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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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
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,
Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School
GE Science Fair 2013
Winning Team - GE Science Fair 2013