From The Republic of the Gambia to the City of Pune:
Delegates Visit S.B. Patil Public School
Pune, Maharashtra | November 12th, 2022
In a proud moment, delegates from the Republic of the Gambia who were visiting the PCET and the institutes under it, visited S.B. Patil Public School.
His Excellency, Mr. Mustapha Jawara, High Commissioner of the Republic of the Gambia; Ms. Omie Fatty, Spouse of High Commissioner; Mr. Lamin Singhateh, Deputy Head of Mission; and Ms. Aji Fatou Joof, First Secretary were the distinguished Guests of Honour.
They were escorted and accompanied by PCCoE's Dr. Anuradha Thakare, and were warmly welcomed by the principal, Dr. Saini; vice principal, Ms. Padmavati Banda; primary section coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; and administrative officer, Mr. Manish Dhekale who engaged in candid discussions on the need for future collaborations.
Building Climate Resilience:
Ensuring a Sustainable Future through Quality Education
Pune, Maharashtra | October 2022
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”-George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
The above quote inspires and motivates us to bring a change in our lives that remains a mark of progress and sustainable future and a change for saving our environment is the first step towards such progress. Our children need to learn the importance of saving the environment to develop resilience from the ill effects of the growing pollution and climate change that influences each aspect of life on Earth. We consistently take initiatives to make our students aware about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and make it a part of their curriculum and activities for bringing a change that is for the betterment of the world.
Students of Grade VII participated in the Climate Action Project through a global online platform and initiative called Take Action global with earthproject.org
The Climate Action project is a free student-centered project, a six-week journey involving more than 3.4 million students across 149 countries. It is supported by governments in 15 countries and is founded by educator, speaker, author and environmentalist, Koen Timmers who was awarded the Global Teacher Prize in 2017 and 2018. The project aims to lead to a change of behavior through education.
Climate Action Project @ climate-action.info is a collaboration with WWF, Earth Day, and NASA, and endorsed by Jane Goodall, President Juan Migues Santos, Prince William, HH the Dalai Lama, and other eminent scientists, public figures, world leaders and Ministries of Education across 16 countries. It was covered by media across 45 countries including BBC, CNN and the National Geographic.
The students were guided by their class teachers and brainstormed the causes, effects of climate change and solutions for combating the ill effects of climate change. They made posters, models, wrote poetry, solved worksheets, took interviews of relatives and grandparents as a part of the activities of the project.
The students collaborated with Beaconhouse Garden Town School, Pakistan; and Positivo School, Brazil and shared the issues related to ill-effects of climate change in their respective countries. They shared their experiences of participating in the six-week Climate Action project. It was a heartwarming and fruitful collaboration for all the participating countries and was appreciated by all teachers and participants.
Teachers and Students all across the globe attended the Climate Action Webinar on the 3rd of November to mark the end of the project. They witnessed speeches by 30 prominent and famous environmental and youth activists, scientists, economists, magicians, princes, politicians and intellectuals. Also, they attended a webinar with David Pallash, Lego Group to collaborate on an activity of sharing their ideas through building sustainable cities through models made with Lego blocks for which many students responded enthusiastically.
The new playing blocks of Lego are made of polyethylene terephthalate which is recycled from bottles, and is a step forward in the brand's sustainability mission. Thus, this webinar was conducted to motivate students to “Build the change” for a sustainable future.
With an overwhelming response from students, our school has been selected for another Lego challenge called “From school to Home “challenge for which the students will share their solutions to climate change and making sustainable cities. The students will have the opportunity for their solutions to be published on the Lego and Take Action Global website.
All our students and participating students and teachers were awarded with certificates of participation in the Climate Action project and Webinar. Also, our school has been awarded with the Lego “Bu ild the Change” certificate for a builder of change.
We are thankful to Koen Timmers, the entire team of Take Action Global and earthproject.org for giving us this wonderful opportunity to participate in this project.
Ms. Anjali Gugale also received a free copy of the Glassbox e-book and audiobook of “Climate Action by Georgina Stevens” for answering questions during the Climate Action Day webinar and for being among the first 500 attendees.
Congratulations and best wishes to all the participating Grade VII student; the class teachers: Ms. Aakanksha Goswami, Ms. Anita Patil, Ms. Snehal Shinde, Ms. Treasa Peters, Ms. Varsha Deshmukh, Ms. Rucha Deokar, and Ms. Mohini Nair; section coordinator, Ms. Vandana Sangle; Facilitator of the Climate Action Project and IRC Coordinator, Ms. Anjali Gugale; vice principal Ms. Padmavati Banda and principal, Dr. Bindu Saini for all the efforts and support for successfully completing the Climate Action Project 2022.
