Dawood Public School is a non-profit school that has been operating under Hajiani Hanifabai Memorial Society since 1983. The vision of the founding Trustee Mr. Ahmed Dawood was to propagate quality holistic education in Pakistan. Today, Dawood Public School is offering a wide spectrum of subjects in a multi faceted educational program to over 2500 girls from the ages 10 months to 19 years. Its highly developed custom built campus facilities accommodate young girls in the following sections:
- Play Group
- A Level
At present, Dawood Public School is considered to be one of the premium education institutions in Karachi, which encourages learners to exceed set educational standards. It boasts a well established reputation of producing excellent academic results, with the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) O and A Level pass rate, consistently maintained at 100% each year.
DPS students have outshined with their exceptional academic performance each year. Their continued excellent performance at universities of choice has left a trail of remarkable work ethic and dedication; highlighting the ethos and values embedded by the School in all its students.
Academic Session 2017-18 began on a high with CAIE Distinction Announcements awarding O Level Head Girl Dania Riaz a World Distinction in Economics. Riding high on achievement and endeavour, all DPS students began the academic session with a pledge to emulate the success story.
The Student Council for the year was announced in a befitting ceremony, with Rabiya Ghazanfar and Tuba Shibli announced as Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl respectively for the A Level. At the O Level, Fatima tuz Zehra was gowned as Head Girl while Zainab Jamal and Anusha Siddiqui were elected as supporting Deputy Head Girls.
The school activity calendar opened with the Annual Inter-School Declamation Competitions for English and Urdu. The monthly Career Insight and Inspiration Program continued year long offering valuable knowledge on different career choices. DAL open-mic presented public speaking opportunities to aspiring A Level girls while the CNS venture broadened to offering 15 options for the Secondary Section. Monthly Bake Sales and Book Fairs continued with their usual fanfare and zeal. Students performed well for a second year at the enterprise challenge of ECP, an entrepreneurial development venture by SEED. DAL Camp continued with its popular extravaganza for A Level girls who united later in the year with their seniors at the first A Level reunion. At the Primary Level, DPS students reignited the passion to Elocution as poetry recitals were revived this year, with each class performing exceptionally well to selected poems.
Field trips were spread across the year for all classes to various significant venues including TDF Ghar, Mohatta Palace, State Bank Museum and many educational films screened at the Ocean Mall. The coveted trophy of Obhartay Sitaray was once again won hands down by the melodious voice of our DPS girls. This year, the ultra talented Fizza Fatima was declared winner. Our students participated at the KLF as they do each year. A proud development was the integration of Food & Nutrition with the Gardening curriculum, leading to a win at the ‘Annual Flower Show’ in the category of Kitchen Garden.
The year was dotted with wins at multiple academic forums too. Zainab Patel won the Beaconhouse Declamation Contest and Saniya Majid secured first position across all of Karachi at the ISMO Math Challenge. DPS girls won seven more awards at the ISMO challenge. As always IKLC, IKMC and IKSC medals poured in as they do each year.
Sports opportunities were traditionally rampant with several Inter-School Throwball and Basketball wins. Students joined hands with the physically impaired athletes as proud participants at the Special Olympics. The Annual Sports Festival was held as per tradition after the mid-year exams, offering a variety of track and field events for all students. The winning trophy was awarded to Bilqees Edhi House for a second successive year, lifted proudly by House Captain Areeba Ashraf and her contingent of red shirts.
Theatre and performance took centre stage for DPS girls this past year. Starting at the Pre Primary Section, a phenomenal musical play ‘Animal Rumble Grumble’ was staged by the budding talents of students in KG II and Grade I. The Primary Section showcased ‘Too Many Doctors’ with Grades IV and V, while Grade VIII and IX students presented a soulful performance at ‘Dhanak’, a complete homegrown production authored by DPS faculty. Students of Grades VII and IX also presented ‘Red Riding Hood’, a comic adaptation to the traditional fairytale, while the seasoned senior A Level girls staged ‘Absurd Person Singular’ to culminate the Drama Festival.
Some unique opportunities for DPS students during the year included participation in the Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education (AWARE) program, a visit to Bundal Island in collaboration with the Scuba Adventures, participation in a ‘Walk for Clean Karachi’ organized by Pakistan Women’s Foundation at SeaView, all to increase environmental awareness in line with our pledge to develop responsible citizens. Active Citizens Program knocked at our door offering O Level students an exciting enterprise challenge under the auspices of British Council where selected students trained for, and successfully pitched sustainable Social Action Projects which were highly appreciated at a National Showcasing.
Travel opportunities this year were availed by students for the ‘National Children’s Mountain Conservation Meet’, arranged upon invitation by ‘Adventure Foundation Pakistan’ to tour the scenic wonders of Azad Kashmir. Internationally our students went to Italy and Rome for a thrilling historical and cultural tour of the European wonders.
The School received several respectable visitors to inspire the students too. Dr Ata ur Rehman honoured us with his presence early in the year as he spoke to an enraptured student audience with his inspirational talk on ‘The fascinating world of Science’. Dr Aneela Darbar followed suit as the nation’s first female neuro-surgeon and addressed senior student looking for career insights as she traced her journey to success. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy visited the School for a second year, this time with participation opportunities at the outreach program ‘Animate for Change’ and Ms Aurelie Salvaire, a prominent social entrepreneur and author spoke on ‘Gender Diversity’ as she introduced her book “Balance the World’.
The MagnifiScience exhibition featured for a second successful year, offering a scintillating science experience for the people of Karachi. The exhibition focused on ‘Basic Science’, ‘Health Science’ and ‘Science of Technology’ spanning over six venues including live and interactive experiments by students. Following in the footsteps of mega events, the Annual DPS Charity Carnival lit up the Karachi night skies at a mesmerizing Festival of Lights to raise donations for the Bait-us-Sukoon Cancer Hospital. Children’s Day too, was celebrated with extravaganza as DPS opened its gates to include special students from all over the city.
This year launched the extended activity platform for all young children at a DPS Saturday School platform. Offering sensational developmental and hobby pursuance opportunities to children across the city, DPS Saturday School was a call to many a prayer for exciting events at the vast campus.
It was a full year abuzz with achievements amidst hard core learning. We are proud of all the collective efforts of our DPS family; inclusive of all students, parents and teachers.