Children
 India
Project #5875

Neelbagh Rural Residential School

by Ashraya
I and Friends performing Kamsale on the Annual Day
I and Friends performing Kamsale on the Annual Day

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Warm Greetings!!

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. I Marilinga student of 10th grade would like to share with you what is happening in Neelbagh School because it has been a very exciting 2-3 months!

The School solemnly celebrated its 19th annual day on 1st September 2014. It was a grand celebration which saw the little stars of our school twinkle on the ground. Shri M.V.Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, was the chief guest and was accompanied by Board members, staff, parents, friends and well-wishers. Over 500 people were present on this occasion.

Shri M.V.Rajeev Gowda lighted the games torch and sports events commenced. We all Students and Teachers actively participated and the winners in various competitions received prizes from the guests.

Exhibition: we students also showcased the School’s accomplishment in various other departments.

Computer Lab: This project is designed to help students like me to fully understand the topic we have decided to explore, then prepare a Power Point presentation and orally present the same to the visitors on the Annual Day.

Science: Science plays a great role in all-round development of society. The science exhibition is the best effort for boosting knowledge of science among us. Various models were displayed by us that included water conservation,solar energy, water filtration, Kitchen chemistry - Determining Iodide Content of Salt; environment conservation and new technique of agriculture among others were the main attraction of the science exhibition. 

Carpentry, Pottery and Tailoring: Our School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. Regular classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and arts, painting, drawing and pottery are conducted. Products made by us were displayed.

My classmates and me helped in organizing the exhibition.

After a delicious lunch with parents and friends, the afternoon session commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and the other dignitaries.

Mr. Manjunath Reddy the Head Master presented the annual report showcasing the prominent events, scholastic and co- scholastic activities of the school during the academic year 2013-14.

Shri. Rajeev Gowda was amazed at the performance of the School and its facilities. He addressed the gathering and motivated the parents to support their children’s education. In his address, he shared from life of Sir M. Visvesvaraya and C.N.R. Rao who have been honored by Bharat Ratna from the Government of India. He helped the students to identify that these famous personalities were localities and they had been enrolled into kannada medium schools and both ensured to pursue their higher education. He stressed upon the fact that their parents were supportive and encouraged them to learn. He motivated especially our class mates to continue our higher studies and achieve great things for the country and give back to the School which provided many opportunities.

Students for academic excellence were awarded prizes and were followed by the cultural programs.

The most riveting performance which drew an unceasing applause was the “Kamsale” a folk art presented by me and my friends. Patriotism towards our country dramatized by the junior students, highlighted the loyalty and martyrdom of our armed forces and moved our hearts. Students from other classed also danced to bollywood and sandalwood songs.

The evening ended with the National Anthem and a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Asst. Head Master.

GE Science Fair:

Yet again, my School has bagged an award in the Prabodhana, the flagship annual event organized by GE Volunteers with the aim of instilling a love for science in children like us.

GE Volunteers of the Bangalore Chapter organized - the 14th annual science fair at the John F. Welch Technology Centre on 13th September 2014.

The fair saw around 350 students from 12 government and 6 NGO-funded schools who displayed their working models on the theme “Explaining basic science principal using working models”. These models made by the students demonstrated basic Science and Mathematics principles in an innovative way, and helped the children understand concepts and apply them in real life.

Concepts such as pin-hole camera, conservation of momentum, persistence of vision were some of the ideas that the students worked on. The second place was bagged by my School for the project on "Wave Theory". The 9th grade students fared very well.

Ref: http://www.samachar.com/Students-awarded-at-GE-Volunteers-science-fair-ojnsMhhgafh.html

 

Workshops and Enhanced learning opportunities provided by the School:

  1. Dance and Theatre workshop

From 26th to 28th of August Mr. Anand and his team conducted a Dance and theatre workshop for 6th to 10th grade students. They taught various folk arts like:

Dollu Kunitha is a group dance named after the dollu used in its performance. The dancers wear a drum and play different rhythms while dancing. Slow and fast rhythms alternate, and the group weaves a varied pattern.

kamsale nritya is also a group dance and is named after the kamsale, which is played and as a prop by the dancers. The kamsale is a cymbal in one hand and a bronze disc in the other, producing a rhythmic clang. I and my friends enjoyed dancing and our group was selected to perform on the Annual day. I felt like it was quite an achievement.

