SAI Career Talk

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
– Arnold H. Glasgow

SAI International, hosted a career talk with Ms. Rajashree Sahoo, Founder, Achivia on Friday 16 July 2021. She briefed on corporate internships and special impact projects where students can have great experiences to build their profile which can be appealing and impressive to those dream universities they are applying to. Many students have been part of world renowned universities such as Pennsylvania, California and Toronto etc. Ms. Sahoo addressed SAIoneers of Class X, XI and XII students from SAI International School and SAI International Residential School with students joining her in the discussion in the virtual space.

She guided the students on how to transform their Global career profiles for choosing their dream university. She also briefed on various internship programs available and necessary that would match the students’ profile 

She also spoke about if students were planning to study abroad, what universities exactly expected from international students. Flexible thinking enables the use of critical thinking and problem-solving to increase future effectiveness in identifying the competencies of the students, likewise applying to Universities that would shape the career in the best possible manner.

Students’ ability to persist in the face of challenges, like using school’s support in a planned manner in developing their individual profiles. Archivia, enhances their ability to analyze and evaluate while planning, like referring to estimate the time needed to complete an upcoming admission process.

Teachers also play a critical role in helping students understand these components of self-management and practice building their executive functioning skills. At each stage mentioned below, processing with you or a peer will prompt students to consider how to better at student profile management

High school students can overlook in-depth processing while they can be encouraged as students to identify effective planning and help them brainstorm alternative strategies.

When students list and analyze their responsibilities, they provide themselves with a concrete point of reference.  That way, they tend to limit impulsive and eliminate ineffective decision-making at the time of application.

Discussion with teachers and counsellors or peers helps students to build self-awareness with an internal understanding of what might positively influence future admissions into degrees of their choice into foreign Universities.

SAI International provides a pathway for identifying and prioritizing the application procedures. Prioritizing requires detailed planning at the level of students, parents and teachers. Thus, detecting the difference between important, goal-oriented tasks, like outlining information for the admission  process.In house career counselling support helps eligible SAIoneers to identify scholarships too while they study abroad.

Dr. Shilpi Sahoo, was happy that the session brought forth important perspectives for the benefit of students and said “SAIoneers have brought great laurels by securing admission in world renowned Universities abroad and have gone ahead in building great careers for themselves. I am looking forward for prioritizing action steps in increases a student’s chance of securing good admissions in Universities that would eventually shape their careers very well.   At SAI International, we have been dynamic and straightforward in our approach towards each and every student studying with us.  Explaining expectations on how to invest mental energy, time, and attention to develop strong student competencies”.

SAIoneers Bring Laurels in Chess Championship

“Every chess master was once a beginner.” – Irving Chernev

SAI International School students participated in the 34th Edition of the Bhubaneswar School  Chess Championship 2021. SAIoneer Amrutanshu Mohanty of Class XI, of SAI International school received the Runners-up title.  The event was conducted online, by the prestigious body of Bhubaneswar Chess Association.

Likewise, SAIoneer Sahana Lenka of Class VIII has also emerged as very promising as the Best Female Player in the senior girl’s category.

In the same event SAIoneer Ishaani Dash of Class IV in the under 9 years’ category has made the school proud by making her presence felt in the championship by bagging the Best Female Player title. Chess has been implemented as an effective tool for teaching students higher order thinking skills, strategic planning, and decision making in nearly 30 nations around the world. Chess is all about thinking strategically and foreseeing consequences, weighing options and making strategic decisions which makes it a perfect teaching and learning tool.

Chess being a pre dominatingly strategic gaming is classified as having a lack of random elements or chance and seems to require higher decision-making skills. Students benefit from critical thinking, memory retention, group problem solving, and social interaction that chess requires, enabling them to transfer the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they practice into their daily lives.

A game of chess games forces players to think for themselves in a fun way which builds their confidence and critical thinking abilities.

SAI International Group, Chairperson, Dr. Silpi Sahoo, on the happy occasion, stated” I am congratulating the students on their individual achievements and for having brought such laurels to our institution. The students are going carve a niche for themselves in the National and International Championships and immensely contribute to the future of the game.”

SAI International School Celebrated Van Mahotsav

The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

SAI International to celebrate a week-long Tree Festival, popularly known as ‘Van Mahotsav’ from July1 to 7, 2021 at SAI International School and SAI International Residential School. The virtual Celebration was inaugurated on July 1, 2021 by the Chief Guest Shri Sisir Kumar Ratho, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HoFF) in Government of Odisha. Shri Ratho addressed the students and the teachers of SAI International and shared his valuable thoughts at the auspicious occasion.

A very informative video on the ‘Forest Man of India’, Jadav Molai Payeng was also telecasted during the inauguration ceremony. His words of wisdom will make a long lasting impression on one and all and will motivate the SAIoneers to make the planet greener and cleaner.

While addressing the students Shri Ratho said that “It’s delighting to see the happy faces of children while planting trees, they enjoy this task of plantation and should be encouraged so as to build a better world. One should learn the skills of life from trees and connect with the nature, as sowing a sapling today will be the oxygen cylinders of tomorrow and make this earth a better and a greener planet to live in happily. Be compassionate to nature and it will surely reward you.” He also stated that Odisha has just right number of forest cover as per the National Forest Policy.

The week-long event will witness a plantation drive at both SAI International School and SAI International Residential School by the fraternity of the SAI International Education Group.

SAIoneer Saniya Mazumdar of SAI International Residential School said that, “every year we celebrate Van Mahotsav in a grand way by planning trees in our campus, since the last year when the pandemic began, we students haven’t been able to do plantation in the school premises, but do it at our homes as its engrained in us by the school to love nature and plant as many trees as possible”.

Speaking on the occasion Co-founder SAI International Education Group, Dr Silpi Sahoo said,” SAI International believes in instilling a feeling of belongingness and empathy toward the mother earth and I would appeal to all my SAIoneers to go green by planting saplings and going paperless to help save the world from global warming and other elements which are destroying the weather, nature and world”.

