Annual MYP Exhibition!

Pledge Harbor International School MYP students successfully organized the Annual MYP Exhibition yesterday, Saturday, 2 March 2024. They showcased a range of skills that involved various subjects.

Pledge Harbor International School MYP students successfully organized the Annual MYP Exhibition yesterday, Saturday, 2 March 2024. They showcased a range of skills that involved various subjects. These flexible skills feature academic abilities that go beyond the classrooms. Among the highlights of the programme includes a lively performance of a Spanish song, Alvaro Soler’s Mira Sofia by MYP 2 students, a humorous Bangla skit, Sukumar Ray’s Jiboner Hisab by MYP 3 students, and a heart-wrenching English musical performance by the MYP 4 students based on The Epic Musical by Jorge Rivera-Herrans that is inspired by Homer’s Odysseus. There were also a slew of original poetry and song performances from MYP 3-5 students, showing the students’ creativity and imagination.
It was also a show of modernity as students created and showcased short films that synthesize their learnings in Design as well as how they are taking part in global conversations to reduce climate change in Individuals & Societies. Students showcased each grade’s Service As Action activities and MYP 5 Personal Projects. These projects were testaments to their ability to integrate all the ATL Skills into their curriculum. At the end of the event, parents and visitors were encouraged to participate in a quiz on Mentimeter to choose the right solutions to the real world problems related to global warming and climate change. Students also demonstrated a remarkable display of skills and creativity in presenting engaging Science, Math, and Sports activities in their classrooms.
The event was graced by the presence of Head of School, Mrs. Kaniz Zareen, members of the Senior Management Team, parents, teachers, and students.

Pledge-A-Thon!

Sports day is one of the most important events in the academic calendar of PHIS since the beginning. At Pledge Harbor International School it is called “Pledge-A-thon”.

Sports day is one of the most important events in the academic calendar of PHIS since the beginning. At Pledge Harbor International School it is called “Pledge-A-thon”. PHIS strongly believes that physical activities and sports not only compliment academic performance but also help to develop leadership qualities, determination, mental resilience, communication and social skills. PHIS employ this as an opportunity to bring the entire PHIS community under one umbrella and display their athletic excellence.
This academic year’s Pledge-A-thon has been competed on 22nd of February, 2024 in a befitting manner. As usual there were different track and field events for the students of K-12. It had events for the parents, all the staff (teachers, dorm masters & admin staff) and support staff of PHIS as well. One of the highlight of this year’s Pledge-A-Thon was the PT display by the students of PYP. This year’s fastest runner (the Best Athlete) award was won by Sadiq Bin Muzahid of grade 12 and the fastest girl was won by Zara Khan of grade 12. Tug of war trophy was won by Pluto House and the March past trophy was won the Mars house. The most coveted Champion House trophy was won by the point table topper house Pluto. Congratulations to the entire PHIS community. Bye, bye till the next Pledge-A-thon.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21st to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and highlight the importance of mother languages.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21st to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and highlight the importance of mother languages. At Pledge Harbor International School, we believe in the significance of this day and strive to create awareness among our students about the language movement of Bangladesh.
To commemorate this day, we organized various activities and events to educate and engage our students. Our students showcased their creativity by creating vibrant street murals under the guidance of our art faculties, symbolizing our commitment to preserving linguistic diversity.
In the morning, the school community and staff participated in a traditional morning procession called “Probhat Pheri.” Carrying banners and placards promoting mother languages, we marched towards the school’s Shaheed Minar to pay tribute to the Language Martyrs and their noble cause.
Following the procession, a cultural program was organized by our cultural committee. Students showcased their talents through performances such as songs, dances, poetry recitations, and drama, all centered around the theme of linguistic diversity and the importance of Mother Language Day.
By commemorating this important day, we aim to inspire our students to become advocates for the preservation and promotion of mother languages, both within our school community and in the wider world.

PHIFT’ 2023

The Pledge Harbor Inter School Football Tournament 2023 got underway with a bang on February 9th! With tight security and excitement in the air, 13 schools brought 24 teams to compete.

