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    Webinar : ‘Improve Writing Skills with a Magic of 5 in Just Minutes a Day’


The students attended a Webinar – ‘Improve Writing Skills with a Magic of 5 in Just Minutes a Day’ on 10 February, 2016. The Resource Person, Ms. Bonnie Terry, welcomed the participants and presented the world-wide facts of children struggling with writing assignments. According to research 73% of eighth graders and 12th graders in the U.S. are NOT proficient in writing. The children by Grade 3 should be able to write three of the four types of simple sentences and write a five sentence paragraph. 4th - 12th grades should be capable of writing a descriptive, narrative, or compare/contrast paragraph, while 7th - 12th graders should write a descriptive, narrative, compare/contrast, argument/persuasive essay.

She also discussed about the causes of learning disabilities which could be dyslexia, ADHD, comprehension problems, spelling, writing or maths problems. But such children need to work towards it and make it their strength. She shared five techniques with step-by-step process to improve writing skills. The first step in this process is to ‘Believe in yourself’. The second step is to ‘Understand how you learn’. The third step is ‘Increase processing speed’. The fourth step in the process is ‘Increase comprehension and memory’. The last step in the process focused on ‘Writing creates learning advantage’. The Essay pattern was explained with introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion.  The introductory para should have a general statement which includes a quote or an anecdote. The next para should cover the first topic, the second topic and transition phrase to cover compare and contrast of both the topics. The concluding para should restate the topic in different words.

 


GDSPS accredited with International School Award 2015-18


Gyan Devi Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar was conferred with the prestigious International School Award (ISA) 2015-18 for the third time. The school has been honoured by the British Council for `Outstanding Development of the International Dimension in the Curriculum' with a trophy and certificate. More than 2000 schools from all over India applied for the ISA Award 2015-2018. The award was received by Ms. Dolly Dhawan and Ms. Harmeet Kaur, school ISA coordinators at the award ceremony held at Kepenski Ambience, which was attended by British High Commission officials, leading educationalists and school leaders. 
The school has integrated the global dimension in its curriculum through inter-cultural international learning, activities, competitions, celebrations and online projects with schools in different parts of the world. The dossier of evidences presented by the school to the British Council was highly appreciated by the ISA Assessment Panel which gave rave reviews about all the activities undertaken. The ISA journey brought about a rich exchange of ideas and broadening of vision of students as they undertook various international projects with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, making learning joyful and enriching. The awards were given by Bob Lynes, Director, British Council India, Susan Douglas, Senior Education Advisor, British Council, Mark Herbert, global Head of Schools Programmes at the British Council, Ritika Chanda Parruck, Assistant Director of Schools Programme, Ruchira Ghosh, Director, South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations and George Glass, Deputy Director of schools programme at the British Council.
Working with partner schools in other countries has made the students aware of the international education system and other programmes. Students exchanged messages and greetings through handmade cards. They enjoyed sharing their day-to-day learning, comparing traditions, festivals and dances with schools in U.K. The International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools for nurturing global citizenship in young learners and enriching teaching and learning following best international practices.

 

 

 

Interaction with a Scientist on Satellite communications and Mars Orbiter Mission


With a view to encourage, popularize and inculcate scientific temper among the students and to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Gyan Devi Salwan Public school, a talk by eminent scientist Shri M.S Arora, Former Head – Systems and Experiment Division, Space Application Centre, ISRO, was organised on 7th March‘2015  followed by an interactive session with the students of classes IX-XII.
He gave his presentation on Satellite communications and Mars Orbiter Mission. He briefed the students about INSAT satellites, Remote sensing satellites, SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV etc. He also discussed the Mars orbiter mission and its importance in the near future.
The different satellites that were launched - Chandrayan-1, Chandrayan-2, Student satellites, Geosynchronous satellites, GAGAN  etc. were also discussed briefly by him.
After the presentation, he had an interactive session with the students wherein the students put up their queries, which were very patiently answered by the eminent speaker. 
The entire session was extremely enriching and great learning experiences for the students.

 

 

 

Inculcating the Love of Learning… Theatre


The students of Classes X to XII on 7th November 2015 watched William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, a theatrical presentation by Dramatech – Delhi’s leading Amateur Theatre Group for classics, comedies and musical plays. The play was presented to mark Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary and adhered faithfully to the bard’s text while depicting each character in various shades. The students were spellbound by the performance. It was a learning beyond the confines of the classrooms and was highly appreciated by the students.

