Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

– P.D. Std. 7 Project Day

- Lamia Bagasrawala, Clinical Psychologist, Shishuvan School

Students of Std. 7 presented their ideas, learnings and views on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) as part of the P.D. stall on the Project Day. Students created informative displays including charts and visual representations of different concepts. They explained the concept of CSE and its components. The theme for the Project Day was ‘Systems’ and students effectively explained the different kinds of systems – biological, socio-cultural, emotional, cognitive and behavioral – and the transactions between them that influence the process of studying and understanding sexuality. Students then presented visitors with a quiz on basic concepts of sexuality with a focus on ideas related to Puberty. Visitors enthusiastically responded to the quiz and on successful completion received a Certificate of Graduation in CSE Level 1. They then proceeded to the next section where students had created beautiful displays and informative charts to begin a conversation around sexual harassment. Students introduced the visitors to the concept and also provided them with a list of possible ways of reporting it and addressing it. The students attempted to create awareness about one of the existing social concerns. Visitors also mentioned their views on CSE and Sexual Harassment on charts that were presented in the stalls and provided their valuable feedback! Students received brilliant feedback on their knowledge, ability to present and the topics addressed. Here’s a look at the team involved and a few snapshots into the two days of learning, change-making and fun! J


Shishuvan wants to know…

- The P.D. Debate on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

Students of Std. 7 have been engaging in a module on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) over the last few months as part of their Personality Development (PD) classes. The initial few sessions of the class were marked by student apprehensions and discussions around the purpose of such learning. Students reviewed articles and blogs as well as penned down individual reflections in their personal P.D. journals. The discussions were facilitated by me and with the help of individual feedback, classroom activities and videos we engaged with our thoughts and ideas in a safe, healthy space. While this process prepared them for the module and for further classes on CSE, students decided to bring forth these apprehensions and conflicting views in society to parents and others through a Debate on the Project Day. Students took up various character roles (lawyer, social activist and politician) and presented views about CSE in schools from their respective character’s perspective. The debate was a huge hit with a demand for extra shows on both days. Students presented complex views covering varied aspects – legal, social, political, psychological and biological – of development and presented a strong case for CSE in schools. Parents, visitors and students in the audience were attentive throughout the debate and asked interesting questions to the speakers. Here’s presenting snapshots and the exclusive recording of the debate on the Facebook page !

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Which Value do you Value?

- Lamia Bagasrawala, Clinical Psychologist, Shishuvan School

The Project Days at Shishuvan are a wonderful presentation of all the classroom processes and practices over the last few months. As part of the Personal Development (P.D.) classes, students of class 7 – Neeti engaged in reflective discussions and activities around the theme ‘Values’. Students created journals at the beginning of the semester wherein they recorded their classroom activities, processes and reflections regularly. Students challenged the idea of ‘values in life’ and the need to inculcate these in practical ways instead of only preaching them. They discussed the difficulties encountered in upholding values across all situations and also identified and reflected upon values that are most significant to them. They shared instances from their personal lives when they have striven to follow certain values and also times when they found it difficult to do so. As part of a group activity, students created riddles about different values and finally identified eight core values important for their class. In line with the Project Day theme of ‘Systems’, students created a ‘Value System’ identifying different values relevant in different spheres of life. Students then engaged actively in creating games and activities to present these classroom processes and ideas to visitors and other students on the Project Day. Students created a quiz on different values which they associated with different animated-movie characters (such as Harry Potter, Nemo, Dory, Willy Wonka, Chutki, etc.) and cartoon-characters as well as charts for visual display and a classroom model enlisting the Process chart of all the tasks and activities done so far. Students managed the stall all by themselves, explaining the process, the eight values, the Values System, administering the quiz, calculating the responses and thanking the visitors with a Badge and Bookmark mentioning the value that they scored highest on the quiz. Students received brilliant feedback for their activity and presentation! Congratulations to them!  Here’s a sneak peek into our stall on the Project Day…


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12th August 2016 : Librarians’ Day – Cum – Seminar

Shishuvan Invites

Shishuvan celebrates Librarians Day in honour of great Indian Librarian Padmashree Prof.  Dr S.R.Ranganathans’ 124th Birth Anniversary , by hosting a

“Seminar on Excellence in School Education : Role of Libraries”

on 12th August 2016 (forenoon, 9.00 am to 11.30am).

