All posts by Vardan Kabra

Updated Fountainhead School No-tuition policy that will be enforced

Dear Parents,

Over the last 2-3 years, especially the last year, the essence of the Fountainhead no-tuition policy was being diluted – more so with the increasing number of students in the Middle Years. Over the last year, we are seeing the increasingly negative impacts of this trend on the students. And now it has started hampering the quality of the learning environment in the school as well.

Unfortunately, as a school while we have been advocating the same message consistently, we haven’t taken any punitive action as yet. Many parents have assumed that breaking this policy is something that the school is fine with. We want to put a full stop to this from the upcoming academic year. It is common culture in Surat to send children to tuitions, and horrifyingly from Jr. KG. itself. We want to make it very clear that we don’t want our students going for tuitions.

In this policy, we have added a lot more reasons, while addressing the few genuine cases where tuitions may actually be required for a limited period. We have added clear implementable consequences in cases where there are slip-ups.

A copy of the policy is also being handed over to you on the PTC/SLC day. It has now also been updated on our web site: click here.

We have also created two videos to spread the same message. We request that you go through both to understand why we want to strongly enforce this no-tuition policy:

  • Detailed-video (< 12 min) which is in the format of a panel discussion, where we mention detailed reasons behind our view point : click here
  • Short-video (< 2 min) which gives a quick glimpse of our message: click here (also embedded at the bottom of this post)

Looking forward to your cooperation,

Vardan Kabra

Head of School

(On behalf of the entire Fountainhead Staff)

About the rain dance

Dear Students,

Today, many of you were disappointed at the outcome of the special assembly. As the decision was made just a day before after a student initiated the action (for those of you who haven’t seen the original video, have a look at this here), it also came as a last-minute shock to many of you who were so looking forward to event. I too was looking forward to this event. It’s a ritual, a tradition, and a part of the the school culture that we have built up over the years.

However, when you know what’s the right thing to do, then we can’t wait for the next year to do it, right? But after hearing many students express their disappointment to their teachers and to me, we thought that it’s important to decide on this as a school community.

We don’t have a mechanism that will prevent up to 80,000 litres of water from going waste when doing the rain-dance. The big question for all of us then is to answer this question:

Why waste even a drop of water if we can avoid it?

One way that we thought about to go ahead with the rain-dance is if we could save water individually or a school, maybe even 4-5 times of what we would otherwise waste, can we then have the rain-dance? But this doesn’t answer the next question.

While we are lucky to be living in a region which has plentiful water, but does that give us a right to waste water for our fun? There are millions of people in India and around the world who are deprived of water. As responsible citizens of the world, should we not be practising what we ask others to do? Should we not be concerned about our own future when water may not be as plentiful as it is today, even in our region?

If a cultural tradition or ritual is harming the environment, should we not break that tradition? Isn’t that we do otherwise in many other areas in our lives?

Almost every grade has a unit on saving the environment. Many of you have made posters, done rallies, and spread awareness of saving the environment, and even specifically for conserving water. Is it not necessary then to show integrity and do what we preach?

A suggestion solution is that we can have a rain dance during the monsoons, in natural rains. It will of course not be the same as the last day rain dance, and it will also be unpredictable, but will it compensate for the fun that we forgoing today for a right cause?

Today we tried to suggest many creative solutions to find a win-win solution. But we couldn’t. Earlier, Ankita, Iyer Sir and I also tried to give satisfactory answers to the questions asked above, but we couldn’t come up with a convincing reason to save the rain dance! Instead saving water was a far more compelling reason!

Perhaps you can still come up with a creative solution that doesn’t waste water, and we can still have a rain dance at the end of the school year! But then we must address the questions asked above.

And the end, I leave you with this question:

How may we justify (and to what extent) any damage / harm to the environment (and sometime other human beings) for the sake of our individual pleasures, fun and in the name of cultures and traditions?

I invite you to write your responses and your thoughts and send it by email to hos@fountainheadschools.org (please add a subject: About the rain dance).

Hope that all of you have a thoughtful, responsible and fun summer vacation,

Warm regards,

Vardan Kabra

 

Tech @ FS – how does it impact you?

Hello parents,

Students of the current Grade 9-10 had been advised to Bring Their Own Device (BYOD) this year. Next year, Grade 5 onwards, all students are expected to get their own Chromebooks. We’ve chosen Chromebooks for a number of reasons which are listed in the post below. In your case, what’s important to note is that students who already have a laptop need not switch to Chromebooks. However, if there are students who don’t have a laptop as of now, then they must bring one from the next academic session, and we highly recommend a Chromebook for the same (reasons listed below). In case you wish to place an order for the same, you can follow the process listed below.

