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Integrated Humanities : Introduction to Human Rights

Integrated Humanities : Introduction to Human Rights

Grade7 – G7 Perspicacity
Homework assigned by:
Submission Date: Wed Aug 02 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0530 (IST)
Internet Required: Yes
Details: Dear Learners,

You are given 2 videos to be watched Based on this, you will answer the following questions in your IH notebook.
Introduction to Human Rights
Link 1:
History of Human Rights.
Link 2:
Questions :
1. What are Human Rights?
2. Why do you think there was a need for the establishment of this concept of “Human Rights”?

Expected Time: 30 minutes

Math : Percentage Increase and Decrease

Math : Percentage Increase and Decrease

Grade8 – G8 Zest
Homework assigned by:
Submission Date: Tue Aug 01 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0530 (IST)
Internet Required: No
Details: Dear students,

Solve Ex. 5E.1 from Haese and Harris textbook (Page No. 100) in your math notebook. You can use any of the two methods taught in the class to solve the questions.
Expected Time: 20 minutes



Dear Students,

This year, we are having math event namely – “Mathathon”. As the word Mathathon itself is self-descriptive, meaning an event which will check your speed and conceptual understanding in Math. You will have limited time and you will be required to solve calculation based questions (questions based on general math and logic) within the given time frame. Student who will solve maximum questions correctly in minimum time will be awarded.

Details of the event is as follows:

Date of event : 04th August 2017

Time: 2:15 – 3:05 pm

Venues:   Grade 7 All sections – Assembly area and Bridge Area

                    Grade 8 – Hippodrome (Elan, Exuberance, Verve, Zest, Zing) and Pulse (Ardour and Vivacity)

                    Grade 9 – New gym area (Fortuity, Revelation, Serendipity) and Yoga hall (Epiphany and Eureka)


Important notes:

  1. Each correct question will carry 1 mark. No negative marks will be awarded for incorrect answer.
  2. You are required to write only the final answer.
  3. No calculators will be allowed.
  4. You need to carry your stationery box.
  5. Question paper will be handed over to you at the time of event. You will also get rough sheets to do rough calculations. You don’t have to carry any book with you. However, you can carry writing pad, if needed.
  6. Please be on time.
  7. It is an inter-house event.

So, pull up your socks and get ready for the fun filled competition.

Thanks and Regards,

Senior School Math Team





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.

Book Review

Book Review

“The first function of a book review  should be I believe , to give some idea of the contents and characters of the book.”- Mr.Walter.

The first book review session of the academic year 2017-18 was over-whelming. It was fun involving parents for the event. Students thoroughly enjoyed presenting their book review. Indeed it was an amazing experience and looking forward for the next session.

Do have a look.



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


LEAP-  Designing a model of lungs and diaphragm

LEAP-  Designing a model of lungs and diaphragm

Learning Outcome: To understand the function of the respiratory system using the terms- exhale, inhale, expand and contract and how the different organs of respiratory system work together and make breathing possible.


Learning Engagement: Students designed a model using various resources like straws, balloons, plastic bottle, rubber bands and clay.

Students understood the functioning of lungs and diaphragm and thereby understood how we breathe.

This activity helped students understand the functioning of the respiratory system in a more effective way.


Gr.3 Music – The morning song.

Gr.3 Music – The morning song.

Dear students,

Sharing the song taught in the unit of ‘Genre’ for practice at home.

Morning song ( I greet the day )

I greet the day, the new born day

with all it holds in store……. ( 2 times)

Its joys and sorrows yet unknown

My soul wants to explore ……

Music ….

Stanza  1

Sleep took me to the world of stars

Their strength lives now in me…….( 2 times)

Within the new born world of day

I want to grow and be…….


Music ….

Stanza  2


The wonders that surround me yield    

Their secrets to my will……( 2 times)

When I in reverence learn to use

My senses and my skill

Music ….

Stanza  3

In hearts and sun in stars of night

The power of God holds sway….( 2 times)

With Him and through Him I will grow

Into the new born day



English Language & Literature HL: Practice Paper 1

English Language & Literature HL: Practice Paper 1

Grade11 – All
Homework assigned by:
Submission Date: Tue Aug 01 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0530 (IST)
Internet Required: No
Details: Questions given in the Papers (shared with students in hard copy and on Google classroom on 27th July).

Both texts have to be attempted.

The HW is a carry forward from what was supposed to be completed in class time.
Expected Time: 40 minutes