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Highlights of the week 6th August to 10th August

Highlights of the week 6th August to 10th August

Circle Time :

  • Introduction to the rhymes

MORNING SONG

Good morning Mr sun, the day has just began,

I like to see your smiley face, I like to see your smiley face,

Good morning Mr sun.

Good evening lady moon,it’s good to see you soon,

I like to see your shiny face, I like to see your shiny face..

Good evening lady moon.  

WHAT’S THE WEATHER

What’s the weather? (2)

What’s the weather out today?

Is it sunny, is it rainy, is it cloudy out today?

It is sunny (2) It is sunny out today!

I am happy, when it’s sunny.

It is sunny out today.

(To be sung as per the weather – Sunny – happy, Rainy, Cloudy – sleepy, Windy – dancy)                    

HORSEY- HORSEY

Horsey! Horsey don’t you stop,

Just let your feet go clippity clop.

The tail goes swish,

And the wheels go round, giddy up.

We’re homeward bound.

Read aloud of the following books:

  1. To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda
  2. Small Piglet Looks for Mommy by Vivekananda Roy Ghatak

Handwork: Threading beads.

Cooking : Lemonade making.

UOI:

Central idea: Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts.

  • Introduction to Pet animals
  • Field Trip to Cow Shed (Kunkuni Village) and Horse Stable (Tapti Valley School)

Language:

  • Picture Talk of Animals.

Math:

  • Revision of Square shape.

Closing Circle:

Story : The Sheep and Pig

Note:

  • Kindly share your child’s reflection through daily diary, so we can display it on the action board.
  • Kindly send Aprons or big size t shirt for handwork and artwork activities.

Have a great weekend.!

Regards,

Nursery Team

 

Safety Audit @Fountainhead

Safety Audit @Fountainhead

Dear Parents,

Safety and well being of students is of utmost importance to us at Fountainhead. To this end, we had undertaken a safety project last year to improve safety and well being measures at school.

The next step that we have in line is to to invite parent volunteers for an audit of safety practices at school.

What is a safety audit?

A safety audit is to monitor and analyze an institution’s operations in order to determine how well it conforms to a set of specific criteria.

In this case, the parent volunteers of the safety audit team will assess the school’s safety measures based on Aarambh India’s checklist

Categories/Departments for audit:

  • Physical Safety
  • Emotional Safety
  • Cyber Safety
  • Social Safety
  • Emergency Measures

How will the process work?

Once we receive responses from the parents, a short meeting will be arranged to discuss the details. The Safety Audit committee members, i.e. parents will be divided into groups as per the preferences chosen by them. Each group will be conducting the audit for a specific department, will be completing the audit and bringing it to conclusion by writing comments for the chosen department.

Interested parents need to click on the following link and fill the form latest by 16th August, 2018.

Safety Audit @ Fountainhead

The audit along with the parent orientation will be done in the first week of September. (Date will be informed to you later). The parents might choose to do the audit on the same day or some other day in the same week. Important point to note is that parents should be willing to spend a day in school for the audit.

Let’s join hands and work towards ensuring safety of students at Fountainhead!

Regards

Fountainhead School

Highlights of the week 30th July to 3rd August

Highlights of the week 30th July to 3rd August

Circle Time :

  • Revision of all the rhymes done till now.
  • Bean bag activity.

Read aloud of the following books:

  1. Old Macdonald had a farm by David Ellwand
  2. What’s happening? On the Farm by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

Handwork: Clay moulding.

Artwork : Making a square with pista shells.

Cooking : Coriander plucking.

UOI:

Central idea: Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts.

  • Introduction to Services animals provide.
  • Revision of Farm animals.

Language:

  • The Little Red Hen story through puppet.
  • Listening activity.

Math:

  • Revision of Square shape through guided play.

Closing Circle:

Story : The Gingerbread man

Note:

  • Kindly share your child’s reflection through daily diary, so we can display it on the action board.
  • Kindly send Aprons or big size t shirt for handwork and artwork activities.

Have a great weekend.!

Regards,

Nursery Team

Digital Portfolio – Nucleus Fountainhead App on iOS.

Digital Portfolio – Nucleus Fountainhead App on iOS.

Dear parent,

As committed earlier, the student portfolio app- Nucleus Fountainhead is now available on iOS . You can download this app on I-phone/I-pad  through this link. Please log in with your parent email Id only. As of now only Compendium feature is functional in this app where you’ll be able to see your child’s portfolio.  As a parent you can like, comment and even share the piece through any social networking site.

