NEWSLETTER - JULY 2023
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,
As we approach the conclusion of the first term, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we have undertaken together. This term has been a testament to the unwavering dedication and resilience of our students. Their hard work, grit, courage, and undeniable talent have shone brightly, creating a tapestry of achievements.
It fills my heart with pride to see our students showcasing remarkable spirit at the Inter-House competitions or at the Inter-school Bodhi Fest, where they emerged as the team winner. The unity and determination they exhibited not only brought laurels to our school but also exemplified the true essence of teamwork and sportsmanship. The fervor with which we celebrated Independence Day was equally heartwarming. Let's carry this spirit of dedication and love for our country in all our endeavors.
Looking ahead, the excitement is palpable as we gear up for the upcoming Major Dhyan Chand Sports Week. This event is an opportunity to build character, develop sportsmanship, and forge unbreakable bonds with teammates. It isn't just a competition; it's a chance to honor the legacy of a true sports icon and discover the champion within. We encourage every student to participate wholeheartedly and make the most of this opportunity to shine.
However, we must also acknowledge that the Term 1 exams are on the horizon. It is a critical juncture that demands our collective support. To our dear students, I say this: believe in yourselves, stay focused, and give your absolute best. To our dedicated teachers, your guidance and encouragement can make all the difference. Please provide every possible support and impart valuable tips for successful exam preparation through rigorous revision.
Parents, your role in this journey cannot be overstated. Your time, guidance, and constant encouragement create an environment conducive to success. Help your children manage their time effectively and ensure they get ample rest, as a well-rested mind is key to concentration and performance.
Let's come together to support our students in their pursuit of excellence. I send my love and blessings to each and every one of our students. With our combined efforts, I have no doubt they will achieve the outcomes they desire.
Thank you for your unwavering support, and I look forward to celebrating the successes that await us.
Mrs Nitu Bothra
Message from the CIE Head
THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
Happiness is a state that has intrigued philosophers, scientists, and individuals alike for centuries. What makes some people radiate with joy and contentment, while others struggle to find a glimpse of it?
Let us delve into this captivating topic, providing insights and research-backed methods to cultivate lasting happiness.
Happiness is not just a result of success but a key driver of success. Happiness has a profound impact on productivity, creativity, and overall well-being. When individuals are happy, their brains perform better, allowing them to navigate challenges with increased resilience and problem-solving abilities.
The Myths of Happiness:
It is a myth that success alone leads to lasting happiness, as many individuals find themselves in an endless pursuit of accomplishments without experiencing true contentment. External circumstances, such as wealth and fame, have a limited effect on one's long-term happiness. Instead, the importance of focusing on internal factors and mindset shifts to attain genuine happiness.
The Power of Positive Psychology:
The application of gratitude, optimism, and mindfulness can foster happiness and well-being. By training our minds to look for positive aspects in life and practicing gratitude regularly, we can rewire our brains to embrace a more positive outlook.
Cultivating Social Connections:
One of the essential ingredients for lasting happiness is building strong social connections. The practical tips for enhancing social connections include expressing gratitude to loved ones, engaging in acts of kindness and actively participating in social activities.
The Ripple Effect:
Happiness not only affects our immediate circle but also reaches beyond. Happy individuals have a substantial influence on the happiness of those around them, even extending to three degrees of separation.
The Happiness Habits:
The actionable happiness habits that can be incorporated into their daily lives include exercise, meditation, journaling, and random acts of kindness, all of which are proven to boost happiness and overall well-being.
From the desk of the Primary School Principal
Happiness in students is a crucial aspect of their overall well-being and academic success. When students are happy, they tend to be more engaged, motivated, and resilient in their studies. Here are some factors that contribute to happiness in students:
1. Positive relationships: Students who have positive relationships with their peers, teachers, and family members often experience greater happiness. Social support, friendship, and a sense of belonging can significantly impact a student's well-being.
2. Supportive learning environment: A supportive and inclusive learning environment, where students feel safe, respected, and valued, promotes happiness. When students feel comfortable expressing themselves and taking risks in their learning, they are more likely to enjoy the educational process.
3. Academic engagement: When students are actively engaged in their learning, they tend to experience higher levels of happiness. Teachers can foster engagement by incorporating interactive and hands-on activities, allowing for student choice and autonomy, and providing meaningful and relevant learning experiences.
4. Sense of achievement: Students who experience a sense of accomplishment and progress in their academic pursuits often report higher levels of happiness. Celebrating milestones, acknowledging effort, and providing constructive feedback can help students feel proud of their achievements and motivated to continue learning.
5. Balance and well-being: Promoting a healthy work-life balance is essential for student happiness. Encouraging regular physical activity, sufficient sleep, and healthy eating habits can positively impact well-being. Additionally, supporting students' emotional and mental health through counselling services, stress management techniques, and mindfulness practices can contribute to their overall happiness.
