Dear Parents and Students,
With 27 years behind us with our fraternity of schools, and as we move into the 7th year for STK-IIS, we wish to continue our commitment for a child-centric and holistic education, covering the 5 quotients – cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual. The focus is a proactive corollary or the logical extension that flows naturally upward from the school curriculum and its motto. We have planned varied activities, which you (parents and students) can use as tools to envision transforming your school and homes. They are:
Swachh Bharat Abhyaan – participate as responsible citizens to help realise our Prime Minister’s dream of a Clean & Green World by 2020. Students, you must participate in daily school cleaning duties and internalise clean habits that can be translated to your homes and localities.
KEDI (Kids for Environmental Development Initiative) – Today children are bombarded with a pop culture which teaches redemption through buying things. School gardens and ecosystems, on the other hand, turn pop culture upside–down. They teach you redemption through a deep appreciation for the real, the authentic, and the lasting—for the things money can’t buy; the very things that matter most of all to lead sane, healthy, and sustainable lives. When you learn environmental and nutritional lessons through school gardening (and school cooking and eating), you learn how to lead ethical caring lives.
Striving for toxic free environment – Make a conscious effort to create awareness and act upon reducing the use of toxic, non-biodegradable waste, pollutants and other contaminants that could harm the environment and health of flora and fauna – in the school, at home and where possible even in the community.
Using resources in a sustainable manner – Sustainable development will not just be a subject in the classroom: it will be in its bricks and mortar and the way we all use resources – land, electricity, fuel, water, paper, food, clothing, toys among other resources that we unthinkingly waste today.
Teach, learn and engage – This is by far the most important. It provides you with opportunities to connect with yourselves, your community and your local environment through hands–on, real–world learning experiences. It is rooted in the integrated core curricular activities of science, social studies, math, communication arts and fine arts, and is expanded upon and applied by extending your classroom into the schoolyard and the neighbourhood. This pillar enables you to
- To see that your learning is relevant to their world,
- To take pride in the place in which you live,
- To connect with the rest of the world in a natural way,
- To spread the message of sustainability, and
- To develop into concerned and contributing citizens.
Appreciation of the Arts – the diary theme this year focussing on the country’s traditional art forms, their style, genesis, depictions and skills / requirements.
The idea of taking up all of the above at once may seem overwhelming at a glance, but the hope and vision is that within each focus area, there are innumerable exciting ongoing efforts that can be carried out by teachers, parents, other stake holders, government officials and YOU, spanning a few years for effective, tangible and measurable results. Each one alone proposes to be a wonderful step forward in the right direction; together we will make up a fabulous mosaic of possibility, synergy and active responsibility towards a cleaner, sustainable, healthier and safer environment for the morrow! Kabirites, you will continue to build, plan, implement a holistic green school concept and learn to build readiness for the dynamically changing and competitive world, while remaining to rooted to one’s culture and traditions – supported this year, by the annual diary theme – “KABIR KALA!”
And yes, the new school building is nearing completion, resting in the lap of lush greenery and fresh air! We look forward to shifting into the new location very soon and urge parents to cooperate with us as we gradually settle in and build up the infrastructure to provide the best facilities to our children.
Go forth Kabirites – truly live your motto, Nurturing Minds for Sustainable Development!
With best wishes,