With Names Etched Amongst the Constellations:
At the RoboCup 2022 Event
Bangkok, Thailand | July, 11th to 17th, 2022
From July 11th to 17th, 2022, the annual RoboCup event was held, with the venue this time at Bangkok, Thailand. 3,000 participants in 400 teams from 45 countries partook in the international AI event.
It was a moment of honour as S.B. Patil Public School, Ravet, Pune was among the three schools who represented India; with Greenwood High School, Bangalore; and Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adyar, Chennai being the other two.
For the event, Sunidhi C. of Grade IX-A, Ishika Wagh and Prathamesh Devshatawar of IX-B, and Daksh Kumawat of IX-C were the students from S.B. Patil Public School who participated in the big event. Ms. Varsha Gawali, the school’s robotics teacher, accompanied the four, mentoring and guiding them through the event.
With four students from each school, accounting for a total of 12 students representing India, the eight-round event lasted for a week. The students partook in numerous activities that tested their AI skills and aptitude. Activities included heat, colour and visual detection wherein the AI-bot created deployed safety kits based on colour recognised, heat detected, and visual “victim” sighted. The bot also had to avoid obstacles in a maze, passing through and over speed bumps, steps, debris and ramps, etc.
Each round had a change of course in the maze which the students had to overcome through their built robot.
Our fiery foursome qualified each round leading them to reach being in the “Super Team” which was a collaboration of teams. The students of S.B. Patil Public School collaborated with the students from Portugal. With all eight rounds coming to an end, students from Germany, Hungary and Croatia were declared the winners.
One of the many life-lessons taught at S.B. Patil Public School is that life is not always about winning. The fact that one took the initiative, faced the challenges, and overcame the obstacles regardless of the outcome is in itself an act of winning.
And thus, we congratulate every participant: Sunidhi, Ishika, Prathamesh and Daksh for wholeheartedly investing themselves in the event. We also thank Ms. Gawali and all the robotics faculty for taking time to enroll, orient and mentor our young participants. A special round of applause and thanks also goes to Mr. David Prakash, Director of LSCL, Bangalore who is also the Indian representative for all the international competitions and events.
Our gratitude to the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; vice principal, Ms. Padmavati Banda; all the coordinators, sub-coordinators, teachers, and parents who supported these four budding tech geniuses. We also extend our gratitude to the Board of Trustees: Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle, Vice-chairperson; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director for their support to ensure the holistic development of our children, and to make this day a success.
On a Quest to Understand the Indian Education System:
A Visit by Scottish University and School Faculties
Pune, Maharashtra | June 24th, 2022
On June 24th, 2022, faculties from Glasgow, Scotland visited S.B. Patil Public School with the aim to understand and study the Indian education system.
Dr. Gabriella Rodolico, who works Lecturer in Science Education (Biology), University of Glasgow; and Ms. Deborah Simpson, who is a primary school teacher also in working the Gaelic country visited the school in the morning.
They were greeted by the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; vice principal, Ms. Padmavati Banda; and secondary science teacher, Ms. Darshana Kamat. After engaging in a lively conversation with the school heads, the Scottish guests were taken on a tour of the school where they visited the science labs and auditorium. They also met and interacted with the students of Grade X asking them questions about their experience at school, career aspirations, hobbies and interests, etc.
They then toured the outer premises of the school where Ms. Simpson ran a race with the toddlers who were already in the midst of their PE class. This was followed by brunch with the school heads, and Ms. Kamat wherein they all again engaged in light conversation about education systems and functioning.
We could not be more pleased to announce that they were extremely enthusiastic to be associated with S.B. Patil Public School via a student exchange programme which they intend to implement in the near future.
Ms. Kamat recently took part in an international series of workshops between University of Glasgow (UoG), School of Education, and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune between August and November 2021. The workshops were aimed to highlight the relationship between STEM and Social Sciences. The workshops involve several In-Service teachers from both countries Scotland as well as India.
We thank Dr. Saini, Ms. Banda and Ms. Kamat for organising such a memorable event, and the PCET management for wholeheartedly supporting and encouraging diversity and alliances with foreign schools and education institutes.
Winning the AFS INDIA Scholarship 2022:
Shreya Walunjkar and Rituja Joshi selected for Asia Kakehashi
Pune, Maharashtra | June 11th, 2022
Shreya Walunjkar and Rituja Joshi, both students of Patil Public School, have been selected for the Asia Kakehashi Scholarship 2022. The duo will leave for Japan on June 15th, 2022 for the Asia Kakehashi event.
AFS India selects scholarship recipients from Asian countries and regions. The purpose of the scholarship is to build friendly relations among the students pursuing higher studies in Asian countries. Shreya Walunjkar took up Japanese at S.B. Patil Public School, and it is due to her passion for language learning that she continued to learn the language through the Sakura-Japanese class after school.
