Workshop on Stress Management

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

Stress management starts with identifying the source of stress. In reality this is extremely difficult as one needs to do self-introspection and identify the true source of stress, look closely at their own habits, attitudes and yes excuses. Stress can affect ones thought, feeling and behaviour as well as lead to many diseases.

An in-house workshop on Stress Management was conducted for teachers at SAI International School. Facilitators Swati Sengupta and Swetapadma Mohanty guided the teacher to identify the various stressors in life through several activities. Through role plays and team activities the participants also learnt about ways to cope with stress.

Different Stroke Club Presentation

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

The Class VI to VIII members of Different Stroke club highlighted the essence of experimental work-form of art and colours on the canvas during their Assembly presentation on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. They emphasized that art is about discovery using imagination, experimenting and trying out new methods of expressions.

The members displayed their vibrant paintings to stress the significance of drawing and painting, which was stimulating, satisfying and provided a needed outlet for intellectual as well as emotional pursuits. They also showcased delightful artwork and mural paintings, which was appreciated by everyone.

The club encourages students to do interesting and fascinating artwork with splashes of colours in order to foster their creativity and boost their emotional intelligence. Elaborate drawings, vivid images and colourful patterns enhances their artistic independence, gives the experience of creativity, colour awareness and develops competence and a sense of achievement.

Art education is very important for those students who value creativity. It also acts as an impetus to bring an overall development in the academic level of a student. Students are encouraged to express themselves through thematic drawings or create artworks by using waste materials to catalyse their artistic process. It also develops a sense of originality or uniqueness in them which helps them throughout their life.

Mask Club Assembly Presentation

“The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.” – Stella Adler

The Mask Club members of Class IV and V presented a skit during the Mask Club presentation. The play highlighted ‘Unity is Strength’. The theatrical skill of the young artists elevated the play to another level. It was a delight for all who witnessed the performance.

The Mask Club members focus on 3Cs – collaboration, cooperation and coordination which helps in making their act lively. The whole play was artfully executed by the characters in a well-defined way and was flattered by proper lighting, sound, make-up, costumes and action. The members emphasized that their club has helped them in enhancing vocabulary and command over language.

 

Awareness Programme on Traffic & Road Safety at SAI

“Drive as if every person on the street is a dear friend or a close family member.” – Anonymous

To commemorate the 31st National Road Safety Week and create awareness among the students on the importance of road safety, an awareness programme was organised at SAI International School on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Chief Guest Dr. Sudhansu Sarangi, Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, urged the young students to develop an attitude to respect the rules and laws of our country. He said that laws are there to make our society a better place and violation of any kind of laws slows down the growth of a country.

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Guest of Honour Ms. Sagarika Nath, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Police Commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack highlighted the importance of safe driving and briefed the students on the basic traffic rules. Through a video presentation, she informed the students of the chaotic condition of road safety in India, which is mainly caused due to the negligence of the people. She emphasized on being careful, look around before opening the car door and use the opposite hand to open the door, so as to prevent accidents.

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Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder & Mentor SAI International Education Group said that absolute consciousness among individuals and family is required to maintain traffic and road safety. Shri Nilakantha Panigrahy, Senior Principal said that traffic chaos can only be reduced if we all make a combined effort and obey traffic rules. On the occasion a brilliant skit on traffic awareness was presented by the artists of Street Theatre Action Group (STAG) in association with Sanjog.

A Question and Answer session was held where students posed questions of traffic and road safety.

Question and Answer

Q. Road encroachment has become a concern for the people commuting on the road. What is the stance of police on this?

Dr. Sadangi: This is the result of rapid urban growth. People from the villages are coming to the city in search of jobs as there is no such opportunities in their own villages. This is the question of livelihood of poor people. We need to have some compassion for them. We have to address to their needs, create job opportunities and relocate them, so that it doesn’t create inconvenience to people. The State Government is looking into the issue. However, I want to say that a parallel road is soon coming up from Jaydev Vihar to here. But one thing I must stress is that poor people are not useless; you don’t know the feel of hunger and malnutrition; these people need compassion and sensitivity. Be compassionate to people.

