Achievement / Enrichment Programme / Teachers Enrichment

Workshop on Team Building for Teachers held on 24th May, 2017


A workshop was organized in the school for teachers on “Team Building” by our respected and esteemed Founder Managing Director, Dr. Mrs. Lilly George and Dean Sir. The workshop was conducted by Wing Commander S.K Sharma, who is associated with many Corporate Houses like Maruti, to train and motivate people on Team Building.
Teamwork means cooperating, using individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite individual disparities. He emphasized that a Team is one which works together for a common goal. In our school we have different departments but we all are working as one team for the “Team Shalom”.
Making the teachers participate in games like “Scout Clapping”, with everyone clapping in synchrony skipping a beat after every three claps and “Human Ladder”, involving three transportees and rest working as transporters to build a ladder with sticks to carry them from one end to another, the importance of harmonizing with each other, coordinating effectively and managing the things as a team, were emphasized.
The workshop was wrapped up by showing a beautiful video depicting the story of a Gardner’s girl, highlighting the importance of every member in a “Team”.

School Counsellor Forum Attended at Fortis Memorial Research Institute on 11th May 2017


A School Counsellor Forum, conducted by the Clinical Psychologist, Ms. Mimansa Singh, was attended by the senior counsellor of SHIS, Ms Bhupinder Kaur.
Stressing on the fact, that children having poor social skills easily show aggression, have low self-esteem, academic difficulties and become victims of bullying and social anxiety, the topic of discussion chosen was “Developing Effective Interpersonal Skills”, by using the DBT- (Dialectical Behaviour Theory) approach.
Ms Mimansa taught the counsellors basic skills by using set of worksheets and Role Plays, through using live situations. The need for building effective communication skills in children like, “Ask for what you want…. and get it, resolve conflict effectively, not avoid, decrease interpersonal chaos, build relationships and end destructive ones”, was highlighted. Clarifying Interpersonal goals, maintaining relationships goals and self –respect make the objective or goal clear.
The Forum was not only helpful for training the children in basic skills, but also for mankind to adapt and maintain positive and healthy relationships in life.

Workshop on Scratch and APP Inventor by Google 9th May 2017


A highly informative and interactive workshop on Scratch and App Inventor was conducted by Mr. Siddhant Agarwal in Indraprastha School, Dwarka, Sector-10. Ms. Ambika Yadav and Ms. Shruti Barwal, two faculty members of Shalom Hills International School, were among the privileged to be a part of the session. The event began with the introduction of Scratch followed by the App Inventor.
The facilitator briefed about the Scratch tool by showing short animations. Scratch is a free app to create interactive art, stories, simulations and games developed by MIT Media Lab. It is very useful for students to make animations and stories and help them to show their creativity in technology. It is designed for education. In the post break session, the App Inventor was introduced with the aid of examples. This app can be taught in our institution to accomplish better education.
At the end of the session teachers got the participation certificate by Google. Overall it was a great learning experience.

Workshop on Behaviour Modification in Classroom Settings- with teachers on 29th April 2017


A workshop on Behaviour Modification was conducted by the senior counselor, Ms Bhupinder Kaur and the Intern, Ms Sheryl, for the new teachers of the senior wing. The aim was to reduce the prevailing disciplinary issues that occur in the classrooms and help the teachers to identify the problematic areas and work on them.
The teachers were informed about the various approaches and specific techniques that work in reducing the issues of discipline and unruly behavior. These techniques included- positive reinforcement, clarity of instruction, modeling expected behavior, providing a time-out, sound observation and monitoring and indulging in rational talk. They were informed as to which strategy they can use to prevent unruly behavior, control the situation when indiscipline occurs and how to remedy the situation after a conflict has occurred. They were also educated on how to use these strategies, and the ways in which they can change their approach to establish a better connectivity with the children and in turn be able to impart meaningful education. Specific cases that occur in the classroom were also addressed and a video on how to maintain discipline in class was shown.
The session was highly interactive and informative. A positive feedback was received from all teachers. The teachers also discussed the issues they face in the class in a Question &Answer round.

Hindi Teachers attend a Hindi Workshop on 29th April’17


The Hindi faculty of SHIS was fortunate to have the opportunity of attending a workshop organised by the Hindi HOD, Ms. Lalita Yadav, on 29th April’17, which was conducted by an eminent resource person, the HOD Hindi at DPS Noida, Dr. Vinod Prasoon, who is also working for Zee cinema.
He imparted a lot of information to the teachers regarding Hindi as a subject and language. The Hindi teachers got many innovative ideas regarding how to improve spelling mistakes of students and how to improve their listening skills. The teachers were exposed to fresh and new ways of generating an interest among their students for Hindi. By using this information, the teachers can now give more knowledge to the students about the subject. This workshop was an interesting and educational one.
It will work as nectar for teachers as well as students.

School Counselors attended a workshop on Intervening for Substance Abuse in School-Aged Children on 9th Feb 2017


The school counselors Ms. Bhupinder Kaur and Ms. Elizabeth B. Thomas attended a workshop at FMRI, Gurgaon. The therapist, Dr. Mimansa Singh helped the counselors to identify the children at risk behavior and to develop prevention/intervention strategies for the students who have been identified for substance abuse.
It was stressed that at the primary level, a school wide policy has to be framed to spread awareness about substance abuse and at the secondary level, collaborative work among parents, counselors and teachers is required to help the child. Lack of parental support or supervision, severe conflicts within the family, transitory stages are a few factors which make intervention necessary by the school counselors. In such a scenario, setting the goals for the child & family and collaborative work by the school are needed. Methods like talks from experts, peer facilitators, social skills training which would help in reducing the risk factors among the students were discussed in the forum. Life Skills Training and motivational Interview, along with mobilizing social support for enhancing communication and decision making skills are the need of the hour.

Shalom faculty member attends a workshop on Insights into the latest CBSE Reforms on 22nd Feb 2017


Ms. Maya Vinod, the Academic Coordinator of the Senior Wing of SHIS attended a CBSE Workshop at G.D Goenka Public School. Ms. Radha Singh was the CBSE resource person who discussed how the periodic assessment schedule needs to be mapped out for Grade X and other senior classes keeping the latest CBSE reforms in the mind.
Interestingly, instead of reading aloud and sharing the school’s Annual Report with the teachers present, the school had showcased all that the students, faculty and school had accomplished in academics, co-curricular areas, sports and enrichment programmes throughout the academic session in different venues in the school premises.
During the course of the workshop, Ms. Radha informed the delegates that the 6th Optional subject in IX-X remains unchanged as per CBSE notification. Through examples, Ms. Radha Singh stressed upon the difference between Assessment and Evaluation and how the school curriculum and examination pattern should recognize this difference.

Shalom faculty members attend a workshop on Student Data Management Information System (SDMIS) on 10th January 2017


A workshop was arranged by Haryana School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad at Govt.
Senior Secondary School, Jharsa village, Gurgaon on 10th Jan, 2017.The workshop was attended by Ms. Sarika Aneja from the Computer Department and Mr. Rahul Sharma from IT Department of Shalom Hills International School. The resource person, Mr. Satish Kumar demonstrated in detail all the steps to export MIS data to SDMIS data. All the details are also given in at the link www.hsspp.in.
The workshop was attended by teachers of 7 schools which come under this Govt School’s purview. The principal of the school addressed the gathering and requested the delegates to update SDMIS data in the given time.

A Workshop conducted on Technology conducted for Shalom Faculty on 10th January 2017


A workshop on the topic ‘’Are we ready for digital transformation” was conducted in the Middle Wing Basement for the teachers of Shalom Hills International School by Mr. Amit Taneja of NIIT. He is also a parent of one of the students. He initiated the workshop by emphasizing the difference between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. Mr. Taneja shared his views on how the teachers can integrate technology into mainstream classroom teaching. He touched upon the topics of Organizing & Planning, Interactive Teaching, Engaged Learning, Real Experience & Experimentation, Authentic Assessments and Teaming & Collaboration.
Towards the end of the workshop, Mr. Taneja told the teachers about the websites like moodle.org, webquest.org etc. wherein the teachers can find the best teaching materials and can prepare their own online assessment tools. He clarified the doubts raised by the teachers.

Shri Sambhavna held in TSRS on 10 December’16


Shri Sambhavna was planned by The Shri Ram School as a peek into the world of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and its relevance into 21st century. It proved to be an effective platform to enhance the knack for creative innovation pertaining to science & technology. The event was attended by Ms Maya Vinod, Ms Vimla Jossy, Ms Rupali and Ms Lopa Mishra.
The students of class XI of TSRS had showcased their engineering skills by putting up working models on The E- Pod – Solar Power Air Ioniser (SPAI), Piezo Electric Material- Channelizer cum vibration emitter providing to households.
The senior graders had displayed their research work on DNA Engineering & Genetic Vaccines, Transgeneric Animals- DNA’s, organs for futuristic treatment technology.
The Robee- A Miocrobiotic Insectoid Drone, Virtual Stock Exchange – Demonetisation & GST was well presented by the students. The exhibits made out of waste products included - Door mats, Key chains, pen stands, Bin.
The Zumba dance show put up for the visitors was indeed a visual treat to body, mind & soul for them.

Workshop conducted with the senior staff on ICC- Internal Complaint Committee on 26thth November 2016


Ms Bhupinder Kaur apprised the teachers of Senior Wing (mainly the teachers who were unable to attend the earlier workshop) with the guidelines of Internal/Local Complaint Committee to be set up under the Sexual Harassment at workplace Act, 2013. The objective of this Act is to provide a safe and friendly environment to all employees. The Internal Complaint Committee will investigate and look into all complaints and concerns of sexual harassment at workplaces. Ms Bhupinder explained to the teachers what constitutes sexual harassment and emphasized that if a woman employee feels uncomfortable/unsafe in her workplace or in the presence of any male colleague, then she has a right to file a written complaint before the committee. It was also explained that if the complaint is found to be genuine, then the offender has to face legal procedures with the penalties which can extend from withholding of increments to the termination or dismissal from the services. Ms Bhupinder shared the names of the members of the committee with the teachers -- Ms Rima Gaekwad, Ms Bhupinder Kaur-Counsellor, Ms Elizabeth- Counsellor and Mr Saini, an advocate.

Micro-Teaching session conducted on 19th Nov’16


Micro-teaching is a faculty training and development technique whereby the teachers’ review a recording of a teaching session, in order to get constructive feedback from peers about what has worked and what amendments can be made to improve their teaching technique.
A Micro teaching session was conducted by Ms. Meetu Mukherjee on 19th Nov’16 on the Grammar topic ‘Conjunctions’ for Grade VII. The topic was introduced with an introductory session and fun way of remembering Coordinating Conjunction. The Co-Teachers were encouraged to clarify their doubts regarding Coordinating and Subordinating through questions during the course of the micro-class.
Post this; several examples were shared to clarify the difference between Dependent and Independent Clauses. The classic example of ‘FANBOYS’ was put to optimal use to illustrate the correct usage of conjunctions. The Middle Wing teachers found the session very productive and the senior teachers too connected well with this topic. There was a group activity planned on the topic of ‘Correlative Conjunctions’.

Shalom teachers attend a Workshop on “COMPUTER AS A TOOL OR SUBJECT on 17th Nov.’16


A workshop cum conference was organized by Kips Publications at Park Plaza Hotel, Faridabad on 17.11.16. The Computer Science teachers of SHIS namely, Ms. Megha Gupta, Ms. Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav attended it. The resource person, Mr. Dheeraj Bhatia, Director of Kips Publications initiated the event with the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisaan Jai Gurus”.
The key speakers explained to the delegates how to teach the students with the concept of LOA-Law of Association. Also how cramming can be overcome by understanding through activities, visual and interactive Methods. The various IT persons and their achievements were also discussed during the course of the session. The various new Kips tools were demonstrated before the teachers.
Many interactive activities were conducted engaging the teachers. The resources persons took extreme care to guide and update the delegate teachers with the various levels of certification courses by Google and Microsoft. It was overall a very fruitful session for the Shalom and other teachers.

Workshop conducted with the staff on ICC- Internal Complaint Committee on 11th November 2016


Ms Bhupinder Kaur apprised the teachers of Senior and Middle Wing with the guidelines of Internal/Local Complaint Committee to be set up under the Sexual Harassment at workplace Act, 2013. The objective of this Act is to provide a safe and friendly environment to all employees. The Internal Complaint Committee will investigate and look into all complaints and concerns of sexual harassment at workplaces.
Ms Bhupinder shared the names of the members of the committee with the teachers -- Ms Rima Gaekwad- Head Mistress – Primary Wing, Ms Bhupinder Kaur-Counsellor, Ms Elizabeth- Counsellor and Mr Saini, an advocate. Ms Bhupinder explained what constitutes sexual harassment and emphasized that if a woman employee feels uncomfortable/unsafe in her workplace or in the presence of any male colleague, then she has a right to file a written complaint before the committee.
It was also explained that if the complaint is found to be genuine, then the offender has to face legal procedures with the penalties which can extend from withholding of increments to the termination or dismissal from the services.
The objective of providing a safe and friendly environment to all at work, State Government has framed guidelines to ensure prevention of sexual harassment at workplace. The committee accountable is the Local Complaint Committee which will oversee sexual harassment cases at workplaces.

Micro-Teaching session conducted on 8th Oct’16


Micro-teaching is a faculty training and development technique whereby the teachers review a recording of a teaching session, in order to get constructive feedback from peers about what has worked and what amendments can be made to improve their teaching technique.
Micro teaching session was conducted by Ms. Amita Deo on 8th Oct’16 on the topic ‘Anagrams’ for Primary teachers (Grade I-V). The topic was introduced with topic building exercises. Warm up exercises were given to the co-teachers who were the learners for this session. Many links up questions were asked to develop interest of the listeners.
Post this; an interesting recap session was conducted with the help of a small text book activity. Through this activity, thorough recapitulation of anagrams was done.

Shalom faculty members attend a Workshop on 29th August 2016


A workshop on “Nurturing the 21st Century Learners-Creating global leaders of tomorrow” was attended by the Senior Coordinator, Ms. Swastika Acharya and the school counselors Ms. Bhupinder and Ms. Elizabeth at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Mr. Bob Athwal, Director Leicester University gave an opening talk on how to identify the challenges faced while shaping the future leaders. He laid stress on the fact that the students need skills more than degrees to enter the job market in the coming times.
Dr. Aruna Broota, a renowned clinical psychologist spoke about fostering acceptance and empathy among students to make them fine future leaders. She stressed on giving the children space to think and act ; also that values can’t be taught but need to be enhanced by educators and parents through positive role modeling.
Mr. Vijay Thandani, NIIT University next addressed the gathering and emphasized on the skills required by the students in the 21st century. Dr. Jyostna Bhardwaj, Life Skills Trainer shared innovative practices for promotion of happiness quotient in the schools. She shared simple activities which could be conducted in the classrooms to make learning effective and friendly.

Shalom teachers attend a Workshop on Adolescence and Adolescent Issues’ on 2nd August’16


Ms. Bhupinder Kaur, Senior Counselor and Health and Wellness trainer, Ms. Elizabeth, Counselor of Junior Wing and Ms. Jyotin Prinja attended an illumining workshop which was a part of Metamorphosis– an initiative by the Health and Wellness Department of Blue Bells School. Dr Alka Saxena and her team were the resource persons.
The aim of the workshop was to sensitize and orient schoolteachers about adolescent problems and parenting styles. After introducing AWBY – The Awesome Buddy, the mascot of the H.W. Programme, Dr Alka engaged all the teachers in defining Adolescence. ‘Pinning the donkey’s tail’ activity not only served as an ice-breaker but also to underscore the vulnerability of the adolescent to all types of influences.
As the workshop progressed Dr Alka stressed upon Authoritarian, Autocratic, Permissive and Uninterested parenting styles and the impact they have on the children as they grow up. Parenting must involve certain controls backed by full understanding of the adolescent’s needs. The workshop drew to a close with another activity and poignant lines of Kalil Gibrain – ‘Your children are not your children. They are the son and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.’

Micro teaching lessons delivered by English Faculty member on 23rd July’16


Yet another round of Micro-Teaching lectures was carried out in the English faculty on 23rd July’16. Ms Esha Sethi took up an extremely interesting and relevant topic of ‘Subject-Verb Agreement’ for her micro-lesson. She had made ample use of the white board and several examples to re-inforce the rules and emphasize the key points of the topic. She took care to also stress upon the importance of the topic in the written and spoken language proficiency.
Ms. Esha Sethi, during the interactive session involved her colleagues in question-answers and illustrative examples. She also engaged them in a collaborative activity by dividing them in small groups,
Ms. Esha Sethi ensured that the topic taken up by them was fully understood by their colleagues. Based on the micro-teaching cycle, she took feedback and inputs from her counterparts. The learning outcome was satisfactorily achieved when the learners understood the nitty-gritty of the topic covered in the micro-teaching session.

Classroom Discipline and Effective Management


At SHIS, classroom management is the process by which teachers aim to create and maintain appropriate behaviour of students in classroom settings. With this aim, Ms. Anita Bhutani, Discipline Head, conducted a workshop for all the Primary Wing teachers on 23rd July’2016. The purpose of implementing classroom management strategies is to enhance prosocial behaviour and increase student academic engagement.
Ms. Bhutani began the session with the importance of discipline – a virtue. She ardently emphasised that a teacher should not only be the preacher but utmost practitioner of discipline. Discipline makes every teacher more enabled, more inspired.
As an experienced and sapient educator, she shared many creative ideas to get a class immediately settled for a joyful teaching and learning process. She laid a great stress on the importance of proactive lesson planning. Ms. Bhutani, as the resource person, encouraged discussions on varied array of topics such as cleanliness, anecdotal filings, self-management, ownership towards one’s classroom and many more. It was an educational session for all the teachers. It inspired them to be more alert, agile and aware. Discipline is the silent force at work that breeds success.

Micro teaching lessons delivered by English Faculty members on 30th June’16


Yet another round of Micro-Teaching lectures was carried out in the English faculty on 30th June’16. Ms Esha Sethi took up an extremely interesting and relevant topic of Vocabulary for her micro-lesson. She had made it point to emphasize the importance of new words and good vocabulary in enhancing English speaking and writing proficiency. She took up a few examples to introduce the topic and then clearly explained how children can be initiated into the habit of learning and using new words on a regular basis.
Ms. Sangeeta Madhok also took up a topic related to Grad IV syllabus – ‘Nouns’. An interesting and light-hearted game on Concrete and Abstract Nouns was played which served as an excellent way to test the learners’ comprehension of the topic.
Both Ms. Esha and Ms. Sangeeta ensured that the topics taken up by them were fully understood by their colleagues. Based on the micro-teaching cycle, both took feedback and inputs from their counterparts. The learning outcome was satisfactorily achieved when the learners understood the nitty-gritty of the topics covered in the micro-teaching sessions.

Workshop on classroom Discipline and Management held on 30th June’16


Ms. Anita Bhutani, H.O.D - Hindi Faculty and widely respected for her exemplary class control conducted a workshop for the Senior Wing teachers. Mr Atul Bhatt, the principal and Ms. Priyaa Chauhan, the Head-Mistress too were present for the workshop. While recounting her personal experiences, Ms. Bhutani emphasized that all teachers must have ‘an emotional connect’ with their students. This rapport with the teacher/s would lead to a student’s increased interest in the subject and ensure discipline in the class.
Ms. Anita also gave some practical tips on how to establish the rules of discipline in the class on the first day of a new session. By ensuring that all students remain in the classroom awaiting their teacher’s arrival, keep the subject textbooks ready on the tables and see that the classroom is in order, all teachers can contribute to discipline in their classes and the whole school. Ms. Bhutani made it clear that the onus and accountability of classroom management and discipline is always on the teacher. As role models, the teachers must observe discipline amongst themselves and comply with school norms before they expect it from their students.

‘Workshop on Emotional Intelligence by Fortis experts on 29th June’16


A workshop on Emotional Intelligence was conducted by Dr. Mimansa Singh. The session was aimed at making the teachers understand that every human being has the power to manage and control their emotions. Emotions are the subjective response accompanied by physiological change which readies the individual for some action that is associated with a change in behavior. The importance of E.I was stressed upon as it is required for effective communication, stress-management and prevention of teacher burn out.
Emotional Intelligence helps a teacher to manage the class in certain situations and also in bonding with their colleagues and the parents effectively. The resource person stressed upon an Emotional Literacy Curriculum which would help the students to understand and express different emotions they go through.
In the end, the teachers were made aware of how they can use E.I in their class rooms by giving space to the students in venting out their anger; refusing to engage in public arguments; using humor and distraction when appropriate and by adopting a non-confrontational but empathetic approach. With these techniques, the classrooms will become a livelier place for the students to enjoy and learn.

‘Workshop on Childhood Disorders’ held on 28th June,16’


A workshop on Learning Childhood disorders was conducted by Ms. Elizabeth on 28th June’16 and was attended by all Primary Wing and Senior Wing teachers. It is very imperative for all the teachers to be aware of these learning disorders, given the fact that India has taken a huge leap in the number of students falling under this spectrum.
The session commenced with the introduction of various disorders and how they adversely affect students’ education, social life and academic tracking. Ms. Elizabeth walked us through the causes of disorders- genetic, parenting style, neglect, childhood experience and stress. Ms Bhupinder, Senior Counselor of Senior Wing too shared some cases and her personal experiences in handling children with such extreme behavior disorders/personality disorders.
All the teachers received a thorough knowledge of common childhood disorders such as ADHD, ODD, PDD & Deficits in social interaction and communication and learning disorders. She guided the teachers about how to show love and care, give positive reinforcements and appreciate their small achievements. The session was informative and engaging.

‘Drama,Stage Management and Script Writing Workshop held for Shalom faculty members on 28th June’16


An interesting, invigorating and enlivening Theatre Workshop was held by Mr Gaurav Kumar, a renowned theatre artist on 28th June 2016 in Shalom Hills International School for all Primary and Senior Wing teachers. Mr. Gaurav, a Freelance Creative Consultant and Theatre personality was welcomed by the Head-Mistresses. From the very outset of the workshop, Mr Gaurav captivated the gathering with his acting histrionics. He also held the teachers enthralled by showcasing his script-writing and directorial skills.
During the course of the session, he emphasized on the need for voice modulation, use of props, stage setting, postures and dialogue delivery for most effective and powerful theatrical presentations. All the teachers benefitted a lot through the group stage activities. The teachers also staged a Play, which came out very well through their joint efforts. Mr Gaurav further emphasized on theatre techniques and how can children improvise on these techniques without much practice. The workshop was very engaging and insightful. It was appreciated by all the participants.