In case of further queries/concerns you can send a DD message to your child’s HRT or write to me i.e. nandini.aswani@fountainheadschools.org OR sanjana.amarnani@fountainheadschools.org

 

 

 

Highlights of the week (23rd July to 27th July)

Highlights of the week (23rd July to 27th July)

Circle Time :

  • Revision of all the rhymes done till now.
  • Bean bag activity

Read aloud of the following books:

  1. I Can Share by Bonnie Worth
  2. Jack and Lily go to the Farm by Moira Butterflied  

Handwork: Removing and wearing of shoes and opening and closing the zip of bag.

Art : Free painting with paintbrush and pom pom.

UOI:

Central idea: Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts.

  • Students made a diorama of farm scene with the help of the teacher.
  • Revision of “Farm animals”.

Language:

  • Show n tell : Farm animals

Math:

  • Introduction to shape : Square

Closing Circle:

Story : The Ginger Bread Man

Note:

  • Kindly share your child’s reflection through daily diary, so we can display it on the action board.
  • Kindly send Aprons or big size t shirt for handwork and artwork activities.

Have a great weekend.!

Regards,

Nursery Team

 

MINUTES OF MEETING – CONNECT SESSION – IBDP Results – 25th July 2018

MINUTES OF MEETING – CONNECT SESSION – IBDP Results – 25th July 2018

CIRCULAR –  MINUTES OF THE CONNECT SESSION

Date: Tuesday, 25th July 2018

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Venue: Y-Box, Fountainhead School, Surat.

In Attendance: Vardan Kabra, Ankita Diwekar -Kabra, Bhumika Parmar, Bhargavi Bergi

Minuted by: Swati Agarwal, Vaibhavi Patel, Richa Panchal

 

Chaired by:

Vardan Kabra (Head of School)

Ankita Kabra (Deputy Head of School)

Bhumika Parmar (Senior School Principal)

Bhargavi Bergi (DP Coordinator)

 

Agenda: CONNECT Session – IBDP Results

09:10 to 09:15 am Settling & Introduction
09:15 am am to 10:30 am DP Results – Discussions and Queries answered

 

Minutes of the Meeting

Q – Number of students in the highest grade range has reduced as compared to last year’s DP result. The school should work on  areas to increase the ranks in the top bracket and decrease the numbers in the lower grade range..

  • Every year with the change in batch of students the result changes.
  • There were few students this year which with hard work were able to cross 24 and get in range of 24-27 in final IB exams which during term exams were not able to.
  • IBDP is demanding and challenging so students scoring in the 1st range will be less.
  • School puts in efforts to help child reach his/her optimum level. e.g. A student who can achieve 37 and is at 35 is helped in a way that he/she reaches the goal set by him/her but a student at 25 can reach 27 or 28 but not directly 37 in one go.
Q – What is the relevance of Predicted Grade once the final result is out?  Is there any role of parents for understanding about the grades?

  • The admission of the student may get affected if there is a vast difference between the actual and the predicted grades.
  • Not all the colleges have conditional offers  some colleges may have unconditional offers as well. e.g. If a student gets a conditional offer on his predicted grade of 35 but the actual scores at Final IB exams are 31 then the university may deny the admission. In case of unconditional offer that is not the case. The student still gets admission even if the score are less. Some colleges universities may give more weightage to entrance examination scores.
Q – Which national ranking method we are talking about- Which Agency?

  • The rankings varies from agency to agency, the ranking which are shown in the result are derived from MHRD / Times Group etc.
Q – Why is  the STEM course completely missing?. Minority has opted for STEM over the period of 3 years. Is the School not able to develop the interest for STEM?

  • Students opting out of STEM courses are purely out of choice. It is not that we are not promoting the STEM courses.
  • It is not possible to do Indian engineering with DP, the students who want to actually pursue engineering left the school (after G10) and taken admission in dummy school so that they can prepare for engineering.
  • Few students who went to Kota for engineering classes also came back after seeing the narrow approach to education.
Q – At what stage we decide DP course or DP. How does it affect your placement?

  • To go for DP course or full Diploma is a student choice. School may also recommend DP course to student based on past two years assessment reports and also based on career choices.
    • Situation A: The student may opt for DP course from the beginning of grade 11.
    • Situation B: The student may start with full Diploma but after attending classes or attempting assessments may find the program challenging,  so may opt for DP course after Term 1 or Term 2 of grade 11.
    • Situation C: The student feels that in his/her career choice these many subjects are not required and the student opts to do some other online courses related to the career option selected. e.g. Game design
Q – Which student have taken admission in University of Toronto. Ranking of International University where our students have got the admission?