‘Booktopia’ a Round Square Inspired Reading Fest @ SAI International

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King

SAI International will be held a Round Square inspired event ‘Booktopia’ a global reading fest to encourage the essence of reading on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Global event had participants of around 500 students from seven countries; Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda Pakistan and India.  The event was aimed at inspiring the young generation to read books and share their ideas and experiences with others.  The keynote speaker for the evening was a Michigan based Writer, Composer, Singer, Actor, Musician & a “teen prodigy” Ms. Elise Marra.

Ms. Elise Marra a 17 year old Writer, Composer, Singer, Actor, Musician & a “teen prodigy” from Michigan, encouraged our young readers and writers to pursue their dreams.

Participants had an opportunity to listen to the insights of prominent keynote speaker, get involved in interactive sessions and meet avid readers from around the world. 

While interacting with the students Ms. Elise Marra, emphasized upon developing a reading habit for one’s personal growth. Ms. Marra was highly impressed by the students of SAI International and thanked to school for organizing such an insightful event for the cause of the students.

Booktopia incorporated many of the Round Square Discoveries including communications skills, inquisitiveness, inventiveness, self awareness, appreciation for diversity, ability to solve problems, sense or responsibility, compassion, courage and teamwork.  Students will gain basic life skills and will provide a chance to improve skills such as organizational, collaboration, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, task management skills along with intellectual skills, cognitive strategy and verbal and written information. Furthermore, individuals will reinforce their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading and writing, basically all linguistic skills.

Students were divided into 10 barraza sessions themed on the book genres i.e. fiction, classic adult fiction, magical, mystery and so on. The names of the barraza reflected the genre of the group aiming at discussing, debating and writing about their favorite book of that particular genre. There was also a fancy dress where the children were dressed as their favourite character.

Yoga: A Science of well-being

“All this bringing of the mind into a higher state of vibration is included in one word in Yoga” – Swami Vivekananda 

International Yoga Day was observed in SAI Angan and SAI International School virtually on Tuesday June 21, 2015.

Yoga is regarded as one of the most effective methods of establishing a connection between the body minds by Indian sages since time immemorial. It is a type of exercise that is performed through diet, breathing and physical posture for the relaxation of body and mind. Yoga is an integral part of the calendar of activities at the School throughout out the year, as part of our efforts to inculcate in students the appreciation of and respect for India’s rich heritage and diversity, and also to reinforce in them national pride and respect. This ancient form of holistic healing got a formal recognition by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.

Yoga is a trend that has been flourishing from years, rather it is a prime trend setter in maintaining both physical and mental well being. Each yogic activity is a key to improve flexibility, strength, balance and attaining harmony. It is the perfect getaway to search for inner peace, gives you an essence of leading a meaningful life. The present resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic has added stress and anxiety among people everywhere. The disease and isolation is not only affecting a patient`s physical health but also taking a toll on the psychological or emotional health and even that of family members.

Students across grades participated in the International Yoga day as the teachers began the session after the morning assembly. Students across grades had done Yoga Asanas online. It was delight to see the Primary students participating too. Senior students had prepared and presented power point presentations within their class, discussing the benefits of incorporating Yoga in everyday life. Few had made posters and shared their speeches with their class mates. During the virtual event, few fitness and well being conscious parents too had joined in the live sessions.

Against this backdrop, the emphasis on pursuing Yoga has been higher for physical and psychological well-being. Highly recommended for all, especially students across all age groups its immense benefits are known to bring peace and emotional balance in individuals if practiced regularly. Also known for its far-reaching benefits to alleviate stress, apart from relaxing a tired mind and body and reinvigorate the thought towards being positive it is believed to help in enhancing memory. Increasing flexibility, strength, balance and endurance are just a few of the innumerable benefits of yoga. SAI International has adopted it in its co curricular process since its inception.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson Dr. Silpi Sahoo said, “I am extremely thankful to one and all for the enthusiastic participation by the students and making this virtual event a grand success. I truly believe that Yoga will positively impact the minds of our students, strengthen their health, and minds. Yoga is really effective in teaching us how to be much more relaxed and let go of unwanted thoughts and stress”.

Going Global : Your Turn Meeting- Dream Vacations

“No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell”. -Jewish Proverb

SAI International School had this week’s Your Turn Meeting on May 14, 2021 with Jr & Sr High School of Kogakuin University Tokyo. The Going Club’s Your Turn Meeting was all about ‘Dream Vacations’ for students to deliberate upon. Each School formed a team and designed a two- week vacation to anywhere in the world. The enthusiastic students presented about places to visit, cuisines that they would like to eat, what activities they would do, and how they would travel from place to place. SAI students planned a mini European Vacation and destinations included Madrid, Paris, Rome, Amalfi, Prague, and finally London. The students from Japan planned a two-week vacation in Japan. and spoke about Japanese Castles, Beautiful Shrines, Tokyo Tower, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Hiroshima Peace Memorial and an Island filled with bunnies. The vibrant pictures shown by both schools actually felt like you were on that vacation. It was a wonderful escape from the everyday COVID situation. We learnt that the condition is bad in both Countries, and reminded each other to stay safe, wash our hands and always step out in style with a mask. 

After the presentation the floor was opened for discussion several questions were asked and students could interact freely. Students discussed about the health benefits from taking a vacation. Many were of the opinion that taking a vacation as a family helps the family to bond more. Their doubts resulted in several questions, that included How often should a person or family take a vacation? Do you think traveling makes you smarter? Vacations expand a person’s social awareness and travelling helps people become more adaptable? 

In the rat race that we all function in, there is hardly a moment of relaxation. Life had become a series of mechanical and sequential processes, that started from the moment one gets up until one retires for the night. So it was imperative that family pulls away from the routine and makes time for a holiday from time to time. Moreover, a holiday away from the normal routine ensures the perfect setting for a relaxing time and developing camaraderie within the family.

