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Citation Ceremony 2018-19

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With the year nearing its end, the school observed yet again, the same annual spectacle where joy and grief are at their unique confluence- the crossroad from where the children can see a vast world beckoning to them to explore it and the in effaceable years of comradeship gone by. Seth Anandram Jaipuria school commemorated the Citation Ceremony for the outgoing batch of class XII, 2018-19 with great fervour on February 9, 2019.

The day began on a pious note with chanting of holy mantras in the ‘Hawan’. Blessings of Goddess Saraswati were invoked for the success of the students of class XII, appearing for Board examination this year. The ringing of the holy bells, blowing of the conch shell, sacred incantations, eyes closed in meditation to seek the power of this cosmic universe, all added to the auspiciousness of the occasion.

‘Hawan’ was followed by the ‘The Citation ceremony’ in the auditorium. The kindling of ceremonial lamp and the recital of ‘Vandana’ along with it marked the propitious advent of the event. There after the Principal cum Director, Ms. Manju Rana delivered a speech which was an amalgamation of grief for the impending parting from the students, delight at their promising future and powerful words of inspiration which instilled a new zeal and vigour among them to face the challenges of the life.

The speech by The Head Boy Mithil Aggarwal and The Deputy Head Girl Saniya Asthana outpoured their gamut of sentiments felt during the journey of school life from nursery class to class XII. Along with nostalgic reminiscence of the past, they enlightened class 11 students with words of wisdom to combat the imminent challenges the students would face the next year. More ripples of stirring emotions were sent across the students of class 12 with a display of video which was a trip down the memory lane- brought smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes. The students of class 11 also gave their best to make the day of their seniors a grand one with songs and classical dance performances.

Next in the sequence of events was the much waited reading of the citations of the students by their respective class teachers. Pride was clearly visible in the aura of the students as they stepped on the dais to collect their citation from the Principal cum Director Ms. Manju Rana. The encapsulation of academic accomplishments, achievements in co-curricular activities and strength of their character, in their citations was a treasure bestowed upon the students to be cherished forever.

A few parents also took this opportunity to thank the organization and the teaching fraternity of Seth Anandram Jaipuria school for shaping the life of the students in a way one would be proud of.

A farewell song ended the heart-warming event though it was conspicuous that the end was only on a physical level as their hearts shall stay connected.

The school wishes the students a blissful and a successful journey ahead.

 

 

 

Paint and Celebrate Patriotism

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Love for our motherland is not just a feeling, it is an inseparable part of our glorious culture and since a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people, there can be no better manifestation than laying bare the adoration, reverence we all feel for our nation, through creative expressions.

Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara , Ghaziabad is one of the acclaimed institutes working relentlessly for more than a decade now towards imparting education to the students in its true essence and is known for giving immense opportunities to them to unleash their talents. With an aim to give a platform to the children to pour their imagination and thoughts on canvas, to let loose their ingenuity and to imbue their hearts with patriotic fervor on this auspicious occasion of 70th Republic Day of our nation, the school organized “Paint and Celebrate Patriotism”- An Inter-School Drawing Competition for kids on 27th January 2019 on the premises of the school. The creditable initiative taken by the school under the dynamic leadership of Principal Cum Director, Ms. Manju Rana and the Head Mistress Ms. Indu Kohli , witnessed the participation of over 5000 students from the schools in Delhi-NCR.

Especially designed for our little kids, the competition was divided into three categories- Category 1- Nursery and Prep (3 years to 5 years), Category II- Class I and II (6 years to 8 years), Category III-Class III
,IV and V (9 years to 11 years) with topics ‘I Love India’, Indian Heritage / Be the solution to Air Pollution, My Green Ghaziabad / Today’s Kids are tomorrow’s citizens, respectively. It was a spectacle to watch the multitude of children embellish the canvas with the patriotic hues. The campus came alive with a colorful ambience and mellifluous music befitting the grandeur of the Republic Day. With each passing hour, the ingenious artistic strokes of the students had started taking a conspicuous form and the ultimate piece of art was nothing short of a marvel.

Distinguished guests from the field of education graced the occasion with their presence and praised the initiative taken by the school. A panel of eminent artists was invited as adjudicators and judged the creative work of the students on the basis of their creativity, neatness, relevance to the topic, overall presentation and catchy slogans. This team of judges included Mr. Dinesh Kumar Dubey, Ms. Nidhi Bakshi, Mr. Razi Khan, Ms. Shabnam Nadeem and Ms. Swati- renowned artists with unparalleled artistic acumen and years of experience in the field of arts.
Debapratap Panda from Vishwa Bharti Public school bagged the ‘Top prize’ worth Rs. 51000. The proud achievers of the second position- Aditya Sharma, Assisi Kids World St. Francis School, (category I), Shambhawi Vermaa, Lotus Valley International school, (category II) Nandini Agarwal ,Father Agnel school, (category III) , were awarded an attractive cash prize worth Rs. 21000. The winners of the third position- Ahmed Sidique, Chhabil Das school and Saurish Chandravanshi , Khaitan Public school, (category I) , Arnavi Biswal, Ralli International school and Chaitanya , DPS Indirapuram school, (category II), Merwyn Vaz, Somerville School Noida and Deepshikha De , BAFA school, (category III) were given a cash prize of Rs. 5000. Consolation prize of Rs. 2100 was conferred upon 10 students in each category.

The gala event proved to be a huge success as it efficaciously accomplished its purpose of fostering the patriotic spirit and the essence of oneness among the students and was unprecedented in its extent of zealous impact left on their hearts and souls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Headstart to Communication Skill

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A Headstart to Communication Skill

With the accelerating pace of digital media, dynamic career options, and increasing competition in universities and workplaces, communication is an important skill for all students of this day and age to master.

As modern teachers, we at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School follow these eight strategies to enhance students’ speaking and writing abilities, irrespective of their age.

 

1. Watching movies that shape conversation skills

Students can watch movies and videos to observe the interactions between characters and imbibe their communication styles to be more effective speakers, writers and listeners. This intrigues them to ask questions such as, “What message is the listener conveying by adopting a certain body language – say, crossing arms?”

We at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School organize ‘Lessons in the Dark’ for students, which is basically cinema in education, as a means to reflect on the body postures shown. This enables them to understand the importance of these elements in making effective conversations.

 

2. Using technology

Listening and reading along with smart board modules to understand the speaker’s diction and articulation of different words and phrases is a practice that the school highly propagates for our students. Their voice is recorded and is played to them over and over again until they are satisfactorily close to the conversational style of the module in question. We understand that at times culture has a bearing on the diction and intonation and some of this could be attributed to the student’s mother tongue. However, practicing this at an early age makes it possible for them to conform to more accurate forms of modulation.

 

3. Stressing on active listening

Just like a coin, communication too has two sides. It isn’t just about speaking, it’s also about listening. At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School we help students develop this skill by reading a section of a text aloud, and then having the class discuss and ponder on the content.

Active listening implies listening to understand instead of listening to reply. We reinforce good listening skills by motivating students to practice asking specific questions to completely comprehend the speaker’s intended message. Having said this, we lay stress on critical thinking that helps the students to decipher “what” to ask and not just “how” to ask.

 

 

4. Engaging in group presentations and assignments

Team-building exercises like Project Based Learning on interdisciplinary topics also helps students strengthen both, oral and written communication. Not only does it offer students the opportunity to work in small groups to maximize the overall group performance by utilizing individual strengths, but also gives them the opportunity to debate their opinions, take turns, and work together towards a common goal. All their work presentations are displayed in the classroom for further references and learnings. The print rich classroom thus creates a deeper impact.

 

5. Asking open-ended questions

Open-ended questions are pivotal in starting discussions and help in establishing that there are multiple ways to perceive and answer a question. At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School we encourage students to ask anything they are curious about, and one such question becomes the question of the day at ‘The Question Corner’ which is open to all. Children come up with various responses. A lot of constructive debate is done on these responses and the teachers help the students to amalgamate the most appropriate ones so as to address the query.

For example, a question was asked by a student, “Why do we need to care about animals when they bite us?” This was a moment to teach the concept of ‘Empathy’, and to our surprise the variety of responses received were unbelievable.

