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Middle Years Programme (MYP) Open House – 15th Oct, 2015

Dear Parents,

As you might be aware, we have been talking about introducing the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for the last 2-3 years because the MYP has been revamped. In February, the two undersigned attended an “IB Introduction to MYP” workshop in Mumbai and after a lot of internal discussion and feasibility study, we have decided to introduce our current Grade 6 students to the IB Middle Years Program with effect from the academic year 2016-17 (when they enter Grade 7).

Currently for Grade 7 and 8, the school has developed its own curriculum, and for Grade 9 and 10, we have IGCSE exams (International Certificate of General Education) offered by Cambridge International Examination.

We are shifting to IB MYP because we believe in the IB Philosophy and it has worked well for our students as a whole both in the Primary Years Program and the Diploma Program.

We had scheduled an orientation session (on 16th September, 2015) for IB MYP Program with the parents of Grade 6 – the first batch that will be doing the MYP.

Please click on the link below to view the presentation used during the Orientation.

MYP Orientation Presentation

Here is the recorded version of the interaction with Grade 6 parents.

Recording of the IB MYP Orientation session

We have now scheduled an Open House for parents of Nursery to Grade 6 on Thursday, 15th October, 2015, timings: 08:00 am to 09:30 am, to address any further doubts or queries that you may have.

Please make sure that you go through the presentation as well as the recording of the orientation session before you register for the Open House on 15th October, 2015.

You will have to fill the MYP Open House Registration form to register for the same. We will close the registration by 12 noon, tomorrow (13th October, 2015).


Bhumika Parmar (Middle Years Coordinator)

Vardan Kabra (Head of School)

P.S.: To view the presentation and watch the video, you need to login from your school email id e.g.

Announcing the IGCSE Results for the class of 2017

Dear all,

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced their IGCSE results on 11th August. Fountainhead School announces the following results of the students of the 2017 batch in the IGCSE May-June 2015 examination session:
Screenshot 2015-08-14 at 19.02.28
^ 1 student didn’t appear for one exam and therefore hasn’t completed the requirements of that subject and therefore hasn’t got the ICE certificate. Retake in this coming session should ensure an ICE for him/her as well.


Points to understand the CIE-IGCSE Grades:

  • The IGCSE gives the following pass grades: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G; the percentage range for each grade varies from subject to subject.
  • Distinction – Grade A or better in five subjects and grade C or better in two subjects.
  • Merit – Grade C or better in five subjects and grade F or better in two subjects.
  • Pass – Grade G or better in seven subjects.
It is important at this stage to mention that the school aims to nurture both competence and character (which together forms primary greatness) in the students. Exam results are only a part of competence (skills) and they reflect character only in limited way. While these results will affect the student's immediate academic career, however, it's important to reflect upon the fact that success in real life is far more dependent on all non-graded skills and character such as vision, teamwork, analytical skills, leadership, confidence, passion, commitment etc.
We would also like to share the subject wise performance of students in terms of no. three highest grades: A*, A and B:
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 *Note: Coordinated Sciences grades are a double award subject. So the A* is A*A*, A is AA and B is BB.
(edit- updated on 19th August. We missed on one detail in the table above: 2 students who appeared for Computer Science, a group 5 subject, both got an A).
 What is the ICE Award?

The Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Education) is awarded to candidates who pass in at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups. Another important benefit that Cambridge ICE offers is that candidates can demonstrate competence across a wide range of subjects and skills. Cambridge ICE carries greater currency in its own right in those countries where it is popular.  In India most schools offering the IGCSE, offer the ICE program, and it is considered more prestigious than regular IGCSE.

On behalf of all the staff,

Vardan Kabra
(Head of School)

MY/DP Educational Trip Photos & Updates on Google+ Event

Hello parents,

You will find the photos & some updates from all the MY/DP Educational Trips at this Google+ Event:

Please do join the event (login using our personal gmail or school parent email id for the best experience). Please feel free to comment and to ask questions. For those of you who haven’t created a Google+ account this will be good time to do so.


