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.

 

1st Student Delegation from SAI as part of the Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative

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Group picture of the entire SAI International School Student Exchange Team including Cupertino City Mayor,  Mr. Darcy Paul, City Council Members, host families, District Superintendent of Schools and CBSCI co-founders.

The two-week Global Immersion Programme (GIP) of SAI International School to USA concluded on October 21, 2018. Thirteen students along with a Teacher Coordinator took part in th

e programme which is part of the Sister City Student Exchange Programme of the Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative (CBSCI).

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Student Report for October 7 – 8  By DHRUTI SUNDAR KAMPA

Everyone reached the airport by 6:45 approx. After 3 hrs at the airport we left for Calcutta at 9:30 and landed there at 10:30. From there we left for Doha and landed after 5 hrs. Next, we boarded to our gate for America. It was a really hectic journey as the flight was 16 hrs long. Thankfully we landed safely at around 2:00p.m. (by American time). Then we checked into our hotel and took a nap for a while. Then we left for dinner to an Indian restaurant and the food was just lit. We came back to the hotel and fell asleep as all of us were tired. The day was well spent by all of us. Tomorrow we head to Disneyland and we cannot wait.

Student Report for October 9 – By YOGDA PACHISIA 

Our wakeup call came at 6:30am. We were so excited to go to Disneyland the entire group was ready almost an hour early for our bus. The hotel breakfast was nice it had a choice of waffles, cereal, scrambled eggs, potatoes, toast or bagels and several types of juice. We boarded our bus shortly after we finished breakfast and quickly stopped by a store to pick up water for the day. It took about 45 min drive to reach Disneyland from our hotel. Once we reached we got our tickets and maps and planned how to conquer our day and ride as many rides as we could.

We started with Guardians of the Galaxy which was really fast. The ride would go straight up then drop down at such a high pace you would feel your body lift off your seat saved only by the seat belt strapping you in.

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With hearts pumping we ran to our next ride which was at the Pixar Pier called the Incredicoster. I was a bit afraid at first because it had a loop in it that made you go upside down. After that it was time for lunch most of us ate Mexican food. I had black bean tacos. But most people had the Burrito del Pollo (Translated into English means Chicken Burrito).

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photo-2018-10-10-10-33-22_1.jpgAfter lunch we took some group pictures and went to the Grizzly Peak water ride which was a lot like water rafting and yes, we did get pretty wet. It was a lot of fun. We stopped for ice cream and then had to wait in line for a ride called Soarin which was virtual ride. It was almost 6pm so we went to the restaurant and picked up our food, Biriyani. After another 45min ride back to the hotel we all took our packed food and headed to our room completely exhausted. What a wonderful day!

Student Report for October 10 – By ARNAV DHANAWAT 

The day began well, as we woke up to a good weather and had good breakfast with good variety of juices. We left for Downtown Los Angeles at sharp 8. We are happy to have such a punctual teacher like Jessica Ma’am, no matter how late we wake up, ma’am makes sure that we are right on time. We are also grateful to Chairman Sir for giving us such an opportunity and arranging such a marvelous trip for us.

We went to many famous Hollywood streets and saw popular places owned by famous movie stars like restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs. Then went for a walking tour of more Hollywood attractions and then we went for souvenir shopping for our friends and families. Then most of us had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe afterwards we left for Griffith Observatory where we came to know about outer space and telescopes.

After that we all spent our post lunch time in Citadel Outlets where we bought goodies from our favourite brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Crocs and more brands. We all have been missing our families but that is covered up by the fun we are having with our friends. Today, we came across a great saying at the Griffith Observatory “If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world”, this means that if everyone could look at the world with the same view, then there would be no inequalities among people.

Student Report for October 11- By ANIMESH MOHANTY & AMLAN KISHORE DAS 

Today was a great day we got a chance to go to Universal Studios Hollywood.

We woke up at 7 am and went for breakfast at 8:30. We left for the the park at 9:30 took us a long time to reach there. We reached at 10:45 there and made went in. We all upgraded to the express tickets and split up in groups. We experienced many of the rides there like transformers, mummy and Harry Potter.

