Ashraya

"Ashraya" meaning 'shelter', was founded and registered in 1982 and has since then brought hope and love into the lives of many children and adults. Ashraya is committed to alleviate the sufferings of women and children in distress through our various programs.
Apr 7, 2014

Ashraya Neelbagh School - (Jan to March 2014)

Activities of Ashraya Neelbagh School
Activities of Ashraya Neelbagh School

Academics:

The New Year was warmly welcomed by students of Neelbagh with enthusiasm and gaiety; a lovely campfire and a variety entertainment program was accompanied by a delicious meal. Everyone enjoyed the day, a rare occasion for all to say thank you for all that has been and a fiat for all that will be.

The first preparatory examinations, for the 10th batch of SSLC students were held during the month of January from 3rd to 9th. The second preparatory examination were held from 3rd Feb – 8th Feb 2014. The State preparatory examinations were held from 3rd - 8th March 2014. All the students have shown considerable progress in their studies as they are gearing up for the public board examination, which is scheduled to commence from 28th March and will conclude on the 10th of April 2014. The monthly tests for class 1 -9 are conducted regularly.

Sports Competitions:

18th January 2014: The monthly sports competition was organized. In the Volley ball competition held for boys Yellow house stood first and in the Throw ball held for girls Greenhouse stood first.

21st February 2014: The monthly sports competition was organized. In the basketball competition Yellow house stood first and in the Kho-Kho held for girls Greenhouse stood first.

22nd February 2014: Quiz competition was organized for Juniors and Seniors. In the junior section Blue house won 1st  place, Red house won second place and in senior group Blue house came 1st and Green 2nd place.

Cultural events:

31st December 2013: On New Year’s Eve the school had special cultural programs and students performed splendidly.

24th January 2014: The folk songs competition was organized and in the junior section Blue won 1st place, Green 2nd place and in senior section Red won 1st place and Green 2nd place.

Other Events:

26th January 2014: Republic day was celebrated. The Headmaster hoisted and saluted the National flag. Students were briefed about the significance of Republic Day.

11th March 2013:The Farewell function for students of class 10th was organized and Mr. Amara Narayana (Gram Panchayat, President) was the Chief Guest. He motivated the students to do well in their future as they were fortunate to receive their education in Neelbagh with all the facilities provided by Ashraya. Conduct Certificates were handed out to all 10th class students. Ms. Shanthi Chacko, Mrs. Nomita Chandy, Mrs. Evalin Christabel and Mr. Manjunath, the Head Master counseled the parents and the 10th grade students on choosing the right career path and encouraged the parents of all the girl children to support their daughters through their college education.

Workshops:

  1. Career guidance Workshop

Career guidance plays a very important role in the lives of all individuals, as it helps in setting future goals and enables choice of careers. Career guidance is a much needed service for those children who do not plan for their future at an early stage; more should be done to assist the younger generations in personal career development. When high school students have a clear understanding of the best career choices for them, the end result is better planning, more college enrollments, and a more productive society for the future. To facilitate this on 16th and 17th of January Mrs. Mamata Mutt (Corporate Trainer) conducted a career guidance workshop for 10th and 9th Grade (around 60) students along with their parents / Guardians at Ashraya Neelbagh School. The aim was to help every individual student understand the importance of one’s academic potential, attributes, personality, talents, interest, expectation, resource, strength and weakness while choosing a course of study for a suitable career at the right time for a bright future.

In this workshop students were made to understand different career opportunities, process and procedure to prepare for those careers, different competitive exams, and the importance of setting goals and showing passion and hard work to achieve the desired goal.

  • Introduction activity: In this game we involved the students to make them aware about the importance of networking. Students were actively involved in this activity and they understood the basic theme of the activity. This activity helped facilitators to build a rapport with the participants and also get active attention from them.
  • Career Interest Test: As we explore career options, we should know what skills, talents and personality traits one brings to the table. This assessment helped students to understand and discover what they like and what they dislike, what they’re good at, and how well their interests and ability match up to different careers.
  • Printed Materials: After the session the printed reading material was provided to all participating students. It contained detailed information about of a variety of careers and different competitive exams.
  • Individual Career Guidance Interactive Session: This was the core part of the workshop, this session was mainly handled by Mrs. Mamata Mutt and she was accompanied by Mrs. Dechamma Bannerjee , Consultant - Ashraya, Mrs. Evalin Christabel , Project Coordinator - Ashraya, Headmaster and the 10th grade Class Teacher. The session was very interactive; students and their parents / guardians were very attentive and asked questions and clarified their doubts. In this session resource persons covered courses available for each stream in Arts, Science and Commerce. Many career options were also discussed.

