We currently have 25 Desktops and Laptops thanks to Infosys Ltd and Microsoft Research Labs. There is limited Internet connectivity presently at the school, using a data card. With the surrounding area developing fast now, broadband Internet services would hopefully soon be a reality. We are actively pursuing the possibilities to make substantial progress in this area.
Our aim is to provide web based approach to education and supplement our class room teaching, leveraging the resources available therein. It is an ambitious programme and we hope to move forward with the support of philanthropic Organisations to provide us with the required additional Computers and Networking Hardware, UPS, etc to make this feasible.
English Language Lab
Most children in rural India have limited exposure to English and are weak in spoken English and comprehension. They need self confidence conversing in English. The school is planning to set up a Language Lab with suitable low cost Tablets, audio accessories andcommercially available software. This can be used both by teachers and students to develop at their own pace.
Driving better outcomes in Mathematics
Mathematics is an important subject but generally looked upon with apprehension by most students. This isn’t unique to GKV! A private educational software company has provided us with free“Learning Kits” for all the children from Class 1 to 8. They’ve also provided instructional videos to effectively use the contents by theTeachers. A beginning has been made. A professional from theCompany is also scheduled to conduct workshops in the School to enable the Teachers to fully exploit the methodology.
India Literacy Project:
Mr. Pappu, a field co-ordinator of India Literacy Project, explained their MDLS(Multi Dimensional Learning Space) concept to teachers of GKV and Jayendraschool at GKV. This included a library program and process to assess the students, usage of a low cost science kit for experimentation, teaching social science using content integrated with Google Earth and a career guidance program. The teachers from both the Schools appreciated the contents. We are in touch with them to decide on the way forward. Their personnel are already working in some Government Schools nearby and are aware of the challenges. Our teachers, along with the Principal, also visited the school to get a first hand impression. Some pictures of presentation:
We had visits from the CSR head of Microsoft Research Labs, Bangalore, Ms Srividya; Mr William Winfield, former Principal of Mill Hill High School, London, during whose term, about two decades ago, the Partnership with Jayendra Golden Jubilee High School was forged; Students, 18 of them, with three Teachers Ms Rosalind Tendler- Lead, Ms Kate More and Mr Shaw; Rev Paul Hunt, retired Chaplain of Emanuel High School, London- our Partner School, who formalised the Partnership around five years ago.
Ms Srividya’s visit was to get a first hand impression of our implementation of the “Common Science Lab”, for which MSR Labs provided part funding. With Ms Usha Raman and Ms Nirmala
Mr William Winfield spent a lot of time with the students of senior classes and enjoyed teaching the students of Class 9 English Poetry and Prose and Reading. A few photographs
Emanuel’s were on their Annual Visit during which their students and staff interact on a regular basis and teach them various subjects, English, History, Geography, Arithmetic, etc, in small groups of five or six children. They also spent time with the children playing games to make them comfortable. The children gain a lot of confidence in these interactions and overcome their hesitancy, to an extent, in conversing in English. The Students prepared and presented them with lovely ” Thank You “cards, wishing them. Some pictures
This academic year, the very first GKV class, 21 girls and 13 boys, who enrolled in June 2009, entered their 10th grade and will take the TamilNadu State Board Examinations
This is an amazing milestone for the students, and a proud moment for the staff, supporters and management of the School. Building on thisprogress, the management of the school is exploring various options to further improve the academic standards as well as to conduct life Skills enhancement and career guidance sessions for the high school Children to make them aware of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for them.
A very excited incoming kindergarten class of 23 Girls and 22Boys on their second day of school
As in the past, we had our Annual Medical Camp in which all the children in the School underwent a Medical Check up. Dr Balasubramanian, Paediatrician, from Pittsburgh, USA, who visits us every year, assisted by local Doctors and Nursing Staff, conducted the Camp. Dr Balasubramanian interacted with the Teachers as well to apprise them of the Dos’ and Dont’s regarding care of children.
Dr Balasubramanian was assisted by Dr Mrs Nambi Nachiar and her team. An ENT specialist was also present to examine those who needed some attention/advice. The Camp was conducted over three days from January 3 to 5, 2018.
Vitamin Supplements, as required, were provided to the children. In general, all the children were healthy and the only area where attention was necessary was Dental Hygiene. Children were advised of its importance and the steps that are necessary to maintain it. Teachers were also advised to stress the importance of Dental Hygiene to all the children.
Previous years’ medical records were looked into by Dr Balasubramanian, particularly for younger children, with respect to their yearly gain in Height and Weight, to detect any case of under nourishment. The findings were encouraging and none needed any special attention.
A few photographs of the Camp: