MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL
For our young students, the adult world in which they will make their careers, is going to
be very different from the world of today and that is what we must prepare them for. The
challenges we face today as adults in a school are, that we do not know what the skill
sets our students will require 10 to 15 years from today. What is it that we should
prepare them for - Hence we have to make sure that they have an all-round
development and acquire every skill possible to not only make this world a better place,
but to be able to do the best they can for themselves.
From the time I started my career at St Thomas’ College, Dehradun, to moving overseas and teaching and working with both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Examinations, to moving back to Dehradun, this journey has shown me the diverse approaches to Teaching & Learning, and the cultural differences of our Learners. During this journey I also joined Kasiga School as the Academic Coordinator and then moved on to Genesis Global School, Noida as the Head-International Curriculum, and later Principal - International Curriculum.
It is a pleasure to be back to my hometown again, as the Principal of The Doon Global School, starting from the 2020-21 academic year.
I believe in student centered education where teachers make every effort to ensure that every child reaches their maximum potential in every field. Every child grows up with certain capabilities and skills that is what we should hone and enhance. It is the school that has to evolve according to the requirements of the students, rather than vice- versa.
We work towards instilling in a student a lifelong passion for learning and to take up challenges. Good relationships and continuous interaction between Students, Teachers and Parents is very important to create a conducive learning environment. We endeavor to create young minds ready to face the challenges of the world with honesty, hard work and integrity. We support the individual well-being of every student and provide an environment that allows students to learn best, and perform best.
All this will only be possible with the efforts of our Teachers. To assist them to continuously evolve as Educators, we will be investing in Professional Development Programmes which will bring about the best Pedagogy and Teaching - Learning practices.
It is important to inspire the staff, students, and the community to work together to promote student achievement and well-being. The ability to innovate and create is very important. The school is working towards challenging and inspiring students and teachers to be imaginative, creative and innovative.
Information input is no longer required as a learning process, it is already a given process on the internet. Hence as teachers, we need to make sure that our students understand the value and the validity of the information available on the internet, how to use the information available to them and to always validate the information that they get on the internet. Critical thinking must therefore be, at the core of their learning.
Communication skills are developed by having regular ESL lessons and giving students adequate opportunity in the Performing Arts. Fostering Leadership and Collaborative skills through everyday interaction and engagement is an essential part of a learners training. While we must learn to succeed, we must equally, learn to accept failure as a learning process and with dignity.
There is no perfect School. However, in the words of John Hattie “Teachers should build classroom climates where errors are welcome, student engagement is the norm, questioning is high, and students gain reputations as effective learners."
Mrs Seema Hanvey
The Doon Global School