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CMS Annual Report, 2016-17

by the President

Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
 

2016-17 has been another extremely successful year for CMS students in terms of their progress and achievements. Students have scaled ever-greater heights in academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular areas, and the school’s staff and management have strained every nerve to expand the opportunities available to students. We are indeed proud to present the unique, high-quality experience that we have been able to secure for all our students, as we continue to raise standards and strive for excellence in all areas of CMS education. This report highlights the key areas of notable achievement.

 
Expanding international opportunities
 

We are pleased to report that our students’ unparalleled opportunities for international exposure have been significantly expanded in 2016-17. This year CMS started the new International Cambridge Section from April 2016 in affiliation with the Cambridge International Examinations board to offer the exciting international secondary and higher-secondary educational qualifications (IGCSE and A-Level) to our students. Secondly, we expanded the German language offering at CMS, with the number of students opting for German reaching about 3,500 this year. Thirdly, not only was there an increase in the number of students taking the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams at our SAT exam centre (the only one serving the whole of Uttar Pradesh), but we also gave greater counselling and support to our students for study abroad, through our dedicated Career Counselling cell and our in-campus career counsellors, which has resulted in many admissions offers with scholarships at some of the top universities of the world,  as detailed later in this report. Fourthly, to further expand the international opportunities of our students, CMS became an Admission Testing Service (ATS) Examination Centre in July 2016, the first and only ATS Centre in Uttar Pradesh, which allows our students to take the exams necessary for admission to Oxford,  Cambridge and other top UK universities.

 

 Academic Achievements 

Unprecedented success of CMS students in ISC and ICSE Examinations

The ISC and ICSE Board results proved the excellence of CMS students, who have brought unparalleled laurels to the city and the institution. This year, 5,467 CMS students took ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) Board Examinations, out of which 2,391 students (43.74%) secured marks between 90% and 99% – an unprecedented achievement.  Ten CMS students of ISC and ICSE Board Examinations secured positions in the 'Top 5' merit list of India, and 12 students ranked among the 'Top 5' in the State Merit list of UP.  Himani Rathore of CMS Mahanagar campus and Manan Agarwal of CMS Rajendra Nagar campus, both of ISC, obtained 99% aggregate marks; Jyotsana Srivastava of ICSE (Class X) of CMS Mahanagar also achieved 99% marks, ranking first in the State Merit list and second in the whole of India. They also topped the UP State Merit list.

In ICSE Mahendra Pratap Singh (98.6%) of CMS Mahanagar and Gaurang Tandon (98.4%) of CMS Aliganj became the third and fourth position holders in UP. Similarly, in ISC, Himani Rathore (99%) of CMS Mahanagar and Manan Agarwal (99%) of Rajendra Nagar have become the first position holders in Uttar Pradesh and the fourth position holders in India. As well as this, Devanshi Saxena of CMS Mahanagar, Shikha Tiwari of CMS Kanpur Road, Ankur Verma of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I), Akarsh Dubey of CMS RDSO, and Prakhar Lohami of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) achieved second rank in the State and fifth rank in India with 98.75% marks. Arjun Bajpai of CMS Aliganj and Dia Pandey of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) earned third rank in the State and Sixth rank in India with 98.5% marks.

 
Separate analysis of ISC and ICSE results

As far as ISC (Class XII) results were concerned, a total of 2,444 students appeared in the examinations out of which 1,252 students (51.2%) secured between 90% and 99% marks. 32 students secured above 98% marks, while 127 students secured above 97%. 431 students secured above 95%. This means nearly 18% (or one out of every five) CMS ISC candidates in the year 2016 got above 95% mark!

Similarly, in the ICSE (Class X) Board Examinations, a total of 3,023 CMS students appeared, out of which 1,139 students (i.e. 37.7%) secured between 90% and 99% marks. 8 students secured above 98% marks; 30 students secured above 97% marks; and 297 students secured above 95% marks. Here roughly one in every ten CMS students scored above 95% mark.

 
CMS ranked National First for 'Academic Reputation' in perceptions-based school rankings
CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) has yet again been ranked First in the ‘Academic Reputation’ and also First in the ‘Educational Leadership / Management Quality’ categories, among all the ISC affiliated schools of the country, by the Education World magazine. Senior Principal Ms Manjit Batra and Principal Mrs Abha Anant were awarded certificates for this stupendous achievement at a grand function organized in New Delhi where Mr Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive Secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), presented certificates. In terms of academic excellence, CMS Aliganj has been placed fifth in UP and third in Lucknow, while CMS Rajendra Nagar has been ranked sixth in UP and fourth in Lucknow. The Principals of both these campuses, Mrs Jyoti Kashyap, Senior Principal of CMS Aliganj (Campus I), and Ms Deepa Tewari, Senior Principal of CMS Rajendra Nagar (Campus I), were honoured for this achievement.
 
