GE Inter NGO / Schools Sports Meet
Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,
Happy New Year 2015 and we want to thank all the donors for their continuing support.
We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work.
I, Bhuvaneshwari student of 10th grade would like to share with you what is happening in my School -Neelbagh because it has been a very exciting quarter.
To start, we had long Dasara holidays and for people wondering what dasara is all about it is the Hindu god Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil. The School reopened on the 13th of October 2014.
Academic: This academic year the State Government has revised the syllabus for grade 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 community’s. My School has a track record of achieving Consecutively for the last 6 years, 100% results in the SSLC examination and for the last 2 years 100% first class. This has become an iconic school in the sector of rural education. We are considered to be one of the best Kannada medium schools in the State this year.
To ensure that my batch also carries forward the legacy, teachers and my batch mates are working hard.on 30thSeptember, The Head-Master, Senior Teachers, Parents and the students of class had a meeting to discuss each student’s strength and weakness subject wise. The Parents were sensitized on the significance of Public Board Exams and were encouraged to motivate and support our education. The parents were requested not to employ children in field to augment the family income rather allow us to dedicate our time to studies. This interactive session motivated both the teachers and us to great extent. Special classes for 10th grade started from 27th October. We have both early morning and evening – after school sessions. A unique timetable has been prepared to ensure all subjects are covered. Day scholar (Boys -7 and Girls - 5) students will move into School Hostel by 5th Jan 2015, so that they can concentrate and take advantage of remedial / special classes.
1. Rajyotsava: Statehood day was celebrated on 1st of November. Kannada Rajyotsava was celebrated with great vigor and grandeur at our school. The program started with our State Anthem “Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate” and it was followed by auspicious ‘lighting of lamp’ by the Head-master.The program continued with our Headmaster addressing the gathering in Kannada and enlightened everyone gathered with the importance of Kannada Rajyotsava. The Senior students (8th to 10th grade) researched and threw light on the Kannadigas who are honored with the prestigious Jnanapeeta Award. The fact that Kannada is the only Language to have won 8 Jnanapeetha Awards and it is the highest number won by an Indian language made the moment very proud.
The students of Grade VI & VII took the audience on a fascinating journey through the state of Karnataka by enacting some of its great and prominent personalities: Kitturu Rani Channamma, Akka Mahadevi, Kanaka Dasaru, Basavanna, Sangolli Rayanna.
Over all, the whole program was an educational journey and gave us the participating students an opportunity to showcase the antiquity of Kannada Culture, values and rich heritage of our state Karnataka.
2. Children’s Day: A day marking childhood, Children’s Day was celebrated on 14th November 2014. Our Teachers planned and put up a splendid cultural program that included – songs, dance and skit. We thoroughly enjoyed watching them act like children. It was fun.
3. Eye Camp: GE Company in association with Shankar Eye Hospital conducted a “Free Eye Screening Camp” on 3rd of December for all of us. All 376 students were individually examined by a group of Doctors. They also distributed free spectacles for needy students, which I’m sure will definitely impact their academic performance. It was a great sight to see Humanity in action without boundaries and selflessness.
4. Make a Wish: On 6th of December, 50 junior hostel students and 5 teachers participated in “Make a Wish children’s festival organized by a group of expats and NRI’s at Bangalore. They all received gifts exactly what they wished for, when their little wishes came true, it was an unbelievable experience to most of them. I also heard that the food was good and for most of them it was a memorable event.
5. GE Sports Championship award: On 13th of December the Inter schools Sports meet was organized by GE at their campus in Bangalore. The performance of our School students was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 17 events and also won the Overall Team GE Championship Award – 2014. 25 students and 2 teachers participated in this event.
6. AWIM Regional Olympiad: On 21st of December my School secured First Runner –Up position in The Car jet Competition in AWIM Regional Olympiad 2014 held at Mathagondapalli Model School, Hosur organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section. The 5th and 6th grade students participated along with our Science teacher.
Exhibition of School handicrafts
As part of developing entrepreneurial skills, all students enrolled in our School are also introduced to different forms of vocational skills like tailoring, embroidery, pottery, carpentry and making of paper mache products. This has a dual effect; we become more confident and our parents in turn become more supportive as they notice skills in us. Not just that my School also believes that to develop thinking skills early is essential to our academic success and lifelong ability to solve problems. To ensure we learn and cultivate marketing skills, charity exhibitions are organized annually.
This year, it was organized at Ms. Jyothi Subaroa’s residence on 17th and 18th of October 2014 and at Mr. Anil Chinniah and Mrs. Shonali Chinniah’s residence on 21st of December 2014. Products made by us were displayed and a team of senior students helped in organizing the exhibition. We get to interact with many people interested in rural education and provide us a platform to talk about our School. This initiative also helps us (students) to be able to analyze information, make decisions, come up with creative ideas and solve problems - in essence, to think rationally and logically.
My School is unique and provides opportunities and facilities that no other school in my village provides. These opportunities are provided for a holistic learning and all round development of each and every student. We are at par with any city student.
If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to email@example.com . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May 2015.
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.
Report translated by: Mrs. Evalin Christabel / Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School
GE AWIM Regional Olympiad