Education is an important ingredient for sustained growth as it facilitates economic and social change. A comprehensive educational curriculum stimulates the intellectual capabilities of students and hones their skills in other areas.
Residential schools are mushrooming around the country. As economic reforms are ushering in growth and as a result augmenting the income of people, many parents are now opting for boarding schools. Many of these institutions have world class infrastructure which indeed redefines the learning experience. The pedagogical techniques and the learning resources employed by the highly trained faculty add value to the intellectual capabilities of children. Facilities with respect to sports and other extracurricular activities ensure that the student explores other arenas. Some schools are located in very pristine locations, which make children appreciate beauty and nature at a very young age.
Keeping this in mind, a residential school experience is a cherished dream for many, as such a school seeks to impart quality education and mould impressionable young minds. In a residential school, one forms durable bonds with fellow classmates, some of which never fade. The camaraderie one shares in a residential community is indeed a unique experience. Boarding schools seek to inculcate values in children. They also foster responsibility and independence in students from a young age. Both these attributes, apart from engendering a profound sense of confidence, are important as they help students confront challenges later in life. The environment is certainly very conducive to learning and the overall development of a students’ personality. Few should miss such a life altering experience.
With less than a month left for board examinations, many students find themselves weighed down by expectations. Comparisons, parental expectations and peer pressure are major concerns for students attempting their board exams. These concerns bog students down, leading to severe examination stress. The term ‘exam stress’ can be broadly defined as a feeling of anxiety over one’s performance in the exams, the results and reaction of parents, teachers and friends; all weigh upon students to create exam stress, here are tips that can help minimize the stress.
1. Revision tips:
Develop a time-table to monitor your progress. Make sure you allocate adequate time for fun and relaxation as well. While revising a subject, practice writing. This will give you a sense of achievement and build your confidence. While revising, set realistic targets of what you can achieve in the time available.
Practice writing answers under exam conditions. Take three hour tests, without a break in between, preferably at the same time as that of the exam.
2. Time out:
To prevent mental fatigue, take a short break as soon as you notice your mind is losing concentration. Avoid television and loud music. You will then be able to come back to your revision refreshed. It is important to relax. Your mind and body perform at their best only if you get adequate rest.
3. Maintain a regular sleep pattern:
A regular seven hours of sleep is mandatory for the body to function well. Also, sleep at a regular time; don’t alter your sleeping cycle. It is not important whether you study late or get up early, as long as you get into the habit of being most alert at the same time as that of the exam.
4. What to eat:
Food rich in vitamins and proteins, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, are a must. The nutrients will help your brain stay sharp. Avoid food with high fat content. Don’t drink too much coffee, tea or fizzy drinks. Caffeine will keep you up and reduce the clarity of your thinking.
5. No distractions:
Right now, the board examinations should be your only focus. Stay away from distractions that could cause loss of concentration or unwanted anxiety.
6. The power of positive thinking:
Avoid negative thoughts, such as ‘Everyone else seems better organized, while I’m struggling.’ Challenge such thoughts with positive thinking; for example, ‘I have done well in exams before.’
7. Practice relaxation techniques:
Practice deep breathing, meditation and yoga as forms of relaxation. They help your body relax and reduce stress. Alternately, take a brisk walk in fresh air after your day’s revision is over. If you believe in God, pray before you start studying. Prayer will help you increase confidence and reduce your stress as well.
Come 2014, class 12 students of maths and science from one particular education board will not be able to complain about having to face tougher question papers and marking systems than their counterparts studying under other boards.
The majority of educational boards conducting class 12 exams across the country have agreed in principle to have a common design of question paper to make the school-leaving exams as uniform as possible in terms of difficulty.
This is being done to give students a level playing field. Efforts began in 2010, when 20 educational boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) adopted the core curriculum in maths and science.
