INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

UK Educators Visit Choithram School for 8 Days

February 19, 2018

Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator and Ms. Ellen Siv, Foundation stage teacher of Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, UK visited Choithram School, Manik Bagh for 8 days from February 11 to February 17, 2018. The visit was undertaken as a part of British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant for a collaborative project on UN Sustainable Development Goal ‘Zero Hunger’ by both the schools. Both the schools have collaborated on various projects in the last four years with ‘Water: Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Eat Right’, ‘Cyber Bullying: Play Your Part and Share a Heart’, ‘Global Warming, a Global Warning’ to name a few.

Ms. Fraser and Ms. Siv witnessed a rally by class 5 students and a skit presentation by class 1 & 2 students on the theme ‘Waste no food’. Class 6 students presented causes of hunger in India and UK followed by solutions in both the countries. They elucidated details about Food Bank in India, UK and Indore. Class 7 students debated on the topic, ‘Climate change is only responsible for global hunger’ and vociferously asserted their views on the topic ‘World hunger is a growing problem today’ during the panel discussion. Through a TV Show, class 7 students portrayed various ways in which hunger can be eliminated and the organizations that are working in this direction. The skit by class 7 students made the students realize that our country is home to the largest number of hungry people and the food that is wasted in the country can be used to feed almost 300 million people every year. An exhibition of posters and jingles prepared by class 7 students on the theme ‘Solutions for Combating Hunger’ as well as letters to the editor of a local newspaper citing action to be taken by the government to overcome the problem of hunger were also displayed.

They visited Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, an Indore based non-governmental organization working for sustainable community along with students of Eco Club of the school. They visited ‘Aastha’, Old Age Home with Health and Wellness Club students of the school where students of Choithram School prepared nutritious food for the inmates of the old age home. They witnessed presentation by volunteers of Food Bank and Robin Hood Army as well as visited Food Bank in Palasia to learn more about how left over food reaches the less fortunate people in the society.

The UK teachers were impressed with the presentations of the students and hoped the students would continue working towards the direction of alleviating hunger in their city. They shared their best practices with Montessori and Junior School teachers in sessions conducted by them. They were guests of honour for Inter School Folk Dance Event hosted by Choithram School. They visited Rajwada, Chhatri, Maheshwar and Mandu during their stay.

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Choithram School Wins International Award for its School Business Enterprise

February 19, 2018

UK charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Choithram School, ManikBagh as a winner of the Silver Business Plan in the Asia Pacific Region of School Enterprise Challenge 2017. The award carries with it a prize of $1000. The school received the award in recognition of the exceptional school business planned in the school and its contribution to developing business and practical skills amongst students. More than 6000 schools from over 110 countries participated in the contest this year: an international programme which supports students and teachers to plan, set up and run a school business

As a part of the business enterprise ‘Good Earth’, students from Montessori to grade 10 prepared handicrafts from recycled material, compost from dry leaves and saplings from flower cuttings while the business team of grade 11 and 12 was involved in selling these items during the Fundraising Events. The profits generated were used for empowering 150 students of Sri Krishna School in Sardarpur (a small town in Dhar district in the state of Madhya Pradesh) with the resources needed for better living. The students established a library by giving a cupboard and books, six green boards, sports equipment and two sets of uniform to the students of this school.

The contest challenges young people to establish a socially responsible, environment sustainable, yet profitable, business at their school. This offers a platform for providing hands-on relevant education to students, at the same time as generating extra income for the school.

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Choithram School is Reaccredited with the British Council International School Award For The Period 2017 – 2020

December 13, 2017

Choithram School has been reaccredited with the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the period 2017 – 2020 for embedding international learning across the school and curriculum. Students from Montessori to class XI were involved in multifarious activities throughout the previous session which aimed at providing them a window to the world within their learning environment. The collaborative projects with six schools outside India, viz. Stoke Row C. E. Primary School (UK), Immaculate Conception School (Ghana), Bay View High School (Pakistan),Beirut Modern School (Lebanon), Hasbaya Public High School (Lebanon) and El Mostakbal Integrated Experimental Language School (Egypt) fostered camaraderie between the students and brought them closer to their peers from different cultures.

Ms. Raminder Mac, the ISA Co-ordinator of the school received this prestigious award from Mr. Alan Gemmell, OBE, Country Director, British Council India in the Awards Ceremony in New Delhi on December 13, 2017.

