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Tapi Utsav 2018

Tapi Utsav 2018

Dear parent,

Once again Surat has opened its doors to the wonderful world of arts through – Tapi Utsav. An event which brings cultural activities from all over India in different forms of art and craft, performing arts, films and literature- a five day festival, which is organized at Science Center, Surat.

We encourage parents to visit this cultural gala, along with their ward/s and witness varied art forms which represent India. This would be a great experience for people of any age. There’ll be some  workshops too which will provide hands on experience to our students/parents.

Do visit between 23rd and 26th February and enrich the artist in you. Kindly find the detailed schedule in the images attached :

(Ref: tapi.co.in)

Regards,

Fountainhead School

Working Saturday- 10th March, 2018.

Working Saturday- 10th March, 2018.

Dear Parent,

Kindly note that 10th March, 2018, will be a student working Saturday, in lieu of the Gujarat State Assembly Elections holiday on 8th December, 2017.

This will be a working day for the students of Grade 1 to Grade 9 and Grade 11. Early Years and Grade 12 students will be having a holiday on this day.

For Grade 10 – Mock Exam is scheduled as per the time table shared.

Regards,

Fountainhead School

Reminder – The Lakshya Program

Reminder – The Lakshya Program

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
  • Meeting academic grade requirements/achievements in the relevant area of talent/passion
  • Frequent planning meetings with students (no extra meetings than already planned as per grade but would have different agenda and would be more focused)
  • Parents will have to attend one on one meetings arranged as per the Counselor’s schedule. For the one on one meetings parents will be required to attend when asked to come as per the Counselor’s schedule. The agenda of these meetings will be different than regular meetings. It will be more focused/advanced but students need to meet prerequisites.
  • Reporting of tasks using spreadsheet, student blog, e-portfolios etc.
  • Attending all career related events including Life classes as it also helps students in different ways in their career-making decisions.
    • Parents/students will have to attend each and every career related events including life classes, especially the ones marked compulsory like MYP/DP Orientation, Mega Book Club Review etc. and must make the efforts to attend other events such as Career Fairs, Student Exhibitions, etc.
  • Yearly Sign-up / Renewal of the Program. The participating students will be evaluated at different levels for their involvement, if the above mentioned Lakshya specific tasks are not performed and if found that there is no or very little involvement or concentration from parents’ side then we may cancel the student’s registration.

 

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

Form Responses

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.

 

Regards,

Fountainhead School.

Compulsory Bearer Card- Procedure

Compulsory Bearer Card- Procedure

Dear Parent,

Kindly read this new and important guideline that you need to keep in mind on your visit to Fountainhead School, which will be in effect from 1st February, 2018.

  1. Any school parent / family member like grandparents / driver, etc. visiting the school for any purpose needs to carry the bearer card and present it at the main entry gate.
  2. To help parents ease into this system,  if any parent is not able to present a bearer card on their visit to school, they will be asked to wait until the security team verifies the identity as a Fountainhead Parent. This will be in place till March end.
  3. Post March, parents will not be allowed to enter school premises without a bearer card.
  4. This change has been put in place with the intention of having a safe premises for our students.

FAQ’s:

  1. Should I carry the bearer card at all times when I visit the school?

Ans: Yes, it will be compulsory to carry the bearer card and present it, at the main entry gate for all events including whole grade events like class performance, exhibition, etc.

  1. Won’t this create a traffic jam outside the school gate?

Ans: Parents should follow the guidelines mentioned below to make this process smooth and efficient:

  1. Have the bearer card ready to be presented with windows rolled down before reaching the school gate. Don’t stop at the school gate and start looking for the bearer card at that time.
  2. Don’t honk while waiting for the car in front of you to pass.
  3. Flash the card to the security personnel and present it for checking.
  4. Please cooperate with security staff. Rude and uncivil behaviour towards people who are trying to do their job is not appreciated.

Finally, plan to reach the school a little early for any event since some extra time will be spent in this new process. School events will start as scheduled so if you are late, then you will be at a loss.

We have provided a short video for the do’s and don’ts of this new process. Kindly click on the following link to understand this procedure. 

Link: Bearer Card Procedure

Regards,

Fountainhead School

Reminder for Raconteur

Reminder for Raconteur

Dear Raconteurs,

We take this opportunity to thank each one of you for flexing your muscles and writing for our magazine. We will try our best to fit-in all the literary pieces sent by you.

 

For all those who are still suffering from writer’s bloc, pick up your pens, pencils, devices, easels and start working. Now’s the time! You have few more days to get those creative juices flowing.

 

Resending the topics for your reference. Remember you can choose your own topic as well.

 

The topics are:

Topic Can be attempted by
Picture Story- a Short Story Along With a Poster/drawing Grade 1-2
Games We Play at Recess Grade 1-3
My Favorite Picture Book Grade 1-3
The Author I Love the Most Grade 1-3
Reduce-reuse-recycle Grade 1-3
My Favorite Color Grade 1-3
Unusual Fruits and Vegetables Grade 1-3
Buying Something With My Own Money Grade 2-12
What If Toys Could Talk? Grade 1-6
My Secret Treehouse Grade 1-6
Being Honest Pays Grade 4-12/ Parents
Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun- Albert Einstein Grade 4-12/ Parents
A Meaningful Gift I’ve Given or Received Grade 4-12/ Parents
Online Privacy Grade 5-12/ Parents
FS Through My Lens Grade 7-12
The Importance of Being a Humorist Grade 7-12/ Parents
The Best Age to Be Grade 7-12/ Parents
“All of the Biggest Technological Inventions Created by Man – the Airplane, the Automobile, the Computer – Says Little About His Intelligence, but Speaks Volumes About His Laziness.” – Mark Kennedy Grade 7-12/ Parents
The best way to predict your future is to create it- Abraham Lincoln Grade 7-12/ Parents
The Sound of Silence Grade 11-12 / Parents
The introverts power Grade 11-12/ Parents
Being a shopaholic Grade 11-12/ Parents
Managing Online Time at Home for Your Kids Parents
Teaching Kids to be responsible Parents
The Impact Of Technology On Child Development Parents

 

Points to ponder while writing/sending articles:

 

  • All entries to be submitted in Google doc format ONLY to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org.  Entries shared in any other format will be rejected. Word limit for articles – 300 words.
  • At least 60% of your write up should be original. If you have used any outside source, please be sure to add all the references in the footnote of the article.
  • We will not be publishing more than 2 articles/poems per student/parent.
  • Articles sent by parents should be first time articles. Do not share articles published earlier on personal blogs.
  • We request parents to send original work done by their child as we want to keep the essence of  thoughts that play in a child’s mind. Parents can check their child’s work, in terms of spellings and grammar but please retain the words used by your child.
  • In case of parent article mention full name, child’s name, grade and section at the end of the article.
  • Parent photos should be sent as a passport sized jpeg file. No selfies.
  • Posters should be in A4 size only. Kindly mention name, grade and section on the backside of the poster.
  • Entries to be emailed from the student id or parent id only. Entries sent from personal email id’s will not be accepted.
  • Scanned images/posters should be in a high resolution.
  • Any communication with the Raconteur team should be addressed to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org. Do not email the editors on their school email id.

 

Please note that we will try to publish as many articles as we can but due to space constraints we might not be able to publish all articles that are submitted.

Disclaimer: Selection of an article is at editor’s discretion.

 

The last date for submission is 15th January, 2018.

 

Looking forward to receiving your entries.

 

Raconteur Team.

Endeavor- First Chapter Quiz Competition

Endeavor- First Chapter Quiz Competition

Dear Parent & Student,

Endeavor is hosting the First Chapter of the city’s biggest quiz competition. It is open for students pursuing their 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade.
The grand event will be held at  Science Center Auditorium, Surat on Sunday, 17th December, 2017.
The quiz will be conducted by Mr. Kushan Patel, the founder of Ahmedabad Quiz Club and Vadodara Quiz Club (First quiz clubs of Gujarat). Mr. Kushan has been conducting quizzes at reputed colleges all over India – IIM-A, DAIICT, NIRMA, LNMIIT to name a few. As a quizzer he has won several laurels as well – West Zone Campion at Corporate Crucible – 2013, Brand Equity 2nd Runner Up – 2011, Hindu Brand Quest West Zone Winner – 2012.
The quiz will witness 2 rounds – Written Examination and the Finale where top 6 teams will fight for the title. A maximum of 8 teams can participate from each school, regardless of the year, in a pair. Please note that as the entries are limited; only first 16 registrations will be considered. The last date to fill the form is 15th Dec 2017.
The registration will be accepted only if the form is filled with parent email id.
In case of any doubt, please write to career.counselor@fountainheadschools.org.
Raconteur Calling!- 2nd Edition

Raconteur Calling!- 2nd Edition

Dear Raconteurs,

We thank each one of you for sharing your thoughts, feelings and ideas and making our school magazine a literary piece of art! A loud shout out to all who made it possible!

