Women in Journalism: BBC Reporter Sue Nelson visits SAI

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Eminent British Journalist and BBC reporter visited SAI International School. This is an initiative of the British Council. Ms Nelson gave a lecture on the topic Going Back to the Moon – A Journalist’s Perspective.

Sue Nelson is an award winning British journalist and broadcaster. As part of Boffin Media, she produces documentaries for BBC Radio, co-presents the Space Boffins podcast and makes short films on science and space. Her ESA TV films for the European Space Agency helped explain the Rosetta and ExoMars missions to a worldwide audience, while her radio documentary ‘Songs from Space’ supported the film director Richard Curtis’s Project Everyone, for raising awareness of the United Nations’ global goals for sustainability.

Sue Nelson  has made several BBC radio documentaries about the Moon and covers some of the key players involved, why they want to go there, and how one entrepreneur has a genuine property claim for a part of the lunar surface. Ms. Nelson spoke on eminent British Science Journalist, Space journalists and their viewpoint on diversified areas related to Moon. She gave an interesting and vivid chronological description on the visit to moon and spoke about the renewed race all over the globe to get back to the Moon. She also shared the story angle for a space journalist like business, environment, ethics, Science & Technology, Travel, Psychology, Medical and Equal rights.

Short Clip – Sue Nelson asked the question “Is the Moon for sale?”

Short Clip – Sue speaks about her documentary on Samantha Cristoforetti European Space Agency Astronaut.

Memorable moments indeed!

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Quick Selfie with Class XII Science Students

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The senior students and the Science teachers of the school along with invited media persons attended the session and interacted with Ms Sue Nelson.

THANKS SUE NELSON – we really enjoyed your talk it was inspiring and informative !

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Core Skills Training@SAI

IMG_3659A dozen teachers from SAI International School attend a 3 day British Council Core Skills Training session from Feb 5 – 7, 2018. Delegates from eight Schools participated along with SAI. Teachers from all subjects including Math, English, SST and the Sciences capitalized on this intense course taking this new knowledge back to their classrooms in their separate schools.

As a British Council Ambassador School we support Core Skills advancement in our community so when asked to coordinate this programme at our school we gladly agreed.  The British Council implemented this course in 2015. It is a three year programme that helps teachers identify and implement six core skills including critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and imagination, digital literacy, citizenship, students leadership and personal development and collaboration and communication into their teaching routines.

The group completed the Introduction to Core Skills Course and will have completed the advanced training module on critical thinking and problem solving (CTPS) once they present their completed lesson plans in April along with their reflections write up.

IMG_3651Purnendu Chandra Singh Deo, Biology Teacher at SAI International School said “The Core Skills Programme rejuvenated the desire to have a re-look into the teaching learning methods being used by me. It gave me a good insight into lesson planning and taught me to make it more effective”.

Teachers were separated into five teams that had to present on the spot lessons plans that had to show case all the parameters of CTPS. Constructive feedback was given to each group on how effective their lesson planning was in sparking deep thinking in students. Many CTPS activities were demonstrated as group activities. Each teacher walked away from this training with a basic theoretical understanding critical thinking and problem solving and new ways to developed leadership, project management, and self evaluation techniques to embed critical thinking and problem solving into their daily practice. Core Skills Training also challenged teachers to identify opportunities within their schools to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills enhancing child centric learning.

Our final activity and farewell !

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Group Picture

“Once Upon a Time” International Storytelling Week @ SAI Angan

Int'l Story telling week 2018International Storytelling Week is a long time tradition at SAI International School that started in 2012. Each year during this week students read stories, perform skits, participate in book themed activities including creative writing and learn about different children’s book authors from all over the world. This year SAI Angan read four books from authors in the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada and Northern Ireland. Students from classes KG II – III completed “The Darkest Dark “ by Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, “The Gruffalo” by UK Author Julia Donaldson, “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers, Irish Author, “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson both Scottish Authors.

Jan 29-30 SAI Angan students of Class I and Class II completed one of the four children’s books that will be read during the next few days during International Storytelling Week. The name of the book is “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield, a Canadian Astronaut and Author. The book address a common fear of most children, the dark, and what might be looming there. This exercise was designed for kids to think about their fears and come up with creative ways to overcome them. Class I students created rockets like the one made by the main character of he book using different shapes. Class II completed a Creative writing worksheet describing their fear of the dark and how they are able to overcome it. Then they were asked to draw a picture of the monster that keeps them awake at night if they have one. The details given by the students about their fears and how they are able to overcome them made us proud.

