02 July, 2018
20 June, 2018
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood.So imagine the joy and excitement fathers and students felt as they worked together to create memories and mementoes to mark Fathers Day in a week long celebration.
13 May, 2018
Mothers are so special ! Thanking not possible -- Appreciating all they do !!
08 May, 2018
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, novelist, dramatist, short story writer, painter, singer, music composer and columnist. His school of thought always insisted on an education where "knowledge is free" and "head is held high".
On 8th May, Swarnim International School celebrated "Rabindra Jayanti" to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Tagore. The programme began with a dance performance to the Rabindra Sangeet ,"Amra Sobai Raja". It was a great pleasure to listen to the beautiful recittations of Tagore's poems "Lukochuri" and "Bigyo".
The Primary school choir sang the song of breaking free from shackles of all bondage, "Ha re re re, re re, amai chere dere dere". A video clip on Tagore's life was shown to the children. Different moods of nature were captured in the dance performance by the students in "Khara bayu boi bege". In keeping with the school's vision of promoting a holistic education, students were given scholarships for their outstanding talents in gymnasics and football. The programme concluded with our National Anthem which, the children were amazed to find out, was also penned by this great Nobel Laureate.
04 May, 2018
Orientation sessions for parents of Swarnim Students were conducted in three batches. We believe in a strong partnership between home and school and it needs to be formed at the very beginning of a child's school life. The mission and vision of the school, innovative teaching methodologies, discipline, safety and security measures, good and effective study habits were the main points of discussion. As a part of the "Anti-spanking Campaign", parents pledged to not raise their hands on their children on the pretext of disciplining them. #iwillnot
16 April, 2018
On 16th April, Swarnim celebrated this spirit of new beginning, Poila Baisakh - Springtime is the season of colour and life returning to nature which is most certainly a reason to celebrate!
School also observed "Swarnim Jayanti", the Foundation Day of the School. We mark two years of happy children and satisfied parents, encouragement and performances, mistakes and corrections.
We also tribute to Dr B.R Ambedkar to commemorate his birth anniversary on14th April . The Swarnim family welcomed the new students with a bookmark - telling them they they were now now part of the big Swarnim Tree.
We begin the new session on a high note, as always,with the splendid performance by the students and enthusiastic participation of the teachers. MAY THE LOVE FOR LEARNING ALWAYS GROW!
26 March, 2018
Swarnim International School hosted Annual Day on 24th March at Jai Hind Auditorium. Honourable Justice, Shri Ashim Kumar Roy and Shri Sanjay Singh, ADG , South Bengal, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour respectively. Justice Roy underscored the importance of whetting children's curiosity and learning at their own pace. He appreciated Churchill's quote as the school's vision, "I am always ready to learn, but I always do not like being taught."
Shri Sanjay Singh , an IIT alumnus, said schools must be a place where children enjoy their time rather than a place of torture. He praised Swarnim's pedagogy of using Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Parents nodded in appreciation of the school's innovative methods of student engagement and making the environment a learning tool. Swarnim's huge walk-in aviary and pet zone bring the children close to nature. Their reading programs are designed to inculcate the habit of reading from a tender age. Parents also praise the school's efforts to reduce the burden of heavy bags by introducing Term books and a scientifically designed bag with broad straps.
The Annual Day program was the culmination of the school's pedagogy and activities throughout the year. The Founder Chairman of the School, Shri H.P. Budhia highlighted the importance of dedicated teachers and said that a school is as good as its teachers. The Resident Director, Ms.Swati Sarawagi proudly announced that Swarnim had been adjudged the 5th Best Presschool in Kolkata by the Education World magazine in the very first year. Swarnim had been ranked Third in Reading and Literacy Education in the country by Early Childhood Association. Swarnim teacher's have ranked first and second in Kolkata in the Teaching Professional's Olympiad .
The Graduation Ceremony for Upper KG children, all looking adorable in their elaborate convocation robe, was a big attraction for all. All the students of the school from Playgroup to Class IV participated in a beautiful musical "Somewhere over the Rainbow". The audience was enthralled as children as young as 2 year old danced to the tunes of seven different continents. The children conveyed the message of love, peace, unity and humanity as they metaphorically related the seven different colours of the rainbow and seven continents of the world. They posed a very poignant yet pertinent question to the audience that they believe somewhere over the rainbow there is a world where there are no boundaries, no hatred, no violence. They dream of a world like that. Can we adults give them that world? All in the audience were visibly moved and displayed their commitment to a better world for their children by waving their mobile flashlights. The grand finale was spectacular with the entire school swaying to "We are the world" and a huge globe descending on the stage from above. The Annual Day came to a close wishing to meet next year in a better world.
23 February, 2018
22 February, 2018
Our children received prizes from Anindya Chatterjee of Chandrabindu and Sidddhartha Ray of Cactus, both Bangla bands, for winning in an inter school essay competition organised by Antara - an NGO. The essay was on "healthy life" and our students exhibited literacy skill and exemplary thought to bag the prizes from amongst 21 schools ! Ananya Sen was awarded trophy for second over all and Piyush Sethy and N. Kavya received special mention.
