Training at LUMS
Learning is an ongoing, lifelong journey that persists until the end of one’s life. Whether in the professional realm or the personal sphere, the acquisition of knowledge is a constant. For professionals, the importance of training and refresher courses cannot be overstated, as they play a pivotal role in keeping individuals abreast of modern technologies and techniques. These educational interventions are essential for fostering growth mindsets, underscoring the undeniable significance of attending training sessions and engaging with diverse perspectives.
At Lawrence College, the recognition of the profound impact of training is ingrained in the institution’s ethos. Embracing the belief that learning is a continuous process, the College places a high value on providing opportunities for its community to enhance their skills and knowledge. Through targeted training initiatives, Lawrence College aims to empower individuals to navigate the evolving landscape of knowledge, ensuring they remain competitive and adaptable in their respective fields.
By emphasizing the importance of training, Lawrence College demonstrates its commitment to cultivating a dynamic and forward-thinking community. In doing so, the institution not only enriches the professional lives of its members but also contributes to the development of individuals with a holistic and resilient approach to lifelong learning.
This time, our esteemed teaching staff participated in various training sessions at LUMS during June, July, and November 2023. Mr. Khurram P.S., Mr. Zulfiqar Sajjad S.S., and Mrs. Samia Ishaq J.S. actively engaged in a workshop focused on leading mixed-ability classrooms, addressing the pressing need for educators to adeptly manage diverse student abilities.
Mr. Moazzam Khan P.S., Mr. Amjad Mahmood S.S., and Mrs. Ayesha Gul J.S. dedicated their time to a workshop on classroom management, a pivotal subject for effective facilitation. Meanwhile, Mr Masood ul Hasnain P.S. and Miss Saba Pervaiz J.S. delved into a session aimed at exploring and implementing effective classroom management strategies. Mr. Zeeshan P.S., Mr. Usman Ghane S.S., and Miss Kiran Shahzadi J.S. attended a session on 21st-century skills, which enhanced their skills, aligning them with the demands of the future.
In a separate initiative, Mr. Arif Khan P.S., Mr Riaz Ahmad S.S., Mr Zulfiqar Sajjad S.S., and Mrs. Azra Saeed J.S. attended a workshop focusing on innovative teaching strategies in Urdu. We firmly believe that these learning opportunities will empower our teachers with contemporary methods, thereby leading to noticeable positive changes in our students. As our educators continue to refine their skills, we are optimistic about the transformative impact on the educational experience of our children.
We stand in solidarity with Palestine
The recent indiscriminate bombings by Israel in Palestine have taken very severe toll on innocent civilians, including infants, children, and young adults, leaving a trail of destruction in Gaza. This unjust and savage war by Israel has caused tremendous human suffering, with basic necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies being denied to the affected population.
Lawrence College has always engaged in charitable endeavours, reflecting our commitment to supporting those in need. The college community, including students, faculty members, and custodial staff, united in contributing to a total amount of Rs 10,20000. This generous donation was directed towards Al-Khidmat, a dedicated organization working tirelessly in Palestine to provide essential assistance to those facing hardships.
Representative from Al-Khidmat Foundation, Ch. Munir Ahmad, President Rawalpindi District and Mr. Javed Akhtar, Secretary-General Rawalpindi visited the College, where Principal LCGG, Brig Mujahid Alam, expressed appreciation for the organization’s global contributions and handed over the cheque of Rs. 10,20,000/- for Palestine.
As we extend our support, we fervently wish for peace in Palestine and pray for the well-being of all those affected. May the souls of the departed find solace in Jannat-ul-Firdous. Let us continue to be part of such charitable initiatives, and may our contributions be accepted by Allah.
Golden Lunch 2023
The Golden Lunch, a cherished tradition at GG, celebrated students’ achievements in academics, sports and co-curricular activities on November 15, 2023.
The event was held in the Senior School lawn. It was attended by faculty, students, school heads, DoS and admin staff. The event commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran and translation by Sana Ullah Abbasi and M. Shaheer Zahid from Class XI. Head Boy, Badar Ali Sami, praised Lawrence College for shaping them into responsible citizens, acknowledging the pivotal role of teachers, Vice Principal and the Principal.
Certificates and prizes were distributed by the Principal to students excelling in various subjects, class position holders and co-curricular activities. College Sports Prefect, Muhammad Siddique was awarded College shield and a cash prize worth Rupees ten thousand for his outstanding performance as captain of the football team in sports fixtures against Abbottabad Public School and Aitchison College, and the gallantry spirit exhibited by him during athletics competitions against Aitchison College ensuring a clear dominance of Gallians on the track. Teachers received certificates for their contribution and participation in the annual teachers training programme. The Principal applauded the Vice Principal/ HMSS, Mr. M. Arshad Iqbal Ch., and Senior School faculty for outstanding Board results.
In his speech, the Principal, emphasized the importance of character building, highlighting the significance of developing strong moral values and ethical principles among the students. He discussed the pros and cons of social media, encouraging students to use it responsibly while being aware of its potential drawbacks.
The principal also emphasized on having respect for women, promoting a culture of equality and understanding. He likely spoke about fostering an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, feels respected and valued.
Furthermore, the principal sought to inspire students to contribute to humanitarian causes by encouraging generous donations for Palestinians. This reflects a commitment to social responsibility and global awareness within the school community.
The event concluded with a lavish lunch served to guests, students and faculty.
Exploring the Cosmos: Lawrence College Shines at World Space Week 2023
Lawrence College students showcased their passion for space exploration during World Space Week 2023, making a lasting impact on the event. With over 1500 participants from 50+ schools and colleges across ten cities, the competition was tough and Lawrence College emerged prominently.
In the online first round held from October 4th to 10th, 2023, our students demonstrated their knowledge and skills across 10 modules. Reflecting their dedication, 59 Lawrence College students participated, securing the runner-up position in four challenging events.
Abdul Rafay’s spellathon, “Space Vocabulary,” and Talha Nawaz and Razi ul Hassan’s innovative demonstration on “Glides Flying: Reinventing Flight” showcased the intellectual prowess of our students. Additionally, Ali Musa and Subhan Ahmed’s captivating interpretation of satellite images added a compelling visual dimension to the competition.
The highlight of the on-site second round, held at IST, Islamabad from November 9th to 11th, 2023, was the space theatre performance led by Haroon Malik, Abu-Bakar, Rafay Bhatti, Ahsan Chattha, Ahmed Meyer, Sanan Khan, Talal Yousaf, and Mikail Bugti. Their role-playing in space left a lasting impression, elevating Lawrence College’s representation.
The students’ contribution to satellite image processing further demonstrated the depth of talent among our student.
Lawrence College takes pride in its students who not only participated in World Space Week 2023 but excelled, proving that the pursuit of knowledge knows no bounds.
Blood Donation 2023
Blood donation day is a noble event organized every year at Lawrence College with an objective of promoting the spirit of altruism, social responsibility and saving lives. This year blood donation day was organized on the 7th of November 2023 in collaboration with PRCS (Pakistan Red Cresent Society) at Senior School Gymnasium Hall. This annual event serves as a platform for students, teachers and other staff of the college to contribute to the well-being of community by donating blood. The act of donating blood is not only a selfless gesture but also a powerful way to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
Blood is an invaluable resource that cannot be manufactured or synthesized, making voluntary blood donation a crucial component of healthcare systems worldwide and more so in Pakistan. Donated blood plays a pivotal role in various medical treatments, surgeries, and emergencies, including accidents and illnesses like cancer, anemia, and thalassemia. The simple act of donating blood can save lives and make a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals. This year our students, teachers and staff generously donated 140 bags of blood for the community.
Blood Donation Day at LCGG is not only a one-day event but a tradition that continues to grow in importance each year. It is a reminder of the significance of giving back to society and helping those in need. Through this initiative, our school promotes the values of empathy, compassion, and social responsibility, instilling in our students the understanding that small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact on the lives of others. We at LCGG believe that this annual event serves as an inspiration for students to become lifelong blood donors and continue to make a positive difference in the world around them.
Prep and Junior Schools: Zuhrana-e-Tashakur (Thanksgiving Lunch) - 2023
Prep and Junior Schools’ Zuhrana-e-Tashakur (Thanksgiving Lunch) on Monday 6 November, 2023, was a celebration of gratitude and togetherness. This special event was a way for the young Gallians to show their deep appreciation for the diligent support staff. The gathering took place in the Prep School Dining Hall.
In attendance were the dedicated individuals who keep our schools running smoothly – the janitors, peons, gardeners, mess and dormitory attendants, sanitary caretakers, runners, drivers, carpenters, matrons, aayas, security staff, and all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to create an ideal learning environment.
The Principal Lawrence College, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), graced the occasion, and reinforced his commitment to the well-being of the support staff. This event showcased his visionary leadership and dedication to promote conducive atmosphere within the institution. The students of the Junior and Prep Schools took it upon themselves to serve the support staff with warmth and dignity.
This significant occasion deeply touched the hearts of the support staff, filling them with joy and honour. They enjoyed a delightful feast, experiencing a variety of delicious dishes and desserts. The Principal expressed his sincere appreciation for the junior staff’s unwavering dedication.
Additionally, Mrs. Nasreen Iqbal, the Executive Director of Grammar School Rawalpindi, who was present at the occasion, commended tireless efforts of the Junior staff, highlighting how their dedication played a crucial role in maintaining the College’s pristine and well-kept environment. Mrs. Iqbal’s words of appreciation making the occasion even more memorable.
Through this ceremony, the College imparted a thoughtful lesson to the young Gallians – the importance of noble human values. It shows that the College goes beyond tradition, emphasizing inclusivity and nurturing a true sense of community. This, indeed, is the essence of education that Gallians will cherish and embody throughout their lives.
Sports Fixture with Crescent Model School and College Lahore
The Colts of Lawrence College (junior teams) played sports fixtures with the teams of Crescent Model School and College Lahore from 2nd of November to the 3rd of November, 2023, on the sports fields of the Crescent Model School. It was for the first time that the teams of both the institutions played matches against each other.
The first match was of basketball that was played in the morning of the 2nd of November. Gallians outperformed Crescentarians, and the match ended in their favour with a huge difference of 58 to 05. The basketball match was followed by the hockey match. Crescentarians showed excellent skills with the stick and won the match by 6 to 1. The football match followed the hockey match. Both the teams showed great spirit, and the match ended in a draw with both the teams scoring one goal. Abdullah Sohail from LC played exceptionally well, and Usman Qamar scored the only goal.
Athletics competitions started in the morning of the 3rd of November. It included 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 4 X 100 metres relay race, shot putt, and the long jump. Here, Gallians had a clean sweep and dominated the athletics field by winning all the competitions. The cricket match was played following the athletics. Gallians won the toss and chose to field. Here, the students of Crescent Model School showed their talent in cricket and scored 158 in 12 overs. Gallians played with great spirit but could score 88 runs in 12 overs.
The Fixture was drawn as Gallians won basketball and athletics while Crescentarians dominated in hockey and cricket and the football match ended with equal score.