‘Art of Living’ Workshop held for entire faculty on 27th June’16


The workshop started with a welcome address by Ms. Rima Gaekwad followed by a quick introduction of What does success mean to us, How to have a balanced life and what are the essential components of a balanced life (Health, family, happiness, good education, peace of mind etc) by Dr. Neena Bansal (Associated with Art of Living- Bangalore, A professor at Kamla Nehru College- Delhi University).
The instructor shared thought provoking ideas about relation of mind vis-a-vis our breath and guided the teachers on how to have a controlled mind by controlling one’s breath. Brief introduction also took place of ‘Sudarshan Kriya’, its benefits and the area of its benefits (how it can improve individual’s health and job performance). The workshop concluded with a 15 minutes’ session of meditation and sheetali yoga/ cooling breath. Soul soothing music accompanied the meditation session and made the meditation session it a memorable one.
All the teachers had a knowledgeable session on- How ‘The Art of Living Course’ teaches us to have greater peace, energy and joy…for a lifetime.

Dental Check up organized for the teachers of the Middle Wing on 20th May’16


As part of the school’s thriving Teacher Enrichment Programme, a dental check up was organised especially for the teachers on 20th May,16.
Dr. Stuti and Dr. Moksha from Dental Roots had come to check the oral hygiene of teachers. They shared the observation that most of the teachers follow the correct oral routine. They also suggested root canal treatments and other dentistry procedures as required by a few teachers in need of dental treatment.
It was a procedurally followed clinical checkup. The dentists made it a point to give the teachers practical and handy tips on how to improve one’s dental care and routine and look after one’s teeth better.
The teachers flocked to the Dental Camp which was a great success as a caring and experienced team of doctors made it a pleasant experience.

Workshop conducted by Mr. Dhar on the theme of ‘Soul of a Schoolmaster’ on 16th May’16


A workshop on ‘The Soul of a Schoolmaster’ was conducted by Mr A.N. Dhar on 16th May 2016 for the Primary Wing teachers.
The workshop started with an introduction by Mr.Dhar about himself and his vast experience as a teacher. He gave useful and interesting insights about the qualities that a teacher must have and also how a teacher should always be a happy nurturer. These insights were provided through various case-studies. One of the case study showed that a teacher strongly relates to a student in the same way as a mother does to her child.
Mr. Dhar stressed on the moot point that forms the crux of teaching - a teacher has to be many people rolled into one - philosopher, manager, role-model, astrologer and a writer-actor. The main responsibility of a teacher, in Mr. Dhar’s is to help children evolve. An interesting story on Brahma and his creation of a teacher was shared by Mr.Dhar. According to Lord Brahma, a schoolteacher is a divine creation and should be cherished as such.

Head-Mistress of SHIS attends Times NIE Principal Meet on 6th May’16


The Times of India organized its Annual Principal Meet 2016 at The Grand New Delhi, Vasunt Kunj, New Delhi to acknowledge the efforts of Principals, Vice-Principals and the teacher fraternity who are the pillars of education and society. The Annual Meet was an excellent platform for heads and honchos of almost 200 schools of Delhi NCR to converge, interact and introspect with experts and to contribute to a better learning environment. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, the H’ble Sh. Manish Sisodia was the Chief Guest. Shalom Hills International School was represented by the Head-Mistress of the Senior Wing, Ms. Priyaa Chauhan.
Mr Sanjeev Dutta who runs a personality school emphasized the importance and the therapeutic effects of dance therapy as a stress-buster. Mr Surakshit Goswami then demonstrated the power of yoga exercises in order to de-stress and relax. Mr. Amit Tandon, the stand-up comedian put up a show-stopper act for the edification of the distinguished gathering. Ms. Kiran Nadar, the trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation was also present as the sponsor of the event.
There was a panel discussion in which eminent personalities present at the Meet took part.

“Science Micro Teaching Session” conducted on 30th April’16


Micro-teaching is a faculty training and development technique whereby the teachers review a teaching session, in order to get constructive feedback from peers about what has worked and what amendments can be made to improve their teaching technique. Science teachers were asked to prepare a short lesson (usually 20 minutes) for a small group of learners.
The session on 30th April was started by Ms. Shalini Pandey ( Class IV Science teacher) who imparted the lecture on “Microbes and Digestion” to her colleagues who were their learners of the day.
Ms. Nausheen was next to deliver the Micro Teaching lesson in which she discussed the teaching methodology taken with Grade I children. An interactive session was then taken up by Ms. Litty in which she discussed how the topic “Animals and their food habits” is taught in Class III. Towards the end of the session, Ms. Madhavi ( Class V ) explained how children should be a part of discussions which makes the class interactive and engaging. In context to the micro teaching session, Ms. Vimala Jossy, HOD of Science shared her ideas and inputs about making the classroom teaching more interesting and thought provoking.
Conducting this kind of enrichment programme for the teachers not only helps them to upgrade their horizons but also persuades them to be more creative and innovative in conveying their lectures in the class. Through this training, the teachers will sharpen their teaching skills which would help them to make the students understand the topic in much interesting way.

Micro teaching lessons delivered by English Faculty members on 30th April’16


Essentially, microteaching is like simulated teaching to provide feedback to teacher. Prima facie, it serves as a post-mortem so that the teacher can find out what has successfully worked in the class, in which aspects has it fallen short and what needs to be done to enhance their teaching technique.

Ms Meenakshi Madan took up the Grammar topic of Conditionals. She took up a few examples to introduce the topic and then clearly explained the rules pertaining to the topic. She kept asking questions from her colleagues. A game of framing conditional sentences was played which served as an excellent way to test the learners’ comprehension of the topic.
Ms. Meeta Calvin initialized the Literature Chapter for Grade V with a topic building PPT. She quickly got her colleagues to form groups and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of car/train journey. Ms. Sangeeta and Ms. Kalika shared their exerpiences of their ‘First train Journey’. An engaging micro session ensued. By making ample use of the white board and engaging activities, Ms Meeta and Ms Meenakshi ensured that the topics taken up by them were fully understood by their colleagues.

Shalom senior graders attend the City Round of CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2016 on 28th April’16


“IT IS ALWAYS SMALL PIECES THAT MAKE BIG PICTURES” !!

Cryptic Crosswords are crossword puzzles in which each clue is a word puzzle in and of itself.. The Cryptic Crossword Puzzle Competition organized by CBSE made the students juggle their brain cells and improve their lateral thinking. The competition held in Shiv Nadar School took off with a short address by Mr. Ranjan, CBSE organizer of the contest. The city round which was held on 28th April, 2016. It engaged two students from each participating school in solving a written cryptic crossword puzzle comprising of 23 questions in a time span of 60 minutes.

Raj Abbas Tulluri of Grade XII and Yash Vinod of Grade XI of Shalom Hills International School challenged their own ‘cracking’ potential and pitted their skills against that of 26 participating teams from across leading schools in Gurgaon, namely DPS Sector 45, Amity Sector 46, Ryan International, D.A.V School Sector 14, Bal Bharati Public School etc. They put up a valiant fight and solved quite a few ‘knotty’ questions.

Micro-Teaching session conducted by Ms. Kalika Tiwari on 23rd April’16


Micro teaching session was conducted by Ms. Kalika Tiwari on 23rd April’16 on the topic ‘Verbs’ for Primary teachers (Grade I-V). The White Board management was excellent as not only the word/thought/date was mentioned but also the subtopics, rules, web chart based on Verbs were also clearly written. The topic was introduced with topic building exercises. Warm up exercises were given to the co-teachers who were the learners for this session. Many link up questions were asked to develop interest of the listeners. An interesting PPT on Verbs was shown and step by step the rules and ways to identify the Verbs were explained.
Post this; an interesting recap session was conducted with the help of a small activity- ‘Paper Word Activity’. Through this activity, thorough recapitulation of Verb and its types- Transitive and Intransitive was done.

Shalom Faculty attends a workshop on ‘School Portal Management’ on 9th April’16


A workshop on School Portal Management was organized by the Computer Department for the teachers of Primary, Middle and Senior wing and Nirvana branch on 9th April’16 in the auditorium. Mr. Rahul Aggarwal from Edunext took the training of teachers and explained to them the process and steps involved in how to -

 Upload the assignments, class-work and homework
 Upload photographs using photo gallery.
 Communicate with individual student.
 Make lesson plans and converting it in PDF format.
 Filling in Online teacher’s diary.
 Keep records of all the students.
 Enter the Co-Scholastic grades.
 Enter FA and SA marks of the students.
 Access the term reports in PDF format.
 Mark the attendance of each student.

The trainer also made the teachers aware about the size of pictures (uploaded through photo gallery) supported by the portal i.e. maximum 500kb size. He also informed the teachers that the assignment should be uploaded in PDF format.It was overall a very useful workshop for all the teachers in which they learnt many new things and options on the school portal.

Workshop on CBSE evidences conducted by Ms. Priyaa Chauhan on 9th April’16


A workshop was conducted by the H.M of the Senior Wing, Ms Priyaa Chauhan, for all the teachers of Grades VI-XII. After stressing upon the need for collecting evidence through reports, observations and pictures, Ms. Priyaa Chauhan also emphasized that it would not increase the work-load of the teachers since they are already doing so. The purpose of the workshop was to streamline the process of collecting data and making it uniform for all subjects and Co-Scholastic domains.

Ms. Chauhan very clearly and with the help of Excel sheet formats, list of descriptors, observations tallies explained the areas that are to be covered:

2 A- Life Skills
2-B Work Education
2 C – Visual and Performing Arts
2 D – Attitudes and Values
3 A – Co-Scholastic
3 B – Physical Health and Well-Being

The H.M made it clear that CBSE evidences collection is the responsibility of all teachers and not only of class teachers. Teachers must take ample pictures of each student doing an activity in class, Skill Clubs and during Sports/Work Education classes. All teachers to record remarks of each and every student once a month in the anecdotal files.

Google Apps workshop held for Senior Wing teachers on 22nd March’16


At Shalom Hills International School, we realize that the “biggest benefit of Information Technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about discovering and realizing their potential.

Ms Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav conducted the first training workshop to give ‘hands on ‘training of Google Docs and Google slides’ to all the senior grades teachers. Through live demonstration of both applications, Ms. Sarika and Ms Ambika explained threadbare and stepwise how docs can be used by all the teachers, subject incharges and H.Ms in sharing common records, editing documents and working collaboratively.

Ms. Sarika and Ms. Ambika made it a point to stress upon the various advantages of Google Apps especially of Google docs in preparing assignments, question papers, presentations and Newsletters.They gave ample opportunity to all the teachers to work on docs and slides, prepare new documents and share amongst themselves. Teachers were guided how to edit, comment and share slides and docs. The teachers found the workshop useful and highly practical.

New Teachers’ Induction Programme held in Shalom Hills International School on 22nd March’16


In order to welcome the new teachers in its fold as well as infuse them with the school’s unique culture and ethos of love, commitment and compassion, a Teachers Induction Programme was held in Shalom Hills International School on 22nd March’16. The existing teachers were also present and learnt about the proposed academic planning for the next session. The Induction Programme served as an effective platform for them to update themselves about the changes in school policies and other academic domains. Ms. Jyotin Prinja shared the vision and distinctive ethos of the school’s Founder-Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George and Vice Chairman, Mr Dennis George. She dwelt on the management’s exemplary leadership, spiritual mentoring and constant empowerment provided to each and every faculty member. Several incidents and key words were shared which revealed how benevolent, supportive, caring and compassionate the management are towards the faculty and understanding of their needs.

Later on, the code of conduct by which the Shalom faculty has to adhere was explained by Ms. Rima Gaekwad, the Head-Mistress of Primary Wing. She also touched upon the HR guidelines governing their leave entitlement, salary rules, school processes, bus duty as well as the standing instructions and practices to be followed were also touched upon. To facilitate and familiarize the freshly recruited teachers with the mechanism of academic infrastructure and modus operandi of school functioning, a PPT was shown which gave a detailed rundown of the system of lesson plans, online assignments, doubt clarification file, remedial measures, student’s portal and re-correction of notebooks.

Computer Science faculty members attended Google Road Show at Lotus Valley International School on 17th March 2016


Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon organized the 1st Road Show on Google Apps for Education. This first of its kind event was designed to showcase the use of Google Apps for Education in classrooms and Google certifications for educators. Ms. Jalpa Shah, GEG coordinator conducted it and specially chosen teachers (by Google) from Delhi and NCR schools attended the session. Ms. Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav from SHIS were among the privileged few to be a part of the illumining session.

Ms. Anita Malhotra, the principal in the welcome address shared her school and teachers’ experience of implementing Google Apps in her school. Ms. Jimmy Puri gave the Introduction to 21st century class rooms. Hands on session on different Google apps were shared by all the educators of L.V. School.

Mr. Gagandeep Singh, a resource person from Google explained about the Google products and devices available for all the educators. The main thrust of the session was on the usage of GAFE and certification on Basic level and Google Educators Level 1. It was an eye-opening and purposeful session for the educators.

Shalom faculty members attend an interactive session at British Council on 9th March’16


Ms. Shruti Vashisht and Ms. Jyotin Prinja attended an interactive session by Ms. Sara Wingate, a British researcher, writer and artist which threw light on various ways on overcoming reading challenges and integrating reading/library activities in the course curriculum in British Council.

The session was an illuming one as it threw into light how ‘reading habits’ form a grey area in many schools and the library is often dismissed as a ‘mere appendix’ … in fact a non-entity. During the case study from Puerto Rico, Norway, Netherlands and so on, Ms. Wingate emphasized how children are be drawn more into library and reading –oriented activities which will help the school to develop, polish and hone their communicative and creative skills better in the long run.

Another interesting theory that was shared during the session was the concentric zone of Proximal Development by Lev Vygotsky(1978) which shows the areas where the learner can do unaided, areas where learners need guidance and where all learners cannot do.Many strategies were discussed e,g, sharing reviews on blogs, get lapel badges in recognition of their reading habits, running Reading Programme etc.

Shalom teachers attend ‘Counsellors Symposium 2016’ Workshop on 29th February 2016


Ms. Elizabeth B. Thomas, Ms. Meeta Calvin and Mr. Ramprakash attended a ‘Counsellors Symposium 2016’ organized by BML MUNJAL UNIVERSITY at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The theme was “Broadening the educational horizon: Exploring the potentials”. The session started with an inaugural address by Prof. P.A Satyanarayan of BML University. He highlighted that India is a strong emerging leader and the whole world is looking at India with lots of expectations. The session was carried forward by the renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Aruna Broota who stressed on the fact that students should be guided to make right career choices in their lives. She discussed various case studies which helped the participants to get an insight into the problems faced by students while opting for different streams after class X.

Dr. Goldie Gabrani, Professor at BML Munjal University discussed the broadening of the educational horizons by encouraging the students to think out of the box. Ms. Jyotsana Bhardwaj, a consulting psychologist emphasized on the need to nurture human potential. She asked the educators to keep their students motivated and to help them gain self esteem.

Shalom teachers attend a CBSE Master Trainer Workshop on 15th and 16th Feb’16


Ms. Suniti Bhai and Ms. Maya Vinod took keen part in the CBSE Workshop which had 40 participants from different schools including principals and vice principals of different region. Ms. Roopa Chakravarty and Ms. Neera Chawla were the resource persons. Much learning ensued as the delegates deliberated and discussed the following points:

 Difference between the Evaluation and Assessment.
 What constitutes CCE, what is not covered in CCE and how can schools innovate under CCE guidelines.
 Importance of Parental Interaction after each evaluation.
 Teachers should not confine themselves to text-books and be deep-learning oriented.
 Difference between Anecdotal and Student Portfolio.
 Criteria grid for rubrics.
 Importance of inter-disciplinary projects.
 Importance of Newspaper activity.
 Importance of Bloom Taxonomy in drafting question papers.
 Different parameters under Co-Scholastic areas.
 Importance of Summative Assessment.
 Importance of Value Education
 Ensuring that the content in the text-books is gender-sensitive.
 Conducting Life Skill activities in school.

Yet another important area of discussion was how to improve the results in Grade XI and prepare the students for the rigours of Grade XII boards.

Shalom faculty members attend a CBSE Workshop on 5th Feb’16


Ms. Mitu Singh, Psychology and Life Skills teacher and Mrs. Elizabeth Bijo Thomas Students Well Being Educator of SHIS attended a CBSE workshop on Life Skills at CBSE, Centre of Excellence, Gurgaon on 5th Feb’16. The resource persons, Ms. Usha Anand, psychologist and Ms. Himal, Principal, Hans Raj Model School, Delhi. started the session with an ice breaking exercise. Then different situations were given in a hand out to identify the skills that were most apt to the given situation. It was a very interactive session as each participant assessed the situation according to their own view and then the resource person/s explained the right way to assess the same situation. A group activity was done to emphasize different ways to make life skills classes more interesting. Right methods to use each technique like storytelling, role play, drama and dance were demonstrated through another group activity.

A video was also shown to make the delegates understand the importance of using audio visuals in a class. Post-lunch session aimed at understanding the assessment of life skills. The session ended with a question answer session

Workshop on Assertiveness Training for Social Anxiety Disorder attended by Shalom counselor and teachers on 2nd February 2016.

  • SHIS Activity

A workshop on Assertiveness Training for Social Anxiety Disorder held at Fortis Hospital was attended by Ms Bhupinder Kaur, Senior Counselor and In charge of Health & Wellness Department along with Ms Elizabeth & Ms Mitu Singh. The session was an informative one as it threw light on various approaches to be taken up in the classroom settings. The psychologist also laid stress on how observation is an important part in identifying the social anxiety disorder. The assertiveness training to be imparted in the class was discussed in detail. The various methods to be used in assertive training are like social stories, Talk blocks, I’s game. The various assertive techniques and refusal skills using Role Play which could be practiced in the class room were also demonstrated.

Some of them are:
• Expression of anger in an adaptive way, to express or tell someone what you feel by using ‘I’ statements.
• Express needs and desires.
• Say NO in adaptive ways.
• State opinions
• Discrepancy assertion- clarifying misunderstandings.

Staff Welfare trip organized to Farmstead in Baliawas on 30th Jan’16Shalom teachers attend Workshop on ‘Challenging Areas Of English Core-Class XII’ on 27 and 28 Jan’16


A workshop on Assertiveness Training for Social Anxiety Disorder held at Fortis Hospital was attended by Ms Bhupinder Kaur, Senior Counselor and In charge of Health & Wellness Department along with Ms Elizabeth & Ms Mitu Singh. The session was an informative one as it threw light on various approaches to be taken up in the classroom settings. The psychologist also laid stress on how observation is an important part in identifying the social anxiety disorder. The assertiveness training to be imparted in the class was discussed in detail. The various methods to be used in assertive training are like social stories, Talk blocks, I’s game. The various assertive techniques and refusal skills using Role Play which could be practiced in the class room were also demonstrated.

Some of them are:
• Expression of anger in an adaptive way, to express or tell someone what you feel by using ‘I’ statements.
• Express needs and desires.
• Say NO in adaptive ways.
• State opinions
• Discrepancy assertion- clarifying misunderstandings.

Staff Welfare trip organized to Farmstead in Baliawas on 30th Jan’16Shalom teachers attend Workshop on ‘Challenging Areas Of English Core-Class XII’ on 27 and 28 Jan’16


Staff Welfare is very important to the management of Shalom Hills International School. Other than a spate of Staff Club and in-house programmes organized for the relaxation, entertainment and team-building among the staff, the management organizes trips to give the teachers a well-deserved respite from their teaching routine. And to the credit of the staff, they apply the same dedicated approach to having fun which they do to their work. On a day on unsullied sunshine, the faculty members accompanied by the Head-Mistresses of Primary and Senor Wing, the two Senior Coordinators spent a day on undiluted merriment at Farmstead, Baliawas, Faridabad. The principal Mr Atul Bhatt joined the teachers for the post-lunch activities.

The teachers showed their dare-devilry and adventurous spirit by trying their hands at Zorbing, Horse Hurdle, Burma Bridge, Flying Fox, Rock climbing and river crossing. Some tried their hand at pottery as well.
The teachers danced to the heart’s glory to the popular beats. They enjoyed a savory breakfast and sumptuous lunch in addition to reveling in one another’s congenial company. The teachers thanked the school management for arranging such a delightful stress-buster for them.

Shalom teachers attend Workshop on ‘Challenging Areas Of English Core-Class XII’ on 27 and 28 Jan’16


An enlightening and highly interactive was conducted by Ms.Neelima Sharma, Ms.Neerda and Ms Kiran Bhatt at CBSE centre of excellence. Ms. Meenakshi madan and Ms.Rinky Maini represented SHIS at the session.

The training-workshop was opened with an ice-breaker that required the participants to line up alphabetically by first name or nick name without talking. Ms. Neerda then opened the session by welcoming the participants, asking them to introduce themselves, and establishing the ground rules. She then went on to the first session based on the concept of teaching writing skills effectively, beginning with a word-visualization exercise.

In an activity, the teachers ‘skimmed, scanned, actively read’ an excerpt from ‘The Invisible Man’ and thought of some add-on questions that would spike up the children’s interest in the story and get them to write better and enjoy reading assignments. In another activity, they understood the different poetic structures and attempted poetic expressions using them.

Workshop on Classroom Management with senior teachers on 23rd Jan’16


A Workshop on Classroom Management was conducted for the Senior Wing faculty members by Ms Bhupinder Kaur, In charge of Health & Wellness Department & Senior Counsellor. The workshop covered these main objectives:

  • Recognize and identify the potential of behavioral problems within classroom settings.
  • Gain insight in adapting proactive approach rather than reactive and
  • How to empower the students to be more responsible for their own behavior and,
  • Provide educators with strategies to enhance learning, build self-esteem and control troublesome behavior of students.

Ms Bhupinder stressed that at times the cause of behavioral problems result from academic ones and to sort out such problems, firstly the academic problems should be sorted out and the cases should be referred to the counsellor in the beginning of the session to understand if the child falls under SEN (special educational needs) or not. The teachers present in the workshop were guided how to overcome the difficulties they face in the classrooms and a few teachers also shared incidents how they have helped not only Shalomites but also other children by bringing about a change in their attitude and behaviour.

NCF Workshop conducted by the Head Mistress-Senior Wing on 23rd Jan’16


In order to enlighten all the teachers regarding the need, relevance and tenets of NCF 2005, a workshop was conducted by Ms. Priyaa Chauhan, Head Mistress-Senior Wing on 23rd Jan’16 with the teachers of Grades VI-XII.At the outset of the workshop, Ms. Chauhan expounded upon the objectives which are enshrined in the NCF and how its basic tenets are to do justice to the doctrines in the Constitution of India.

