UWC Mahindra College monthly newsletter

Monday, October 31, 2011

Head of College's message

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” 

Arundhati Roy's words from "The God of Small Things" sums up the deep expectation which underpins the world's great Festivals of Light (Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas).  With the festival's colours and sounds still hanging in the Indian air its easy to recall the inspiring mythology of Diwali and its story of the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.

Chairman's message

On behalf of the Board of Governors of UWC Mahindra College (MUWCI), I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Pelham Lindfield Roberts as the next Head of College with effect from 15 December 2011. Mr Pelham Lindfield Robert’s appointment is the culmination of a thoroughly professional and holistic search process for which I compliment the Search Committee.


A very big thanks to Mr Tarang Jain who generously donated funds to provide one scholarship for a new student and an elliptical trainer for our state of the art gym, located in the social centre. Mr Jain is a current parent of first year student Dhruv.

Thanks also to our Director of College Studies, Dr Cyrus Vakil, who made a donation to our Akshara project this month.

UWC Mahindra College thanks all its donors for their valuable contributions in helping to provide additional scholarships and facilities. Your help is valuable and appreciated!

DoS meeting Hong Kong

Parallel to the College Heads’ meeting, Directors of Studies from different UWCs met at LPC Hong Kong in the week of Oct 17. All UWCs with the exception of Pearson, Adriatic, Maastricht and Bosnia were represented. Unlike Heads’ meetings, which take place at least twice a year, this was only the second time that UWC DoS’s were meeting (the previous one being 9 years ago)!

Outdoor education

The outdoors has an intrinsic connection within the UWC movement, back in 1962 a rule existed in our sister college Atlantic; the rule stated that not less than two afternoons weekly have to be spent out of doors for health reasons. (Röhrs & Tunstall-Behrens, 1970, p.109).

Monday, October 24, 2011

Focus on Triveni

In the Triveni Team’s attempt to revamp the Triveni system this year, we have created a blog. The main reason for this is to overcome the perpetual fear that all students have about the IB requirement to ‘reflect’ on CAS.

The vagueness surrounding the term ‘reflection’ has created an air of discomfort among the student body and the Triveni team has taken on the task of addressing this by setting up concrete monthly reflection goals.


MUWCI.tv was started last school year by the college Film Club in order to create and share videos with a greater audience.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yerang - South Korea Class of 2012

Favourite quote: "When you love you should not say, God is in my heart, but rather, I am in the heart of God." Khalil Gibran

Hobbies: Playing piano and flute and listening to music, drawing, making jewelry, socializing with my friends

Languages: Korean & English, learning French

Why did you choose UWC Mahindra College: To experience diversity and get to know people from different places, to become independent both academically and in my life. I thought I was independent when I came here but being here was a reality check for me. I also like the location of the college and I really wanted to be in the countryside and I have learned so many things from this environment. I am now more relaxed and find it so different from life in the city.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Johanna - Sweden Class of 2008

When Johanna graduated in 2008 she decided to take a GAP year to detach herself from her MUWCI experience and to be able to get a fresh outlook on her life and reassess her opinions on things. She began the year by travelling to Amritsar, to visit the Golden Temple, to Nepal to see where the Buddha was born, and then to Kashmir, which was she remembers as “a breathtaking experience”. Returning to Sweden to work for a few months to finance the latter part of the year, she then went to work in Nicaragua in an orphanage for babies to 8 year olds for 6 months. She was put in charge of the music department and taught English to the pre-school children. It was inevitable that she learn Spanish as nobody spoke English so she was happy to see her language skills developing over the 6 months, to the point where she was able to help the 8 year olds with their homework. Parenting was another important skill she learnt, along with detachment in not interfering with the different ways of child rearing that she knew from back home. It was a self-sustainable orphanage that functioned as a family unit; the children were not adopted out and if they were able, had their university or vocational training expenses paid for by the organization. For further information www.mph.org.