The skills and competencies of our children are one of the most important and cherished assets. To make the most of their potential, we will build a culture that rewards determination, provides opportunities for all and helps everyone acquire the necessary skills to achieve their personal goals.
Our Co-Curricular Activity Program (CCAP) gives students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities for up to two hours a day after school. Our aim is that by exposing our students to a variety of options, CCAPs will energize their curiosity and ignite new passions, supporting Vision 2030 which commits to offering opportunities for students to nurture strong roots, develop fulfilling lives, and empower societies.
All of our classes offer a host of learning opportunities and are tailored to help students develop physically, emotionally, academically and socially in the context of the demands of their 21st century lives and future careers.
Accompanying the adoption of advanced technologies into the workplace will be an increase in the need for workers with finely tuned social and emotional skills—skills that machines are a long way from mastering.
McKinsey Report: Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce
The CCAP program also utilizes Talent Identification and Gifted and Talented models to identify exceptional students and place them in environments where their natural ability can be nurtured through formal and informal learning, and systematic skill development.
Our program offers a blend of Misk-designed activities as well as specialist courses designed by external partners who are regional leaders in their fields. Currently students can participate in the following strands: Sports, Arts, Technology, Engineering, Languages, Culture and Heritage, Music and Leadership. We regularly review our range of activities to ensure they meet the needs of our cohort. The following overview gives a flavor of our offering.
Our Misk-designed activities
CCAP sports options allow students to improve an existing sporting interest and/ or learn a new skill. Here at school, we host regular House Sports Tournaments and have developed our own Elite Athlete Preparedness Program. Aimed at boys in Grades 4 to 6, this is a selective Program that uses scores from the Eurofit standardized fitness test battery to identify suitable candidates. Eurofit tests were developed by the Council of Europe in 1983 and measure six key parameters: core strength; lower body strength; agility; balance; flexibility and endurance. Beyond the campus, we have partnered with a number of specialist institutions to provide the best possible coaching and tuition.
Our golf lessons are delivered through the Saudi Golf Federation, an impressive organization with an ambitious goal to integrate the sport into modern Saudi culture. As part of this, the Federation has an Academies program that states: “Nurturing talent will be a cornerstone of the Golf Saudi strategy, identifying the best personnel with state-of-the-art facilities, alongside insight from the world’s best coaches and governing groups.”
Lessons are open to students in Grades 1 to 6 and are held at Riyadh Golf Courses.
Becoming a good tennis player requires personal commitment, physical fitness and mental determination. It is a sport that can be played at all ages, and the earlier children start to take classes, the more competent and confident they will become. Misk students can opt to play tennis at Al Manahil Sports Club which caters for all ages and levels from beginner to competitor. Like most other specialist sports, the lessons children learn through tennis are wide ranging, extending beyond technical skills to help build strength of character – particularly the importance of dedication and perseverance. In the words of former world number 1 player, Andre Agassi: “If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win” Weekly lessons are held at Al Manahil Sports Club in the Diplomatic Quarter and are open to all students in Grades 1 to 5.
We offer all boys and girls the opportunity to sign up for expert coaching in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is a martial art, combat sport and self-defense system focused on the skill of grappling both on the ground and standing up. The technique equips students with the skills and techniques required to deal with real life self-defense situations. It also builds resilience, tenacity and self-confidence, helping children learn to value their health, in mind and in body.
Our BJJ program is delivered by ARENA training and martial arts center, which is affiliated with the leading global sports figure in the martial arts world, Master Ricardo Liborio. Misk students who sign up for BJJ are coached at school under the expert guidance of Marcos Fontes, black belt and four-times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu state champion.
To become a skilled horse rider, students need to be patient. It is a sport that takes years to master, requiring discipline, self-control, and dedication. They also need to learn how to connect with the horse which calls for compassion and empathy, as well as physical strength, balance and coordination.
Weekly riding lessons for Misk boys and girls in Grades 1 and above are held at the Al Duhami Farm which is a state-of-the-art equestrian center, a half an hour drive from school. Students join classes based on their own particular level; the program caters for all grade of rider from beginner to advanced.
The Farm, established by Saudi showjumper and Olympic Bronze medalist (2012) Ramzy Al Duhami, features 150 stables, two world class German built arenas, three lunging arenas, The Farm, established by Saudi showjumper and Olympic Bronze medalist (2012) Ramzy Al Duhami, features 150 stables, two world class German built arenas, three lunging arenas, hacking trails and more. It hosted the Diriyah Equestrian Festival 2019 – an international competition endorsed by the international governing body of equestrian sports, (FEI), allowing points gained to count towards Olympic Games qualification.
