Going Global Club

“Diversification and globalization are the keys to the future.” – Fujio Mitarai

The Going Global Club Members of Class IX and X as well as Senior Secondary students conducted their Club Presentation. It commenced with a prayer, followed by students showcasing various activities done in different months of 2019.

They presented each activity in form of a slide, explaining the activity details and finally describing the learning outcome of each of the activities. They talked about International Youth Day, Global Village, Community Services, Adoption of a school and the Round Square Conference.

The students then shared details about the Going Global booth to be put up during UNWIND 2019. They showed the various merchandise like headbands, badges, head gears, dream catchers etc, made by the students of the Club. They also shared details about the games which will be there in the booth.

The assembly was concluded by the distribution of certificates to the proud winners of Dada Saheb Phalke awards. This year, the ever creative SAIoneers have once again won the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award. The students received the Award in three categories Best Public Service Announcement, Best Short Documentary, Best Background Music at the 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, held in New Delhi on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Spectrum Club Exhibition

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.” – Ken Robinson

The Science Exhibition was an astounding display of innovative ideas by the young and enthusiastic Spectrum Club members of Class IV and V. The young ones displayed all their creations made throughout the session in the Atrium of Mahatma Gandhi Block on Monday, November 4, 2019.

The participants exhibited unique creative ideas through gadgets and devices. Some of them made a revolutionary oxygen mask which could address the air pollution problem in near future. While others impressed the gathering with models demonstrating windmill generated electricity, air cooler using wet tissue paper, gadgets operated flying disc and wobbly bubbly bubble maker.

 

 

The futuristic experimentations presented by the young talented minds through ingenious demonstration skills and inventive ideas was really praiseworthy.

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Shri Sonam Wangchuk visits SAI International School

“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity… and these in turn rely on the education of our people.” – Julia Gillard

The combination of Bright Head, Skilled Hands and a Kind-Compassionate Heart (3H) is the very essence of education, said Innovator, environmentalist and educationist Shri Sonam Wangchuk while addressing the students of SAI International School on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He delivered a Lecture on ‘3R to 3H: The Next Learning Revolution’, where he stressed that education, or grooming any person, is not about the head or the 3 R’s (Reading, WRiting, ‘ARithmetic), rather it is all about the 3H. He also outlined the importance of hands-on learning and inspired students to strengthen themselves by applying their text book knowledge in real life situations to bring in a positive difference in the society.

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Shri Wangchuk was accompanied by Ms.Gitanjali Jain, Founding CEO of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL). Besides HIAL, she has also led the curriculum design and development for the Maharashtra International Educational Board (MIEB) in 2017 and is advising and helping Auroville start its own university. The team went for a guided tour of the school and described it as a beautiful school with energetic and happy students.

Shri Wangchuk shared with the students on how the increasing student drop outs and failure rates stimulated him to start the famous eco-friendly and self-sustainable Alternative School, Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which has become a role model for various educationists. He elaborated on how he harnessed the latent potentials of the students labelled as failures and helped them to stand in their life. By creating a supportive environment, he enabled students to excel and even attain national and international acclaim in their chosen field. Shri Wangchuk opined that students should be taught the way in which they learn better, not in the existing standard system of education.

He spoke about how he used simple knowledge from his school science books to experiment and created the famous ‘Ice Stupas’, which has brought in greenery to the land and solved the water crisis of Ladakhi people. He also detailed on how SECMOL was designed, built and run with and by the students and made self-sustainable by blending ancient wisdom with modern science. He inspired the students to try and make innovations with the help of earth, Sun, ice and fire.

Speaking on the importance of conserving energy, Shri Wangchuk said that unless each and every citizen feel the responsibility and pledge to lend their contribution for a cleaner and greener world, the planet will continue to deteriorate. He also spoke about his latest movement, ‘I live Simply’, which was launched as a tribute to Gandhiji, inspiring people to live a simple live by changing their mind-set, attitude and way of living, so as to make the world a better place. He asked the students to pledge not to waste food, use bicycle, switch off lights and fan if not in use, use staircase etc. He inspired them to become role models in their own community and spearhead the movement.

