At OIS, we encourage students to live the learner profile. It's embedded in everything we do. We also have social responsibility as part of our mission statement: we value that individuals have the ability to change the world.
We want students to develop attitudes toward people, the environment and learning like confidence and curiosity, empathy, respect and independence.
Just recently, one of our youngest learners, Rishabh in SKG, exemplified the epitome of a principled student who is independent and able to communicate well to others. On his way in to school for "fun day," walking in on his own from his car, he was carrying a game. He met up with a friend on the way in who had forgotten his toy or game. When his friend complained that his mother had forgotten to pack his game, Rishabh quickly replied: "You know that it's not your mother's responsibility. It's your responsibility."
Hearing those words made me smile and think about how much our kids have grown this year. They've grown from nervous, often crying young children into confident children who understand responsibility. Our youngest learners are now proudly walking up and down the stairs, putting away their supplies, cleaning up after each other, asking questions and caring for each other.
All of the students have learned the importance of collaborating in teams. They've taken trips into the community to learn outside of school. They've taken action. First grade have started to collect paper for recycling. 4th grade have put in compost bins for snack time. They've been out to the beach to clean up rubbish and written letters and communicated with administration about their needs and desires.
We will get a chance on June 1st to recognize our students' first year and applaud their growth. As we settle in to the end of the school year, we need to celebrate our children, not only the knowledge they've gained, but their growth toward being an internationally minded citizen who wants to change the world.
Thanks to everyone for coming to the coffee mornings and thank you for your ideas and questions. One question that comes up over and over again is how you can support your child in this program. This question, honestly, comes up all over the world, as this program doesn't come with textbooks and manuals to help us as parents.
So I've tried to encapsulate some key ideas on how you can help. Students gain everything they can in school, and hence, we emphasize attendance. Outside of school, you can help with the ideas in this slideshow. Look forward to more parent workshops next academic year as well to give you some insight into the nitty gritty of the program.
Thanks for your support!
Kristen Blum, PYP Coordinator
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
We have recently run Coffee Mornings at OIS JVLR, led by the new incoming Head, Mr Steve Augeri. We would like to thank those parents who have been able to make it to these mornings.
Some questions that parents have asked, across the different age groups, have been quite similar and we thought we could address some of these issues in this blog.
One common question/comment, was that parents want to be clear about the role they need to play in helping support their child with things they are doing at school; How can we help our children at home?
We would like to make it clear that in our Elementary school, we really value parents spending time with their child, being a parent not a teacher and leaving the teaching to the teachers. We do recognise that this can be a challenge for some parents and so we feel that it is important to address not only what the IB is, but how it is different from more traditional boards and programmes. The majority of our families come from traditional boards.
In 2013, the IB, shared a research project entitled, "The critical analysis of an IBPYP programme in India." In this research paper, a total of 16 school leaders (both heads of schools and programme coordinators), 79 teachers, 368 students and 96 parents participated in the study.' Below is a brief of the findings:
Issues and challenges with the PYP in India
During this particular research, some of the surveys carried out were offered to parents and teachers and they were given an opportunity to discuss their perception of issues and challenges with the PYP’s execution in India.
Parents, for the most part, indicated that there were no major problems with the PYP. Of those parents who did indicate potential issues, the biggest challenge was lack of teachers trained in international curriculum. To strengthen the PYP, parents suggested more parental involvement and increased recognition of the IB. Still, parents generally seemed happy with the programme, as they indicated that their main reasons for sending their children to IB schools were to achieve overall childhood development with a global curriculum and belief in the IB teaching philosophies. (Department of Educational Administration, the Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda).
The major findings (in this particular paper) were misunderstandings about curriculum adaptation, implementation and impact on the students’ learning outcomes, along with the perceptions of PYP teachers, students, parents and school heads concerning the PYP implementation in India.
In general, PYP teachers, students, parents and school heads had a positive opinion of the PYP in India. The international curriculum was valuable from all perspectives, with students displaying high emotional intelligence and positive academic performances for the majority of students on the majority of the academic topics. From all aspects, PYP implementation appears to have a positive impact in India.
We understand and recognise that the majority of our parent body and students are moving from a traditional type of learning to a more holistic, inquiry centric, international programme and through this blog and parent workshops we hope to educate all stakeholders in what it means to be an IB school.
