The annual SAI Summer Fiesta concluded on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with loads of fun and fervour. In the 12-day long fiesta,children unleashed their imagination and creative self by wholeheartedly indulging in various activities like making customised T-shirts through block painting, creating paper pin wheel and preparing nutritional delights. They also skilled up their talent in singing, dancing and acting besides learning the basics of handling camera and swimming. Students had a wonderful movie time followed by a small activity, which reinforced their learning from the animated films.

Expert trainers from Shiamak Davar Institute for Performing Arts, Akshay and Rashi, came from Mumbai and Bengaluru, to train the participants during the 12-day fiesta. They highly appreciated SAI International School, the ever friendly teachers and the enthusiastic children for their zeal for learning and picking up the skills really fast.

Parents of the participants actively took part in the valedictory function held in the Indraprastha auditorium of SAI International School. They enthusiastically learnt few steps of dancing from the trainers and joyfully danced to some of the Bollywood tunes. Principal Shri Harish Sanduja in his address said that “Children are neither better nor worse nor equal to any one, they are just unique and incomparable and added that we should not try to compare children.

A group of hundred participants divided into three groups had a wonderful time amidst a safe, wholesome and friendly environment. Children were highly receptive to new ideas, and enjoyed the activities that encouraged them to visualize and create. SAI Summer Fiesta is designed to empower the children by inspiring their imaginations and broadening their creative minds through exciting, interactive activities. It continually strives to provide new and unique opportunities for the children to learn, play and be active.

SAIoneers win prizes in CSIR-IMMT Project Modelling Competition

SAIoneers proved their mettle once again by winning laurels in the Project Modelling competition organised by CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) on Friday, May 11, 2018. In the junior category, class IX students Piyush P Singh and Sutirth Rath bagged the 2nd position for their project ‘Recycling Smoke’, which is designed to model electricity out of smoke and reuse the carbon in smoke. In the senior category, Sai Sambit and Anurag Patra of class XII, won the 2nd position for their project ‘HOMER’, a technology which helps to control home appliances using a single remote. The model also uses light fidelity and virtual intelligence technology in-order to make home automation a more consumer friendly and simplified process. The students received the prizes on the occasion of the National Technology Day 2018 organised at IMMT.


SAI students observe International Day of Service

A group of 20 students of SAI International School along with two teacher coordinators visited Subhadra Mahtab Seva Sadan, a home for the orphans in Bhubaneswar to observe the International Day of Service. They heartily and happily interacted with the 65 inmates who were between newly born to eighteen years of age. The inmates entertained the visitors with melodious songs and graceful dance performances, showcasing their talent as well as leaving the students teary eyed and touched. Some of the inmates also shared their dream and aspirations with SAI students.

The SAI students gifted 65 gift hampers consisting of note books, tiffin box, water bottle and pencil box with stationery by means of fund raised in the school. They also gave cerelac, lactogen, roohafza, tang, biscuits, namkeen and fruits for the use of the inmates. It was a life changing experience for the SAI students, who realized the importance of appreciating little things in life.They thanked the school for giving this opportunity of rendering selfless service to God’s children.

CBSE Capacity Building Workshop at SAI International School

SAI International School conducted a two-day Training Programme in Science for CBSE School teachers on May 11 & 12, 2018. The workshop was organized by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to enhance the pedagogical skills of Science teachers and equip them with competencies to make learning process connected with real life, stress-free and joyful as well as equip themselves to contribute towards development of innovative methods, processes and practices for improving of teaching-learning environment in schools.

Sixty-eight teachers from 25 different schools from across the state including SAI participated in the programme. The training was held under the guidance of CBSE Resource persons Shri Harish Sanduja, Principal, SAI International School and Ms. Indrani Mukherjee from Army Public School, Kolkata, who were highly appreciated by the participants.

The two-day workshop focussed on making Science classes more interesting and lively through hands-on activities as well as encouraging and supporting students to make various scientific projects. The workshop had different sections like classroom teaching, project making, lab activities and assignments.The trainers passed on the learning to the participants through practical demonstrations and giving simple examples from daily life. The participating teachers also visited the School Science Park to gain understanding on how to help students to acquire knowledge on science through practical approach and apply science in their daily life.

Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award for SAI International School

SAI International School won the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award 2018 in two categories. It received the Best Documentary award for the short movie ‘Journey of 4,000 Miles – India to China and Back’ and the Best Public Service Ad (PSA) for the movie titled ‘Youth for Peace’. Students of SAI International School received the awards at the 8th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival held at New Delhi on Monday, April 30, 2018.

The documentary ‘Journey of 4,000 Miles – India to China and Back’ traces the journey of the students of SAI during the first Global Immersion Programme (GIP) to China. It showcases their varied learning experiences as they visited new places, interacted with students and teachers of various schools, met officials as well as learnt about their culture, cuisine and their people. ‘Youth for Peace’ is a meaningful short movie which portrays the importance of youth to work together towards bringing in a social transformation and making the World a better place through peace and harmony. The films reflect the intensity of thought and exceptional creative abilities of the young students in script writing, editing and film making. The festival saw representations from renowned independent film makers from several countries.

