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Leaders at all stages in an educational institution require opportunities to learn and grow to develop themselves as more sophisticated agents of educational change. A workshop titled ‘Evolving Vision’ was conducted by Director - Education and Principal, Dr. Revathi Srinivasan for the teachers who are in leading roles. This was for all the Singhania schools.
The objective of this workshop was to further enhance their leadership skills. It encouraged them to reflect and improve on their performance by providing opportunities to learn new skills and strategies. One of the most pressing challenges faced in an educational environment is managing human resources efficiently and also providing creative solutions for student related concerns.
With the help of various tactics and activities the participants were made aware of new effectual techniques for increasing organizational effectiveness. Incorporating these methods would lead towards the final goal of fostering positive school culture and improving the overall development of students. Ultimately the workshop was successful in instilling the idea that a good team leader must adopt a holistic approach where they guide their team members while valuing and nurturing their individual strengths.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Alpa Dalal, Head of Pulmonary Medicine at Jupiter Hospital, Thane introduced Blissful Breathing Process - a navel and heart level breathing technique to invite health and happiness through simple yet structured breathing exercises. Accompanied with Sound Therapy with a singing bowl, the effect was manifold. The teachers and office staff of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School attended this session which was based on correct breathing techniques to energise the 'prana' - lifeforce of the human body.
The session highlighted the holistic benefits of daily Yoga & Physical Exercises and Pranayam and Meditation whilst involving the four pillars of an individual's existence - diet, physical strength, mental health and lifestyle.
It was a self-experiencing session which brought great excitement and at the same time simplicity and calmness as the effect of safe and simple breathing lessons.
It was an enriching session and it left a content smile on every face promising to make this a habit.
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A workshop on Understanding Adolescents was conducted for the senior section faculty of Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School by Dr. Manjiri, Chief Therapist and Founder and Dr. Kavita, HOD Occupational Therapy at Shaping Therapies, an in-house state-of-the-art therapy centre.
The session focussed on parents and teachers dealing with adolescents and the ways to handle their problematic behaviour. It envisaged the use of Occupational Therapy as a means to help adolescents deal with their emotional and behavioural issues effectively. Engaging adolescents in smaller responsible tasks at home or school would not only help them overcome indolence but also develop their self-esteem. A flexible understanding of adolescent behaviour and adult guidance can help adolescents to explore newer opportunities and take responsibilities for their actions.
The discussion stressed on the need for adolescents to take up some form of physical activities as a means to release dopamine that would keep them fit, mentally and physically. Adolescents facing sensory issues or reduced attention span can be taught lessons that are interactive and activity-based within classrooms.
Mental issues in adolescents such as mood swings, depression and self-diagnosed problems can be resolved with responsible parenting or seeking help from experts. Keeping abreast with latest developments as well as a sound understanding of technology will help parents and teachers to understand and communicate with adolescents effectively.
On the whole this insightful and engaging session pre-empted teachers to take note, intervene and provide timely guidance to adolescent learners thereby making their classrooms interactive, vibrant and positive.
A workshop was conducted by Singhania Education Services Limited (SESL) for all the ICT teachers of Singhania Schools on ICT 360 degree platform which is used in schools. The team highlighted this unique & innovative platform which provides computer subject tutorials in the form of presentations and videos. ICT 360 degree platform also gives projects to be done by students and assessments for them. It can also be customised according to the syllabus of the school.
The workshop was a perfect blend of technology and the growing need of adapting to newer modes of teaching and learning. The teachers were extremely intrigued by the ICT 360 degree platform.
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The teachers from KG to Class 8 from all Singhania Schools attended an informative and interactive session on Understanding Children by Dr. Manjiri, Chief Therapist and Founder and Dr. Kavita, HOD Occupational Therapy at Shaping Therapies. They delved on topics ranging from changing attitudes of parents today and thus changes in the outlook towards parents, early diagnosis of learning difficulties which involves understanding the history of the child, classroom strategies for children with difficulties and the responsibility of all stake holders in the process.
The speakers clearly elucidated the ways in which terms such as depression, pressure and panic attacks are loosely used around us which is the first cause of worry. Times are a changing and thus we need to be more aware of the changing scenarios around us.
