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Parents workshop- Reading magic.

Parents workshop- Reading magic.

Highly recommended session for parents!!

One of the greatest gifts adults can give to their offsprings and to the society- is to read to children.

            —Carl Sagan

Reading is an integral part of Fountainhead culture. The teachers, students as well as the parents contribute to strengthen this culture. We’re sure  you’ll  will agree to the benefits of reading aloud to our kids. Once again, we want to emphasise on the same just to ensure more and more parents read daily to their child. We’re sure some of you are really wonderful story tellers and the kids would be enjoying listening to your read alouds. But for some of us, reading aloud might be a totally untouched territory and we might be wondering how to make it more interesting for our children. Keeping this in mind, we’re organizing a workshop for the parents to develop the skills of doing an effective read aloud with kids at home. In this session, a demo of effective read aloud will be given followed by a small discussion about the reading magic program.  We highly recommend parents to be a part of this workshop and contribute to their child’s development.

Date- 19th August, Saturday.

Timings-  10:30 am to 11:30 am

Venue-  Respective classrooms.

 

Regards,

Nandini Aswani.

Asst PYP Co-ordinator.

One Day At School (ODAS) – 2017-18

One Day At School (ODAS) – 2017-18

Dear Parent,

We would like to invite you to spend One Day At School (ODAS). The ODAS program at Fountainhead, gives parents a first hand experience of their child’s learning at school. The ODAS program will start from 1st September, 2017 and continue till 31st March 2018. On any particular day, a maximum of 4 parents (different grades) will be allowed for ODAS. Please note that only one parent i.e. either the father or mother is allowed for the visit. Timings for ODAS are 10:15 am – 1:30 pm.

Please call Ms. Richa Panchal at the front desk or mail us at surat@fountainheadschools.org to register for ODAS slot. Registration will be confirmed as per availability of slots. Please do not email HRTs, write on Nucleus or on blog to register.

Points to be kept in mind during the ODAS visit:

  • A schedule will be provided at the front desk regarding allotment of classes and respective timings.
  • Kindly submit your mobiles at the front desk before commencing the visit.
  • Parents are requested to quietly observe the class, without any discussion with the teacher.
  • No personal discussion about the child will be entertained.
  • Parents are requested to fill a feedback form (available at the front desk) at the end of their visit. Any relevant comments must be entered in the feedback form rather than discussing with the teacher.

For more information please contact Ms. Richa Panchal on 8000 130 031.

Regards,

Fountainhead School.

Invitation to conduct an activity at “Creative Mela 2017-18” on 29 September, 2017

Invitation to conduct an activity at “Creative Mela 2017-18” on 29 September, 2017

Dear Parents,

Creative Mela is an event, which provides students with a platform to explore different art forms either hands on or by exploration. Our aim is  to unfold the mindsets of students towards various  art forms. Hence  our attempt is to give them an opportunity to come across versatile artforms containing visual as well as performing arts.

I am seeking. I am starving. I am in it with all my heart. – Vincent Van Gogh

Here we are, all charged up and ready for new ideas & fun with lots of learning.

We would like to invite parents to conduct an Art workshop during “CREATIVE MELA 2017-18”.

The event will take place in school premises on Friday, 29th September 2017.

 

Students are divided into three age groups.

Group A- Grade 3 and 4

Group B- Grade 5 and 6

Group C- Grade 7 to 10

 

During Creative Mela, students will get to experience activities such as:

  • Button bowl making
  • Bottle pouch
  • Cap making, Wall hanging, Flowers making
  • Spoon Art
  • Clay modeling
  • Stick puppets
  • Calligraphy
  • Paper basket, Dream catcher and Squash card
  • Playing creative percussion instruments
  • Voice modulation
  • B boying dance – Free style
  • Ink wash technique
  • Punch craft
  • Bead jewellery
  • Napkin folding
  • Toran making
  • Zentangle Art
  • Tie and Dye
  • Hand and finger tutting
  • Belly and Ballroom Dance
  • Music and Technology
  • Bookmark making
  • Thread Art
  • Sound Designing
  • Making Finger puppets
  • Quilling jewellery
  • Paper bags
  • Colour media exploration

 

Aforeementioned workshops will be conducted this year..  

