The students of grade 3, as directed by their teacher of English Mrs Aline Tashjian, presented "The Smile" a play that explores the value of sharing which brings a smile [you guessed it!] to the face of a person. The play was followed by a group song about smiling, as befits this happy occasion. The students gave an exemplary rendition, which brought smiles :) to the faces of the audience!
It has become an institution! Every year we expect a "Mind Your Language" episode from grade 9 and Ms Wilma! And so it was this year! In this hilarious play, students from all around the world are innocuously stereotyped, and they get together to learn English and make us laugh. The poor, patient Mr Brown was acted by Vincent Douiehi and Miss Courtney was Angie Neaimeh. Bravi tutti!
As usual, there was the assortment of records, both serious and crazy! CTI Guinness this year also included a stand-up-comedian competition! The only problem was that the show went overtime and some items had to be postponed. The event was organized by SAD and Mrs Jamie Chaaya. We present a few select pictures of the occasion.
Lots of things go on, often unheralded! A miscellany, a few pictures of another memorable week. . .
The students of Kindergarten III visited Kidzmondo, as part of an exploration about different professions. The students had a great time and learned a lot about what people do all day!
The students of grade 5 gave a very moving performance of "Le Lion et la Souris" in French. The play focused on the fable by La Fontaine, and the moral of the fable was ably exploited by the students in drama and song. The play was directed by their teacher of French, Miss Christie Chibly. Milad Lahoud was the lion, and Luna Kamar was the mouse. Bravo!
Here are some of the long-awaited pictures of the snow camp for this year: a lot of snow and a lot of activities and a lot of fun!
. . . and the grade 1 students of Mrs Rima Melki made homemade peanut butter. Bon appetit!
The students of Mrs Nassar's grade 3 French classes had an iconic project about "mes Vetements". Here are a couple of pictures of the snazzy group!
Lots of things going on at the CTI kindergarten! Visit us online to take a peek at two weeks during February at the CTI kindergarten. In case you are wondering who the guest in the first picture is, it is baby Mario Meoushi volunteering to be part of an object lesson! As for the food being prepared, it is either an Italian feast, or "making tacos day". And in case you are wondering what these bags of green, blue and yellow stuff are all about, well, that was part of a lesson on . . . mixing colors! Enjoy!
By special permission, the students of grade 6 got to visit the Lebanese parliament and act as deputies for a little while! Their host explained about democracy, the voting procedure, and the constituants of the parliament. After that, the students got to ask questions. The event was due to the initiative of Mrs Nathalia Georgi, the class's teacher of Arabic. A few souvenir pictures . . .
A little ant goes searching to find who is the strongest one, in the play "The Strongest One". The play emphasized the individual worth of people, and the need to thank God for His many blessings. This inspirational play was presented by the students of grade 2 and directed by Mrs Marianne Daou. Bravo!
Grade 1 surprised us with a series of ingenious little plays. In one, students interlocked arms and formed funny little people. In another, as an illustration on politeness, students had to share a little sofa to hilarious effects. The plays were directed by Mrs Rima Melki. Kudos to teacher and students!
The grade 5 students of Mrs Banna Chaar acted out "The Wise and Foolish Maidens", based on the parable of Jesus Christ. This was quite an inspiring (and inspired) presentation, as the pictures show. Thank you, grade 5.
Grade 10, with the help of their teacher of French, Mrs Viviane Hourani, gave a stunning performance of Moliere's "Le Malade Imaginaire". The play was given in impeccable French, and the students acted with freedom and skill. Karim Rawda led the cast as Argan, the hypochondriac. A big bravo!
The CTI students had the chance to attend a lovely concert presented by Syrian refugee children, and organized by Heart of Lebanon. The orchestra was led by Mr Nabil Melki. More details are in our Newsletter!
This was a riotous fiesta at CTI, complete with folk song, dances, hymns and even a football game. Check our Newsletter for more info, and here are a few souvenir pictures. Also check the separate Gallery section for pictures of the football game.
It was an honor for some CTI football players to compete with a group of players from Monterrey, Mexico! The Mexicans are quasi-professionals, and the final score of 2-2 is an honor for CTI. Good job, fellas (and one lady!) of both sides!
On this nice winter's day, a group of CTI alumni visited their school and played a friendly football game with our students, as organized by Coach Bahzad. We welcome the recent graduates and hope that they will often visit! Thanks for participating in the game!
