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School News February 2019

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Remembering the unsung mothers

Gopal Sharma Memorial School celebrated its 20th Annual Day at Mahakavi Kalidas Natya Mandir, Mulund.

The school commemorated this milestone with the celebration of success over the past 20 years, looking forward to continue to enrich the lives of the young students.
The programme was presided over by 

Mrs. Renuka Shahane a very prominent name in the Television and Film Industry. The Guests of honour at the function were Mr. Raj Babbar an Actor and a Politician. Mrs. Nadira Zahheer Babbar an Indian theatre Actress, Director and an Actress in Hindi Cinema along with the Managing Trustees Mr. Prashant Sharma and Mrs. Manju Sharma.

The event started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by the welcome address by the Principal Dr. Ms. Gool Ghadiali . A presentation was shown of the ex-students sharing their views and their achievements in life by appreciating the contribution of the school and the teachers in moulding them in what they are today. The students were also felicitated for their achievements in academics, sports and extracurricular activities.

The main highlight of the day was the play ‘Mother of the Year Award’ directed by Ms. Juuhi Babbar Sonii an Actor , Writer , Costume Designer and a Director heading the Ekjute Young Talent Company. The preparation for this day started a month back and our children got an opportunity to learn and work under her. The play was presented by about 500 students from Std V to Std X. The play depicted the importance of mothers narrating the stories of some unknown mothers of the famous personalities like Bhagat Singh, Dr.Abdul Kalam, Sachin Tendulkar etc.

The play Mother of the Year Award has been selected to perform at the prestigious Kala Ghoda  Arts festival which is scheduled on 8th February 2019.

Ekjute Young Talent Company are also sending an entry for the Limca Book of records and it could be actually a part of a record breaking event.

The programme concluded with the speech of the Chief Guest where she appreciated the school management for rendering services by providing quality education and enabling them to make successful career in life.

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English language and literature workshop

The workshop, which commenced on the 7th of January, was attended to by 30 important schools both in andaround Mumbai with around 42 teachers in attendance. The English Language workshop was conducted on the 7th of January and the Literature Workshop on the following day.  

The resource person chosen for this workshop was Mrs. Shuchismita Raha. Mrs. Raha is an eminent part of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination. She herself is a teacher at the St. Thomas’ Girls’ School, Kolkata and has been associated with the B.Ed Department of St. Xavier’s College Kolkata as well as IGNOU for around 30 years. Over the course of these two days, Mrs. Raha provided us with valuable guidance as to how to help students develop skills of English Language as well as how to coach them on writing effective answers for English Literature for the Board Examinations, while at the same time regaling us with witty anecdotes about her own experiences of teaching. The aim of the workshop was to inculcate certain skills required for teaching and preparing students for the Board examination as well as developing effective communication skills. Indeed, over the course of two days, all of us teachers gained an innovative perspective as to how to make a generally intimidating subject like English both enjoyable as well as curriculum oriented. The deep insight into the nuances of English Language and Literature made us realize that we, in spite of being teachers, are ironically speaking---just like our students—we are still in the process of learning and understanding, and this, in essence, is what defines a good teacher.

Our esteemed Principal Ma’am, Mrs. Kalyani Patnaik as well as our trustees have always encouraged us in all our endeavours and Mrs. Perin Bagli, Secretary of AISM granted us permission to conduct the workshop on behalf of AISM. The supervisor in charge for this event, however, was the coordinator for the ISC Department Mrs. Namrata Dutta Bera.

At the end of the two days all of us left better equipped to guide our students in the vast subject of English, which is sometimes a little baffling for youngsters, perhaps due to the fact that it requires a subjective perspective.

 

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Sports Day at Podar Int School

12 January 2019, Podar International School (Cambridge International), Powai, displayed their team spirit, energy, and discipline on this extra ordinary day: ‘The Sports Day’. This was the school’s fifth annual Sports Day. It started by the Podarites singing an euphonious welcome song. 

The students welcomed the Chief Guest, Commodore Niranjan Khardenavis, with a military precision and well synchronised march past. The student’s council under the oath of displaying the true sportsmanship marked the opening of the 5th Annual Sports Day.