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January 31 & & February 1 : The next book covered was “The Gruffalo” by Julie Donaldson, a British author. During Churchdown Village Infants School visit Miss Gemma read The Gruffalo to students of class I & II in a special assembly. A poster making session followed with all the main characters, students split into groups and coloured each character and made a colorful poster. The Gruffallo is about a cleaver mouse that out smarts its advisories by telling them about a beast called the Gruffalo that is coming to meet him. Moral is that always keep your wits about you even when facing your enemies.

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Storytelling Session with Miss Gemma from Churchdown Village Infants School 

February 1 – 2 : Book number three, “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers was completed by Class I students. The book takes a look at problem solving and using your common sense in a practical way. It uses humor in a way that is very child friendly.  The activity work sheet concentrated on memory enhancement and creative problem solving.

February 2 – 3 : Book number four was read by all sections of KG II . It is called “Owl Babies”by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. The book tells the story of three babies owl alone in the night without their mom.  It is a lighthearted story that touches on the topic of being separated from your mom. Separation from mom is a real challenge for students at this age. Students then made craft Owls out of different materials and in many different ways. They made then out of modeling clay, they coloured them, glued them together out of waste materials, they even made owl puppets. The completed crafts were placed on the display board.

Owl Babies Storytelling Session with KG – II Students

Please visit the international Storytelling webpage view these books and related activities along with many others

Great Kindness Challenge 2018

This year SAI International School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge by distributing 1,840+ Acts of Kindness Checklists to all the students of classes KG I – V. Students have to complete as many of the 50 Acts of Kindness in one weeks time they can.

Students of Class I – II completing some of the acts of kindness in class with their friends and classmates. Teachers were asked to submit a few pictures from each section and here are the amazing results

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KG II students took the Acts of Kindness List home and completed them with their families. They were asked to submit photo of them completing the acts at home. We received a tremendous response take a look at this amazing slideshow. SAI would like to thanks parents for sending in these remarkable pictures and take the time to teach our child the act of being kind.

 Great Kindness Challenge Community Impact : 120,820 completed acts of kindness by our SAIONEERS

TOP 10 Completed Acts of Kindness 

#1 – 46,150 Smiles Shared

#2 – 19,500 Good Mornings Said

#3 – 9,330 Compliments Given

#4 – 9,230 Decorated Hearts Distributed

#5 – 1,846 Thank yous said

#6 – 1,840 High Fives Given

#7 – 1,830 New Kindness Acts Created

#8 – 1,625 New Friendships Made

#9 – 1,236 Wishes made for a Child in Another Country

#10 – 530 Happy Dances Danced

Class V students speak about their favorite acts of kindness

KINDNESS MATTERS

Hosting German Historian Prof Dr. Hermann Kulke & Prof Uwe Skoda

IMG_3158SAI International School was honoured to host German historian , Prof. Dr. Hermann Kulke and Prof. Uwe Skoda at SAI International School on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  Prof Kulke, who was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2010 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011, has been spreading the Jagannath culture through his research and books since the last 40 years. He has also received the Gold medal of the Asiatic Society of Kolkata in 2005 for his excellent work.

Prof Uwe Skoda from the Arhus University of Denmark amazed everyone with his speech in fluent Odia. He advised the students to learn the basics and always remember the knowledge disseminated in the organisation in trying to make them Global citizens.
#SAIGlobal  #SAIInternationalSchool

Interview with Prof Skoda during his visit to SAI International School.

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British Author Gillian Wright visits SAI International School

image4British author and translator Ms. Gillian Wright visited SAI International School on Thursday, January 11, 2018. She interacted with students of Class VI and V and inspired them to take a pledge to protect the wild life. Sharing the story of the community owned and managed wildlife conservation venture at Mangalajodi in Khurdha district of Odisha, she said that the onus of saving the environment and wild life is now in the hands of the younger generation.

