Vision : To be lifelong learners and leaders.
Mission: To provide whole education with academic excellence.
Suchitra Junction, Qutubullapur(M)
RR (Dist), Hyderabad
Namaste Dear Parents,
We are happy to inform you that Term 1 has successfully come to an end. It is going to be another busy and exciting Term 2, with lots of learning opportunities and new experiences. We know you will continue to work with us, so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning and a determination to be the best.
Please read on for some interesting news from the Campus….
SPECIAL ACTIVITY TERM I – 2018
The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It is the skills you gain about how to learn. – Adam Grant
We believe that students of 21st century can’t be restricted to unidirectional learning. They need to be exposed to various skill development activities to be ready to tackle any situation they come across in their lives. With the same intention this year in Term I, the THURSDAY SPECIAL ACTIVITY was conducted with a complete focus on specific topics Grade-wise. Here, is a short report of the same.
GRADE IV TOPIC: CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING
Children are not things to be moulded, but the people to be unfolded. – Jess Liar
To unfold the thoughts of little minds and to give them the platform to explore their own creativity, we decided to take CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING as our theme. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences can reflect and nurture children’s emotional health.
When children were given a challenge to make as many useful items they could make using newspaper within a given time limit.
To inculcate the same in the children we need to give them plenty of opportunities. Hence, we started with a series of activities that were based on the children’s interests and ideas such as- Guess what is inside??? , Shapes and Perceptions, Unrelated Relations, Creatively Use Me, Ask Me Anything, Opposites Attract, Connecting the Dots, Make It Yourself, Total Recall, Crazy Caption, What would happen? and many more. These activities helped children to develop their problem solving skills, developing hypotheses, thinking skills and communication skills. These also helped them develop team building skills such as collaboration, observation, participation etc.
GRADE V TOPIC: MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A day well spent with children from two orphanages
When a person has high level of emotional intelligence, he empathizes with the people around and realizes his responsibility towards the society. It was a 7- week plan before our students could spend a day full of fun with children from two orphanages. The students of Grades V A and B visited Thara, an organization which helps to take care of orphans on 8th September and the students of Grades VC and VD invited the children of Ayush Nilayam Orphanage to Suchitra Academy. The day was full of playing games, cuddles and laughter and was a real revelation as to how something as small as a coloring book or ball can make so many children happy!
To make the day memorable for our guest children, our children had put in a lot of effort starting from making greeting cards with lovely messages, planning out games, dance, songs and a QCT session with the help of their mentors. The students learned the value of sharing and caring for others and we hope that they could make a difference to the children they interacted with.
GRADE VI TOPIC: SPREADING AWARENESS
Children attempting to make the public aware of environmental issues
Initially, all the three sections had brain storming sessions on ‘How to spread awareness and about what.’ The
students came up with different ideas, which included the following:
I. How: 1. Posters/ placards/pamphlets making, 2. Speeches, 3. Newspaper articles, 4. You tube videos 5. Street Plays 6. Radio ads.
II. About what: 1. Saving water, electricity and other resources 2. Diseases and Precautions, 3. Protect trees, environment and animals, 4. Prevention of accidents / Road safety 5. Global warming.
The topics chosen were Spreading Awareness about THE ILL EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION, THE IMPORTANCE OF SAVING WATER and THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY DIET – one per section. As part of the project, the students wrote, practised and performed street plays in all the three languages-Hindi, English and Telugu, on the streetoutside the school and outside a mall. They also made charts, posters and distributed self made pamphlets to the audience at the venues of the street plays.
It enabled the students to improve their presentation skills as well as confidence levels.
GRADE VII TOPIC: GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME-AN AUDIT
The GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME (GSP) is an environmental education programme directed to subtly sensitize students towards environment through hands on and thought provoking activities. It is an initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The organization provides a well compiled manual for children to understand the steps easily and take up an audit of the school with the question in mind-“How Green Is Your School?”
The audits in GSP are around AIR, ENERGY, FOOD, LAND, WATER and WASTE. Students of Grade VII were divided into six groups and were given a topic each. Their job was to read the manual, comprehend the instructions and then implement the activities given in the manual. They had to also collect a lot of documents from the school administration to support their report which they arrived at after putting all the data together. The data has now been uploaded in CSE’s website and we are waiting to know How Green is our School.
GRADE VIII TOPIC: ROBOTICS
The year began with an idea to expose the children to robotics, which is one of the fast-developing branches of Artificial Intelligence. After a lot of research, it was decided that we should introduce the concept in simple steps to generate interest among the students and lead them on the path of discovery. We began this exciting journey by introducing one of the simplest forms of robotics – THE ROBOTIC ARM.
Children were put into groups and were encouraged to be as creative as possible. Children were able to create robotic arms strong enough to hold and lift small objects. This simple step helped us to generate interest and confidence in the groups. The response was good enough for us to decide that children can now go ahead on their
The next project was to build a BRISTLE BOT. Each child was individually assigned to make one. Maximum stress was given on creativity. Children came up with various versions of Bristle Bot. One of them, Varun Bhushan of VIII B had an idea to use the same materials and build an automatic pencil sharpener. His attempts were partly successful, but this gave satisfaction that we were able to create enough interest that children were beginning to think creatively.
