Thakur International School – Cambridge has always been committed to the welfare of students. This has been evident from their stance to consistently making an effort of organising workshops for students as well as for parents. The idea and the sole purpose behind this workshop is to make the students capable and being knowledgeable to raise an opinion in the society. These sessions are conducted by renowned and credible professionals who understand the critical parent-child dynamics.
One such workshop was held by bestselling author Geeta Ramakrishnan. It was called ‘Winning the game of change’. It was held for students who had given tenth standard board examinations as well as students who were about to enter the tenth standard along with parents. The session was an interactive one that focused on helping students, parents and teachers cope with changes that occur once students pass out of school and enter college.
The need for such a workshop has been felt by students and parents all over the city. This has been primarily due to the absence of a formal mechanism which smoothens the transition from school to college life for students. As these students are at an impressionable age, they find it difficult to cope up with several changes related to lifestyle, expectations, studies and social interactions once they enter college.
Parents too aren’t sure about what to expect unless they have an older child who has been through the rigour. Yet, every child is different and therefore would require mentoring. Students are often unable to handle the stress related to academics or social life in college and end up taking inappropriate recourses to deal with pressure. Geeta Ramakrishnan’s workshop highlighted the need for open interaction between parents and their wards as a solution to deal with such challenges.
Shunila Joy Chauhan Principal of Thakur International School- Cambridge says – “The workshop was an interactive and knowledge gaining experience for our parents, students, and Teachers. The session was all about motivating and encouraging students to speak out their mind. The interesting part was innovative; practical examples were shown to students by the author on how to handle and be a part of the change. As we believe and aim to make our students stronger and opinionists in society, therefore we always conduct such value-adding workshops for our students”.
It’s always fun engaging with kids and identifying what interests them. It is important to understand their problems because they are scared of sharing their pain in front of people. The best part of this workshop was that these children were very interactive and open about their peer pressure.
They expressed keenness on achieving their goals and focusing on managing their time. I personally believe that as a parent, we have to be enablers and not intruders for our children. It is better to share our thoughts with them, ask their opinion and have a conversation versus telling them what to do”, mentions Ms Geeta Ramakrishnan – The Game of Change
“We are extremely happy that this workshop was held also this was the need of the hour. Geeta mam style was so warm, interactive and engaging throughout the workshop.
The session added tremendous value to the relationship that my child and I share. I learnt new parenting techniques such as preparing my child for teenage years and shaping her attitude to deal with peer pressure. We parents are keen that more workshops must be held in the future “ says the parent of 9th Grade student.