To conclude 'It takes a village to raise a child’; seek help if needed.
A workshop on pedagogy was conducted for the teachers of Singhania Schools on 17th April 2023 facilitated by Raymond Fernandes, Chief Academic Officer at Singhania Education Services Limited. The session was highly interactive and engaging, with Mr. Fernandes beginning the session with activities that encouraged teachers to think about their teaching methodologies.
The program had several brainstorming sessions where teachers were encouraged to reflect on their teaching practices and identify areas where they can improve. One of the key takeaways from the program was the importance of thinking out of the box and stepping out of one's comfort zone. The session emphasized that in education, there is no competition, and it is essential to focus on providing the best learning experiences to students.
The program also highlighted the role of technology in education, with the idea that technology is information, but a teacher's experience is invaluable. Overall, the training program was a great success, providing valuable insights to the teachers that they can use in their classrooms to enhance the learning experiences of their students.
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Teachers of KG to Standard 5 from Smt. Sulocahadevi Singhania School and Smt. Sunitidevi Singhania School had the opportunity to attend an insightful workshop conducted by our Vice Principal- Gladys Cabral. This session on "Developing curriculum and classroom management" covered a diverse range of topics. Besides sharing the importance of curriculum and teachings based on age level, this session also covered components of lesson plan, teacher’s role in classroom management, organizing classroom space and creative ways to impart education to our young minds in a fun and effective manner.
This session concluded with interactive games and it was a great learning experience which was not only informative but also productive for all Sulonian teachers.
Raymond Fernandes, Chief Academic Officer at Singhania Education Services Limited presented a workshop on a very important part of any academic setup - Assessments. He is an experienced academic with a demonstrated history of working in the Education sector and his forte is Pedagogy, Strategic Planning, Educational Technology, Curriculum Development, and Team Building.
The session was for teachers from class 6 to class12. The session was very informative and interactive. The outcome was based on a collaborative effort of a heterogeneous group. It was a conglomeration of divergent ideas. The main takeaway was DOK-Depth of Knowledge and value of Feedback. Raymond also emphasized on the different forms of “Assessments”. He interestingly classified assessments into assessments as learning / assessments of learning / assessments for learning with achievements as the main focus. His valuable inputs on the value of correct feedback were very insightful.
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Binaifer Chhoga , Executive Member of National Core Committee of APER (Association for Primary Education and Research), retd. ex- Principal, Udayachal Pre-Primary, and Primary Schools conducted a workshop on Project Method of Teaching for teachers of Std 3 to std 5.
She emphasised on the all-round development of students in Sport, Art and Music. She also stressed on integrating subjects, making children active thinkers rather than just being passive listeners. She highlighted to include competencies in each subject .She enlighten the teachers on inculcating values in students so that they become responsible citizens. Teachers were given directives about the effective use of incidental learning. She not only suggested and displayed a lot of games, but played them too. At the end of the session all the groups were given different topics, on which they were supposed to prepare different games and showcase them.
It was an activity based and interactive session on how to incorporate project method in day to day classroom teaching. The teachers got an insight on learning by doing in a play way method with a number engrossing games.
'The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery ' - this was the idea championed by our speaker Dr. Brijesh Karia, COO of Singhania Education Services Ltd. The interactive session began by dwelling into the importance of resilience and reinvention of our classrooms to be in line with the NEP 2020. He discussed with teachers the restructuring of the present 10+2 system into a more student friendly 5+3+3+4 education structure.
He also enlightened the teachers with changes in the curriculum, the pedagogy, evaluation and most importantly the technological changes. He vividly discussed the pros and cons of the Chat GPT and its role in education. The lecture was interspersed with motivational videos and activities which will be helpful for the teachers to make their class more interesting and interactive.
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A workshop on National Curriculum Framework was conducted for the teachers from the Foundational stage, facilitated by Dr. Reeta Sonawat, the Director at Ampersand Group and Executive Director at Early Childhood Association (ECA). The workshop was aimed at enhancing the understanding of teachers of the National Curriculum Framework for Foundation Stage so that it can be implemented in day-to-day teaching.