Grade 7, with the help of their teacher of English, Ms Areni Taslakian, gave a superb presentation of the play "The Swords of King Arthur". The play retold the story of the sword in the stone, as well as the story of Excalibur. The students excelled in their acting, their diction was clear, the sets were magnificent and the sound effects were just right. Congratulations, grade 7.
Some discussion has ensued after we posted this. We clarify that Arthur is supposed to have pulled a sword out of a stone that nobody else could extract, thereby becoming "king of all England". This sword was subsequently broken, and Merlin provided another sword that was no less miraculous, Excalibur. Arthur had to visit the Lady of the Lake whose arm came out of the water depths and gave Arthur his second sword. Unfortunately, the was no lake on the CTI stage. . .
Thanks to the kind invitation of Cafe Najjar, grade 5 was in for a great time. The students were able to see how coffee is made, and were treated to goodies by Cafe Najjar. At the end, each student left with a nice gift from the hosting company. Thank you, Cafe Najjar!
Souvenir pictures of the talented students performing at the SAD and Fun Factory talent shows . . .
We now have the pictures! CTI ranked first in the essay writing and proficiency competition, organized by AUST for several choice schools. Bryan Powell (first picture) secured first position for CTI. Other CTI contestants were Nour Hourani, Eve Aoun, Annie Khoury and Nicholas Haddad. Handing out the awards were Dr Hiam Sakr and Dr Nisrine Sayegh. A big bravo to the CTI team.
Silvio Chiha, great Lebanese champion, crashed the SAD Christmas program! Here are a few souvenir pics. Kindly check the Newsletter section for more information!
Fun Factory, with the help of Mrs Jamie Chaaya, Mrs Dareen Moukarzel and the class teachers of grades 1 - 6 conducted one of the largest gift exchanges ever! Hundred of students shared gifts, as Fun Factory students distributed. "God bless us every one", as Tiny Tim said.
Grade 10 had a DIY gift exchange. Matthew bou Malham surprised all with an art masterpiece of his creative invention, which he presented to Maria Mattar. We present the sequence of the presentation of the gift, the unwrapping, and the admiration.
Carla visited CTI and shared in our Christmas spirit! Check the Newsletter for more information.
These pictures give an idea of what the CTI choir and soloists looked like during two memorable concerts. Mrs Jamie Chaaya conducted and Mrs Krista Kashouh played the piano. Bravissimi!
The students of Mrs Jamie Chaaya gave a series of tableaux recounting the story of the nativity. The presentation was artisitic and moving to the extreme. Thanks!
The grade 3 students of Mrs Nathalia Georgi gave a presentation of "The True Meaning of Christmas" in Arabic, that involved puppets, acting, singing, dance actions and narration. Bravo, students!
A few pictures of the visit of Mr Ismael Ahmad to CTI. Check our Newsletter for information!
Posted are some pictures of the varied Christmas program presented by the CTI kindergarten students. Thanks to the teachers. Also thanks to Mr Ragheed for taking these pictures. Merry Christmas!
"Scrooge", the CTI Christmas musical was a great triumph. We present pictures here. Kindly check the Newsletter for more information. "God bless us every one!"
Our students contributed to Carla's Christmas concert. We present a few pictures here, to the benefit of the participants, and ask you to check our Newsletter for more information.
The CTI students were in for a treat when New Heights presented the Christmas play, "Once Upon a Christmas", complete with great characters, pirates, a Nativity scene and a wonderful Christmas message. Here are a few souvenir pictures!
Pre-production pics of some wonderful students from grade 6 who are acting in our Christmas musical, "Scrooge". For the record: Christ Khoury is Scrooge, supported by the illustrious cast of Jeffrey Daoud, Steven Attwe, Jean Aoun, Wade Watkins, Victoria Powell, Stephen Barakat, Michelle Khoury, Charbel Mattar, Zeinab Abadi, Jimmy Husseim, Charbel Saouma, Mohammad Ghadban and Harout Der Haroutiounian.
Our Basketball team has joined a tournament that involves several schools. Here are a few pictures, and we apologize for the quality! Best wishes, team!
It was quite a Barbara bash for the secondary classes. Have a look at these pics!
All students of grades 1 - 6 had costumes that showed creativity and orginality. Here are pictures of as many students as possible. Enjoy!
