25th May’18 was a much awaited day for all of us at SAJS, Lucknow as the results of the ‘MOS-Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship’ exam were declared. We feel proud to share that another feather in our cap was added as four children from our school; Shivam Rai, Dhatri Upadhyay, Shubhangi Singh and Aarsh Srivastava qualified for the India Finals. For the MOS Season VIII, approximately 15,000 students appeared for the qualifying round and 600 children were selected to compete for the title of “India Champions”.
Up to 6 winners will then proudly represent India at the “2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship” from July 29- August 1, 2018 in the world famous “Disney World, Orlando”, Florida, USA.
This Microsoft Certification will give the students the power to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition and realize their potential. It will give them the tool to build a brighter future and prepare themselves for a successful career.
The vision of our dear Principal Ms.Poonam Kochitty and the tireless efforts of our Computer mentor Ms. Reetu Pandey have started bearing fruit. We wish all the participants good luck for their exam on the 8th of June’18.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work” – Colin Powell
At Seth AnandramJaipuria School, Lucknow , we continuously strive towards excellence to prepare students for global citizenship. The dedicated efforts of the staff, students and parents have truly paid off to convert this dream into reality!
Seth AnandramJaipuria School, Lucknow, was ranked among the top schools of India for ‘Outstanding Achievement in the field of Education’ by Digital Learning and ‘ELETS’ in the Education Conclave held at Taj Vivanta on 23 May’18. The award was received by Mr. Pankaj and Ms. ReetuPandey on behalf of the School Management. The award ceremony saw eminent people from the field of education – Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, Ms. Bharati Gandhi and officials from the Higher Education Department.
Panel discussions were conducted on Blended Learning, Importance of Social- Emotional Learning in School Education and Realizing Role of Modern Teachers in a Digital World. This was followed by a Round Table Discussion on ‘Beyond 3Rs(reading, writing and arithmetic). Our school participated in the discussions as we believe that learning is no longer restricted to the four walls of the classroom.
It is indeed a proud moment that our school has been commended for good work required to sustain academic excellence. Our school is the only Microsoft School in the city. We provide opportunities to our students to facilitate learning through technology. It ranges from new engaging, interactive and adaptive software to classic literature to video lectures to games. Teachers are able to provide personalized guidance and assistance to students.
We have achieved this feat under the guidance of our visionary Principal, Ms. Poonam Kochitty. She is the wind beneath our wings. She has always made us believe in our strength and hard work.
We would like to thank all those who have made this dream come true. This award is a motivation to achieve greater heights in our future endeavours.
On 16th May, 2018 began the Annual Summer Camp at Jaipuria School, Lucknow. It was a moment of immense pride for all of us as it was our third summer camp and not only the numbers had quadrupled but a number of new activities had been added too. The Information Technology/ Robotics Club, Film Making and Editing being the most popular ones with the kids. On the first day in the Film Making activity, kids were apprised about the different stages in Film Making and people involved. Children were introduced to Stop Motion Animation. They made a film using toys brought by them. In the Robotics activity, the engineers of the future were introduced to various apparatus like the breadboard, Raspberry Pi and multi meter. The children learnt the very basics of electric circuits and what Raspberry Pi was. In addition to these activities, sporting activities like cricket, volleyball, football and skating kept the children on their toes. Various skills like approach, stance, execution and follow through were kept in mind while the children were being coached. There were different sets of activities for beginners and advanced learners. Other activities included performing arts like instrumental music; tabla, keyboard, guitar and drums. The children honed their culinary and artistic skills too.
Our tiny tots were not far behind either and were involved in activities like Science is Fun, cookery. The kids were involved creatively and constructively.
The camp in the coming days will give the students an opportunity to build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing any kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school.
A beach party at school? What a sandastic idea it was to re-create summer at the beach and set the beach ball rolling!!
There’s nothing more fun than water play on a hot sunny day. The entire area by the splash pool side in school was cleverly converted into a beach. The dress code was strictly Hawaiian casuals with accessories like sunglasses and hats. Beach music, palm trees, paddling pools helped set the scene with the little ones tapping their feet to the sound of summer music. The children were raring to dive into the pools and digging up sand with little spades, making their own sand castles. The children got an opportunity to engage all their senses. This was a vicarious experience of being by the beach. It could have been Goa or Kovalam or Hawaii.
