To Be A Student of Unity High School by Sana Faisal in Year 11 - October 2010

In 1949, to mark the 21st anniversary of Unity High School, Paprion Melkonian, a student at the time, wrote a short piece for the schools anniversary publication; 'Unity High School for Girls Khartoum 1928-1949'.

To commemorate the building of the school's historical archive, we thought it would be a good idea to repeat the exercise and ask a current student to offer an up to date version of Paprion's original article. Year 11 student and president of the Student Council, Sana Faisal has written the following piece for us. Thank you Sana!

To Be a Student of Unity High School

For many students, the prospect of waking up every day and having to go to school and having to attend long dreary lessons is not one that they find inviting. However, if you're a student of Unity High School, the word 'school' holds an entirely different meaning. To meet our friends, participate in school functions and activities and attend lessons that are colourful and instructive rather than being given long blocks of texts to memorise is an opportunity like no other.

We would all sit together in the morning, laughing, chatting and when the bell rang for registration, it didn't seem to hold any significance to us and only when we heard the distant clip-clopping of Mrs. Stephanie's heels would we frantically grab our bags and scurry to registration. The lessons were not the type where you were asked to read from the text book and you would never walk by a class room and find it silent with a bored expression on a student's face. Of course this doesn't mean that we don't have to work hard and despite our chatting and our acting up in class occassionally, our teachers all pressure us to do the best work that we can.

One of the best things about Unity High School is that it truly is a school that is united, there are no cliques, no resentment towards others, everyone is friends with everyone else and you could easily walk by and find a Year 11 student laughing with a Year 7 student. The wide variety of students is what makes everyday entertaining, the students who are kicked out of class before it even starts, the ones who finish their work before others have even picked up their pen, the class clown who render the class incapable to stifle their giggles and the ones who throw you reproachful looks when you're disturbing their work.

Not only does Unity High School pressure its students to excel academically, but we are also encouraged to take part in school activities, sports, and roles of responsibility. The basketball matches against other schools where we all scream and cheer ourselves hoarse. The football games that have us jumping up and down clapping for our team to dribble that ball across the field. The bake sales that the student council has that trigger a stampede of students eager to get the last cupcake, the movie nights where popcorn flies through the air, House colour day where we all take advantage of the permission to accesssorise and end up looking like a bowl of pick 'n' mix. Sports Day with us cheering as we walk down the street to the racing track, trying to cheer louder than all the other houses with our house captains walking in the front of the line trying to keep us motivated, even if we are losing, how we cheer for the team that won, even if it wan't ours. The assembly and being awarded certificates accompanied with Mrs Stephanie's usual notices and reminders about uniform and equipment and being picked up after school.

The thing that makes Unity High School standout is its ability to balance academics with extra-curricular activities and still maintain a high academic standard while keeping us encouraged to take part in as many school functions and activites as we can, and being supported by our peers even if we don't win.

Sana Faisal: Year 11 - October 2010

Sana's article later appeared in the AlJareeda newspaper on the 11th March 2011.


  1. entirely accurate :)

  2. Looking for an admission for year 2. This note has really inspired. Thanks


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