Circle time activities go a long way in getting different responses by the students for open ended questions. What we observed was how much more information students can obtain by asking questions like “what did you like best about the picnic?” instead of simply asking “Did you like the picnic?”

 

6. Using tasks and activities that promote critical thinking

Another task-based method for improving student communication skills is through critical thinking exercises. These can be done verbally or through written assignments that give students the chance to answer questions creatively using their own words and expressions. Children are also expected to write about the dispositions and the things they have learnt while doing a task or once a topic is completed.

 

7. Offering reflective learning environment

Students are promoted to reflect on their oral performance in small groups. Each of them is asked to critique his teammates so that they become receptive to constructive feedback. This is an excellent method for assessing their communication strengths and development areas.

 

8. Finding teachable moments

Leveraging day to day interactions in the classroom environment is the best method to create an everlasting impression on the minds of the students. For example, if a student answers a question in a rather complicated fashion, teachers could encourage him to rephrase and make it simpler and more specific. If the students encounter an unfamiliar word in a text or in a film, we must pause in order to let the class search for the meaning of the word in a dictionary. For us these strategies are giving effective results, however there are many more which are yet to be explored. We are always on the road towards greater learning and welcome any suggestions that could contribute to our endeavor.

 

Parul Mittal

I Am What My Culture Makes Me

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I Am What My Culture Makes Me

The first glance at the topic ‘Culture Building in schools’ might boggle the minds of the readers into considering it as a subject of Ph.D. needing an extensive research work, going through award winning books on ‘Ideal education system’ , brain-storming sessions with experts and  listening to their interviews and what not. It does require reflection but I wonder if only we could answer the question as to what kind of environment we would like to give to our children at home, will it not simplify the issue in hand? As parents, we all want to provide a physically, emotionally and socially safe and secure environment to our children- the one holding on to the values of our society and constantly kindling the passion of learning in them. The school being the second home of the children should just be the macrocosm of the world at home and develop the similar culture.

A smile on the face and a twinkle in the eye of a child speak volumes about the surges of feelings in his heart and leaving aside a few cases where appearances might deceive us, a smile is synonymous with happiness and contentment. So if on entering the portals of a school you are greeted by the children with smiles, you maybe rest assured that the culture prevalent in the school has tenderly nurtured the heart, mind and soul of the child.

 Gone are the times when the culture of a school would take pride merely in the academic excellence of its students and by being in headlines for high scores achieved by them. Thanks to the study of Child and Educational Psychology, perfect score is no more equivalent to perfect culture. If the persona of a child has many sides to it, how can the culture of a school glorify itself without being multifaceted?Academically if the culture of the school is such that a child is able to think critically, analyse a problem and forage different ways to find a solution to it by thinking out of the box, is provided with opportunities to apply his knowledge to real-life situations rather than filling the pitcher of his mind with hoard of information, then we can raise our heads and say that the culture of a school is all set to prepare students for life than just exams.

So simplified the whole process would have been if man had to live his life only with his brain but the fact is, he has a heart that beats to the tunes of emotions and at times so loudly that it overpowers the brain. Critical thinking and analytical skills acquired vanish in a second at such junctures of life. But if the culture developed in a school has taught the children to be stable in the face of turmoil,to battle his own inner strife and come out victorious, no adversity can look into their eyes. With the ever increasing exposure to internet, technology, media, the concerns of our children are no more restricted to academics alone. They live an altogether different life when they are away from schools and are a part of chat rooms amassing an altogether different set of problems like cyber abuse, cyber crimes etc. Therefore the bubble of the culture has to be flexible enough to integrate this second life of the children into its conventional form and act as a guiding light for them.

A person living his life without noble values is like a ship without a rudder, vulnerable to the storms of vices in the society. The culture of a school should fortify the character of the children with the values of honesty, discipline, patriotism, sincerity, perseverance, kindness, compassion and integrity. A physically , mentally , socially, emotionally strong individual with a robust character, brimming with a desire to be committed towards his nation as a loyal national citizen and towards the world as a global citizen is what the culture of a school should aim at. All that the custodians of the culture in schools need to do is to look at our children with an eye of kindness, empathy, compassion and have an earnest insight into their needs and world. Once this is accomplished,the culture will not stand and preach children standing at the doors of their hearts, it will plunge into the recesses of their souls, redefine itself, and be an integral part of their life. Believe me, no experts’ comments would be required then and we at Seth Anandram Jaipuria school take pride in building this kind of culture which not just strengthens the mind of our students but also edifies them spiritually. For only a spiritually awakened person can be true to his own self, his society, nation and the world at large.

