As SAD were in full swing with their St Barbara / Halloween event, who should crash the party but none other than Anthony Touma in person. The welcome was thunderous, and Mr Touma was as gracious as can be. He sang some of his famous songs, and the CTI students joined in as appropriate. The students were in ecstasies. After that was some time spent in photo taking, then Mr Touma left. Virgin Megastore, who were present throughout, distributed catalogues and coupons to the students. To the thankful students, the visit was all too short, and would have wanted more. Sigh!
CTI celebrates a combination of Halloween and St Barbara with a lot of crazy fun - clean and wholesome, but quite zany! Here are some pictures of some memorable people! That is, until Anthony Touma crashed our party (with our utmost gratitude)! But that is another story. The event was organized by SAD, under the leadership of Mrs Jamie Chaaya. Happy Halloween!
CTI was in quite a festive mood, and the CTI grade school students were able to have hamburger meals, circus clowns, face paint, balloons and party favors, all accomodated during second break courtesy of McDonalds! The students were at their happiest, as the pictures show. So thanks to McDonalds for the event. A special word of thanks needs to go to Mrs Ghaya Abi Antoun who coordinated all of this with McDonalds, and to the gentleman photgraphers Ragheed Breidi and Mario Maksoud.
It is no mean challenge to outdo the previous years' Independence Day celebrations at CTI, but the challenge was met and the day was filled with impressive activities. The stylish and varied presentations involved song, dance, speech, folk traditions and even a surprising flash mob. Thanks go to the many teachers who helped, in particular Mrs Lina Abou Malhab and Mrs Jamie Chaaya. We single out outstanding student contributions given by Lynn Abbass, Anthony Zgheib, Angelo Zgheib, George Ayoub, Aya Alaeddine, and the enthusiastic Dory Fares, a leader in the flash mob. Kindly check the newsletter for more information, with our best wishes.
Congratulations to the winners of the latest Dictation from Lebanon! First was Perla Attwe, with runners up Sarah Aoun, Marie Therese Yammine, Safa Dehen and Dania Abi Khalil. Kindly refer to our Newsletter section for more information.
The students of grade 7 presented Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac". Despite mishaps (including Cyrano's nose falling off, to the relief of everybody), the play was a dashing success. This version of "Cyrano" was directed by Miss Areni Taslakian. Cyrano was Joshua Powell, Roxanne was Liana Khoury, and Kevin Bekhazi was Christian. En garde! Merçi! Et au revoir!
Cook at school, go out and splurge on good food! The home economics class of Mrs Aoun had the chance to visit the outstanding Food and Chocolate Exhibition at BIEL. The students sampled good food and . . . had the chance to pose with Miss Lebanon, no less! Check our Newsletter for more information.
The grade 5 history students of Mrs Jamie Chaaya presented a creative display of pyramids, related to their curriculum. Thanks, class and teacher! More pictures in the yearbook!
The CTI students joined the 40,000 plus crowd who went out to walk or run the latest Beirut Marathon. The weather was exemplary, and the fun was paramount. Kindly read our newletter for details. More pictures reserved for the yearbook!
The grade 7 students of Miss Shami presented a dramatization of Van Dyck's "The Other Wiseman", a story about a fourth Wiseman who was not able to arrive on time to the manger. He spent a lifetime searching for Christ, only to meet Him at the cross. The play was presented in Arabic, and the students excelled. Bravo, Gabriel Aoun, Shafic Yammine, Mario Keirouz, Ralph Mallouhi, Charelle Khoury, Angelo Zgheib, Lynn Abbas and others! Photography is by Mario Maksoud.
"Just for Kids" were at CTI last Friday, for a varied presentation that made our kids laugh, clap, sing and jump! Here are a few souvenir pictures. Thanks for coming, "Just for Kids".
Our iconic Dictation from Lebanon was presented today, with a lot of enthusiasm from teachers and students. There were two separate events, the Junior version, led by Mrs Georgi; and the senior event, led and organized by Mrs Abou Malhab. We will announce the results in the Newsletter section, as soon as they are ready! Great work, students!