CMS campuses among top 25 ISC schools of India, with CMS Gomti NagarI being first

In a national school ranking of all ISC schools of India (based on the number of students of a school scoring 90% or more aggregate mark in ‘English plus the best three subjects’) in the 2016 ISC board exams, CMS Gomti Nagar I was placed first, i.e. as the very best ISC School in India, with 338 students out of the total 470 ISC examinees obtaining 90% or higher aggregate mark in March 2016. Thus 72% of all ISC examinees at CMS Gomti Nagar I obtained 90% or more aggregate marks. CMS Mahanagar and CMS Aliganj are the 2nd and 4th ranked nationally, with 213 and 193 students respectively obtaining above 90% marks. CMS Kanpur Road is ranked 6th nationally and CMS Rajendra Nagar is 10th ranked nationally with 134 and 120 students respectively securing an aggregate mark above 90%. These rankings are published by the portal www.thelearningpoint.net and also printed in the August 2016 issue of the Education World magazine. Thanks to its unique and holistic teaching methodology, CMS has secured top rank in ISC and ICSE board examinations, making Lucknow a hub of 'Quality Education' – a cause for great pride among Lucknowites.

 
Entrance to Engineering / Medical and other Professional Courses, 2016
A record number of 560 CMS students qualified for admission to various Engineering, Medical and Professional Colleges in India and abroad in 2016 – an increase of 171 students since last year.
 
IIT-JEE Selections
85 CMS students cracked the IIT-JEE advanced exam in 2016 to enter the coveted IITs, a remarkable achievement. Divyanshu Saxena of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got rank 64 at the all-India level, and was the Lucknow topper. Samriddh Joshi of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) scored highest in IIT-JEE (mains). Rachit Saxena of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) qualified in all IIMs with 99.85 percentile.
 
NEET Topper of Lucknow

Shreya Mittal of CMS Mahanagar secured top position in Lucknow and 21st position in India in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), competing against over 8 lakh students for admission in the top medical colleges of India.

Manan Bhatia of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) won a silver medal at the International Physics Olympiad in Zurich, Switzerland. He was part of the five-member Indian delegation which participated in this Olympiad.

Naman Chhabra of CMS Kanpur Road won the 1st prize in a Robotics Competition (Brush Bot Activity) organized at the International Students’ Science Fair (ISSF 2016) in Singapore from 23 to 27 May 2016.

 

IAS 2015-2016 (Civil Services Examination)

4 CMS former students were selected for the Civil Services of India in 2016, and 11 CMS former students for IAS in 2015. Garima Singh (rank 55) of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) and Jayati Singh (rank 94) of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) were both selected for the IAS in 2016, while Siddharth Yadav of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) topped in PCS 2016; CMS Kanpur Road ex-student Harkiran Kaur secured 34th rank in Uttar Pradesh, in the prestigious Judicial Service Examinations, PCS (J).  In 2015, Neelabh Saxena (12th Rank in India; 1st rank in U.P.), Arpit Verma, Sonal Singh, Srishti Gupta, Dr. Garima Tripathi, Swati Agarwal, Kritika Jaiswal, Arnika Yadav, Ashutosh Gupta, Aisha Khan, and Anant Aakash were selected for IAS.
 

National Merit Scholarships

89 CMS students of Class XII won a total of Rs. 3 crore 56 Lakhs in 2016 as Government of India National Merit Scholarships to pursue higher studies in Science. Each of these students will be getting a total of Rs. 400,000/- as merit scholarship (Rs. 80,000/- per year for five years) from the Department of Science and Technology. The Government of India awards this National Merit Scholarship to the top 1% students in the All India ISC Merit List each year, and 89 CMS students were in the top 1% of ISC students in the country as a whole!

 
9 CMS students in Regional Mathematical Olympiad
The meritorious students of City Montessori School secured 9 out of the total of 10 selections from Lucknow in the prestigious Regional Mathematical Olympiad 2016, organized under the aegis of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in collaboration with Lucknow University. It is extremely pleasing that 90% of all Lucknow students selected in this Olympiad are from CMS alone. These are Anubhav Shukla, Shashwat Shukla, Rupanshu Shah, Arpan Bhatt, Amol Mishra, Sakshi Pradyumn, Shubh Agarwal, Mantavya Dhingra and Tejasvi Gupta.
 