Since 2013, the excellent handholding support and mentoring by experienced faculty has enabled the SAIoneers to win the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Award every year under various categories. In 2013, the school received the award for ‘Sakhyam’ (Best Film for the student’s category) followed by ‘The Crib Bumper Project’ (Best Documentary short film) and ‘A Silent Wish’ in 2014 (Best script), “The Fairy Tale Wall’ (Best Documentary and Best Music Composition) in 2015 and ‘Easac’ (Best Documentary under Student’s category) in 2016. In 2017, it won the Best PSA award for the short film, ‘LABELS’ which gives out a strong message on anti discrimination and social taboos.

The Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival established in the year 2011, is India’s only independent film festival that aims to recognize the work of aspiring, young, independent and professional film makers. It is organized on April 30 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Dada Saheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema. The festival which is open to film makers of all age provides opportunity to the new age film makers to showcase their creativity and also to cultivate the future members of the entertainment industry.

SAI Decadal Lecture

Dr. Tobias Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, delivered the SAI Decadal Lecture on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He briefed the students on the various startups mentored by the UMass Dartmouth’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and shared the qualities required to be a successful entrepreneur like persistence, ability to keep going inspite of highs and lows, a thorough understanding of the area or work, in-depth background study and being optimistic. He advised the students on the importance of inculcating a lifelong love for learning and continuous up skilling with transferable competencies besides giving some valuable tips on how to make it to MIT.

Dr. Stapleton highly appreciated the SAIoneers and said, “Speaking with the students, it is clear that you have an incredible intelligent student party”, and added that the question asked by them shows their passion for learning, interest in their subject matter and desire to explore future prospects.

Dr. Stapleton is also the Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs at Charlton College of Business with an extensive experience in growing graduate enrollments, developing new graduate and corporate training programs, besides partnering university resources with those in the private sector, state and federal government.

SAI Decadal Lecture

Chef Mohit Dudeja from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts shared his educational and professional journey with the students during the SAI Decadal Lecture. In his talk, the Silver medalist of the 44th Worldskills competition gave an insight on the importance of global skills in a person and inspired the students to acquire hands-on-experience rather than solely focus on gaining bookish knowledge. The young Chef said that ‘an educational degree has its own beauty and benefit, but education should be knowledge oriented, not degree oriented’.

SAI Decadal Lecture

Dr. Subas Pani, IAS, former Chief Secretary of Odisha delivered the SAI Decadal Lecture on the occasion of the Decadal celebration of SAI International School. In his address, he appreciated SAI for introducing the concept of Day Boarding, Internationalism, futuristic infrastructure and innovative curriculum in the state. He lauded the school for creating new benchmarks whereby setting standards for other schools in the state to get inspired and emulate. He said that many schools of the state aspire to reach the yardstick set by SAI and several schools have elevated their own level of excellence in the process.

Addressing the students, Dr. Pani spoke at length on the alarming environmental hazards and gave valuable suggestions on the management of Wind, Water, Weather and Waste. He inspired the young minds through various examples to ensure a greener and cleaner environment and advised them to make collective efforts in small and large groups to create awareness on environment. He also advised them to have a clear vision and act beyond the realms of their personal self, to make a positive difference in the society.

SAI Decadal Lecture

The SAI Decadal Lecture Series commenced with a talk delivered by Shri Upendra Nath Behera, IAS, Chairman, Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission. Shri Behera in his address explained the importance of education in the life of a person and in the life of a nation. He gave the students a detailed account of the country’s prosperity related to education by sharing the historical facts.

Shri Behera also recalled his memories in the making of SAI International from conception to reality as well as his association with Chairman Dr. B.K.Sahoo for the past 30 years. Addressing the students, Shri Behera shared that, he takes pride to see SAI earn a name for itself in the Nation and the innumerable achievement of its students in various spheres both at National and International level.

He added that the quality of an educational Institution is dependent on the quality of its students and faculty and SAI International School has the best possible students, best faculty and the best infrastructure, which makes it a unique educational institution. He congratulated Dr. Sahoo and the entire SAI team for making SAI a Centre of Excellence in the state. He concluded by applauding everyone for their meritorious work and wished them to continue the fervor for excelling.

The SAI Lecture Series is part of the Decadal celebration of SAI international School, which will continue throughout the year. On the occasion Shri Behera also unveiled the Decadal calendar.

Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar for SAI

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has bestowed SAI International School with the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2016, in the excellent category for its outstanding sanitation and hygiene practice. SAI International which achieved an overall score of 95% and a five star rating, is one of the foremost Schools of the Country, to be selected for the National level award. The evaluation was conducted on parameters that include water, sanitation, hand washing with soap, hygienic operations and maintenance, behavioral change and capacity-building.

The Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya (SBSV) initiative was launched in the year 2014 by MHRD to ensure that every school in India has a set of functioning and well maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities as well as promote safe and appropriate hygiene practices in schools and behavior among children. The explicit purpose of the awards is to honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign.