Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Wisdom has been named a 'world' school because it aims to provide world class quality education and exposure to students. We strongly believe that the mental horizon of students should not be just limited to the immediate surroundings but instead should be broadened to embrace the entire universe as aptly put by Lord Alfred Tennyson in his poem, "Ulysses" :

 

“I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move”.

 

Keeping this in mind our school has taken a number of steps, some of which are given below, to expose our students to international standards of education and knowledge.

AFFILIATION TO INTERNATIONAL PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM (IPC)

Wisdom is the third school in the whole of India to be affiliated to IPC (the other two are in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai). IPC is a USA based educational body which provides International Preschool Curriculum. This is a thoroughly researched and peer reviewed curriculum designed by renowned academicians of the United States. It is designed to be appropriate and suitable for students around the world. It is the mission of IPC to raise the standard in preschool education and introduce children, parents and teachers to global perspectives with the intention of establishing cultural harmony through progressive education. There are more than 120 authorized IPC locations in six continents. Many schools round the globe have become IPC members and are following this curriculum. The IPC not only provides curriculum but also imparts training to educators of member schools in its usage and methodology. All the educators of the school who are engaged in Pre-Primary teaching have undergone this training and are efficiently using this innovative curriculum in the classroom teaching.

TEACHING OF JAPANESE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Wisdom World School is one of the 52 schools in the whole of India where Japanese language is being taught as a subject. Out of these 52 schools, 29 schools are in Delhi/NCR and Wisdom is the only school north of Delhi/NCR to expose the students to Japanese language and culture. It is being taught as an optional subject from Grade V onwards. We understand that just learning a foreign language in isolation cannot be considered effective unless the learner comes across and interacts with the native speakers of the language. Keeping this in mind we keep inviting resource persons from Japan from time to time, at least twice a year, to visit our school and conduct workshops. Mr. Atsushi Funahashi, Mr. T. Funahashi and Mr. Satoshi Hata have been our regular visitors. Mr. Satoshi Hata worked as our regular and resident Director – International Affairs for almost two years upto May 2018.

ACADEMIC - CUM - CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES

Our school has established Academic-cum-Cultural Exchange Programmes with a number of Japanese Schools in India as well as in Japan. We have established this relationship with the Japanese School, New Delhi. The teachers of both the schools have visited each other a number of times to learn and understand each others areas of strength so that the same can be implemented in the respective schools for the betterment of children. Our school has also established exchange programmes with schools in Japan. Our first batch of 6 students along with the Principal, Mrs. Sangeeta Bahl visited Japan under exchange programme with Tathva International School, Tokyo in October 2012. They stayed there for 10 days and interacted with teachers and students of the host school. Again our second batch comprising of 10 students along with Mrs. Bahl visited Japan in October 2015 under exchange programme with Tabara School, Kamogawa. This was also a 10 days visit during which they were exposed to the Japanese culture and traditions. Our 3rd batch of 10 students alongwith the Vice-Principal, Mrs. Poonam Rawal again visited Japan in October 2017 under Cultural Exchange Programme with three schools in Saitama - Fudo Oka Senior High School, Washi-no-Miya Junior High School and Sunahara Elementary School. Our students made a power point presentation of Indian culture before Japanese students and teachers. They attended Robotics Workshops in Lego School, Yokohama and Saitama University, Saitama. They also visited Kasai Sea Life Park and National Museum of Science in Tokyo. They enjoyed sightseeing tours to Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Sky Tree and Yokohama Landmark Tower. The children also went to watch Kabuki theatre in Tokyo. Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama marked for its stylization and the elaborate make-up worn by its performers. Interestingly, our children watched Mahabharata played by the Japanese artistes in Japanese language. All this was a wonderful experience and enlightening exposure for the students.

WISDOM STUDENTS DEPART FOR JAPAN

Two students of our school – Pragya Kaushik (Grade XII) & Vasu Aggarwal (Grade X) departed for Japan on Tuesday morning to attend a 10 days International Science Project organized by Japan Science and Technology Agency at Shizuoka University in Japan. They were given a warm send-off in the school by Mr. Subhash Sudha, MLA and all the members of school management.