Ms. Chauhan also shared how the NCF seeks to minimize rote learning and curriculum overload, thereby ensuring that knowledge takes place outside the classroom and through an integration of Inter-Disciplinary projects and programmes. The ultimate aim of education as envisioned by NCF is to empower minds , stop isolated learning, bring uniformity and flexibility in schools across the country and foster creativity. The role of teachers was clearly spelt out as guides, facilitators who have to ensure that knowledge is gained by students and not merely information.

Ms. Priyaa Chauhan, in a highly interactive and illumining workshop, touched upon how teaching of subjects like Maths, Science, languages, Computer Education and Social Science should foster lifelong and ‘beyond textbooks’

Shalom teachers attend Workshop on ‘Improvising Reading Comprehension skills’ on 16th Jan’16


An edifying and highly interactive workshop was conducted by Dr. Ranjini Krishnaswamy at Lotus Valley International School in collaboration with Pitambar Publishing Co Pvt Ltd. Ms. Jyotin Prinja and Ms. Kalika Tiwari represented SHIS at the session.

The session took off on a consensual note that Reading forms the most neglected area of the language skills. Since good readers spawn a generation of good writers, teachers must adopt techniques and strategies to encourage reading habits. After a discussion of the novel ways used by various schools to inculcate reading habit among their students, the teachers were made to ‘Read aloud’ from the comprehension passages handed out to them. In an activity, the teachers ‘skimmed, scanned, actively read’ an excerpt from Canterville Ghost and thought of some add-on questions that would spike up the children’s interest in the story and get them to write better and enjoy reading assignments. In another activity, they understood the different poetic structures (Haiku, tanka) and attempted poetic expressions using them.

Another important learning outcome was that learning experiences with scaffolds and inter-disciplinary material can improve the student’s performance before, during and after an activity.

CCE – Workshop attended by faculty members on 8th and 9th January 2016


The faculty members of the 2 branches attended a two-day CCE Workshop conducted by Ms Rachna Swarup of N.I.I.T Solution. On Day –I, the Scholastic areas were taken up for discussion. At the outset of the workshop, the resource person emphasized on the importance of 21st century skills including life skills. The distinction between Formative and Summative Assessment was underscored through interesting quotes like ‘When the cook tastes the soup, it is formative while the guests taste the soup, it is summative assessment.” New tools for FA covering diagnostic, remedial, enhancement and effectiveness were introduced.

Curriculum Planning through Vertical and Horizontal Mapping was explained to the teachers. Although only one activity was conducted on Day 1, there were a few collaborative activities conducted on the second day which included the drawing up of an inter-disciplinary ‘Activity Design Grid’ and Evaluation Grid by each group of teachers. Bloom’s Taxonomy, descriptive indicators, portfolio and the criterion on which a good and balanced paper is to be based were also reiterated. A short Role Play activity was carried out to discuss how to make and record observations of students’ behavior and attitude.

Shalom teachers attend a Seminar held at KR Mangalam School on 18th December’15


“Mathematics is one of the essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself, like art or poetry”- Oswald Veblen

Maths teachers of the Senior Wing, Ms. Shruti Vasishta, Ms. Kousalya Seshadri and Ms. Vanita Verma attended a “Mathematics Orientation Programme” conducted by Prof. M.L. Aggarwal. The seminar was convened by APC Books, Karol Bargh, New Delhi in collaboration with KR Mangalam World School.

The programme started at 9:30 am in Yoga room of K.R. Mangalam School. The principal of K.R. Mangalam introduced the chief guest and felicitated him with a token of appreciation. Approximately 100 teachers from various schools of Gurgaon and NCR participated in this interactive programme.In his speech, Prof. M.L. Aggarwal elaborated upon the “Concept Building of Mathematics” and followed it up with an activity. He shared his own experiences with the delegates on how to teach mathematics through reasoning and logical thinking.

In the vote of thanks, the Principal of K.R. Mangalam School appreciated the teacher’s efforts and their outstanding work in the field of education.

French Teachers’ Workshop organized by Saraswati Publications in SHIS on 5TH Dec’15


French teachers from various schools at Gurgaon like Heritage, Sun City, DPS-45, Presidium, Meenaxi Public school, American Public School etc attended an interesting French Workshop. Ms. Mahitha Ranjit, who has 11 years of teaching French at eminent schools like Apeejay, St. Paul, G.D. Goenka, Nodal Head- 12th standard CBSE Examination and has authored- Apprenons le francais, Ailes, Entre Jeunes and Together with French, conducted the workshop. All the participating teachers interacted with the author and with other teachers.The learning objectives of the workshop were to share views on upcoming trends/changes in the French curriculum, CBSE’s syllabus for Grade IX, X. Other points of interaction were as below

 Teachers also had interaction and shared Insight into French culture and civilisation 5Cs of teaching How to encourage lively and effective classroom teaching,How to make language learning more than just scholastic learning Easy and interesting learning Introduction to Value based questions Sharing of French listening practice resources.The workshop was concluded with the Principal, Mr Atul Bhatt’s interaction with the participants and the Guest Author.

Computer Science faculty members attend India GEG Level 1 Workshop on 3rd and 4th Dec 2015


Google had organized a two days session on India GEG Level 1 Workshop Featuring Google Apps for Education (GAfE). Mr. Jay Atwood conducted it and specially handpicked teachers (by Google) from Delhi and NCR schools attended the session. Ms. Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav were among the privileged few to be a part of the illumining session. The event began with the introduction of each participant followed by talk on Google Apps for Education tools. The focus was primarily on the usage of GAfE and certification on Google Educators Level 1.

Google Apps for Education are built for schools only and focuses on tools and technology that the teachers can use in their everyday lives to improve their task management and increase student engagement. These tools offer real time editing, powerful sharing controls and seamless compatibility. The session was divided into before and post lunch session on both the days. Practice session was held at the end of the each day to recollect the learning objectives. SHIS is using GAfE. Shortly the entire faculty will be trained into using it optimally and effectively.

Head Mistress of Shalom Hills International School attends Round Table Discussion at Radisson Blu Plaza on 27th November’2015


A Principal’s Meet was organized by Vedatya Institute at Radisson Blu Plaza to discuss the important issues such as the advances in teaching pedagogy and their impact on student learning and performance. Ms Priyaa Chauhan, Head-Mistress of Senior Wing represented Shalom Hills International School and took keen part in the discussions. The initial discussions were moderated by Dr Sudhanshu Bhushan, Professor at Vedatya.

The delegates shared their experiences with respect to innovation in teaching pedagogy being implemented in their respective institutions. Some schools have responded to the challenge of embracing children with special needs in the mainstream like The Heritage, The Shree Ram School, Eicher School, Faridabad and it was commonly felt that others could gain from their experiences. Professor Sandeep Munjal, Director, Vedatya moderated the discussion. Need for a vocational course was discussed.

Various schools participated in the discussion, namely Sri Venketashwara International School, Raman Munjal School and Loreto Convent School. The Vedataya group proposed to start a 3 years vocational course in culinary for the learners with special needs. They would initialize discussions with schools shortly.

Shalom teachers attend a Workshop in Paras Hospital on 21st Nov’15


A workshop and coffee session with a diabetalolgist was organized for Shalom teachers by Health & Wellness Department of Senior Wing. Ms Sangeeta Wadhawan, Ms Seema Sobti & Ms Attreyee Dey attended the session with the diabetologist in Paras Hospital. The workshop to spread awareness about diabetes and its related complications was conducted by Dr Vineet Sharma, a Diabetologist and Endocrinologist. He threw light on the causes, symptoms of diabetes and its effects on health. The causes of diabetes and how a healthy life style can be followed to avoid or to get rid of diabetes were some of the main issues addressed in the session.

The chief dietician, Ms Neeti Bhalla was there to guide the delegates about the various kinds of foods to be included in one’s daily diet plan; how to have a healthy life style and if anyone is already suffering, what kind of foods would be beneficial to lower the risks. Finally in the end, all the queries by the teachers were answered by the doctors and the dietician.

Shalom H.M and faculty member attend British Council’s ISA Mid-Term Review Meeting in New Delhi on 5th Nov’15


Ms. Priyaa Chauhan, Head Mistress of Senior Wing and Ms. Ambika Yadav attended and took keen part in the ISA Mid-Term Review Meeting held in New Delhi. The meeting was a part of the British Council’s Connecting Classroom Programme of which SHIS has become a part. The session was attended by faculty members of 55 schools across the country. Ms. Kanika Nayyar and Ms. Anantha were the resource persons.

Ms. Priyaa Chauhan and Ms. Ambika Yadav showed the dossier containing records and documents of the curriculum projects conducted in the school till date. Ms. Priya Chauhan informed the resource persons that the school had finished its 3 Collaborative Projects and shared details of the partner schools.

The resource persons suggested amendments in the templates and documents. They also informed the Shalom ISA members that they would be receiving a CD and kit shortly. The school’s ISA Chief Coordinator would soon need to attend a series of training workshops and appear for online courses. The date of completion of all projects and submission of the dossier was fixed for end of Feb 2016.

Hindi faculty members of Shalom Hills attend a Hindi Workshop on 31st Oct’15

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Shalom Hills International School, through its Teacher Enrichment Programme offers umpteen opportunities to its faculty members to expand and extend their subject knowledge, update themselves with latest teaching practices and also enhance their professional expertise by attending various workshops and seminars organized within the school or elsewhere. One such opportunity was given to the members of the Hindi Department on 31st Oct’15.

Hindi teachers of Senior and Middle Wing, namely Ms. Mukesh Dabas, Ms. Suman Lamba, Ms. Sangeeta Singh, Ms. Pooja Nagar and Ms. Shefali Srivastva attended a Hindi workshop conducted by Dr. Prasoon Singh Chauhan in D.P.S, Sector 45, Gurgaon. During the course of the interactive session many important concepts of Hindi related to all classes were discussed minutely. Care was taken to highlight the common errors made by the students in the language and how they can be rectified. The workshop was very interesting and fruitful.

Visit by Google Chrome team from U.S.A to Shalom Hills International School on 15th October’15

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From creating its own website to launching Google apps, online report card, student’s portal to E-Resources etc, Shalom Hills International School is a technology enabled and digitally driven school. Recently Google Chrome Team from U.S.A has undertaken a visit to top 10 most progressive schools of Delhi NCR, Shalom Hills International School being one of them.

On 15th Oct’15, Mrs. Jimmy Puri, Michael, Rupali, Jaishree and Tarun came to our school to conduct an interactive session with the students and teachers. They were welcomed by the Principal, Mr Atul Bhatt and H.M – Senior Wing, Mrs Priya Chauhan. After that, an interactive session was held by them with a few students of Grades VIII-XII. The students really enjoyed sharing with them about Google tools, difference between Chrome and Internet Explorer. andhow our school is using latest technology in classroom teaching.

In an informal session with a few Senior Wing teachers, namely Ms. Sarika Aneja, Ms. Megha Gupta, Ms. Jyotin Prinja, Ms. Vimala Jossy, Ms. Vineeta Lomba and Ms. Ambika Yadav, they learnt how all the teachers are making effective use of technology in their teaching techniques.

Shalom Primary Wing teachers attend a workshop at Bharti Sigma Centre on 14th October’15

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The workshop was attended by Ms. Shilpa Saluja and Ms. Kalika Tiwari, the Primary English teachers of SHIS attended a Workshop for Primary School English teachers at Bharti Sigma Centre on 14th October’15. The workshop was on ‘How do Educators meet challenges of developing 21st century learners?’ and was organized by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd.

It was a 3 hour session which concentrated on the Big Four principles of the teaching learning process- Communication, Comprehension, Collaboration and Circle Time. The session began with discussion of the challenges faced by teachers in teaching English, followed by the Skill enhancement session which began with the most important skill of English Language- listening skills.

The interactive workshop was interspersed with dialogue, storytelling, role playing, freeze frames, picture association, story collation and creating interactive lesson plans. It emphasised the idea of giving students an opportunity to read by choice and not by compulsion. Only this way, we would be able to change student’s outlook towards English not just as a subject of school curriculum but also to learn it as an interesting and widely communicated language.

Shalom faculty attends a Workshop on “Effective Teaching of Mathematics for Classes 9 & 10” on 10th Oct’15

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A Workshop was conducted by Ratna Sagar Publishing House at Delhi Public School, Sector-45, Gurgaon on 10th October 2015. The Resource person was Dr. Hukum Singh, Former Dean Academic, NIE, NCERT. The main theme of the workshop was “Effective Teaching of Mathematics Classes 9 and 10”. Ms Visakha of Maths Department of Shalom Hills International School attended the workshop.

The session began with a discussion on the basic recommendations of National Curriculum Framework 2005. Its key points were highlighted, for example the shift from rote methods to logical thinking, importance of classroom teaching and most importantly the need to believe in the capacity of the child fully.Dr. Singh spoke on the importance of Mathematics. He included elements from the history of Maths, The Great Mathematicians of India namely Baudhayana (800BC), Aryabhata (600BC), Brahmagupta, Varamahamira, Sridhara, Ramanujan, their contributions to mathematics and also spoke about the Golden period of Mathematics in India.

The discussion then progressed to the common conceptual errors committed by the students and the necessity of the teacher to deal with them skilfully. Dr Singh urged the teachers to create their own kits for chapter specific tools to ensure better understanding of concepts and insisted on the presence of Math Lab in all schools. He also shared with us the information about the Nobel Prize and the Fields Medal.

The second session was a hands-on exercise. Professor Singh demonstrated various simple yet effective models to build a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts like Geometry and Algebra. He recommended the use of such tools for students, not only to instil an interest in the subject but also to make them excel.

In the end Ratna Sagar Publications publicized their new Maths book for classes 9 and 10 by Monica Capoor. The session was enlightening and immensely interactive. Dr Hukum was a great source of inspiration for the teachers and provided all of them with new and innovative methods of teaching Mathematics.

Shalom faculty members attend The Times NIE Teachers’ Meet in New Delhi on 9th Oct’15

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Ms. Jyotin Prinja, the Subject Incharge of English Department and Ms. Meenakshi Madan, Senior Secondary English teacher attended the annual event organized by The Times of India Group in Hotel Holiday Inn in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi on 9th Oct’15.The theme of the Annual Meet was “Healthy Life in a competitive world’ and included a series of health and fitness activities by experts from the respective fields. The TOI staff used the event as a platform to acknowledge the effort and contribution of the teaching fraternity who are considered the pillars of our society. They felicitated the NIE school coordinators who have served their schools for more than 20 years.

Ms. Nicole, former Ms. India was the guest of honour and shared memories of the time she was crowned Ms. India. Many interesting activities and fun games were organized for the teachers. The teachers from leading schools across Delhi NCR enjoyed getting to know one another, exchanging ideas and having fun in the team games0.

Shalom faculty members attend The Times NIE Teachers’ Meet in New Delhi on 9th Oct’15

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Ms. Jyotin Prinja, the Subject Incharge of English Department and Ms. Meenakshi Madan, Senior Secondary English teacher attended the annual event organized by The Times of India Group in Hotel Holiday Inn in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi on 9th Oct’15.The theme of the Annual Meet was “Healthy Life in a competitive world’ and included a series of health and fitness activities by experts from the respective fields. The TOI staff used the event as a platform to acknowledge the effort and contribution of the teaching fraternity who are considered the pillars of our society. They felicitated the NIE school coordinators who have served their schools for more than 20 years.

Ms. Nicole, former Ms. India was the guest of honour and shared memories of the time she was crowned Ms. India. Many interesting activities and fun games were organized for the teachers. The teachers from leading schools across Delhi NCR enjoyed getting to know one another, exchanging ideas and having fun in the team games0.

Workshop on Google Literacy and Google Tools conducted on 26th September’15

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“In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough; you must take action.”

Most people believe that life ought to be enjoyed in the fullest in the present moment and nowhere else. So to experience our life fully means focusing on the now, the present moment. If not now, when? is one of the mantras that inspires the Shalom faculty to engage in productive pursuits and professional enrichment programme that take place throughout the year in the school in order to move towards realizing their dreams.

Online resource hubs and other tools for collaboration, i.e. blogs and discussion boards, and including virtual or in-school coaching and mentoring, are beginning to make inroads in accomplishing teaching quality and student achievement. To familiarize the Shalom faculty with the latest online resources and the Computational thinking resource, the school had organized a workshop for the teachers. Ms. Ambika Yadav, Senior Grades Computer Science teacher and Mr. Nebu and Ms. Ritika (resources persons from Google Office, Gurgaon) conducted the workshop. The session began with brainstorming on Computational Thinking and how best it can be utilized for the teaching faculty to prepare ‘the students for a world they can’t see’. A succinct video highlighted the key components of CT – Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithm Design. As a warming up exercise, all the teachers were engaged in drawing up a flow-chart of how they would take up any lesson/topic/concept in their class and impart it to the students. Connecting the 9-dots mind game challenged the teachers thinking and computational skills.

The teachers were acquainted with the components to include in their lesson plans – Algorithm, Decomposition, Pattern, Abstraction and revamp it according to the Computational Thinking criterion. Ms. Ambika Yadav facilitated all the teachers by explaining in minutest details how to break down their individual lesson palns to micro level, what to show under abstraction and so on. Mr. Rohit Raghav and Ms. Ambika helped the teachers to successfully upload their lesson plans on the Google link. To their collective credit, all the teachers uploaded their lesson plans on the link and even received online certificates from Google Office. They will be receiving hardcopy of the online certificates shortly.

Over all the session was really very interesting and educative. After the workshop was over, they are now looking forward to applying the knowledge of all the newly learnt apps in their day to day life.

Teachers of Middle Wing attend a workshop on Multiple Intelligence on 18th September’15

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A workshop on Multiple Intelligence was conducted by Ms. Kavita in the Middle Wing Auditorium on 18th September’ 2015. The illumining session on Howard Gardner’s 8 Intelligences Theory and how it can be integrated into everyday teaching was attended by the Middle Wing Headmistress Ms. Rima Gaekwad, Ms. Suniti Bhai and the teachers of Grades I-V.

Ms. Kavita started the workshop with a Power Point Presentation giving a detailed insight into the 8 intelligences theory pioneered and popularized by the specialist, Howard Gardner. She first began by sharing what is considered IQ, how it was realised that the Intelligence tests such as IQ test did not accurately represent or assess the diversity of ways in which people learn. Therefore, the teachers were encouraged to start thinking of intelligence as a set of many different abilities and skills that help an individual learner to comprehend, examine, and respond. Dr Gardner has suggested that each person possesses 8 Intelligences or ways in which individuals respond in different ways, to different kinds of content or situation.

The teachers were apprised about the importance of assessing the multiple intelligence in all the students in the classroom through simple observation, previous records, interaction with parents, students etc. Ms. Kavita shared numerous incidents taken from life examples with teachers such as there might be children in the classroom who are high on interpersonal intelligence; hence activities like discussion and interactions will work for them. However at the same time, there might be other students who might be high on intrapersonal intelligence but who would not be otherwise active in a classroom interaction environ; hence a teacher has to discover every student’s intelligence or ways of learning.

The session was not all theoretical but filled with activities for teachers such as ‘Two Minute Story Narration with action’ and ‘How innovative one can get with a mere football’. The teachers came out with creative stories and acted them out at the same time. The activity not only helped teachers to understand students better and their individual ways of learning but also brought out the child present inside teachers. Each group was given a chart paper wherein they drew out their group’s story and associated it with different types of intelligences. Overall, it was a highly interactive and application-based workshop.

Shalom teachers attend an Interactive Teacher Workshop by 10th September 2015

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An Interactive Teacher Training Workshop was conducted by Geetika Kapoor, eminent psychologist and Founder Director, Ed Essential on ‘Closing Achievement Gap: Building True Potential of a Child’ at Indian International Centre , New Delhi on 10th September’15. Dr. Anjali Sharma , Ms. Richa Jaini , Ms. Vineeta Bhatt and Ms. Anika, Senior Grades teachers of Shalom Hills International School attended the workshop.

Ms. Geetika Kapoor , a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, trained in Kankas ,USA , has worked closely with various schools in making learning an emotionally healthy experience for all children. The workshop highlighted the Dynamics of Achievement Gap, and Ms. Geetika emphasized on creating skill based learning experience and positive engagement with students. She interacted with the teachers and encouraged them to adopt classroom practices that ensure motivation and high achievement.

It takes a village to bring up a child, let’s be that village, a popular aphorism, was the crux of the workshop. Children learn best when they are happy. Achievement gap manifests itself in many ways. Once a child starts falling behind in academic performance, it is difficult to catch up. By the time a child reaches Grade 3, gaps are tremendous and parents and teachers wonder where to begin to reverse the process. So, early interventions are very important. The basic indicators like receptively recognizing colours, alphabets, and limited vocabulary help in identifying a gap. Early stimulation is very important. Parents should talk a lot to their kids.

Closing such an achievement gap is a humongous task. Mainstream teachers, counselor, special teachers need to work as a team. Students should be helped by optimal utilization of the non-financial resources and which is imperative for a school’s success. These resources: emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, support system and role model, help in achieving success. Class room behavior has to be taught. Teachers need to adopt a skill developed approach rather than a syllabus driven approach. Students work better when motivated. Feedback is crucial .The teachers should focus on the behavior they want to see in the future.

The workshop was enriching and enlightening and gave all the teachers some real food for thought. A truly invigorating , inspiring and stimulating experience!

Shalom counselor and teachers attend a Workshop on “Nurturing Positive Self Esteem” in Fortis Hospital Gurgaon on 19.08.15

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Department of Mental Health &Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Health Care Limited Gurgaon, organized a workshop on “Self Esteem Building Skills” under Counsellor’s Forum. Ms Bhupinder Kaur- Senior Counsellor, senior grader teachers Ms Mitu Singh & Ms Vinita Loomba of Shalom Hills International School also attended the workshop.

Ms Mimansa Singh, Ms Chaya (both clinical psychologists) and Ms Aditi Kumar (Art Therapist) as key speakers initiated the discussion through Case Studies of varied age group (8 to 17 year old ) and defined Self Esteem- as an individual’s subjective evaluation of her or his worth as a person.Self Esteem can be broadly classified as Global self-esteem & Domain Specific self-esteem. Global SE refers to an individual’s overall evaluation of herself or himself, whereas domain specific SE concerns specific facets of the self-such as physical appearance or academic competence.

At last, it was rightly said that SE is a complex & multifaceted construct & requires strategies that focus both on enhancing global & domain specific self-esteem. Adolescent is a vulnerable stage as the teenagers tend to face many vectors that impact SE, hence it is important to deal with self-esteem at both cognitive & social level.