We then got a studio tour which was really amazing as we got to see many sound stages where many popular movies were shot. We got to see sets of movies like Back To The Future, Bruce Almighty and many more we also saw many cars which were used in movies like Fast And The Furious, Jurassic Park and also a 3-D King Kong and Fast And The Furious ride. We had our lunch in there and the park was supposed to close down early for the Halloween parade so we had to leave.

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We decided to leave Universal studios at about 5PM and after all of us assembled, we left at about 5:30 PM. All of us were tired but since we were ahead of our schedule, we had some time in our hands. Most of us slept during the bus ride. We went to a shopping mall close to our hotel at 7pm and left at about 8:30pm. We reached the hotel after 15 minutes and then after freshening up, left for dinner at about 9 o’clock. We walked to Denny’s for dinner and had a filling meal. We returned to the hotel at 10:30 thus ending our long day.

Student Report for Oct 12 – By PRATHAM PRADEEP 

Today we woke up at 8 AM. After eating our breakfast, we took some rest and checked out of the hotel at 10 45 AM.  We had to drive all the way from LA to Chowchilla for 8 hrs. It’s wasn’t boring to the level we expected. During the trip we played many games like UNO and other card games. We also went for shopping in between the trip. After a long trip we reached an Indian restaurant and had our dinner over there. Then we checked in the hotel Holiday Inn. And that’s how our day ended.

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Student Report for October 13 – By SHIVAM BHARALAWALA

The day started well as we had a good breakfast at hotel Holiday Inn which is located in Chowchilla, then after the breakfast we left for Yosemite national park it was a long drive. After reaching there we went to a ranch which was full of horses and then we went for horse riding for full 2 hours. There were very steeps curves, uphill and downhill on our way which were dangerous.

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After the horse riding we went for the lunch at subway and had fillings lunch and left to meet our host families. We reached city hall by 6:45 and after a great introduction and a warm welcome by the mayor and the host families we left the city hall with our respective host families.

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Student Report for October 14 – By MANSITA MISHRA

Today’s day started at 8:55am. My first morning with my host Nivea and her family. In my host family there are 4 members Nivea (Nivi), her younger sister Minu, her mother Raji auntie and her father Madam uncle. After freshening up we all had our breakfast that is pancakes and coffee which was really tasty n filling after 2 hours we all decided to go to Santa Cruz beach we reached there at 1 and had our lunch. I had s’more crêpes and garlic fries which were delicious and near the beach there was Santa Cruz beach boardwalk; an amusement park and wend on a few rides like the fireball, haunted trail and the rope way. At 4 pm we drove back to our house and went for a Navratri celebration to Madan Uncle’s cousin’s place we had our dinner there and they dropped me and Nivi to the Lynbrook tennis court for Nivi’s homecoming dance practice I met her friend saw there dance n had a lot of fun. I feel like home here these people are really nice and treat me like their family member. In the beginning I was a bit scared but then now I think I have made a friend for life and will cherish these moments for a lifetime. This trip has taught me a lot of life lessons like how to adjust make friends be happy and independent. So yeah, that’s how my day ended.

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Student Report for October  15- By ARCHIT BANDO

We had to reach the Cupertino Community Hall by 8:15am and we all had gatheredaround and left the place by 8:30am for Facebook.

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After Facebook we left for the Tesla headquarters and then we left for the Tech Museum and had a lot of fun by using and playing scientific games and displays and designing our own bacteria.

We also tried out the bird virtual simulator which was the most amazing thing there and after the museum we went for our lunch at Pizza my Heart.

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After lunch we left for the Apple Campus and then we went to the Mayor’s office and had a small talk about the city and he showed his office and then we started preparing for the small presentation by us to the host families and the mayor and the presentation was successful and we had our dinner in the community hall and our host’s took us for the night.

Meeting with the Mayor of Cupertino –

discussion on future plans between Cupertino and SAI International School and a in depth description of hoe the Cupertino City Government works

Student Presentation at City Hall –

We spoke about India our school and held a short fashion show were students dressed in different types of traditional Indian clothing

Student Report for October 16 – By VIDISHA AGRAWAL

Today began well as we started our journey by some fresh donuts and headed towards San Fransisco, there we saw some great places like City Hall and some really tall skyscrapers. Then, we headed towards the Golden Gate Bridge which looked marvellous in real life.

