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Creating Leaders of Tomorrow
Issue 71, March 2014

 

Dear Friends,

 

The month of February has been marked by a number of functions organized by the school.
Leadership Symposium

 

LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM ON 1ST FEB AT PARK HYATT

For us at Indus, leadership plays an important role. For any success or failure, we can trace back the reasons to strong leadership or lack of leadership. We strongly believe that schools should play an important role is addressing the leadership deficit that exists in our communities and countries around the world.


This was the subject for our Leadership Symposium held on 1st February at Park Hyatt, Hyderabad. Our Chief Guest Justice Shri Subhasin Reddy, Lokayukta, AP and Guest of Honor Honorable HRD Minister Dr. Pallam Raju, and eminent speakers Dr. S. Subramanian, IPS (Retd), Prof. Shanta Sinha, Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal, Indus Bangalore, Dr. V. Raghunathan CEO, GMR Varalaxmi Foundation, Dr. Kiran Mirchandani, Dr. G.N. Rao, Chairman, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, President, Lok Satta Party and Lt.Gen. Arjun Ray, CEO, Indus Trust deliberated on the topic: 

 

 “School Education is the Long-Term answer for Redressing the Leadership Crisis.

 

There was overwhelming response to this conference from parents, students and the school educators. This kind of overwhelming response and the deliberations and the involvement of audience in discussions made our efforts worthwhile.

 

We plan to come out with a book incorporating the outcomes from the three Leadership Symposiums that we would have held by this March end.

 

LEADERSHIP CAMP FOR PYP STUDENTS (FEB 4 TO FEB 7)

Our Leadership trainers from our Indus School of Leadership, Yellagiri came down to Hyderabad to conduct annual leadership camp for our budding leaders from Grade 3, 4 and 5. The Leadership camp was held at Pragati Resorts. The trainers adopted an experiential learning cycle Concrete Experience (doing/having an experience) ------> Reflective Observation (reviewing/reflecting on the experience) ------> Abstract Conceptualization (concluding / learning from the ------> experience) Active Experimentation (planning/trying out what you have learned) and then going back to reflective observation. The trainers adopted a well structured SEED (Sow, Evolve, Evaluate and Develop) and the ELC to achieve the training goals with maximum efficacy.

 

INTER-SCHOOL BASKET BALL TOURNAMENT AT IISH ON 8-FEB

Our school hosted an inter-school basket ball tournament for Under 19 boys and girls teams. Our school boys’ team and girls teams were runners up with Oakridge(Newton branch) boys’ team taking the Winners trophy, and DPS Girls’ team taking the winners trophy.

 

COUNSELING SESSION AS CSR

As we strongly believe and practice in servant leadership, we are extending our college counseling services to students from other schools. As a follow up on the Career Counseling Clinic that our school hosted on 8-Dec-2013 at Hi-Tex Convention Center, we held our 3rd of counseling session for the interested and shortlisted parents and students. Our College Placement Director Ms.Deepti Chitkara and the officials from the Anvil Counsel Centre engaged the parents and students providing very valuable guidance.

 

INTER-HOUSE BASKET BALL COMPETITION FOR IGCSE AND IB GIRLS – 11th & 12th Feb

The inter-house basket ball competition for senior girls was held on 11th and 12th Feb after school hours. Phoenix House won the competition with Orion House following them in the second place.

 

SOFT LAUNCH OF INDUS INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR SCHOOL (IIJS) AT GACHIBOWLI ON 15TH FEB

Our Junior School, IIJS has come up beautifully at Gachibowli to cater to the demands of quality education for the Early school goers and Primary education. The soft launch was well attended by the parents and children from different parts of the city. IIJS will start its operations from the coming academic year.

 

SECOND MID-TERM TESTS(17-FEB TO 21-FEB) AND MOCK EXAM FOR GRADE 10 AND 12(From 28-Feb)

It was another round of tests and important exams for our Grade 10 and 12 students. Mid-term tests are based on lesser content coverage and of lesser duration. The mocks are modeled on actual exam pattern.

 

INTER-HOUSE BASKET BALL COMPETITION FOR IGCSE AND IB BOYS – 21ST AND 22ND FEB
The inter-house basket ball competition for senior boys was held on the 21st and 22nd Feb after school hours and just after the 2nd mid-term tests got over. Phoenix House won the competition with Pegasus House following them in the second place.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS – 22nd Feb

Teachers attended two professional development sessions on 22nd Feb. The first session was on Google tools to make teaching, learning, Sharing, communication and evaluation more effective.

The second session by conducted by Mr. Satish Govindan from “Sixth Sense” on Transformational teaching.

 

PAC MEETING – 22nd Feb

Parental Advisory Committee met with the School management team to discuss ways to make learning at Indus more effective. PAC forms a very important arm of school development and improvement.

 

A GREAT INITIATIVE FROM GRADE 5 STUDENTS

A simple visit to Falaknuma Palace Grounds to interact with the Kashmiri migrants made our Grade 5 students to get into action to mitigate the sufferings of close to 1000 Kashmiri migrants. They made a study of their food requirements and shared their findings to corporate MNCs in the city. They were able to collect close to 1000 kg of rice to meet their food needs for at least 5 days. The sensitivity and concern shown by 10+ year olds makes us believe that our leadership curriculum is really having the right impact on young minds.

 

Our Grade 5 students along with their Grade teacher Mr. Anirudh and PYP Coordinator Mr.Sanjay Prabhakaran handed over the collection to the headman at the Falaknuma grounds.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 3         Leadership Summit Grades 1-3
March 4 Leadership Summit Grades 4-5
March 8 Leadership Summit
March 16 Graduation
March 27-31 Spring Break
April 1 School Reopens

 

Principal
Indus International School Hyderabad


 

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I appreciate Indus International School`s efforts to involve parents through the Parent Advisory Council (PAC). We as a part of PAC have worked  with the school in getting the best for our children - Neerada Devireddy (Parent of Nitya Devireddy, grade X)

 
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