12 February, 2018
30 January, 2018
Elocution was held in school today. A poem that got us all thinking about the state of affairs - "Teler shishi bhanglo bole khukur pare raag karo" - a famous poem by Annada Shankar Ray criticising the partition of India. A child questions the adults that they reprimand her for breaking an oil bottle, but what about them fragmenting the country, diving states, breaking houses, raging war?
25 January, 2018
22 January, 2018
The students and staff of Swarnim International School worshipped Goddess Saraswati with reverence and devotion on 22nd January, 2018 on the occasion of Saraswati Puja. To celebrate the auspicious day of Basant Panchami, the altar of the Goddess in the school was decorated with yellow marigold, synchronizing with the vibrant "basanti" (yellow) colour which symbolizes the onset of spring after the cold winter. The children made intricate "rangoli" and "alpana" with flower petals and traditional rice flour paste respectively in front of the deity. The children, parents and staff offered prayers and sought the blessings of the Goddess of Learning and Wisdom. The little ones brightened up the premises in their bright yellow traditional attires. The occasion is mapped with our International School Awards project - Gods of Learning. Children will research about similar rituals and beliefs of Gods of Learning in other countries and cultures and make scrapbooks, charts and power point presentations to showcase their learning.
16 January, 2018
The 2nd Annual Sports of Swarnim International School was held on 12th January 2018. This year's theme was Fairy Tales and Fables .The cold winter morning turned into a bright, warm fairyland with children as young as 2 year olds participating in the sports.
Respective teachers led their classes into the field with Sourina Dutta and Soham Basu of Class 4 and 3 respectively bearing the school flag. It was a proud and precious moment for all when the entire school sang the School Song formally for the first time.
The Resident Director Ms. Swati Sarawagi quoted Swami Vivekanada , " Arise, awake and stop not till your goal is reached " in her welcome address . She proudly announced that Swarnim International Preschool is among the top 5 preschools in Kolkata adjudged by Education World. The Chief Guest, Lt.Col.Amit Patne who hails from Maharashtra pleasantly surprised everyone when he addressed the children in Bengali and declared the Sports Meet open. Aaryan Banerjee of Class 3 and Olivia Bose of Class 4 took the oath on behalf of all participants.
The first event was a glittering drill display by Lower KG students followed by the colourful and creative novelty races. Each race was based on characters of a fairy tale or a fable and involved at least one skill that they have learnt in school. Playgroup had Red Riding Hood picking up apples from among other fruits and stringing the beads in Jack and the Beanstalk races. Nursery students played Goldilocks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Cinderella with a difference. Not only the prince helped Cinderella to put on her shoes but she too helped the prince to put on his jacket. Lower KG and Upper KG children had races related to Hare and the Tortoise, Lion and the Mouse displaying coordination, Hansel and Gretel in which they matched shapes. Class 1 too had very interesting races like Sleeping Beauty where the prince kept waiting for the princess but she brushed past him to choose her own career. In the Frog Prince, the frog had to solve two simple sums to become a prince. The parent - student race too was very well appreciated.
But the most spectacular event of the day was the enthralling Yoga display by primary children. The story, The Hungry Caterpillar was portrayed through various Yoga poses as the Resident Director narrated the story.
Not only the little ones, Swarnim sports involved everyone. The tug of war between parents and teachers ended in a draw to a huge applause from the audience. The support staff too enjoyed being Rapunzel making plaits of ribbons and running to the finishing line. The fun filled day drew to a close with the Founder Chairman, Shri H.P. Budhia's ever encouraging words and good wishes followed by the vote of thanks by the Headmistress.
22 December, 2017
The festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and spreads the message of love, kindness, tolerance and brotherhood. We, at Swarnim International School, celebrated it with great fervour. We were delighted to have our Chairman amongst us on this happy occasion. The Christmas tree and the Manger looked divine.
The programme began with Aaryan Banerjee of Class III telling us about Santa Claus. The primary section choir sang 'Santa Claus is coming to Town'. Ms. Adelina Mondal enlightened us about the Story of Christmas, followed by a melodious rendition of "Silent night, Holy night" by Sourina Dutta from Class IV.
Students were waiting with bated breath for Santa. As the choir started singing 'Jingle Bells' the whole school joined in and Santa entered amidst loud cheer. He gave candies to everyone and the children simply loved it.
The children, staff and guests wished each other by singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" along with the choir. More surprise was in store for our little ones as each one received a gift from their dear Santa. Each one left the school for the winter recess with a big smile and a lot of good wishes for a fabulous 2018.
19 December, 2017
07 December, 2017
Safety is a burning topic right now - and rightly so. There should be zero tolerance for any deviations. Many safety issues were addressed - sexual, physical and emotional. The conference held by Early Childhood Association(ECA) at BCCI was very informative and exceptionally enriching.
The Chief Guest was Shri Dushyant Nariala, IAS Secretary Department of Education WB who stressed on the need for such awareness. Dr. Swati Vats' knowledge, insight and presentation skills taught us a lot. The address by Social Activist Ms. Alokananda Roy who works with the children born and living in jails for no fault of theirs touched many a hearts.