Shalom teachers attend Microsoft Workshop on 11th August 2015

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An Induction Workshop under Microsoft was held in Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon. This program is part of a leadership initiative for schools on environmentally sustainable living. It also seeks to lead to the development of 21st century skills among students including collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social skills, ICT competencies, self direction and planning.

The workshop was attended by teachers from 14 schools of Gurgaon as well as Delhi. Ms. Neelima Mani and Ms. Sarika Aneja from Shalom Hills International School attended the workshop. The workshop started with a motivational speech by Mr. Pranshu Singhal from Microsoft. Thereafter the introduction address was given by Mr. Rohit Prakash from I-dream. Light was thrown on the teacher handbook and toolkit along with an interactive session of understanding sustainability through games. The workshop ended with conceptual discussion on various toolkits and exercises. The participating teachers were also asked to give their feedback about the workshop. All the teachers had positive and appreciative remarks to share, mostly that they felt the program can meet the contemporary need to make the world better place and be an integral part of sustainable development.

Shalom teachers attend a workshop on Climate Reality Project on 25th July’15

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Mr Rohit from Ecoslate, and a Climate Reality leader conducted the workshop for the Science faculty members of the Senior Wing of Shalom Hills International School, namely Ms. Vimala Jossy (Subject Head – Science Department), Ms. Lajeeli Sinha, Ms. Suman Bhanwala, Ms Anjali Drolia, Mr Jai Prakash, Ms. Apoorva, Ms. Neelima and Ms. Meenakshi. The main purpose of this workshop was to bring about an awareness about the social impact of climate change in our society. With the help of video clippings, he explained how the green house gases are useful and harmful to the earth’s atmosphere. He also explained how earth has maintained an average temperature of 15 ▫C due to green house gases. In absence of these gases, the temperature may drop to -18▫ . Through examples, Mr Rohit explained the correlation between rainfall and temperature.

During the course of this extremely thought-provoking workshop, Mr Rohit discussed the far-reaching impact of climate change like increase of rainfall, forest fires, decrease in crop yield, water crisis, infrastructure, decrease in animal and plant species, respiratory ailments etc. He also shared important data such as 2014 was the hottest year ever. The session concluded on a positive note wherein Mr Rohit provided the faculty members with some solutions to overcome the problem like more use of green energy like wind energy , installations of solar panels , use of airconditioners at an average temperature of 24-26▫C and maintaining the thermostat of geysers at 40▫C. He disclosed how a school in Gujarat uses solar panels to recharge laptops.

An interesting interactive game was played as a wrap-up exercise towards the end of the workshop . Mr. Rohit mentioned that every teacher can also become a climate reality member by clearing an online test. Furthermore, they can work as a mascot for the Climate Change and sensitize the students. It was an informative and fruitful workshop.

U.K teachers and delegates visit Shalom Hills International School on 10th July 2015

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A team of eminent educationists associated with some premier social service, educational and first aid organizations of U.K recently visited Shalom Hills International School. Mr Richard Fullway, former Chairman Aberystwyth University Conservative Future (2013-14) and currently looking after RS First Aid - three countries area along with Mr Tiernam Daniel Lean, associated with Edinburg University, United Kingdom were taken on a guided tour of the school by Mr. Atul Bhatt, the school principal and other coordinators. They were highly impressed by the infrastructure, facilities, and high standards of safety, hygiene and well-being being maintained in Shalom Hills under the aegis of its committed and learned management.

They admired the state-of-the-art building, sprawling and well-maintained grounds and clean n green premises. After that, they were engaged in an informative and absorbing discussion and interaction with the principal. After a session of free-flowing intellectual talk and exchange of ideas, the visitors went back, full of praise for the school, its facilities and processes.

Shalom teachers attend workshop on handling adolescent issues on 30th June’15

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A workshop with teachers on “How to handle Adolescent Issues” was organized by the Health & Wellness Department of Senior Wing for the teachers of Grades I-X on 30.06.15. A beneficial & interactive session was taken by Dr Mimansa Singh , a clinical psychologist from Fortis Hospital. She spread awareness about Adolescence stating that “as the adolescent period is more intense period of growth that teachers & parents should not ignore the emotional growth of a child”. It leads to conflicts like aggression, school truancy, substance abuse, eating disorders, anti-social behavior, self-harm, poor school achievement and many more. Ms Mimansa explored the nature of adolescent behavior by describing that sometimes, kids can't easily explain why they act the way they do. They may be just as confused about it as the adults, or they simply see delinquent behavior as appropriate way to deal with what they experience. Parents and loved ones may feel scared, angry, frustrated, or hopeless. They may feel guilty and wonder where they went wrong. All these feelings are normal, but it is important to understand that there is help available for troubled kids and their families.

The grown-ups’ decision making process, thinking patterns is vastly different than theirs so it is difficult for the adults to understand an adolescent or their problems. The pre-teens and teens think & do differently and thus more conflicting situation arise. The foremost thing in coping with such situations at home & in school is to give the teenagers support & extend a helping hand to understand their emotions, firstly by accepting and then by helping. If the connect is not developed between the child & the parent or child & the teacher, the power struggle between the two will continue. They will block their emotions & never try to solve their own problems. The growing youngster should be made to understand his/her strengths & limitations. Media Literacy & social engagement is also important.

Most of the senior teachers raised questions & were helped in understanding the difficult phase of Adolescent period.

A workshop on E- BOOK and Hindi Grammar conducted by Madhuban Publications on 29th June’15

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A workshop was conducted by Sambodhan Hindi Shaikshik Manch at Shalom Hills International School on 29-June 2015. All the teachers from the Primary Wing participated in the workshop with great enthusiasm. The teachers learned important details of Hindi Grammar “Vyakaran” from Ms Rama Gupta. Teachers also learned how to use the E-books to improve the teaching skills and to make teaching more interactive and attractive.Overall, the workshop was very interesting and impressive. All the teachers contributed to the topic of the workshop with great interest. It was indeed a great learning exposure for all.

The Shalom family appreciated the Madhuban Publications for the great effort on their part to provide this learning opportunity to the teachers to learn the new teaching methods.

Shalom faculty attend a workshop on Learning Disability on 27th June’15

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A workshop on Learning Disability was organized by the Health & Wellness Department of Senior Wing for the benefit of all faculty members on 27 June 2015. The workshop was an initiative conducted under the aegis of the Fortis Green Channel program by Dr. Chaya, clinical psychologist and Dr. Namrata Mahajan, special educator. The session aimed at making the teachers aware of the definition and important facts pertaining to Learning Disability. Yet another objective of the session was to empower them and guide them in identifying such cases in their classrooms.

The teachers were told about different types of learning disabilities (Disorder of reading, Disorder of written expressions, Disorder of Mathematics) and how to identify the children requiring special or individualized support in academics. Emotional aspect of children with learning disability was also shared by the clinical psychologist so that the teachers could be alert, sensitive and pro-active in understanding the child. It was an interactive session as teachers shared their classroom observations and the experts helped them in finding a solution. Role of the school, teachers and parents were discussed in helping a child with Special Educational Needs.

Staff Club Meeting held on 25th April’15

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The entire staff of Shalom Hills International School came together to have a good time and meet the new joinees. The new teachers were warmly greeted by the existing staff members and were accorded a cordial welcome by Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal. All the new inductees introduced themselves and disclosed a few details of their hobbies, qualifications and previous experience. All the teachers were glad to join the Shalom fold and were appreciative of the care and cooperation extended to them by their seniors and counter-parts.

Ms. Ritu Mehta introduced the Head-Mistresses of Senior and Junior wings, Ms. Meenu Chopra and Ms. Rima Gaekwad to the teachers present followed by the announcement of the senior coordinators – Ms. Ruchi Bhatia, Ms. Swastika Acharya and Ms. Jyotin Prinja. A special mention was made of Ms. Anita Bhutani and Ms. Suniti Bhai as the senior-most teachers and their sterling contribution to the school. Ms. Rinky Maini was appreciated and her hard work acknowledged for the outstanding achievements of our students in Regional Round of World Scholar Cup. After acknowledging the role of the counselors and the accreditation team, Ms. Ritu Mehta gave away the certificates to the teachers who had attended the CBSE mandated workshop on Life-Skills.

Ms. Ruchi Bhatia, senior coordinator shared M.D ma’am vision of an ideal teacher and school. She shared with the teachers some thumbnail policies and guidelines which need to be adhered to by all the teachers to ensure unity, love and connectivity among the staff. The role of each and every teacher in promoting positive discipline in the school was emphasized upon and some measures to do so were discussed. The teachers greeted Ms. Anita Bhutani on her birthday, shared savoury snacks and mingled with one another.

Shalom teachers attend a Workshop on School Cinema on 10th April 2015

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A riveting workshop on School Cinema was attended by the teachers of Classes VI to X as well as by the Head Mistress of Senior Wing, Ms Meenu Chopra & Counsellor of Senior Wing, Ms Bhupinder Kaur on 10th April 2015 in the school. The resource person cum trainer, Ms Bipasha stressed upon the fact that School Cinema is a researched film based learning curriculum supported by an interactive workbook, designed to introduce & reaffirm life skills, values & attitude to children, parents & educators.The movies shown under school cinema have won three National & International film festival awards & many countries have adopted them and integrated them in the curriculum to teach moral values in their schools. Ms. Bipasha pointed out that the basic aim of school cinema is to teach life skills in a non-preachy manner so that it has maximum impact on the young minds.

According to the trainer, today’s young generation is greatly influenced by cinema & they seek to imitate the behaviour they observe & see on T.V or in movies. School Cinema provides a channel meant for healthy viewing which helps the youngsters in making right decisions from an offering of varied choices. From the beginning of their childhood, they are compelled to do most things by their elders & forced expectations of the parents don’t let children to take decisions on their own. They cannot differentiate between what is good & bad. Each chapter from school cinema book consists of three learning factors & outcomes - Awareness, Understanding & Action. Every child in the class will show full participation by doing self-awareness activities, understanding the facts by using analytical approach & by translating their thinking into action. Ms Bipasha explained that 30 sessions are necessary in a year in which 20 minutes movie clip will be shown in every session & in the school cinema book which has been prescribed for Grades VI to X, the students will answer questions, choice appropriate option from multiple choice questions, and also share their opinions related to the movies.

The resource person showed the movie which was picked from class VIII curriculum named Checkmate- Are Boys & girls equally capable? The message about Gender Sensitivity/ Inequality, fear of failure & healthy competition was well depicted in the movie. After the movie, each teacher was provided with a teacher’s kit which contains teacher’s facilitator, workbook, CCE Evaluation Manual. Ms. Bipasha informed the staff about the parenting-counselling sessions wherein the parents will be guided how to understand an adolescent’s problems & they will be able to realize how difficult it is for every child to face & handle this difficult phase of life. The workshop imparted a lot of knowledge & provided entertainment to the teachers. They were exposed to a novel way to understand issues from their student’s perspective and keeping their feelings uppermost in mind while dealing with various problems.

Workshop on Guidelines for identifying children with Learning Disabilities held on 20th March 2015

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A workshop with Senior Wing & Middle Wing teachers was conducted by Ms Bhupinder Kaur, school counsellor after the staff meeting taken by the school Principal, Ms Ritu Mehta in the Middle Wing Auditorium. The aim of the workshop was to make the realization that no child is alike & he/she should not be tagged or labelled for their behaviour & academic failure paramount in the minds of the teachers. They were apprised about what aspects of the child they should keep in mind while teaching in classrooms.

It was told clearly that learning problems may arise if the child has trouble in processing, organizing & applying the information. They should also understand the difference between Learning Disability & Learning Difficulty before identifying them with learning problems. A Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is “a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities.”Learning difficulty- Any learning or emotional problem that affects, or substantially affects, a person’s ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention.

Learning disability- A significant, lifelong condition that starts & diagnosed in childhood, affects development and leads to help being required to Understand information, Learn skills & Cope independently.The cause of Learning Disability is manifested by - Acquired trauma to the central nervous system Genetic/hereditary influences, Biochemical abnormalities & Environmental possibilities. Teachers were made to understand that they should not ignore the basic features of the child if are exhibited in form of

  •  Perceptual-motor impairment
  •  Emotional liability
  •  Coordination problems
  •  Attention, Hyperactivity & Impulsivity (ADHD)
  •  Memory disorders
  •  Academic difficulties
  •  Social skills deficits
  •  Information processing difficulties
  •  Lack of cognitive strategies for success (metacognition)
  •  Language (reading, writing, speaking) and math deficits.

Once the problem is identified by the teachers, the case should be referred to the counselor with immediate effect. The child is further assessed by the counselor after consulting the history and previous anecdotal record of the child. If required, there will be counseling session with parents.The case is again referred outside for the psychological testing & evaluation after parents’ consent is obtained by the special educators. The counselors play an intermediate role in helping & supporting the child at school level. If the problem is verified after the testing then the child is referred for remedial education.

It was again stressed by Ms. Bhupinder how the teachers can help such children with visual aids, summarize through notes and give students written versions/print outs of key points verbalize what is being written on the whiteboard and read aloud material contained in handouts. Students with dyslexia may find it easier to complete writing assignments on a computer. The teachers were encouraged to support such children & be considerate enough to understand that the kids with learning disabilities may have trouble expressing their feelings, calming themselves down, and reading nonverbal cues from others. This can lead to difficulty in the classroom and with their peers. The peer group should be sensitized about their needs & difficulties & they should understand that all children need love, encouragement, and support, and for kids with learning disabilities, such positive reinforcement can help in ensuring that they emerge with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and the determination to keep going even when things are tough.

CCE – Workshop attended by teachers of Primary Wing on 17th March’15


A workshop on CCE- Life Skills was conducted by Mrs. Shobha Gupta, on 17 March, 2015.

The session began by addressing the teacher’s role in the holistic development of the child.It was also discussed that the teacher is the one who creates an impact on the society & contributes towards securing the nation’s future through innovative pedagogies.
The purpose of this workshop was to further familiarize the teachers with the scholastic and the co-scholastic aspects of the CCE. They were also made aware of the different areas under which Life Skills, Attitudes and Values are judged. These aspects were discussed with the help of activities, which was a fun- filled way to comprehend each of these aspects.

The workshop focussed on the issue of inclusive education as well. It laid stress on a very important point, that, curriculum must be in conformity with the values engraved in our constitution.

The various other parameters on life skills were conferred:

  • 1. Role as a facilitator who has the power to direct information
  • 2. Problem Solving Attitude of the child was discoursed
  • 3. Behavioral Aspect of the child
  • 4. Critical Thinking of the child
  • 5. Teacher’s role as an effective Communicator
  • 6. Discussion on different personality traits
  • 7. Various ego states were explained
  • 8. CCE framework of Lifeskills ( Thinking , Social & Emotional Skills )
  • 9. Different areas in which values to be assessed
  • 10. Need to learn the rubrics on lifeskills, Values & Attitudes
  • 11. Questionnaire were given to the teachers related to teaching methodology
  • 12. Individual & Group activity were conducted in which we have to choose value skills which we thought were most appropriate.

The workshop was indeed an eye opener as it cleared doubts and brought to light many aspects that are important for fair and effective implementation of the CCE. The interaction was informative as well as entertaining as it had a wide variety of interesting activities for teachers. For this purpose, the audience had been divided into groups of 10 each. Each group was given a different activity to be discussed and then a representative from every group was asked to share it with the larger audience. Every activity held relevance as it gave practical knowledge and hands- on experience to the teachers on how to deal with diverse aspects of CCE. The workshop was a robust refresher for the teachers on the assimilation of CCE.

Shalom teacher attends HT Pace – Annual Teachers Meet 2015 On 17th March 2015

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The Hindustan Times Pace organized the Annual Teachers Meet on 17th March 2015 at HYATT Regency, New Delhi. The workshop included a yoga session which was followed by an interactive session on the importance and need of Ayurveda in today’s life, with special emphasis on its efficacy in removing physical and mental stress of the teachers. The teachers present for the Annual Meet took keen part in the yoga session in which some asanas and exercises were demonstrated to teach them how to cope with recurrent physical issues faced by teachers, like cervical and backache. The session was extremely rejuvenating and helped the teachers in understanding the need to exercise and how yoga can be a terrific tool to combat stress.

One of the eminent speakers in the panel was Dr Pratap Chauhan, the founder of JIVA, who enlightened the gathering with the concept of ‘Happiness and Health’ which can be attained through natural treatment and lifestyle enhancement. Further on, there was a question-answer round in which Dr. Chauhan answered the queries asked by the teachers pertaining to their lifestyle and health problems. Mr Steven Rudolf, the co-founder of JIVA and an educator from Europe also addressed the gathering and took everyone by surprise with his rendition of ‘Saare Jahan se Acha’. He shared his astounding experiences in India and also revealed his deep connect and association with Ayurveda. He explained to the gathering the multiple reasons why Ayurveda is slowly emerging as the need of the hour and why it ought to be incorporated and inculcated at the earliest stage via school curriculum.

The event was followed by prize distribution and souvenirs were given to the esteemed gathering of teachers who came forth to attend the seminar from all over Delhi and NCR. This session left a profound impact on the teachers since it sensitized them towards the need for better living and made them aware of the need to have a healthy evolvement of mind, body and soul.

Shalom faculty attend Capacity Building Workshop on 16th March 2015

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As part of its Teacher Enrichment Programme, Shalom Hills International School organized an In-Service Capacity Building Workshop for its faculty members on 16th March 2015. The workshop was a CBSE Initiative and was conducted by Ms. Priyanka Bhambri. It was attended by Ms. Meenu Chopra, the Head Mistress and other Senior Grades teachers. The objective of the workshop was to further acquaint the teachers with the co-scholastic aspects of the CCE. The teachers were explained in great detail the different areas under Co-Scholastics namely Life Skills, Attitudes and Values and Health and Physical Education and how they are judged. The session began with an ice-breaker activity which served as a prelude to a discussion of the categories covered under Life Skills. Fun-filled activities and informative hand-outs helped the teachers to comprehend better and faster how they can develop Emotional, Social and Thinking Skills among the students.

At the outset, the teachers were handed a printout of a popular story and each group had to enlist the Life Skills displayed by the main protagonist in each popular story like The Lion and the Mouse; The Lion and the clever rabbit, the Monkey and the Crocodile. As the workshop progressed, Ms. Priyanka took up a detailed discussion of tools and techniques to evaluate Co-Scholastic areas. After explaining the difference between tools and techniques, she engaged the teachers in yet another group activity. Each group took up a tool – like checklist, portfolio, anecdotal records, rating scale and prepared a template based on it for presentation before the others. Each group explained the name of the tool, advantages of the tool, its disadvantages, how to use this tool, where can it be used most effectively and the list of dos and don’ts. Worksheets on how to determine communication types – Submissive, assertive and aggressive; descriptive indicators to rate Life skills, activities to gauge emotional and thinking skills etc were also given to all the teachers present for the workshop.

At the end, feedback and need analysis forms were filled in the teachers and handed over to the resource person.

Workshop on Extra Marks held for Senior Grades teachers on 11th March 2015

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To facilitate and train teachers to make optimal use of the technology resources and digital tools available in the classrooms, a workshop was conducted by personnel from Extra Marks. An important objective of the workshop was to make the Extra Marks applications more user-friendly for the teachers. The faculty members discussed all the problems they normally encounter while logging in or using the various modules present in extra marks in their subject. French and Hindi teachers pointed out to the lack of content availability.

Other teachers highlighted the glitches that come up unexpectedly when they are using SLM or mind map or engaging the class in an online quiz. The resource person patiently demonstrated how to log in, how to move forward and come back to home back from various applications. She also showed how the online question bank can be copied in Libro Window, thus allowing the teachers to tweak and add their own questions to the ones present in the software. She demonstrated the virtual lab available in Maths and 3 D tools in Science. The teachers made most of the opportunity to discuss their problems and understand how to make most of the applications and use them in the class more effectively.

Shalom Head Mistress and Counsellor attend a Workshop on Childhood Depression on 24th Feb’15

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Institute of Counselor Training Research and Consultancy had organized the National Convention of School Counselors on “Childhood Depression –Identification, Prevention and Intervention” on 24 Feb’15 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The high-voltage meeting was attended by Ms. Rima Gaekwad, Head Mistress of the Middle Wing and Ms. Elizabeth, the Counselor for the Middle Wing of Shalom Hills International School.

It was a great learning platform where counselors and teachers from different part of the country joined in to discuss one of the most important issue coming up while dealing with children of all the age groups i.e., DEPRESSION. The main resource person for the seminar was Dr. Ravindran, an expert in the field of counseling with a vast experience of dealing with children of all the age groups. Dr. Ravindran stressed on creating awareness among children and also among teachers and parents to deal with the problem of Depression. He also warned of mixing up of other behavioral issues like ADHD, ODD, LD with depression while observing the child.

The session was aimed at making the school proactive in dealing with stress/depression among children. Other speakers include Prof. Maya Rao who helped the teachers and counselors understand how theatre could be used as an effective tool in empowering children for the future. Prof. Dipankar Gupta stressed on nurturing citizenship among children by making them responsible for their act. The session ended with Dr. Ravindran guiding the counselors on how to deal with the cases of depression in school and how to promote well-being among students all age group.

Shalom faculty member attends Training session on ASL and role of oral Examiner on 30th and 31st Jan’15

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Ms. Geetanjali Sethi, Senior English teacher of Shalom Hills International School attended a workshop in CBSE Centre of Excellence on 30th and 31st Jan’15. The two-day workshop on ASL, conducted by the trained master trainers, Ms. Rajni Jaimini and MS. Kiran Bhatt was highly informative and interactive.

The basic and dual objective behind the workshop was to clear all ambiguities regarding ASL and to train and guide the teachers how to conduct ASL in a uniform manner, as per the guidelines given by the TRINITY COLLEGE of LONDON. Activities like Link the chain, Jazz Chant, Role Play were conducted so as to enable the teachers to enhance the listening and speaking skills of the students.

The objectives of conducting listening and speaking activities were also discussed at length. Teachers were apprised with the 6 grading parameters of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and it is imperative for all examiners to adhere to them. It is also important to give enough practice to the students in ASL throughout the course of an academic session instead of just conducting ASL at the end of the two terms.

The workshop was attended by the teachers of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Meerut.

Shalom faculty member attends CBSE Workshop on Alice Software from 27th to 29th Jan’15

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CBSE had organized a three day long session in collaboration with the Oracle Academy on Alice Software from 27th to 29th Jan’15. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Geet. Teachers from different schools across Delhi and NCR were shortlisted by CBSE. Ms. Ambika Yadav, was amongst the few privileged ones who got this golden opportunity to attend the workshop held at CBSE institute, Gurgaon.

