Jamshedpur, Dec. 14: Narbheram Hansraj English School (NHES) has been awarded the prestigious International School Award (British Council) for the second time. Mrs. Paramita Roy Chaudhury, the Principal of the school was present at a glittering ceremony held at The Leela Ambience Convention hotel in New Delhi to receive the award.
An array of projects related to international themes were identified and action plans were prepared. The projects for different levels were selected on the basis of the age group of the students and curriculum prescribed for that level.
The project for the primary level was ‘Blooming Blossoms’. Activity based learning was emphasized upon. The students celebrated ‘Floral Day’ by being dressed up like flowers. They prepared colourful scrapbooks on flowers of different countries by using buttons, satin ribbons & ice-cream sticks.
They were also involved in bouquet making, jewellery making with fresh flowers and used flowers for dyeing. The students collaborated with the students of Bryniago Primary School, SwanSea in Wales.
Students of Std 2 & 3 worked on the projects ‘Endangered Species’ and ‘Festivals’. They made charts on endangered birds and animals, their habitats and different ways of protecting them from extinction.
As part of their craft activity, they made models of endangered birds and animals with vegetables. They were involved in poster making using thermocol masks and thumb impression and palm painting.
For the project on festivals, the students made a comparative study of Indian festivals and festivals of other countries which have similar rituals.
Students of Std 4 & 5 prepared a global recipe book on healthy salad of different countries. They conducted awareness sessions on healthy living.
This was also an activity with an international link. Rylands High School of Cape Town South Africa was our partner school. They had sent a lot of material including images and videos on different recipes.
To understand and value the cultural diversity and the traditions of different tribes, students of Std. 6 &7 prepared projects on Indian tribes like Santhal, the Red Indian tribe of North America and the Aborigines of Australia.
Students used the mind mapping technique to focus on the social and cultural activities of the tribes.
Students of Std. 8 & 9 worked on the project titled ‘Peace – A Global Need’. A host of activities (peace song, poems on peace, setting up of peace dove in the school garden, quiz on peace personalities) was conducted on 21st September, the International Peace Day. The partner school for this project was Rylands High School of Cape Town South Africa.
Students of Std. 11 & 12 undertook the project ‘Holistic Healing’. A documentary on different methods of holistic treatment was shown to the students. They prepared projects on the usefulness of medicinal plants. International Yoga Day was celebrated in school.
The traditional chalk and talk model of teaching is complemented by a variety of teaching strategies to make the teaching learning process more effective. Collaborative learning is one such technique which impacts learning in a positive way.
The ‘Global Connect’ programme encourages collaboration and critical thinking amongst students. It fosters team building, innovation and project management.
NHES students collaborated with the students of schools in South Africa & Wales on different projects. They exchanged photographs and write-ups of different event with the partner schools. The programme gave the students the opportunity to practice new skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).