The best part one tends to make memories of a lifetime, that brings back the same happiness of the experience each time you reflect on it. In the current global COVID situation, vacations are out of reach, yet the students relived the memories of the past vacations that they had enjoyed with their families. It was heartwarming to witness students from both schools spoke about the importance of experiences and memories. The Japanese students shared a famous word in Japanese ‘Ichigoichie’ which means ‘you only live once’ which became the motto of the evening. If you live life only once then you better make as many memories as you can and always pick experiences over things everytime. 

Real learning happens not only in the pages of books but out in the wilderness of the world. Travel and holidays are of course time for fun for the entire family but also an immersive learning experience for children. 

SAI Cambridge Festival of Expressions- The Expressions Studio

“The power to be found between the pages of a book is formidable, indeed.” – Stefanie Hargreaves

The SAI Cambridge interactive session for Festival of Expressions was conducted on May 12, 2021 in “The Expressions Studio”, by Mr. Simon Lind to encourage the students to read and express. Mr. Lind from England, UK is a Senior International Education Advisor, Consultant and Trainer with Cambridge Learning for Schools, a division of Cambridge University Press. Mr. Lind has been involved in the education business for nearly 40 years and while he continues to learn and put learning at the heart of everything he does, he now, with Cambridge University Press and Assessment, derives great satisfaction from sharing his learning and experience with teachers and schools around the world.

He focused on reading strategies presented in a way to appeal to students, which will help the students to apply for the Festival of Expressions and in their lives at large. The session focused on developing reading skills and identifying and responding to inequalities in various text types.

Festival of Expressions is a 20 days reading and expressing program with a plenty of scope for the students to express their ideas and opinions after reading a variety of reading materials. The Festival is in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. The Festival was launched on May 1, 2021 for the students of Classes I to IX. Students will submit their expressions either in an audio/video or written form. The theme of the program is –Reading and communication, the 21st Century Skills, and SDG-10 ‘Reduced inequalities

Mr. Lind addressed to the queries of the students  in the interactive Expressions Studio such as Rishab Pandey of Class III asked Mr Lind, “How can this Read for Change benefit small kids like me who are in grade 2 or 3?” to which Mr. Lind explained the benefits of reading and writing.  While Tarun Tapan Bhuyan of Class VIII from SAI International School asked if it is necessary that with the use of complex words and sentences in a piece of information can it sound professional and well-informed? To which Mr. Lind very well explained the real meaning of professional writing and communication.

SAIoneer Adeek Nanda of Class IX from SAI International Residential School asked him “As an experienced reader, which book would you recommend a child of my age to read, to ensure stepping into the real world firmly?” For which Mr. Lind suggested a few books he read as a teen.

Mother’s Day Celebrated at SAI International School

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” -Gilda Radner

Mother is the epitome of love giving meaning to every born child. Almost as a dense shaded tree that covers us with cool shade from many sufferings and miseries of life. She is the biggest and most invaluable source of love and care who started loving us even before seeing our faces. And, when we are born; she fosters us so lovingly. Rudyard Kipling in the same vein says that ‘God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers’.

SAI International School hosted a grand Mother’s Day celebration on May 8, 2021. Mothers are the superwomen and the biggest supporters who are always there to love and care for us. This day is celebrated globally to honor all mothers and express gratitude for all the hardships they bear in bringing up a child.  SAI International School is delighted to bring you a snapshot of all the activities that unfolded virtually to everyone’s unlimited enthusiasm and happiness. This year too, the event while remaining socially distant, children began the celebrations safely amid the ongoing pandemic Mother’s Day, one of the school’s flagship events took place, and it was likely to be a little different in these days of quarantine, as even COVID19 couldn’t dampen the wonderful spirit of our SAIoneers. Mother’s Day was the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude, love and affection to our mothers.

School fraternity led by students of SAI International School in the exhilarating company of parents and well wishers sang the glory of mothers on the occasion of mother’s day. Parents and teachers all witnessed scintillating dances in harmony with the aesthetics of sublime mothers served in uplifting spirit of the audience. Songs in sync with mellifluous melody was in the air, leaving an enthused community.  Many from the mother’s community had their gratitude for the school fraternity for patronizing a day worth of priceless memoirs. Students had made videos narrating companionship, speaking of their special bonds with their mothers, poems composed in allegiance to mothers contributed to make the day Grand above the ordinary. Many students had put together thoughtful crafts at home, baked, twinning in clothes with mothers. It was amazing to see just lots of love and appreciation for all the mothers out there!

Shri Neelakantha Panigrahi, Sr. Principal, SAI International School, speaking on the occasion stated that “Mothers are the epitome of love and warmth. All our students put forward wonderful acts of love for their mothers and had put up an event for everyone’s memory sake for all times to come, amidst such extra ordinary times. Mothers not just bring a beautiful gift of life, but remain as the ultimate guiding force in a child’s life all throughout. For that special bond that exists between the child and mother, wishing all our wonderful mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!”.

Service in Action Symposium

“The spirit of service is the heart of humanity.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

SAI International School conducted a virtual Service in Action Symposium on May 6 2021.The event had 46 schools joining us from 11 countries. We had a detailed discussion on Volunteering by keynote speaker Shri Sujit Mohapatra, Founder Bakul Foundation, India joining us on the forum. Challenging all normal perspectives of what community service looked like in the past, forcing students to think of new and creative acts of service that can be done via the virtual mode. This month-long event is in commemoration of ‘The International Day of Service’, globally recognized and celebrated annually on May 7.

Students usually choose to work in an area that is in close proximity to where you live thus benefiting the local community. It provides no monetary gain, people volunteer their time and resources without selfish motives. It is an opportunity to give back to society and garner a sense of being one with the community while championing a cause. 

The action groups were divided in 10 different break out groups, which went on to deliberate and shared a presentation by each group on what they have been doing in community service. The closing part of the session included discussion on what the path forward for community service should be as.  Service work can be done individually or in collaboration with a group of people with the goal of benefiting others.

Shri Mohapatra spoke on what “Volunteering” really meant, what were the motivations that genuinely prompted him to volunteer and, what were the concerns that he was alert of. He went on to state how volunteering has helped to achieve in what communities needed. He shared few of the challenges that he and the organization has faced during the journey.

Community Service is well integrated into the Round Square ethos. SAI International School believes that service community can be done individually or in collaboration with a group of people with the goal of benefiting others. You usually choose to work in an area that is in close proximity to where you live thus benefiting your own community. It provides no monetary gain, people volunteer their time and resources without selfish motives. It is an opportunity to give back to society and garner a sense of being one with the community while championing a cause.

 “Service in Action” is an innovative Community Service Initiative (CSI) being launched by the South Asia and the Gulf Region of Round Square. Community Service is well integrated into the Round Square School ethos. Participating schools will have the opportunity to showcase their completed CSI project and learn how to envision, create and implement a community service initiative under the Do, Make, Fix, Host, Teach, Donate and Volunteer on various platforms, the event was a Round Square school inspired event. Let us all come together in being the changemaker in society. As this service is the aspect of selfless assistance from another or a group that often allows to bring a particular challenge and helps to overcome a major obstacle in our society. Without service-oriented people, our communities would cease to be a body of neighbours and cease to be a connected enclave of humanity. Whatever the situation or circumstance, these service-oriented actions will give you food for thought with sense of wellbeing for all that you do in the service to others. Be of service in your community! 

Going Global Club : Your Turn Meeting on Gender Expectations

 “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” -Hillary Clinton

Your Turn Meeting took place between students of SAI International School and Jr. & Sr. High School of Kogakuin University Japan on May 7th, 2021. The discussion centered around the social expectation of men and woman Japan and India. After a two month break due to exams schedules of both the India and Japan schools the weekly Your Turn Meetings are back. The role of women in public life and in the social context has changed in the last few decades. From the role of a bread maker it has changed to bread winner in many cases. Business and cultural environments have exerted a great influence on these roles.

There still exist cultures which consider women not suitable for taking up employment and their roles are restricted to home making. The Japanese students started off first and presented the Expectation in Japan over the past Millennia. The shift from the Edo Period (time when Samurai existed) to the modern age. Many similarities between the two countries including the gender expectations in both countries on gender roles at home management level, work culture and societal pressures were discussed. They also introduced a popular song in Japan called “Useewa” by Ado which means shut up in Japanese. It talks about the exposure and non-compliances to societal norms of both genders in the culture life styles of Japan.

Social changes have made the roles different and quite challenging to both genders, while maintaining gender parity has been an ongoing revolution till date. In the context of today’s current environment, today different roles are handled by members of both the genders from business entrepreneurs to Corporate Executives to policy makers. But still there are cultural pressures on women to continue to play the ideal role in society.

On the other hand our students discussed how the Indian culture has ancient roots that have developed and strengthened over time. Concepts surrounding gender have been established and accepted by Indian societies and continue to be practised today. This socio-cultural arrangement, influences and continues to shape the gender disparity. It has now trying to adapt to new changes from the roles of home maker, to corporate executive to accepting women at the top of policy making, decision takin roles have started being accepted. It was a very intense discussion and quite thought provoking points were discussed by the young students of both countries.

Guidance on The Path Ahead : SAI Alumni Talk

“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” – Sun Tzu

Dr. Somyadipta Satpathy delivered an alumni talk with SAIoneers on April 30, 2021. He spoke in a very grounded and with soft spoken mannerisms to students in detail about his journey so far. From the start he mentioned that he was much more comfortable with numbers and knew that he would definitely opt for Engineering. Yet within a short time, when he got the option of studying biology, he made up his mind for opting for medical too. He was one of those very few lucky ones who had cleared both Engineering and Medical with top grades.

Somyadipta states it is the student’s choice to make the career choice yet he is very thankful for the kind of support and guidance that was extended by Akash Institute, that prepared him very well for appearing for competitive exams. He was very lucky to have got the chance to prepare for Engineering and medical and getting a combination of PCMB so being eligible not only for medical field but also for engineering fields.

He strongly recommended to make a routine to self-study. He credited the teachers of SAI International School, to have given him the best possible guidance. He advises, to just note down the content of the exam syllabus and start with one topic each day. For medical there has to be focus on biology, hence he suggested students to go through NEET exam solved papers just to get a gist of it.

 He shared his own insights in the most simplistic and engaging manner to truly benefit the students. He mentioned SAI International school gave him a highly competitive environment and he was very thankful for being part of SAI International School. As a medical student it does involve working harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. The study of medicine, however as per Somyadipta, for  competitive exam preparation involves studying with depth and complete concentration There are plenty of pressures on being a medical student, but in reality it’s enjoyable, interesting and highly rewarding, especially in the light of what you’re working towards in realizing your dreams.

Studying medicine comes with a certain expectation to work harder on average than most other students. There was also a treat for the eyes when students undertook the virtual stroll in the corridor and campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar.

The current scenario shouldn’t discourage or depress one’s preparation efforts for entrance to the medical field. If you are in class 11 under CBSE you have enough time to turn your weakness to your strength. Try and work hard more on the weaker areas. He earnestly answered and addressed all the questions put forth to him.

Shri Neelakantha Panigrahi, Sr. Principal SAI International School fondly recollected on the soft spoken Somyadipta’s school years. He had been the diligent hardworking student who dared to put his dreams to reality by sheer sincerity that led has led him to realize his dream of being a doctor.

SAI International School highly appreciates the career guiding approach that he undertook during the session by sharing extremely valuable tips on that will go a long way in helping for the preparation of the competitive examinations of the current batches of students. SAI International School wishes him all the very best for all his future endeavors.

