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We, at the communication subcommittee, hope to bring both the school and the parents closer to each other via communicating relevant information effectively.

We hope the articles and the events published in the newsletter not only informs the community but also encourages people to come forward and take an active part to build an unique inclusive learning environment.

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, school activities, and/or provide us feedback, please do write to us at sunshineschoolpta@gmail.com

Be Proactive - Build Competency

Sunshine Worldwide School believes in competency and not competition. To read and understand more on the school philosophy in Deepak Khaitan's own words, click here.

When students became teachers...

In our over populated & under educated country, educating the underprivileged has always been a challenge. To top it up, just one out of nine children finishing school joins a college. India has one of the lowest higher education enrollment ratio of 11 per cent. In the US it is 83 per cent. (source)

While we all are generally aware of such things, much less is done proactively in addressing or eliminating the problem. A few parents who were auditing the services in school (more about that in next issue) came across the smiling and compassionate duo Rhea (Std X, Blue) and Priya (Std X, Red) who were making a genuine effort to teach Ajitha and Renuka didi in school cafeteria.

Congratulations to the parents & teachers of Rhea and Priya. If we had more proactive participants like them, across schools in Goa, we could steadily increase Goa's literacy rate, which seems stuck since the past 10 plus years.

Tell us what you think of Rhea and Priya.

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

The essence of the event is beautifully captured by Puja Roy in a well-worded article by Goa Streets here. Awesome pictures of the children and event by Ananda Krishna.

Excerpt from the article:

On July 19, Friday, Goa’s much-loved multiplex, INOX, was transformed into a sea of red, yellow and blue with hundreds of school children gathered there for an unusual outing. These students, from Classes II – X, and belonging to Old Goa’s Sunshine Worldwide School, were waiting for a special session to begin: the screening of recently-released biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’

Raineera Baretto, a member of the school’s Students Council, said this was the first time she was witnessing an event of this nature and was ‘looking forward’ to learning more about the legendary Milkha Singh. “I think this is a movie we’re going to learn from.” Her classmate Kimberly Rodrigues added, “Our school’s philosophy is learning with fun and that’s what we’re going to be doing today.”

Deepak Khaitan said, "Apart from learning about Milkha Singh’s successes as an athlete, it was important that the students took home another very important message from the film – that one’s biggest competitor was oneself; and that success requires discipline, perseverance and focussing on a goal."

Principal Anil Kashyap said, “There’s a stereotype that films are only entertainment, but they can also be educational. We hope other schools take a cue from us and start something like this.”

66th Independence Day Celebrations

Thursday, Aug. 15th 2013 at 8:30am

Sunshine World School, Tiswadi Taluka, Goa, India


RSVP/register for the event online.

Sunshine School is celebrating India's 66th Independence Day and invites all the students, parents, friends & family to participate in various events planned for the occasion.

We begin with Flag Hoisting, singing the National Anthem and to then proceed with fancy dress, friendly football and tennis matches between parents, children and teachers. There is also a Slogan and Poetry writing event along with Design-a-Poster campaign on the Independence Day theme. Material will be provided by the school, we suggest you come up with patriotic ideas and make it a fun and fulfilling event.

You can read the School Circular here. Request the Food Coupons while providing Snacks preferences & RSVP/register for the event online.

This is going to hurt just a little bit - Ogden Nash

The following stanza from a lovely poem by Ogden Nash reminded all of us, as children, about how painful can hearing the words 'This is going to hurt just a little bit' on a dentists' chair be.

"One thing I like less than most things is sitting in a dentist chair with my mouth wide open.

And that I will never have to do it again is a hope that I am against hope hopen.

Because some tortures are physical and some are mental,

But the one that is both is dental."

Well, the 4th standard students, who are learning about teeth in their curriculum, had the privilege of Dr. James Samuel (Joseph Samuel's Dad) & Dr. Lambor explaining them the preventive measures for their pearly-whites via a presentation. We would like to request Dr. Samuel to provide us with the presentation so that the same can be circulated to all the parents too via this newsletter.

And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious circle that thou ever sentest,

That Man has to go continually to the dentist to keep his teeth in good condition

when the chief reason he wants his teeth in good condition

is so that he won’t have to go to the dentist.

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The Popcorn Story

While the children were excitedly discussing the movie plan with their classmates a night prior to the screening, Christopher D'Souza along with the PTA helped raise more than Rs. 30,000 in less than 24 hours.

Rs. 7,200 was used for purchasing tickets for the teachers and bus drivers who also enjoyed the movie while making sure the students are brought safely from home to the theatre, children (especially below 9 yrs) taken care of during the movie and then transported back to school.

The remaining Rs. 23,000 was used for a pop-corn treat. More than 270 pop-corns were purchased and shared by students, teachers and drivers.

Three cheers for the Popcorn team: Kevin and Myra Rasquinha, Christopher and Beverly D'Souza, Akshada Khaunte, Domingos, Steve Gutkin, Deepak Khaitan, Mahesh Pai, Lavenya, Kavita, Shalini, Cristabel, Karen, Kalaivani Mattern, Sheetal Paikane, Katrina, Tanishq, Carol, Anne Morin and Swapnali (first parent to reply).

Representing all the parents, Christopher said to our children, "Children your parents and life have provided you with abundance, take advantage of it and make something happen out of it."

Last but not the least; the kids were happy and appreciated the excitement, it was very nice to see the student council take charge and do its best, parents Beverly, Kapil, Anne, Steven, Mahesh and Sheetal were on hand to help and the trio Beverly, Kapil, Anne scheduled and stayed on for the entire show and helped throughout.

Landfill Harmonic (Recycled) Orchestra

"People realize that we shouldn't throw away thrash carelessly.

Well, we shouldn't throw away people either..."

If there is one video you should watch this week, let it be this. Do share what you feel about the video. Drop us an email at sunshineschoolpta@gmail.com

Next Newsletter

In the next Newsletter,

  • We will introduce you to the PTA team, mission & what they are upto these days.
  • How will the School ERP help the Administration, Parents, Teachers and Students.
  • The Reading Habit: Reading Books is positively addictive.
  • Share the moments and pictures of the Independence Day Event.
  • More interesting videos & articles...