General progress -
About 11 day scholars were brought to the hostel in January so that they could focus more on their studies to prepare for their preperatory exams that were coming up in the end of January and final exams in April. Monthly tests were also held to gear them up for the finals.The tests were held frequently to evaluate their academic progress and help them in weak subjects.
January 21st -Cultural programs were held with dance, drama and music performed by Grade 7.
January 26th, being Republic day, the grand Flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a colourful cultural programme performed by the children.
Cultural and sports competitions - The monthly sports competition was held on 17th February. The boys participated in the kabadi competition and the girls in throwball. There was also a folk songs competition in which Junior and Senior school students participated very enthusiastically.
The School won the second best Eco School award in the district of Kolar, where 160 schools had applied for the award.
A. Science workshop - On February 20th, a Science workshop was organized for the children. Dr.Shonali Chinnaiah and Mrs. Sukanya Sinha from Curiosity, conducted the workshop and demonstrated many fun experiments, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The workshop brought a practical approach to the subject and helped them understand the science theories better.
The children were very enthusiastic and participated very actively in doing the experiments.
B. Career guidance workshop – A career guidance workshop was organized on February 19th 2012 and March 12th 2012 for the benefit of the 10th grade students. Mrs. Mamata Mutt, a Professional corporate trainer and career counselor conducted the workshop. It was organized in small batches so that she could give them individual attention. The workshop was split into two sessions. In the first, Mrs. Mutt took them through all the different options, courses- diploma, degree courses, and corresponding career choices based on their areas of interest.
The second session was conducted about a week later, giving the children enough time to reflect on the discussions that were held in the last session. The children came up with their thoughts, doubts and raised questions which were addressed by her.
The Valedictory function for the 10th standard students (22 children) was held on March 16th. Many of them volunteered to speak and they expressed their gratitude to Ashraya-Neelbagh School, which gave them ‘the opportunity’ to access good quality education.
The 10th class students and their parents were counseled, independently, by Ashraya members and Neelbagh staff, regarding the importance of pursuing higher education. The objective of the session was to find out their fields of interest, educate them about different career options and its requirements, based on their individual capacities and potential. The bright and committed students who could not afford to pursue education were informed that Ashraya would find a way to help them.