Webinar at SAI

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you.” – John C. Maxwell

A Webinar on the topic “Stream Selection, students first academic decision”, was organised for students of Class X on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in the Sushila Devi auditorium. It was conducted by Ms. Muskan Bhatia, Univariety Counsellor. She addressed the probable questions regarding higher studies that arise in the minds of students during this stage of life.

Ms. Bhatia briefed the students about different streams and possible career options for each stream. She spoke about the available streams like Commerce, Science and Humanities, what are the vital points to consider before selecting the right stream as well as pros and cons of various streams. She also spoke about the various myths attached to each stream and cleared them with logical reasoning. Ms. Bhatia elaborated the benefits of taking Commerce with Mathematics.

Some of the other issues on which she spoke were, ability to take the career aptitude test, choosing the subjects with different combination, information about Vedic Maths, new upcoming streams, professional courses etc.

SAI International School believes in bringing about a meaningful change in the lives of its students by constantly guiding them to pursue the right path. Through proper nurturing of talent and skill, it equips the students with versatile qualities. Simultaneously, the school takes care to identify and understand the area of expertise of the students as well as motivates them for self-reflection to assess their own strength and weakness. This gives them the ability to weigh options before taking any decisions and also inspires the children to gain a better control over their life in order to move ahead successfully. The career counseling and the personalized care provided by the school further helps the students make informed decisions which leads them to their desired higher or professional studies.

Quest Club Presentation

“Questioning is the ability to organize our thinking around what we don’t know”.

The members of the Quest Club gave a crisp and wonderful presentation on their Club activities on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Through video clippings they highlighted the importance of quizzing.

The enthusiastic students organised a quizzing session of three rounds for Classes VI to VIII. The interesting questions were based on topics related to science, history and current affairs. The event witnessed enthusiastic preparation & participation of the SAIoneers. The students displayed a high spirit and were in jubilant mood while answering the questions.

Quest, puzzles and games form a part of Quest Club curriculum, wherein members are involved in systematic study and application of knowledge. This has a remarkable impact on character building, instils self-discipline and encourages the spirit of inquiry that helps build mental alertness.

Quest Club intends to provide students an interactive platform for sharing their knowledge and enhancing their knowledge base through quizzes. Activities like mind sport or games not only boost their confidence but also satisfy their inquisitive instinct to explore more and perform better.

SAI International School always encourages positive participation of students and hopes to bring out the best in them through such healthy interactions & discussions. It also ensures that children learn through all possible ways and not just confine their learning horizon to books & classroom teaching.

Club Performance – SAI TV

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potentials.” John Maxwell

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.

The member of SAI TV from Class VI to VIII gave a beautiful presentation of their Club during the Morning Assembly on Wednesday, January 16, 2018. The students showed a well-prepared short movie which included their activities at SAI TV like anchoring, editing, camera handling, news reading, script writing, panel discussion and movie making.

The members also brief

ed the students on what You Tube is and how to find the various videos of SAI International made by SAI TV, that are being uploaded on the site. They also performed a small act showing the importance of advertisement as a tool of publicity in today’s world.

The members of SAI TV conducts real life activities like interviewing eminent visitors, parents, alumni, student achievers etc. They also take bytes from people during mega events like UNWIND, SAITED, Confluence etc. Students learn how to take bytes, edit those, make background study and weave it into a movie. They also learn how to handle camera and the various shots that needs to be taken. This helps them to cover larger and smaller events of the school.

Dashak – SAI Confluence 2019

“Character is the most precious gift of education.” – Shree Sai Baba

The theme of SAI Confluence 2019 is ‘Dashak’, signifying the Decade of Excellence of SAI International School. A voyage extraordinaire, leading to the creation of an institution of national repute, wherein each and every step is ushered towards the quest of lifelong learning, nurturing the human spirit and initiating excellence through devotion and dedication. SAI Confluence 2019 was all the more special as it coincided with the decadal year of SAI International School and the Centenary year of Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi.

It was inaugurated by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the School premises. He also unveiled the ‘Decadal Pin’ which will be given to the students to commemorate the ten-year journey of the school. In his address, Gajapati Maharaja congratulated SAI International School for making the State and the Nation proud with their achievements. He emphasized the importance of value education and said that a child is a product of its own environment and so one should ensure that the environment is based on cultural values to make them great individuals. He added that amalgamating modern education with moral, spiritual and ethical education will help build character of children in a better way.

Chairman Dr. Bijoy K Sahoo spoke about ‘Dashak’, and said that “to achieve excellence in life, only two things are required, Shradha and Saburi”. He added that SAI Baba’s universal teachings are the constant guiding factor which has made the school successful in the national and even international school educational scenario. Dr. Sahoo also shared that ‘happiness is the theme of our school and if everyone is happy, learning will be more impactful and permanent”.

Vice Chairperson Dr. Silpi Sahoo thanked Gajapati Maharaja and Maharani Lilabati Pattamahadei for sparing their valuable time to bless the students and the school and all the students for putting up a great show. Principal Shri Harish Sanduja highlighted the achievements of the School and the students.

SAI Confluence is special as all the students of the School are inspired to participate in the function to bring out their hidden talents and raise their confidence. The fun and creativity in crafting wonderful performances through songs, music and scripts motivates the students to get involved in the entire process with zeal and dedication. It is an integral part of its curriculum for the holistic development of the students which impart a deeper learning through innovative themes giving out a strong message on the values, culture and traditions of our nation and state as well.

The event commenced with an eclectic performance by one hundred students playing a myriad of instruments to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. Assimilating the spiritual thoughts and ideologies of various religions and festivals of the country and weaving a beautiful narrative executed by children through dance and music was a spectacular sight to witness.

CBSE Secretary visits SAI

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for living your community and world better than you found it.” –  Marian Wright Edelman

Shri Anurag Tripathi, IRPS, Secretary, CBSE inaugurated the SAI Science Park and the in-house virtual radio station, Orange 99.9 at SAI International School on Friday, January 11, 2019. Among others present on the occasion were Dr Biswajit Saha, Director, Skill Education & Training, CBSE, Shri Thongkholet Mate, Regional Officer, CBSE, Dr. Bijoy K Sahoo, Chairman, SAI International, Shri Harish Sanduja, Principal, teachers, students and staff of SAI International School.

The visiting officials also toured SAI Angan and interacted with teachers and students. Shri Tripathi highly appreciated the Play School and said that each component of the building speaks about the kind of nurturing the children have as they all look so happy and lively. He also applauded the innovative infrastructure of the school where the walls, the corridors, the classroom and each single place portrays an interesting story appealing the students. He added that these creativities attract the students to the school and make it a place for joyful learning.

SAI International School hosted an interactive workshop on new Examination & Evaluation process to be followed in 2019 Board Examination by CBSE, on the same day. It commenced with a highly enriching training session which aimed at developing a better guideline system of evaluation. It was conducted by Ms.Singh and attended by 900 educationists including 187 Principals from various CBSE-affiliated Schools of Bhubaneswar Region (States like Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh). A brainstorming session on evaluation process of examination was conducted and the findings were discussed later in the day with the top officials from CBSE.

Shri Tripathi in his address asked the teachers to take the process of evaluation of marksheets in a serious manner to reduce the variations to the minimum. He also inspired them to attend trainings and workshops at regular intervals to equip themselves to become ideal teachers. He outlined the five major verticals of education like giving emphasis to experiential learning, imbibing values in the students, wellness of students or developing a passion for learning in them and trying out ways to develop life skills in the children.