Power of ONE: Environmental Summit April 23 & 24, 2021

 “The universe is an ocean upon which we are the waves. While some decide to surf, others venture to dive.” – Charbel Tadros

 Water is vitally important to Earth’s natural balance. It gives us life, after all. In observance of ‘Earth Day, celebrated around the world on April 22, SAI International School teamed up with DIAS of Mumbai and collaborated on a two-day environmental Summit called ‘Power of ONE’. Day one was hosted by the Going Global Club of SIS focusing on Marine ecosystem conservation. The Guest Speaker was Shri Venkat Charloo, a SSI Master Instructor and PADI IDC Staff Instructor and is one of India’s highest qualified diving instructors.  Shri Charloo is also the Founder of Coastal impact, an NGO established in 2009 for the specific purposes of marine education, conservation and research. He is also the owner of Barracuda Diving, India’s first recreational scuba diving centre, and has been diving for over 30 years. While there are infinite reasons to love and respect the ocean, it at times seems like the human race is doing everything in its power to harm it. Our oceans are up against problems like plastic pollution, overfishing and shark massacres, and the everyday use of products that can devastate vibrant coral reefs.

Coastal impact runs several projects: coral micro fragmentation and transplantation, eDNA environmental assays, education campaigns in schools and colleges and hosts online webinars presented by experts in the field of conservation.

During his 50 min presentation he discussed the number of oceans that we have and in fact highlighted that they are truly all one big Ocean given different names by humans, separating them demographically. Also about the many species and sub- species of fish and marine wildlife, their unique characteristics and his personal experience with them as a master diver. Venkashesh even spoke about the impressive amount of planted coral reef that he and his team of divers have been embedding it to the coast of Goa. After his presentation there was question & answer session with all the participants. Next everyone played an interactive game allowing people to raise their hand and select a number that had a question on Marine life. After selecting the number, the participant and to answer the question with their own thoughts and understanding of environmental conservation. Our session rounded up with a presentation by Jr. & Sr. high School of Kogakuin University, Japan who spoke on the adverse effect their country faced after the devastation brought by Tsunami, destroying most of the marine forests surrounding the country. The presentation was very interesting with a focal point on what the Japanese government is doing to reconstruct Marine forest and what types of Oceanic Soil is good for reproducing seaweed. A very interesting fact was that 50-80% of the oxygen production on Earth comes from the ocean.

Day two of the summit was hosted by Dhirubhai Ambani International School, DAIS from Mumbai and named ‘Sustainable Living’. The session began with a panel discussion on environmental sustainability and how humans can contribute to saving the planet. An interesting fact brought up by SAI International School was that the youth could really help by creating awareness of environmental issues via social media. Pushing the narrative and giving facts and data on media platforms bringing to highlight the problems humans are creating towards adversely impacting the planet. Then all the participants broke up into breakout rooms and held open discussion and did an activity making a group poster and working as a team, the posters from each breakout room were shown during the closing session.  Over 200 participants joined in on the hour and a half conversation with 24 schools from India, Japan, UAE and Oman all participating. Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and all the creatures that live here. They cover nearly three-quarters of the earth and hold 97% of our planet’s water.

SAI Career Talk

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” -Saint Augustine

SAI International School had the first Career talk of the year on, April 15, 2021 with David Moyer, Public affairs US Consulate Hyderabad and Monica Setia, Regional Officer, USIEF United States Education Foundation & Visa officer, US Consulate. We invited a few Round square schools, parents, students and counsellors.

They told us about why students would prefer to study in the US. Both gave valuable insights on 4700 institutions and a plethora of majors a student can choose to study abroad, about scholarships, internships, professional training opportunities, different institutions and degrees available .

On completing the  12th Grade, one can join a programme directly if you meet the prescribed entry requirements. Usually, an IELTS score ranging from 5.5 to 6.0 is the basic English proficiency score required for admission. The session provided information on a wide range of services like personalized counseling, selection of best universities, visa counseling, documentation assessment, pre-departure plans and a lot more. Another point was what will the academic session be like, with current ongoing pandemic situation.

Class IX, X and XII students  of SIS and SIRS attended this virtual session, finding useful and interesting check points on university application, with a  Visa officer giving real facts, speaking on highest safety and security standards, types of students Visa applications, interview tips and security administrative processing and entering safely to US universities.

 The discussions centered around applicants prerequisite requirements, details on applicants with unfulfilled conditional requirements. International applicants who would be taking courses from their home. Minimizing grading inconsistency between schools with upgrading courses to increase the understanding and validation of marks. How students would need to change their major program of study to bridge from college to university

The USA follows a four-year undergraduate study structure in most universities. Boston, Chicago and New York are some of the popular destinations for higher studies.

Some of the universities that students explored the most included University of Delaware, Florida International University ,Michigan State University and Northeastern University.

SAI Thought Leadership: Board Examination Amidst Ongoing Pandemic

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”    Peter Drucker

SAI International Education Group, one of the leading education institutions of India hosted on Saturday April 10, 2021 the second chapter of SAI Thought Leadership, a series of discussion sessions with a focus on the development of the nation. Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj,Controller of Examinations, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)graced the occasion as the esteemed speaker along with Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Advisor cum Working President, Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Govt of Odisha, Founder Mentor, SAI International Education Group.

The CBSE Board will be with the students throughout the exams”, assured Dr. Bhardwaj ,

SAI Thought Leadership is a vital learning platform where luminaries, each a leader of prominence and trend setter in their own field, engage in deliberation on a plethora of relevant issues and subjects with a focus on the holistic development of the individuals and the nation.The erudite speakers, via their deeply enriching talks will not just develop civic competences, regulate thought processes but act as pathfinders and problem solvers. Each session will be followed by a stimulating face to face conversation between the esteemed speaker and Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo Founder, SAI International Education Group.

Speaking on the session Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, Central Board remarked, “First of all my request to everyone, everyone who is eligible for vaccination, please get vaccinated. That way when the examination does happen you can do the duties properly of taking and invigilating during exams. I would request the parents to keep an eye on the status of corona virus and the status of your child’s preparation. We will start taking the advice of the doctors into making a proper plan for conducting the examination smoothly. The students of this batch will perform much better I believe from the previous batch because they have gotten a lot of time for self-study. You must work hard and take responsibility into performing well. Your school, the chairman, principal and the entire nation is with you. We should be able to work and perform well for the future of the youth.