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We went to the Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 for lunch today, we also saw some sea lions there.

Then we left for Standford University where we went inside for a tour, we walked along the campus, we saw the church there and the 7 of the 21 beautiful fountains. We got to know many fascinating historical facts about the University of Stanford.

After coming back from the tour we came to the City Council Hall for the attending the Council Meeting where we were welcomed and it was a very proud moment for us. Then we went to an amazing Indian restaurant for dinner with some of the people who belong to Odisha but are here. It was so great to hear their experiences. So that’s how we spent the day today. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without our respected Chairman Sir, Principal Sir and our very own Jessica ma’am. Thank you all so much for giving us this life changing opportunity. 

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Student Report for October 17 – By SHASHREEK SHIKHAR

Today was the first day of our school experience in Cupertino. We were going to attend a local school named Lynbrook High School. It was an early morning drive to the school and we reached there by 8:20 where our host family dropped us at the school bidding us a great day ahead. Then we came across students from the school and one of them were assigned to each of the thirteen of us and we had to shadow them (shadowing means to be with a particular student from a particular school and to attend the same classes as them and get to know more about the school and the education system). I was assigned to shadow a Chinese student from Lynbrook High School, Rita Chen. She was a senior student studying in the twelfth grade and was pursuing engineering. She took me to her class at about 8:30am and it started with an advanced Japanese class and I got to know quite a lot from the students there and the teacher who was extremely generous. After a 90 minute class she took me to a quard area where I saw the homecoming of the Class 2021 and an amazing performance followed for the next half an hour and then we had a brunch which followed it. Soon after that she took me to another one of her advanced government class it was the best class that I have experienced so far because the teacher of that subject is very articulate and his way to introducing ideas and concepts is very unique and after another 90 minutes of great learning we had a 45 minute lunch that we followed and finishing lunch a bit early I was given a tour of the exquisite school campus and all the classes by Rita and then we caught up with the last class for the day which was the advanced mathematics class where I made great friends and the passionate mathematics teacher introduced me to everyone and we got to know each other quite well.  After such a beautiful day time passed by quite quickly and it was 3:20pm and our host family had come to pick us up. During the evening at about 5:00 after freshening up we all went to a bowl OK no club and did 3 hours of bowling and gaming and warmed up to our hosts. And then we all hitched a ride together and went back to out houses. Thus a great day came to an end and is one of the most memorable days in my life.

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Shashreek and his school host

Student Report for October 18 – By JYOTIRADITYA MOHANTY

Today was the last day of our wonderful trip and our last day at Lynbrook High. It started with all of us going to school early to click pictures and then we were welcomed by the students who had arranged the homecoming event! It was truly amazing.

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We then went with our shadow students to our respective classes and I had Economics as the first period. The class was interesting and we got to know many things about advertising in the USA. Then we were called by the Principal of Lynbrook High School and she spoke to us about the different events and rituals of their school. It was great experience getting to know about their culture at school. She also gave us a tour of the entire school. Then it was time for the Homecoming event. They had arranged skits, decorations, dances it was wonderful.

Then we attended a few more classes and at dispersal our hosts picked us up and we went to a restaurant for lunch and then spent some time at their place, got dressed and went for the farewell dinner with the Mayor. The farewell was wonderful and sad at the same time because we were going to go back. All host families and students spoke a few words, had dinner and went home.

Furthering our Friendship with Fujain Province

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As part of on ongoing collaborative initiative linking Fujain Province, China, and the State of Odisha, A six-member Chinese delegation visited SAI International School on Monday, August 13, 2018. The discuss focused on future collaboration with Schools and Institutes in Fujian. Mr.Hu Changsheng, Member of the Standing Committee and Head of the Organization, Dept. of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee headed the  high level Fujian Friendship Delegation.

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The other members were Mr. Lin Heping, Director General, Fujian Provincial Department of Education, Mr. Shao Yulong, Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, Fujian Provincial People’s Government, Mr. Liao Shizhu,  Chairman and General Manager, China Strait Talent Market, Ms. Huang Shaorong, Director of International Exchanges Division of the Foreign Affairs Office, Fujian Provincial People’s Government and Mr. Zhou Shengyi, Principal Staff Member of the Organization Department, CPC Fujian Provincial Committee.

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The team from China interacted with Chairman Dr. Bijoy K Sahoo, Vice Chairperson Dr. Silpi Sahoo, Principal Shri Harish Sanduja, Vice Principal Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi and International Coordinator Ms. Jessica Patnaik and discussed on various aspects of collaboration. The dialogues focussed on Language Exchange Programme, Student &Teacher Exchange Programme, Curriculum-based International Projects in Maths, Science, History and Culture, Exchange of Music, Dance forms and Art through collaborative classroom to classroom projects and participations in competitions or educational programmes held by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. The teams also spoke on possibilities of association for International Community Service Initiatives, where students can work together on a social connect project in each other’s country.

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Earlier a team of educationist led by Dr. Sahoo visited China on invitation by the Chinese Government through their High Commission for an educational exploratory visit in March 2017. As part of the trip, the team visited the Fujian Province and toured the Fuzhou No.1 School in the Capital City of Fuzhou.

It was followed by initiating a Global Immersion Programme to China, where students and Staff of SAI visited Fuzhou Province among others. A Memorandum of Understanding between SAI International School and The Fuzhou Foreign Languages School was signed on Friday, June 2, 2017 to promote communication of international education between China and India.

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SAI T. V. Interview

Mr.Hu Changsheng shared his unique view point on the educational differences between China and India. He expressed his excitement on further collaboration between SAI International School and institutions and  organisations in Fujain China.

Thank you Fujain Delegation, for visiting our school !

谢谢 – Xiè Xiè

SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2018

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As the world witnesses the largest youth population ever seen, it also feels the rising challenges faced by the world’s youth. To support United Nations (UN) theme for 2018 International Youth Day, SAI International School celebrated the day in an eloquent manner.

SAI students got to showcase some of their unique talents like Beat Boxing, and live music performances.

Around sixty students from six different Clubs, Masks Club (theatre), Photography Club, SAI TV, Symphony Club (choir), Rhythmic Vibrations (dance), Global Club and Interact Club participated in the event. It was thoroughly planned and successfully implemented by the energetic students.

Preparation started a week before the event to optimize the reach of message. Students designed the back drops, T-shirts and the badges to be used and started a media campaign on facebook and twitter.

To spread the message to the general public, students performed skits, dances and live music in tune with the dynamic theme at Pal Heights on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

JOIN US NEXT YEAR FOR FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT !

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

 

GIP UK 2018 New Partnerships Formed

Bhubaneswar AirportThe Global Immersion programme to UK has been an annual event since 2009 starting with teacher exchange visits to further having students engaged in partner school activities. Every year has been a new experience for all those who participated in the programme. Learning experience was always unique. On the 8th year of the student exchange programme in June 2018, a group of 07 students and a teacher had a very different experience, as this time there were two new schools that had to be visited which was exciting and also a new place to explore. Lots of ideas were bubbling in the minds of the students and also this was the first experience for all the students who were in the group.

The Saioneers had a chance to stay in a home like a family in Bath. The visit started with Norton Hill Secondary School, Bath, where students had a full day learning activity. For the entire day, each SAIoneer was paired with a student from Norton Hill who went together to attend classes like French, Physics, Geography, English, Maths and Dance. They also visited the Welton Primary School, which is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Academy. In both the Schools, special assemblies were conducted by SAI students to showcase their school as well as the culture and tradition of India.

20180606_100457While at Bath, the team explored the various monuments in the historical City like the famous Roman Bath, Bath Abbey, Jane Austen Centre, etc. A city tour also helped the students know more about the history of the place while they saw the Pulteney Bridge, the Bath University,the Tharmae Bath Spa etc.

Students had a wonderful opportunity to get a guided tour of the Oxford University. They visited different colleges like the Balliol College, Trinity College and St John’s College. They got to see the five famous libraries like Weston, Bodleian, Magdalen, Merton and Codrington and garnered as much information they could from the guide. Visiting the Oxford University was a great learning experience for the students as it helped them to widen their knowledge on Colleges of Higher education and Renowned International Universities.

They started their tour of London with a visit to Madam Tussauds, where students had a wonderful time clicking photographs with their favourite stars, followed by visiting London Eye, which made the students spellbound witnessing the panoramic view of the city from the capsule. They also got to see the British Parliament house, the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Westminster Abbey. The City tour of London gave students a highly enriching experience. The GIP team to UK had their own share of fun-filled activity at Shrek’s Adventure, which also gave them a brilliant interactive and immersive walk-through experience. A cruise ride on the river Thames was a unique experience for the students as well. There they learnt about several historical facts including the history of the seven bridges from the guide. They also got to witness the Changing the Guard ceremony outside the Buckingham Palace on their last day of their trip. Students loved the colourful spectacle and British pageantry.

GIP is one such endeavour that provides a unique learning experience for the students, bringing in a significant impact in their knowledge repository and tuning their mind-set to adapt the universal learning experience. It is an excellent method to instill independent thinking and bestow in them the confidence to build their dreams and reach their goals. The students learn a lot of life skills like adaptation to different situations, respecting other culture and also managing their own self without depending on their parents. They get ideas to plan for their higher education in a reputed global university as well.

IN THE NEWS!!!

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GIP UK news paper

GIP USA 2018 California Adventure

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SAI International School students participated in a 13 day trip to USA from May 27 – June 8, 2018. Visiting San Francisco, Cupertino, Yosemite National Park and Los Angeles. Please find below all the details of the trip from the students themselves. This was a complete California Adventure that included Cable Cars, The Golden Gate Bridge, Google, Facebook, Pier 39, Sutro Bathes, Cupertino Mayor’s Office, The Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, Universal Studios……and much much more!

Report May 27 & 28 – by Rajnandini & Deeksha

We all met at the airport around 3PM got our bag tags and yellow caps. We spent some time with our parents and Chairman Sir arrived and instructed us about what to do and how to behave during the trip. Then he briefly instructed us about the places we were going to visit in USA. We took many group pics with Chairman Sir. Then we bid goodbye to our parents and Chairman Sir. After taking blessings from our parents we checked in our luggage and boarded the flight to Kolkata. We landed in Kolkata then waited at the airport taking pics,listening to music,talking to friends and playing UNO, we went for immigration and waited for our turn in the long queue. Then we collected our boarding passes and went for dinner and boarded the flight to Hong Kong. After reaching Hong Kong we exchanged currency and had our breakfast at BURGER KING and rested at the airport. After that we all spent our time talking to our parents, friends and our mobile phones.Then again we went for immigration,standing and waiting for our turns in the long queue.After a long flight we finally arrived at San Francisco. After immigration we headed towards the exit of the airport where Jessica ma’am was already there to welcome us.

From there we went to an Indian restaurant for lunch in a bus booked by school.After lunch we checked in to the La Quinta Inn.We freshens and went to sleep for a few hours.Then we went for dinner and then had a group meeting and were asked to go to sleep.

Report May 29 – by Mayurakshi, Kriti and Lavanya

Our day started with an alarm beeping in our ears and phones receiving texts telling us to wake up. We woke,freshened up and went down for breakfast. The breakfast spread was actually quite satisfying. Waffles, scrambled eggs, bread and butter and everything one would like as breakfast. After that, we climbed onto our raspberry bus and went on to our first stop…The Palace Of Fine Arts. It was beautiful. It had Greek and Roman architecture. It totally gave out a British vibe. There were gargoyles of woman facing towards the palace, which is quite surprising cuz it’s usually the opposite. We debated quite a lot on it. After our intense discussion of woman gargoyles, we had a photo shoot.

The next stop was the golden gate bridge. It was freezing out there. The moment we reached there all of our hands and face were numb. We were literally like zombies. Again,we got to know about the bridge and what it is made up of, its history and everything.

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After talking we had our lunch in an Indian restaurant, and headed out to catch a cable car. We went inside the cable car workshop. We got to know about the mechanism and the history behind cable cars. Unfortunately to our dismay none of the cars were available and we called our raspberry bus to take us to the Maritime museum. We now know that pirates of the carribeam was for a reason. We then went to the beach nearby. The water was freezing cold and  no one would even stand near it. But some local people started swimming. So we build up our couragee to walk and put our feet into the ocean. Guess what…..Bad idea!

After the bone chilling temperature we decided to go to Pier 39 which was walking distance from where we were standing. Turns out….the 12 min walk took an hour to reach. We stopped at every single shop we passed by. Once we reach Pier 39 we saw so many Seals basking in the sun.

The last thing we did was take dinner, where we were last to pick out our own plates. We then came back to the hotel and get the long awaited rest.

Report May 30, 2018 – by Isha and Meeru

And the alarm went off at 6 a.m.

Our day started off with a bang because we were sure, for the first time, where we were heading to. Also we were to put on our traditional clothing so that was a plus.

We got up at 6′ in the morning.( Thanks to Jessica ma’am’s call). We, after that, got ready by 7 am and started for the breakfast downstairs. After having the sumptuous breakfast, we hoped onto our tour bus and started for the Mayor of the Cupertino state’s office. To tell the truth, the views that we got to see outside the window, starting from the country roads to the misty hills, were plain breathtaking.
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Next we headed for the Fremont School District. There, we gave our presentation and surely the Assistant Superintendent, Mrs Trudy Gross was pretty impressed. We got to exchange questions about our schooling systems. That was really informative.Then we went to have lunch at an Italian restaurant named Sweet tomatoes. The salads and desserts were truly great.

Our visit to Cupertino was coordinated by the Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative. We are proud to be apart of this programme and look forward to visiting again in October as part of a new student exchange programme. They even posted our visit on their Facebook page.

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Now for the limelight event; *drumroll* National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Ames research centre. The insides left us spellbound and the science enthusiasts who were really low in number *cough* yeah, right * cough* underwent a sudden rush of adrenaline. The interior included information about the past, current and future space missions, soveigners from outer space eg. A  Moon rock and basalt from Mars and a soveigner store from where we could bring back with us awesome memories. Sadly, like everything else, our NASA trip had to end too. Though we couldn’t visit the actual research centre the exhibit was superb. It was there that we met we met a Cupertino police officer and boy! was that cool.

Lastly we went for shopping at the Great Mall ( a Simon centre ) where we explored the huge floor for an hour. We gathered up at Starbucks at the end of the hour. Then we had our dinner at a North Indian restaurant and then we headed back to our hotel where we are still trying to sleep.

Report May 31- by Kanishk, Swastik and Devesh

We got a wake up call at around 7 am in the morning. After we got refreshed and ready we headed to have breakfast at hotel lobby after an half an hour of breakfast we sat  in the bus and headed towards Stanford University. At Stanford we had a tour of the campus and visited a sacred memorial church erected by Jane Lathrop Stanford to glory of god and in loving memory of her husband Leland Stanford After we were done visiting the church of Stanford University we headed towards our bus and were off to the Google campus.

After we reached the Google campus we met Saveen Sahni who works for Google maps. He gave us a tour of the headquarters and told us a lot many things about Google. He answered all the questions that we asked him about Google.

After we were done at the Google headquarters we headed towards an Italian restaurant ‘Pizza my heart’ and ate Italian pizza. After having  our lunch we went to our bus and Headed towards Facebook . After we reached there we took a lot of photos in front of a like (thumb) sign After our tour ended we headed towards Mr Patnaik’s house and spent time there and he even hosted us for dinner at an Italian restaurant named Maggiao’s.

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After all these we were all drowsy and headed back towards hotel for sleep.

Report June 1 – by Meeru and Isha

The day started off with the alarm, in our ears, buzzing off at 7 in the morning (we couldn’t be late today). Today we were heading to the University of California, Berkley and the California Academy of Science. So we got ourselves ready by 8 a.m., devoured the complimentary breakfast downstairs in the hotel and started for the University of California, Berkeley (that’s the University of Berkeley by the way, encase you were wondering). We started at 9:25 AM, sharp. There we were warmly welcomed by Mr. Tim who inspired and motivated us (he’s a really funny man). He also answered our questions about college admissions in the US.

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Next we met our tour guide of the day, Elsa, a political science major at the UC Berkeley. There, we were shown the whole campus and by God, it was astonishing. There were different buildings for every department where the students attend lectures. The greenery, the infrastructure, the campus beliefs, the libraries and the legacy of the college were all really cool. The best part? There are in total 16 elements in the periodic table that were discovered in the very campus of the college. Eg. Berkelium (get it?) , Californium (very patriotic people), Seaborgium (named after professor Seaborg who discovered it. Another interesting fact about him is  that his name can be arranged to form the anecdote of ‘ Go Bears’ which is basically the college’s Moto).

Next we were headed to the Round tables pizza for lunch. (We had to travel to the city for that). After having our lunch, we headed to the California university of sciences. But we had only a few minutes before the academy closed so instead we did a detour and went to the Sutro Baths. First some of us were really disappointed because we didn’t get to go to the Science academy but that all changed the moment we saw the beach.

The glistening blue colour of the water, the fine sandy soil, the distant view of the islands and the high rocky cliffs created a paradise on Earth. All of us really enjoyed the sea. Also some of us climbed the cliffs and felt somewhat like explorers in a lost jungle( a.k.a Spiderman to be specific) and after all that we had to return to our rooms in our hotels where all, as soon as they entered their rooms, slept off.

Report June 2- by Rajnandini and Deeksha

Our day started with alarm buzzing in our ears at 6 am. We all got up and freshen up and had our breakfast at La Quinta, San Francisco. Then we started our journey towards Yosemite National Park. It took 4hrs to reach our destination.

Soon after that we were welcomed by our guide of the day, Mr. Ira (a.k.a the bear man). He was really amusing and he provided us with tons of information about the national park (with a horror warning about a written test at the end of the trip).

Mr. Bear Man even showed us different types of agates and stones found locally even gold. He took some time to explain the difference between gold and fools gold.

The journey actually started when we bought our tickets. Our bus started into the woods and to swear that it wasn’t a heaven on Earth would be wrong on our side. The lush greenery, the tall redwoods, the sun dawned hills, the fierce waterfalls, the steep and black rocks on in there would have made even the most materialistic person fall in love with it.

Some of the students from our trip who were really cool adventurers, started climbing the hills like mountain goats. The waterfall was truly heavenly. It was splendid scene, nature at its best.

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But sadly we had to return from there. But this was a trip which would be indelibly printed in our mind. While on our way back, we picked up some pizzas from the round table pizza and checked into the comfort inn where we had our dinner and slumped into our beds and went into deep sleep at that moment. Also that written test? We didn’t have to take it. That was just a joke from our guide’s side.

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Report June 3 – by Lavanya, Kriti and Mayurakshi

LA without a doubt was the most awaited part of our trip.  Today in the morning we woke with smiles on our faces (rare as we aren’t morning people!). Even the 5 hour drive on the bus couldn’t bring our spirits down. 5 hours went by in a blur. Chatting, blaring music and rolling off seats. We ate our lunch at Johnny Rockets and headed out for a city tour. First stop was La Brea Tar Pits which had been there since prehistoric times. La Brea in Latin means tar.

We saw the unique architecture of the Disney Concert Hall which was initiated by Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian. The metal sheets were in layers on top of the other creating a rippling effect. Our guide told us that if you used the metal there would be enough to build a bridge from LA to New York and there would still be enough to build a skyscraper.

Next we stopped at the Dolby Center, where the Academy Awards are held every year. All celebrities invited to the academy awards are necessary to take only one guest with them. No matter how important they may be. After that we went in front of the Chinese Theatre. There were a lot of people walking around in costumes of famous characters like Superman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, etc… They looked exactly like the real characters. Then we walked through the Walk of Fame. There were people like Emma Stone, Emma Daniel Radcliff, etc. it was awesome. We clicked loads of snaps . we then headed back to our bus. We went to an Indian restaurant for dinner. We had Indian food after three days. At this point we were all really tired and done for the day. We had a silent bus ride to our hotel.

Report June 4 -by Ankita, Saniya and Akshita

This morning we woke up fully excited as today we were going to…………… Disneyland. So, we got all dressed up ,had our breakfast and then we headed towards the bus to go to Disneyland. We were all super excited to reach the place we were all seeing dreams of in our childhood. When we reached we were awestruck and were having the time of our lives after seeing the beautiful Disneyland and it’s rides and a lot of fun waiting for us…!!!!. We were taking photos of ourselves with the banner when the security took our banner and seized it due to security reasons. We then entered Disneyland and first saw the avengers namely:Loki, Groot and Captain America!!!!!!!. Our first ride was…. The Guardians of the Galaxy:Breakout. It was heart throbbing and fascinating and fabulous!!. Then we went to the Cars Park where we waited in a long queue to go to the Radiators spring race. We really enjoyed ourselves. Then we went to the Golden Zephyr where we flew in the sky in a boat 😜.We all then went to the symphony strings ride.Then we went to a ride which connected us to the nature that is the Grizzly River Run !!!!. We did some serious rafting it was so fun!.We then had some tasty Mickey Mouse ice cream and snacks it was such a delight!!.Then we went on a cars ride which was fun as well!!!.And sadly,after that we had to leave Disneyland but still the memories we had and the Mickey Mouse headband we bought can never fade.

WE WISH THESE MOMENTS LAST FOREVER !!!!!

Report June 5 – by Saniya, Ankita and Aksita

Today we woke up early in the morning, got freshened up and were excited as we were going for shopping as well as astronomy center !  we then, had our breakfast. We were all geared up to go to the Astronomy center, it is actually interesting as our principal teaches astronomy so we would get to know more about his subject. So, we headed towards the center in our bus.In between we stopped at a store where we did chocolate shopping which was so fun as we found a wide variety of chocolates we don’t get in India.We then headed towards the Astronomy observation center. Then we reached the center it’s called Griffith observatory. Where the Hollywood sign was clearly visible we took photos there as well.

We then went for a small presentation on the observatory. We got to know that it was started on May 14,1935 by Griffith J. Griffith. He was a space enthusiast who was fascinated by space researches. After that we took a picture with Einstein’s statue.We then observed various planets, our weights on different planets and various other fun things. It was really fun to see and understand more about the space and planets in our solar system……

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The view of LA from The Griffith Obervatory

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Then we went to the other part of our day that is….. The Mall!!! Yaaayyy!!.We went to subway for our lunch it was such a delight!. We then headed toward the mall in our bus.We then went to the mall where there were many shops we bought many things and enjoyed alot. 😊😊

Report June 6 – by Swastik , Kanishk and Devesh

Today we woke up at 7 am as usual and were ready till 8:30 and were off to breakfast after that we were ready for the last day of our tour to USA . At 9:30 am we assembled in the lobby of the hotel and left for  UNIVERSAL  STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD. After reaching we were separated in groups and completed all the rides in upper lot. At 2:30 pm we had our lunch in MEL’S DINNER . At around 3pm we finished our lunch and were separated again .After that we completed all the rides in lower lot.At around 6:30 pm we assembled near entrance and left for dinner to Indian restaurant around 7 pm . By 8 pm we left for the hotel and packed our luggage and by 10 pm we went to sleep.

 

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Memories that will last a lifetime

San Francisco to Cupertino to Yosemite National Park

and finally Los Angeles

We can not wait for the next adventure

LEARN + EXPLORE = GROW

 

World Book Day with CVIS

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In honor of World Book Day,  SAI Angan held a story reading session with Churchdown Village Infant School (CVIS) located in Gloucester UK. World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The story read to the Year 2 students of CVIS was The Blue Jackal form the book of stories called the “Panchatantra” a well know story collection in India.

These were teachings of a famous guru, Vishnusharma. He created these interesting stories to teach three young princes of a kingdom. Pancha means 5 and Tantra means modes of action. Vishnusharma taught them wise conduct through these simple stories which are loved by children even today.

Below is a a short clipping of the story reading session with Ms Riona Chand who said “On the eve of World Book Day I was fortunate enough to do the story telling session with the students of Churchdown Village Infant School in UK. I had an amazing experience reading out the story and had a lot of interactions with the students. We thoroughly enjoyed the session and ended up learning ‘not to fool any  or we will be fooled ourselves’, which was the stories moral lesson. I appreciate the fact that I had the opportunity to enhance the visual , naturalistic and listen skills of these students while sharing an Indian moral story.

#WorldBookDay 

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!

IN THE NEWS !!!

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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 !

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