Curriculum and Beyond – Travel Pictures

“Children are the Priority. Change is the Reality. Collaboration is the Strategy.” – Judith Billings

Internationalism is a core component of the SAI International curriculum. As part of the ISA project of British Council, UK, 30 students and teachers from Gombe High School, Uganda, St. Anthony’s Girls College, Sri Lanka and SAI International School, India had an online session on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Students shared some favorite travel pictures capturing the scenic beauty and culture of their respective countries. They presented about their favourite Travel Pictures. The students from Uganda presented pictures with Victoria Lake and the Nile River located in Uganda. Hansel from Gombe High School also spoke about and showed pictures of his trip to the USA specifically Disneyland.

The students from Sri Lanka shared several family pictures to different destinations and even pictures of baby elephants bathing at an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. They also showed pictures of two tigers at a tiger sanctuary located close to the city at Kandy. The Going Global Club member’s presented their favorite scenic pictures from different places from India. They even displayed pictures of the horrific Cyclone Fani that took place in May 2019 and showed the immense destruction that took place all over the state of Odisha.

The participating students also spoke about the shared pictures. The highly informative and interactive session was an extensive display of various places from across the globe.

SAI Alumni Talk by Alumna Sonali Sharma

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

SAI Alumni Talk endeavors to pave a way for interaction between our alumni and our current batch of SAIoneers, to inspire them to dream big and achieve their dreams. It is a brilliant medium for you to interact with your seniors and learn from their experiences. You will know directly from them the processes to get into the fields and areas of your interest. These sessions will not only widen your knowledge horizon but also your career prospects.

Alumna Sonali Sharma from the Class of 2012 delivered the SAI Alumni Talk on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The former Head Girl of SIS had pursued her BA, LLB from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru and later joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co as an Associate. The young girl has a broad and in-depth Internship experience in prestigious Law firms and under the mentorship of renowned personalities.

She provided valuable advice to the students from Classes IX to XII from SIS and SIRS on different areas of expertise in Law, on how to prepare for various Law entrance examinations and on key attributes of becoming a successful lawyer. She shared her three mantras of success like faith in self, making the right choice and seeking help without hesitation.

Thanking her Chairman Sir, ‘Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Sonali said, ‘You pushed me to my best potential’. She thanked her alma mater for inculcating the timeless values that helped her to propel ahead with confidence in life.

The all-rounder Sonali achieved State Rank 3 in Commerce stream, in Class XII Board exam and was the recipient of the Emerging Global SAIoneer Award. The humble and enterprising girl was also a sports enthusiast and a graceful Kathak dancer.

Global Ayurveda

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.” – David Frawley

SAI International School believes in promoting healthy life styles in students and teachers. As part of the ISA project of British Council, students were introduced to how people in other countries contribute to their health. Students from Jr. & Sr. High School of Kogakuin University, Japan and Mackay’s Memorial College, Uganda joined our SAIoneers to learn about different herbal and home remedies from each other’s countries.

SAI students researched and shared about some interesting home remedies made from herbal plants of India to make facial scrubs, face washes and oils used and applied on hair to keep it strong and healthy.

Similarly Japanese students discussed about ‘Kampo’, a traditional medicine. It works on the concept that the human body and mind are inseparable and the balance of physical and mental health is highly crucial. The students from Uganda discussed on the healing properties of many plants.

As part of the project, a classroom activity was conducted where videos and PPTs were shared with 120 biology students of Classes XI & XII. Students shared plants from their home gardens and explained their medicinal benefits. A common plant found was Aloe Vera, Avocado and Lemon. Students found Kampo interesting and asked many questions about the slides. They were encouraged to use this information as part of their practical work on medicinal plants.

 

Cognitive Exchange Program at SAI

“Public Speaking is the art of giving power to words – to influence, inspire and transform lives”. – Dirish

SAI International School collaborated with Cognitive Exchange (CE), Folsom, USA in 2015 to develop the critical thinking and public speaking skills of SAIoneers. Since then students from Class IX are regularly provided online training.

In 2019, students of Class VI were introduced to the programme which focussed on basic speech. The selected students were given training in Class VII on basic debate and advanced speech. The eight week training commenced on August 5, 2020.