3 CMS students selected in National Talent Search (NTS) Scholarship, 2016
Government of India pays for all fees and expenses of the education (upto PhD or professional degree level) of 1000 NTS Scholarship awardees each year. Three meritorious CMS students – namely Abhigyan Dwivedi, Yash Sanjeev, and Katyayan Rajmeet Upadhyay – have raised the school flag high with their selections in this National Talent Search (NTS) Scholarship. A total of 7 students from Lucknow have been selected for this prestigious scholarship, out of which 3 students belong to CMS alone.
 
Career Counselling at CMS

In April 2016, the CMS Career Counselling cell organized a Careers Day for the students of Classes IX to XII to expose students to a variety of career options. Eminent persons such as Dr Vikram Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Noida International University; Ms Praveen Talha, Retd. IAS; Dr Amrita Dass, Director, Institute of Career Studies; Dr Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Integral University; Ms Prerna Agarwal, Regional HR Head, TATA Consultancy Services, guided the students.Several other experts also guided students such as officers from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, and professionals from chartered accountancy, law, banking, journalism, architecture, engineering, medicine, fashion design, management, etc. 

Throughout the year, career counselling sessions were also organized for students at several CMS campuses, where CA Devesh Agarwal from the Chartered Accountants Institute; Mr Tarun Kumar Subhash, Senior Journalist, Hindustan Times; Prof. Siddharth Dubey; and other resource persons informed students about various career options in their respective fields. Additionally, Sukanya Banerjee from Ashoka University, and Dr. Sanjeev Sahni, Principal Director from the O P Jindal Law School also oriented students about opportunities for top class liberal arts higher education within India itself.

 
Study abroad counselling
Study Abroad awareness-raising sessions were held in July 2016 at the Meritorious Students' Felicitation Function where representative from different universities guided our students about the opportunities available to them for studying abroad. Counselling sessions were also organized at various CMS campuses throughout the year, with visiting representatives of various universities, including Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; University of Bristol, UK; James Cook University, Singapore; University College London; New York University at Abu Dhabi; Sheffield Hallam University, UK; and advisers from the British Council and from Education USA.
 
CMS students admitted to top foreign Universities

We are delighted to report that numerous CMS students continued to take advantage of our study-abroad programme. Studying in foreign universities provides opportunities and exposure beyond that available in national universities. In 2016, CMS students scored brilliantly in the SAT exam, which is the gateway to admissions in US universities and which helps students to signal their aptitude in an international context, thus helping to secure admission in universities around the world. A total of 47 CMS students got admissions in universities in the USA, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and Singapore, 28 of them on scholarship, several on 100% scholarship, and a high proportion of them took up their offers, starting their studies abroad in Sept-Oct. 2016. For the 2016-17 batch of class 12 students who applied to universities abroad in the ‘early round’ by October 2016, 29 students have received admission offers by late January 2017, many with scholarships. The scholarship winners are as follows:

  1. Ananya Malhotra of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got an offer from University of Oxford, UK

  2. Mansi Srivastava of CMS Aliganj (I) got a 100% scholarship for admission from Cornell University, USA.

  3. Aliya Abdul Rahim of CMS Mahanagar got a 100% scholarship for University of Rochester, USA

  4. Umang Mishra of CMS Kanpur Road got a 100% scholarship for New York University, Abu Dhabi.

  5. Shivam Singh Rajput of CMS Mahanagar got a 100% scholarship for Bochum University, Germany

  6. Shivank Srivastava of CMS Aliganj (1) - a 65% scholarship for Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan and $4,000/- per annum from University of Minnesota, USA

  7. Srishti Singh of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got a $30,000/- pa (per annum) scholarship for Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

  8. Harsh Tripathi of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got a $25,000/- pa scholarship for Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

  9. Kajimusugura Hoshino of CMS Rajendra Nagar (I) got a $25,000/- pa scholarship for Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and $14,400 from Drexel University, USA

  10. Mishika Shukla of CMS Rajendra Nagar (I) got an $25,000/- pa scholarship for Susquehanna University, USA.

  11. Deep Kamal of CMS Kanpur Road - $23,000/- per annum scholarship for Seton Hall University, USA.

  12. Krishna Dwivedi of CMS Rajendra Nagar (I) got a $22,500/- per annum scholarship for Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

  13. Himanshu Singh of CMS Rajajipuram (I) got an $14,000 scholarship for LA Roche College, USA.

  14. Yashvardhan of CMS Kanpur Road - $12,500 scholarship for Wentworth Institute of technology, USA.

  15. Shubham Shahi of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got an € 6,000 scholarship for University College Dublin, Ireland.

