The Sunbeam Group has been associated with the word ‘progressive’ for the past five decades. Founded in 1972 by Dr Amrit Lal ‘Ishrat’ Madhok and Mrs Deesh ‘Ishrat’ Madhok, the school has come a long way from its humble beginning in a small rented apartment in the then small town of Varanasi.
Till date, the school group persistently follows its vision to provide a conducive environment for the holistic growth of its students, providing the same opportunities as a student in any other bigger city.
What makes Sunbeam different?
Sunbeam group has been focused on providing continuous career guidance for its students. It realizes the need to create an environment for teachers to develop future leaders. In order to strengthen this mission, they have incorporated the Global Career Catalyst (GCC) as one of the components of its teacher training programs.
The school group makes use of a 3 step process to develop its students:
1. Interactive Classrooms:
A Global Career Catalyst certified Principal, Ms Gurmeet Kaur of the Sunbeam group, was able to effectively guide her students on matters such as:
a) Ice Breaker: For her Grade 8 interaction, Ms. Gurmeet was able to guide students on Careers that incorporate Writing, by including diary entries in her discussion. She was able to guide them on profile building steps that span across Grades 8 to 12 through participation in debates, public speaking and Ted Talks.
b) Subject Selection: For Grade 11, she guided her students on different subject selection combinations as she was better aware about the possible career opportunities. For example, when Riya wanted to take up Biology and Psychology, Ms. Gurmeet was able to correlate the two subjects and suggest a possible career path.
Sunbeam Group believes in leading by example and thus, school principals across campuses are undertaking similar initiatives for student development.
2. Career Planning across grades
a) Grades 8 and 9: Students are sensitized through tests and discussions about their likes and dislikes. In Grade 8, a more generic introduction is planned out, and later it gets more specific as subjects diversify in Grade 9.
b) Grades 10-12: In-depth psychometric assessments are conducted to understand a student’s career choices.
3. Monitoring Students
a) Progress Tracker: Through bi-annual Teacher interactions, each and every student’s progress is monitored and an in-depth analysis is done in case of any deviations.
b) Collective Decision making: Discussions are conducted among class teachers, subject teachers and an Academic Head to understand a student’s behaviour, habits and performance.
c) Everyday connect: On a case-by-case basis, activities for teacher and student interactions are planned out. For example, when a student feels homesick, the required teacher intervention is carried out to make the student ease into the setting and feel comfortable.
Sunbeam Group’s GCC certified teachers and principals
Through this 3 step process, the Sunbeam group has been able to make a mark in the Indian education space and will continue to shine as a bright star for years to come.
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