The Lakshya Program
“There are people who wonder what happened, there are people who watch things happen and then there are people who make things happen. To be successful, you need to be a person who make things happen.” – Jim Lowell
But how do we become successful? How do we make things happen? Well Rancho of 3 idiots fame once said “Pursue excellence and success will follow”. But then pursuing excellence would not work if you play blind, right. You need a concrete goal too, a LAKSHYA to achieve, strong enough to drive you hard to pursue it diligently. The program doesn’t just focus on academic excellence but excellence in any sphere of life. We know by many real life examples that the route to success in life is not just through academics but could be through so many routes. So the goal could be an elite college, or it could be to get into a specific academic career be it Architecture, Law, Social Activism, Entrepreneurship, Astronomy etc. or pursuing a talent (in sports, arts etc.) like Football, Game Designing, Baking etc.
Irrespective of the goal itself, this program is therefore for those students who want to learn what pursuit of excellence looks like. It’s based on the understanding that, to become really good at anything requires a lot of dedication and practice and even if students don’t know what they would like to do as their long-term career, it’s possible for them to learn what it takes to excel at anything in life. The program may look something like this:
The program is open for all from Grade 7 provided they are willing to work hard to excel in something of their choice. There will be no difference in information shared from the school between the students who take up this program and those who don’t. Goals and tasks will be posted by email / blog and/or on Naviance for all the students. But these services are as such provided for all the students of Fountainhead School, then what would make the students enrolled in this program different from the rest?
The difference would be a ten times more involvement and ownership on the part of both students and their parents as well. Those students who sign up are obviously expected to do those tasks diligently. And parents are expected to support the student in the right amount and way. The difference would lie in terms of school’s inputs and your role as students and parents:
|What School Will Do||What You Need To Do|
|Help you chart a path to your Lakshya||Decide your own Lakshya (school will not make decisions on your behalf)|
|Share resources linked to your lakshya or skill development||Ensure reading/using those resources|
|Assessment at every stage if the student is doing this program with his/her initiative and liking||Build a consensus and a vision with your ward and ensure that your ward is happy doing this program|
|Suggest general/specific tasks (such as visiting career fairs, internships, scholarships, competitions, leadership opportunities etc. mapped to your Lakshya)||Figure out ways of doing these activities effectively and then report progress.
Discuss with your ward the importance of attending career sessions in school
|Lakshya Program Requirements|
|What sort of tasks you need to do as part of Lakshya?||Who Should do it?||Dates/Deadlines||Evidences of Tasks|
|Filling up the Lakshya Interest Form||Students and Parents||
Students -3rd February, 2018
Parents – 10th February, 2018
Please click here for the link of the Parent Interest Form
|Framing a Joint Student-Parent Vision||Students and Parents||31st March, 2018||Upload a PDF in Naviance|
Preparing a 10,000 Hour Plan
A. Listing what you would really like to master by spending 10,000 hours in doing so.
B. By when do you intend to meet those 10,000 hours?
C. How will you ensure that it’s deliberate and focused practice and not just timepass.
D. Reworking your daily schedule to get those focused hours of practice.
|Students||Upload the plan in a PDF in Naviance and also add in form of goals in Naviance to get updates|
|Active participation in at least one service/leadership program on their own apart from MYP Personal Project or CAS activity.||Students||During the summer break||Write a reflection and upload PDF on Naviance before the school starts|
|Honing certain required skills like Reading and Writing (we will recommend the number of books to be read)||Students||During the summer break||Write a reflection and upload PDF on Naviance|
|One Internship on their own (applicable from Grade 7 onwards)||Students||During the summer break||Write a reflection and upload PDF on Naviance|
|Naviance logins both by students and parents and the frequency of the naviance visits, reviewing grade level reports, frequency of counselor visits||Students and Parents||On going process||Student and Parent Usage reports on Naviance|
Note: There will be no reminders given for these tasks separately. Students and parents can check the deadlines of the tasks on Naviance and keep a tab on it, regularly and proactively.
An orientation for the Lakshya Program has been conducted for all the senior school students. Some students have already signed up. If you think that this might be a good program for your ward you may encourage him/her to sign up for this program (if interested you can fill the form now as well). Please click here for the link of the student interest form.
However, we have to emphasize that parents shouldn’t push their ward/s to do this, if the student is not keen. Student’s self-initiative has to be the driving force behind this program.