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Grants Application Filled by UK Partner School and Choithram School Approved by the British Council, UK

December 12, 2017

The application for Connecting Classrooms Professional Partnership funding filled by the school with its partner school Stoke Row C.E. Primary School, U.K. has been approved by the U.K. assessors with the grant of 3000 pounds enabling the head teacher and teacher of our partner school to visit our school in the month of February 2018. Both the schools will be working together on the collaborative project on UN Sustainable Development Goal ‘Zero Hunger’.Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs of Choithram School, ManikBagh and Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator, Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire had jointly filled in the grants application which was rigorously assessed by the UK assessors to match their framework.

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School Student Selected to be a Part of Global Youth Advisory Panel of School Enterprise Challenge

December 7, 2017

Appreciating the work of our business enterprise, the School Enterprise Challenge has invited a member of our business team on to their Global Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) to be involved in the development of the programme, acting as a voice for their peers and helping shape the future of the School Enterprise Challenge. The school has nominated Nikita Soni of class XI for the same.

Choithram School Emerges Winner in Sparrow Challenge, an International Contest

November 21, 2017

Choithram School, ManikBagh has emerged winner in the ‘Sparrow Challenge’ contest organized as a part of Climate Action project pioneered by Koen Timmers, a Belgian educationist of great repute. 250 schools from 69 countries participated in this contest. Class 9 students worked on the topic ‘Where Have All the Sparrows Gone’ portraying drawings, narrating incidents told to them by their parents and grandparents, elucidating causes for the disappearance of sparrows, expressing their anguish through self-composed poems and lastly making bird feeders as a small step to rectify the damage. Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs of the school was the facilitator for the project. The video encapsulating the students’ presentation is uploaded on the you tube, the url id of which is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unLspFOnt90&t=42s

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Dean – International Affairs, Ms. Raminder Mac Invited for International Conference ‘Education that Pays’ in London

November 17, 2017

Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs of Choithram School, ManikBagh was invited by UK based charity ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ for the award ceremony of School Enterprise Challenge in London on November 14, 2017. She received the People Prize of School Enterprise Challenge 2016 on behalf of the school and the Inspirational Teacher Award during the ceremony. She also attended their 11th annual ‘Education That Pays’ Conference on innovative enterprise education in London on November 15 & 16, 2017.

She was one of the participants of the panel discussion, the title of which was ‘Lessons from the Front Line: Advancing Understanding: Teaching Skills for Success with Results’ which was moderated by Sally Walker, the Senior Programme Manager of the School Enterprise Challenge. She was also one of the speakers in the Roundtable Session pertaining to ‘Integrating 21st century skills into the classroom’. The session was moderated by India Jankel, Programme Officer, Teach A Man To Fish. The conference featured business leaders, education experts and international organisations. The speakers included eminent personalities like Martin Burt, Founder and CEO of Fundación, Paraguay, Steve Carver, Chair of the WinWin Group and an entrepreneur and Nik Kafka, CEO & Founder, Teach a Man to Fish.

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Choithram School Students Win Laurels In 4th International Youth Convention on Commerce & Economics

November 11, 2017

Students of Choithram School, Manik Bagh won laurels in 4th International Youth Convention on Commerce & Economics organized by City Montessori Inter College, Lucknow. Competing with 13 international teams from Sri Lanka, Brazil, Nepal and 37 national teams, Choithram School students notched three prestigious awards in senior and junior categories. Purnima Pant of class IX bagged second position in Entrepreneur Expression (inspirational & motivational Corporate speech) while Prerak Murdia of class XII and Siddharth Sisodiya of class XI were declared second runner up in Business Quiz. The creative & innovative Business Plan presented by Prerak Murdia and Parv Birla of class XII won third place.

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Dean – International Affairs, Ms. Raminder Mac Selected for Paper Presentation In International Teacher Research Conference

September 15, 2017

Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs presented her research paper in the International Teacher Research Conference held by AINET (All India Network of English Teachers) in collaboration with the British Council and Regional English Language Office, US Embassy on September 14 & 15, 2017 in Nagpur. She was one among the 43 educators selected from India, Nepal and Bangladesh to showcase their research work. Ms. Mac presented her work on the research question, ‘How will collaborative learning between partner schools improve eating habits of grade 6 children?’, a research project that she had carried out with her school students and the partner school Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, UK.

The opening plenary session taken by Dr. Richard Smith,Reader, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK of Warwick University on day one focused on Teacher-research: Why, Where and What Kind? Ms. Mac along with other AARMS (Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme) mentors were a part of the second plenary session on day one. Ms. Mac elucidated the qualities of a mentor based on her mentoring experience in the school wherein four teachers in the school are carrying out exploratory action research under her guidance.

Workshops on day one were conducted by Ms. Amy Lightfoot and Ms. Jemima Hughes of the British Council as well as CristinBleess and Clover Bolton, US educators associated with the US embassy. The second day witnessed paper presentations by 43 educators. On September 16, 2017, the AARMS mentors attended a workshop taken by Dr. Richard Smith, Reader, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK and Dr. Amol Padwad, Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of English, J. M. Patel College, Bhandara, India.

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Choithram School is the Winner of Logo Design Mini Competition

September 13, 2017

Choithram School is the winner of ‘Environmental Award’ in the International Logo Design Mini Competition organized by School Enterprise Challenge, an initiative of UK based ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ organization. ‘Picking winners from the 150 incredibly varied and fantastic submissions was not an easy task for our judges’ remark the School Enterprise Challenge team. The logo was designed by Nandini Bhachawat of grade 9 and represented the hallmark of the school business ‘Good Earth’ in a very creative manner.

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Choithramians Win Laurels in the International Youth Festival for History and Civics

August 22, 2017

In the International Youth Festival for History and Civics under Reflections 2017 organized by City Montessori School, Lucknow on August 22, 2017, Chelsea Sawlani of class XII secured first position in English Debate, Nandini Bhachawat of class IX secured third position in Group Discussion while Aastha Vijaywargiya and Anshika Bhargava of class XII received High Commendation award in Model Making Event.

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Choithramians Emerge Winners in International Robotronics Competition

June 3, 2017

The students of Choithram School, ManikBagh proved their mettle and brought laurels to the School by winning International Robotronics Competition in the senior category in China organized by IRC League. The school team comprising of Nishchay Pagarani, Shashwat Vyas,Chaitanya Vyas and Pawan Wadhwani of class 12 competed with 10 teams of five countries viz. India, Maldives, Singapore, Bangladesh and China and notched the top position by scoring highest points in the competition.They received medals, certificates and Apple products. Director IRC Tarun Bhalla congratulated the winning team and invited them to attend the Robotic Conference in China. Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi appreciated the whiz kids for their outstanding performance and efforts which made them excel in the competition. The achievement has given a new identity to the school at the global level.

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Choithram School Wins Laurels in Commonwealth Science Competition

April 4, 2017

Choithram School, ManikBagh achieved yet another feat by being placed third in the prestigious Commonwealth Science Competition organized by the British Council which witnessed participation of 46 schools across the Commonwealth, including Australia/Pacific, Bangladesh, Caribbean, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK. A total of 14 teams of four schools each participated in this contest. Choithram School, ManikBagh had schools from Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) in its team. 8 students of class the school under the mentorship of Science HOD Ms. Anshu Chopra carried out an Investigative Science Project with the target question ‘How can we prevent Infectious Diseases?’ and created awareness in the community regarding this. The four schools worked together, pooled their results, participated in online debates, teacher forums and shared a collaboration space on British Council Schools Online. The entries were judged by Royal Society, British Council and Professor Adrian Sutton, Professor of Nanotechnology at Imperial College London.

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Dean – International Affairs, Ms. Raminder Mac Wins Inspirational Teacher Award of the School Enterprise Challenge at the International Level

February 18, 2017

UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean International Affairs of Choithram School, ManikBagh as winner of Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge 2016, the first prize in the teacher category. The award carries with it a prize of $2000. Being the Lead Teacher of the business enterprise of the school, Ms. Mac went the extra mile to hone the entrepreneurial and business skills of the students. Under her mentorship the school received various awards of the School Enterprise Challenge viz., the People Award this year and Special Recognition Award last year as well as awards for Video Pitch, Blogging and T-shirt Designing mini competitions. More than 5000 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year.