Can Multiple Intelligence Create Magic in Childhood learning ?

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Can Multiple Intelligence Create Magic in Childhood learning ?

Tell me and I’ll forget,

Show me and I may remember,

Involve me and I learn.

 

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

In “The Festival of Multiple Intelligence” at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, the children were fortunate enough to catch hold of an opportunity to LOVE, LAUGH and LEARN a lot through the activities which helped them in understanding their abilities in different fields. These activities go a long way in boosting their confidence as they help them in identifying their strengths.

 

 

Fitness is a journey, not a destination.

It was spectacular to see how children were geared up for the day with some dance, aerobics and exercises.


One can’t love someone to love books, but he can tempt them to become a dedicated devourer of stories.

Children were remarkably engaged as the session by the story teller was phenomenal and they could even remember the story in sequence. Being good imitators, the children imitated her very well and were in their own imaginary world.


“OSMO – a world of I-pads for little Jaipurians.”

Our children covet our phones and tablets. But as they move towards an increasingly high-tech future, they need to learn how things work. They need to be creators, not consumers.

Smart devices and software these days help explore a child’s creativity in a host of ways. As technology offers a glorious union of learning and games, with I-pads, it just took a tap to pop bubbles. Once they advanced dragging their fingers over the screen, it was quite an electrifying experience to see how children could solve shape puzzles, number games or even practice simple drawing exercises.


Nobody would deny that coding can be used to solve problems.

The best way to solve a big problem is to reduce it down into smaller problems, and then solve them one at a time. Children enthusiastically learnt coding through programming and logical thinking. We do ensured that the little Jaipurians are ready for the challenges lying ahead. They didn’t even know that they were learning a lesson for life.


Children carry their own experiences and transform them through art, music and science which help them in becoming confident.

As you all know, we learn through our experiences. It was great fun for the children knowing facts about gravity and launching their own rockets. They comprehended this experiential learning very well.


Children express themselves well through art and craft.

With the essence of Christmas all around, our budding artists made their own Santas and carried them home.


Play gives children a chance to practice what they’ve learnt.

Children were given exposure through flash cards and a few wooden blocks. With just one instruction, the smart learners mastered the arrangement of those 3D doodles.


Many a times, we learn things by doing them.

Each child witnessed how pots were being made with the help of clay. A bit messy but this first- hand experience of playing with mud and making their own pots under the supervision of two potters was beyond words and could be seen on their faces.


Hence, this proves –

What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.

In the great outdoors there are no boundaries to creativity.

Last but not the least, their excitement for gifts and burgers was at the top. Receiving of gifts at the end made their smiles brighter.

With such wonderful experiences, who would not love to be an active participant of this Multiple Intelligence Festival ????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elderly are the Precious Gem in the Centre of the Family – Grand Parents Day (2018-2019)

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The Elderly are the Precious Gem in the Centre of the Family – Grand Parents Day (2018-2019)

What children need most are the essentials that Grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort and lessons in life and most importantly cookies- Rudy Giuliani. It is very important to educate the youth about the important contributions our elders have made to the society throughout history.

Their wisdom, sacrifice, struggle and the comfort of their presence needs to be given its due place with all dignity and pride. In the light of this fact; Seth Anandram Jaipuria School celebrated Grandparents’ Day in its premises.

It was a two day fest that was held on 27 November and 29 November 2018 respectively. The ceremonial occasion was graced by Chief Guests Ms. Seema Rathi, Director Principal of Kidzee Poppins Pre School on day 1 and Smt. Sunita Jaipuria Vice Chairperson Jaipuria Education Society on day 2. The tiny tots of Nursery created a pious ambience of purity and peace by starting the day with a beautiful Ganesh Stuti which was followed by a Welcome Song where the kids warmly welcomed the Grand Parents with their melodious and heart winning song. After this was a dance performance on a song “Say no to Plastic” through which the kids opposed the use of plastic and its adverse effects. The children performed a vibrant Rajasthani folk dance on a foot tapping music “Shubh Din Aayo” and many more. Principal Cum Director Ms. Manju Rana addressed the gathering and extended her heartfelt gratitude to all the grand parents for being there to encourage their grandchildren and making us privileged with their presence. The programme was attended by over 700 grandparents and was also witnessed by the Vice Principal Ms. Sarojini Sinha, Head Mistress Ms. Indu Kohli and Pre Primary Co-ordinator Ms. Kabila Rawat.