Event Highlights

  •                    Different perspectives on                                                                                                                  Excellence in School Education                                                                  vis-à-vis

                                                    School Library Service                                                                                       would be elicited by way of a four pronged presentations by Students, Teachers, Parents and Librarians. The presenters representing the above four would focus on their  role in the process of achievement of Excellence in School Education.

  • Focus of all presentations would invariably  be on Best Practices.
  • Prof.Coomi Vevaina (Professor of English – Mumbai University) a renowned  Educationist and author of much acclaimed book, “What Children Really Want” would grace the occasion by delivering a lecture on the topic.
  • Shishuvan Reading Programme
  • Seminar Resolutions


It would be an unique occasion for all Students, Teachers, Parents and Librarians to participate in the event to get know the nuances of Achieving Excellence in School Education – Vis-à-vis Role of Libraries. Functional and State of Art Libraries are backbones of vibrant and successful schooling. ‘School Libraries globally are envisioned as a force for the enhancement and improvement of Teaching and Learning through out the School community for Educators as well as for Students (IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto, 1999).

Who should participate?

Students, Teachers, Parents , Librarians and any person  who has genuine interest in School Education and Libraries.

No Participation fee.

Registration on ‘First Come First Served’ basis for 50 participants’.

To participate, register online  by clicking on the link given below :


Those who are interested  to speak/make presentations on the seminar theme may get in touch with the organizers.


Organizing Secretary – Rajashekhar Devarai, Chief Librarian          Organizing Committee Member -  Jamila Merchant, Librarian  

    Shishuvan English Medium School,                                                                                                                                       426, Shraddhand Road, Kings Circle, Matunga Central, Mumbai – 400019, ; ; ; ;    Tel : 022-24044063/64 ; Extension Numbers : 135, 136 and 118 ; mob 7738071618 ; 9969946792



-Maria Jodiawalla

(M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Mumbai)

School Counsellor, Shishuvan School


On the 14 th and 15 th of July 2016 the Parents of Nursery grade attended a workshop titled

‘Importance of Establishing a Daily Routine for my child’. The workshop emphasized on the needs to establish a consistent routine for the child to stimulate child’s growth and development. It also emphasized the needs to develop a routine that serves the need of the child than the other family members. The importance of physical play and motivating the child to become independent in daily activities was also reinforced through this workshop.

Let’s see how did all of this happen?

The workshop began with a Taboo. Yes parents were stimulated cognitively through the game Taboo!! The rules of the games were explained and let me tell you parent’s performance on this was satisfactory ;) Parents would often say the taboo word or run out of time! However the game served its purpose and laid the foundation for further discussion.

Then parents were divided into groups and were asked to brain storm on various questions that were related to their child’s routine, their efforts to schedule it, lack of routine and various deviations in a routine. Each group presented their work and came up with interesting pointers for discussions. Parents would share personal experiences as well as strategies they do that work with their children and help them devise a routine for their child. This was an interesting learning experience for a lot of parents and some said that they would love to try it themselves. It also served as an eye opener for parents on how they were missing out important details in their child’s daily schedule. Having a rationale for the various activities that children are exposed to was also an important point of discussion.

After this elaborate discussion parents were given real life scenarios and were asked to apply these strategies to it. Their responses reflected their take back from the workshop and their zest to implement these learning’s with their children.The workshop helped to enhance rapport with parents and their participation made it a fruitful process. Not only did the parents take away from this workshop but also contributed to my learning process through their honest sharing and active participation.