Just to be clear, some key words that you will hear us say (all the time) are student voice, student empowerment, concepts, understandings, questions, thinking, perspective, reflection and many more abstract bigger picture ideas and thoughts.
In the meantime parents can check out:
Always remember that the risk you have taken and the school you have chosen will centre on the following:
Please remember any questions you have you can address them to your child's teacher, Ms Kristen (our PYP Coordinator) or myself.
Thank you again for your support,
Miss Lisa Hughes
Head of Primary @ OIS JVLR
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
As you know OIS believes in the values of the IB, and so offers the 3 programmes at OIS OGC and is currently seeking authorisation for IBPYP at JVLR.
As part of this process for Verification we are expected to implement specific standards and practices. One of the many elements of the the programme that I would like to bring to your attention is called the Essential Elements. You can read the definitions below:
Through these essential elements we are ensuring that students receive a balance of approaches to learning. As you can see our programme promotes 'knowledge,' but knowledge is only one component. The element that we are currently working on is to developing skills with the students and in particular, developing their thinking skills.
As you can see the notion of thinking, according to the IB, is broken down into sub-strands and the skill of thinking needs to be explicitly taught, learned, assessed and modelled in an IB school. At OIS, we promote the act of thinking by simply asking thoughtful questions to tour students, such as:
Some Grade 2 students showed evidence of their thinking skills when they were questioned by the Principal about their summative assessment.
Through careful questioning techniques you can encourage your child to think and reflect back on their day and help us focus on thinking skills at home.
I think I have share this before but here is a link to some key questions you can ask at home to investigate how your child has spent their day:
Dates for your diaries
We are coming to the end of our first AY @ JVLR and we have a lot to celebrate and some key events are also planned in the next few weeks. One of which will be 'Coffee mornings' will be held with Mr Steve.
SKG Parents: May 2nd, 8-9am
Grade 1: May 3rd, 8-9am
Grade 2: May 4th, 8am-9am
Grade 3 and 4: May 8th, 8-9am
JKG: May 9th, 8-9am
Nursery: May 10th, 8-9am
We will also be celebrating the end of the year and the opening of the Auditorium on June 1st - more details to follow.
Class parties for the end of year will be held on Tuesday June 5th. Your child's homeroom teacher will contact you with more details.
Wednesday 6th June will be a half day for students. All students finishing school at 11:30.
Just to be clear to parents, for any notifications or communications, currently we use the following modes of communication:
Next AY, we would like to focus on Maths in the PYP and Writing as well as continued support for IT integration.
This week, Nursery and JKG parents came in to learn more about the importance of reading aloud to their children. They listened to research on the many benefits of reading aloud, had a discussion about the importance of reading aloud and got a chance to practice.
Parents discussed how they often use read alouds as teaching moments, rather than bonding with their children. They learned, though, that it is more important to have that special bonding time with their children. It's important to develop that passion for reading at a young age. It's also proven that children who have been read to every day, from birth to age 5, have stronger vocabularies and more school success.
Now it's the primary parents turn. This coming week, on April 23rd and 25th, we will offer read aloud sessions for SKG-Grade 1 (on April 23rd at 8 a.m.) and Grades 2-4 (on April 25th, from 8-9 a.m.) It is just as important that older students continue to read aloud with their parents. As a former grade 4 and 5 teacher, I read aloud every day to my students, reading 6-8 novels every year to them, and they loved it. I read to my daughter until she was 13, and she is passionate about stories.
Join us to hear about the benefits reading aloud, even after students can read. Join us to get some tips on reading aloud and how to choose the right books.
Please sign up here for SKG-Grade 1 session on April 23rd.
Please sign up here for the Grades 2-4 session on April 25th.
We look forward to seeing you there!
At Oberoi, we want to give students the freedom to think and we want to empower them to be. As we head toward authorization for the IB PYP, we are encouraging all of the attitudes that help make an internationally-minded person. We want students to take charge of themselves and their learning so that they can be lifelong learners. We encourage independence, risk-taking, self-management skills including organization and emphasize the concept of responsibility.
Even from the early years, students can be responsible. It starts with small things, which lead to students feeling confident in their own abilities and the quest to learn more, do more and take charge of their learning.