The Pledge Harbor Inter School Football Tournament 2023 got underway with a bang on February 9th! With tight security and excitement in the air, 13 schools brought 24 teams to compete. Inaugurated by Mr. Ahsan Kabir Khan, Vice Chairman of Viyellatex Group, the event was nothing short of spectacular. Simultaneously, our chief guest unveiled the PHIS Yearbook commemorating the decade-long odyssey of Pledge Harbor.
The tournament atmosphere bore a resemblance to the excitement of ‘The Triwizard Tournament’ from the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Matches unfolded across various categories, including U-12, U-16, Girls U-18, and U-19, showcasing both skill and sportsmanship with some being easy victories and others fiercely contested. U-12 made their tournament debut and reached the finals, a moment of immense pride for everyone involved!
As day 2 unfolded, the competition intensified, with teams displaying resilience amidst victories and defeats. One of the most intense and thrilling encounters of the event was the U-19 match between PHIS and Manarat Dhaka School & College. PHIS clinched the U-19 title, while Masco Kanchan’s U-16, Delhi Public School, Dhaka’s U-12, and PHIS’s Girls U-18 teams emerged champions in their respective categories.
The runner-up positions were filled by the Manarat Dhaka School & College U-19 team and Masco Kanchan’s U-18 girls team, alongside PHIS’s U-16 and U-12 teams. Our Chief Guest, Mr. Amir Hasanat, Director of Viyellatex Group, presented the medals and trophies and officially concluded the tournament.
As PHIFT 2023 draws to a close, it is important to commend the dedication and sportsmanship displayed by all the participating teams. Looking ahead, we anticipate another thrilling tournament next year, where teams will once again gather to celebrate the essence of sports and camaraderie.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for their invaluable contributions in making this tournament an unforgettable experience.

IB Multiprogramme Evaluation

The International Baccalaureate Organization has a unique approach to evaluating schools, focusing on progress and development rather than the pass-or-fail concept.

Tranquillity, excitement, and diligence characterized the atmosphere at Pledge Harbor International School for a year and a half leading up to the conclusion of the Multiprogramme Evaluation in January 2024.
The International Baccalaureate Organization has a unique approach to evaluating schools, focusing on progress and development rather than the pass-or-fail concept. A comprehensive three-day evaluation of the Diploma Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Primary Years Programme not only observed the advancement of our school but also garnered praise for every member of our community. We were honoured to host Ms Suman Sethi, a Senior IB World Schools Manager, and Mr Patrick Ong, an MYP Programme and Team Leader, along with Evaluation Leaders for all three programmes. Under the guidance of our Head of School, Ms. Kaniz Zareen, our DP Coordinator led the evaluation process in collaboration with MYP and PYP Coordinators and a planning committee made up of educators and administrators, with contributions from our parent body and community.
The preliminary report submitted in September 2023 met all IB expectations, boosting morale for the final IB visit in January 2024. Surveys and orientations were conducted to gather feedback from stakeholders, and action plans were developed based on the findings to enhance alignment between programmes, ensure consistency in teaching practices, and improve student learning outcomes.
Professional development sessions were held to share findings and promote collaboration among educators. Through focused efforts and strategic planning, coherence across programmes was improved. We take pride in meeting the requirements and expectations of the IBO and remain committed to ongoing evaluation and improvement at Pledge Harbor International School in Bangladesh.
All’s Well That Ends Well; the evaluation team was impressed by our school’s execution of all three programmes and the dedication shown by our students and teachers. They also noted our school’s significant community service efforts, recognizing PHIS as an exceptional IB school.

CAS visit to Upo Anushanik Primary School

Students from Pledge Harbor International School participated in a CAS visit to Upo Anushanik Primary School, a local institution for underprivileged children.

Students from Pledge Harbor International School participated in a CAS visit to Upo Anushanik Primary School, a local institution for underprivileged children. The primary goal of the visit was to bring awareness about the significance of handwashing among the students of Upo Anushanik Primary School, aligning with their CAS service objectives. Demonstrating the commitment to IB CAS goals, our students actively engaged in activities, including creating a Bangla song that conveyed the proper handwashing steps. This interactive approach not only facilitated understanding but also made the learning experience enjoyable for the Upo Anushanik Primary School students. Our students designed vibrant and informative posters illustrating handwashing steps and their health implications, serving as visual aids to reinforce the importance of this hygiene practice. As a gesture of compassion, PHIS students provided hand wash and hand towels to their peers at Upo Anushanik Primary School, contributing essential resources for proper hand hygiene. The day was filled with productivity and valuable experiences.