We try to put here as many pictures as possible, representing the biggest number of students, with the hope that the parents will see (and recognize) their child. Best wishes!
It was the turn of grades 6 and 7 to plant cedar trees, this time way up in a Faraya devoid of snow. The weather was pleasant, though the landscape was bleak. The students did their best, and we expect a nice cedar-covered mountain top in - say - a hundred years or so! Thanks to the students, to Jouzour Loubnan (who awarded certificates to CTI) and to the teachers: Mrs Abou Tayeh, Ms Areni, Mrs Ghaya, Mrs Nahass, Mrs Maha and Ms Atallah.
Saj Day was the penultimate activity in the CTI Patriotic Week, and was organized by SAD with the help of Mrs Jamie Chaaya and Mr George Chouiery. Sahtain!
We were graced by the visit of CTI alumnus Alain Badr, with his father, professional bee-keeper and honey-maker. The students watched the whole process of honey-making, got to don special outfits, and even saw bees in action! The event was by special invitation of Mrs Nathalia Georgi, as part of the students' lessons. Thank you!
Congratulations to grade 8 and their teachers for their share in reforesting Lebanon! In this very special event, in coordination with Jouzour Libnan, 126 cedars were planted. Kindly check our Newsletter for information.
Sursock Museum is partly palatial mansion, partly museum representing a permanent collection, and partly space for temporary exhibitions. The museum had been newly restored, and is currently a joy to behold. The students enjoyed the visit, and got to sample recent Lebanese art.
It has become a Christmas tradition at CTI: a group of CTI students visits the German Christmas Bazaar, samples delectabe food, buys cozy souvenirs, and joins in the Christmas fun. So, from the group to you, here is an early Fröhliche Weihnachten!
Coach Bahzad had another of his inexhaustible tricks up his sleeve: a Lebanese flag made of green and red apples! The result was beautiful, as can be seen in the pictures. Read our Newsletter for more info!
A few souvenir pictures of the visit of Mr Ernie Partida, given to the benefit of his grade 3 students of Clovis Elementary, Clovis, California! Greetings from CTI.
Kindly check our Newsletter for more information!
As part of the Patriotic Week, SAD organized an endless Dabke. This dabke joyfully meandered around the playground, as students joined in, formed long lines, formed circles, or just sauntered around. We thank Mrs Jamie Chaaya for supervising the activity, as well as the student Dori Fares.
As part of the CTI Patriotic Week, students gave special speeches, sang special songs, participated in ceremonial activities, and even attended a folklore show. We present some pictures here as a souvenir!
CTI kicked off its Patriotic Week (more like 10 days) with the iconic Dictation from Lebanon and Dictation from Lebanon, Jr. The event was organized by Mrs Lina Abou Malhab and Mrs Nathalia Georgi. The winners of the event two events will be announced soon in the Newsletter section.
Another class visited Bible World (scroll down for the previous set of pictures). And lo and behold, we have monks investigating the history of the Bible! Thank you, Mrs Abou Daher!
Would you believe it: acrobats entertained our students during recess? That's the way it was and recess was high-adrenaline that day!
OMG! The students of grade 5 were so creative in making Ancient Egyptian pyramids that we got pyramids made of matchboxes, sand, marshmallows, candy, eggs, spoons, buttons, and even toilet paper rolls! The extraordinary exhibition was part of a history lesson, and Mrs Jamie Chaaya supervised.
The Beirut Marathon is an iconic, traditional experience that is not to be missed. CTI, along with around 40,000 people, walked the Fun Run on Sunday, November 13, 2016. We post pictures here that highlight our group (apologies to any whose pictures were not taken), the immense crowds, some of the views, and a sample of the ongoing fun along the way.
Kindly check our Newsletter for more news.
The students of KGIII got to use their noses, ears, mouths, eyes and hands - for it was Sensory Day! Scents, sight and sounds are different things, we learn early on, and there is a vast variety of each!
The French department at CTI organized several trips to the Salon du Livre at BIEL. The students got to browse and buy, and two classes had the chance to listen to special talks given by prominent lecturers. Here are a few pictures of the occasion!
Well, here are simply a few pictures of some student projects done by the students of grade 2, and supervised by Mrs Marian Daou. We have put all the pictures that we have, with the hope that the students will enjoy looking at themselves.
