Historic Donation by Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali (Bahrain), Old Gallian:
It is quite natural to feel indebted to one’s alma mater but to recognize, appreciate and return this debt is the mark of a truly noble, selfless and large-hearted person. Old Gallian Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali (Bahrain), Wright House 1961-1964, is indeed the true embodiment of such a person, having sterling qualities of high integrity, character and a passionate commitment to education. His abiding love and respect for his beloved Lawrence College recently manifested itself in concrete terms.
Having come to know of recent major development works in the College, he contacted the Principal and asked for details of these projects, which were promptly provided to him. Without any hesitation, Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali again immediately contacted the Principal to inform him that he and his family have decided to fully fund the recently completed new block of Wright House (Rs. 23.66 million) as well as sponsor the up-gradation of College museum (Rs. 1.0 million). On 17th September 2020 the full amount of Rs. 24.66 million (Rs. 24,660,583) was transferred by Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali to the College account.
This donation is certainly the best and most magnanimous personal donation from an old Gallian in the entire history of Lawrence College. The generosity and benevolence of Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali for his alma mater would forever be remembered by all generations of Gallians. Undoubtedly, he has also set a wonderful and shining example for all Gallians.
The Principal, Staff and young Gallians would like to express their sincerest and heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and acknowledgment to Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali for his historic donation. Our prayers and best wishes for him and his family.
It has also been decided to name the new Wright House block as “Saleem Asghar Ali (Bahrain) Block” that will be prominently displayed on the building. The Principal has also invited Mr. Saleem Asghar Ali to visit the College at his earliest convenience.
Lawrence College paid tribute to the visionary poet-philosopher on the occasion of his birthday. Senior School revived the essence of Iqbal’s thought in their discussions and documentaries shown in different classes. They discussed that Iqbal is not just a name but an ideology, which sprouted the initial hope of an independent land for Muslims of the Sub-continent in the form of Pakistan. We should draw inspiration from Iqbal’s Shaheen that stands for courage, purity of soul and noble character, devotion and dedication, endeavours and endurance to become responsible members of society infused with the attributes of a devout Muslim.
Principal Lawrence College has always endeavoured to familiarize the students with the message and philosophy of Iqbal. It is evident in the form of Bazm-e-Iqbal, Gosha-e-Iqbal, Iqbal Gallery and Qandeel-e-Iqbal (A course on Iqbal).
Mr Ajmal Gondal Promoted to BPS-22
The Principal, Staff and young Gallians offer their heartiest congratulations to Mr. Ajmal Gondal on his well-deserved promotion to BPS-22. It is a source of great happiness and pride for Lawrence College and an inspiring example for young Gallians to follow.
Mr. Ajmal Gondal is currently holding the rank of Additional Auditor General of Pakistan. He studied in the College from 1972 (class-VI) – 1979 (class-XII) and during this stay his performance was exceptional. He was a Prefect in Walker House, College colour holder for hockey and a prominent athlete too. Mr. Ajmal Gondal is a very sincere, dedicated and passionate Gallian and plays an active role in old Gallians community. Our prayers and best wishes for his future success, protection and good health.
Gallians Of Prep School Extend A Warm Welcome to Newcomers
Prep School welcomed the Newcomers and Promoted Class-5 on Friday, 16 October, 2020. The Principal Lawrence College, Brig (Retd) Mujahid Alam, was the Chief Guest.
Nazir Khan Achakzai of class-7 was the Stage Secretary. Mir Mehroz and Aoun Shehryar Ranjha of class-7 alongwith Abdul Rafay Anwar of class-6, were the announcers. A new Gallian, Momin Savul of grade-6, recited a few beatific verses from the Holy Qur’an in a charming way. Hamza Manzar of garde-7 translated the verses.
Zaid Ahmed Khan of class-7, made a formal speech to welcome all the Newcomers and Class-5. He, on behalf of the Principal and Prep School, assured the Newcomers and Class-5 of his full support in curricular and co-curricular activities.
Responding speech, on behalf of the Newcomers, was made by Syed Safeer Hussain Kazmi of grade-5. Muhammad Bilawal Husnain of grade-5 made responding speech on behalf of the Promoted Class-5. They promised that they would try their best to meet the standards of the College in all areas of boarding life.
