Newsletter Vol. : 0902
Introduction It is past Uttarayan as I write this introductory piece for the school newsletter. We have already crossed December and January and this year, winter was not a season by itself but a mere visitor who came to Surat for a few days. Global warming is a reality now and not a threat and unless as a community, we act fast, our children will be facing dire consequences of our thoughtless actions. Fountainhead School continues to buzz with activities for children and teachers. The past 3 months were marked with drama presentations, exhibitions, poster making, field trips, night outs etc. You will read reports on some of the activities in this newsletter. On the professional development front too, there is a lot of news and I would like to use this space to talk about it. At Fountainhead, we do not just train the teachers but we also
conduct some trainings and workshops for our admin staff, housekeeping staff etc so that their personal and professional growth is also taken care of. Some of the training/ workshops/ professional development that has happened at Fountainhead School over the past few months are: 1. All teachers from Fountainhead School and Fountainhead Preschool are undergoing a training on “The Seven habits of highly effective people”. This training is being conducted by Sheeba Nair from Oasis, Baroda. 2. A mixed group of housekeeping staff, admin staff and teachers underwent training on “Fire Safety” and “How to catch a snake” 3. Aban Bana from Anthroposophy India conducted a 3 day workshop on Steiner education. We learnt some new rhymes and songs. If you have heard your child singing “Toombai.. toom-
bai”, all credit goes to Aban Ma’am for it. 4. Zahabiyah, Gowri and Daksha attended a training on “Teaching Language in the Classroom” conducted by Ratna Sagar Publications 5. Vishal (Administration) and Nirav (Operations) attended a training on “Disaster Management for School” conducted by Ahmedabad Management Association. 6. All the school and preschool staff went on a nature exposure trip to Gira Falls in Dangs in October 2008. 7. Ankita and Vardan visited 4 PYP authorised schools in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Thailand) in the Diwali break. This is just a glimpse of the professional development happening at Fountainhead. Ankita Kabra
Human Rights Exhibition How does it sound to you? Boring or Exciting?
impressed them with their dialogue delivery
Many of us will obviously say ,“ What can one
& knowledge of the concept. Naomi, Jigyasha,
present in an exhibition on human rights ?
Anay & Vivek handled the Human rights
Probably only articles which are so boring .”
abuse section in an effective manner. In the
It’s the usual reaction of the people, but grade
significant people section, Snehil Raizada was
four students proved such words wrong, with
dressed up like Martin Luther King Jr., Manan
their presentation on human rights which
Shah came dressed up like Nelson Mandela,
drew praises like “ Excellent presentation etc .”
Shaurya Mashruwala was dressed up like
These were the words of parents and teachers
Mahatma Gandhi. In our responsibilities
when they visited the exhibition .
section, the posters showing the responsi-
The exhibition held on Wednesday 1/10/08,
bility in claiming and maintaining ours and
was a part of the unit of inquiry “HUMAN
others rights were displayed. In the human
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES .” The exhibi-
rights section, almost every human right was
tion was divided into four sections:-
displayed through posters, articles and role
Human rights, Our responsibilities, Significant
plays by Asiya Razvi ,Yaashi Zaveri, Khushi
people and Human rights abuse. Students
Shah, Jayani Mehta, Parantap Sinha & Nikunj
displayed their work done in the class during
Pansari. All the parents, teachers and most
the UOI ( Posters , banners ,articles ,models).
importantly, the students, enjoyed the
The best part of the exhibition was the role
play of different characters by the students which really entertained the audience &
Nikunj Pansari. .
Priyanka Tiwari Shaurya Mashruwala
www.fountainheadschools.org, email - email@example.com, blog - fountainheadschool.blogspot.com
Nature at its very best Words fall short to describe the experience-
unleashed their creativity and came up with
than the ascent but more treacherous.
trekking through wet deciduous forest of
lively presentations with poetry and music.