The grand event ended on a poignant note for the grandparents as they felt overwhelmed by the tribute paid to them and on a reflective note for our youngsters, who were made to realize that everyday of the year should be considered as Grandparents’ Day.

The Beauty of Evolution – The Epoch

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The Beauty of Evolution – The Epoch

With time, everything in this universe observes a change and here lies the beauty of this creation. Every phase of evolution inevitably leads to a form which is best suited to its era and the needs of the society. It is the grandeur of this peregrination, which was captured in the Annual exhibition ‘The Epoch’ displayed in the premises of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School on its 14th Founder’s Day.

As far as the eye could see,the glimpses of history passed by, as if beckoning to us to stop for a while and listen to its tale. Stepping into the arena of the exhibit was next to being in a paradise with each corner embellished with the exquisite pieces of art works and 3D models made by the young Jaipurians, depicting the phases of evolution in different fields.

One could just gape in awe at the magnificent display of the gradual transition that took place in our education system, architecture, and medicine starting from the Ancient to medieval and the Modern times. It was a beautiful spectacle of Gurukul system that prevailed in the ancient times to the madrasas, literary work of the Mughals, advent of the universities and libraries in the medieval era. The modern era showcased the education system digitalized by technology.

The story of evolution of the Print inour country was fascinatingly recounted through the 3D replicas. Dating back to Chinese Accordion book to Japanese Diamond Sutra, to the first Press-Guttenburg Press and later cylindrical press and finally to Modern 3D printer, every stage had a novel chronicle to narrate. The forms of recording information too witnessed a gradual changeover from clay tablets to begin with to parchments to paper and now kindles and the journey was intriguing.

The unveiling of Timeless clocks at different phases of history was breathtaking. If the Sun Dial, Candle clock, Sand clock , Water clock took us to the vintage era, the Pendulum, Hair Spring and Clock Tower brought out the epoch of our grandpa alive. The use of Quartz, Digital and Smart Clock is a testimony to the development that has taken place with time.

‘Rigvedic Kaal’ wasexhibited with all its grandeur. Four Vedas- Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and Sama Veda, along with Upanishads, Aranyaks, and Brahmanas were as beautifully delineated as their essence is. Its survival in the contemporary times in the form of ‘suktis’ used in the Government agencies like Supreme Court and DSDO’s office manifests its perpetuity.The depiction subtly removes the misconception about its creation by Lord Brahma and gives the credit to the saintly Rishis.

If on one side there wasa portrayal of developmental work in Germany before and after the appearance of Hitler on the scene, on the other hand the stark transformation between ancient and modern Paris was vividly brought out through 3-D prototypes.

‘A circus Corner’ with a display of the creative work of our tiny tots and the ISA projects based on the topics- 3D musical instruments, flora and fauna of the deserts, ways of survival on the earth, delectable delicacies around the world,added vibrancy to the exhibit.

Work by the Robotics club with its technology driven automated products like Self-Cleaning robot, Hovercraft, Pot-Filling robot and Defense archives was stunning. The innovation found its way through the Atal Tinkering Lab as well. Out of the box ideas saw themselves materialized in the form of Smart trolley, First Aid Vending machine, Automated Notebook Submission machine, Mobile Power Bank using recycled laptop batteries, Lane following robots using technologies like Lego and Arduino.

Seth Anandram Jaipuria School takes pride in the diligence, imagination, assiduous planning and painstaking efforts of our young Jaipurians ,which culminated in the success of the exhibition ‘The Epoch’ to be chronicled in golden letters in the archives of Jaipuria.