The topic of discussion for the session hosted today was CBSE Board Examinations – Demystified” which focused on all the necessary roles of Students / Institutions and the board in conducting the upcoming CBSE board exams safely. Dr Bhardwaj highlighted all the measures taken by the CBSE board in conducting the upcoming board exams. Special emphasis has been given to students safety, thus the board has increased the no of examination centers from 500 to 700 in numbers and strict covid protocols will be maintained throughout the centers.

 I would request everybody that we are a very selfless organisation, and we are concerned about the betterment of the youth. When you are entering the examination centres kindly maintain all rules. My blessing is with all the students. We are in constant touch with the Government and other sister concerns and we are all making sure that everything is correlated in such a manner that exams are conducted smoothly.”

As one of the leading educational institutions of India, the prime focus for SAI International Education Group has been to bring about a radical change in the education dimension by fostering a community of educators, parents, students and institutions, in a bid to make education more relevant in these changing times. Therefore, in accordance with the National Education Policy, the genesis of SAI Thought Leadership took shape with the vision to inspire leaders who have withstood the test of time, armed with a heightened sense of equanimity.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder SAI International Group, was humbled expressed his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of 25000 schools in India and abroad and lakhs of students to Dr. Bhardwaj and said “ I am amazed on his clarity, transparency of information and nobody could have put forth CBSE views with such firmness, clarity and candidness. And he spoke with such ease and calm manner, addressing each and every question with great patience, our students would highly benefit if they followed what DR. Bhardwaj conveyed.Such transparency is the key feature of CBSE and that’s why CBSE is the best examination Board of country”.

Foundation Day Celebration at SAI International School

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. –  Kofi Annan

On the occasion of the 13th Foundation Day of SAI International School,  Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo Founder, SAI International Group, addressed the students , parents, teachers and staff on Sunday, April 4, 2021, on virtual platform. He expressed his gratitude to each one in the assemblage for their invaluable contribution towards the success of SAI International School. In his heartfelt speech he reflected on the strengths and achievements of the school to reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to revolutionize education in the state, nationally and globally too. Today we have emerged successful in creating a learning transformation centre for our students and SAIoneers have made a mark in all corners of the world, paving their own path of success. 

The Year gone by can be called as a year of great Learning and Innovation we witnessed the world’s worst catastrophe` which enabled us to think out of the box for the cause of learning. As we reflect back the Year 2020 the whole world went on a standstill and education of the students looked uncertain for many. March 13, 2020 the Nation-wide lockdown was announced, but we, at SAI International, did not allow the lockdown to affect us. SAI International went virtual from the meetings, to the classes and continued uninterrupted learning, with the online classes and since then we have graduated with every single innovation, we did in digitalizing the teaching and learning process. We believe with every threat comes in an opportunity to grow and SAI Home School is a leap towards a newer, better and digital future. Huge challenges came with COVID and left us with great lessons to rethink, re-align and stand up to face a global crisis with confidence to combat to resolve it with correct solutions. Adapting to the New Normal SAI is the only best way forward.

He shared his Vision for the School and said that our endeavour had been to build a global brand, which we have been able to successfully achieve over the years. He asked the SAIoneers to learn and adapt the 21st century skills to equip themselves for a better future. He also spoke about Artificial Intelligence and its significant impact in the world of education for future. Dr. Sahoo shared with great happiness that going forward the Cambridge early childhood learning programme has been rolled out at par with global standards for classes from Nursery to Class III. For higher classes, parents have the option to choose IGCSE or CBSE, as the medium of learning for their children.

The students must assimilate the knowledge in a proper manner and internalize the learnings so as to strengthen their own inner self. Dr. Sahoo encouraged them to pursue their mission and objectives of life and not get deterred by the various diversions and challenges. Hence, they will be very well prepared for life too, to handle any kind of unforeseen circumstances in case it arises.

He spoke on the importance of imbibing Indian values children must be encouraged to learn about tradition and culture. He said students must learn to seek blessings from parents, take active participation too in taking care of emotional handling towards family members. Instead of arguments, even small conflict can be resolved with a timely sorry, and a small thank you.  He shared that when our students interact positively with their good conduct and behavior, the external world will identify the highly cultured, knowledgeable and class apart upbringing of SAIoneers.

He stressed on that now parents must adapt to new age parenting as per the new normal. As children will not be just coming to school with books and get broadcasted knowledge. Instead experiential learning will not just enrich the minds yet children will learn faster and better with the use of AI, almost getting a vivid clarity while complex concepts are being taught to them in the most simplified manner.

Technology aided , blending learning approach is the normal, children will be dependent on using electronic gadgets. As parents too we need to be involved and encourage that children use the electronic gadgets for knowledge enrichment and research and avoid distraction over the internet. Emotional connect with children is most required at this point of time.

He is delighted to share that SAIoneers have been excelling in various fields and carving out their own paths for success. He feels quite proud to see my SAIoneers furthering their study in Ivy League Schools, New York University, MIT, British Columbia, Florida Tech University, globally acclaimed top Institutions as well as top Universities of the Country. Today our School is better positioned than ever to deliver remarkable education to capacitate students with transformational competencies to align with the fast changing world.

At the end, I must congratulate, all the students of the School, who have endured the hardships, to put in their best efforts amidst a global health crisis and have, and in particular those, who managed to perform outstandingly, and are being lauded in the State and in the country today.

On the happy occasion of the 13th Foundation Day celebration of SAI International School , I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude and acknowledge the hardwork and dedication put in by one and all and hope that we continue to strive together to take the School to greater heights. I wish for the well being and good health of everybody.

Governor of Odisha Inaugurates SAI Online on Utkal Divas from Raj Bhawan

 “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ” – Bill Gates

SAI Online was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor of Odisha  Prof. Ganeshi Lal on the auspicious occasion of Utkal Divas on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from Raj Bhawan, Bhubaneswar. SAI Home School is a revolutionary innovation to aid the teaching and learning process.  Blended learning is the future of education and it will be of immense help for the students from classes Play Group to Class XII.

