October Flashback
Gratitude Is The Attitude
Teachers participated in a ‘week of gratitude’ - which was extended to parents too! The idea was to give thanks to and appreciate each other, with no gesture being too small.
Some of our older students (The Crew) also surveyed our support staff about their interests and challenges - and as a token of respect and gratitude, organized a potluck lunch for them!
Diwali Community Gathering
Students running ‘The Gateway Cafe’ led a paper bag-making drive, in response to customer needs, while still being eco-friendly. Students, teachers and support staff came together to create 150 paper bags! With everyone dressed in traditional wear, this was followed by a dance party!
Racing Towards Sports Day!

Students, parents, teachers and support staff participated in a contest to design logos for the two teams (Red Predators & Blue Beasts).
And while the students were away, teachers put on their sports shoes and played a Kho-Kho match - these points contribute to the final scores on Sports Day!

Spooky Time!
In order to increase students’ awareness of and appreciation for different cultures, we celebrate different festivals as a community. This year, we learned about and celebrated Halloween, with students and teachers alike dressed up in costumes!

Student Spotlight

Building Capacity in Students

Going Green!
To teach responsibility towards the environment, and celebrate the festival of Dussehra (which places importance on appreciating nature), some younger students (The Incredibles) planted and cared for their individual plants at school.
Other students (The Unstoppables) worked on an project to create awareness about global warming, which was a culmination of skills learned in Language, ICT, and Science classes.

They digitally created posters urging electricity conservation, and refrain from bursting firecrackers during the festival of Diwali. They created an online petition urging people to act in more environmentally-conscious ways, and achieved over 265 signatures. And finally, they handmade seed paper - made from seeds, which can germinate if paper is planted in soil!

Sign their petition here!

Field Trip: Mumbai Film Festival
In another effort towards arts exposure, older students attended the Mumbai Film Festival - an annual international event organized by Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI). Students watched short films and participated in discussions.
Field Trip: Supermarket
Students of the High School Adaptive Program (HSAP) visited the supermarket ‘Big Bazaar’, to authentically learn the real-life skill of grocery shopping - from creating lists, finding items, checking labels, to calculating and paying the bill!

Field Trip: Darewadi
Some of our older students visited Darewadi (a village in Maharashtra) for an overnight trip! This was an extension to learning in their Language class (where they are focusing on a novel about the water crisis in Sudan). They have tied up with the organization WOTR (Watershed Organization Trust), to create a water conservation campaign for the village, after having interviewed local farmers about their needs and practices.

Parent Engagement
Building Capacity in Parents

“Ye Arts Warts Kya Hota Hai?”
The Arts team conducted a hands-on workshop for parents focused on unpacking “arts education” and its integral role in children’s success. Parents participated in the process of creating a play - incorporating drama, music and visual art!

Book Clubs
This space is intended to empower all members of our community through increased knowledge and shared learning.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Rachna Shah:
In November:
Leaders of Their Own Learning - Ron Berger
How Will You Measure Your Life? - Clayton M. Christensen
Readicide - Kelly Gallagher

Professional Development

Building Capacity in Team

Project-Based Learning
Team members participated in three days of professional development activities focused on project-based learning - i.e., students learn through investigating and responding to authentic, real-life questions.


Building Capacity in the Community

Campus Visits

1. Serafina Auster Singapuri, founder of Green Conscience Consulting (whose mission is to provide citizens with practical solutions to environmental problems), visited us to explore the possibility of teaching after-school gardening classes.
2. Nikhil Mehta, a certified trainer and facilitator at Play for Peace (a global initiative that uses play to bring communities together), visited us to observe classes and explore the possibility of collaborating with Gateway.
3. Five faculty members from National Academy, Mumbai (a training institute providing teaching certification, including certification in learning disability) visited us to learn about our teaching practices and explore the possibility of their trainees conducting internships with Gateway.
Looking Forward to

4th: Parent Workshop
Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RECBT)
Led by a parent, Dr. Tanuja Prem, RECBT is a self-help type of talk therapy that helps manage beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviours to deal with everyday life.

11th: Professional Workshop
I Know You Can Hear Me, But Are You Listening?

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