14th Founder’s Day Commemoration

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14th Founder’s Day Commemoration

Again came the most anticipated day, when the whole school reverberated with the mellifluous euphony, echoed with the jubilant uproar of the children, glimmered with luminescence, witnessed the animated hustle and bustle of the mortal beings and got embellished with the artistic strokes on the mute walls –it was none other than the commemoration of 14th Founder’s Day at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School on December 8, 2018.

The occasion was graced by the presence of the former Bollywood actress Ms. Pooja Bedi – the Chief Guest of the Day, Ms. Suniti Devi Jaipuria, lovingly addressed as ‘Ammaji’– the eldest member of the Jaipuria Education society, Shri Shishir Jaipuria ji, , Chairman of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Education Group, Ms. Sunita Jaipuria ,Vice Chairman of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Education Group, Mr. YashJaipuria, Executive Officer, Ginni Filaments, Ms. Manju Rana, Principal cum Director Seth Anandram Jaipuria School. Members of the management Committee and other dignitaries.

The gala occasion commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Principal ma’am and the members of management committee. Shri Shishir Jaipuria ji, gave a cordial welcome to the Chief Guest and congratulated all the participants and the teachers for always putting their best foot forward for the success of the such mega events. Sir took pride in delineating the efforts made by the school in providing education to the students in line with the enhancing technology. He said that the school aimed at creating global citizens equipped with knowledge and skills to contribute to the solutions of global issues. Ms. Manju Rana, Principal cum Director also extended her greetings to Ms. Pooja Bediwith utmost geniality. She presented the school repertoire and underscored the accomplishments of the school in all the spheres- academics, co-curricular activities, sports, environment and technology in the year 2017-18. .She expounded the importance of such events in building up of a strong foundation of the students to face the life ahead with confidence and poise.

The Chief Guest Ms. Pooja Bedi, commended the assiduous efforts of the students in putting up the fabulous exhibition ‘The Epoch’ and congratulated the participants for instilling vigour into the performances and giving a mid as touch to all the roles they played on the stage.She exhorted the parents and the teachers to inculcate the passion of learning among the students and to never let their curiosity die rather than just cramming their minds with information. She emphasized on the learning of skills required in day-to-day life and wanted the parents to realize their share of responsibility in nurturing the children by being the role models for them.  Being a philanthropist herself, she urged the students to fulfil their responsibilities towards community, nation and humanity at large, which according to her is the true aim of education.

Acknowledgement of diligence and positive reinforcement go a long way in enhancing the zeal of the students. Therefore, at Jaipuria we never miss the opportunity of motivating our students. All the achievers of the session 2017-18 both in academics and co-curricular activities and even the star performers were awarded medals, trophies and certificates. CBSE toppers of session 2017-18, Anoushka Chandra, KshitijAnand, SachitRastogi and the teachers who had completed 10 years of their service in this organization were were also felicitated. Alumni Apoorv was also given a hearty welcome.

The much-awaited cultural event began on enthralling notes with an orchestral pageantry unveiling the beauty of raag Yaman in its most exquisite form. The Dusk symphony – Yamini bewitched the audience and stirred their souls. The piousness strewn in the air by this performance was further given a tinge of piety with Stuti -‘Shri Nidhi’, invoking the blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi-the greatest revitalizing force of the universe.

The showstopper of the event was the Dance Drama ‘The Blind Age’. Based on Dharamvir Bharti’s composition this exuberant medley of dance and drama explored the human capacity for moral actions, reconciliation and goodness in troubled times and revealed what happens when individuals succumb to the cruelty and cynicism. Depicting the eighteenth day of the ancient Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata , which devastated the Kauravas, the students sent the chill down the spine of the spectators with their emphatic dialogue delivery. Donned with colorful costumes and attractive make-up,the characters of the dance drama and their scintillating dance performances stole the hearts of the audience and left them spellbound.

The animated event ended with the vote of thanks proposed by the Vice Principal of the School, Ms. Sarojini Sinha.

The audience took the fond memories of this auspicious occasion along with them, which no doubt would linger in their minds and hearts for a long time.