Sayed Abdullah shared his thoughts on buddy system while Tahami Taimour talked on Lawrence College. Both the speakers were from grade-6.
After two beautiful songs, Mr Imtiaz Akhtar Ranjha, the Headmaster Prep School, brought the effects of Covid-19 to light on boarding life and the suspension of different co-curricular activities. He thanked the Principal for renovation of Prep School basketball court and installation of flood lights.
In the end, the Principal welcomed the Newcomers and Promoted Class-5 with a hope that they would try their best to take active part in the classroom and ground activities. He also appreciated the delivery, matter, style and confidence of the speakers including time management.
He extended his sincere thanks to the Headmaster Prep School, members of faculty and junior staff for arranging such a simple but graceful ceremony and putting their best efforts to step up the Gallians of Prep School in every field.
Welcome Party for New Entrants - Senior School
Class VIII and newly admitted students of Class XI were welcomed to the Senior School on 15th of October, 2020. The Principal, heads of the schools, faculty members of Senior School and prefects were present on the occasion.
The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran and translation by Tashfeen Abbasi and Umer Habib from Class XI. Muhammad Ali Qadar and Aitzaz Imtiaz from Class VIII shared their feelings about their experience of early days at the Senior School. Usaid Azeem and Syed Ali Abbas from Class XI narrated the feelings they had before joining a residential school for the first time in their lives. They also shared experience of their first month at GG. They said that the teachers and seniors had warmly welcomed them and that’s why they feel comfortable in a new environment. The head boy, Hassan Yar Mohal, in his welcome note, advised the boys to remain focused on studies and utilize their time in the best possible way. He assured them of full support and guidance on behalf of the Intermediate class. He told them to have no worry about their stay at the College.
Addressing the students of Class VIII and XI, the Principal welcomed them to Senior School. He assured them that the Principal himself and everybody at Senior School is there to facilitate and guide them. He said that all of them are his sons and will be treated the same way.
The students and faculty were served with a sumptuous tea on the occasion.
Investiture Ceremony 2020
In a simple and dignified ceremony, the Prefectorial Board 2020-21 took oath on October 13th, 2020. Like every year, the announcement of the Prefectorial Board remained an exciting and most awaited activity of the Senior School .The prefects were selected through proper screening and evaluation of the candidates’ academic records, performance in co-curricular activities and most important, their conduct followed by personal interviews with the Principal.
Due to the prevailing situation of Covid-19, this year, the investiture ceremony was held in the Jamali Stadium in order to take necessary precautionary measures following the SOPs issued by the government. The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Hanzala Ahmed from Class XI and translation by Abdullah Azeem from Class XII. The ceremony was conducted by Nouraiz Masood from Class XI. After the recitation, the Vice Principal announced the Prefectorial Board. The oath of the Head Boy was administered by the Vice Principal. The Head Boy administered oath to the prefects.
The new appointment holders are as under:
|Headboy||Hassan Yar Mohal (Walker House)|
|Prefects Day Boys||M. Saad Shafqat (Wightwick House)
Saad Imtiaz (Walker House)
|Prefects Peake House||Mian Muhammad Ali
|Prefects Walker House||Tashfeen Bin Ahmed
|Prefects Wightwick House||Umer Farooq
M. Hasnat Iqbal
|Prefects Wright House||Sultan Noor Zaman
M. Usama Tahir
The Principal, at the very outset of his address, said that it was a historic occasion that we were holding the ceremony in Jamali Stadium, instead of Hamid Hall, due to Covid-19.
He expressed his hope that the selected members will perform their duties with dignity and honour to contribute to GG in the most constructive and positive way. He assured that all the students of intermediate class have the responsibility to be a role model for their juniors and have the same responsibility as that of the selected prefects. He told them to be role model in their conduct, discipline, character and morals. Giving reference of Ayah # 4 of Surah Al Qalam where Allah Almighty addressed the Rasool (SAW) in this way, “And indeed, you are of a great moral character”, he stressed upon the need of having the best of manners and moral character. Talking to the students who were admitted this year, he welcomed all the new students as it was the first occasion after the COvid-19 break that the Senior School had gathered for a big event. He advised the junior students to respect their seniors and asked the senior students to take care of the juniors as their younger brothers. The Principal also advised the students to remain focused on academics.