In the mornings, I usually greet the children as they are getting out of their cars and walking in to school. Over the year, I've seen the students grow more independent and confident. Most of the children, from nursery-grade 4 carry their own bags. Many of the children are now walking in without their parents or caretakers, sometimes meeting friends along the way. Most of the youngest ones now even say with confidence "Good morning Ms. Kristen!"
We hope that all students will go out into the world as confident, responsible thinkers who want to make a change. In Oberoi's core values, we
value the ideas that individuals have the ability to change the world and the group has the power to make this a reality.
Keep encouraging your children at home to be responsible, to take charge of themselves, to ask questions. Thank you for helping our children have the freedom to think and the power to be.
Kristen Blum, PYP Coordinator
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Recently at JVLR, we held our first Student-Led Conferences (SLCs). This day was an opportunity for each of our students to share their knowledge and understanding about what they have been learning about.
Having students share their own learning has proven to empower them and lead to an increase in a students confidence. It was great to see such supportive families on this day and for parents to take time to spend with their child in school.
Even though you did not see the teachers, a great deal of planning went into making this event happen, and just before the SLC's with parents, students were given the opportunity to practise with different children in the school.
We have some more parent workshops coming up before the end of this academic year. We have focussed on reading and in particular 'Readalouds.' Please see the blurb below from the PYP Coordinator:
Did you know that reading aloud to your children increases your child's chance of school success? It's also a great way to bond with your children. Join us for an inquiry into reading aloud in the early years with tips for how you can create a lifelong love of reading. We will have sessions for both nursery and JKG on two separate days.
Participation is limited to 30 people, so please sign up if you are interested and available.
Nursery: April 16th, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. JVLR
Please complete the form if interested:
JKG: April 17th, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. JVLR
Watch this space for more parent workshops on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Transitions in Early years.
Thank you parents again for your ongoing support,
Head of Primary JVLR
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
This week, all of our students have spent the entire week learning through different subjects. Students have chosen and signed up for different workshops for this week. Our staff have organised a variety of different workshops led by staff, parents and guest vendors to give children an opportunity to show their understanding and knowledge in different ways. It is also a fun and great way for us to learn about each of our students.
Parents are invited to attend the culmination of these workshops on Friday 9th March. Please read below the schedule.
09:00-9:30: JKG Parents to observe JKG students in Mime (JKG B), PE (JKG A) and Music (JKGC). Parents leave at 9:30, students remain in school.
11:15 - 12:00: Nursery parents are invited in to be a part of the Nursery sing-along session in lobby. Parents leave with their children.
Live performance schedule:
1.35 - 1.45: Drama, Gillo (Room 221)
1.45 - 1.55: Bucket Drumming (Room 221)
1.45 - 1.55: Cooking (Cafeteria)
1.45 - 1.55: Natya Yoga & Dance (Room 111)
1:30- 2:30: SKG, Grade 3 and Grade 4 parents are invited in for a gallery walk, to begin on the third floor. Parents go directly to the homeroom to collect their child/children.
2:15: Grade 1 and Grade 2 parents are invited to the lobby, for Grade 1 and Grade 2 choir performance.
2:30: SKG, Grade 3 and Grade 4 students return to homeroom to pack up. There is a closing reflection with teachers, to end the week!
2:30: Students of Grade 1 and Grade 2 to accompany their parents on a gallery walk, on the third floor.
2:45: JKG - Grade 4 students dismissed. Parents please inform your child’s teacher if they are going home differently on Friday.
OIS JVLR Team
This week students have gotten a chance to explore their creative side. They've gotten a chance to discover and to inquire. From Maker Space projects to dance, cross stitch and drama, they've taken risks to inquire. There is a buzz in the air and students engaged. In the art classes, it's calm and quiet, not because a teacher has told them to be quiet, but because they're focused. They can talk about their process and how they got there. They're reflective as they describe the design process in Maker Space and change their minds on their own, realizing things might not work. They're clapping and eyes wide open as an outside drama troupe involves them in a story. They're singing their heart out with passion.
This week has highlighted the importance of being balanced, taking risks, being open-minded to new challenges and thoughtful. It's encapsulates the learner profile, which is at the heart of all IB learning and something we are striving towards as we head toward authorization.
The IB Learner Profile is one of the PYP's essential elements. It encourages these attributes in our students:
For a fascinating Ted Talk from a renowned educational speaker on the importance of creativity and differentiation, check out Ken Robinson's talk on what schools should be focusing on.