Green School Award for SAI

SAI International School won the 1st Prize for School Garden (minimum 1000 square feet category) and the ‘Milan Memorial Running Trophy’ for the Best School Garden at the 30th State level Annual Flower Show 2018 held on January 13 &14, 2018. It was jointly organized by Regional Plant Resource Centre and Plant Lovers ‘Association, Bhubaneswar.

The School takes pride in dedicating a large area for gardening and planting new saplings on every auspicious occasion. For maintaining its greenery, SAI International School won this award for the 7th time. The award reiterated our commitment of preserving the much needed green cover and inculcating the spirit in the students.

Junior Confluence at SAI International School

Junior Confluence, the 3-day annual cultural event of SAI Angan, India’s largest Play School commenced on Thursday, January 11, 2018. The little students performed brilliantly on three different themes Umang, Sanaz and Jashna on three consecutive days.

On the inaugural day, students from Play Group to KG I, performed on the theme, “Umang’, which showcased the various little things that brings Joy and Happiness to a Child. The students of KG II and Class I performed on the theme, “Sanaz”, enacting the traditional dance forms of India on the 2nd day. On the valedictory day, the little artists of Class II & III beautifully showcased the various festivals of the Country on the theme Jashna. The tiny tots left the audience spell bound with their wonderful synchronization and brilliant presentation.

On the occasion Shri Harish Sanduja, Principal SAI International School briefed the audience on the various achievements of SAI and SAIoneers. Chairman Dr. B.K.Sahoo spoke on some of the vital factor of life like Happiness, Hope and Empathy to the august gathering. Through heart touching videos, he enthused the parents to inspire their children to face the various challenges of life with confidence, inculcate empathy and spread happiness.

SAI Angan is ranked as the Best Pre School of Bhubaneswar consecutively for two years by the EducationWorld India Preschool Rankings 2016 and 2017. Established in the year 2015, the School is a trendsetter in Early Childhood Education that provides a 360 degree learning experience onto each child inspiring them to be learners with permanence and quality.

Padmashri Prof Dr Herman Kulke visit SAI International School

Eminent German historian Padma Shri Prof. Dr. Hermann Kulke and Prof. Uwe Skoda visited SAI International School on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Prof Kulke is a German Historian and Indologist who has been doing research on Jagannath cult since the last 40 years and spreading the Jaganath culture across the globe through his books. He spoke eloquently on the history related to Lord Jagannath as well as the impact of the Lord on him and his family members. He proudly said that he considered Lord Jagannath as his family member. He also shared his experiences during his travel to different parts of the state to know more about the history of the Lord of the Universe.

Padma Shri Prof Dr Kulke has been honoured several times for his work of excellence. He received the Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society of Kolkata in 2005, in 2010 he was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was awarded to him by the President of Germany in 2011.

Prof Uwe Skoda from the Arhus University of Denmark amazed everyone when he started his speech in fluent Odia. He advised the students to learn the basics and always remember the knowledge disseminated in the organisation in trying to make them Global citizens.

SAI Alumni Meet 2017

The annual Alumni meet of SAI International School was organized on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in the Indraprastha Auditorium. It was attended by 82 ex-SAIoneers from different batches, teachers and staff.
The wonderful homecoming was celebrated with music, song, sharing of fond memories and reliving moments of the wonderful journey in their alma mater. The bunch of excited alumni caught up with their school mates, celebrated their achievements and discussed on the developments in the school campus and on the latest accomplishments of SAIoneers.

Shri Nilakantha Panigrahi, Sr. Vice Principal expressed his delight to witness the achievements of students groomed in SAI and said that ‘I am proud to see our students covering the globe in their search of knowledge and meaning.’ Some of the alumni shared their inner thoughts with their fellow mates. Barbie Mishra said that ‘This is the best school and has the best teachers’ and added that the school has given her several opportunities to develop herself. Akshat Praneet shared that most of his memories lies in this school and it has given him a lot of exposure to make him what he is today.