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Struggle of Galileo – Book Review



by Palak Bham (V Dhyaan, Shishuvan)


‘Galileo Galilei’ authored by Malti Bansal is a book about how the scientist Galileo struggled to become a scientist. According to me the best part  of the book is when  the author describes about how Galileo started researching about planets and became successful.  I liked this part because after doing so much hard work he had become successful.  Galileo later identified /  introduced the 4 largest moons of Jupiter. This book is very inspirational and I now truly believe, ‘Try Try Till You Succeed!’ I would like to read many of the books published under the Series, ‘Meet the Glorious Scientists’ (under which this book is published) and recommend to my friends to read.


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Online Conference on “Library as Classroom”

– A Brief Report


It was indeed a unique and first of its kind experience for me to participate in the Online Conference on “LIBRARY AS CLASSROOM” held on 16th June 2016.  The event was Organized by The Learning Revolution Project, sponsored and supported by School of Information (San Jose State University) and Follet. The whole exercise of registering for the conference to attending of the conference (12.30 am to 3.30 am) was educative and useful.  This format of Online Conference was hosted on the platform Blackboard Collaborate.  And now that the session and PPTs are accessible by any one at

I attended the sessions of M Elena Lopez, Jessamyn West, Briyan Kennedy, Patricia Sohmer, Sally Pweharangi and Sean Casserly.  As the Conference progressed questions by participants were answered by presenters and others.  Library As Classroom is going to bring in / invite whole new set of guidelines, thinking and practices.  It is going to impact on the way libraries look like and conduct their day today businesses.

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Details of the Conference:

  • Title : Library as Classroom
  • Date : 16th June 2016
  • Venue : United States
  • Time : 12.30 am to 3.30 am
  • Conference Platform : Blackboard Collaborate
  • Organizer : The Learning Revolution Project

It is time for Teachers and Librarians to attend such online Conferences to update their knowledge and skills on a regular basis, without ever reaching the conference venue (physical). What else could be more satisfying than attending an international conference by being at your home. Future seems to be unimaginable and unpredictable as to how contemporary Education would be conceived and delivered to the desired stake holders.

Rajashekhar Devarai

Chief Librarian, Shishuvan



We bonded, expressed and shared…

- Lamia Bagasrawala, School Psychologist, Shishuvan School


As part of the Personality Development (PD) Classes in the academic year 2015-16, students of Std. V- Neeti explored different concepts that were aimed at addressing their immediate and long-term needs. This being their first year in Shishuvan and the Boarding facility, the initial P.D. classes focused on addressing the students’ experiences of change and exploring emotions and attitudes towards the new systems and structures. This was achieved through a series of classes, use of audio-visual aids, a detailed reflection on the movie ‘Who moved my Cheese?’ and a number of group, pair and individual activities. Thereafter a series of sessions focused on exploring the concept of safety and the different kinds of touch. These sessions were followed by exploring the understanding of internal and external motivation. As part of the Math Fest, students engaged in group activities to initiate a discussion on Motivation for Math which was then linked to motivation in all other aspects of life. This process was facilitated by reflections on the movie ‘The Lego Story’ followed by individual activities that required students to create their own motivational statements and creating an imaginary story of their inventions. When students were asked to share their memories, learnings and reflections on all the P.D. classes this year, they came up with some interesting narratives. Here’s a look at some of them and a peek into our journey this year in P.D.!

“In the P.D. class we enjoyed all the things,

We discussed about our family and people,

We discussed about Motivation, Managing Change and Touch,

We did charts on Change and played many games.

We saw movies like ‘Who moved my Cheese?” and ‘The Lego Story’,

And we learnt about the types of touch,

We learnt about private parts,

And importance of listening,

We also discussed about Tricky people.

We did innovative and creative writing

And we made our new inventions

That’s all! We enjoyed in the P.D. class.

Lamia told us many things

She gave us messages like –

To motivate people, To keep a smile on our face every time

To not be sad and

Make sure our words are not bad!”