 

 

Celebrating Christmas


The much awaited Rock ‘n’ Roll Winter Carnival Week was the most exciting and happening week for kids. The fun week celebrated in high Christmas spirit was undoubtedly the most memorable and enjoyable for children.

Day 1: Santa Race 
A Santa Race for organized for the students on Thursday, 17.12.2015 wherein wearing a Santa cap each child ran fast and raced to the finish line. 

Day 2: Decorating Christmas tree/ Christmas worksheets
The students enjoyed decorating Christmas Trees and worksheets on Friday, 18.12.2015. For our little ones, decorating the tree was just fun. Engaging them in such fun-filled activities, helps inculcate a feeling of joy, an urge to make friends and they also learn to cooperate with each other.

Day 3: Christmas card: Decorating Christmas tree
Students used glitter and colourful stickers to decorate the Christmas tree pasted on their cards. The activity was done onMonday, 21.12.2015 making it a very cherishable day for them. This seasonal craft is a great way to work on fine motor skills such as colouring and gluing.

Day 4: Special Assembly: Christmas
I heard the bells, on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play, 
And wild and sweet the words repeat, of peace on earth, good will to men. 
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Joy and gaiety pervaded the atmosphere as the students of Montessori Wing celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm and fervour. A Special Assembly was presented by students of class Nursery-A on Tuesday, 22.12.2015.

The beautiful Christmas decor in the Amphitheatre beckoned all to the festive preparations for the day’s celebration. A live Crib on stage depicted Christ’s birth in the Manger on 25th December. The event was set to a start, with the beautiful portrayal of the birth of Jesus Christ. With a smile on their faces, joy in their hearts and twinkle in their eyes, children narrated the story, thus spreading the message of love, joy and peace. Christmas carols sung melodiously by the students made the programme even more enjoyable. Santa’s much awaited entry, was the culmination of the whole show, wherein children hoped to get a sweet from Santa as he merrily wished the august gathering, ‘Merry Christmas & a Prosperous New Year-2016.’
The children in their bright and colourful costumes were a delight to watch. The audience comprising of parents, teachers and students, were left spell bound with this enthralling performance. Children dispersed to their classes happy with the aim to celebrate Christmas with a new spirit of caring and sharing, to spread the joy of the season around.

Day 5: Christmas Celebration (Christmas Party)
On Wednesday, 23.12.2015, the students had their long-anticipated Christmas party which was a Christmas themed party full of fun activities and treats for excited little children who couldn’t wait until December 25th! Students enjoyed singing carols and sharing lots of party food with their friends. All in all, it was a super fun day spent celebrating Christmas and having fun with friends.

 

 

 

Video Conference with schools in Pakistan and Indonesia


The students of classes VII – X participated in a Tony Blairs’s Face to Faith Video Conference on 28 January, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon  with Syed Pannah Ali Shah Model School, Pakistan and SMA Taruna Nusantara, Indonesia on the theme ‘Environment’. The facilitator of the V.C. was Ms. Sandhya Gupta. 
The students discussed about their lives and the Environment with one another and learned a great deal from each other. The conversation started by having a description of the environment from each school. Students in Pakistan spoke about city environment and how there are many colleges and universities, whereas the village environment is very different and has fields, birds and mountains.
In the next part, the students discussed the most major environmental problems in their communities. Students from Indonesia remarked how people’s carelessness and apathy hurts the environment, and how people must realize that small actions can go a long way over time to helping the environment. They also talked about problems with traffic jams and overpopulation
During the discussion session, students shared about some government actions that penalize those that pollute the environment. The school in Indonesia has a farm and is a green campus. From GD Salwan students spoke about how people worship plants as God, and how there are religious rituals designed to purify the environment
Students did a good job of showing respect for each other throughout the videoconference with good body language. For the most part, students were able to ask each other questions based on what they had heard from their peers – demonstrating the first step in active listening. Students also shared some personal examples of what they have done to protect and save the environment.