In the end, the Principal congratulated the Prefectorial Board in their new responsibility. He appreciated the organizers for holding the function in a simple but dignified manner.
Life at the Campus Rejuvenated
By the grace of Allah Almighty, the life at College is back to the new normal after a gap of six months. The students and faculty are quite excited on revival of the regular classes, though they remained in touch during Covid-19 break through online classes. The sparkle on the faces of students on reporting back rejuvenated life at the campus which looked lifeless in absence of the students.
The students joined their classes after going through necessary medical examination and isolation period. All arrangements have been made for an environment where everyone is taking all the precautionary measures advised by the health professionals, including covering the face with mask, regular handwashing, safe distancing and sanitization etc. We wish and pray that it comes to the normal routine with the passage of time.
HSSC Part – II Result 2020
SSC Part – II Result 2020
It’s a matter of great satisfaction that our students have consistently produced outstanding results. This year again, they made us proud by showcasing a brilliant result. This excellent performance is the outcome of strenuous efforts by the students, constant supervision of the teachers, able guidance of the Vice Principal Mr. Arshad Iqbal Chaudhry and envisioned patronage of the Principal.
50 students appeared for SSC Part – II examination of BISE Rawalpindi this year. 47 students passed their examination with A+ Grade while three students got A Grade. Korush Ahmed Bangash stood first by getting 1075/1100 marks. Maher Muhammad Murtaza remained second by obtaining 1050 marks while Chaudhry Nouraiz Masood and Raza Ali Khan secured third position with 1047 marks.
The overall GPA of the Class is 5.94 at the scale of 6 which is the highest in the past five years and shows upward progress by Gallians in academics.
We Rise by Lifting Others
There is nothing in being superior to your fellow men, true nobility is being superior to your former self through professional and personal grooming. Professional and personal training is the hallmark of LCGG and it’s worthy to mention here that under the patronage of our Principal, for the first time, an exclusive and extensive training program was conducted for PTIs, Matrons & Admin Staff. Constant supervision of DOS Uzma Afzal, Games Master Maj Shafqat Mahmood and efforts of all Senior teachers who contributed as trainers are really praiseworthy.
This training covered a variety of skills and topics like: Spoken English, IT skills, History lectures, Character development, Ethical and Moral values, Discipline and Sports, Khudi by Iqbal and exploring important aspects of Quaid’s life.
The training spread over the span of 58 days, the best use of pandemic situation. The training culminated with the presentations of participants, certificate distribution ceremony and a scrumptious tea on 8th of September, 2020.
We strongly believe that the participants with constant practice will apply the learnt skills in their professional life for better performance.
Defence Day, 2020
Defence Day, 6th of September, has great importance in our lives and we observe it nationally to pay homage and respect to all the Shuhada of Pakistan including military personnel, security agencies, civilians or policemen, who laid their lives in defence of their motherland. All of them are equally respectable for us. We must remember them and their sacrifice which enabled us to lead an independent and honourable life.
This year, Defence Day was observed in the form of online interactive sessions. The purpose of discussion was not only to recall the day of September 06, 1965 but also to emphasize upon Quaid’s Motto ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’. Students from all the three schools actively participated in the discussion. Documentaries relating to the day were shown to the students narrating unmatched stories of gallantry written by our war heroes which are a constant source of inspiration for our young generation. Highlighting some brave sons of soil for motivation of students was also part of discussion.
The most important thing for us is that we need to overcome our individual and collective weaknesses, including racial and sectarian biases, and have to strengthen ourselves with the power of knowledge. Only this way can we stand with our head high in the comity of nations.
Online Classes - Challenge Turned into Opportunity
The year 2020 would be known as the year of Covid-19 Pandemic in the history. It was mid of March, this year, when educational institutions got closed. The whole country was in a state of lockdown. At that time when everyone in the country was in a fix regarding the teaching learning process in absence of the students, the senior management and faculty of Lawrence College, having no confusion in their minds, considered it a challenge and took momentous decisions to start online classes.