Overall the workshop was constructive for the students. Activities and presentations were effective, students / parents interacted and gained much knowledge by clarifying their doubts with the resource persons.

2. Sex Education Workshop

Adolescence is a period in life when relationships are defined by physical and emotional interactions; but the age does not ensure maturity and understanding of the risks involved eg. HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Girls are more susceptible as they face the risk of unwanted pregnancies and danger to physical safety. In such a scenario, sex education is an important component to ensure that all adolescents have a greater awareness of their own bodies and sexuality. These workshops are mandatory at Neelbagh. Hence on 29th of January 2014, a Sex Education Workshop was organized for Grade 9th and 10 students Dr. Uttara Vidyasagar was the resource person. She is a qualified Counselor and Trainer and is the Founder Trustee and Director of 'VIVEKA', Centre for Emotional Support, a not-for profit counseling organization.

Sex education gave an insight to adolescent students about their own bodies. The basic components of the module were anatomy and physiology of the genital organs, conception and contraception, menstruation, masturbation and teenage related problems. 

During the orientation Dr. Vidyasagar explained that the process of adolescence is a period of preparation for adulthood during which time several key physiological developments occur. Besides physical and sexual maturation, these experiences include movement toward social and economic independence and development of an identity, the acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles and develop the capacity for mature reasoning. While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, it is also a time of considerable risk during which social contexts exert powerful influences. She also emphasized that for girls, adolescents is a unique phase, different both from childhood and adulthood. Specifically, that they are not mature enough to understand complex concepts eg. the relationship between behavior and consequences, or the degree of control they have or can have over decision making including that related to sexual behavior. This inability may make them particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and high-risk behaviors. Hence they need to know how to protect themselves and understand their emotions and vulnerabilities.

The orientation was practical and necessary for the students. The pictorial and interactive presentation was beneficial for the students and staff. Dr. Uttara Vidyasagar was accompanied by Mrs. Dechamma Bannerjee who also facilitated the group discussions.

3. Science Workshop – Phase II / A STAR FILLED NIGHT with CURIOUSCITY:

Curiouscity is a Bangalore based organization working with the aim of promoting creativity in science amongst children. For the last couple of years Dr. Shonali Chinniah has been involved in creating science modules to teach children science with a “practical” rather than a “theoretical” approach to learning and has been conducting science workshops for children at Ashraya Neelbagh School.

Most of the rural children are not exposed to one of the oldest of all sciences, the science of Astronomy. While one cannot get away from a syllabus which has also its own place in learning, what we can do is to supplement the learning by helping to fill the gaps left by structured learning and offering the kids an opportunity to explore and experiment on their own.

The Neelbagh Star Gazing event was an incredible experience and well organized on 1st and 2nd of February 2014. The interactive presentation on introduction to astronomy and star gazing was very interesting and enabled all students to participate in the learning experience. The students got involved and asked some very interesting and thoughtful questions during the presentation. Dr. Utpal Chattopadhyay enthusiastically answered all queries and made the presentation an exciting one. The late evening and early morning star gazing sessions were just amazing. We were very fortunate that the sky/weather conditions were perfect for this experience, aided by Dr Utpal's and Dr Shonali's explanations and pinpointing the stars and constellations.

Best Moment - early morning roof top star gazing experience with Hot Chocolate from Dr Shonali and viewing the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia with explanations from Dr Utpal!

Some of the exciting topics covered were:

·       How to spot the major stars and constellations in the night sky

·       Get a sense of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and our location in the universe.

·       Spot the largest planet in our solar system and see its moons.

·       Watch a nebula where stars are still being born.

·       Understand how stars are born and how they die. Watch red giants, something our

       own sun will be in about a billion years.

·       Look at the pole star, and ask the question: will it always be there?

Overall, it was a great experience for all participants from 9th and 10th Grade and by the end of the workshop they were all more knowledgeable about stars, planets and galaxies. The whole sky exploration activities helped the children to create their own little moments of scientific discovery, their own little moments of WOW.

