August 2013 “Redbridge Mews” - International School in Bangalore

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August 2013 “Redbridge Mews” - International School in Bangalore
August 2013
“Redbridge Mews”
Volume 1 Issue 2
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
From the Principal’s
desk
1
Ranga Shankara
Theatre fest visit
1
When choosing a school, the first thing that anyone wants to know is whether or not it
provides students with an effective learning environment.
Involve me and I
Understand
2
‘Harra’~ Go Green
2
Why Hindi?
3
Ode To A Teacher
3
Independence Day
Celebrations
3
A recent research identified a common set of characteristics that effective schools
seemed to share. These factors promote student achievement and improve the quality of
education provided by a school. They referred to it as the “five factor theory.” The five
characteristics they identified were:
Another study
 Quality leadership,
 Frequent teacher feedback,
 High expectations of students and came up with a
 Data driven instruction,
teachers,
somewhat differ High-dosage tutoring,
 Ongoing screening of student
ent set of factors
 Increased instructional time
performance and development,
that determined
and
 Goals and direction, and
a school’s effec
Focus on academic achieve Safety and security for students.
tiveness.
ment.
From the Principal’s desk
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
 EDITOR – MR.C.A.BROWNE
 ASST EDITOR - MS.GOURI KAR
 CONTRIBUTIONS
- MS.PARAMITA KARMAKAR
- MS.SONAL .G.A
- MS.MADHU RANI
 PHOTOGRAPHS
- MR.PRASAD K.J
- MR.SHARATH NAYAK
DESIGNING - MR.CROSMAN VIJAY
So why the differing results? Experts caution that studies such as these have their limitations, primarily because there is still some disagreement over what defines an effective
school.
Some researchers say high academic achievement indicates a school’s success,
while others define successful schools as those that foster personal growth, creativity and a positive self-concept.
With this in mind, it may be better to view such factors as helpful guidelines rather than
surefire prescriptions for the development of successful schools.
More recently another survey examined public schools that had exceptional academic
reputations despite having children from less privileged backgrounds. They found that:
All schools had principals with clear and strong visions who encouraged staff to get involved in problem solving and decision making, as well as teachers who were committed
to making a difference in students’ lives and seeing their school succeed.
All these principals and teachers had consistently high expectations for all students,
both in terms of student behavior and academic success.
Most importantly the students from these schools reported that they felt
valued, loved and challenged.
Although there are common characteristics to be found in successful schools, it is
important not to place too much emphasis on any one factor.
In all successful schools, visionary leaders work side by side with committed
teachers creating a warm, respectful, optimistic and achievement-oriented climate.
Ranga Shankara Theatre Fest
Witnessing the play
Mulla Nasseruddin…
at the international
theatre festival hosted
by Ranga Shankara.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch
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‘Involve me and I Understand’
- Gouri Kar
Academic Coordinator
In today’s well- connected or
rather web- connected world,
large chunks of information are
available to our student community
at the click of a button. So as a
teacher of the Twenty First Century, I often find myself asking
‘What more can I teach my students that Google cannot?’ Infact,
2013 TED Prize Winner Sugata
Mitra’s Experiments titled ‘Hole in
the Wall’ has established the power
of computers. According to this
famous Educational Researcher,
‘’groups of children can navigate
the internet to achieve educational
objectives on their own.’’ His researches were based in areas
ranging from the slums of Delhi to
South Africa and Italy. And in all his
experiments spanning a decade,
students were able to attain a
gamut of concepts from topics as
simples as how to handle a computer to more complex ones as
neurosciences.
life long learners. Our Inquiry
based curriculum is learner –
driven and is transacted in a manner so as to facilitate each student
Therefore, the teaching – learning to imagine, think, and reflect.
process in schools can no longer At RBIA, we have moved away from
be based on merely transfer of
the traditional belief that knowlknowledge from the teacher to the edge is something that can be
taught. The teacher is now more of taught to the view that knowledge
a facilitator, who encourages stu- is learned. In Inquiry based learndents to become independent
ing the student delves deeper to
learners. A teacher is a mentor to explore the topic and think about it,
her students and persuades them thereby developing a deep underto be critical thinkers. The role of a standing of content knowledge.
teacher is not merely to educate
The quote by Benjamin Franklin
her students through teaching of
sums up our philosophy of teachconcepts but also to inspire them
ing:
to think.
‘Tell me and I Forget
At Redbridge International Academy, we therefore aim to nurture Show me and I Remember
the natural creativity of every
Involve me and I Understand’
student and encourage them to be
HARRA -THINK GREEN TO GO GREEN
The world is a beautiful gift
from God, a gift to be cherished, nurtured and preserved.
- Sonal.G.A
Business
Harra meaning green is a
color associated with nature,
the environment, health,
growth
and
prosperity.
Harra is a Go Green initia-
tive by Redbridge International Academy, to educate
our children and parents on
waste and litter management and how to use recycle
materials every day.
We are thrilled at Redbridge
International Academy, to
help reduce our impact on
the environment and give
our children a world they
can be proud of.
Our first event was held at
Vijayakrishna
Mansion,
Electronic-City. A few photographs of the event are
recorded below.
Development Manager
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
Redbridge Mews
Madhu Rani
Hindi Faculty
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Media Head
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India’s 67th Independence Day
The morning was bright and teeming with enthusiastic parents who had come to
witness their children perform for the first time in Redbridge. It was a moment of
pride for the teachers who eagerly awaited their students’ performance. The programme commenced with the hoisting of the tricolor by the Chairman, the young
and dynamic Mr. Ketan Gupta; our mentor and guide Mr. C.A. Browne the Principal
and other members of the management. The National Anthem by the school choir
resonated through the air making everyone present proud to belong to a nation as
incredible as India. Students of grade 4 and 5 sang a melodious song whose lyrics
spoke of the change that can brought about by the youth of our country. What followed was even more thrilling – the national leaders of our country, in their miniature
forms, the juniors of the pre- primary classes. It was a visual treat for every one present to see the toddlers dressed as Bhagat Singh, Subhas Chandra Bose, Indira Gandhi and others and marching to the beat of a very popular patriotic song – “Nanna
munna rahi hoon”. Our motherland was praised with a dance performed to the
melodious strains of A R Rehman’s “Vande Mataram” by the talented students of
grades 2, 3 and 5. The use of tricolor dupattas and the National Flag as props added a
whole new dimension to the act. Poetry is beauty in words and to prove this the students of grade 4 and 5 recited patriotic poems in three languages, Hindi, Kannada
and English. The teachers then showcased their vocal talent with the rendition of the
Martin Luther favourite – “We shall overcome” which reached a crescendo with the
audience joining in. India is the cradle of many religions and languages yet bound by
the cord of love and respect. To showcase our oneness and unity, the students of
grades 1 and 2 danced to the music of “Rang de Basanti”; a peppy dance that had
the audience grooving too!
The vote of thanks was delivered most eloquently by our academic coordinator, Ms.
Gouri Kar. The event concluded to the joyous strains of our school song “Stride
Ahead, Reach Beyond!” Special mention must be made of our exceptionally talented students Master Anirudh and Ms. Srijita of grades 4 & 5 respectively, who
hosted the entire programme.
Paramita Karmakar
Faculty (English Dept)
A teacher changes lives, moulds a generation,
A teacher in most cases may have been one
of the first people that believed in us.
Believed we could win, even when the world
thought we lost.
An epitome of patience, guiding us through
the dark nooks and corners of ignorance, into
the light of knowledge.
A friend, a guide and a second parent is what
they become through the wonder years of our
growth.
Some forgotten, some remembered and some
cherished moments in the making of our lives.
The clarity a teacher gives, like angel rays
serves as a beacon for the multitudes they
nurture every year. An inspiration is what
they are.
They remain ever in our hearts and mere
words do not suffice to thank them for the
love and affection and the selfless service
they render.
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. - Marilyn Vos Savant
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