Though the situation of pandemic was not desirable, but it was taken as an opportunity to explore new horizons and it proved source of training of the students and faculty in respect of distance learning and online teaching. Different media for online classes were tried as an option and those found most useful are being practiced without any break. Along with online classes, the Principal frequently held online meetings with faculty of the three schools in order to provide guidance for online teaching. The same platform was used to discuss the pros and cons of different online resources and decisions were made accordingly. The Principal assured the faculty of his full support in provision of any possible facility for optimum benefit. Internet facility was enhanced to a great extent and a number of new stations were got installed for this purpose.
The College got registered with G Suite for Education (GSE), an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google. Other useful applications including different meeting platforms are also being used in an effective manner. The syllabi are being covered in a satisfactory manner and the outcomes of the students are being regularly evaluated in the form of online assignments, quizzes and tests. The attendance of students in online classes is ensured through constant supervision and motivation. A variety of teaching methodologies have been adopted to maintain interest of the students.
Where everyone is anxiously waiting for the schools to reopen, the faculty and students of Lawrence College, by the grace of Allah Almighty, remained successful in spending the Covid–19 break in the most useful manner and did not waste any moment of the break. We are much grateful to Allah Almighty for giving us confidence to fulfil this task.
Extension of Dining Hall – II
Now that when we are anxiously waiting for the Covid-19 to recede and the boys to be physically present at the campus rather than taking online classes. Extension in the Dining Hall – II was also needed in order to accommodate the students for meals in a more comfortable manner. The Principal LCGG, realizing this long-standing measure, got it designed and the plan was executed by the building contractors in a splendid manner.
The project was materialized when Principal LCGG inaugurated the extension on 31st of August, 2020. It was a simple ceremony attended by heads of schools and faculty of Senior School. The Principal unveiled the plaque. Refreshments were served to all the participants. The extension and new look of the dining halls will be a surprise for the Gallians when they rejoin the College, in sha Allah, after a long break.
Senior Cambridge Result 2020
The performance of our students in Cambridge O Level Examination 2020 proved a matter of satisfaction for the staff and students of LCGG. Ten students appeared in the exam and all of them passed with good grades. Awais Ahmed stood first with 9 A*s followed by Muhammad Haris Razzaq, Muhammad Mushaf Majeed with 8 A*s and one A, and Ahmad Afzal with 6A*s and 3 As.
Continuous support by the Principal and guidance of the Vice Principal played the key role in production of such a fine result which is the outcome of the hard work by the students and dedication of the faculty.
The Principal commended the faculty and students of Senior School for producing such a good result and expressed his hope that it will improve in the years to come.
Senior School Celebrates Independence Day Virtually
Gallians always celebrate the Independence Day with traditional spirit every year decorating their campus with flags, lights, posters, banners and balloons. Special assemblies and ceremonies were conducted to commemorate the struggle of the heroes of Pakistan Movement. This year, due to pandemic of Covid-19, the schools have been closed so the celebrations were conducted through online sessions of different classes. Faculty members of English, Urdu and Pakistan Studies Department coordinated the online functions of their respective classes.
The celebrations in separate sessions of all the classes started with recitation from the Holy Quran. It was followed by speeches in Urdu and English, national songs, documentaries, quiz competitions and other presentations. The students participated in these sessions enthusiastically. They also shared their pictures and videos showing their participation in the Independence Day celebrations from their home towns.
The Principal also visited different online sessions. He expressed his thanks and pleasure for celebrating 14th of August in a unique manner.
Prep School Celebrates Independence Day
Independence Day was observed by the young Gallians of Prep School with national zest and zeal on Friday, 14th August, 2020. The Chief Guest of the Independence Day celebrations was Principal Lawrence College Brig (Retd) Mujahid Alam.
The online celebrations were anchored by Mr Waqas Nawaz. The session started formally with recitation from the Holy Quran. The first half of the celebrations consisted of English and Urdu speeches, national songs and short videos depicting national spirit of the Gallians. The boys paid homage to the founding fathers of Pakistan. They promised to work hard for the peace and prosperity of this sweet land.
