January 2024 Newsletter

Inset January 2024

The teachers of our school started this year by participating in different workshops to improve their skills.

Day one – teachers updated themselves through 4 workshops to learn/review how to use the software: Turnitin, Canva, and Microsoft Excel. The workshop on ‘Open AI’ focused on how to use AI to save time creating lessons while ensuring maximum student participation.

Then, teachers attended workshops on formative assessment and how to create Task Specific Clarification. We ended the day with a workshop led by visual art teachers to explore how to engage learners with visuals in the classroom and other school spaces.

Day two – the teachers explored different strategies for stress release, and the session on Dance therapy was the highlight.

The teachers continued with an engaging discussion about how to teach the Approaches to Learning skills and strategies for learning each skill. These two days were engaging in a busy and lively atmosphere.

By Ms. Tejashri Joshi

Write-up on creating IDU planners


In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, the importance of interdisciplinary learning has become more pronounced than ever, as it offers a transformative approach that transcends traditional subject silos, fostering a holistic understanding of complex real-world issues. To ensure the implementation of the same in our school curriculum, a session was conducted by Ms Shrishty Sehgal, our IDU coordinator on 5th January during the inset week. During the session on creating an Interdisciplinary Unit Planner, educators were immersed in a transformative experience aimed at breaking down traditional subject boundaries. Skillfully, the participants navigated through the principles and benefits of interdisciplinary teaching, encouraging dynamic discussions that drew on the collective experiences of the group. The focus then shifted to the practical aspects of designing an Interdisciplinary Unit Planner, with an emphasis on theme identification, learning objectives, resource integration, and assessment strategies. The session’s interactive approach left teachers inspired and equipped to implement interdisciplinary teaching, fostering a holistic and enriched learning environment for their students.

By Ms. Shrishty Sehgal

Report on – Integrating ATL skills in the classroom. Date: 6 th Jan, 2024

During the INSET session for facilitators, one of the agendas was to focus on implementing Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills in the classroom. Teachers engaged in group activities, working in teams of 3-5, to collaboratively brainstorm and create charts showcasing their strategies for integrating ATL skills effectively. The charts highlighted diverse approaches, ranging from fostering critical thinking to promoting effective communication and research skills. Teachers emphasized the importance of incorporating ATL skills across various subjects, ensuring a holistic development of students.

The collaborative nature of the activity allowed for the exchange of ideas and best practices among facilitators. The INSET session proved to be a valuable platform for all to share insights, enhancing their collective ability to create engaging and skill-focused learning environments.


Enhancing Assessment Practices in IBDP and IB MYP

Our recent INSET session, led by members of the IBDP and IB MYP exam committee, focused on refining assessment practices. Emphasizing the significance of Formative Assessments (FA), the session covered various types, frequency, and qualitative feedback. Teachers shared best practices, fostering collaboration, while the committee provided insights into aligning assessments with IB principles. The interactive session concluded with a call for educators to prepare subject-specific FAs, ensuring immediate application of principles. This strategic training enhances teaching methodologies and supports academic excellence for our students.

By Ms. Dhanashree Patil

Report on English Workshop

We recently had a beneficial English workshop with our English teachers! We explored the intricacies of writing our examination papers, including those we would face in our future board exams. They reduced it for us, from identifying our main point (the thesis) to supporting it with strong evidence. They even gave us some neat tricks to make our arguments irrevocably persuasive; so, we could intrigue the professors with them and score good marks.

This is why the workshop was so great we could ask any questions on anything that sounded unclear, no matter how small. People wondered about such things as properly structuring our response, planning our response, and good use of big words without sounding like a dictionary.

The teachers assisted in covering everything and making the entire process comfortable as a very supportive environment. Academic reports that once loomed like intimidating responses now felt manageable, even exciting.

This brings us much-needed confidence to tackle those academic reports.

By Aadi Kankariya DP 2

Language Acquisition

Hindi- B Class- XI oral activity traveling exhibition

In the presented oral activity, the students did research according to their understanding and after sitting with the group and discussing the presented topic, they created very beautiful and different types of tourism packages. In which they worked hard and used their artistic and creative talent well. | The objective of the presented oral activity was that the students should study through creative skills and move towards achieving the goal by overcoming their shortcomings.