6. Opportunities for growth and exploration: Students thrive when they have opportunities to explore their interests, talents, and passions. Encouraging extracurricular activities, creative pursuits, and personal projects can foster a sense of purpose and fulfillment, leading to greater happiness.
7. Positive mind set and resilience: Developing a positive mind set and resilience is vital for students' happiness. Teaching them strategies to overcome challenges, embrace failures as learning opportunities, and cultivate optimism can enhance their overall well-being.
Remember that each student is unique, and factors contributing to their happiness may vary. It's essential to create a supportive and nurturing environment that acknowledges and addresses individual needs, promoting happiness and holistic development in students.
Primary School Principal
HoD's Write Up for July (Science)
Exploring the Wonders of Bioluminescence: Nature's Dazzling Light Show
Today we embark on an exciting journey into the world of bioluminescence, a mysterious natural spectacle that has captivated the hearts and minds of scientists and nature enthusiasts for countless generations.
Unveiling the Magic of Bioluminescence
Bioluminescence, often referred to as "nature's dazzling light show," is the ability of certain living organisms to produce and emit light. This wondrous phenomenon, witnessed in the depths of the oceanic abyss, enchanted rainforests, and even the humblest of backyards, leaves us spellbound and in awe of Mother Nature's artistic prowess.
The Chemistry Behind the Glow
Within the heart of this beguiling luminous wonder lies a fascinating chemistry. Bioluminescence occurs through a chemical reaction between a light-emitting molecule called luciferin and an enzyme called luciferase. When these two components combine with oxygen, they produce a burst of light without generating any heat - a truly remarkable feat of nature.
Discovering Bioluminescent Organisms
1. Marine Wonders: The depths of the ocean hide some of the most spectacular displays of bioluminescence. Deep-sea fish, flashlight fish, firefly squid, and other creatures use their bioluminescence for a variety of purposes, including attracting mates, feeding animals prey are confused, or prey are attracted
2. Interesting Insects: Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are perhaps the most well-known bioluminescent insects. Their mesmerizing light shows are a common sight during warm summer nights. This spectacular display is all part of their intricate courtship rituals.
3. Glowing Fungi: Bioluminescence is not limited to animals; some fungi, like the ghost fungus, also exhibit this enchanting trait. They use their glow to disperse their spores, creating a mystical sight in the darkness of the forest.
Bioluminescence: A Source of Scientific Inspiration
Beyond its aesthetic beauty, bioluminescence has captured the attention of scientists and researchers worldwide. Its unique properties have paved the way for breakthroughs in various fields.
1. Medical Applications: The luciferase enzyme is widely used in biomedical research as a reporter gene. This helps scientists study genetic expression, cell behavior, and disease progression.
2. Environmental Monitoring: Bioluminescent organisms serve as natural indicators of environmental health. Monitoring their presence and activity provides valuable insights into the ecological balance of their habitats.
As with many natural wonders, bioluminescent organisms face threats due to human activities, such as pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change. Understanding the ecological significance of these organisms aids us in fostering a deep appreciation for the vital roles they play in maintaining the delicate balance of their habitats. Empowered by knowledge, we rally to safeguard their luminous legacy for future generations to marvel at and cherish.
Intrigue, Discover, Illuminate
As our journey into the realm of bioluminescence comes to a close, let us embrace the wonderment that biology offers—the keys to unlocking nature's most enchanting secrets. With each revelation, we grow in appreciation of the intricate tapestry of life that surrounds us.
Let us foster an unyielding thirst for knowledge, for in the pursuit of understanding, we kindle a flame that will forever illuminate our path through the mysteries of the natural world.
Dear enthusiasts of science, may the luminescent wonders of bioluminescence forever inspire and ignite the spark of curiosity within us all.
With heartfelt illumination,
Dr. Hema Singhal
Fostering Unity and Excellence: The Significance of House Systems in Our School
As the heart of our educational community continues to beat with vibrancy, one essential element that harmoniously syncs with our mission to cultivate holistic growth and excellence is the ingenious House System. Beyond the vibrant colors and spirited competitions, our House System serves as a pillar of strength, nurturing camaraderie, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to achievement.
The four houses at BIS are Agastya, Aryabhatta, Chanakya, and Drona.
In this edition, we delve into the profound significance of our House System, exploring its multifaceted impact on our students' educational journey.
- Cultivating Camaraderie and Belonging:
In an ever-expanding world, where connections are often fleeting, our House System stands as a steadfast beacon of belonging. By grouping students across grades and fostering the intermingling of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives, we create a microcosm of society where collaboration knows no bounds. This nurturing environment facilitates the development of lifelong friendships and a sense of unity, fostering a supportive network that extends beyond the classroom.
- Nurturing Leadership and Responsibility:
At the core of our House System lies the invaluable opportunity for students to assume leadership roles. Whether as House Captains, Vice Captains, or House Prefects, these responsibilities empower students to shoulder leadership, organizational, and communication skills. As they guide their peers, organize events, and take charge of various initiatives, students cultivate qualities that will serve them not only within the school but throughout their lives.