Q. The revised traffic violation charges and penalties are very high for the people. Kindly suggest. Can we not adopt the integrated e-challan system of Hyderabad?

Dr. Sadangi: If the penalty is high, why do you want to pay the penalty. Follow traffic rules, don’t do lane cutting, wear helmets and use seat belts, and follow all other rules. Fine will always be high.

Unlike other countries, we have issued driving licence to people in an easy way, like distributing chocolates on a birthday and which is not right. Driving is a very difficult thing. My dream is to abolish driving by human being. I am no longer confident human beings can become safe drivers. As for following the Hyderabad system, it’s a long way away. We are looking at technically keeping a record of each time one commits a traffic violation and take actions accordingly.

Q. In many cases it is seen that Traffic Police are making inappropriate penalties whether one violates the rules or not.

Dr. Sadangi: We found lot of arguments taking place on this. Earlier we had a system of issuing challan to every violator on the street itself. Now we have cameras to keep a track and challan is sent to the violators. We also have Settlement Officers to deal with it.

I suggest you all read a book called Factfulness by Hans Rosling. You live in a society where you get negative information. For instance, everyday 30 lakh aircraft fly and if one of those develop a snag, it is reported or highlighted. You need to find if that is the representative sample or not. In England if there is a crime, people condemn the criminal but in India people condemn the police harassing the criminal.

Q. What is your message to the youth who drive without any experience?

Dr. Sadangi: This reminds me of the recent armed attack in a market in Bhubaneswar and most of the miscreants were in the age group of 15 to 17 years.  They were all involved in drugs, eve teasing etc. This is something which drew my attention to our education system, parental and family values which needs to be looked after. Now ‘khattis’ have become a place for drinking and drugs. Drugs should be an absolute ‘No’ – not even once. Hope your school has programmes to say how serious drugs are. Police and parents need to work together to find out ways to prevent those.

There are two things – exploitation and irrelevance. Don’t say I don’t have enough, I cannot do etc. Get rid of the two. Keep yourself updated and become relevant to society, make use of opportunities. Don’t become redundant.

Q. Inspite of the Supreme Court order against drink and drive, people continue to do so.  Highways still have liquor shops.

Dr. Sadangi: We are taking harsh steps on this. However, many long route bus drivers and truck drivers say that they can’t drive if they don’t drink. We are not being successful in implementing this law. Laws are there to make our society better.

Q. Do you think the recent amendments in Indian Motor Vehicle Act have improved the safety of commuters on Indian Roads or has it created more panic in public minds rather than doing benefits?

Dr. Sadangi: MVA came into act in 1988 and that time we had fixed penalty amount for violation. Now we have revised it. See we don’t need strong government or police, we need to create awareness among people, develop the moral force, so that people know the importance f traffic rule. We are your own police and your parents pay our salary.

Q. We all have witnessed the recent change in traffic rules. In a democracy, the welfare of people and society is the most important thing. Is possessing laws and acts enough to curb the violation of traffic rules.

Ms.Nath: Laws are as worthy as you people. It is a matter of attitude whether you want to follow the rules or not. We are living in a precarious situation. We are questioning everything, but we are not abiding to the very law which we people have made for our own welfare.

Dr. Sadangi:I talked about globalization and the availability of alcohol. We are not grandmothers of everybody. We should not close down on freedom in the name of law. Simultaneously people should need to understand their responsibility. Like most of you people love junk foods knowing very well how harmful it is for health. Do you think we should close all the junk food shops? You need to understand its harmful effect and stop eating.

Q. How are you planning to improve the Traffic Control System?

Dr. Sadangi: There are three aspects of Traffic Management – Traffic engineering, where our roads have to be widened, we need parallel roads, remove encroachments and build flyovers and under passes. Traffic Education – this is the type of event we have here today where we create awareness so that people voluntarily comply with the laws of our country. And Traffic enforcement – this is when people do not follow the law then we enforce it by prosecuting them. These three aspects are required for better management of traffic in our city and our country.