 

Kolata is also a group dance form named after the prop used by the dancers -the sticks. Usually involves both boys and girls dancing together.

It was a source of fun and entertainment for all the children.

2.Teachers Training: Reported by – Mr. Manjunath Reddy, Head Master.

The Teachers Training was organized by Poornaprajna Institute of Faculty Improvement on 6th September 2014. The workshop Modules were Applying theory of multiple intelligences to teaching,   learning and Disciplining with dignity.

The morning session by Mrs. Avanthi, helping the teachers identifying the eight intelligence through an interactive way with ample examples was much appreciated by teachers. Even though it was a brief session on M.I. it gave teachers a good introduction to the subject – Applying theory of multiple intelligences to teaching and learning.

The afternoon session dealing with the topic ‘Disciplining with Dignity’ was conducted by Mr.Sridhar was very informative. In a very gentle way he described that every teacher faces problems with disciplining students and suggested practical solutions to deal with such situations in a very dignified way both for the teachers and the child. The detailed discussion on the reasons for destructive behavior in children and how to classify it as Minor, Moderate and Extensive was very useful for teachers.

The teachers thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May and for Dasara it is closed in the first week of October.

To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

GE Science Fair - 2014
GE Science Fair - 2014
Teachers Training Workshop
Teachers Training Workshop
Ashraya Neelbagh School - Class room
Ashraya Neelbagh School - Class room

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

This quarter has been a time to celebrate, it gives me immense pleasure to share that, Ashraya Neelbagh School, a Kannada medium rural school secured 100% results consecutively for the 6th time and this year with 100% first class, out of 280 schools in Kolar District.

While all 26 students, who appeared for the examination, were successful and secured first class marks, 8 students – Bhargavi. G, Bhavya, Bheemananda, Eshamma, Mallikarjuna Reddy, Manjula, Sundar and Venkatesh have bagged Distinction- out of the 26 students 17 have secured marks in the 80’s, 5 secured in the 70’s and 4 secured in the 60’s.

Most of our students are first generation learners who belong to the most vulnerable groups – migrant construction workers, domestic helpers, daily wagers, single parent, auto drivers, poor farmers and belonging to marginalized communities.

As a result of the excellent results majority of the students from Neelbagh have won various scholarships from the State Government, Individuals, NGO’s and other institutions, to pursue their college studies. All 26 students’ i.e 11 girls and 15 boys are continuing their higher education.

The school hostel reopened for old boarders on 11th May 2014 and the School reopened after the summer break on 12th May 2014.

On June 4th, the new admissions list was finalized - thirty four young ones were admitted to the LKG and 2 new students for senior classes. The school did not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion or ethnic group.

Currently, with the new admissions, the School has 376 students (183 Girls and 193 Boys) from below poverty line families as against 174 (74 Girls and 100 Boys) students in 2003, showing a 147% increase in the number of girl children, over the past few years. Neelbagh school is reaching out to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education and promote gender equality. There are 100 students in Hostel (50 girls and 50 boys).

During LKG admissions, as always, priority was given to children from below poverty line families and the School continues to give impetus to ‘girl child’ education in the rural area. Improved access to education for girl children from most vulnerable groups ensures that children are not exposed to trafficking, sexual abuse or forced into early marriage or child labor.

On June 21st a Drawing competition was organized for all 376 students and on June 23rd cultural programs were performed by 10th grade students, during the morning assembly. The drama ‘Health is Wealth’, folk songs, group dance and Kolata were appreciated by one and all.

This academic year the State Govt has revised the syllabus for Class 10 Secondary School Leaving Certification (SSLC) students; textbooks have been revised based on the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus. This change has created ripples in the student and teacher communities. We at Neelbagh are focusing more on training the teachers especially for Maths, Science and English. Curiosity, a Bangalore based organization working with the aim of promoting creativity in science amongst children, will train Maths and Science Teachers. This training will be instrumental in guiding teachers –instructing and appraising the teachers on how to teach in a more comprehensive and efficient manner.

Communities continue to connect with the program both through outreach activities and through the school management.