IIT board asks CBSE to work on common design of question paper
In 2011, all 29 boards conducting senior secondary exams had adopted a core curriculum. Taking forward the uniformity, the Apex Board of IIT has asked CBSE to work on a common design of question paper for Class XII exams for mathematics and science subjects.
Coordinating on behalf of the boards, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), a common platform for all educational boards in the country, has instituted a sub-committee comprising of state board members from Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Kerala and Rajasthan to work on the common design of question paper.
“We are going to have the first batch that will appear in Class XII exams from various boards based on the core curriculum. With a common design of question papers the difficulty level as well as marking system will be equivalent and therefore there will be complete uniformity in the system,” said chairman of COBSE as well as CBSE, Vineet Joshi.
The move is also likely to offer a level playing field to science students from different boards while appearing for centralized entrance examinations like the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) as well as the single medical entrance test. From this year the JEE (main) merit list to be conducted by CBSE will give 40% weightage to board results.
“Initially, once the design is ready, a pilot run will be introduced by five state boards for class XI. Based on the experience, and in case there is any need for improvement, finally it will be introduced in class XII from 2014. The idea is to have uniformity in the level of difficulty as the curriculum is already uniform so that students get a level playing field,” said Puran Chand, joint secretary, COBSE. Once the recommendations of the sub-committee are ready, the matter will be placed at the COBSE for approval.
On December 9, 2012 the staff and students of SelaQui International School (SIS) and SelaQui Institute of Management and Technology (SMIT), Dehradun conducted a cleanliness drive at Vikasnagar (about 30 km from Dehradun). About 120 school and college students and 30 teachers literally ‘walked the talk’. The drive was inaugurated by Mr. Navprabhat, MLA. Other guests of honor were the Chairman of the Municipal Corporation – Mr. M.L.Shah, Station Officer of the Vikasnagar Police Station – Mr. Vinod Kumar Jetha, SDM Vikasnagar – Mr. Ashok Kumar Pandey, Chief of the Municipal Corporation – Mrs. Shanti Juwatha and members of Vidhan Sabha – Mrs. Savita Dhyani, Mr. Jamshed Ahmad, Mr. Nitin Prakash, Mr. Amar Singh, Mr. Anupam Kapil, Archana Sethi, Ms. Sonia Sappal, Mr. Dharmedra Thakur and Mr. Rajendra Binjola.
Armed with garbage collection bags, banners and placards, the students made sincere attempts to make the local residents aware of the crucial need for living in sanitary and clean surroundings. The authorities of SelaQui Education also participated in the drive. The Vice-chairman – Major General Basant Singh, the School Headmaster – Mr. Rakesh Singh Tomar and the School Deputy Headmaster – Mr. Jashvir Chaudhary were eager participants as well. The drive spanned a distance of 2 km between the Vikasnagar Municipal Corporation and Pahari Gali.
The aim behind the drive was to emphasize the dire need for people to take up the task of maintaining clean, sanitary surroundings. Cleanliness of public areas becomes an onerous task if left entirely to the local authorities. The students warned the locals that if we do not become aware of the need for clean living, we will soon be victim to many diseases that can easily be avoided by taking simple precautions for sanitation. The students encouraged the people to pick up garbage and dispose it wisely. They did so by displaying motivating slogans and leading by example. To the surprise of the onlookers, they did not hesitate in picking up garbage along the road.
The cleanliness drive will end with its second phase on the 14th of December, 2012 when a similar cleanliness campaign will be conducted for the locals at Selakui.
The Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The festival is celebrated across the world with great pride, honor and respect. Guru Nanak Dev was the first Sikh guru and founder of the Sikhism religion. Apart from the followers of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev was admired by Punjabi Hindus and Sahajdhari Sindhis residing across the Indian subcontinent for his noble words and deeds
The students of the Sikh community went to the Gurudwara in the day. They partook in the ‘kirtan’ and went in turn to bow down in respect before the holy Guru Granth Sahib. The students offered up prayers and received the ‘kara prashad’ before they headed back to SelaQui International school.