Dr.Saha said that conditioning of one’s mind reflects in the checking of papers and so one needs to condition it with adequate knowledge as well as with integrity and honesty. He shared some of the major ways which can aid in streamlining the examination system like assessing the examiners to identify the lacunas and providing training to weed those out,

Highlighting the importance of education Dr. Sahoo said that education and development are directly corelated and so it is immensely important for a country to invest heavily into its education system. He shared Odisha was once known for Pushpagiri Mahavihara, considered as ancient Indian higher learning institution parallel to the Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshila universities and added that Bhubaneswar is soon going to be one of the prominent educational hubs of the country and bring back the lost glory. Shri Sanduja applauded the assemblage for the highly energising workshop and thanked all the guests for being open to learning.

AFS ICL Training at SAI

“We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” – Tim Berners – Lee

To support students and teachers on their intercultural learning (ICL) journeys and help them know the basics of ICL and the educational benefits of the AFS experience, AFS conducted the first level of training at SAI International School from January 6 to 8, 2019. It was conducted by Ms. Sarita Badhwar, Consultant, AFS India.

The training for Teachers was conducted on January 6 & 8, 2019 where twenty-nine teachers of the school undertook the first level of training. In the interactive workshop, teachers learnt about the Educational Approach and the various Programs of AFS, Cognitive and learning styles emphasizing on the theory and practice of Kolb’s learning cycle, Linking Intercultural learning to realities, on what Culture is and its concepts, the values and dimensions of culture as well as its adaptation. It also focussed on the importance of various communication styles and suspended judgements.

The workshop for the students was conducted on Monday, January 7, 2019. Forty-four senior students attended the workshop which imparted training on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to become the Change Agents. As part of the training, Shri Sujit Mahapatra, Founder, Bakul Foundation spoke on his own struggles, challenges and success of becoming a change maker. He elaborated on how he is linked with the SDGs like Education and environment.

Through interactive talks and collaborative hands-on activities, participants explored their own role as global citizens and change makers. The aim of the workshop is to gather youths to reflect on the issues affecting the world and how they can work together to help advance the UN-SDGs.

The AFS training is an ongoing developmental process aimed at imparting intercultural competence. It aims to equip the teachers with skills that will enable them to work in environment filled with diversity and help them in edify students to become Global Change makers and leaders in their own field.

AFS encourages people to embrace their “learning to live together” philosophy and foster intercultural understanding to create positive change for a more just and peaceful world.

Laudable SAIoneer

“Chess is a very logical game and it is the man who can reason most logically and profoundly in it that ought to win.” – Jose Capablanca

Chess is one such game which enables a child to gain confidence, become disciplined, and help the child to learn through analysis, research, and assessment of the situation before making any decision. It enhances mental clarity and mental dexterity.

SAIoneer Ankita Sahoo of Class VIII, Fide ID 35047337 is a well acclaimed Chess player of the State. She has been winning several laurels over the years in various categories. In the last one-year Ankita has won several coveted medals for her outstanding performance. Her latest achievement includes representing the State to participate in the National Level School Games Federation of India (SGFI) Chess Championship in the Under-17 category to be held in Andhra Pradesh later this month.

She emerged as Champion in the SGFI State Level Chess Championship, Under-17 category held on January 4 and 5, 2019, at Nayagarh, Odisha which qualified her for the National Championship.

The talented girl had brought laurels to the state when she represented Odisha in the 35th National Under-15 Girls Chess Championship 2018, held at Kalyani, West Bengal from July 17 to 25, 2018. It was organised by Bengal Chess Association and supported by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal. She won the 26thplace.

Ankita also emerged as the Champion in the CBSE National Girls Under-17 Individual Chess Championship 2018 held at Gwalior from November 1 to 4, 2018. In the same venue she was one of the 4-member girls team of the School which won the first prize in the CBSE National Girls Under-17 category.

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Earlier this year, she won the 1st Runners Up prize in Odisha State Under-15 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2018 held at Sailabala Women’s College, Cuttack. It was organized by Cuttack District Chess Association under the aegis of All Odisha Chess Association.

Chess is an age-old game which originated as believed in India and spread over to the entire world. The game has bonded people from various background and taught them to win or lose with grace.