The latter half of the day was Mother’s Day Celebration where the mothers also got an opportunity to spend a fulfilling day at the beach along with their child. They engaged and expressed their creativity through a face painting activity where the mothers had to paint their children’s faces.
It was a fun-filled day greatly enjoyed by all.
On 14th May’18 the children entered the campus with great joy and delight as a school picnic was planned by our Principal, Ms.Poonam Kochitty to the Nilaansh Water Park, approximately 50km away from our school. The very thought of plunging into the water in this scorching heat was electrifying. We reached the destination in just about an hour and were welcomed by soft drinks and light snacks.
The children changed into their swimming attires and dived into the pool with their friends. The park also had a couple of water rides that were such a respite from the blazing heat of the May month.
The highlight of the trip was the participation of 50 mothers of the children from grade Nursery to II. They had also accompanied their children and were seen having a gala time playing and dancing together with their kids. The thrill and adventure in the water lasted for around three hours and thereafter the authorities served us lunch.
The action-packed day was wrapped up by a scoop of finger-licking ice-cream at the exit gate. Though we thought that most of them will doze off on their way back, but the excitement and the chit-chat of the unforgettable day continued till we reached the school. Everyone expressed their gratitude to Principal for arranging such an exhilarating trip.
It was 7pm in the evening and the room was abuzz with incessant chatter. The kids were excited and some of them came to the school way before the scheduled time. It was time for the first ever Mystery Skype Session held on 7th May 2018 at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow for grades 6 and 7.
As the session was about to start the students had butterflies in their stomach as they were not sure what they were in for. The students of the mystery school were welcomed by Smriti Sharma of class VI. The session began with each side posing twenty questions to each other to guess the location of the other’s country and subsequently the city of residence. The answers to the questions had to be “yes” or “no” answers. Who would start first was decided through a game of rock paper scissors. Some of the questions asked by the visiting school were whether we were located in the southern hemisphere or if we were north of the equator? The kids were curious to find out if we were from Asia or Africa. Our children too asked questions like if they were in North or South America or close to Hudson Bay? The interaction this time was with Silver Spring School, Saskatoon, Canada.
Once it was established that the visiting school was from Saskatoon Canada and they too had guessed that we were from India, an informal banter ensued.
The students asked each other about the time of the places where they were at, what were the school hours, temperature of the city of residence and if it was too hot or cold. Our kids asked them about what was the most popular dish to eat? As technology is indispensible for the youngsters of today, the obvious question asked by our kids was if in Canada students were allowed to carry mobile phones to school? And an affirmative answer from the other side made our students look longingly at our Principal, Mrs Poonam Kochitty who was an active participant in the session. The session for the day ended as the students of the two countries bid adieu to each other singing their respective National Anthems.
Once the session was over, the parents who came to pick up their wards congratulated our Principal for giving the students an opportunity to connect with the world in the safe environs of the school and that the kids look forward to attending each day at school.
An Inter House DeclamationCompetition was held at Seth AnandramJaipuria school today. The task was to deliver a TED TALK of their choice. The students were supposed to present motivational TED TALKS given by famous speakers. Two students from each house participated in this competition. The aim of the competition was not only to assess the speakers on their command of the language, fluency voice modulation, accent etc but also to familiarize the audience with the talks of famous people on contemporary topics.
The participants had chosen the TED TALK’s of speakers like-IshitaKatiyar, Tanmay Bakshi, Crystal Robello, Sushmita Sen, Capt Anny Divya etc. The talks highlighted the views of the speakers on subject’s like- gender disparity, on being an introvert, artificial intelligence etc.
The students spoke with confidence and conviction in their words and enthralled the audience with their delivery. Mihir and Mansha of Narmada house secured a joint first place. Mansi from Krishna house secured the second position. Dhriti from Krishna house secured the third place in the competition.
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‘Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world’ – Maria Montessori
Seth AnandramJaipuria School, Lucknow, organized a talent hunt, for new students, ‘Jaipuria’s Got Talent’ on 3 May’18. This annual event aims to discover the talents of the new children and also help everyone to get to know them better.