The programme also focuses on facilitating intercultural exchange and understanding among adolescents in Japan and other Asian countries. The selection process for this event was very ambitious this year. The personal and educational qualities required as a youth representative in Japan are first seen from India. The scholarship is offered by the Japanese government to students between the ages of 15 and 18 who have access to completely free residential education.
Shreya and Rituja are also passionate about Bharatanatyam, took advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and personal growth in a new country and culture. This achievement is definitely inspiring for other students.
In our school, students are always encouraged to learn different languages from around the world so that future generations will be able to live with full confidence in the world realising that Indian culture and intelligence are incomparable.
Regarding this God-given and deserving opportunity, the principal, Dr. Saini; and vice principal, Ms. Banda honoured both of them on behalf of the school. Apart from this, the two interacted with the students of Grade XI, guiding them to take advantage of this opportunity abroad.
We thank all the teachers, the vice principal and the principal who have been a source of support to both Shreya and Rituja. We also thank the chairperson of the PCET, Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landage; vice chairperson, Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle; treasurer, Mr. Shantaram Garade; secretary, Mr. Vitthal S. Kalbhor; trustee Harshvardhan Patil, Executive Director Dr. Girish Desai for enabling our school to have such prestigious opportunities.
Japanese Dignitaries Conduct a Career Guidance Session
at S.B. Patil Public School
Pune, Maharashtra | April 25th, 2022
On Monday, April 25th, 2022, the Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust and S.B. Patil Public School had the pleasure to invite guests from Japan who have been instrumental in the establishment of the school’s innovation labs and the robotics labs in the colleges and our school.
Renowned Japanese dignitaries, Mr. Renya Kikuchi, Chairman SCCIP Co. Ltd., and President and CEO of IM Co. Ltd., Japan; and Mr. Tomio Isogai, Director, Kansai Japan India Cultural Society, Kobe, Japan; Ms. Kazuko Barisic, an expert in traditional Japanese art, culture, hospitality and robotics; and Mr. David Prakash, LSCL were warmly welcomed by school principal Dr. Bindu Saini; vice principal, Ms. Padmavati Banda; coordinators, teachers and students.
Ms. Anjali Gugale, the school IDS committee head, and International Relations Coordinator with the PCET compeered the event and gave a presentation on the recently concluded collaboration with Kyoto Junior and High School on the theme “Festivals of India”.
Ms. Nishtha Nath, the Japanese Language teacher welcomed the dignitaries by delivering a speech in Japanese. School students from VIII-C, IX-B and IX-C presented melodious and soulful Japanese songs whilst Chinmay Choudhary and Vansh Gupta, both students of Grade IX enacted a dialogue- delivery in Japanese.
All performances were beautifully presented and were followed by a career guidance session by renowned Japanese expert on Indo-Japanese socio-cultural relations, Mr. Tomio Isogai. Mr. Isogai gave valuable insights into changing trends in the career and job markets in the coming years. He explained how in India, the students can avail various opportunities to work in Japan. He talked about the bond and ties of friendship between India and Japan by showing various socio-cultural links between the two countries since centuries ago.
Ms. Padmavati Banda proposed the Vote of Thanks to all dignitaries present on the occasion, especially thanking Mr. Tomio Isogai for conducting an insightful and informative session with our students.
We would like to thank the principal, Dr. Saini; vice principal, Ms. Padmavati Banda; the administrative officer, Mr. Manish Dhekale; the IRC Coordinator, Ms. Anjali Gugale for planning and executing the entire event successfully.
Our gratitude to Ms. Nishtha Nath, for her contribution to the event through her speech in Japanese and in mentoring the students with dialogue delivery and correct pronunciation for all the performances.
We also thank the music teacher, Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar for guiding the students for presenting the melodious Japanese song performances; art and craft teacher, Mr, Sunnjoy Vispute; the IT team, Mr. Abhijeet Patil and Mr. Aman Yadav; and from the Media and Publishing Department, Rohit Sarkar for providing all the support in conducting executing the event successfully.
A special mention goes out to the students who so wonderfully performed: Anushree Nighot, Harshwardhan Godse, Jigisha Kolhe, Kartikeya Roy, Rishikesh Salunkhe, Shantanu Pujari, Swaraj Jadhav and Urkarsha Bhosle of VIII-C; Aditi Karkar, Chinmay Choudhary, Ishika Wagh, Priyanshi Das, Saee Basavar, Shradha Pete, Tanishka Shinde and Vaidehi Kharse of IX-B; and Asmita Lagad, Gargi Raut, Saniya Shierke, Siddhi Vinchure, Sucheta Rampure and Yadni Pawar of IX-C.
nd last but not the least, the Board of Trustees: Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle, Vice Chairperson; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director who supported the organising of such a wonderful event.