While congratulating the fraternity of SAI International Education Group on the auspicious occasion Hon’ble Governor of Odisha  Prof. Ganeshi Lal said, “In every challenge is a greater opportunity and SAI International under the leadership of Dr Sahoo has brought about a renaissance in the field of online teaching and learning through SAI Online. The School has changed the dynamics of School learning and must be replicated by all. Your persistence and perseverance has really paid off in its truest forms. Going forward SAI will be known for all the revolution it brought in the field of education”

Digital Technology is very much embedded into the school system, be it the teaching/learning system or may be attendance or assessment. The various platforms that enhance technological support and resources are the SAI Home School, SAI Cloud School, SAMS, live interactive classes and many more all can be accessed from SAI Online dashboard designed for each student.

SAI Online is an online platform to track a child’s performance, attendance, pay fee, Year on Year performance, students can activities and hobby classes. It also houses SAI Home School in it which is an online learning platform for the students. The content framework of SAI Home School is such that it caters to the 7E’s of learning methodology ie – Engage, Explain, Elaborate, Explore, Evaluate, Extend and Experience. SAI Home School brings about instilling the 21st Century skills also in its loop.

“To ensure learning goes beyond, we at SAI International has designed this new platform for the maximum benefit of the students. On this auspicious day, I very humbly congratulate each one of us for this breakthrough in School Learning- SAI Online. Through this innovative educational platform, students will avail the facility of online classes even beyond the classroom timing. It’s a ‘dream come true’ for me which I had visualized long ago. Learning will not be specific to the classroom environment it will travel beyond and reach each child irrespective of School or region”, said Founder SAI International Education Group, Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo at the inauguration Ceremony held at Raj Bhawan.

Proud moment for SAI International School

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln 

Fourteen SAIoneers from Class XI and XII have cracked the KVPY examinations with flying colours!

SAIoneer Atish Kumar Sahoo of Class XI, is the State Topper for KVPY 2021, he touched the pinnacle with a record breaking All India Rank -13. SAIoneer Goutam Das,of Class XII, who had recently topped in JEE Mains in the State, and has done remarkably well by qualifying for KVPY  and stands at AIR 222.

From Class XII the qualifying students are Sooraj Nanda (AIR 263), Deepak Nanda (AIR 487), Pournava Pratyasa Pradhan (AIR 536), Nekta N Swastisravan Mishra(AIR 828),Asish Kumar Panda(1320), Gauri Shankar Swain(AIR 1340), Shree Rath (AIR 1498), Shreemoy Mahapatra (AIR 1644), and N. Anuska (AIR 528). From Class XI we have Soham Pal (AIR 154),Veda Raju (AIR 648) and Ankan Mohapatra (AIR 851).

Atish’s  proud parents Shri Gagan Bihari Sahoo, and his mother Smt Geetanjali Sahoo are very happy to hear about his achievement. His father works with a private firm as Project Manager, and mother is a housewife. They say, when Atish sits to study for 2-3 hours every day and at that time, he studies with complete dedication and concentration without any distraction. Instead of studying for many hours he prefers do take the path of quality personal undisturbed study time. Currently he is pursuing his 11th grade and has taken up Maths and Biology and is scoring very well in both the subjects. Atish had topped in Maths Olympiad when he was in Grade II and has been receiving scholarship ever since then. He enjoys playing sports and loves reading books.

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science. The prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) 2020 – as a test attracts exceptionally motivated students for pursuing scientific careers.

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder SAI International Group was delighted and speaking on the occasion stated, “It is absolutely a great feeling to see our SAIoneers constantly striving for excellence by such remarkable performances, unparalleled dedication and hardwork. I wish them all the best for their future endeavors”.

SAI International School congratulates all the students for their brilliant accomplishment!!

SAIoneers Sweep the JEE Main 2021 Result

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

SAI International School has created history with six SAIoneers in scoring more than 99 percentile of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2021, the result of was declared on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Goutam Das, became the State Topper and has made the school proud by scoring 99.999 percentile in the JEE Mains 2021.Goutam is a highly brilliant, focussed, disciplined and a humble student who believes in hard work and perseverance. His score in percentile includes 100 in Physics, 99.984 in Chemistry and 100 in Mathematics.

Proud of his son, Goutam’s father Shri Rabindra Das said, “He had earlier cleared the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) and was the Odisha State 2nd topper from Shishu Mandir during his board exams. We had expected he would clear the JEE Main but had not expected that he will be the topper.”

 Goutam said that during his preparation for JEE Main, he had dedicated six to seven hours of the day for self-study and his main focus was NCERT books. He gave the credit for his achievement to his parents, his teachers at SAI International School, and his mentors at Aakash Institute. Goutam,aims to clear the JEE Advanced and pursue B.Tech at IIT Bombay following which he will either become a scientist or clear UPSC to become an IAS officer.

The set of highly talented and hardworking SAIoneers have brought immense glory to the School with their meritorious performance in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains, 2021, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).Students who have scored more than 99 percentile includes, Deepak Nanda(99.891), Sudeep Ranjan Sahoo (99.523), Gauri Shankar Swain (99.480), Akash Gareriwala (99.395), and  N. Anuska (99.388).

SAIoneer Deepak Nanda,student of SAI International School has made the school proud by scoring 99.891 Percentile in the JEE Mains 2021.  Deepak is highly confident, intelligent and hard working student who has emerged as a distinctive personality. His score in percentile includes 99.244 in Physics, 99.862 in Chemistry and 99.886 in Mathematics.

SAIoneer Sudeep Ranjan Sahoo, student of SAI International School has made his teachers  proud by scoring 99.523 percentile in the JEE Mains 2021. Sudeep is a disciplined and an exemplary student who believes in sincerity and dedication towards all his efforts. His score in percentile includes 99.688 in Physics, 99.966 in Chemistry and 99.668 in Mathematics.

