Vikhe Patil Memorial School has collaborations with various Foreign Schools and Institutions.This helps to develop approach of students to experience learning in a more meaningful way and also helps teaching and learning in Specific areas both for teachers and students.
“You can teach a student a lesson a day but if you teach him to learn by creating curiosity ,he will continue the learning process for life.”
Education beyond the Horizon
VPMS has always believed in the Pragmatic approach of widening the students experience making learning more holistic ,meaningful and long lasting.
With this focus in mind the VPMS family extended its wings of learning and is working in collaboration with several well established and world renowned educational Institutions
1. Alvboda Friskola, Sweden
2. Greifswald University – Germany
3. The Yishun Town Secondary School- Singapore
4. College St Augustin de Morlaix – France
5. The Sheffield Hallam University – United Kingdom
6. Colegio Virgen de Europa – Spain
Collaborations with Alvboda Friskola, Sweden
In the spirit of global educational cooperation and strengthening of bilateral relations, Vikhe Patil Memorial School has started collaborations with Alvboda Friskola, Sweden, under the school twinning programme. The three objectives of this collaboration are:-
To establish exchange programmes for students during the school vacation.
To develop a wide spectrum of exchange activities for school leaders and teachers- such as school management, teaching materials, innovations in learning through collaborative research, professional short term teaching attachments and educational visits.
To collaborate in teaching and learning of specific subject areas- to share teaching resources, to strengthen the teaching and learning of different subject areas.
As part of the collaboration, the Head Master of Alvboda Friskola Mr. Johan Sennerfeldt and 2 teachers Kristina Olsson-Soderhall and Pernilla Johannson visited Vikhe Patil Memorial School, Pune, last September, along with 2 students of their school- Filip and Linnea. They observed the functioning of the school and also spoke about the Swedish school system. They were able to witness the Annual Day function of the school, held annually at the Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium and were greatly impressed and overwhelmed by the efforts of the students and teachers. It was a great cultural extravaganza that showcased every part of India.
This year, from the 11th to the 25th of March, Mrs. Bharati Kudchadker, as the International Coordinator of the Vikhe Patil Foundation, visited Alvboda Friskola for a fortnight and observed the functioning of the school and interacted with the students there. She also conducted 2 lessons in English in Grade 9 of the school, which is equivalent to Std X in India. She also gave presentations to the staff members of Alvboda Friskola, on the Vikhe Patil Foundation and the Indian Education system. She was interviewed thrice by 2 different newspapers Gafle Dagblad and Arbetarbladet. In every class that she visited, the students asked her varied questions about Indian history, culture, sport, food and climate among others and evinced great interest in learning more about every aspect of Indian life.
After observing the functioning of the school from close quarters, she appreciated the independence that was given to the students, they are taught to be self sufficient and the individual attention each student received, due to the smaller numbers in each class. There were no more than 20-22 students in each class. The lessons were fun and interactive and the atmosphere was a little more relaxed and informal, with music playing in the background between classes, boys taking equal interest in handicrafts (embroidery and sewing) and cooking and the extensive use of technology and computers in every aspect of the teaching-learning process was commendable.
Now in May, the Vice Principal Mrs. Kiran Jadhav and the Mathematics teacher Mrs Jyothi Menon, accompanied by 5 students- Devesh Narayanan, Namrata Singh, Harshwardhan Bapat, Ameya Gokhale and Ruchi Panchnadikar, will visit Alvboda Friskola and witness firsthand the teaching methodology and way of life of students there.
The areas of collaboration will mainly be in Mathematics, environment and mental health.
The continued association with our Swedish partners will definitely enhance the teaching learning process at VPMS, Pune and the Swedes too will benefit from this collaboration with us.
It is hoped that both partners will share and learn from each other and enjoy mutual benefits.
The Yishun Town Secondary School- Singapore
A student exchange programme was conducted with the Yishun Town Secondary school Singapore. The main objective was to sensitize the students and create an awareness on the Socio- cultural features of the two countries and understand the best of both worlds. Around 17 students along with Mrs Gopalkrishnan –the Co-ordinator visited VPMS. They stayed with our students families for two days . They also attended regular school and interacted with our students and teachers. A Cultural Programme was organised for them A traditional dance by set up STD X students Apoorva Kulkarni and Richa Raj . Dr Ajay Joshi was invited to talk on India and Indian culture.Mr Umashankar Devadhe Co-ordinated the Student Exchange Programme.
Exchange of correspondence between the students of VPMS and those of College St. Augustin de Morlaix- France.
The students of VPMS are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in an Exchange Programme with College de St. Augustin de Morlaix- a secondary school in the north of France.
This enables the students of our school- who begin studying French from Class VI to improve their vocabulary and also to hone their writing skills in French. It also gives them a glimpse into the lives of their counterparts in France.
The Exchange Programme is now into its 3rd year. The students form groups and send letters and pictures via the school email account to their counterparts in College St. Augustin de Morlaix. They ask each other questions about student life, their families, likes and dislikes and hobbies.
This year, the exchange of correspondence was initiated with the students of Class VIII to ensure that the same group of students will continue the exchange of letters in Class IX as well. This will help to maintain a certain continuity and keep up the tempo in spite of examinations and Summer/Winter Breaks on both sides.
We look forward to a fruitful and enjoyable exchange between the two schools in the years to come as well.
The Sheffield Hallam University – United Kingdom
A Teacher Enrichment Programme was conducted at Sheffield Hallam University – UK VPMS was among the four Schools to be shortlisted for this programme.Mrs Kiran Jadhav , Vice principal ,represented VPMS at the Training Programme.It was a privilege to visit the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom and participate in the Active Learning Programme workshop. The training was conducted by the Pioneer expert in ALP – Mr Mark Windale.
