College Preparatory Program students take a well-earned break on the beach
About 400 students and staff participate in CPP Open Day, the first in two years.
Approximately 400 students and staff recently took part in the College Preparatory Program’s (CPP) Open Day, with male students traveling to Ras Tanura and the Najmah Surf and Beach House, and female students participating at similar activities at Half Moon Bay Beach.
Aramco’s Community Services and Industrial Security supported the event, helping provide the students with an experience they will long remember.
This year marked the 23rd anniversary of the CPP Open Day, which resumed after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.
Male students participated in a broad range of activities, including baseball, bowling, billiards, football, Frisbee, table tennis, and volleyball. Students also had the option of seeing a movie at the theater, reading in the library, or relaxing on the beach.
The day’s activities culminated in a final challenge, a push-up battle between representatives from the students and staff. Despite a valiant effort from the nominated teacher, youth won the day!
Female students also enjoyed a fun packed-day with outdoor activities planned and coordinated by the CPP Student Council, beginning with a volleyball competition in which different teams competed for prizes. This was followed by a variety of activities, including a music trivia quiz, football, board games, and a dip in the sea.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
The CPP Open Day serves as an opportunity for hard-working students and teachers to take a break from the rigors of the program, reinforce the importance of the “healthy body/healthy mind” concept, and provide a nonacademic setting for students and staff to get to know each other better in an informal atmosphere.
"The beach, friends, and fun. It was the perfect mental and physical break we all needed!"
— Ramah Samarkandi, CPP student majoring in petroleum engineering from Jiddah
Sultan Al-Haddlaa, a student from Dammam, also majoring in petroleum engineering echoed Ramah’s comment, saying, “The Open Day gave us the boost we needed after our hard academic studies!”
Musa D. Abdul-Aziz, CPP Physical Fitness coordinator who organized the event in Ras Tanura, explained that the Open Day is “an excellent opportunity for CPP staff and students to enjoy time together in a beautiful environment, while building friendships, laughing, eating, and just having fun.”
It is worth noting that a day of bonding, building memories, strengthening friendships and reemphasizing the importance of a balanced lifestyle was concluded without a single injury, no small feat when dealing with 340 teenagers participating in a variety of sports and games throughout the day
The CPP prepares selected Saudi high school graduates for admission to and success at top global universities.