Please let us know your interest in conducting workshop from the above mentioned activities and suggestions for any new activities are also welcome. You are requested to express your interest by filling out the form attached here.

Last date of submitting the form is 19th August,2017.

 

Regards,

Fountainhead school

Highlights of the week 8th Aug to 11th Aug

Highlights of the week 8th Aug to 11th Aug

Circle Time :

Introduction to the rhyme:

  1. Rabbits rabbits 123
  2. Teen rang ka apna jhanda

Lyrics of the rhymes are:

  RABBITS RABBITS 123

Rabbits Rabbits 1, 2, 3

Will you come & play with me?

Camels, Camels 4,5,6

Why do you have a hump like this?

Monkeys, Monkeys 7,8,9

Will you teach me how to climb?

When I have counted up to 10!

The Elephant says “start again” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

                                                      By Stuart Macfarlane

TEEN RANG KA APNA JHANDA

Teen Rang ka apna Jhanda

Hum jhandha phehrate hai

Isse Tiranga kehte hai,

Hum iska gaana gaate hai,

Vande Mataram (4)

Isse dekhte hai jab hum sab,

Kitne khush ho jaate hai,

Issi liye toh, iss jhande ko

Apna sheesh jhukate hai.

Vande Mataram (4)

                                By Anonymous

Revision of all the rhymes:

  • We’re riding on the bus by Anonymous
  • Vehicles by Anonymous
  • Square song by Anonymous
  • The wheels of the bus by Verna Hills
  • Aeroplane aeroplane up in the sky by Sanjay Ahluwalia
  • Traffic light by Anonymous
  • Red song by Anonymous

Read aloud of the following books:

  1. This Little Light Of Mine by SheLagh McNicholas
  2. Please Stop, Sara by Kathryn Harper
  3. Omar’s First Day at School by Shoud Fakhouri
  4. Trucks by Anne Rockwell
  5. Flying by Donald Crews
  6. When You’re Not Looking! By Lynne Chapman

 

UOI:

Central idea: Transportation connects to the community near and far.

  • Revision of ‘land transport’ and ‘air transport’.
  • Show and tell: ‘Modes of land transport’

UOI: (Year long unit)

Central idea: We play to explore and have fun.

  • Engagements to develop Fine Motor skills were conducted through learning centres.

 

Language:

  • Word of the week: Thank you.
  • Picture talk on modes of transport.
  • Show and tell activity: Students were asked to pick any object from class and speak on it.

 

 

Phonological Awareness :

  • Listening engagement: Chinese Whisper game.

Math

  • Association and quantification of numbers 1 to 5 through different manipulatives.
  • Introduction of the pre math concept- ‘Hot’ and ‘cold’

Homework: Circle and colour the modes of air transport

Note:

  • Kindly share your child’s reflection through daily diary, so we can display it on the action board.
  • Kindly send a raincoat regularly.

 

 

 

Have a splendid weekend

Regards,

Nursery Team

 

Highlights of the week 31st July to 4th Aug

Highlights of the week 31st July to 4th Aug

Circle Time :  

Introduction of the rhyme:

  1. Aeroplane aeroplane up in the sky

 

AEROPLANE AEROPLANE UP IN THE SKY

Aeroplane, aeroplane up in the sky.

Where are you going

Flying so high?

Over the mountains

And over the sea!

Aeroplane, aeroplane,

Won’t you take me?

– By Sanjay Ahluwalia

Revision of all the rhymes done uptil now.