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Scouts & Guides Assembly Presentation

“Remember, it is not what you have but what you give that brings happiness.” – Lord Baden Powell

The members of Scouts and Guides made a spectacular display of various activities during their Assembly Presentation held on Thursday, January 16, 2020. They outlined the mission of scouting and the need to live by the code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of Scout law and stressed the role played by Scouts and Guides during critical times.

The Members demonstrated the essence of scouting which includes the selfless services rendered to the society and highlighted their participation in numerous events in 2019 like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Yoga Day, State Parade and Plantation Drive.

The Club helps in cultivating the kinder virtues and values of patriotism, courage, self-discipline, self-reliance and a sense of responsibility as well as commitment. The life skills imbibed by the SAIoneers help them in making ethical choices in their lives and achieve their full potential. It also inspires them to make positive contribution to the society, become confident individuals and serve the nation as sensitive, benevolent  and responsible citizens.

Assembly Presentation – Mask Club

“You need three things in the theatre — the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.”   – Kenneth Haigh

The members of the Mask Club staged a spectacular skit during their assembly presentation, highlighting the quintessence of being self-complacent and contented with whatever one has. The members did justice to the different characters essayed by them.

They communicated the essence by creating a hilarious ambience through their acting skills. The whole play was ably conducted by the wonderful performances of other supporting characters and complemented wonderfully by lighting, sounds, props, make-up and costumes. The creative instincts and the stellar performances of the SAIoneers were acclaimed and applauded by the audience.

The Mask Club provides ample opportunities to the students to showcase their creative talents. Through theatre training, the children inculcate life skills which promote aesthetic appreciation in them and equip them to adapt themselves to the changing environment in a discreet and pragmatic manner.

NCC Assembly Presentation

“The NCC Cadets always standout in the crowd for their leadership qualities and their willingness to help people in need.” – Anonymous

The National Cadet Corps (NCC), the youth wing of Armed Forces, is one of the premier youth organizations in our country, that propagates national unity and integrity amongst youth. It is a tri-services Organisation, comprising of Army, Navy and Air Wing, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.

The cadets of the NCC Club of SAI International School made a wonderful presentation on Tuesday, January 13, 2020. The vibrant cadets urged everyone to choose a career in Indian defence forces. They highlighted the techniques and the four cardinal principles which form the basis of NCC training programmes.

The Cadets briefed the students and teachers about their various activities like escorting the dignitaries on different occasions; participating in prestigious State Republic Day Parade; campaigning on World Drug Abuse Day and Mega Pollution Awareness 2019. They showcased the active involvement of two Cadets, Bisakha Das and Anushka Singh who represented Odisha in All India Thal Sainik Camp, New Delhi and about the eight Cadets who attended the Combined Annual Training Camp, 2019 held at Sainik School.

The NCC Club provides students a platform to imbibe the spirit of discipline, dedication determination, leadership traits, interpersonal skills and groom the young Cadets to experience military life and become disciplined and responsible patriots.

Mathematics Quiz

“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” – Stefan Banach

The Mathematics Quiz for Classes IV and V was conducted on January 9 and 10, 2020 respectively. The logical and mathematical skills of the participants were tested in the competition. The active participation of the audience made it more interesting.

Mathematics quiz benefits the students in various ways. It not only helps the participants but also other students who get to know a wide range of information on the subject. Quiz competitions of such kind helps students to go beyond their text books and explore areas that enrich their knowledge repository.

Workshop on Effective Mentorship

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese Proverb

To enhance their mentoring skills of the teachers, a workshop on Effective Mentorship was organised for teachers of Class IX and X on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The participants learnt about the responsibilities of a mentor, characteristics of a good mentor, components of emotional Intelligence, how to enhance EI to improve mentoring skills, mentoring relationship continuum and how to give effective feedback in challenging situations.

Facilitator Madhuchanda Mohanty orientated the participants through various activities like story telling on goal setting, activity on goal setting and 5 finger friendship challenge activity to develop positive characters.

