Visit of Cambridge English Language Assessment Team

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Mr Ian Cawley, Global Product Manager (HE & Adult), Business & Mktg, Cambridge Assessment English, visited SAI International School on Thursday, February 28, 2019. He was accompanied by Shri Manish Puri, Head of Business Development, South Asia, CELA, Ms. Saraswathi Sudhakar, Consultant-South and East, CELA, Shri Avijeet Kundoo, British Council Head of Examinations East Zone and Shri Sayantan Ghosal, Manager, Exam Business Development, East India.

Mr. Cawley was highly impressed with the way the CELA is being conducted in SAI for many years. He presented the Exam Preparation Plaque to the Vice Chairperson Dr Silpi Sahoo. The team discussed about their fruitful association with SAI International School and SAI International Residential School (SIRS) and looks forward to work with SAI International College of Commerce (SICC).

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Mr. Cawley appreciated the various facilities provided to students and said that “It’s an amazing school. I can’t believe the facilities here and the opportunities you have made available to your students”

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Interview with Mr. Ian Cawley, Global Product Manager , Cambridge Assessment English

It was such a pleasure meeting Mr. Cawley and learning about the development of the CELA exams as they play a big role in helping English standards increase every year in the school.

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SAI International School looks froward to working with Cambridge Assessment English in the future and meeting Mr Cawley and his team again. Thank you for your words of appreciation, SAI School will continue  offering the best global practices to its students and Cambridge English Language Assessment is one of those practices.

International Storytelling Week @ SAI

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International Storytelling Week 2019 Logo for FBSAI Angan students from classes KG I – III participated in our annual International Storytelling Week from February 7-14. This year we have picked books from USA, Switzerland and India.  We were joined by our partners schools Churchdown Village Infants School, UK and Scooby – Doo Nursary & Day Care, Uganda.

Books are selected from Time Magazine ‘100 Best Children’s Books’ list as usual. To date we have completed 18 of the 100 listed books adding a few from Indian authors as well. After procuring the books they are added to the school’s library so students can check them out and read them at home with their parents.

THIS YEARS BOOKS!!!! Each class was given a different book with graded activities including, skits, art and craft, worksheets, poster making and writing poems in the form of Spoonerisms.

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We started International Storytelling Week with a Skype call exchanging books with our partner school in UK. SAI Angan students participated in a 20 min Skype call with students from Churchdown Village Infant School, UK. Mrs. Rashmi Sahoo, class I teacher, read ‘Amma Tell Me About Ganesha’ to a classroom full of CVIS Class I Students. In reciprocation CVIS teacher Mr Kristian Rouse told the story of Farmer Duck. Students laugh and enjoy both stories. Students from CVIS loves the part of the Indian story when the elephant sacrifices his life and gave  his head to save Ganesha. SAI Angan students enjoyed going the actions that went along with UK story. Everyone giggled when they had to quack like a duck with their hand.

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Bear Snores on book coverKG I & KG II students read the Bear Snores On (America) by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Her books have received numerous state and national awards and translated into many languages, and made it to the New York Times Bestsellers list many times. In the book  a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

KG I had a wonderful storytelling session with acting out the story in real time. The story goes through a range of emotions and students had a blast acting out each one. Teachers used puppets of the main characters to bring the story to life and you can tell by the smiles on the students faces that they truly enjoyed this storytelling session. KG II students made masks using common classroom items  after they finished with their story telling session.

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Rainbow Fish book coverClass I – II students read the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (Switzerland) author and illustrator of children’s picture books. His Rainbow Fish series of children’s picture books, published since 1992, has been a worldwide success. All of class I completed their Storytelling session of the Rainbow Fish and created their very own Fish to display on the Bulletin Boards this week in SAI Angan. Students loved the story, it focused on the pursuit of happiness by a fish who ultimately comes to the conclusion that it is better to share the things you love the most with friends then hoard them and have no friends at all. The Rainbow Fish book is a clever take on the saying “money cant by happiness”.

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Class II students completed their worksheets designed around the story of the “Rainbow Fish”.  As the book spoke about sharing and how it feels to be left out the worksheet also touched on this simply but common challenge face by all while growing up. Students answered several questions including “Have you ever been left out? How did it feel? and Have you ever been bad to a friend?  After filling in the answers students had to draw a picture of someone being a good friend and narrate what is  happening in the picture below in a few short sentences.  Often as teachers we do not get a good glimpse of our students on friendship and empathy towards others this activity gave us a true picture.

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Runny Babbit book coverThe Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstien (Amersica) Cartoonist, Musician and Children’s Book Writer. Academy, Golden Globe award nominations and 2 time Grammy Award Winner.

Class III completed the funny and innovative book by Shel Silverstien called “Runny Babbit” which is based on the concept of Spoonerisms which are a mistake made when speaking in which the first sounds of two words are exchanged with each other to produce a not intended and usually funny meaning. for instance  instead of saying “a troop of boy scouts” one would say ” a scoop of boy trouts”. This play on words was the focal point of the activities done by the class III students. Students first had to read an entire poem in spoonerism format. Then they had to translate the poem into normal flowing sentences. After wards in groups they had to create their own spoonerism poems and writings. With lots of laughter and many smiles each team came up with wonderful creative works that they proudly showed to their teachers. Identifying Spoonerisms in speech patterns is considered a good tool to control stuttering and other speech impediments. Practicing switching words accurately and maintaining concentration helps a child with speech problems, to re-train their speech system.  Students found this activity to be humorous while teachers enjoyed watching students break down words in order to decipher the writings and the use that knowledge to create their own spoonerism poetry and stories.

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Keep up the good work SAIONEERS….HAPPY READING

4 Days and 26,000 Acts of Kindness…GKC 2019

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We are thrilled to report that 900 SAI International School students along with students in  schools from  113 countries participated in the 2019 Great Kindness Challenge!!! 

As part of their Kids for Peace annual activities SAI International School participates  in the Great Kindness Challenge along with students from all over the world. Participation is this programme helps procure our status as a kindness certified school. A Kindness Checklists with 50 acts of kindness (classes II – III) and with 12 acts of kindness (classes KG II – Class I) were distribute.  Students had one week to complete as many kindness acts as they could. Thanks to our trailblazing students, over 650 million acts of kindness took place!!! SAI students alone completed over 26,000 of those acts at the school and local community. What an AMAZING celebration of kindness.

One Check list…..One Week……50 Acts of Kindness

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Class I Students participating in the GKC

A big thank you to all our students and parents for making such a positive difference at our school, community and our world.

There’s no doubt about it, KINDNESS MATTERS!

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Global Citizen Workshop for SAI Students…EFFECTS+

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SAI International School starts off on the right global foot in 2019. Apart from SAI teachers completing AFS workshops in Inter Cultural Learning and, the school has taken up an AFS Membership. We will be offering our students short-term and long-term programmes that include student exchange programmes and hosting opportunities with participating AFS Member schools abroad. These programmes will be launched at the beginning of every academic school year and parents will have the opportunity to enroll their child accordingly.

In order to meet the AFS Member School criteria SAI School also had to offering global citizenship training  to 50 students from classes 8-12. These lucky students will be the ones to take this programme forward for years to come.  The workshop for the students was conducted on Monday, January 7, 2019. Students attended the workshop which imparted training on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to become the Change Agents. As part of the training, Shri Sujit Mahapatra, Founder, Bakul Foundation spoke on his own struggles, challenges and success of becoming a change maker. He elaborated on how he is linked with the SDGs like Education and environment.

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Through interactive talks and collaborative hands-on activities, participants explored their own role as global citizens and change makers. The aim of the workshop is to gather youths to reflect on the issues affecting the world and how they can work together to help advance the UN-SDGs.

The AFS training is an ongoing developmental process aimed at imparting intercultural competence. It aims to equip the teachers with skills that will enable them to work in environment filled with diversity and help them in edify students to become Global Change makers and leaders in their own field. AFS encourages people to embrace their “learning to live together” philosophy and foster intercultural understanding to create positive change for a more just and peaceful world.

THE VIRUS GAME: Students had to secretly  pick two people they were linked to. As they walked around in a circle one person was randomly picked to have a virus and they were asked to come to the center of the circle and sit down (DEAD). All other students who were linked to infected student also had to join the middle circle…..and so on until nobody was left. It was an interesting experiment that clearly shows how our thought and actions are intertwined. Honesty also became a crucial element to the game. If people were not honest then the game would not work. Ultimately the virus effected the entire groups….there were ultimately no winners as everyone it interlink in some way.

The feedback from students was anything but static. Students took careful note on how they felt during the game and how it pertained to everyday life.

Participating in AFS programmes help with a child’s global competence, the “power skill” young people require to make their impact on an increasingly diverse world and global economy.  These programmes inspire kids to become active global citizens that are prepared to communicate, collaborate and lead across differences that tackle the world’s greatest defining challenges, transforming them into true global change makers.

Students have the opportunity to live with a family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen their insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues. They will be able to go to school in their host country, learning new languages and finding ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds- skills that they take back home and use for a lifetime. The AFS experience allows kids to discover new things about themselves and their place in the world while turning challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

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Future Change Makers !!!!!

AFS Training for Teachers Inter-Cultural Learning

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AFS Inter-Cultural Learning Workshop @ SAI International School was conducted on January 6 & 8, 2019, as part of the AFS Intercultural Program. Twenty-nine teachers of the school undertook the first level of training which was held on the topic ‘Intercultural Learning’. It was conducted by Ms. Sarita Badhwar, Consultant AFS India.

This training fulfilled one of the basic requirements to become an AFS Member School. This membership will grant us opportunities in the form of long term and short term exchange programmes around the globe fro our teachers and students.

In the interactive workshop, teachers learnt about the Educational Approach and the various Programs of AFS, Cognitive and learning styles emphasizing on the theory and practice of Kolb’s learning cycle, Linking Intercultural learning to realities, on what Culture is and its concepts, the values and dimensions of culture as well as its adaptation. It also focused on the importance of various communication styles and suspended judgments.

Activities included role play, debate, and forming the Inter Cultural Pyramid comprising of ideas from most important to least important depending on relevance.

The AFS training is an ongoing developmental process aimed at imparting intercultural competence. It aims to equip the teachers with skills that will enable them to work in environment filled with diversity and help them in edify students to become Global Change makers of leaders in their own field.

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SAI International School looks forward to nurturing the AFS Programme in the school allowing for major growth in intercultural understanding.

German Language Workshop @ SAI

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SAI International School has a long history of working with the German Consulate. This year we are looking to  introduce the German Language into the school as a 3rd Language.  Ms. Anita Mitra, Educational Cooperation Officers Goethe-Institutions/Max Mueller Bhavan, German Consulate and  Ms. Mitra discussed the introduction of German into the school and school’s linkage between SAI International School and Schools in Germany. It was an interactive meeting as well as a session for the students of class V in the Work Shop Room of the School.

Activities included basic German language lessons in numbers, colours, animals and even a few verbs. Students also learned how to introduce themselves in German.

German is one of the top 5 languages spoken in the world. Almost 185 million people across the globe speak German. It’s a very easy language to be understood and written. A flourishing future career is one of the most important motivators for foreign language learning.

INTRODUCING YOURSELF – “Mien name ist“ (My name is), “Wie ist dien name?” (What is your name? and the phrase “Ich komme aus Indien” (I am from India)

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COUNTING IN GERMAN (forwards and backwards) and Learning Colours 

NAMES OF ANIMALS including Dolphin, Tiger, Elephant and Giraffe 

Students also learnt about the benefits of learning the German language. SAI International School plans on sending students to Sri Lanka this summer to attend a seven day German Language camp for German learners from all over Asia.

“Donke Sehr” (Thank You) Anita and Ms. Mitra and Max Mueller for the wonderful workshop. We are looking forward to your next visit.

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Design For Change Global Conference in Taiwan

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SAI International School represented Design For Change India at the ‘Be the Change’ (BTC) Global Conference held in Taiwan from November 30th to December 2nd, 2018, for the ‘100 Library Project’. ‘100 Library Project’ is a philanthropic initiative envisioned by students of SAI International School to support students from under-privileged schools in and around the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, by providing them with a fully functional library. The project also involves imparting training to teachers on book keeping and record keeping. Through demonstration they are briefed on how to conduct story telling session, make library period more interactive and productive as well as how to inculcate a love for book reading in the students. Regular monitoring and assessments are conducted at regular intervals to ensure proper outcome.

The student-led project was selected as part of the DFC I CAN School Challenge 2017, owing to the great work done by the young students. Class XII students Ayushi Mohanty and Vishnu Lohia along with Ms Jessica Patnaik, International Coordinator represented the school on this global platform.

DAY 1 Report (November 29th): Travel to Taiwan – By Ayushi Mohanty

We reach Taiwan around 12 PM local time, head to immigration and collect our baggage. We were met by BTC’s local representative, Zan. She had organised three EasyCards, allowing us to access public transportation like the speed train without any hassle. She had also arranged three separate SIM cards for our team and also provided us with the local city and public transportation maps. She gave us a brief explanation of all the important train lines and stations around the city. We took speed train from the airport to Songshang station with three stops along the way and reached our hotel, Amba. Amba is a beautiful hotel with breathtaking views of Taipei and amazing accommodation.

After taking a short trip to the nearby McDonald’s for lunch, we came back to the hotel, freshened up and took a 10 minute walk to the Raohe Night Market. The magnificence of this market is hard to describe. The colours and vibrancy of the place left us spellbound. The only inconvenience we faced was the strong smell of all the different types of food sold there. We saw all types of meat starting from chicken to octopus to shrimps and everything in between.

After spending about an hour an half in the market, we came outside and visited the extraordinarily beautiful Songshang Ciyou Temple. This historical temple was built in 1753 and is dedicated to the deity Black Faced Mazu. The temple is adorned with twin dragons facing three immortals representing health, happiness and longevity.

After such an exciting trip inside the temple, we took a break for about 10 mins and enjoyed our pretty little cheesecakes we bought in the market. We then walked down and took the longer to our hotel soaking in the city lights. We finished our exciting evening with a dinner of club sandwiches in the hotel restaurant.

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DAY 2 Report (November 30, 2018): 1st day at the DFC Conference – By Vishnu Kumar Lohia

We woke up at 8.30 in the morning and got ready by 9:15 and went for our breakfast in the Hotel’s restaurant. I had pasta specially made by the chef for me in the vegetarian version.  Then we met Sumedha, our coordinator from India and discussed about the event. Then we went out to the Taipei 101 which is the tallest building in the city and was the the tallest in the world up until Burj Khalifa surpasses it in 2010. It is also the tallest green building in the world. We figured out our way to the building on our own through the map we were provided by our guide yesterday and mazed our way through the metro rail. It was such a fun and exciting experience finding our way through the underground system. Jessica Ma’am gave us the map and let us make the choice it was a really great lesson for us on independence.

Then we came back to our hotel and had our lunch. Then we were greeted by our volunteer, Chloe from DFC Taiwan and we went to the venue for the main event by the Metro again. We also met the very welcoming DFC Taiwan head Katie and her team, they were lovely people. We then rehearsed for our presentation for the next day. Then we had the local special bubble tea and quickly went to the venue of the welcome party on the shuttle bus we reached there by 5:45. We had our dinner at 6:00PM which was really amazing. We also met the head of DFC from various countries and the founder Kiran Sethi. The event started at 7:00pm representatives of each country were introduced and they told everyone how they said “Together We Can” in their language. After that we had an interactive session where they bounced three gigantic balloons toward the us with TOGETHER WE CAN together written on them. It was a really fun activity. We then had the representatives of the different countries performing. We also danced on the beats of various regional songs of different countries with all the people making a huge circle. Lastly, we got a lot of pictures clicked with the people from all over the world.

DAY 3 (Dec 1, 2018): 2nd Day at the DFC Conference / Presentation Day by Ayushi Mohanty 

Today was the big day. The day of the presentation was finally here. We woke up at 6AM and after trying for about 20 minutes, Vishnu was up too. We started our day super early and were done with breakfast by 7:20AM. Vishnu finally had a variety of vegetarian options and that made all of us happy. The lobby of our hotel and the restaurant was bustling with people from the DFC conference. We met up few of our friends from the Opening Ceremony and waited a while in the lobby until all of our team was there. From our hotel, we took a shuttle bus to the venue – Heping Experimental Elementary School. The decorations and the vibe around the place was so positive and so exciting. We took a couple of photos and then moved towards the entrance of the venue. The school was transformed into this beautiful place that could accommodate a 1000 people and still look so pretty.

We then moved into the basketball gymnasium. This is where the main even t was hosted. The stage was amazingly lit up and everything looked spectacular. Our host, Chloe, then brought us the headsets that would help us translate various languages to English, making it so much easier for us to enjoy the event. About 9:40AM, the event started. The crowd was so cheerful and excited that it was difficult not to do the same. I tried to be a little nervous but all that energy, made my fears vanish in a millisecond. The entire event was hosted and arranged entirely by students. The tiny little kids anchored the entire event. The event started with the presentation by team Singapore. There were several other countries that put up amazing presentations, leaving everyone in the crowd so inspired and awestruck. There were also a couple of performances by the Honor Guard and the Diabolo performance. After the presentation of 11 countries, it was our time to show the entire gymnasium what our project was and proudly represent our country and our school. Whatever feeling of nervousness we thought we were going through, disappeared the moment we heard all the loud cheers after seeing our introduction video. The presentation ran so smoothly that we ourselves were shocked. It went on spotless and everyone in the room joined us. We made everyone do Namaste, Aashayein and the Clap of Happiness. Overall, the presentation was a hit.

After our presentation, Vishnu and I headed to another room where a representative from the organizing committee had us answer a few questions about the project and conduct an interview. Then we headed to lunch and had people from many teams come and congratulate us. We asked all the country teams to sign our globe. This went on for a while before we headed to another interview. This interview also had a representative ask us a few questions and we were confident while answering them. Then we headed on to our respective workshops and they were super fun. After the event, our entire team came together and we headed to catch the local bus to start our night city tour. We reached the Tonghua Night Market around 5:00 PM and walked around for a little while and shopped for souvenirs and key chains before meeting up at a small restaurant for dinner. We had a delicious meal of white sauce pasta. Then we had an hour to shop around the night market which was buzzing with crowded lanes. Then we took a bus ride from the market to our hotel. This marked the end of the most eventful day of the entire trip so far.

DAY 4 (Dec 2, 2018): 3rd Day at the DFC Conference / Cultural Dance Performances and Workshops by Vishnu Kumar Lohia

We woke in the morning  at 6.00 am and went for our breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel at 7.00 am. We went to the venue of the event at 8.15 am through the shuttle bus. We were greed by the DFC Taiwan members in a very warm way. The event started at 9.30 am sharp. We had a cultural music performance by a the Department of Xi Qu Music, National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.

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We also so a mesmerizing and breathtaking dance performance by the students of  the Lan Yang Dance Troupe, Spring Blossoms.

We also saw the various projects of type different countries and it was really inspiring to see. DFC Israel did a project on Loneliness. The created a “Friendship Stations” through out their school and even at a local bus stands.

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We spent a lot of time with DFC Israel and they even invited us to elp them out with their project presentation. We then had the lunch break at 12.00 noon . The lunch was delicious . We then had the farewell party where we saw videos of the event and had various interactive sessions and also shared our contact details with the students  (superheros) from the various countries. Another favourite presentation was done by a small school in the outskirts of Taipei a small group of boys designed a emergency bag designed to protect your head during earthquakes which are prevalent in this part of the world the boys expressed that over 14,000 earthquakes happen each year in their area.

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After all the presentations were complete we split into workshops one on Being a Global Citizen from Understanding and Empathizing which helps in experiencing social injustice situations. Why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Is it their fault? What kind of help can be provided to reduce this problem.

We ended our trip with a night out to the local Mall located in front of our hotel, a short tip to a local street play and a wonderful traditional Taiwanese meal.

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The BTC celebration honours and recognizes the young agents of change for their courage and determination to change the world around them. It also brings together students from various parts of the world to not only share their stories but also learn from each other. This year students from 56 countries will be present to showcase their projects.