The Cognitive Exchange final competition for the basic debate class was held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. It was participated by a group of 13 students from Class VII, who attended a series of 8 classes in 8 weeks time. These students were trained by the CE trainer Ms. Raha Elahi on the curriculum of basic debate in the Global format. Conducted by CE Folsom, USA, the program was immensely beneficial for the students as they learnt a different format of debating along with learning to articulate skilfully and confidently.

Grandparents Day Celebrations 2020

“Grandparents make the world a little softer, a little kinder, and a little warmer.”

As an initiative to rouse a sublime yet warm bond between the gen-next and the old, SAI International School celebrated Grandparents Day on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Students from Play Group to Class XII along with their grandparents participated with great joy and enthusiasm.

Held on the theme ‘Golden Days with Grandparents’, the day revived some old memories. The virtual celebration began with an introductory-cum-talent hunt round wherein all the elderly guests introduced themselves by chanting hymns, singing songs, sharing interesting episodes from their life.  It was an enthralling moment for all, as the grandparents went down the memory lane and the child in them was elated. The elderly people recalled some memorable incidents of their grandchildren and the children shared the innumerable ways in which their grandparents put up with their tantrums.

As it was a virtual celebration, grandparents could easily join in from miles away. The kids put on their best effort to make the day memorable through handmade cards, heartfelt poems, lovely dance, sincere words and a series of fun games made the day indeed special. Some students made quite brilliant efforts to connect to their Grandparents virtually and link them to the ongoing celebrations. In the course, their successful attempts to make the old generation tech-savvy were noteworthy.

Daan Utsav@SAI

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ―Pablo Picasso

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others and bring happiness on the lives of the unfortunate, with your altruistic service. Such is the spirit of our SAIoneers who volunteer to work selflessly with compassion and sensitivity to serve the community through small acts of humility and kindness.

In spite of the lockdown, SAIoneers continued their act of philanthropy during the Joy of Giving week held from October 2 to 8, 2020. The Interact Club and Going Global Club members undertook the “Happiness Bingo” challenge under the banner of Happy Giving. They performed acts of happiness like teaching someone to use a phone or app, reading a story, gifting things like a mask, sanitizer, sanitary napkin, book or feeding homeless animals, supporting local vendors, making a bottle pot and many more.

SAI International celebrates Joy of Giving or Daan Utsav every year to inculcate the value of compassion and empathy in the students and develop in them an inner urge to render their contribution towards the society. As the agents of change, the SAIoneers walk ahead to make this world a better place in their own small ways.

SAI Alumni Talk with Vikram Aditya Sahoo

“The power of ordinary will push you reach for the extra ordinary” – Vikram Aditya Sahoo

‘Out beat yourself for the future you want from now, you are your astrologer and you yourself can write the future you desire for, work hard and believe in yourself” , said Vikram Aditya Sahoo at the SAI Alumni Talk on Saturday, September 12, 2020 for the students of Classes IX to XII of SAI International School and Classes IX to XI of SAI International Residential School.

Alumnus of SAI International Vikram spoke on the ‘power of you’ emphasizing on the it’s four important aspects; evolving from the ‘power of ordinary to the extraordinary’, ‘powers of self-belief’ to attain success, importance of the ‘power of fear’ and the ‘power of now’ to reach the set goal. The highly invigorating and interactive session had many learning key points for the students especially when they are at the threshold of entering a newer world of competition and exposure. While interacting with the students class X and XII he said, ”the only thing you can control is your present to make the future of your dreams”.

It was an emotional moment for the teachers as well as for Vikram at the session.

SAI Alumni Talk endeavors to pave a way for interaction between our alumni and our current batch of SAIoneers, to inspire our students to dream big and achieve their dreams. It is a brilliant medium for you to interact with your seniors and learn from their experiences. You will know directly from them the processes to get into the fields and areas of your interest. These sessions will not only widen your knowledge horizon but also your career prospects. Your seniors will guide you on how you can pursue your passion and the steps you can take to achieve your objective. The sessions will help you prepare for the real world.

Online celebration of Teachers’ Day

“Teachers are the backbone of any country, the pillar upon which all aspirations are converted into realities.”Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

SAI International School celebrated Teachers’ Day digitally with great fun and fiesta on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Students from Play Group to Class XII left no stones unturned to ensure a well organised programme, taking the aid of technology. Teachers and staff of SAI International, paid homage to the former President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary, adhering strictly to the norms of social distancing.

Tribute to the Gurus

Students weaved magic with their wonderful show of love and gratitude through soulful songs, amazing dance performances, heart touching speeches, self-composed poems, beautiful artwork and paintings and heartfelt messages. They also prepared handmade cards as well as homemade cakes and cookies as a token of love. The enthusiastic students created a fun-filled ambience by organizing a magic show, recalling funny moments from classroom, organizing riddles and surprising everyone with a wonderful rap.

Applauding the earnest effort of teachers

SAI International organized an entertaining program especially for the teachers to applaud their concerted and sincere effort to ensure the continuity of learning of the students during the pandemic. Welcoming the teachers, Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Sr. Principal SAI International School said that ‘each one of you is not only the pillar on which SAI International rests, but also a true and inspired teacher’.

On the occasion, Founder and Mentor Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo expressed his gratitude to all the teachers world over, for their painstaking effort in ensuring an interrupted learning of the students. He thanked the teachers of SAI International for their exemplary service, immense patience and dedication. Shri Amitabh Agnihotri, Headmaster SAI International Residential School (SIRS) thanked the teachers for their immense patience and power of endurance.

Special homage by the Student Council

The members of the Student Council kept the teachers spellbound with their wonderful cultural programme. Starting with Guru Vandana, to skits, poems, songs and band performances, the students leaders created an highly emotional yet an entertaining environment. Every word, every act was full of emotions and reflected wonderful values, making the teachers feel proud and precious.

On this occasion, eminent and retired teacher of D.M.School, Bhubaneswar, Shri Uttam Das graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He spoke about the role and importance of a teacher in the life of a student. Shri Das shared his experience as the teacher of Founder and Mentor SAI International Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo and how he inculcated a love for lifelong learning.

Career Talk @ SAI

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

SAI International regularly organizes Career Talk sessions to enable students to choose the right career, basing on their talent, skills, interest and aptitudes. Choosing the right career is immensely crucial while students are still in school, so that they don’t regret in later lives. These sessions help students to reflect on their strength and weaknesses, weigh options before selecting the career path as well as have a back-up plan for an alternate career options if they decide to change their stream in future.

Ms. Rajashree Sahoo, Consultant, Higher Education & Careers Sector, Achivia delivered the SAI Career Talk on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. She guided the students on preparing themselves for choosing the right career path and also on the college application process. She spoke about different types of corporate internships and mentorship available online for high school students. Ms Sahoo also advised the students on how to make an attractive portfolio for internship.

Internships are beneficial because it help develop professional aptitude, strengthen personal character, and provide a greater door to opportunity. By investing in internships, students will broaden their spectrum of opportunity when seeking and applying for a job after college. It also builds up their profile for college application.

SAI Alumni Talk with Karran Pandey

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein 

“Your belief in yourself comes from the infinite possibilities your own potentials. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. Your potentials will help adapt to the environment. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for, dream higher, be curious and make this world a better place to live in with Maths”, said Alumnus Karran Pandey from the Class of 2014, who delivered the SAI Alumni Talk on August 29, 2020 to the students of Classes IX to XII of SAI International School. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session by the students.

Karan was humbled to be a part of the SAI Alumni Talk and thankful to SAI International fraternity to have groomed him to become what he is now.

Taking the talk forward Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo addressed to the SAIoneers and said, “believe in yourself, parents, in who love you and who are with you”.

Karran is presently working as Research Associate, Visualization and Graphics Lab at IISC, Bangalore. His research focuses on using mathematical ideas from geometry and topology to study shape and structure in the natural world. He has secured an offer to pursue a PhD from the prestigious University of Texas, USA. He completed his B.Tech in Computer Science and M.Sc in Mathematics from BITS, Pilani. His core skills include Geometry Processing, Data Visualization and Software development for visual interactive data exploration.

