IB Asia Pacific Newsletter
April - June 2006
Promotion of IB programmes
Seven meetings/seminars were held in this year to disseminate information about the IB’s Programs. Each presentation was followed by a question & answer session to clarify any doubts which prospective parents, new schools, and future IB students would have. These meetings have been very fruitful. Three meetings were held in Mumbai, two in Delhi, one in Jaipur and one in Kolkata.
Mumbai University has agreed to accept predicted grades for granting provisional admission to DP students.
Mumbai University has agreed to extend its internal deadline for payment of fees to 10 July, thus accommodating DP students who get their results by 8 July.
IB Representatives had various meetings with principals of leading colleges in Mumbai to inform them about the predicted grades acceptance, to facilitate admissions into undergrad programs from June 2006 onwards.
When artists Bharati Kapadia and Parul Pattni put forward a challenging project proposal to the students of Podar International School to help beautify creatively the Mumbai Traffic Training Park at Cooperage, Mumbai, a unique CAS project which would be meaningful and helpful to so many primary level students of Mumbai city was planned and completed by the DP students of Podar International School.
Due to the efforts of the DP students, the 70 ft long park has now come alive by the tile mural cladding its façade. The combined tile and texture mural panels are a collaborative work of art of the students and the above two artists. The collage images on the frontage of the seven rows relate to traffic in general and the Mumbai Traffic Police in particular. The colours Blue and Yellow used in the collage represent the Mumbai Traffic Police identity. Traffic signs and signal images, vehicles like auto, bus, car, truck and animals such as cows and dogs which are seen on the streets of Mumbai were incorporated in the design. The creative artists added buildings, birds, flora and people to include the environment of Mumbai. The entire batch of students worked on this project for over three months both at school as well as at the artist Bharati Kapadia’s studio. The overall design symbolizes their creative process.
They interacted with various corporate houses and finally got a sponsorship of over Rs 2 and ½ lakhs (approx USD5,800) from the House of Rahejas to fund this project.
CAS projects in South Asia are becoming the talk of the town and many schools are thus becoming more curious to learn more about the IB. I truly believe that our IB students are our best ambassadors!
Have fun in the summer holidays.
South Asia MY Coordinators
Ecole Mondiale World School graciously hosted the inaugural meeting of the MYP coordinators network in Mumbai. SAMCO (South Asia MYP Coordinators). Coordinators from eight authorized and candidate schools demonstrated the rich collaboration that happens when like-minded and committed educators come together with common goals. Guidelines for future activities were developed and discussions were held regarding South Asia’s needs and suggestions for further initiatives. SAMCO is the latest professional community of learners to join the ever growing list of networks and associations if IB schools and programmes in Asia Pacific.
Farzana Dohadwalla, Regional Representative South Asia
A vertical development project was initiated by the IB’s Regional Representative of S. Asia Farzana Dohadwalla. The Education Department (Maharashtra) granted permission to begin the project at Sir J.J. School in Mumbai which is a state aided school The students of this school are from the lower middle class families living in and around South Mumbai. Some of these students are the first generation of school going children in their family.