In the second half of the Independence Day ceremony, art work of the young Gallians was shared online followed by documentaries. The boys showed their great love and respect for their homeland in ‘Shukria Pakistan Poster Making Activity’.
The documentary about Pakistan highlighted fascinating beauty of nature in different areas of our dear country. The documentary about Lawrence College titled ‘Josh-e-Janoon’ manifested the serenity and eye-catching beauty of our pine-rich campus at the foothills of Himalaya.
Principal Lawrence College also joined the online celebrations and appreciated the passion of the young Gallians. In the end, Mr Imtiaz Akhtar Ranjha, the Headmaster Prep School, acknowledged efforts of the concerned faculty members, staff and students for arranging such a dignified ceremony during Covid-19. The online function concluded with national anthem.
Junior School Celebrates Independence Day
August 14 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign state of Pakistan. Pakistan marked her 73rd Independence Day with traditional excitement and national spirit. Like previous years, this year too, young Gallians of Junior School celebrated Independence Day with great verve and enthusiasm through online conferences. Every class started the day with recitation from the Holy Quran. Students showed their patriotism by participating in different activities like national songs, poster making, interviews and speeches. They performed in a befitting manner which was commendable and laudable. The great contribution of Muslim leaders was highlighted by sharing their struggles in creation of a separate homeland for Muslims, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech on 14th August, 1947 and national songs. Celebrations of all classes concluded with national anthem.
Another milestone towards Online Teaching - Installation of Fibre - Optic Cable
COVID-19 brought a lot of disruption and unrest during this year. The stress and pressure caused by this pandemic prevailed in our personal and professional lives. While this situation created many challenges and difficulties, it provided many opportunities too and gave us a chance to look at the positive side of the situation.
LCGG started online teaching immediately after the closure of the campus which was a completely new experience for teachers and students alike. The parents were also important stake holders in our effort to effectively adopt the recent methodology.
To facilitate our students and teachers we did not leave any stone unturned. We ensured the provision of all the latest technology, devices and fastest internet service in our College. Internet has got a huge use globally so we, like all others, faced connectivity issues more frequently as we tried sustaining all these facilities in a hard area with harsh weather conditions. Our online teaching continued uninterrupted supported by tireless efforts of our IT team.
As a result of the untiring efforts of College administration, another historic milestone was achieved last week with the installation of fibre-optic cable in the campus with a much larger bandwidth of over 60 Tbps. This will bring about significant qualitative improvement in our internet connectivity and capacity resulting in more effective online teaching.
We are thankful to Mr. Arshad Malik, BM PTCL Murree and the technical team of PTCL, Islamabad for their full support and cooperation.
Col Riaz ul Haq Passes Away
Col Riaz ul Haq (SC’68 Wightwick House), son of Brig Muhammad Rafiq, former Principal Lawrence College, passed away on 17th of June, 2020. He was diagnosed COVID-19 and admitted in CMH Lahore where he expired due to cardiac arrest during plasma transfusion.
Col Riaz was a true embodiment of an excellent human being having the qualities of humility, loyalty, sincerity, integrity and patriotism. He was an outstanding professional who worked with great devotion, commitment and honesty. He was very helpful by nature; always ready to help and assist anyone in need. He was also involved in a number of social welfare activities. All these qualities clearly reflected the training of his great father, Brig Muhammad Rafiq. Also, he was the moving spirit in organising Gallian get-togethers on a regular basis. He will be dearly missed by everyone who was fortunate to know him.
Principal Lawrence College, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of Col Riaz ul Haq. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Ms. Musarrat Hashmi Passes Away
Ms. Musarrat Hashmi, former teacher Junior School, passed away on 11th June, 2020. She joined Lawrence College on 14th March 1968 and retired on 30th November, 1999. She was an outstanding and highly respected teacher who taught the students with love and care.
Principal Lawrence College, faculty, staff and students express their grief on the sad demise of Ms. Musarrat Hashmi.
May Allah bless her soul.
Farewell to Mr. Munir Ahmed
Goodbyes are always hard and especially saying to those who are very close to our hearts.