Karran has always been a diligent student with special interest in Mathematics, which led him to represent the State in the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad in the year 2013. The humble boy is also a brilliant musician who plays instruments like violin, guitar and keyboard with equal ease and passion. The extremely humble boy believes in spreading happiness and believes in pursuing his dreams through his talents.

Objective of SAI Alumni Talk

SAI Alumni Talk endeavors to pave a way for interaction between our alumni and our current batch of SAIoneers, to inspire the students to dream big and achieve their dreams. It is a brilliant medium to interact with seniors and learn from their experiences. Seniors will guide students of current batches to pursue their passion and the steps to be taken to achieve the objective. The sessions will help prepare the students for the real world.

Collaborative Meeting with Japan – Summer Fun

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

SAI International School has been regularly conducting collaborative, inter-cultural exchange meetings with various partner schools across the globe, to promote understanding and respect for each other’s culture and nurture students towards becoming global citizens.

The school has been actively conducting virtual meets with Jr & Sr High School of Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan since Thursday April 16, 2020, to understand the lifestyle, practices, education, culture and many more of each other’s countries. In continuation with the collaborative activities with the Japan School, the virtual meet on Friday, August 28, 2020 was held on the topic, ‘Summer Fun’.

Summer activities are always of interest to the children and this week they discussed what festivals they celebrate, what special foods are eaten and places they go to visit while school is closed.  SAIoneers spoke about two things including what they are doing this summer during the COVID 19 lockdown and what they normally do if they were having a regular summer break.  They spoke about honing new skills in drawing, singing, dancing and even learning a new language. They also spoke about what they would normally be doing if there was not a pandemic, such as trips to see their relatives, outings with friends, celebrating Ratha Yatra, the famous Chariot festival etc. They discussed the types of fruits and veggies available in India only in the summer like mangos and litchi.

The Japanese students spoke about a few festivals, specifically one called ‘Obon’, where they welcome their ancestral spirits home. Families place offerings of fruit, rice, green tea, and lotus-shaped sweets at the graves or family altars. Paper lanterns are hung round the house to help guide the spirits home. Some families carry lanterns from the graves back to their homes.

SAIoneers made a comparison to the praying areas in their homes where they keep the photos of their deceased loved ones. Japanese students also spoke about a summer festival that started over 300 hundred years ago with a focus on warding off diseases that could harm the Japanese people.  It was a highly enriching and enjoyable discussion.

Independence Day Celebration at SAI

“Let’s not take our Independence for granted, let’s do our bit to make India a better place, legacy to live and legacy to die for.”Anonymous

SAIoneers celebrated the 74th Independence Day of their motherland online with great zeal and patriotism.  The virtual celebration reflected the enthusiasm and positivity of the children even during this pandemic. From patriotic songs, to dance to instrumental music to speeches to mono acting, children showcased a gamut of activities that spoke volumes about their deep feeling for the nation.
Literary Week – A Precursor
A literary week was conducted, prior to the event wherein students showcased their creativity. The theme this year was, ‘Patriotism – the key to any Nation’s progress’. Students wrote poems, drew beautiful paintings, and wrote articles and stories as well as dairy entries. Dressed up as freedom fighters, our talented students spoke about the greatness of the leaders. Many of the SAIoneers delivered heart touching speeches on the legendary freedom fighters and on the effort they made to ensure the freedom of our country.
Video Presentation
The members of the Symphony Club prepared a brilliant video, singing the song, ‘Vande Matarm’. A team of thirty-seven enthused students along with the music mentors of SAI prepared the video, which showcased the vocal and instrumental talents of the students along with reflecting their patriotic feeling.
D-Day Celebration
On Saturday, August 15, 2020, Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Senior Principal, unfurled the National Flag in the campus, followed by singing the National anthem by a handful of Administrative Staff and Teachers.
Online Celebration
Students from Play Group to Class XII celebrated the day along with their teachers and classmates during their online class timing. They gave speeches; spoke about various freedom fighters as well as sang soulful patriotic songs. It was indeed a day to cherish.

SAIMUN 2020

At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN’s effort to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity.” Mr. Antonio Guterres, United Nations, Secretary-General

The 8th edition of SAIMUN 2020 was held on August 13 and 14, 2020 adopting the digital route. The two-day e-conference was participated by 750 delegates from 34 schools, across nine countries of the globe like Australia, Japan, UAE, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, Uganda and India. The young students debated on several contemporary global issues in twenty different committees in two groups.