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Choithram School Wins International Award For Its School Business Enterprise

February 17, 2017

UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Choithram School, ManikBagh as a winner of People Award of the School Enterprise Challenge 2016, the second highest award of the implementation phase. The award carries with it a prize of $2000 and one funded place to a regional conference organized by School Enterprise Challenge. The school received the award in recognition of the exceptional school business established in the school and its contribution to developing business and practical skills amongst students. More than 5000 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year.

As a part of the business enterprise ‘Good Earth’, students from Montessori to grade 10 prepared handicrafts from recycled material, compost from dry leaves and saplings from flower cuttings while the business team of grade 11 and 12 was involved in selling these items during the Fundraising Events. The profits generated were used for setting up a library at BahuUdeshya Seva Samiti, an orphanage, gifting musical instruments to the visually handicapped of the Blind School and providing school bags to slum children of ‘Souls for Slums’ Charitable Society.

The contest challenges young people to establish a socially responsible, environment sustainable, yet profitable, business at their school. This offers a platform for providing hands-on relevant education to students, at the same time as generating extra income for the school.

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School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi Attends International Conference VII Forum on Intercultural Learning & Exchange in Italy

November 6, 2016

The school is in the process of establishing a Department of Intercultural Learning to equip the students with requisite skills to develop intercultural competence. In this context, our School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi, had the privilege of attending the International Conference VII Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange in Colle Val d’Elsa in Italy from November 3 to 5, 2016 focusing on ‘Should intercultural learning be a separate subject in the curriculum of pupils or should it cut across all subjects?’, ‘Which initial intercultural training should be available for teachers, methodologies, content and should it be part of their in-service training?, ‘How to check/assess the outcome?’ and ‘How to promote teacher exchanges and partnerships ?’

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Being a part of Teacher Advisory Panel of School Enterprise Challenge

August 1, 2016

Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs has been selected by Teach a Man to Fish Organization, a UK based charity to be a part of the School Enterprise Challenge Teacher Advisory Panel. She is one of the 13 members selected from all over the world to be part of the Teacher Advisory Panel. School Enterprise Challenge is an international competition that runs in 2900 schools in over 100 countries of the world wherein students set up a business enterprise in the school and distribute the profits for a charitable cause.

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School Principal Invited to Take Workshops at Indian School-Dar es Salaam, C/o. High Commission of India, Tanzania

June 20, 2016

On the kind invite of the Principal, Indian School-Dar es Salaam, C/o. High Commission of India, Tanzania; Mr. Rajesh Awasthi, Principal, Choithram School, Manik Bagh conducted workshops at their school in Tanzania from June 16to 19, 2016. The workshops mainly encompassed the orientation sessions for teachers as well as students. Mr. Rajesh Awasthi conducted enlightening and interactive sessions on ‘Personality Development’ and ‘Career Counselling’ for the students and on ‘Teaching Methodology and Techniques’, ‘Lesson Planning’, ‘Classroom Instructions’ and ‘Assessment’ for the teachers. The orientation sessions were supplemented with various interesting exercises on personality development, self-awareness, career preference record. The students and teachers participated actively during the exercises. Moreover, the students shared their personal experiences pertaining to the choice of career unveiling the vision of the upcoming youth.

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Dean – International Affairs, Ms. Raminder Mac’s Work Published in British Council Manual

June 13, 2016

The school achieved yet another feat when the action based research work carried out by Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs with grade 6 students pertaining to the research question: ‘How will collaborative learning between partner schools improve eating habits of grade 6 students?’was published in British Council’s Manual ‘Reflective Practitioners – Journeys of Action Research from India – Global Teacher Accreditation 2015’.

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Dean International Affairs, Ms. Raminder Mac Receives Accolades from the British Council for her Work on ‘Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill’

June 13, 2016

Ms. Raminder Mac attended ‘Reflection Session of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill’ organized by the British Council along with 130 other participants from the country on June 13, 2016 in New Delhi. The 60 second video prepared by her reflecting her Core Skills journey was adjudged as one of the best entries of the contest. She has received the British Council Online Library Membership as reward of her work. Further, her work on implementation of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill in class VIII received appreciation from the assessors and was adjudged as one of the best learning designs. She has been asked to submit her work for the ‘British Council Handbook for Embedding Core Skills in the Curriculum.’

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Choithram School Selected to Participate in Commonwealth Science Competition

May 26, 2016

Choithram School achieved yet another feat by getting selected for the prestigious Commonwealth Science Competition organized by the British Council. A total of only 10 schools from India along with 46 schools from the across the across the Commonwealth, including Australia/Pacific, Bangladesh, Caribbean, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK have been selected for this competition. The selection was done on the basis of Choithram School’s partnership projects with other schools around the globe and an answer to the question that demonstrated a commitment to the Common wealth Science Class programme and international learning. The question answered by Dean – International Affairs, Ms.Raminder Mac was assessed by UK assessors. A total of 14 teams of 4 schools each will be participating in this contest. Choithram School has schools from Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) in its team. 10 students of class 8 of Choithram School under their mentor Science HOD Ms.Anshu Chopra will be participating in this competition.

Each team of 4 schools will carry out an investigative science Project together, based on one of four themes (Renewable Energy, Global Food Security, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels), lasting approximately six months. Schools will work together and pool their results. Schools will participate in online debates and teacher forums and share a collaboration space on British Council Schools Online. The contest will provide schools with new ideas for learning, teaching, cultural awareness, international partnership working and school/country links.

Choithram School is the Winner of Special Recognition Award (Stage 2) of School Enterprise Challenge

March 4, 2016

UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announcedChoithram School, ManikBaghas a winner of Special Recognition Award (Stage 2) of the School Enterprise Challenge 2015. The school received the award in recognition of the exceptional school enterprise planned and its contribution to developing business and practical skills amongst young people. 2919 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year. The contest challenges young people to establish a socially responsible, yet profitable, business at their school. This offers a platform for providing hands-on relevant education to students, at the same time as generating extra income for the school.

The school students were involved in creating a melange of eye-catching handicrafts from recycled material and setting up a business enterprise titled ‘Handy Handicrafts Organization’. The profits would go to the school’s partner school Bwafwano School in Zambia for their School Feeding Programme where for many children their school meal is their only meal of the day. Ms.Raminder Mac, Dean International Affairs and Lead Teacher of the project remarked, ‘School Enterprise Challenge is an excellent platform to hone the entrepreneurial skills of the students by providing them experiential learning as well as brings them closer to the environment and community. Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi congratulated all students and teachers for achieving this remarkable feat.

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Choithram School is the Winner of International T-Shirt Design Competition

November 30, 2015

Choithram School is the winner of International T-Shirt Design Competition organized by School Enterprise Challenge, an initiative of UK based ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ organization. The T-Shirt was designed by NandiniBhachawat of grade 7 and represented the four hallmarks of ‘Teach A Man To Fish’ organization viz. innovation, education, school businesses and skills. The T-Shirt designed by Nandini was worn by delegates from all over world who attended the international conference ‘Education That Pays For Itself’ in New Delhi from November 19 to 22, 2015.

 Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs and Ms. KuldeepChhabra, English faculty, Senior School guided Nandini in designing the T-shirt.

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School Principal Invited As a Guest Expert at the VI Forum on Intercultural Learning & Exchange in Italy

November 3, 2015

School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi was invited as a guest expert at the VI Forum on Intercultural Learning & Exchange in Tuscany, Italy on October 30 & 31, 2015. The event was organized by Fondazione Intercultural Onius, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programmes.  The Forum focused on ‘The school assessment of the intercultural learning of pupils during and after individual exchanges abroad.’ A group of 60 academicians, intercultural learning practitioners, policymakers and school administrators from around the world shared their ideas and expertise at the Forum. They discussed about the theories and researches in this field, assessment of intercultural learning in different countries, role of organization’s expert in facilitating learning assessment and challenges and gaps in the assessment. Mr. Awasthi was the only delegate representing India in this prestigious Forum.

Mr. Awasthi took a session on ‘Self-Assessment as a tool for building inter-cultural competencies’ on October 31, 2015 which was attended by ICL stalwarts from throughout the world. He received a lot of appreciation for his research work on assessment of intercultural experiences of hosted students that will be carried out in three phases, viz., Pre-Exchange and Beginning of Stay, Mid Term Stay and End Stay. He emphasized on Self-Assessment of inter-cultural learning experience as it enables the hosted students to introspect and realize the challenges that they are facing while living in a different culture and how far they have been able to adapt themselves to the new cultural environment. Using self-assessment as a tool to evaluate the experience of students on an exchange programme, his research project aims at devising activities to develop inter-cultural competencies of the hosted students.