Our ideas keep changing, developing and modifying with each passing moment and we don’t want any of these to just drift by. So let’s get going! We want to ensure that parents and students get optimum time to write for their favorite magazine!

With that in mind, we have shortlisted a few topics to give you a starting point, but you are free to write on any topic of your choice. You can choose to compose a poem, write an article or create a poster. Parent articles are welcome in Hindi/Gujarati as well.

The topics are:

Topic Can be attempted by
Picture Story- a Short Story Along With a Poster/drawing Grade 1-2
Games We Play at Recess Grade 1-3
My Favorite Picture Book Grade 1-3
The Author I Love the Most Grade 1-3
Reduce-reuse-recycle Grade 1-3
My Favorite Color Grade 1-3
Unusual Fruits and Vegetables Grade 1-3
Buying Something With My Own Money Grade 2-12
What If Toys Could Talk? Grade 1-6
My Secret Treehouse Grade 1-6
Being Honest Pays Grade 4-12/ Parents
Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun- Albert Einstein Grade 4-12/ Parents
A Meaningful Gift I’ve Given or Received Grade 4-12/ Parents
Online Privacy Grade 5-12/ Parents
FS Through My Lens Grade 7-12
The Importance of Being a Humorist Grade 7-12/ Parents
The Best Age to Be Grade 7-12/ Parents
“All of the Biggest Technological Inventions Created by Man – the Airplane, the Automobile, the Computer – Says Little About His Intelligence, but Speaks Volumes About His Laziness.” – Mark Kennedy Grade 7-12/ Parents
The best way to predict your future is to create it- Abraham Lincoln Grade 7-12/ Parents
The sound of Silence Grade 11-12 / Parents
The introverts power Grade 11-12/ Parents
Being a shopaholic Grade 11-12/ Parents
Managing Online time at home for your kids Parents
Teaching Kids to be Responsible Parents
The Impact Of Technology On Child Development Parents

Points to ponder while writing/sending articles:

  • All entries to be submitted in Google doc format ONLY to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org.  Entries shared in any other format will be rejected. Word limit for articles – 300 words.
  • At least 60% of your write up should be original. If you have used any outside source, please be sure to add all the references in the footnote of the article.
  • We will not be publishing more than 2 articles/poems per student/parent.
  • Articles sent by parents should be first time articles. Do not share articles published earlier on personal blogs.
  • We request parents to send original work done by their child as we want to keep the essence of  thoughts that play in a child’s mind. Parents can check their child’s work, in terms of spellings and grammar but please retain the words used by your child.
  • In case of parent article mention full name, child’s name, grade and section at the end of the article.
  • Parent photos should be sent as a passport sized jpeg file. No selfies.
  • Posters should be in A4 size only. Kindly mention name, grade and section on the backside of the poster.
  • Entries to be emailed from the student id or parent id only. Entries sent from personal email id’s will not be accepted.
  • Scanned images/posters should be in a high resolution.
  • Any communication with the Raconteur team should be addressed to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org. Do not email the editors on their school email id.

Please note that we will try to publish as many articles as we can but due to space constraints we might not be able to publish all articles that are submitted.

Disclaimer: Selection of an article is at editor’s discretion.

The last date for submission is 15th January, 2018.

Looking forward to receiving your entries.

Raconteur Team.

Reminder for Raconteurs!

Reminder for Raconteurs!

Dear Raconteurs,

We take this opportunity to thank each one of you for flexing your muscles and writing for our magazine. We will try our best to fit-in all the literary pieces sent by you.

For all those with a writer’s bloc, pick up your pens, pencils, devices, easels and start working. Now’s the time! You have 7 more days to get those creative juices flowing.

Resending the topics for your reference. Remember you can choose your own topic as well.

