Mar 20, 2020

Art and Science works together in India

Students pose with the art for the media room.
Students pose with the art for the media room.

Christel House India CEO Jaison Mathew had long wanted to improve the acoustics in the Bangalore school’s A/V room. He turned to students for a solution. Enterprising members of the 11th and 12th grade classes joined with art teacher Dhanaraj Keezhara to create a fix.

“We were able to apply our research-based knowledge of sound reflection and absorption to a create a 3D design,” explains 12th grade student Pooja P.It was an integration of science and art.” The students researched materials and design strategies that reduce noise pollution and echoes. Then they used their artistic talents to brainstorm a result that would not only resolve the issue but add a pleasing visual element to the room. In just two weeks they designed and executed a 3D wall installation created with sound dampening boards and foam. A group of Christel House India parents lent their skills helping students cut and package the acoustic artwork.  It was truly a community effort. The abstract wall mural is titled ‘The Sounds of Waves’ and has successfully reduced echoes. Dhanaraj shared his favorite part of the project: “The blending of art and science has both inspired and motivated the students.”   

Mar 20, 2020

Parents and teachers team up for students

Staff and parents team up for students.
Staff and parents team up for students.

Parent involvement is critical to a child’s successAt Christel House Academy West in Indianapolis, a new Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has been launched to support the children. And the kids are getting involved too, with a new Student Government Association (SGA).Ms.Grundy, a kindergarten interventionist at Christel House and also a parent, says children at the school want to be heard. They told me adults don’t listen.Well, students need to have a voice, too,” she said. As the President of the PTO, she says kids and the new SGA will have a role. Dr. Penn, Assistant Principal, credits Grundy for leading the effort to bring kids, parents and teachers together. “I’m all about getting the parents involved.They are an integral part of making a school successful.” Already the PTO and SGA organized a school Valentine’s Day Dance and they are just getting started. With two daughters at Christel House, parents Josiah and Megan felt it important to join the PTO. It shows the kids we’re part of their future,” says Megan. Josiah agrees. “As parents, we have to set a positive example.” 

Mar 20, 2020

Welcoming the newest students in South Africa

Meet the new class at Christel House South Africa
Meet the new class at Christel House South Africa

The new year brings sixty new kindergarten (Grade R) students toChristel House South Africa (CHSA) for the 2020 academic year. For many of the children, learning a new language, English,is their first lesson.   

The new kindergartners who join CHSA usually speak IsiXhosa or Afrikaans as a first language at home. Occasionally we admit a learner whose native tongue is French, Portuguese or Swahili. But,English is the language of instruction at Christel House. We immerse the children into English with fun activities, using repetition and rhyme,says Michele Wiener, CHSA Deputy Principal Foundation Phase.I can confidently say that within three months, the children possess the ability to speak and understand basic English.Teachers observe the new studentsto gauge their understanding of concepts like numbers, colors and letters.No child is left behind. One-on-one attention is available for struggling students. We also teach bathroom and dining etiquette,” says AlfredaGwashu, a CHSA teacher with 18 years of experience. With some children, I have to start from scratch and teach them basics that other children their age have already learned. But she says working with the new students is worth it. “There is so much of yourself that you must give as a teacher, but it is so rewarding,” says Alfreda. “This is why I keep coming back every day.”   

 

 
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