If you view these pictures in order, and in as fast a way as possible, you get continuous action - something like a flip-board, or like stop-motion animation. These pics were taken by Ragheed Breidi!
On a wet and blustery day, several CTI classes spent quality time attending lectures/demonstrations given by prominent French authors/illustrators. Afterwards, the students had time to browse, buy and have a little fun. The only drawback was that time was limited and students had to be back at school. The event was organized by Mrs Hourani and the French Department at CTI. A bientot.
Green Apple Day was grand and festive. There were many activities led by 6 energetic engineers from Dar el Handaseh, in particular Ms Eliane Touma and Mr Michel Samaha. We give here a few souvenir pictures. Kindly check our newsletter for further details!
Ms Wilma's iconic tie-in to her curriculum was as illuminating as ever! Grade 9 got to visit the Silk Museum, before the silk worms hibernate and the museum closes for the winter. The students studied and had fun in equal measures. The pictures presented here were taken by Elie Aoun.
Meet Mark, Ralph, Zack, George, Karim, Kinza, Jane, Yana, Sarah and Sarah, a bunch of great students who make up SAD for this year! Under the guidance of Mrs Jamie Chaaya, the first presentations of SAD and Fun Factory for this year were serious and energetic. This promises for a great year, filled with wonderful activities.
Posted here are some pictures from our musical for this year, "Pulcinella". It was a big triumph, as these picture attest! For more information, kindly check our newsletter. Bravi!
Check this link for a very quick overview of the musical! You will like it!
After unseasonable rainy weather and cancellations, grades 7 and 8 were finally able to go on with their outings. These were opportunities for cultural discovery, and strangely enough, were new destinations for many students. But the objective was also to have fun, and that was in no short measure. Thank you, Mrs Abou Malhab and Mr Salameh for these trips!
Many students were honored on Friday, in a ceremony that included awards, diplomas, speeches, dance and drama. In the first part of the program, all honor students were awarded books, pins and diplomas. In the second part, the first in different curricular subjects were honored. Noteworthy were two students, Marya Diab Harake and Rawad Batrawi, who ranked first at school for the year 2014 - 2015. We post here the pictures we have available of our honor students. We hope that no students were inadvertently omitted. Congratulations to the students, their parents and their teachers.
"Impress the Boss" was farce at its most farcical! The usual mistaken identities, unreal coincidences, mounting problems, and happy resolution were all there. No wonder one of the characters was called Monsieur Labiche! Mrs Aoun directed Joseph Saikaly, Christa Maria Badaoui, Matthew bou Malham, Freddy Mabardi, Ali Sarraj, Pia Farahat and Sabine Bou Tayeh. All acted to quasi-perfection and all were from grade 8.
Finally a few pictures of the sumptuous CTI Graduation 2015! There are thousands of pictures, and we have opted to leave the formal pictures (class pictures, speakers, diplomas, awards, special presentations, etc) for the yearbook. Instead, we give here a few - very few - informal pictures, to give you a feel of the occasion. We have also included a picture of our eminent keynote speaker, Mr Shukri Anis Fakhouri, as well as that of the student with the highest average, Rouba Mikhael, LS. Congratulations to the graduates, their parents and their teachers.
High School students of Mrs Nahass presented a short play, "The Happiness Shop". The wonder of it was that the play was written by Ha Young Cho, and was one of the cutest plays this year. The gist of it is that happiness cannot be bought but stems from the inside of oneself. A few pictures are given here as souvenir!
Yikes! Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been tranported to India, with joyous song and dance. The grade 11 Hm and HS students of Ms Wilma, with support from grade 11 Sc and grade 12, acted, sang and danced in a performance that was nothing short of miraculous. Such a performance sets our toes tapping and our hearts throbbing for a whole week. The CTI stage rarely witnesses such infectuous joy! Congratulations to the actors, as well as the director, Ms Wilma!
Click for pictures of the presentations of the Korean Group who visited CTI. Check the newsletter for more info!
