Message From our Principal
Creating Leaders of Tomorrow
Issue 76, September 2014
IISH Newsletter for the month of September 2014
The first month of this academic year was full of important events and activities.
CURRICULUM ROAD MAP DAYS: 1ST & 2ND AUGUST
On CRM days parents are briefed about the academic program and the whole education program of the school. Existing parents and new parents attended the CRM days in large numbers to interact with teachers and to understand the “whole education but not at the cost of academic rigor” concept of the school. These days set the pace and direction for the new academic year.
SCHOOL RE-OPENS: 4TH AUGUST
Keeping in mind the rigor and time needed, the school re-opened on 30thJuly for the students of Grades 10, 11 and 12. For the majority of the students, the school opened on 4th Aug, with a special assembly to welcome all students and introduce the new faculty.
Our first batch of Fast track IGCSE students started their Pre-mocks in all seriousness.
LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: VISION AND GOAL SETTING: BY CEO GE.ARJUN RAY: 13TH & 14TH AUGUST
The central idea at Indus is Leadership. We firmly believe that young children need to be taught leadership and be provided opportunities to experience leadership in action. This year leadership is being taught through workshop, class room teaching and experientially. The first workshop on Vision and Goal setting was held on 13th and 14th August for students of Grades 8 and 9, and Grades 11 and 12, respectively. It was conducted by none other than our CEO Gen. Arjun Ray. Students found the workshops engrossing. They interacted with the CEO to understand the importance of having goals, writing them down and working out plans towards achieving those goals. Students were impressed with the idea of signature strengths, how to use one’s strength to achieve the goals set, how to prioritize tasks, and the importance of reflection and resilience.
BOARDERS NIGHT: 14-Aug
Boarders at the campus had a gala time in being part of the first boarders’ night for this academic year. It was lot of fun and great opportunity to see our talented boarders performing dances, singing and playing instrumental music.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS: Indian Independence day and Korean Independence day
Staff, students and parents attended the Independence Day celebrations in the school in large numbers. Spirited speeches by young children, recitation of poems, rendition of patriotic songs by students and staff, reconstruction of scenes from India’s freedom struggle and the PYP children bringing alive Unity in Diversity as an integral part of India kept the audience spell bound for close to two hours. The spirited performance by the students from Valmiki Hriday – an orphanage run by the Valmiki Foundation - won the hearts and minds of all present.
FORMATION OF PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC): 15-Aug
Parent volunteers for PAC – 2014 – 2015 met in the conference room after the Independence Day celebrations to elect the chairperson of PAC and to hold the first PAC meeting. Mr.Praveen Raju was unanimously selected the PAC Chairperson.
At Indus, PAC plays a very constructive role in improving the school experience for all students.
WORKSHOP ON CHILD SAFETY, CSA AND ICC: 16TH AUGUST
At Indus we take full responsibility for the safety and security of all our children and staff. Several steps such as female security wardens in the school buses, on each floor, GPS in all school buses, and CCTV surveillance have already been put in place.
A workshop for the staff of all three schools on child safety, and dealing with and preventing child sexual abuse was held on 16-Aug at our Indus International Junior School, Gachibowli. The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Luvleen Bhardwaj and Mr. Ramesh from the NGO “Break the Silence”.
The salient features of the POCSO Act and POSH Act were discussed. Staff were sensitized on the importance of vigilance for child safety and to not ignore any symptom of distress among students.
The salient features of the Internal Complaints Committee were also discussed. Now the school has a Child Safety Committee and Internal Complaints Committee in place.
FIRE DRILL: 27-AUG
A demonstration cum fire drill was organized on 27th Aug by the fire brigade for all staff and students. Personnel from the fire brigade demonstrated various techniques for dealing with fire and rescue operations, and all were briefed about the steps to take when there is fire at school or home.
CROSS COUNTRY RUN FOR PYP STUDENTS: 28-Aug
Excited PYP students took part in the first cross country run of 900 m, 1200m and 1500 m around the school. With the school ambulance and pilot vehicles following the students, it was a great pleasure to watch young children putting all their energy and enthusiasm into not only completing the run, but also into reaching the finish line earlier than others.
Principal, Indus Hyderabad
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