CND High School Clubs
Football (Soccer) is one of the oldest and most practiced sports in the world and with that; it is also the most recognized. The general aim of football is to score more goals than your opponent in a match. But it is different in our club, because we teach our players how to enjoy the sport as a team and to learn self-discipline, alongside basic skills such as controlling the ball, passing and shooting techniques, how to move with and without the ball, and more.
Every week we will learn and practice a new skill for 20 minutes then we will apply what we learn in a friendly match with the spirit of teamwork.
The media club gives the students of CND Schools the opportunity to organize, write, and print their own independent student newspaper. Students from all grades and backgrounds from within the high school will have the freedom to write articles about the topics that are important to them, be it mainstream news, topics related to teenage life, or issues and events within the school itself. As well, the student newspaper serves as a platform for student artwork, poetry, photos, games, and contests. As the guiding teacher for the Media Club, it is my responsibility to ensure the students follow the best journalistic, writing, and interviewing practices possible, and to help them organize and make decisions on their own. However, it is the students' who call the shots. It is their newspaper and their thoughts and expressions that we want to present with this monthly newspaper.
Model United Nations, also known as MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.
Participants in Model United Nations conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. Delegates are assigned countries before the conference, along with receiving a topic, or topics, that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences, formulate positions and come up with policy proposals that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. At the end of a conference, the delegates will vote on written policies, called “draft resolutions”, with the goal of passing them with a majority vote. The best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as delegations, are sometimes recognized with awards.
Accordingly, in our club we built up confidence in our students to do public speaking, build fact based arguments, and get involved in real discussions by dividing them into groups supporting opposite points of view. All discussed topics were about the latest incidents in the world and the last topic that was discussed (should travelling be banned from and to China?). This idea was discussed before the ban was enforced. It created a heated debate among students and pushed them to speak more and try to support their perspectives by facts and logic.
Our Club mission can be summarized under these headings.
a) to view high-ranking movies through different lenses.
b) to foster critical thinking skills
c) to enrich studets' knowledge about cinematagrophy: from script writing, shooting techniques and directing.
d) to empower students' language skills through movies: vocabulary, daily expressions and idioms, inferencing and interpretation, acting out some scenes and making comments on different topics.
e) Having a multicultural club members enabled studets to interchange their views and experiences about world cinema: We exchanged ideas, suggestions and themes in Iranian, Arabic, Korean, Russian cinema.
f) Movie club managed to certain extent to lay the foundation between the movies and their social sciences lessons such as history, literature, philosophy and social issues lectures.
g) Cinema club also helped students make connections between films and real life.
By coding, it is aimed to look at the problems from different aspects and produce solutions, to think systematically and creatively, and to offer the shortest and most permanent solution suggestions.
It is a fact known especially by educators that the information learned at a young age is more permanent. If we consider the skills gained by writing coding, it is obvious how important it is to acquire these skills. Coding brings success in other areas as well. Programming training supports learning skills in different fields such as mathematics, literacy and science.
This club will work on robotic coding and object-oriented coding. Robotic coding will be done using Ardunio after the basics of programming and algorithm and programming logic are formed. Apart from this, C ++ language will be studied.
"Animation Drawing Club" aims at develop our children's imaginary worlds, improve their ideas and ways of thinking and introduce different techniques through various applications. In this club, our students have the opportunity to express themselves through their works and learn how to 'see' and how to ''interpret' what they see for animation - just like the great Masters of the past did! The Animation Drawing Club is learning how to be a better animator!
There's no doubt that the foundation of every form of animation mastery today is a trained eye in viewing life in all its forms. Gesture drawing from real-life observation is the most acknowledged way of doing this. Indeed, a personal sketchbook says more about the capability of an animator than simply their understanding of technology or software.
The mission of the Animation Drawing Club is to further the education of students in the fields of painting, drawing and technical animation drawing.
Animation Drawing Club is an curricular club that Prep, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders are invited to participate in which is a fun social activity.
The club fosters a sense of camaraderie for fellow art students so that they can support each other in their artistic pursuits.During the school year, the High School Animation Drawing Club Club will meet about fun social activity.we have many fun and art activities.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AWARENESS
The Social Responsibility and Awareness Club The Social continues its mission with the aim of raising awareness in the community by promoting social solidarity.
In order to sustain life and basic needs, our club produces useful and qualified projects for animals in need of protection, together with individuals and communities in need, to raise awareness of our environment and especially the students in our school and to raise awareness of social awareness. Our goals are to be able to implement our projects with as much participation as possible and to create the benefit with the maximum possible awareness.
First, Clothes and hygiene materials were collected for the patients in the Dr. Mazhar Osman Mental and Nervous Diseases Hospital and all materials were transferred to the relevant units of the hospital with the accompaniment of our students and teachers.
As part of the aid and solidarity project for a boarding school in Elazığ, we collected materials such as winter boots, coats, scarves, gloves and books to make the children smile.
We also provided cat and dog food and set up nests in various areas and left food at feeding points.
IS THIS MEDIA TOO SOCIAL? We hosted Tülay Savaş, the author of the book, at our school and made a donation to the benefit of The Spinal Cord Paralyzed Association with the proceeds from the book sale made after the book interview.
Our chess club operates with the leadership of Ari Kiremitciyan- a Fide Master(a title that you get when you cross 2300 ELO in chess) and European amateurs chess champion in 2014. Chess club students play games among each other, solving chess puzzles, and analyze master games together. They also attend and organize tournaments. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn more about chess even if you are a beginner or if you have some background knowledge about the game.
In “Creative Writing Club”, students use their imagination and storytelling skills to improve in language and communication, and turn into published writers. Personalities are discussed from a psychological and literary perspective, and students form good and evil characters. To succeed in writing, discipline and re-work is required, and these are acquired by our talented students through certain techniques. Students describe alternate universes in their short stories, they play word-games to learn more about the use adjectives in writing. At the end of the semester, all club students finish writing at least one story to be published as a short-story collection.
