NEWSLETTER - JULY 2022
MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL
FROM PRINCIPAL'S DESK
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome the students back to school after the summer holidays. Seeing their shining faces getting ready to be on toes with enthusiasm and energy is a heartening sight. The Middle school and Secondary school teachers also returned a week prior and underwent a detailed professional development session to welcome the learners into this exciting phase of the academic year.
The senior school learners sharpened their study skills with the support of their teachers before taking their cumulative assessments, a transcript of which help them get their university application process in order. While the seniors were busy with their assessments, the middle school learners honed their spelling skills through the Inter-House SpellBee competition. Moreover, after a gap of two years and Covid restrictions, the school finally commenced the mess facility for Bodhians giving nutritious breakfast and lunch, and bringing smiles back to their faces.
Bodhi is now gearing up for the first major Inter-School event of this academic year, ‘Bodhi Literature Fest 2022’, where students from schools across Jodhpur will come together for some interesting challenges in English, Hindi, and French. We have also constituted the ‘Gem of Bodhi’ award to a class positively contributing to the school milieu.
Students need to know that what they do today will determine and affect their future. Each one of them is talented in his/her own way with unique potential. Hence, it is our duty to look after their health, security, and confidence so that they believe in themselves, dream high, and chase their dreams.
Looking forward to sharing more about the wonderful experiences our learners have at Bodhi.
Art & Design
The human eye can perceive millions of different colors, but the number of categories human languages use to group those colors is much smaller. Some languages use as few as three color categories (words corresponding to black, white, and red), while the languages of industrialized cultures use up to 10 or 12 categories.
Color and color theory form the foundation of art as well as design. Children are often tuned in to the aesthetic nature of things at an early age and can appreciate the nuances of color, as well as the way colors are blended, tinted and shaded. Color theory can be a pretty advanced concept used by artists and graphic designers. Still, it can also be broken down into simple terms that even the youngest child can easily understand.
Keeping this thought in mind, the art department introduced the color theory to learners of primary, middle and senior wings during the month of June. Students were actively engaged in creating their own depiction of the traditional color wheel. They were parallelly involved in preparing decorations for the upcoming Literary Fest in the month of July. A ew visual highlights are presented below.
Why is Economics important?
Economics is the subject that helps students to think strategically and make decisions rationally. It affects our daily lives in both obvious and subtle ways. Economics frames many choices about work, leisure, consumption, and how much to spend & save. The department planned to introduce gamification to make the teaching and learning process more interesting and meaningful. Gamification increases retention power and students become more focused during a classroom session. The department decided to promote the following active learning strategies as a part of regular teaching:
Students need to learn some economic vocabulary, analyse diagrams and much more which is fundamental to this subject. Flashcard Widget tool makes learning easy and more creative. Peer to Peer learning becomes fun with Flash card.
In this widget, students can learn at their own pace and learn to remember terms and definitions of every topic that is taught. When students are done studying, they can go into practice mode. Here, they can race against the clock by solving as many flashcards in as little time as possible.
2. Crossword /Word search Widget
This is another fun way for students to practice what they’ve learned. In this widget, students have to solve the crossword by finding the right answer corresponding to the given description.
3. Case Study
Case studies play an important role in IGCSE Examination and help learners to develop an understanding of economic concepts and improve analytical and presentation skills. These case studies are part of the regular curriculum that promotes the in-depth study of concepts, presentation, debating, and research skills. A case study helps in bringing the understanding of a complex issue or object. It can extend experience or add strength to the existing knowledge through previous research. Case studies are powerful tools that help students to analyse context and correlate economics concepts they have learnt in class. These case studies connect students with real-world situations.
IH SpellBee Competition (Grades 6 to 8)
“Words cast spells. That’s why it’s called SPELLING.”
Learning a language is the foremost step in the academic life of a child and it requires the competency of vocabulary to excel at reading and writing.
In line with this objective, the English Department organized an Inter-House SpellBee Competition on 30th June 2022 in the school AV Room for grades 6, 7, and 8. It was aimed at creating awareness of the possibilities of using varied words in oral and written expression and adding words to the active vocabulary of students. The list of 300 words was provided to each class for preparation and the screening of the contestants was done through dictation based on their class and house to have a fair competition.
The event was conducted in three rounds, Spellathon, Spelling Honeycomb, and Crossword Puzzle. The face-off which combined fun, education, and competition was conducted class wise where participants were provided the tasks with varying degrees of difficulty. Students spelled the words correctly, formed a range of four, five, six, and seven-letter words from the given jumbled letters, and solved the crossword puzzle with the meanings provided. Cambridge dictionary was used for the selection of words for all the rounds and a thorough orientation was done before the event in the format of the competition. As the participants raced against time to outshine each other, the audience was also actively engaged in showcasing their vocabulary skills. The master of the ceremony, Ms. Bhavika Mutha kept the interest of the students alive with her energetic anchoring. The children, along with their house teachers, enjoyed the challenging questions and played enthusiastically.
