I and Friends performing Kamsale on the Annual Day
Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,
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.
Workshops and Enhanced learning opportunities provided by the School:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.
GE Science Fair - 2014
Teachers Training Workshop