A total of 4 students have been selected from all over India out of which 2 students are from our school. They will be joined by 5 students from Indonesia. All the travelling, boarding & lodging expenses will be borne by the Japanese Government. Interestingly, the students will get an opportunity to travel by Shinkansen (popularly called Bullet Train) in Japan. Wisdom wishes the students all the very best for this once in a lifetime experience. Yet another batch from our school comprising of 6 students and 1 teacher-supervisor has returned from Japan after attending a 7-days Sakura Science Project organised by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The students visited Hiroshima, Tokyo and Yokohama. They were exposed to a number of scientific institutions like Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency where they got the opportunity to interact with space scientists. They also visited Chugoku Electric Co , Miraikan Museum and Robotics Show. Apart from this they went to Hiroshima High School as well as Hiroshima University where they saw students working in science laboratories and interacted with students and teachers. They also visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial. They came back with amazing experience and fond memories. It needs to be mentioned here that all the expenditure of this trip...airfare, boarding, lodging, transportation, meals, insurance, VISA, EVERYTHING....was borne by the Japanese government.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

A 2-days Japanese Language Calligraphy Workshop was organized in the school by Ms Hiroko Nagahama, a Japan India Student Conference Founder, on 1st & 2nd September 2017. A total of 48 students enjoyed this wonderful experience of learning the basic techniques involved in Japanese Calligraphy.

VISIT BY PROFESSOR EMERITUS Dr. TOMIO MIZOKAMI

Dr. Tomio Mizokami, Professor Emeritus, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan visited our school on 13th December 2017 to deliver an extension lecture on Indo-Japan Relationship in Historical Perspective. It was organized by the school as part of Indo-Japan Friendship Exchange Year Celebrations. Prof. Mizokami gave a very informative and illuminative presentation with a wide ranging references from Tagore to Subhash Bose and to the recent bonhomie between the Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe and the Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi. Interestingly, Prof. Mizokami made the presentation in chaste Hindi and Punjabi. Prof. Mizokamis illustrious work in Indo-Japan relationship has been recognized by the Govt. of India when on the Republic Day 2018 he has been confered with Padma Shri award. Wisdom congratulates Prof. Mizokami for this honour bestowed on him by the Govt. of India.

VISIT BY JAPAN FOUNDATION DELEGATION FROM NEW DELHI

Mr. Kosuke Noguchi, Director and Ms. Yuiko Wakana, Japanese Language Advisor of Japan Foundation, New Delhi visited our school on 19th January 2018. They went to different classes and observed the Japanese language teaching. They conducted a Tourism Quiz related to places of interests in Japan. They also introduced online Japanese courses for self-study. The students took keen interest in the activities and the quiz competition.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF JAPANS EMPEROR

The 84th birthday of Japanese Emperor Tsugu Akihito was celebrated at the official residence of the Japanese Ambassador to India, HE Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu on 13 December 2017. The Ambassador and his wife hosted a dinner party to celebrate the occasion. Our Manager, Mr. Vinod Rawal and the Director, Ms. Anita Rawal were invited to attend the function. It was a great opportunity to meet distinguished Japanese nationals working in India in various institutions. The Ambassador Mr. Hiramatsu addressed the gathering and talked about the rapidly growing friendship between India and Japan. It was a memorable occasion.

JAPANESE EMPEROR AKIHITO BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT JAPANESE AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE IN NEW DELHI

The Japanese Ambassador to India Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu and his wife Mrs. Patricia Hiramatsu hosted a dinner party in the lawns of their residence in New Delhi on 5th December 2018 to celebrate the birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito. India's Railway Minister, Mr. Piyush Goyal was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. The celebrations were attended by our Secretary-cum-Manager Mr. Vinod Rawal and our Director Mrs. Anita Rawal.

Mr. Hiramatsu highlighted the day-by-day strengthening relations between India and Japan and gave details about how the two governments were promoting cultural and academic exchanges between the two countries. Among a large number of dignitaries, the occasion was also attended by Glamanand Miss India International 2018 – Ms. Tanishqa Bhosale. One of the main attractions of the function was a robot manufactured by Kawasaki Company of Japan serving Ice-Cream to the guests.