The students of grade 6 presented a play that was fun and instructive. All the students did an excellent job in their respective roles. The play was well directed by Miss Areni Taslakian. Congrats!
A Halloween event was organized by the graduating class of grade 12, in order to raise support for their graduation proms. The event was joyful and packed with games. Many students participated and contributed to the grade 12 fund. The pictures show some of the action, with others reserved for the yearbook.
Mr Emile Moacdieh led his students on a discovery trip to the impressive Minerals Museum (MIM). The students were amazed by the diversity and richness of what minerals are found in nature. It was a lesson in action that reinforced what was being studied in class.
Grade 7, under the direction of Ms Norma Shami, presented the play "The Jailer of Philippi" taken from the Book of Acts in the Bible. The stuents acted expertly, in perfect Arabic. The cast was led by Markus Kashouh and Steven Haddad as Paul and Silas. Bravi!
Mrs Chaar and grade 5 gave an excellent presentation last Monday. The story had a great moral lesson, and the students who acted enjoyed the play as much as those who attended. Congratulations all over!
The visit of grade 9 A and B to the Silk Museum is an iconic trip that is tied to the English classes of Ms Wilma. Every year, the students embark on a discovery spree and have a great time learning about disappearing Lebanese traditions. The few pictures here attest to the excitement of the occasion.
SAD presented its first event: Happy Day! SAD (Student Activities Department), after all, promises that "SAD makes you happy!" The event was joyful and buoyant. Students shared about what makes them happy, and the happiness was infectuous. The event was supervised by Mrs Jamie Chaaya.
Two sections of one class visited the interactive exhibition, Bible World, at the Bible Society headquarters. The event was organized by Mrs Abou Daher, as part of the Bible lessons for the class. Here are a few souvenir pictures.
CTI had its special Bounce Day for the students. It went on bouncingly fine, and younger students had a great time! Some choice pics to enliven your day!
CTI played two football games with an Argentinian team, on two separate occasions. The first informal game led to a 4-4 score. The more formal game on Friday scored 5-3 in favor of the Argentinians. Congratulations to both teams!
Thanks to the initiative of Mrs Antoinette Samaha, and the special invitation of Dr Chris, the students of grade 4 were able to have a jolly time eating pizza in the park. And would you believe it, this is a lesson tie-in! The pictures say it all!
We were graced by the visit of a group of people from Argentina on two separate days. There were many activities, but it was mainly their cheery presence that sent whiffs of happiness all around! Please check our Newsletter for more info!
CTI participated in the international Green Apple Day. There were many activities that raised awareness regarding environmental issues. Grade 7 painted an impressive mural that is here to stay! Please check our Newsletter for more information.
It is the first day of school for KG2 and KG3! Welcome students!
Here are a few pictures of the great occasion!
"The Tale of Thomas and Joan" was a big challenge for CTI, since it meant transporting students and parents from our times, back to the Middle Ages. The challenge was met, and the result was spectacular beyond belief (but as we said earlier, we could not get horses for the joust!). The music was carefully chosen, based on reconstructions of ancient melodies and instruments. The sets were superbly designed and executed by Mr Rami Khalaf, with every stone in the fortress faceted and woodwork made to look as such. The dances were partly based on modern dance, and partly based on authentic old dances (anybody for a passamezzo?). As for the costumes, let us not get started: we had a whole factory executing our costumes and the audience gasped and cheered and filmed with each display of opulent costumes.
Courtiers, villagers, brigands, townsfolk, peasants, troubadours, knights, jesters, acrobats, duelists . . . what more can one ask for?
Special thanks to Mrs Krista Kashouh (musical and general direction), Mrs Jamie Chaaya (drama coaching), Miss Areni Taslakian (assistant drama coaching), Mr Rami Khalaf (sets), Boghossian Uniforms (costume execution), and the CTI teachers!
Honor Day this year was an extravaganza during which honor students of grades 4 and up were recognized for their efforts during the year. The ceremony also had some student presentations, as well as special awards such as the Galib Scholarship, the Parents' Committee Competition and Brain of CTI. The biggest suprise was the governmental award of merit to Mrs Samira Moacdieh for her years of service. Kindly check separate sections about these. The event was mainly organized by Mrs Antoun, whom we thank!
We present here pictures of all honor students in grades 4 and higher. Students are kindly asked to download the pictures as desired, and resize if needed. We hope that we have not missed anybody. We offer our sincere congratulations to the students, their parents and their teachers.