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Shri Wangchuk is recognised for his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, thus improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth, as well as for harnessing science and culture creatively for economic progress.

He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018, ICA Honor Award 2017, San Francisco, CA, Rolex Awards for Enterprise, 2016, International Terra Award for best earth building, 2016 and Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, among others. Dr.Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder SAI International Education Group thanked Shri Wangchuk for inspiring the students with his words of wisdom.

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Making the First Aid Kit

Students of Class IV prepared a First Aid Kit, assembling all the necessary items during an activity on SAI Samskara. They understood the necessity of keeping this kit at home for treating ailments and injuries to reduce the risk of infection or the severity of the injury. They assembled things like adhesive tape, anti-diarrheal medicine, dettol, antiseptic cream, band-aid, cotton, scissors, gauze pads, pain relief gel, thermometer, crepe band, antibiotic ointment and medicines for cold, headache, fever and allergy to their very own First Aid Kits.

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Fun ways of learning Science

“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering, and maths.” – Ainissa Ramirez

Students of Class VI had an amazing way of learning Science through different experiential ways. In one such activity, children were asked to prove whether air is present everywhere or not. The inspired children did prove it through an experiment with the help of glass tumbler, glass trough and water. They dipped an inverted paper cup inside a trough full of water and felt the pressure that air exerts on the outer surrounding. They very well proved that air is not only present every where but also occupies space of its own.

Through another experiment, the Class VI students showed the presence of starch in leaves which occurs due to photosynthesis. They carried the experiment with great accuracy, and showed how the leaf colour turns black blue, indicating the presence of starch. The learning outcome was that during the process of photosynthesis, glucose is produced which is stored in the form of starch.

Experiential learning is a wonderful way to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It also has a positive impact on the mindset of the students, accelerates learning and increases level of engagement.

A Joyful way of Learning

“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.” – David A. Kolf

Learning through experience is a wonderful way for students to learn and retain the knowledge. Hands-on activities require students to use skills like problem-solving and decision-making, which hones their abilities further and accelerates the process of learning.

Students of SAI International School are always encouraged to learn by doing, for which several innovative and interesting activities are conducted on a regular basis. Steps are taken to ensure that each child get immersed in these activities and inculcate the habit of lifelong learning.

In one such activity, students of Class VII described the poem ‘Macavity the Mystery Cat’ by T.S.Eliot, through a well-prepared power point presentation (PPT), which made the poem more interesting. Another group of Class VII student made a presentation on the story “Helping Hand”, right from their English Literature. They explained the chapter in a beautiful way, which made it all the more immersive.

Class VIII students made a presentation on the interpretation of the poem “Television’, a famous poem that advises and inspires children to read books instead of watching television. It warns us about the dangers of watching television excessively. Another group of Class VIII students made posters to put across the importance of water and also spoke on the topic “Water – the Global need of the hour”.

Global Immersion Programme to the Spectacular Singapore & Malaysia

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” ― Rich Ridgeway

To explore the modern marvels of Singapore and Malaysia and have an enriching learning experience, twenty-five students and two teacher co-ordinators visited the two beautiful places on a Global Immersion Programme (GIP) from October 7 to 14, 2019.

The trip commenced with a breath-taking aerial view of the enchanting Sentosa Island, Singapore from the cable car followed by watching the brilliant Laser Show. Day 2 was all the more fun experiencing the exciting rides at the Universal Studio and shopping souvenirs. The evening was spent in the Garden by the Bay. The team was awestruck being surrounded by the beautiful flowers and greenery as well as viewing the artificial waterfall.

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The excitement in Day 3 triggered with a visit to the Singapore Flyer and clicking some memorable pictures. Next was a pleasant trip to the famous Merlion Park, enroute soaking in the beauty of the culturally rich land. The team then went to the Thian Hock Keng, a Chinese Temple filled with majestic beauty to pay obeisance. The afternoon was spent visiting the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS) and exploring the student life and admission opportunities. The team attended an enlightening session at NUS and finally winding up the day with some heart-warming shopping of gifts and souvenirs for family and friends.