A wonderful story teller, Ms. Wright also read out a few excerpts from her latest book for children, ‘Mishti’.  #SAIGlobal

 

British Council International School Award Ceremony 2017

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British Council International School award ceremony was held in the Charbagh venue of the British Council office at New Delhi. International coordinators of SAI International school Jessica Patnaik and Binati Misra received the award on behalf of the school.
Alan Gemmel, Director British Council India, Jim Booth, COO British Council, Ying Chun Chen, sub division Chief,department of Education,Taipei City Government and Tom Birtwhistle Director North India gave away the awards to the 150 awardees of the country. The other dignitaries present were Ritika Parruck, Assistant Director Schools Programme, Arijit Ghosh, Head School Programmes and Debanjan Chakraborty, Director East and North East of India.
There was a congregation of Principals and ISA coordinators of different schools of India who interacted vividly on networking of schools to promote internationalism in the school curriculum. Students from different schools of New Delhi performed on the stage bringing colours to the celebration.

From the International Space Station to SAI International School : NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer’s visit

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 SAI International School had the privilege of hosting Astronaut Jack Fischer for 4 days at the School. During his stay with us he was the Keynote speaker for SAITED our school’s annual TED Talk based on the concept of the infamous TED Talks taking place all over the world. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design it is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today it covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. The idea to have an annual TED Talk at SAI was introduced three years ago, SAITED 2017 is the second talk to be held at the school. Astronaut Fischer’s morning started with a Traditional Welcome at Gate No. 4 followed by a small photo session with students and the School Leadership Team.

He then made his way to the stage where he spoke about his astonishing adventure in space describing it in great detail from the point the rocket lifted off to the eight minute journey into space and his return to earth in Sept 2017.  He spoke about different types of rockets, his daily routine, scientific experiments, food rituals and his amazing space walks with over 128 hours logged. SAITED participants listen intently as he spoke about his childhood upbringing and his personal struggles. He ended with a wonderful quote  challenging the audience to “Dare to Dream”.

After his talk he took pictures with many excited students not only from SAI but 22 other school from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and the surrounding areas. He completed the day as he gave out awards to the SAITED Participants.

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Astronaut Fischer continued his stay at SAI the following day as he presented his amazing story to the students of  SAI Angan the Pre -Primary part of SAI International School.

His presentation was so interesting the students watched in awe,  it was followed up with a 20 min question answer session allowing the young minds of SAI Angan to ask any questions they wanted. He spoke about his eating regime in space and how it feels to move in zero gravity. Students asked many questions even ones about his personal feeling about being away from his family for so many months. The programme ended with a small tokens exchanged between Mrs. Rashmi Pandey, Vice Principal of SAI Angan who gave a Patachitra which is a cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian state, Odisha and Astronaut Fischer who gifted a signed poster of his space mission this past year.

Take a look at the above video about his visit to SAI Angan and his interaction with the students there.  The following day comprised of a presentation to class IV who had not met Astronaut Fisher yet. The same sort of presentation was done with these students as before. The interactive session was interesting and students asked him questions about his service in the United States Air Force. Anshuman Patnaik of class IV  asked about his knowledge of air crafts “How many types of aircraft have you flow and know how to fly?” he asked Astronaut Fischer to witch Fischer replied ” I have flown over 55 different types of air crafts during my 25 years of service in the U. S. Air Force. I am a test pilot which means that I test out new models of air crafts and see if they have any glitches and that they are safe to operate.”

His fourth and final day at the school comprised of an interview with SAI T.V. it covered his thoughts on India and his experience during SAITED. Take a look for yourself.

Astronaut Fischer also had the pleasure of visiting some historical places of Bhubaneswar including the Tribal Museum , Dholi Peace Pagota and Ram Mandir Temple learning about the history of the area and getting a closer look at Hinduism.

SAI International School would like to thank Astronaut Jack Fischer for choosing to come to our school and share his inspiring story, encouraging us to follow are dreams and never give up.

