Field Trip to Government Offices

As part of Social Studies curriculum, Grade Six and Seven students visited Hetauda Municipality Office and District Development Committee office on 2nd June, 2011 to gain the first hand experience on how these offices were formed; their roles and responsibilities; their future development plans; facilities provided to the citizens and challenges faced by those offices. We are pleased to see our students’ involvement in asking questions, observing, collecting information and taking notes!

Students of Grade 6 & 7 interacting with the officials from the Hetauda Municipality

Ajaya Bartaula, information in-charge of the District Development Committee (DDC), Makawanpur said, “It is so encouraging to see young students visiting the DDC to learn about the functions of local public authorities. When they are matured, they will have learnt a lot about the functions and roles of the public institutions. I see a bright future for the students of Prajwal Shiksha Sadan, who are learning practical life skills.

He congratulated the school for its initiative to promote active citizenship and wishes best of luck for the school in achieving its mission to offer transformative education. “I would like to wish all students all the best for their bright future”, said Mr. Bartaula.

According to Mr. Bartaula, it was the first time that students of a lower secondary school had ever visited the District Development Committee to learn about its functions.

At the end of the meeting, the District Development Committee gave a photo of Makawanpur district highlighting 12 important places to visit as a token of love.

Sharing her experience of the field trip, Suraksha Neupane, a student of Grade 7 said,” I feel happy today because I went to  two important offices of our district. They are Hetauda Municipality and the District Development Committee office”.

” First, we went to the office of Hetauda Municipality and we asked a lot of questions”. Now I know the process of making citizenship certificate”.

Prajwal School is a not-for-profit school which has been supported by  Everest of Apples. We would like to thank all  members and supporters of the Everest of Apples, without their support, the school would not be able to  introduce transformational and practical learning in the school.

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अभिभावक कार्यशाला सम्पन्न

प्रज्वल स्कुलमा यस बर्ष भर्ना भएका नर्सरी कक्षाका अभिभावकहरुको लागि स्कुलले अभिभावक कार्यशाला सम्पन्न गर्यो |

नर्सरी कक्षाको लागि तयार पारिएको पाठ्यक्रम बारे जानकारी दिदै वर्ग शिक्षक सम्झना सापकोटा

बालबालिकाको शिक्षामा अभिभावकको भूमिका, घरमा आफ्नो बालबालिकाको शिक्षामा सहयोग पुर्याउन कथा बाचनको महत्व र स्कुलले अबलम्बन गरेको बैज्ञानिक बाल केन्द्रित शिक्षण विधिको बारेमा नर्सरी कक्षाका वर्ग शिक्षक सम्झना सापकोटाले प्रकाश पार्नुभएको थियो |

“शिक्षकलाइ प्रेरणा (INSPIRE Teachers)” कार्यक्रमका संयोजक प्रतिष्ठा श्रेष्ठले कार्यशालाको उदेश्यबारे चर्चा गर्नुभएको थियो |

प्रज्वल स्कुलका प्रारम्भिक बाल बिकास शिक्षा संयोजक लक्ष्मी श्रेष्ठ बिद्यार्थीहरुले बनाएका सामाग्रीहरु देखाउदै

१० जना अभिभावकहरु सम्मिलित सो कार्यशालामा प्रज्वल स्कुलका प्रारम्भिक बाल बिकास शिक्षा संयोजक लक्ष्मी श्रेष्ठले साना नानीहरुलाई कथा बाचन कसरी गर्ने भनि प्रयोगात्मक प्रदर्शन गर्नु भएको थियो | अभिभावकहरुले कार्यशाला अबधी भरी सार्है सक्रिय सहभागिता जनाउनु भएको थियो | स्कुलले समय सापेक्ष शिक्षा दिन गरेको प्रयास को सरहाना गर्दै , अभिरुचीपूर्बक कथा बाचन कला सिक्नुभएको थियो | कार्यक्रमपछि केहि अभिभावकहरुले स्कुलको पुस्तकालय बाट घरमा कथा पढ्न तत्कालै केहि कथाका किताबहरु लिएर जानुभयो |