After reaching the top we had a great feast of
Dangs, stretching our physical limits, breath-
Awake, alert and alive at 5 am the next day,
Khichdi, Kadhi & Nimbu Pani. We also played
ing fresh mountain air, exploring forests,
it felt great to see the spectacular view and
a game of “Web of life” where all of us were
sighting snakes, counting the stars and so on.
breathe in the
woven together in a big web. Humans always
I am talking about the trek to Gira Falls, Dangs
try to disturb this web with their wrong habits
on the 10th and 11th of October, 2008. Foun-
air. On our way
like using plastics, wasting water and disturb-
tainhead School and Fountainhead Preschool
to Gira falls, we
ing the ecological balance. As a small effort
staff had a weekend nature camp as a part
from our team,
of their training program. This program was
we collected the
organized by Team Prayas (prayas-india.org)
to explore nature with all our senses. We
It was both a learning experience as well as
learnt a lot about algae, fungi, mushroom,
lying in the lap
fun and adventurous. We started off at 5:30
orchid & other different trees like bamboo
of mother nature,
pm from Surat. In the bus, we were
on our way back
Finally after a long drive, we reached Gira
from the trek. In short, the trekking was
activity where in
refreshing and everybody got charged to
we had to find
where on we had
accept more challenges. We sincerely thank
to start our trek-
Prayas Team Environment for taking us to a
tion on different
king. All the staff
memorable journey of our life.
flora & fauna.
had great fun
Later that night, presentations were made.
under the cool
Although tired from the journey, the teams
water of Gira falls. The descent was easier
Once upon a.............. tiger Fountainhead school, in its mission to educate
through lots of music, dance and humour
an issue for those sitting beyond the first few
the school community, hosted a play ‘Once
regarding wildlife keeping our national animal -
rows, especially for parents at the back. All care
upon a tiger’ which was not only entertaining
the tiger in focus.
will be taken to ensure that such technical
but also carried a powerful message. This play
The students were eager and enthusiastic in
issues don’t occur next time.
was performed by the ‘Working Title’ theatre
sharing their knowledge and being the part of
It was indeed a great learning experience for
group. Many tales begin with a young man or a
the play. All of our Fountainites and of course
both our teachers as well as our students watch-
girl out to make a fortune. But this one begins
the parents had great fun watching the play
ing the play. Hats off to the theatre group for
with a message -Kids power and how to save the
which conveyed an effective message about
conveying such an important message to kids in
extinct species to save our beautiful jungle.
food chain, the ecosystem, endangered wildlife
a creative & funfilled way !
The play sparked the interest in young kids
and environment. Sound quality however was
Night oooo.........ut Yes, that’s exactly what students from Grade 1
The activities started at 4pm with the “Lemon
War”. After a lot of pulling on either side,
to 5 had on the 19th of December.
& Spoon race” for all grades .The winners got
some wins and some losses, the game ended.
On Friday the 19th, students arrived with
to keep the lemons !
Tiredness and hunger took over and you
luggage of various types, descriptions and
After a snack break, all the students were
could have witnessed the fastest line being
styles and sizes. At 3:30pm, sharp, the stu-
mixed to form groups for the treasure hunt.
formed in the dining area. Chole-puri with
dents rushed to the changing rooms to get
For the next one hour, the students, using
rice and halwa was downed by the students
into casual clothes and came running to the
clues to identify locations, ran across the
and others with full gusto. The younger ones
assembly area armed with bats, racquets, etc
school grounds looking for items assigned to
were ready to sleep after dinner. But, the
to relax !
their groups. Now, it was time for “Tug – of –
night was not yet over!