- Fostering Healthy Competition and Sportsmanship:
The vibrant inter-house competitions infuse a palpable energy within our school walls, igniting the flames of healthy competition. Whether on the sports field or in the realms of academics, arts, and culture, these contests imbue students with a sense of purpose, drive, and determination. Through victories and defeats, they learn the art of gracious sportsmanship, appreciating the value of effort and teamwork irrespective of outcomes.
- Igniting Academic Excellence:
Beyond the extracurricular realm, our House System actively contributes to academic excellence. By integrating academic achievements into the house point system, we motivate students to consistently strive for scholastic brilliance. The platform also encourages peer-to-peer learning, as older students mentor younger ones, creating a symbiotic relationship that elevates the intellectual atmosphere of our school.
- Fostering Positive Behavior and Values:
Embedded within our House System are opportunities for recognizing and celebrating positive behavior and values. As students earn house points for displaying qualities such as kindness, empathy, and integrity, they are inspired to embody these traits daily. This emphasis on character development goes beyond grades, instilling a strong moral compass that guides them in their personal and academic pursuits.
The House System serves as a dynamic microcosm of our school's ethos, encapsulating unity, leadership, camaraderie, and excellence. It’s a canvas where students paint their journey, leaving behind strokes of vibrant memories, enduring friendships, and a legacy of achievement. As the House Master, I am immensely proud to witness the profound impact this system has on our students' lives.
With unity in diversity,
Agastya House Master
PAINTINGS BY NUPUR GANDHI - Grade 11 (CAIE)
Rao Jodha’s gateway created using the pointillism technique.
Watercolor painting of a famous french cafe in Paris.
A Ukrainian doorway painted with vibrant watercolors.
POEM by ADVICAA VERMA - CBSE 10
MOVIE REVIEW - BY GUNJAN MEHBUBANI - GRADE 12 (CAIE)
Title: Oppenheimer - A Cinematic Masterpiece
Unraveling the Complexity of Genius
"Oppenheimer" is a captivating cinematic masterpiece that delves deep into the life of one of the
most enigmatic figures of the 20th century, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Directed by the visionary
filmmaker, Christopher Nolan, the film mesmerizes the audience with its poignant storytelling,
breathtaking visuals, and outstanding performances.
The movie provides a meticulously crafted biographical narrative that chronicles Oppenheimer's
life, from his early academic pursuits to his pivotal role in the development of the atomic bomb
during World War II. Cillian Murphy's spellbinding portrayal of Oppenheimer is a tour de force,
brilliantly capturing the essence of the complex genius and his inner struggles.
Nolan's direction shines as he seamlessly interweaves Oppenheimer's personal life with his
groundbreaking scientific achievements. The film brings to light the moral and ethical dilemmas
faced by Oppenheimer and his team as they come to grips with the catastrophic potential of
their creation. Thought-provoking dialogues between characters evoke deep reflections on the
responsibility of scientific discovery.
The cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema is a visual treat. From the mesmerizing landscapes
of Los Alamos to the intense testing sequences, every frame is meticulously composed,
enhancing the film's emotional impact. The gripping score by Hans Zimmer complements the
narrative, elevating the intensity of pivotal moments.
"Oppenheimer" is not just a biopic; it is an exploration of the human psyche, ambition, and the
consequences of groundbreaking scientific advancements. The film is a compelling reminder of
the power wielded by those who strive to change the course of history. It serves as a cautionary
tale about the dangers of scientific progress without due consideration of its implications.
In conclusion, "Oppenheimer" is an extraordinary cinematic experience that captivates,
educates, and provokes thought. Nolan's direction, combined with a stellar performance by
Cillian Murphy, transports the audience to an era of innovation, turmoil, and moral reckoning.
This film is not just a must-watch for history enthusiasts; it is an essential watch for anyone who
values the complexities of human endeavor and the ever-relevant question of the balance
between scientific progress and moral responsibility.
Memorable Trip to Pondicherry
The BIS French Consulate is thrilled to share with you the exciting experiences our students had during the recent trip organized to Pondicherry. This journey was an exceptional opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in French culture, history, and language. Here are some highlights from the trip:
1. Visiting the French Consulate:
The trip kicked off with an insightful visit to the French Consulate in Pondicherry. Our students had a unique chance to learn about the functioning and essential role of the French Embassy and consulates in India. This visit offered them a glimpse into the diplomatic relations between France and India and deepened their understanding of international cooperation.
3. Torchlight Walk - Storming the Bastille Prison: On the evening of July 13th, our students participated in a symbolic Torchlight Walk to commemorate the storming of the Bastille Prison. This event holds immense historical importance in French history and represents the beginning of the French Revolution. Our students embraced the spirit of unity and liberation, making it an unforgettable experience.
