NG promotes the development of social and life skills in our students by hosting a number of trips and events per year. We have the equipment and resources necessary to transform the lives of bright, multi-talented students through creativity.
Although our students achieve outstanding academic results, we do not only care about their grades. Our mission is to arouse students' imaginations and curiosity to help them develop the drive and skills needed for life outside and after school by boosting their confidence and teachingthem to aim high and pursue their ambitions with determination and enthusiasm.
Drama is an important mean of stimulating creativity in problem solving. It can challenge students' perceptions of their world and about themselves. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, become another person, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems-problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures.
This can happen in a safe atmosphere, where actions and consequences can be examined, discussed, and in a very real sense experienced without the dangers and pitfalls that such experimentation would lead to in the "real" world. This is perhaps the most important reason for drama and plays in NG.
Still, there is far more that drama can do. At the center of all drama is communication. Like all the arts, drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Perhaps more than any other art form, drama also provides training in the very practical aspects of communication so necessary in today's increasingly information-centered world.
Students who have participated in dramatic activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be more persuasive in their communications, both written and oral, will be better able to put themselves into others' shoes and relate to them, and will have a more positive, confident self-image.
Participation in dramatic activity requires self-control and discipline that will serve the student well in all aspects of life. Students in drama will learn to work together, to cooperate, to find the best way for each member of a group to contribute, and to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others. No art form is more truly collaborative. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly team-oriented rather than hierarchical.
Drama also helps students develop tolerance and empathy. In order to play a role competently, an actor must be able to fully inhabit another's soul. An actor must be able to really understand how the world looks through another person's eyes. This does not mean he must agree with every character.
In addition to its intrinsic educational value, drama can reinforce the rest of the school curriculum. The link between drama and subjects such as English, History, Social Studies, and related areas is obvious. The study of Literature would be impossible without drama. There are important periods of our collective literary history in which virtually all of the surviving literature is dramatic. More importantly, drama can be used to promote active learning in any subject-to give students a kinesthetic and empathetic understanding as well as an intellectual understanding of a topic. In this way drama accomplishes several goals at once-enriching students' school experience through art as well as reinforcing traditional academics.
At NG each division has its annual play, such as Kindergarten’s Mulan and Trolls, Elementary’s Aladdin and Shrek, Middle School’s My Fair Lady and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and finally, High School’s Macbeth and Just Before Dawn.
"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand." — Chinese Proverb
NG considers school events important in many ways as it works hard to implement the Hidden Curriculum. Instead of individual elements, one of the main factors influencing experiences of school-wide events is how the social community in the school functions and how the school-wide events reflect and support it. Again, NG offers different events throughout the year, such as Science Fair, Family Math Day, Sports Day, and Christmas celebration.
Students often see a field trip as a free day out of their classrooms. However, students will likely have an educational experience that they never could have had in the classroom. NG’s field trips help students interact with what they are learning. The experience goes beyond reading about a concept; students are able to see it, manipulate it, or participate in it physically. Field trips provide entertainment for students. They often serve as a powerful motivator for students, stirring up excitement as the trip nears. NG offers a variety of trips such as:
Breaking away from the routine provides kids with a refresher that might make them more focused back in the classroom. Learning and fun make a great combination. Field trips are considered fun, but the children learn as well, whether they realize it or not. Previously, we have taken our students to Billy Beez, Kidzania, Fagnoun, and City Camp.
Our students from grades 3-12 also enjoy internal and external overnight trips. This helps strengthen their bond with their peers and teachers. In addition, it helps promote a sense of responsibility and independency. Wellspring camp is an example of one of our most popular camps with the students.
NG offers trips where students can explore the beauty of, not only Cairo, but other cities and governorates in our beloved country, Egypt. Examples of such trips are Pyramids of Giza, Alexandria, Fayoum, Ain El Sokhna, and Luxor and Aswan.
Middle and High School students have gone on International trips to Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic, and Greece. Students learn how to respect different cultures, deal with people from different backgrounds, acceptance, and maintaining pride in their cultural identity.