Message from the principal

Learning Never Stops….

The Uninterrupted Learning experience at Oakridge Gachibowli

Amid the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, parents have become highly critical about their child’s wellbeing and holistic development. The biggest challenge during this crisis was for the early graders who were getting their first exposure to school through online mediums. Many cases have been witnessed where parents were seen to postpone the decision of their child’s education.

It is important that a crisis does not disrupt any child’s education. A well-balanced virtual learning programme helps in maintaining the intellectual sustenance and development in early learners instead of making them go through a long period of idleness till the schools reopen in the distant future.

On the other hand, parents were predictably, confused, and worried about the screen time for their children. A blended learning approach, which combines both online and offline activities, helps with screen time management. From experiments to engaging projects, the exciting offline activities provided by the schools have seen higher participation and interaction among its students. More than 5000+ students from across Oakridge International Schools in India, recorded over 7.89 Lakh online sessions since August 2020, showing the sustained interest and engagement with online learning, when carefully blended with offline learning activities.

In addition to just managing screen time, Blended Learning allows students to have access to more information, learn at their own pace and for the teachers they can make the overall learning experience more interactive & project led.

Schools need to play a vital role in providing uninterrupted learning. Their role is not limited to only teaching but also involves responsibilities to ensure the wellbeing of students and the parents’ community. It is to be believed that the emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing of the students is an integral part of the school ecosystem. Schools can offer them all the support and assistance they can to make sure that students’ learning is continuous and impactful. The academic stakeholders – be it, facilitators, parents, or learners, must discuss and deal with it openly to acknowledge and resolve it. Physical well-being too needs to be addressed with equal importance. We will continue with our efforts in the future and will keep no stone unturned to ensure our Oakridgers’ physical and mental well-being.

Dipika Rao 

Principal, Oakridge International School, Gachibowli