Monday, May 28, 2012

Samar Al Ansari's Economics Award- 2012

Speech by Nayla Al Khalifa
                                     Grade 11, Ibn Khuldoon National School

Dr. Joyce Brothers, a famous psychologist, once said, “An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life".
       These qualities were all seen in Samar Al-Ansari. She was one of the most well-rounded students in the history of IKNS. She was an outstanding example of confidence, kindness, helpfulness, and friendliness- all qualities that a student should possess. Many of you might not have known her personally. Samar excelled in both academics and sport.  From KG1 until her graduation in 2006, Samar always made an outstanding effort and her contribution to the school was great. Hence, in memory of Samar, her parents have established two, annual prizes- which are given to two, senior-year students- a student who has achieved the most outstanding performance in Economics, and to another student who excelled in Physical Education. In Economics, Samar had the ability to question and to understand economic theories- for she excelled in thinking “outside- the –box”. Indeed, Samar was a unique student.

As a tribute to Samar, who was a member of the Honor Society, and to honor her memory, the Economics prize is awarded each year to a student who excels in the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Application and analysis of Economic concepts and theories.
Criterion 2: Evaluation; Assessment of the student’s ability to evaluate economic concepts and theories in the context of real-world examples.

In the past years, the Samar Al Ansari Economics Award was presented to Subah Bu-Ali, Tariq Noor, Nouf Mattar, Abdulla Mahmood, and Muzoon Mattar, and this year, the Samar Al Ansari Economics award is presented to Talal Al Aradi.

Talal‘s articulation and clear writing as well as his analytical abilities and critical thinking skills made him the most eligible candidate among 22 students taking economics in 2011-12.

I have the pleasure to invite Dr. Randah Hamadah, Samar’s mother, to present the Samar Al Ansari’s Award in Economics to Talal Al Aradi.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Rose

I saw a red rose on the stone next to your tree
You can’t imagine what this did to me

Your being remembered made me so happy and glad
And for few moments I forgot how much I’m sad

Who is this person? He or she must be so sweet
To have left you a red rose, I wish I can meet

I stood there with tears falling from my eyes
No one ever forgets the person who dies

As I picked it from the floor I called your name
Asking,” Do you know from whom this rose came?”

Silence embraced me as your father and I stood
This person remembers you because you were good

Thank you for the rose whoever you are
I know that Samar thanks you from afar.

Randah R. Hamadeh, Copyright© 2012
Written in loving memory of my daughter
Samar Ahmed Al Ansari (4/4/1988-4/9/2006)

Monday, May 21, 2012


Remembrance is a golden chain
Death tries to break,
but all in vain.
To have, to love, and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of one's heart.
The years may wipe out many things
But some they wipe out never.
Like memories of those happy times
When we were all together.

Author Unknown

Monday, May 14, 2012

إلى سريري تسللت

أمي، من النوم منزعجة استيقظت
ومن سريرك إلى سريري تسللت
اسمي يا ست الحبايب ناديت
صورتي إلى صدرك ضممت
وسادتي ناجيتها وعني سألت
وبدفء الذكريات تغطيت
فسرعان ما غمضت عينيك وغفيت

،ترى هل بحنيني إليك شعرت
وندائي يا أعز الناس، سمعت؟ 
رنده ربحي حماده
(أم سمر)
جميع الحقوق محفوظة للمؤلفة© ٢٠١٢

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Foreshadowing and Flashback in the LOTF


Foreshadowing of Death:

  • Jack hesitates to kill the pig and it gets away.
“Next time, there will be no mercy”(31).
→Next time there will be death.

  • LOTF’s conversation with Simon.
“I’m warning you…So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else−”(144).
→ Simon’s death

  • Storm before Simon’s death
“The hunters were looking uneasily at the sky, flinching from the stroke of the drops”(151).
→ catastrophe of murder/chaos.

  • Nearly killing Robert (114-115)
“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (115).
→Simon’s death

  • “Colors drained from waters an trees and pink surfaces of rock; and the white and brown clouds brooded”(145).
→ Death

  • Simon’s death
→Other deaths

Foreshadowing of Rescue:

  • Parachutist landing on the island (95).
→ If someone could land on their island, they could be rescued.

  • Simon’s converstaiton with Ralph
“ I just think you’ll get back all right” (111).
→Simon will die; Ralph will get rescued.

Foreshadowing of Trouble and Disorder:

  • Fear of Beastie
“ ‘As if this wasn’t a good island,’ said Ralph slowly” (52).
→Trouble on the island

  • First fight between Ralph and Jack; Shelters Vs. Hunting (53)
→Disorder on the island

  • When Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric don’t light the fire before they go to bed (164).

→ The fire represents order and civilization, so with the fire out, there would obviously be disorder.

Foreshadowing the evil emerging in Jack and Roger:

  • Roger throwing a rock at a littlun.
 → Roger will be evil; kills Piggy with rock.

  • Jack recommending using a littlun for the reenactment of hunt (115).
→Jack will be rutheless


  • It rained when they came.
“I don’t like them clouds.  Remember how it rained just after we landed” (147).

  • When Ralph blew the conch at Castle Rock in chapter 11, it reminded him of the first time.
  • “The forests re-echoed; and birds lifted, crying out of the treetops, as on that first morning ages ago” (170).
  • “Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.  ‘He said something about a dead man.’  He flushed painfully at this admission that he had been present at the dance” (162).
  • “It was different when the fire was−” “− up there.” (164).
  • Nostalgia and flashback of Dartmoor (164).
  • “ Do you remember how he went hunting and the fire went out and a ship passed by?” (170).
Samar Al Ansari

Grade 11.5

Friday, May 04, 2012

Oh Stars Shinning Above

Oh stars shinning above
Say hello to the one I love

Tell her that as I now fly
The clouds join me and cry,

That I miss her a lot
When I travel and leave my spot.

I am sure that she knows
That wherever I go, she goes.

I keep her closely in my heart
Always together, we never part.

Now as I sit in my in my seat,
I think of her with every heartbeat,

Recalling places we traveled together
with different types of weather.

Those memories carry a smile to my face
and occupy my mind and the empty place.

Randah R. Hamadeh, Copyright© 2012
Written in loving memory of my daughter
Samar Ahmed Al Ansari (4/4/1988-4/9/2006)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012