-          Neel Rambhiya., V-Neeti

“When I went to school

When I went to school

I heard of a secret class

Its name was P.D. class.

I liked it very much

My experience was

That I learnt many things

The topics which I liked were-

Managing Change, Motivation and Types of Touch-

And many many more!

In Types of touch I learnt that

There are many types of touch – loving touch, hurtful touch, accidental touch, uncomfortable touch, etc.

I liked the movie ‘The Lego Story’

Because it gave many many learnings

His inventions were very creative

I learned to be creative and hard-working!

P.D. Class is fun to attend

You will also like it

And you will day ‘What an amazing class!’

And never be sad ad be happy!”

-          Divya Savla, V- Neeti



 “I remember the things I did in P.D. and I will tell you about them

I saw a movie named ‘The Lego Story’

We saw it and enjoyed it,

We learnt a message that “we should always try”

This message will help me in the future in my work when I grow up

This was the best topic for me!

When I think about it, I feel nice

It was amazing because it taught me a lesson.”

-          Rishabh Dedhia, V- Neeti


“Hey hey hey hip hop

I have heard there was a class

Its name was P.D. Class, P.D. Class

We saw many movies like

‘Who moved my cheese?’ and ‘The Lego Story’

But we watched many more short films

I learnt many things from my P.D. class

Like motivation, safety of private parts, etc.

It was very helpful to me and others.

I learnt many things from P.D. Class

Like taking motivation from other classes

So I am confident that I can do anything…

I will love my P.D. class for ever, ever, ever and ever! “

-          J.K, V-Neeti

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Hello Mr.Shakespeare – An Evening in Nehru Centre

-Rajashekhar, Chief Librarian, Shishuvan School.


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Even after 400 years of his death this mans influence doe not seem to be diminishing by any count.  Was he an elitist, school, well read, highly educated or a genius? How is it that the mankind continues to relish his thoughts and writings.  What is the secret.?  This is the legacy of this great man who could not  live over 52 years. It was altogether a different break for me to listen to Dr.Coomi S . Vevaina yesterday evening at Nehru Centre Worli.

Shakespeare seems to be her life breath through her thoughts, writings and deliberations.  Let us see how popular Shakespeare remains 400 years after his death.  A simple Google search was done and the results are interesting and as follows ;

Keywords Number of results

13 00 00 000

Shakespeare (book search)

24 90 000

Shakespeare (video search)

11 00 000

Shakespeare (News Search)

1 94 000

Shakespeare in India (general search)

2 56 00 000


1 31 00 00 000


It is just amazing! The popularity of this man never seem to diminish.  Did he ever realise and imagine that is and his writings would turn out into several libraries, a phenomenon, a wave, an ever expanding school of thought, after 400 years after his death? Perhaps no.  He was a simple unassuming scholar, down to earth, wrote and played for common man of his times. What if he did not know he was a genius, a rare genius! Dr.Coomi’s stock on Shakespeare titled, ‘Hello Shakespeare was rich in contents, thought provoking and sensitising. She was emphatic on Shakespeare’s deep understanding of human psyche and                        social / divine affairs.

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At the outset Dr.Coomi seemed to be excited to talk and interact. She was full of life and enthusiasm.  She was so proud to pronounce that Shakespeare continues to be more popular in Mexico and India than in his home land UK.  So engrossing was her engagement that I could not stop remembering best of my English teachers at my schools and colleges where I studied (Prof Mumbai, MB Biradar, Shalini Edith and Hanmanth Rao Masther). I wish and hope to listen to her talks often in future.

Thank you Ms.Donna Reen and Ms.Arati Desai for the kind invite to attend the event.

Event detail :

  • Interactive talk on Shakespeare titled, “Hello Mr.Shakespeare’ by Coomi S Venaina
  • Time : 4.30pm
  • Date : 21st April 2016
  • Venue : Nehru Centre (Discovery of India Building)

References :


THE U14 POWER HOUSE 2015-2016

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tejasBy Tejas Kapasi.