4. Dance and Theatre workshop

Students from 6th to 10th grade were encouraged to participate in the workshop. Mr. Balu and Mr. Tousip Basha are professional dance teachers who conducted the workshop on 20th of Feb 2014. They taught senior students who were well accustomed to classical and folk dance, the Classical Indian musical theatre, which is like mime – mukabhinaya, in which the performer had to present a narrative via stylized gestures, an array of hand positions, and mime illusions, to play different characters and actions. Like in Yakshagana, stories from Indian epics are told with facial expressions, hand signals and body motions. Performances are accompanied by songs narrating the story while the actors act out the scene, followed by the actor detailing the story, without any background support or narrative song.

For juniors’ traditional folk dance, small skits and pyramid dance forms were taught. It was a source of fun and entertainment for the students. Both girls and boys were equally enthusiastic and actively participated and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

5. Science Field Trip:

Field trips can be considered as one of the three avenues through which science can be taught – apart from formal classroom teaching and practical work.  A field trip for the students of grade 8th and 9th was organized on the 22nd of Feb 2014. The students visited Sir. Vishveshwarya Museum, The Planetarium and Cubbon Park located in Bangalore

Dedicated to Sir M. Vishweshwaraya, the science museum is a wonderful museum for learning and having some educational fun too. It has working models of scientific applications in real life. These models cover quite a variety of topics on electronics, mechanics, magnetism, energy, properties of materials, physics, optics, biology, biotechnology etc...

The museum has displays covering different aspects of technology. The galleries have been classified and arranged on different subjects Electronics, Science Gallery, Children Gallery, and Engine. The field trip to Nehru planetarium was an effective integration to their unit of Inquiry “Our Solar System”. Students correlated to the information they had gathered on night sky, solar system, usage of sundial (Jantar Mantar model) from the second phase of Science workshop conducted by Dr. Utpal and Dr. Shonali before going for the show “Yeh Tara Woh Tara”. During the 3D show, the children absorbed a lot of facts on constellations and light pollution. Children saw a model of a satellite launcher at the entrance. They examined carefully the space shuttle and the astronaut suit of Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma (India’s first astronaut).

Cubbon Park in Bangalore is a historic park. It is located in the heart of Bangalore; The Park covers an area of 300 acres. Abundant flora, exotic botanical species and various indigenous trees and plants are found in this park. The public park also houses numerous impressive and aesthetically located buildings and statues of famous personalities. The landscaping of the park creatively integrates natural rock outcrops, with thickets of trees, massive bamboos, grassy expanses, flowerbeds and monuments. Many naturalists come to study plants and trees in this park.

A feedback session on returning to school proved that the students had not only learnt many facts, but had enjoyed the trip a great deal. All students and accompanying teachers thanked the school administration and the sponsors for their support during the field trip.

Ashraya Neelbagh School
Ashraya Neelbagh School
Jan 14, 2014

Quarterly Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

With the onset of winter Neelbagh School has been in full swing, throughout this quarter, with the active, energetic events round the clock.  On 2nd October Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated.  The hostel students and staff did SHRAMADANA for about 4-5 hours; together they uprooted weeds and widened roads close to the school campus and in the evening cultural programs were organised.

The 3rd semester exams were held in the first week of October. The progress reports were handed over on the 9th October. Every extra hour of studies put in for the exams were rewarded with Dasara vacation break of 10days from October 10th – October 20th. The School reopened on 21st October and the campus was bustling with activity, as the teachers and children got back to their schedules.

PTA with Grade 10 students was held along with their parents in order to motivate them to work hard for the final SSLC exams. The students were given a time table to follow during the Dasera holidays and the parents were informed about their schedule so that they can  enforce it in their homes.

On the academic front, the senior (10th grade) students have been busy preparing for the preparatory exams in January and remedial classes are being conducted after regular school hours to help students with difficult subjects. Teachers spend time after school hours to help slow learners. Day scholars of 10th Grade joined the boarding in early January to benefit from special classes. Children are seen studying very hard for the upcoming final exams in January and March.

Other Events:

The New Year's eve was celebrated with great pomp and show. The evening had special cultural programmes such as singing, dance and drama by our talented children. They enjoyed themselves and welcomed the New Year with great enthusiasm. Statehood day was celebrated on 1st of November. Children’s day was celebrated on 14th November.

