What Colour is your Holi?

In our school, we have always encouraged students (and teachers, and everyone else) to think up things which improves upon existing notions and discourse. Our belief in creating classrooms where knowledge is imparted through constructive approach stands strong each day. A child should be able to paint the world in his colours, his ideas, his beliefs, however, within the careful guidance of the ever-watchful and encouraging mentors. Continue reading

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Telling Your Tale

Imagine standing on a big stage, with hundreds of audience members applauding your arrival to the podium, their eager eyes set on you. A hush descends then as they stop clapping and expect you to start speaking. You could then be feeling one of the two things. First – I’ve got this, I will just calm down, smile and deliver the best speech of my life. Second – Oh dear God! Why was I put here? Can this end already? I want to get off the stage and away from the eyes of all these people. Continue reading

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Kahaani Palampur Ki

There is a lot that is a part of our academic curriculum, which is understood by the students only in theory, because of the inherent, and sometimes indispensable chasm which exists between concepts and their real applications and manifestations. In some of these cases, it is possible to make concepts come alive through model-making, experiments and integrated class-room experiences where non-academic disciplines make their way into the curriculum to make academic concepts lucid. But some other cases might present a greater difficulty. Continue reading

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In Conversation – Raspreet Sidhu

Raspreet Sidhu is a busy sportsperson. Besides pursuing her passion for basketball in international sports tournaments as an India player, she also leads the Sports Programme at Shiv Nadar School. Bringing along her wide experiences from the sports field, Raspreet has helped create a robust sports curriculum, the benefits of which accrue towards the holistic development of all students. Continue reading

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In Conversation – Dr. Sneha Chakradhar

Dr. Sneha Chakradhar is an artist in the true sense of the word. Not only is she a Bharatanatyam danseuse par excellence, she is also a sociology student capable of traversing across disciplines in seamless, fluid movements. She experimented with Kathak and Odissi before deciding that her real calling lay in remaining a student of Bharatanatyam. Besides dance, she has also learnt music at an early age, and done her masters in theatre from Australia. Not just this, Sneha has tried her hand at film-making too! Continue reading

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First Is, Indeed, Forever

On the afternoon of 18th March, when their nursery class was empty of the usual chirps of the tiny ones, Monica and Sunaina were involved in a curious activity. They were neatly cutting out little hand impressions of their students to fold and store in memory jar. “This is the first and youngest batch of the school. This is our way of preserving their presence and memories”, informs a visibly emotional Monica Rishi, among the first five teachers to have joined the Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad team. Now imagine, when a child, whose tiny imprints are being preserved by the school, reaches twelfth and puts his hand inside this memory jar, what a flood of emotions would envelope him. From that little hand, to now a graduating student – the entire journey would come unfolding, right in front of their eyes. The school, along with him, would have come of age. Continue reading

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Fire by the Moonlight

Excitement is an inadequate word to describe the kind of buzz we heard in the school at the announcement of an overnight stay, for the primary departments at Noida and Faridabad. When our regular school days turn out to be so much fun, it was thrilling to imagine how much enjoyment a night stay at school would carry along. Fun, however, was not the only objective behind organizing a stay at school. There are many diverse aims which this kind of an interaction with the school space and people helps achieve, and we’ll walk through some in this post. Continue reading

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Animal Farm in School!

The morning of 12th February was an interesting one for Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad. Students, teachers and the Principal carried wide smiles on their face in anticipation of a fun learning activity which had been planned for grade one. For our youngest school, still completing its first year, an experiential engagement like this had never been heard of before. They were going to spend a morning in their own, personal Animal Farm! Continue reading

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The World of Tomorrow

Reflections are a great way to not only view the past, but also set a road map for future. An awareness of past learnings and glories helps envisage a world which is a little brighter and better for coming generations to live in. We spent some time talking to our educators about how they would wish the school, the community, the country and the world to change in 2016, and in most of these interactions, we met a faraway look in the eyes of our teachers. This look was reflective of all that they were trying to recall from the year which has gone by, in order to arrive at a happy dream for tomorrow. Continue reading

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Lights Along the Way

Before getting to the topic, we wish you a bright and beautiful 2016. Are your hopes, plans and resolutions in place for it?

We spent a good part of December revisiting our values. Did you wonder why? The closing moments of the year are a solemn time for recollecting and bringing to mind all the learnings and successes, all the triumphs and sobering experiences. It is a time also to sift out the best to carry forward to the next year, which symbolically represents the start of a new chapter of possibilities in a person’s life. We wanted to devote the same introspective time to revisit the core of our existence – our values, which are the brightly lit lamps along the path of life. Continue reading

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