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In the News:

IMG_1868IMG_3169FullSizeRenderIMG_3167Teleghraph – https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/odisha/nasa-astronaut-talks-up-space-travel-191585

 

Times of India – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/nasa-astronaut-asks-kids-to-reach-for-stars/articleshow/61963219.cms

Hindustan Times – http://www.hindustantimes.com/science/space-gives-a-sense-of-humbleness-spirituality-nasa-astronaut-jack-fischer-in-bhubaneswar/story-FvWczrD8Xe8FjMn33yFrNN.html

Indian Express – http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/dec/07/us-astronaut-jack-fischer-says-collaborative-missions-can-help-explore-space-better-1720679.html

International Day of Persons with Disability at SAI with Swabhiman

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Students of class VII celebrated International Day of Persons with Disability at SAI International School. A small delegation from Swabhiman visited the school and addressed the students in a four hour workshop designed to educated them about the term disability and inclusive education.

Dr. Tapas lead the group and gave an inspirational talk about persons with disability and how society views them. He touched on the concept of inclusive education allowing students with special needs into the main stream classrooms, allowing them to learn with “Normal” students. His talk was inspiring and really made the students think about their understanding of what it means to have a disability.

The students were then challenged to paint using only their mouths, a paint brush and paint imagining that they did not have hands. It was difficult and the students really came to understand the difficulties faced by persons with a disability.

The students participated in 3 more activities including a quiz competition, Dance lessons given by two amazing young girls with physical in ailments and they watched a documentary about Dr. Sruti Mohapatra outlining her struggle and fight when she became disabled. Dr. Sruti Mohapatra is a human rights activist specifically in the area of  right of persons with disabilities. She is a constant voice for the genre of people and pushed for government legation that supports persons with disability towards fair treatment and acceptance into society’s norms.

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The students really enjoyed the dance lesson and found it challenging to only use one leg when dancing!!!

Embedded Partnership with Churchdown Village Infants School, Gloucester UK

IMG_1083SAI Angan ( the Pre- Primary Branch of SAI International School) has had a long standing partnership with Churchdown Village Infants School, Gloucester UK. We Annual conduct a well rounded teacher exchange programme that included not only includes Continued Professional Development but the unique opportunity to engulfed oneself into the others culture and life style. Our partnership started in 2009 with a signed partnership agreement that covers everything from global citizenship to exchange of language and culture. Even teachers and staff trainings have been incorporated over the years that cover topics like inclusive classroom involvement and students assessment techniques. This year it was an honour to host we hosted Gemma Western and Georgia Southwell. Our focus during their visit was exclusively ion ISA Activities. This year SAI Angan will be submitting their ISA Dossier and applying for the British Council International School Award 2018 – 2021. Our guest teachers from the UK helped us complete five ISA Projects.

Day one was joyous and both Gemma and Georgia were greeted at the grand entrance of SAI Angan with a Traditional Indian Welcome .

With big smiles they proceeded to the Auditorium where all of class II were waiting for them.  Class II had prepared a special assemble with a dance, word and though of the day followed by a presentation lead by Gemma and Georgia bout their school and it activities. After a quick question answer session with the students about the difference and similarities found in both SAI Angan and Churchdown Village Infant School.  Gemma proceeded to read “The Gruffallo” by the famous British author Julia Donaldson. Gemma rendition was full of flavor and voice modulation and truly entertained the students.

The Special Assembly was followed by ISA Activity 1 “Grandparents Playground” which is an exchange of tradition games from UK, India, USA and Uganda. Gemma and Georgia learned The Lion and the Mouse and the Cat and the Rat sent be our partner school in Uganda. They shared three traditional games including Stuck in the mud, Bull Dog and the cross continental Duck Duck Goose. In reciprocation SAI Angan teachers taught our UK guest Pittu a traditional outdoor Indian game.

SAI Angan teachers and students teaching Pittu to our UK guests.

Our Uganda partner school sent us two games one called  “The Lion and the Mouse” and the “Cat and the Rat.

The Cat and the Rat – traditional game taught to us by our Ugandan partner school Gombe Junior School during their visit in July. Students would first play the games and then our teachers would play them with our UK guests.  The remainder of the day was spent at Khandegiri Caves learning about the the history of Bhubaneswar.

On the second day they taught a few UK traditional games to our SAI Angan students as mentioned earlier.

On the third day the ISA Activity switched the Activity 4 – Ek, Do, Teen.. with class KG I. Gemma and Goergia went form section to section teaching and learning counting rhymes in English and learning counting rhymes in Hindi and Luganda.

SAI T.V. Interview with Ms Gemma Western and Georgia Southwell teachers from Churchdown Village Infants School, Gloucester United Kingdom: