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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Love for the first language

A child connects to his parents, family, relatives, culture, history, identity and religion through his mother tongue. Native language links the child with the culture of the society the child comes from and shapes his identity. In our school we have a student body which speaks 9 different languages (mother tongue): Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Oriya, Urdu and Korean.

In order to enrich the mother tongue, we at Oakridge celebrated the mother tongue day on 29th October 2011 between 9:00 to 10:00 am. Parents were invited to share folk tales, stories and teach new words in their mother tongue. The key understanding of this day was to help the children to become familiar with their mother language.

Mother Tongue session in Hindi:
In Hindi session I used charts, toys in storytelling, which helped students to understand easily. In the first session I told story of Lalachi Kutta (a giddy dog) where I showed charts and asked the students several questions as well as used puppet of a dog to make the story interesting. In another session I narrated a story in poetic style and students then traslated the story in English.
Kajal Sharma
Hindi Teacher

Mother Tongue session in Tamil:
Children were excited to listen to short stories in Tamil. They learnt the basic greetings those can be used in their daily lives. Spoken Tamil is different from writing, so they learnt how to write basic letters in Tamil. Tamil is one of the oldest Indian languages.
Lalitha Shobana.R
Team Leader, Class Teacher - III

Mother Tongue session in Oriya:
In this session the statistics of the people were stated to the children and origin was discussed. The conversational skills were discussed by the children.
A moral story on being open minded was narrated to the student with English translation. The whole session was very interactive and went off very well.
-Manas
Yoga Teacher

Mother tongue session in Urdu:
The session was started on a cheerful note by exchanging greetings in Urdu. A story on being balanced was shared with the students on the smart board from the Urdu literature. The children were very enthusiastic to learn new words from the story, which they did not know. Later the children made cards on general greetings with English translations and also were also eager to share the learnings with their friends.
Mubeen Safura
PYP Co-ordinator

Mother tongue session in Bengali:
The session was very interesting as the children learnt the greetings in Bengali and felt very homely. They shared that they were very happy to speak in Bengali. Children listened to the folk tale in Bengali.
Mahua
Class Teacher - PP2

Mother tongue session in Telugu:
We invited our parents Mrs. Kanchana and Mrs.Padmavati, to address students in Telugu. Students learnt few new Telugu words during the session and enjoyed the moral stories and folk tales with great enthusiasm. These sessions will be continued throughout the year to encourage the students to learn and understand their mother tongue. Mrs.Padmavati played few word games in Telugu with the children and awarded children when they were able to guess the correct word.
A. Rukmini
Class Teacher - IV

Mother tongue session in Marathi:
Mrs. Arti, one of the parents was invited to share a few folk tales and stories in Marathi. The session started with great enthusiasm. She read folk tales and translated them in English. The session was very interesting and children learnt many new words.
Vrushali D
Librarian







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Friday, October 28, 2011

Diwali - Crafts, Colourings & Fun!

The tiny tots of Oakridge came in colorful attire to school enthusiastically to celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights. Children made colorful decorations like torans and lanterns, crackers like sparkle sticks and jamin chackras. One of the parents, Mrs. Prathiba Raju interacted with the children and spoke about the importance of Diwali festival making use of a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a story narrated by Tanishka Boobna and song by Sravya Aravapalli of PP2, Dhrishit and Aditya of PP2. Ganesh Stotra presentation by Sahasra of PP1. To conclude the children greeted each other and distributed sweets.
Leeza Bhutta
Nursery Teacher

Diwali, the festival of lights and crackers was celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in the primary section from grade I to III, on 25-10-11. Students came in traditional attire which added color to the festive mood in the school. They decorated traditional mud diyas with paints and glitters and also made beautiful rangolis with flowers which enhanced their creativity. The students were then distributed sweets. The celebration was a change in the daily regular routine and the students had a blast.

Rashmi Banerjee

Grade I (Home Room Teacher)





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Thursday, October 27, 2011

SEASONS DISPLAY EVENT

An event called ‘Seasons Display’ was conducted on 14.10.11 by PP2 in connection to the ongoing unit ‘Seasons’. The little ones brought lot of artifacts related to different seasons and also chosen their favorite season amongst summer, rainy and winter. The tiny tots dressed up in the attire representing the chosen season and were all excited to gear up for the event. They first pooled in all the artifacts and sorted them into three seasons, and then they set up three different tables with help of the teachers. This was followed by explanation of all seasons and the children also recited rhymes related to different seasons.
Dhanvanty Gargav, Team Leader (Pre-primary)


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

World Peace Day

In the midst of chaos, disturbances due to bandh calls, little ones of Oakridge International School, Einstein Campus demonstrated the need of peace throughout the world and celebrated ‘World Peace Day’. International Peace Day falls on September 21st but irony is that Hyderabad was not peaceful during that period and we had to reschedule our celebrations. On 22nd October, 2011 children of grades PP1 to III gathered in the lawn. The event started with a warm welcome to our curricular coordinator Ms. Sylaja and our guest parent Ms. Kanchana Aravapalli by presenting bouquets. Then the tiny tots of PP1 and PP2 came on the stage and presented a role play depicting a classroom conflict and its resolution. It was followed by an interactive session by the guest who shared some beautiful quotes on peace. Children of Grades I to III brought up the burning issue of bandhs and its impact on peoples’ lives through a small role play. It was widely appreciated by the spectators. Dance and Music are impressive ways of expression and the ‘Peace Dance’ by Grade II children proved it again. The highlight and the last item in the kitty was a ‘Peace Song’ which left the audience enchanted. Thus the whole event was very successful and spread the message of peace.

Dhanvanty Gargav, Team Leader (Pre-Primary)





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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Anti Bullying Workshop

The main focus of the workshop was:
· Identifying mistreatment.
· Strategies to deal with mistreatment.

Stan Davis has 40 years of experience working as a child psychologist. He started the session with an introduction to know the composition of teachers teaching and dealing various grade levels .

He defined bullying and suggested to stop the use of the word. He insisted to validate to form rapport with the students. He explained four ways to deal with mistreatment.
1. Responsiveness
2. Resiliency
3. Relationships
4. Respect

He explained all these stages and gave interventions for various problems.
He also discussed many works of different researchers to make the strategies clear from various prespectives. He stressed three steps to support the child-safety, belongingness and learning.

Overall the workshop was very informative and empowered the teachers to identify mistreatments and the type of children, to deal with these situations and seek expert help whenever needed.

Mubeen Safura
PYP coordinator
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Friday, October 21, 2011

22nd Oct 2011, Saturday will be a normal working day for PP1 to Grade X

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ISA AWARD ACTIVITY 2 - Role Play

STORIES-GRADE I and II

Children read a range of stories and were able to identify the different parts of the story. They were able to understand the reasons behind the stories and cultures. Students wrote different stories. They shared their stories with their peers in the class and later reflected on the reason behind the story.

Children worked in groups to role play one of the stories. After rounds of discussions the whole class chose Goldilocks and the three bears to be role played. Children first wrote the script. The students later refined the script. They decided on the roles. They learnt the dialogues and then finally presented to the whole class today on October 18, 2011.

A video was made to be shared with the other children across the countries.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

IGCSE Workshop

We attended the Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics workshop conducted by Margaret Tettey on 15th and 16th October at Glendale Academy. Ms. Margaret has taught in secondary schools in Ghana and London for over 30 years. At present she is working as principal consultant for Cambridge Secondary 1 check point and also works on the development of papers.

The aims of the workshop were:
1. To familiarize with the syllabus content, structure and standards of assessment.
2. Provide step by step guidance on implementation and planning.
3. Provide advice on teaching strategies.
4. To familiarize with the support materials and resources.
5. To explain the feed back on progression tests.

Teachers of international schools from Bangalore, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Mumbai participated in the workshop. Mr.Nagarjuna, Mrs. Lopamudra and myself from Oakridge International School, Einstein campus participated in the workshop.
Apart from the inputs given by Margaret Tettey, we got a wonderful opportunity to share the ideas, methodologies and resources from various schools all over India.

Mrs. Asha Suresh
Maths Teacher
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

School will be closed for tomorrow(17-Oct-11) on account of Bandh. Exam scheduled for Monday will be conducted on Tuesday. - PRINCIPAL-EINSTEIN CAMPUS

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