The event started on a spiritual note with a prayer by the older students. Then began the program intently watched and applauded by all.The students, dressed in colorful dresses, were full of confidence and enthusiasm. They sang songs and enthralled the audience with their scintillating performances. Many students displayed their talents by dancing on entertaining music and left the audience spellbound. The eventsincluded: dance, song, poetry recitation and storytelling.
A plethora of talent unfolded on the stage of Seth AnandramJaipuria.Sayuri (Class I)was dressed like Mowgli and she danced on the foot tapping number- ‘Jungle JungleBaatChaliHai’. Kushagra (Class V) recited a beautiful poem by HarivanshraiBachchan-‘KoshishKarneWalon Ki kabhiHaarNahinHoti’. Shiny (Class IV) narrated an exciting story ‘I am a Polar Bear’. Ishan Banerjee (Class IV) recited a thought provoking poem by Dr. A.C. Raj Manohar- ‘My Dream of India’. Vanshika (K.G) stole everyone’s heart by her energetic and confident dance performance on a popular number. Lavanya (Class IV) showed her graceful dance on ‘Ghoomar’. Vaishnavi (Class IV) danced with elegance on ‘Kanha So Ja Zara’. The event concluded with the band performing ‘ Havana’where Ananya and Devanshi sang , Prajjwal was on the drums, Anubhav played the guitar, Shubhanshi was on Bass guitar and Saksham played the Keyboard. All the students let their hair down and joined the performers on the stage.
The Principal, Ms. PoonamKochitty, along with teachers, cheered them and watched with satisfaction the joy on the children’s faces.
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Sandwiches are the very first thing the Pre-Nursery kids are taught atschool in the month of April. Teaching kids to prepare their own food is as important as teaching them life skills like keeping a budget or taking a shower on their own!When kids learn to prepare food, they learn more than how to make a healthy meal.
- Their confidence grows, as they learn to prepare different things.
- It gives them a sense of independence.
- It teaches them to make healthy choices within certain parameters.
- It reinforces the source of their food, and that it doesn’t have to “come from a box”.
- It teaches them that it is actually faster to prepare their own meal than it is to go through a drive thru.
The children were engaged to make their own cocktail sandwiches (rich in protein).They began with washing the vegetables (car-rot,onion,cucumber).After washing they were shown how to cut, peel and grate the vegetables. They were asked to identify the ingredients and then a few children came up and mixed the sandwich mix which was made of (veggies,cheese, cottage cheese,mayonnaise,pizza mix herb,salt and pepper.).Later the sandwich mix was spread evenly over the fresh brown bread and cut into various shapes of a circle,triangle,square and half cir-cle.The children enjoyed the mouthwatering sandwiches which were served to them.
Learning is no more restricted to books and workshops in today’s fast paced technological world. In recent times webinars have become popular learning resources that are not only cost effective, but have broken space and time barriers. On 26th April’18, three teachers along with the Principal Ms.Poonam Kochitty attended a webinar taken by Mr.Roderick D. Fraser, Chairman, Round Square International Network of Schools and a Jury Member at Future 50 Schools Shaping Success on 5 Global Trends in Education.
He started the session by highlighting the fact that Education now has been corporatized and has taken a business model. He said that there is still a wide gap in terms of quality between private and government schools; therefore there is a dire need that education is expertly guided and the 21st century model of equality be adopted. He further spoke about the challenges to assessment for university entrance and said that as a lot of children are going straight-to-work after finishing school, therefore it is the responsibility of the schools to train the children in ‘soft skills’.
Mr.Roderick also put forth his views on Mindfullness, Wellness and Positive Education in preparing the children to cope with challenges to succeed. He said that a blend of academic and non-academic learning leads to desired outcomes. He emphasized the fact that recruiters across the globe are looking for uniqueness, creative skills, entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, the ability to self-manage and also the ability to work in multi-cultural teams. Schools therefore must work on a curriculum that is relevant for a 21st century learner.
He lastly outlined the importance of flipped classroom and blended learning and spoke about why the approach of schools must adapt to suit the needs of today’s work environment where access to information is just a click away.
There are always takeaways in attending sessions by such eminent speakers and so it was for all of us.