It was 8.30pm
rooms, boys of
and soon all were
and time for the
Grade 4 and all
awake in the
“Camp Fire”. The
tents. By 6.30
campfire was lit
Grade 5 slept in
am everyone had
in the grounds at
tents put up
assembled at the
the back and
main gate for a
every one gathered near it. It was time now
the grounds. It was zzzzzzzzz time for those
4km walk to Kunkni village. The beauty of
for “Word Antakshari”. The game proceeded
indoors. But for
the day breaking, the sounds of birds and
briskly, but soon
those in tents,
insects and the greenery of the fields unfold-
the night was
ing before us was worth all the effort. After a
still young. After
refreshing drink of cold milk and fruits, it was
“Star Gazing” too
a round of snac-
king, it was time
At the end the students were all boarded in
but the clouds
for some campfire singing and dancing fol-
to the buses and the teachers and organizers
played spoilsport hiding
lowed by “desi antakshari”. 4.30 am dawned
heaved a sigh of relief.
the stars from being visible.
with a heavy drizzle, waking some children
It was indeed a very long day but an enjoy-
Finally it was time to s….l….e….e….p….
in the tents with a steady sound. These few
able day and night for everyone !
Grade 1,2 & 3 slept in their respective class
children worked as a wakeup call for the rest
Learning place value Grade 2
Presentation on school as a work place Grade 2
Feild trip to Police Station Grade 3 & Nursery
Field trip to mangrove Grade 5
Presentation of “I believe” Grade 5
Field trip to Reliance Fresh Nursery
Creating an ideal Community What fun the third graders are upto! You
play, residence and places that serve us and
from each category- a place to live, work,
should see them
also the general movement pattern in the city.
play and places that serve us. Kids sometimes
Day two—The kids eagerly waited for their
selected colorful drawings and left out some
mode, full of zest
team leaders. As soon as the team leaders
important but less attractive ones.
arrived, the kids started making templates of
various places that they had seen like the
to the best use. In our third unit of inquiry
They pasted them around on
–How we organize ourselves---Communities--
the cardboard and made roa-
--and as a part of enabling “enduring
ds and greenery around it.
understanding”, we were supposed to design
temple, hospital etc. By the end of the day,
Now their ideal city was ready and they were
our own community.
each team had quite a collection of templates.
ready to present it.The kids explained their
With the help of architect Snehal Shah and his
Day three—Once again, the kids were anxious
choices for planning their city in a particular
to know what was in store for them. Now
manner and even accepted their mistakes .
each team was given a blank landscape—a
Overall it was quite an enriching experience
cardboard with one thing drawn on it---a
for the third graders who became little archi-
Nakul and Ankur,
river/ a lake/ a road or a railway line –and they
tects for a few days .The town planners of the
had to plan their
future are ready and raring to go!
city around it . Every
now and then, the lead-
It was a 3 day activity. Day one—We went on
ers kept on reminding
a city tour to observe the places of work,
them to choose wisely, to pick a template
Air Exhibition What does the word “ Exhibition” mean? That’s exactly what was going on in the minds of the students of Class 1. It was the first experience for the children of Class1 to conduct an exhibition. Students were excited and enthusiastic. The exhibition was held for the UOI ‘Where is air?’ Each student demonstrated an experiment related to a property of air.
3. How to give presentations confidently.
• “Good show put
4. Working in teams and listening to their
up by class -1 – won-
team members’ ideas.
derful. Keep it up.
We received a lot of positive feed back after
Even we enjoyed
going through the
• “Excellent effort by tiny scientists. They
concepts of ‘air and its functions’ which was
could conduct all the
done so well by the children”.
OH THAT’S WHAT AN ‘EXHIBITION’ IS ALL
ease which shows
ABOUT! said the students of Class -1 at the
their good understa-
end of the day of exhibition.
nding level. Keep it up. Looking forward to many more such exhibitions.” • “The exhibition was fabulous. It demonstrated the Things they learnt were : 1. How to conduct an exhibition. 2. Answer the questions asked on the spot.
central idea very well. The children were very confident and knew what they were talking about. Great work” Zahabiyah Shaikhmahmood
Our Journey Till Date The Senior KG kids sailed smoothly and com-
they have debates and arguments on pin-
fortably through the previous two UOIs i.e
pointing each other’s meal as junk or healthy food. Celebrations had its own excitement with the children getting hand on experience to know the different festivals, cultures and their respective rituals. It was for the first
time when the children became aware of the fact that there are different religions such as
‘Health & Nutrition’ and ‘Celebrations’ and are
Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jains & Parsi and also
almost on the verge of completion with the
that each of them has a different place for
current UOI- Shadows and Reflections.
The children had their share of unique and
Our current UOI - Shadows and Reflection-
has been going great guns with the kids
through out all the
experimenting with their shadows , exploring
three UOIs. Even till
different natural and artificial sources of light,
date, during meal time
experiments on reflection etc. The mirror activity and the mirror game was a great hit amongst the kids. Our learners continue to pose interesting questions & learn with all their senses ! Sr KG Teachers
They ask me why I teach Being in the company of these young children
They ask me why i teach & I look around
Or eat the food their hand will grow
has been such a wonderful expereince --
My classroom and reply;
And yet, I may
where else would we get such unconditional
where else would I find such
And later i may say
and pure love and affection? Where else
“I knew them
would we get those simple thoughts which
There sits a statesman to be,
And they were strong or weak
at times are weird & give a knock on the
strong, unbiased, wise
or kind, or proud, or bold
imagination; at times funny & give your bone
Another Daniel Webster,
I knew them once”
a tickle and at times intelligent and you think
They ask me why I teach, and I reply,
why couldn’t I think like that !!
And there a doctor whose quick steady
‘where else would I find such a
When our Junior KG Team was preparing the
Hand will need a bone or stem
POI (program of inquiry) for the year 2008-
A life’s blood flow.
This poem has been penned by Robert Crowe.
2009, we were pondering upon how would
A builder sits beside.
& we JUNIOR KG teachers dedicate it to our
we go about the central idea, lines of inquiry,
Upward rise the arches of the church
learner profile etc. with such young children
Where else would I find such
and tender minds BUT behold! These young
ones not only made our each UOI move
That minister will speak. the word of god
forward smoothly & successfully but they also
And all about, a gathering of farmers,
helped us to open our minds & think the way
merchants and labours
who work and note and build
These children will move ahead in life & what
And plan and pray
we will cherish with us would be their smiling
Into a great tomorrow
faces, innocent thoughts, unconditional affec-
And I say,
tion, tingling laughter & we would say ........
I may not see the church, Or hear the words,
Feedback Form Report We have given below the charts made in some areas which gives the analysis of the parent feedback form which was earlier sent to the parents. The 4 charts below gives the analysis of parents in 4 major areas- food, infrastructure, transport and administration. The 1st bar in each catgory indicates the number of parent respondents who feel their expectations have not been met, the 2nd bar indicates the number of parents whose expectations have been met and the 3rd bar gives the number of parents whose expectations have been exceeded. The 4th bar gives the number of parents who did not respond to that particular question. Food
Infrastructure & Facility
80 60 40 20
80 S eries1
Quality & Nutritional value of food
0 Class room
As per the Chart, it is seen that we are upto the expectations of pare-
The school is built in such a way that best facilites can be provided to
nts. The variety in food is also seen every month and we make sure
students. Expectations are being met regarding cleanliness of school
that the taste of food is also upto the childrensâ€™ expectations & they
toilets, classrooms, indoor games. Library is the heart of our school
enjoy it. We have consciously introduced items like Juwar roti, Bajra
and we can proudly say that we have exceeded the expectation of
roti etc so the children are accustomed to different tastes.
Administration Fountainhead team
has made sure that
all the queries of parents are solved
as soon as possible and they get the 1
precise answer as 2
per their needs. We 3
Not Marked did take time to
solve the problem regarding id card
0 Duration of timing
Behavior of driver Language of driver Helping the child
S eating Arrangement in bus
S afe S peed
S mooth over bumps/turnings etc.
but now we have found a solution for the id cards and will make sure that every child gets the id card
We have tried to hire the best drivers with good language com-
when needed. There were some complains regarding the uniforms,
mand & safety in driving. Despite having the mobile no. 9327089891
which we did try to solve by getting the vendor to replace the uni-
displayed prominently behind every bus, we have received almost no
forms. However, some complains do persist and we will try our best
complaint calls from the public or our parents. We have met the ex-
to exceed the expectations of parents regarding uniforms for the next
pecations of parents reagrding the time duration also. We are aware
that for the next year, there are a number of issues due to the changes in stops and we are trying our best to resolve them. The charts given on the next page give the analysis of the response to some questions asked by the school to the parents. The analysis of the charts as well as our comments are added below the charts.
