Project #5875

Neelbagh Rural Residential School

by Ashraya

Report for the quarter October to December 2015

Ashraya Neelbagh School ,Rayalpad, Kolar District Karnataka

October – As it is the season for festivals in India the School is closed from the 14th of October till the end of the month so that the students can spend the time with their families.

Prior to closing the Parent teachers meeting was held. Parents met the subject teachers- the high school teachers discussed the students strengths and weaknesses and the measures they are taking to offer remedial support. All other parents had a general discussion with the teachers regarding their children’s overall progress.

On October 1st a painting competition was conducted to commemorate World Elder’s Day- the students were sensitized on the changing scenario in India for the elderly and simple communication tips were shared with them to improve intergeneration bonding.

Sports and cultural activities were conducted as inter house competitions- kabbadi and soft ball and skit and prizes were given.

November –The students and staff returned from their break  .

Academics- a review of the preparations for the Board exams for the Class X students was done with the teachers and strategy to focus on the Board exams preparations was decided.

November  1st was celebrated as State Hood day and November 14th as Children ‘s day. Students planned a short cultural program.  

One of Neelbagh’s corporate donors invited over 200 students to participate in the CSR cultural program where the employees of the company  showcased their talents. The students enjoyed the wide variety of performances.

The staff from Azim Premji School for Migrant workers visited Neelbagh School to see how the school was being run and to share and exchange ideas.

We are happy to report that the School had a large

December - Apart form the regular sports and cultural activities the students participated in the On 12th of Saturday the Inter schools Sports meet competitions were held in Prabodhana for educational institutions in GE Campus, Bangalore. Our students performed remarkably well getting  the 1st place in more than 18 events out of 20 the GE Sports Championship events and  winning Overallteam GE Championship award.

 Saalumarada Thimmakka visit,

0n 12th of December Saalumarada Thimmakka Neelbagh School .Saalumarada Thimmakka is 106 years old. She is an Indian environmentalist from the state of Karnataka, noted for her work in planting and tending to 1384 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur. Saalumarada Thimmakka was relatively unknown, until she received the National Citizens Award in 1996. A film was made on her life.

It has been an eventful quarter with the students and staff experiencing a variety of activities and visit

We wish all our donors a very happy New year and look forward to your continuing support. 

The students have settled into the new academic year and classes have begun in earnest. Along with the academics the students have also participated in the various Sports and cultural programs.


In July  Kabaddi competition was organized for the boys and throw ball for the girls. Students from different houses won prizes.

The students also participated in the Hobli level games competitions and both primary and high school students qualified to participate in the Taluk level games in the following events- 100 mts, 200mts., 400 mts. relay; shuttle cock; cricket, basketball and yoga.

In August the students participated in the Taluk level sports competitions and both boys and girls qualified to participate at the District level  games in the following events 100 mts, 200mts., and 400mts., shuttle cock and Yoga.


Annual day:

In the month of August traditionally Annual Day is celebrated at Neelbagh. On this occasion visitors, students and parents are present and prizes for academics, sports and other achievements are distributed; an exhibition of all the talent of the students is showcased through the cultural program and the exhibition.  On display are various science and math models; hand craft from the vocational training- carpentry, embroidery, and craft  are also displayed. This is an opportunity for the parents and visitors to see first hand  the variety of activities the students are exposed to. 

This year Mr. K. K. Lakhani, the Executive Leader of AXA Technologies was the Chief Guest . The program was a great success.

Independence Day was also celebrated . After the flag hoisting by the students and staff the children had a cultural program and sweets were distributed. The local Panchayat President – Mr. Amarayana  was the Chief Guest.

Teachers’ Day was celebrated on the 5th of September. The students entertained both the teaching and non teaching staff with a variety entertainment program.

Neelbagh Students participated in a Science Fair hosted by GE volunteers of the Bangalore Chapter ; they organized  Prabodhana- 14th Annual Science Fair at GE India Technology Centre, Bangalore. Over 500 students from 17 Govt. and 12 NGO funded schools displayed their working models on “ Vision 2020- tribute to Dr. A Kalam” Neelbagh School received the 2nd prize for their  project  “Education and Healthcare directed towards illiteracy, social security and overall health for the population”. The prize was a projector. 