  16. Abhinn Swaroop of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got an € 6,000 for University College Dublin, Ireland.

  17. Prachi Malviya of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got an € 5,000 for University College Dublin, Ireland.

  18. Navika Pahuja of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got an € 3,000 for University College Dublin, Ireland.

  19. Miran Anwar of CMS Kanpur Road got a scholarship for Michigan State University, USA.

  20. Harsh Katyar of CMS Kanpur Road - admission offer for Michigan State University, USA.

  21. Chaksh Katyar of CMS Kanpur Road - admission offer for Michigan State University, USA.

  22. Akanshu Singh of CMS Kanpur Road - admission offer for University of Arizona, USA.

  23. Vighnesh Raj of CMS Gomti Nagar (II) - admission offer for University of Cincinnati, USA.

  24. Vaibhav Sinha of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) - admission offer for University of Bristol, UK.

  25. Ankish Raj Prajapati of CMS Gomti Nagar (I)- admission offer for University of British Columbia, Canada.

  26. Omjaa Rai of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) - admission offer for Australia National University, Australia.

  27. Mohd. Asim Iqbal of CMS Mahanagar has got a call for 100% free candidate weekend for New York University, Abu Dhabi.

  28. Anchit Tewari of CMS Kanpur Road has got an offer for internship programme in Entrepreneurship and Management for University of Oxford, UK
 

CMS students donate Rs 4 lakh on International Day of Charity

Students of various CMS campuses collectively contributed a sum of Rs 4,00,000/- to charity on a voluntary basis. One half of this was donated to SPARC-India (an NGO promoting the welfare of the disabled), and the other half to Animal Ashram (an NGO dedicated to helping street animals).

 

International visits

  1. A CMS team comprising students, Principals and teachers led by CMS Founder Dr Jagdish Gandhi participated in the 19th International SQC Convention held in Mauritius from 19 to 23 July 2016. They also met the President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of Mauritius, and the team won many prizes at the QC Convention. 

  2. A 45 member CMS delegation went to Thailand comprising students, Principals and teachers of CMS RDSO, CMS Aliganj (I), CMS Gomti Nagar (II), CMS Gomti Nagar (II), CMS Mahanagar, CMS Kanpur Road and CMS Rajendra Nagar (I) for an International Mathematics Competition in August 2016.

  3. A 10 member QC of CMS Kanpur Road went to Bangkok, Thailand and participated in International Convention on Quality Control Circles from 23 to 26 August 2016.

  4. CMS Gomti Nagar (I &II) and CMS Aliganj delegations went on a 14 day educational trip to US Space Agency NASA, the Niagara Falls and to the UN in New York. 

  5. Four students aged 11 year old from CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I and another four students from CMS Gomti Nagar II, together with their teachers, participated in month-long CISV Camps held in Sweden and Canada in July 2016.

  6. A four member student team from CMS Kanpur Road campus, led by Vice Principal Mrs. Rupam Saluja went to the International Super Science Fair (ISSF) in Singapore from 23-27 May 2016.

  7. Mrs. Susmita Basu, Head of the CMS Quality Assurance department went to Finland for an educational trip in late May 2016, joining 31 school leaders from different parts of India. Based at the University of Helsinki, she visited a number of local schools to study the Finnish school system that has been ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade.
 

International Video-Conference for dialogue between students

CMS’s active presence in the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s (TBFF) “Face to Faith” project was further consolidated during the year. Now known as "Generation Global", the programme is helping students shape their future in a world of relentless change and diversity, giving them the skills and experience they need to navigate difference in a peaceful way. High quality and engaging video conferences and blogging between students and communities marked a further qualitative rise in using technology to build bridges across countries and cultures in 2016. Many CMS students have been immersed in an entirely new experience that allows them to explore, articulate, and develop their own views, while encountering and considering the views of others. By learning about and from one another, students tackle misconceptions and prejudices head on. Students from most of the CMS campuses have participated (several times) this year in meaningful dialogue with their counter parts schools in Australia, Israel, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

 