The competition was attended by the Principal, Mr. Chander Dev, and all the middle school students and teachers. HoD Hindi, Dr. Anjula Shekhar, and Physics teacher , Mr. Shubham Teji judged the competition. Chanakya House bagged the first position for Grade 6, Aryabhatta House was adjudged the winner for Grade 7, and Drona House secured the winner’s award for Grade 8.
The students exhibited a lot of zeal and fervour during the competition. Teachers’ guidance, excellent teamwork, and collaboration made the event a success.
Talk on Current Affairs
Talk on Current Affairs
The knowledge of current affairs helps in raising awareness level and develops an opinion or a perspective on worldly affairs. Such knowledge comes handy while taking decisions in all spheres. For students, current affairs could be a means to satisfy their thirst for knowledge and to keep oneself updated.
In accordance with this purpose, students of CBSE Grade 12 were guided to read daily news and remain abreast with the current happenings in the country and around the world. The students presented their views on various subjects and answered the questions raised to enhance their perspective on the issue.
The students enjoyed the activity and were motivated to read newspapers regularly. They developed interest in a variety of subjects and realized that this knowledge stretches way beyond knowing the answers to trivia questions and quizzes. Being up-to-date on current affairs and basic knowledge in a variety of subjects can make them more sociable and successful.
Writing a Statement of Purpose
Writing a Statement of Purpose
A Statement of Purpose (SOP), also known as a letter of intent, is written to the admission panel and talks about one’s career path, interests, professional contributions, goals, and the driving force behind pursuing a particular program. It is the most integral part of a student’s application that decides his/her admission to the preferred institution. A well-written SOP paints a student’s overall personality for the university and pitches one’s purpose to the committee. A well-written SOP also reflects how well students can express their thoughts using their writing skills.
Keeping this in mind and to prepare students for their future goals, the students of CAIE Grades 9 to 12 were tasked with drafting their Statements of Purpose and presenting them in a video during the summer holidays. It is heartening to see that students of all grades have made an excellent attempt to introspect, brainstorm and take a positive step toward making a significant academic decision. Some students presented their views through a written draft and others found it convenient to speak their heart in a camera.
This activity allowed the students to do SWOT analysis of their personalities, find their real interests and goals, and search for an appropriate path to fulfill those aspirations. The students researched their dream academic destinations and got motivated to set their goals for achieving their targets. It also helped them hone their writing skills, refine their oratory skills and gain confidence.
It was a very fruitful activity that will benefit every child in their pursuit of excellence.
In the month of June, students came back from their long and relaxing summer holidays. They were asked to make Math project which could be 2D/3D/Working model on their topic of interest. The results were incredible. They showed their creativity in the projects which actually helped them to like “Math” as a subject to explore. Students of grades 6,7,8, and 9 chose different topics to make the projects. Some of the topics were Spinning wheel on Squares and Square Root, Types of Angles, Types of Fractions, and Fraction 3D book. Working models were prepared on Integers and working LED models on Parts of Circle, 2D v/s 3D, Area and Perimeter, and Divisibility Test.
The lesson on Fractions & Decimals was presented engagingly while applying math concepts to real-life experiences. Students were able to recognize parts and wholes both visually and numerically. They could also perform Mental Math while subtracting Mixed numbers. Students could perform multiplication & division problems using decimal numbers by knowing when the result gets bigger or smaller.
A glimpse of the hard-working students presenting their projects:
Hands-on Learning (Science)
A science project is a student activity in the schools that allows the students to perform science experiments or developing models (both working and non-working models) based on their classroom learning. When students develop science projects, they require detailed research on the given topic so that students can use the skills as well the knowledge. The student also learns how to prepare a budget and organize time and resources as he works to complete his project by a deadline. When the students are required to share their final project with others, they also get a chance to practice public speaking.
The students of grades 9 and 10 made wonderful models for their Biology project. They were asked to choose the topic and create something to explain it. They made static and working models. The students also gave a beautiful and detailed explanation of their models. They were even questioned about the scientific concepts and theories behind their project. Various topics and ideas were picked up and demonstrated visually.
Grade 8 – Presentation and Model making on Periodic Table
Grade 8 – Presentation and Model Making on Periodic Table
The periodic table is a system for arranging the chemical elements. The chemical elements are the basic substances that make up all matter.
Each chemical element has a particular feature called its atomic number. That number comes from the amount of tiny particles called protons in each atom of the element. The periodic table arranges the elements in rows and columns and in the rows, the elements are placed in order of their atomic number. The columns form groups of elements that have similar chemical properties. For example, certain gases are in one column and metals are in another. The periodic table helps chemists think about the elements and their properties.
A Russian chemist named Dmitry Mendeleev developed the first periodic table in 1869. At the time, scientists did not know about atomic numbers. They did know that each element had an atomic weight, however. Mendeleev noticed that there is a relationship between the atomic weights and other properties of the elements. When all the known chemical elements were arranged in order of atomic weight, they appeared to be in groups with shared properties.
Mendeleev’s first table did not look like the modern version. He revised it several times. As scientists learned more about the elements, they revised the table further. The current version of the table has been in use since the mid-1900s.
Learning by doing helps students perform better in Science.
The students of grade 8 presented their learning on the Unit – Properties of Materials in the form of Periodic Table Model Showcasing and Verbal presentation. Young Bodhians were very keen and enthusiastic about their learning and shared the same with their classmates.
Introduction after Holidays:
In all the classes an inter-active session was held on the first day during which the students were asked to explain what have they done during the long summer holidays. Also they were asked to discuss about their academic preparation for the upcoming periodic exams .
2. Holiday home work :
A feed back was taken from each student of all the CBSE classes regarding the completion of Holiday home work and uploading it to the google class room. Those who could not complete the H.W were given additional time and and help to complete the given task . The Holiday home work assignment submitted by the students were checked and marked. The students were informed about their marks which was a motivational factor for them to do such tasks with more enthusiasm and vigour.
In class 10 , a recap about what they learned in their previous class regarding light and properties of light made them comfortable in understanding reflection of light which is the first topic of their syllabus. An activity in class 10 to show the behavior of light when passed through a prism was conducted which helped the students to know and feel about dispersion and about how light could bend when enters into a medium other than air.
In all classes revision of complete syllabus was done by every teacher in their respective subjects. This made the children to revise the topics comfortably and get prepared for the Periodic examinations scheduled from 27 th June .
When it comes to an Examination of CBSE questions related to Case studies contain maximum marks.
In Class Case study based questions are introduced to enhance and develop analytical and critical thinking among students, "The questions will be based on a real-life situation. This has been introduced to move from rote learning to competency-based learning.
Case studies capture a range of perspectives, as opposed to the single view of an individual (Student) you get with a survey response or interview. This gives the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the subject in hand and reduces the potential for any bias, by diluting the agenda of a particular individual.
Department of Social Science
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
The social sciences are a core part of liberal arts. Concerned with the human world and society, this field investigates the economy, human behavior, social institutions, history, geography and politics. Both the humanities and social sciences use analytical and interpretive approaches to learn more about the human world.
Below are some of the most important skills gained by learners at Bodhi’s Social Science program:
- Critical thinking
- Analytical abilities
- Research skills
- Problem solving
The department of Social Science at Bodhi International believes in taking the dynamic approach in teaching the subject. We encourage our students to think beyond the confines of the subject-matter and the classroom. Our intention is to encourage our students to be inquisitive and curious about the subject.
Keeping this teaching pedagogy in mind, we have involved our learners in various out of the box approaches to understand the concepts taught in Social Science. Over the past few months, our students have been involved in flipped classrooms, presentations, project based learning, research and hands-on learning.
Learners during summer break enjoyed spending time at their homes, researching extensively and creating 3D models on the topics they had learnt so far in school during their History and Geography Lessons. They started working in school about the concepts they were more inquisitive to work on and put their immense efforts and hardwork to create 3-D models, charts, dioramas and presentations. Students learnt how to judiciously use, effectively re-use and reduce wastage wisely.
Our French learners were encouraged to make a vlog describing monumental places, inspired by the local beauty.
Nupur Gandhi, Rasha Ved made videos highlighting the blue city's eccentric tourist attractions like Stepwell café, and Pachetiya. Taking the assignment one step ahead, our student also visited famous antique stores such as Laal ji Handycraft and highlighted the beautiful art pieces. Shrey Anand and Janya Ghelot of Grade 10 even produced a vlog about Bhangarh, Jaipur and the Louvre museum, France.
here below is attached the link to the respective folders.
Exams - A poetry by Prakhar of class 7-A
It’s that time of the academic year,
Studying won’t end your fear.
A paper that decides your future,
Or is it a monster, straight out of nature?
Study from night to day,
If you fail, you will turn into a statue of hardened clay.
Are you stuck while writing? Don’t stress,
Just be sure to not make a big mess.
The pressure is unreal,
Just not for the topper, Armaneel.
Highs and lows,
Helpers and foes,
These are the traits,
That might follow your classmates.
But look at the bright side,
If you get good marks, rewards are in sight.
Defeat the topper and earn recognition,
Get congratulated and feel appreciation.
Time to give the test,
Be sure to do your best.
Two and a half hours later, you submitting the test,
This moment feels like a great conquest.
This paper was the final one,
the exams are finally done.
Go home and rest,
There is a long time before the next test.