Day 1: (27th January 2015)- The workshop began with an introductory session wherein each participant was asked to speak a few lines on oneself. Later a brief warm up session was held on the Alice Software. The focus was primarily on the usage of this software. Oracle also shared information about a website for self study on Alice.

  • Visual and textual storyboard for an animation.
  • Correlate storyboard statements with program execution tasks.
  • Java programming

Teachers regrouped themselves after lunch and learnt more on Alice. A practice session was held at the end of the day to recollect all the learning objectives.

Day 2: (28th January 2015) - The workshop started with full zeal as participants learnt the coding part for making an animation. They made small stories by using cartoon characters. Participants used their technical skills to enhance the knowledge by using Alice software. A hands-on session was conducted by Ms. Geet from Oracle Academy during which all the participants were taught about texting an animation and repositioning objects at runtime.

In the post-lunch session, another Oracle facilitator Ms. Chethra took the session on loops and creating multiple camera angles. By the end of the day, all participants had learnt to develop the animations by using camera angles.

Day 3: (29th January 2015) – On the final day, the session started with the review of standard rubrics, animation design worksheet. All the participants were asked to prepare projects on different topics, during the assigned duration, like – Save Earth, Deforestation, Maths 3D equations etc. In the last leg of the workshop, a FAQ session was held by the facilitator and all the participants presented their projects in groups. During the closing session of the workshop, the participants were awarded with the degree of a Certificate for Alice from CBSE with the collaboration with Oracle Academy to endorse and appreciate their efforts in the field of education. It was definitely an enriching session for all the participants.

Shalom Hills International School becomes a part of the British Council’s Connecting Classroom and ISA Programme

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On 27th January’15, Ms. Ritu Mehta, the principal of Shalom Hills International School and Ms. Jyotin Prinja, Head of English Department attended a high-voltage session of British Council’s Connecting Classroom Programme. The school believes in adding an international dimension to its curriculum, grooming its students for their future role as world leaders and global citizens and equipping its students with 21st century skills. To further its endeavour in this direction, the school has started a Foreign Exchange Programme with Queenswood School in London and is now aboard the internationally recognized and acclaimed ISA (International School Award) which is a part of the British Council’s Connecting Classroom.

The ‘Action Plan’ briefing and brainstorming session attended by Ms. Ritu Mehta and Ms. Jyotin Prinja introduced them to a platform where like-minded schools of Delhi NCR and North India will be partnering with schools across the globe and engaging in collaborative and online projects through British Council’s Connecting Classroom. Ms. Kanika, the British Council’s School Ambassador enumerated the far-reaching benefits of ISA for the schools, students and the educational system. The distinct advantages that would accrue would be

  1. The students and teachers would be a part of the global learning network
  2. Students would gain the 21st century skills – Creative, Communicative and Collaborative by engaging in projects with international dimensions
  3. School would set a global benchmark and receive outstanding support and recognition from the globally acclaimed British Council.

The session was divided into before and post lunch session. After an ice-breaking session, the principals, heads and other delegates regrouped themselves and settled down to understand the intricacies and modalities of deciding the school projects and aligning activities which would involve the whole school and most of the grades. Yet another ‘win-win’ situation would be that this programme also seeks integration of subjects. Since Shalom Hills International School is already engaged in Inter-Disciplinary and Integrated teaching and in-house projects in Primary grades, it will be able to exchange the same with other schools. Furthermore, it can also lead to cross-fertilization of new teaching pedagogies and expose the students to multi-cultural diversity and learning processes.

Details were shared as to how each school needs to align its action plan with the school’s curriculum or school plan so that work can be done seamlessly on the selected projects.

In the post-lunch session, the teachers were shown sample action plans which have been successfully implemented by other schools and all the headers and essential components of an action plan were elaborated upon by Ms. Kanika. Thereafter each group had to actually chalk out an action plan for either Online or Collaborative or In-House project on a chart paper with a quick overview of the chosen project and detailed description of the link-up activity, grades involved in it, the subjects and also the evaluation methods.

The action plan presented by Ms. Ritu Mehta and her group was adjudged the best and Ms. Jyotin Prinja was appreciated for her presentation style. The session concluded with announcement of important dates and time-line for drawing up of action plan by the school ISA team, initiation of work on projects, approval of action plan, completion of dossier/portfolio and the award ceremony.

Staff Club Meeting held on 24th January’15

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A Staff Club Meeting was organised for the entire Shalom faculty in the Middle Wing Auditorium on 24th January 2015. All the teachers of the Pre-Primary, Primary and Senior Wings gathered together and joined in the revelries. This occasion was more memorable since the teachers also took the opportunity to bid a fond adieu to Ms Jalpa Shah, senior PGT – Chemistry teacher who has served the school in many key capacities in the last 3 years. The ceremony was made more special when the entire Science Department shared their experiences of working closely with Ms. Jalpa and of learning many new things from her. Ms. Meenu Chopra, Head-Mistress of the Senior Wing and Ms. Jyotin Prinja called Ms. Jalpa an integral part of the Shalom family and on the behalf of the Shalom family wished her success as she embarked on a fresh chapter in her professional journey. Mrs Ritu Mehta, the principal also shared reminiscences about the high points of her year-long association with Ms. Jalpa, how the two shared a special equation on account of being Chemistry teachers and co-teachers in Grade XII. After touching upon her contribution and commitment to the school, Ms. Ritu Mehta wished her luck for the future. Mr. M. Quadri spoke an emotional couplet in Urdu which beautifully captured the feelings of the staff for Ms. Jalpa.

Ms. Jalpa Shah took the occasion to extend her profuse gratitude and thanks to M.D ma’am for entrusting her with key responsibilities and providing her with constant inspiration, mentoring, support and encouragement at each and every step of her tenure in the school. Ms. Jalpa expressed her heartfelt thankfulness to V.C Sir for his inspirational leadership which has been not also empowered and enlightened her as a teacher but also allowed her to grow as an individual and a professional. She also cherished every moment spent in the school and with her colleagues.

Anna was also present for the Staff Club Meeting and joined in the fun. All the teachers whose birthdays had fallen in the previous month and current month were wished and felicitated. After savouring some munchies and tea, everybody made a beeline for the dance floor arranged for on the stage. As popular numbers were being belted out by the Dance and Music teachers, the teachers shared more moments of togetherness and merriment as they jigged and danced happily with one another.

It was altogether a truly memorable occasion and great way to usher in the new year.

Hand Writing Workshop conducted with Grades I-X Language teachers on 08th January 15

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A workshop was conducted for the Language teachers of Grades I-X on 08th January 14 to highlight the importance of handwriting in Hindi & English. The session was conducted by Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh KICE INDIA INSTITUTE OF HAND WRITING.

In this work shop, the teachers came to know about many interesting and lesser known things about handwriting. The knowledge gained by the teachers from and during the session of this work shop will definitely help them to have a deeper understanding of Hindi & English Hand Writing. Also the teachers came to know of ways in which a child can become better versed and more proficient in hand writing skills. The teachers enjoyed the session and interacted freely with the resource person.

NCF Workshop conducted by Ms. Meenu Chopra, Head Mistress-Senior Wing on 9th Jan’15

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In order to enlighten all the teachers regarding the importance, relevance and tenets of NCF 2005, a workshop was conducted by Ms. Meenu Chopra, Head Mistress-Senior Wing on 9th Jan’15 with the teachers of Grades VI-XII.

At the outset of the workshop, Ms. Chopra highlighted the objectives and ideals which are enshrined in the NCF and how its basic tenets are to do justice to the doctrines in the Constitution of India, bring about quality education for all and to transcend the bridge between classroom teaching and real-life situations.

Ms. Chopra also shared how the NCF seeks to minimize rote learning and curriculum load, thereby ensuring that knowledge takes place outside the classroom and through an integration of Inter-Disciplinary projects and programmes. The ultimate aim of education as envisioned by NCF is to empower minds and raise ‘thinking and rational individuals’ through its policy of constructivism. It was pointed out that values and attitudes are also given equal importance under NCF.

The role of teachers was clearly spelt out as guides, facilitators who have to ensure that knowledge is gained by students and not merely information. The purpose of assessment / examination was to test what has been understood by the students in the class was reiterated by Ms. Meenu Chopra.

It was informed by Ms. Chopra that the NCF guidelines relating to the core subjects will be taken up in another workshop shortly.

Edurite Workshop held for senior grades teachers on 9th Jan’14

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A comprehensive, interactive and demonstrative workshop by Mr. Nikhil Arya, the trainer and resource person from Pearson, Noida on 9th Jan’14. All subject and activity teachers from Grades VI-XII attended the workshop in which they shared the problems and logistics difficulties they have encountered in accessing and using Edurite modules. Mr. Nikhil tried to resolve these problems and guided the teachers about the correct steps to follow and alternate options.

Mr. Nikhil revealed that the software modules in English Literature section were going to be shortly updated with greater content in Drama, Prose and Grammar being added shortly. Other applications demonstrated and discussed were

  • Availability to access internet directly through default option on Edurite already
  • Material for French will be added shortly from the next session
  • Concern raised that Social Science content for some lesser important topics ( according to marks weightage) was too elaborate and exhaustive
  • Feedback option available to post suggestions and point mistakes in the content directly to the software providers
  • A handy tool like Recognized Text available to convert free hand into legible text
  • Senior Grades course material to be accessed through Master in TIC (Teaching in class)
  • Explained use of floating tool bar to add temporary notes on the PPTs or text already available in TIC.
  • Extra content available in Knowledge Library which can be used to enhance and enrich course curriculum
  • 3D Virtual Globe has been introduced for Social Studies this year
  • State maps have been updated
  • Amazing videos available in E.V.S, Social Studies, Science and Maths

Teachers from Maths, English, Hindi and other departments pointed out the glitches and problems they face in writing on Notepad. They were guided how to use the stylus and ensure that the boards should be devoid of dust and grime.

Workshop on ‘Students’ safety’ conducted for the teachers on 7th Jan’15

A workshop was conducted on student’s safety on 07.01.15 for the teachers. The aim of the workshop was to equip and guide the teachers on how to deal with different situations like terrorist attack, kidnapping, firing. Ms. Ritu Mehta, the Principal discussed the CBSE guidelines which are to be followed in case on any mishappening in the school. Ms. Swastika Nodal In charge of Disaster Management Team introduced the other team members. Student’s safety also covers all aspects that can possibly compromise the mental well being of the child. Premised on the cardinal principal that the school needs to secure the physical safety and mental well-being of its students, a workshop was conducted by the school counselor, Ms. Elizabeth on Student Safety (child abuse). The purpose and the idea behind the workshop were to make the teachers aware of child abuse and also to educate and sensitize them on how to deal with such cases. Stress was laid on empowering the children and to have a good rapport with the children so that they can come and share their feelings.

Some points of discussion were

  • Our duty as teachers/parents
  • Some pointers that children should know about the topic of child abuse.
  • How can teachers help a child in coming out of difficult phase
  • Steps that can be taken by teachers in case of child abuse.

WORKSHOP CONDUCTED FOR SUPPORT STAFF ON 7th Jan’15

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A workshop on student’s safety was conducted on 07.01.15 for the Grade 4 employees and lady guards. The workshop was chaired by Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal. Ms. Mehta started the session by discussing various safety issues in the school and also highlighted how Grade 4 employees play an important role in the smooth functioning of the school. The support staff was told to be alert and punctual in carrying out their duties and they were told to report any matter which they think can hamper/affect/harm the well being of the students in the school to the concerned authorities. Stress was laid on safety of students in the school buses and transport routes. Bus drivers, conductors and lady guards were told to be extra vigilant in picking up and dropping of the children.

A session on good touch and bad touch was also conducted by the school counselors Ms.Bhupinder and Ms.Elizabeth to make them aware of the far-reaching and lifelong effects of child abuse. It was informed that child abuse is a punishable crime and the school can’t help anyone who is found guilty of such offence/s. the employees were told to report any such matter if it comes to their notice to the concerned authorities and were also told to remember the school’s safety guidelines while dealing with the children. The session ended on the note that physical and emotional well being of the students needs to be taken care of all the employees of the school and it can’t be achieved without the active, vigilant and involved support staff.

Workshop attended by the school principal in New Delhi on 22nd December 2014

The Heritage Group of Schools in association with ‘I am a teacher’ organized a talk by Dr Dennis Litty, the Co- Founder of Big Picture Learning at IHC, New Delhi on 22nd December 2014. It was attended by the principal of Shalom Hills International School, Ms. Ritu Mehta.

During his talk, Dr Litty explained his innovative concept of re-imaging schools and how Big Picture Schools are working systematically towards imparting education to the students in U.S.

The Big Picture Schools are radical schools in U.S which foster creative thinking in young minds & wherein the aptitude, attitude and interest of students are particularly emphasized rather than a defined content or definite curriculum.

To develop and popularize such concepts in India, firstly Teacher Training Programme will be initiated in the country where Post Graduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching (PGDLT) will be awarded to the teachers. The programme is called ‘I am a teacher’ which will be an award winning diploma in Learning & Teaching.

A comparison was shown between the conventional programme of teaching & PGDLT to the delegates. During the course, the teacher will be guided to undertake the following:

      Intensive mentoring
      Seamless blend of practice and theory
      Emphasis on ‘how to create a positive learning environment, how to foster inquiry , how to differentiate, and how to make learning relevant’
      Demonstrative pedagogy
      Collaborative learning
      Assessment for learning – comprehensive and continues assessment of the desired competencies through portfolios, planning and teaching gateways, observation and self-reflection.

After the talk & presentation, there was a talk show organized by the journalist Sonali from NDTV along with Dr Litty & Mr. Manat Jain.

The main point discussed in the talk show was ‘Is Indian Education system prepared for such type of schools like Big Picture?’, ‘Will our parents believe in such education?’ and ‘Will the colleges accept such students on list?’ The concurrent and recurrent belief among the gathering was that there is a need to reform our education system with emphasis not only on core content delivery but to make it more selective & interest based. The question was left unanswered as still CBSE has not been able to justify the CCE pattern completely.

Staff Welfare trip organized to Eco Adventure Club, Najafgarh on 24th Dec’14

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Special care is taken by Shalom management to organize celebrations, festivities and trips for the faculty to give them a well-deserved respite from their teaching periods and routine. And to the credit of the staff, they applied their usual serious and dedicated approach to having fun also. So, along with the school principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta and Ms. Meenu Chopra, Head Mistress – Senior Wing, the staff of Grades VI-XI with the activity and sports teachers got down to the serious business of having a ‘blast’. Since the best antidote to the winter chill is chatting, having fun and dancing around a crackling bonfire, the teachers regaled one another with peppy chartbusters and rib-ticklers around a bon-fire in the open once they reached the sprawling gardens of the Eco Adventure Camp. The teachers including the principal and head mistress showed their dare-devilry and adventurous spirit by trying their hands at just about every type of adventure activities. They resembled excited juniors as they teamed up students and one another and went for camel riding, cart rides, monkey crawling, Burma Bridge, Flying Fox, rock climbing and river crossing.

The teachers danced to the heart’s glory and unselfconsciously to the popular beats in the open amphitheatre. They enjoyed a savory breakfast and sumptuous lunch while enjoying one another’s congenial company. The teachers enjoyed the day and thanked the school management for arranging such a delightful stress-buster for them.

Shalom teachers attend Maths workshop on 22nd Dec’14

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A Training Workshop took place on December 20 2012 at the Indian Auditorium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. It was attended by the maths teachers of senior grades in Shalom Hills International School, Ms. Shruti Vashishta and Ms. Vineeta. Prof. Dr. Hukum Singh, a renowned educationist who has contributed valuable inputs to N.C.E.R.T text book of Mathematics was the resource person.

The preliminary session started by remembering and paying respects to the great Indian mathematician, Srinivas Ramanujam. The speaker emphasised on following facts:

Some of the typical signs listed below that can be identified in school are :

  1. Upscaling the standards of Mathematics is a key factor in the development of any country.
  2. Role of great Mathematicians like Aryabhatta, Brahmgupta, Sridhar, Bodhayan and Bhaskara was major factor making India a developed country.

Dr. Hukum Singh emphasised on following points which are the quintessence of teaching basic concepts in Maths-

  • Relating Knowledge to real life to create interest in the subject.
  • Learning by doing to encourage better understanding and application.
  • Designing curriculum in order to attain overall development of child which includes physical, intellectual and spiritual development.
  • Teaching gender sensitivity and protection of environment.
  • Including slow learners, differently-abled students in teaching learning process.
In the second half of the seminar, Dr. Hukum Singh conducted a few practical activities like square of binomial, cube of trinomial, representation of linear equations graphically. A high point was the discussion of Indian Nobel Prize winners. The session concluded with the inauguration of a textbook in Mathematics by Ms Monika Kapoor.It was indeed an enriching and motivating experience.

Head Mistress and School Counselor attend a Workshop on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Fortis on 12th December’2014.

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A workshop was attended by Ms Meenu Chopra, the Head Mistress of Senior Wing and Ms. Bhupinder Kaur, the Counselor/Health & Wellness teacher of Senior Wing under the subject: Fortis School Counsellor’s Forum. The forum is designed to be a platform for practising counselors, and school teachers to be able to exchange, discuss and formulate ways of working with children and adolescents in a bid to enhance their mental health and overall well-being.

The theme of this meet was Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in School Going Children. The discussion began with how OCD interferes in the normal functioning and development of a child by causing impairment in school performance, friendships, family relationships & vocational functioning. OCD is characterized by the presence of obsessions & compulsions. Obsessions can be defined as recurrent, intrusive & unwanted thoughts, images or impulses experienced as distressing & anxiety provoking ( for e.g., repetitive thoughts of being dirty or having acquired a serious illness). Compulsions are repetitive behaviors (for e.g., hand washing or checking) or mental acts (counting, praying) which are performed to prevent or reduce anxiety. Children tend to have lower degree of insight in relation to the symptoms & often finds difficult to articulate & verbalize them. Hence they have greater tendency towards internalizing their difficulties. It was an eye-opener for the delegates when they were told that the prevalence & occurrence of OCD is estimated to fall between 1-4 % & around 30-50 % of adults with OCD have onset of symptoms during childhood or adolescence. OCD can affect a child’s interpersonal & academic functioning & affect their overall self esteem. It can also affect child’s attention & concentration thereby causing a decline the academic performance.

Some of the typical signs listed below that can be identified in school are :

  1. Avoiding touching door knobs; use of tissues or hankies when opening doors.
  2. Repeated questioning for permission to leave the classroom to go to the washroom.
  3. Repeated checking of doors, windows, light switches or written material.
  4. Repeated and /or stereotypical reading of words, text passages or pages in books.
  5. Repeated writing, erasing & overwhelming of letters, numbers or words.
  6. Excessive & repeated questioning for reassurance.
  7. Repeated &/ or symmetric circling in multiple-choice-tasks.
  8. Repeated ordering & arranging items (in a symmetrical way).
  9. Repeated and/or ritualized touching of items.
Counselors, teachers, and other school personnel can help identify at-risk students. Thus, it is most important that school counselors/school psychologists should be aware of the signs of OCD as manifested in children, & also train other school personnel in identifying OCD. Raising awareness will help reduce the associated stigma, & any child who is suffering, will feel more comfortable in expressing their problems.

The type, causes, consequences & intervention were discussed in detail in the Forum. The entire session was a wonderful exposure towards the mental illness when elaborated with the case studies & experiences shared by the teachers & counselors present there from different & leading schools of Gurgaon.

Shalom teacher attends GEG Leader Summit on 6th December’14

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The GEG Leader Summit was held on 6th December’14 in the Google Office, Gurgaon. Ms. Deepika Dalal, HOD - Computer Science and also Google leader, Delhi attended the session along with a few hand-picked other leaders from across India. The goal of the GEG Leader summits in India is to empower the GEG Leaders to become the best GEG Leaders possible. Every session of the summit was directed to accomplishing this objective. Other than focusing on the pedagogical changes that Google tools can make within the education sphere, at the same time the summit ensured that all Google leaders understood how to use and further train on Google tools and technologies and understand advanced tips of using them for pedagogical purposes. In addition, the summit also provided an opportunity for GEG Leaders to share their positive experiences they have had either in running a GEG event or a success story of one of their members doing something innovative with the tools pedagogically speaking. The key note on this occasion was given by Prof. M. M. Pant (Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and faculty of IIT, Kanpur, MLNR Engineering College and Faculty as well as Visiting Professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada.). He stressed upon the need for the same platform for Student-Teacher and conveyed that by 2030; almost 20 billion devices would be connected together. He discussed the challenges looming up today which are:-

  1. Being user is just not adequate; one can’t be ignorant
  2. Whether everyone should know programming is a raging debatable question.
  3. To what degree programming should be taught to everyone?

All people, who RESIST Change need to understand that computers can do what one actually can’t be done manually. He also stressed on sharing the content with the community. Larger the number of learners ...more will be the Learning i.e. more connected people mean more knowledge. The 1:20 teacher ratio no longer works.

Other prominent speakers on the occasion were Mr. Sudhir Giri (Head of Learning technologies at Google, London), Ms. Avnita Bir (Director Principal, R N Podar School, Mumbai), Prof Warren D'souza (Dean, Goa University) and Ms. Carolyn Wendell (Program Manager - Emerging Markets Education Google, London). The main points shared/stressed on were:-
  1. exploration and learning.
  2. how can the vast knowledge be put to use (we have access to all the knowledge in the world)
  3. technology is not different from human relations.
  4. technology actually empowers teachers; it doesn’t replace the teacher.
  5. creating innovative teachers for the future.
  6. amalgamation of technology with education
  7. in the past we were known by what we knew; in the present scenario we are known by what we share
There was also a hands-on session by Anshul Bhagi from Camp K12, wherein he guided the teachers on how to make a robot car using LEGO and also hw to do its programming.

it the end of the session, GEG Leaders from various parts of India were felicitated with a certificate to recognize their contribution towards the field of education with technology. A video on Google Educator Groups of India was also launched at the end of session. This video features the pioneers of education in India like; Mr. Mukesh Kumar (HOD, Comp.- DPS RK Puram), Ms Rashmi Kathuria (Kulachi Hansraj School), Ms. Gurpreet Kaur (HOD, Comp.-GD Goenka), Ms. Monika Sehgal (St. Marks Girls School) and Ms. Deepika Dalal (HOD, Comp.- SHIS). The url to the video is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTr0xYdOxQ

Shalom teacher attends Google Teacher Academy Program on 4th and 5th December’14

The Google Teacher Academy Program was held for the first time in India on 4th and 5th Dec’14. In this academy, Google handpicks 50 educators from across the world after a rigorous selection process from the thousands of applications received by it to be a part of it. Ms. Deepika Dalal, Head of Computer Science Department was also among the few privileged ones who got a chance to attend this prestigious event held in Google office, Gurgaon.