A video presentation capturing glimpses of their journey swept a wave of nostalgia among the crowd. A cake cutting ceremony was held followed by song and dance performances. Every year December 26 is observed as ‘Back to School’ reunion day for its alumni where ex-students assemble in the school campus for a walk down the memory lane. The annual Alumni Meet is an amazing platform for interchange of thoughts, investing in each other’s ideas that pave way for a renewed learning. It is also an occasion to strengthen the bond and reaffirm their commitment to be an integral part of the school.

SAI Olympics 2017 –Valedictory Ceremony

The 6th SAI Olympics was organized with great colours and enthusiasm. The SAI Olympics 2017 truly reflected the spirit of the students and teachers alike with lots of action and fun. Roars of cheers energized the athletes on the track to give their best.The three days’ event was inaugurated on the 20th of December in presence of the whole school in a very colourful way.

The valedictory function was organized with grandeur and gaiety, in the newly built world class stadium, in the SAI International Residential School campus, on the afternoon of the 23rd of December, where the entire school, teachers, management and the parents assembled. The Chief Guest, Dr R.P. Sharma, IPS ,Director General of Police, Cuttack, Odisha and Guest of Honour, Shri R.Vineel Krishna, IAS Director Sports and Youth Services Department ,Govt.of Odisha  reached at 1.30 pm on the ground. At the outset the audience witnessed a few final races followed by prize distribution of the race events.

The Chairman of the SAI International Group of Institution Dr Bijoy K Sahoo in his welcome address expressed his deepest satisfaction over the excitement and the keenness the students showcased and participated whole heartedly in the three days’ SAI Olympics. He was delighted about the new stadium which could be ready by the closing ceremony, with the kind of stature he had dreamt it to be. He put forth all his new ideas about the new school and its sprawling campus besides the new concept specially the education and sports facilities the students of the residential school would be facilitated with.

The Guest of Honour, Shri R.Vineel Krishna, IAS ,Director , Sports  and Youth Services Department,Govt.of Odisha in his address showed his extreme happiness to see the stadium and its grandeur and said that it is indeed an honour that a stadium of International standard has come up in the state and it is going to help students build their sporting skills.

The Chief Guest, Dr R.P. Sharma, IPS, Director General of Police, Cuttack, Odisha, in his address to the students said that winning and losing are the two sides of sports and they should take both in their stride and with true sporting spirit, endeavour to achieve in whatever field they wish to go in their lives. The chief guest presented the Olympic Champion Awards and felicitated the CBSE National Gold Medallists of the school.

The closing ceremony was significantly unique with the very impressive cultural presentations which spread a spectrum of colours and hues of patriotism with the theme ADVAIT BHARAT.Large number of participants with their colourful costumes, the props and the overall synchronization of each of the performances amazed the audience. At the end there was a Jumble March Past. The chief guest lowered the sports Flag and declared the 6th SAI Olympics closed. This was followed by the slow march by the House Captains who handed over the flag to the chief Guest.

At the end the Principal Shri Harish Sanduja gave a vote of thanks and expressed his heartfelt thanks to the guests and also cheered the winners and encouraged the participants to keep up the energy even for their academic activities and be winners at all spheres. The Vice Chair person Smt Silpi Sahoo and the Vice principals of the school along with all the teachers were present during the occasion. The parents came in a large number to encourage the children.

Unwind @ SAI International School

The annual mega fest of SAI International School- UNWIND was held on Sunday, 17th of December 2017. With an objective of rejuvenating minds and refreshing spirits, UNWIND is a unique initiative that helps students and teachers alike to de stress and have a  break from their routine academic life. UNWIND is a carnival of celebration that involves food, fun and friends amidst a delightful bouquet of performances.  The extravagant fiesta received a foot fall of over 30,000 people. UNWIND is designed, planned and executed by the Class XI Commerce students under the able guidance of the Chairman Dr. Bijoy Kumar Sahoo.

UNWIND 2017 was inaugurated by Shri Tapan Kumar Chand, Chairman and Managing Director, NALCO.At the outset he made the audience take a pledge of cleanliness and insisted on working for at least 100 hours of cleanliness drive. In his address he highly appreciated the team for having successfully organized UNWIND a mega event of such magnitude. He said he was amazed at the kind of development the students have done in organizing the event. He advised the students that the output or success we get is the result of the input we give that is the hard work. He requested the Chairman to let the students document the entire process of the company Unwind with its achievement and challenges faced and also steps taken to address the issues so that it could guide the next batch of students to do it more effectively. Dr. Bijoy Kumar Sahoo, Chairman of SAI International School applauded the team for its excellent management and said that the experience and exposure gained will have tremendous impact in their professional lives. He said that Unwind is not just an event ,it is a movement to train students in leadership skills and to help them be connected with the society with the CSR activity 100 libraries project.He also congratulated the parents for their constant support as active partners in all the school activities.

UNWIND is also a fundraising event, to support various CSR projects initiated by the school and the major one being the 100 libraries project that aims to donate 100 libraries to rural schools and also schools for the underprivileged and special needs in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.Thirty schools have already been given fully equipped libraries and around 10,000 students have been benefitted by this. The goal is to reach one million children and create a better India through literacy.

SAI International believes in the concept of ‘holistic parenting’ and concentrates on the all round development of a child, that is only achieved when the school and parents are in tandem with one another. Behind a child’s success a very huge contribution is that of the parents and this year the Holistic Parenting Award was presented to Smt Madhu Kumari and Shri Rajiv Ranjan for the outstanding achievement of their daughter Soumya Sambhabi in the AISSCE 2017. This brilliant student brought glory to the proud parents and to her alma mater as well. Prizes were also given to the winners of the Business Model competitions held in the school.

The guests were treated to a dazzling jamboree of over 200 stalls that included carnival rides, Bungee Jumping, Bull Ride, Foos Ball, Frisbee, Dart, X Box Virtual Gaming, Fun Rides like Bouncy Castle, Ball Pool, Water Zorbing, Boat on Pool additionally fascinating games planned by students and energetic performances in three huge stages spread across the campus to entertain the parents and guests.The most attractive place was the lip smacking food zone. All kinds of varieties of food was laid from Indian to Mexican, Thai to Chinese, Italian to continental and from Punjabi to Odia cuisines.

With each passing year, the annual fete has amplified bringing in enhanced enthusiasm and delight. UNWIND reflects the essence of SAIoneers, successfully weaving around teamwork, leadership, innovation, communication, strategic planning and gives out a strong message of fostering brotherhood, unity and compassion. It also teaches the rules to execute under pressure, imbibes traits of a future leader and cultivates a culture of transparency and meticulous money management.
A befitting conclusion to the event were the spectacular fireworks and releasing the light lamps in the night sky which were reflective of the dreams, hopes and messages of peace from the young SAIONEERS.

The greatest attraction and the cherry on the cake was the star Night. Bollywood star singer, winner of the Voice of India contest Ravi Shukla’s performance made everyone in the audience jump and dance with exhilaration. His rocking concert was a spectacular event in itself.

SAI Olympics Inaugural Ceremony at SAI International School

The 6th SAI Olympics, the annual sports meet of SAI International School, began on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in the Pele Sports Complex on a vibrant and euphoric note. It is an event much awaited by students and teachers alike and applauds the talent of Saioneers.

The opening ceremony was laced beautifully with a salutation from all the four houses in a regimented march past to the exhilarating beats of the School band. At the outset the Chairman of the School Dr Bijoy K Sahoo in his welcome address, appreciated the highly commendable job the Chief Guest of the day has been doing for the State and specially taking the sports field into the Global arena. He applauded the sincere endeavours of Shri Vishal Dev in successfully conducting International events like the Asian Athletics Meet and the World Hockey league. He also lauded the unstinted support the Chief Guest has rendered to the school always.