  • Anoushka Jariwala, Shaan Rathod, Sneh Chauhan – Class of 2016
  • Jayani Mehta, Riyaa Ruwala, Tiruja Nayak, Pranjal Bhansali, Vinit Jogani – Class of 2017
  • Jugal Kachiwala – Class of 2018

For more details about FS placements, please refer the given link.

Q – Concern about Extended Essay Results

  • A plan of action is already in place, we make our teachers to write the EE according to the new criteria and get it checked so that they are better equipped to teach students the same.
  • Student samples are purchased so as to understand the way checking is done by IB.

Q – Why the school recommends “No Tuition Policy”?

We still believe that students should develop independent learning skills and we strive to provide the additional support within the school. On account of students going for tuitions, the pace of the class is led by them, there are discipline issues in the class and most importantly there are conflicts with the teaching methodology of the school and the tuitions which leads to confusion for the student.. Few ex-teachers have started taking tuitions propagating that they know the FS pedagogy and they also charge exorbitantly; the existing teachers have no motivation to continue working in school considering this situation. Hence considering all these viewpoints, tutions are not necessarily preparing the students for higher education and are definitely not in the interest of all the students. Some students may need additional support for which parent and the school should discuss mutually and take decision in the best interest of the student.

Q – Can an anonymous survey from students & parents be done whether they are happy with the teaching in school ?

  • Student feedback is taken thrice in a  year.

Q- Why should Disciplinary action be taken against students ? School should contact past students to know if the studies gets affected by tuitions.

The students in Grade 8 to 10 opt for tuition for external support. And from Grade 11 they become independent and they realise that it is not helping them. But at times the parents are more inclined towards PCM and especially STEM so they opt for tuition and there is a lot of peer pressure involved.

Q – Where the school is lacking because of which the students are going for tuition?

The school is working towards providing all the necessary support to the students in terms of quality of teachers and teacher training for effective classroom delivery. But student go tuition because of peer pressure, lack of time management skills and sometimes parent expectations.

Q – What is the quality of teachers in core subjects  especially STEM? Why the teachers don’t have specific qualification of teaching the subject and as a school are you satisfied with that?

  • We have wide ranging profile of teachers, It is difficult to standardize teaching. Some teachers are excellent in classroom management or content knowledge, whereas some are excellent at student rapport. We all are individuals with differences. Teachers are involved in rigorous training process and we have Coordinators to look at the quality of the curriculum and teaching.
  • On field performance is more important. We have interviewed many teachers some were very good at content knowledge but that is not the only thing we look before hiring. As far as IB standards are concerned our teachers are far better than other school teachers because of rigorous training program. Our teachers have also got appreciation from Authorization visitors. Also when we go and meet teachers during workshops at different platforms our teachers always have a upper hand.
Q – Gap between result declaration and admission deadline especially for Architecture.

  • The results are released on 5th July by IB and the last date this year to  submit Indian transcript was 13th July, so students can secure admission for architecture in Gujarat. However, the requirements by ACPC keeps changing year to year.
Q – Alignment of parents’ expectations with school in terms of result expectation from a particular student?

  • As a school we have mixed students with different intellect so overall as a school we will be happy with the results, on the other hand it will differ from parent to parent. Also as a subject teacher, the teacher will always want a child to score best in his/her subject.Alignment is terms of capability is very much possible if both parent and school have the same expectation from a particular child.
  • But as a school we are very clear that grades doesn’t help in long run it is just the key o to get admission in colleges, for us 21st century skills are more important.

The SS Principal extended gratitude to the parents for attending the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

 

Regards

Fountainhead School

Admission Process for Nursery and JK – 2019-20

Admission Process for Nursery and JK – 2019-20

Dear Parents,

Please note that the admission process for Nursery and JK (staff and siblings only) will begin from 6th August 2018. Parents who are interested in admission, kindly refer to the attached image:

In case of any queries, you can contact Ms. Zainab Cinemawala at 8000 130 031 or email at surat@fountainheadschools.org

Monsoon Hungama Week

Monsoon Hungama Week

Dear Parents,

Students experienced the joy of Monsoon in the “Monsoon Hungama Week”. They were involved in different activities like making paper boats and letting them sail in puddles; art and craft activity of making a rainbow; nature walk in the garden; mud play; relishing corn during the cooking slot.

Teacher also discussed about the different things we use during rainy season. Overall, students had lot of fun during the Monsoon Hungama Week.

Sharing a few glimpses:

 

Regards,

Nursery Team