The Tiger, 1st April, 2022
This past week has been exciting with all the activities and friendly competitions at school.
On the 30th and 31st of March, our PE department organized a Cross Country fun run that got our school community out and running the pandemic blues away.
We had a friendly football match with Canadian International School on the 30th of March.
Please note that our Mid-term break is between the 11th and 15th of April. School will resume on Monday, April 18th. On returning from our break, Stonehill will be undergoing a preparatory visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the IB accreditation teams. We have been very busy preparing for the visit for the last few months, and look forward to our full accreditation visit in October 2023.
A reminder that our Covid precautionary protocols remain in place. If travelling please remain vigilant to all Covid safety protocols.
Our parent company, Embassy Group has been actively involved in outreach initiatives for the wellbeing and education of underprivileged children. In this context, they are supporting Kanyathon, a marathon and cycling event on the 16th of April at Electronics City, Bangalore. The event includes a 5k and 10k run and a cycling race. The proceeds from the event will be donated to CRY Foundation, an NGO that works towards ensuring the rights of India’s children in the areas of education, safety and protection, health and nutrition and participation. Please click here for more details.
Dr. Brian Brumsickle
Head of School
"Stress Relief" Match
The DP students from our school and Canadian International School (CIS) initiated the first "stress relief" match to provide some stress outlet and bring back a sense of community spirit. In the Spring, due to the high school exam schedules, the BAASC conference had decided not to hold any high school sporting events. They didn't want to distract the students from their exams. But sometimes, students know best and they led the way in creating this event. The boys from CIS came to Stonehill on Wednesday and took on the Tigers. It was a competitive, clean, and fun day with CIS taking home the "DP Past Papers" travelling trophy/textbook. The plan is to continue this event every Spring. Next year, they plan on including the girls as well. It was a well-deserved opportunity not just for the players but for the other high school students who needed to "blow off some steam" cheering and having fun.
BAASC Middle School Sports
The middle school (M1-M3) boys and girls are now training for their upcoming BAASC track and field, swimming and football tournaments. We still have openings for swimming and girls football, so there is time to join these teams. Just come out to train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm. The tournament dates are as follows, Saturday, April 23rd, boys and girls swimming tournament at Stonehill International School and boys and girls track and field at Neev Academy, Bangalore. On Saturday, April 30th, the boys and girls football tournaments will be held at Canadian International School.
Whole School Sports and Activities Coordinator
Reminder-Leaving Students Notice
To continue providing the best educational programmes, we need to have a good idea of class sizes throughout the academic year. To help achieve this, we request families who may leave during this semester, to notify the Admissions Department by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This notification should be initiated two months prior to the last date of attendance of the student. If the notification is less than two months prior to the last date of attendance, US$ 300 will be withheld from the refundable security deposit as a late notice fee, in accordance with our Fee Policy.
(Please note - this is not applicable for D2 students).
Thank you for your support.
Admissions and Business Offices
Our Fun Run!
As you are aware, we spent Wednesday out on the field participating in our fun run.
Our P1 and 2 children had an obstacle course to complete. They committed themselves to trying every station and doing their best. Our P3 learners were their spectators and they cheered with great gusto! Our P3 learners ran their course as their P1 and P2 friends cheered them on.
Have a lovely day,
Primary School Principal
Putting Thinking at the Centre of Learning
At Stonehill, inside each primary classroom, we cultivate “cultures of thinking”. A theory developed by researchers from Project Zero at Harvard recognises that dedicated time for thinking, developing and using a language of thinking makes the classroom a more effective learning environment where thinking is visible. School no longer is about the ‘quick right answer’ but about the ongoing thinking process of understanding new ideas and information. When schools focus on their culture, they become places of intellectual stimulation where the focus is on developing young learners who can think, create and question. Our Primary classrooms promote “cultures of thinking” and are focused on developing critical and creative thinkers who aim for deeper understanding and collaboration.
The above photos show examples of how thinking can be made visible at different grade levels and across different subject areas through the use of effective questioning, listening, and using thinking routines that support learners’ thinking. By applying these processes, thinking becomes visible as learners’ ideas are expressed, discussed and reflected upon.
In the past weeks during the ‘How the world works’ unit, the P6 children dove into thinking about thinking and discussed how ‘The Understanding Map’ can prompt different types of thinking that are essential in aiding deeper understanding of new concepts and ideas about energy.
The P5 teachers provoked their learners to inquire into simple and compound machines by investigating and observing closely different everyday objects. They used the “Parts-Purposes-Uses” thinking routine, ‘What are all the parts of the object?’, ‘Why do we use the object?’, ‘What does each part do?’, ‘How do the parts work together to make something happen?’, ‘What would happen if a part was missing or changed?’
As P8 learners dive deep into their chosen inquiries during the current ongoing PYP Exhibition process, they developed concept maps that keep growing as they ask themselves, ‘What makes me say that?’. A seemingly simple question but it goes a long way when learners examine the reasons and evidence behind their possible explanations to determine their correctness.
(Reference: Ritchart R., Church M., Morrison K., (2011), Making Thinking Visible, San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass)
Helpful Hints to Keep Your Child Motivated
Review and Reset Goals
Make time to sit with your child and look at the goals they had set at the beginning of the academic year. Encourage them to reflect and share about their victories and challenges.
Appreciate the effort they’ve put in, let them know that you are proud of their progress. Go on to set or reset short-terms goals accordingly with them.
Children feed off our emotions very quickly. Does your child see that you don’t trust them to follow through? Do you say words that make them feel that they don’t have it in them to accomplish their goals? It is important to stay positive as this will probably change the way they view their goals and their own abilities. Your positivity has a good chance of building up their confidence.
Co-create a Roadmap
Setting goals is the first step but it’s also important to discuss how your child plans on achieving them. What resources do they need? Do they require support? Do they need to spend less time online, and more time reading, perhaps?
Be excited about their goals, cheer them on, celebrate small wins.
The excitement you exude has the potential to push them to also be excited about working towards their goals.
Should you need additional support, please feel free to write to me at email@example.com
¡Seguimos aprendiendo en español!
In Spanish class, we are constantly developing our understanding of the language as a tool to communicate, and transferring knowledge and skills across subjects. This semester, the students have shown enthusiasm, curiosity and a great ability to make connections. It is great to observe students respond spontaneously in Spanish for most of our routine communication, such as checking attendance or asking to go to the restroom.
The P6-P8 students have used varied strategies to set up learning goals, first looking at the weekly tasks and organising their work according to their learning needs; this approach also supported their time-management skills. The students also used the evaluation checklists and rubrics on Toddle to help them understand their strengths and weaknesses.
The Spanish students have shown great independence, sharing their understanding, skills and knowledge. In different grades, we have learnt about the cultural celebration of “carnaval” (carnival). We have learnt to describe and predict patterns. We have read about animals and their habitats; we also practised describing them. We have had conversations about our favourite things. We designed homes and used our designs to describe our routines. We sang songs together and shared presentations to explore the concepts and central ideas of our units. It has been a pleasure seeing the students develop their ability to make choices on how they want to creatively share their work.
PYP Spanish Teacher
Sports, Technology and Arts Update
In the past week, Secondary School has been all about Stonehill’s Mission Statement -to provide stimulating, engaging academics integrated with enhanced opportunities for Technological Innovation, Sports and the Arts.
Secondary School Principal
Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Global Citizenship in Action
Arguments on the way people live their lives must consider the interconnectedness of every life on the planet. Through the communication of this message, people can take action to live sustainably in an increasingly globalised world. The M4 English B students demonstrated their understanding of this statement by planning individual presentations on the effective ways of managing waste. They studied the possibility of zero waste as well as possible solutions as the volumes of rubbish produced in some of the world’s largest cities remains alarmingly high. After selecting an image showing landfills and waste, they prepared a three-four minute presentation to their peers. They included a personal response, supported with evidence on the issue of waste and ways in which they can be proactive to help improve the situation. Their presentation was based on questions like, “How can people be encouraged to reduce the effects that waste has on the environment?”, “Why do they think this issue is important?”, “What are the possible solutions?” and “Do you think these solutions could work?”
M4 English B
DP Visual Art Exhibition
The D2 art exhibition functions both as a part of the internal assessment for the IBDP Visual Arts course and provides an opportunity to showcase student talent. This year, three students exhibited their work in the MYP courtyard. All of them had studied MYP drama and then decided to pursue art at a higher level.
Sport, one of the most well-known types of entertainment, inspired my collection. I want my audience to understand sport on a deeper level than just as a source of amusement. Managing emotions, the attitude of an athlete, managing strategies, capturing the movement, benefits of engaging in sports, awards as motivation, managing competitiveness, evolution of sport, fear in sports, politics in sports, and the rich-poor games are all intertwined in my exhibition. My exhibition was set up in the shape of an oval, which depicts a football stadium.
My concept was to place the observer in the middle of a stadium, surrounded by the artwork. In my work, I used several art techniques and tools such as line, form, and abstraction of concepts. Artists like John Stezaker, James Fiorentino, Lee Ellis, and photographer David LaChapelle were my sources of inspiration. Topics such as emotions, strategies, physical fitness, motivation, and fear were viewed by the audience. The sculpture was unveiled in the stadium's centre. "The trophy" sculpture was inspired by sculptor Abel Lafleur, who has created several trophies for major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup. This trophy is made up of four different ball sports and acts as a reminder and recognition of an athlete's accomplishments. Paintings and other digital art is shown among the stadium's setting.