 

 

 

 

 

Roots: Looking Back To Our Relationship With Nature

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Roots: Looking Back To Our Relationship With Nature

A person’s mind is well reflected in his surroundings. And looking at the present condition of the world, the global mindset seems to be in a pretty damaged state. The charts and graphs all around the world, in every country and organisation, are exploding with an enormous rise in the levels of pollution and global warming. But somewhere, it’s not a physical ailment entirely; it’s more of a spiritual and moral deprivation.

A possible reason for this degradation is the turning away from the collectivistic approach. This approach focused on, cherished and honoured the delicate, intricate and truly profound interdependence of all beings on each other, and in the pre-modern times this approach was being practiced all over the globe. Today where sadly, the gentle “eco” has been replaced with the brutal and cut-throat “ego” there has been an indiscriminate exploitation of nature. This transition was also followed by another major change, a lack of compassion and empathy. It is due to this that humans have become indifferent towards the needs and requirements of their fellow humans, not to mention the other species they share the planet with.

Another surprising, and at times sadly humorous fact is the ability to brush off responsibility with great adeptness. Respecting nature and preserving it are the shared responsibility of all of earth’s inhabitants; however, most people shirk it off when the need arises to perform their duty. What is even more interesting is that many such people do complain about others who are not doing their part. Hence, it is also a clear fact that a sense of personal and moral responsibility is lacking.

Humans have been endowed with ambition; however, most have not been able to practice moderation over it. This paired with the severing of the tie with the fact that humans and nature are beautiful creations of the same God and need each other to survive and thrive have led to the present catastrophe which currently has escalated to a very unmanageable scale. Man is said to be made “in the image of god” but apparently all godly attributes have become but matters of philosophical deliberation in today’s age.

These, and many others, are some very serious problems that concern our present and threaten our future. But there is not much time left. Another decade with such rise in temperature and the polar ice caps would be gone. Human society has a lot to learn and even more to forget and let go of. Beginning with one’s own self and surrounding, great change can be brought about with small acts like just being kind and becoming conscious of the impacts of one’s actions. Moreover, the need is to become open, accepting and responsible. A tad bit of love and warmth for oneself and those around, including all of nature, can thaw the ice of decades of neglect and usher in a new, conscious age of collectivistic growth.

For me personally it is a matter of great relief and contentment that I am a part of an institution like Seth Anandram Jaipuria which has always taught us to love nature and seek inspiration from its beauty. It is our heartfelt concern for our mother nature that we work relentlessly for its preservation-Being among 15 Green Schools as per the ranking of CSE (Centre of Science and environment), an active participant of plantation drives,’Rahgiri’ and ‘Kachra Mahotsav’ , speak volumes about our concentrated efforts towards environment. I look forward to many such initiatives at my second home-Seth Anandram Jaipuria School.

Parth Saxena
XII-D

Children’s Day

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Children’s Day

“While we try to teach our children about life, children teach us what life is all about”

-Angela Schwindt

Children’s day, a day dedicated to celebrate the purest being on earth, a child. I still smile when I recollect my childhood memories. I would get so exhilarated when my mother bought me ice-cream,I used to carry my flashing pink Barbie purse with board game money, and venture out in our small gray minivan. For me, it is a cherished memory, depicting the purity of a child. Even today, when I walk in the school corridors, I see little hands holding each other, moving in sync, laughing at the silliest possible things and being crudely happy. and their laughter is contagious, no matter what they’re laughing about. The memories of one’s childhood fills one’s mind with the days that were passed amidst affection and cares of everyone.

Children’s day, the only day where any child would willingly go to school, for the day, is theirs, and theirs only. The teachers spare us from studying while the PT teachers don’t scold us for not trimming our nails. Everyone goes home with satisfied hearts and chocolates in their hands.  As one grows up, he is expected to not act “child-like” because as the body develops, so does the mind and so, when mischievous teenagers are removed from the category of ‘children’, one must understand that every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.

The essence of children’s day is in liberating ourselves from any form of control. Focusing at the inner drum, where the rhythm aligns with that of our heart and the measure of responsibility equals to the need for evolution. Just listen to the inner child, let it whisper in your ear, because there is no age that marks the end of being a child. Even inside every adult, there lingers a child, who is a merchant of happiness, and appreciating that child, is celebrating children’s day gleefully.

 

By Riddhi Alok Puranik

Student of Class X

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