We have partnered with Juventus Football Academy for our Football CCAP. Juventus is an international leader in the field of youth development, with programs running in over 60 countries across the world. UK UEFA qualified coaches are experienced and passionate, adept at helping young footballers build agility and strength both physically as well as mentally – while having fun as part of a team.
The Juventus Way of coaching is a tried and tested holistic approach that focuses on: Style of Play; Technical Ability; Tactical Ability; the Mental Factor and the Emotional and Social Factor.
Students in Grade 7 and above who have an interest in debating, governance and politics may participate in our version of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia (CASA).
Just as in the real CASA, Misk students discuss and exchange views on Islamic affairs, human rights, health and social affairs, foreign affairs, finance, the economy and more, deepening their general knowledge of significant KSA related topics. They have the opportunity to explore and debate these value-based issues with guidance and modelling, and are required to put forward their perspectives, suggestions and conclusions within a formal setting. The process enhances social and communication skills, building competence and confidence in public speaking, presentation and Arabic language.
The program includes guest speakers from outside school and one field trip.
It is widely accepted that learning to play an instrument can improve academic performance and build life skills. Becoming an accomplished musician is a long process, requiring hours and years of practice. This process develops discipline, resilience and tenacity. As students start to see progress, it boosts their self-esteem. It also helps them to understand what it takes to be successful, giving them an indication of what they can achieve if they apply the same levels of concentration and commitment in other areas of their life.
Piano is a popular choice for children at Misk Schools. We note that those who play the piano have improved fine motor skills as, unlike other instruments, the piano requires both hands to work independently of each other, at different speeds. Reading a piece of music takes a great deal of focus, requiring a child to interpret a musical phrase and a rhythm, translate it into hand movements on the keyboard and then immediately move onto the next one.
Reading and playing music allows children to think both critically and creatively, which is a skill that will assist them in anything they choose to undertake in the future.
Boys in Grades 4 to 7 can choose to learn piano or xylophone through our CCAP music program. Our weekly classes are broad, taking a fun approach to understanding musical techniques and concepts, composition, ear training and more.
For children in Grades 1 to 3, piano lessons are delivered by Maqam-trained teachers who focus on the fundamentals of music theory, as well as how to read notes and rhythms. Since all lessons are one on one with a teacher, progress is catered to each student, allowing for maximum attention, progress and enjoyment.
Girls and boys in Grades 1 to 6 with an interest in food can explore the richness of Saudi cuisine as well as global dishes, through classes in cooking and culinary arts.
Our chosen partner for this activity is the innovative Blend cooking institute, which promises to: “…combine leisure and entertainment in a single dish.”
Fun weekly classes cover essential cooking skills and techniques, including how to use a knife safely. Students are inducted into the delights of baking and the wonderful world of coffee and are invited to explore recipes from all over the world, encouraging international understanding and developing young palates.
Animation and Interactive Media
The global media and entertainment market has grown exponentially in recent years, largely due to technological advances that have supported rapid progression in the fields of 3D animation, interactive entertainment and game design.
Here in Riyadh, we are privileged to have a number of expert companies to partner with, allowing our students to learn about this fast moving and exciting sector from pioneering professionals. For children in Grades 1 to 4, we have teamed up with the innovative Saudi development studio, Semanoor and Semaphore, to offer students the opportunity to understand the creative and technical world behind the production of multimedia, gaming and simulation applications.
Classes with Semaphore focus specifically on video game and cartoon making which includes the art of designing compelling characters, the creation of storyboards and how these stories and characters are developed and brought to life on screen.
Semanoor is a dynamic organization headquartered in Riyadh. Established in 2000, the company’s multiplatform development services include e-learning, gaming and gamified applications, simulation and virtual reality as well as animation.
Our second partner in this space is Manga Productions, a Misk Foundation company specializing in animation and video games. The Manga CCAP is aimed at boys in Grades 4 to 6. It is taught by Manga Productions’ own practicing animators, game designers, sound engineers and artists whose workshops examine and explore the creative process.
Interactive weekly sessions include a tour of the production studio and an introduction to the principles of drawing and character design, voice acting and performance. The course also covers the basics of motion capture and provides insights into game design, as well as 3D modelling and color theory. Finally, students are treated to a viewing of unreleased Manga Productions games!