 

 

 

BOOK CARNIVAL-U.S.QUIZ


Gyan Devi Salwan Public School organized the book carnival on 31 December 2015.On this occasion the entire school wore a festive look.  The American Centre Library participated by putting up a stall. Ms Jyoyi Channa , spokesperson from the American Library interacted with the students and conducted quiz on American history  with the children. She also informed students about the library membership and American culture.  Children from different classes enthusiastically participated in the quiz and won books as prizes.  A wide range of books on American history, art and culture were on display. The children enjoyed the fair and picked different books according to their interest.

 

 

 

PRESCHOOL & PRIMARY TEACHERS CONGRESS EXPLORATION OF BOOKS AND MEDIA FOR EARLY LITERACY SINGAPORE


DATE   : 30 – 31 May 2015
FOR     : Primary, preschool, and kindergarten teachers, parents, principals, librarians, language specialists.
FOCUS : China is AFCC's country of focus this year

 

 

Movie Show-He Named Me Malala


The students of Gyan Devi Salwan Public School viewed the movie He Named Me Malala an American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim on 11 December 2015 at PVR Naraina. The film presents the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prizelaureate Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young. The film also recounts how she miraculously survived and has become even more eloquent in her quest after being hunted down and shot by a Taliban gunman as part of the organization's violent opposition to girls' education in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The students realized that girls’ education is essential. The modern age is the age of awakening of girls. They are trying to compete with men in all spheres of life. There are many people who oppose girls’ education. They say that the proper sphere of girls is the home. So, they argue that the money spent on girl’s education is wasted. This view is wrong, because girl’s education can bring about a silent resolution in the society.

 

 

AFCC 2015 OPENING CEREMONY
HEDWIG ANUAR CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD (HABA) CEREMONY


Time                            : 9.00am - 9.30am
Venue                : MOCHTAR RIADY AUDITORIUM, SMU ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ,SINGAPORE

 

Day 2 – 31 May 2015

Time                            : 9:00am – 10:00am
Venue                : L16 THE POD, CENTRAL LIBRARY PLAZA, VICTORIA STREET
Topic                           : A Musical Learning Journey with Children’s Literature
Resource Person         : Lavina Chong (Educator)

Learning Outcomes:

  •   • To empower teachers with the skills to use music in the classroom.
  •   • To highlight the impact of music and movement on language and literacy development- Reading, Comprehension and Verbal Memory,  Listening Skills, Vocabulary, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness.
  •   • To provide them with methods and activities that they can use to support literacy development.
  •   • To show evidence of how music serves as a scaffold to foster thinking, self‐expression
 

Training and Professional Development Program  at Canning Vale College, Perth, Australia


The PET teachers of Salwan Education Trust  attended  the Training and Professional Development Program  at Canning Vale College, Perth, Australia  from 24th May to 7th June 2015. Mr Vinod Sharma, HOD Sports attended the same. The program aimed at

 

  •   • Curriculum framework its overarching Principles, including Sports activities per term/ per semester/ per week/ per hours/ To learn about Health education in sports at international school level
  •   • Physical education and Sports studies in year 11 and 12
  •   • Vocational ( job oriented courses with in sports and physical education at year10, 11 &12)
  •   • Certificate II and III in Personal training & fitness
  •   • Certificate II in sports and recreation outdoor education
  •   • ATAR components study program and assessment - leading to direct entry into professional studies in sports and physical education at university level
  •   • Observation of class teaching methodologies
  •   • Studying creativity methods to engaging whole class and as well as individual engagement
  •   • Skill based teaching and practice;
  •   • Carnivals organisation easy ways-
  •   • Class wise participation Models, Check listing, Officiating arrangements
  •   • Assessment Methods - Skill and technique based assessment
  •   • SePAP Model of student engagement
  •   • New models of educational outcomes through sports and Physical education
  •   • Use of computer and IT in physical education. 

 

The learning outcomes of the program were:
  •   • Visiting and understanding infrastructure and facilities and its multipurpose use
  •            -  Schools, stadiums, Sports specialist school, primary schools;
  •   • Sports culture and community engagement to promote sports
  •   • Provision of resources
  •           -Websites department of education
  •             •Readymade lesson plans and teaching plans, and Assessment plans for particular four sports -volleyball, football cricket, basketball, and athletics
  •             •Visit to stadiums  - photo galleries, ground facilities, etc.
  •             •SEPAP Methodology – students kept engaged from organization to participation
  •             •Cycling activity in curriculum
  •             •Carnival and District level tournament
  •             •ATAR components study program – an average student is given chance again and again for improvement.
 
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