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The new  wing of the Savio Kindergarten was inaugurated on the 16th of June 2014 by  Fr Godfrey D’Souza the Provincial of the Mumbai Province in the presence of Fr Wilfred D’Souza the Rector, Fr Bosco D’mello,the Principal, Fr Roy Noronha the Vice-Principal cum Administrator, Salesian Brothers and Staff of Pre-Primary section.The Provincial invoked God’s blessings on  the staff and students who would use the section. The section has a supervisors office,  classrooms, indoor play area, activity play room,dance class, counselling room  and the staff room. The spacious , well ventilated, bright classes are going to make learning enjoyable.

MUSIC AND DANCE 

Dance with music training will help the children develop their love for creativity.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

The school has on its premises trained Occupational therapist  who  visits  the school every Monday and  Wednesday and gives therapy to the children who need  it for their  motor development .

COUNSELLING FACILITY

The school has on its premises a counseller and her team that visit the school on Tuesdays and Fridays.They are psychotherepist who help are parents and children if needed.

INDOOR PLAY AREA

The school has introduced an innovative indoor play arena which consist of a trampoline, a ball pool, slides swings , innovated suspension swings, balancing beams, monkey pole and a suspension bridge. The children get an opportunity twice a week to play in this indoor play area. This will indeed helpour kids develop gross motar skills so vital for their development.

SMART BOARDS 

The interactive board in the preprimary section make learning more interesting and effective. The children enjoy learning and this enhances their cognitive development. This audio visual technology has made a great impact on their learning skills.

According to Dr R. H. Dave, ”  Education is a process of illumination, enlightenment and empowerment.” Education at Don Bosco means an all-round drawing out of the best in child, woman and man – body, mind and spirit.

To sum up education at Don Bosco Primary, we strive through our syllabus not only to develop the cognitive, affective and psycho-motor development of our students but also social skills, self –confidence and good communication skills. Good value based education is imparted through inspirational videos and value education classes.

SYLLABUS     

The syllabus for the Primary Section is Competency – based and is made in accordance with the norms of the B.M.C for B.M.C. Schools and B.M.C. Private Aided Schools.         
The syllabus has increased the element of fun and enjoyment in the lives of the children. Going to school no longer brings visions of hours of enforced writing and strict discipline. Today’s young ones feel it is fun to be in school and consider it an extension of the happy mix of work and leisure that they enjoy at home. One of the factors contributing to this is the effective use of worksheets, Celebration of ‘Days and Weeks’, the Activity Calendar, Field Trips, Cultural Days and the Sports Festival (Activity -based) .

ACTIVITIES

 A variety of activities  are conducted on school days within the school hours and have become a part of the class time table. The students are trained by professionals in the following activities.

  • Speech and Drama

  • Dance Contemporary (Western and Bollywood)

  • Art and Craft- Handwriting improvement

  • Keyboard (Casio)

  • Gymnastics

  • Table Tennis

  • Karate

  • Chess

  • Lawn Tennis And

  • Robotics (For Std. III and IV only)

WORKSHEETS

Every year in the month of April the teachers together with the Head Teacher carefully go through the syllabus, making the required changes. They take into consideration the extra-curricular activities, festivals and holidays. Worksheets are carefully planned by the teachers themselves. A great deal of care and love goes into creatively designing each worksheet. The teachers refer to a number of books to try and make these worksheets as interesting and as challenging as possible. These worksheets are then checked by the Head Teacher and modified if the need arises. In the month of April the teachers prepare the final layout. We are proud to say that our teachers prepare their own worksheets on the computer under the able guidance of the Head Teacher.

These worksheets are administered to the students and are regularly checked by the teachers. They are then sent home with the student for the parent’s attention and to be filed.

Worksheets do help the teachers to know whether a student has grasped the concepts taught in class but they are not the only tools for evaluation. The child’s daily performance in class is also taken into consideration. The student’s participation in extra-curricular activities conducted is also evaluated. The teachers fill in an evaluation report of the students in their charge every month.

EVALUATION

In accordance with the RTE Act a Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation has been introduced in the primary section.

The Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation comprises of :

Std. 1 & 2 Formative Evaluation  70% & Summative Evaluation 30%

Std. 3 & 4 Formative Evaluation  60% & Summative Evaluation 40%

To help students who are unable to make the grade each teacher spends 2 hours a week giving extra supporting guidance.

COMPETITIVE EXAMS

The school helps the students to become comfortable from a very young age in this competitive world of academics. The students of Std. III appear for The Innovative Council for English Exam which is an objective type exam comprising of questions in English Grammar and Comprehension. The students are trained for this exam during their regular English periods.