Gallians and staff appreciate the hospitality and care taken by the staff of Crescent Model School and College. We believe that both institutions will carry forward the initiative and will continue to play fixtures with each other.
Zuharana e Tashakur (Thanksgiving Lunch), 2023
In a remarkable display of gratitude and unity, the hallowed halls of Lawrence College bore witness to an extraordinary Thanksgiving Lunch on the 1st of November, 2023. This grand event was a profound gesture, a testament to our appreciation for the dedicated support staff.
The event was organized by the Intermediate Class under the guidance of the Vice Principal/Headmaster and the Housemasters. The lunch was held in the Senior School Hall.
Present on the occasion, were the Senior School janitors, peons, gardeners, mess and dormitory attendants, sanitary caretakers, runners, drivers, security sentinels, and all the unheralded attendants who toil tirelessly to create an environment conducive to learning.
Our principal graced the occasion with his presence. His personal attention to the comfort and well-being of our cherished support staff was a testament to his visionary leadership and commitment to fostering an inclusive and harmonious atmosphere within our institution.
The students of the Inter 2023-24 class, along with prefects, undertook the noble task of serving the support staff with warm smiles and an empathetic attitude. Their actions breathed life into the principal’s philosophy of humanism and goodwill, turning it into an inspiring reality.
This momentous day left an indelible mark on our support staff, filling their hearts with joy, respect, and a sense of fulfilment that remains an unfulfilled dream for many underprivileged workers across the globe.
The support staff were treated to a symphony of flavours – an experience of fine cuisine and delectable desserts. In a touching moment, our principal expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the junior staff for their unwavering dedication and expressed hope for their continued commitment in the years to come.
Through this historic ceremony, our principal imparted a profound lesson to our students – the importance of noble human values that seamlessly align with our Islamic heritage. He demonstrated that our administrative approach transcends convention, embracing inclusivity and fostering a natural sense of community. Education at Lawrence College is not a privilege for the select few; it extends its benevolent arms to train and nurture all who contribute to our educational tapestry. This, indeed, is the essence of education that our students will cherish and embody throughout their lives.
Sports Fixture - Aitchisonians vs. Gallians: A Thrilling Showdown
On the crisp evening of October 26th, 2023, Aitchison College sports contingent made its way to Lawrence College, Ghora Gali, gearing up for the annual sports fixture against the seasoned teams from Gallians, with events spanning from October 27th to 29th. The intense competition that unfolded left sports enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.
The rivalry played out in various disciplines, with each side showcasing their strengths. Aitchisonians clinched victory in both basketball and cricket, while Gallians demonstrated their prowess in athletics and football. The hockey match, an epitome of skill and teamwork, culminated in a thrilling draw.
The excitement kicked off on the morning of October 27th with the athletics competition, featuring events like long jump and discus throw. Gallians proved their mettle in the long jump, led by Abdullah Sohail and Saifullah from Lawrence College. In contrast, Aitchisonians dominated the discus throw, with Wahab Butt and Asad Pasha securing the top two positions.
The action-packed day continued with the football match, traditionally a stronghold for Gallians. Muhammad Ali’s stellar performance, with goals in both halves, underscored their supremacy, Lawrence College wining 2-0.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, the basketball court came alive. Initially, Gallians took the lead, but Aitchisonians staged a remarkable comeback, winning the game with a final score of 30 to 29, leaving fans in awe of their tenacity.
The following day witnessed the 200-meter race, where Muhammed Saddique from Lawrence College broke the deadlock, displaying an impressive burst of speed. Cricket, an Aitchisonians’ forte, followed suit, with Gallians setting a target of 117 runs, only to see it comfortably chased down by the Aitchison College team in 13 overs.
In the 800-meter and 4×100-meter relay races, Gallians showcased their athletic prowess by securing victory in both events. Muhammed Saddique and Saif Ullah Achakzai claimed the top spots in the 800 meters, while the relay team from Lawrence College, comprising Muhammad Saddique, Taha Nawaz, Abdullah Sohail, and Abdul Qadir, clinched first place.
A memorable formal dinner brought both teams, faculty, heads of schools, and the Principal of Lawrence College together in an atmosphere of camaraderie. The Principal acknowledged the exemplary sportsmanship displayed by both teams and lauded Aitchison College for their victories in basketball and cricket. The evening concluded with the delightful flavors of cuisine savored by Aitchisonians and Gallians alike.
The grand finale on October 29th took place at Jamali Stadium, where the hockey match unfolded. It was a riveting battle of equals, a thrilling spectacle of skill and teamwork, which ultimately concluded in a nail-biting draw, leaving spectators in awe of the sheer talent on display.
In the end, this annual sports fixture concluded in a fitting draw, honoring both Aitchisonians and Gallians for their extraordinary efforts. Throughout the fixture Gallians displayed exemplary sportsmanship, determination and grit in the true spirit of College motto “Never Give In”. We extend warm congratulations to our teams, coaches, and staff for their remarkable sporting prowess. A special commendation goes out to Aitchison College teams for their excellent performance and unwavering sportsman spirit that shone throughout all the events.
Sports Fixture – 2023
Lawrence College vs Aitchison College
|Fixture||Goals/Scores||Won By||Fixture Result|
|Cricket Match||117/10- 118/3 (20)||AC won by 7 wickets|
|Athletics||32-14||LC won by 14 points|
Giving is the greatest act of grace
Looking after the people who deserve to be cared for is an act of kindness and compassion that is appreciated by Almighty Allah and His beloved Prophet, PBUH.
Principal LCGG, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retired), and the staff of the College are thankful to Mir Abdul Momin (Matric 2014, Peake House) for his gesture of care and concern. On 27 October 2023, he visited the College, met the Principal and donated 30 warm jackets during this harsh winter for our junior staff members. The Principal thanked him sincerely and greatly appreciated his kind gesture, as giving back to alma mater is a matter of real gratitude that is shown out of love and affection.
We always appreciate and encourage our Gallian donors who support their College and faculty in one way or another. May they and their families be blessed with countless bounties by Almighty Allah, both in this life and the hereafter.
A Day Out of Junior School: From Movie House to Excitement
A recreational day trip for Junior School boys to Rawalpindi was organized to provide them with an opportunity to learn, explore, and have fun outside the classroom. The day was filled with recreational activities that aimed to create lasting memories.
The Gallians of Junior School started their journey at 9.00 am on October 23, 2023. The first destination of excursion was Odeon Cineplex which is owned by the Old Gallian, Zulfiqar Ali Chatha. He is an active member of Board of Governors. To show gesture of affection to little Gallians, he arranged movie DC League of Super-Pets in his movie theater which boys enjoyed a lot, was free of cost, not only this, to make boys day out memorable and unforgettable, he served them with popcorns and juice. All the custodian staff of Cineplex took special care of each and every individual of the College.
After the movie, next spot of the trip was Jinnah Park where boys had a great amusement and fun. They played games and took swings and enjoyed delicious KFC deal and ice-cream together.
After the sunset, the caravan, full of excitement gained from the one day out experiences, made its way back to the College. This day trip will serve as a long-time lasting memory with fun. The boys returned to the College at 8:00 pm and their hearts and minds enriched by the experiences of the day, ready to share their newfound excitement and fun with their parents and close relatives.
A Day Out
Students of the Evening Coaching School spent a day full of happy moments filled with cherishable memories and laughter on October 22, 2023, at Joyland & Ayub Park. They enjoyed each moment with a lot of fun, snacks and being together with their friends. We are grateful to the Principal of LCGG for providing all the possible facilities and fun-making activities for the children of the junior staff.
Prep School: An Excursion Trip to Mushkpuri Top and Mall Road Murree
On the pleasant morning of October 21, 2023, the young Gallians of the Prep School proceeded for an exciting excursion trip to the scenic Mushkpuri Top, followed by a visit to the busy Mall Road. The trip aimed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the region while strengthening their bonds and creating lasting memories.
The trip was led by the Headmaster Prep School, Mr Imtiaz Akhtar Ranjha, along with his staff members. The first stage of these 157 young and energetic boys was Donga Gali which was the starting point of the journey.
The young Gallians started a picturesque trek through lush green hills and valleys. The trek offered breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Along the way, the boys also interacted with new people from different cities who were also on hiking expeditions.
After a challenging yet rewarding trek of 4 kilometer, the caravan reached the summit of Mushkpuri. The boys enjoyed the stunning panoramic views and their packed edibles. They had a leisurely stay of nearly an hour at the top, taking in the natural beauty and creating memories to cherish. Energized and filled with enthusiasm, Gallians began their descent, returning to Donga Gali where they had a sumptuous lunch to replenish their energy.
In the afternoon, the unbeaten energy sent the young Gallians to the Mall Road, which is known for its lively markets and vibrant atmosphere. Here, they had the opportunity to shop, play video games, and explore the local culture besides enjoying at the various food courts in Murree, relishing local delicacies and appreciating the scenery of the hill station. After Maghrib, the boys and staff reached the College. The trip left a permanent mark on the students’ hearts, enriching their experience and fostering stronger bonds with each other.
The excursion trip to Mushkpuri Top and Mall Road, Murree, was a memorable and enriching experience for the Gallians. It provided students with an opportunity to connect with nature, make new friends, and explore the local culture. The journey also reinforced the sense of community and belonging among the Gallians. Such excursions are vital for their personal and social development, and this trip will undoubtedly be remembered as a beautiful chapter in their school life.
An Interesting & Fascinating Introduction to Bonsai Art
Bonsai, a Japanese horticultural practice, involves cultivating plants in shallow pots, creating a captivating miniature representation of trees. At the recent annual flower exhibition at PC Bhurban, Principal LCGG Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd) had the pleasure of meeting Salman Babar Lone for the first time. Salman displayed his impressive collection of bonsai plants, catching the Principal’s attention. This encounter led to an invitation for Salman to introduce this unique art to our college staff and students.
Salman Babar Lone, a dedicated bonsai specialist, embarked on his bonsai journey back in 2012 on his rooftop in the city of Gujranwala, Pakistan. What began as a hobby soon evolved into a thriving small business. Salman’s passion for this art is evident, as he finds beauty in every tree he sculpts. His nursery is currently situated in Gujranwala.
In response to the Principal’s request, Salman visited the college on October 21, 2023, demonstrating the art of bonsai creation. He generously shared his knowledge with the gardeners and teachers, offering insights into the tools, procedures, and nuances of this fascinating technique. The college staff showed great interest in this innovative art form, and Salman expressed his willingness to assist the college in its pursuit of growing plants in this unique manner. Bonsai is not only a beautiful art but also a source of creativity that nurtures the soul and provides an escape from negative thoughts.
We have decided to invite Salman next year after re-opening of the College to give a detailed presentation to the students to get them interested in this wonderful hobby. Besides creativity this art also teaches patience and perseverance, two essential life skills. We have also decided to establish Bonsai Club in Lawrence College.
We believe that this innovative technique will inspire our staff, leading to a cascade of new ideas that will ultimately benefit our students. Additionally, the inclusion of a bonsai collection will further enhance the natural beauty of our campus, creating a truly heavenly environment.