4. Bastille Day at the War Memorial: July 14th, known as Bastille Day, is a significant French national holiday. Our students paid their respects to the fallen soldiers by visiting the War Memorial in Pondicherry. They engaged with war veterans and learned about their sacrifices, fostering a sense of gratitude and patriotism.
5. Bastille Day Fireworks at the French Consulate Beachside:The evening of July 14th was filled with joy and celebration as our students witnessed spectacular fireworks at the French Consulate by the beachside. The vibrant display of lights and colors symbolized the triumph of freedom and democracy, leaving our students in awe of the French spirit.
The trip left them with cherished memories, greater cultural awareness, and a sense of environmental responsibility.
Our extended heartfelt gratitude to all the students who participated in this enriching journey. Special thanks to the school management for ensuring the success of this memorable trip.
As educators, we firmly believe in providing holistic learning experiences, and this trip to Pondicherry perfectly exemplifies our commitment to achieving that. It is heartening to see our students embrace diverse cultures and learn beyond the classroom walls.
Stay tuned for more updates from the BIS French Consulate, as we continue to create exciting opportunities for our students to explore the world of French language and culture.
BODHI FEST 2023-2024
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐬.
BODHI Fest 2023 saw a gala of events where 8 of the best schools from North West Rajasthan competed in various Literary, Art, and Commerce based activities. The bonding and camaraderie between students were developed through games and fun activities during their stay on campus. Bodhians carried the winning trophy by etching their presence in various activities.
Bodhi International School hosted Inter School Bodhi Fest during the month of July. We played the role of hosts as well as fellow competitors for local as well as regional institutions. The art department organized the mural competition for senior school teams. Students of grades 9-12 represented their individual schools in teams of 3-6 participants for this competition.
Learning is the process which is for the life.
The intention of Cambridge is to create lifelong learners by providing different platforms to showcase their talents. BVenture was an activity in Bodhi Fest that gave learners more exposure to showcase their talent and learn new things which will be helpful to them in the future. Judges gave their input to the learners to make things work in a fruitful manner.
“Murals transform communities.” -Banksy
A mural is a painting, drawing, or other work of art executed directly on a wall, ceiling, or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of murals is that they are often intended to convey a specific message or mood, rather than simply to decorate the interiors of buildings. They range in size, subject matter, and style, but all murals have one thing in common: they are a reflection of the artist’s thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
The purpose of this year’s inter-school art contest was to provide information on the importance of inclusion for all students and the value of diversity and opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of these concepts and values through art. Each team (up to 6 participants per team) created their own mural depicting the theme ‘The Time for Inclusion is NOW’ on a piece of plywood (4x8 feet). This mural project was initiated to promote inclusive education, encourage collaboration, and integrate the arts.
Renowned stage artist Mr. Nemichand interacted with the student community about the importance of learning our native tongue during Bodhi Fest, 2023.
WINNERS OF BODHI FEST 2023
GRADE WISE ASSEMBLY
An assembly was conducted on 04/07/2023 in which Class 8B students through their scintillating performances highlighted the issue of Climate change and its relation with Mental Health. The PowerPoint presentation addressed 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder', a condition due to sudden loss of life, jobs, injuries, and displacement of people, due to natural disasters.
A thought-provoking Nukkad Natak was conducted in which students through their convincing performances were able to stir the emotion of empathy in the context of mental health.
As a blueprint for a better future, students also discussed United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The assembly culminated with an outstanding energetic musical band performance which instilled a ray of hope in everyone's heart through the message, that with joint efforts we can win over any challenge in life, be it personal or global.
ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT - WISE
ENGLISH JOURNAL MAKING
The crucial role that effective self-expression plays in personal and academic development can’t be undermined. With this in mind, for their English Holiday Homework, learners of grade 6 were assigned a task to create a journal on either one of the following topics -
1. The Features of a Narrative
2. Features of an Adventure Story
3. Elements in a Horror Story
4. Features of a Fantasy
5. Vocabulary Wheel
6. Types of Sentences (Simple, Compound, and Complex)
7. Unusual Adjectives and Adverbs
8. Literary Devices
9. Powerful Verbs;
10. Famous Authors/Poets
This task encouraged students to hone their critical thinking skills and writing skills and develop their creative expression. This opportunity allowed the learners to showcase their unique perspectives and ideas through the medium of journaling. Overall, the endeavor to cultivate a culture of creative self-expression among their students was effectively accomplished.
The students' journals reflected their unique perspectives and showcased their impressive writing abilities.
PARTS OF A STORY
The English Department is thrilled to share another exciting teaching approach employed during a recent lesson on the parts of a story. With a keen focus on enhancing student engagement and understanding, the English teacher introduced a captivating twist to the curriculum, utilizing an Indian movie as an educational tool.