Effective Mentoring is an essential component of teaching-learning process as it provides professional socialization and personal support which facilitates student’s success. Apart from gaining knowledge and skills in a positive manner, children are benefited with an increase of self esteem and improved social skills.

Assembly Presentation – SAI TV

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

The Class VI, VII and VIII members of the SAI TV Club conducted a wonderful assembly on Monday, January 6, 2020. The club provides wide opportunities to these budding filmmakers to hone their creativity pertaining to film making, video editing, interviewing and panel discussion.

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They showcased an enjoyable experience of movie making in a collaborative and creative way. The members highlighted the concepts and techniques that engage their creative imagination and help them to understand, reinforce and review the skills and art of handling the camera for cinematic inputs with precision. They presented how video editing and making a short film requires training to create a montage of pictures and video footage set to music which make the feature interesting, appealing, efficient.

The members also shared that it is also important to expose their work to the world by uploading it online, on YouTube and Internet based platforms. This will boost the confidence and experience of the new filmmakers and hone their calibre and creativity to reach out to the global audience.

SAI TV is one of the most stimulating clubs that enables students to get an exposure on the basics of film making and television production. It focuses on enriching student’s knowledge on the 4 P’s of creating television programmes like Planning, Production, Programming and Publicity.

Workshop to increase Happiness Index

“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

To make the teaching-learning experience more joyful, a workshop was conducted for the Secondary section teachers on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The workshop focussed on giving equal focus to Physical, Mental, Emotional and Physical aspect of one’s own selves as well as the students.

Facilitator Ms Uma Patra outlined the steps to increase happiness index like balance between mental and emotional being- to increase the inner beauty, spiritual connection at work place, and focus on experiential learning. The teachers learnt that, ‘if we feel positive, we can spread positivity’.

She highlighted some of the common challenges faced by teachers while dealing with students. Role plays were conducted to help the participants deal with various situations while communicating with students. The participants learnt how to analyse the attitude and behaviour of each student and help them redirect their negativity through compassion and empathy to a positive quality.

They were also briefed on how to enhance self-respect, make education more qualitative, and bring more empathy, flexibility, openness, variety and blessings into the classroom.

SAI Alumni Reunion 2019

“The success of a school is reflected in the success of its alumni.” – Anonymous

‘Back to School’, the annual alumni reunion of SAI International School was held on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Students from several batches participated with great fervour.

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A chain of fun-filled activities was conducted like Masquerade Ramp Show, Dance with Mask, Charades etc. Students had a great time taking pictures in the photo booth and writing hearty messages on the Alumni Wall. They also shared their experiences during their days in school, reliving the moments of the good old days.

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On the occasion, students from batch 2019, who found place among the 0.1% nationally in individual subjects in the CBSE Class XII examination 2019, were awarded with Certificate of Merit issued by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Twenty-eight students of the school found place in this national merit list, for their brilliant academic performance in All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) 2019.

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor, SAI International School interacted with the students and encouraged them to always have a progressive future and keep alive their aptitude for learning.

Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Sr. Principal, congratulated the gathering for their hard work, focus, determination and dedication in raising the bars of excellence for themselves and the school.

The Alumni of SAI International School is a large pool of talented individuals, who add value to their school by encouraging the present batch of students, sharing their road to success and also with their achievement in diversified fields. Alumni Reunion 2019 celebrated the bond between friends and the bond between teachers and students.

SAI Olympics 2019

“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhamad Ali

The 7th edition of SAI Olympics, the annual sports event of SAI International School commenced on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Chief Guest Shri Premananda Nayak, Hon’ble Minister, Skill Development and Technical Education, Government of Odisha and Guest of Honour Olympian Athlete Dutee Chand inaugurated the event and declared it open by hoisting the SAI Olympics Flag.