We usually are not treated to end-of-the-year plays presented by grade 12. But that is exactly what happened today, with the complicity of Miss Hermez, their teacher of English. "The Show Must Go On" was a farce that dealt with the tribulations of a movie director, and the show went on at the rate of ten jokes a minute. The lead role was taken by Rudy Youssef, and the whole class acted enthusiastically. What can we tell the class that will soon graduate? The show must go on. . .
The CTI students had the privilege to attend a special performance of the musical "Petra" by the Rahbani Brothers. Helena Sarnouk was the queen, leading a case of students from grade 8. Mrs Abou Malhab ably directed the production. Congratulations! For details, kindly check our newsletter.
As part of a bigger project, CTI students visited Rome and Campania during the Easter vacation of 2015. It was the experience of a lifetime, filled with a program rich with art, culture, adventure and fun. The students and teachers would like to share with you some of the activities that they did, and by now the social media has 1000s of other pictures about the trip. For information about the trip, kindly check our newsletter section. Enjoy! Ciao!
As the weather gradually cleared, the students were able to enjoy proper egg hunts in sunny weather. Easter was also feted at CTI with massive egg coloring, Palm Sunday parades, special music and more! Happy Easter. Christ is risen!
Fun Factory, under the guidance of Miss Dahlia Laham, organized a talent show packed with . . . talent, what else? Here are some pictures from the memorable occasion, showing the large diversity in presentations. We offer our sincere congratulations to all the students!
To all mothers, a very happy Mother's Day from the CTI Kindergarten students!
Grade 8 visited LSDC center for the mentally challenged, Ajaltoun, and we are not sure whether the students were more enthusiastic in their community work, or the people at the center were more enthusiastic in their welcome. Grade 8 students extended a helping hand, and were able to donate the tidy sum of 500,000L.L. to the organization. Mrs Rouss was the gracious host that we thank for the warmest welcome possible. This outing was organized by Mrs Abou Malhab, who was accompanied by Mrs Aoun and Mrs Hajj. Good job, grade 8!
Mrs Hourani and the students of grade 10 offered us a satirical rendition of the story of Cinderella, in French.The play, "Cendrillon", was a joke a second, and the students of grade 10 proved to be as fluent in French as they are funny! Sarah Aoun was superb in the title role, and everybody - sisters, prince, le Petit Chaperion Rouge, musketeers and all - excelled. There were even projections about possible Cendrillon chateaux!
Grade 7 studied ancient civilizations with Miss Dahlia Laham. Then, with pen and paper, carried on with their lessons at the National Museum. Here are some pictures for remembrance's sake. . .
الطبع غلب التطبع was the latest fare of Mr Haddad, and the play was acted with joy and dedication by the students of grades 11 Sc and Hm. Laughter was guaranteed as the students explained the origin of the eponymous saying. The caliph was ably acted by Joseph Ballout and his vizier was George Ayoub. The play was rounded up by appropriate music!
Our traditional snow trek for grade 10 was arguably the best ever! The snow was deep, and the students braved all sorts of terrain. By common consent, it was a most exhilarating day. The event was organized by Mr Jean Nassar.
This trip had monasteries, a fortress, a mini museum, strenuous treks, and dollops of fun. The students of grade 11 studied about the Medieval period, and voila! there they were reliving that period. Most of the places visited was new territory to the students, and the trip blended education, discovery, thrills and fun. A substantial part of the trip involved walking, so the students braved walking up to a veritable hermitage, and up a tortuous path that spirals on the mountain side. All in all, the students walked around 23,000 steps as verified by two students on their apps. There were hundreds of pictures taken, of which we chose a few so that you can share our joy. There are a lot more pictures (including some quite zany ones) left for the yearbook.
Teachers' Day was celebrated on Friday, March 6, with aplomb and gusto. There were recitations and dedications. There was even a children's choir with words specially composed for the occasion by Mrs Georgi. Then the students of grade 9 presented yet another episode of the hilarious "Mind Your Language", as befits the day. Ms Wilma directed and Michael Wazen had the main role - much more on this in the yearbook. Finally, the day was capped by a sumptuous dinner and special awards for the teachers. What is left to say is, "Happy Teachers' Day!"