This interactive session centered on strategies for maintaining students' interest in class activities such that they are "in flow." Teachers were given a variety of concrete strategies to make sure that all learners fully achieve their learning goals and also in ensuring that the overall standard of academic performance drastically increased!
On 5th June 2018, the School HR conducted an Induction program for the newly joined teachers. The session aimed at guiding them through the School Standard operating procedures and to hand-hold them such that they adapt easily to the School Culture. Most importantly it was a day to know each other better. We wish our teachers all the very best!
On the 7th of June, the School HR conducted another episode of 'Know the Teacher' Session for the Sulonian staff. It was a fun-filled Question-Answer round for the newly joined teachers. Their enthusiasm was fun to watch and it was a great opportunity for the senior teachers also, to get introduced to the new joiners.
The Know the Teacher module was followed by the SOP Session. In this session, teachers were given a walk-through of the School Standard operating procedures. The Sulonian staff was happy to get a refresher on the School's standard operating procedures.
Leena Kadam, Health Care Nurse from Jupiter Hospital, Thane has been deputed to handle the medical facility of our school.
Recently, she has received an appreciation certificate from Jupiter Hospitals for working with sincerity, honesty and dedication. Her exemplary execution of duties has been noticed not just by our school management and teachers but also by the parents of our students.
We are proud of Sister Leena (as our students fondly address her) and on behalf of all teachers, staff members and parents we thank her for her hard work, dedication and prompt response during any medical needs at the school as well as during various events of the school. Her proactiveness is her strength and her contribution is an asset to our school.
Congratulations Leena Kadam !
KIPS Interactive Computer Workshop based on CYBER THREATS + LATEST COMPUTER CURRICULUM + SESSION ON HOW TO BECOME AN INSPIRING TEACHER was organized on Dec 6, 2018. Mrs. Prachi Naik of ICT department was awarded for her active participation in the session and quiz. 150 teachers attended the workshop from around 90 schools.
Mrs.Wilma Lobo for 7th International Math Olympiad, Mrs. Scarlet Sequeira for 4th International English Olympiad, Mrs. Vaishali Patil for 13th National Cyber Olympiad, Mrs. Sreejaya Nair for 16th National Science Olympiad
Principal Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan has also been bestowed with the Best Principal Award in the International Category for the 6th time in a row.
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The last working day of the academic year for teachers is a significant day that marks the end of the school year and the start of the summer break. The last working day of the academic year is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the year and look forward to the summer break. To celebrate this day the Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School organized a cultural and musical program that gave an opportunity to all the staff members, teaching and non-teaching to showcase their talents. Our talented staff rehearsed for just a week to present an enthralling performance.
The event was attended by each and every member of the school staff. Dr. Revathi Srinivasan, Director Education and Principal enjoyed and appreciated each of the performances. Vice Principal, Gladys Cabral also shook a leg to the tunes being sung by our highly entertaining musical performances. All the Heads, Coordinators, Teachers, Senior Staff and Office staff not only participated whole heartedly in the program but also cheered for their colleagues. The theme for the musical program was ‘retro’ and true to its spirit all dressed up in retro attire and sang songs, danced, even engaged in fun banter and reveled in the uniqueness of the program.
It was a showcase of talent, camaraderie and the rich culture of our country. What a perfect way to draw the curtains on the last working day of the academic year 2022-23!
"Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire and push each other towards excellence."
After a hiatus of 2 years, the staff of Singhania Schools enjoyed an offsite full of fun and frolic to Monterio Village, Karjat. Apart from relaxation and enjoyment the picnic also aimed at building up team spirit among the members of the staff. The journey to the resort was an enjoyable one, both due to the exquisite scenery on the way to Karjat and the singing in the bus.
After the delicious breakfast, the staff explored the place and bonded over various activities like the Gaint Swing, pottery, bamboo basket weaving, farming, carpentry and many more. The village feel of the resort was appreciated by all whilst exploring the blacksmith and goldsmith stalls. Everyone felt nostalgic while exploring childhood games like marbles, lagori etc. Most staff members dipped in the pool and shook a leg loving the rain dance. The rest of the staff relaxed by the pool and spend time walking the plush lawn of the resort and clicking countless pictures and selfies.