Mr. Munir Ahmad joined the Lawrence College three decades back as an office clerk. He experienced working on different seats as well like senior clerk, assistant to OS and retired as the Principal’s PA. He has lived 31 years of his life at LCGG with hardwork, commitment and dignity, and is one of those people who have earned an honourable name at their workplace.
A farewell was organized by the College administration staff on 23rd May, 2020 to acknowledge and honour his services. The Principal appreciated his hardwork and contribution throughout his career. Principal along with the rest of the staff wished him best of luck for his future endeavors.
Principal Holds an Online Session with the Faculty
The COVID-19 outbreak has led the whole world face unexpected challenges. The whole world is facing this calamity and the situation has become really uncertain.
The Lawrence College administration, though conscious of the precautionary measures, took this challenge as an opportunity to discover new horizons of learning. Right at the outset of the lockdown, online classes were planned and executed by the faculty and administration.
Now when the College has already successfully faced two months long closure and has taken every possible initiative for making progress in covering syllabus, the Principal Lawrence College deemed it important to talk to the faculty on recapitulation of what has been done and the way forward.
The Principal, through an online meeting, appreciated the way the teachers and students responded to the present challenge. He emphasised on taking all the precautionary measures advised by the health professionals and yet not feel handicapped in the prevalent situation which shall be envisioned as full of opportunities. For the first time, we are using different tools for distance learning, and Alhamdulillah to a greater extent, we have been quite successful in making our boys track down to studies while staying at home. He advised the teachers to ensure, implement and impart effective education for all our students by utilising online teaching methods to the optimum. He rightly said that we are part of an important era of history in which we must not be led by any fear or anxiety as the human history has faced much greater challenges than this one.
In the end, he thanked the faculty and staff for the hard work they had done for continuation of studies. He assured the teachers of his full support in execution of online classes.
Syed Osaja Hassan Zaidi joins as a cadet in the field of Aeronautical Engineering
Atlast the high-water mark has been hit by Gallians and now one after the other, they are proving equal to the recruitment standards of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.
Syed Osaja Hassan Zaidi has been selected as cadet at PAF Academy Risalpur for aeronautical engineering.
This is another feather in his cap, following his laurels of being the Headboy and winning award of the Best Student of the Year in 2018.
During his stay at GG, Osaja actively participated in different societies and was member of editorial board of the college magazine ‘Gallian’. He was an outstanding athlete and he actively participated in declamations also.
Gallians and faculty feel pride in his success and wish him the very best of luck in his career.
Saad Raza Joins PAF as GDP
Joining the Armed Forces of Pakistan is a common passion among the youth of Pakistan. The number of Gallians joining the armed forces increased significantly in the recent years. Most of the Gallians opt for Pakistan Army. Over a decade or so, the only Gallian who joined Pakistan Air Force as a general duty pilot is Saad Raza (Inter 18), Son of Mr. Raza ul Haq (Head of Computer Department). He joined 147 GDP Course on 23rd April, 2019.
During his stay at GG, Saad actively participated in different societies and was member of the editorial board of the College magazine ‘Gallian’. He had a creative mind and he completed many innovative projects including a 3D model of the Senior School building.
Gallians and faculty feel pride in Saad and wish him the very best of luck in his career.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar passes away
A well known old Gallian and prominent politician of Punjab, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar passed away on 11th of April, 2020.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar was a member of the Board of Governors Lawrence College and former MPA. Principal Lawrence College, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest condolences at the death of an illustrious old Gallian.
May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Captain Dr. Muhammad Sherdil (Int-12)
For all those sitting on the fence to take the next call and plunge into the practical world and further studies, there’s only that one right side they look upto with hope and aspirations and that is the right side of history of GG and its alumni. Lawrence College takes pride in its alumni, as for years they have been passing on the baton of excellence and competence to the core. Lawrence College takes the uncompromised pride in Sherdil son of faculty member LCGG, Asst. Professor Noreen Tufail Rana on completing his medicine from Army Medical College and Alhamdulillah passing out from Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) as a commissioned officer on 4th April, 2020.