The Chief Guest for the opening ceremony Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS, Commissioner  cum  Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government  of Odisha highly appreciated the students and the achievements of the school. He gave examples of how small things can become big with perseverance and discipline. He proudly said about the success in conducting the World Hockey league in Odisha and added that sports academies for different sports will be established in Odisha soon. The chief Guest also said that the aim should be to receive good education and learn values and advised the students that there is only one way to success and that is hard work.

In the beginning the sports flag was hoisted and the torch was lighted signifying the symbol of peace. The SAI Olympics torch relay was a spectacular sight which was led by the school Head boy Tanmoy Panigrahi and Head Girl Akankhya Acharya and followed by sports captains Shruti Panigrahi and Debiduuta Mishra. The sports Captain took the oath representing all the participants. The chief Guest declared the 6th SAI Olympics Meet Open .He presented prizes to the winners of different Inter House sports competitions and also felicitated the participants and winners of different National level competitions the Saioneers participated in, like the CBSE National meet for swimming and other sports events like Kho Kho, Tennis,Table Tennis, Basket Ball and rifle shooting etc.

The principal of the school Mr Harish Sanduja gave a vote of thanks at the end of the programme.

Padmashri Prof Dr Kiran Seth Visits SAI International School

Founder Chair person of SPIC Macy (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth) Padmashri Prof Dr Kiran Seth visited SAI Aangan the primary wing of SAI International School to present his innovative module  AARAMBH’ – A PLAY School’  (exclusively for children in the age group of 2-7 years).

His vision as the founder of Spic Macay is to reach every child in the country and have them experience the values embodied in our Indian and World Heritage by “2020”.  With the aim of achieving this goal, Dr Seth has conceptualized this module the pilot program which  had been initiated five years ago at a playschool called “Aarambh” in New Delhi.

Dr Kiran Seth spoke to the teachers of SAI Aangan on how this experiential learning can benefit the early childhood learners. He said that musical exposure in learning methods can have a remarkable impact on children developing good listening skills, speaking ability,utilizing their enthusiastic energy towards a positive approach among children in the school.

He added that ‘to this phenomenal module, we have now integrated the essence of Indian classical dance and yoga, which is a work in progress now. Music, dance, theatre and fine arts are innate and indispensable part of a tradition and heritage.  When this profound essence of Indian art is imbibed and suffused gently, a rasika immerges with the profundity of our twelve thousand-year-old heritage. It transforms them from within forever. It shapes them as a finer human being’.

He emphasized that this scientifically thought integrated module (vocals, yoga and dance) addresses the multilayered – cognitive development of the formative brains when the processing power of the brains are at its best. Hence, being exposed and imbibed in the classical maze of this module from this age group not only influences the non-cognitive but also sharpens the intellect of a child, making them better equipped to grasp their curriculum  (Maths, Science and Humanities)  subsequently with an enhanced processed intellect. Concentration of children gets enhanced when music and yoga becomes the medium of learning.

Dr Kiran Seth involved the students and teachers to show a demonstration of how the seven notes Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni and Sa can be used to arouse the senses towards better concentration and physical involvement in the process of learning as well.He made the entire audience of 400 students and 50 teachers participate in the activities.

The Chairman of the School Dr Bijoy K Sahoo appreciated Dr Seth’s innovative research module and said it is definitely going to help our learners retain their memory and the teachers have also learnt the techniques which they can use with students from the play group to class II.

The Vice Chair person of SAI International School Dr Silpi Sahoo,the Principal Mr Harish Sanduja and the Vice Principal of the Primary wing Mrs Rashmi Pandey were also present during the presentation.

SAITED – Tech Fair in SAI International School

SAITED 2017 a Tech Fair of a unique form and the second edition of SAI International School was inaugurated on the 6th of December 2017, with great spirit and enthusiasm, to orient, educate and prepare students to work towards becoming future innovators, researchers, consultants and designers in their preferred fields.

