The goal of participating in activities and clubs is to help students develop interests beyond academic studies, broaden their perspectives, provide them with opportunities for effective and enjoyable use of leisure time, allow opportunities for team-building and teamwork and to promote healthy lifestyles, sportsmanship and lifelong fitness habits.
Each year approximately 60,000 high school and university students participate in a variety of “Model United Nations” programs worldwide. Each program is run independently but the common goals of each program are to increase international understanding and develop the art of peaceful negotiation among potential national and international leaders. Program participants are assigned a country that they will represent in a simulated General Assembly session. The group sponsoring the Model United Nations Conference identifies several current international political issues that will be discussed in the different commissions. Participants meet, caucus, and prepare policy papers, debate issues, draft and vote on resolutions.
Our most prestigious organization at Al-Bayan is our National Honor Society (NHS) chapter. NHS membership is the highest honor bestowed on our high school students. NHS selects only those students who demonstrate superior qualities of Leadership, Scholarship, Character, and Service. The NHS provides students with the opportunities to further develop these qualities and extend them to school and society within and across the borders of Kuwait. Students eligible for membership are sophomores, juniors, and seniors whose cumulative average is 3.5 and above. All high school teachers participate in the evaluation process prior to selection of new members. The NHS Faculty Council grants membership to this society. New members are inducted into the NHS in a special, formal ceremony. The NHS selection process follows the guidelines of the NHS Constitution. The National Honor Society of Al-Bayan Bilingual School is affiliated with NASSP(National Association of Secondary School Principals), USA. (www.nhs.us)
In their final year students may choose to carry out a senior project which will be an opportunity to give back to society. This can be an individual effort or a group undertaking. Students are asked to combine what they have learned in their fourteen years at school with a personal passion and come up with an idea that is sent in for approval. After the idea has been approved the students come up with a detailed description and a time line. They choose an advisor from amongst the faculty who acts as a mentor to help the project stay on track. The projects are completed by the end of April and then a winner is chosen at the final presentation.
A huge variety of projects have been undertaken by students in the past ranging from a weekly fun day for children with cancer, creating cosmetics following the traditions of their grandmothers to renovating and auctioning off of an old car for charity.
The Student Council exists to promote civic responsibility, leadership, scholarship, and human relations within the student body. It is designed to provide an active representative voice for the students and quality leadership activities and service to the school and community. The duties of the council is to maintain constant and accurate representation in all matters that pertain to the school, to endorse new activities and achievements, and to promote respect.
Academic Games allow our students that possess a diverse range of knowledge to show their skills in these highly competitive games. Students competing in these bring forth their expertise in Sciences, Mathematics, English Literature, Current Affairs, Geography, History, Arts and other topics. Although these games are part of our sports program this activity does not require any physical rigor.
Forensics is a world-renowned academic event that is practiced in high schools and universities across the globe. Speech and debate provides students with the opportunity to compete in a variety of speaking and performances ranging from interpreting literature to formal debates. Students will further develop their critical thinking and analytical skills as well as their overall confidence and gain public speaking skills that they will carry through life.
As a part of its commitment towards the Arabic community, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) launches the annual regional robotics design competition. Al-Bayan Bilingual School shares in this challenging event. The competition is a great opportunity for students to discover their true capabilities in the real life world of computer science. They learn how to build robots and how to program their robot to achieve certain missions.
The Al-Bayan Bilingual School believes it is important for students to be given the opportunity to experience learning in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Therefore, 30 high performing 10th grade students have a unique opportunity to study in a classroom without walls from February 18 to February 26.
Week Without Walls provides students with a unique cultural, personal, interpersonal and environmental experience not available within the regular classroom walls. It is a powerful educational tool that will connect up to 5 different curriculums to the world outside. Students learn, reflect, and grow as individuals. The aim of WWW is to:
Students that are selected to participate in this program will do research pertaining to their trip beforehand and write daily reflections each day they are on the trip.