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April Flashback

 Feedback On Virtual Learning

As a school, we believe in collaboration and feedback to help us grow. In order to understand the impact of virtual learning on our students, parents and team, we requested all our stake-holders to fill in a feedback form. We're happy to share a few successes with you here! 

  • Over 90% of students miss school, seeing their teachers and peers. Many students also shared that they enjoyed the regular homeroom video-calls with teachers and peers.
  • More than 95% of our parents are mostly or totally satisfied with the instructions their child received about how to do their school-work, and the frequency and clarity of communication from school. 
  • Teachers agree that despite moving to remote learning, the bond they have with students has remained strong. Teachers also agree that teaching through virtual means has helped them innovate in ways that may inform their future teaching!

Once again, we would like to thank our founders, parents, students, teachers and community for the support, empathy, positive attitude and dedication to learning that we've seen in the last month. Team work makes the dream work, and even in a time of a global-crisis, the Gateway family has managed to stay united and positive!

End of Year Calls

This academic year ended with video calls to parents in the place of Parent-Teacher Conferences. 
Parents and teachers discussed pressing concerns, holiday homework, the plan for the year ahead, and important dates for the new academic year in these wrap-up calls.

Homeroom Farewell Parties

Homeroom teachers held virtual end-of-year group calls and farewell parties for the students leaving Gateway. It was touching to see the empathy and sense of unity among students while they bade farewell to their peers and wished them success for their upcoming journeys. 

Virtual Whole School Meet

We had a virtual Whole School Meet on Zoom to end the academic year. Information regarding the plan ahead and important dates were shared in this meeting. We also virtually met our new colleagues and had a small farewell for the team members leaving Gateway. Needless to say, we were all smiles to see each other and enjoyed our whole school reunion!

Communication Skills Exam

Five High School students, Arnav Jain, Farhan Choudhury, Namah Mistry, Purav Shikhare and Ritam Patel appeared for exams in Communication Skills conducted by Trinity College London in February this year. They prepared for over six months and even took a mock exam in school. They were assessed on persuasive, listening and presentation skills. Four of them received "Distinctions" in the exam and one, a "Merit". We wish them luck as they continue to hone their skills and apply them in various settings.

Student Internship

While we were still on campus last month, middle-school student Saisha Alagh expressed interest in teaching. With the help of her homeroom teachers, she took this up as an internship. Saisha picked "kindness" as a topic and prepared a presentation on being kind to others. She then presented this to students in Lower School during their morning homeroom. This topic also aligned with their homeroom goal of being kind to peers. A splendid example of collaboration and student empowerment!

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Math Program Coordinator Rudri Joshi has been working on developing new skills during this lock-down period. She's been reading "It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work" by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried.
She's also doing online MOOCs on "Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling" and "Designing for online learning". 

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Gateway’s Professional Development Programme 2020-21
Understanding and Working With Students with Special Needs

The Gateway School of Mumbai is committed to serving students with special needs in Gateway and the community at large. Launched in 2018, the professional development programme is our initiative to build a community of educators who share our vision of an inclusive society that ensures programmes for students with special needs meet both standards of excellence and standards of equity.

Objectives

  • To build a deeper understanding of child development, the brain, and learning.

  • To learn and apply instructional techniques for serving students with special needs in mainstream and special education settings.

  • To strategically plan and develop developmentally appropriate programmes for students with special needs.

  • To engage in a cycle of continuous learning and inquiry through participation in Gateway’s professional learning community.

Click Here For More Information And To Register

Gateway Community Update

Farewell

The end of an academic year and a whole lot of learning, also brings with it the time to say goodbye to some students and teachers. 

To our students:

Akshaya Wadhera, Dishant Vaswani and Joshua Warjri whose families are relocating.
Srushti Iyer who will be exploring a different path.
Hriday Jain and Varun Naren who are graduating from Gateway. Congratulations! 
We have loved watching you grow with us and are so proud of each of you. We will miss you and wish you all the best!

 
To our teachers:
Asha John - Our ever-willing to help and support nurse. You tended to all our needs big and small with a big smile!
Henal Vora - Over the years, you've taught language, ICT and science and humanities in Lower and Middle school. With an ever-ready to learn attitude and a smile on your face, you enthusiastically worked on so many other projects in school. 
Ina Walia - Super diligent and efficient, you were always proactive and enthusiastic and fit in so seamlessly.
Kirti Devnani - Our gentle math teacher and middle school homeroom teacher, you volunteered your time to share your photography and portfolio creation skills and passion with those who would benefit from it. 
K.V. Radhakrishnan - The high school math teacher who loves science-talk, jamming on your guitar and sharing an ending supply of yummy south Indian food with anyone who was around at the lunch-table. 
Riddhi Gogri - One of our earliest team members, and now our ICT coordinator. We’ll miss your enthusiasm, drive, and determination to see each kid succeed. We know you’ll go on to do amazing things and continue to spread Gateway’s vision. 
Srishti Chhatwal -Your enthusiasm was infectious - we know Aditya will miss you as will we. 

We will miss each of you, and wish you all the best for your careers and path ahead!

 
Welcome
 
We'd like to welcome the following teachers to our Gateway Community:
Gauri Sawant - Nurse
Georgia Misquitta - Teacher
Hatim Patel - Homeroom Teacher
Jimita Shroff - 1:1 Support Teacher
Rachna Iyer - Homeroom Teacher
Rajpriya Das - Homeroom Teacher
Rupali Patel - 1:1 Teacher
Simran Advani - Homeroom Teacher

We look forward to getting to know you and working with you!

Monthly Nutrition Article

Kelly Dorfman is one of the world’s foremost experts on using nutrition therapeutically to improve brain function, energy and mood.  She works collaboratively with other medical professionals to help people develop creative strategies to address complex ailments and symptoms.
This month, we're sharing her article,"What We Can Learn From Kids About COVID-19".

What We Can Learn From Kids About COVID-19

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