Science Exhibition Hosted By Prep and Junior School Students
The Prep and Junior School students hosted a marvelous science exhibition on October 19, 2023, at the Prep School playing field. The exhibition had several objectives, including inspiring curiosity, educating students, showcasing their innovative skills, promoting STEAM education, and engaging the community. Senior School students also showcased some of the Physics models they prepared earlier. The projects on display were all linked to the concepts the students had learned during the whole year. These projects were beautifully crafted, with many of them being 3D and functioning models.
The exhibition featured a diverse range of captivating displays, such as interactive zones, biodiversity corners, sustainability corners, young scientists’ corners, art-science fusion, medical field experiments, and various other innovative ideas. This exhibition provided a breathtaking experience, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of science while meeting like-minded individuals who share a passion for discovery.
The projects were expertly judged by three highly qualified faculty members from Kohsar University: Dr. Ramla Shahid from the Biotechnology Department, Dr. M. Sultan from the Physics Department, and Dr. Waqas Bangiyal from the IT Department. The judges were full of praise for the student’s enthusiasm and the hard work put in by the teachers.
Students from all three schools visited the displayed models and showed appreciation for the efforts of their peers. Several children received prizes for their outstanding projects. Principal LCGG Brig. Mujahid Alam commended the students and teachers for their dedicated work on the exhibition. As a gesture of appreciation, the guests were presented with College souvenirs, and the event concluded with everyone enjoying a scrumptious tea.
Prep School: Inter-House Flora Identification Competition
The Prep School Inter-House Floral Identification Competition, a dazzling showcase of botanical knowledge and quick thinking, held on Friday, October 13, 2023, in the TV Hall of Prep School. The event brought together 24 enthusiastic participants from Class 5, 6, and 7, with 6 students representing each of the four boarding Houses – Peake, Walker, Wightwick and Wright. The competition consisted of two intense rounds, combining individual and team efforts, to determine the champions in floral identification.
After the mesmerizing recitation by Mateen Farhan from Class 7, the impressive translation was shared in Urdu by Meer Zarak from Class 7. The event was skillfully managed by our capable stage secretaries, from Class 7, who ensured its smooth execution. The secretaries were M. Rohan Ahmed, Mian Mazhar Shah, Fouzan Mangi, Fazal Nawaz, Laraib Ali and Muhammad Hamza Khan.
The moment of anticipation was finally broken as the Headmaster Prep School unveiled the winners. Wightwick House secured first position followed by Wright House while third position was shared by Peake and Walker Houses. The competition had undoubtedly been a display of remarkable talent, and the winners were lauded for their dedication and knowledge.
The Headmaster Prep School, Mr. Imtiaz Akhtar Ranjha, on behalf of the Principal Lawrence College, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd) graced the event with his presence and delivered an inspiring address. He acknowledged the efforts of the students and emphasized the importance of nurturing curiosity and knowledge in all areas, including the natural world.
The Inter House Flora Identification Competition-2023 was a testament to the spirit of learning and competition that thrives at Prep School. The Headmaster extended his heartfelt congratulations to the winners and participants for their outstanding performance and look forward to more such engaging events in future. This event not only celebrated the beauty of nature but also the intellectual acumen of our young minds.
A captivating video presentation on the conservation of biodiversity was screened for the young Gallians. The video served as a reminder of the vital importance of preserving our planet’s rich and diverse ecosystem.
Every Charitable Act is a Stepping Stone Towards Heaven
Among countless other benefits, charity of giving liberates the soul of the giver. Giving a helping hand to others surely is a spiritual act that satisfies the soul more than anything else, those who do so are truly blessed and chosen ones.
On behalf of the Principal, Staff, and young Gallians, we wish to express our profound gratitude to Dr. Zubair Muhammad Khan, an esteemed Gallian (Headboy 1979), for his extraordinarily generous and considerate donation of Rs. 16,55,000 towards the welfare of the junior staff at our college. His remarkable act of compassion, care, and remembrance for our junior staff and their families is deeply appreciated and serves as a shining example for all Gallians. It’s worth noting that Dr. Zubair has been a consistent benefactor of the college in recent years.
We extend our heartfelt thanks for his generous and thoughtful contribution of this amount, which has been distributed among 331 junior staff members of grades 1-12 (Rs.5000/- each) and will provide significant support to them and their families during these challenging times.
We sincerely appreciate his compassionate and kind gesture. May Allah bless Dr. Zubair and his family abundantly.
Storytelling; the Magic Words of the Real World
Stories were told and retold to evolve humankind into a wiser species; alterations had made to educate people and now they are diversified to understand the global cultural norms. Worldwide, in all cultures, stories passed down from generation to generation as a mean of education, and entertainment. In order to revive this oldest form of education Junior School had arranged a Story Telling Evening on 9th October, 2023. It was also telecasted live which was viewed by the parents on the shared link of Junior School Face book Page
The Principal of Lawrence College Brig. (R) Mujahid Alam was the chief guest of the Storytelling Evening. Waris Qamar, Mohib Ahmed, Rizwan Chaudhary and Ayan Pulphoto were the hosts of the evening. The event began with the National Anthem. It was followed by the recitation and translation of the holy verses of Holy Quran which were done by Abdul Hadi Waqas and Bilawal Aziz. To take people in their magical and fantasy worlds, each and every storyteller casted his enchanted spells on the audience. They got cheer from the invitees and appreciation from their live viewers. Singers added the oracle in the surrounding.
The Principal lauded everyone’s commendable effort to make the Storytelling Evening enraptured and captivated. At the end, he congratulated Mrs. Naheed Nadeem (HMJS) for the praiseworthy and triumphant event.
OGAP Reunion, 2023
The tradition of the Alumni Reunion at Lawrence College has been firmly established in recent years with an annual gathering that provides a unique opportunity for former students to reminisce about their time at this esteemed institution. Additionally, it offers the College administration a chance to engage with alumni who consistently display a strong interest in the College’s affairs. Due to Covid restrictions, the reunion could not be held for about three years.
The latest Alumni Reunion took place on Sunday, 8th October 2023, attended by about 160 old Gallians. The Principal extended a warm welcome to the alumni attendees in Hamid Hall. He took the stage to provide alumni with insight into the College’s progress and development. He also took the opportunity to thank those old Gallians who generously donated for different college projects or for the Welfare Fund for the Junior Staff. He also thanked Mr. Ajmal Gondal, President OGAP and other office bearers for taking the initiative for reunion. The Principal assured all Gallians of full support and cooperation in organising such events.
Following the Principal’s speech, the alumni had the opportunity to share their questions, suggestions, and viewpoints. At this occasion, two illustrious Gallians, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Chattha and Mr. Iftikhar Ali Chattha, who are brothers also, announced a donation of Rupees 10 million for the Welfare Fund. This generous donation was heartily welcomed by the Principal and all Gallians.
On this occasion, the Principal invited the Senior most Gallian present on the occasion, Lt. Col. Mumtaz Khan (Retd) for his remarks. The senior alumnus was grateful to the Principal for facilitating this reunion, which provided them with a valuable platform for their gathering. He stressed upon the need that Gallians should enthusiastically contribute to their alma mater and the nation. Mr. Sarfraz Bugti, the Interim Interior Minister, also talked for a brief moment and repeated his resolve to do the best for Pakistan in his capacity.
The talks in Hamid Hall were followed by an exciting basketball match between the Gallians and Old Gallians that was interestingly won by the Old Gallians. The old Gallians spent a nostalgic and enjoyable day visiting their Houses and other college facilities as well as meeting the young Gallians and Staff.
The event concluded on a high note with a delightful and sumptuous lunch in the main clock tower lawn.
LCGG Showcases Education Expo'23
October 5th, marked the event of Education and Career Expo at the campus organized by Counselling and Guidance Cell. 17 organizations including universities, foreign education advisors and professional counsellors from Islamabad, Lahore, KPK and Rawalpindi graced the occasion with their skilled teams of representatives to guide the students regarding their future academic and professional plans. Apart from Gallians, more than 450 students from different colleges of Murree availed the opportunity. The staff and management of these colleges appreciated the project as an extraordinary experience of exposure for local students.
The principal in his closing note expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for the concerned department and resolved to continue with such activities in future. He also extended his profound gratitude to the participating universities and counsellors who collaborated with LCGG in this event.
Founders' Day, 2023
We are delighted to share the highlights of our 163rd Founders’ Day, which took place in Jamali Stadium on September 28, 2023. This grand event showcased the exceptional talent of our young Gallians and received tremendous appreciation from our esteemed guests.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was GOC 12 Division, Major General Muhammad Irfan.
A large number of guests, including revered Old Gallians and proud parents, graced this auspicious occasion with their presence. The event was marked by captivating spectacles, including a majestic march past, awe-inspiring PT display, breathtaking gymnastics, and precision archery.
The Principal, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), presented the Annual Report of the College. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Guest and other guests for gracing the occasion. He reaffirmed our commitment to nurturing and training our students for a promising future.
During his address, the Chief Guest congratulated all the houses for their commendable performances, with special recognition for Walker House on winning the Cock House Shield and Peake House as Runners-up. He also stressed the importance of understanding and following the College motto. Furthermore, he commended the efforts of the College management, faculty, and students for their significant contribution to various aspects of the College life.
The event concluded with a delightful spread of refreshments for our honoured guests.
Prior to the Founders’ Day, the College hosted a three-day Annual Performing Arts Show. Dr.Najeeba Arif, Chairperson Pakistan Academy of Letters, was the Chief Guest of the show.
It showcased a spectacular array of talents, including mesmerizing songs, captivating dances, and riveting English and Urdu plays. The students of all three schools poured their heart and soul into making this a truly spectacular and unforgettable activity.
Lieutenant General Syed Aamer Raza, Corps Commander Lahore, visits his Alma Mater
Lawrence College has produced many distinguished and outstanding Gallians who have excelled in their respective professions and fields of interest. One such Gallian is Lieutenant General Syed Aamer Raza who has excelled in the military profession and occupies a very distinguished and respectable position in the senior hierarchy. His contribution to national security and defence has been outstanding. In recognition of his achievements, Principal Lawrence College extended an invitation to Lieutenant General Aamer Raza to visit his alma mater and share his experiences with the students.
Lieutenant General Aamer Raza graciously accepted the invitation, and on 27th Sept, 2023, he, accompanied by his family and GOC 12 Division Major General Muhammad Irfan, visited Lawrence College. It was a momentous occasion as he stood before the eager young Gallians, sharing his journey from student life at Lawrence College to his current role in the military. He was also very nostalgic about his student days in Lawrence College. His speech was highly inspiring and filled with valuable insights, encouraging the students to strive for excellence and dedication in their chosen paths. He quoted extensively from the sayings of Quaid-e-Azam and gave an indepth explanation that was relevant and very important for the students.
In his speech, Lieutenant General Aamer Raza, addressed several crucial topics, emphasizing the role of youth in addressing internal and external challenges faced by the country, including security and defence, political instability, economic concerns and disinformation campaigns on social media. He also talked about the deficiencies in our education system, which unfortunately doesn’t attach great importance to grooming and training of students. He also touched upon the threats that Pakistan faces in its broader geopolitical context and the influence of social media in shaping public opinion.