Tejas runs a Travel Agency and has been in the travel & leisure industry for the last 18 years. .He has been an enthusiastic volunteer on Shishuvan field trips, also an active member of the Sports Committee. He has 2 sons studying in Shishuvan. Older one just gave his board exams and younger one in grade IX.



What an eventful year for Shishuvan, especially the Volleyball teams. It was a remarkable year of 2015-2016 indeed!

The Volleyball teams i.e. U17, U14 & U12 (boys and girls team) have left me spell bound. Somehow, I am trying to pen down to the best I can…

Since last 5 to 6 years I have been active at Shishuvan with few activities and one of them is Volleyball. The volleyball teams have been giving their best performances by winning 1stor 2nd or 3rd places in most of the interschool matches. (ICSE, DSO, MSSA etc.) In fact, few players have been playing state level and selected for nationals too!

The U14 boys team have been playing with such enthusiasm, dedication, efforts, skills and tirelessly. Their hard work and guidance from Coach Mr. Dhiraj Dubey has given awesome results. This U14 boys’ team has played 6 Interschool Volleyball tournaments in the academic year 2015-16 and won all of them in 1st place, means they have never been beaten in Mumbai by any school, that’s a moment of pride for everyone.

All get applauded for this, right from Team Players, Coach, School, Teachers, Management, Volunteer Parents, Sports Sir, Friends & Family Members.

These U14 boys team starts their day by getting up at 5:30-5:40 a.m. thrice a week to reach the Pavilion at 6:15a.m. for their practice. Whether it’s rain, dark winter mornings or sunshine they have been religiously practicing and enhancing their game. Here, I would like to appreciate the parents who also get up as early as 5:15 a.m. to prepare food for their kids, 2 snack boxes, 1 lunch box and 1evening snack box, (To all the Moms & Dads who have been doing this a big salute to you) not just for this team or volleyball but to all parents who have been doing this with smile on their face.

Guys just imagine a child leaving home at 6:00 in morning, later after school going for classes or tuitions and returning home around 6:00/7:00 p.m., they are tired and exhausted but, still are fully charged for the next day’s work.

This team in discussion are all playing volleyball since last 3 / 4 years who were earlier in U12 boys’ team, now U14 boys’ team and further will be U17 boys team.

This all started with the school giving a wonderful infrastructure for sports; State of art “Pavilion” where in it is now become a talk of the town with so many interschool tournaments being held as well hosted too.

I along with Mr Nikunj Lakhani have been taking out time from our work schedule to be with the team during practices as well matches too. Both of us have 2 boys and coincidentally both are in Shishuvan Volleyball U17 & U14 boys’ team

Whether the matches are in Matunga, Dharavi, Azad Maidan, Thane, Borivali, or even at times for state selections to Kolhapur or Nagpur, we have been there witnessing this journey.

As mentioned 6 interschool tournaments won in 2015-16 which includes Shiv Chatrapati Sports club tournament, ICSE, DSO, MSSA, VV Bhatt Children’s Academy (C.A cup) & Adidas Uprising Interschool tournament.

There are few reasons why it makes me write, why this U14 Volleyball boys’ team is called POWER HOUSE and why I am spell bound, I am sure once you’ll read further you all will agree with me.

Amongst, all the titles won the 5th and 6th title are very special &close to my heart.

On 31st Jan2016 Sunday morning we reached Kandivali for the C.A cup where in U17 Boys & U17 Girls won 2nd& 3rd place respectively, U12 boys also won 3rd place where as U14 boys won 1st place registering their 5th consecutive win, after the felicitation the team reached home around 7:30pm

Next day that’s 1st Feb, Std. VIII children were to leave for their educational field trip to Konkan which included this U14 boys team as well

As they were in education trip the schedule was packed with all day activities, getting up early at 5:30-6:00am having long days and being up for 16-18 hours (reason 1)

The trip was to return on 6th Feb night, but as these boys had to play the Adidas Uprising tournament which was scheduled for 6th& 7th Feb, we had taken prior permission from the school authorities to allow the boys to come a day prior. Here we (Nikunjbhai and I, as well other parents are thankful to Nilesh Sir, Principal Ms Shubhadra Shenoy & Executive Director Ms Neha Chheda for being supportive always, encouraging sports a lot.