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

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Dear Parents,

Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of our lives in a short while. Today most adults and students have access to multiple internet enabled devices at home or at their work places. Technology has also become an essential part of education here at Fountainhead School.

To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively. Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them ubiquitous access to information and resources, enabling them to pursue their interests in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous. The ability to use the information & resources meaningfully and effectively is the one skill that will be valued in their careers in the 21st century. Further, technology enables the school to potentially differentiate content to individual needs of the students.

While we are discussing Tech @ FS, let me also mention that currently a few sections are doing the trial of an online Daily Diary system that we hope will be ready for use for all of the school in the next academic year. So as parents, you too are making the technological leap, whether by choice or otherwise!

What we intend to do

A large team at school has spent the last 18 months or so in discussing and debating the pros and cons of having 1:1 devices. We’ve done a lot of research and read about many examples of the same. We have seen some examples with our own eyes. And we are convinced that introduction of technology in this way has huge potential academic gains that far outweigh the issues that may also crop up along side.

Therefore, we would like to start with a 1:1 computing device program from Grade 5 onwards. Every student of Grade 5 and above is expected to purchase a Google Chromebook from the next academic session.

From Grade 1-4, the school is investing in a set of at least 20 Chromebooks for each grade level so that they can access them far more frequently than they access IT devices in school right now. This will also prepare them to make the best use of the devices in their academic journey.

What are the specific advantages that we foresee?

We see the following very clearly:

  • Improve student engagement by being able to engage students whose learning path and curve is different from the average students
  • Address differentiation effectively by using numerous online resources such as khan academy and many more for language
  • Allowing students to develop quality research, analytical, synthesis and critical thinking skills
  • Bring the world closer by allowing for better opportunities for global exposure and collaboration
  • Allowing for much quicker feedback on the student’s work, which will also be shared with parents hopefully leading to improved academic focus

And there are many more advantages that we have in mind and many that we will discover once we start.

What do parents need to invest?

  • In an inexpensive Chromebook plus ChromeOS Management Console (which enables administration, user / app restriction, many educational features etc.)
  • In a reliable and fast internet access at home with WiFi access
  • Yearly Insurance for the device and any cost of repairs / damages over the insurance cost

What’s the school investing?

  • Into lockers / carts for safety & charging
  • Into extensive WiFi access and reliable high speed Internet bandwidth
  • Into teacher’s training so that we can maximize these devices
  • Into a Teacher Dashboard that allows easy interaction with students as well as monitoring rights over the students’ chromebooks

As parents, I am sure you have a lot of questions and concerns. To address the same, we’ve added a dedicated section for the same in our web site called: Tech @ FS (http://www.fountainheadschools.org/helpdesk/purpose-and-decision-steps-2/)

This section on the website covers the following:

  • What’s our experience like? What’s the world doing?
  • Why Chromebooks?
  • Will there be any usage agreements at home & school so that the devices are used effectively and not for the wrong reasons?
  • What are the potential safety concerns and how we intend to address this?

What are the next steps for the parents? They are given at the bottom on this post. Please read through carefully!

Lastly, I would like to assure you that we’ve taken this step after a lot of consideration and thought. We know that we will need to address safety and usage concerns as we implement this program, but as I mentioned earlier, we believe that the benefits outweigh the issues significantly. And yes, as parents you will have to work with us to make this work! But then we never said that being parents at Fountainhead was easy, did we?

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

NEXT STEPS:

Step 1

Firstly, you can voice your suggestions & concerns through the following channels:

a. Give your feedback using this Google Form: Click here

b. You can come and meet us on the following two open interaction days:

15th April & 17th April from 9 to 10 am at the school

We request that you go through the web site content that we’ve already put up before this taking this step. We will try to address all your unanswered concerns in these planned interactions.

Step 2

Decide on Which Chromebook as there are two options:

Acer C720

HP- Chromebook14

Weight

1.25 kg

1.85 kg

Color

Silver

White

Screen size(diagonal)

11.6 inches

14 inches

Minimum quotation received as yet (inclusive of all taxes)

21883

25835

Our comments: These laptops are equivalent in terms of performance. With the bigger screen, HP Chromebook 14 is also heavier and bigger to carry around. So for most students the Acer C720 will be good enough. We especially recommend Acer C720 for the younger students.

ChromeOS Management Console (perpetual license): This console will enable the school administration to configure and manage each Chromebook with ease, and will allow us to add security features (such as user restriction, apps restriction) as well allow many value-added features such as making a app landing page, online testing etc. This console needs to be bought only once for every device at the price of Rs. 2134 inclusive of all taxes. This price is valid only for bulk educational purchases. Regular license cost is almost double of the current price.

Step 3: Give advance payment

We need about 4-5 weeks to get the Chromebooks delivered and to set them for usage in school by June. So we are asking for advance payment right now.

Option No.

Option Detail

Advance Payment (to be paid by April 24th)

Total Cost

1

Acer C720 + ChromeOS

Rs. 12,000

Rs. 24,017

2

HP – Chromebook 14 + Chrome OS

Rs. 15,000

Rs. 27,969

3

Only ChromeOS (meaning you will purchase one of the above two Chromebooks from outside);

Rs. 2134

Rs. 2134

Notes:

  • Balance Payment to be paid in June before the device is received by the student. At that time, the school will be providing a debit note containing all the details of the purchase.
  • The total cost above is based right now on the minimum quotation that we’ve received from Google Resellers. In case, we get a lower quotation, we will apply the same.
  • Please note that the school has no commercial interest in this transaction. However, the school making the purchase in bulk allows us to get prices which will be difficult for individuals to get.

Payment Details

Option No.

Option Title

Details

1

Pay by Cheque

  • Name on cheque: “Fountainhead Education Trust”
  • To be submitted by student /parent at the front desk
  • Amount as given above
  • Mention name of the student, grade & section at the back of the cheque
  • Last date April 24.
  • Please mark it A/C Payee only

2

Pay Online through payment gateway

We are working on an online payment gateway, which some of you might prefer to use. If it is ready in time, we will inform you through the blog.

 

Step 4

In June 2014, we will spend time before the students start using their chromebooks in ensuring that parents and school together can ensure that students use their devices effectively rather than it becoming a distraction. We will make essential agreements for the same.

 

Tech @ FS – what’s new?

Hello parents,

The note that follows does not impact you as parents directly at this point of time. But it is important that you are aware of this initiative being taken at the school. Please do go through the first part of this post. We are introducing a grade-wise shared Chromebook cart for the students of Grade 1-4 from next year. You will hopefully be able to see the educational benefits of the same over the year.

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Dear Parents,

Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of our lives in a short while. Today most adults and students have access to multiple internet enabled devices at home or at their work places. Technology has also become an essential part of education here at Fountainhead School.

To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively. Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them ubiquitous access to information and resources, enabling them to pursue their interests in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous. The ability to use the information & resources meaningfully and effectively is the one skill that will be valued in their careers in the 21st century. Further, technology enables the school to potentially differentiate content to individual needs of the students.

While we are discussing Tech @ FS, let me also mention that currently a few sections are doing the trial of an online Daily Diary system that we hope will be ready for use for all of the school in the next academic year. So as parents, you too are making the technological leap, whether by choice or otherwise!

What we intend to do

A large team at school has spent the last 18 months or so in discussing and debating the pros and cons of having 1:1 devices. We’ve done a lot of research and read about many examples of the same. We have seen some examples with our own eyes. And we are convinced that introduction of technology in this way has huge potential academic gains that far outweigh the issues that may also crop up along side.

Therefore, we would like to start with a 1:1 computing device program from Grade 5 onwards. Every student of Grade 5 and above is expected to purchase a Google Chromebook from the next academic session.

From Grade 1-4, the school is investing in a set of at least 20 Chromebooks for each grade level so that they can access them far more frequently than they access IT devices in school right now. This will also prepare them to make the best use of the devices in their academic journey.

What are the specific advantages that we foresee?

We see the following very clearly:

  • Improve student engagement by being able to engage students whose learning path and curve is different from the average students
  • Address differentiation effectively by using numerous online resources such as khan academy and many more for language
  • Allowing students to develop quality research, analytical, synthesis and critical thinking skills
  • Bring the world closer by allowing for better opportunities for global exposure and collaboration
  • Allowing for much quicker feedback on the student’s work, which will also be shared with parents hopefully leading to improved academic focus

And there are many more advantages that we have in mind and many that we will discover once we start.

What do parents need to invest?

  • In an inexpensive Chromebook plus ChromeOS Management Console (which enables administration, user / app restriction, many educational features etc.)
  • In a reliable and fast internet access at home with WiFi access
  • Yearly Insurance for the device and any cost of repairs / damages over the insurance cost

What’s the school investing?

  • Into lockers / carts for safety & charging
  • Into extensive WiFi access and reliable high speed Internet bandwidth
  • Into teacher’s training so that we can maximize these devices
  • Into a Teacher Dashboard that allows easy interaction with students as well as monitoring rights over the students’ chromebooks

As parents, I am sure you have a lot of questions and concerns. To address the same, we’ve added a dedicated section for the same in our web site called: Tech @ FS (http://www.fountainheadschools.org/helpdesk/purpose-and-decision-steps-2/)

This section on the website covers the following:

  • What’s our experience like? What’s the world doing?
  • Why Chromebooks?
  • Will there be any usage agreements at home & school so that the devices are used effectively and not for the wrong reasons?
  • What are the potential safety concerns and how we intend to address this?

What are the next steps for the parents? They are given at the bottom on this post. Please read through carefully!

Lastly, I would like to assure you that we’ve taken this step after a lot of consideration and thought. We know that we will need to address safety and usage concerns as we implement this program, but as I mentioned earlier, we believe that the benefits outweigh the issues significantly. And yes, as parents you will have to work with us to make this work! But then we never said that being parents at Fountainhead was easy, did we?

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

NEXT STEPS:

Step 1

Firstly, you can voice your suggestions & concerns through the following channels:

a. Give your feedback using this Google Form: Click here

b. You can come and meet us on the following two open interaction days:

15th April & 17th April from 9 to 10 am at the school

We request that you go through the web site content that we’ve already put up before this taking this step. We will try to address all your unanswered concerns in these planned interactions.

Step 2

Decide on Which Chromebook as there are two options:

Acer C720

HP- Chromebook14

Weight

1.25 kg

1.85 kg

Color

Silver

White

Screen size(diagonal)

11.6 inches

14 inches

Minimum quotation received as yet (inclusive of all taxes)

21883

25835

Our comments: These laptops are equivalent in terms of performance. With the bigger screen, HP Chromebook 14 is also heavier and bigger to carry around. So for most students the Acer C720 will be good enough. We especially recommend Acer C720 for the younger students.

ChromeOS Management Console (perpetual license): This console will enable the school administration to configure and manage each Chromebook with ease, and will allow us to add security features (such as user restriction, apps restriction) as well allow many value-added features such as making a app landing page, online testing etc. This console needs to be bought only once for every device at the price of Rs. 2134 inclusive of all taxes. This price is valid only for bulk educational purchases. Regular license cost is almost double of the current price.

Step 3: Give advance payment

We need about 4-5 weeks to get the Chromebooks delivered and to set them for usage in school by June. So we are asking for advance payment right now.

Option No.

Option Detail

Advance Payment (to be paid by April 24th)

Total Cost

1

Acer C720 + ChromeOS

Rs. 12,000

Rs. 24,017

2

HP – Chromebook 14 + Chrome OS

Rs. 15,000

Rs. 27,969

3

Only ChromeOS (meaning you will purchase one of the above two Chromebooks from outside);

Rs. 2134

Rs. 2134

Notes:

  • Balance Payment to be paid in June before the device is received by the student. At that time, the school will be providing a debit note containing all the details of the purchase.
  • The total cost above is based right now on the minimum quotation that we’ve received from Google Resellers. In case, we get a lower quotation, we will apply the same.
  • Please note that the school has no commercial interest in this transaction. However, the school making the purchase in bulk allows us to get prices which will be difficult for individuals to get.

Payment Details

Option No.

Option Title

Details

1

Pay by Cheque

  • Name on cheque: “Fountainhead Education Trust”
  • To be submitted by student /parent at the front desk
  • Amount as given above
  • Mention name of the student, grade & section at the back of the cheque
  • Last date April 24.
  • Please mark it A/C Payee only

2

Pay Online through payment gateway

We are working on an online payment gateway, which some of you might prefer to use. If it is ready in time, we will inform you through the blog.

 

Step 4

In June 2014, we will spend time before the students start using their chromebooks in ensuring that parents and school together can ensure that students use their devices effectively rather than it becoming a distraction. We will make essential agreements for the same.

 

Chromebook Program for Grade 5 onwards

Dear Parents,

Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of our lives in a short while. Today most adults and students have access to multiple internet enabled devices at home or at their work places. Technology has also become an essential part of education here at Fountainhead School.

