In my decade long journey at B.D. Somani Primary school, what stands out is the strong trust-based relationship that exists between the different members of the school community – students, teachers, parents, staff, and administrators. These trust-based relationships are based on the strong foundations of respect, safety and having high expectations from and of all members of the school community. Community and care are something that are lived at BD Primary. These core values helped us excel and maintain the sanctity of our BD Primary program as we transitioned from a physical school environment to a virtual environment.
Trusting children is at the heart of our primary program. Our team of dynamic educators have created a nurturing environment, incorporating internationally recognised highly effective practices and pedagogies, where children thrive because they are given agency over their own learning. They are encouraged to make their own discoveries right from the time they enter BD Primary. They are empowered to raise questions, challenge set patterns, voice their thoughts, engage in collaborative discourse and debates, and embark on their learning journey, constructing meaning, acquiring and building skills and developing habits of mind and dispositions that will help them navigate the challenges and find solutions to known and unknown problems as they become a part of the ever-changing complex global community not limited to the 21st century.
With social studies as the guiding force of our curriculum, our homeroom teachers effectively interweave literacy, numeracy, and scientific skills in meaningful, authentic learning experiences. The specialist classes in Art, IT, Music, Theatre, PE, Languages, Capoeira complement students’ inquiry and create opportunities for them to engage in deeper learning.
For our students the city is their laboratory and an open field for exploration. Our youngest learners are engaged in exploring their immediate community and environment, gradually moving into our neighbourhood, our city and the distant past as they grow older and sophisticated in their thinking. With the zest for exploration and an insatiable curiosity to make sense of the physical and social world around them, our primary students are equipped with the necessary tool-set, an attitude of care, and confidence as they are ready to move on their life-long journey of learning wherever their experiences take them.
When it is safe to do so, my team and I welcome you to visit our classrooms – the magical places of wonder, curiosity and learning.