 

Read aloud of the following books:

  1. Sleepy Kittens by Jill and Martin Leman
  2. Shirley Goes Baby Sitting by Arleen A.
  3. Pepper On The Table by NA
  4. Ruthie’s Big Old Corn by Julie Lacome
  5. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  6. Dinosaur Days by Matt Mitter

 

UOI:

Central idea: Transportation connects to the community near and far.

  • Field trip to “Traffic Park”.
  • Introduction to means of Air transport.
  • Show and tell of Means of Land transport.
  • Integration with VA: Students made ‘traffic signal’ through art and craft.

 

UOI:

Central idea: We play to explore and have fun.

  • Potato mashing activity.
  • Students were taken on a tour of the school.
  • Engagements to develop Fine Motor skills were conducted through learning centres.

 

Language:

  • Word of the week: Safety
  • Stories through different mediums like puppet and story boards.
  • Show and tell activity: Students were asked to pick any object of their choice (bag, bottle, lunchbox, etc) and talk about it.

 

Phonological Awareness :

  • Listening engagements were conducted through a game.

 

Math

  • Association and quantification of numbers 1 to 5 through different manipulatives.

Pre-math concept:

  • Revision of ‘big’ and ‘small’ through worksheet

 

Homework: Colouring of cup cakes.

 

Note:

  • Kindly share your child’s reflection through daily diary, so that their action can be displayed on the action board.
  • Kindly send a raincoat everyday..

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Regards,

Nursery Team

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING – CONNECT – 27th July 2017

MINUTES OF THE MEETING – CONNECT – 27th July 2017

CIRCULAR – MINUTES OF THE MEETING – CONNECT

 

Date: 27th July 2017

Time: 8:45 A.M. – 09:45 A.M.

Venue: Y-Box, Fountainhead School, Surat.

 

In Attendance: Vardan Kabra, Ankita Diwekar -Kabra, Bhumika Parmar, Bhargavi Bergi, Ritu Khanna, Swati Agarwal, Vaibhavi Patel.

 

Chaired by:

Vardan Kabra (Head of School)

Ankita Kabra (Deputy Head of School / Primary School Principal)

Bhumika Parmar (Vice Principal -Senior School)

Bhargavi Bergi (DP Coordinator)

Ritu Khanna (Head- Career Counsellor)

 

Minuted by: Ms Swati Agarwal, Ms Vaibhavi Patel

 

Agenda: CONNECT Meeting

8:40 A.M to 8:45 A.M Settling & Introduction
8:45 A.M. – 09:45 A.M. DP Results – Discussions and Queries answered
10:15 AM Session End

 

Minutes of the Meeting

 

Q1 – Difference between IGCSE & DP?

Please find Senior School Program wise details here. Click here.

Q2 – What is PSAT? Importance of PSAT

PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test. PSAT is attempted to check the ability as well as the strength area. It is a kind of a diagnostic test. PSAT in 10th and 11th helps visualize how well prepared are you for the SAT exam. Now we have PSAT associated with college board.

Our efforts:

  1. Suggestions for online training institutes.
  2. Sharing the results with the teachers.
  3. Asking teachers to work with students in their areas of struggle such as writing skills, etc.

Q3 – Subject information is in acronyms and details are not there.

We have an orientation session for MYP / DP for students and parents (For DP it is when students enter grade 10 & for MYP it starts in grade 6). Handouts for each subject will be given in the session so that the students as well as the parents, are aware of the subject syllabus.We will have more sessions, will keep you informed about it.

For access to the detailed subject syllabus and other information click here.

Q4 – What are the changes school that has made after last year’s results.

  1. A stringent predicted grade policy which enforces students to put in the right efforts from day 1 of the program and not just slog in the end.
  2. Subject selection processes to ensure that students subject choice is compatible with their career choice and current academic achievement.
  3. Result analysis and action plan for the students with parent involvement to ensure that students are on track.
  4. “Submissions Deadline” calendar and follow up systems, prompt communication with parents in case of missed deadlines
  5. Rigorous training to ensure that teachers are equipped to meet the DP requirements. Many of our teachers across subjects are certified IB examiners.

