PISJ-ES holds graduation ceremony to honor toppers

PISJ-ES students with guests at the Checkpoint Primary Graduation and Annual Academic Award ceremony in Jeddah.
Updated 16 September 2019

PISJ-ES holds graduation ceremony to honor toppers

Pakistan International School Jeddah — English Section (PISJ-ES) recently held a Checkpoint Primary Graduation and Annual Academic Award ceremony in the school auditorium.

The event was attended by Senior Manager in Cambridge Assessment International Education Raed Umar Brahdeni as chief guest, Pakistani Consul Fozia Fayyaz Ahmed, and Head of Business Development at the British Council Ian Cortez.

Students were dressed in azure-colored graduation gowns with Cambridge-inscribed caps.

The top achievers of Cambridge Checkpoint Primary are: Muhammad Aitizaz Abro, Ibadullah Khan, Maaz M. Ziaullah, Abdul Rehman Paracha, Khuzaymah bin Haris, Huda Malik, Sarah Azeem and Maryam Farrukh. 

High achievers in the internal assessment include: Easha Kamil, Salwa Nauman, Mahnoor Shahbaz, Khadija Khalid, Emaan Amjad, Abdullah Kamil, Ali Abbas and Muhammad Arsalan. 

PISJ-ES Principal Adnan Nasir said: “Having produced such an outstanding accolade in Checkpoint, IGCSE and A-Level, our students have set another milestone of academic excellence. These laurels are undoubtedly the true manifestation of our students’ hard work and their teachers’ unwavering commitment and devotion.”

He added: ‘“Academic work is at the heart of what we do but it is certainly not the ‘be all and end all’ of PISJ-ES. From recognizing the diversified dreams of our students to extending the confidence, faith and belief in them — we strive for the passion which triggers their innate potential to bring out marvels.”

In his speech, chief guest Brahdeni said: “Education helps us to practice our values with conviction and confidence, it guides us to identify the right from the wrong and the virtue from the vice to become better individuals.”

A Class 6 student’s recitation of the poem “The Road Not Taken” impressed the audience.

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.