Sports at CMS

Games and sports are an increasing part of CMS education. CMS campuses have either their own playing field and swimming pool, or easy access to these facilities. Well-trained sports instructors are appointed to nurture the sports talents of the students. There are Astro-turf grounds for team games like hockey and football at CMS Gomti Nagar I, CMS Rajendra Nagar and CMS Gomti Nagar Extension campuses, and facilities for cricket at CMS Kanpur Road – including floodlights for night-time play! These were used in the highly prestigious International Schools’ Cricket Premier League (ISCPL), hosted by CMS Kanpur Road campus in December 2016. Other international sporting events are the International Sports Olympiad (“EXSPO”) by CMS RDSO Campus, and the International Football Tournament “Concord” by CMS Mahanagar Campus II, both of which attract participation of students from many countries and different states of India. As every year, we organized Inter-Campus Games and Sports Championships for Football, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis, Karate, Judo, Cricket, Yoga, Swimming etc in 2016 too. All CMS campuses also organized their annual Sports Days in which competitive events brought out children’s latent sports talents, encouraged students to excel in athletics, jumps, throws and PT, gave students the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition on the field, and used the power of sport as a team-building and uniting force. This year CMS Kanpur Road also organized the ASISC Swimming Competition at the regional level (U.P. and Uttarakhand) at its campus swimming pool. Some of the sporting achievements in 2016 have been:

  1. The Uttar Pradesh Cricket team, which won the ASICS National Cricket Tournament held in Mumbai from 8 to 15 November 2016, had seven students from CMS Kanpur Road. They are Lakshya Tiwari, Prince Maurya, Asmaan Khare, Vipul Krishna, Shivansh Dixit and Santosh Prajapati, led by Coach Mr Raju Singh Chauhan.

  2. Varnika Saket of Class V, CMS Aliganj Campus II, won 2 golds in the 300m and 500m races at the Skating Competition held in La Martiniere Boys’ College, Lucknow. She qualified for the Best Skater Trophy and was selected for the state-level contest.

  3. Arunima Chandra of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I won third prize in the Sub-Junior category at the Karate Olympiad 2016, organized by Shivani Group of Schools and Colleges. She also won gold medals in Kata and Kumite at the 5th All-India Shoto Cup Karate Championship organized by Japan Shotokan Karate Do Kannijuku organization, U.P. At this event, Aarush Aaditya of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I won a gold medal in Kata and a silver medal in Kumite, while Amartya Singh of CMS Anand Nagar won a silver medal in Kumite. Riya Srivastava of CMS Indira Nagar bagged the silver medal in the Taolu Group ‘Gun Shun’ Event (junior female category) at the 5th World Kung Fu Championship organized by Kung Fu Federation of Russia, at Crows Exspo, Moscow.

  4. Several students won gold, silver and bronze medals in inter-campus athletics including races, shotput and discus throws and jumps organized by CMS QAID. Harshpreet Kaur of CMS Mahanagar won gold medals in shotput and discus, and bronze in the relay race organized by CMS RDSO. She also won a gold medal in in shotput senior category at the district level Athletics Championship organized by Shashank Shekhar Singh Memorial District Championship.  

  5. Kushagra Singh of CMS Rajajipuram Campus II won the gold medal in taekwondo at the Rural Games International Championship 2016 organized by the Rural Games Organization of India.

  6. Pavitra Singh of CMS Indira Nagar won the tournament in the Masters Tennis League Session II organized by SDS Tennis Academy.

  7. Harsh Katiyar of CMS Kanpur Road won the second prize in the 400m race at the Regional ASISC Athletic Meet held at Noida, and qualified for the national level contest to be held in Gujarat 

  8. Divyansh Chandra of CMS Rajajipuram Campus I won the gold medal in the district-level 1st Winter State Taekwondo Championship.

  9. Atharv Sonkar of CMS Aliganj Campus I was awarded a gold medal in the football match organized by CP 7-a-side Football Federation of India.

Training camps for Physical Education Teachers (PETs) and swimming coaches kept them abreast of the latest developments in sports and games.

 

Infrastructure

In 2016-17 all CMS classrooms have been upgraded with interactive white boards, so that we now have a total of 1117. All campuses from Pre-Primary to Class VIII have got brand new, high-quality, colourful carefully-chosen furniture. Astroturf playgrounds for children have been provided on the ground floor at Kanpur Road, Rajajipuram I and Aliganj II Campuses, and a 23,000 sq. ft. astro-turf play ground has been provided on the roof top at Gomti Nagar II in 2016. Children’s Play Parks have been developed with new outdoor and indoor activity-based swings for Pre Primary and Primary students at several CMS campuses. A big accomplishment was the construction of three new school buildings with spacious classrooms, libraries, and laboratories which have come up at CMS Anand Nagar, Mahanagar, and Ashrafabad campuses. Meanwhile, expansion projects continue at Kanpur Road, Rajajipuram I, and Chowk campuses while efforts are being made to upgrade the quality and décor of all our buildings, both internally and externally.
 