The Approach in Brief:
Before delving into the movie experience, students were introduced to the essential components of a story, including the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution, with the help of Freytag’s Pyramid. This solid foundation served as a launchpad for the enriching cinematic journey that followed.
The Movie Selection:
Carefully chosen for its thematic relevance and age-appropriate content, the movie ‘Bahubali: The Beginning’ showcased an extraordinary narrative and compelling storytelling that resonated with our students.
Guided Viewing and Post-Movie Analysis:
Since this movie had been watched by all the learners of the class, a quick and brief recap of the story was shown in the class. The teacher had furnished various task sheets based on ‘Parts of a Story’. These exercises encouraged critical thinking and robust discussions on key story elements and character development. The class led a comprehensive analysis of the movie's plot structure, character arcs, and underlying themes.
Learners had the freedom to select their own movies to fill the task sheets.
Learning Outcomes and Feedback:
This unique teaching approach yielded numerous benefits, including heightened student engagement, increased cultural awareness, and real-world application of storytelling principles. Through active discussions and analysis, students honed their critical thinking skills and retained information more effectively.
Feedback from our bright young minds indicated that they thoroughly enjoyed the movie-based approach. Many students praised how the incorporation of audiovisual media made the learning experience more enjoyable and memorable.
During summer break, Grade 7 English Advanced students were given a news paper template BODHI TIMES. They were told to share their reflection after reading the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Firstly, the students listened to the audio book, then read the paperbook and answered the questions given in the newspaper template.
Crossword puzzle, word search exercise, quoting the best dialogues etc were some of the tasks assigned. Students produced excellent work post their summer break. Corrections were suggested to those required.
SUMMER HOLIDAY HOMEWORK
Grade 9 CBSE
ENGLISH PROJECT WORK 2023-24
Students were instructed to create a PPT of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 slides covering the following two topics as per CBSE norms:
TOPIC: EK BHARAT SHRESTHA BHARAT PROGRAMME
1. STATE- NAGALAND
Nagaland art integration project - The aim of this art-integrated activity is to understand the people, culture, history, population, geography, climate, dances, dresses, food, religious places, heritage sites, and famous places to visit in Nagaland.
This gave us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the culture, tradition, and geography of more States and UTs as envisaged in EBSBP.
2. ONE TOPIC FROM BEEHIVE/MOMENTS (as per the allotted topics: one topic per learner)
The Project (PPT) should include the following:
The first slide - the name of the school/details of the student, the title of the project, followed by the introduction, content (with pictures), and learning outcome.
ENGLISH PROJECT WORK 2023-24
Students were instructed to create a PPT of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 slides covering the following two topics as per CBSE norms:
TOPIC: EK BHARAT SHRESTHA BHARAT PROGRAMME
1. STATE- NAGALAND
Nagaland art integration project - The aim of this art-integrated activity is to understand the people, culture, history, population, geography, climate, dances, dresses, food, religious places, heritage sites, and famous places to visit in Nagaland.
This gave us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the culture, tradition and geography of more States and UTs as envisaged in EBSBP.
2. GLIMPSES OF INDIA (First Flight)
The chapter includes three short stories. The first one is 'A Baker from Goa' by Lucio Rodrigues. This is a story about a baker and relates to the old Portuguese days.
The second one is 'Coorg' by Lokesh Abrol. It is a story about Coorg, a place in Karnataka. The author describes the weather, environment, people, wildlife, and the landscape of Coorg in this story.
The last one is 'Tea from Assam' by Arup Kumar Datta. This story is about two friends exploring the tea gardens of Assam and also learning the legends behind them.
Art Has a Purpose.
Art Department’s innovative approaches to teach Cambridge Lower Secondary Art & Design:
The Department of Art and Design has implemented Cambridge Lower Secondary Art and Design Curriculum for all middle school students. The curriculum has been modified to incorporate Indian art, architecture, and cultural elements.
The Cambridge Lower Secondary Art & Design curriculum framework supports an open, flexible, and non-linear approach to teaching and learning. In Art & Design, teaching and learning should provide repeated – and limitless – freedom, choice, and opportunity to use and experiment with media, materials, and techniques. The fundamental stages of the artistic process can and should take place in any order. Learners should not feel constrained by the content of the units. Instead, they are encouraged to use the suggested activities as a starting point and to explore and make the best use of available media, materials, and resources.
Experience is a fundamental aspect of the artist process. In Art & Design, learners are always encouraged to focus on the ongoing experience of tools, equipment, media, materials, and processes and are motivated to ask themselves questions about their use of resources in order that they can make informed choices about their future work.
1. Maintaining Visual Journals
Visual journals, or sketchbooks, are a central part of the artistic journey. Learners are required to use their visual journals to experiment and record thoughts, ideas, and reflections as they develop.
2. Warm-Up Activities
Quick warm-up activities are utilized at the start of the lesson to loosen up the hands and to encourage creative flow.