On behalf of the entire staff and Board Members of Ashraya I thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward to make Ashraya Neelbagh School a sustainable Project.

 

Thanks and Regards,

 

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School

Skype Enabled English Classes
Skype Enabled English Classes
Mid Day Meal
Mid Day Meal
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

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,

Annual Day 2013
Annual Day 2013

Ashraya Neelbagh School 

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

In this quarter children were given various platforms to participate and exhibit their talents in academics, sports and cultural activities.

Academics:

The first monthly tests for Grade 1-10 were held from 22nd to 24th of July 2013. The performance of the students was evaluated and was discussed in the staff meeting to help teachers understand where the children needed more assistance. In the month of August, tests were held from 25th to 27th. The children performed well in both the tests.  The first semester examination for Grade 10 is scheduled to be held on 27th september to 5th October 2013. 

Events:

Ashraya Neelbagh School solemnly celebrated its 18th annual day on 14th August 2013. It was a grand celebration which saw the little stars twinkle on the ground. Chief Guest, Sri Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director - ActionAid, Mrs. Shobha Bannerjee, Mrs. Sumati Satish, Mrs. Christy Abraham, Mrs. Naina Mallika Williams, Ms. Evalin Christabel, parents, friends, well-wishers and over 300 people were present on this occasion. The event commenced with the lamp lighting ceremony by the chief guest and the other dignitaries at 11:15 a.m. 

The Annual Day and the Founders Day are traditionally very important days in the school calendar - management, students, staff and friends - meet to commemorate Mr. David Horsburgh and his contributions in the field of education. Shri. Sandeep honored the founder by offering flowers and lighted the games torch. Sports activities were complemented by a marching band the beats of which infused a sense of pride and belongingness towards the alma mater.

 
Exhibition: showcasing the School’s accomplishment in various other departments was organised.

Mr. Manjunath Reddy the Head Master presented the annual report showcasing the prominent events, scholastic and co- scholastic activities of the school during the academic year 2012-13. Appreciating the conducive learning environment and excellent infrastructure of the school Mr. Sandeep Chachra addressed the august gathering and motivated the parents to strengthen school-home connections and environment. In his address, he stressed upon the importance of education and said that 'One must always aim for higher studies and have perseverance and patience for the attainment of the goal' After that prizes were given to the students for academic excellence. It was followed by the cultural programmes. The programme came to the end with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Asst. Head Master.

Independence Day was observed to educate the children on its prominence in our history.

On September 21, 2013 our senior students participated in the GE Science Fair for educational institutions which was held in GE Campus Bangalore.  This year’s topic was Agricultural Waste Management. It is an inevitable by-product that arises from various anthropogenic activities; it is also considered as one of the major sources of environmental degradation as it causes air, land, and water pollution and contributes to global warming. Different kinds of industries, change of lifestyle, and population growth are assumed to be among the main factors that increase the rate of waste generation globally and locally. Hence, proper waste management options are vitally important in terms of cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability. They competed with 29 schools/ educational institutions and won the First place for coconut waste management. The students fared very well.

Some of the great uses of the coconut waste that were projected are :

  • The coconut husk, also known as coir Coir is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, sacks, floor coverings, ropes , pots , coir handicrafts, cleaning scrubs etc.
  • Coconut Charcoal - Clean fuel for domestic and industrial use.
  • Coconut shell is just waste which can be turned into something unique and cool decorative shell handicrafts like – key chains, baskets, cups etc.
  •  The coconut wood because of its distinct grain characteristics is ideal for making wall panels, furniture, doors and windows, show pieces, etc.
  • Coconut leaves are plaited and used for thatching houses and sheds , making baskets, headgears and for erection of temporary fences. Midribs of leaves are used to make brooms of different types which are used for cleaning rough grounds and floors.

Activities:

1.  Selection and school enrolment of children from poor and marginalized communities

As always, priority was given to children from below poverty line families. The School, currently, has 372 students studying, and 190 are enrolled in the sponsorship program 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.

