"Tell me and I forget
Teach me and I remember
Involve me, and I learn"
The SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®) is the heart of the school and a pillar of the SABIS® Educational System. It is a student-led mini-society that empowers students to get involved in the day-to-day experience at their school and offers countless academic, social, and emotional benefits for everyone involved.
Through the organization’s nine departments, students have the power to make a real difference in their school and their community. SLO® students have the ability to organize academic and social events, host games and challenges, plan athletic activities, participate in the Yearbook preparations, explore new skills, help academic standards, start clubs, raise awareness on important subjects, stand up for important causes, and much more.
By taking on this active role, students learn to take responsibility for their emotional, social, and moral growth as individuals as well as members of a larger community. The real-life experiences students are exposed to help foster their personal development as well as provide them with a platform to acquire and refine skills, attitudes, and attributes that give them a huge advantage in university and beyond.
Some of these essential life skills include:
- Critical thinking
- Grit & Resilience
- Empathy & Tolerance
- Communication skills
- Team Work
The SLO® is not just an optional extracurricular activity, it is also integrated into students’ schedules as a weekly period, called the SLO® period, which brings many of the activities into the classroom for the benefit of all students.
A Look Inside the SLO®:
Academic Support Programs
The Academic Department of the SLO® implements engaging academic activities – including peer tutoring, academic competitions, study groups, and shadow teaching – that are designed to build students’ confidence in learning and develop their academic skills.
Bullying Prevention Campaign
The anti-bullying Campaign is one of the most important campaigns that is led by the Social Responsibility Department. SLO® members go the extra mile to raise awareness on this important topic, producing videos, designing posters, handing out flyers, and involving the whole school to ensure a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment for everyone.
Sports & Wellness Events
The Sports and Health Department promotes healthy lifestyles among the ISF community. This department organizes events like staff versus student sports matches, intramural sports for our students, as well as sporting events such as Sports & Health Day and our annual Run-a-thon, a major charity event organized by our students and featuring members of the ISF community running laps around the school track to raise money for a nominated charity. They also host campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle among students and staff.
The student-to-student Outreach Department ensures that both new and returning students are fully integrated into ISF. This department arranges ambassadors for all new students and plans monthly themed spirit days. The department also runs special campaigns such a "Random Acts of Kindness Month."
Giving Back Initiatives
The Social Responsibility Department is involved in a variety of charitable events such as Earth Day and Environment Week, and organizes fundraisers for local charities. The students have also responded to international crises in the past, and continuously provide support to charities like the Children Cancer Hospital, Baheya Foundation, and Magdy Yacoub Global Heart Foundation, among others.
Primary School Activities
The Lower School Department dedicates time and effort into organizing fun events, such as themed parties, ice skating trips, and visits to the zoo for the students in the Primary School. The department also runs daily academic and social activities for younger students during break time.