As middle school has opened once again for offline learning, the safety of each learner becomes our responsibility. At Chaman Bharatiya School, we are committed to ensuring 100% safety of all our learning during these precarious times. To guarantee the safety of our learners, we have set in place some important COVID-19 protocols that are in line with the government regulations. Our goal is to make offline education as safe as possible while also making sure that the students find it as close to normalcy and enjoy their time at the campus without feeling anxious.
I am happy to announce that we have welcomed our learners from grades 1 to 5 on November 8, 2021 and we will welcome our Early Years learners on December 1, 2021. Finally, we can have the school we had planned for, with inspiring and active interactions among the learners and the facilitators. We will still use technology, of course, but now it will be in a hybrid way with a combination of virtual and real-world activities.
Chaman Bhartiya School has reached an important milestone. Finally, we have opened the school for our 6th and 7th grade learners. We are happy to have life on the school campus, watch our learners enjoy being together, doing fun stuff and how new life has come to teaching with face-to-face interaction with the facilitators.
Chaman Bhartiya school was recently featured on the international news channel WION, where our grade 6 learner Shianvi Dogra and our Head of Pedagogy and Professional Development perspectives were prominently featured.
13th September, was an extremely joyous and emotional occasion at Chaman Bhartiya school. For the first time ever, our learners from Grade 6 & Grade 7, stepped on campus and injected the school with life. Sunaina from grade 6, expresses her feelings on this momentous occasion.
Karnataka government has decided to open schools for grades 6-8. Therefore, I’m happy to announce that Chaman Bhartiya School will open the doors for our grade 6 and 7 learners from September 13, 2021, with the full timetable. Since July last year, I have looked forward to this day and hope we will soon be allowed to open the school for early years and grade 1-5 learners. I am convinced that we can open the school safely for the learners, even if the third wave of covid should come.
For this new academic year, Project-Based Learning will have a new theme – Design thinking and innovation. Following last year’s successful implementation of the theme – ‘Sustainable communities’, we are looking towards a different approach to Project-Based Learning this academic year. Design thinking is a term used to broadly represent a set of cognitive, strategic and practical processes by which design concepts are developed. This concept would be utilised in order to produce solutions to tackle real world problems.
Before PBL for this academic year is set in motion, workshops and seminars were held for the facilitators on UN sustainable development goals and different kinds of designs that could be potentially used productively during the PBL process. With prior training, our facilitators are much better equipped to help the learners achieve their goals.
Our Director Allan Andersen and our Chairman Snehdeep Aggarwal were invited as speakers to a Webinar called ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ exclusively hosted by Business World. The topic of the webinar was : ‘Best of Both Worlds’ highlighted how Chaman Bhartiya School combines Indian and European best practices in our educational approach. The webinar was hosted by the Chairman and Editor-In-Chief of Business World, Dr. Annurag Batra. The webinar threw some light on how Chaman Bhartiya came to being, how we holistically merge European and Indian styles of education, how we tackled the covid-19 and so on.
It has been a great pleasure for us to start the new academic year. We can feel that the leaners are highly motivated and eager to connect to their classmates and the facilitators. During the summer, we have charged our batteries, and with two weeks of professional development, sharing and planning, we were ready for the new academic year, in whatever format it will be.
The debate around whether or not board exams should be held has highlighted the over-dependence of the Indian assessment system on the examinations. So much so that even in the no-exam route, students still will be assessed based on the exams – the only difference being these will be the exams held earlier. This could include pre-boards or internals or past year exams. In 2020, when exams could not take place for certain subjects, students were assessed based on an average of the highest marks scored in other subjects – for which exams were held.