Post a scrumptious lunch, the entire group participated in games & quiz on Bollywood music. Everyone participated in the games with enthusiasm and also indulged in some friendly banter and cheered everyone. Though the picnic was done in a day, the memories will linger for a long time.
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Team work is an important element for the growth of an institution. To enhance this solidarity amongst the staff, the Principal of Singhania School . Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan decided to have a staff recreational programme on 5th September for the staff members of Singhania. Team building activities like brainstorming on the given clues, puzzle solving, treasure hunting helped in developing team spirit and healthy competition amongst the different teams. This staff developmental programme helped all the staff members to shed their inhibitions and connect with each other through various such activities. The day ended with Principal Madam praising and cheering everyone for their high-spirited energy and active participation. There could not have been a better way to celebrate Teacher’s day.
The IB student exchange with the Citadel College Lent, Netherlands that was attended by me made me introspect and become aware of various attributes of a teacher for the 21st Century learners which many of us may need to reflect upon while handling young adults. The calmness and dignity with which the teachers dealt with the Dutch teenagers made me realise the fact that we can discipline young adults without imposing it on them. The Principal of Citadel, from his activity of pancakes making, brought out the fact that we can be passionate with our hobbies even after a packed day and emphasised the fact that we can instill involvent of the class by creative thinking and hands on experience. This experience of the Student exchange has made me and my students become open minded and accept other culture while maintaining our values . This trip has made me tolerant to to others. I have been able to accept people. I also learnt that time management is a virtue that i must imbibe in my students. In conclusion i have learnt that challenges of teachers all over the world remains the same
I wish to thank the School Management and the Director - Education and Principal Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan for giving me this wonderful learning opportunity. Also wish to thank all the entire team of teachers who made this a memorable visit for the whole group .
It was indeed a moment of joy , when I was chosen to be a part of the international Student exchange programme to Cambreur College, the Netherlands. Preparations for the visit went on full swing and on April 7th 2017, we took off to Amsterdam.
We were welcomed by the International team if Cambreur College and the hosts amidst much fanfare and tulips.
The programme had both a formal and an informal aspect to it. The students had an equal exercising of their brain power and their muscle power through their various discussions and their time by playing Korfball, a traditional Dutch game and Kho-Kho, an Indian tag game.
The Dutch came across as being punctual and very organised who also were friendly and enviro-conscious. Warm hearted and loving, guests are treated with utmost care. We also had the opportunity to visit a primary school in Dongen and understood that being organised and independent is taught to them at a very early age. Dutch people have a work culture wherein they respect each and every profession.
It was indeed a wonderful opportunity given by the School and am extremely grateful for this chance to learn more.
This programme has given an insight into the customs and practices of the people of Netherlands and also an opportunity to understand the similarities and differences in the cultures of the two countries, India and the Netherlands. I have understood the importance of accepting and respecting others and their opinions.
This programme has definitely helped me to have adefinitive approach towards teaching-learning processes,importance of time management, acknowledging others around us while adapting to their practices and culture.
Lessons learnt from experiences lessons for lifetime. My heartfelt thanks to our dear Principal Madam Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan for giving me an opportunity to be a part of the school international programme. It was a wonderful learning experience to be a part of the school international exchange programme. Our school Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania provides ample of opportunities for students as well as teachers to learn and grow through such exchange programmes
I was very lucky to be a part of two such student exchange programme - MidCalder Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland and Cambreur College Netherlands in 2013 and 2015 respectively. The first exchange programme with Mid Calder Primary is very special to me because this was the first time that students of grade four and five (age 9 and 10) were having an exchange programme. It was a beautiful journey of learning - from compiling of papers for visa, training children for cultural programmes and presentations.
The second exchange programme was Cambreur College, Netherlandswith a group of ISC students. Both the exchange programmes have helped me to hone my skills and also develop new skills which have equipped me and helped me to grow as a better teacher. These exchange programmes give us an insight into the different cultures around the world enabling us to assimilate, adapt and understand each other better.