Environment Project

In its drive to enhance the sense of moral purpose of its students in protecting the environment and sustaining its natural resources, CMS took multiple approaches to involve young minds in ecological projects in 2016. At the monthly reflection meetings of environment coordinators of all the twenty CMS campuses, students from the campus Eco clubs designed campaigns for including a large number of students and community members in raising awareness. The most outstanding efforts this year have been the students’ campaign on addressing Air Pollution and identifying the steps that every citizen can take to effect a positive change, efforts to save both water and electricity, and to engage in proper waste disposal, both within their school campus as well as in the neighbourhood, thereby contributing their share to the national Swachh Bharat campaign. Students made many efforts towards educating families and the wider community on the need for a clean and green Diwali. CMS campuses continued to organise Assembly sessions on environmental issues in 2016, including sharing environmental articles to enhance the consciousness and understanding of students and faculty.

CMS continued its collaboration with the Centre for Environment Education in 2016, both through its Ahmedabad Head Office as well as the Lucknow Regional Office, engaging students regularly in projects on water, biodiversity, tree plantations, organic farming, composting, making herbarium and terrarium, etc. Collaboration with NEDA to save electricity has been another enriching joint project. We also collaborated with Prithvi Innovations to value healthy food habits and to save food.

Various CMS campuses have won outstanding awards in 2016 (and 2015), such as the Wipro Earthian Award of Rs. 1 lakh (both in 2015 and again in 2016) from the Wipro Chairman Mr. Azim Premji for a water-conservation project at the CMS Kanpur Road campus; the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar awards and Paryavaran Dronacharya awards to teachers of CMS RDSO campus (Ms Musarrat Fatima and of CMS Jopling Road campus (Ms Anupam Johari); the Vanyajeev Dronachrya Award from the Indian Centre for Wildlife and Environmental Studies in South Asia Region (ICWESSAR) Jaipur, to the environment project coordinator at CMS Aliganj I campus Mr Kailash Kesarwani; and the Paryavaran Ratan Rajat Padak from the ICWESSAR to Shyam Agarwal, student of CMS Aliganj-I to recognize their sensitivity towards the environment, changes in climate and environmental conservation. A documentary film Gauraiya: The Great Indian Sparrow made by students of CMS Mahanagar campus was shortlisted and screened at the prestigious 7th National Science Film Festival in Kolkata in mid February 2017.

CMS Gomti Nagar II Campus hosted its biennial International Environmental Olympiad in December 2015, engaging students from overseas and within India, and it brought outstanding environmental entrepreneurs and activists to inspire students and the teaching fraternity on such vital issues such as climate change, sustainable consumption, alternate sources of energy, organic farming, etc. The next one will be in late 2017.

Children organized activities on numerous international days in 2016 such as the World Environment Day, World Forestry Day, Earth Day, UN World Water Day, Van Mahotsav and Ground Water Week, World Ozone Day, etc. The International Year of the Pulses was also celebrated in 2016 as a campaign for educating and raising awareness on healthy food habits.
 

Values Education

The Morning Assemblies are a significant regular platform for values inculcation. In 2016, CMS Assemblies have included prayers, ‘thought for the day’, inspirational songs and stories, and energizers, giving students the opportunity to reflect on ethical concepts and virtues. Values are also ‘caught’ in the weekly Moral Education classes via co-operative games and co-operative learning. Orientation sessions for new teachers and periodic workshops on the Pathfinders and Hidden Gems books by experts were organized, to enable teachers to confidently use the methodology for teaching moral education, which is not didactic but encourages analysis and reflection by students.

The CMS Tableau – prepared for the Republic Day parade on 26th January 2017 – was displayed for 8 days at CMS Kanpur Road campus and every CMS student visited it during these days, to learn about its messages – an important plank of the CMS peace education effort. CMS also conducted the World Unity Satsang at its Gomti Nagar I campus every Sunday throughout 2016-17 – indeed, the Satsang has taken place every Sunday since October 2001 without fail. In 2017-18, the Moral Education programme will pilot-test an exciting new and more comprehensive approach to values education for students of Montessori to class V at two CMS campuses.

