UPDATES FOR NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 & JANUARY 2018
In January 2018, the staff and students of SPJ Sadhana School were very happy to welcome Sr. Pratibha Pinto as Administrator and Ms. Fionika Sanghvi as In-charge Principal. The staff and students also bid a sad farewell to Sr. E. Gaitonde who resigned as Principal due to extreme ill health and Dr. Radhike Khanna who moved on to accept wider responsibilities with OM Creations.
The Annual Exhibition was held on 14th and 15th December 2017. The Chief Guest Mr. Manish Desai, Partner, Deloitte was welcomed by Sr. Pratibha Pinto. The Vocational Departments outdid themselves in their display of varied items which were artistic and useable. The Visual Arts & Crafts department also displayed 80 paintings executed by the students. The food served by the two catering units of the school was highly appreciated and exploited Indian and Asian cuisines. These were two days of fun enjoyed by student's staff and parents alike.
Hasbro Indian Sourcing and Operations LLP celebrated Global Day of Joy with the students of SPJ Sadhana School on 14th December 2017. The company gifted the students with educational and learning toys and the team decorated the school for the Christmas festivities.
This year brought a change in the Christmas holiday season with the staff enacting a short skit on Christmas greetings on the 22nd of December 2017. The presentation was followed by the Christmas party and gifts generously donated by members of the Rotary Club of Mumbai, Peninsula, including our very own Jasmine and Manoj Pandya. The highlight of the show was a magical presentation with bubbles.
19th January 2018, 'FROM INDISCIPLINE TO DISCIPLINE' a Special Assembly was performed by the students of the "Prevocational Class'. The Chief Guest was Sr. Yuka Arita from Rome.
25th January 2018 a display was held of the work of all the students focussing on the significance of the Republic day.
November 2018 :- We are glad to say that two of our students from the Gemology programme have joined as interns with Shreeji Rajendra Diamond Classes (SRDC). Mr. Rahul Desai-Director SRDC and Mrs. Renu Javeri-Head, Gemology Dept-SPJ Sadhana School are monitoring the progress of the students from time to time and preparing them for employment in the industry, which is our ultimate goal.
40 students along with Dr. Anuradha Sovani, Professor and Head of Department of Psychology SNDT College visited the School on 24th January 2018 for an orientation.
3rd - 8th November 2017 :- Halima Maknojia student of Visual Arts and Crafts department attended Special Olympics Handball Championship at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. She was awarded a Bronze medal.
5th November 2017 :- 12 students from the Polytechnic department attended Adidas Invitational BOCCE Team Game organised by Special Olympics Bharat Maharashtra, in Mumbai. All the 12 students were awarded medals.
10th November 2017 :- 6 students from Grades III and IV attended HASBRO Special Olympics Unified Fun Games at Kandivli, Mumbai. All students received certificates and gifts.
18th – 24th November 2017 :– Hamza, Kimberley and Pooja, students of Polytechnic department attended Athlete Leadership programme organised by Special Olympics Bharat at Delhi.
11th & 12th January 2018 :- SPJ Sadhana School's 'SPORTS MEET' was held at the Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai. The students participated in a variety of games including Relay, Long Jump, Skating, Prop and Obstacle races. The students of the Formative years took part in innovative prop races such as 'Going to the Market', 'Kitchen Queen' and 'Miss World'. Ms. Rajashri Ghosalkar, Sports Coach used the Divisioning process of the Special Olympics game rules – teams were formed according to Age, Gender and Performance / ability level. The Sports Meet was attended by Mr & Mrs. Sushil & Falguni Jhaveri of FUEL, Mr. Sandeep Chavan of MD, Maharashtra 1 News Channel, Mr, Manish Goel Indian Film and Television Actor along with India Today news channel, Ms. Nishriin Parekh, International Fitness Trainer, Mrs. Nurit Finkelstein (wife of Consul General of Israel), Mr. Suhas Varke, IG ATS Mumbai Police,
20th January 2018 :- Kimberley Nunes attended the Athlete Leadership Module I at Kolkata.
VISITING FACULTY & VISITORS
Two Special Educators from the University of Illinois, US had visited the school along with the Head of Art Department, Sophia College B.K. Somani Polytechnic on 29th November 2017. They expressed deep interest in the Vocational Departments and the introduction of students into main stream.
On 21st December 2017, Ms. Delna Pryde and Mr. Daniel Snow, therapists at Giant Steps, Sydney and Mr. James Pryde, A Special Needs Educator along with two students visited SPJ Sadhana School. They expressed deep appreciation of the curriculum and the vocational training program. They applauded its application to and success in real life situations while facilitating the integration of students in the community. There was a healthy exchange of ideas and the desire for collaboration between the institutions.
8th November 2017, Chef Jeremie with his colleague from "Suzette" held a workshop on making 'Crepes' which was greatly enjoyed by the students of Hospitality & Catering department.
17th January 2018 a demonstration was held by "Monsher" on the workings of the Fire Extinguisher and Fire Hydrant System.
23rd January 2018 in recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a workshop was held by Dr. Nishita Shah on the importance of diagnosis of Cervical Cancer and measures related to its prevention. Dr. Nishita Shah emphasized on the availability of the new vaccine for prevention.
31st January 2018 a workshop was held for PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) by the in-charge Principal Fionika Sanghvi. PECS is a way to initiate communication before the development of speech and uses different modalities, mainly pictures. PECS is mainly successful in SPJ Sadhana School where we deal with many non-verbal children.