 

On Day 4 the students attended a Seminar on ‘Widening the Understanding of Management in real life’. They also went for a guided campus tour and were very excited a witness the lively campus life. This was followed by shopping and swimming. The team reached Malaysia on Friday, October 11, 2019. The next day, they visited the holy Batu Caves, one of the largest natural caves and a popular Hindu shrine outside India. Students enjoyed the natural ambience and were awestruck to see the 140 feet high idol of Lord Karthik. The divine aura all around inspired them to do meditation, under the guidance of Shri Prakash Sahoo, Principal, Secondary. Students had fun going up to the highlands at 6500 feet. They had a sumptuous meal which was an amalgamation of Chinese, Western, Malaysian local dish, with many more sweets, cakes and pastries. They reached Kuala Lumpur and had a great time enjoying the various fun rides and learning about the place.

 

Sunday, October 13 was spent on a City tour of Kuala Lumpur. The team visited the King’s place and the National Monument, which houses statues of war heroes, who lost their life during the war. They also visited the Harriston Chocolate Outlet, where they saw a wide array of delicious chocolates. The team also had a great time visiting the Kuala Lumpur Tower, lunch at Chennai Express Restaurant and finally spending time at Time Square Mall.

 

Every year the school conducts various GIPs to several countries. It helps in enriching student’s understanding on some of the most developed countries and widens their knowledge horizon. It also develops in them competencies and capabilities to respond appropriately to internal and external challenges in life.

SAIoneers experience at Round Square International Conference 2019

Being a Round Square Candidate School, students of SAI International School took part for the first time in the Round Square International Conference (RSIC) held at Indore from October 2 to 8, 2019. Round Square is a not-for-profit network of 50 countries on six continents that share a passion for experiential learning built around six ideals of learning – Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

A six-member team from SAI International School comprising of four students and two teacher co-ordinators attended the prestigious RSIC 2019, held at Emerald Heights International, Indore. It was participated by students from 157 Schools from across the globe.

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The RSIC is an amalgamation of different communities and cultures where students had a real global experience, through a wide spectrum of activities. They spent five days networking, building friendships, attending workshop on the Round Square (RS) Ideals and completing various community service project with schools from countries like USA, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and UK to name a few.

 

About RSIC

This coveted conference is hosted by different Round Square Schools from around the globe every year and this year, it is being hosted by an Indian School. The Conference was scheduled in the week that celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and is dedicated to non-violence and peace. The theme of the Conference is ‘Sarvodaya – The World We Wish to See’.

 Keynote Speakers

The team got an opportunity to hear some of the universally acclaimed speakers who spoke about a wide array of subjects including democracy, sustainable development, mindfulness and many more.The first Keynote Speaker was Nobel Prize Winner, Shri Kailash Satyarthi who briefed the students about his crusade against Child Labour. He inspired the young minds to follow the 3 Ds – Dream, Discover, and Do. Indian Politician and Writer, Shri Shashi Tharoor highlighted the fact that this generation would have to know the art of learning because of the major transitions that will unfurl as time passes.

Robot Sophia, world’s first Robot citizen and a citizen of Saudi Arabia, addressed the students on the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI).Artist and Women Right’s Activist, Ms. Kiran Gandhi delivered an inspiring keynote address on the power of equality. Major D.P.Singh, the first Blade Runner of India inspired the students by telling that, ‘you are the Boss of your life and once you recognise that, then no hurdle or challenge is big enough for you”. Swami Gaur Gopal Das spoke on what happiness was all about.

 

Interactive Time

Each session was followed by a Barazza where students in group took the discussion forward. Barazzas and rikkas were held to bridge individual and cultural differences. Here scintillating deliberations were held to elaborate different perspectives on a topic and students had the freedom to explore their creativity. In one such activity, students had a great time creating their own hashtags and explaining them in from of their respective Barazas. The theme of SAIoneers hashtags was ‘the future we wish to see’. SAIoneers also spoke about the importance of youth in addressing the global challenges.Every evening gala theme dinner depicting the different state of India with cuisine specific to that area and local market were set-up.

 

Cultural Performance

The SAI students gave a wonderful Odissi performance during the cultural evening. The energetic crowd enthused the team to teach them the signature Clap of Happiness of SAI and finally tossing the giant globe in the air with Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – one world one family written over it, symbolising the world as one family. This is also our theme for SAI Model United Nations Conference (SAIMUN) which is held annually in the month of July, since the year 2013.

 

Adventure

The team took part in a 3-km Marathon along with Major D.P.Singh, the first Blade Runner of India and students and teachers from all corners of the world. The cause behind the Marathon was to ignite the student’s spirit of adventure and create awareness on Cancer. It was a joint effort by the Indore Cancer Foundation and Emerald Heights International School. For Round Square a spirit of adventure is characterised by those who push themselves beyond their perceived limits, cross boundaries and discover that they are capable of more than they thought.

 

Services

Students also went to various places to render their service. One of the SAIoneers went to an underprivileged school where she played with the kids and served them food; another student went to a school for dyslexia, where she painted walls and gave out school shoes and uniforms; the other student visited a school for the blind and prepared ladoos and pen stands; the fourth student went to a old age home and took part in gifting the elderly people block printed bed sheets and pillow covers. All the four students spent quality time in their respective groups.

 

Enriching Trips

The team went on to explore Mandu, the ancient fort city of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, October 5. SAIoneers were captivated to see the architectural marvels and learn about the various myths and historical significance of the city. The beautiful pavilion pf the Revakund inspired the students to practice some of their Odissi steps. Their guide was a student of the host school, who made the trip all the more interesting with detailed information. They also visited the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Maheshwar the very next day, where students apart from sightseeing, witnessed the traditional Maheshwar textiles. They were welcomed with thread necklaces by little kids and were filled with valuable information by their guide, a Class XII students of the host school.

Round Square students are encouraged to discover and develop their won capabilities through a range of experiences, activities, collaborative projects and challenges, both within and outside the curriculum, including social service projects, exchanges and conferences participation. SAIoneers and the Teachers had a wonderful learning experience at RSIC.

 

SAI is the only school from Eastern India to become a Round Square Candidate School. The Membership brings opportunities for students of SAI International School to develop global competence, character and understanding, through real-life meaningful activities. As a Round Square Candidate School, SAI International School has effectively incorporated the six ideals of Round Square in the curriculum.

SAI International School adjudged as India’s 3rd Best School yet again

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” – Napoleon Hill

SAI International School is once again proclaimed as the 3rd Best School in India in Co-ed Day cum Boarding School category by #EducationWorldIndiaSchoolRankings2019

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Being placed among the three Best Schools of the Country and retaining the position showcases SAI’s constant endeavour towards excellence in education. Adding to the glory of SAI International Education Group, SAI international Residential School (SIRS) received the No 1 Co-ed Boarding School of Odisha Award. It is indeed a moment of great pride and honour for SAI fraternity.

The Awards were presented to Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group, Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Senior Principal, SAI International School and Shri Amitabh Agnihotri, Headmaster, SIRS on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in New Delhi.

Congratulating the students, parents, teachers and staff, Dr. Sahoo said that, ‘the awards give us the encouragement to work more, discover and invent new learning pedagogies for shaping our students to be global leaders’.

EducationWorld has forayed into assessing schools in the global arena from this year onwards, starting with schools from India and neighbouring nations like the Kingdom of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain (CBSE and/or CISCE, Delhi affiliated schools), Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

This year, the Schools were assessed through a robust and comprehensive school survey on wider parameters by 122 Field personnel who interviewed 4,340 educationists / principals / teachers and 7,597 fees-paying parents, as well as students from class X-XII in 28 cities.

In recent past, SAI International School has been bestowed with several National-level awards including the highly prestigious D.L.Shah Quality Award by Quality Council of India (QCI), for two successive years, for achieving excellence through quality educational initiatives. It also received the Emerging School of The Year Award 2019 at Global Education Awards 2019, Udaipur, listed among the Future 50 Schools of India by Fortune India successively for the year 2017 and 2018, World Education Award 2018 for Educational Excellence & Innovation in Global Collaborative Learning, the SKOCH 2018 Award for achieving Excellence through Monitoring, among others. It also received the coveted ELITE Award 2018, based on a globally-bench-marked assessment designed by the alumni of Stanford, Harvard and Yale University.

