Norina Fernandes – Lilavatibai Podar High School, Mumbai

Posted September 19, 2017 10:55 am by

Lilavatibai Podar high School is located in Mumbai and is functioning with the mission to co-write the future of students and society. Focusing on co-existence between mankind and nature which is absolutely essential for the “peaceful and sustainable development anywhere” the school promotes positive attitudes among students to offer great opportunities irrespective of their race, gender or social background. The values aim at being open, committed, and innovative on a long term basis.


Ms. Norina Fernandes, the Principal of the school, is a committed educationist and encourages “meaningful learning experiences that encourage students to dream large and most importantly to allow their passion for learning to grow and develop.” She has been with Lilavatibai Podar High School since 1992.

Insight into the school

  • Co-educational English medium and is unaided affiliated to CISCE, New Delhi
  • 5500 students from Grade 1 to ISC 12
  • Mixture of academics, co-curricular, physical and psychological fitness for all students
  • Teachers use their knowledge and their enthusiasm to kindle the interest of students and help them explore “new topics and ideas.”
  • Computer Based Testing over traditional paper pencil test
  • Students “get their scores and results immediately, know their weaknesses and work towards improvement.”
  • Training programs at regular intervals to make teachers comfortable and make use of E-learning systems for creating effective and useful lesson material for the students
  • Well supported by senior academicians with their appraisals and feedbacks
  • Observations by Heads, and HODs with feedback to help teachers improve their learning modules and M-Teaching
  • Teachers encouraged to use images, songs, and videos to make classes lively and create e-contents
  • Micro teaching, Peer Observation and weekend training programs for uniform quality of education
  • Adopted a tribal village in Dahanu village
  • A home away from home for all the students

Vision and mission

  • Inspiring all students “to continuous enquiry, empowering them with the skills, knowledge, optimism and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.”
  • To become paperless and are following many projects for recycling old newspapers, and e-waste.


  • School has won British Council ISA award twice
  • Best ICT enabled school of 2008
  • Most of the Formative Assessments “are conducted using Google form via the Mobile phones”
  • Initiated Teach.erat.hon, a PAN India technology for teachers which is highly applauded in the field of education.

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Receiving award from the President of India, at the Vidyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 05.09.2015

  • M-Learning Hub to help the teachers.
  • Rachel Irani, one of the teachers awarded National ICT Award 2015 by the President of India
  • Norina Fernandes awarded the Derozio Award by CISCE in Bangalore in 2014
  • School adjudged to be among Top 20 ICSE schools in India and rank 2 in Maharashtra

Other activities

  • Registered Centre for Trinity College – London based Communication Skills and Speech and Drama programs
  • Aural, Oral Assessment and Interactive classroom management
  • Inter-house and Interschool literary competitions
  • Reading Challenge Program for the primary section
  • Sports, yoga and aerobics for every student
  • Yoga Day celebrated with full enthusiasm

About ICT solutions

  • Very consistent than traditional tests
  • Offers more information about the weakness of students and help students improve their interests
  • Advantages such as immediate scoring and reporting of results, flexible test scheduling
  • Innovative formats and less cost of production
  • Facilitating collaboration

Ms. Norina Fernandes concludes saying, “Life at Lilavatibai Podar High School has been challenging and full of many experiences. We are in a service sector and must keep all our stakeholders happy all the time.”

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Contact details:
Lilavatibai Podar High School (ISC),
Tower Building, Saraswati Road,
Santacruz (W). Mumbai – 400 054
Ph: 022 67 111 111 Ext. 139
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