Foundation Public School

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Foundation Public school
Foundation Public School (emblem).jpg
Knowledge is Power [1]
Address
5 KMCHS, Block 7 & 8, Lal Muhammad Chaudhary Road

Karachi
,
Sindh

Pakistan [2]
Information
TypePrivate
MottoForever Perform to Succeed [1]
Established1981 [1]
FounderYasmin R. Minhas & Sabiha Mohammad
DirectorRaza Kamal Minhas
Facultyq500 [3]
Grades1 to 13
Number of students6000
Campus typeCoeducation
AthleticsFPSonians
MascotEagle
AffiliationCIE [4]
Website

Foundation Public School (FPS) is a private school based in Karachi, Pakistan, educating children from the ages of three and a half to eighteen, including O and A Levels. The school has nine campuses, one in Hyderabad offering Intermediate diplomas, and was founded in 1981.

House system[edit]

There are three inter houses and students are randomly divided among them at the time of admission. The houses, named after important personalities in Pakistan's history, are: Jinnah (blue) named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat (red) named after Liaquat Ali Khan and Iqbal ( yellow) named after Muhammad Iqbal.

Inter school sports days are part of the yearly activities including football however excluding basketball at FPS.[5] Students compete in sports related activities and represent their respective houses. The house with the most points wins the annual sports trophy.

Curriculum[edit]

FPS prepares students for the International Examinations conducted by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) which issues the General Certificate of Secondary Education in Ordinary Level, and/or Advanced Level examinations.

The Hyderabad campus is the only campus to offer a Matric Diploma and Intermediate Diploma under the Sindh Board of Secondary Education.

Subjects taught at FPS include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Studies, Pakistan Studies, Urdu, Islamic Studies, English Literature, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Environmental Studies, Sociology, English Language, World History, Art & Design, Additional mathematics and Economics.

All students that are a citizens of Pakistan must write an examination testing their knowledge on Pakistan's History and Geography. The CIE board offers Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies to meet those requirements. Non Muslims are exempted from this writing Islamiyat but still have to write an exam based on Pakistan's History and Geography.[6]

Students are given an option to choose their optional subjects in grade 10 while all students are required to take the five compulsory subjects which are English as First Language, Mathematics Syllabus D, Urdu as Second Language, Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies.

The O Level examinations are given in two phases. In grade 10, all students sit for Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies and Urdu as Second Language. The remaining exams are given in grade 11 which include two compulsory subjects and five optional subjects. All examinations are written while representing FPS

Athletics[edit]

While the name FPSonians has existed it has not been used to represent FPS teams. Teammates have preferred the short acronym of the school name as the label to their team which is FPS.

FPS has formed teams in the following sports that compete regularly among other schools in the country:

  • Football (soccer)
  • Cricket
  • Table tennis
  • Throw ball

Football (soccer)[edit]

Initially when football was gaining popularity in the country there was no formal team representing FPS. Many students were playing for local clubs and later on schools across the country started forming official football teams. FPS was one of the pioneers in bringing football as a sports to school and its team soon became active in competing against other schools.

FPS has participated in championship tournaments organized by Karachi United Football Club (KUFC) [7]

It has arranged an inter-school Football Tournament in which teams from other schools in Karachi compete against each other to win the championship.[8][9]

Team players from the school have made their name in the FPS's team and later played for other schools while doing their A Levels.[10][11][12]

Cricket[edit]

The oldest of all the teams FPS has had is the cricket team. The team has lost popularity as football is taking over but other campuses of FPS have maintained a cricket team. FPS has participated in inter-school tournaments.[13]

Table tennis[edit]

In 2012, the table tennis team reached the finals against Beaconhouse School System (Jubliee Campus).[14]

Throw ball[edit]

FPS has a girls' throw ball team who plays against other schools in Culligan Girls Throwball Tournament.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • August 2011 an FPS student scored the highest level of performance in The Pakistan Kangaroo Commission Mathematics Contest.[16]
  • Students of FPS have been noted for their achievements as Outstanding Achiever Awards in CIE Examinations conducted by University of Cambridge.[17]
  • In June 2009, a student received the highest grade around the world in Additional Mathematics.[18]
  • In 2008, an FPS student achieved the highest grade in Additional Mathematics, Physics and Principals of Accounting in addition to all A grades in other subjects totaling to 11 As in O-Levels.[19] The student was also awarded the highest scholar award from FPS and Outstanding Achiever Awards from University of Cambridge.[20]
  • In 2008 an FPS student won the gold medal having scored the highest points in Pakistan in the annual Kangaroo Math Contest.[21]