Lieutenant General Aamer Raza stressed the importance of developing specific personality traits among the students, which are essential for their personal growth and for becoming responsible citizens that included:
Sense of Duty: He highlighted the significance of feeling responsible towards one’s country and community, emphasizing that every citizen has a duty to contribute positively.
Courage: He encouraged the students to face challenges with bravery and not shy away from difficult situations, as courage is vital for progress.
Honesty: Honesty is a fundamental value and the honourable guest emphasized that integrity and truthfulness are essential in both personal and professional life.
Loyalty: Stressing the importance of loyalty to one’s country and its values, he underlined that loyalty is a cornerstone of national unity and progress.
Bravery: Being brave doesn’t just mean physical courage but also the courage to stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.
Self-Discipline: He spoke about the necessity of self-control and discipline in achieving one’s goals and contributing positively to society.
Balanced Life: He advised the students to adopt a balanced approach to life, ensuring they prioritize not only their studies and career but also their physical and mental well-being. Engaging in healthy activities was encouraged.
In conclusion, Lieutenant General Aamer Raza’s speech was a clarion call to action for the youth, emphasizing that they are the future leaders of the nation. He urged them to invest in themselves by developing these essential qualities, as they play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Pakistan. His words served as both guidance and inspiration, reminding the students of their responsibilities and potential to make a positive impact on their country and society.
His talk was followed by an interactive session wherein many students asked very interesting and relevant questions. These questions were answered by the honourable guest in a very logical and convincing manner further elaborating on many important issues.
Lt. Gen. Aamer Raza also announced a generous donation of Rupees 5 million for the welfare of junior staff of the College.
In the end, Principal Lawrence College, Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd) thanked the honourable guest for an excellent talk that was highly informative, insightful and relevant to the present circumstances. He particularly expressed gratitude to Lieutenant General Aamer Raza for the generous contribution to the welfare fund for junior staff.
Senior School Inter House Declamation (Seniors)
|1st||Atif Nazeer||Walker House|
|1st||Muhammad Ahmed||Peake House|
|2nd||Umer Roshan Ahmed||Wightwick House|
|3rd||Ch. Ghulam Mustafa Goraya||Walker House|
|Consolation Prize||Muhammad Ahsan Chatta||Wright House|
|1st||Muhammad Aayan Qamar||Wightwick House|
|2nd||Muhammad Abdul Rafay Bhatti||Wright House|
|3rd||Ali Shehryar||Peake House|
|Consolation Prize||Hamza Sakhawat||Peake House|
A delegation from the esteemed Military Technological College of Oman visited Lawrence College
At Lawrence College, we have always prided ourselves on our warm and inviting atmosphere for esteemed guests. Whether you are planning a visit or simply curious about the rich history of our beautiful green campus, we are happy to facilitate our visitors.
A delegation from the esteemed Military Technological College of Oman, consisting of 5 faculty members and Dean of MTC Air Commodore Dr Muhammad bin Aziz Al- Siyabi, recently paid a visit to LCGG on 14 September, 2023. Accompanying them was Dr. Habib Bukhari, the Vice Chancellor of Kohsar University, Murree.
The Principal of LCGG, Brig. Mujahid Alam warmly received them in his office. The Principal reiterated the warm and brotherly relations between Oman and Pakistan. The visitors were given an informative briefing on the rich history, multifarious activities, and ambitious goals of our College. The delegation visited Senior School Campus and admired the historical buildings and the wonderful environment. They also greatly appreciated the library.
Defence Day, 2023
The commemoration of Pakistan’s Defence Day at Lawrence was a vivid illustration of unwavering patriotism and enthusiasm. Gathered at Yadgar-e-Shuhada in the morning of September 6th. Students and faculty from three schools stood together in unity. Principal LCGG, accompanied by the Head Boy of the College, on his own behalf, on behalf of the faculty, Gallians and old Gallians, laid wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. The resonance of “Naara-e-Pakistan” echoed; a heartfelt expression of love for our cherished homeland.
After the wreath-laying, the function started with recitation from the Holy Quran by M. Abu Bakar from Class XI and translation by M. Usman from Class lX. The ceremony was conducted by Abdullah Shams Abbasi, Prefect Peake House.
In an address brimming with poignant sentiment, the Principal paid heartfelt tribute to the martyrs. These selfless individuals had made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their motherland. He implored the assembly to observe one minute’s silence, a profound gesture of respect to the Shuhada. The Principal highlighted the importance of preserving the memory of their sacrifices, emphasizing that this day serves as a poignant reminder and a solemn recommitment to our sacred Pakistan. Quoting Napoleon, he evoked the notion that the boundaries of a nation’s greatness are etched in the graves of its martyrs and soldiers. These brave Shuhada, he asserted, are the stalwarts of our safety and protection. It was a day of introspection, a day for collective identification of weaknesses and a resolute commitment to rectify them.
He extended his tribute not just to Gallians but to all who had made the ultimate sacrifice, transcending the boundaries of caste, region, and religion. In the spirit of inclusivity, the Principal acknowledged the sacrifices of the people of occupied Kashmir, the valiant Kashmiri leaders who dedicated their lives to the cause of Kashmir’s freedom and displayed profound love for Pakistan.
The ceremony reached its poignant conclusion with a du’a, an earnest prayer for the protection and prosperity of Pakistan. This prayer, offered by Hafiz Atta-ur-Rehman, the Khateeb of the Senior School Mosque, resonated deeply with all present. As the strains of the national anthem filled the air, the gathering dispersed, their hearts rekindled with a profound sense of commitment and gratitude for the sacrifices of the Shuhada and a renewed and enduring love for their cherished homeland, Pakistan.
The Yellow Shirts Outshines Red Shirts in a Night Football Match at Prep School
On September 4, 2023, night football fever took over as the Yellow Shirts faced off against the Red Shirts in an intra-school exhilarating floodlight football friendly match. The event, held in ideal weather conditions, brought together the staff, their families, and young football enthusiasts for a memorable night of sportsmanship and camaraderie. At the start of the match, the Principal Lawrence College, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), took a moment to shake hands with the young footballers from both teams.
The match was a showcase of talent, passion, and teamwork as the Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts clashed on the pitch. The young Gallians displayed exceptional skills, determination, and respect for their opponents. The first half remained goalless, with each side defending their territory sternly.
In the second half, the Gallians of Prep School were treated to a moment of brilliance when, Malik Huzaifa Khan from the Yellow Shirts managed to score a goal. The grassy field erupted in cheers, but what was even more remarkable was the sportsmanship displayed by both teams throughout the match. They celebrated each other’s achievements and upheld the spirit of friendly competition.
As the final whistle blew, the Yellow Shirts emerged victorious with their single goal. However, it was evident that the real winner was the sense of togetherness and sportsman spirit that permeated the event. The players of Peake, Wright, Wightwick and Walker Houses, showcased not only their football skills but also the values of fair play and respect for one another.
The Principal made his way to the footballers, appreciated their dedication, and engaged in friendly conversations with them. His words of encouragement and praise were a source of inspiration to the young athletes.
To cap off the wonderful event, the Principal also shared a delightful dinner and a barbecue with the staff and their families, creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere that reinforced the sense of community and togetherness that makes Lawrence College a special place for both learning and bonding.
Special Guests from Najjat Old Home Make Our Day Extra Special
On the memorable day of Monday, September 4th ,2023, Lawrence College witnessed a day of profound joy and remarkable significance as it opened its warm and welcoming arms to host 26 exceptionally special guests. Among this distinguished group were 13 women and 10 men, all of them hailed from the Najjat Old Age Home in Rawalpindi. This Old Age Home serves as a beacon of hope within the broader Najjat Trust, an organization that has been serving the community without discrimination since its inception in 1992. At its core, this sanctuary provides refuge for elderly individuals who have been abandoned by their families, denied the care they rightfully deserve, and left to face life’s challenges alone in our society.
The 26 honourable guests, most of them have crossed 60 years of age, were personally greeted and welcomed by the Principal, Heads of Schools, senior staff, and prefects of Lawrence College. The younger Gallians, with hearts full of empathy and kindness, led our esteemed guests to the Hamid Library for a moment of respite. Here, amidst an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, they were graciously served tea and snacks while engaging in heartfelt conversations with the Principal, who expressed sincere gratitude for their visit to the college.
During their visit, our honourable guests were given a tour of some of the college’s facilities by the dedicated prefects and staff. This experience was not merely about showcasing the institution but about ensuring that each guest felt a deep sense of personal attention and comfort. The young Gallians and staff members engaged with the guests, striving to address the profound loneliness that many of them had endured due to the abandonment by their own blood relations.
As they shared their stories, filled with tales of sadness, loneliness, and deprivation, the hearts of everyone present were profoundly moved. It became evident that this visit was not just a day of hospitality but a day of understanding and compassion, echoing the teachings of the Holy Quran about the importance of respecting one’s parents.
The culmination of this extraordinary day came with a sumptuous lunch, shared in the company of the Principal, Heads of Schools, senior staff, and prefects. Small tokens of appreciation were presented to our guests, symbolic of the profound impact they had on the college community during their visit. As the day drew to a close, it was evident that the hearts of our guests were lifted, and a sense of happiness filled the air. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Principal, staff, and boys for the respect, honour, and thoughtfulness shown to them. The Principal extended an open invitation, welcoming them to Lawrence College whenever they desired in the future.
After spending approximately five hours in our midst, our esteemed guests departed for Rawalpindi, their faces adorned with smiles and their hearts brimming with happiness. It is our collective hope and prayer that Allah eases their difficulties and bestows upon them the comfort and happiness they so rightfully deserve. This unique and heartwarming visit shall forever remain etched in the annals of Lawrence College’s history as a testament to the power of compassion, respect, and the bonds that unite us all as one human family.
Alumnus returns Luminous with Erasmus Mundus
Hamza bin Sajid, Inter 18, visited his alma mater on Friday, September 1, 2023, after winning the international Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship. Eager to guide the current batch of intermediate Part-II to the path of international higher education, he planned to visit and conduct an informative session at the campus. He is the living example of ‘Never Give In’. After graduating from the University of Agriculture with distinction, he came back with laurels and let the Gallians explore the requirements and application process of international scholarships.
The principal expressed his love and gratitude for Hamza. He wished him more success in the long run.
Reverend Nadeem Kamran's Inspiring Address on "Promoting Inter-Faith Harmony"
In the aftermath of the tragic events that unfolded in Jaranwala in August – 2023, the urgent need for interfaith harmony and unity has become more apparent than ever. An educational institution has a very important responsibility to educate, guide, advise and inform the younger generation on various aspects of interfaith harmony and unity. The Principal contacted the Bishop of Lahore the Rt. Reverend Nadeem Kamran to express his serious concern as well as support and solidarity for our Christian brothers and sisters. He also requested the Bishop to visit Lawrence College to interact with the students and staff. Lawrence College was honoured to host Rt. Reverend Nadeem Kamran, the esteemed Bishop of Lahore as a distinguished guest speaker on Thursday, 31st August 2023. Before his address the Bishop, his family members and staff were hosted for lunch at the Principal’s house.