SAI Sports Academy 2019

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.” – Morihei Ueshiba

Physical activity plays a great role in the development of a child and so it is highly imperative  for children to indulge in some or other form of such activities in their daily life. Several researches have proved that children who participate in sports tend to do well in academics. They are more confident, develop team spirit and social skills as well as enhance the agility of body and mind.

The annual coaching programme of SAI Sports Academy started on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Interested students from Class III to XII are given a two-hour training on Tennis, Basketball, Table Tennis, Cricket, Wall Climbing, Skating, Horse Riding, Kho-Kho, Football and Badminton every Sunday from 7am to 9am. The programme will continue till January 27, 2019 and students will receive a Certificate of Participation as well as a trophy at the end of the programme.

SAI Sports Academy continues to train the students every Sunday morning amidst the biting cold. The enthusiastic students and the equally keen coaches work together to tone the physique and hone the skills of the young SAIoneers in different sporting activities.

The objective of this training is to inculcate a love for sports in the students and help them to learn the sport of their choice in a methodical way. The experienced coaches and the excellent infrastructure help these young students in learning and practicing the sporting skills.

Atal Tinkering Lab

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) aims to create a pool of talent that is future ready, by introducing and exposing students to essential world skills; to get them to think out of the box, and break boundaries and make something unique in the process. The lab helps to instil a ‘maker’ spirit in young people, by using hands-on experimentation, collaboration with the latest technology, and designing it to provide the much-needed solutions.

The ATL of SAI International School provides training to students from Class VI to IX on different kinds of Mechanical and Electrical tools, their uses and handling, Robotics, 3D printing, Internet of Things (IOT), Design thinking, Prototyping and Programming.

The lab is well-equipped with different tools, Electronic items, Sensors, 3D pen, 3D printers, IOT devices and high-end computers. Students get an opportunity to have a hand full of practical experiences about the concerned subjects and can implement their thoughts and ideas into a project.

The state of the art facilities and active mentoring by experts help the students to come up with various innovative projects. Students have also started demonstrating their projects in various competitions and won prizes. To take the innovation journey of the school to the next level, the school plans to upgrade the Lab with more tools, equipment and facilities.

These lab is a brilliant way to bring the do-it-yourself culture to the forefront, encourage and motivate students to become solution providers and get engaged in self-learning that will not only lead to the development of higher order thinking skills, but may eventually lead to discoveries, innovations and inventions.

NSE Achievers

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –  John Wooden

Science Olympiads are internationally recognised competitions in various fields of knowledge. They are held every year in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science. They help in identifying the capabilities of a child, help the child to understand his or her own understanding of the subject and motivate the child to workhand and prepare hard to improve the results.

Students of SAI International School have once again made us proud with their academic values. The praiseworthy results in the National Standard Examinations in Physics 2018 have set a new benchmark and raised the level of excellence of the students.

In Physics Olympiad, Class XII students Sibasis Nayak, Prateek Choudhury, Sayantan Dhar, Amrit Kumar Sahoo and Gyana Pr. Beria are among the top ten students of the state. The first four ranks in the state are bagged by Sibasis, Prateek, Sayantan and Amrit respectively.

In Chemistry Olympiad, four out of the top five students in Odisha are the SAIoneers. While Prateek and Sayantan are the joint toppers, Sibasis got the 2nd rank and Gyana bagged the 4th place.

Similarly, in Astro Olympics, the first four places in the state are bagged by the talented SAIoneers. Sibasis got the first rank, Prateek, Sayantan and Gyana got the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively. In Group B, Sibasish and Reeteswar got the 2nd and 4th place in Astro Olympics.

National Standard Examination (NSE) is conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT), Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT) and Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS). It is the first stage for International Science Olympiad (ISO). Students securing marks above the Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) or toppers from each state/ Union Territories are eligible for IInd stage Indian Olympiads (INO) in respective subjects. All further steps are conducted by Homi Bhabha Certer for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai.

These examinations are held to enable the student judge him/her self against a national standard, and To increase the student-teacher interaction through discussion on the Question Paper.