The 3-day event started on a vibrant and euphoric note. It was laced beautifully with salutation from all the four houses in a regimented march past to the exhilarating beats of the School band. It was followed by a spectacular torch rally, where the holy fire was brought to the ground to light the SAI Olympics torch. Finally, the Oath taking ceremony was conducted.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister Shri Nayak highlighted the importance of sports and said that sports prepare a child to become a complete individual. He encouraged students to participate in various sporting events and make it an integral part of their life.

Ms Chand inspired the students to take up sports as a career and urged them to keep their body and mind fit through daily physical exercise. She appreciated SAI International School’s effort in encouraging students to not only participate at various state, national and international level sporting events but also preparing them to excel in it.

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor, SAI International Education Group shared the objective of SAI Olympics and the importance of nurturing the body, mind and soul. He asked the students to nurture the spirit of sportsmanship which would develop in them the qualities of humility, honesty and determination to work hard, hence leading them to earn success in every sphere of life. On the occasion, students who participated in National level sporting events and the winners of inter-house sports competitions were felicitated.

Day 2 was graced by eminent football players Shri Vinit Rai and Shri Chhuantea as well as distinguished Karate player Ms Valena Valentina.

The event came to a glittering end on Monday, December 23, 2019. The valedictory ceremony was graced by Shri Ashish Shah, CEO, Odisha Football Club, Ms Dutee Chand, Olympic Athlete and Ms. Sabina A Sehgal, Country Head, Leading Schools of India.

The Choir group mesmerized everyone with a medley of songs on the great values of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation. It was a great sight to witness the wonderful performance of more than 3500 students who celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji through a series of spectacular performance, which reflected the cardinal pillars of Gandhian values and philosophy.

Shri Shah pointed that the enormous well-maintained stadium shows the International character of the school. He outlined the collaborative effort of SAI International School and Odisha Football Club for the Grassroot FC program to scout talent from all across Odisha and hone their skills to make them proficient players, where by helping them to realize their dreams and enabling them to represent the state and the country.

On the occasion Ms. Sabina A Sehgal felicitated Dr. Sahoo for his contribution in making SAI International School a Leading School of India. Ms. Sehgal said that Schools like SAI International is a big hope in the field of K 12 education. She shared that SAI got selected as a leading school of the country through a rigorous procedure taking into account several vital points that aids in the holistic development of a child.

Dr. Sahoo shared that SAI Olympics is a celebration of sports and congratulated all the students for their brilliant performance. He highlighted five essential points to the parents for the wellbeing of their children, which includes guiding them to sleep early, helping them to exercise for 30 minutes every day, adding a liberal amount of fruits in their diet, checking their weight and BMI every month and not allowing them to use any kind of electronic gadgets after 8pm.

On the occasion, students who excelled in various National-level competition were facilitated. SAI Olympics was declared closed by Dr.Sahoo by lowering the SAI Olympic flag. The mega event came to an end with the SAI Olympic run wherein the slogan ‘Jai Ho’ reverberated all around. The 3-day event saw some excellent sporting activities and reflected the brilliant sportsmanship of the young SAIoneers.

SAI-Odisha FC Golden Baby League launched

“To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.” – Tom Brady

 The Golden Baby League of the SAI-Odisha Football Club for students in the age group of under 7, 8 and 11 years started on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at SAI International School.

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It was inaugurated by Shri Prem Chandra Chaudhary, IAS, Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation in presence of Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Chief Mentor, SAI International Education Group, Shri Aakash Narula, Head Football Development, Odisha FC, Sr.Principal SAI International School, students and parents.

Shri Chaudhary said that the state has been taking a lot of interest towards the development of sports and this Baby Leagues will create a great impact in the students and improve the quality of football in Odisha.

Dr. Sahoo appreciated the interest and involvement of parents for encouraging their children to participate in the Golden Baby Leagues. He added that sports activities from a tender age will have a positive impact in the holistic development of a child.

Shri Narula and his team of coaches along with football coaches of SAI International School helped the young students to learn the fundamentals of football. Appreciating the enthusiasm of the students and parents alike, Shri Narula said that ‘I can see some great talents here, and am sure, the training will be of immense help’. He added that the Baby League will help in nurturing the students to become great footballers and better human beings.

