After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the school with mellow warmth. The month was full of events, activities, opportunities planned with the intent of developing a positive and a possibility mindset amongst budding young students.
Positive thinking has the power to turn a hard day into a manageable one and a good day into an even better one thereby unleashing the power of possibilities and developing a possibility mindset, which helps to deal with the future. Possibility mindset helps us to switch from can't to can, from impossible to possible. It's the first step in achieving everything that we ever imagined. Just like getting our head into the game, helps us succeed, possibility mindset paves the way towards achieving our goals. Instead of looking for reasons why one can’t achieve desired outcomes, we need to look for evidence and opportunities that may help us to reach the destination. We Just need to get started, create a compelling picture and work on the journey. The students are guided to keep this approach in academics or events or competitions. They are mentored to understand that with a possibility mindset, even before they realise impossible may turn into possible and they may be on their way to smashing goals , targets and outcomes that they never imagined.
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities & possibilities to make a positive impact.” — Les Brown
The Second Term of the school began with the Gandhi Jayanti commemoration on October 2, leading to week-long celebrations till October 6, 2023 as part of Humanities week. Students, from all classes enthusiastically participated in various activities including but not limited to quizzes, ecobiz competition, dance, skit, law summit and exhibition of student’s projects work organised during the event. The varied themes signified the diversity and highlighted issues such as Water Conservation, Domains of the Earth, Inclusive Sports, National Movement of India, Disaster management, Global Cuisine, Carbon footprint, Endangered species, Consumer awareness and Social Issues of today, needing our attention in a rapidly changing world.
“To me, patriotism is about working ethically and wholeheartedly in our chosen field.”- Mr NR Narayana Murthy. This was the highlight and talking point of all the life lessons that Mr Murthy shared during the leadership lecture series organised on October 3, 2023 to inspire and motivate our senior students. He highlighted the importance of questioning anything and everything that will provide solutions to impossible and make it possible.
Results for semester 1, were released on October 6, 2023, giving students an opportunity to reflect on their learnings. Intervention strategies and one to one feedback sessions were shared with parents during PTM sessions done by invitations on Wednesdays for grades 6-11 and target discussions done for board classes during goal setting sessions organised on October 14, 2023.
Amidst the regular sessions in the school, a dialogue session was organised for our senior students, on the morning of October 10, 2023. Our guest speaker for the event was Mr. Mano Manikkam, Senior Director and Head of Global Sourcing in Asia Pacific at VISA. The session was engaging with deeper insights in the world of digital payments and how AI will impact the future of financial solutions.
On October 6, 2023, the Global Schools Award (GSA) ceremony was organised. The occasion was dedicated to recognising the remarkable accomplishments of the Cambridge IGCSE 10 students of June 2023 series, celebrating their outstanding performances in academics, co-curricular activities, sports, and their all-rounded excellence. The evening also celebrated the winners of the Gen Z Challenge, emphasising the innovative spirit and creativity of these talented young achievers. It was a heartfelt evening filled with pride and joy, showcasing the school's unwavering support for its exceptional students.
‘Transcending Imaginary Lines’ was the theme of the TEDxYouth event hosted by The GIIS TEDxYouth team on October 9, 2023. A total of 9 speakers shared their motivating thoughts on the theme as to how they had, in their personal and professional lives, overcome the challenges they faced in order to broaden their horizons and find happiness and success. The line-up included IBM Distinguished Engineer, and IBM Academy of Technology Technical Leadership Team Member, Dr. Mohamed El-Refai; Verlion Managing Director Maggie Gorse; Assistant Professor at Nanyang Institute of technology Dr. Edison Ang; WealthZen.AI founder Mr Swapnil Mishra; Strategy and Operations professional Ms. Ioana Dumea and Senior Psychologist and Clinical Therapist Mrs. Aarti Chidambaram. Additionally, the school’s very own Damita Jain, Aditya Dongre and Ira Pathak also gave heartfelt speeches at the event.
To celebrate World Space Week, observed from October 4 to 10, the GIIS Aviation and Astronomy Club organised "Stellar Insights: Astronomy Essay and Story Writing!" competition giving a chance to all students to showcase their creativity as well as their understanding and passion for astronomy.
As part of the PEP- Parent Engagement Program, we are conducting a parent Engagement webinar series. Fourth session on “How to manage teenage stress’, on October 14, 2023. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D Hull. The session saw an overwhelming response from the parents with the opportunity to have their questions answered by the session expert.
We hosted our most anticipated event of the year, the Annual Day, on Saturday, 21st October 2023. The Annual Day provided an opportunity for students to showcase their talent by being a part of an audio-visual extravaganza, it was attended by parents, faculty and the school management. The event was a day of celebration under the theme “Progressive Fusion” with the underlying theme of ‘Change through Time.” The programme took the audience on a captivating journey through the Book of Time. It featured a mesmerising array of short skits, melodious songs, and diverse dance performances, all seamlessly woven together to reflect the theme, leaving the audience thoroughly enthralled and enlightened. The event was divided into two shows, the morning show was for students of grades CBSE 6-8 and IGCSE 9-10. It was graced by the esteemed presence of Dr. Joseph Emmanuel, Academic Director of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India. The second show was for grades CLSP 6-8, CBSE 9-11 and IB YR 1, with the Guest of Honour, Ms Maggie Gorse, Managing Director, Verlion Private Limited. The event concluded with a spectacular grand finale!
Dandiya is not just a dance, but an expression of joy and harmony. The swaying sticks by students created a symphony of happiness in school MPH on October 27, 2023. The perfect blend of tradition and culture was seen during this dance of grace and zeal.
The career counselling department organised sessions by university experts from University of Boston. Simon Fraser University, Canada, Kaist University Korea, Medicine Talk by professor from University of Sheffield. In addition webinar sessions were conducted from University of Melbourne, Brown, UPenn, Purdue, University College, London and Princeton.
The school wellbeing programme “EVOLVE, EMERGE, ELEVATE” motivated our students to make new positive connections'' and foster stronger friendships through the activity. We saw a flurry of activity in the school corridors with students interacting with their schoolmates, both junior and senior. Students also shared their thoughts and experiences about “connecting” on our school Padlet. The theme for this month- ‘Be Active’.
As the learning journey continues, we hope to see students more dedicated towards building up their positive and possibility mindset thereby becoming more balanced, more creative and confident.
It is rightly said, “Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbon.” — Ann Ruth Schabacker.
As we continue on this exciting journey, we want students to hold this maxim close to their hearts and pave their way to developing a positive and possibility mindset.
Wishing everyone a great month ahead.
Academic Supervisor, GIIS SMART Campus