To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively. Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them ubiquitous access to information and resources, enabling them to pursue their interests in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous. The ability to use the information & resources meaningfully and effectively is the one skill that will be valued in their careers in the 21st century. Further, technology enables the school to potentially differentiate content to individual needs of the students.

While we are discussing Tech @ FS, let me also mention that currently a few sections are doing the trial of an online Daily Diary system that we hope will be ready for use for all of the school in the next academic year. So as parents, you too are making the technological leap, whether by choice or otherwise!

What we intend to do

A large team at school has spent the last 18 months or so in discussing and debating the pros and cons of having 1:1 devices. We’ve done a lot of research and read about many examples of the same. We have seen some examples with our own eyes. And we are convinced that introduction of technology in this way has huge potential academic gains that far outweigh the issues that may also crop up along side.

Therefore, we would like to start with a 1:1 computing device program from Grade 5 onwards. Every student of Grade 5 and above is expected to purchase a Google Chromebook from the next academic session.

From Grade 1-4, the school is investing in a set of 20 chromebooks for each grade level so that they can access them far more frequently than they access IT devices in school right now. This will also prepare them to make the best use of the devices in their academic journey.

What are the specific advantages that we foresee?

We see the following very clearly:

  • Improve student engagement by being able to engage students whose learning path and curve is different from the average students
  • Address differentiation effectively by using numerous online resources such as khan academy and many more for language
  • Allowing students to develop quality research, analytical, synthesis and critical thinking skills
  • Bring the world closer by allowing for better opportunities for global exposure and collaboration
  • Allowing for much quicker feedback on the student’s work, which will also be shared with parents hopefully leading to improved academic focus

And there are many more advantages that we have in mind and many that we will discover once we start.

What do parents need to invest?

  • In an inexpensive Chromebook plus ChromeOS Management Console (which enables administration, user / app restriction, many educational features etc.)
  • In a reliable and fast internet access at home with WiFi access
  • Yearly Insurance for the device and any cost of repairs / damages over the insurance cost

What’s the school investing?

  • Into lockers / carts for safety & charging
  • Into extensive WiFi access and reliable high speed Internet bandwidth
  • Into teacher’s training so that we can maximize these devices
  • Into a Teacher Dashboard that allows easy interaction with students as well as monitoring rights over the students’ chromebooks

As parents, I am sure you have a lot of questions and concerns. To address the same, we’ve added a dedicated section for the same in our web site called: Tech @ FS (http://www.fountainheadschools.org/helpdesk/purpose-and-decision-steps-2/)

This section on the website covers the following:

  • What’s our experience like? What’s the world doing?
  • Why Chromebooks?
  • Will there be any usage agreements at home & school so that the devices are used effectively and not for the wrong reasons?
  • What are the potential safety concerns and how we intend to address this?

What are the next steps for the parents? They are given at the bottom on this post. Please read through carefully!

Lastly, I would like to assure you that we’ve taken this step after a lot of consideration and thought. We know that we will need to address safety and usage concerns as we implement this program, but as I mentioned earlier, we believe that the benefits outweigh the issues significantly. And yes, as parents you will have to work with us to make this work! But then we never said that being parents at Fountainhead was easy, did we?

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

NEXT STEPS:

Step 1

Firstly, you can voice your suggestions & concerns through the following channels:

a. Give your feedback using this Google Form: Click here

b. You can come and meet us on the following two open interaction days:

15th April & 17th April from 9 to 10 am at the school

We request that you go through the web site content that we’ve already put up before this taking this step. We will try to address all your unanswered concerns in these planned interactions.

Step 2

Decide on Which Chromebook as there are two options:

Acer C720

HP- Chromebook14

Weight

1.25 kg

1.85 kg

Color

Silver

White

Screen size(diagonal)

11.6 inches

14 inches

Minimum quotation received as yet (inclusive of all taxes)

21883

25835

Our comments: These laptops are equivalent in terms of performance. With the bigger screen, HP Chromebook 14 is also heavier and bigger to carry around. So for most students the Acer C720 will be good enough. We especially recommend Acer C720 for the younger students.

ChromeOS Management Console (perpetual license): This console will enable the school administration to configure and manage each Chromebook with ease, and will allow us to add security features (such as user restriction, apps restriction) as well allow many value-added features such as making a app landing page, online testing etc. This console needs to be bought only once for every device at the price of Rs. 2134 inclusive of all taxes. This price is valid only for bulk educational purchases. Regular license cost is almost double of the current price.