An adaptation of the play Oedipus was presented by the students of grade 10 and directed by Miss Cherine Lahoud. The play dealt with the ill-fated hero who was left in the wilderness to die, and came back to his hometown to dire consequences. The students relished their roles, and the cast was headed by an excellent Fadi Sakaan as Oedipus, as well as Lea Fares as Jocasta, Sarah Aoun as the Sphinx, Danny Jawish as the King and Marie Ninette Kanaan as the Seeress. Excuse the ancient Greek tennis shoes!
The weather appeared glum, but the spirits were high as several CTI alumni played our football team. The score was 2-1 in favor of the alumni. The artistic photographs were taken by the talented student, Mario Maksoud.
Several class sections had the chance to visit the extraordinary geology museum, MIM. The students were surprised by the richness and variety of the exhibits, and were able to tie what they saw to what they studied in class. The project was coordinated by Mrs Abou Tayeh.
The High School students of Mrs Nahass presented the famous play, Cigalon, by the great French author Marcel Pagnol. The play dealt with a restaurant in Provence, France, and the rivalry between Cigalon and his neighbors. The great chef was acted by Raphael Bou Chakra, who had more pots and pans than is needed for any bouillabaisse! The acting, sets and general ambience were of first order!
Blessed with sunshine and snow, this year's snow camp was a great event. The students, under the supervision of Mr Nassar and other teachers, got to enjoy snow activities to their hearts' content. Students also had plenty of indoor and outdoor sports and activities, including indoor swimming. These were days to remember, and we hope that these choice pictures will be a nice memento.
The play with the intriguing title "To be Kind or not to be Kind" was presented by the students of grade 2 and directed by Mrs Marianne Daou. Obviously, the crux of the play was that of being kind to others!
As part of the theme related to professions, the students of KGIII practiced simulated job options at Kidzmondo. It was a memorable day, complete with fun activities and food.
Simply a few pictures of the KGII outing to a resort in the snow-clad Lebanese mountains! The students had a most memorable time!
As the name implies, "Beethoven" deals with the life of the eponymous composer. The play describes Beethoven's efforts to write his ninth symphony, his relationship to his nephew Carl, and his struggle against deafness. Grade 8 did an admirable job. Karim Rawda was Beethoven, complete with powdered wig. Mrs Aoun directed.
Posted here are some pictures of the super production of the CTI Christmas musical, "The Little Match Girl"! Check our newsletter for details, and . . . Merry Christmas!
Despite foreboding weather, "Rafael in Rio", our musical with a Brazilian theme, was performed to thunderous (no pun intended) acclaim. Congratulations to the students who did a superb job in acting and dancing. Many thanks to Mrs Krista Kashouh who put all of this together, as well as to Miss Areni Taslakian who coached the drama, and to Mr Rami Khalaf who designed and executed those wondrous sets.
Also thanks to all the teachers who taught dances, supervised and helped in the performance. It was an evening to treasure!
The event was filmed by Tele Lumiere.
It was another dream CTI trip, this time to Madrid, Spain, during the Easter break of Spring 2014. A large group of students and teachers visited art-filled museums, walked down quaint roads, and engaged in every imaginable exciting activity. Their outings even took them outside Madrid, to Segovia, Toledo, Valle de Caidos, El Escorial and elsewhere. It was a trip to remember forever, as the pictures testify. Where to next year?
The Christmas musical for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 had Hollywood as a theme. A group of intrepid actors and producers are putting up a Christmas story film, and their work needed some correction in order to present the real Christmas story. This bubbling production was directed by Mrs Kashouh. Mrs Aida Tabbal and Mr Rami Khalaf designed the sets.
We were voted "smarted school in Lebanon" by Virgin Radio! As the scoreboard (presented by Virgin Radio and was propagated in the media) shows, we scored first, thanks to the efforts of several students led by whiz kid Rami Rouss. Congratulations!