Inaugural Session

The inaugural session of eSAIMUN 2020 was attended by Ambassador Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations at New York, Mr Joel Reifman, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, Mr Daniel Sim, Deputy Consul General, Australian Consulate in Kolkata, Mr Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, and Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor SAI International Education Group as the key note speakers.

The opening session was graced with as inspiring video message by Secretary-General to the United Nations, H.E.  António Guterres, who spoke on the importance of sustainable development, for the future in all countries. The session was introduced by Secretary General SAIMUN 2020 Anurag Patnaik, who spoke about the significance of the two-day conference. 

         

UNIC Plenary Session

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of United Nations and to strengthen the eight years of partnership with UNIC, a special plenary session was organised at eSAIMUN 2020 on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The session was facilitated by Shri Rajiv Chandran, National Information Officer (and currently Officer-in-Charge), United Nations Office in India and Bhutan.  In his address to the students, Shri Chandran said that the scale and scope of today’s challenges are truly global and it needs global leadership and global partnership to tackle the problems. He inspired the students to understand their individual responsibility and the power of multilateralism to ensure human rights for all. 

 

Global Village

The Global Village held on the 2nd day of eSAIMUN reflected the true essence of Internationalism. The event with the motto of connecting the whole world under one canopy was attended by students from Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, USA, Australia, Uganda, UAE and India showcased their culture in the digital platform. The International delegates spoke about cuisine, dance forms, music, art and craft of their respective countries. A panel discussion was held where the issues related to COVID and post COVID was debated by the budding minds. 

     

SAIMUN 2020 Valedictory Ceremony

The Valedictory ceremony of the 8th edition of SAI Model United Nations Conference was held online on Friday, August 14, 2020. It was graced by Ms. Barbara Wickham, OBE, Director, British Council India, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Palaces, Buganda Kingdom, Uganda, H.E. Kyewalabye Male David, Climate Activist & UN Youth Advisor on Climate Change, Ms. Archana Soreng and Founder and Mentor SAI International, Dr. Bijaya Sahoo.

Head Girl Shivangi Vikas Mishra welcomed the revered guests and the delegates to the virtual ceremony. Proposing the vote of thanks, Secretary General Anurag Patnaik said that eSAIMUN was an insightful experience where students may be physically apart but united by hearts and minds, for a common cause.

   

Musical Evening

Bollywood singer Ms. Lisa Mishra enthralled everyone during the musical evening. She sangs songs like Kabira, Wakhra etc, which was greatly loved by the participants. The rejuvenating session was an apt ending to one of the vibrant and enriching Model United Nations.

 

SAIMUN, focusing on the theme, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One World, One Family, has been a changing platform for all the delegates to shape talent and leadership apart from fostering global harmony and peace. SAIMUN is held every year to build leadership skills; increase global literacy and expand critical thinking in a student by exposing them to the working of the United Nations.

Career Talk @SAI

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”Vince Lombardi 

The weekly SAI Career Talk continued with Shri Azahar Ali, Manager, Higher Education and Society, British Council, East India who spoke on the topic “Study in UK” on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Speaking to the students from Classes X to XII, from SAI International School and from Classes X and XI from SAI International Residential School, Mr.Ali briefed on how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK, about UCAS portal and how to select a course. He also guided the students on the IELTS exam, graduation immigration route, scholarships offered and the right way to submit an online application. It was followed by an interactive session.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Ms. Lalchhanhimi Purkayastha, Regional Manager, Ashoka University, India and Prof. Ramachandran, Vice Dean, Jindal School of Banking and Finance, O.P. Jindal Global University, delivered the SAI Career Talk. Students were briefed about undergraduate courses offered by the Indian Universities as well as on emerging
technology and opportunities available. They were also guided on how learning happens by volunteering and participating in leadership activities.

Ms. Shraddha Singaurey, Recruitment Adviser-India, Office of International Programs, Wayne State University (WSU), delivered the SAI Career Talk on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. She guided the students on how to write a recommendation request, choose a recommender, prepare a resume and statement of purpose. She also briefed the students on opportunities abroad. Speaking about WSU, Ms.Singaurey said that the inclusive University is a hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She explained about the scholarships facilities at WSU and gave the placement statistics of their alumni.