The students will play of total of 28 comparative football matches in a span of three months which will not only nurture football skills but also strengthen their knowledge in maths, english and social skills.

Earlier SAI International School and Odisha FC Grassroot Partnership Programme was launched on Monday, November 18, 2019 to make Odisha a football powerhouse of India, create a football club culture and give the students of the State an opportunity to live their dream.

SAI Netritva 2019

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

SAI Netritva, the annual leadership programme of SAI International School was successfully conducted from October 16 to December 16, 2019. Students from Class I to XII enthusiastically participated in the leadership programme. For students from Class I, II and III, it was a one-day event, while for students from Class IV to XII; it was a 2-day program amidst a picturesque location close to nature.

SAI Netritva is developed with a vision to inculcate the qualities of a true leader within each student and make them aware and confident global learners. It also aims to inspire children to go beyond self and probe into the deeper realms of life in an environment outside school and evolve as empathetic leader. It also creates a greater sense of awareness about ethics and value-based leadership amongst students with respect to society and environment.

Students had hands-on experience at the camp site which gave them scope for self-discovery and activated their curiosity and interest. During the camp, students were guided to understand their own behaviour and feelings as well as identify their strength and weakness. This activity-based training is a step to enhance the positive self-esteem of the children and help them to achieve their full potential. Through interactive activities like discussion, role play and simulation, the participants learnt about proper etiquette and communication skills.

SAI Netritva is an excellent platform which helps in developing every student to their maximum potential and enables them to become lifelong learners and emphasizes on acquisition of useful skills, understanding, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities of the students. It also helps the students to be self-directed, realistic and responsible decision makers.

The stellar achievements of the students are testimony to the effort and hard work put in by our students and teachers who have structured and guided their learning during the program. Supplementing learning by inculcation of values helps to strengthen body, mind and soul, which is the inherent component of a strong leader and which is the core aim of SAI Netritva.

Future Career Options

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have It”. 

Nora Robert

Founder- Vice Chancellor of O.P Jindal Global University addressed Class XI students and shared the five important components students must looks for while selecting a good college/ University; Faculty, the university inter-disciplinary or not, its international ability, does it offer experiential learning and internships, and is there a research eco-system in the University. He briefed about various courses available at their university, also brief on new undergraduate course such as BA Hons. in Global Affairs, Social Science and Policy, Liberal Arts with Humanities, Built Environment Studies and others.

It was a good learning and good exposure for the students as they have enough time to research on their choice of college for higher studies.

Collaborative CSR Activity

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

– Helen Keller

The HUBs of learning is one of its unique kind of programme initiated by the CBSE in the country.SAI International School is a mentor school of one of the HUBS of Learning Chapters in Bhubaneswar. There are three other member schools that are part of the HUB. Several activities are done every month which is coordinated jointly by all the member schools. On 14th December 2019 a collaborative CSR activity was organized to commemorate the International Day of persons with Disability.

The three member schools of the HUB, BJEM School, Prabhujee English Medium School and DAV Kalinga Nagar were part of the programme. 20 students and four teachers from the member schools visited the Shri Harsha Memorial School for the Deaf in Patia and did several activities. At the outset the students attended the school Assembly and did drill with the special students. Then they played outdoor games together in the playground. Later the students of the HOL member schools played some indoor games mostly educational games. They all watched the movie ‘I am Kalam’ which these special students enjoyed a lot. The participating students distributed biscuits and juices which the teachers of the four schools had carried with them. It was a very meaningful day for all the students when they learnt inclusiveness and how to show their love and fellow feeling towards their counterparts who are not so privileged as them.

The Senior Principal of SAI International School Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi highly appreciated the enthusiasm of all the students and the Principal Secondary of SAI International School, Shri Prakash Sahoo supported by providing educational games and training the SAI International students to play with the Shri Harsha students. The Principal of Shri Harsha memorial school for the Deaf Smt Sanjukta Samantray expressed her delight that the students of all the schools who visited them participated whole heartedly.