Famous space scientist and astronaut from NASA Jack D. Fischer Colonel, U.S. Air Force, was the chief guest of the ceremony. An audience of around 4000 students from SAI and students from 22 local schools were witness to a mesmerizing presentation of the astronaut. At the outset the chairman of SAI TED Priyanshu Mishra gave a welcome address and the Chairman of SAI Dr Bijoy Kumar Sahoo, with his charismatic speech raised the heights of excitement in the gathering before inviting the NASA Astronaut on to the stage.

Mr Jack D. Fischer Colonel from the U.S. Air Force was specially invited by SAI International School, to attend the annual tech fair SAI TED to be held on 06 December 2017. This is an exclusive visit of the Astronaut to SAI, the first one ever to the state and second astronaut to visit India. Colonel Fischer in his presentation left the large audience awe struck when he described his incredible journey to the space and his two days space walks.

Colonel Jack D. Fischer was selected by NASA in July 2009.  He served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station of the Expedition 51/52.  During his 2017 mission, he logged 136 days in space with two other spacewalkers and landed on Earth with Peggy Whitson on 3 September, 2017, concluding the mission that included hundreds of scientific experiments for the crew and two spacewalks for Fischer.

Jack Fischer in his presentation described about the life style of astronauts while in the space station and said that in this mission he and his team members worked on around 337 experiments and the major one being on cancer drugs.

In a question and answer session with the students the scientist himself was baffled with the kind of intelligent questions they were asking. The Chairman of SIS had earlier asked him if he feared death to which he gave a wonderful answer that there are many ways of death but he would prefer death of happiness be it in Space or Earth. Amritanshu of SAI asked if ever the space ship was hit by other celestial bodies to which he said yes. In another question asked by a Saioneer whether he would prefer to stay in space or Earth he humorously answered space but with his wife. Vedant from KIIT International school asked if he believed in God to which he answered that after seeing the marvel of the universe in space he was awe struck most of the time ,he believed that there ought to be some supreme power who created that.

SAI TED is a student driven event, managed by a highly motivated team of students of Class 11 from Science stream with handholding support from the Chairman Dr B K Sahoo to inculcate leadership quality, team work, crisis management and productive thinking, the team under the chairmanship of Priyanshu Mishra was divided into six groups each with a different portfolio and headed by a Director.

This year there was an array of events which had a lot of contemporary relevance. The entire event was based on five themes like Earth-2050,Space Opera, The lost World, Tech World and Science around Us. Besides these, there were other events like the Start-Up Park, Science Exhibition, TED talks,Speak out your Mind, theme based Students Session TED-Q: Gallant Quiz based on Science and Technology and Workshops on Robotics, Photography, Bio Informatics and Ethical Hacking.There were around 14 start up companies who showcased their product in the Fair.
A jam-packed and event full day ended with the closing ceremony which was graced by the Chief Guest, Shri Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare, Government of Odisha and the Chief Speaker

Shri Manoj Kumar Srivastava, Joint Director & Regional Officer, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Bhubaneswar. The chief Guest honourable Minister of ST & SC Development praised the dynamic vision of the Chairman and said that it is good to know that SAI has been exposing the students to many eminent personalities. The Chief Speaker Mr Srivastava in his speech said that technology doesn’t discriminate and therefore we should aim to have a society without any disparity. Jack Fischer in his speech advised the students to follow their passion and do hard work.SAI Chairman SAI Chairman Dr Bijoy Kumar Sahoo in his talk said that this trendsetter innovative event SAITED, will be etched in the memories of the students for gaining in-depth knowledge on Science and technology and most importantly having a life time experience of being with a space walker and astronaut from NASA.

SAI International School Hosts Savita Vaidhyanathan, Mayor of Cupertino California

SAI International School Hosts Savita Vaidhyanathan, Mayor of Cupertino California, USA. She was accompanied by Reena Patnaik Rao and Mr. Palaka who are heading the Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative. SAI International School will pay a vital role in this global initiative launching the first Global Immersion Programme (GIP) to Cupertino in October 2018. We are overjoyed about building a continued student and teacher exchange programme between the two cities and countries, giving them an enjoyable, memorable experience with American host families learning about the education, culture and several other aspects of living in Cupertino and California.