Grade 6's Artistic Learnings for July
Students of grade 6 were introduced to the concept of colour theory during the month of July. The reintroduction of a basic colour wheel was essential at this point to reinforce learners’ knowledge of colour theory. It is important that learners know and understand the basic facts about primary and secondary colours before moving on to tertiary colours and mixing tones of colours. A short activity was conducted to ensure that all learners were starting from the same point. Learners were encouraged to use alternative media such as oil pastels or coloured pencils by layering the colours over each other.
The term 'still life' describes a work of art that shows inanimate objects from the natural or man-made world, such as fruit, flowers, dead game, and/or vessels like baskets or bowls. A still life depicts things that are 'still' and don’t move. Still life is a genre that spans art history. It is found everywhere from ancient Egyptian tombs—decorated with paintings of objects from daily life—to works of modern art where it provided opportunities to experiment with new techniques, forms, and styles. The genre became particularly popular in the Netherlands during the 17th century when urbanisation led to a greater emphasis on the home, personal possessions, and commerce.
The still-life project was introduced as a continuation of colour theory to grade 6. It is a useful and good experience for learners to participate in the setting-up of still life as they become aware of composition and they feel more connected to the work. Learners were encouraged to place fruits and vegetables keeping colour theory concepts of complementary colour schemes, analogous colour schemes, split complementary colour schemes etc.
This exercise helps develop confidence in decision-making and provides a framework for how to develop ideas through observation.
Grade 7's Artistic Learnings for July
Perspective Drawing is a technique used to represent three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional picture plane. Art students were made familiar with perspective as an element of art and design. The notion of one and two-point perspectives was presented to the grade 7 art class. Students were motivated to draw basic linear perspective sketches in their journals and later convert them into built environments.
The intent was to encourage learners to experiment and explore freely with perspective drawings and color mixing. They recorded their thoughts and observations in their visual journals.
Food Tests: Investigating Starch, Reducing and Non-Reducing Sugars, Proteins, and Lipids
In this lab activity, Grade 11 students conducted several food tests to identify the presence of specific macromolecules in various food samples. The tests included starch test, reducing and non-reducing sugar test, protein test, and lipid test. Through these tests, they gained a better understanding of the composition of different foods and their nutritional characteristics. Understanding the presence and quantity of these macromolecules is crucial in evaluating the nutritional value of food items and making informed dietary choices.
`BIS Celebrates Bastille Day in Style: A Journey into France's Rich History!
An electrifying atmosphere of celebration filled every nook and cranny of our beloved school as our young learners gathered to partake in a lively and educational event on the occasion of Bastille Day! Organized by the fantastic French department, this event proved to be an enthralling journey into the heart of France's captivating history, and it was all done in the spirit of fun and interactivity!
The school premises were transformed into a vibrant and colorful extravaganza, adorned with thematic decorations, period costumes, and captivating visual elements that transported our children straight into the revolutionary era of France. It was a sight to behold!
The heart and soul of the event were the interactive activities that allowed our curious learners to immerse themselves completely in French history. Kudos to our talented young speakers, Rishabh and Swara from Grades 4 and 5, who confidently introduced the day's festivities entirely in French! Quel talent!
Speaking of quizzes, Rishabh further engaged the audience with a brain-teasing quiz on French greetings and terms. Our little geniuses never cease to amaze us!
The early-year students stole the show as they sang the melodious 'Bonjour mes amis' and got everyone grooving to the rhythm. The energy was infectious, and parents, teachers, and students alike couldn't resist joining in the dance!
Anandalekshmi and Preksha delighted everyone with their tricky quiz about French signs that have completely opposite meanings in English. Who knew language could be so mischievous?
But that's not all! Our talented dancers showcased their moves to the beats of 'Laissez-moi tranquille' a French song infused with Indian rhythms. The stage was set ablaze, and even the most reluctant feet couldn't help but dance!
The special assembly was truly a linguistic immersion for our students, as the thought of the day, news, and prayer were all delivered in French. It provided them with a wonderful opportunity to improve their speaking and listening skills, and our young linguists truly impressed us!
As the assembly drew to a close, the heartwarming and soul-stirring Bodhi anthem echoed through the halls, sung by our spirited students in French. The pride in their voices was palpable!
The lively Bastille Day event at BIS was an undeniable success, where learning and fun merged seamlessly. Our children departed with hearts full of joyous memories, and, most importantly, a deeper understanding of France's history.
Interactive Assessment Learning Tools: For educators and students alike, we showcase some exciting interactive assessment tools and resources that make learning an engaging experience. From exploring geometry to Algebra, these assessment processes can supplement classroom learning and make math come alive.
Math Book Recommendation: Our book is NCERT prescribed and apart from the book, we also provide extra practice questions through worksheets, handouts, and materials. This delightful practice explores various mathematical concepts with a workable approach, making complex ideas accessible and enjoyable for learners of all backgrounds.