The Founder & Chief Mentor of the SAI International Education Group Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo expressed his pleasure that our students understand the value of respecting people who are differently abled and also work towards inclusion of these students into their fold.

 

Global Immersion Programme 2019 to Italy

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia

A team of 41 students from SAI International School and SAI International Residential School (SIRS) along with four co-ordinators visited the beautiful country of Italy for a Global Immersion Programme (GIP) from November 22 to December 1, 2019.

Design for Change I Can Global Summit

The team attended the Design for Change I Can Global Summit held in Rome from November 27 to 30, 2019. During the 4-day conference, a gamut of activities was conducted where children from across the globe celebrated their solutions of change with other changemakers.

On the first day of the summit, the students all attired in Indian traditional dresses joined children from 46 different countries. The day was filled with various fun activities, games and making friends. Students from various countries conducted flash mobs, danced and sang songs.

On the 2nd day of the DFC Global Summit in Rome, students had a great learning experience. Participants from various countries showcased their solutions for different challenges faced by people. A lot of activities were conducted to stimulate the young changemakers to make the planet a better place. On the 3rd day, the team from SAI International made a presentation. The audience highly appreciated their effort for designing and implementing a laudable project. It was followed by several fun and game activities.

On the final day of the Summit, the young participants from all over the world made some amazing presentations as change agents. They had a discussion on how to solve some difficult problem faced by people all over the globe through peace and harmony.

 Meeting His Holiness Pope Francis

The team got an opportunity to meet His Holiness Pope Francis, known as the supreme pontiff leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, and head of state representing the Holy See. The Pope spoke on how inter-connected people are with each other. It was an amazing experience for the team.

Exploring Venice

They got an opportunity to explore the beautiful land known for its scenic landscape, ancient architecture, fashion, art, music, football, pizza, pasta and many more. On reaching Venice the students went for a leisurely walk, enjoying the scenic beauty and the balmy weather. They visited the City Centre and had a glimpse of the colonial style shops and streets and the beautifully lit canal water. In the following days, they also visited the Saint Mark’s Square which is the largest and most important square in Venice, San Marco Basilica and also Vecchia Murano Glass Factory.

They were taken on a guided tour to the Leaning Tower and the Cathedral. Students were amazed to learn that the famous Tower of Pisa was actually a freestanding bell tower of the cathedral. They were briefed on the history of the city, the Pisa Cathedral, the Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) and on why the tower is leaning as well as the initiatives taken by the government to protect the monument.

They also visited the famous Pisa Cathedral, the medieval Roman Catholic church which is a notable example of Romanesque architecture. The team spent some peaceful time there, followed by clicking some memorable moments and shopping souvenirs.

Discovering Rome

The team continued with a visit to Rome, a country embedded with centuries of history. The enthusiastic students got ready early morning to explore the beauty of the land. The students were amazed to see the graffiti and aesthetic sceneries on their way to Vatican City.

They visited the Vatican Museum and learnt about the Roman paintings and sculptures and the stories behind each creation. Next was a visit to Saint Peter’s Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom. A visit to Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope was also a great experience. The team was astonished to see the beautiful architecture and enjoy some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures.

They went for a walking tour of Vatican City. With a guide to load them with interesting information, and a pair of headsets, the walk became very interesting. Students learnt about the culture and tradition of the place and learnt about the people. The team also visited the famous Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. Students learnt about its history and how the mammoth structure got its present name. They visited Spanish Steps, the monumental stairway of 135 steps and the Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous fountains in the world. Later the team visited Pantheon and learnt about the significance and history of the ancient Roman monument. It was followed by a shopping spree, where the team explored the most famous streets of Italy, Piazza Del Popolo.

GIP builds an inerasable confidence as well as International understanding that get embedded in the mind and soul of the students. It provides them with an enabling platform to increase their efficiency, gain respect for the cultures and traditions of other countries and people and deepen their knowledge level on the global arena. GIP is designed to create confident Global Citizens and future ready Leaders working towards a better tomorrow.