CAS stands for Creativity

CAS is a mandatory component of IBDP and CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service.

CAS is a mandatory component of IBDP and CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service. One of the main goals of CAS is to instill international mindedness, self-reliance, reflectiveness and caringness among the learners.
As part of their CAS experiences the students DP2 led by the Sports Captain Samiul Haque came up with the idea of organizing a sports tournament for the support staff of the school. The objective is to appreciate their service and provide them with the scope for recreation. So the students DP2 organized a series of Football matches for the support staff of PHIS. The end product of the initiative was the matches. But in the background, the learners had to take approval of the CAS Lead Mr Imtiaz Ahmad and the DPC Ms Sujata Chowdhury.
After getting the approval they made a checklist of the responsibilities to organize to event and assigned themselves. It started with interviewing the support staff (Kitchen staff, Housekeeping staff and security personnel) to know their preferences, framing bylaws for the matches and having team meetings, finalizing the awards and sending requisition for those, organizing ground set up and refreshments for the matches, officiating matches and keeping the scores, doing commentary etc. to make occasion entertaining for the support staff of the beloved school. It can easily be stated that the event was a success as the main stakeholders of the initiative looked happy and cheerful at the end of the matches.
Kudos to the students of DP2 for providing such well well-thought-out & meaningful CAS experience.

TOK exhibition

TOK exhibition is the culmination of the Tok Internal Assessment component. DP students showcase their understanding of TOK and critical thinking by choosing objects in real life and connecting with IA prompts.

TOK exhibition is the culmination of the Tok Internal Assessment component. DP students showcase their understanding of TOK and critical thinking by choosing objects in real life and connecting with IA prompts.
At PHIS, in keeping with its continuum tradition we involve all teachers across the programs in the exhibition. Some glimpses of the day with animated discussion between faculty and students where both were deeply engaged.
Sujata Chowdhury,
DPC, TOK and Physics faculty

Student Council Election 2023-2024

Our learners are understanding the importance of the one vote and the responsibility of voting for the right candidate.

Our learners are understanding the importance of the one vote and the responsibility of voting for the right candidate.
Pledge Harbor teaches this is an exercise in democracy in practice.

PYP Exhibition 2023

On June 8th, Pledge Harbor International School in Bangladesh successfully concluded the highly anticipated Primary Years Programme Exhibition and Student-led- Conference.

On June 8th, Pledge Harbor International School in Bangladesh successfully concluded the highly anticipated Primary Years Programme Exhibition and Student-led- Conference. The PYP Exhibition centered around the theme “How We Express Ourselves” through Art & Expression. The event was graced by the presence of Ms Kaniz Zareen, the Head of School, along with the Senior Management Team and the Consultant for Marketing and Administration.
The PYPX featured captivating performances that showcased various art forms and expressions. It includes the mesmerizing Bharatanatyam dance, the melodious Jaltarang instrument, a poetic symphony of Bengali rhythms, nostalgic melodies from the 70s, and a dynamic rendition of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Additionally, energetic aerobics routines and an insightful presentation on the students’ PYP journey were part of the program. These remarkable showcases served as a reminder to the students that they can achieve their dreams through discipline, determination, and dedication.
The exhibits skillfully portrayed the creative process behind the PYPX and effectively addressed important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as Climate Change, Zero Hunger, Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Peace & Justice, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. The audience was captivated and maintained their attention and interest throughout.
We take immense pride in our students, the HRT Ms Mumtaz Masuda and the subject specialists, Ms Surovi Jahan, Ms Ayesha Sara Siddiqua, Ms Luthfun Nahar, Ms Reasad Alam Roana, Mr Masud Rana, Mr Amit Hasan and Mr Shiful Islam for putting up an exhibition of this magnitude!
We extend our best wishes to our fifth-grade students as they embark on their MYP Journey. Their presence will be dearly missed at the school.
A significant turnout of parents was observed at the Student-Led-Conference (SLC), which concluded on a positive and successful note.

