Eighteen students of Jodhamal Public School along with their Vice Principal Mrs. Monika Sethi and Teacher Escort Mr. Narinder Singh visited Singapore for an educational tour and excursion as the part of their experiential learning curriculum. The students and staff visited almost all the tourist destinations of Singapore. Such outings to the rest of the world open and widen the horizons of children’s perception of the world on one hand and give them a view of the diverse culture on the other hand. Singapore is celebrating its 50 years of Independence this year and the whole country is in a festive mood. The buildings, market places, tourist spots have been spruced up to be able to let people from all over the world be a part of the festivities. In 50 years, this country has shown immense development with superb infrastructure, excellent tourist destinations, has the world’s most techno savvy airport, excellent education standards and has become one of the cleanest countries of the world, worth visiting. The students visit started with the Night Safari which showcased a travel through the natural habitat of animals set in a humid tropical forest open only at night. It was an excellent experience as it was also accompanied with cultural performances, tribal dances and fire demonstrations. The Sentosa Island tour was another marvelous attraction wherein the students reached the mainland by a cable car ride. They were mesmerized by the visit to the underwater world, the magnificient display by the dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon, the wings of time display, the Skyline luge and Skyride, visit to the Santosa Merlion, the Palawan Beach and much more. The Science Centre was an amazing experience for all the students where they learnt many aspects of science through practical experiences. The Gardens by the bay-an initiative of the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’ left everyone spell bound. During the tour, the students also got the opportunity to see beautiful landmarks and amazing infrastructure of Singapore. The Esplanade, Suntec City, Fountain of Wall, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, China Town, Mariamma Temple, Singapore Flyer and Orchard Road were some the places visited and were a treat to watch. The Vice Principal Mrs. Monika Sethi said that this kind of experiential learning makes a child remember things in the mind and cherish it for a long time. Such visits develop confidence in a child and prepares them to face unknown challenges.
Seventeen Jampians along with their CCA Coordinator Mrs Nandani Bakshi, visited UAE on a weeklong educational tour and excursion. Principal, Mr Trilok Singh Bist also pitched in, to ensure the tour to be a fruitful one. Students and staff visited almost all tourist destinations of Dubai. Such outings to the rest of the world really widens the horizons of children’s perception of the world on the one hand and the exposure to diverse culture on the other. All the students and staff had appreciated all the arrangements made by the school management. Dubai had been the cleanest country, the students had ever seen. The students who were a part of this Dubai Trip had been Naman Chandhoke, Ashmita Sahni, Arya Abrol, Saiyam Suri, Abhaas Verma, Kshitij Sethi, Gursimar Singh, Aadarsh Manhas, Aakarsh Manhas, Dapinder Singh, Stuti Kuthiala, Sayam Gupta, Hasit Singh Sachdeva, Sabi Singh Suden, Maulik Jain, Navisha Gupta & Mehul Yadav. Principal Mr Trilok Singh Bist met the Administrator of Springdale School, Dubai and had good exchange of ideas as to how individual attention can improve the caliber of the students. He also had discussion with Mr Maneesh Mangal of Al Noor International School Bahrain for an exchange programme. The artificial Island, the Palm Beach Island, which was created within 2004 to 2011, was again an experience of its own kind for the staff and students. Dhow Cruise was another excellent experience wherein a cultural exchange took place between our students and the Crew Members. We were told that Dubai Creek is 14.2 Km long water body which separates old Dubai from Bur Dubai, and in the olden days this water way was the only means of transport to and from Dubai to the rest of the World. All those boats are new converted into Cruise and are used for earning foreign currency by way of Dhow Cruise. The delicious dinner at Dhow Cruise with the Arabian Dance mesmerized each one on the Cruise. At the Aqua venture, kids took rides which were very much exciting and had made even the staff relive their childhood days. The ultimate was the Desert Safari and the Quart Bikes and the Buggies drive and proved to be a lifetime experience. The Tanoura Dance and the Belly Dance at the Desert Safari Camp site with the Barbeque mesmerized each one and all came back with a lot of learning and experience. Dubai is the most modern and progressive Country. Freed on 2nd Dec 1971, Dubai picked up its pace in 1997 and within 15 years, it has established itself a desert city with superb infrastructure, offering every pleasure including rare sites and a wonderful atmosphere all around. Jodhamal got the rarest opportunity of being on the tallest building of the world Burj Khalifa at its 123rd floor and enjoying the world from its viewing gallery. It was an awesome experience for all. This year due to deadline many more who wanted to be a part could not make it up but in the future moré of such International Trips will help children learn through personal experience since today just the unilateral approach of academic excellence cannot make these students successful rather a holistic approach is needed for them to be successful in all walks of life in the future. Ms Nandani Bakshi said that this kind of experiential learning makes the child remember things in their mind and cherish it lifelong. During this tour, the students got the opportunity to see the beautiful landmarks, amazing architecture of Deira Tower, Burj Khalifa, Aqua Venture, Jumeirah Public Beach, Jumeirah Mosque, underground Dubai Museum housed in Al-Afridi-Fort, Textile Markets, dazzling gold jewellery of Gold Souq, Dhow Cruise, Desert Safari and the other major attractions of Dubai City.