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Leadership Team

Dr. Gayathri Deepak
School Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gayathri Deepak is an educationist deeply committed to best practices in education.   Her doctoral research in the field of Human Development was in the area of Curriculum and Cognitive Development, for which her thesis won critical acclaim from Indian as well as foreign examiners. She has worked in various roles including researcher, college lecturer, teacher, teacher trainer, academic advisor and whole school leader.  As part of the work she engages in currently as Director of Sri Chetana, she functions as an Educational Consultant and Advisor to schools.

She has worked with CIE International Curriculum for more than 15 years and is a consultant for schools with other curricula too. As a whole school leader,sheworked in a highly reputed international school in the Middle East, which is a CIE Centre offering the Cambridge International Programs from Years 1 to 13, a member school of CIS and is also accredited by NCA (formerly CITA, now Advanc-Ed).  She chaired the committees for the CITA/NCA and CIS Self-Studies done by the school. Students of this school secured world ranking, not to mention national level and Province level rankings, in IGCSE and A level exams, during her tenure.Her work in the international context has enabled  herto reach out to teachers from  more than 20 nationalities and students and parentsfrom over 30 nationalities, including people from the Indian sub-continent, Middle East, Far East, Europe, USA, Australia and Africa.In her role as school leader, both in India and abroad, she has always been deeply passionate about professional development of the team of educators and has personally delivered workshops and training programmes, apart from motivating her team members to explore and enrol for professional development opportunities offered by reputed external bodies. In her work as an Academic Advisor for reputed schools in Chennai, among many other responsibilities, shetrains  teachers, revamps the school’s teaching, learning and assessment techniques,  develops lesson plan formats, reviews lesson plans, works with teams to build the school curriculum, develops policy documents for the school and teachers, redesigns organisational structure, designs detailed job descriptions, and interviews candidates for teaching and leadership positions.

Having worked and lived for more than a decade in a society which was truly international in structure and character, her belief in Internationalism were strengthened. She believes that the way forward to prepare students to face the many existing and unknown challenges of the 21st century lies in enabling a revival of liberal education and enabling collaboration, through which children and youth truly come to understand other cultures, religions, and nations, cherish diversity and not merely “tolerate” it.  She is passionate about empowering educators to become reflective practitioners and empowering children, adolescents and young adults to realize their true potential and blossom into responsible, caring, empathetic individuals. Gayathri is committed to spreading the message of liberal education and enabling educational institutions  and educators to foster social, emotional and ecological intelligences and creativity, and build the skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in students. Gayathri has recently extended her work to educate parents in some pedagogical practices. As an educationist and a spiritual person, she believes in oneness and the universality of consciousness and has launched a program titled Chetanasri, which enables one to look within to unleash one’s true potential.

 


 
Ms. A. Jasmine Nizar
ICSE Coordinator and HoD, Department of Computer Science 

I am Jasmine, I have been facilitating the learning of Computer Science for more than a decade now. It’s been 5 years since I joined Hari Shree and every day as I step in, I experience the same warmth and bliss I felt initially and my heart is filled with gratitude at belonging to this family.

It is said that “Success is the key for happiness”, I feel otherwise, “Happiness is the key for success”. Smiles and happiness can go viral and I always wish to see every child in the class happy and strive to make them feel wanted and important. A child who is not worried about the subject, who does not feel upset about being unable to answer questions but feels that, “I have no fear, when my teacher is with me” – this is the goal I pursue consciously.

As the ICSE coordinator, it is my endeavour to motivate, develop and coordinate with teachers across departments, students and parents in order to build a creative teaching-learning practice. It is my constant effort to help students enjoy the process and face the board examinations without fear.

“Habits are not taught, they are caught” and I know that we teachers have an immense responsibility because our students tend to emulate us unconsciously.

 


Ms. Seethalakshmi Ramesh
Middle School Coordinator

Dear Students, Parents and fellow educators,

School years are a cherished and integral part of every individual’s life. It gives me immense pleasure to communicate with the Hari Shree community.

I would like to share the vision of two eminent Indian educationists of the 20th century – Rabindranath Tagore and Mahathma Gandhi. Though they hailed from different backgrounds, they were also great educationists. Educationists today would do well to remind themselves of the basic ideas of education from these two great stalwarts. Let me briefly recapitulate them for you.

  1. Education is a preparation of life and is a lifelong process.
  2. Educators are only facilitators; hence all education has to be student oriented.
  3. Education should be action oriented and promote liberation of the mind.
  4. Education should build abilities in a person to contribute fruitfully to society as the purpose of life is to serve society.
  5. Education must be tailored to suit the socioeconomic demands of the region and should promote moral values. With these thoughts in mind, let us usher in new beginnings and move ahead with a purpose.

I wish you success in all that you undertake, and look forward to your support and feedback.

 


Ms. Vaishnavi Gopalan
Primary Co-ordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Years – Touching Minds and Shaping futures

Learning is the process of constantly updating in an ever changing world. The Primary years experience the most rapid changes of life and are critical in a child’s development. Children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is a well known fact that a strong foundation in the lower classes play a vital role in forging life-long learning competencies, which in turn, can be an indicator of their success in school and ultimately, in their lives.

It is an honour to be a part of the formative years with the Hari Shree family.

Wishing all of us loads of good luck and looking forward to a wonderful journey ahead.

 


R. Padma
Co-ordinator – Junior Campus

Montessori – A skill set for the 21st century.