IPS Aparajita Rai shared valuable information on Safety rules. It was the first time we were addressed by a lady police officer and her passion and dedication were evident for all to see. Also present were illuminaries like Mrs Rupkatha Sarkar, Principal La Martiniere for Girls, Mr H K Chaudhury, Mr Pradip Agarwal and Mrs Meenakshi Atal from Heritage. Kudos to Mrs Suman Sood , President ECA Kolkata and Principal Mongrace for organising this wonderfully relevant event
01 December, 2017
A child's smile can light up a day. A child's innocence charms many hearts. That's why it must be protected. This innocence is lost when a child is sexually abused. While it may seem easier to live in denial, child abuse happens everywhere. Child sexual abuse knows no barriers - not race, income or religion.
In an attempt to create awareness and help children protect themselves, Mr. Rachit Malik, of Young Indians - a CII initiative, conducted a two-day's workshop at Swarnim International School in association with Arpan's Personal Safety Education Program on "Know Your Touch".
The session on 16th November was only for the students of UKG to Class 4.The parents of the same children attended the workshop on 17th November wherein they were told to be well-informed about the child's whereabouts, to be aware if they notice any change in the child's behaviour and to be alert about the places frequented by children.
The project was essentially aimed at helping prevent child sexual abuse, encouraging students to report incidents to a trusted adult and sensitize parents about it. Mr. Malik involved the students in an interactive training session during which several misconceptions were dispelled, worksheets solved and a film named " Komal" was screened in three different languages that aimed at teaching children concepts of Safe Touch, Unsafe Touch and Personal Safety Rules.
Certificates of Participation were handed over to the students at the end of the session. Students were also informed about Child Line, an emergency 24-hour helpline for children. By dialing 1098, a child in distress will be helped by a volunteer.
01 December, 2017
Very often parents tell us "We have to keep a tutor at home. We cannot help our child because we have studied in a Bengali/Hindi medium school." We wanted to clear such misconceptions. English is just one of the means of communication whereas knowledge is universal.
The Headmistress conducted an interactive workshop, "Bridge the Gap" for parents of children aged between 5 to 9 years on 9th and 16th September, 2017. The response and the receptivity was overwhelming. The workshop's premise was ENGAGE - EXPLORE - EXPAND.
It outlined the importance of letting children take ownership of their own learning. It explored a few methods to improve English communication skills of the child and the parents, like oral drilling, chanting, voice recording, reading in front of the mirror etc. There were role plays with the parent and the child so that parents could understand how to monitor a child's "studies" rather than "teaching" the child at every point. The important message was to let the child take the initiative and lead the way to 'bridge the gap'.
26 November, 2017
The saying goes, "The child is the father of man". What could be more satisfying for a parent than seeing his child become his teacher and demonstrate various techniques of learning through different activities.Swarnim International School organized a Student Led Conference (SLC) wherein the students from Classes UKG to Class 4 showcased their understanding to their own parents. While teaching their parents, they displayed their own mastery of the subject, their confidence and why the love for learning grows at Swarnim. The parents in turn had to rock their brains to keep up with their child mentors and carry out the subject based activities successfully. Children’s enthusiasm and parents’ joy knew no bounds when the parents saw their wards imparting their newly learnt skills with élan.
14 November, 2017
11 November, 2017
Riot of colours, games, canvas painting, enthralling performances, bouncy castle and lip smacking food-made for the perfect Saturday getaway for children as the school hosted its first carnival on 11th November, 2017. It was wonderful to see Swarnim students and their families participating enthusiastically in the carnival. The parents had earlier donated toys and clothes for the children of Jeevan Madhur School. The students of this school visited Swarnim along with their teachers, enjoyed the food and games thoroughly and went back happy with gifts from the Swarnim family. Several food kiosks allowed all to dig into various kinds of mouthwatering snacks and dishes. For game lovers, there were myriad options -Can the Can, Let's Football, Treasure Hunt, Park Your Car etc. And then there was "Colour My Canvas" - to let the children explore their love for painting. Swarnim family is thankful to Mr Edvan D Carvalho for putting up an amazing performance of juggling balls while walking on stilts. We also had special guests in the form of a cow and a lamb who had come just to say hello to all the children. Recognising the impact a good education has in the life of a child, Mr. Budhia, Chairman of Patton announced Patton scholarship for students seeking admission in Classes 1- 5 in 2018-19, based on academic merit. The carnival was a huge success because we could spread smiles beyond boundaries of our own school. That is what a true Children's Day should be about.
13 September, 2017
10 September, 2017
Grandparents are the big banyan trees who provide shelter from life's blasts and are children's best friends at home. Swarnim dedicated 8th September to the grandparents. The excited students showed them around their classrooms and gifted them a piece of their handiwork. Some gave away a pair of smiling grandparents while some had made lollipop butterflies. Some had sown seeds which have grown into little saplings, as if a reflection of themselves. Classes 3 and 4 had written out a beautiful message for them. The work displayed in the class left them emotional as they related their experience to being parents only a few years ago! Every class had arranged for games for grandparents versus grandchildren. The little ones tugged them along across the field to the aviary too. And the result was - SHEER JOY.
05 September, 2017
5th of September every year is a day of nostalgia for the adults and thanksgiving for the young ones. It is Teachers' Day! The little ones at Swarnim International School made the day special for their beloved teachers by making cards to wish the teachers. They put up a program consisting of songs, recitation and dance performances. Highlight of the program being Guru Dakshina, an excerpt from Ekalavya and Drona's episode from Mahabharata. Class 4's dance recital to the popular number "Itni si hasi, itni si khushi" too was highly appreciated. The show ended with a touching note when children queued up holding the letters of "THANK YOU TEACHERS". Each teacher was presented with a coffee mug, personalized with her name and with the beautiful words printed on it- "It takes a big HEART to help shape young minds." These mugs were made by the Special Needs children of Icanflyy. Swarnim wishes every one a very happy Teachers' Day.
05 September, 2017
17 August, 2017
20 July, 2017
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As a part of an initiative by Pidilite, our students have made tri-colour Rakhis to be sent to our Jawans at the border. This innovative drive has made this year's Rakhi celebration very special and meaningful for our children.
07 July, 2017
29 June, 2017
24 June, 2017
"Yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self." - The Bhagvad Gita Swarnim International celebrated World Yoga Day with great enthusiasm. This year's theme being "Yoga for Health", students from pre-primary and primary sections assembled to do the yoga asanas together. Our main aim is to raise awareness amongst the students on the many benefits of practicing yoga. We at Swarnim firmly endorse that Yoga can contribute in achieving equilibrium between mind and body. To mark the occasion, a workshop is also being held for teachers on Saturday 24th June, 2017 in the school premises. The main aim of the workshop is to present yoga as a life enhancing tool. Yoga helps teachers to explore their ability to control their responses under stressful situations.
18 June, 2017
“A dad is someone who does not catch you before you fall, instead picks you up and helps you to try again. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail…”
Fathers were asked to come to school on Friday. As children handed over the exclusive gift handcrafted by them and wished them “A Happy Father’s Day”, the anxious looks gave way to surprise, endearment and overwhelming emotions. The preschool children had made cards and wall hangings with the help of the teachers.
Primary students mustered all their innovative ideas and creativity to make pen and cell phone holders which they gifted their dads on Father's Day, Sunday at home.
20 May, 2017
Our summer camp started with a bang on 15th May and ended with a blast on 20th May for children of different age groups. The Babies' Day Out was for 2 to 4 year olds, Bahubali- Harness the Super Power, Junior and Senior, were for children aged between 4 to 7 years and 8 to 12 years respectively. Students from the school and other schools participated in the camp. For Babies' Day Out there were various craft activities, feeding the pets, playing on the trampoline, painting the wall and water play. They splashed the walls with colour and splashed water on each other in the water play. The activities for the Bahubali group were no less interesting. These children learnt how to keep themselves physically fit with basic steps of karate, different craft activities, non-fire cooking, dance, dramatics and Vedic Math too! All the children visited a farm where they saw vegetables and fruit trees. Much to their astonishment they witnessed a cattle being milked too! The fun-filled week ended with a magnificent show replete with music, songs, dance and much more. The tiny tots marched in tune with an all time favourite Cliff Richard song - Summer Holiday. Bahubali (Jr.) group presented a specially choreographed piece to display their newly acquired karate skills. The Bahubali (Sr.) group presented a short musical medley. The theme was "If you can dream it, you can do it." It was an inspiring show to watch and was refreshing to listen to unforgettable numbers like Chiquitita, I have a dream, I believe I can fly etc. The participants had choreographed the dances themselves. They might not have been perfect but it was the children's ex
12 May, 2017
"The widest road leading to the solution of all our problems is education." This was what Rabindranath Tagore believed in. Tagore, undoubtedly, one of the greatest poets of all times has not only shaped the culture of Bengal but has also contributed immensely towards education as a whole. To celebrate his birthday, the students of Swarnim International School performed on various compositions by him. A wonderful dance on the song ‘Amra Nuton Jouboner Doot’ was performed by the children of L.K.G. and U.K.G. They looked beautiful in their green and yellow attire. Girls of classes I and IV dressed in yellow and red sarees, swayed to the melodious composition ‘‘Aaye tobe Shohochori’. Followed by this was the main attraction of the event, the enactment of the poem ‘Birpurush’. The participants were the students from classes I to IV. Everyone cheered when the dacoits were defeated by the courageous brave heart, the ‘Birpurush’. Any homage paid to Rabindranath Tagore is miniscule compared to his contribution to the world of literature. This was our humble tribute to Gurudev, a name lovingly given to him by Mahatma Gandhi.
02 May, 2017
An orientation programme for parents of Pre-primary and Primary children was held on 29th April, 2017 in two separate sessions.
The session for the pre-primary section began with video clippings of classroom activities. Parents of preschoolers are always anxious to know what transpires in the few hours when the child is away from home. These video clips reassured them that their children have fun while they learn. This was followed by a presentation by the Headmistress, outlining rules, regulations and the Montessori philosophy which the school follows.
