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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Divisions

  • Preschool
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Secondary
  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear preschoolers,
Once in a farm lived a horse, a cow a sheep and a goat. Every time a problem arises in the farm the horse used to call for the animals in order to discuss resolutions. All animals used to express their ideas and suggest solutions except for the sheep. Once the goat asked the sheep:” Why don’t you take part in any of our discussions?” The sheep answered: “Because I am a sheep.” And so days passed and the sheep never participated in any of the discussions. One day, the horse fell in a deep and narrow pit in the farm. it was unable to move or rescue itself. all animals gathered for help. no one was able to figure a solution. Then, the sheep came closer and said: “First, we should expand the pit in order to help the horse move his body upward. Then with adding some stones and sticks the horse can climb them to rescue himself.” All animals started completing the sheep’s plan. After few hours of hard work the horse was able to get out of the pit. It thanked the sheep and all animals started clapping. The sheep felt proud of himself because he was able to overcome his fear and shyness to express his thoughts in the right time and way.
My learners,
As you are starting a new academic year, be aware that with every day, you are building your personality and enriching your experience. Be creative and use you full potentials to make your life a successful one. With will and courage you are capable of making the biggest transformation of your life. The most important thing is to believe in yourself, to start and continue. Don’t fear to fail. Many persons have failed multiple times but still continued to pursue their dreams in the midst of the stumbling blocks. The road to mastery requires consistency.
Creativity needs the courage to let go of certainties. Take initiatives and express your thoughts in a creative way that resembles your spirit. Express your feelings and report what you love and what you fear. Be unique as beauty is in uniqueness.
Dear preschoolers,
I wish you all a fruitful year full of interest, wonder and passion for learning. You have everything you need to go make something meaningful, something you deeply care about. You don’t have to be right when you start. But it matters that you begin.


Head of the PReschool Division
Mrs. Zeina Yassine Hossari

The educational approach in the Preschool Division is based on the “Learning Centers” method. According to this method, students rotate between various Centers which are specific areas of the learning environment, offering a variety of activities and tools to help children develop ideas and skills, acquire new concepts and/or other educational interests. This approach helps the students to improve their social skills, expand their oral skills, develop a sense of responsibility and build a positive self-image. Students are kept interested and motivated instead of being confined to one classroom all through the year.

New students are accepted to SMOC according to the requirements of the Lebanese laws after a personal interview with the Head of Division.

In the Preschool Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. Preschoolers are served one healthy meal per day, including milk, tea or fresh juice, with sandwiches and croissants, etc…

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear learners,

Today, we welcome a new academic year. It will be full of challenges and surprises, ups and downs, lessons learned and memories to cherish. This reminds me of the World’s Grandest Race. There is a departure line, a finish line and a couple of rules that make it very different from any other race. In most races, you will start at the same place, and you win if you are the first to arrive to the finish line. In this one, you could start from anywhere around the world. All the participants have to find each other and they have only one year to do so. It is easier than it sounds. The secret is leave a trail behind you, for the others to find you.
Racers from the North Pole build snowmen behind them. Racers from the Sahara build sand castles. Those from the Amazon sculpt trees into big toucans. They find a way to share their path, no matter where they came from.
Yes, this sounds a lot like this upcoming year. This is our departure line and we have a lot of ground to cover and imprints to leave behind. Ready? Set. Go.

Head of Lower Elementary Division.
Mona Ariss.

In the Lower Elementary Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 45 minutes each) separated by 2 recesses of 30 minutes each. In the Elementary classes, more emphasis is put on developing the students’ mental, artistic, and interdisciplinary skills. A lot of time is spent on training students to live by the values they should eventually respect inside and outside school. In the Upper Elementary Division, students start to develop their sense of responsibility and begin to express their own choices and justify them.

All disciplines and activities taught in Elementary classes contribute to the development of the concepts of time and space organization as well as methodology skills, such as work habits.

The weekly timetable includes at least one activity session per day such as sports, music, computer, art and cine-club.

The advisory program in the Elementary Divisions uses the story-telling technique, creating an element of suspense, calling on students to discover and adopt values after the discussion of the story in class.

Parents' meetings are held on regular basis with the administration and the classroom teachers to keep the parents informed about the progress of their children

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear Learners,
It brings me great joy to welcome you my beloved learners to a new academic year. We are glad to have you with us in the Upper Elementary division where we commit ourselves to uphold the values we cherish, and to foster an atmosphere of respect and support. As we begin this year, I want to share an important lesson through one of my favorite stories:
Neil loved to travel, and he was so fond of forests. To celebrate his son’s second birthday, he decided to stay and enjoy the celebration in a cottage in a village near the woods with his family and friends. Neil’s son saw a dog at the door and offered him a biscuit. The dog was happy and very soon the little boy befriended the dog. The next day, Neil, his wife and others decided to go hunting in the forest and arranged a babysitter to take care of the little one for half a day.
After three hours, all the elders returned to the cottage, and they seemed very tired. The dog saw Neil and others, it rushed to them and licked Neil’s shoes. The cottage was open and nobody was there. Neil’s wife was shocked to see the blood stains in the dog’s mouth and she shouted. All of them thought that the dog had killed Neil’s little boy. Everyone was shocked to see the blood-spattered mouth and started to lash the dog. The dog screamed in pain. Neil hit the dog with his gun, and it was wounded badly. Hearing the dog’s screaming noise, the babysitter rushed to the entrance with Neil’s son.
They were all speechless and inquired what had happened to the dog, and why was the dog’s mouth bloody?
The babysitter told that the boy was about to get attacked by a wolf that was roaming around the house, but luckily it was killed by the dog. They felt so bad and offered first aid to the wounded dog.