The SAI Career Talk is held every week to guide the students on various career opportunities in India and abroad and also the right way to choose their own career. Eminent educationists or leaders in the field of education are invited to interact with the students and advise them on present career paths, process of application to various universities, building an appealing resume and many more.

SAI Alumni Talk with Harsh Agarwal

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo 

‘There will be failures but the real hero is who comes back with double the force and work hard to succeed’, said Harsh Agarwal at the SAI Alumni Talk on July 25, 2020.

A famous adage in English goes like ’fortune favors the fools; but our SAIoneers believe in the diction- fortune favors the brave and to bask in the glory of fortune makers one needs to be among the fortune seekers’. If the world today peeps into what’s trending, SAIoneers vie among tomorrows trendsetters.

Once a SAIoneer is always a SAIoneer. Each word Harsh Agarwal spoke in the SAI Alumni Talk reflected in the grooming given to him while in SAI International. The SAI Alumni Talk with Harsh Agarwal was conducted on Saturday, July 25, 2020, one of the most invigorating and highly interactive session with more than 1000 participants.

The Robotics enthusiast while speaking on one’s attitude, quoted that what make you as a person is the attitude toward life and other, one should be humble and always giving and what you have got from the society, you need to give back. He also emphasized on the importance of learning and said’ “always appreciate new knowledge and respect those who bring that to you, you are dead if you have stopped learning”. While speaking to the SAIoneers he said, “you will fail once but remember that you have to be resilient and come back with ignited energies and higher spirits”.

He has a keen interest to create intelligent, imaginative and creative robot. The very talented boy has a Masters in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, USA. and Graduated in Electrical Engineering from BHU, Varanasi. He has been a part of several research labs across the globe and is currently working at Rephrase.ai, as Research Scientist and Entrepreneur. He is also a Research Assistant at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

Harsh been a meritorious student with great focus on academics. He was one of the School Toppers in CBSE Class XII Boards, qualified KVPY and was a NTSE scholar. He was among the top 0.1% students to qualify in IIT JEE.

While talking about the school he said, “I am very fortunate to be a SAIoneer, the values and the life skills imparted to me during my school days have certainly shaped me as an individual I am now. I wish all the best to all my juniors of my School.” He also thanked the Founder & Mentor Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo for mentoring him all through his school day.

SAI Alumni Talk endeavors to pave a way for interaction between our alumni and our current batch of SAIoneers, to inspire our students to dream big and achieve their dreams. It is a brilliant medium to interact with the seniors and learn from their experiences. Students will know directly from them the processes to get into the fields and areas of their interest. These sessions will not only widen the knowledge horizon but also expand the career prospects. The seniors will guide the students on how one can pursue one’s passion and the steps one can take to achieve the desired objective. The sessions will help the SAIoneers prepare for the real world.

Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo while talking to Harsh said, “it gives me immense happiness and joy to see my SAIoneers bloom into successful, good human beings and walk on the path of humanity and values.”

SAI Alumni Talk with Mukund Agarwal

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” – Annonymous

“It is always a pleasure to see my children grow up to be such humble and rational thinkers.  SAI International is not just an institute but a hub of creating leaders”, said Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder & Mentor SAI International Education Group at the SAI Alumni Talk on July 18, 2020.

Though the global sun is temporarily shrouded by the mist of Corona it’s splendor still shine with all its brilliance at SAI International Education Group, while many warriors have taken off their gloves SAIoneers still stand guard to harvest the best against the waves of odds and adversities, and here that the  3rd online SAI Alumni Talk of SAI International delivered by a very humble, cultured and enterprising Mukund Agarwal from the class of 2011 on Saturday, July 18, 2020. His presentation was followed by an interactive session with the students of class IX to XII of SAI International School and classes IX to XI from SAI International Residential School.

Mukund Agarwal is Director of the Capital Group spearheading the Pharmaceutical distribution team. Pursuing the CA finals under the aegis of ICAI, he completed his B.Com from SAI International College of Commerce Bhubaneswar. He was also the Commerce State topper of the first batch of class XII of SAI International School.