Reverend Nadeem Kamran stands as a prominent Christian religious leader who has dedicated his life to advocate peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding among diverse faiths. His visit to Lawrence College offered a precious opportunity to share profound insights regarding the significance of interfaith harmony, particularly in the context of recent tragic events.
The Principal extended a warm and heartfelt welcome to Reverend Nadeem Kamran. In his opening address, he lauded Bishop Kamran’s tireless commitment to bridging religious divides and nurturing a sense of unity among different faith communities. In his address, Rt. Rev. Nadeem Kamran stated that the enemies of Pakistan always seek opportunities to create disturbances within the country. The concern lies in the fact that sometimes, unknowingly, people among us become a part of their nefarious plans. He emphasized that we are first Pakistanis and then Muslims, Christians, Hindus, or Sikhs. The green passport serves as our identity worldwide. If we prioritize our love for the country and transcend our differences, our enemies will fail in their sinister attempts to sow chaos in our society. He also highlighted the Christian community’s contribution to Pakistan’s creation and assured the gathering that no Christian would ever make derogatory remarks about Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) or the Holy Quran. Such actions are perpetrated only by those who aim to create discord between Muslim and Christian communities. He further emphasized that by following the teachings of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), we should never contemplate harming anyone, even if they follow a different religion. In the end Rt. Rev. Nadeem Kamran expressed gratitude to the Principal for inviting him to share his thoughts with the students.
During the closing moments of this memorable event, Principal Brigadier(R) Mujahid Alam shared a poignant letter from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) addressed to Christians. In this letter, the Holy Prophet emphasized the paramount importance of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among various religious groups. He assured the Christian community that Muslims in Pakistan are dedicated to serving as a symbol of peace and support for religious minorities rather than a source of fear.
During the questions/answers session, many students asked different questions that received pertinent answers from the honourable guest. It was quite evident that this event created a very positive impact among the staff and students.
In recognition of Reverend Nadeem Kamran’s outstanding contributions to interfaith harmony, Lawrence College presented him with a College memento as a heartfelt token of appreciation. This gesture symbolized the deep gratitude of the College for his visit and unwavering commitment to promote peace and understanding.
The Principal also took this opportunity to extend sincere gratitude to Reverend Kamran’s family members, acknowledging their invaluable support and understanding as vital elements in his mission to bridge religious divides.
The gathering concluded with a shared sense of purpose and a commitment to continued cooperation, reaffirming that education can be a powerful instrument for positive change, even in the most challenging times.
In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Jaranwala in August – 2023, the Principal invited three Christian esteemed leaders of the educational community of Murree. Two days before the momentous event featuring Reverend Nadeem Kamran, the three distinguished school heads, including Principal St. Denys’ Mrs. Shazia Jabran, Principal Presentation Convent, Sister Rehana Mangha and Principal Jesus & Mary, Ms Maria Coutts visited Lawrence College. In a meeting in the Principal’s office, he expressed his profound concern regarding the recent tragic event.
The Principal emphasized the need for solidarity and collaboration among educational institutions in the face of adversity. The Principals engaged in a fruitful exchange of ideas on how schools and colleges can collectively contribute to promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding in society.
This meeting served as a poignant reminder that educational institutions not only impart knowledge but also play a vital role in shaping the moral fabric of society. It underscored the shared commitment of these Principals to instil values of compassion, empathy, and interfaith harmony in the hearts and minds of their students.
SSC Part - I Result, 2023
Over the years, Lawrence College students have consistently excelled in Board exams. It is with great pleasure that we share this year’s outstanding SSC Part-I result.
This achievement is a product of guidance provided by our Principal, Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), the dedication of the Vice Principal and Headmaster Senior School, M. Arshad Iqbal Chaudhry, and incessant efforts of our devoted teachers. Their unwavering commitment has been instrumental in achieving this remarkable improvement.
This year, 50 students participated in the SSC Part-I Examination 2022. Remarkably, 44 students excelled with A+ Grade and 6 students achieved A Grade. Notably,
Ajlan Abbas Mir clinched first position with 519/555 marks and a percentage of 93.51%.
Abdul Rahman secured second position with 507/545 marks and percentage of 93.03%, followed by
Aoun Shehryar in third place with 511/555 marks and percentage of 92.07 %.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these high achievers and extend our best wishes to their proud parents. We are confident that they will continue shining in their future endeavours.
Lawrence College Participates in Mid-Summer Flower Show at PC Bhurban Murree
Embracing the enduring truth of the adage “If you want a child’s mind to grow, you must first plant a seed,” Principal Lawrence College, has ignited a remarkable transformation within the institution’s ethos. Enriching the spirits of knowledge and aesthetics, he has carefully nurtured the seeds of growth, fostering not only the minds of the students but also the tranquil landscapes of the College.
The horticulture department of the College has been made very active regarding beautification of the College premises. Maintaining the practice of last few years, Lawrence College participated in the Mid-Summer Flower Show organized by the National Horticulture Society at PC Bhurban, Murree on 20th of August, 2023
Lawrence College showcased its excellence in all eight categories, including individual participation, earning widespread praise from visitors and the Jury for its stunning presentation of a diverse range of flowers, skillfully arranged to captivate the eye. The college’s exceptional efforts resulted in winning 3 trophies, 3 shields, and a notable cash prize of Rs. 25,000, securing the top position overall. The esteemed Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Habib Ali Bukhari, Vice Chancellor of Kohsar University Murree, had the honour of distributing prizes to the victorious teams and individuals. The achievement of our 23 proud gardeners was also acknowledged and celebrated by the Principal through a scrumptious tea party and a cash prize of Rs 3000 for each member of the team and Rs 5000 for the Head Mali.
Cambridge O-Level Result, 2023
The performance of our students in the 2023 Cambridge O-Level Examination has brought immense pride to the LCGG staff and students. Among 21 students, who appeared in the exam, all passed with good grades. Hammad Ashraf clinched top position with 89.4% and Muhammad Saim stood second by achieving 86.1%. Equally impressive, Sahibzada Hassan Afridi and Muhammad Salman Hassan secured the third position with a commendable score of 82.7%.
This outstanding accomplishment can be attributed to the untiring efforts of dedicated teachers and hardworking students.
The Principal lauded the faculty and students of the Senior School. With high hopes, the Principal LCGG looks ahead to the faculty’s continued pursuit of excellence.
Independence Day, 2023
Every year, Lawrence College celebrates Independence Day with great enthusiasm and traditional spirit of patriotism. This year was no different as all students were eager to take part in the festivities.
The function started with the arrival of the Principal to the Senior School lawn. The celebrations began with a joint assembly of the three schools. The national flag was hoisted, Naa’ra e Pakistan was raised and dua was offered for the progress and prosperity of the country.
During his address, the Principal emphasized the significance of the day, highlighting the preciousness of freedom. He expressed gratitude towards the founding figures of the Pakistan Movement, starting from Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his companions, as well as the common people who made sacrifices for the nation’s freedom. He urged everyone to acknowledge this gift without hesitation. The Principal also praised Mr. Jinnah’s integrity and character, acknowledged even by his political opponents. The Principal reminded all to embrace the contemplative spirit of the day; a call to collective introspection. As the echoes of his words linger, they paint an indelible picture of a day not just of celebration but of remembrance, gratitude, and profound self-discovery.
After the flag hoisting in the lawn, the students and staff proceeded to Hamid Hall for the main function. The event commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran by Umar Roshan from Class XI, followed by its translation by Abdul Rahman from Class X. Umer Maqsood from Class XI delivered a speech emphasizing the sacrifices and struggle of our forefathers in the creation of Pakistan.
The ceremony’s esteemed chief guest was Mr. Mohammad Mohsin Nawaz, a Pakistani FM RJ, Motivational Speaker, Radio, and TV Celebrity. Despite being afflicted with polio at the age of 2 and losing his eyesight at 13, he has become a role model for individuals with special needs and a global inspiration. He holds a prominent position as a mentor among physically challenged people in Pakistan and has been honoured with the Chairmanship of the Voice Society.
Mr. Mohsin Nawaz was the perfect choice as the chief guest and his speech revolved around the inaugural announcement of Pakistan’s existence on August 14th over the radio. He touched on the sacrifices and the indomitable spirit of the people of the Subcontinent that led to the nation’s establishment. Additionally, he shared his personal success story, underscoring his diligent efforts and unwavering determination. He motivated students to cultivate qualities like leadership, empathy, hard work, resilience, communication, and discipline. He particularly emphasized inculcating the quality of gratitude and gratefulness towards Allah for all his blessings.
He humbly attributed his achievements to Allah’s kindness and blessings, advising students to always pray and seek guidance from Him. Students also posed relevant questions to the guest speaker, and he responded patiently.
In the end, the principal expressed gratitude to the chief guest and encouraged students to seek guidance from Moshin Nawaz on how he triumphed over the challenges of life, despite being affected by polio and losing his eyesight.
After function in Hamid Hall, all the four houses in Senior School held functions in their respective common rooms in order to ensure maximum participation of students. Junior and Prep schools also held separate functions related to the day in their respective schools with the same objective.
Prep School English Speech Competition
|Prep School English Speech Competition, 2023|
Name of Student
Name of Student
Name of Student
M Shaheer Khan
Mian Mazhar Shah
A Day Out of Prep School Boys at Islamabad: From Ancient Caves to Modern Rides
An educational day trip for Prep School boys to Islamabad was organized to provide them with an opportunity to learn, explore, and have fun outside the classroom. The day was filled with cultural, historical, and recreational activities that aimed to enhance their knowledge, foster teamwork, and create lasting memories.
The young Gallians started their journey at 8.30 am on August 5, 2023. The destination for the first part of the trip was Shah Allah Ditta, a historical site known for its centuries-old Buddha caves, stepwells, pools and trees. As they explored the area, the boys were exposed to the ancient history of the region, dating back to the Buddhist era. The intricate cave carvings and architecture fascinated the young minds, sparking curiosity and discussions about cultural heritage and history.
After a fulfilling morning of historical exploration, the boys headed to Giga Mall, a popular shopping and entertainment complex in Islamabad. The mall offered a range of exciting activities, from games and rides to a variety of food courts catering to different tastes. The boys indulged in interactive games, thrilling rides, and enjoyed a delicious meal together.
The next destination was Lake View Park, a striking recreational spot offering a blend of natural beauty and educational attractions. First of all, the boys visited the aviary, where they had the chance to observe various bird species up close and learn about their habitats and behaviours. The visit provided valuable insights into ornithology and environmental conservation. The excitement continued and the boys enjoyed motion ride, haunted house, train ride, merry-go-round, horse and camel riding etc.