In the month of July both teachers and students of Class X attended a workshop conducted by Poornaprajna Institute of Faculty Improvement -  Applying English Language various modules were introduced on how to improve communication, listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading etc .

In August the teachers had a workshop conducted by the same Institute on “Applying theory of multiple Intelligence to teaching and learning and Disciplining with dignity.

Water Crisis :

The challenges with  water  mentioned during the last quarter was addressed by the local district administration who funded the digging of a new bore well. We are very grateful for the continuing support.

The students are looking forward to the Dusehra holidays after the first semester exams.

The students staff and all at Neelbagh School- Ashraya thank you all for your continuing support. 

Neelbagh School Activities
Neelbagh School Activities

Ashraya Neelbagh School – (April  to June 2015)

Academic Performance:- 

Neelbagh School reopened on May 15th 2015 after the summer break. 

Class X students of Ashraya Neelbagh School performed exceptionally in their SSLC Examinations and bagged 100% results for the 7th consecutive year and third time in a row with 100% first class. 

While all 30 students, who appeared for the examination, were successful and secured first class marks, 11 students  bagged Distinction,  8  scored in the 80’s and  9 scored in the 70’s    

Girish topped with 97% , followed by Nagendrababu with 96%. 

The staff and students were elated with the results given the syllabus for the Board exams had been changed earlier in the year and the students and teachers had to work exceptionally hard to overcome the challenges of the new syllabus.


As it is the beginning of the new academic year admissions to LKG was completed. A total of 35 new students were admitted- 16 girls and 19 boys . 

Total strength – 381 children - 191 boys and 190 girls; 100 students in the hostel.

 New Staff Appointment :- 

Four new teachers were also appointed. 

All other activities will follow according to the yearly schedule that is set for them.

 Teachers Training Workshop :- 

 Poornaprajna Institute of Faculty Improvement is conducting a series of teachers training workshops in the coming year. The first such workshop on Maths and Science  was conducted on 19thand 20th of June 2015. The goal of this workshop is to provide motivation and encouragement, introduce  a variety of models, which will provide  support for Maths and Science teachers who want to explore ways of changing how they teach science & Maths.

 Ashraya Neelbagh staff and students thank you all for your continuing support and encouragement. 

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May 2015.

To learn more about us please visit: and

Beneficiaries of Neelbagh
Beneficiaries of Neelbagh


 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 11th batch of SSLC students were held during the month of January from 8th to 14th . The second preparatory examination were held from 9th – 14th February 2015. 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 30th March and will conclude on the 14th of April 2015. The monthly tests for class 1 -9 are conducted regularly.

Sports Competitions:

24th January 2015:  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.

16th February 2015: The monthly sports competition was organized. In the basketball competition held for boys, Green house stood first and in the Kho-Kho held for girls Blue house stood first.

5th March 2015: Quiz competition was organized for Juniors and Seniors. In the junior section Green house won 1st   place, Yellow house won second place and in senior group Red  house came 1st and Blue 2nd  place.

Cultural events:

31st December 2014: On New Year’s Eve  the school had special cultural programs and students performed splendidly. 

24th January 2015: The folk songs competition was organized and in the junior section Red won 1st  place, Green 2nd  place and in senior section Yellow won 1st place and Green 2nd  place.

21st February 2015: The fancy dress competition was organized and in the junior section Yellow won 1st  place, Green 2nd  place and in senior section Blue won 1st place and Green 2nd  place.

Other Events:

26th January 2015:  Republic day was celebrated. The Headmaster hoisted and saluted the National flag. Students were briefed about the significance of Republic Day.

13th March 2013:The Farewell function for students of class 10th was organized and Mr. Raghunatha (Poet, writer and Social worker) 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. Dechu Banerjee 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.


  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 19th and 20th 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, 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.

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May 2015.

To learn more about us please visit: and

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

GE Inter NGO / Schools Sports Meet
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 . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May 2015.

To learn more about us please visit: and

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
GE AWIM Regional Olympiad

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