 

Junior Youth Empowerment Programme (JYEP)

CMS recently integrated a programme for the empowerment of junior youth into its school curriculum. This programme has provided a unique opportunity to nurture the capacities of literally thousands of youth and junior youth, empowering them to arise and fulfill their potential for initiating individual and social transformation – a kind of education rarely available to youth today. In 2016, the programme reached higher heights of maturity, enhancing young people’s powers of expression and developing their ability to work with peers in unity, to think critically, to analyze situations, to make responsible choices, and to engage in acts of service to their communities.

The programme trains volunteer students from the senior section (class 9, 10 and 11) to become ‘animators’ for the junior youth in their own campus (classes 6, 7 and 8). The JYEP teacher/ coordinator of the campus helps each animator to form a group of 12-14 junior youth (JY) and to facilitate the study of the JYEP books and service project with the members of their groups in designated time slots. Bonds of friendship and a group identity are formed as the junior youth and their animator go through this process for three years. An animator described these JYEP books as “exciting and interesting stories that teach virtues such as selfless service, love, family solidarity and hope.” Through analysis of these stories, the animators also help the JYs to enhance their moral and intellectual capacity, and give them a platform to express themselves creatively and realize their high sense of purpose.

The component of service projects in JYEP helps students to develop virtues and skills. Animators and junior youth first discuss the issues they see in their schools or communities, and then they decide what kind of feasible service projects they can embark on, to improve the situation.

JYEP is not an extra-curricular activity, being well within the school curriculum and time table, which makes it very inspiring to see how animators and non-animator volunteers are able to balance both their academic lives and service to their fellow school mates. This goes to show that as students, they can live an integrated life- they can balance their spiritual with material life and enhance their intellectual, social, emotional, artistic and moral capabilities.
 

Significant Co-curricular & Extra-curricular Activities

When defining a school as ‘international’ the conventional yardstick is whether the school is affiliated to an international exam board, such as the International Baccalaureate or the Cambridge International Examinations Board. Yet there is another, arguably more important, sense in which a school may be international – namely in the extent to which its students have global exposure. While one campus of CMS also became an international school in 2016 in the conventional sense of being affiliated with an international exam board, CMS has for decades been, probably uniquely, an international school of India because of its more than 25 odd international events every year, in which we get the participation of students not only from schools around India but also from many countries of the world. Participation in these events has provided CMS students unparalleled global exposure, expanded their horizons, helped them to pitch their talents against a diverse student body from various Indian states and abroad, and (in some events) the chance to interact with international dignitaries such as serving and retired Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chief Justices of countries, and international celebrities such as the Dalai Lama. These events have provided CMS students the enviable opportunity to present/project themselves on international platforms and thus to develop formidable confidence and poise.

While CMS campuses organized their international events during 2016-17, in a short report it is not possible to give details such as the dates, duration, names of the countries and schools that participated, the items, the resource persons, and chief guests etc. at each event. Suffice it to say that each event set international standards and most of them attracted between 500 and 1500 attendees, brought international and national resource persons, and had school teams participating from several countries. The events were: International Macfair by Mahanagar Campus; International Interfaith Conference by Asharfabad Campus; Commonwealth Day and the International Youth Mathematics Convention by CMS Gomti Nagar I Campus; Odyssey International by Mahanagar Campus; Celesta International by Aliganj-I Campus; Eureka International by Anand Nagar Campus; International WIZMIC by RDSO Campus; COFAS International by Rajendra Nagar Campus-III; Kids’ Bonanza by the Station Road campus QUANTA by Chowk campus; International Youth Festival by Rajajipuram II Campus;  International Innovations Day by Jopling Road; International School Cricket Premier League (ISCPL) by Kanpur Road campus; and International Human Rights Day by CMS Aliganj Campus II.

In addition, some other significant CMS events were the International Media Conference on Curbing Crimes against Women and the International Interfaith Dialogue Conference, both in August 2016; the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World, in November 2016; and the International Children’s Film Festival in April 2016, which screened children’s films from 96 countries, was graced by Bollywood film personalities, child stars and celebrities. Over one lakh children of Lucknow from all kinds of schools flocked to watch children’s educative cinema. The reports of these events are all available at the CMS website www.cmseducation.org under ‘Events and Conferences’.