Vardan Kabra

Calling for organizers for Surat Ultimate Open 2014 (Nov 15-16)

Dear Students,

I am posting this on behalf of the SUO Tournament Directors (Harshil Dhaniwal & Avi Nandwani).  If you are interested in working the organizing committee then please fill up this form (click here). We are looking for organizers with prior experience with Ultimate as well as otherwise. All students who had earlier sent their interest emails are also requested to fill up the form. You need to fill this up by 20th September 5 p.m.


Vardan Kabra

Here’s their message:

Hello all,

As most of you know that 3rd edition of Surat Ultimate Open will be held. 12-16 teams from across India apart from teams from Surat are expected to participate. And, we are looking for students who are interested in organizing the event. If you wish to register yourself; please fill up this form.

We are representing the school over here and are dealing with outsiders here; therefore, we want this event to go as smoothly as possible and you will have to work hard for doing so. Just be well prepared for it. It will be a lot of fun and learning.

Details of the requirements follow at the bottom.

Harshil Dhaniwal & Avi Nandwani
TD’s SUO’14


It is important that you understand that being a Fountainhead School promoted event, this has to be taken seriously. All volunteers are expected to put in their best efforts. They must work effectively in teams and be prompt in their work.

Knowledge of Ultimate (Frisbee) though useful is not necessary. Organizing committees will be divided into the following:
a. Logistics (accommodation, transport, on-ground arrangements)
b. Food (organizing for all the food, water, lemonade, bananas etc. including the party dinner)
c. IT, Photography & Social Media (website updation, taking photos, posting photos and updates online, taking team photos etc.)
d. Registration Desk (score keeping and score updation, timekeeping, fees collection, announcements etc).

Positions open are:

A. Committee heads: They will be involved in the planning from the beginning so that they know what’s expected from them.
B. Committee members: Most of the work required by committee members will be for 7 days before the tournament and then during the tournament itself.

You may opt for either of the two positions and also mark your preference for the committee that you want to work for.

FSMUN Committee Selection

Dear Students,

This is regarding the FSMUN being organized on 24-25 Jan, 2015. I had earlier asked for applications for the FSMUN volunteers. This is the process that we followed to select the two key roles: the Secretary General (Executive Board) and the Director General (Organizing Committee).

After receiving the applications we first short listed the candidates for each of the two roles using the following two criteria:

a. Number of MUNs attended; performance in the MUNs as well as the variety of MUNs attended
b. Any organizing experience inside or outside of school


Using this we shortlisted 5 candidates for the DG position and 3 candidates for the SG position. All the candidates were then called for a short interview with a faculty committee where we looked at the following things:


– why do they want to take up this role?
– what makes them competent for this role?
– how would they handle difficult situations?
– what content knowledge do they have about their respective areas of work?
– how well would they be able to effectively lead teams?


The 3 member selection committee for this comprised of: Bhumika Parmar, Shezin Siganporia and Vardan Kabra.


While it was a close call in both the positions, this is what we decided upon:
Secretary General: Yash Lekhwani
Assistant Secretary General: Aashna Jain
Director General: Riya Shah
Assistant Director General: Shreya Thummar


Please note that these are the best choices that we could make given the limitations of time and information. We trust these candidates to do an effective job with the responsibility assigned to them. It is possible that they may make mistakes or errors of judgement. In case any of you feels that way then you may first approach them. In case you are still not satisfied then you may approach any of the three faculty members listed above or Ms. Subhalaxmi Iyer.


We hope that all students (and parents) will support this endeavor. We wish the student committee the best for the first FSMUN and we hope that it’s a grand success.



Vardan Kabra
Head of School

Call for Organizers for FSMUN & players for Surat Ultimate Open 2014

Dear MY & DP students,

A bunch of our students went recently to IIMUN in Mumbai and they proposed to do a MUN at FS. We have agreed to host the event (Jan 24-25, 2015). The great news is that this event will be completely student-led. Those interested in organizing the event are requested to fill up this form (click here). All the details are in the form itself. Deadline is Monday 5 pm for filling this up.