After the sunset, the caravan made its way back to the College, full of excitement and new knowledge gained from the day’s experiences. This day trip served as a reminder that learning can be fun and engaging and that the world outside the school walls is also rich with opportunities and growth. The boys returned to the College after Isha prayer and their hearts and minds enriched by the experiences of the day, ready to share their newfound knowledge and excitement with the rest of their school-mates.
Workshop on Graphic Designing by Faculty of IAST
Counselling & Guidance Cell at LCGG, in collaboration with Pak-Austria IAST Haripur, conducted a 5 days Graphic Design Training Workshop for computer science students and faculty members. The Gallians experienced hands-on activity based workshop and equipped themselves with essential graphic tools and their application. Prof Zafar Iqbal, Head of the School of Design, Art and Architecture Technologies-SDAAT at IAST, Associate Professors Abdul Rehman and Maryam Khan trained 26 boys and staff with dedication for consecutive five days. This short course marked a long-term collaboration of the two institutes in the field of skill development.
The certificate distribution ceremony was held on Friday, 4th of August, graced by the Rector of IAST, Dr Muhammad Mujahid and Principal Lawrence College Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd). The Principal extended profound gratitude to the Rector for this generous arrangement of workshop for Gallians. Dr. Mujahid expressed his interest for more programs and visits from both institutions in the best interest of the students.
Former Admin Officer, Major Nasir Dar (Retd) Passes Away
With profound sadness we share the news of untimely passing away of our former Admin Officer, Major Nasir Dar (Retd). His departure has left the entire Lawrence College community including students, staff and the Principal deeply shocked and grieved.
Major Nasir Dar (Retd) became part of Lawrence College on September, 2013, and though his time with us was relatively short, he made indelible impact. Colleagues fondly remember him as an excellent human being.
In this time of mourning, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Major Nasir Dar (Retd). Our thoughts and prayers are with them and we pray for his forgiveness and high rank in Jannah.
May the memories of Major Nasir Dar (Retd) forever be cherished and may his soul rest in eternal peace!
SSC Part - II Result, 2023
We feel pleasure in announcing this year’s outstanding SSC Part-II result, which has surpassed our expectations once again. The credit for this remarkable achievement goes to the motivational guidance of our Principal, unwavering commitment of our Vice Principal and Headmaster Senior School, and continuous dedication of Housemasters and teachers who believe in the College motto ‘Never Give In’ parallel to the students.
Among the 51 students who appeared for the SSC Part-II Examination 2023, 44 students secured the highest A+ Grade, while 7 students achieved A Grade.
Muhammad Ahsan Chattha stood first by securing 1056 marks with a percentage of 96.
Umer Maqsood remained second by obtaining 1048 marks with a percentage of 95.27.
Abdul Rafay Bhatti secured third position by securing 1046 with a percentage of 95.09 marks.
We congratulate each of these high achievers and extend our warmest regards to their proud parents. We wish them the very best of their future!
Sports Day, 2023
On the eventful day of July 27, 2023, the Annual Sports Day was meticulously organized, showcasing the result of extensive planning, rigorous practice, and unyielding dedication. The presence of parents, students, and esteemed guests added to the jubilant occasion. Col. Mumtaz Khan (Retd), an illustrious old Gallian, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, making it an even more remarkable and memorable celebration.
Young athletes of the three schools put up a spectacular show in athletics and gymnastics. They received a big round of applause from the spectators. After the athletics competition, the chief guest, accompanied by the Principal, gave away the prizes. Wightwick House won Raza Shah Shaheed Trophy for the best house in athletics while Walker House won the Marching Cup. Saif Ullah Achakzai and Abdul Raffay Butt were declared the best athletes in the Senior and Junior divisions, respectively.
The Principal, in his address on the occasion, thanked the chief guest, parents and other guests for sparing time to attend the function. He appreciated Gallians for the spirit of healthy competition and comradeship. He said that co-curricular activities have always remained a major segment of the wholesome grooming of the young Gallians at Lawrence College. Physical training and sports form an integral part of the daily routine of students. It enables a young Gallian to develop endurance, stamina, skills, confidence and, above all, a healthy competition.
He thanked the Heads of the three Schools, Faculty members and Administrative Staff who are working with full dedication and interest in raising the standards of the College. In the end, the Principal, once again, thanked the chief guest and parents for gracing the occasion.
The Chief Guest, in his address, thanked the Principal, staff and students for inviting him as the chief guest. He appreciated the excellent performance of Gallians. He congratulated Wightwick House for winning the coveted Athletics Cup for the year 2023, and Walker House for winning the Marching Cup 2023. He recalled the days when he was in Peake House. He commended the efforts of the present and past generations of great Gallians, the management, and staff for achieving and maintaining high standards in academics and co-curricular activities.
All the guests were served with refreshments after the function.
Meeting of the Board of Governors
Meeting of the Board of Governors was held on Thursday, 20th of July, 2023, presided over by the Governor Punjab, President Board of Governors. The following attended the meeting:
- Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, The Governor of Punjab, President Board of Governors
- Maj Gen M. Irfan, GOC 12 Div Murree
- Liaqat Ali Chatha, Commissioner Rawalpindi
- Saadia Abbasi
- Nasreen Iqbal
- Prof Dr. Syed Habib Ali Bokhari, VC Kohsar University, Murree
- Lt Col Mumtaz Khan (Retd)
- Brig Asmat Ullah Khan Niazi (Retd)
- Ikram-ul-Majeed Sehgal
- Saleem Asghar Ali
- Maj Gen Ovais Mushtaq Qureshi (Retd)
- Zulfiqar Ali Chatha
- Lt Col Ikramullah Khan Babar (Retd)
- Raja Shafique Sarwar
- Sajid Hussain Khichi
- Musharraf Rasool Cyan
- Muhammad Ali Baloch
- Hassan Farooq Meyer
- Arshad Hussain Dogar, Section Officer (Rep of Secretary Finance, Punjab)
- Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), Principal LCGG
- Secretary Board of Governors
The Principal briefed the members about the development at the campus and the projects in the pipeline. He shared details of the overall improvements in the College standards including progress in academics.
The Chairman BOGs and members highly commended and expressed satisfaction over the significant improvement at GG during the past ten years. The President of the Borad also proposed the formation of six new committees for smooth functioning of the College affairs which include Management, Academic, Finance, Infrastructure and Planning, Sports and Arts, and Alumni Committees.
Mrs. Shahida Elahi Passes Away
Mrs. Shahida Elahi, former teacher Junior School, widow of late Mr. Ehsan Elahi, Headmaster Senior School, passed away on 19th of July, 2023. Mrs. Shahida Elahi joined Lawrence College in 1975 and worked as a teacher, Junior School, till 1990.
Mrs. Shahida Elahi was a people person. She loved to spend her time with her colleagues, family and friends. For her colleagues, she was the most dedicated, committed, kind and loving individual. She will be dearly missed by her students because she was a legacy for them.
The Principal, staff and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of Mrs. Shahida Elahi.
May Allah bless the soul of the deceased and grant her the highest rank in Jannah and grant patience to the grieving family to bear this irreversible loss! Ameen.
Investiture Ceremony, 2023
On 7th of July, 2023, a simple yet dignified ceremony marked the inauguration of the prefectorial board for the academic year 2023. As in previous years, the announcement of the prefectorial board generated much excitement and anticipation among the Senior School students. The selection process involved a thorough evaluation of candidates’ academic records, performance in co-curricular activities, and, most importantly, their conduct. Personal interviews with the Principal were also conducted to assess the candidates’ suitability for the roles.
The investiture ceremony took place in Hamid Hall and commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran by Rohan Abdullah and its translation by Ahmer Mahmood. Abdul Rafay, a student from Class XI conducted the ceremony. Following the recitation, the Vice Principal made an official announcement of the prefectorial board. The Vice Principal then administered oath to the Head Boy who in turn administered the oath to the Deputy Head Boy and the prefects.
The newly appointed members of the prefectorial board for the academic year 2023-24 are as follows:
Head Boy: Badar Ali Sami
Deputy Head Boy: Abdul Hadi
College Sports Prefect: Muhammad Saddique
Prefect Day Boys: Saif Ullah Abbasi
Prefects Peake House: Ali Hamza, Abdullah Shams Abbasi
Prefects Walker House:
Shahzaib Sarwar, Moaahad Ali
Prefects Wightwick House:
Muhammad Mursaleen, Abdul Wahab
Prefects Wright House:
Malik Taj Muhammad, Talha Nawaz
The Principal in his address extended heartfelt congratulations to the new prefectorial board for embracing their newfound responsibilities. He emphasized the importance of mutual respect among the student body; urging the juniors to honour and appreciate their senior counterparts. In turn, he called upon the senior students to solemn a sense of responsibility towards their younger peers while treating them as their own brothers.
The Principal emphasized the value of humility and cautioned against any display of arrogance or insolence. He encouraged the students to recognize and appreciate the strengths and talents of their fellow classmates thus fostering an environment of support and encouragement.
He also highlighted the importance of following the teachings and traits of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He firmly stated that we should impart fairness, politeness, and justice in our interactions with fellow human beings.
The Principal also reminded the students of the significance of self-esteem and the necessity to respect others. He also emphasized on the need of enhancing their communication skills, particularly in spoken English. He clarified that the emphasis on learning English was not driven by a love for the language but rather by the demand of the current era.
Concluding the speech, the Principal congratulated the prefectorial board for their new assignments and expressed appreciation to the organizers for hosting the event in an elegant manner.
Bridging Boundaries: Prep School Boys' Heartwarming Visit to Govt Special Education Centre, Jhika Gali, Murree
The recent visit of the boys from Prep School’s Class 5, 6, and 7 to the Government Special Education Centre in Murree (GSECM) on Thursday, 8 June, 2023, was an amazing experience that fostered empathy, respect, and deepened the understanding of the challenging lives faced by special children.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the bond between the two institutes and promote inclusivity. During their visit, the Prep School boys had the opportunity to interact with children who faced various handicaps and offered gifts to them as a gesture of respect, care and goodwill. Since 2014, Lawrence College has established a close relationship with GSECM and we regularly invite their students and staff to our functions. Boys of Senior and Prep Schools also visit GSECM every year.
Upon arrival at the GSECM, the Prep School boys were warmly received by the headmistress, staff and students. The special children, representing different categories of disabilities, were visibly excited and happy to welcome their visitors. The young Gallians presented each child with carefully selected gifts, bought from their own pocket money, symbolizing their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others.
Interacting with the special children proved to be a transformative experience for the Prep School boys. Witnessing the determination and resilience of these special children in the face of their challenges, the young Gallians were inspired and developed a deep sense of empathy and respect. Through engaging conversations and activities, the Prep School boys learned to appreciate the unique abilities and talents possessed by each child, focusing on their strengths rather than their challenging areas.
During their visit, the young Gallians had the opportunity to learn sign language from the special children who used it as a means of communication. They eagerly embraced this chance to communicate in a different way and gained a new appreciation for the importance of inclusive communication. Additionally, the boys were introduced to Braille, a tactile writing system used by visually impaired individuals, and learned about the challenges faced by the visually impaired and blind persons.