To adapt the best educational global practices and provide a wider exposure to the students, the school has partnered with UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for India and Bhutan, British Council, United Kingdom, Round Square, USA, AFS, USA and Cambridge University. Our Learning Partners include Microsoft, Google and Adobe. The recent recognition has added another feather to our cap.

Chairman’s Cup Debate 2019

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

Debating is one of the best educational training which gives insightful and everlasting benefits to a student, as he acquires skills, knowledge and the yearning to master a topic.

Chairman’s Cup Debate is an annual activity, initiated in the year 2012 to hone the debating skills of the students and encourage them to put forth their opinions in a creative manner. It is conducted in two different groups, Junior and Senior, and is personally mentored by Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group. Every year students are selected for the final round through a rigorous process.

The prestigious Chairman’s Cup Debate for the students of Classes XI and XII was held on Thursday, August 22, 2019. It was an excellent battle of ideas between five pairs of students who spoke for and against the motion “When opinions became facts, democracy becomes history.”

The young debaters spoke brilliantly in presence of students, teachers and Jury members. Students speaking for the motion pointed out various situations from across the world where opinions of people resulted in making the democracy defunct. Students speaking against the motion opined that democracy is built upon the opinions of people and public opinion is the ultimate source of power.

The Chairman’s Cup Debate for the students of Class IX and X was conducted on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Six pairs of students spoke for and against the topic “Exorbitant fine is the only way to make people disciplined”.

The young debaters showcased excellent debating skills including great confidence, poise and rich content. Students speaking for the motion were of the opinion that heavy fines are the only way to make people disciplined and bring the desired result. Some of them cited examples from countries like Dubai and United Kingdom, where levying heavy fines on public brought in a great reform in traffic management and in other areas.

Students speaking against the motion opined that discipline should be encouraged, not enforced, and the best way to bring about a change, is by creating awareness among people to inculcate self-realization and self-discipline. They put forth the point that children should be taught from early childhood to respect the Government rules, so that it becomes their second nature.

Dr. Sahoo appreciated the students for the high level of debating. He encouraged other students to participate in debates to hone their oratory skills as it enhances the ability to communicate which is pivotal in the present age. The students were judged on parameters which include clarity of concept, quality of comprehension, diction and presentation style.

Cognitive Exchange Programme at SAI

The Cognitive Exchange Programme 2019 commenced on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at SAI International School. Registered students from Classes VI to IX participated in the programme.

Cognitive Exchange, Folsom, California aims to prepare the future citizens 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.

The program is run by the students in the United States of America, volunteering their time, starting with India. Topics are varied based on the current issues and contemporary relevance which are taken initially, thereby helping the future generations to grow up, sensitized to such aspects of life. The students will receive participation certificate at the end of the program.

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SAI TV Club Assembly

The Class IX and X Club Members of SAI TV made a Presentation during a Special Assembly on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Club President, Divyashis Mohanty conducted a live interview of Class XII student Apekshik Panigrahy, who is an achiever at the International level.

The Members also presented a brief about the activities of SAI TV as well as informed the students about the new Play List in the SAI International You Tube, ‘SAIoneers Creation’, which is created to showcase the talents of SAI students.

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.

Through activities like panel discussion, anchoring, compering, interviews, studio discussions, outdoor recordings etc., students gain a hands-on experience on script writing, scouting, audio, video & lighting, use of camera, editing, studio production, digital cinematography as well as producing and directing. Furthermore, eminent National and International personalities have been interviewed in this studio, thereby giving the students a real time feel of working in a studio.

Microsoft Webinar at SAI

“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders.” – Marion Ginapolis

A Microsoft Webinar was conducted for the students of Class XII on Friday, September 13, 2019. It was part of the Student Engagement Associate Programme, held on the topic ‘Game On! Using Minecraft EE’.

Minecraft is considered as one of the educational software that helps in enhancing the problem-solving, creativity, self-direction, collaboration, and other life skills of students. It also complements reading, writing, math, and even history learnings.

Minecraft Education Edition login is free for students. Teachers can also connect in a better way with the students through the software. It can be used in making creative PPTs during exhibitions, project display or creating small video games.

As part of Empowering Teacher Associate Programme, a second Microsoft Webinar was conducted for Teachers on the topic ‘Collaborate and co-create using office 365 tools’. These tools can fit into daily workflow, used in OneDrive cloud storage to access, edit, share and save files from any device, at any time.

Importance of Soil

“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil … There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” – Charles E. Kellogg

Soil is a very important resource, essential for life. It is a medium for plants to grow, allows exchange of gas between land and air, provides habitat for most of the organisms on Earth, holds clean water, recycle nutrients and is used for constructing structures.

To understand the importance of soil, students of Class V collected different materials from the surrounding like twigs, pebbles, mud, sand etc and arranged it in layers like soil. They used waste plastic bottles as a container.

They connected themselves to the soil and explained, how soil is essential for life of plants, animals, humans and even micro organisms. They also explained that how soil acts as the filtration system for surface water.

The threat of Plastic

“Reducing and reusing take nothing more than a rethink on the way we shop and using our imagination with the things that we might once have considered junk.” – Sheherazade Goldsmith

Use of plastic in various forms have become a part of our daily life. Unfortunately, most of the people although are aware of its alarming threat to environment, are still not able to give up the use, mostly due to easy availability and convenience in using. Plastic is mostly non- biodegradable which converts into dumps and garbage causing huge damage to sanitary system, polluting oceans, emitting harmful chemicals, leading to creating imbalance in the eco-system.

To create awareness on the hazards of plastic pollution and encourage students to recycle plastic waste, Ms.Nadia Rasheed, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Shri Prabhjot Sodhi, Head Circular, Economy, UNDP and Shri Shubhro Saha, Marketing Head, Big Bazar visited SAI International School on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

They discussed the importance of implementing responsible usage and disposal of plastic waste in our daily lives with the students. Through informative videos they encouraged students to render their contribution in reducing their carbon foot print. The team also briefed on the Sustainable Development Goals and inspired students to take actions in their own communities.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Rasheed said that ‘Climate change is a really huge global challenge and its effects are more real with each generation’. She advised the students to take the lead in mitigating the challenges and work collaboratively towards a greener planet.

Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group said that making the planet plastic free requires collaborative effort and added that each student has the potential to create a change in the society and this platform will give them an opportunity to become leaders of climate change.

At the end, students took the pledge ’Plastic Bharo; Recycle Karo’ and were encouraged to make optimal use of the four recycle bins. The programme is part of the unique initiative by BMC, UNDP and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages to put in place a sustainable plastic waste management system in the city.

SAI International School will be the first School in the State to launch a Recycle centre in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Centre for Cooperation and Rural Excellence (CORE). The programme will be implemented in three stages, creating awareness, implementation of recycle bins and later creating a recycling collection centre.

SAI International School featured in Britain Newspaper

The SAI Global Immersion Programme (GIP) to United Kingdom was conducted in June 2019, during which twelve students along with two Teacher Coordinators visited the Welton Primary School. Established in the year 1899, the school is set in the heart of the scenic Welton valley, providing education to students in the age group of four to eleven years.

The visiting team met the Head Teacher Mr. John Snell and were heartily welcomed by the students with a beautiful, melodious song. The SAIoneers presented the costumes of different states of India and made a presentation of their Mother land and on SAI International School as well as SAI International Residential School. They had a great time playing with the students in the sprawling playground of the school.

The SAI students also presented their project ‘Mind your Money’ to the students of Year 3 and 4. In the presentation, they answered questions about India and its currency. It was followed by a story telling session, where SAI students narrated stories about the toy tiger, Sher Khan.

The visit was featured in the newspaper Mid Somer Norton Bath.

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Microsoft Webinar

“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell

A Webinar on the topic ‘Voice your thoughts using Flip Grid & Teams’, was conducted by Microsoft for the students of Class XI on Friday, September 6, 2019. Students learnt how to use Microsoft flip grids to discuss on various topics. The grids are the meeting place for any classroom, any school, any department or any learning community.

