“Je pense, donc je suis” I think, therefore I am – Descartes
The 17th century French Philosopher was the first to establish that at the very core of human existence is the trait of thinking. It is thought to be this trait that separates us human beings from animals. It is hence ironical that many curricula, locally and globally discourage this very characteristic. The IB with its inquiry-based learning method enhances the thinking ability of a student, thus equipping the student with tools to navigate life successfully. This becomes even more relevant in the current situation where, the ever-changing world stage demands individuals who are able to think on their feet, analyse critically and to problem solve.
The Prometheus School believes in this very philosophy prompting us to provide a quality IB education through its strong vision to re-imagine learning. It gives me great pleasure to become a part of and lead this team of experienced faculty. I look forward to help children create their own pathway to success, whether that road takes them through success in sports, arts, academic, or even creating their own enterprise. To the prospective parents, I’d like to assure you that whatever your child dares to dream, we will dare to fulfil.
Ms. Rashima Varma, as the Principal of Secondary School at Prometheus, brings in a rich experience of around two decades in the field of International Education, having worked in international schools of repute such as the Sriram School, Pathways School, Gurgaon and most recently The Ardee School- NFC.
She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She started her work journey in the corporate sector as a French to English Translator, Interpreter and a Language Trainer. This sparked her interest in education which was further ignited by exposure to the International Curriculum very early in her teaching career.
She has engaged closely with two IB programs – the MYP and DP in various capacities including IB Teacher (French for MYP and DP), IB examiner (MYP and DP) and IB curriculum coordinator (MYP). She was one of the founder teachers of the Pathways School, Gurgaon and was a part of the initial team that led the school to its IBDP authorization. She also spearheaded the MYP authorization at Pathways School Gurgaon.
In her previous role, she was the Head of School at The Ardee School, New Friends Colony, which enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of the administrative intricacies within an academic setup.
Ms. Varma, a keen lifelong learner, is active on twitter and blogs to connect with educationists around the world. She also believes that a teacher plays an important role in helping students achieve their true potential, believe in their capabilities and embrace a culture of hope and dream big.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
Imagination is critical in child development as it fosters cognitive and social development. It is the door to possibilities. As firm advocators of this ideology, we are constantly striving to foster tinkering and creative thinking in all our learners. Keeping up with the changing scenario of education, we believe in developing active and imaginative individuals out of all our students. For this, together we have reimagined learning at Prometheus!
With the growing advancement in every field, educators all around the world have also witnessed a transformation in the way children learn and develop. There has been an increasing focus on a more inquiry-based learning methodology and a need to move away from traditional teaching techniques, resulting in the holistic development of the child. I am extremely glad to be a part of this changing scenario which emphasizes on the importance of play in PYP enhancement this year. My philosophy resonates deeply with the words of Vince Gowmon, “When we make play the foundation of learning, we teach the whole child.” As an educator, I have not only observed but also realized the importance of play as an essential tool to facilitate learning in classroom.
Children learn best through play. It is the highest form of research leading to exploration, curiosity, investigation, experimentation and discovery. Play engages the brain in ways which several traditional methods of rote memorization and workbooks do not. The essence of play-based learning resides in the fact that it provides a platform for student voice and choice by harnessing their creative energy, resulting in a positive form of creative expression. Play being an instrumental tool for learning not only facilitates socialization wherein the child learns key 21st century skills such as team work, negotiation with peers, problem solving and improvisation but also provides the child with a sense of agency and ownership.
We aim to provide our students with a conducive environment preparing them for the future. We wish to provide a skill-based classroom environment where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired. With my expertise and experience, I hope to successfully establish a play-based curriculum with the right resources at Prometheus.
What children learn and why? How best they learn? How age appropriate it is? How relevant it is? were some of the key questions we kept in mind while framing our curriculum. With a team of skilled and experienced teachers who understand and identify how students learn best, we will strategize our curriculum in a way that complements each child’s learning style. Taking this ideology forward and striving towards achieving our goal of providing quality education, adopting and transforming education, we are ready for our first academic year!
Ms. Aneesha Sahni, as the Vice Principal of Primary School, has been associated with Prometheus school since its inception. She is a passionate educator with over 11 years of experience in primary education. Her past experience has been with The Pathways School, Noida and The British School. She is extensively trained in IBPYP to lead a school in the vision of IB. At Pathways, she was one of the founder teachers and was a part of the team that took the school through its’s PYP authorisation and evaluation process.
Although a post graduate in Marketing and Finance, she embraced her passion of working with children and that is evident in her easy connect with children of all age groups. In addition to her teaching qualifications, she holds a South Australia certificate for teaching English as a Second Language (ELS) in a mainstream class. She has attended numerous IBPYP Category 1,2 and 3 workshops and early childhood education courses in the United Kingdom including Managing EYFS, The Ultimate Early Years Environment and Language and Literacy in Early Childhood. She is a well-known educator, workshop leader that brings in global best practices, and an exceptional trainer of Jolly Phonics. She has trained many teachers across North India.
An advocate of play-based learning and outdoor learning, Ms. Sahni continues to inspire several educators to come up with newer and more innovative strategies and practices to create conducive and welcoming learning spaces for students. Ms. Sahni’s vision is to create spaces for her learners where they can grow and develop holistically, in line with Prometehus’s vision to reimagine learning.