy, where they are considered as pilgrims and dress in the proper Ihram clothing practicing all the steps of Hajj. This is an event that all students look forward to every year as it emphasizes the importance of the fifth pillar of Islam. Students are inspired to embark on the spiritual journey in future following the footsteps of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).

 

 

 

 

Hijrah Celebration

 

Students in EIA learn how to become better Muslims in all aspects of life. They are taught the Islamic concepts by following the path of our Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and learned to appreciate all the hardships that the Prophet went through, so that we can freely practice our religion today. The Hijrah (Prophet’s migration from Makkah to Medina) marks a very important era in Islamic history. This event is celebrated in the Academy to express our gratefulness with entailed details our beloved Prophet (PBUH) went through. This year students from different grades performed Nasheeds (Islamic songs) in this delightful celebration, and filled the Academy with joy. This celebration at EIA made the new Hijri year (1436 H) have a cheerful and inspiring beginning Alhamdulillah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Fair

 

EIA holds a campus-wide Heritage Fair every year. Students are asked to showcase parts of the Canadian identity, compare it to their faith, and even compare their faith to some of the other faith traditions in Canada. This year, grades 4-9 participated and numerous students from each grade were sent to the Edmonton Regional Heritage Fair (image below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math Competitions

 

EIA holds Math competitions for Grades 3-9 as the school believes that learning mathematics through competitions is one of the best ways for students to grow and solidify their mathematical skills. Competitions help students to boost their confidence and prepare them for the future challenges. EIA holds very high standards of education and expects its students to achieve high levels of learning. Educational tools such as math competitions are EIA's way of reaching these high standards.

 

Math-A-Thon is one competition that motivates students to memorize the multiplication facts. Memorizing the times tables is essential as they are the building blocks for other math topics taught at school - higher level of learning such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra. Mental math is not only helpful in academics, but it is practically used in our daily lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematica Contest

 

Mathematica contest is another rich and challenging activity. It is one of the top mathematics competitions in North America. It challenges and promotes problem solving skills of all students.

 

The Mathematic team is very pleased that for a third year in a row, a student from the EIA has scored the highest score at either the Provincial or Federal level in the Mathematica competition. For 2015-2016, Aleeza Alizar, from Grade 5, was crowned the Alberta Provincial Champion. In previous years, Ahmed Siad, Grade 5 and Ahmed Mahmoud, Grade 3 were crowned the Provincial (2013-2014) and National (2014-2015) champions, respectively. These are great achievements for our students and great testimonies to the potential for our school to become one of Canada's top schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Fair

 

Science is an important subject at EIA. Our local Science Fair at school is pupular and probably about a hundred students participate each year. Our students also regularly achieve well at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair, and sometimes even attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

 

Achievements of the 2016 Edmonton Regional Science Fair

 

Ibrahim Taha (grade 4): Saving Water

  • Grade 4 Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 3 awarded)

 

Nabeeha Irfan and Ayah Kadri (grade 4): How Do Plants Adapt Their Temperature

  • Grade 4 Divisional Award, Silver (a total of 3 awarded)

 

Omar Jomha and Omar Najmeddine (grade 5): Does Sweat Help Bacteria to Grow?

  • Grade 5 Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 6 awarded)

 

Samir Abou-Taha and Bakr Salame (grade 5): Heat Produced from Light Bulbs

  • Grade 5 Divisional Award, Silver (a total of 3 awarded)

 

Muna Nur and Radwa Sheikhdon (grade 5): The Effect of Music on Memory

  • Grade 5 Divisional Award, Silver (a total of 3 awarded)

 

Ammar Gill and Humam Ali Khan (grade 6): Light Through a Spectrophotometer

  • ACPA Alberta Chemist Award (Special Award, a total of 2 awarded)

  • Grade 6 Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 5 awarded)

 

Abdulrahman Shmoury and Omar Badawi (grade 6): Drying Lint to Present Oil Spills

  • Grade 6 Divisional Award, Silver (a total of 2 awarded)

 

Kamil Ahmed (grade 7): The Advanced Digital Cell Microscope

  • Grand Award (a total of 7 awarded)
  • Junior Divisional Award, Gold (a total of 2 awarded)
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Award (awarded at the Canada-Wide Science Fair 2016)

 

Umer Latif (grade 7): Diapers Help My Plants Grow

  • Junior Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 11 awarded)

 

Omar El-hajj and Majid Salama (grade 8): Placebo Effect

  • Human Biology Award (Special Award, a total of 2 awarded)

  • B. K. Sinha Behavioral Sciences Research Award (Special Award, a total of 2 awarded)

  • Carolla Christie Excellence in Communications Award (Special Award, a total of 2 awarded)

 

Maliha Khan (grade 8): Melting Comets

  • RASC Astronomy Award (Special Jr./Sr. Award, a total of 2 awarded)
  • Junior Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 11 awarded)

 

 Amena Thraya (grade 9): Genes and Drugs Within Us

  • Senior Divisional Award, Bronze (a total of 4 awarded)

 

 

 

Highlight of 2016

Kamil Ahmed and his project on The Advanced Digital Cell Microscope

 

We're very proud of all our participating students at our local school science fair, and we're proud of all those who participate and achieve at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair, though when one of our students reaches the national level, we have to make special mention of it.

 

Kamil won gold in the Junior Division in Edmonton, and the Grand Award, which qualified him for the Canada-Wide Science Fair, where he won the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Award.

 

His project was all about a small microscope he could attach to his smartphone—true science on-the-go. "This innovation could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. It may prove especially useful in remote areas and in cases where large numbers of samples need to be examined quickly."—Kamil Ahmed

 

The national science fair required him to travel to Montréal, where he was able to look at the excellent work of his peers, but also observe up-close some of the things he studied in Social Studies that year. These are really great opportunities for students to excel in their areas of interest and expand their horizons.

 

The project has been featured on CBC News and the Edmonton Examiner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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