Cultural and Sports:

The students had a great time at the Cultural and Sports event that was held in the quarter. It included competitions in various sports and cultural programmes. Children participated actively in various activities and the event helped to bring out their hidden talents.

2nd October - Gandhi Jayanthi was uniquely celebrated by Staff and children by performing SHRAMADANA for the welfare of the community.

30th September – 5th October : Semester Exams were conducted

9th October – PTA with Grade 10 students was held along with their parents in order to motivate them to work hard for the final SSLC exams. The students were given a time table to follow during the Dassara holidays and the parents were informed about their schedule so that they can enforce it in their homes

10th – 20th October: Dasara Holidays

21st October – reopening of the school

23rd November – Sports event, Kabadi for boys and Throwball for girls was held yellow and green house won respectively.

26th October – Cultural program, skit competition was organised for juniors and seniors, Blue and Red House won respectively.

1st November: Celebrated Statehood day

11th – 13th November: Mr. Umesh conducted the workshop between the 11th -13th of November 2013. Around 300 seniors / juniors students were taught to draw, color, painting on different surface; students also learnt to make sculptures. This provided opportunities to explore students' creative and artistic interests, hone their talents, and develop self-management and interpersonal skills.

14th November: Children’s Day was celebrated by organising sports and cultural events. For boys Cricket and for girls Basketball was organised, yellow and red house won respectively. Fancy dress competition was conducted for Juniors and Seniors, Red house won in both the section.

30th November: The Inter NGO Sports meet competitions were held in Bangalore and the student’s performance was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 15 events and won the Overall team Championship Award yet again.

3rd – 5th December: Monthly Tests

7th December: Ashraya Neelbagh School participated in the Skimmer Competition in AWIM Regional Olympics 2013 held at The Indian International School, Bangalore organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section and the School secured First Runner –Up position.

24th December – on the eve of Christmas, Free style group dance competition was organised and Red house won in both the junior and senior sections

29th December – Monthly sports day was organised, Long Jump for boys and High Jump for girls; yellow and blue house won respectively. 

Art Workshop:

Mr. Umesh conducted the workshop between the 11th -13th of November 2013. Around 300 seniors / juniors students were taught to draw, color, painting on different surface; students also learnt to make sculptures. This provided opportunities to explore students' creative and artistic interests, hone their talents, and develop self-management and interpersonal skills.

Inter NGO Sports meet

On 30th of November the Inter NGO Sports meet competitions were held in Bangalore and the student’s performance was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 15 events and won the Overall team Championship Award yet again.

AWIM Regional Olympics

On 7th of this December, Ashraya Neelbagh School participated in the Skimmer Competition in AWIM Regional Olympics 2013 held at The Indian International School, Bangalore organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section; Asha and Bharathkumar.J from 5th standard are CIAI Sponsored students who competed and secured First Runner –Up position.

Academics: Textbook change – Xth std (SSLC) syllabus to resemble CBSE's

Secondary School Leaving Certification (SSLC) students (Class 10) will get revised textbooks based on the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) in 2014. Classes 1, 2, 6 and 9 will get revamped textbooks from the next academic year, while Classes 7, 3, 4 and 10 will get revamped textbooks in 2014- 15. The new textbooks will be activity-based learning and team work.  In the Class 10 Mathematics book, the committee is inserting Trigonometry, in Social Studies - Economics and in Social Science - business studies and sociology.

Link: http://www.dnaindia.com/academy/report-textbook-change-sslc-syllabus-to-resemble-cbses-1709842

This change has created ripples in the student and teacher communities. We at Neelbagh are focusing more on teacher training and holding talks with a few institutes to provide extensive residential on-site training with practical inputs to our teachers. At Neelbagh we are also proposing to conduct a Bridge course for SSLC (10th Standard) as students are bound to face some hardship and pressure while switching over to the CBSE syllabus. .

The School continues to provide opportunities to underprivileged children from poor and marginalized communities. Out of a total of 372 children studying at Neelbagh out of which 89 are construction labourers children, 8 are single parent children, 73 are daily wagers children, 6 auto drivers children and 14 are poor farmers children.   . The total hostel strength is now, 100 children. All children from grade 1-10 i.e. a total of 306 children attend computer and pottery training classes and from High School (Grade 6- 10) 80 boys attend carpentry and 69 girls attend tailoring classes.

On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.

 

Appreciate all your support!

 

Thanks and Regards,

Jan 13, 2014

Quarterly Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Ashraya’s Community / Site Crèches have been running in an efficient manner.

This quarter, our skilled and caring crèche teachers carefully planned and executed many activities. Like traditional pre-schools, we do focus on development. Learning through play is our valued concept. In a city like ours, where open spaces are a constraint, we are also happy to be able to provide a garden brimming with play equipment and play ground for outdoor activities.

In an environment that is clean, vibrant and positive, amongst caregivers that are affectionate, we provide creative and warm care for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Our day is a structured one and we follow the same basic schedule each day. Specific activities are planned and encouraged to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, perceptual discrimination, cognitive development and social and emotional development. A typical day includes:

Language and Vocabulary Development:
When playing with other children or adults (Teachers, Volunteers, Interns, Crèche helper etc) vocabulary and language skills are fostered.
·         Circle Time - also called group time, refers to any time that a group of children are sitting together for an activity involving everyone. It is a special time to share finger plays, rhymes, songs, read a story, and participate in movement games and relaxation activities. Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills. It is a time for auditory memory, sensory experiences, socialization, and a time for fun.
·         Vehicles and Animals- Playing with cars, trucks and trains as well as animals provides for many new vocabulary words as children learn the names of each, what they do, what they eat or where you can find them.
·         Soft toys and Dolls- Playing with a soft toy or dolls allows children to reenact what happens in their everyday life, using the words and phrases they hear.

Imagination and Creativity:

Children who are not given frequent opportunities to play may have a difficult time entertaining themselves as they simply do not know what to do without instruction.

·         Arts and Crafts: Arts and crafts activities stimulate children’s imagination and creativity, helping with physical and mental development.
·         Storytelling, Music and Movement: Reading, songs and rhymes are a very important for the development of young children.  They not only help with using and understanding words but arouse an interest in these areas. Children love songs and rhymes with actions.   This encourages them to be involved in group activities.  In participating they not only learn the song but the actions too; both of which need skill and lots of concentration to put the two together at the same time.
 
Physical Education:
We believe that physical activity and movement enhances fitness, fosters growth and development, and helps teach children about their world. In addition to the health benefits of physical activity, movement is an integral part of a young child's life and education.
Playground Time - Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.
Events: Teachers' training workshop
Teachers play a vital role in the overall development of the students. Teachers are responsible for imparting academic knowledge, and are also responsible for inculcating the right values and principles to students. It is very important to have professionally qualified trained teachers to ensure the right development of students. 
An Effective Training Techniques - training workshop was conducted by Ms. Indira Ganapathy on 17th of September 2013 for 10 Crèche Teachers. It was a way of celebrating Teachers’ day productively.  
To make the classes interesting and fun for the children
To help manage issues relating to children’s behavioral problems
To make simple craft works that can make learning fun.
The workshop introduced teachers to creative ways and methods of teaching, addressed common problems faced by teachers such as dealing with limited attention span of children. It also involved group activities and games for the teachers which helped team building.
Overall, the workshop was a fun experience coupled with lot of learning and boosted their confidence to continue as effective teachers.
Children’s Day
The month of November is a special month for all the children. As this month we celebrate Children’s Day on 14th November in memory of the First President of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru or lovingly called as “Chacha Nehru”s Birthday.
All the crèche had great fun. They celebrated Children’s day by playing games, colouring and drawing.
Regular monitoring and feedback
The Social worker made regular visits in this quarter to monitor and evaluate the functioning and maintenance of the crèches. The doctor also paid monthly visits to the crèches to monitor the general health of the children.
PTA’s are conducted periodically to discuss the performance of the children and to sensitize the families on the various measures of precautions.
The month of October India was hit by a cyclone named Lehar. This affected the weather in Bangalore city as well. This quarter has been extremely cold and chill; hence the teacher had to educate the parents to ensure the children wore warm clothes to protect their children from falling ill.
Teachers and volunteers have been regular to their classes. Volunteers have been an immense help in areas like teaching and conducting the extracurricular activities.
It is reiterated to all crèche teachers to achieve the goal of stimulating children’s overall development, to promote their academic success, to ensure to increase their intellectual abilities, support their linguistic development by providing high-quality learning experiences.
On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.
 
Appreciate all your support!
Thanks and Regards,
 
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