Even before joining the Armed Forces to serve the country, the lion-heart of GG performed his duties as Prefect-Day Boys, whilst earning the laurels of Best Speaker of the College and Best Squash Player with compassion. We wish him success and pray for his ultimate health and protection as he takes over his duties to serve the nation.
A Senior Old Gallian Passes Away
One of the illustrious Gallian, Col Muhammad Asghar (1950-1953), passed away on 13th March 2020. He was a Senior Old Gallian and a very talented professional. The Principal, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest grief to the family and friends of Col Muhammad Asghar. May Allah grant him high rank in Jannah.
Former President OGAB Mr. John Walker Passes away
The Gallian family has learnt with great sadness of the passing away in Manchester, England of a distinguished old Gallian – John Walker (Walker House, 1940-1947). He was 87 years at the time of his demise. His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Friday 3rd April, 2020. John was a very dedicated Gallian and regularly visited his alma mater while his health permitted. For many years he was the organiser and secretary of the UK Chapter of old Gallians. His hospitality and welcoming nature will be dearly missed by old Gallians who visited him in England. His forefathers too had been associated with Lawrence College, in one way or the other.
The Principal, Staff and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of John Walker.
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Former Commandant EME College talks to the Faculty
Brigadier Tariq Javed (Retd), former Commandant College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, talked to the faculty of the College on 28th of February as a part of the two weeks training program. He is currently Advisor on Innovation to Pakistan Engineering Council.
Discussing different methodologies of teaching, Brigadier Tariq advised the faculty not to blindly follow the Western style of teaching. He stressed upon the need of research based learning where the students are encouraged to think out of the box. He said that the students should be made to have the confidence and inspiration for innovation and creativity as, in his point of view, the future of Pakistan lies in innovation. Discussing the skill of rote memorization, he said that the skill is widely criticized by many educationists but it is quite helpful in instilling the basic knowledge and information about different subjects.
The enlightening talk by Brigadier Tariq Javed was followed by presentations of Col. Dr. Imran and Dr. Yasir as part of their STEAM Programme that introduced modern techniques for teaching of different subjects, including mathematics and fine arts.
I CAN READ – A Workshop on Phonics
On February 20, 2020 Paramount Books (PVT) arranged a seminar on the topic ‘I CAN READ’. The Seminar was about Phonics for pre-primary and primary level. Mr. Yu-Jin from Singapore and Mr. Luke Moos from America were the speakers for the session. Mrs. Bushra Sajjad and Mrs. Kiran Shezadi from the Junior School attended the seminar held at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad.
The purpose of the seminar was to explore new methods of teaching sounds to the pre-primary and primary students in an effective way. ‘I CAN READ (ICR)’ is a global English literacy organization that delivers a unique programme to improve students’ English literacy skills. The seminar was designed to develop skills such as listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary building, phonemic and phonological awareness and much more. Both trainers had a good command on their subject. The strategies presented by them were relevant and fully applicable at junior level. It was a great learning experience for the participants.
Waleed Rafi makes Gallians feel Pride
Muhammad Waleed Rafi (Peake House, Inter 2014), son of Mr. Muhammad Rafi-ud-Din (Former Head of Pakistan Studies Department), made us proud by achieving Sir Syed Gold Medal on successfully completing Electrical Engineering (Specialization in Computer Engineering) from Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering, Islamabad.
Waleed was prefect Day Boys, captain of squash and martial arts teams. During his stay at Lawrence College Murree, he exhibited exquisite conduct and was very good in academics
The Principal, faculty and Gallians congratulate him on his excellent achievement and wish him the best in his career ahead of him.
Regional Languages towards National Integration
Lawrence College is a hub of lingual diversity as it admits students from all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Principal LCGG realising the driving force of languages towards national integration, as enshrined in article 28 of constitution of Pakistan, has developed a corner in the library wherein books of regional languages have been shelved.
The books contain the historical, cultural and poetical perspective and variety of regional languages. Dictionaries have also been placed there for those who intend to learn and improve their skills in the regional languages.
The number of books is as below:
- Pushto 105 books.
- Punjabi 104 books.
- Balochi 70 books.
- Sindhi 101 books.