The best way for a child to learn is to link him to a learning experience, attach language to it and slowly widen the experience. According to the Montessori philosophy, when the child is absorbed, looking becomes reading and touching becomes writing. The Montessori Method is a pedagogical approach that focuses on the holistic development of the child, involving the physical, social, emotional and cognitive aspects. The children in a Montessori environment work with specially designed materials, exploring and understanding until they master them. The environment promotes freedom within limits, encouraging considered individual choices, a feeling of community, a spiritual sense of excellence and taking guidance as needed.

Every Montessori classroom is organized into four distinct areas, viz. Exercises of Practical Life (EPL), Sensorial, Language Arts and Math. The children are also introduced to elementary concepts in History, Geography, Botany and Zoology by way of picture cards, circle time discussions, songs and stories and craft activities.

Childhood is a celebration and the Montessori approach hails that as its first-principle. At the junior campus in Hari Shree Vidyalayam, we strive to provide an ideal learning environment. Our team of trained teachers ensures that a cozy and fulfilling atmosphere is created for the tiny-tots to grow and bloom.

 


Ms. Alamu Kumaresan
HoD, Department of Art

Art pervades our lives and imparts meaning to all experiences. Our goal is to foster student learning and assist in improving/nurturing their creativity. We strive to create an enjoyable, positive environment for the child to grow in their understanding and appreciation of art. Our Art programs foster and celebrate the distinct and unique characteristic of each child. We nurture the growth of developing minds by providing opportunities to explore, invent, express, dream, reflect and communicate through art. Our department believes that each student is a unique individual whose ability, vision and talent are completely his/her own.

Through individual critique, hands on instruction, ample references and presentations, students have the opportunity to learn and improve upon their own ability. By training the eye, hand, and mind in traditional forms & new media, we train students in middle and higher secondary school to develop into autonomous artists. This is achieved by emphasising on different areas such as Perspective Drawing, Painting, Textiles, Pottery and Clay Modelling/Sculpture.

The Art department consists of three professional artists handling the primary, middle and higher secondary grades.

 


 

Dr. Sarayu Ganesan

HoD, Department of English

The primary goal of the Department of English is the teaching of Literature and Language. The study of Language and Literature has three principal objectives depending on the aptitude and interest of the students.

The first and common goal is to ensure that every student is proficient in the language so that they can express their thoughts clearly in both verbal and written communication as well as understand other person’s thoughts, expressed verbally or in written word. Towards this objective the department works on improving the grammar, vocabulary and style of delivery of the English Language.

The second goal is to introduce the nuances of Literature Studies, which helps in understanding the progress of human thought as expressed in great Literary Works of the past. The emphasis here is to appreciate and analyse literature, honing the critical thinking abilities and understand how the written word reflects the life and culture of different geographies and different times in history.

The third goal is to engage the students with contemporary issues of social, cultural, ethical and humane concerns. The English Class is a place where the student is asked to express themselves on contemporary topics, based on the age group of the children. The class goes beyond the prescribed syllabi and encourages the students to participate in activities both within and outside the school, providing equal opportunities for each and every student to express themselves beyond academics.

The Department is staffed with ten teachers, and we work diligently with utmost commitment towards ensuring the fulfilment of the above goals.

 


Ms. Padmaja Mani
HoD, Department of Geography

Geography is the study of our earth, landforms and people. The reason behind natural occurrences including weather phenomena, seasons, climate and natural disasters are explained scientifically and logically using examples that the students can easily relate with. This is one subject that is really a part of our everyday life. We, as a department are very passionate about the subject and we would like to transfer this passion on to the students. Our curriculum involves a lot of hands on activities and presentations wherein the students are encouraged to explore the world around them.

The Primary Social Studies department and the Geography department are a staff of six from diverse backgrounds, but with a similar goal – ignite a passion for the subject leading to lifelong learning.

 


Janani Iyer
Head of Department, History and Civics

The department is primarily aimed at developing students’ interest in the subject, by exploring the historical past of India and the world. Our faculty consists of five teachers who are passionate about the subject; they facilitate History classes with effective teaching strategies to give students distinctive historical experiences. We believe that it is essential for the students to learn about the human communities in the past, acknowledge and appreciate their struggles and achievements, so that they can understand the changes that happened over time, gain a better understanding of the contemporary world and also connect to the future.

Civics classes help the students get a wider awareness about the political system, political processes and institutions, at the national and international level. Most of the Civic lessons are covered through debates, group discussions, seminars etc. using real case studies so that students stay updated on current affairs.

The learning of History and Civics is not restricted to the classroom alone. Students go beyond the classroom and gain real historical experiences through visits to historical places, guest lectures, and research work for their internals and projects. The students from high school are also exposed to the Model United Nations, which is a great platform for the students to hone their leadership skills, develop their intellect and voice their opinion on world matters.

We are dedicated and determined to make our students independent and lifelong learners of History.

 


Mr. Krishnamoorthy
HoD, Department of Physics 

Education ought to teach us not only how to make a living but also how to live. Intellectual education influences the head, but value based education influences the heart. True education is training both the head and the heart. At Hari Shree, we aim to create an environment that develops intelligence, ability, skill, competence, character and the passion for learning. Only teachers with the right attitude can facilitate this development and the Physics department is happy to be part of a team working with this goal in mind.

We believe that learning Physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills that prove to be valuable even in areas outside Physics. We aim to provide students with technical expertise through classroom teaching and also provide guidance on independent research projects and team efforts. Experts in the subject are invited to conduct courses, seminars and conferences on scientific and technological advances in the field.  Students are equipped to apply for privileged undergrad and graduate studies. We hope our students ‘learn to enjoy and enjoy to learn’.

 

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