Also, most of you know that Fountainhead has a strong Ultimate (Frisbee) community. On Nov 15-16, 2014 the 3rd edition of Surat Ultimate Open will be held. 12-16 teams from across India apart from teams from Surat are expected to participate. In fact the SUO event is also being organized the students (Avi Nandwani & Harshil Dhaniwal are the tournament directors and there will be many other student organizers). Being a co-ed tournament format (girls & boys on the same team), Surat Ultimate is always on the lookout for girl players. We already have a few and we look forward to more.

If you’ve been yearning to learn and play  Ultimate, then this is your chance to do so. Fill up this form if interested in playing (click here). You will be required to attend camps if you sign up. Hurry up – the camps are starting on Tuesday.


Vardan Kabra

Declaring the IGCSE (Grade X) results

Dear all,
The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced their IGCSE (Grade X) results on 12th August. Fountainhead School announces the following results of our students in the IGCSE June 2014 examination session.
  • Total No. of Students appeared for the IGCSE examination : 34
  • No. of Students who’ve passed in at least 05 subjects : 34
  • No. of students who got ICE (description given below) : 30
  • ICE achievement percentage :    88%
  • No. of Students who got distinction in ICE :  05
  • No. of Students who got merit in ICE        :  21
  • No. of Students who got pass in ICE        :  04
We would like to congratulate all our students, teachers and parents for this.
It is important at this stage to mention that the school aims to nurture both competence and character (which together forms primary greatness) in the students. Exam results are only a part of competence (skills) and they in no way reflect character. While such results might affect the student’s immediate academic career, however, it’s important to reflect upon the fact that success in real life is far more dependent on all non-graded skills and character such as vision, teamwork, analytical skills, leadership, confidence, passion, commitment etc. Long-term sustainable success can be achieved by anyone who has primary greatness and that’s something we hope that all our students will have!
We would also like to share the subject wise performance of students in terms of no. of A*(highest grade) and A grades scored.
First language English –                        02(A grade) 
Hindi as Second Language –               10(A grade) and 03(A* grade) 
Global Perspective –                                06(A grade)
India Studies –                                            05(A grade) and 01(A* grade) 
Coordinated Science Double Award) –   07(AA grade) and 02(A*A* grade)
International Mathematics –               08(A grade) and 02(A* grade)
Based on the results, we will also be identifying our strengths and areas of improvement on which we will work.
What is Cambridge ICE (International Certificate of Education)
Cambridge ICE is a group certificate drawn from several curriculum areas in Cambridge IGCSE (and is considered more prestigious that the IGCSE alone). It offers a balanced curriculum across a range of five 
subject groups:
•  Group I: Languages
•  Group II: Humanities and Social Sciences
•  Group III: Sciences
•  Group IV: Mathematics
•  Group V: Business, Creative, Technical and Vocational
Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in  at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group I and one from each of Groups II to V.  The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups. It is awarded at one of three levels – Distinction, Merit or Pass – depending upon the grades earned in the seven examinations.
On behalf of the whole school,
Vardan Kabra
Head of School

TOK Reflection

Dear Students,

As discussed in the last class, please make sure to put in your reflection at by today evening. It is necessary before the next class. I had emailed you the instructions earlier.


Vardan Kabra

Email text here again:

I hope you’ve got the invitation email for the Once you login you will be able to see my announcement related to today’s discussion – this is what I have posted there. Could all of you please check-in so that I know that you are on Google Classroom?

In case you haven’t got the email invitation, you can login to the link given above and add the class using the following code: 2mreco
As discussed, you have to answer the question: “How can we ever be sure of anything that we know?” or “How do we know what we know”? So please get going with your reflections on the day’s discussion.

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 (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