 

2.   Provide residential facility to children - The total hostel strength is now, 100 children.

Construction Laborers – 49 boys and 40 girls

Single Parent – 3 boys and 5 girls

Daily Wagers – 1 boy and 2 girls

Total strength - 53 boys and 47 girls

 

3.    Provide educational courses - This quarter all children have been attending classes regularly.

4.    Provide vocational training courses and workshops (carpentry, pottery and tailoring) -  All 372 children attend dance classes and 306 children from Grade 1- 10 attend computer and pottery training classes and from High School (Grade 6- 10) 80 boys attend carpentry and 69girls attend tailoring classes. 

5.   Organize cultural and sports activities

June 12th – Ms. Sunitha Kulkarni, volunteer from Self Organized Mediation Environments visited the school and organised Fun at learning. These activities encouraged children of all ages to read and enact short English stories.

June 21st – Drawing competition

June 22nd – Cultural program by 10th grade students – Drama - Health is Wealth, Folk songs and dance were appreciated by all.

July 2nd – Mr. Mohammed Khalil (B.E.O) and Mr. Padmanab Rao (DDPE) visited the school to review the Primary school files and the Renewal of Recognition for primary school has been extended for 6 years (2013 - 2019).

July 5th –Sports competition, Kabadi for boys and throw ball for girls.

July 21st – Cultural program by 4th grade students- songs, dance and drama were appreciated by one and all.

July 25th –Inter school sports competition was held and in the primary level, the school is qualified to the Taluk level in the following events: 100,200,400 mts ,400 mts relay, Shuttle cock, Kabadi, Cricket, Volley ball, Basket ball and Yoga. On spot pick & enact competition was organized for juniors and seniors in the school.

August 2nd and 3rd – Yoga workshop for seniors and juniors was conducted.

August 14th – Founder’s Day and Annual Sports Day was observed.

August 15th – Independence Day was celebrated.

August 16th and 17th – Taluk level sports competition were held in Srinivaspur Taluk and qualified for District level in the following events: 100,200,400 mts race, Shuttle cock and Yoga.

September 21st – seniors are participating in the GE Science fair, the topic given is Agricultural waste management. 5 models and posters were prepared on Paddy, Silk worm, vegetables, sugarcane and coconut garden waste management.

6.   Maintenance of a computer lab - All children from Grade 1-10, i.e. 306 children, have been attending computer classes. The computer lab is used by each child for two hours a week

7.  Orientation meetings with families - Parents belonging to below poverty line families (migrant construction workers, petty traders, domestic workers) are actively supporting the right to education of their children. 26 children who passed out of 10th grade are pursuing their higher education

8.   Sensitization meetings with community’s representatives - We have a good relationship with the community representatives and they are more than willing to extend their support. The Local Member of the Legislative Assembly has promised to get a 50 thousand liter overhead tank for Ashraya Neelbagh School as a token of appreciation.

Workshops and Enhanced learning opportunities provided by the School:

  1. Yoga workshop - Mr. Raja Manickam, an experienced yoga teacher from Raja Yoga Centre, a non-profit organization, where every member involved, is working towards building a better society by inculcating divine virtues, through meditation, knowledge sharing & self-volunteered community services conducted a very inspirational  yoga workshop for the seniors on 2nd and for juniors on 3rd August 2013. The session covered some very useful yoga postures, sun salutation and breathing techniques to keep mentally and physically fit.

 

  1. Teacher’s Training Program - : An Effective Training Techniques - training workshop was conducted by Ms. Indira Ganapathy on 6th and 7th of September 2013. It was a way of celebrating Teachers’ day  productively.  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.

Training workshops enhanced learning opportunities and required teaching aids are provided to teachers in a timely manner. These boost their confidence and motivate them to continue as effective teachers

 

PTA Meetings:

Periodic PTA meets are organised to raise awareness among parents and provide them with an option to enrol their children in a good quality, easily accessible residential school. This would act as an enabler for holistic child development that engages children themselves in their learning by using classrooms and cooperative learning methods. This equips children with 3 Ls - learning, life skill and livelihood skill to secure a better future.

 

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 to make Ashraya Neelbagh School a sustainable Project.

 

Appreciate all your support!

 

Thanks and Regards,

 

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School

GE Science Fair 2013
GE Science Fair 2013
Winning Team - GE Science Fair 2013
Winning Team - GE Science Fair 2013

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Ashraya

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​ashraya.net/​
Project Leader:
Nomita Chandy
Bangalore, Karnataka India