Students got an understanding on how to add weekly reflections, share book talks, explore STEM principles as well as give mini-presentations. They were happy to know that they can design their own web page using flip grids, can pause and flip their camera while recording, add photos and videos, trim unlimited clips and edit video styles, text, add emoji, do the inking and also create impactful stories through this cool tool of Microsoft.

A Webinar was also conducted for the Computer teachers on the topic ‘Gamifying Classroom with Minecraft EE, Kahoot and more. Teacher learnt about Minecraft, a game-based learning platform with standards-aligned content across K12 subjects and special features designed for classroom use. Minecraft is a highly creative and flexible application that is well suited to classroom adoption. It helps in creating projects and new games building scenarios making it more interactive.

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Thank You Dear Teachers

I have always felt that the true text-book for the pupil is his teacher.” Mahatma Gandhi

September 5 is a special day for the teachers as well as the students around the world. It is a day to celebrate the Teachers world over. When the children say “Thank You Teachers”, it means the world to the them. Because its the teachers who carve the future of the country by being inspirations, critiques and mentors of the future leaders. SAI International School students celebrated the Teacher’s Day on September 5, 2019 with vivacity, exuberance, effervescence and a sparkle in their eyes to say a big THANK YOU to their teachers in the Indraprastha auditorium of the School.

The Cultural Program – The day started with a ceremonial welcome of the teachers with tilak-chandan and a devotional dance performance by the students. To make the teachers feel special students held a row of cultural shows and a drama, dedicated to them. To whole event was very interactive as the students held some short quizzes with the teachers.

Appreciating the love showered by the students the teachers too performed and offered a tribute to the Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan through their performances.

Words of Wisdom by the Founder

Founder, SAI International Education Group, Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo was overwhelmed by the various performances and while addressing the students he appealed to them to resolve into better beings and go beyond ‘I, Me and Myself’ and work towards building a better self, state and the nation along and spread happiness around.

While sharing his words with the teachers Dr. Sahoo emphasized upon the role of a teacher; to create a happy class and bring out the best in the child and help the child grow better in a positive and happy environment.

CBSE HUB of Learning

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has selected SAI International School as the Mentor School of five CBSE schools in its locality. The objective of the HUB is to create a school system that provides the most joyful, creative, exploratory and vibrant school experience and environment for its learners as well as provide the most fulfilling experience for its teachers. It aims to synergize schools to achieve educational equity in community.

HUB of Learning endeavours to make the CBSE schools future-ready by ensuring quality education, adoption of innovative pedagogies, experiential and active learning with a focus on skills, art and sports, capacity building of teachers for the holistic development of children. It attempts to identify the best practices of various schools and adapt or implement those in other schools.

This is an annual programme where in the Mentor school and the five identified mentee schools work together towards enhancing academic standards of the school through teacher exchange, sharing resources and collaborate to give more exposure to the students and teachers.

An introductory meeting was held in the School on Saturday, August 03,2019, where Principals of the member schools highly appreciated the initiative of the CBSE regarding formation of Hubs to enhance the quality of schools through collaboration. Several key points were discussed during the meeting.

The 2nd meeting of the HUB Schools was held in SAI International School which was attended by the five mentee schools. A vivid brain storming was done and a calendar of activities was drafted. The activities planned were exchange of teachers for peer teaching, sharing of question banks of different subjects which can be used for internal tests, students to attend events in the mentor school, teachers to attend workshops to orient about online courses, MOOCs and certification for continuous professional development, attending ATL lab classes etc. It was decided to organize some collaborative CSR activities during Peace day and International Day of Persons with Disability.

Microsoft Webinar for Students

“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.” – Dean Kamen

A Webinar on “Revisit Recap Revise using Forms” was conducted for the students of Class XI by Microsoft at Sushila Devi auditorium on Friday, August 30, 2019.

It threw light on how to create effective Microsoft Forms using a simple, lightweight app, which helps in generating forms related to surveys, quizzes, and polls. The easy to use app also helps in creating quizzes, collecting feedback from teachers and parents as well as planning class and staff activities.

The session was extremely useful for the students as they learnt how to generate practice Maths Quiz directly from the Maths Assistant, which consists different sets of problem. Students also got to know how to generate different forms embedded directly into OneNote which would be extremely beneficial in their academics.