Saturday, August 30, 2014

Newton campus to USA

"No matter how practical or logical the world gets, we will be humans as long as we feel for others"-
In connection with our on-going unit “Celebrations”, students of pp2F celebrated Nia’s Father Birthday, though Skype from Newton campus to USA on 7th August. The class connected and wished him with birthday songs. We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Shubra Gaurav for making our day wonderful and enlightened.
Sharing  the feedback from PP2F parents in connection with Skype session.
Dear Ma'am,
I would like to Thank you for giving us the amazing opportunity to interact with the kids today. It started off as ,what seemed to me, a jovial mention by Nia but it was you and Shireen Ma'am, who recognized that her childish idea has merit and can be used for learning. 
It was heartwarming to spend time with children. The cleanup time, circle time, prayer, rhymes, music and kid's naughtiness transported me , as well, to my childhood. Mom talking to kids about the birthday celebrations would not have been possible without your help. You immediately came to my rescue by initiating conversation when I appeared to fall short of ideas.  This extraordinary ability  keeps children engaged in all circumstances is a distinguishing and salute worthy quality in you teachers.
Thank you so much Ma'am for your efforts to enable the interaction between us and the students. I wish I could have spent more time in the class, but office commitments had to be taken care and I had to limit the time.
This session today was a learning opportunity for me on how to prepare better for any interaction with students. Your presence and help made it a memorable experience. Ma'am, I look forward to spending more time with the class again as paraprofessional whenever the program starts. I would also love to be part of more such class activities as and when any opportunity appears.
Thanks again to you and Shireen Ma'am for giving us the amazing opportunity.
                                                                          Thanks, Shubra Gaurav (Mother of Nia PP2F)






Tangrams, "seven pieces of cleverness"

Students of grade 1F were introduced to Tangrams where they were taught about the Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form different patterns.
Later they made their own patterns using 7 different shapes, same activity was followed in Math lab and Ict lab where learners were actively involved and clear about the concept.


 







Home work is fun

Students on grade1 F presented their homework on their ongoing 
Unit - Emergencies, where they made collage's of emergency situations which they have seen in newspapers and magazines. This activity helped them to Inquire and  to understand the different emergencies facing by the people around us and they could also differentiate the Natural and the Man-made emergency situations. 




CISCO English Workshop in OIS Newton Campus

The CISCO workshop for English teachers was conducted in the Newton Campus on 26th August, 2014. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Nagamani, Head of Faculty. The participants included teachers from the Bachupally, Vizag and Bangalore Campuses. The workshop began with introductions and an icebreaker activity.
The workshop was very informative to teachers and was a reinforcement of what they were doing in their classes. The workshop was very helpful and will definitely benefit teachers to tackle important aspects of the setting of question papers and the marking scheme.  The workshop has given teachers so much insight into making English interesting as well as informative.
The session was very interactive and stimulating with teachers pitching in with their comments and opinions. The workshop covered all aspects of effective teaching and sufficient time was allotted for mock grading of test papers. The tips that teachers learned from the workshop will contribute to making English interesting. The workshop made us think about innovative ways of making English fun and the worksheets that Ms. Nagamani shared will come in handy to the teachers of the CIE segment. The discussions were helpful and it showcased new methods in improving the English skills of students.
The workshop was outstanding and Ms. Nagamani was very well organised and the information provided was thought through carefully to ensure that all classes of the CIE segment were included and delivered flawlessly. Thank you Ms. Nagamani for the wonderful learning experience. It was enriching and will help teachers improve the student’s English speaking and writing skills.

 

 

 

Chairman’s Cup Grade 10 – August 2014

The Chairman’s Cup for grade 10 was conducted on the 28th August. The topic that was assigned for the debate was “Should teaching English be abolished in India”. The students came up with interesting arguments for and against the topic. What was evident in the debate was the amount of research that went into the topic. The participants spoke about how only 6% of Indians are fluent in English and how ironical it was that the debate was being conducted in English.
The participants came up with some convincing opinions about why English should be the second language and not the primary language of instruction. It was interesting to see how passionate they were about the debate topic and exceeded the allotted time of debate. They quoted examples of China and Japan, both economic giants in the world with English as a second language. They stressed the need for learning English but at the same time not to forget their native language and culture and to give it equal importance.
The first place went to Rajat and Swetha of class 10H. The second place was awarded to Selena and Anusha of 10J. The third place was awarded to Greeshma and Yasaswini of 10G. Greeshma of 10G was awarded the best speaker prize in the debate. - Reflections by Ms. Sunanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

PYP Exhibition Orientation: My Reflection

The PYP Exhibition looks like a lot of fun. Since I have come to Grade 5,I am excited about doing the PYP Exhibition. I have already started bringing newspaper articles related to issues I would like to work on.
On 25 September , we had an orientation on PYP Exhibition by Our teachers. It mainly focussed on the the importance of collaboration, cooperation, role of students and the 5 Essential elements of PYP. At first we watched a video on Caine’s Arcade. We tried to find the similarities and differences between Caine and us. We watched another video on the theme nothing is impossible and that we should not give up. I really motivated us a lot. I liked how our teachers were pausing the video in between and asking us questions. It really made us think better. We also made a Venn diagram on our PYP Exhibition topic and our UOI topic.
I am very excited and looking forward to the day when we finalize the theme for our exhibition.
Ashritha Chebiyam
5K





Friday, August 29, 2014

Talk show in 5K

We had a Talk show by parents in our class. It was related to our current unit of inquiry, Government. We had 3 parents as guests, Ms. Sirisha, Ms. Suneetha and Ms. Lakshmi. They were representing India, United Kingdom and United States respectively. We asked many questions and it helped us a lot to know a lot in learning about the similarities and differences in these governments. Now we know that governments are not same for different countries. Some have multi party system while others have dual party system. Some have the President as its head while others have the Queen as the head of the country. It was an exciting learning experience for all of us. I hope we have more Talk shows in the future. It makes learning fun!
Sameeka Reddy


 

Vocabulary building

Learners of Grade 1G were engrossed during the vocabulary building activity. The strategy “SAY-BUILD-WRITE-READ” helped the children to use the words they learnt properly to frame a meaningful sentence. All the children showed lot of zeal during this activity.