The next session for the primary school parents was indeed different. It started of with power point presentation showing classroom activities of Classes I to IV. This was followed by a demo-class by teachers to elucidate the effectiveness of activity based learning and how topics are mapped to different subjects. Parents were divided into groups and each group was asked to make an animal with the craft materials provided. They were as excited and enthusiastic as their children are in class. The animals were linked to teach English, Science and Mathematics. As parents appreciated the approach, the Headmistress discussed the evaluation process in detail.
The interaction drew to a close with the Resident Director handing over a cheque to mother of Aaryan Banerjee of Class III, who is the first recipient of Swarnim’s Scholarship for Outstanding Talent for his achievements in Karate.
18 March, 2017
The li'l learners of the Preschool section of Swarnim International School celebrated their Annual Day on 18th March 2017 at the Jai Hind Auditorium, Garia.
The occasion was graced by Dr. Pallab Das, Chairman of Rajpur-Sonarpur Municipality, Mrs. Salim, wife of Dr. Salim, IAS, Secretary - Minority Affairs & Madrasa Education Dept, Mr Ranbir Kumar, IPS - ADG & IGP (Armed Police) and Dr. Amit Ranjan Biswas, Consultant Developmental Neuropsychiatrist at Cambridge as the Guests of Honour.
The Founder Chairman of the school and Patton conglomerate, Shri H.P. Budhia delivered the welcome address followed by the Graduation Ceremony for children moving on to the Primary Section.
Dr. Pallab Das quoted from Swami Vivekanand - Education is the manifestation of the perfection present in mankind as he applauded Mr. Budhia for gifting a school to this region. Mrs. Salim, a teacher in Kerela stressed on the importance for parents to avoid over protecting their children.
Mr. Ranbir Kumar spoke about the vision of the founders and stressed on how education can change the world.
The passing out convocation was a cute sight to behold as the five year olds, in the very solemn graduation cloak, received their certificates from the distinguished guests.
The Resident Director, Ms. Swati Sarawagi, shared the future plans for the upcoming K-12 school through a visual presentation.
The brightest part of the day began to unfold with the trilingual musical - Sunshine Smiles. Children aged 2 to 5 years danced and performed to songs and rhymes in English, Bengali and Hindi with innocent beauty and grace.
The purpose of this event was to create a platform that will showcase the talents of the tiny toddlers. Resplendent in their bright costumes, the message they portrayed was simple yet profound - all hurdles in life can be overcome with S-M-I-L-E.
At the end of a thirty minute long captivating show, the audience had smiles on their lips and sunshine in their hearts and took a pledge to "Make the world a happier place."
27 February, 2017
The Importance of Free Play So why is it so important to let kids play?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Clinical Report on "The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds," in addition to being important to healthy brain development, the benefits of free play include:
It is important to note that this kind of play is meant to be cnstructured, child-driven play.It is not the kind of play time that is totally controlled by adults and doesn't include passive play, such as sitting in front of a video game, computer, or TV.Keep in mind that just because free play isn't controlled by adults doesn't mean that you shouldn't supervise your kids while they are playing, especially if they are playing outside.
Play's the Thing - Study Shows "Free Play" Is Highly Important to Human Social Development Boston college researcher: modern focus on competition, drive to win may have contributed to economic woes A new theory about early human adaptation suggests that our ancestors capitalized on their capacities for play to enable the development of a highly cooperative way of life.
Boston College developmental psychologist Peter Gray suggests that use of play helped early humans to overcome the innate tendencies toward aggression and dominance which would have made a cooperative society impossible. "Play and humor were not just means of adding fun to their lives," according to Gray. "They were means of maintaining the band's existence - means of promoting actively the egalitarian attitude, intense sharing, and relative peacefulness for which hunter-gatherers are justly famous and upon which they depended for survival."
This theory has implications for human development in today's world, said Gray, who explains that social play counteracts tendencies toward greed and arrogance, and promotes concern for the feelings and wellbeing of others. "It may not be too much of a stretch," says Gray, "to suggest that the selfish actions that led to the recent economic collapse are, in part, symptoms of a society that has forgotten how to play." Interest in play is very much on the upswing among psychologists, educators, and the general public, according to Gray. "People are beginning to realize that we have gone too far in the direction of teaching children to compete," he said. "We have been depriving children of the normal, noncompetitive forms of social play that are essential for developing a sense of equality, connectedness, and concern for others."
Gray stressed that the kind of "play" that helped hunter-gatherer children develop into cooperative adults is similar to the sort of play that at one time characterized American children's summers and after-school hours in contemporary culture. This play is freely chosen, age-mixed, and, because it is not adult-organized, non-competitive, he said. This "free play" is distinct from leisure pursuits such as video games, watching TV, or structured extracurricular activities and sports. "Even when children are playing nominally competitive games, such as pickup baseball or card games, there is usually relatively little concern for winning," said Gray. "Striving to do well, as individuals or teams, and helping others do well, is all part of the fun. It is the presence of adult supervisors and observers that pushes play in a competitive direction--and if it gets pushed too far in that direction it is no longer truly play."
The most important skill for social life, Gray said, is how to please other people while still fulfilling one's own needs and desires. In self-organized play, he contends, children learn to get along with diverse others, to compromise, and to anticipate and meet others' needs. "To play well," he said, "and to keep others interested in continuing to play with you, you must be able to see the world from the other players' points of view. "Children and teenagers in hunter-gatherer cultures played in this way more or less constantly," he said, "and they developed into extraordinarily cooperative, egalitarian adults. My observations - published in previous articles - indicate that age-mixed free play in our culture, in those places where it can still be found, has all of these qualities."
25 February, 2017
On requests from many parents, another session of "Proactive Parenting" was held on 25th February 2017, at the school premises, which was conducted by Mr. Amitabh Mohan, a leading psychologist, trainer and HRD consultant. It was a full house and an enthralling discussion ensued. Parents, who had attended Mr.Mohan's workshop earlier, shared their experiences and outcomes of implementing some of the strategies in handling children which were discussed in the workshop. Many parents consulted Mr.Mohan personally and sought advice regarding child-behavior.
01 February, 2017
26 January, 2017
Fun, festivities and firsts made 26th January 2017 a very special day for Swarnim this year. The first Sports Meet, the first Republic Day celebrations and the Inauguration of our very own sports field for pre-school took place on this day.
Shri H.P Budhia unfurled the Tricolour as the 2-5 year olds stood in attention while the National Anthem played. Smt & Shri H. P. Budhia then planted a Chhatim tree (Alstonia Scholaris). Maharishi Debendranath Tagore had once offered evening prayers under a Chatim tree. After his meditation he found such immense peace and happiness that he bought 20 bighas of land and named it Shanti Niketan, which later developed into the Vishwa Bharati University. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore too loved to sit under this tree and teach his students.Since then this tree is associated with learning.
The Chairman declared the sports meet open and released doves symbolizing peace and harmony in our community. This was further portrayed in Circle Time - a unique gesture as the students passed on a hug to each other. On India's 68th Republic Day, there was an assortment of themes for our annual Sports Meet - harmony, diversity and bravery - all of which represent our beautifully rich and diverse motherland. The novelty races began with the Soldier race. This race will teach the children to overcome all obstacles in their life.
The Nursery children dressed up as great Indian leaders like Rani Laxmibai, Gandhiji, Tilak, Netaji, Nehru and Matangini Hajra marched to the tune of Saare Jahan se Acha. This was followed by the "Know your Flag" race and "Know your National Flower" race. The Bride and Bridegroom race left the spectators spellbound with their performances. Each of the races was designed with a learning objective in mind. But parents too were as enthusiastic as their children in the Musical Corner. We were delighted to see even grandparents join in and enjoy themselves. The Sports Meet came to a close with Yoga Display by the students, which was well appreciated by all. May our children grow to be proud citizens, ready to serve the country and take it forward.
13 January, 2017
In our pursuit of betterment and excellence, Swarnim hosted the British Council´s School Programme Overview workshop. Ms. Judith Hembrom, Project Manager - Programmes East India, British Council Division conducted the training workshop for teachers. The workshop focussed on:
Ms. Suman Sood, Director, Mongrace Montessori House, shared her views about the international exchange programmes and the benefits our students will enjoy through collaboration with schools in India and abroad.
We are proud to announce that Swarnim International School is a part of the British Council´s Connecting Classrooms, which is a global education programme for schools. It is designed to help young people become globally aware and competitive in the 21st century.
We are also committed to scale new heights and work for the prestigious Internatioal School Awards in 2017 - 18.
06 January, 2017
A Wellness Camp, in association with Neotia Mediplus, a unit of Bhagirathi a Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre addressed the concerns of parents regarding the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of children and the parents
The Headmistress initiated an interactive session to discuss the effect of school culture and climate on students' wellbeing. The session came alive with various hands-on group activities. Parents came up with interesting recipes in two minutes with only two specified vegetables for children's school tiffin. “That’s so true” activity, where each one had to speak of one quality s/he appreciates in oneself and one about the person sitting on the his/her right in the group, showed how difficult it is to praise oneself and others.
Ms. Biswas pointed out that Swarnim children learn through such engaging games and activities in their classes. She stressed that to cope with high expectations and more advanced curricula, students need a caring school environment and support from the people with whom they interact in school.
Mr. Amitabh Mohan, renowned psychologist and trainer, spoke about how to balance expectations in relationships. Parents also consulted him personally on child-related issues.
Dr. Amitabha Chowdhury, well-known child specialist, replied to queries from parents regarding children’s health and diet. This was followed by a general health check-up ranging from pediatrics, dental and level of blood sugar to consultation with a dietician for both the students of Swarnim and their parents. Much to our delight requests poured in from parents for more such worthwhile sessions.
23 December, 2016
Play teaches a child so much - from sharing to helping others to appreciating nature to observation to taking risks to even negotiation skills .
03 December, 2016
Parents told us they find it difficult to make their children eat fruits. So at school, we declared a Fruit Week. Each child was to bring a fruit for her tiffin every day “if she wanted to get a smiley on her fruit chart”; and the one who would get five smileys in five days will become a “Fruit Champ”. Guess what! Parents were asked by the kids to buy a fruit every day. Children were eager to eat those as soon as the bell for break time rang; a smiley was a reason but the fun of eating with friend as they sang fruit rhymes and be a teacher’s pet were the other reasons. Everyone got a Fruity Friend – a quirky orange with a hat - as a gift from the school. Fruit Champs displayed their badges proudly and waited for another fruit in their tiffin boxes next day.
02 December, 2016
An orientation programme for newly admitted students was conducted by the Headmistress on 2nd December. This was the 3rd orientation programme for the 2016-2017 academic session. It is important that a strong partnership between home and school is formed at the very beginning of a child’s school life. The changing scenario of education, the mission and vision of the school, innovative teaching methodologies, discipline in school and a few rules to be adhered to were the main points of discussion. The session concluded with a question and answer session where the Headmistress replied to queries ranging from children’s behavioural issues to digitalisation of education. It was heartening to see Fathers also attend the Parent orientation, displaying a growing trend of shared responsibility in parenting.
29 November, 2016
We had Doctors and Nurses, Policemen and Army Jawans, Air Hostesses and a Teacher, Vegetable and Fruit sellers and Milkmen in our campus today !!
It was after all a Fancy Dress dedicated to Community Helpers. Children’s excitement, coupled with parents’ enthusiasm, made the event a big success. Children identified different professions by the dresses and the actions. On one hand, this event inspired all to get creative as characters of their choice; on the other it helped them to appreciate the role of community helpers in our lives.
10 November, 2016
Swarnim International School vows to uphold highest standards of integrity and good governance and to promote ethical business practices in conduct of activities by our organisation by adopting the Integrity Pledge.
The Certificate of Commitment appreciating the organisation’s contribution to the cause of eradicating corruption is attached.
17 September, 2016
“The Principal is the nerve centre of school improvement. When principal leadership is strong even the most challenged schools thrive.” - Prof. Michael Fullan.
Leadership roles in schools have undergone a sea change over the years. In the 21st century, the head of the school is not only responsible for school maintenance and academics but plays a bigger role in defining the vision of the school, the attitude of teachers and students and the goals of the community.
To enrich, empower and enlighten the leaders in education, Swarnim International School, in association with HLS India, organized a workshop on “Connective Leadership in Changing Educational Paradigm”
The workshop was conducted by Mr. Amitabh Mohan, Director, HLS India, a leading psychologist, trainer and HRD consultant. The owners, heads and coordinators of various schools attended the workshop. Ms. Swati Sarawagi, Resident Director of Swarnim International School mentioned the importance of leadership that connects individuals to others and others' goals, using a broad spectrum of behavioral strategies.
Mr. Mohan elucidated that connective leadership reaches out beyond its own traditional constituencies to presumed adversaries, using mutual goals, rather than mutual enemies, to create group cohesion and community membership. Much to the amusement of the participants, each one assessed their own leadership styles by filling up a personality inventory.
The session came to an end with an informal interaction among all over tea. Everybody carried back some learning, a small momento and fond memories of a well spent afternoon.
10 September, 2016
Swarnim International School celebrated Grandparents’ Day on Saturday, 10th September. It was a heartwarming sight to see the little children holding their grandparents’ hands and taking them on a tour of the school. For many, it was their first visit to their grandchild’s school. Needless to say they were overwhelmed with pride, joy and love. Their first stop was the "Crafteria" where the handiwork of the students was displayed. Children used various techniques like paper crumbling, palm painting, thread painting, vegetable painting, cotton and sponge dabbing etc.
From here the grandparents were led to the virtual airport set up for socio-dramatic play and then to the Montessori equipments area. Everyone got an idea of the teaching learning style of the school.
More fun was in store as grandparents danced and played games and posed for photographs. The most delightful moment was when their progeny made and served snacks for them. Each grandparent left the school premises with a fulfilled heart and a small gift made by their dearest grandchild.
05 September, 2016
Swarnim International School celebrated Teachers’ Day with a unique gesture by giving a platform to everyone to wish their teachers on this special day.
Swarnim International put up flexes from the 3rd to 6th of September across the city, where people could write messages for their teachers. The influence of a teacher is over a lifetime and it was evident as people of all ages proclaimed their indebtedness to their teachers.
These were the quotes that reminded citizens from all walks of life about the importance of teachers in their lives:
‘A good teacher is like a candle it consumes itself to light the way for others. Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross. Then having facilitated their crossing, they joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.’ – Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.
‘Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual. If the people remember as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.’ – Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
‘The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.’ – Rabindranath Tagore.
27 August, 2016
Ms. Uma Kundu conducted a workshop exclusively for Swarnim teachers on 27th August.
Ms.Kundu, a teacher for more than 30 years, was nominated for the Innovative Teacher-TOI Award for her constant endeavour to inculcate and encourage creativity in students. A passionate photographer too, recently one of her photographs was highly appreciated in the Photography Exhibition -Tradition of Bengal organized by I&CA Department, Govt. of West Bengal.
Ms Kundu outlined the importance of Socio - dramatic play as a part of the learning process. The teachers received training on how to re-create a life like environment in the classroom with available resources. The focus was on 'how' to plan a socio-dramatic play rather than 'what' they should do. The teachers' enthusiasm showed on their faces as they played out self- designated roles at the airport setting that they created and enjoyed themselves as much as our students would do.