On day 1; Thursday, December 4, the event began with the introduction of each participant GTA followed by the Design Thinking and Designing Action Plan. The focus was primarily on the outstanding educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improve teaching and learning. This was followed by a talk on Internet Safety - Digital Leadership/Citizenship. There were breakout sessions on Google classroom and YouTube in-between wherein the participants were taught about some shortcuts and techniques. In the second half, the focus was on the creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond. An introduction of Google’s Cultural Institute was given. In the evening all participants were taken for a tour of Google Office followed by dinner and Ghazal night at the Galaxy Hotel, Gurgaon.

On day 2; Friday, December 5, the main focus of the highly interactive session was on ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity, and innovation. A hands-on session on Quadcopter was taken by Anshul Bhagi from Camp K12 in which all the participants were taught about how to make a drone and do its programming for flying it. There were breakout sessions on Cultural heritage and Maps in-between where participants were taught about how to make a gallery and also a map of their own which can be further utilized in their classrooms. The evening session was on conference where all participants discussed about what all can be done and what new things can be implemented in integrating teaching with technology. In the closing session of the workshop, the participants were awarded with the degree of a Google Certified Teacher to endorse and appreciate their efforts in the field of education. Google also shared a website on the resource bank of Google Apps with the newly awarded GCT’s (Google certified teachers). They were also given editing rights for the same to conduct various workshops on the same.

Shalom teacher attends Workshop on Strategic Vision and Planning for School Leadership on 17th Nov’14

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A Strategic Vision and Planning for School Leadership Workshop was conducted by Mr. Steve Molyneux, CEO, Tablet Academy, UK on 17th November, 2014 at Hotel Courtyard Marriott, Gurgaon. The workshop was attended by the faculty members of esteemed institutions along with the senior educators in different fields. Ms. Monidipa Mukherjee was the representative delegate from Shalom Hills International School.
The day started with the welcome address by Dr. Vinnie Jauhari who is currently the Director - Education Advocacy, Microsoft India. She emphasised on contributing to capacity building in education and exposure to engaged learning and teaching, curriculum development, deployment of technology in teaching.
Professor Molyneux is a well-known and respected advocate of the use of learning technologies that support education and training. He devoted a large part of the session to illustrating and demonstrating how advanced technology tools like E-tablet can revolutionize the teaching-learning scenario in schools and create a virtual world of knowledge inside a classroom.

Workshop on “Personalised Learning – The Future of Education” attended by Shalom teacher on 20th Oct’14

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Ms. Maya Vinod attended an illumining session on “Personalized Learning” organized in The Pavallion, Maple Exotica, New Delhi on 20th Oct’14. Ms Ranjani Mitra (Sr. Educational Specialist - Educational Initiatives, Ahmadabad) and Mr Pranav Kothari ( AVP Mind spark - Educational Initiatives, Ahmadabad) were the resource persons. The half-day session (three hours before lunch and one hour post lunch) included discussion followed with the Research and Development team of Mind Spark imparting enriching hands on experience about how learning can be personalized and hence, made more effective. The following points were discussed:

  • Importance of IT based learning.
  • Necessity of social growth in educational system.
  • Need of change in Educational system.
  • Misconception in Mathematics teaching area.
  • Variables of learning process.

Third gathering of Staff Club held on 18th October 2014

The third gathering of the Staff Club took place on 18th October 2014 in the Middle Wing Auditorium. It was celebration time as the festive air and spirit was very much in the air with the Festival of Lights just around the corner. The entire Shalom family, including the teaching staff and admin members from all the three wings gathered in the auditorium for an afternoon of fun and togetherness.

The programme commenced with the most popular game of Tambola which was conducted by Ms. Jyoti Abrol and Ms. Suniti Bhai. All the staff members played with keen enthusiasm and laughingly vied with one another to win the several prizes.

Additionally, all the teachers who celebrate their birthdays in the months of July, August & September were felicitated with gifts. Tasteful and environmentally friendly jute bags were presented to them by Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal. The gifs were special because they had been made and designed by the inmates of Tihar Jail. Diwali gifts on behalf of the Staff Club were distributed to the entire staff by the Head Mistresses of the three wings. On the behalf of the school management, Ms. Mehta wished the staff and their families a prosperous, happy and safe Diwali.

The entire staff savored the mouth – watering refreshments and outdid one another in dancing, twirling and jiving to their heart’s content.

Head of Sports Department of Shalom Hills represents India in International SEMOS held in Tokyo, Japan from 28th September’14 to 12th October’14

Mr. Ashish Rawat, Head of Physical Department was the only Indian to be selected to represent India in the coveted International SEMOS organized by TSUKUBA International Academy for Sports Science and Government of Japan. He took part in a fortnight long programme on Olympics Sports Management which was a rigorous regime for preparations for Olympics 2020 to be held in Tokyo.

There were 37 representatives from 26 countries who were given intensive training in all aspects and modules of Olympics Sports Management, namely sponsorship, marketing, promotional strategies, operations, opening and closing ceremony and all sporting events.

Mr. Ashish was keenly involved in all brainstorming sessions and the practical exposure to the most internationally acclaimed sporting event gained by him is going to prove beneficial to the school and students where the forthcoming Annual Meet and other major sporting events of the school are concerned.

Shalom Counsellor attends a workshop on ‘Suicide Prevention in School Children’ in Fortis on 29th Sept’14

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Incidence of Suicidal Tendency is increasing alarmingly in the school children and there is an urgent need on the part of Counsellors/ Teachers to understand the gravity of the situation and to upgrade themselves by acquiring the latest skills to tackle this vastly overlooked problem. As a part of this endeavour to spread awareness about this issue, the Mental Health Department of Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurgaon organised Counsellor Forum Programme under the Guidance of Expert Dr Samir Parikh, eminent Psychiatrist. The session was attended by the school counsellor of the Middle Wing, Ms. Elizabeth.

The meeting highlighted the need for a comprehensive school suicide prevention program which should include three components i.e. prevention, intervention and postvention. The activities of the prevention program should focus on raising staff and student awareness about suicide warning signs, risk factors and referral steps. The speaker emphasised that no clue regarding any suicidal thought should be taken lightly but it should be attended seriously by anyone (teacher/counsellor) in whom the child trusts, further the case should be referred if need arises, to a psychologist for further assistance.

An open discussion was conducted on various factors like personality, peer group stress, influence of media, parental support which induce suicidal tendency among children. Various case studies were also discussed to help understand how to deal such issues in school.

The session ended on the note that an effective school suicide prevention program will help students to deal with various stressors in the life and it will empower them to deal with difficulties ahead in their life.

OPEN SESSION ON ACCOUNTANCY & B.STUDIES ATTENDED BY SHALOM TEACHER ON 30th September’14

An open session on Accountancy and Business Studies was organised by Rachna Sagar Publishers in D.P.S Sushant Lok on 30-Sept-14. The agenda of the workshop was primarily to discuss the changes in curriculum. The major highlights were:

  • Interest on partner’s loan is to be treated as charge against profit.
  • Preparation of retiring partner’s loan account
  • Treatment of realisation expenses when borne by the firm.
  • Interest on calls in arrears & advance
  • Treatment of Bank Overdraft and Cash Credit in Cash Flow Statement
  • Business Studies Project Work.

The session was initiated by Mr. Sandeep Sethi, Education Officer, CBSE who provided valuable insight about the new project introduced in Business Studies & Accountancy. He provided a detailed step wise idea of how to carry out the new project on Stock Exchange. The session was then addressed by Dr. Vikas Vijay & Mr. Yogesh Vijay, from the team of Rachna Sagar Pvt. Ltd. They enriched the knowledge of all the teachers by giving them novel and fresh inputs ideas on Evaluation, Value Based and Multidisciplinary Questions. Several examples of the same were discussed. The session ended with a discussion on special ways and practices necessary to enhance the performance of the students in the exams.

The resource persons were prompt in handling the queries and as it was an open session, the teachers gained a lot from this session.

Micro teaching in Computer Science on 29th September’14

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In Shalom Hills, micro-teaching was given a more practical yet inventive meaning and dimension by all the departments. A Computer Science teacher had prepared a lesson on the topic Hierarchical Vs. Relational Model.

The Micro lessons in Computers served as great opportunities to the teachers to present sample "snapshots" of what/how they teach and to get some feedback from their colleagues about how it was received. It's a chance to try teaching strategies that the teacher may not use regularly. It was a good, safe time to experiment with something new and get feedback on technique.

Ms. Sarika Aneja taught the comparison between Hierarchical model and Relational Model to her colleagues. The teaching was carried out with the following aims-

  1. The concept and use of data modeling
  2. Types of data modeling
  3. Comparison between Hierarchical and Relational model on the basis of
    • structure
    • execution
    • operations: insertion and deletion of records
    • problems occur in each model
  4. Rules to form Relational Model
  5. To analyse and conclude the better model
  6. Conversion of one model to another

Based on the feedback received from her colleagues, she went through the cycle of re-planning, re-teaching wherever there was a perceived shortfall of teaching outcome.

Micro teaching in English conducted on 20th Sept’14 and 27th September’14

  • Workshop
  • Workshop

Essentially, microteaching is like simulated teaching to provide feedback to pupil-teacher. Prima facie, it serves as a post-mortem so that the teacher can find out what has successfully worked in the class, in which aspects has it fallen short and what needs to be done to enhance their teaching technique.

In Shalom Hills, micro-teaching was given a more practical yet inventive meaning and dimension as all the departments engaged the Middle Wing as well as Senior Wing teachers in preparing a lesson (based on any one section – Reading, Writing-Grammar or Literature) for 39 minutes which they delivered in front of the entire department teachers who were their learners for the day. The Micro lessons in English served as great opportunities to the teachers to present sample "snapshots" of what/how they teach and to get some feedback from their colleagues about how it was received. It's a chance to try teaching strategies that the teacher may not use regularly. It was a good, safe time to experiment with something new and get feedback on technique. Every micro lesson is planned, keeping in mind certain specific learning objectives and after a lesson is completed, the learning outcome is measured against it. It also allows inter-alia learning among the teachers teaching different grades. They all learn new and novel practices and methodologies from one another.

On 20th Sept’14, Ms. Geetanjali Sethi, Senior Grades teacher taking Grades X-XII took up the topic of ‘Note Making’ for her micro lesson. Ms. Sethi started by updating the teachers with how an English Question Paper now comprises of 3 sections – Reading, Writing and Grammar and Literature (including Supplementary Reader). An interesting session followed as Ms. Geetanjali explained the objectives and characteristics of Note Making. All the components as well as marking scheme was put up on the white board by her. Every part of the topic – be it the title, notes, indentation, use of phrases instead of full sentences, abbreviations and summary were written on the board and explained thoroughly by Ms. Sethi.

Ms. Geetanjali made it a point to highlight on the board and through reiterated instructions the most salient points that need to be permanently etched in the students/learners’ minds – abbreviations have to be used in notes, only brief phrases to be used in notes, no exact reproduction of the passage in the summary, abbreviation not to be used in the summary. By making ample use of the white board, comprehensive hand-outs and note-making worksheets, she ensured that the topic was fully understood by her colleagues. Based on the micro-teaching cycle, she too took feedback from her colleagues and proceeded further with the lesson. She engaged the teachers present in an interesting activity by way of recapitulation and feedback. The learning outcome was satisfactorily achieved when the learners understood how to make notes, prepare an abbreviation key and write a summary, which was the entire purpose of the micro lesson of the day.

On 27th Sept’14, Ms. Jyotin Prinja , H.O.D – English Department took up the topic of ‘Reported Speech’ for her micro lesson. A highlight of the microteaching session was that Ms. Prinja made it a point to write the word of the week and cover all the aspects of SOFTBOARD MANAGEMENT by writing the subject, topic, sub-topic and learning objectives on one side of the board and putting up key rules on the other side. After a warming up activity which served to introduce and build up the topic of the day, Ms. Prinja explained the conversion rules, rules when the tense of Reporting Verb is changed and not changed and also other necessary rules. A handout of thumbnail rules along with two practice sheets was distributed among the teachers. After the exercises were completed, the answers were discussed and rules repeated. An interesting activity of Chinese Whispers ensued in which one set of teachers had to whisper remarks in Direct Speech which were then reported in Indirect Speech by other teachers. The micro lesson concluded with reiteration of the rules and a home assignment being set for the learners.

By making ample use of the white board, comprehensive hand-outs and worksheets, she ensured that the topic was fully understood by her colleagues. Based on the micro-teaching cycle, she too took feedback from her colleagues and proceeded further with the lesson. The learning outcome was satisfactorily achieved when the learners understood how to convert the tenses of reporting verb and use it appropriately in written and spoken language.

Short session on Google Drive on 27th September’14

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A short session was conducted by Ms. Deepika Dalal to guide and facilitate the Heads of Departments on usage of Google Drive by their department on 27th September’14. She briefed the teachers how to make optimal use of Google drive and also the practical ways in which it can be incorporated in their teaching.

Ms. Deepika told the teachers that when Google Drive was first launched, it served as a place to store one’s files in the cloud so that they could be accessed anywhere. As Drive has evolved, it has assimilated the roles of Google Docs and now serves as the hub for all Google document creation and office tools. The teachers learnt that one can even install apps into Drive to expand its functionality even further.

By taking the HODs through step wise demonstration of Google Drive, Ms. Deepika practically taught them how to store and organize one’s files online. With Google Drive on the web, one can:

  • Create, add, or upload a file with a single button.
  • Easily find and add shared files.
  • Single-click a file to select it and double-click to open it.
  • Drag and drop files and folders, just like you do on your desktop.
  • Share files with others and choose what they can do with them: view, comment, or edit.
  • Access your files even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Micro teaching in Computer Science

In Shalom Hills, micro-teaching was given a more practical yet inventive meaning and dimension as all the departments. The Computer Science teachers had prepared a lesson (based on MS Excel – Pivot Table) for 39 minutes which they delivered in front of a small group of teachers who were their learners for the day.

The Micro lessons in Computers served as great opportunities to the teachers to present sample "snapshots" of what/how they teach and to get some feedback from their colleagues about how it was received. It's a chance to try teaching strategies that the teacher may not use regularly. It was a good, safe time to experiment with something new and get feedback on technique.

Ms. Ambika Yadav taught the concept of Pivot Table (MS Excel) to her colleagues. The data created by her shared the instructions about how to filter any given data. For example - to find out the designations and the salary withdrawn by an individual in a particular organization.

The teaching was carried out with the following aims –

  1. To familiarize the students with the concept of Pivot table.
  2. To understand the importance of Pivot table.
  3. To understand the calculation and summarizing the data through Pivot table.
  4. To provide the knowledge about the -
    • Creation of Pivot table
    • Features of Pivot table
    • Re-arrangement of data in different ways

The micro teaching session was really interactive and teachers were made more familiar regarding the usage of pivot table. Based on the feedback received from her colleagues, she went through the cycle of re-planning, re-teaching wherever there was a perceived shortfall of teaching outcome.

Shalom teacher attends a Management Development Programme for Leaders on creating World Class Institutions on 20th September’14

  • Workshop
  • Workshop

‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’

A Management Development Programme for Leaders on creating World class Institutions was conducted by Ratna Sagar at 32nd Milestone on 20th September’2014.

It was attended by the Principals and Teachers from various schools around Delhi and NCR. Ms. Rinky Maini, the English teacher represented Shalom Hills International School at the workshop.

The enthusiastic and vibrant approach by the resource person, Mr. Surya brought about a change in one’s perspective to education to make it indeed, World class. The most important key to the workshop for all was to participate and keep asking questions. He briefed the delegates about the most important principles of world-class leadership with special emphasis on the success triangle that we either accept what we cannot change or change what we cannot accept.

Short documentary films and advertisements were shown from time to time to learning fun and understand the essence of world class environment.

The highlight of the workshop was the self assessment that the teachers had to undergo: The MBTI Instrument. This enabled the teachers to determine their personality characteristics which can go a long way in evolving them as educators and guiding them as to use their specific types as a conflict management tool. Various tips were shared during the session as to how the teachers could interact with others who were either introverts or extroverts to create a world class environment. Towards the end, a book launch was held to unveil the new series of Communicate in English by Ratna Sagar.

It was indeed an enriching experience to be a part of such an educative forum which laid the path to excellence to be achievers in the word of leaders wherein the teachers are quoted as the ‘Gold Collar workers’.

Workshop on Implications of Howard Gardener Multiple Intelligence theory held on 20th September’14

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A workshop on Implications of MI theory in teaching-learning process was taken up in two slots - first with the teachers of Classes I-II and the second one with the III- V teachers by Ms. Jalpa Shah.

Ms. Jalpa shared with all the teachers how under the far-sighted vision and learned guidance of M.D Ma’am and V.C sir, the school curriculum has always been supported and substantiated by Experiential Learning and M.I. based curriculum. Recognizing the imperative need of incorporating Howard Gardener’s M.I Theory in academics as well as activities, Ma’am and Sir had decided to have it skilfully woven and integrated in the school curriculum. Thus, with the management invaluable guidance and monitoring, the entire concept of Integrated Thematic and M.I curriculum has been introduced at Primary level and is being successfully implemented in every class, thus enhancing and enriching the teaching-learning processes in the school.

The children of all sections of every class in the Middle Wing (I-IV) pay frequent visits to M.I. Lab and engage in various M.I. based activities throughout a month. Thus, the teachers learnt how the CBSE and NCERT guidelines that learning should be a joyful experience and the children should learn by ‘doing’ and being ‘involved’ are being met by our school through its uniquely conceptualized and ably carried out Multiple Intelligences programme and thematic curriculum.

Various M.I. kits and games were displayed for the teachers to go through and understand. All the teachers took part and enjoyed solving some of these MI. mind games or tussling with some mathematical kit or learning an English or Science concept through an M.I activity.

Science teachers go on an Industrial Trip (Yakult) on 15th September’14

  • Workshop
  • Workshop

An industrial trip to Yakult’s manufacturing unit situated in Sonepat was organized for the Science teachers (from Class III to X) of Shalom Hills international School on 15th September’14. The teachers were shown and explained the processing and packing of Yakult - Pro-Biotic drink in the factory.

The representative from Yakult, Ms Priyanka briefed the visiting teachers that Yakult was first launched in Japan in 1935 and today with over 75 years of history, Yakult is a Global Leader in the Probiotic Drinks Market with the wide range of probiotic products using Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LCS) and Bifidobacterium breve. The flagship product, Yakult contains over 6.5 billion beneficial bacteria which have proven health benefits.

The Science faculty was guided by an executive as to the entire manufacturing cycle followed from the fermentation process to the final packaging of the product.

The industrial trip was very enlightening and provided the right opportunity and perspective to the teachers to explore the new world collectively.

Science teachers attend a Live Workshop cum Demonstration on Planetarium EducationTM (K12) on 10th September’14

The Orange Digital Mobile Planetarium created a full dome 3D immersive environment (no part of the sky was missing) for the viewing of the visiting delegate-teachers from different schools. It was attended by the Science teachers of Senior Grades, Ms. Durga Rathi and Ms. Ashu Trehan. The objective of the workshop was to teach the fundamentals of night sky gazing and to liberate schools from the practical impediments of empirical astronomy. The live workshop duration was of 45 minutes followed by a Recorded Show.

The resource persons showed how to find TRUE directions i.e. North, South, East, West. These directions are on the Horizons. The point that is right in the middle of the sky is called Zenith. TRUE directions are found with the help of Pole Star. It is the 48th brightest star. As the night advances Pole star stays fixed at one place in our sky where as all other celestial objects move slowly and slowly.

Later on, the teachers were shown how to divide the sky above the head into four equal parts i.e. 4 houses. They are NZE, NZW, SZE, SZW. Interestingly, a night sky map that had labels/ names of the stars/ planets/ constellations for our city/place, date and time of viewing was also shown. Objects covered for identification in terms of their brightness, colour and their position in a house:

  • a. Star Arcturus Swati
  • b. Star Vega, Altair, Dened
  • c. Planet Saturn, Mars, Jupiter

Overall the workshop was really good, informative and impressive. The teachers were all praise for the eye-opening session as well as the enhanced technology used.

Principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta attends a Conference on Economic Growth on 4th September’14

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India International Friendship Society, a non-government society held a conference on ‘Economic Growth and National Integration’ at New Delhi. The principal of Shalom Hills International School, Ms. Ritu Mehta was a part of the high-voltage gathering. The conference was graced by cabinet ministers, eminent social activists, intellectual luminaries and eminent members of the intelligentsia.

Key speakers like Chief Minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat, former director of CBI, Mr. Joginder Singh and Ms. Sumitra Singh, to name a few, traced the economic progress and growth of India since the era of liberalization. Some key speakers grew a graphic comparison of how a few decades back, the middle-class had to make odds meet on low salaries, queue up to book a Maruti car, make do with limited commodities and post-economic boom, all multi-national brands have entered the Indian market and revamped the consumer scenario.

After the conference, Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards felicitation ceremony was conducted in which the school principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation.

A Cordova Learning Series Workshop conducted for Grades I-IV teachers on 30th August’14

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A workshop was conducted by Cordova Publications Pvt. Ltd on 30th August’2014 for Class I-V teachers to promote their ICT supported textbooks as well as to demonstrate their efforts to innovate and revolutionize the process of learning.

Main Highlights:

  • ICT enables joyful and effective learning
  • The software is designed in such a way to empower the teachers in instruction and assessment processes
  • Subtitles were given beneath the videos referring to the chapters or content
  • Difficult words shown with audio and video impact
  • Every subject has a same layout comprising of - exercises based on the chapter, joyful games, web support
  • Talking Dictionary –one of the main feature which solves major problems related to meaning, sentence formation, pronunciation
  • Lesson Plans, assessment with answer keys and worksheets given for all subjects
  • Current affairs can be updated through their monthly news letter ‘The Cordova Today’
  • The software promotes a complete understanding of the lessons

Overall it was an interactive and interesting session and the teachers participated with a lot of enthusiasm.

STAFF CLUB - 2nd Celebration, 30th August 2014

  • 2nd Celebration
  • 2nd Celebration
  • 2nd Celebration
  • 2nd Celebration

The second gathering of the Staff Club took place on 26 July 2014, Saturday in the Middle Wing Auditorium. The entire Shalom family, including the teaching staff and admin members from all the three wings gathered in the auditorium for an afternoon of fun and togetherness.

The programme commenced with a variety of frothy and fizzy light –hearted quizzes like find the odd one out, guess the names of movies and brands from the given clues.