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Choithram School Wins International Blog Competition

September 30, 2015

Choithram School is the winner of International Blog Competition organized by School Enterprise Challenge, an initiative of UK based ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ organization. The international jury commended the school for its diverse products that the students are creating from recycled material and selling as well as for the creative and entrepreneurial skills of the students. More than 2000 schools from 104 different countries participated in this contest. Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – Internationalism and Incharge of this project has been updating the blog on a regular basis with the technical support of Mr. Amit Joshi, Computer Programmer of the school. The School Enterprise Challenge has enabled young Choithramians to become business leaders of tomorrow, gaining hands-on experience of running their business ‘Handy Handicrafts Organization successfully. The link of the school blog is http://webchoithram.blogspot.in/

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School Controller of Examinations Selected For Action Research Project of British Council & GL Education, UK

September 9, 2015

Mr. Amit Trivedi, Controller of Examination of the school is among the eight teachers selected from the country to carry out the Action Research Project of British Council in collaboration with GL Education of UK. Out of a total of 962 applicants, 250 were shortlisted for a skype interview from which eight were selected for this prestigious project. The research question selected by Mr. Trivedi is ‘How can qualitative reasoning skills of class VI students be enhanced by involving them in self-assessment?’ He also attended a two day orientation programme organized in New Delhi on September 7 & 8, 2015, the resource persons of which were Mr. James Niell (International Director of GL Education, UK), Dr. K. Pushpanadham& Dr. N. Pradhan (Professors of Educational Management, M. S. University, Baroda) and the Project Managers of the British Council Ms. Sharon Sequeria& Dr. Parashar.

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UK Educators Visit Choithram School for 10 Days

August 29, 2015

Ms. Charlotte Harris, Head Teacher, Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire, UK and Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator of the same school visited our school from August 19 to 28, 2015 on a reciprocal teacher visit. The visit was undertaken as a part of British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant received by both the schools for doing a collaborative project on ‘Water: Rights and Responsibilities’ during the previous session. In this session both the schools are working on ‘Eating Right: Healthy and Ethical Eating’.

During the trip, Ms. Harris and Ms. Fraser took sessions on ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Independent Learning Training’ with Principals and teachers of various schools as well as on ‘Mixed Age Classrooms’ with teachers of Choithram School. They were guests of honour for Inter School Junior Master Chef Event and Inter School Kathak Dance Event hosted by Choithram School. They witnessed ‘Inter House Healthy Dessert Preparation’ in the Senior School, rally by CBSE-i students on ‘Be Vegetarian’, Road Show on ‘Malnutrition’ by CBSE-i students as well as ‘Vegetable and Fruit Exhibition’ of Montessori students. They were impressed with the confidence of grade 7 students who put forth their views on the topic, ‘Whose responsibility is it to ensure that we eat healthy food – the parents, the school, the government or the multinational food giants?’ They also apprised CBSE-i parents about ‘The Education System in UK’. They appreciated the entrepreneurial creativity of the students who sold handicrafts prepared from recycled material to parents and teachers during the PTM. They visited Rajwada, Chhatri, Regional Park, Nakhrali Dhani, Maheshwar, Mandu and Siddhwarkut during their stay.

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Ms. Raminder Mac Visits UK Receiving the British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant 

July 17, 2015

Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs, Choithram School, Manik Bagh visited Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire, UK from July 5 to 14, 2015 after receiving the British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant for bringing global issues to life in the school curriculum. To ensure an equitable and sustainable collaboration during the present session, both the schools are working on the project ‘Eating Right: Healthy and Ethical Eating’.
During the trip, Ms. Raminder Mac took a session on cooking wherein the students of grade 5 and 6 prepared ‘vegetable pulao’ under her guidance.  She also took a session on ‘Factors influencing food habits of Indians’ with grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students.  She visited ‘Earth Trust’, an environmental leading charity in Oxfordshire to enable the students to understand from where their food comes from. The students gained hands-on experience by performing various activities like milking the cow, making butter from cream, sowing the seeds of wheat in compost and grinding oats into flour. She attended a session on ‘Philosophy of Children for Global Citizenship’ conducted by Liz Allen, an international trainer of the Reading International Solidarity Centre, an organization that works to promote global issues in schools. She also witnessed students debating on ‘Whose responsibility is it to ensure that we eat healthy food – the government, the parents, the schools or the multinational food giants?’ She also visited Dollis Junior School in London with whom Choithram School had done a collaborative project on cricket during the session 2013 – 2014. She gained insight about the teaching methodology followed in the school along with different therapies like music, art, reading in front of a dog being incorporated for children who are shy and victims of abuse.

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Choithram School Teachers Awarded British Council Global Teacher Accreditation Award

July 9, 2015

Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean – International Affairs and Ms. Vandana Katyal, Primary Incharge received the prestigious British Council Global Teacher Accreditation Award for their action based research project spanning a period of six weeks. The research was evaluated by the experts at Cambridge Education Foundation, UK.
Ms. Raminder Mac received the Award with Commendation for her action based research for grade 6 students pertaining to the research question: ‘How will collaborative learning between partner schools improve eating habits of grade 6 students?’ Ms. Mac was one of the 20 teachers out of a total of 102 teachers from all over the country to receive the award with commendation. She received 6 commendations for her work being of consistently high standard out of a total of 9 for the various criteria evaluated by the assessors. Ms. Mac carried out the collaborative learning project with Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire, UK.
Ms. Vandana Katyal received the award for her research work pertaining to grade 5 students that focused on ‘How can we foster critical thinking skills among 9 & 10 year old through Problem Based Learning (PBL) by targeting real life issues’.

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Choithram School Principal Invited For International Forum in Italy

June 19, 2015

Mr. Rajesh Awasthi, Principal, Choithram School, Manik Bagh has been invited as a guest expert at the 6th Forum on Intercultural Learning & Exchange organized by AFS Intercultural Programs at Tuscany, Italy from October 29 to 31, 2015. The event will focus on assessment of global citizenship development, specifically how secondary schools assess the intercultural experiences of pupils during exchange programmes to different countries.
A group of 60 academicians, intercultural learning practitioners, policymakers and school.
administrators from around the world would be sharing their ideas and expertise at the Forum. Mr. Awasthi is the only delegate who has been selected to represent India in this prestigious Forum.

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School Principal Attends Spectrum of Education 4 Career in Istanbul, TurkeyUnder The Aegis of AFS Intercultural Programs

April 27, 2015

School Principal Mr.Rajesh Awasthi attended Spectrum of Education 4 Conference on ‘Career’ and ‘Inter-Cultural Learning’ in Istanbul, Turkey from April 22 to 26, 2015 along with 38 educationists comprising of Principals, teachers and AFS volunteers from 14 countries across the globe. The Conference was organized under the aegis of AFS Intercultural Programs. The conference witnessed sharing of experiences and ideas so that selecting a career path changes from a problem to be solved into an adventure to be savoured and experienced. The participants also discussed inter-cultural competencies, exchange programmes and assessment of inter-cultural learning experience of hosted students.

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Choithram School Wins International Sales Pitch Competition

March 30, 2015

Choithram School is the winner of International Sales Pitch Competition organized by School Enterprise Challenge, an initiative of UK based ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ organization. The international jury commended the school for its creative, engaging and convincing presentation. 1250 schools from 93 countries participated in this contest spanning the entire session 2014 – 2015. The School Enterprise Challenge has enabled young Choithramians to become business leaders of tomorrow, gaining hands-on experience of running their business ‘Choithram Composed Compost’ successfully. As a part of this project, students produced compost in the school by dumping dry as well as damp leaves lying scattered in the school campus in an empty pit in the back yard of the school and sold the compost to the parents and teachers. The presentation can be viewed on the Facebook page of School Enterprise Challenge, the link of which is https://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Enterprise-Challenge/113240922086772

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Choithram Teachers Selected For Global Teacher Accreditation Programme of British Council

February 11, 2015

Ms. Vandana Katyal, Primary Incharge and Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean of Activities are among the 122 applicants selected from a total of 720 applicants all over the country for the prestigious Global Teacher Accreditation Programme of British Council. They will be conducting a small-scale action based research project for class V and VI students respectively pertaining to ‘Problem Based Learning’ and ‘Improving Eating Habits of Children’. The action based research encompasses the development of a new strategy of a new form of intervention that has the intention of changing the pedagogy in order to improve learning. They attended the orientation workshop organized in New Delhi on February 9 & 10, 2015, the resource person of which was Ms. Angela Cook of UK.