Q5 – Process of International admissions and role of Parents & School Staff in it.

The international admission process starts when the student is in grade 10 with the subject selection and SAT exam preparation. We (school counsellors and coordinators) conduct series of meetings with student and parents to understand student’s interest in career, subjects, their country preference and then accordingly guide them towards shortlisting universities. After this, the country/university specific admission process starts. The school counsellors guide them through different activities to be completed in order to complete the admission process till the offer is received.

Though the entire process is managed by the school; parental involvement cannot be denied. Parents are the primary counsellors. As much as teachers and counsellors do—if not more—parents should play a crucial role in drawing a plan and shaping the career and future of their children. Parents have to encourage their ward to be involved in academic and extracurricular activities, help them to discover their innate talents and skills, develop their knowledge about the world of work, steer the child in the right direction of their career with exposure and expertise.

For detailed Counseling Process – Visit Link

Q6 – We would like to have more options in the field of Arts.

We are also looking at introducing more subjects in Arts field e.g – Film / Product designing / Theatre / Music but due to faculty constraints it is not always possible. We have tried hiring faculties but we have faced issues like the relocation of faculty etc.

Q7 –  IB does not have accounts as a subject, what can be done?

Yes, it does not have an accounting. They learn basic accounting which is required else they are required to focus on DP. Considering this feedback from students of the previous batch, we have planned accounts classes in school during Business Management slot in Diploma program and there will be about 20-25 such classes this year.

Q8 – How much value does private university degree hold, in terms of admission?

Private universities also come under UGC and they have to follow the guidelines prescribed by the UGC. Private universities have better placement opportunities as compared to govt. universities as they have specialized placement cell to guide the students even at the university level.

Private universities tend to be smaller than public universities so the teacher student ratio is also better and they provide a lot of opportunities like internships, international faculties etc. This exposure and learning help the students in further studies or final placements.

Q9 – Have our students gone through competitive examination?

Opting for competitive exams varies from student to student. In principle, students can appear for national/state level entrance exams. The students from our school did appear for NATA – The aptitude test for Architecture.

 

Q10 – Is French – ab initio – in grade 11 is a basic level course?  Is Hindi more scoring?

French ab initio starts in  Grade 11. Currently, Grade 9 & 10 is having French but if students choose French in grade 11 it will start again at a basic level. We cannot opt out it as it is a compulsory requirement for Diploma program.

In case, we have more students opting for French we can have differentiated classes for those who have already studied French and those who are new.

Hindi is scoring as it is more prevalent compared to French in our day to day life. It will be difficult to score in a foreign language as we do not use it for day to day communication.

Q11 – Each university has specific requirements. Why an early understanding of career path is a better option?

Universities have specific requirement that is why it is important to start preparing early and understand the requirements of the universities. Career counselling process, which starts from Grade 7 in our school is with this purpose that the student is well aware of the career choices available and is in a better position to choose the right career path.

Thus, by the time the  child is in Grade 11 he is clear about his choices (in most cases) and admission forms can be filled accordingly. Admission process differs from country to country. For abroad, it starts early (Oct-Nov). Admission process for Indian universities starts late. Complete guidance is given by the school counselors throughout the admission process.

Q12 – What is IB non-regular Diploma? Would all universities recognise this non-regular diploma and regard it as an equal qualification to the regular diploma?IB non-regular Diploma basically means that you can skip one of the group 3 (Humanities) & 6 (Arts)and replace it with three Sciences from group 4 e.g. if you want to pursue medical, you can skip Group 3 & 6 and take three Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) from Group 4 instead. You can do this if you provide an evidence that this is needed for your further education.The evidence has to be sent to IB 18 months before i.e. till November of grade 11.

DP considers it non-regular as IB believes in learning a wide range of subjects.