Art[edit]

  • A student was awarded “My Bright Smile” — Global Art Contest and was awarded $250.[22]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Humanitarian[edit]

  • In July 2012, FPS sent students to participate in a seminar related to the dumping of waste in Arabian Sea that connects to the coast of Karachi.[23]
  • FPS is working on making community service work mandatory for all A-Level schools in the city.[24] This will be a condition on all students in order to proceed to their second year of A-Levels. An activity like this is closely similar to the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma which requires students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before they can graduate.[25]

Others[edit]

  • In March 2012, a group of students were taken to the Sindh Assembly.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics[edit]

Sports[edit]

  • Saad Shahid has been a squash champion bringing back many trophies and medals. Shahid represents Pakistan at many levels and is currently an active squash player. He graduated from Foundation Public School in 2008 receiving his GCSE in O Level.[28]

Media[edit]

  • Mahira Khan who is a prominent Pakistani Video jockey and actress graduated from FPS in 1998.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Foundation Public School. Fps.edu.pk. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  2. ^ Foundation Public School :: Official Website. Fps.edu.pk. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  3. ^ A Level Foundation Public School. Alevel.fps.edu.pk. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  4. ^ bc-centres-pakistan.xls Archived 2013-10-09 at the Wayback Machine. britishcouncil.org
  5. ^ Annual sports day: At Foundation Public School, Iqbal House scores over Jinnah, Liaquat – The Express Tribune. Tribune.com.pk (January 28, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  6. ^ Patel, Aakar (August 18, 2012). "In praise of Zia". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  7. ^ Karachi United Schools Championship from tomorrow | Latest news, Breaking news, Pakistan News, World news, business, sport and multimedia | DAWN.COM. Archives.dawn.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  8. ^ Foundation, KGS in quarters | Latest news, Breaking news, Pakistan News, World news, business, sport and multimedia | DAWN.COM. Archives.dawn.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  9. ^ • View topic – School Tournaments. Footballpakistan.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  10. ^ News Jan 2. Kusc.karachiunitedfc.com (2012-01-02). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  11. ^ • View topic – Karachi United School Championship 2010. Footballpakistan.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  12. ^ KGS to take on Army Public in Karachi United Schools opener | Newspaper. Dawn.Com (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  13. ^ Easy wins for City School, Foundation Public -DAWN – Sport; October 25, 2002. Archives.dawn.com (2002-10-25). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  14. ^ Foundation Public, Beaconhouse in TT final. Archives.dawn.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  15. ^ Girls’ throwball begins today | Newspaper. Dawn.Com (2012-09-25). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  16. ^ Pakistani students shine in maths contest | Newspaper. Dawn.Com (2011-08-16). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  17. ^ MISCELLANEA: The High achievers-DAWN – Young World; March 30, 2002. Archives.dawn.com (2002-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  18. ^ Cambridge Outstanding Achiever Awards, Pakistan. University of Cambridge International Examinations. cie.org.uk
  19. ^ 63 students get world's highest scores. Thedailystar.net (2012-03-25). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  20. ^ Khan, Afshan (October 9, 2012). "GSIS high-achievers get degrees, shields". thenews.com.pk.
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  22. ^ MISCELLANEA-DAWN – Young World; November 8, 2003. Archives.dawn.com (2003-11-08). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  23. ^ Leading News Resource of Pakistan. Daily Times (2012-07-09). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  24. ^ Ali, Rabia (January 16, 2012). "Foundation Public School wants mandatory charity at A-Levels". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  25. ^ What do you need to graduate?. Edu.gov.on.ca. Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  26. ^ Imtiaz, Saba (March 6, 2012). "The BackBencher: Smells like pre-election spirit in the Sindh Assembly". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  27. ^ a b WebTeam, The GIKI. "KP Governor presides over GIK Institute 22nd convocation". GIK Institute. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  28. ^ “You Keep on Wanting to Win – Your Hunger is Never Satisfied” – Saad Shahid | Official Pakistan. Official.org.pk (2012-10-29). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.
  29. ^ Mahira Khan Askari. IMDb.com
  30. ^ Mahira Khan Talented Actress of Humsafar. Agaaz.com (2012-10-17). Retrieved on 2013-01-29.

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