Ahlcon International celebrates internationalism in all its endeavors. This is the reason that inspired the school to register for the prestigious International School Award an accreditation scheme initiated by the British Council which recognizes and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. ISA provides a framework for schools to develop an action plan and implement international activities throughout the year, and encourages schools to collaborate with overseas schools to create a rich learning experience for students through use of ICT, creative pedagogical practices and real context for learning.
TEEN TOONS: Collaborating with SCARGILL INFANT SCHOOL, U.K.
The world of cartoons fascinates children of all ages. This ISA activity was designed to facilitate the students of VI and VII standard to know more about their favorite cartoon characters .Often they are engrossed in the antics of these cartoons and no one seems to know about the artists and the creators of these famous virtual beings.
This project aimed at letting children explore the world of cartoons, research about their origins, and collaborate with the partner school Scargill Infant School in UK and try to find out the favorite cartoon characters of their counterparts in the partner school. They shared and exchanged hand drawn cartoons and compared them with those of their own country through poems, cards, paintings, finger puppets and book marks.
The thrill and excitement of being able to connect with children across the seas was quite an enchanting experience. Had it not been for the ISA activity, such a project would not have been undertaken which involved such a large group in such a varied way.
The cartoons sent by our students were welcomed and coloured by the Scargillians. The letters were fondly answered by them and the Ahlconites and the Scargillians set off on a spree of exchanging WISH KITES which had their pictures and wishes written on them.
Arrival of the festival of Rakhi witnessed enthusiastic Ahlconites sending handmade Rakhis to them . During the VC we were able to show how to tie Rakhi and the students narrated stories about the festivals too. Though this was not the part of the action plan but both teachers, Ms.Sunita Rajiv from AIS and Ms. Judy Munford from Scargill Infant School were more than delighted to encourage the children for better understanding of Cultural diversity.
Ms. Judy ,during the VC ,showed us how the students were learning to churn out butter in the traditional manner as it was their Historical week.Ahlconites could easily connect it to the ‘dahi bilona’ or churning of butter from buttermilk.Lots of learning experiences were sprinkled throughout our year long journey.
Ms. Judy’s students were from Nursery and Prep. We proceeded to bring the tiny tots from Prep also into the mainstream. They received the beautiful cards made by their counterparts in Scargill. They made small cards to be flown to UK.Finger puppets were another attraction and AHLCONITES had made them with great love and care.
Behind the scenes enabled the Ahlconites to research and find facts anbout the creators of Tintin [Germany], Tom and Jerry [America], Flintstones[UK], Dennis the Menace[USA], Shin Chan [Japan]Asterix and Obelix[UK]The display boards proudly displayed the facts about the Cartoonists, their lives, inspiration and works to the entire school. It was a unique learning experience.
The Fancy DRESS Show showcased the same findings in a very interesting way. The Four houses had to send entries where each team comprised of two cartoon characters along with their creator , in a dramatic presentation. The following links are a testimony to the memorable show.