My artwork revolves around the concept of self-grappling with the future. I wanted to work with this central idea as I am in the process of entering a new period of my life, going to university. This change has been impacting my growth as a person for the past few months. Everyday it feels like I’m learning important life lessons, and all this learning feels saturated. I’ve become hyper-aware of my surroundings and actions, it’s changing the way I deal with my emotions and make decisions. The different phases I’ve experienced in the last few months have been reflected in my artwork, mainly involving the social interactions I have encountered. This involves moments with friends and family. Some of my pieces have less straightforward visuals but instead use symbols that I personally have created to represent complex thoughts that can’t be explained with words. Some of my artworks are influenced by well-known artists which include Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, David Hockney and Edvard Munch. My series of artworks were organised in a timeline.
Covid-19 has been a game-changing event in people's lives around the world. The impact of this event has been multi-dimensional and cuts across all layers of society in an unprecedented manner. My artwork investigated the various responses and perspectives of people during the pandemic. The exhibition was a reflection of how I perceived the world around me during these challenging times and how ordinary people responded in extraordinary ways. My interest was to explore the physiological journeys that people were subjected to, the changes that occurred to their personalities and the multitude of emotions that were evident throughout these difficult times.
After heavy investigation and evaluation, I selected nine pieces that best highlighted multiple environments and emotional settings that accurately focused on the dilemmas and the dynamic nature of Covids impact. I also leveraged various artist influences such as David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Egon Shiele, Yayoi Kusama and more that highlighted the techniques of surrealism and pop art.
I have attempted to arrange my artwork in a manner that reflects the emotional rollercoaster that people were experiencing anchored with a common theme of the analysis of identity within the Covid era.
The students were very articulate about the messages they wished to communicate through their work. Congratulations to our three young artists! We wish them all the best in their future endeavours and trust that they will carry many fond memories of the time spent in the art studios.
Visual Arts Teacher
When Pi Comes to Life
On the 14th of March (3.14) the D1 Math students and the secondary Math teachers came together to celebrate Pi Day. The meticulous planning began early and it was interesting to see a day dedicated to Pi come to life.
There were competitions and a Pi run that built up to Pi day celebrations. A website was created by Wonjun, D1. The M1and M2 students created Pi representations from waste. The M3 students created Pi comic strips. The M4-D1 students created memes on Pi. The winners of the competitions were given special gift vouchers.
On Pi day there were activities planned at the MYP Courtyard, a special guest lecture by Mr. Sarvpriya for the M3 students, a pie measuring activity for M1 and M2 students and a quiz for the D1 students. The winners took away TI nspire CXII and CAS calculators.
Here is what our participants had to say about the event.
“On the 14th of March (3.14), there was a huge intra-school event, celebrating global ‘Pi day’. As a contributor and a participant, I would like to say that it has been enthralling to experience this global celebration.“ Hyunseok (M5)
“Pi day was fun and a learning experience. After many years I could try my hand with Maths and I also won a prize :). The best thing I took away from this was the explanation on on how Pi is used in our everyday life and how 3.142 came to be the number of Pi. Now I see all the circles, starting from my steering wheel to a planet to the universe with a different perspective. Thanks to Pi Day and all the students and teachers who were associated with it!” -Aparna Jha (Faculty, MYP English A)
“Pi day was a success. I was personally involved in creating an exhibit, logos, merch design and corresponding with other contributors. I enjoyed the Pi Quiz for the D1 students centered around Pi-related trivia.I also appreciated the different mathematical concepts. The event was a wonderful way to celebrate not just the irrational number Pi but also made math more palatable and engaging through the different activities and games.” - Vanessa, D1
The Mathematics department celebrated learning in many ways this year. Some of these include, The American Mathematics Competition-8 and American Mathematics competition 10/12, Infinity, Competitions by Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC): Canadian Computing Competition, PASCAL, GAUSS and the Pi day celebration. These have helped the students feel a world of numbers in their life.
Our external outings are back!
On Saturday,26th March, the M2-M4 boarding students had a fantastic excursion to the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, our first boarding trip in almost two years! Mr. Wayne & Ms. Melanie said it was a good way to bond with the students and a great learning experience.
A big shout out to the amazing medical team, especially our boarding nurse,Priya, for organising a health and hygiene workshop for the boarding community. It was an interesting interactive session.
On the 27th of March, two boarders Jaiveer and Amal, did their service project at a local Primary Government School. They planted more than thirty saplings around the campus.
The M5 students have their mock eAssessments from the 4th-6th of April. We wish them all the best!
I hope that during this mid-term break you are able to take the time to reflect, relax, and be with family and friends. Once we return, we will be in the home stretch making that final push to the end of the school year.
With best wishes,