Non-regular diploma students also get the same diploma and no where in the certificate it is mentioned non-regular diploma. It is equivalent to getting a regular diploma  as the required criteria of 3 at SL and 3 at HL is met with the core components (Theory of knowledge, Creativity, Activity and Service and Extended Essay).

It is recognized by all universities.

 

Q13 – Why Humanities is being preferred more nowadays as a career choice- Science is not taken by the students? Why don’t students don’t opt for Engineering?

Over the period of time, humanities has become more popular, on international as well as national level, compared to science. Subject choices also depend on where the students come from (background) and availability of subject choices. Nowadays new career avenues have opened up. Students can exercise their choice and opt for their passion.

Computer Sciences – Is there a possibility that we incline students to pursue this? Is it possible that 5yr program from this stage? Can school start with this program in addition to this apart from the curriculum in the school itself?

The future career options like data science/automation / game designing / artificial intelligence will be at par in the upcoming years.

We are inclined towards promoting coding in school so that students can take interest. Options that can be looked upon are, classes on coding after school hours or interested students can make a plan and then work upon it.

Link to Connect PPT – 27th July 2017

 

The Head of the School thanked the parents for attending the meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.

Revised Rate – Pantry Items & Today’s Special w.e.f 1st August 2017

Revised Rate – Pantry Items & Today’s Special w.e.f 1st August 2017

The price of  Pantry items & Today’s Special  has been revised as below w.e.f 01 August 2017:

Item Quantity Rate
Idli- Coconut Chutney – ઈડલી નારિયેળ ચટણી 2 Idlis & chutney Rs 20
Aloo paratha with Curd – આલૂ પરાઠા-દહીં 1 nos Rs 20
Idada-Chutney  – ઈદડાં-ચટણી 150 gm Rs 20
Bhel – ભેલ   1 Plate Rs 25
Khaman -Chutney – ખમણ -ચટણી 150 gm Rs 20
Khichu – ખીચું 150 gm Rs 20
Locha with salad – લોચા -સલાડ 150 gm Rs 20
Thepla with Curd – થેપલા-દહીં 1 nos Rs 15
Chila with Chutney – ચિલ્લા ચટણી 1 nos Rs 15
Samosa with Tomato Ketchup – સમોસા-  ટમેટા કેચ અપ   1 nos Rs 25
Potato Vada with Tomato Ketchup – બટાટા વડા-ટમેટા કેચ અપ 1 nos Rs 10
Muthia-Chutney  – મુઠીયા-ચટણી 150 gm Rs 20
Upma with Chutney – ઉપમા ચટણી 150 gm Rs 30
Bread roll with tomato ketchup – બ્રેડ રોલ- ટમેટા કેચ અપ 1 nos Rs 25
Sabudana Khichdi – સાબુદાણા ખીચડી 150 gm Rs 30
Mix Veg paratha with Curd – મિક્સ વેજ પરાઠા-દહીં 1 nos Rs 20
Coin Idli With Coconut Chutney – કોઈન ઈડલી નારિયેળ ચટણી 150 gm Rs 20
Poha -પૌવા 150 gm Rs 20
Bread Pakoda with tomato ketchup – બ્રેડ પકોડા- કેચ અપ 1 nos Rs 25
Bread butter – બ્રેડ બટર 1 nos Rs 20
Veg sandwich – વેજ સેન્ડવિચ 1 nos Rs 30
Veg cheese sandwich – વેજ ચીઝ સેન્ડવિચ 1 nos Rs 40
Popcorn – પોપકોર્ન 1 Packet Rs 12
Dana Chana – દાણા ચણા 1 Packet Rs 10
Lemonade – લીંબુ શરબત 1 Glass Rs 5
Mamra – મમરા 1 Packet Rs 10
Banana-કેળા 2 nos As per Market Rate
Cornflakes Chevdo – મક્કાઈ   ચેવડો To be introduced in near future.
Chakri – ચકરી
Sakkar Para – સક્કર પરા