अभिभावकहरुको सक्रिय सहभागिता र वहाहरुको देखाउनु भएको रुचिले गर्दा आफुहरुलाइ आगामी दिनमा यस्तो कार्यक्रमलाई निरन्तरता दिन हौसला मिलेको प्रतिक्रिया बाल बिकास शिक्षा संयोजक लक्ष्मी श्रेष्ठले दिनु भयो |
बालबालिकाको शिक्षामा अभिभावकहरुको सहभागिता वृद्धि गर्न यसै बर्ष देखि प्रज्वल स्कुलले अभिभावकहरुलाई लक्षित गर्दै विभिन्न शिक्षामुलक कार्यक्रमहरु संचालन गर्ने योजना रहेको कुरा स्कुलका प्रिन्सिपल प्रज्वल श्रेष्ठले जानकारी गराउनु भयो |

प्रज्वल स्कुलका प्रारम्भिक बाल बिकास शिक्षा संयोजक लक्ष्मी श्रेष्ठ कथा बाचन गर्ने बिधि प्रस्तुत गर्दै

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First Curriculum Sharing Meeting

We are pleased to share our experiences on the ‘First Curriculum Sharing Meeting’ which was held on 31st May, 2011. We initiated this meeting with our new parents of Grade Nursery. The main purposes of the programme were to provide the parents with information about the school’s philosophy, curriculum and to make the school’s expectations clear to parents so that there is proper communication and coordination between the School and Home. This provided an opportunity for parents to understand what their children would be learning in this academic year, ways to offer their help to enhance children’s learning, share their concerns, put forth their questions and suggestions. Parents got the opportunity to see examples of work in each curriculum area taught in the school. The agendas were:

1. Objectives of the programme, Pratistha Shrestha, Coordinator,   Inspire Teacher Project

2. Curriculum Sharing, Samjhana Sapkota, Nursery Grade Teacher

3. Impact of the immediate environment on child’s development and characteristics of children from age 4-5, Laxmi Shrestha, Pre-primary Coordinator

4. Encouraging reading culture at home: Reading Aloud: Why and How? Pratistha Shrestha, Coordinator, Inspire Teacher Project

5. Explore ways to involve families in school activities, Subash Neupane, Vice-Principal

It was great to see the key stakeholders working together to shape the better future of children.

 

Samjhana Sapkota, Nursery Grade Teacher briefing her curriculum to parents


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INSPIRE teachers for inclusive and transformational education

Dr. Mary Mckenna  launched a new initiative   to increase the quality of education at Prajwal School so that it can serve as a model laboratory school and anchor a series of teacher training projects.

” Inspire teachers”  aims at  inspiring teachers  to share and learn from the community of practice and promote inclusive and transformational education.

Specifically the aim of the current project is to appoint a local coordinator to oversee the implementation of the school reform through intensive coaching in effective teaching strategies that are child friendly.

Dr.  Mckenna has made a personal contribution to hire a local project coordinator. Ms. Pratistha Shrestha,  former Vice Principal of Prajwal School, has been appointed as the INSPIRE  teachers  Coordinator. Pratistha  is currently working on  her M.Ed. thesis  from Kathmandu University. Ms. Shrestha has recently completed a distance course on teaching  English language to young learners from University of Baltimore, USA  and holds a post graduate degree in Primary  education , jointly run by  the  Kathmandu University and Bank Street University in the USA. Pratistha has been working with teachers for three years as a volunteer curriculum consultant of the school. She has been working  along with two INSPIRE  Instructional Coaches Ms. Cassie  Jendzejec and Mr. Avi David , both from the USA .

“The teachers at Prajwal School are the primary recipients of the services of the coordinator. However, the objective is that many of the Prajwal teachers will themselves become teacher mentors and teacher trainers to increase the outreach capacity of the project” Dr. Meckenna  said.

In addition, 4 teacher interns per six month period will be trained intensively at Prajwal School.

