Principal’s Desk Update – May 2023
- 11 May 2023
I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. As we enter the month of May, I wanted to provide you with an update on the latest happenings at Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam.
We started the new academic year 2023-24 in the first week of April, and I hope that your children are enjoying their summer vacation. At Oakridge, we provide opportunities for outreach programs, and I am happy to inform you that 11 students and 2 teachers are all set for the Les Martinets, Switzerland expedition in the first week of June. From our dedicated Les Martinets expedition base, our students will explore the beautiful Swiss Alps while staying in remote huts in the iconic Swiss countryside. They have an exciting series of activities designed to help children collaborate with their fellow students, connect with the environment, and develop valuable life skills such as leadership, self-reliance, risk-taking, flexible thinking, organization, and perseverance, giving them a sense of self-accomplishment.
Our school has been successful in completing the action plan towards the first stage of the NAE Social Impact Distinction spearheaded by our school UNICEF Team. I am delighted to let you know that Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam has been awarded the Bronze accreditation: Rights and Goals Committed. Congratulations to all the staff and students at the school. We are now working towards the silver accreditation.
Two of our student ambassadors will be attending in-person NAE-UNICEF Student Summit in July 2023 at New York city in collaboration with our partners at UNICEF. This is a unique opportunity exclusive to Nord Anglia Education schools, where our student ambassadors will demonstrate the action our schools are taking to tackle the United Nation’s Global Goals for sustainable development.
We are always ambitious for our teachers as well as our students. As an endeavor for the continuous professional development of our staff, this year we NAE – as part of the one-year Middle Leadership Program – are happy that one of our secondary teachers has gone for her 4-day residential to one of our Nord Anglia schools in Vietnam – British international school, Ho Chi Min City Vietnam second week of May.
Our students have made sound decisions while selecting their career paths and were expertly supported by the Principal, Program Coordinators, Career Counsellor, and Subject professionals. The University Placements this year have been extremely pleasing and reflect the true academic abilities of our students. I am extremely delighted and proud to share that our Graduating Class of 2023 has received placements in top universities. We have 100% placements in our IBDP cohort with an average offer of 4 universities/colleges in the UK, US, Singapore, and Australia. 35% of the CBSE students applied abroad have successfully received offers from top universities in the UK, Australia, and the US. The remaining students who have applied to some of the well-known Indian colleges: Symbiosis, NMIMS, Ashoka, and VIT are awaiting the results. A few of our Grade 12 students have also appeared for the entrance exams in the fields of Fashion Designing, Architecture, Law, NEET, and JEE and are expecting good ranks.
I am delighted to share with you the wonderful news that our re-enrollment process has been met with an outstanding response across the school. So far, we have received over 150 new admissions for the upcoming academic year 2023-2024. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the parents for being valuable members of our Oakridge Visakhapatnam community and entrusting us with your child’s educational journey.
While our academic staff and students are enjoying their well-deserved vacation, our dedicated administrative team is working diligently to get the school ready for the reopening. We are currently engaged in setting up the infrastructure, carrying out painting work in a few blocks, enhancing the Yoga space, procuring resources for various departments, and conducting necessary maintenance work. I want to extend my appreciation to our hardworking administrative staff who continuously strive to create a beautiful and conducive learning environment at Oakridge.
As the summer vacation progresses, I am confident that our students will create lasting memories and share them with their friends and teachers upon their return. I kindly request you to oversee your child’s completion of the STEAM-related summer projects in alignment with our NAE MIT STEAM activities. These projects will not only provide an enriching learning experience but also foster their creativity and critical thinking skills.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions. We highly value your partnership in your child’s education and greatly appreciate your unwavering support.
Thank you once again for being an integral part of the Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam community.
Oakridge International School, Visakhapatnam