Club Presentation – SAI TV & Radio Orange

“The Best way to predict your Future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

Club presentation is a way to share the activities and achievements of a club to the teachers and members of other clubs. It helps in boosting the morale of the students, developing teamwork as well as enhancing skills like speaking, reading, writing and listening.

The members of Radio Orange Club made a presentation on Thursday, November 28, 2019 where they emphasized on the requisite skills essential to become a notable Radio Jockey. They accentuated the vital role played by them in the two mega events, UNWIND & SAITED and delineated their experiences at the event with exuberance.

The members of the club gave insight into voice training, script writing and recording as the chief components of a being a Radio Jockey. They emphasised on clarity in speech, flawless diction, proper pronunciation, soothing and commanding voice, scintillating approach, modulation of voice in accordance with the mood of script, splendid presentation, fluency of thoughts and expression & communicative power as paramount to strike connectivity with the listener. They reiterated that Radio Orange club provides them the possible avenue to master the radio jockeying skills and pursue their dreams to emerge as confident, creative & efficacious speaker.

The Class XI and XII members of SAI TV also made a presentation on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Club members described the aim and objective of the club, which is to enhance creativity, team work and goal achievement. All their club class activities of anchoring, script writing, handling camera, short movie making, production, editing, publicity, programming etc were highlighted through a video.

Students also briefed on details of the School You Tube channel and its playlist, where videos related to SAI International School and SAIoneers are uploaded. The members spoke about the playlist SAIoneers Creation and shared about the criteria of highlighting their creativity through their videos in that playlist.

The Radio Orange and SAI TV provide ample scope and opportunity to students to showcase their creativity in different spheres.

 

UNWIND 2019

“Celebrate life with friends, family and yes with those people who have no one. Celebrate your success by giving back to the society.” – Anonymous

The fun-filled mega event of SAI International School, UNWIND was successfully conducted on Sunday, November 17, 2019. It was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri R.Balakrishnan, IAS, Chief Advisor, Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Odisha and Guest of Honour, Ms.Chithra Arumugam, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Odisha, in presence of Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group and Advisor, Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Dr. Silpi Sahoo, Vice Chairperson, SAI International Education Group and Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Senior Principal, SAI International School.

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Shri Balakrishnan briefed the assemblage on the difference between normal education and value-based education and said that events of such kind prepares students for the real world. He advised the students to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence in life.

Ms. Arumugam advised the students to have the courage to be true to their own self and stay connected with their inner self. Speaking about UNWIND, she said that ‘Learn’ stands for constructing knowledge to communicate, ‘Lead’ indicates to go and shine wherever one is and ‘Serve’ means giving back to the world, which is the best part of a person.

Dr. Sahoo outlined the objective of UNWIND and shared that it gives the students an opportunity to learn through an event, which would instil in them the essential qualities of a leader helping them beyond their school years.

The Holistic Parenting Award was presented to the parents of State Topper, Commerce, Khusi Gupta. The winners of Business Model Competition 2019 were also awarded on the occasion.

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As part of the Social Connect activity, students of Swami Bichitrananda Kalyan Ashram, Cuttack, considered as the oldest Orphanage of Independent India, visited the event along with their teachers. The students had a wonderful time playing the various games. They gave a brilliant dance performance which was loved by the assemblage.

On the occasion, the SAIoneers showcased their musical and dancing talents in four different podiums during UNWIND 2019. Students from KG II to XII sang, danced, played instruments and did beat boxing to their hearts content. Each performance spoke about the interest and talent of the students.

Colourful arcades, bouncy castles, mind-boggling games, delectable cuisines and many more marked UNWIND 2019. The event came to an end with an enthralling performance by Ms. Lisa Mishra, a young dynamic singer. She won everyone’s heart with her heart touching songs.

The SAI Family including parents and teachers had a wonderful time at UNWIND 2019. Every year SAI International School organizes the mega fest to foster unity and brotherhood, develop compassion, infuse traits of a future leader in the students and enjoy to one’s heart’s content. More than 25,000 people including students and parents attended the mega event.

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