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Bhavyangana Kanthed Wins Laurels In International Art Contest 

January 16, 2015

Bhavyangana Kanthed of class VII has notched the second spot in International Space Art Contest 2015 organized by Space Foundation of USA in the age group 11-12 years. She is the only Indian selected in the age group 9 to 18 years. The jury comprised of experts from the field of Space Art, Children’s Art, Commercial Art of UK, US and The Netherlands.

 

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School Receives British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant

December 9, 2015    

Choithram School and its partner school Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire, UK have received the British Council Connecting Classrooms Grant for collaborating and bringing global issues to life in the school curriculum. Through the funding, each school has secured £1500 for reciprocal study visits for teachers. Both the schools have worked together on the project ‘Water – Rights and Responsibilities’ during this session and will be working on the project ‘Eating Right: Healthy and Ethical Eating’.  Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean of Activities, Choithram School and Ms. Gillian Fraser, Global Citizenship Co-ordinator, Stoke Row C. E. Primary School, Oxfordshire had jointly filled in the grants application which was rigorously assessed by the UK assessors to match their framework.

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Atharva Vyas Receives Prestigious Marching J Scholarship

December 5, 2014

Atharva Vyas, a student of class XII has been awarded a scholarship by Marching J Incorporated Foundation to participate in AFS Japan Scholarship Year Programme from April 2015 to March 2016. Atharva is the only candidate selected from hundreds of excellent applicants throughout the country to get this fully funded scholarship which covers the cost of his international air travel, placement in host family and his studies in Japan.

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School Bags British Council International School Award For The Period 2014 – 2017

December 4, 2014                                                      

The school has added a new international dimension to its curriculum by participating and getting accredited with the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the period 2014 – 2017. Ms. Raminder Mac, the School ISA Coordinator received this prestigious award from Mr. Andy Buck, Managing Director, Leadership Matters, British Council India in the British Council School Awards Ceremony held in New Delhi on December 4, 2014.

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Choithramians Selected For International Robotic Competition At Seattle, Washington, USA

November 26, 2014   

The team of Ridhi Dhadwaiwale, Kratika Gupta, Kinjal Shah and Piyush Deora of Class X has been selected for the International Robotic Competition (IRC) 2014 to be held at Seattle, Washington on June 5, 2015. The school team competed with 39 teams in the senior category in the national final organized by Building Blocks that took place at The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon on November 21, 2014. Earlier the team had secured first position at the city level. Choithram School is one of the seven schools in the country selected for the international competition in the senior category.

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Sudarshan Malga Plays Chess At The International Level

October 22, 2014

The chess prodigy of Choithram School, Sudarshan Malga of class XI participated in the prestigious World Amateur Chess Championship at Singapore and World Junior Championship at Pune. He has FIDE international rating of 2123.

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School’s Innovative Practices Gain Recognition at International Level

September 8, 2014                                                                       

The school received Innovative in-Process Award for its presentation ‘Problem Based Learning – An Innovative Learning’ at Ed Leadership, 7th International Roundtable Conference hosted by City Montessori School, Lucknow at World Convention Centre from September 6 to 8, 2014.  The PBL presentation of the school showcased the work done by Primary students in classes III, IV and V. Mr. S. K. Mishra, Vice Principal received a cash award of Rs. 2000 for the PBL presentation. Ms. Smita Bhargava, CBSE-i Co-ordinator also attended the three day conference.

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Choithram Siblings Achieve The Rare Feat of Entering Golden Book of World Records

August 9, 2014   

Three sisters of Choithram School, Manik Bagh achieved the rare distinction of getting their names registered in the Golden Book of World Records on August 9, 2014 for possessing extraordinary abilities. Shubhangana Kanthed of class I attempted more than 5500 hula hooping revolutions for 50 minutes at a stretch.  Bhavyangana, a class 7 student set the record for painting six paintings of different flowers in one minute. Divyangana of class XI has a collection of 1000 uncirculated error notes of Re. 1 denomination, in series. Shubhangana and Bhavyangana attempted this feat in the New AV Hall of the school in the presence of All India Head of Golden Book of Records, Dr. Manish Vishnoei, Dean of Activities, Ms. Raminder Mac, Primary Incharge, Ms. Vandana Katyal, teachers of the school and school students on June 24, 2014.

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