Through interaction and discussions, the Prep School boys gained insight into the various challenges faced by children with different disabilities. They learned about physical disabilities, hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, and visual impairments. This exposure helped them develop a deeper understanding of the daily obstacles these children encounter and their families, allowing them to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes.
The visit to the GSECM had a profound impact on both the special children and the Prep School boys. The special children felt acknowledged, valued and respected as they received gifts and friendship from the young Gallians. The Prep School boys were touched by the resilience and spirit of the special children, which nurtured their own personal growth and empathy.
The visit of Gallians, alongwith Director of Studies, Mrs Uzma Afzal and faculty members Mr Qaisar Iqbal Bhatti and Mr Shahzada Khurram, to the Government Special Education Centre in Murree was an outstanding experience. The visit fostered a sense of community and collaboration between the two institutes, strengthening the bond and promoting a culture of inclusivity.
Seminar on Drug Prevention: Promoting a Safe Environment for Students
LCGG is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all its students. As a responsible organization, we actively promote the welfare of every student under our care and strive to protect them from harm. In line with this commitment, we recently organized a seminar titled “Use of Drugs – Early Prevention Strategies.” The seminar took place on Monday, June 5, 2023, in Hamid Hall and was attended by Senior School students, faculty, and Class VII.
We were privileged to have two esteemed guest speakers for the event: Dr. Mousa Daoud Al-Tarefi, President of the Jordanian Anti-Drug Society, and Ms. Cristina Von Sperling Afridi, Chairperson of KKAWF (Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation). The Jordanian Anti-Drug Society is an active organization focused on rehabilitating drug-addicted youth in Jordan, while KKAWF was established in Islamabad in June 2015 by Mrs. Cristina Von Sperling Afridi and Ambassador (Retd) Tariq Khan Afridi, following the tragic loss of their son in 2014. The foundation serves as their inspiration to engage and support youth in protecting their lives from the dangers of drug abuse.
During her talk, Cristina Von Sperling Afridi shared a deeply moving account of her personal journey and the loss of her beloved son to drugs. Her words resonated with the students as she delved into the reasons why young people get caught up in drug use. She emphasized that while adolescents may experience physical pain during their growth period, they should avoid turning to medications or drugs, as this can lead to a dangerous path. She also highlighted the mission of KKAWF, which is to educate and empower individuals to seek help and knowledge about drug use.
Dr. Mousa Daoud shared his invaluable experience with the Jordanian Anti-Drug Society and the positive impact it has had on the youth it serves. He emphasized the role each individual can play in spreading positivity and keeping young people away from drugs.
Both speakers expressed their profound appreciation for the wonderful environment of the College, referring to it as a paradise. They commended the efforts of LCGG in providing such an exceptional setting for students.
In conclusion, the Principal extended his heartfelt gratitude to the guest speakers for their inspiring talk, acknowledging the profound impact it will have on the lives of the students. He expressed LCGG’s interest in collaborating with KKAWF and presented college souvenirs to the guests as a token of love.
Prep School Introduces Integrity Cup
Prep School is delighted to share that a groundbreaking initiative, the Integrity Cup, was introduced for the first time at our prestigious institution. This unique activity aims to foster a culture of trust and upholding the values of integrity and honesty among the students. In a remarkable manner, the young Gallians excitedly participated in the “Shop without Shopkeeper” activity, on Friday, June 2, 2023, demonstrating their outstanding integrity.
The Housemasters motivated the boys by highlighting how the Honour System would not only foster integrity and honesty but also strengthen and refine their overall character and personality. They encouraged the students to see this system as an opportunity for self-improvement, enabling them to become individuals of exceptional calibre. They emphasized that integrity and honesty are not merely abstract concepts but essential qualities that would benefit the boys throughout their practical lives.
The Housemasters helped the boys understand that the Honour System was not a set of rules imposed upon them, but a framework that empowered them to take ownership of their actions and choices. It was a way for them to actively shape their own character and contribute positively to the community. Prep School demonstrated its dedication to providing a comprehensive education that goes beyond academic excellence.
The boys of Class 5, 6, and 7 took part and displayed their integrity throughout the event. This activity encouraged the boys to handle transactions without direct supervision, allowing them to make purchases using an Honour System.
At the conclusion of the event, the boxes containing the collected funds were opened during a special ceremony held at the Prep School Mosque. The Headmaster, accompanied by the Housemasters, presided over the event. It was revealed that the total amount collected exceeded the expected sum. This surplus demonstrated the integrity, honesty and sound character of the young boys.
This event not only emphasized the significance of integrity but also highlighted the strong sense of community and camaraderie present within our School. It is our hope that such initiatives will instill lifelong values and prepare our students to become responsible and honest members of the society.
The introduction of the Integrity Cup at Prep School has been a momentous occasion. This initiative has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the young Gallians, fostering a sense of trust, and reinforcing the importance of character and integrity in all aspects of life. Encouraged by the resounding success of the Integrity Cup, the School plans to make it a regular feature in the future.
Major General Muhammad Irfan, GOC 12 Div. and Chairman Executive Committee BOGs LCGG visits the College
On 2nd June 2023, we welcomed Major General Muhammad Irfan, the GOC 12 Div. and Chairman Executive Committee of Board of Governors of Lawrence College Ghora Gali (LCGG). This marked his first visit to our esteemed institution.
Upon his arrival, the Principal introduced the Heads of Schools and senior administrative officers. He was provided a comprehensive briefing on the College’s infrastructure and systems. The Principal highlighted the various advancements and achievements of LCGG, thus giving an overview of the academic and extracurricular activities taking place in the College.
Major General Muhammad Irfan visited the Senior and Junior Schools and met some of the staff and students. He appreciated the College environment and state-of-the-art facilities available to our students. He assured the Principal of his full support.
The Marathon in Junior School
Knowing the impact of long-distance running on our body, emotional and mental wellbeing, Junior School organized long-distance running race in Junior-Prep School playground to revive the old tradition of Marathon in LCGG.
Eight divisions were made for marathon and eight starting points were marked for each and every division. Almost all the boys of Junior School participated in the event.
The Principal Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd) also attended the event. Muhammad Faizan, Abdul Hadi Waqas and Mir Saroghan Marri conducted the event very gracefully. Muhammad Faizan and Abdul Hadi Waqas recited a few verses from Holy Quran and did their translation, respectively. Then marathon officially started from the junior most H Division.
At the end, the Principal Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd) gave away certificates and cups to the winners. In his brief talk, he highlighted the importance of marathon and physical activities and lauded Mrs Naheed Nadeem, HMJS, for arranging such a wonderful event.
Arts Extravaganza, 2023
Since 2016, Lawrence College has been organising Arts Extravaganza, each year with a specific theme. This year, the event was held with the theme “Our Children – The Agents of Change”. The chief guest of the event was Mrs Nigar Nazar, an internationally renowned cartoonist, author and presenter. In 2023, she was awarded with Tamgha-i- Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.
Arts Extravaganza provides children with a forum to express their creativity, imagination and interaction with each other in a friendly and constructive way, realizing themselves as guardians of Planet Earth and finding ways to safeguard its future. This year, 18 schools participated in nine different events, exhibited their talent in all given fields of arts and received laurels from the respected judges and the audiences. The winners shield of the Arts Extravaganza was grabbed by Silver Oaks Schools and College, Rawalpindi.
At the end, the chief guest, Mrs Nigar Nazar, appreciated all the participants for their outstanding and mesmerizing performance. She also commended the administration of Lawrence College for providing a platform to other institutes to show their exceptional art skills in different fields of performing arts. The Principal, Brig. Mujahid Alam (Rtd.), thanked the chief guest for sparing special time for Arts Extravaganza and presented her College souvenir as a token of gratefulness.
Mr. Muhammad Farooq leaves for eternal abode
It is with great sadness and grief that we announce the passing of Mr. Muhammad Farooq, Dorm Bearer Wightwick House, Senior School. He passed away, along with his wife, on 18th of April, 2023 in a road accident. Mr. Farooq joined Lawrence College in July 1980 and untiringly served for 43 long years.
Mr. Muhammad Farooq always served beyond the call of duty and his dedication to his job was unparalleled. He went above and beyond to ensure that the students in his care were comfortable and well taken care of. His work was always worth appreciation.
We have indeed lost an excellent staff member and a great person. He was known for his caring attitude, mental alertness and commitment. The loss of Farooq Jee has been felt deeply by all who knew him, particularly the young and old Gallians. He will be remembered by his family, students and colleagues, for his warm smile, kind heart, unwavering dedication and loyalty to the College and students.
The Principal, staff and students express their sincerest condolence to the family of Mr. Muhammad Farooq. We pray for both his and his wife’s forgiveness and high rank in Jannat. May Allah rest their souls in eternal peace.
Pakistan Day, 2023
Pakistan Day was celebrated at Lawrence College with the usual fervour and renewed spirit in order to pay homage to the great leaders and their continuous struggle in achieving our beloved homeland. The function was held in Hamid Hall. Brig Mujahid Alam (Retd), Principal Lawrence College, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The function was conducted by the Deputy Head Boy, Muhammad Shaheer. The proceedings started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Hafiz Hashim and translation by M. Muzammil from Class VIII. Arij Ahmed of Class O-I and Atif Zardari of Class O-ll expressed their views about the importance of the day. To express the emotion of love for their motherland, beautiful national song was sung by Waqar Ali of Class IX and Jawad Akbar of Class VIII.
After this, a documentary was presented by Mr. Ahmed Yar on Pakistan Movement. This was followed by an energetic speech by HoD Pakistan Studies, Mr. Basharat Hussain. He talked about the determination of Muslim leaders who fought day and night for gaining a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent. He briefly talked about the bravery of the Muslim leaders, and among them, a prominent name was Quaid-e-Azam. He also tried to give solutions to the current political problems in Pakistan.
Junior and Prep schools also held separate functions related to the day in their respective schools in order to ensure maximum participation of students from the three schools.
Welcome Party to New Entrants of Junior School
The welcome statement for the new entrants of Junior School was pronounced in a flowery and verbose style based on the aura of the event organized on 20th March, 2023. It stated that novelty is excitement and exuberance, surprise and science, cheerfulness and joy, hope and happiness, boldness and buoyancy. The Principal Lawrence College Brig (R) Mujahid Alam was the chief guest on the auspicious occasion. The highlights of the event were recitation and translation of a few verses from the Holy Quran in heart touching voices of Hassan Ahmed and Ch. Ahmed Ali Bashir, the welcome speech by Muhammad Faizan followed by a remarkable welcome performance for the new entrants. Some new boys gave voice to their emotions and some showed their talents. M. Ubaid Raza expressed gratitude in his note on behalf of newcomers. The Principal Lawrence College Brig (R) Mujahid Alam distributed snack packs as a token of love to the newly admitted boys. In his concluding speech, the Principal assured all the new entrants that they will be looked after by everyone around and encouraged them to openly share all their problems with the staff. The principal further comforted them by referring LCGG as their second home. At the end, everyone proceeded for tea.