Subsequently there was a follow up wherein a training pack was introduced to develop and sustain active learning strategies in schools in India.A two day workshop was conducted to share the teaching methodologies with the rest of the faculty members.The Active Learning Programme opened a wide spectrum of active, student centred teaching and learning approaches through exemplar activities as examples , focusing on learning approaches like active reading , active writing ,group discussion ,stimulations and role play to raise the motivation and achievements of the students .Following teachers from different faculties attended this enriching workshop.Nivedita Wadnekar , Bharati Kudchadker, Geetanjali Pardeshi, Anjali Naik , Jyothi Menon, Vimla Ramkumar , Umashankar Devadhe, Nandini Banerjee, Bindu Unikrishnan and Ashita Pardeshi.
The workshop and follow-up programme will aim to introduce you to a range of effective, active, student-centred teaching and learning approaches designed to:
a. raise the motivation and achievement of students
b. develop thinking skills
c. encourage cooperative learning
d. be student centred
e. develop the use of ICT in the learning process
f. develop the investigative processes skills of students
g. develop the research skills of the students
h. be used in resource-based learning/self assessment environments
i. equip students with the knowledge, understanding, investigative, problem solving and communication skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century
The programme will also aim to develop your confidence in using the approaches and ability to write and develop curriculum materials.
Collaboration with Colegio Virgen de Europa
Adding yet another feather in its cap ,VPMS established another foreign collative bond with a reputed Spanish IB School Colegio Virgen De Europa in Madrid on November -1ST -12th. The Vice Principal Mrs Kiran Jadhav and Nine students from STD 10 and 11 from The Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation Group of Schools, Pune ,Lohegaon and LFS, Loni participated in this Students Cultural Exchange Program.
This school is situated in in the quiet and serene district of Boadilla del Monte,Madrid.The bonding and ajustment was a lot more enriching as the host families were already assigned to our students and they were in touch through emails.
The itinerary was well designed for the entire period in a manner that introduced us to the academic side as well as the cultural side. Various facets of Spanish Culture, Philosophy, Art and culture in the school was shared with us through well organised discussions ,group and presentations and PPTs. At the same time the day was complimented with a tour to various Palaces, monuments, museums,market place ,main streets and cities of historical and cultural significance – all woven within the school working hours .A special session was conducted with the host and visiting school students at the Mayor of Boadilla Del Monte’s office.Though unable for the conference he was thoughtful to leave a small memento for our students and also interact with the other members of the office.
As a part of the exchange process Our students conducted the morning assembly the VPMS way with the school prayer thought, for today some amazing facts of India and Spanish News and ended it with the patriotic feeling by singing the national anthem!
The food exchange programme was another exciting session as a part exchange .The Spanish students had cooked several Spanish delicacy like Gazpacho,Tortilla, polvoron etc and our students also prepared some Indian dishes like chicken gravy, chole, upma and moong dal bhajji and we also had rasgullas ready for them to savour .
What doubled the excitement was a 3day long weekend which gave the host families some realyy wonderful time to bond with our students as they could plan their outings at leisure
Our students organised a cultural exchange session wherein the whole team presented a PPT about the glimpses of India’s rich culture. We also had a demonstrations of yoga by Tanvi Despande ,Aman Sachdeva and and kathak performed by Janhavi Gadgil which really enthralled them .
When you experience a different culture through educational and cultural exchange you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you—deepening your knowledge of foreign cultures and strengthening international relationships. Our interest in global issues has been sparked which has led to better our general knowledge.
– Nikita Manoharan
Well, 10 days were enough to achieve a friendship for life. That’s something I’ll cherish all my life. Had this opportunity never come to me, I would have never gained the experiences and knowledge and grown through my mind. In the flight i sat recollecting my thoughts and replaying all the beautiful moments again. A new place just makes you realise how much the old one meant to you. – Samruddhi Jadhav
I felt like I was living at my own house for 10 days! There was absolutely no difference in the way his parents treated me and how my parents treat me! I say 10 days was a very short time, and I had started to live with them like a family!
– Aman Sachdeva
This entire experience has benefitted me a great deal. Not only has it boosted my self -confidence but it has also taught me valuable life-lessons of responsibility, independence opening up to new experiences and most importantly -seizing opportunities when they arise.
– Raghav Rathi
This experience was more important for me because it was the first time that I was traveling without my family. I liked this experience more because I like to travel, explore new places, know more about different cultures and live with people from different backgrounds.
– Anushree Patil
The trip to Spain was wonderful. It completely fulfilled the agenda of the trip- a cultural exchange between two diverse and culturally rich countries. There were so many things in common, yet there were significant differences too. We felt completely at home because of the marvellous hospitality of our sweet, wonderful hosts and by the school too. This trip has opened our minds to different ideas, cultures and traditions and has helped us develop our social skills on a different level. It will be a trip that will never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts.
– Janhavi Gadgil
The school encourages all forms of art and also gives due importance to sports.My Host Family was very caring and could relate to all things that were Asian as they were Japanes settled in Spain . They took special care of my diet as I was vegetarian.
– Tanvi Despande
All students have carried home suitcases loaded with fond memories and made some great friends in the process which they will cherish for a lifetime. This exchange program really helped them grow as individuals apart from achieving its objective of international learning and thereby propelling us towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives.
As a part of the second phase VPMS eagerly waits to host the Spanish members when they arrive in October in 2016.