Brainstorming is a group problem-solving method that involves the spontaneous contribution of creative ideas and solutions. This technique requires intensive, freewheeling discussion in which every member of the group is encouraged to think aloud and suggest as many ideas as possible based on their diverse knowledge. This blue box question works like magic in class.
Often, students are not able to recognize the gaps in their own knowledge. But when they learn with their peers, they can see new processes for answering questions and coming up with creative, collaborative solutions. Importantly, they will carry these new perspectives, as well as a willingness to seek and accept feedback, with them as they progress in their education.
We are applying Brainstorming and also peer learning in middle school. The result is amazing as the learners who are not willing to write, they are able to relate and logically respond to the challenging questions. Time-bound questions, this has been a great practice to prepare them for exams.
Last but not least the classroom corner “Math Lab” - To my surprise simply changing the classroom brightens up the mood of learners toward Math.
Visualize, Multiply, Divide, Expand! 📈🔍
Learners are on an exciting journey of decimal discovery as they dive into visual representations, multiply and divide by 10, 100, and 1000, and unlock the mysteries of expanded form!
Mathematics is a universal language that holds the key to understanding the fundamental truths of our world.
The Era of Hybrid Learning
For ages, the Education system has followed face-to-face physical teaching and learning methodology.
The Year 2020 has changed this concept to online education and we all, whether it be teachers, school, students, or parents, have fantastically adapted ourselves to this novel practice.
Now, as the pandemic has faded out, educators have realized that a certain amount of flexibility is required both in this current situation as well as in the future, hence the world has come up with a good blend of offline and online education systems, called Hybrid Learning.
Hybrid Learning is an education model where the learner gets the benefits of online learning systems like online assignments, peer collaboration for project work, result analysis through web-based software, assessments using tools like Kahoot, polls, mind maps, and many more. And, physical classes are conducted at school, where the child gets scholastics and co-scholastic learning experiences. Hybrid learning works on the 5 'I' framework - initiative, interaction, independence, incentive, and improvement. Here, the learner takes the initiative to actively participate in both the offline and online modes of education, interact with their peers for educational sharing and collaboration, independently take responsibility for their learning, get incentives in the form of badges and certificates for activities conducted during the hybrid mode and gets the personalized instant feedback on their assessments.
Hybrid Learning Platform facilitates the new age educational processes by bringing education, technology, communication, and society together on a single platform.
Google Classrooms, Microsoft Teams, and Toddle are a few of the most popular learning platforms that provide a user-friendly environment and a large set of application tools to facilitate Hybrid learning at the School level.
Our students have been actively engaging on the Code.org platform, exploring the fascinating world of coding and honing their coding skills.
Using Code.org, our students have been diligently working on innovative projects, creating impressive apps that showcase their creativity and problem-solving abilities. Some of the fascinating applications they are developing include a photo liker application, ticket generator application, a watermelon squeezer application etc.
The Code.org platform has proven to be a fantastic tool for our students, allowing them to bring their ideas to life. This platform empowers our students to design, develop, and test their apps all within one user-friendly environment.
Learners of Grade 9 IGCSE have recently begun to understand the application of Microeconomic Concepts which is evident with daily practices and tests taken up by the facilitator in a conducive Classroom scenario.
In IGCSE Business, the learners were intrigued by the concept of Organisational Management of different Organisations and hence, escalated their learning to a higher level by exploring and diving deeper into their School’s Organisational Structure and making the same using their own creativity.
UOI- Happiness is when we take care of ourselves.
As a part of learning during the unit 'Who We Are' kids took action of keeping up with the hygiene routine and brushing their teeth twice a day on their own.
French Day - When we party, enjoy, and dress up, we are happy.
Our little learners donned bright outfits to celebrate French Day. They took pleasure in watching the French dance and music performed during the special assembly.
English Week Engagement-
Learning made easy through Manipulatives-
Manipulatives were used to engage the students visually and physically so that the students are actively engaged during the learning process. The same was practiced in Math, English, and Hindi to make learning fun.
Safe Circle- A 'safety circle' is made up of all the safe relationships that children and young people have with their family, friends, teachers, coaches, and other important people in their lives. Children introspect and draw their safe circle (people whom they feel safe with)
Happiness Week- Happy memories last longer in children. Blossoms children shared some of their happy memories by drawing various things that make them happy.
English Week was an exciting celebration in school that aimed to promote the English language, literature, and various aspects of English culture. It provided a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to come together and engage in fun and educational learning engagements centered around the English language.
Thrilled to share nutrition education sessions with our young learners! In our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle, we taught about the importance of a balanced diet and the food pyramid.
Learners grasped the concept of a balanced diet effortlessly. They now understand that a balanced meal consists of grains, which provide essential carbohydrates for energy; vegetables and fruits, packed with vital minerals and vitamins; dairy products, ensuring strong bones and teeth; and proteins from meat, fish, and eggs, which are essential for growth and development. By teaching the learners about the significance of a balanced diet, we are nurturing habits that will last a lifetime. We believe that empowering them with this knowledge will lay a solid foundation for their physical and mental well-being.
