International School Award

And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

Our International School Award by the British Council was an incredible journey from knowledge to revelation, unearthing, discovering, exploring new ventures in the field of education. We embarked on this journey of meeting the assessment criteria through the combined efforts of the Principal, Mrs.Revathy Bonns, the ISA Coordinator Mrs.Anusha Monica and the ISA Team of teachers and students. The Action Plan proposed by our school was approved by the British Council and we commenced from June 2016.
Throughout the Academic Year, the whole school was so enthusiastically involved in the Seven ISA projects which were well integrated into the curriculum and spread across Kindergarten to XII including all age groups from 3 – 17 years. The projects ensured the whole school’s participation, involvement of parents and a few partner schools.
The students of the kindergarten and primary classes I and II worked on the Project ‘Seasons – different hues of winter’ which enabled them to know about winter season in countries like Holland, Japan, the USA and India, their culture, food and life style too.

Students exploring the different hues of the winter season

The students of the Primary Section (classes III, IV and V) worked on the topic ‘Water – A Sustainable Resource’. The children visited Minjur Seawater Desalination Plant. They also displayed their creative skills in carrying out the projects through video presentation and model display and they worked the way to perfection.

Water conservation - a presentation & model display

The students of the Middle Section (classes VI and VII) collaborated with the Malaysian School ‘Sekola Segambut, KualaLumpur’ to work on the project ‘Coins – Money Matters!’. A numismatist was invited to talk to the students and they prepared a coin collection album. The students then exchanged information about the alloys used in the making of coins with their peers of the partner school, on a common blog. They participated with great enthusiasm.

Power point presentation by Mr.Sundarrajan,xNumismatist, Chennai Museum Collaborative study with  Malaysian School

An activity on the topic ‘Our Daily Bread – Food for thought’ involved class VIII students focusing on the malnutrition faced by countries like China, Somalia, UAE, Vietnam and India. The students visited a supermarket and made a SWOT analysis on the malnutrition faced by many countries. It was heartwarming to watch our students to participate in their own way. Mock UNO and the other activities amazed us with their extra ordinary abilities in the way they handled everything entrusted to them.

A visit to the Supermarket The Mock UNO

The students of classes VIII and IX collaborated with the Srilankan School ‘Wesley College School, Colombo’ on the topic ‘Flood – Life on the Brink of Chaos’.

Dr.JMSB Jayasundara, Dept.of Environmental Management, Srilanka on Skype with
our students
A mime…..showcasing mitigation

The activity enabled the students to understand the various reasons for the occurence of flood, preparatory techniques, government policies and methods of mitigation, in the countries like Japan, Thailand, China, Srilanka and India. The scope of study was realistic when both cities Chennai and Colombo faced a real life flood in 2015 and 2016 respectively!!

The senior students from class XI and XII worked on the project ‘Insurance – Life Assured! The project enabled the students to have an insight into the Life Insurance benefits provided to the people of Japan, the US, Srilanka, Malaysia and India. The students got a chance to interact with ‘Life Insurance’ officials from the US, Malaysia and Srilanka. Our students showed great curiosity and zeal; introverts emerged in a new form and new leaders sprang up. It left us all spell bound at the way they performed, wonderfully.

Learning Life Insurance policies in USA from Mr.Matthew Gehram

Chart display by students

    ‘Folk Music – the Dance of the Heart’ involved students from class IX – XII. It was a collaborative activity. They collaborated with ‘Dongjen Wittayakhom School’, Thailand. The project saw multipoint video conferencing links generating fervor and enthusiasm for positive, social action across the border. It was captivating. The collaboration was an uphill task but seeking and receiving, sealing of new bonds provided joy immeasurable. The interaction we had with our partner schools was an enriching experience.

Our students belting out tunes in Japanese,Arabic, Sri Lankan & Malaysian languages Our students interacting with  the Thailand School

The best part of the projects was the deep involvement of parents, visitors and students. We enjoyed our time of interaction with our visitors and parents at our exhibitions, food fiesta, folk music and dance shows.
All the seven activities were documented and we submitted the ISA dossier to the British Council. We won the British Council ‘International School Award for the year 2016 – 2019.
The ISA has definitely initiated a craving for more and it will prove to be a beginning and not just a culmination of MCC Matric.Hr.Sec.School’s journey towards excellence.

 Mrs.Anusha Monica
 ISA Coordinator