हिंदी कक्षाग्यारहवींमौखिक गतिविधि  यात्रा प्रदर्शनी

प्रस्तुत मौखिक गतिविधि में विद्यार्थियों ने अपनी समझ के अनुसार अनुसंधान किया तथा

समूह के साथ बैठकर प्रस्तुत विषय पर चर्चा करने के पश्चात अत्यंत सुंदर और विभिन्न

प्रकार के पर्यटन पैकेजेस बनाए थे|जिसमें उन्होंने कड़ी मेहनत की तथा अपने कलात्मक व

रचनात्मक प्रतिभा का भलीभाँति प्रयोग किया| प्रस्तुत मौखिक गतिविधि का उद्देश्य यह था

कि विद्यार्थी रचनात्मक कौशल के माध्यम अध्ययन करें व अपनी कमियों को तराशकर

लक्ष्य की प्राप्ति की ओर अग्रसर हों|

Science festival

21st January 2024

I recently attended the India Science Festival in Pune with some other students from my school. I had a great time exploring the different stalls and attending the lectures. One of the lectures that stood out to me was about Startups in India. I found it really interesting and even had the chance to speak with the speakers and ask them some questions related to their field. This event really allowed me to think creatively and help me to develop my social, communication, and research skills. I had a lot of fun in this event and gained a lot of knowledge. by Kavish Bansal MYP 2

Personal project

The students of MIT Gurukul MYP-5 on the 25th January, presented their Personal Projects to their family, friends, fellow seniors and juniors.
This annual exhibition takes place to honour the students dedication to their Personal Projects in which they create a campaign/service/product to help themselves, the people around them and the rest of the world. The students prepared their work diligently for 6 months.
“This experience in itself had phases where we all were able to learn multiple skills, I don’t think I could have achieved so much in a span of 6 months.” added Angel Upadhyay of MYP-5 as she shared her views on the project.
With this commitment and consistency, they created an exhibition featuring trifolds that they worked on to show their work and finally present it to the world.
“As I walked down, I saw the sprawling and creative trifolds that everyone had made. The variety was amazing, the mix of ideas, colors, art and designs.” says Arnav Kathale of MYP-5
MIT Gurukul takes pride in this year’s creations, they are a unique step forward for our growing generation.

KalaGhoda Festival – 2024

The ‘Black Horse’ riding with its full momentum and energy arrived once again in the month of January 2024 at the colorful ‘KalaGhoda Festival’! Like every year our MYP and DP students participated in the event with thorough dedication and enthusiasm. We are pleased to share that the school got a ‘Merit’ prize in the competition.

While focusing on the theme assigned ‘Flight of Fantasy’ the students approached their futuristic vision. The research and idea development led us to the 14th century, to the thought of Leonardo-Da-Vinci’s aviation along with his aircraft sketches, and from this point, the project

started with the most current innovation.

While Artificial Intelligence is rapidly changing the world, we have already started experiencing small fantasies in dealing with different aspects of daily routine. Through this project, we tried to visualize how humans would commute by flying wearing AI wings in the future when there would be no space left on the land for driving vehicles and with the extreme scarcity of fuel.

A team of students and a teacher went to Mumbai on 19th January 2024 to install the model at the CSVSM, Max Muller Bhavan. The students enjoyed the journey and had great learning experiences!


By Ms. Stuti Vasavada

Swami Vivekananda cultural dress competition.

Greetings, My name is Saanvi Grover I recently took part in a competition on the 24th of January, which was held at the MIT Humanities University. The competition was held to celebrate National Youth Day. This competition was about getting dressed as Swami Vivekananda and reciting a famous quote and explaining it. The quote I chose was “ The greatest sin is to think that you are weak.” This quote means a lot to me as I can relate to this quote as sometimes things get tough for us, but thinking we are weak will not get things done. We should work hard and not think that we are weak. We should be strong and face the difficulties or problems as they make a success story larger than life.
The competition was between CBSE and IB students and from our school seven students participated. This was a meaningful and knowledgeable competition, we got to know a lot about Swami Vivekananda and his life, what he did, and about a few of his famous quotes. There were 3 prizes for the competition 1st prize was Rs. 2500/-  2nd prize was Rs. 1500/-  and the 3rd prize was Rs. 1000/-. The winners of the competition were 3 students from the CBSE school and I won a prize for my school. This competition gave me the motivation to achieve all the goals I set for myself. This competition inspired me to be on the right path and it helped me understand how I should deal with my problems. It was a nice experience I had a great time, I am grateful to Mrs. Arti Belphatak, who gave me this opportunity. I am extremely contented to get this opportunity, looking forward to more. by  Saanvi Grover MYP 4