So Nikunj Lakhani and I left for Kudal (Konkan) on 5th Feb morning and reached around 13:00 hrs

The departure for the train from Kudal was around 3:50pm and on 5th Feb this team departed in train (sitting train attached pics) from Konkan to Mumbai, their scheduled arrival was 11:00pm, but train was late and they arrived on 6th Feb early morning 02:40am at Dadar station. All of them reached home by 3:00am; in normal cases we had a doubt that one or two boys may skip but all the boys and their family were so positive that all the champs were ready at 7:15 a.m. at the meeting point where in Nikunjbhai and I picked them up, we went by two cars, and reached the MSSA Venue Azad Maidan for the Adidas Uprising Interschool Tournament at reporting time of 08:00a.m. (reason 2)

The teams were divided in 2 pools A & B, wherein they had to register minimum 2 wins to enter next stage

This team showed dedication and played with their full strength somewhere the last night tiredness was seen as they lost 1stmatch in their pool, can’t blame them understanding how their last 24 hours were! But the boys didn’t give up!  Their coach Dhiraj Sir along with the parents’ presence, motivated them with few words of encouragement, the team gathered themselves, as they are nick named by fellow school mates the POWER HOUSE, they displayed their skill and talent by winning next two matches in straight sets to reach Semi-finals, (reason 3) which was to be played next day that is 7th Feb. So here was a breather for them a welcomed overnight rest …was a blessing for them

On 7th Feb the team the re-charged POWER HOUSE (as per their reputation) played their game by beating the opponents in straight sets to enter the FINALS

The finals against Amruta Vidyalay Navi Mumbai was really a nail biting one!  As this was the same team whom they lost the 1stmatch in the pool matches. The score card was almost parallel at most stages, still the boys with their technique leaped ahead in points by wining 1st set 25-22 and second set was tensed up as opponents were initially leading, but then the boys played the game like real champions by clinching the 2nd set 25-23 and lifting the inaugural ADIDAS-UPRISING U14 boys Volleyball trophy, this U14 Boys team stands 1st all over Mumbai.

I would like to thank few people without which this wouldn’t have been possible, Dhiraj Dubey, the Volleyball Coach, Vivek Sir Asst coach, Vinod Bhandare the care taker of Pavilion,

Sports department of Shishuvan.

Tanya Adani, & Priyanshi Mehta (both std. IX girls) for always doing that extra effort for their girls’ teams to win, Neha Laud & Vrittika Survana (both Std.VIII girls) for always cheering and supporting their team as well the U14 boys team.

All Moms and Dads of this boys’ team for always being supportive, special thanks to the fathers who have been taking out time to support n cheer teams, Jeetan Visaria, Amit Maru, Rajiv Adani, Shashank Laud, Rajeev Ghoslakar, Sanket Soni, Vinay Galia. Suraj Suvarna. Girish Bhide, Sundar Nandi.

Special applause for Aditya Sawant’s Grandfather who was always there at the meeting point for pick up & drop as well at midnight 2:30am at train station. Was very much touched by this couple Vaishali-Vilas Chodankar who on a Sunday specially came to cheer the team, whose son doesn’t play volleyball at all. Thanks Vilas and Vaishali for the moral support

Last but not the least Nikunj Lakhani for being a great company as well being together everywhere, in fact eventually did find a good friend in him

All wins are always special but no doubt, the 5th& 6th title will always remain special for me. Kudos to this U14 Boys Volleyball Team for bringing accolades and achievements
They were “Tired but Unbeatable”





Glimpses of the team…

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