SAIoneer Gauri Shankar Swain, student of SAI International School has made the school proud by scoring 99.480 percentile in the JEE Mains 2021. Gauri is a highly focussed, disciplined and a hardworking student who has put best efforts all throughout. His score in percentile includes 99.193 in Physics, 99.963 in Chemistry and 99.414 in Mathematics.

SAIoneer Akash Ganeriwal  student of SAI International School has made the school proud by scoring 99.395 percentile in the JEE Mains 2021. Akash is a hardworking and sincere student who believes in putting his best foot forward in his assessments. His score in percentile includes  99.350 in Physics, 96.150 in Chemistry and 99.803 in Mathematics.

SAIoneer N. Anuska student of SAI International School has made the school proud by scoring 99.388 percentile in the JEE Mains 2021.  Anuska is  a highly inteligent, student who believes in hard work and sincerity. His score in percentile includes 99.386 in Physics, 97.097 in Chemistry and 99.388 in Mathematics.

 Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group expressed his immense joy at the path breaking achievements and “Congratulated the very unique six talented students and wished them all the luck for their future endeavours”.

International Women’s Day Virtual Session March 8th, 2021

“There is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish.” Michelle Obama

In order to honour women globally, their rights and accomplishments, SAI International School & SAI International Residential School had teamed up to host this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Schools from Oman, Uganda, Armenia and other Schools from India also joined the celebrations. Each school presented about Eminent Women from their respective countries The event  had an opening piano solo by Ms Anna Adams from Shirakaty Lyceum, Armenia who played a traditional Armenian song.

Our Keynote Speaker was Ms. Ingrid Specht, Assistant Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate Hyderabad, spoke about future career paths of woman and how to balance your work life, home life and motherhood. She took a close look at the biggest challenges that women and girls face as a whole globally and how women empowerment has been long overdue. In her own words, she stated “The biggest challenge faced by her was still even after being a top diplomat job she had seen diplomacy role was often identified with a man. Men and women were highly trained as diplomats and it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find a woman diplomat on the job”.

She stated she is a diplomat, woman and mother, wife, sister friend and also successfully shifted into the demands of the workplace. Ms. Specht stated the pandemic has brought a great shift in perspective of bosses and workers world over to look that there needs to be a work life balance both on the home front and career front. To be able to promote happy relationships at work place and home, while being good at delivering at official capacity jobs. There surely has been great deal of improvement of maintaining good work life balance post pandemic. In her own words it is best to switch off at times, to focus on one thing at a time. While we do so one must involve oneself with a hobby, and she shared happily that she loves to unwind with reading.

She stated that women should look up at the top of jobs, heads of colleges, universities, cities, local bodies. Globally as, Heads of States/countries, and seeing women at the top of international organizations and corporate houses. She also touched upon Ms. Kamala Harris coming to power and action as an Indian American woman of color and said that is only matter of time that soon America will have a woman President some day in future.  At this point we need to uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women’s leadership. Mrs Specht added , the perspectives of women and girls in all of their diversity must be integrated in programmes at all spheres and at all stages of pandemic response and recovery.

The event witnessed to a game of Kahoot – ‘FIRST WOMAN TO’ so you can test your general knowledge about the first women to do amazing things in their fields (international). The Round Square School representatives and Going Global Club members hosted the event very successfully.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder SAI Education Group on the occasion of International Women’s Day stated that “Women’s voice was suppressed, their thoughts, opinions and emotions were seldom given any importance. Today women have empowered themselves and broke the glass ceilings to make sure that they contribute to the betterment of society. They not only hold great positions of power, yet they also nurture a family with love affection and dedication.” He wishes women to be at the top of achievements and continue to contribute to the cause of women empowerment.

Dr. Shilpi Sahoo, Vice Chairperson, SAI Education Group in her own words expressed “Women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table that has proven to work better for all, and there is more than ever acceptance now. Women everywhere, motivated by their great desires for a better world, have made significant improvements in homes, offices and communities al over the world”

Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry as they participate in a global community. Efficiency and competency go beyond technical knowledge and, quite frankly, see no gender. Women now thrive in a career of manifold thought and involvement. Fortunately, the world is so intersectional now that anyone in any field can flourish as a leader, team-player, analyst, and problem solver.

SAI International Participates in National Toy Fair Virtual 2021

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”  ― Robin Sharma

 SAI International School is participating in the National Toy Fair Virtual 2021 to encourage our students to showcase their capabilities. The intent is to channelize their energy in the right direction by harnessing their interests, passions, skills and purposes. Our SAIoneers have been innovative in designing toys and games linked with study concepts to gain mastery and acquaintance to otherwise relatively difficult concepts. The toys designed are not just interesting but very creative, collaborative, innovative and they instill critical thinking, to the end user as well too.

 The Spinning Wheels game has numbers written on it and a child will be able to spin the wheel and choose correct multiples and factors of a number to understand well the concept of factors and multiples. 

Likewise a Language Learner’s Crossword Puzzle game has been mapped with a questionnaire linked to literary tools and better use of idioms.

The students have come up with a Fraction Disc , and to play this game there are four blank circles (white) and four colored circles to represent 1/3 , 1/4 , 1/5 , 1/8 . To start the game one needs to interlock a blank circle with a colored circle, thus giving crisp solutions to a curious mind.

The ethos of SAI International School is the holistic development of the body, mind and soul of the children. As a school, we truly believe our students are going to successfully inspire and enrich the toys and games with their innovative perspectives. While our SAIoneers achieve well being and purpose in life, the school is working to shape holistic personalities to step into adulthood with confidence, poise and happiness.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder SAI International Group, speaking on the occasion said “Our SAIoneers have utilized critical thinking, involved collaboration, networking, innovations in embracing new initiatives. To achieve together as a team, and have come up with a interesting array of intelligent toys and games, I am truly very happy to see that you have all challenged yourself to think differently.”