Republic Day

Marchpast by MYP and DP students of  MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul IB School
Marchpast by MYP and DP students of MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul IB School

I am excited to share the incredible events that unfolded on Republic Day, 26th January 2024, at the highly respected MIT ADT Campus. The day was filled with immense patriotism and enthusiasm as students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the spirit of our great nation.
The day’s highlight was the spectacular march past, where the students showcased their discipline and dedication to serving the country. The precision and synchronization with which they marched left everyone in astonishment and ignited a sense of pride in our hearts.
But the excitement did not end there. The campus came alive with a mesmerizing dance performance that left the audience captivated. The talented dancers showcased various forms of Indian classical and folk dances, beautifully capturing the essence of our diverse culture. It was truly a sight to behold and left everyone tapping their feet and cheering with delight.
Our respected Co-executive Founder, Mr. Mangesh Karad, took the stage and delivered a speech that touched the depths of our souls. His words resonated with each one of us, reminding us of the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and the responsibilities we hold as citizens of this great nation. His powerful words ignited a fire within us to contribute towards building a better India.
The Republic Day celebration at MIT ADT Campus on 26th January 2024 was a grand success, filled with enthusiasm and patriotic fervor. The march past, dance performance, and inspirational speech were all proof of our unity and dedication to our country. It was a day that filled our hearts with pride and reminded us of the values that make India truly incredible.
By Rayhaan Manjra DP1

Cultural performance by by PYP and MYP students of  MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul IB School
Cultural performance by by PYP and MYP students of MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul IB School

Republic Day at MIT university was a vibrant celebration filled with
patriotic emotions. Our flag, Tiranga was hoisted by esteemed chief guests.
It was followed by marchpast executed by various institutions at MIT Loni Kalbhor, which showcased discipline and dedication of the students. The stage came alivewith mesmerizing dance performances by enthusiastic students, reflecting
the rich cultural diversity within the universities. After the programme
ended, delicious snacks served in tricolour not only satisfied the taste
buds, but also added to the essence of national pride.
By Aaraddhya Bhand MYP 4

Boarders Movie night with popcorn

Lights, camera, action! Our boarders had an absolute blast at the unforgettable Open Air Movie Show under the starry night sky.  With the perfect combo of mouth-watering popcorn and refreshing cold drinks, it was a cinematic experience that left everyone craving for more! 
 From the moment the movie started, the captivating storyline and breathtaking visuals had everyone on the edge of their seats. Laughter, cheers, and gasps filled the air as our boarders embarked on an unforgettable journey through the world of cinema. 
The atmosphere was electric as the movie played on the big screen, and the aroma of freshly popped popcorn added an extra sprinkle of excitement to the night. The refreshing cold drinks were the perfect accompaniment, quenching thirst and enhancing the overall movie-going experience! 
 It was heartwarming to see our boarders come together, bonding over their shared love for movies and creating memories that will last a lifetime. The joy and laughter that filled the evening highlighted the power of movies in bringing people closer and creating moments of pure happiness. 
 Take a sneak peek into the unforgettable night as our boarders enjoyed the Open Air Movie Show. 

Sports Section

The month of January witnessed an array of thrilling intramural events. The PYP students showcased their skills in badminton and basketball, while the DP students engaged in exhilarating matches of volleyball, basketball, and cricket. Meanwhile, the MYP students displayed their prowess in football, making for an action-packed start to the year.
We are delighted to kick off the year 2024 with a resounding success, as our school has achieved remarkable triumphs in the ISSO games. Our swimmers have made us immensely proud by securing the second position in both the 25m and 50m freestyle events for both girls and boys, along with a bronze in the 50m backstroke. Smera Mahapatra and Kiaash Sharma have emerged as shining stars, claiming two silver medals each in the freestyle events, with Kiaash also clinching a bronze in the backstroke category.
Furthermore, our U-11 basketball team has earned a well-deserved bronze medal, while our U-11 girls’ football team has triumphed with gold, and the boys secured a commendable second position. In addition, Aarohi Vijay Jagtap of PYP 5 received the golden gloves for saving the most goals in the tournament, Jasoonr Kaur of PYP 5 was awarded the golden boot for being the best scorer of the tournament, and Malhaar Milind Kawale of PYP 5 also received the golden gloves for saving the most goals in the tournament.