Let’s Add More Greenery On Earth To Make It A Better Place
At Lawrence College, there is special focus on preserving the greenery and trees at the campus and outside the campus too. Every year hundreds of new trees are planted at the campus to keep it evergreen and to make the students realize the importance of trees in our life. Students are also sent to the local community school and special children school to plant the trees making other students part of GO GREEN campaign.
In this regard, a tree plantation activity was organized by LCGG in collaboration with Habib Bank Limited at the College campus on 22nd of March, 2023. Habib Bank was represented by Brig. Zubair Ahmad Head institutional sales, Col. Umar Lak Regional Head Institutional sales, Mr. Shahab Shakoor Area manager and Mr. Ijaz Chaudhury Sr. Area Manager.
During the campaign, the esteemed guests, along with the Principal Lawrence College planted trees in the Staff club garden. In total, the Habib Bank team gifted 1500 plants to the College,700 last year and 800 fruit trees this year and promised to continue supporting in this regard. The precious donation included Pomegranate, Fig, Apple, Walnut, Apricot, Peach, and Cherry trees.
The students of LCGG will also participate in the tree plantation campaign and will plant a number of plants in different areas.
The Principal LCGG Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd.) thanked HBL team for their collaboration which actually will contribute making the college and surrounding area more beautiful and green.
Acts Of Compassion And Generosity Liberate The Soul
The Principal, staff and young Gallians of LCGG, express their sincere gratitude to old Gallians for their generous donation of Rs. 21,85,000/- for the College junior staff in the Holy month of Ramazan. Their kind gesture of concern, care, and remembrance for the junior staff is highly appreciated and sets an example for all Gallians. It’s important to mention here that most of the Gallians periodically practice this compassion towards their college staff and this is in continuation of the same tradition.
The College organized a simple but dignified ceremony on 21st March 2023 to disburse this financial aid. Three old Gallians, Choudhry Muhammad (1982), Brig. Qaiser Rehman (1983) and Ali Qazi (2000) represented the Gallians who had given donations. Principal LCGG Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd) along with senior admin staff were also present. The Principal, in his brief introduction, informed the junior staff about the generous donation and expressed his sincere gratitude for this noble and thoughtful gesture. Rs. 7000/ were distributed for each member of grade 1-4 staff and Rs. 5500/ each among grade 5-12 staff. 326 junior staff including cleaners, cooks, ayas, guards, labour, bearers, gardeners and drivers etc have benefitted from this donation.
The junior staff was extremely happy and grateful for this act of kindness.
We acknowledge and appreciate the old Gallians’ community for their wonderful contributions. May Allah always bless them and their families abundantly.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven
Educated girls can make informed and wise choices from a wide range of options. Educating girls leads to better families, communities and economics. An educated female population increases a country’s productivity and fuels economic growth.
Keeping in view the significance of educating girls, LCGG initiated an evening coaching school for the daughters of our custodian staff in October, 2021.The project was launched on the Principal’s instructions by hiring nine teachers from our on campus housewives and daughters of junior staff. In the beginning 35 girls enrolled for different grade levels and the strength has been raised to 90 plus. It’s been one and a half year they are being greatly benefited from this step of necessity and compassion. All the facilities present in Prep school classrooms are offered to these girls in the evening and they are also provided with the basic stationery items and resource materials. Grooming classes for senior girls have also been organized. Mrs. Uzma Afzal, Director of Studies is the overall coordinator of this wonderful initiative.
In Winter holidays 2022, all students were given individual tasks, storybooks and handwriting practice where needed. On their return to school in March 2023 they were asked to submit their homework tasks. It was good to see that more than 50% students completed their tasks very nicely. To acknowledge their hard work, the Principal LCGG Brig. Mujahid Alam (Retd.) appreciated the children in the evening school and distributed tokens of appreciation on 21st March, 2023. He also encouraged them to work even harder to grow and glow in their lives ahead.
There is a high hope that this project will contribute positively in building and grooming the girls into strong, optimistic, successful and pleasant individuals, In Sha Allah.
Gallians of Prep School Welcome New Comers
A successful welcome party was organized for the new students of Prep School. The event was held on Friday 17, March 2023, in the Movie Hall. The party aimed to create a welcoming environment for the new students and provide them with an opportunity to show their talent.
The event was kicked off with the arrival of the chief guest Brig , Mujahid Alam ( Retd), Principal Lawrence College. The principal and guests were warmly welcomed by the stage secretary, Huzaifa Khan, Class-7.
After the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran, the welcome speech was delivered by Rohan Ahmed, Class-7, who eloquently welcomed the new students and encouraged them to take advantage of the various opportunities that the School has to offer. Rohan also spoke about the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving success.
Hamza Khan, Class-7, one of the new students, responded to the welcome speech on behalf of his fellow students. Hamza thanked the School administration for organizing the event and expressed his excitement at being a part of the School.
Balaj Toor, Class-6, a new student, then gave a speech on the buddy system, which is a programme that pairs new students with senior students to help them adjust to the new school environment. Balaj highlighted the benefits of the buddy system and encouraged the new students to take advantage of it. He also mentioned the awareness sessions about child protection.
Afnan Mazhar, Class-6, a talented student, recited a welcome poem that was well-received by the audience. The poem highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of the school and expressed the hope that the new students would feel at home in their new normal.
Finally, the event concluded with a welcome song by the School choir. The song was upbeat and energizing and had the audience tapping their feet.
Overall, the welcome party was a great success and achieved its objective of creating a warm and welcoming environment for the new students. The College believes that events like these go a long way in helping new students settle into boarding system.
The Principal, in his short address, welcomed the new boys. He appreciated the confidence, matter, delivery and style of the speakers and stage secretary along with announcers. He praised the buddy system and awareness sessions on child protection. Child protection is among the top priorities of the College and the honourable Principal categorically emphasized the importance of child safety and moral training of the young Gallians of Prep School.
Welcome Party Class VIII
Class VIII, including the newly admitted students, was welcomed to the Senior School on 15th of March, 2023. The Principal and faculty members were present on the occasion.
The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran and translation by Hafiz Ameer-ul- Asad and Shehroz Haider from Class VIII. Badar Ali of class Xl conducted the function. Arij Ahmed, Yawar Hayat, Alamgeer Khan and Qazi Haider from Class VIII shared their feelings about their experience of early days at the Senior School. They said that the teachers and seniors had warmly welcomed them to the Senior School. The teachers were treating them as their sons and the seniors treated them as their younger brothers; that’s why they feel comfortable and are learning in a free environment.
Addressing the young entrants of Class VIII, the Principal welcomed them to the 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 like his sons and will be treated the same way. He advised them to focus on studies and to actively participate in sports and other co curricular activities. He also advised them to improve their communication skills. He told them that, along with academics, Lawrence College lays particular emphasis on character building and the students should develop good character traits based on the core values of our religion Islam and our society.
The students and faculty were served with a sumptuous tea on the occasion.
Participants of Young Ulama Leadership Programme visit Lawrence College
A group of eighty participants of Young Ulama Leadership Programme 2023, from different reputed religious educational institutions, visited LCGG on March 10, 2023 in the leadership of Shaykh Jahangir Mahmud. The purpose of Young Ulama Leadership Programme is to prepare well equipped religious scholars for the future generations, raise the level of empathy among Ulama, make them more sensitive towards social cohesion and to make them the torch-bearers of inter-faith harmony. The participants attended lectures and talks by renowned scholars, educationists, trainers and leading professionals. They also had tours to universities, government departments and others renowned institutions of Pakistan.
The visit to Lawrence College was also a part of their programme. On their arrival, the guests were taken to the Principal’s office where the Principal formally welcomed them to Lawrence College. The Principal gave a comprehensive talk to the participants that included different areas like tolerance, ethics of disagreement, inter-faith harmony and the need of manifesting the real Islamic values to the World.
Talking to the guests, at the outset, the Principal briefed them about systems at Lawrence College. He told them that strict enforcement of discipline and College rules is being ensured at Lawrence College, due to which, in the last few years, the standards of Lawrence College have significantly been raised. That progress is clearly visible through steady improvement in the results and the qualities of character.
He also advised them to shun hatred and pride as they are the root cause of many social evils. He said that we need to present a brighter image of Islam before the World by sacrificing individual interest for the national interest.
The address of the Principal was followed by a question-answer session. The young scholars raised many questions which received satisfactory answers. In the end, Shaykh Jahangir Mahmud thanked the Principal and College administration for facilitating the visit. The participants were served with scrumptious tea and a delicious lunch. After enjoying a beautiful day at Murree, they left the campus with unforgettable memories.
Gallians show excellent performance at ESU Public Speaking Contest
Two of our students, Syed Muhammad Ali and Azam Mumtaz Raja, participated in the regional round of the Public Speaking Contest organised by the English Speaking Union on 16th of February, 2023. Both of them, with their commitment, got second and third positions respectively. They were awarded certificates and prizes by the Swiss Ambassador in a special ceremony held in Islamabad for the purpose on 10th of March, 2023.
Syed Muhammad Ali, being the runner up, will, in sha Allah, participate in the national round to be held in Karachi.
Farewell Party - Mr. Ijaz Ahmad
It’s hard to leave a place where you have spent a part of your life and it becomes difficult for the colleagues to send someone off with whom you share some good memories. Senior School faculty bid farewell, on 18th of January, 2023, to Mr. Ijaz Ahmad from Islamic Studies Department who left College after serving for more than eight years.
Mr. Ijaz holds the degrees of BS in Computer Science and Masters in Islamic Studies. Throughout his stay, he taught with commitment, devotion and interest. His students also respect and remember him for his scholarly discussions and deep insight into the career counselling field. Furthermore, he enthusiastically contributed to the compilation of booklet on Seerat-un-Nabi.
The Principal, in his note on the occasion, highly appreciated the commitment and hard work of Mr. Ijaz. He conveyed his best wishes for his future life.
Distinguished Old Gallian, Mr. Muhammad Yunis Khan, Passes Away
We are greatly saddened to know of the demise on 17th January, 2023 of a highly distinguished old Gallian, Mr. Muhammad Yunis Khan. He had a long and illustrious service in many departments of the government and served in very important positions including Auditor General of Pakistan.
Mr. Yunis Khan was an industrious and fearless person and greatly respected for his principles and values. He was also an extremely well read and knowledgeable person. He always owned Lawrence College, Ghora Gali as his second home and liked to share his fond memories of the College. He was a loving person and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
The Principal, Staff and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of Mr. Muhammad Yunis Khan. May Allah bless his soul in eternal peace and grant him highest rank in Jannat.
Ms. Qamar Akram Passes Away
Ms. Qamar Akram, former Headmistress Junior School, passed away on 17th of January, 2023. Ms. Qamar joined Lawrence College in 1965 and worked as a teacher, housemistress and Headmistress Junior School (1965 – 1991 and 2001 – 2007).
Her generous heart, broad smile and kind spirit touched many hearts. Her colleagues regarded her as one of the most caring, loyal, kind and friendly persons.
Thousands of her students are saddened to learn this sad news.
The Principal, staff and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of Ms. Qamar Akram.
May Allah bless her soul and grant her high rank in Jannah!