The students of grades 10 and 11 who joined the outing to Niha were in for a trip of a lifetime. It was a magical mystery tour that was partly eco-tourism, partly Indiana Jones, and partly Wonderland, with a huge dollop of zany fun. We present here a few pictures of the Niha fortress, followed by an assortment of pictures of the great group that visited. Await the CTI yearbook for more!
It is an iconic trip for grade 7, which includes Beiteddine, Moussa Castle, Deir el Kamar and Barouk. Grade 7 had homeland tourism balanced with a lot of fun!
Grade 8 B presented a dramatization of The Pardoner's Tale, "The Three Young Men and Death", from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Three dissolute young men set out to conquer Death, only to find that he conquered them. This famous tale from the Middle Ages was ably acted by the students, and directed by Mrs Jamie Chaaya. We put a few mementos of the occasion, plus a page from the original Chaucer.
The CTI Water Bash was wild, wet and wonderful. And the miracle was that it stopped raining and became warm just in time for our bash (otherwise, the students would have got wet :) ) To make a long story short, it was a great event, as expected, and it seems to get better every year. The bash was organized by Coach Bahzad Karam.
It was a great phenomenon indeed which pitted the awesome grade 5A against the dazzling grade 5B, in an earth-shaking football game. The future Ronaldos, Messis and co. played a great game, and it does not matter who won. We would like to share with you some wonderful pictures (with congratulations to Stephanie Basmaji, who took these pics).
. . . and finally, some pictures culled from 1000s of pictures about the CTI Graduation Ceremony of 2016. Kindly read our newsletter for details, and check our yearbook later on. Suffice it to say here, "Congratulations to the Class of 2016"!
It was the turn of basketball, for a thrilling teacher-student basketball game, organized by Coach Adnan Sioufi. The teachers won, as they did in the football game. But we believe that our students played just as well. We hope you will enjoy these souvenir pictures!
It was another exciting game organized by Coach Bahzad Karam. This time he pitted the students against the teachers, and the teachers won. Well, best wishes to both teams! The pictures were taken by Stephanie Basmaji, and more will be put in the yearbook.
Every year, Ms Wilma and grade 11 prepare top-notch musicals. This year was no exception. "Macbeth - the Musical" was an extravagant feast to the eye and the ear. The acting was superb. The music and dancing were spectacular. The sets were magnificent. The effects were astounding. The use of space - everywhere in the auditorium - was amazing. Dori Fares was Macbeth. Nour Sadek was Lady Macbeth. The students of grade 11 (all sections), as well as some students from other classes, provided an impressive supporting cast, complete with show-stopping witches. Ms Wilma, methinks that Shakespeare doth smile in contentment!
Incidentally, this musical was presented during the Shakespeare year, practically on Shakespeare's birthday, April 23, 2016.
As part of a celebratory week for grade 12, this class prepared a never-ending barbecue that involved all the students, cooking and eating. Mrs Hourig Kevorkian and Mrs Aline Kevorkian offered their expertise and joined in the fun. The pictures are a memento of the occasion!
Attenshun!! Lots of students joined, but grade 12 took this as ultra serious fun, with camouflage face paint, fatigues and zeal to match. The pictures show the fun and the action, and more is reserved for the yearbook! You needed to have been there! The event was organized by Coach Adnan Sioufi. Thanks Coach Adnan, and congratulations to the winners.
Some pictures of the amazing CTI Choir concert at the Resurrection Church, Baabda, conducted by Jamie Chaaya and accompanied by Krista Kashouh and band. The theme was "Melodies of Hope", and the concert raised our spirits indeed. See our Newsletter (in this website) and our yearbook for more information!
The KGIII students had a great time learning about how seeds grow. It was planting time!
A select grade 8 group visited NDU engineering lab for a study on recycling and alternatives to concrete building blocks. The group was led by Mrs Abou Tayeh and alumnus Pierre Abou Tayeh. The students had a most profitable time. CTI thanks NDU for their warm reception and hospitality!
In a varied and busy day, 39 Korean students presented a panoply of activities at CTI. Kindly check our newsletter for details. Here, we present some pictures of the dazzling Korean folk dance that they performed. Pictures of other activities will be reserved for the yearbook. Enjoy!
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!
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!
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.
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!