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.
An extremely warm welcome to our parent community to the second academic year 21-22 at Chaman Bhartiya
School. We feel that we are still a new school with fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm.
We are extremely proud and delighted to announce that Virat Mehat from grade 5 has been awarded Gold Medals of Excellence in both the International Maths Olympiad and the International English Olympiad.
Tanisha of grade 5 has also been awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence in the National Science Olympiad. 43 students across various grades have participated in these competitions.
We have come to the end of Chaman Bhartiya School’s first academic year. For all of us, this has been a year spent under the shadow of the Covid pandemic.
The first academic year of Chaman Bhartiya School is soon coming to an end. Covid made it necessary to open the school as an online school, even though we had reservations with regard to online learning for small children. But we did open online, and I have been positively surprised to see how much we have achieved – not everything we dreamt of as a school, but much more than I expected.