The Northstar School has often strived for opportunities to collaborate with institutions both nationally and internationally to improve the learners' learning experiences. One such collaboration is the academic collaboration between the Northstar School and HEP in Switzerland, which began in 2018–19. This year, HEP educators visited The Northstar School in India as part of the exchange programme, working with our educators to do a variety of educational activities with our learners.
At The Northstar School, we believe that culture always plays a crucial part in forming a person's overall personality and character. Learners experienced a variety of hands-on activities, field visits, and cultural contrasts between Switzerland and India.
It amazes us how our children embrace the benefits of cultural diversity at such a young age. Through cross-country exposures such as HEP collaboration at The Northstar School, we hope our children will grow into humble, flexible, adaptable human beings tomorrow.
Many thoughts, ideas, efforts, and energies have been exchanged in order to enhance the learning process of our dear learners. The Northstar School was happy to host the HEP team.
A celebration of learning by the Northstar School
Mythica was an incredible journey in time and space, as our kids explored myths and tales of the world. At Northstar, we celebrate learning and growing. One of our flagship events each year is the Celebration of Learning, or COL as we call it. We had our biggest COL in 2022. COLs are always thematic and each year we select a rich and meaningful theme. These themes present a potential to deepen our understanding of the world, while also providing opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary skills. COL is also an opportunity for parents and the wider community to come, witness and encourage our children who are putting on a performance.
Performances of this calibre are certainly beyond words. Hundreds of hours of rehearsals and practices. Countless hours of back-end work. Congratulations to the Northstar team for creating such a remarkable display of learning, fun and reflection.
Sharing a few highlights from the spectacular event.
Celebrations of Learning (COL) at The Northstar School serve as a medium of self-assessment as we believe assessment should first and foremost be a tool for learners themselves to learn about their own progress.
The Northstar Nest learners had their celebration of learning event. Our preschool parents were invited to witness and encourage their kids’ performances. The themes of COL such as Family for PS, Health & Hygiene for PreK & K1, and Animals for K2 were incorporated into all developmental areas through various hands-on activities. Additionally, our students demonstrated a variety of gross motor skills.
Learners and Educators had great celebrations of learning.
Learning, like Christmas, is about doing great things together and celebrating together. It is about the process and the journey.
Fun and frolic marked the Christmas celebration at The Northstar School. Here's sharing a few glimpses of our learners indulging in the festive spirit.
Through the eyes of our learners, the world always appears colourful.
Art is an essential component of our learners' growth. Our preschool educators planned and curated a beautiful plastic wall. Through these artistic endeavours, our learners gained hands-on experience of painting colours on plastic and developed a range of skills which include motor skills, problem-solving creativity, literacy and most of all appreciation of the world around us!
As a part of their unit 'Plants', learners of PS participated, with all their enthusiasm, in plantation activity and are ready to nurture a friend for life! They touched, sensed, observed and gained knowledge about plants, soil and everything related to nurturing a plant for life.
Community Gatherings at Northstar play a vital role for our learners in understanding, knowledge & skills beyond the domains with the peers and the community.
We can’t ever get over Navratri.
The Sanskrit words "nava," which means nine, and "ratri," which means night, are combined to form the phrase "Navratri." Learners in grade 4B demonstrated the history of Navratri as well as some well-known Gujarati dances that are now an essential element of the festival in their community gathering.
Epics play a significant role in our lives. They are capable of explaining the actual meaning of life. They are able to explain to us things that are beyond our capacity for thought. They provide the answers to the majority of our questions.
Grade 12 learners explored the significance of epics in human life for their community meeting through a sequence of performances of several epic stories.
Through such community gatherings learners gain and grasp various concepts.
Dr. S Pandian, visiting professor, IIT Madras, Former Director at Satish Dhawan space centre, recently had a very organic talk with Northstar School learners.
Dr. S. Pandian was pleasantly surprised by the learners' eagerness to talk about and ask questions about space, the moon, and everything else in their context. Through the discussion and Dr. Pandian's expertise, our learners gained a lot of awareness.
Learners in grades 3/4 visited Rajsamadhiyala Spinning Mill as part of their exploration - The Life of Products - to better understand the manufacturing and distribution processes of various sorts of products. The learners understood the cotton yarn manufacturing process, along with knowing the places the product is supplied. Here's sharing a few images of the visit.
Learners of grades 7/8 visited Gandhi Museum as a part of their exploration to understand the history of British Raj. The visit was intended to make learners understand the role/involvement of Gandhiji in India's freedom struggle. During the visit, learners met and interacted with Mr. Prem Kumar Khera, an ex-IAS officer, who stressed on the importance and benefits of understanding history through visuals.