Back in SelaQui International school Guru Nanak Jayanti was celebrated during the Post Lunch Session. Students Imparted information about the significance and history of Guru Nanak. The celebration was inaugurated by a Sikh prayer ‘Mul-mantra’ which invoked the Guru’s Blessing by Mannat Chandail, Charan Suri, Shivak Chhabra and Sahilpreet Singh Gurm. Sahilpreet also amazed everyone with a Sikh ‘Shabad’, a Devotional Hymn.
“Sikhism, which comes from the Hindi word sikh, meaning “disciple,” is one of the three religions most widely practiced in India” shared Mannat and Shivak in their informative Power Point Presentation
Bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. Punjabis performed Bhangra to celebrate the sucess of the harvest. Bhangra is considered the king of dances. SahilPreet, Jagrit Chhabra , Shivam Dhall and Gursher Sandhu performed the Bhangra which delighted everyone.
Being disciples of universal love and the belief in the practice of virtuous deeds the message of the Guru was felt and revered.
IB Diploma – Year II
CAS is a crucial component in the IB Diploma Program and what better way to get creative, while in action and serve the community at the same time that organise a fundraiser for an orphanage. The IB Fundraiser was held on the afternoon of October 24th in the vicinity of the school dining hall. There was at air of fun and festivity all around. The event was inaugurated by the Vice Chairman who made it a point, that he too spend his money at each stall, the proceeds of which would go to charity.
Adnan Glitwala was made responsible for handing out coupons and did a pretty good job. While Srirup Dwivedi had to try really hard to make sure no one prompted the participants of Tail the Donkey, Amrit Kashyap was enjoying himself getting the students and teachers alike to Feed the Clown, Rambhawan Kauri was making sure he did his bit with his stall Light the Candles and Jijnyasa Patowary was rapidly spinning the Chocolate Wheel. The Juke Box stole the limelight and was a big hit among the teachers and students alike. They played songs on request and sent out messages to their friends or just played their favourite songs from a list. Some students even formed a small group to dance the Gangnam. I too had a great time getting in all the requests and tapping a foot while making the announcements.
Among the food stalls were snacks ranging from kachoris and French fries to burgers and pasta. What really had the crowd going was the ice cream, served very innovatively with dark fantasy crumble and chocolate sauce, it had many coming back for more. Amartya Ghosh and Mohd. Misbah did a really good job assisting the kitchen staff while they served out the food. Mohit Himalion acted as the “Distress Manager “ making sure all the stalls ran smoothly and helping out whenever the numbers were too many to handle.
We were guided by our CAS Co-ordinator Mr. Ashford Lyonette along every step of the way. He helped us plan the games, decide the menu, shop for the ingredients and gifts and overall saw to it that everyone had a really good time. Without his support, the event would not have come together. All in all, every person, from the Headmaster to the students enjoyed the fete thoroughly.
We managed to make profits close to Rs 20,000 and will be donating it to an orphanage for the festival of Diwali.
- By Charan Suri
(IB Diploma, Year II)
The Inter-House Science PowerPoint Presentation Competition was held at our school on 20th October, 2012. The competition was a good opportunity to display the collaborative effort of students from different houses and classes. It brought forth a lovely amalgamation of intelligence, research, and creativity. Not only did the students have to gather information on the topics but also find innovative ways of putting them across. They also studied the topics at length so that they could answer questions related to them.
The PPT’s encompassed a vast variety of topics, namely Social Organization in Insects, Are We Polluting the Environment? , Rockets and Satellites and Organic vs. Inorganic Food.
Vibrant templates, dramatic background effects, rich and informative content – the works! All the Houses put up great presentations and faced the Question-Answer round rather bravely. The winner of the competition was Akash House, who were represented by Jijnyasa Patowary (IBD), Tanuj Agarwal (X), Shashank Sharma (IX) and Maanas Chaudhary (VIII).
- By Jijnyasa Patowary
(IB Diploma, Year I)