Importance of Suryanamaskara in Yoga

Surya namaskara is a combined process of yoga asanas and pranayama. Before students take up the practice of asanas and pranayama, the spine, body and muscles should acquire some flexibility.
The beginners should start with two rounds of suryanamaskaras and increase gradually according to one’s capacity. The practice of Suryanamaskar reduces abdominal fat, brings flexibility to the spine and limbs and also increases the breathing capacity. 
Oakridge students start learning this asana in Grade 3 and they practice them in every Yoga class. Each student performs all 12 steps of Suryanamaskar very confidently. This learning will definitely make them lifelong practitioners.




 

A Fun filled way of learning History

Through this activity, I learnt that when we work together, the work gets completed faster and more beautifully. It also developed our social skills. We also had a revision because ma’am had already taught us this. We never had a recap with so much fun.               - Maitreyi Dixit, VI-B
We thought the activity was interesting because it cleared our doubts on history and ancient civilizations. It was fun matching the words. The activity is real fun. I think it is a fun way to learn. I really enjoyed a lot.    - Sarojini, VI- B
I had a lot of fun in doing the activity. I got to know a lot about Sumer. This also helped us to know and work with different people. We thank you Ma’am for such a wonderful and fun filled activity. -Aashi Agarwal, VI-B                                                                     
My reflection on History match was real fun to do and to acquire more knowledge and even my group was a good group to work together. It was really tricky to match the given things.              - Tanvi, VI-B





Sthiram Sukham Asanam

Patanjali, the father of yoga mentioned asana is nothing but being stable and comfortable in a posture in his Patanjali yoga sutras.
Our students of various grades  have learnt Padmasana (lotus pose) and showcased their stability in their yoga class.
Padmasana is useful for  controlling  of the mind and to develop memory power and concentration. This sitting posture strengthens the spine, tones up the nervous system.





Oakridge Stood Top in the Treasure Fest Inter School Competition

Oakridge international school newton campus is the over all championship in the Treasure Fest inter school  swimming competition held at newton campus.

Treasure Fest Inter School Swimming Final Results (Points)
S.N0
SCHOOL NAME
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
POINTS
PLACE
1
OAKRIDGE INTERNATIONAL NEWTON
24
11
5
163
1ST
2
OAKRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EINSTEIN
9
8
5
79
2ND
3
DPS KHAJAGUDA
7
11
3
74
3RD 
4
SREE NIDHI INTERNATIONAL
3
6
16
65
4TH
5
DPS NACHARAM
4
9
9
65
4TH
6
INDUS INTERNATIONAL
7
6
1
55
5TH
7
DRS INTERNATIONAL
3
1
8
34
6TH
8
INDUS UNIVERSAL
-
6
4
26
7TH
9
AGA KHAN
-
1
4
11
8TH
10
MERIDIAN BANJARA HILLS                 
3
1
-
18
9TH
11
SANCTA MARIA           
1
-
-
5
10TH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 POINTS CRITERIA

GOLD – 5

SILVER – 3

BRONZE - 2

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Inter School Tennis Tournament- Winners-Up

It was a great moment for one the main Tennis player from MYP SEGMENT OF (OIS Newton Campus). Pranav Ikkurity of Grade 6D has played the  (INTERSCHOOL) Tournament which was organized by the (SANCTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL) Played @ Hyderabad from 26TH & 27TH  Aug 2014, and secured the 1ST  Position.
It was a hard fought match in which he gave all his best and secured the 1ST position.
MYP Coordinator Ms. Baljeet praised his effort and wished him all the luck in the future.




All India Tennis Tournament- Runners-Up

It was a great moment for one the main Tennis player from MYP SEGMENT OF (OIS Newton Campus). Pranav Ikkurity of Grade 6D has played the  (ALL-INDIA) Tournament National Level which was organized by the AITA (All-India Tennis Association) Played @ Hyderabad from 11th Aug 2014 to 16th Aug 2014, and secured the 2nd Position.
It was a hard fought match in which he gave all his best and secured the 2nd position.
MYP Coordinator Ms. Baljeet praised his effort and wished him all the luck in the future.


 

Guest Lecture for Grade 6 Students

Dr. Deepa Agarwal (consultant nutritionist from NOVA) took the guest lecture for grade 6 students in connection with our current unit. She said that right foundation to good health is to choose food products that are rich in nutrients and have a balanced amount of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and a little bit of fat as well. She also discussed about the changes(physical, emotional) during growth.



Safety everywhere

In connection with our unit "Emergencies" children of grade 1 had a guest lecture by our school doctor. Little inquirers gathered a lot of information on being safe at different places like schol,home play ground and road.