CMS also observed a large number of UN Days like International Yoga Day, International Women’s Day, and the International Day of Non-Violence, as well as Environment Days with collages, quizzes, posters and group discussions. CMS introduced the Model United Nations (MUN) in a significant way during 2016-17, and the students of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I organized a MUN conference which participants from 17 regional schools enthusiastically attended.

A 12-member 'Out of the Blue' (OOTB) singing group of undergraduate students from the University of Oxford came to India to be at CMS during 10-21 July 2016, to run short workshops on ‘a cappella’ singing at all the CMS campuses over nearly 2 weeks.  OOTB stole the hearts of the young and old alike with their wonderful group performances in live concerts held at CMS Gomti Nagar Extension auditorium (16th July 2016) and CMS Kanpur Road auditorium (17th July), attracting young people from both within and outside CMS. Using no musical instruments but still authentically mimicking the sound of musical instruments with their mouths ('a cappella' singing), the OOTB group inspired the youngsters to sing and do beat-boxing with their mouths (a capella style). The famous pop singer Shakira’s facebook remark that “Out of the Blue are awesome” led to millions of views of OOTB performances on U-Tube etc. The 12 member group included the following: Erik Andreoli, Deon Fang, JJ Gibbs, Jasper Gold, Sam Harris, Sean Hewetson, Ifan Jenkin, Callum Lovett, Alex Ohlsson, Will Smith, Samuel Swinnerton and Roshan Gandhi Forouhi.  It is noteworthy that OOTB visited CMS in July 2014 as well, and they stole the heart of CMS students then too, as well as becoming the heart-throbs of Lucknow!
 

Integration of Technology

The CMS eLearning Department has introduced several progressive technology initiatives in the last few years, with 1117 digital classrooms equipped with interactive smart boards, in which tools and applications are made available for teaching from industry leaders such as Smarttech. Intensive and continuous IT training programmes were conducted throughout 2016-17 to ensure that teachers have the required IT skills to confidently use e-learning platforms, and to ensure that the non-teaching staff have the requisite IT skills for their rapidly digitizing work environment. This year the school also started a shift to cloud-based teaching, partnering with ‘Google Suite for Education’ with applications like Google Classroom for online teaching. This is especially helpful when schools are closed for prolonged periods by the district administration due to inclement weather. 2016 also saw the rapid development of the cloud-based CMS IT Portal to automate tasks, which hosts teacher and student dashboards as well as a Career Counselling Portal. One major effort in 2016 has been the creation of an ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) platform, facilitating access to interactive digital teaching-learning content in all classrooms.

CMS already had a dedicated air-conditioned IT Training centre at the CMS Gomti Nagar II campus with 50 state-of-the-art computers, but to facilitate the more rapid IT skilling of CMS staff, in 2016, an additional air-conditioned IT training centre was added at the CMS Station Road campus, with another 50 new all-in-one computers. Thus, upto 100 staff can be trained in a hands-on way on any given day/time-slot.

The CMS Computer Department ensures the smooth functioning of all the CMS computer labs, IT Training Centres, 1117 Interactive White Boards, as well as of servers, networking, etc. It also provides high speed internet via our own dedicated Lease Line, across the whole of CMS, as well as operating the state-of-the-art sound systems and LED Screens at our three major auditoria at Kanpur Road, Gomti Nagar II and Gomti Nagar I campuses. The department creates and edits multimedia, video, and audio material through our in-house studios, and to capture the entirety of CMS events via videography and photography. It provides professionally managed large stages and audio-visual materials to students, to project and enhance students’ speeches, debates, dances, quizzes and items, creating the high quality experience of the CMS events and functions.

The CMS Community Radio 90.4 FM provides students the opportunity to make radio programmes and it also serves the local community by broadcasting social and economic development messages on themes such as health, nutrition, education, gender-equality, agricultural productivity, etc.
 

Conclusion

Our definition of success is anything that expands opportunities or improves outcomes for our students – and this year we have had successes in abundance. We are immensely proud of the variety of ways in which we have been able to bring benefits to our students – whether it be through unique initiatives like the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme, the unrivalled international exposure that we provide, the active promotion of Study Abroad (and career counselling in general), the high-level of teacher training and technology integration, the special programmes like Out of the Blue music workshops, or of course the outstanding board exam results achieved. We continue to think big for our students, and our ambition has led to unprecedented achievements in terms of academics, extra-curricular activities, creativity, public service, and the nurturing of pro-unity mindsets. It is amply rewarding and fulfilling for the management and staff of CMS that our students continue to seize the unparalleled opportunities we create for them!

 

 

 
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