He beautifully crafted the 5 S’s of entrepreneurship out of his personal experience to be Sponge like and absorb all the goodness and blessings of the elders just the way sponge absorbs; be Simple humble and consistently be Sincere; learn Strategy building from spirituality and last but not the least Serendipity and believe in miracles.

Answering to a question of a SAIoneer on his challenges he faced and how he has evolved himself during the pandemic. He very humbly answered saying, “it’s a challenge to be accepted in the organization which has seen you as a kid and prove your self to be fit to the position offered to you”. He suggested the students to be technology driven and use technology to scale newer heights in entrepreneurship.

While talking about Founder & Mentor SAI International Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Mukund said, “Chairman Sir has been the biggest source of inspiration and can never forget what was taught by him during the Entrepreneurship classes.” He added that he is the best mentor and he is thankful and proud of SAI International to have groomed him as the person he is today”.

 

 

SAI International’s collaborative learning with Japan School – Your Turn

SAI International has been actively working with various partner schools from across the globe to promote understanding and respect for each other’s culture and nurture students towards becoming global citizens. It exposes teachers and students to diverse learning and educational frameworks. The effort for the same continues even during the period of lockdown.

The school has been actively conducting virtual meets with Jr & Sr High School of Kogakuin University, Tokyo Japan since Thursday April 16, 2020, to understand the lifestyle, practices, education, culture and many more of each other’s countries.

In continuation with the collaborative activities with the Japan School, the virtual meet on Friday, July 24, 2020 was held on the topic, ‘Street foods for Japan and India’. The session commenced with the weekly update on the COVID 19 status in each other’s country. Students mentioned that the coronavirus cases are rising in both countries and the situation is getting worse by the day. The Japanese students informed that they have returned to school and are attending classes.

SAIoneers presented different street foods of India including chole bhature, dahi bara, vada pav, dosa, pani puri, and tandoori chicken. A live demo was given on how to prepare pani puri.

The first food the Japanese students discussed was takoyaki or “octopus balls” which is a ball-shaped Japanese snack or appetizer made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. They also spoke about kakigōri, a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavoured with syrup and a sweetener, often condensed milk. Several more food items were mentioned including amezaiku which has been made in Japan for over 400 years and is a Japanese candy craft artistry. An artist takes multi-colored mizuame and, using their hands and other tools such as tweezers and scissors, creates a sculpture. Each candy sculpture has to be completed in less than three minutes, before the melted candy cools down. These candies are usually in the shape of fish or sea creatures. Sushi was also present, this dish of wrapped rice and raw fish is served all over the world.

During the discussion, students of both schools noticed that kakigore, that is shaved ice with flavouring on it, was similar to a dish served in India, called chuski. The session was highly interactive and informative.

Partnerships between schools in different countries offer a foundation for the growth of a school’s syllabus and subject areas incorporating a wider global input and international perceptions. During the meetings participating students foster international dialogues, collaborative virtual classes truly develop a common understanding between the youth of today.

Cognitive Exchange Programme at SAI

 “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”Desmond Tutu

As part of the Cognitive Exchange (CE) Programme 2020, two batches of students from Class X and VII were trained for advanced debate and speech for eight weeks by Cognitive Exchange Folsom, United Kingdom. It commenced on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 with 15 students of Class X and 17 students of Class VII.

The programme was a continuation of the curriculum for the students who were part of the intermediate debate and Intermediate speech respectively, held last year. This year they were trained in the next level, that is advanced debate and advanced speech. Classes continued every Wednesday from 7.30-8.30am. The debate was in a global format and participants were trained how to speak impromptu in an effective way with confidence and grace. The virtual training was conducted by two able student trainers Ms. Brinda Kalita and Ms. Neha Seshadri from the CE USA.

In the process mock debates were held to skill up the debating talents of the students and prepare them for the final competition. The training series culminated on Saturday, July 4, 2020 with a competition. While students of Class X debated on the topic, “Are kids burdened with extracurricular activities? “, Class VII had an option to speak on one of the three topics like, “Team work”, “Who would you want to be on a spaceship” and “A boy’s best friend is his mother”. All the participants spoke extremely well with great zeal and spirit. At the end, the names of the winners were declared. The participants will be further given training in the Global format to sharpen their oral skills and make them more confident speakers.