GRADUATION DAY 2023

Pledge Harbor International School celebrates GRADUATION DAY !
Our Head of School, Ms. Kaniz Zareen honored us as Chief Guest.

Pledge Harbor International School celebrates GRADUATION DAY !
Our Head of School, Ms. Kaniz Zareen honored us as Chief Guest.

WORLD WATER DAY

Pledge Harbor International School PYP and MYP students recognised the importance of WORLD WATER DAY through a programme of mime and songs.

Pledge Harbor International School PYP and MYP students recognised the importance of WORLD WATER DAY through a programme of mime and songs.
At Pledge Harbor, our students and staff understand the value of this most precious resource and its importance is repeatedly reminded so we do not waste it.
Thank you to our teachers and staff for organising these student led activities which are a regular fixture in the Pledge Harbor calendar.

PHBT 2023

Pledge Harbor won the PHBT 2023 by beating William Carey Academy in the final.
Congratulations Panthers !

Pledge Harbor won the PHBT 2023 by beating William Carey Academy in the final.
Congratulations Panthers !
Big Shout to our teachers, staff, students and wonderful parents for making it a success.

PYP Safari Park Trip 2023

There is always some buzz in the PYP foyer when our students find an opportunity to discover and learn outside the four walls of the classroom.

There is always some buzz in the PYP foyer when our students find an opportunity to discover and learn outside the four walls of the classroom. A field trip to the Safari Park Gazipur was one such moment where our learners from KG, Gr 1, 2, and 3 & 5 learned about the rules and regulations of the park and information about the animals and their dwellings.
A walk through the butterfly and the bird sanctuary, and the bus safari tour to see the Royal Bengal Tiger, lions, buffalos, giraffes, white tigers, deer, bears, and many more animals roaming freely in their natural habitat was a treat to the eyes. Our learners witnessed the life cycle of a butterfly as they saw larvae and pupae in real. They were in awe of these fierce animals and loved seeing them up close.
A picnic lunch in the park & seeing the white tiger and the Royal Bengal tiger running in front of the Safari Bus was the highlight of the day! A small museum with a few preserved birds, animals, and reptiles were unique to our students.
The objective of visiting the Safari Park and reflecting upon learning, and tuning into the units was an incredible learning experience. The learners left the park with a newfound appreciation for wildlife and the importance of preserving their terrain. They can now talk about peace and conflict in nature.
We like to thank our teachers, Ms Sifat, Ms Roana, Ms Priyangshu, Ms Surovi, Ms Faria and Ms Mumtaz, Ms Ayesha and Mr Shiful, and two of our nannies, Ms Meem and Ms Shamima for making the trip a memorable one for our young learners.

Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze

At Pledge Harbor, we encourage students to participate in activities that help build character and develop leadership skills in an outdoor environment.

At Pledge Harbor, we encourage students to participate in activities that help build character and develop leadership skills in an outdoor environment.
Being a partner with the Duke of Edinburgh organization, our students have successfully completed their Bronze Level Award Journey at the Base Camp, Gazipur.
Our students participated in some interesting activities like Dizzy bat games, obstacle challenges,
Tree top obstacles, Zip lines, Human foosball, Archery, Football as well as Indoor Games like Badminton and Table tennis.
In the evening, our students enjoyed a bon fire, sharing stories.
The students were able to show team spirit, leadership qualities and collaboration. They worked together to achieve a common goal.
Our Grade 7 student, Taiba Tanzila Mili received the Best Camper Award. Congratulations!
We are very proud of all of our students.

CAS collaboration between PHIS and GD Goenka School, India

CAS collaboration between Pledge Harbor International school, Bangladesh and GD Goenka School, India, saw wonderful cultural exchanges between the two schools for three months.

CAS collaboration between Pledge Harbor International school, Bangladesh and GD Goenka School, India, saw wonderful cultural exchanges between the two schools for three months.
Different aspects like food, traditional attire, performing arts, etc, were shared and lot of learning happened. It culminated to the closing ceremony hosted in January end, 2023.
Thank you Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed for the support.
Here are some glimpses of the journey.
Sujata Chowdhury,
DP Coordinator