Topic Can be attempted by
What if I had a nose like an elephant!? Grade 1-2
I have a story to tell/ Would you like to hear a story? Grade 1-2
The hardest thing I’ve ever done Grade 1-2
I’m happy when . . . Grade 1-2
An animal I know a lot about Grade 1-2
My favorite character from a book Grade 1-2
What if there were no languages!? Grade 2-3
Lightbulb moments Grade 2-12
Best lunchtime traditions Grade 2-12 / Parents
Throw kindness around like confetti Grade 4-6
Childhood foods you’ll never let go Grade 4-6
Making time for everything Grade 4-12
Indoors or outdoors: Where’s the fun? Grade 4-10
Unsung heroes: bhaiyas, didis, and admin Grade 4-10
What invention would you like to see in your lifetime? Grade 4-12
The best restaurants in town Grade 4-12/ Parents
Worst school-related nightmares Grade 7-10
From Functional to Fun – Cool Google tricks ? Grade 7-12
Too old for toys? Grade 7-12
Goods and Services Tax Grade 7-12/ Parents
2019 Cricket World Cup Grade 7-12/ Parents
Snooze or Study? A Constant Dilemma Grade 9-12
Best Exam Foods Grade 9-12
Curfews Grade 11-12 / Parents
Procrastination- A Necessary Evil Grade 11-12
The importance of English in today’s world Grade 11-12/ Parents
Naps: Being a kid again Parents
How parent involvement in school activities helps in a child’s learning Parents
Imposing restrictions- A Slippery Slope Parents
Cravings- Healthy or Faulty? Parents
  • Kindly mention your full name, your child’s name, grade and section at the end of the article.
  • In case of parent articles, attach a photo (passport sized). No selfies please.
  • Submit your articles  to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org. Pieces sent to any other mailing address will not be accepted.
  • Please note that we will try to publish as many articles as we can but due to space constraints we might not be able to publish all articles that are submitted.

 

Disclaimer: Selection of an article is at editor’s discretion.

The last date for submission is 10th August, 2017.

Looking forward to receiving your entries.

 

Regards,

Newsletter team.

Raconteur Calling!

Raconteur Calling!

Dear Raconteurs,

We thank each one of you for sharing your thoughts, feelings and ideas and making our school magazine a literary piece of art! A loud shout out to all who made it possible!

Our ideas keep changing, developing and modifying with each passing moment and we don’t want any of these to just drift by.

So let’s get going! We want to ensure that parents and students get optimum time to write for their favorite magazine!

With that in mind, we have shortlisted a few topics to give you a starting point, but you are free to write on any topic of your choice. You can choose to compose a poem, write an article or create a poster. Parent articles are welcome in Hindi/Gujarati as well.

Please submit original entries only (only soft copies will be accepted), at least 60% of your write up should be original work. If you have used any outside source, please be sure to add all the references in the footnote of the article. Word limit for articles – 300 words.

We request parents to send original work done by their child as we want to keep the essence of  thoughts that play in a child’s mind. Parents can check their child’s work, in terms of spellings and grammar but please retain the words used by your child.

 

The topics are:

Topic Can be attempted by
What if I had a nose like an elephant!? Grade 1-2
I have a story to tell/ Would you like to hear a story? Grade 1-2
The hardest thing I’ve ever done Grade 1-2
I’m happy when . . . Grade 1-2
An animal I know a lot about Grade 1-2
My favorite character from a book Grade 1-2
What if there were no languages!? Grade 2-3
Lightbulb moments Grade 2-12
Best lunchtime traditions Grade 2-12 / Parents
Throw kindness around like confetti Grade 4-6
Childhood foods you’ll never let go Grade 4-6
Making time for everything Grade 4-12
Indoors or outdoors: Where’s the fun? Grade 4-10
Unsung heroes: bhaiyas, didis, and admin Grade 4-10
What invention would you like to see in your lifetime? Grade 4-12
The best restaurants in town Grade 4-12/ Parents
Worst school-related nightmares Grade 7-10
From Functional to Fun – Cool Google tricks ? Grade 7-12
Too old for toys? Grade 7-12
Goods and Services Tax Grade 7-12/ Parents
2019 Cricket World Cup Grade 7-12/ Parents
Snooze or Study? A Constant Dilemma Grade 9-12
Best Exam Foods Grade 9-12
Curfews Grade11-12 / Parents
Procrastination- A Necessary Evil Grade11-12
The importance of English in today’s world Grade11-12/ Parents
Naps: Being a kid again Parents
How parent involvement in school activities helps in a child’s learning Parents
Imposing restrictions- A Slippery Slope Parents
Cravings- Healthy or Faulty? Parents

Kindly mention your full name, your child’s name, grade and section at the end of the article.

In case, of parent articles, attach a photo (passport sized). No selfies please.

Submit your articles  to newsletter@fountainheadschools.org.

Please note that we will try to publish as many articles as we can but due to space constraints we might not be able to publish all articles that are submitted.

Disclaimer: Selection of an article is at editor’s discretion.

The last date for submission is 10th August, 2017.

Looking forward to receiving your entries.