Step 3: Give advance payment

We need about 4-5 weeks to get the Chromebooks delivered and to set them for usage in school by June. So we are asking for advance payment right now.

Option No.

Option Detail

Advance Payment (to be paid by April 24th)

Total Cost

1

Acer C720 + ChromeOS

Rs. 12,000

Rs. 24,017

2

HP – Chromebook 14 + Chrome OS

Rs. 15,000

Rs. 27,969

3

Only ChromeOS (meaning you will purchase one of the above two Chromebooks from outside);

Rs. 2134

Rs. 2134

Notes:

  • Balance Payment to be paid in June before the device is received by the student. At that time, the school will be providing a debit note containing all the details of the purchase.
  • The total cost above is based right now on the minimum quotation that we’ve received from Google Resellers. In case, we get a lower quotation, we will apply the same.
  • Please note that the school has no commercial interest in this transaction. However, the school making the purchase in bulk allows us to get prices which will be difficult for individuals to get.

Payment Details

Option No.

Option Title

Details

1

Pay by Cheque

  • Name on cheque: “Fountainhead Education Trust”
  • To be submitted by student /parent at the front desk
  • Amount as given above
  • Mention name of the student, grade & section at the back of the cheque
  • Last date April 24.
  • Please mark it A/C Payee only

2

Pay Online through payment gateway

We are working on an online payment gateway, which some of you might prefer to use. If it is ready in time, we will inform you through the blog.

 

Step 4

In June 2014, we will spend time before the students start using their chromebooks in ensuring that parents and school together can ensure that students use their devices effectively rather than it becoming a distraction. We will make essential agreements for the same.

Fountainhead receives DP Authorization from IBO

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the school, I am pleased to announce that Fountainhead School has received the authorization from the IBO for the Diploma Programme (DP) today. The letter has been attached here for you to view.

The IBO standards are quite tough and their evaluation is very rigorous. Having finished the authorization is a sign that the school is on track. We have also received quite a few commendations from the verification team – we will share some of those with you shortly.

Many of us at school have worked hard to ensure successful authorization of the program and we have now developed a good understanding of the program in the process of authorization. This is of course just the start of the program. We intend to excel in the delivery of the DP as well, starting from July 2014.

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

IB DP Authorization Letter March 2014

One to one meeting for Grade 11

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you for a one-to-one personal counseling regarding your ward’s future plans. We will be discussing  the following:

a. Broad career plans for your ward

b. Possible pathways to that career – through various 11-12 options (DP / A levels / State board / Indian National boards).

c. In case you are planning for the DP, then a discussion on the subject selection for Grade 11-12 based on your IGCSE subjects and performance

d. Regarding college counselling  process

We hope that you will discuss among yourselves any questions / concerns regarding the above. If you wish to send the questions in advance to us, feel free to do so.

Mr. Abhinav Awasthi will be leading these sessions and I will be present for sessions if requested by the parents. He will be communicating with you to fix an appropriate slot.

In case you have any suggestions, please e-mail them to us as well.

Regards,

Vardan Kabra

Dear Parents,
 
Technology is changing the way we live and work, for better or for worse, whether we like it or not. One of the most debated new technology is Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus.
 
As with any other technology, it is how we use technology that makes the difference in whether it is beneficial or detrimental. That’s what all of us need to learn and we need to ensure that our students also learn.
 
Internally we have now been using Google+ significantly for sharing the many happenings at school with each other, including students. And recently we have become quite active on Twitter and Facebook as well as a school. 
 
I invite all the parents to have a look at and subscribe to our social media presence. We welcome your feedback and comments on these channels.
Lastly, we have encouraged students this year to celebrate a Green Diwali by bursting fewer firecrackers, to prevent noise and air pollution. Do support them in this cause if you can.
 
Happy Green Diwali and have a great vacation as well.
Regards,
Vardan Kabra

IB Diploma Program Videos

Dear Parents & Students,

In Grade 9 & 10, we had intended to show one or both these videos during the PCM to help you understand the IB DP better. We hope that you will be see these videos together at home. Once you do so, please fill up the survey form about future choices of career at Grade 11-12 program. Submit the same to your HRT so that we can collate the survey and plan for the coming years.

Thanks & regards,

Vardan Kabra

P.S. I am also posting this on the Grade 7 & 8 blogs in case you are interested in viewing the same. The form of course is not relevant for you as of now.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme overview from International Baccalaureate on Vimeo.

Students in the United States describe their experiences in the IB Diploma Programme and their aspirations for after high school from International Baccalaureate on Vimeo.