Boys from Grade 4 to 7 can elect to participate in Woodshop as part of their co-curricular experience. Classes cover design principles, workshop health and safety, carpentry tool assembly and operation, as well as how to finish carpentry projects.
The boys complete individual and group-based projects, allowing for social development, problem solving and team working. In order to bring their creations to life, they have to draw on their imagination, mathematical thinking and engineering skills, as well as use tools with care, patience and dexterity.
Our students love to make things which means this is a popular activity, with large numbers enrolling and working on projects each term.
The Green Screen Film CCAP introduces students to the vast visual-effects opportunities provided by a green screen background when used for video or photography. A green screen is the special effects technology that allows filmmakers and photographers to place their actors in a virtual environment of their choice.
During the course of this CCAP, students explore fundamental concepts of visual effects and learn about proper planning and pre-production methods. They try out various lighting scenarios for their projects and learn compositing – for both photography and video. To close the course, students are asked to plan, produce and present a final project.
At all stages, the work students create requires teamwork and collaboration, ensuring they continue to hone these critical life skills.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
As part of an ambitious national initiative that supports Vision 2030, the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and the technological arm of the Saudi Ministry of Education – TETCO, have partnered with UBTECH Robotics to support the teaching of robotics and the principles of artificial intelligence (AI) in Saudi schools.
As a result, here at Misk Schools, our students can now take a project-based course, run by SAFCSP, that uses a fun, modular toolkit to build and program their own AI robots. The kit comprises colored building blocks and an animated app that guides students with 360-degree, 3D instructions as they work together in teams to build and program their robot. Drag and drop coding is designed to be intuitive and rewarding, allowing students the latitude to be creative and problem solve without getting bogged down in complexities.
The course introduces students to core engineering and science concepts and draws on mathematics, technology, art and design in a fully rounded STEAM approach.
Robots include mechanics and electronic parts which require an understanding of a number of different principles. These include the relationship between distance, force and motion as well as the measurement of time and calculation of speed. Further, students are challenged to understand light sources, absorption and transmission as well as the relationship between light and color and the design of lighting. They learn about switches, gain an understanding of the concept of plane and angle, and much more.
In terms of soft skills, the focus on group work requires students to communicate and collaborate, encourages an active listening environment and helps to foster a flexible mindset.
There are two levels for this CCAP, the first for girls and boys in Grades 1 to 3, and the second for boys in Grades 4 to 7.
Alongside our after school CCAPs, students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of field trips throughout the academic year. These trips inspire our young learners, encouraging them to hone and develop their interests outside of traditional classroom settings. Some excursions are curriculum-linked whilst others are designed to enrich and enhance the Misk student experience. In both scenarios, trips are carefully planned to ensure students develop interpersonal relationships with fellow classmates and teachers, while having a rewarding, fun and memorable time.
Recent field trips have included: Nofa Wildlife Park (related to Unit of Inquiry); Al Thumama Desert (related to National Studies), Misk Global Forum (related to Individuals and Societies); and the Asian Champions League Semi-Finals (Student Experience Trip).
What fosters children’s strong sense of citizenship and global mindedness more than travel and adventures?
We actively encourage students to embrace a year-round education by stepping out of their usual environment and exploring the world beyond their borders through our Summer Academy.
While having real fun, children are able to make the most of their summer vacations by getting involved in new experiences and intriguing activities here in Saudi Arabia as well as abroad in some of the world’s top cosmopolitan cities.
We aim to provide options that expand our students’ minds as part of their fully rounded education. Previous destinations have included the Swiss Alps, Barcelona and London – as well as our own culturally-rich Riyadh of course.
Partnering with top educational institutes all over the world, we offer our students exciting opportunities to work on their skills in culture and the arts, science, technology, sports and more. Click on the links below for more information on our Summer Academy 2020.
What do our students say about CCAPs?
“The CCAP system is innovative because it allows students to do things that they love. It also lets students have fun with their colleagues. CCAPs also let you face challenges that you may have never tried.”
Yazeed [Grade 5]
“CCAPs are a chance for us to not only learn in our classrooms but also at other places outside Misk. Also, we can learn for another 45 minutes!”
Mohammed [Grade 5]
“My name is Aziz and in my school there is a system called CCAP. It has a lot of activities like Painting, Woodshop, Football, and more. It is usually from 3-5pm. My favorite and most recommended is football. I like that it is active and physical and I hope you like Misk School.”
Aziz [Grade 4]
“I love piano lessons because I do songs and people love my songs and I can get better at piano.”
Hessa [Grade 1]