In addition, announcements were made regarding Teacher’s Day programme and the appreciation certificate to be given to the teachers from all three wings for maintaining the best disciplined class for the month. All the teachers were informed to give department –wise performance for the Teacher’s Day.

The entire staff sang birthday wishes for Ms. Ritu Mehta, Principal, Ms. Meenu Chopra, Head Mistress – Senior Wing ma’am, and Nishi Jayswal, Wing Coordinator – Grade V. The entire staff savored the mouth –watering refreshments and outdid one another in dancing, twirling and jiving to their heart’s content.

Department of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare Limited Shalom Health and Wellness teacher attends a workshop under ‘Counselor’s Forum’ on “Depression in School Aged Children” on 29th August’14

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  • Workshop

The workshop was attended by the Health & Wellness teacher, Ms Bhupinder Kaur. Counselors at senior level & several senior teachers from all over the established schools joined the Forum. It started with the clear message that the growing prevalence of internalizing problems in children (e.g., anxiety & depression) & the high level of disability associated with them, presents a unique opportunity for school psychologists to participate in efforts to prevent & treat these problems. School-aged children today are 10 times more likely to experience a severe depression in their lifetimes than the children born just three generations ago. Depression is twice more common in girls. It is important to look for the symptoms such as sadness/irritability, difficulty in adjusting with peer, low self-esteem, and loss of interest, difficulty in concentration, tiredness & fatigue, avoidance / withdrawal, bullied behavior. The child is also more prone to show symptoms of depression before the commencement of exams.

Those children would be at higher risk who have medical problems, who bully or are victims of bullying, face negative experiences in life, belong to conflict ridden home environment, family history of depression, children who have academic & behavioral problems. All these factors lead to poor or worsened school performance, impaired social interactions & peer relationships, prone to substance abuse, disruptive behavior, violence & aggression and suicide. Depression can be prevented when school creates supportive environment where child can express about how they feel. Teachers, counselors, collaboration with experts from outside school, play an important role in handling the depression at right time. School should conduct awareness programs, educating teachers & parents about mental health related problems. Comprehensive Crisis Intervention Plan especially during exams can also help in reducing stress during exams. Schools should also provide training programs for faculty & parents to recognize the risk factors & warning signs of depression. Teachers can help children with these traits by developing a strong teacher student relationship, by using positive approaches, understanding their perspective, provide them with the opportunities towards success (positive reinforcement).

Extra Marks Workshop conducted for the teachers for Grades IX-XII on 9th August’14

  • Extra Marks Workshop

Extra Marks module and systems have been installed in all the grades from Grades IX onwards. In order to train teachers how to operate the hardware and software components of Extra Marks application, a workshop was organized by the professionals from Extra Marks. The workshop began with a step wise explanation of the hardware and the three applications running on the first page. The resource person showed the teachers the tools – stylus, pointer etc that can be used to operate the Interactive board and applications. All the high-tech yet user friendly tools were shown to the teachers one by one e.g. the pens, geometric tools, paint bar, curtains, open page, compass and calculator. The password was shared with the teachers and their user id would be created and informed to them shortly.

In the second leg of workshop, one can access Extra Marks icon/module in order to teach the content in each subject and grade. After opening on the first page, the teachers can easily select the subject and chapter for the classes they teach. They were shown and demonstrated the use of all the operational resources for teaching a particular lesson e.g. Mind Map, SLM (PPTs), previous 5 years question bank, value based questions, formative discussion, HOTS, Chapter wise question-answers, CCE assignments, CCE question bank. The teachers can use 3D animations, diagrams, marker tools etc. The module is replete with case studies and life skills questions which will enrich the teaching-learning process in the senior grades. Virtual labs have been added for Science subjects.

Science and Maths subject teaching can be ably supplemented with Animations, lab skill online, viva questions, BBC videos. English prose and poetry have been well-covered but limited (only 2 in poetry) chapters have been covered in Hindi. Ample map practice questions have been provided.

Shalom teachers attend a Maths Workshop on 19th July’14

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  • Workshop

A Maths workshop was conducted on 19th July’14 by Ms. Jharna Dey in the Maths Lab in the Senior Wing. The workshop was attended by all the mother teachers of Grades I-II as well as by the Maths and S.Sc teachers of Grades III-VIII. Ms. Jharna explained the concepts with the help of a kit and engaged the teachers throughout the session in various activities.
She taught the faculty members how to cover different concepts through a single activity. She made the workshop more interesting by giving real life examples too.It was really an interesting workshop. All the teachers actively participated in the activities and appreciated the workshop for being a truly illuminating one. The workshop has indeed helped the teachers to broaden their teaching and learning horizons.

Shalom teachers attend a workshop on Chromebook at google office on 18th July’14

Shalom Hills International School believes in teacher enrichment and as part of its Teacher Care Programme, encourages its faculty members to take part in subject related workshops in order to augment their subject know-how as well as for their professional enhancement. To keep their staff updated with all the latest developments in the field of technology, the school sent Ms. Deepika Dalal (H.O.D – Computer Science) and Mr. Lalit Gupta to be part of a workshop on ‘Chromebook’. Mr. Adam Naor, Enterprise Education Business Development Manager at Google and Mr. Gagan Puri, Head of Google Education, India briefed the participants on the benefits of a Chromebook over any other machine.

The key speaker briefed the delegates about how Chrome devices are optimized for the web's vast educational resources. He dwelt on the fact that

• Chromebooks integrate rich content into lessons, inspire collaborative learning, and encourage the students to create and share their own content with the world.

• Yet another winning edge that the Chrome devices have is that they deliver a lesson without lengthy startup times or tedious training.

• They're a simple, scalable and affordable way to put technology into the hands of more students and teachers.

Mr. Gagan pointed out to the participants how Chromebooks have proven to be an excellent solution for schools looking to make a safer, cheaper and easier foray into 21st century learning. It was an eye-opener for the teachers present there to learn that Chromebooks also support students without internet access at home by providing them with 100mb of free data usage per month. Attendees were given hands-on access to Chromebooks and guide on how to explore more ways by which the students and teachers can leverage the technology in their classroom.

All in all it was a very innovative and interesting workshop. The Shalom teachers after attending the workshop are very keen to share their learning outcome with their students and colleagues. They seem favorably inclined towards using Chrome books as a new tool of imparting learning.

Workshop on Sustainable Schools programme conducted at Golden Heights School, Gurgaon on 8th July’14

  • Sustainable Schools programme

Shalom Hills International School has taken up Green Award Project in association with Eco- Slate and Climate Miles. As many as 16 schools of Gurgaon are a part of this project in which they have to work towards making their school sustainable. As part of in- series training sessions, a workshop was conducted by Shalom Hills and Eco-slate at Golden Heights School, Gurgaon.

The Principal and teacher in-charge Ms. Jaya Srivastava took the Shalom staff around the host school. After that, a one hour workshop was conducted with a group of 30 teachers who were given details about the award criteria and the project to be undertaken in their school.

A detailed talk on waste and energy –“Two themes of Sustainable School Award 2014” was shared. What followed was a hand on training on how to conduct waste and energy audit in their school and as a corollary to that, how to work towards setting up a waste and energy management system for the school. The Shalom mentor team also showcased before the host school’s core group the case study of Shalom Hills International School, their community based green projects, the Green School Programme undertaken in association with Centre of Environment Education and the best sustainable practices which made Shalom Hills the forerunner and recipient of the Most Sustainable School Award.

Workshop conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya School on 5th July 2014

  • Workshop conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya School

Sometimes you walk into a movie theater without any expectations and the film turns out to surprise you and leave you with memories and thoughts worth remembering. If you have seen “Queen”, you would know what I mean. The Shalom team had a similar experience when they walked into Kendriya Vidyalaya School located in Sec-14, Gurgaon.

There they saw was a school which had an effective and fully functional waste management system in place. The school successfully collects and segregates most of the waste generated in the premises and it has also established relevant partnerships to take care of the same. K.V School was facing a few glitches which they shared with the team from Shalom Hills International School. The Shalom students tried to solve the problem bringing in a bit of a systematic approach. Apart from that, Shalom Hills International School shared its best practices and waste management project which has received an International Platinum Award ‘Cyber Fair’ with the other school.

Next, the Shalomites and the students of the host school had a discussion about how to set up an energy management system in the school. A core group of students and teachers in the school were guided on how to do the energy audit followed by a brief discussion on some techniques and steps which can be adopted to reduce the energy consumption. The K.V School will divide the students into groups of two with one group handling the WASTE and the other ENERGY.

To throw more illumination on the topic, they were presented with the waste and energy manual of Shalom Hills International School which can guide them to set their processes right.

This was indeed a very enriching experience for everyone to see the dedication and passion of both teachers and students at creating a sustainable value system in their school.

Workshop conducted by Vice Chairman on 4th July’14

It is the regular practice of the school management of Shalom Hills International School to introduce innovations in the school mechanism, review the progress and implementation of the School Development Plan (SDP) and view the teaching-pedagogical practices that have been being updated in the school. As part of the process, the management conducts frequent inspirational and empowerment workshops with the principal, various heads and coordinators.

One such workshop was recently conducted by Mr. D. George, the Vice Chairman of Shalom Group of Schools with Ms. Ritu Mehta, principal and members of Strategic and Resource Development team (SRD) – Ms. Maya Vinod, Ms. Swastika Acharya, Ms. Jalpa Shah, Ms. Deepika Dalal and Ms. Jyotin Prinja.

At the outset of the workshop, Ms. Maya Vinod shared with the Vice Chairman and others how every department has not only plotted its curriculum in strict compliance with NCF 2005 guidelines but are also diligently carrying them out throughout every session including the current one. As is usual in the school, activities over and above the ones spelt out in NCF 2005 are being carried out to extend maximum benefit to the students. Vice Chairman was given a report of the microteaching and micro lessons conducted by the Heads of every department and the teachers before the school reopened after vacations.

Very interestingly, Ms. Mehta, the principal under the guidance of Vice Chairman had set a teeny weeny homework for the teachers during the vacations. All had to write the goals, learning outcomes and process of teaching in their subject as sketched out in National Curriculum Framework 2005. After congratulating the heads on how well each department had carried out the task, Vice Chairman shared the rationale and advantages of this exercise, firstly all in the department are on the same page and function according to the stated goals of their subject, and also how it is easier for new inductees to familiarize themselves with the key points of the NCF 2005 (for their subject) in a single snapshot.

Vice Chairman suggested to the teachers to ensure that all the excellent work being done in the Skill Clubs, Co-Scholastic, Scholastic and parental involvement areas should be spelt out in the Academic Planner and should appear as a baseline for the parents, teachers and students alike.

Vice Chairman reviewed the improvements made in the infrastructure, the Disaster Management workshops, Health and Wellness Club activities as well as those carried out in the Dynasties and Skill Clubs. The on-going process of selection of Student’s Council was also discussed.

Workshop conducted at Amity International School on 3rd July'14

  • Workshop conducted at Amity International School
  • Workshop conducted at Amity International School
  • Workshop conducted at Amity International School

Shalom Hills International School is the first school in Gurgaon and NCR to implement a systematic sustainability curriculum for which it has been acknowledged, feted and awarded with Most Sustainable School and Green Initiative Awards. We at Shalom Hills believe that knowledge gained ought to be shared; so the school seeks to reach out to like-minded schools to share best green practices and together build up a commonwealth of green schools and contribute to an ecologically rich world through collaboration and innovation.

The school has taken a lead in of handholding and mentoring 16 schools in Gurgaon and help them in implementing sustainable and practical waste and energy management practices. With this regard, the second in- training workshop was organized at Amity International School (Sector-43).

Ms. Nina Soni (Head Mistress of Amity), Science teachers and a group of 10 students are the core committee members at Amity International School for the Green Award Programme undertaken by Shalom Hills International School who attended the workshop conducted by Ms. Jalpa Shah of Shalom Hills International School.

Ms. Jalpa Shah started the training session by introducing them to the concept of sustainability and the elements which are requisite for building up sustainable schools. The roadmap for building waste and energy management system in the school was also explained to the teachers and students alike. Various initiatives, best practices as well as the awards received by Shalom Hills International School were also shared with them. In order to sensitize the core team as to why there was a need to wake up and respond to the call for help by the ailing earth, those present at the workshop were shown a telling animation movie.

At the end, the award criterion was discussed with the core team and they were briefed about mid-term evaluation of the project wherein the core team of Amity International will submit their project which would be reviewed.

The teachers and students at Amity International were all praise of the work done by Shalom Hills International School. They showed keen interest in the various best practices like zero waste day, vermipits, energy manual, surveys and community projects and showed enthusiasm in implementing the same.

Shalom teachers attend a Road Safety related workshop on 4th July’14

  • Shalom teachers attend a Road Safety related workshop

The teachers of Grades X-XII were a part of the Road Safety and Youth Awareness Drive conducted by Gurgaon police in the school. Shalom Hills International School believes that the student enlightenment, enrichment and empowerment are directly proportional to the enrichment of the teaching faculty. For this reason and also since an empowered staff is the precursor to an aware student fraternity, the Shalom teachers are actively involved in subject enrichment workshops, training programmes or awareness drives throughout the academic year.

One such awareness programme was conducted with the teachers and students alike on 4th July’14 by the Gurgaon police. The teachers were given Gurgaon Police Visiting Cards with all important helpline numbers. They were guided to make their students familiar with them and know which one to call in case of an emergency. The teachers were also made to realize that the youth must have a healthy respect for traffic rules and it is also the obligation of teachers to guide and encourage their children to obey road safety rules.

Yet another important learning outcome from the workshop for the teachers was to spread the message among the parents at PTMs and other interactive forums. Yet another important benefit is that the whole society and community will benefit if and when teachers and students join the Road Safety Department of Gurgaon Police to make the roads safer and reduce the number of traffic violations.

Inspirational address by Founder - Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George to the staff and students of Senior Grades on 2nd July'14

  • Inspirational address by Founder - Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George to the staff and students of Senior Grades
  • Inspirational address by Founder - Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George to the staff and students of Senior Grades

The special and self-written prayer prepared by M.D ma'am especially for the students breathed fresh life into the Inspirational workshop conducted by M.D ma'am in the Middle Wing Auditorium on 2nd July'14. Ms. Karishma George, Director of Shalom Group of Schools along with Ms. Sara Noorana, Group Head and Ms. Ritu Mehta, principal were also present there. In her inspirational talk, M.D ma’am addressed the faculty and senior grade students of Grades VI-XII.

When the presentation showing M.D ma'am vision for the students and heartfelt prayer was read aloud to the students, an immediate spark 'to live life the right way' was lit in the hearts of the entire student fraternity and faculty. They were immeasurably moved by the depth and breadth of ma’am dream for them and the poignant words that followed:

"Be like the sun, Arise early and never go to bed late;
Be like the moon, shine in the darkness but submit to a greater light;
Be like the flower, always seeking the sun but grounded to the earth;
Be like the river, always moving ahead;
Be like the birds
Eat, drink, sing and fly;
Be like the day that arrives and leaves without any noise"

The high point of the workshop was when M.D ma’am said that the occasion was a special one for all the students since it was actually a celebration of the growth of the school as a whole. Ma’am touched upon all the school and students awards and achievements which have made the school ‘a force to reckon with’. M.D ma’am congratulated all the students who have won accolades for the school be it in Skating tournaments, sports events, Olympiads, street plays, debates or dance-dramas or the Cyber Fair International event. Holding aloft the Cambridge University’s Guide to Excellence SU 2013, ma’am shared that it had been her dream as a child to study in Cambridge University and how life has come full circle that in the present time, it is Cambridge University which has personally sought her out and studied the education system of her school, calling it as a school offering ‘Top Class Education’.

Workshop by Canadian Centre of Education for the Senior Wing faculty members on 30th June'14

  • Workshop by Canadian Centre of Education
  • Workshop by Canadian Centre of Education

'A Bright Future in Canada' was the name of the workshop conducted for the Senior Grade teachers taking Grades X-XII by Mr. Dan Shekhar, the Founder of Canadian Centre for Education and Career Development and Mr. T.V Thomas, the M.D of Cambrian University.

Mr. T.V Thomas, in his address to the teachers pointed out the multiple benefits of studying in Canada. Through a PPT, he covered the study options and subsequent career options offered in Cambrian University, Canada. He underscored the key advantages, namely how teaching in Canadian college is job oriented, 25% cheaper than other countries, focussed on skills acquisition and development, sponsorship by industry, less student strength in the classes, high salary and quick placements, flexible training hours, 26 teaching programmes specially suited and relevant to India, and 87% employment rate.

Mr. Dan Shekhar and Mr. T.V Thomas during their interaction with the teachers shared the relevant and mandatory information that they can pass on to their students who are interested in studying abroad. They distributed handouts to the teachers which carried detailed information about the study courses open in Canada.

Workshop conducted at Shiv Nadar School on 30th June'14

  • Workshop conducted at Shiv Nadar School on 30th June 14
  • Workshop conducted at Shiv Nadar School on 30th June 14
  • Workshop conducted at Shiv Nadar School on 30th June 14
  • Workshop conducted at Shiv Nadar School on 30th June 14

Shalom Hills International School has been awarded the International Platinum Cyber Fair Award, the Most Sustainable School by Climate Miles and Eco Slate and ECON Green School Awards. With the objective of working collectively with other schools towards an ecologically rich and green world, Shalom Hills International School has taken up the initiative of handholding and mentoring 15 schools in Gurgaon about the concept of Sustainable Green School. The school along with Eco Slate will be reaching out to these schools and helping them to adopt practical measures and implement practices necessary for a Green Sustainable School. All the schools will be working on the parameters and road map given to them by Shalom Hills and Ecoslate. A mid term review of their efforts will be done and if any further assistance is required for setting up the practices, the same will be provided to the schools. At the culmination of the initiative, a grand finale will be held at Shalom Hills International School in association with Climate Miles and Eco Slate wherein the school which has initialized and executed the best waste and energy management practices will be awarded.

To flag off the initiative, the maiden workshop was held by Ms. Jalpa Shah, a Senior Grades Chemistry teacher of Shalom Hills International School at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon which was attended by at least 70 teachers. The workshop started with the introduction of what is sustainability and the idea behind being a sustainable school. Elements like waste, energy, air and water which define the criteria of sustainability were explained in detail.

Shalom Hills International School is the first school in Gurgaon and NCR to implement a sustainable curriculum and hence all the benchmark activities done by school were shown in detail through a presentation by Ms. Jalpa Shah. The following points were covered through a detailed presentation.

  • Sustainable curriculum which is implemented across the school to calculate the carbon footprint of the school.
  • Waste, energy, water and air audit through the Eco Slate Programme.
  • Shalom Hills initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint and increase the handprint.
  • Shalom Green School Programme in association with Centre of Environment Education, New Delhi.
  • Shalom Hills 'Do it yourself' manual for waste, air, water and land audit of school.
  • Shalom Hills believes in imparting a 'beyond the four walls' curriculum wherein the students get a chance to apply their knowledge in real life and hence the school takes on various community projects to solve the problems related to the environment. Various community projects done by the school like waste management, save electricity campaign were also elaborated upon.
  • Teachers were shown an animation movie on environment.

As the workshop drew to a close, the teachers were given a strategic roadmap for working on implementing waste and energy management practices in their respective schools. The criterion for the Award was also shared. Shalom Hills International School will be conducting its next workshop on 5th July with Amity International School (Sector- 43 branch).

Workshop on Google Literacy and Google Tools conducted on 28th June'14

  • Google Literacy and Google Tools
  • Google Literacy and Google Tools
  • Google Literacy and Google Tools
  • Google Literacy and Google Tools
  • Google Literacy and Google Tools

"In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough; you must take action."

Most people believe that life ought to be enjoyed in the fullest in the present moment and nowhere else. So to experience our life fully means focusing on the now, the present moment. If not now, when? is one of the mantras that inspires the Shalom faculty to engage in productive pursuits and professional enrichment programme that take place throughout the year in the school in order to move towards realizing their dreams.

Online resource hubs and other tools for collaboration, i.e. blogs and discussion boards, and including virtual or in-school coaching and mentoring, are beginning to make inroads in accomplishing teaching quality and student achievement. To familiarize the Shalom faculty with the latest online resources and Google apps, Ms. Deepika Dalal H.O.D - Computers had organized a workshop for the teachers in Shalom Hills International School in collaboration with G.E.G i.e Google Educators Group. The key speaker was Ms. Jimmy Puri and thereafter the workshop was conducted by Mr. Nebu and Mr. Neeraj.

During the course of the workshop, Ms. Deepika Dalal was announced as one of the G.E.G Leaders all over the country. The teachers were acquainted with the use of various Google apps such as Google drive, Google maps etc. They were given hands-on experience by the Google resource persons. The teachers were taught about- how to create a folder, share PPTs, mail questionnaires, conduct surveys, design question papers etc. with the help of Google Drive App.

Over all the session was really very interesting and educative. The teachers took keen interest in learning how to reduce their online work and share their resources with one another through Google Drive App. After the workshop was over, they are now looking forward to applying the knowledge of all the newly learnt apps in their day to day life.

Workshop on SDP (School Development Plan) conducted on 27th June'14


A workshop was conducted by Ms. Ritu Mehta, Principal, Shalom Hills International School was conducted on 27th June, 2014 in the Middle Wing Auditorium with all the teachers and staff members regarding the key areas in the School Development Plan. The major highlights of Skill Clubs and other changes introduced in the school mechanism discussed by Ms. Ritu Mehta were:

  • Teachers to be whole heartedly devoted to their teaching profession.
  • A detailed Skill Club plan to be submitted.
  • Activity teachers to arrange for Inter School Competitions. List of competitions to be submitted at the earliest.
  • Major emphasis to be laid on Constructive Results utilizing all the resources available in school.
  • Achievements and appreciation of teachers to be mentioned in the Teacher's Diary.
  • Initiation of Staff Club from July onwards for the celebration of staff birthdays, marriages or even for going on excursions.
  • A PTA Club to be formed for parents who are ready to pay voluntary services in the functioning of the school.
  • Safety and security of the children to be the first priority.
  • Community services to be initiated to reach out to the community at large.
  • A surprise mock drill for Disaster Management to be conducted in July.

