CAPITA SIMS organized the Education Thought Leaders Conclave 2013 in Chennai on 27th November 2013 on the theme of “How to take your school from Good to Great”. The delegates comprised of Chairpersons, Managing Trustees, Correspondents of top Schools in the city. The series is being organized with the support of partners like Education World, Microsoft, HP & SMART Tech. The first of this series was organized in Bangalore in September.
For the Chennai edition the panelists were Dr. Gururaj Karajagi, Chairman- Academy for Creative Teaching, Mr. G. Gautama, Director Secretary- The Chennai Education Centre, KFI ,
Ms. Stella Pauline Punitha, Principal, Chennai Public School, Ms. Arthi Ganesh, Founder Chairman, Vaels Billabong Intl School and Mr.Vasudevan Venkatachalam, Dean, Pon Vidyashram.
The topics handled were, Challenges of managing a School in the 21st Century, Schools of the future: Challenges & Solutions, How to future proof a school and Leveraging technology to take a school from Good to Great.
Our Principal, Ms. Stella Pauline Punitha spoke on the Challenges and solutions of the 21 C schools. A rectangular framework was suggested to understand the challenges and hence derive at solutions. The 4 elements of the framework are teachers, curriculum, school system/ DNA and support facilities with the learner at the centre.
We observed Communal Harmony Week from 19 to 25 November.
Collage, Speech, T.Shirt Designing, Essay Writing, Face Painting, Power Point Presentation and Rangoli competitions on Communal Harmony were conducted for the classes 6 to 11. The ardent CPSites, who value human relationship and peaceful co-existence as important as academic achievement, put their heart and soul to showcase their creativity despite sitting for Formative Assessment III /Unit Test III the whole week in the morning session.
The children’s zeal, altruism and aestheticism to contribute to the cause of making India a country of religious tolerance were beautifully depicted through their artistic work .They also resolved to use their flair for language to break the boundary barriers and avoid domestic violence. The children’s vision of making all the citizens realize the need for communal harmony respecting the rich culture of every region and spiritual values of all the religions found expression in their inimitable art and literary creation.
The school’s initiative to infuse in children the passion for binding the nation with the chord of love and fellowship bore fruit. The principal and the teachers were full of praise for all the pupils’ active participation and innovative thinking.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. The Primary department of CPS Anna Nagar was into all moves on 29th November 2013 to promote the dissemination of our languages which will not only serve to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
The Department of Tamil depicted the beauty of the language through some songs sung by Grade 1 students.Bharathiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets of the modern era. Students of grade 2 and 3 sang Bharathiyar songs which stood out in many ways to show his love for his motherland. Grade 4 and 5 students took part in the Extempore.
Sanskrit students recited some slokas in Sanskrit, the mother of all languages.
French students made it very interesting by narrating some phrases in French which was translated in English for everyone to understand.
The love and respect for Hindi language was depicted through the recitation of a poem by Grade 1 students .The Hindi songs sung by the Grade 2 students highlighted the beauty of the language .Grade 3 students recited the Dohas of the famous poet Kabir Das which was very soothing to the ears. Grade 4 students confidently spoke on different topics for a minute in the Extempore. Grade 5 students danced to the music of the different states of our country.
The day provided the wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate the rich diversity of all the languages spoken in our country.
To conclude, in the galaxy of languages, every word is a star!!!
Long Live our Languages!!!!
TODAY’S CPSITES, TOMORROW’S LEADERS!!
The head table is an annual student leadership forum that provides the future generation of India a platform to experience real world leadership. The platform gives the experience of participative discussion forums that facilitate interaction with eminent thought leaders and game changers from different domains. It encourages peer to peer learning. It is an insight for the students into the world of leadership and an insight for the panelists into the world of students. Organized by the Institute of Experiential Learning (INEXEL) it brings the brilliant minds of different cities in India together.
This year the proud hosts of the event were Chennai Public School. Held on 19th October 2013 in the Tapovan Hall,Chinmaya Heritage Center, Harrington Road, Chennai, this conference was the talk of the city. Students were eagerly waiting to get to speak to the panelists who dominated fields like media, politics, healthcare and sports. Chennai Public School who took full charge of the event ensured everything worked out as planned. The volunteers were present to help anyone with anything they needed. The conference started with the presentation by sponsors and a question answer session with the teachers of different schools. After which was the most awaited event of the day–The question and answer with the panelists. The panelists who had arrived by then were indeed looking forward to take part in the discussion “Future” of India. A classic discussion followed. The students had such mindboggling questions that put you into deep thought. And the judges too had satisfying answers. It was a very enlightening session and on asking the students they said they were lucky and glad to have participated in an event were they could voice their opinions. People also witnessed how mere brushstrokes were converted into a masterpiece by Ms. Ranjhana. The judges had made a mark using paint and these marks were made into a beautiful abstract painting. The day ended with the vote of thanks by Ms. Mehar Zariwala, director of INEXEL. It was a memorable event which students await every year.
CPS Head Girl Speaks:
You shape a child, you make a good citizen.
You shape a leader, you make a good nation.
The most awaited annual student leadership forum – The Head Table conference is a platform to express and emerge as a better leader. Gandhiji said “ Be the change you want to see” we, the student leaders from all over the City of Chennai gathered for the conference which was hosted by Chennai Public School, Annanagar to meet some of the change makers of our society. It was a privilege to interact with such eminent panelists.
Mr. Chandra Nair was the expert for us. His humour and cheerful thoughts lightened up the entire audience. Dr. Sunil Chandy took us through the lesser known but complex facts of the medical world smoothly. Ms. Roshini Rau’s inspiring sports profile and encouraging attitude really inspired us to take up a good sport. Mr. Baradwaj Rangan was our guide on the most sought after topic ‘Media’.
Mr. J. Krishnan was the IT guru for the day. He definitely inspired many software programmers. The opportunity to interact with such highly experienced personalities was like a dream come true. Ms. Janaka the moderator had a tough time calming down the enthusiasm of the audience for the subsequent discussions.
As the Head Girl of the host Chennai Public School I feel proud to be a part of the institution who hosted this once in a life time meeting. Working with the INEXEL and my school makes me feel that the hard work paid off.
Chennai Public School hopes to see better leaders emerge after this grand success. Jai Hind!!
CPS Head Girl
“When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.”
Scientific inventions have made our life comfortable but the fertility of our planet a question mark. Air, water, soil and nose pollution threaten the health of people and vegetation on earth. It causes global warming which further causes some plants, birds and animals to be on the verge of extinction.
CPS, Thirumazhisai conducted ‘Say No to Pollution’ activity to create awareness among the Pre-primary children about the importance of fresh air, water, fertile soil and green world. The activity included Bullock Cart Ride, drawing plants and pasture, throwing waste papers in the dust bin, planting saplings etc. Video clippings on different types pollution and how to avoid polluting the environment were shown.
“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” Brad Henry
More than bookish education today’s students need guidance to choose the right profession and live a life of contentment. Many people who had secured very good marks in their higher secondary school education now regret that they were not guided properly and so they could not make the right choice for their higher studies. CPS, Thirumazhisai envisages its children to be better placed in the society and it arranges Career Guidance Programme now and then. One such programme was held inviting Doctors from Frontier Mediville to let our pupils know the opportunities thrown open in the field of Medicine. Dr. Sandhya Cheriyan and Dr. Sheela interacted with XII Std CPSites and enlightened them dispelling their fear of Medical Science. They shared that this field has a better scope and it includes many branches like, Bio Technology, Nano Technolgy and many other intersecting fields. They too motivated the students to become district and state toppers and make their parents and school proud subsequently get a seat in the field of their choice in merit. The students felt that it was a great opportunity to study well and choose the right career.
“A man who knows two languages is worth two men.”
English, the Link Language is becoming more prominent day by day. Its role is inexplicable. CPS, Thirumazhisai has taken initiative to help also the parents to speak English. A few Chinese and Korean parents had expressed their interest and necessity to learn English. Mrs. Suchithra, a CPS staff has been teaching them since November 2012. Phonics, vocabulary building, sentence structure and fluency are the main focus. Their progress in listening and speaking is tested and recorded regularly. The parent students’ passion for learning Spoken English is worth mentioning.
The Pre-Primary children took us to a world of wonder appearing beautifully dressed up like lively cartoons, inspiring leaders, active animals, walking vegetables, fresh fruits, etc. The fancy dress competition was a treat to our eyes and delight to the hearts.
To assemble in common and to learn is all fun for kids. As you all know, CPS Pre Primary has common assembly every alternate Friday in the school play ground for UKG and Mont III. Children gather in the play ground and it starts with the regular prayer, and the pledge is done by the children from the class hosting the assembly. Each class selects a topic which is apt for their age and which counterpart the current topic been taught that weak.
Assemblies are based on our yearly plan that incorporates monthly values and weekly themes. General Assembly creates an opportunity to meet all together and learn how to behave with respect and move organized in a common place. It also provides the Children with an opportunity to gain confidence to speak and perform in a gathering.
Few topics covered so far in the assembly were like My Country, Five Magical Words, Animals, National Flag and neighboring countries flag, Independence Day, Colours, Festivals, Seasons and so on.
It is really astounding to watch the curiosity and the enthusiasm the kids shown in taking part in the assembly. More topics and more fun filled and informative assembly learning are waiting in the forthcoming assemblies.
The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives! – Robert Maymard Hutchins
Learning is made fun in all levels in CPS Anna Nagar .Children of Grade 1 made some different types of models of houses like kutchcha house ,pucca house , stilt house, house boat , igloo as they were learning about My Home in EVS .These houses were displayed outside their classrooms . Children of Grade 1 and 2 came and enjoyed viewing it.