Learners for their enthusiasm and eagerness to embrace a healthier lifestyle. They will continue to make informed food choices, not only within our school premises but also in their daily lives.
English Week celebration has been a meaningful and enriching event that promoted language learning, cultural understanding, and appreciation for the English language.
The week included the events- Story retelling, tongue twisters, and arrangement of poems according to rhymes.
Special Assembly 2B
Theme - World Emoji Day and Happiness Month
Students performed on stage and showcased their talent by presenting dance, sharing about the day's importance, and conducting quizzes grade-wise. Students also presented bookmarks with moral quotes spreading happiness and joy.
Special Assembly 2C
Theme - Kargil Diwas and Nature Conservation Day
We are excited to share the highlights of our Grade 2 hosted assembly that took place recently. Our young stars took the stage to honor Kargil Diwas and celebrate Nature Conservation Day.
The students performed a skit. Through this performance, they showcased their talent while educating their peers about ways to conserve nature. Students of grade 2 shared facts about Kargil Diwas and conducted a quiz for general awareness.
Through such assemblies, we hope to instill empathy and responsibility in our students and encourage them to be mindful of our history and the environment. We believe that these experiences will shape them into compassionate and environmentally conscious individuals.
English Week - Students of grade 3 celebrated English Language Week where they were provided with an opportunity to participate in an array of engaging activities. The idea behind the initiative was to help the students explore their proficiency in the language and sharpen their skills. During the week, a variety of activities were conducted, such as whispering-doors, spellathon, rhyme-time, grammar hunt, and author’s PIE. These activities helped to bring out the unique qualities of each child in a special way and encouraged them to appreciate the language.
Critical Thinking Skills: Critical thinking skills nurtures creativity by encouraging students to explore different ideas and perspectives. It allows them to break away from conventional thinking routines and come up with original and imaginative solutions. For the summative assessment of 'Sharing the Planet' learners designed their imaginary animal with unique animal adaptations to help it survive in its biome.
Perspective- Learners explored uniqueness and perspective, fostering an appreciation for individuality and diverse viewpoints. They presented their imagination through visual arts. Learners enjoyed sharing their artwork which also gave a glimpse of their liking and personal experience. This activity emphasized the importance of considering multiple perspectives and keeping an open mind.
English Week- To enhance vocabulary and enrich language skills, English Week was celebrated where the young budding artists were given an impetus to write poems, quotes, and thoughts. It led to the advancement of knowledge among the student agencies and prod the students to think creatively.
Passing the Parcel- Students learned different tongue twisters in a play way activity, to enhance their reading and speaking skills.
JAM session- A JAM session was conducted to instigate students to develop and enhance their thinking skills and boost their confidence and enrich their speaking skills.
English Week- English Week was celebrated with enthusiasm. Teachers arranged different activities for each day throughout the week which were fun as well as full of learning.
Quote it:- Students wrote beautiful quotes on happiness and created their wall of Happy quotes.
Tongue twisters:- Students enjoyed repeating difficult tongue twisters. They took it as a challenge and performed exceedingly well.
Spellathon:- Students competed in 2 rounds of Spellathon. They were challenged and they faced the challenge successfully.
Musical Review:- A twist to the normal musical chair was planned where every child had one challenging question in their pockets which was useful once they were out. It was a fun activity and the kids enjoyed it a lot.
Overall, English week was successful and also helped to develop a deeper interest in the language.
Gurupurnima Assembly- Students celebrated Guru Purnima and understood its importance through a special assembly conducted by them. Students recited shlokas and motivational thoughts of Swami Vivekananda. They organized a quiz related to famous National gurus and great Leaders. There was a special dance performance by ‘Stuti Poddar' which allured everyone.
Inquiry Day- Inquiry-based learning is a unique approach that encourages students to become active learners and critical thinkers. Rather than simply memorizing facts, they engage in asking questions, investigating, and finding answers through exploration and research. In order to showcase their learning and potential, Grade 5 celebrated their Inquiry day on 29th July 23.
It started with a short prayer and thought to invoke God’s blessings.
Students brainstormed about how inquiry is carried out in their classes and how concepts are revealed through different activities and play-way methods.in connection to that, there were different engagements for parents like-Needs and wants activity, Toffee activity, and Kahoot game.
Special attention was the KBB (Kaun Banega Businessman), where parents were asked questions based on different market strategies, demand and supply, etc.
Students also showcased their shark tank projects in which they explained their business proposal to sell their products or goods. Knowledge of Robotics and STEAM education put feathers on their cap. Students made a gaming app and involved parents to play a game with them to check its working.
Last but not the least, the school band and orchestra ruled the show. The Inquiry day was concluded with a fabulous dance performance and vote of thanks.