The programme aims to prepare the young students to develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills on topics that are more relevant for the present scenario and develop their leadership skills through speech and debate.

SAI Alumni Talk Launched

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” ― Dalai Lama XIV 

SAI International Education Group launched SAI Alumni Talk on Saturday, July 4, 2020, it is a series of Talks every Saturday by illustrious and acclaimed Alumni of SAI International School who have excelled in their own spheres like academics, sports, entrepreneurship, performing and visual arts and many more. The program aims to provide an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about career and future prospects. It also endeavors to pave a way for interaction between our SAI Alumni and our current batch of Class IX to XII students of SAI International School and SAI International Residential School, so as to inspire the students to dream big and prepare them to achieve it.

It is an ongoing event where the Alumni will give a talk every Saturday for the benefit of the students. The first session commenced on Saturday, July 4, 2020 with a session by the 1st batch student and Sports Enthusiast Zeeshan Laique Ali, from the Class of 2011. The young boy pursued his love for sports and made it his career. He has earned a name for himself in his area of interest with his hard work, determination and dedication.  Zeeshan is a Business Development Manager for SportsFanTV at Barcelona, Spain.

The Alumnus made a presentation followed by a Question & Answer session, wherein students posed their queries related to their choice of career. In the interesting interactive session students asked about his passion for Football and how he was able to reach the position on which he is at. There were more than 1500 participants in the online event.

“The excuse you have is to not to try, SAI International is the best institution that gives the best of platform to take up and hone your passion. The opportunities at SAI are immense you just need to explore”, said Zeshan Ali.

Alumni Talks will provide a brilliant medium to interact with Seniors and learn from their experiences. Students will know directly from them the processes to get into fields and areas of their interest, which would not only widen their knowledge horizon but also achieve their career objective. Zeeshan while answering the question posed by a student guided him on how to pursue his passion and the steps to be taken to achieve his objective.

While talking about Founder & Mentor SAI International Dr Sahoo, Zeeshan said, “he is the best mentor and is a model star I look up to, I’m thankful and proud of SAI International to have groomed me as the person I am today”.

“It is always a pleasure to see my children across the globe following their passion with diligence. I’m happy to see them coming back to their roots and share their experiences with their juniors. SAI International is not just an institute but a hub of creating leaders”, said Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder & Mentor SAI International Education Group.

SAI International celebrates Father’s Day – Celebrating peerless bond of love through technology

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, on Sunday, July 5, 2020, SAI International created a space for our SAIoneers to share their thoughts and emotions for their Fathers. Enthusiastic students from Play Group to Class XII celebrated Father’s Day Online with great joy and fervour. The presence of the Fathers along with other members of the family magnified the celebration.

SAI International utilized the online class timings wherein students put up their class-wise performances from the confines of their own home. A fountain of emotional saga was witnessed during the celebration. The young students showcased their love and respect for their Father in various ways. While some sang self-composed songs, some sang their father’s favourite song, some of them presented beautiful videos that evoked childhood memories with their fathers and others spoke about the herculean role played by their father, which makes them feel so protected and secure. Students also presented wonderful dance and musical performances, as well as prepared their father’s favourite dish.

The fathers along with their kids eagerly participated in the activity, ‘My Father, My Hero’, where they danced and sang with their children. It was not only an emotional moment for the father-child duo, but also for the entire family and the school as well. It was also an amazing experience to see the father’s getting emotional, a moment worth cherishing. Appreciating the School’s effort to celebrate the occasion, the fathers expressed that such events help them to nurture their relationship with their children.

Founder and Mentor, SAI International Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo said that, ‘a Father will always remain a Super Hero for a child, an unceasing source of inspiration’. He added that ‘a father is a child’s first guru to brave the worldly waves. This elucidates how a father and a guru are but unified canopies that lead a child’s pathways.’

The celebration is yet another sublime effort of SAI International to strengthen the bond between our SAIoneers and their parents, while ascertaining the peerless place of a father in the making a child’s morrow.