It was an honour to be invited by the ICSE council to be a part of the curriculum development meeting that was held in New Delhi on 22nd and 23rd April 2016. The Council is keen on aligning the curriculum from pre-primary to Grade 8 in a uniform manner across schools in the country keeping in mind the learners’ needs today and the global scenario.
I, alongwith Mrs. Nandita Sinkar were part of the science curriculum group. It was an insightful experience meeting teachers from other parts of the country and discussing ideas and differences in our teaching. We shared the council’s need to bring more of homogeneity in the topics covered in the subject at each grade.
This experience greatly helped me in professional growth as a teacher. It strengthened my research skill and allowed me to look at the curriculum in an objective manner. I also learned that the skills needed in today’s worldare much different from what was expected years ago. We were made aware of many important aspectsto be looked at while designing the curriculum frame work. Hence it was a great learning event.
I would like to thank principal Madam for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of this curriculum planning group and trusting my capabilities. I, together with the others in the group hope and believe that this collaborated endeavour will truly benefit the learners and teachers of all ICSE schools in the country.
The day I received a letter from Principal Madam stating about my visit to Scotland (Midcalder School) asa part of international exchange programme, I was on the ninth cloud. It took some time for me to digest the news and understand the immense responsibility on my shoulders. As a part of this programme, I was going to represent my school and my country in a totally different environment.
After the initial preparations, Principal Madam guided us with the different activities we had to conduct in the partner school.
My stay in Scotland was for 8 days and I had the opportunity of learning new things. We did activities like .... Coffee painting, yoga sessions, teaching Sanskrit shlokas to the students of the partner school.
This trip gave me an opportunity to learn so many new things. It also developed my self confidence as an individual. The visit not only helped me grow professionally but also personally. Those eight days of my life will be cherished by me throughout my life.
I would like to sincerely THANK Principal Madam and the school management for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
This was the best and a once-in -a lifetime opportunity to enhance our teaching career in an exciting and adventurous way.
It helped us to expand our professional skill in a different way.
Learning different style and new methods of teaching, helped us to bring a global dimension into our class.
A truly wonderful and exciting program where both teacher and student could exchange their ideas, views and thoughts. We experienced a different culture and learnt mutual respect. Such programmes always help to understand things in a larger frame.
My sincere thanks to school and school management for introducing such programs.
It was truly an awesome experience. It has helped my teaching and professional growth.
I sincerely thank our Principal Madam Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan, for choosing me for the NASA Trip at Kennedy Space Centre which was from 6th May to 18th May 2015. It was my first International Educational trip with the school & a great learning experience too.
We could discover the science of space travel with an exciting visit to Kennedy Space Center. At KSC Visitor Complex we could explore the Early Space Exploration exhibit featuring stories and artifacts from the first manned US spaced flights. We crawled into an original space capsule for the ultimate astronaut experience. We enjoyed an unforgettable lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut where we could get his autograph & ask him burning space questions. Next we headed to the IMAX theatre for watching a 3D movie-“JOURNEY TO SPACE & FIRST MOON LANDING”
This really added on to our knowledge in Maths, Physics, Astrophysics & Geography. Thus the visit to space centre was an amalgamation of technology & nature.
This trip also helped us in our professional growth-as we observed the NASA scientist & the leaders very dedicated towards their work, they showed absolute professionalism in their job & excellent Teamwork.
They acknowledging the smallest work done for NASA & also were very much time-bound towards their work schedule. They were very flexible to work in all sections of NASA, they had an effective way of communication skills at all levels to convey informations & build relations, they always kept them updated for professional development which was very crucial for success of NASA mission.
If everyone imbibes these qualities in oneself it will definitely lead to a professional growth of an individual as well as Institutional growth. This NASA trip has given us lifetime memories, thrilling experiences, which we will always cherish.
ICSE has a set curriculum for classes IX and X, but there is no standard curriculum for classes VIII downwards. Hence this year council has decided to design curriculum for classes Pre KG to VIII which will be followed by all ICSE schools across the country. This will bring uniformity in the curriculum in all ICSE schools.
