Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vice Principal's update

"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” G.B. Shaw

We are well into the second semester with academics and activities building up the momentum!

On the academic front, the ‘staffing’ for grade 6-12 students is over, the interim reports have been sent and tests have started. The IBDP students have also completed their extended essays, world literature papers and the TOK essays. Most of the teachers are at the end of the IB course and the emphasis in assessments is on the higher order thinking skills. MYP grade 10 students have completed their Personal Projects which have been marked, standardized and displayed in the Personal Project Fair held on 20 February. Furthermore, we are ready to send the grade 10 MYP assessments samples for monitoring to the IB.

The K-5 teachers had a successful in house official PYP workshop from 25 - 27 February on "The Written Curriculum in the PYP" conducted by Barbara Galbraith. This is the second PYP in house workshop for the teachers and two teachers were sent to Mumbai for the PYP workshop. We are all set to embrace the inquiry based approach of the PYP.

Technophile Robotics Company conducted a workshop for staff and students across grade 3 to 10. We hope not only to build the robotics component in our technology curriculum of grade 3-10 but also to explore how we could use this knowledge to enhance inter disciplinary learning. We were also delighted to have among us Dr EW Rogers, Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA, Maryland, a KIS alumnus who gave a guest lecture to our grade 11 and 12 science students and generously sponsored a ‘one-time’ donation of $2000 for one student from KIS to attend NASA Space Camp in May 2010. Our congratulations go out to Cherian, Cyril Punnoose, of grade 11 who was chosen for this sponsorship by the science dept on the basis of a set criterion.

It was also a month of field trips such as girls’ hockey and music field trip to Ooty. In the very first All India IB Inter School Soccer Tournament – LIGA organized by Jamnabai Nursee School, Mumbai, the KIS soccer team stood first amongst the nine schools that participated while our girls were runners up! It was a joy and a pleasant surprise for the chief guest Zahid Khan, an alumnus of KIS to see our team in Mumbai! We are also thankful to our parents in Mumbai and the KIS alumni for coming to the sports venue to cheer and support our students! It was also time for Class of 2010 to go for their senior trip to Poovar Islands in Kerala. To all this add, ACT examinations on 6 February, our usual weekend social experience program, Fun Day at the K-8 Ganga campus, grade 7 and camps in Poondi, Christian Emphasis Week, Ash Wednesday, intramurals, canteens ………..

It s quite apparent that for KIS February isn’t the shortest month of the year!

Kaisar Dopaishi
Vice Principal