The Art of Giving Feedback – Salwan Montessori School, Gurugram

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Salwan Montessori School, Gurugram conducted a workshop on ‘The Art of Giving Feedback’ on 08 April 2023 in school wherein 12 teachers participated. The instructor for the day was Ms. Sona Gombar, headmistress SMS Gurugram.

Feedback is a part of how we work. It can be a simple comment on a piece of work or a more

detailed and structured discussion about how we are going and what we could do even better.

It can happen on a daily basis and is considered essential in the workplace because it provides a method of facilitating development.

When you are given feedback at work, you get a clear idea of the things you are doing well and the skills you need to improve, which will help identify areas to work on and consequently leads to doing better in your role.

Workshop on Table- Manners & Etiquettes

Salwan Montessori School, Gurugram conducted a session on ‘Table Manners and Etiquettes’ through virtual mode on 29 April 2023 for students of Nursery and Kindergarten. Around 113 students participated in the session. The resource persons of the day were Ms. Anupama, Ms. Shivani Chaudhary from Nursery and Ms. Jyoti, Ms. Neha from Kindergarten.              

The session commenced with a peppy video on good manners. Ms. Anupama and Ms. Jyoti started the session with a warm welcome. To make the session smooth, interactive, and effective, they told participants to keep themselves on mute and share their opinions/views by raising their virtual hand or, at the end of the session. Further, they helped the little ones understand what table manners are and why manners and etiquettes are important. They emphasised the importance of using Magic words on the table and advised parents to use them frequently with their children.

Ms. Anupama and Ms. Jyoti shared the significance of praying before eating food and recited a ‘Thank you’ prayer during the session. They gave a detailed insight on the benefits of eating with a calm and relaxed mind following table etiquette.

Ms. Neha and Ms. Shivani took over the session here and divulged the little ones about do’s and don’ts while eating and sitting at the table. They elaborated on many points of good mannerisms and etiquette, like the correct sitting posture, not using electronic gadgets while eating meals, expressing gratitude to their family, eating food without fussing, laying of the table, correct name & use of cutlery, and many more.

Ms. Shivani and Ms. Neha then demonstrated the proper laying of cutlery on the table and how to use the cutlery in a proper way. The children were encouraged to follow these guidelines diligently and parents were advised to keep motivating the young learners to imbibe these as habits. The session was concluded by sensitising children against food wastage, followed by a feedback form.

Dental Care Workshop for Children

A dental workshop for children is a great way to introduce them to the importance of good oral hygiene habits. Celebrating health week, Salwan Montessori School, Gurugram conducted a dental workshop on 27 April 2023 by Dr. Pallavi Singh, a renowned dentist, to teach children how to take care of their teeth, how to brush properly, and how to avoid dental problems like cavities and gum diseases.

The interactive workshop was fun and engaging, as the dentist used pictures, videos, and artificial dentures to keep the children engaged and interested. She also showcased the technique of the proper way of brushing teeth.

During the workshop, the dentist discussed healthy eating habits and how certain foods can affect dental health. She also spoke about the importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Children learned the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits, which will benefit them throughout their lives.

Autism Awareness Session

Autism awareness session: From Knowing to Accepting
Day and date: Tuesday, 26th April 2023
Mode: Virtual Platform

Number of attendees: 100 on Zoom & 250 on YouTube (Teachers /parents from various branches of Salwan Public School)

Every year in the month of April, the world celebrates Autism Awareness Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2023. This year was the 16th annual World Autism Awareness Day. At Salwan Schools, raising awareness and promoting acceptance of what autism means to us is crucial. Therefore, to share unique perspectives and to stand together as a community to make a difference, Salwan Montessori School, Gurgram, under the banner of Navtika, organised a session on ‘Autism Awareness- From Knowing to Accepting’ in a virtual mode. The resource person for the session was Ms. Neena Wagh, founder of ALAP (Assisted Living for Autistic Persons).

In her opening address, Ms. Sona Gombar, Head of Salwan Montessori School, Gurugram, extended her heartfelt greetings to all the attendees. Ms. Gombar spoke about the significance of Autism Awareness Month and the need for autism awareness in India.

Ms. Neena Wagh was invited as a key speaker to take over the session. Ms. Neena Wagh shared her views about what autism is and what the red flags are for early interventions. She explained how a lack of social support isolates the parent and the child from the mainstream as an inclusive education environment and options for vocational avenues are still very limited in our country. The first step she mentioned for working in this direction is to watch out for visible red flags, like checking developmental milestones, speech, eye contact, delayed language, cognitive and motor skills, and many more.

Ms. Sona Gombar thanked Ms. Wagh for sharing her valuable perspectives and suggestions on how we can support children with autism. Then the guest speaker, Ms. Shilpi Awasthi, leading an NGA ‘Special Sathi,’ was invited to share her journey as a parent who has been navigating through the joys and struggles of autism. Ms. Shilpi Awasthi is also the mother of an autistic child. She presented her insights and challenges faced by the family with an autistic child and how she turned the table in her child’s favour by giving him the best possible support and interventions to help him overcome his struggles.

The session continued with a Q&A session wherein Ms.Wagh responded to the questions asked by the parents. Ms. Wagh opinionated that the parents are the primary caregivers, and their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of autism while giving their support and care is of paramount importance.  The aim is to provide the best healthcare to autistic individuals. The session was highly appreciated by one and all and was a fruitful evening.  Ms. Rashi Oberoi, Headmistress Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, accorded the vote of thanks by expressing her gratitude to the speakers and the attendees who had joined the session.

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