Transitioning from the middle school to the senior school is a milestone in the academic pathway of a student. It comes with anxiety and adjustments. Students move not only from one building to another, but also from one programme to another. Though IB ensures that there is streamlining, there is no denying the fact that with a more challenging and rigorous Diploma Programme curriculum, at the first glimpse, it seems to students that life is going to turn upside down! DP Day makes this transition smooth.
For MYP year 5 students, the DP Day on 25 May, was a highly enriching experience. Despite having finished their final examination the previous day, the students were excited to see what the day had in store. As they sat in the senior school atrium, as the incoming batch of Diploma Programme, they experienced mixed emotions- the joy of examinations getting over and looking forward to a fun-filled holiday, the newness of the senior school space, the dilemma of subject choices and the weight of responsibility on their young shoulders that the coming two years of their life would be instrumental in shaping their future. The Senior School Principal, Ms. Sangeeta Nag and the DP faculty with their warm welcome made the students feel at ease and embrace the day enthusiastically.
The day commenced with a stimulating experiment workshop titled The Oscillating Pendulum, conducted by the Math, Science and departments, wherein students investigated the relationship between the length of a pendulum and the time it takes to swing back and forth twenty times. The workshop provided the students experience of conducting experiments and analysing results. The most interesting aspect of this experiment was the learning that different disciplines are not watertight compartments but seamlessly merged with one another.
Following this, after a hearty breakfast the students walked into classrooms where festive fervour was palpable and there was celebration in the air. The session, Cultural Gully was learning about cultural infusion through celebration of festivals. Different groups picked up a passport of either United Kingdom, Mexico, France or India. They had to imagine themselves as natives of the country whose passport they were carrying. They were allotted one of the festivals-Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Diwali. They created a persuasive text for the tourism department of their country, persuading the foreign tourists to be a part of celebrations of a festival in their country. The session witnessed creativity at its best. Students created colourful posters with rhetoric of persuasion and employed props to make their presentations interesting and effective.
Thereafter, the students had a fun-filled and fast-paced session, Confluence of Global Issues held by group 3-Individuals and Societies. They were given a topic from a range of global issues related to trade, politics, terrorism etc. They were given a stock of newspapers to create their own newspaper. All seven groups worked tremendously hard on creating their newspapers, scanning for specific topics in a sea of articles in the newspapers, and then cutting and gluing them to two folded pieces of paper to create their own newspaper. This sparked their interest in the global issues and made them understand common global challenges faced by humanity today.
After this enjoyable activity, the students moved to the performing and visual arts area for a Kaleidoscopic Experience. In this session, the students enjoyed painting a shared canvas. They also enjoyed listening to music composed and played by fellow students and were even left enthralled by the choreography of talented dancers. The day finally culminated on a high note.
All in all, the DP Day gave students a foretaste of student life in the Diploma Programme. It is undoubtedly a fine mix of academic rigour and experiential way of learning. They understood that critical thinking and reflection will be an integral part of their Diploma Programme journey. The students are looking forward to embarking on this journey to explore the learning landscape and chart their own courses in life.
Shivank Joshi-MYP Year 5