No. of hours spent actively
If on an average
Parents would like
the mother spends
activities like skat
15 active hours
and the father
spends 6 active
hours, thatâ€™s very
ball etc every
good. For those
parents spending lesser time than the average, it is important to
9 to 12. Parents
understand that your child can benefit the most from education only
wish to have school
if you play your role in it.
are open to
60 50 40
30 20 10 0 E very S aturday
One S aturday NOT a month INTE RE S TE D
9 am to 11 am
9 am to 12 9 am to 1 pm noon
120 100 80 60
for extra weekend
S eries 1
students of all the
Dr am a
W es te
me nta lm us ic rn/ fol kd an ce
ite s tru Ins
Re ad in
Ga me s
rro m Ca
cultures & different
S eries 1
mother tongue but most of the students are having Hindi as their mother
tongues followed by Gujarati. We are already offering Hindi. Introduction
0 Own trans port
of Gujarati is being planned but a road map is not yet clear.
Comments about survey
Alternate S aturdays
pay additional fees
S c hool trans port
E xtra F ees
Feedback form was sent to all the parents out of which most of the parents found it useful. Some did not find it useful. Language
The 1st PCM received very good attendence from both parents. How-
used in form was
ever, we noticed a drop in attendence after that. Attendence at PCM is
easily understood by
very important to support your childâ€™s learning at home. With respect
most of parents who
to timings, we are also taking care that meeting for pre-primary, pri-
mary and Fountainhead preschool are now on different dates as per
requests from many parents.
Although the form was lengthy, it was comprehensive and covered all aspects of the school. Infact most of the parents do expect that this kind of survey should be conducted every 6months. Feedback form is beneficial for parents and more importantly, for the school so that we can know where the school is lagging behind and where we have met the expectations of parents.
Notes on an unhurried journey
Change is in the air !
When we adults think of children there is a
unless they are denied to him by adults who
Taking inspiration from Barack Obama, Foun-
simple truth which we ignore;
have convinced themselves that childhood is
tainhead too has gone in for a change for the
childhood is not preparation for life; child-
a period of preparation.
better. Here’s how:
hood is life.
1. Fountainhead Preschool has moved from
A child is not getting ready to live;
How much heartache we would save our-
its old location to Mehta Bhuvan, Opp.
A child is living.
selves if we would recognize the child as a
Denticare, Behind Sargam Shopping Center.
The child is constantly confronted with the
partner with adults in the process of living,
Our new premises are bigger with more
rather than always viewing him as an ap-
facilities for children. Fountainhead Preschool
“What are you going to be?”
runs Playgroup, Nursery and Mother Toddler
Courageous would be the younger who, look-
How much we would teach each other?
Classes. Admissions are currently open for
ing the adult squarely in the face, would say,
adults with the experience and
I am not going to be anything: I already am.
the children with the freshness.
2. Our website has been updated. Please visit
We adults would be shocked by such an inso-
How full both our lives could be.
us at www.fountainheadschools.org
lent remark, for we have forgotten, if we ever
A little child may not lead us, but at least we
Fountainhead Newsletter Team :
knew that a child is an active participating
ought to discuss the trip with him:
Designed by Sakina Sadriwala
and contributing member of society from the
For after all,
Edited by Ankita Kabra
time he is born.
Life is his and her journey too.
Childhood isn’t a time when he is moulded into a human who will then live life; he is a human who is living life. No child will miss the zest and joy of living
Parents are invited to send their original articles/ poems/ short stories for the school
Adapted from : T. Ridalpi
newsletter. Articles can be in English/ Hindi/
Contributed by Hasina Saifee
Gujarati. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Apr 14, 2011