15 August, 2016
Swarnim celebrated the 70th Independence Day at its premises. The Headmistress hoisted the flag in the presence of the students, parents and teachers. The toddlers looked resplendent with tricolor sashes and wristbands as they waved their flags to the rhyme “We are Indians”.
12 August, 2016
As the Olympic Games unfolded in Rio, our little ones enjoyed their own Olympic Games in their school. The teachers planned four innovative games based on the Olympic Theme – Olympic Ring Puzzle, Olympic Gems Rings, Throw Ball through the Rings and Olympic Popcorn Torch.
06 August, 2016
SwarnimInternational School organized a medley of extra-curricular activities for 2-12 year old children at their school premises on Saturday, the 6th of August. The variety of activities ranged from creative dance by Padatik, abacus by UCMAS to innovative vocabulary building by Vocaboom and learning design technology by Little ArKidtects using LEGO Education Kit. The well chosen activities pertained to building creativity, calculation, communication and concept respectively. Over 100 children and their parents enjoyed themselves as they hopped from one activity to the other.
The workshop reiterates the fact that Swarnim International School emphasizes on learning by doing and lives up to its claim that Learning is spelt 'F-U- N' here.
15 July, 2016
What a lovely sight when children laugh their heart out and enjoy themselves oblivious to the complexities of the adult world!! The rains knew that they have to pour on 15th July morning because it was Monsoon Magic for Swarnim kids. This was their first experience of water play. Those who were a bit hesitant to go into the water in the beginning took only a few minutes to shed their inhibitions and have fun with their friends. A few who did not take to the pool, floated paper boats and enjoyed getting wet by an elephant sprinkler.
08 July, 2016
'If your child is your priority /Do not miss this opportunity’ ' is what the Swarnim International School claimed for the workshop on Proactive Parenting held on 8th July at the school premises. Mr. Amitabh Mohan, a leading psychologist, trainer and HRD consultant conducted the session with very enthusiastic inputs from the audience which comprised of parents, teachers and coordinators of schools. In the rapidly changing world, the importance of the role of parents in the upbringing of a child has remained stable. But the styles of parenting the 21st century child need to be revisited, reviewed and refreshed constantly. Mr. Mohan elaborated on the two “ingredients” of parenting – love and limit, and how the ratio of love and limit determines the style of parenting and the outcome.
01 July, 2016
The birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is commemorated as the National Doctor’s Day all over the country. Our little ones made posters to thank their doctors. A few students visited the Doctor’s Clinics to wish them.
03 June, 2016
We organized a Summer Camp – Mowgli, Me n More, at our school campus from 30th May to 3rd June. The theme was Jungle Book as children would be able to identify with it. Mowgli represents the bridge between the complex human world and the simple natural world. This sensitized the children about peaceful coexistence in diversity. The schedule included creative craft, non-fire cooking, nature tour, and dance for children of 7 to 11 years. In another category comprising of children of 2 to 6 years, there were rock climbing, mask making, bunny rabbits and learning to jig and jog. Children from various schools joined the summer camp and enjoyed it thoroughly.
09 May, 2016
The pre-school section alone is spread across 8,000sqfeet of the campus in Sonarpur Colourful classrooms and a well stocked activity room, complete with a trampoline, will keep the children busy while more amenities - a sand pit and splash pool - come up. At present, it's just three hours of knowledge time (8.30am to 11.30am) for the playgroup, nursery upper and lower kindergarten students, with five teachers and eight CCTV cameras watching their every step.
One of the first international schools to come up in the area, Swarnim is the brain child of its founder –chairman H.P. Budhia of the Patton Group of Industries. It aims at providing children with holistic education in a healthy, inclusive environment.
06 May, 2016
On 6th May, the students and staff of Swarnim International Preschool paid tribute to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore through dance and poems to commemorate Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary. The toddlers, Bhumika and Pratyusha swayed like flowers to the evergreen Rabindrasangeet, “Phulephule,dhole dhole” . Little Rishan recited a few lines from Tagore’s poem. Teachers too put up a beautiful dance performance.
8th May is Mother’s Day. Though for children, every day is Mother’s Day. Their mothers are the world to them. Our students marched with banners proclaiming “I love you, Mummy” and each child gave a card with his/her handprint to his/her mother. Needless to say, mothers were overwhelmed by this gesture.
15 April, 2016
Swarnim International School held a two- day long carnival replete with colours, music, creativity and gaiety at its premises on the 15th and 16th of April. Children enjoyed the story telling sessions, craft and clay modelling workshops. The drawing and dance competitions kindled creativity and outstanding participants were given attractive prizes. The biggest attraction was the ‘Book Fair” with not only colourful books for joyous reading but also “Talking Books”. Children and grown-ups were equally fascinated by this novel concept of books reading aloud!!!
14 April, 2016
Swarnim International School opened its doors on the auspicious occasion of Poila Baisakh – heralding in a new ‘golden’ beginning on Bengali New Year for the residents of Kolkata. Dr. Pallab Das, the Chairman of the Rajpur- Sonarpur Municipality, graced the occasion.
Saraswati Ma, the Goddess of Learning, venerated by all alike, was asked to lend her wisdom and grace to all who become part of the Swarnim family.