CND Schools Gastronomy Club was created to stimulate, foster and promote students interest in the culinary arts.
Our Gastronomy Club provides an environment for students to, socialize, be creative, learn cooking skills, and have fun. Gastronomy Club students have the opportunity to learn both basic cooking skills and specific cooking styles, prepare the food and enjoy eating the results.
WORLD SCHOLARS CUP
World Scholar's Cup is a premier international academic event attracting students from all over the world, resulting in "a global community of future scholars and leaders".
CND School’s World Scholar's Cup Club, has an aim to attract students interested in learning beyond the school curriculum and to focus on bringing students from different cultures together to discuss issues and ideas relevant to present times and better future.
Our World Scholar’s Cup club allows students to apply knowledge and skills to a variety of complex questions and tasks. Teachers from every department support and work with our students for this event.
Our students practise the most healthy form of fun during their sessions with Odadans. They learn different dance genres with the choreographies designed by their teachers.
Students who are interested in music join this club to practice every week and perform on special occasions.
GEOMETRY BY DESIGN
In Geometry by Design hour, our students construct lines, angle, quantities without any measurement tool. Students design their own unit of measurement and create new geometric constructions. Students are drawing various shapes using only a pair of compasses and straightedge. We are not measuring the length of a line, we are creating our UNITS!!. In the club hour, we are focusing on
Perpendicular bisector of a line segment
Perpendicular from a line through point
Construct by only compass.
Construct an equilateral triangle
At the high school level, our main purpose in basketball is to build a sense of team spirit. We stress the importance of working collaboratively together in order to experience the full potential of this great sport. Our practices consists of drill work, passes, shoots, and friendly matches working all the muscle groups.
Rowing is an outdoor sport activity where our students are fully engaged in nature. Rowing allows are students to engage in an interesting sport on the water versus other typical sports that are practiced in enclosed areas such as gyms, fitness centers, and stadiums. This sport offers our students tranquility on the water and fresh air. When Rowing, students must notice the direction of wind and row against the current in a synchronized manner in order to reach the destination point.
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE SERVICE
Our high school counseling program takes multiple factors into consideration: Students’ personality characteristics, their academic and emotional level, and lastly specific needs of the individual person. The high school guidance teacher employs preventative techniques for possible mistaken choices of the teenagers, such as giving a seminar on substance and alcohol use, or technology addiction.
Every month, a new guidance bulletin is sent to our parents, by observing student dynamics and their family environment through psychological counseling sessions.
High school years are important for students to make a self-discovery, realize their true potential, and create an identity. Therefore, a collaborative and holistic approach is taken by our counselor, where parents, teachers and students work hand in hand through this developmental progress. In addition, parenting seminars and psychology talks are presented every two months by our counselor, aside from individual parent-teacher meetings.
Individual, group, classroom sessions with students are included in the high school counseling program. The yearly plan is organized into following sections, where the guidance teacher mentions a specific subject in each counseling lesson:
1. “Getting to Know Oneself”
In the beginning of the school year, students fill out personality inventories to realize who they are.
2. “Welcoming Diversity”
In this multinational school environment, students have a counseling session on why all humans are equal and brainstorm ways to overcome prejudice.
3. “Respecting Human Rights”
Students read a text states basic human rights and learn about children rights, where later they have an open discussion on the news about human right violations in the world, and get informed on how to protect themselves from these violations.
Students do an in-class assignment in order to recognize their strong qualities and realize where they can develop more. A brainstorm is planned on discussing the limits a person can have, and how to overcome them.
An exercise of mindful eating is done in the classroom by distributing students chocolate. This will bring the students to the here and the now. Counselor applies an exemplary meditation.
Positive psychology approach is applied for self acceptance and appreciation. An exercise is made where students match and say 3 good things about each other.
From the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, students figure out their own values and make short term and long term goals to live by their morals.
8. “Academic Honesty”
A discussion is held on why copy-pasting is stealing someone else’s ideas, and how can we avoid plagiarism in school. Why is it important to credit the author? How is that related to values?
Students learn about mirror neurons and biological bases of empathy. Later, they state why it is important and valuable to be empathetic towards other people. They write down their personal reasons on why acting kind bring happiness.
10. “Saying ‘No’ to Bullying”
Conversations about the damage done by bullying is discussed. Every student state a sentence on why bullying is not okay, and how to protect from a bully. (In the school setting, they can always inform teachers, counselor, principle and parents)
11. “Stress Management”
"What is stress and how to prevent it from effecting us in a negative way? How to overcome damaging results of stress?" Students solve a fun competition quiz on Kahoot on Stress Management and strengthen their coping skills.
12. “Physical Wellness”
Articles are brought to class stating which steps to take in order to live healthier. Students get into groups (sports, eating, water consumption, avoiding carbohydrates etc) and bullet their groups special topic's main points on a cartoon with colorful pens. Then they make a presentation.
13. “Emotional Wellness”
The class starts with the question: "How do you heal an emotional wound?" And then students brainstorm to find ways that creates a healthy emotional state.
14. “Career Choice”
Tests are applied to figure out students' talents, interests and capabilities. One of the aims of the school counseling is to lead kids into the correct direction for success and work satisfaction. A Career Day is organized by the administration, and students listen to people who have different occupational backgrounds and success stories.
The high school counseling service aims to reach every student and make a positive difference in their lives and life competencies. In addition to above list, students are coached for goal-setting and administering plans, plus certain practices are organized in order to develop self-discipline skills in students. A variety of learning methods, such as using mind maps to see connections between concepts are taught to students using in-class exercises.