The last project was the ART BOT which the children found challenging, but none the less almost 80% of them were able to complete it on their own. The rest were assisted by their friends to propel them towards success. It was a great joy to see the sense of accomplishment on the faces of our children.
We have taken a small step towards encouraging children to discover. We hope that they carry this attitude home and are equally encouraged by parents.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
To ensure that the students get access to the best books for their reading levels and interests a BOOK FAIR by SCHOLASTIC was held on 4th -5th October. It was an exploratory time when kids browsed through books about real-life experiences, fun facts, love and friendship. Popular, age-appropriate titles to engage older readers,
relevant topics and current issues attracted even the reluctant readers. The book fair is on till 6th October so you can also browse through the collection and buy them.
INTER-HOUSE BASKETBALL COMPETITION
The much awaited BASKETBALL COMPETITION was held at the school on Thursday, 4th October. The competition was organized to promote the spirit of sportsmanship and to develop the basketball skill among the students. There was a lot of excitement in the air as all the students and teachers were enthusiastically cheering the students.
CAREER COUNSELLING BY THE STUDENTS OF GRADE X
There are many career opportunities beyond medical and engineering. Picking up a right career and understanding a career goal is an initial milestone in anyone’s career. Choice of your career should be scientifically and factually picked based on your skills, ability and interest level. Unfortunately, most of the students are not able to discover
their potential and interests at the right time and this is when the pressure starts building.
Keeping this in mind the students of Grade X were assigned a project as part of their special activity. They were divided into groups and each group was assigned a subject- Humanities, Fashion, IT, Commerce, Fine Arts to name a few. As a team they began their research work from the month of July and made their presentation on 3rd-4th October. Each group highlighted the scope of the subject with regard to job opportunities and its contribution to the economy. The spoke about the top institutions in India and overseas along with the cut off percentage and entrance tests to e cracked, if any. This was a good
learning experience for the students as in the process of research and presentation they collected valuable information, made way for collaborative learning and enhanced their confidence levels.
MASTERCHEFS AT WORK!
Our mentors Ms. Gayatri, Ms. Manjeet, Ms. Deepti M, Ms. Supriya K conducted
cooking classes for the cooks at Suchitra kitchen. They taught them the right way
of making Pulihora, Punjabi kadi, Paneer masala, Bagara baigan to name a few.
The teachers have also been following up with the cook in case the dish is not up
to the standards of what was demonstrated. A big thank you to all the teachers
involved in this!
NEW THEME – FARM TO THE TABLE / TRANSPORT
The new theme Farm to the Table and Transport was introduced on Monday, 1st October. In this theme, kids will have fun learning about the work of a farmer on the field and all the food that comes from a farm. Farming is a very important part of our life. Fruits and vegetables come from farms. The milk you drink and eggs you eat come from farms. Grains for cereals, bread and roti come from farms. Kids will have fun growing vegetable packing them and creating a farmer’s market to sell the vegetable. Kids will also learn how transport plays an important role in bringing food from the Farm to the Market.
HEALTHY FOOD WEEK
To make learning fun we organized a Healthy Food Week during which kids were encouraged to get steamed, boiled and raw food. This gave our kids the opportunity
to learn about various ways in which food can be cooked and also identify foods that
can be eaten raw.
PMI (PARENT MENTOR INTERACTION)
The term-end Parent Mentor Interaction is scheduled for Saturday, 6th October. We would like to thank you, parents for your valued suggestions and continued support. The time slots are being sent through the school diary. Kindly adhere to the timings given.
21st Century Learning! Mrs. Satyaswamy, Pre-primary coordinator and Mrs. Anne Isaac, Academic Coordinator attended a seminar on ‘ Multiple Intelligence in the 21st century’ conducted by Mrs. Anjum Babu Khan, Director, Glendale Academy. Mrs. Kiran Bir Sethi of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Babu Khan emphasized the need for holistic learning using multiple intelligences to teach a topic in class. Mrs Sethi on the other hand spoke about how a happy teacher results in happy children- no matter what technique we use to teach, what matters is for teachers to feel an ownership of what they do and that invariably results in learning.
Dear Parents we are happy to inform you that the school has been ranked 9th in Telangana and Hyderabad and 41st in India by Education World India School Rankings 2018-19. In a short span of 8 years, the school has made a mark at the state and national level. The Vice Principal, Deepa Kapoor attended the award ceremony at Delhi on behalf of the school. Congratulations to all the stakeholders for this stupendous achievement!
6th October, Saturday : PMI- Report card and Book Fair
6th -21st October : Dusshera Vacations
8th October, Monday : Grade XI: PMI- Report Card
22nd October, Monday : School Reopens
Term 1 seems to have gone in the wink of an eye. I always feel grateful for the quick passage of time as that means one is coasting along well and is not getting bogged down by the vagaries of life. I do hope it is the same with all of you.
This time the Term break is longer than usual and I am certain you will be able to have some laid back time with your kids making memories to cherish later.
With warmest of wishes and cheers for the coming Festive Season.
Director Principal, Suchitra Academy
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