The students of Std. IV are encouraged to appear for the Government Middle School Scholarship Exam which is also an objective type exam. The students have to appear for English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Intelligence Test papers. Special classes are held in school for those students who are interested in appearing for this exam.

OPEN DAYS

On every ‘Open Day’ a report of the student’s performance in both objective and subjective form is given to the parents and suggestions for the student’s improvement are also made. Teachers are reminded of their commitment to give their students a positive attitude, in order to encourage them to do their best and to convey their comments on their student’s studies and behaviour in a positive manner.

Don Bosco has a fine blend of academics, sports and culture. Considering the numerous activities that take place all the year round one wonders when the teaching and learning is done. Well, the secret is precise pre-planning with perfect execution and behold, you have a NEAT job done in every arena. A true testament to this claim are the innumerable laurels won by the students in every field. Don Bosco sends up on an average over three hundred students and secures a nearly cent percent result. This in itself speaks volumes about the overall academic performance of the school. Each standard has its syllabus meticulously charted in the syllabus book which also contains formats of the Test/Exam papers along with the distribution of marks. Every child is given this book at the beginning of each academic year. This enables the teachers to efficiently execute the syllabus and aids the parents to follow the work systematically done in school.

Particular attention is paid to the students of Std. X. Moving away from the normal practice of strict detention at the Std. IX level, only those who have fared very miserably are kept back.  This is possible only because each and every student is very carefully followed up.

Planning and processing of both syllabus and students for Std. X begins towards the end of the academic year for the students of Std. IX.

Students needing added attention are short listed and steps to ensure their progress are taken.

DAY WITH PARENTS

Day with parents is held after the First/Second Unit Test and after the First Term Exam. It is an enriching experience for all concerned – child, parent and teacher as they positively interact and a strong bond of understanding is established which makes the child aware that the school and his home are in sync to help him develop a persona to be proud of and therefore he better think twice before playing any pranks for he may have to pay a heavy price for it.

AN INNOVATIVE METHOD – THE DISCOVERY METHOD

Science is a branch of knowledge involving systematized observation and experiment. It is knowledge gained through the skillful use of technique and a pursuit to develop, create, innovate, using natures principles- Law of Gravitation, Law of Floatation, Principle of Displacement to name a few. In order to create a scientific approach to life as well as satisfy the young, inquisitive mind. (Why does an apple fall down and not go up? Why do some things float while others sink?) it was decided to start the “Discovery Method” to maximise the use of the state-of-the-art Physics, Chemistry, Biology laboratories that we can boast of.

The Discovery method was introduced in the year 1999 for students of Stds V & VI under the able guidance of Prof. Prakash Burte and Bal Vaigynik scientists from Madhya Pradesh. It was introduced in Std. VII the following year.

How does it differ? We do not follow text books. The syllabus is so framed keeping in mind the needs of the child in today’s modern world and the science syllabus framed by the Maharashtra Board. The principle of this method is ‘Learning by Doing’ – the child is guided by well – prepared worksheets step- by – step leading him from the known to the unknown by experimenting, observations, illustrations and questions that are not only thought-provoking but also conclusive in nature. Objectives:

(1) The most important objective is that rote learning is ruled out. By experimenting, the child discovers facts, causes, properties, effects in and around him which lead to better retention, making the subject interesting as it is mingled with activities from day- to- day life.

(2) Scientific attitude is developed – showing the child that everything is dynamic – nothing is absolutely right or wrong – hence new theories and opinions are accepted readily.

(3) The spirit of teamwork is inculcated and a spirit of enquiry enhances thought-provoking questions for both the student and teacher. The students are under no stress for the exam as the question paper is also designed to test what they have done, themselves. Rote learning is not encouraged.

(4) The teachers prepare and review worksheets again and again. They have to be very patient with each answer and query of the child.

(5) Diagrammatic differences in the actual specimen and those in the charts / books/ worksheets are noted with an explanation from the teacher. When certain experiments do not give the desired results it becomes an experience – Why it did not work? and a lot of thought is given to the subject thus stimulating the thought process. Innovation and improvisation is made, both by the students and teachers to make it work. Many scientific principles get explained in the process.

Education at Don Bosco means an all-round drawing out of the best in child, woman and man – body, mind and spirit.

To sum up education at Don Bosco Primary, we strive through our syllabus not only to develop the cognitive, affective and psycho-motor development of our students but also social skills, self –confidence and good communication skills. Good value based education is imparted through inspirational videos and value education classes.