For this purpose council approached few reputed schools all over India and called for subject expertise. I sincerely thank Principal madam Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan for suggesting my name for the same. It was a golden opportunity to work as a team member for curriculum designing for the council. I was selected as a Subject expertise for Science. It was a proud moment representing our school at the workshop and brain storming session organized by the council at New Delhi.
In our school we have been designing and planning our own curriculum for past ten years. This experience helped me a lot to contribute at the workshop. The knowledge and experience gained by me while working as a Science Faculty Coordinator for about four years gave me confidence to share my views at the workshop. It would not have been possible without the valuable guidance and constant motivation provided by Principal Madam and by Section Head Mrs. Sangeeta Londhe.
The work is still in progress. I hope that the sincere efforts taken by our team benefit the students across the country.
Travelling through world is something I have dreamed about doing ever since I was a child. But my dream became a reality when Revathi Ma’am offered me a chance to visit Scotland. Scotland is a beautiful country with a picturesque landscape, having its historical background and most importantly the native people who value and safeguard their old tradition and culture.
I felt very honoured and blessed for having been given the opportunity by Revathi Ma’am to visit Mid Calder School at Edinburg in Scotland, which was a part of our international exchange programme. During my 8 day stay at Edinburg, I visited Carmondean Primary school and Wood Muir School, interacted with the Principals and teachers to know their pedagogy, assessment patterns and strategies used in the classrooms.
It was a totally new venture to represent my school and my country in a totally different environment. This journey to Scotland was a transformational journey of the self. During the process, there was a complete change in my persona. I developed self-confidence, self-esteem and most importantly learnt to be self-supporting.
I sincerely thank Revathi Ma’am for the wonderful opportunity. This tour has not only helped me to grow professionally but also personally.
I attended the Category-I IBDP workshop for Mathematics (Higher level and Standard level)
The workshop was a high quality professional development programme that encouraged critical thinking, self reflection and dedication to life long learning and continuous improvement.
I enjoyed the methodology of teaching where students will be able to independently use their learning to express appropriate mathematical reasoning by constructing viable arguments, critiquing the reasoning of others, and attending to precision when making mathematical statements.
During the course of the workshop I got to collaborate with other participants and the facilitator and share views and experience of the new trends, techniques and strategies which will help me in my classroom transactions. I have gained a lot of insights for developing students into international citizens.
I would like to use the dynamic cycle of inquiry, action and reflection in my classrooms and in my life as well.
The introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme received a mixed response. It surely meant a new challenge and called for new ways of thinking. On the other hand, it was promising - an opportunity to explore diverse areas of knowledge and the thrill is akin to that of a mountaineer trying to scale new heights.
The training workshop was at Oberoi international School, Goregaon. The first day of Category 1 training introduced us to the enormous task at hand; we were acquainted with the different aspects of the course we were to teach; now ‘teach’ would not be the appropriate word, we had to be mere facilitators, or even better, meddlers-in –the-middle. The concept of academic honesty was intriguing and TOK (Theory of Knowledge), a core component of The IBDP Course was like a haze, a vague idea. Light was thrown on the curriculum, the teaching-learning process and assessment procedures.
With changing times, professional upgradation is the only way to cope with the changing processes of teaching and learning. The exposure to the new practices with a considerable emphasis on technological involvement helped to reconsider and reorganize our existing teaching methodologies and improve upon them.
Under the aegis of Director-Principal Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan and with the immense support of the IBDP Co-coordinator Mrs.Deepti Vimal, we took small steps at a time-visiting the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre), browsing it for course details and procedures to be followed, reading the subject guide, preparing the subject outline and identifying the resources required. The consultant visit proved to be quite fruitful as we were briefed about how to prepare ourselves for the final authorization visit. It was like a formative assessment and we were also appraised on the work we had done till then. All suggestions given by the consultant were implemented. Yet another workshop followed where we received some exposure on how to work on Unit plans.
The process of training also included a substantial amount of homework. Each of us had to prepare a few presentations which we shared with our colleagues, take down minutes of the meetings and upload them, draft policies after exhaustive sessions of discussions and prepare plans. At the threshold of the commencement of the first academic session of the IBDP Course in Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane, it is just the beginning of a long and exciting journey.