A Guidance Session by Col. Amanat Ali
As part of the career counselling, the College administration tries to avail every opportunity where the students could receive guidance to steer their energies in the right direction in pursuit of their aims in life. In the recent years, a visible increase in the number of our students interested to join the armed forces of Pakistan has been observed. At the moment, 15 of our students are currently under training in the PMA.
Keeping this factor in view, a guidance session was held on 8th of February, 2020. The session was conducted by Lt. Col. Rao Amanat Ali. The guest speaker has the experience of serving in ISSB as psychologist. He briefed the students about the selection phases of ISSB for joining the armed forces of Pakistan.
Kashmir Solidarity Day
Lawrence College celebrated Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th of February, 2020. On this day, we intend to convey a strong message to the world community that every passing second of the curfew clock is adding to the sufferings of Kashmiris and at the same time it is bringing them close to their destination of independence and right of self-determination.
The day started with recitation from the Holy Quran and its translation by Talha Shoaib and Muhammad Bin Kashif Mirza from Class IX. Haithem Bin Sohail from Class XII threw light upon Kashmir issue and renewed the pledge, on behalf of the students, that they would stand by their Kashmiri brethren. Mr. Ahmadyar from Pakistan Studies Department, Mrs. Zareena Yousaf from Urdu Department and Mr. Basharat Hussain (HoD Pakistan Studies Department) dilated upon the historical background of the Kashmir issue and talked about the sufferings that the Kashmiri nation is going through.
The Principal, talking to the staff and students, said, “We all have gathered here to pay tribute to all the Ghazis who contributed in their brave struggle and all the Shuhada who gave their lives for freedom of Kashmir. At the same time, we must acknowledge and honour all the Kashmiri in the Indian-held Kashmir; the men, the women, the old people and the children who continue to face the brutality and troubles so bravely. It is something that we and entire World must acknowledge and also pay attention and that is what we are here for.
The next thing is that you have heard about the historical background of the Kashmir issue and the principle, legal, moral and ethical stance of Kashmiris and Pakistanis on this issue is absolutely correct and they should always uphold this principle and right. We should never show any weakness in that. We should never waiver from our stance at any national or international forum. But having said this, I would come to something more profound and more important for all of you to think about and reflect. Every year, we observe this day through different seminars, conferences and taking out processions, etc. The point of introspection is whether doing all this is enough to help Kashmiris get freedom or we need something radically different. The fact is that no nation in the world History was presented freedom in a plate. Any nation that got freedom, they got it with their wisdom, intelligence and then their strength, and not just through lectures or conferences. We need to know that the United Nations is not a potent, fair or just organization and they would never take a stand on this issue. The curfew in Jammu and Kasmir has prolonged for six months but the OIC could not call its meeting on the issue. This is the condition of the Unity in the Muslim Ummah. Many Muslim countries have supported the American Peace Plan regarding Palestine. In our own country, the political forces are not united on the national issues including economy, international politics and our interior policies. I am saying this because we need to carry out a hard introspection to know what we actually need to do so that the international community would pay heed to what we claim about Kashmir or other issues. We need to strengthen ourselves and if we succeed in it, the whole World will listen to us. Giving example of China, he said that we need to learn wisdom and intelligence from China. They had many international territorial issues, but they did not take them up until they became world power. They focused on their progress and development until they reached a state where the world community has no choice but to agree with them. Following their strategy, we also need to progress in science, technology and other fields. That is the only way through which we can earn a position of respect for our nation in the comity of nations.”
Mr. Najam Us Saqib Hashmi Passes Away
The Principal, faculty and students of Lawrence College express their sincere condolence to the family of Mr. Najam Us Saqib Hashmi, former faculty member Senior School (1963 to 1983). Mr. Najam Us Saqib passed away on 2nd January, 2020.
During his stay at Lawrence College, he held many offices. He was Controller of Examinations, Head of Biology Department and Housemaster Jinnah House from 1979 to 1983. Mr. Najam was a talented teacher and an excellent human being. He possessed a methodical mind and was a highly disciplined person. His colleagues remember him with fond memories. May Allah grant him high rank in Jannah.