Dear learners,
What if Niel never found out the truth? What if the babysitter did not arrive in the right time? What would have happened to the dog?
I am sharing this story to remind you to think before you judge, to question and inquire before jumping into conclusions, to search for the facts that may guide your thoughts.

I end this message by wishing you all the best as you take the next steps of your journey, being assured that you will be taking the right initiatives at the right time in order to make a positive impact.
Your future depends on what you attempt today. So trust yourselves, dare to dream, and fly towards your dreams!


Head of the Upper Elementary Division
Mrs. Roula Sarouja

In the Upper Elementary Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 45 minutes each) separated by 2 recesses of 30 minutes each. In the Elementary classes, more emphasis is put on developing the students’ mental, artistic, and interdisciplinary skills. A lot of time is spent on training students to live by the values they should eventually respect inside and outside school. In the Upper Elementary Division, students start to develop their sense of responsibility and begin to express their own choices and justify them.

All disciplines and activities taught in Elementary classes contribute to the development of the concepts of time and space organization as well as methodology skills, such as work habits.

The weekly timetable includes at least one activity session per day such as sports, music, computer, art and cine-club.

The advisory program in the Elementary Divisions uses the story-telling technique, creating an element of suspense, calling on students to discover and adopt values after the discussion of the story in class.

Parents' meetings are held on regular basis with the administration and the classroom teachers to keep the parents informed about the progress of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear learners,

The leaves are turning yellow, and the birds are getting ready to migrate. The clouds with changing shades of grey are drifting by the soft winds announcing the beginning of the new season, and here we are ready to start our new scholastic year energized as ever.
I hope that you have spent good time and enjoyed your vacation to the rim. I encouraged you before you set off for your vacation to live new experiences, make memories, encounter new challenges, and cherish every moment in your lives. “A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions”.
The teachers and I welcome you back and are ready to listen to your tales and give you the space to share your experiences. Communicating, delivering messages, expressing ideas and thoughts, making statements and discussing issues help in the development and self-acknowledgement. Listening and communicating are two important skills that complement one another and help in exchanging knowledge, ideas, and thoughts.
However, and with all the social media space, be aware that your words reflect your thoughts and your thoughts define you. Be the “You” and always cherish what God instilled in you to live the life you deserve. Remember that silence sometimes might say more in the midst of the commotions, and there are more than hundreds ways to express what you believe in, but actions stay the most effective one.
I hope that this year we can spread love, happiness, and peace all around together with our words and actions.
Nariman Kadi
Head of the Intermediate Division

During the school years of the Intermediate cycle, students are prepared to shift from childhood to early stages of maturity. They are hence encouraged to develop their critical thinking, start discovering themselves, and experience harmonious integration with their surrounding. By the end of the Intermediate cycle, students are ready to face their first official test, the “Brevet”.

During the Intermediate Division cycle, teaching computer is integrated within other subject matters to help students acquire technical skills in real contextual situations. More emphasis is given to technology, arts and sports. Our students have distinguished themselves by winning many national and international contests in these fields.

In the Intermediate Division classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 7 periods (of 50 minutes each) separated by two recesses of 30 minutes each.
The concept of punctuality in the morning attendance is strongly reinforced.

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Welcome to 2018-2019 academic year!
They say the smile is the universal welcome and so with a heartfelt smile I welcome you dear ones.
Dear Secondary Learners,
We are all on the threshold of embracing a new exciting academic year. I look forward to share with all of you the new highs and greater yet attainable benchmarks that this year beholds. I hope this year unfolds new aspirations, goals, dreams, and hopes for a positive outcome. I hope this year will be an innovative learning experience where we all join forces collectively to strive for the goals set and ensure that our renewed enthusiasm establishes a unique and interactive learning environment.
Some of you might have heard of the story of the two salesmen who were sent by a shoe manufacturer to Africa to check out the area and report back on market potential. In brief, the first salesman reported back: "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes." Whereas the second salesman reported back, "There is great potential here - nobody wears shoes."
This simple short story clearly depicts how any situation can be viewed from massively different perspectives. We face so many situations in our daily life; we can either see a problem and a disadvantage in the situation, or we can realize the opportunities and benefits it beholds. It all depends on how we train our mindset.
I would like you to keep this very short story in mind as you embark on this new journey and face the challenges that any year can hold. Remember that your opportunities will only be limited by the limits you place on yourself.
As for our Grade 12 learners, I encourage you as you continue your journey towards graduation, to make the most of your time in your last year of school. Make the memories and earn the title of seniors by leaving imprints of positivity, ingenuity, responsibility, and citizenship.
See you soon.

Head of Secondary Division
Nadine Abou Ammo Sleiman

In the Secondary Division, the educational approach puts more emphasis on interactive teaching. Students frequently use the science lab, the computer lab, and the library. They make extensive field studies and in-depth research in order to develop the competencies and skills that prepare them to the university stage.

In Grade 12, students can choose among General Sciences, Life Sciences, Sociology & Economics, or Humanities & Philosophy

Students are well prepared to sit for the Official Lebanese Exams as well as the different University entrance exams such as TOEFL and SAT I.

The Registrars of the major universities visit the school on yearly basis to carry out professional orientation sessions and guidance for applying to their respective universities. These visits are complemented by an in-house career guidance program, which helps in shaping the professional choices of the student.

The Cultural Program is another distinctive mark of the Secondary Division. The program is centered on the General Theme of the year and helps foster the critical thinking and presentation skills of the students.

The follow-up on the students in the Secondary Division becomes more personalized.

In the Secondary Division classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 50 minutes each) separated by two recesses of 30 minutes each.
The concept of punctuality in the morning attendance is strongly reinforced.

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.