Starting in 2012, it is anticipated that training programs will serve 20 – 30 candidates who will qualify for the 10 month government approved teacher certificate.Regular and continuing workshops will serve the wider community in each 12 month period and an enrollment of up to 200 teachers is anticipated.

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>Parents’ day celebrated

>Prajwal School organised its 20th Parents day on 24th April 2010 at Chaughada. Students had performed different arts e.g. dancing, singing, and displayed their project works.

Students performing folk dance
Parents and students watching the students’ performance

The chair of the board of Trustees and Executive Director of NEST Mr. Ganesh Kumar Shrestha , Trustee and School Management Committee Chair, Mr. Hari Prasad Sigdel, NEST Treasurer Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sigdel, NEST members , School Management Committee members, PTA members were present in the programme.


There was a high turn out of parents in the programme. Mr. Prajwal Shrestha, the Principal presented the highlights of the school’s activities of year 2066. The school organises parents’ day every year at the beginning of the academic year.

Group photos of School Management and teachers
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>Prajwal School won Inter School Table Tennis Contest

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10 January 2010, Sunday, Hetauda, Nepal

Prajwal school participated in the Inter school table tennis competition organized by Bal Gagrati School. Five government schools and Prajwal School had taken part in the competition. Shweta Neupane of grade 7 secured the first position in the Girls’ Table Tennis competition and Sudip Dahal of Grade 8 stood in the third position in the Boys’ Table Tennis competition.

Congratulations Shweta and Sudip !

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>Table Tennis competition held

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8 January 2010,  Friday
                             
Prajwal School organised  extra-curricular activities  for students.  For students from Grade 5 to 8, a table tennis competition was organized. Niroj Humagain of Grade 7 and Bigyan Chaulagain of Grade 6 secured the first and second position in the competition. Similarly, from the students from junior grades, a Carom board competition was held, Mr. Bishwas B.K of Grade 4 won the first prize. 
बिद्यालयको नियमित अतिरिक्त क्रियाकलाप अंतर्गत टेबल टेनिस र क्यारम बोर्ड प्रतियोगिता सम्पन्न भयो / कक्षा ५ देखि ८   सम्मका बिधार्थीहरुको लागी टेबल टेनिस प्रतियोगिता गरिएको थियो  जसमा कक्षा ७ का निरोज हुमगाई प्रथम भए  
भने कक्षा ६  का बिज्ञान चौलागाईले द्वुतीय स्थान हासिल गरेका  थीए / त्यस्तैगरी क्यारम बोर्ड प्रतियोगितामा  कक्षा ४  का  बिस्वाश बी क ले  प्रथम स्थान  हासिल गर्न सफल भएका थीए / 
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>Students shares their Science project with parents

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>Students and Teachers raised NRS 4500 in Deusi and Bhailo

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On 17th October 2009, students and teachers of Prajwal School organised a fund raising program by playing Desusi and Bhailo ( a Hindu cultural tradition during Tihar festival , many children and people go door to door in the community singing and dancing. Often families offer the Deusi and Bhailo people sweets, cash donations. ). Many charities, local clubs nowadays use this occasion to raise funds for their projects.
All together 30 teachers and students participated in the programme. We started our Deusi programme at half past five in the evening and played until 4 o’clock in the morning. We were able to collect NRs 4500/-.
A committee of the students of NEST child club and teachers involved in the programme was formed to manage the fund. That committee has decided to use the fund to support disadvantaged children who are interested to study in the Prajwal School . While the school management has agreed to provide free scholarship for them, the fund will be used to provide them with school uniforms and stationary materials . The child club members will identify children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their education. The child club has also decided to collect textbooks from students at the end of the year and donate to students who cannot afford to buy books.
Purna Kumar Sherstha, the founder of the school said. ” It is such a noble idea ! I am very pleased to hear that students and teachers have decided to use the fund for educating marginalised children.” In order to encourage the initiative of the students and teachers, Mr. Shrestha has pledged to match equal amount to the fund. ” We must encourage children to support other less privileged children. It is a very important social skill that children must learn to support others. By donating the matching fund, I hope they will be able to support more students”.
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