By Mr. Ajinkya Deshmukh (PSPE Teacher, Basketball Coach, CAS Supervisor)

Alumni Visit

We were honored to welcome our esteemed alumni from the batches of 2016 and 2021 to our school campus. After a comprehensive tour of the facilities, they engaged in a spirited and friendly badminton and Basketball match with our boarding students, fostering a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among all participants. Notable alumni present during this event included sports staff members, Mr. Veeresh, Mr. Balwant, and Mr. Ajinkya.

By  Mr. Balwant Singh. 

Chemistry Corner

The new year kicked off with a flurry of engaging activities in the Chemistry classes and laboratory. MYP 1 students showcased their creativity with an insightful one-act play centered around Acid Rain, complemented by hands-on lab work and simulations focused on indicators. In addition, they delved into the practical applications of Neutralization through the creation of informative posters.

Moving up to MYP 2, students delved into the world of separation techniques with a special emphasis on chromatography during laboratory sessions. Meanwhile, MYP 3 students embarked on an exploration of metals, conducting experiments on displacement and observing the mesmerizing colors produced by burning Magnesium ribbon. The dynamic experience of witnessing the Blast furnace in action left a lasting impression, fostering a deeper appreciation for metals and their significance.

As for MYP 4 and 5, their focus shifted to complex equations and calculations, with dedicated research on Electrolysis and Hydrogen fuel cells. The students were actively involved in unraveling the intricacies of these topics, showcasing their commitment to in-depth scientific inquiry.
On the DP 1 front, concentration calculations took center stage, with a particular emphasis on titration and the sublimation of Iodine in the laboratory. These advanced experiments not only challenged the students but also contributed to their understanding of molar concentrations.
Throughout these activities, the development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills, especially creative thinking and media literacy, was evident. The students demonstrated their ability to engage with complex concepts in a fun and interactive manner. The entire learning community shared in the joy of turning traditionally challenging subjects into enjoyable and enriching educational experiences.

I.I.M.U.N. Conference 2024

I am pleased to inform that the delegation representing our school at the I.I.M.U.N. Conference 2024 at London has returned after 5 remarkable days full of educational and global insight.
I feel proud to announce that 2 members of our school delegation, Ms Shaivi Mistry and Mr Prajwal Kumar Sinha are the co-authors of the most voted on and hence, the final resoluton paper of the Committee Indo UK Summit – Health and Environment wherein they deliberated on a range of issues and viewed the agenda from the world lense.
The students had the opportunity of visiting some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The students had the honor of exploring the historic halls of Oxford University, delving into the cutting-edge research at Imperial College, engaging with the academic excellence of the London School of Economics (LSE), and witnessing the vibrant atmosphere of King’s College London.
The students spent three insightful days at the heart of British politics, with elaborate visits to the British Parliament and The Indian High Commission in London. These visits provided invaluable insights into the functioning of democratic systems, international relations, and the intricate dynamics of diplomacy.
The students were not only confined to academic and diplomatic circles but also had the privilege of interacting with eminent personalities. Engagements with Lords of Parliament, renowned actor and advisor Boman Irani, and influential figures such as MoP Bob Blackman, added a layer of real-world insight to their understanding of global affairs.
As representatives of MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul World School, the students not only learned from esteemed institutions but also actively contributed to the international discourse on critical issues, leaving a lasting impact on their academic and personal growth.
I extend immense gratitude to Arpit Sharma Sir for his constant support during this endeavour. Furthermore, a special thanks to Ms Alka Chaturvedi, Ms Dipti, Ms Arti Rao and all the other teachers who provided subject related guidance to the students.
Thank you to all the House Masters for constantly supporting the students during their research.
Lastly, the immense guidance and training provided by our DP 2 students, Mr Abhiram Varanasi, Mr Vaishant Bafna and Mr Purab Tanna, is highly appreciated and applauded.

‘Divulgence’ – The IBDP 2 Exhibition:

As the exam season is approaching the Visual Arts Department has begun with its first phase of assessment for the IBDP 2 students – ‘Exhibition’. ‘Divulgence’, the exhibition was organized on 29th & 30th January at Darpan Art Gallery, Pune. This was intended to create a space for the IBDP-2 students to show their artworks developed during the IB Diploma Visual Arts course. The show not only served the academic purpose but also provided students a platform to express their thoughts and ideas with the audience, and their loved ones. 

The students shared their views about different aspects of life with a great sense of maturity while stepping into adulthood. Wishing them all the very best for their future endeavors!

By Ms. Stuti Vasavada