“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 advocates of this ideology, we constantly endeavor 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 the team has reimagined learning at Prometheus!
With the growing advancement in every field, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, educators all around the world have also witnessed a transformation in the way children learn and develop. There has been an increased 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 evolving scenario which emphasizes the importance of play in PYP enhancement.
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 the 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 is an instrumental tool for learning which not only facilitates socialization wherein the child learns key 21st-century skills such as teamwork, negotiation with peers, problem-solving and improvisation but also provides the child with a sense of agency and ownership. What do children learn and why? How best do they learn? How age-appropriate is it? How relevant is it? These are some of the key questions we keep in mind while framing our curriculum.
We aim to provide our learners 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 a strong team of skilled and enthusiastic faculty, we have been implementing an inquiry and play-based curriculum framework that complements each child’s learning style.
Principal- Primary School
About Aneesha Sahni
Ms. Aneesha Sahni, as the Principal of Primary School, has been associated with Prometheus school since its inception. She is a passionate educator with over 15 years of experience in primary education. Her 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 PYP authorization and evaluation process.
She is a postgraduate in Education, English and Marketing and Finance. She embraced her passion for working with children and that is evident in her easy connection with children of all age groups. In addition to her teaching qualifications, she holds a South Australian 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 field based experiential learning, Ms. Sahni continues to inspire several educators and learning facilitators to come up with newer and more innovative practices to create conducive and welcoming learning spaces for students. Ms. Sahni’s vision, expertise and proficiency has helped us create spaces for our learners where they can grow and develop holistically, in line with Prometheus’s vision to reimagine learning.
Principal- Secondary School
“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 can think on their feet, analyse critically and problem solve.
The Prometheus School believes in this very philosophy prompting us to provide a quality IB education through its strong vision to reimagine learning. It gives me great pleasure to become a part of and lead this team of experienced faculty. I look forward to helping children create their pathway to success, whether that road takes them through success in sports, arts, academics, or even creating their enterprise. To the prospective parents, I would like to assure you that whatever your child dares to dream, we will dare to fulfil.
About Rashima Varma
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 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 programmes – 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 at 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.
Vice Principal Secondary School & Head of Academics
As an IB practitioner, I believe in empowering learners to apply acquired knowledge in the real world. The conceptual development of the principles of Vedas is – believing in yourself, understanding who you are, and bring out the secret power from every child. Education is the manifestation of perfection within every child. Expressing that Divinity from within is teaching and learning.
“One lion can rule this world and not millions of sheep, Be a lion,”
says – Swami Vivekananda.
The role of educators in growing global dynamics and new social viewpoints is evolving. Ideas such as ‘students as lifelong learners,’ ‘parents as stakeholders,’ and ‘schools as emotional sustenance centers’ are being investigated. So, it’s not like a teacher is lecturing and students are silently listening as it used to be. I believe that students should engage with the curriculum, explore it in every possibility and learn on their own. Individual emotions, attitudes, and ambitions influence how our children interact at school, at home, and in the community.
Today’s world is quickly changing; jobs are changing, and student’s approach towards education is changing as well. We must all comprehend and investigate areas of education that have a worldwide viewpoint.
A school must naturally have varied learning styles that suit each child and as Prometheans, I strongly believe in it and prepare our learners according to their needs.
About Suprio Bhowmick
Suprio working as Vice Principal – Secondary School and Head of Academics at Prometheus, has worked at prestigious international schools such as Beacon Academy Jakarta, Pathways World School, Good Shepherd International School, and The Daly College for the past 24 years, teaching the IB and Cambridge curriculum along with leadership assignments.
He also works with IB as a DP Consultant, Program Leader, Workshop Leader, Assistant Examiner, and CIS Evaluator. A graduate from Jadavpur University in Kolkata with a master’s degree in applied computer science.