From the Principal
Greetings from the Principal’s desk!
The theme for 2016-17 was “Build on Basics” and MHS built on its academic reputation when CISCE declared its ICSE and ISC results on 06 May 2016. Batch 2016 fielding 183 students for ISC, had 91.8 as the average score placing Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata in the limelight at the national level. Anjali Bajaj scored the highest with 98.75%. In ICSE, the school highest was secured by Shreya Murarka with 98.4%. 66% of our ICSE students scored above 90%.
Learning is closely associated with reading and right from the Primary and Junior departments which organized Bookworm Tales exhibition and Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) day to Senior school which realigned its library activities, the habit of reading was given a special thrust. We also introduced the concept of Bookbins in every corridor that encouraged sharing of reading resources as a student- led voluntary activity.
The focus of the past year has been to remove the mental block that science is “difficult” and to combat the presumption that studying science is limited to cracking competitive examinations. Apart from demonstrative lectures and usage of digital visualization in class room situations and increasing the number of opportunities to do lab-work, we took a deliberate decision to encourage students to attend lectures and conferences in the city, take part in national and international level competitions and seminars and participate in field visits. The details of these will be found in the school Magazine Lotus Buds. A special mention needs to be made of Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented held from 19th to 24th July 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan in which six students of MHS were invited to represent India. More than 30 countries sent those talented in science to brainstorm ideas, work collaboratively and creatively and share cultures as part of project ‘Problem Solving for Future Scientists’. I take this opportunity to share that we have been invited again in academic session 2017-18.
Session 2017-18 adopts a double pronged theme: Think Design and Do it Yourself. Design Thinking is a concept that is taking the world by storm currently as we realise that the process of problem solving is the only tool to equip future generations with skills required for innovation as well as consensus building. Closely aligned is the need to be self-sufficient so that every experience is identified as a change maker and the doer becomes a change agent. Some of the initiatives planned around this theme for session 2017-18 are as follows:
MEDHA IN STEM: Mobilizing Excellence and Development of High Ability in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a venture of Modern High School for Girls to foster creativity and excellence among talented school students and to prepare them for higher challenges in STEM areas. This will be offered to middle school students many of who show the potential for stretching beyond the boundaries of a set curriculum and are malleable enough for their natural curiosity to be tapped and directed towards training in innovative thinking. Details of this will be shared shortly.
MHS will also participate in its first Student Exchange Programme with its partner school Gesamtschule Gelsenkirchen Ückendorf in Germany. 14 students and two teachers from both schools will visit each other in May and November and take part in project Denk Global, Leb Lokal (Think Global but Live Local) that started midway in 2016 and has been kept active through skype conferencing ,the visit of the German Principal and faculty, emails and virtual planning platforms. This exchange is being looked at as not only as an opportunity for cultural exchange but also a platform where the theme of the year –Do It Yourself that expects experiential learning is realised through self-management in a host family, travel and conduct without the cocoon of immediate family and immersion in a different learning environment. MHS being a Pasch Partner Schulen (Partner School in Education) , enjoys tremendous support from Goethe Institut , Max Muller Bhavan . It has been chosen to host the National German Youth Congress in partnership with MMB in November. From 2017 we are introducing Mandarin (Chinese) as a third language option in class 5. This adds to the rich catalogue of languages taught in MHS- English, Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit and German as well as French that is available through MACE. Multilingualism is the global buzzword presently as research shows that complexity of thoughts is directly linked to dexterity in language skills and the first part of our annual theme Design Thinking is given a structured and deliberate platform.
In academic year 2016-17, special emphasis was laid upon training the trainers at all levels – primary and junior, middle, secondary and higher secondary. Apart from in-house pedagogy sessions twice a month , MHS teachers have attended twenty seven external workshops including expert sessions in school specially designed for MHS teachers, seminars in the city, CISCE subject workshops, workshops conducted by The Teacher Centre at Loreto , workshops conducted by British Council, seminars organized by CII, International sponsored training sessions and leadership module at IIM,L.In session 2017-18, this goes a step further as the whole school participates in International School Award mentored and certified by British Council through projects based on interdisciplinary as well as across class level learning. The learning network will also include schools across India and beyond India as PBL mandates partnerships within MHS as well as beyond MHS.
As parents your contribution and impact cannot be denied by either your ward or the school you have chosen for your ward’s nurturing. They are daughters of” Life’s longing for itself “and as Kahil Gibran puts it “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” It’s your values that we see in the conduct of your child in the class room and the play field every day. It’s your wisdom and caution that guide their choice of company, the information they seek and the decisions they make about their careers. It’s your hopes and dreams that they try to fulfill as they mature from three year olds who enter MHS in their red aprons and leave as confident, perceptive and empathetic 17 year olds in their thin- blue striped shirts and holding their pony tailed heads high.
As we step into another year, I hope that all our students are a little more capable and that their learning is not limited to their grades. I hope that it has made them better engaged as lifelong learners – with deepened insight and intellectual curiosity.
Welcome to academic year 2017-18!
With warm regards