Thereafter, major guidelines on the safety and hygiene of the students were discussed by Ms. Swastika, namely:
  • Through feedback@shalomhills.com parents can have a 24 hours access to the management.
  • Shepherding through the Pastoral Care- a platform for the parents, students and faculty for handholding, guidance and emotional safety.
  • Safety and security in campus and classrooms to be ensured through several safeguards
  • Safe Transport Policy- Buses to have lady guards, GPS, first aid box, fire extinguishers, display of emergency contact number.
  • Safety measures during dispersal to b e strictly followed.
  • The school has a well equipped infirmary with full time nurse, doctor on call is some facilities to ensure the safety of the students.
  • Cyber Safety- usage of internet to be monitored by teachers.
  • The school has modern infrastructures like CCTV surveillance, security guards, public address system.
  • For Disaster Management, an evacuation plan is displayed at different places.
  • Waves of Change Programme (WOC)- officially registered under CBSE , WOC is spreading health and hygiene message across the community.

After that, a detailed description of Community Outreach Projects taken up by the school was given by Ms. Jalpa Shah. Under the School Development Plan, Community Work has been given great importance. Some of these community services are
  • Donations
  • Visit to old age home
  • Three hour campaign
  • Discussing community problems with NGO's
  • UTTAHAN official tie up for safe electricity campaign
  • International Cyber Fair
  • Waste Management through activities and programme
  • Go Green Drive
  • Green School Programme by Ecoslate
  • Adopting a deaf and dumb school(upcoming project)

In the last leg of the workshop, Ms. Jyotin Prinja elaborated upon the General and Structured Life Skills Inculcation Programme being implemented in the school. Ms. Jyotin laid special stress on how our school has through every means, resources, facilities and vehicle ensured that life coping skills and life skills are imparted to the students throughout the calendar year.

The salient points which distinguish our school's Life Skills Programme from those of other schools are
  • Life Skills inculcation through Emotional Well Being Programme
  • Promotion of Life Skills through art forms
  • Through thematic and value based school programmes
  • Through Event Management - annual day, graduation day, special events organized for moms, dads and grandparents ad thematic assemblies
  • Through Community Outreach Programmes - through Rotary's Interact Club projects, Green House Programme, Cyber Fair Competition and Waste Management measures
  • By an Empowered Student Council - planning and carrying school events and annual observances like Teacher's Day and Children's Day
  • Through CinemaScope
  • Through theme based class and special assemblies
  • Triangulation Assessment Procedure
  • Awareness Programmes like Life Skills and Sensitization Workshops, Skills Development Programmes, Role Play activities
  • Trend filters for selection of books

Workshop on teaching methodologies conducted by Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal on 26th June'14


Ms. Ritu Mehta, the principal of Shalom hills International School convened a meeting with the Senior Grades teachers, activity teachers and Heads of the Department to acquaint them with the latest teaching methodologies and pedagogy, and at the same time to share with them practical hands on tips about time management and optimisation of their skills and resources.

At the very outset of the workshop, Ms. Ritu Mehta highlighted the importance of Academics as well as Curricular activities as being the crux for building up one's overall personality. In this context, the school's Skill Clubs play a very vital role and due weight age has to be given to them by all the teachers and students alike. All the class teachers to inform the students about the Skill Clubs on the very first day the school reopens.

Ms. Mehta shared the result analysis of Grade X & XII with special emphasis on the CGPA and relative grading. During the course of the workshop, she enumerated and touched upon different methodology of teaching that can be introduced, initialized and implemented throughout the year in every class and in every subject in order to have a successful teaching-learning outcome. In this context, Ms. Mehta elaborated upon the key points to be borne in mind while teaching in a class:

  • Understanding through fun
  • Learning by doing
  • Importance of assignments and PPTs to enrich the teaching process
  • Need for data analysis
  • Application in daily life (Life skills and VBQ)
  • Lecture method
  • Collaborative Mapping of syllabus among different depts.
  • Anecdotal records to be updated from time to time
  • Display the Holiday Homework in every classroom on PTMs

Ms. Mehta concluded the workshop by urging and exhorting the teachers to fall upon their most ingenious and creative self-resources to come up with interesting and student-centric methodologies to make learning the most wonderful experience for their students. She also urged the teachers to share their creative inputs with their counterparts and other colleagues from other departments so that all the students and the school can benefit from them.

Workshop conducted by the principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta on 26th June'14


The Principal of Shalom Hills International School, Ms. Ritu Mehta conducted a workshop with all the heads and teachers of Senior Wing and shared the school's development plans which are going to be implemented from the current session.

Ms. Ritu Mehta shared how our school has added to the existing Skill Clubs in order to offer a wide spectrum of choices by way of Skill Clubs and to provide exposure to every kind of skills to the students. The principal shared with all the teachers present how the skill clubs have been streamlined further this year and how the club activities have been well integrated in the time table. Certain standard instructions were given to the teachers about the procedure and processes to be followed regarding :

  • Allocation of students in each club
  • All the students to be an integral in some core clubs and to be selected on a bi-monthly rotational basis in the other Skill Clubs.
  • Each student if so desires can take part in one or more than one club.
  • Parents to be informed about the activities of the Skill Clubs
  • Skill Club Incharges and HODs to decide on the activities to be carried out in the clubs.
  • Display of the activities of the students in each club during PTA
  • Extra ordinary achievements are to be regularly recorded in the student portfolios
  • Grades to be given in each activity to serve as an impetus and encouragement for the students.
  • The club activities can be conducted inside and outside the classrooms.

Work Shop conducted on Storytelling session for Junior Wing Teachers

Story telling is an art which has multiple facets and advantages. It can be created, told and retold at any time and to people of any age. However, the children take extreme pleasure in listening to stories. The teachers at Shalom Hills School got trained on the skills required to enhance the ‘Art of Storytelling’.

A two days workshop conducted on 26th & 27th June 2014, brought about a new perception in the minds of the teachers and pre-disposed them towards yet another way of innovative learning and teaching of Pre-Primary students.

Understanding developed during the Storytelling workshop.

  • Definition of storytelling.
  • Every story is not connected with a moral
  • How to use stories with various purposes
  • Skills of story telling
    • How to build a connect with audience
    • Pause in the story
    • Voice modulation
    • Facial expressions
    • Body Language – gestures
  • Content of narration
    • Choices of word
    • Balance in narration and dialogues
    • Variations based on objective.
  • Various ways to tell a story
    • Props
    • Puppets
    • Picture charts
  • How to create a story?
    • Characters – physical, color, traits, attitude
    • Settling – period & place
    • Beginning & Closing
    • Length of the story

The teachers created their own set of stories which can be referred to throughout the year. They also designed several props, puppets and story cards during the session which can be used to give enhanced classroom experience to the students.

Enlightening and Empowerment workshop on ‘Best Teaching practices and pedagogy’ attended by the school principal and coordinator on 9th June’14

The principal of Shalom Hills International School, Ms. Ritu Mehta and coordinator for Grade V, Ms. Nishi Jayswal were a part of the high-voltage workshop organized by One Planet Research Organization in the CRPF Camp Auditorium in Kadarpur on 9th June’14. It was attended by the who’s Who of the education industry and renowned academicians hailing from different schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions in Gurgaon and Delhi NCR.

Important speakers discussed the need to have innovations in teaching pedagogy. Dr. B.N Ramesh, I.G – CRPF, Kadarpur also addressed the gathering as a key speaker. He took the guests through a presentation highlighting the best practices and methodologies relating to social sphere including education sector in the CRPF and how the most innovative ones are most successful when implemented by the CRPF personnel.

At the same venue, in the glittering 5th Annual Education Excellence Award ceremony held in, the school was conferred the National Education Award for being the Best International School for innovative teaching practice by an Indo-Italian Organization, One Planet Research Organization.

On behalf of Shalom Hills International School, the Shalom team led by the school Principal, Mrs. Ritu Mehta, and Ms. Nishi Jayswal, the Coordinator of Grade V received the coveted award from H’ble Udyog Minister, Shri Kalraj Mishra.

“We need to get more quality changes in education. As honorable Mr. Narendra Modi recently said to focus on skills development. Skills are very important to work in any field,” Shri Kalraj Mishra, Indian Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the BJP, said on the occasion.

Shalom Principal and Head of English Department attend University of Bristol Offer Holders Event in New Delhi on 29th May'14


Ms. Ritu Mehta, principal of Shalom Hills International School and Ms. Jyotin Prinja, Head of Department attended an Offer Holders Event specially organized by the University of Bristol in India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Delhi.

After the welcome address to the gathering, Ms. Stephanie, the International Relations Head of University of Bristol gave a comprehensive presentation which afforded insight into the entire ambit of procedure necessary for enrolling into the Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses in University of Bristol - the study options, admission forms, and deadlines for their submission, courses, career opportunities and accommodation.

It was mentioned during the presentation that the special highlight of studying in the University of Bristol is the Career Service offered by them. It covers:

  • Job Shop for those seeking part time jobs
  • Paid Internship Opportunities
  • Bristol Plus Awards
  • Career Fairs (attended and placements offered by the world's topnotch employers like Jaguar, Microsoft, BAE, Airbus, Land Rover, Rolls Royce and so on.
  • International Career Advisor (to guide you about the best career options on an individual basis).

What sets the education offered in University of Bristol distinctly apart from the other premier universities is its Students Union, which is one of the most active SU in the world. Other than boasting of 180 clubs and societies under its aegis, the Students Union provides:
  • Student Counselling
  • Support Student Health Service
  • Student Funding
  • Multi faith Chaplaincy
  • UBU - Just Ask (Catering to frequently asked students' questions)
  • Personal Tutoring

In great detail, Ms. Stephanie explained the process of seeking admission into the courses offered by University of Bristol, starting from accepting the offer, meeting the deadlines for acceptance and subsequent submission of online forms to paying the fee deposit by the given dates. Thereafter the University mails a Guide Book and gives out dates to 'Meet your Faculty'. Once the full admission fee is paid, the student gets a Student Card and Sports Pass.

A quick overview was given of the accommodation (in campus and outside) options available to the undergraduates and post graduates and scholarships open to them. After letting out details of the websites to those present, there was a Question-Answer round.

Workshop on Standard Operative Procedures conducted on 23rd May'14


The workshop was taken by Ms. Jalpa with all heads, HM, coordinator, in-charges to apprise them about their roles and responsibilities and all the standard operative procedures which are followed in the school, namely:
Printing
Disposal of good
Purchase procedure
Terrorist attack
Laboratory safety
Physical safety
Emotional safety
Grievances
Medical concerns
Discipline
School time table
Substitution
Guideline for improving academics
Examination


All the heads present cleared their doubts and were then instructed to further brief their teams and teachers of their departments and comply with the SOPs.

Workshop on NCF conducted for the teachers of Grades VI-XII on 22nd May'14


The school's principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta conducted a workshop with the teachers of the Senior Wing to bring them on the same page regarding NCF 2005. She emphasized the imperative need for each and every teacher to know the mandatory features of NCF 2005 which relate to their subject. Ms. Mehta particularly stressed upon the fact that Ms. Swastika Acharya and Ms. Maya Vinod's role in streamlining the processes and facilitating the teachers' work in scholastic and Co-Scholastic Domains. All the teachers were set a little homework requiring them to do indepth study of the goals, learning outcomes, challenges of teaching a particular subject and recommendations and then write a succinct write up covering these points.

Ms. Maya Vinod shared a detailed PPT on NCF 2005 with the teachers present for the workshop. She explained the tools of assessment and clarified that FAs should include three diagnostic tools namely one group activity, one individual activity and a paper-pen test. Ms. Maya reiterated the need for all the Senior Grade teachers to take up PSA (Problem Solving Assessment) seriously and dedicatedly in the classes they teach and that too at the earliest. The senior graders from Grade IX onwards should be guided on how to ace OTBA especially the way to frame relevant questions. Since fortunately, the syllabus in most subjects is already aligned to CBSE guidelines and NCF 2005, only Psychology and Web Technology subjects needed to plotted and mapped out accordingly. Ms. Maya shared the PPT with all the teachers.

Computer Workshop - Classes I - V on 19th May'14


A workshop was conducted by HOD Computers - Ms. Deepika Dalal on 19rd May'14 for the teachers of classes I- V in the Senior Wing Computer Lab. During the course of the workshop, all the queries regarding MS Office (MS Word,Excel and Powerpoint) were resolved.

Teachers were acquainted with the following important steps pertained to MS Office
Alignment of the document
Usage of Page Borders
Page Colour
Water Mark
Usage of Tables in word document
How to align Data in Word document
In Excel- How to pertinent the various formulas
Alignment of the Data in Excel Sheet
Usage of pictures in document was enlightened

Education Career Fair Attended at Pragati Maidan on 10th May'2014


Education Career Fair was attended by the Health & Wellness teacher of Senior Wing Ms Bhupinder Kaur, on 10th May'14 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. There was participation from various universities, colleges, representatives of International Colleges / Universities, counseling agencies and foreign education consultants. Their representatives gave out information regarding the eligibility criteria and procedures, fee structure, expenses, job opportunities, faculties and infrastructure of their universities. Some of the key universities which participated were - Amity University, Sharda University, Lovely Professional, GD Goenka, Punjab Technical University from the Domestic List and the institutions from Australia, Malaysia, United States, Ireland, and Canada. The courses being offered ranged from Engineering, Medical, Commerce, Humanities or Arts. There were institutes offering elite and specialized niche courses like Aviation, Fashion designing, Media, Nursing, Paramedical, Mass Communication etc. It was a great experience to get the exposure & information on different courses that will help in making the school's senior graders aware about the recent careers.

Shalom teacher attends the Times of India NIE Annual Teachers' Meet 2014-15 on 9th May'14

'Those who educate the children are to be honoured more than those who produce them because the latter only create life while the former impart to them the art of living and the meaning of life!'

The Kingdom of Dreams seemed to have morphed into a magnetic needle drawing teachers from all over Delhi NCR as they flocked together to be a part of the prestigious Teachers Meet organized by the Times of India NIE. Loud applause greeted the entry of the two guests of honour, Ms. Divya Dutta, an acclaimed T.V and film actress and Mr. Sandeep Verma, the debutante director of Manjunath. Ms. Divya held the audience rapt when she shared her experiences and eventful rise to fame in the film industry. She paid her respect to all the teachers present in the gathering and all over the world and termed the years spent under the tutelage of her teachers "the golden years of her life." She expressed her gratitude to the teachers present and past. Mr. Sandeep Verma then dwelt on his foray into Bollywood meaningful cinema through his debut film, Manjunath.

After a floral welcome to the guests of honour and other guest dignitaries, a fun session was set rolling for the teachers. A succint quiz based on the Times of India and its publications tested the newspaper reading habits of the gathering. Many hands were raised in response to questions like National News Editor of TOI Student's Edition, on which page does Action Reaction Appear? In how many cities is TOI NIE published? This was a prelude to more some go-getter and snappy quizzes which followed thereafter. Bollywood Quiz was a runaway success as the teachers literally shouted out answers without waiting for their turn. Gifts were distributed liberally to all those who gave correct answers. More questions kept rolling and so did small tokens as presents.

After the Quiz rounds and question-answer round with Ms. Divya Dutta was over, the teachers dispersed to food counters of different states and savoured their moth-watering cuisine. Post-lunch, the teachers were escorted to the Nautanki Mahal to watch a musical extravaganza Jhumroo which took their breath away and was an enthralling experience in totality from the start to the finish.

The teachers take a blast as they made most of their day out!

Learning outcome:
How to weave interesting quiz round newspapers and capture the interest of the target audience ( in our case, the student fraternity) Workshops, seminars, contests which are organized by the TOI group and its education partners for the schools which subscribe to the paper Team building and inter-personal skills build up automatically through fun and interactive sessions which are ostensibly with no stated agenda or set targets.

Shalom teacher attends GEG(Google Educator Group) Meet up on 2nd May, 14


The school is engaged in continuous endeavours to engage its teachers in subject enhancement, personality enrichment and other interactive programmes whether in-house or by sending them to other forums. Ms. Deepika Dalal, H.O.D - IT Department of the school took keen interest and part in the GEG Meet up organized by Google. The meet covered the vast topic of "Advanced levels of Google Tools" and during the course of the workshop, the best classroom practices were shared by all teachers culled from their own live school experiences.

Google has a range of tools for teaching and learning. This session of Google Educator Group (GEG) introduced to the teachers what they are and how to apply them. This meet also had interesting and innovative sessions chaired by Mr Mukesh from D.P.S R.K Puram and Ms Rashmi of Kulachi Hansraj School.

The meet up was organized by Google with the objective of reinforcing and exploring new ways of infusing tools and technology in the schools. At the same time, it was also an opportunity for GEG to share their success stories and voice their plans ahead for the implementation of technology and open web in their respective classrooms. Moreover it was an occasion for all to appreciate each other's efforts and strengthen collaboration among all.

Educational Innovation Conference


Attended by Principal - Mrs. Ritu Mehta on 12th April, 14

Sri Aurobindo Society, ICIE (Indian Council for Integral Education) & Litchi Education Innovation collaborated together to organize the Annual Conference for Principals on 12th April 2014 at Taj Palace, New Delhi. The main focus of the conference was "Innovation in Education through which to transform the Education system of India". The inaugural session started with the recap of EIFI & the over view of Sri Aurobind Society which was followed by keynote speech by eminent personalities from the corporate world. The distinguished speakers expressed their view on how education can nurture leaders of tomorrow. They all conscientiously debated in favour of transforming the teacher-centric education to student centric education. The delegates agreed that today all individuals are competing with each other, and therefore a profession requires a person to be innovative & creative. Against this scenario, schools should impart to the students an education which can nurture the leaders of tomorrow; education that creates and whets the appetite of learners to make them think beyond the boundaries of conventional reason & logic.

After listening to the debate, the stakeholders of education were invited on the dais to articulate their views on the current education system. The principals of renowned schools shared the best practices which were being followed religiously in their school & also how these practices are helping them to shape their institution & attain greater heights of success. The audience appreciated the efforts taken by the schools in carving a niche in the society.

The second stakeholders in education 'students' were then called to share their perspective on the hurdles & opportunities offered by the current education system. They shared both their bad & good experiences of CBSE education system & wanted the transformation in the education system from rote learning & marks oriented education to become more realistic and practical.

The post lunch session was more argumentative & deliberative as there were simultaneous discussions on the pitfalls of the current education system and identifying the next essential system which will help to transform education system substantially.

On the conclusive note, some famous academicians shared their views on an integral education system, which may possibly be the answer to the new reforms in education system followed by Litchi organization offering to the schools the ZIIEI scheme (Zero Investment Improvement for Educational Initiative). The Director of ICIE promised grants of 21 each to schools which will document the innovative practices of their schools and shared it with other schools which will spark off a chain reaction and empower all stakeholders with varied ways that can benefit the education system.

Workshop conducted by IT Dept for the new joinees on 26th April, 14

A workshop cum meeting was held on 26-04-14 between the new joinees and the IT department. The HOD - Computers, Ms. Deepika Dalal introduced the new joinees to the IT Department Staff. After that, Mr. Anurag, executive of the IT Department, started the session with an introduction of the Shalom Hills Student-Teacher Portal for the comprehension of the new teachers The following processes were shown as well as explained to the newly recruited teachers;

Use of Login ID and Password
Updation of Teacher Profile
Updation of Students records related to attendance and Health Details
Maintenance of Students Academic records and results
Usage of Photo Gallery for highlighting Students Achievements
Generation of Assessment Reports
Usage of Portal for communicating with Parents
In the end of the workshop, Q & A session was conducted to clear the doubts of the teachers.

Workshop by School Cinema organized for Shalom teachers for 26th April, 14


A workshop was conducted by School Cinema on 26th April, 2014 in the Middle Wing Auditorium for all the teachers and staff members.

An innovative concept developed by EduMedia, School Cinema is a film-based learning module combined with a fun and exciting workbook to reaffirm values, morals and to equip children with life skills to deal with everyday challenges. A fine blend of entertainment and education, it uses a language that children are familiar with. It also acts as a training aid for teachers to enhance their self and professional development, in addition to bringing parents into the circle of learning through specially created films on parenting.

The teachers were explained that School Cinema aims to influence young minds into making better choices for themselves as young adults, as well as to improve the role parents and teachers play in the holistic development of children.

Several movies like "All is Well", "Dealing with Addictions" and many more were shown to the faculty which catered to the various needs of the students of different classes ranging from first to tenth. Based on the movies, the workbooks have been prepared which act as a questionnaire for the students. Specific activities on the movies have also been devised. A manual which is a synopsis of the life skills based on the CCE guidelines was provided to the teachers for reference along with CDs.

Overall, it was a very educative and informative workshop which provided innovative and modern technologies to be integrated for making the teaching learning process a fun filled activity.

Report on Workshop for Pre-Primary Teachers


One-day workshop conducted on 19th April 14 brought together the teachers from both the branches of SHS (Nirvana & Sushant Lok). Conducted at SHS Nirvana, the objective of the session was to discuss ways to improve the teaching methodologies adopted by our teachers and to make them more responsive and attuned to the needs of the Pre-Primary students. It proved to be an interactive platform resulting in free-flow, exchange and sharing of ideas and experiences.

The session taken by Ms Shobhana Venkatesh (HM SHS Nirvana) started with an overview of the vision of our mentor, Dr Lily George, Founder-Managing Director Shalom Group of Schools who has always been a guiding force behind the ongoing process of development in the areas of imparting of knowledge and value education.

The workshop consisted of topics related to the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a facilitator.
  • Importance, advantage, requirement & correct usage of Integrated Learning Kit for MI, MII & MIII (designed in-house by curriculum development team at SHS).
  • Various activity centers and their importance.
  • Time management in classrooms
  • Subject wise elaboration of teaching techniques.

Group discussions centered around the main areas of curriculum, syllabus, pedagogy and teaching environment. Many tested and successful best practices were discussed by the teachers with one another along with suggestions culled from the areas of their respective experience and expertise. The participant's views of the workshop were very encouraging as they were full of thanks for the Nirvana team for conducting such a productive, practical and informative workshop.

Report on Workshop for Pre-Primary Teachers

An IT training session on the use of Shalom Hills portal was conducted by Ms.Deepika Dalal & Mr. Siddiqui from the IT department in the Senior Wing, Computer Lab on 19th April, 2014. All the primary teachers from Class I to V attended this session.

The key points covered were:

  • How to log in the portal with user id and password.
  • The student information to be checked and updated by the respective class teachers.
  • Any addition or deletion of student name to be informed to Mr. Piyush.
  • The teachers were shown how to add attendance, homework as well as upload photographs for the various activities conducted.
  • Communication tab was a new feature which was explained to the teachers. The teachers in future would be using this tab for any communication with the parents.
  • A detailed explanation was given for all the respective tabs shown in the portal.
  • All teachers were asked to check and verify the student names in their class list.
  • Overall it was an informative session for all teachers.
The teachers found the session useful and purposeful as they received detailed information about the links on the portal and how to avail of the components present in the portal to reduce their workload.