“Always aim at perfection for only then will you achieve excellence”
- JRD Tata
The Tata Saga unfolded in Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, on 7th and 8th of December’18. The two days exhibition, celebrated 150 glorious years of the Tata heritage, their pioneering leaders, iconic institutions, business excellence and innovations and their vision of a brilliant tomorrow. On 7th Dec’18, Ms. Anisha Nora Gunnar, Human Resource Manager, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, inaugurated the exhibition. Ms. Kavita Mathur, Vice President Academics and Strategic Development, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Education Society, was the Special Guest for the occasion. Mr. Kumar Lalit, GM-Head, HR, IR and Admin, Tata Motors, Lucknow and Mr. Saud Usmani, HR, Tata Motors, Lucknow , were the special guests on 8th Dec’18.
The inaugural ceremony started with the lighting of the Ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest, Ms. Anisha Nora Gunnar and the Principal, Mrs. Poonam Kochitty. An enchanting Prayer Dance was followed by the Welcome address by the Principal. She stated that the seed to have this exhibition was sown when she visited Tata Motors earlier this year. Mrs. Poonam Kochitty further added that it is a remarkable story of the Tata Legends and their legacy which needed to be shared with one and all. A short film- The Tata Saga was screened to set the tone for the exhibition. The Chief Guest, Ms. Anisha Nora Gunnar, in her address, applauded the thought and vision to have an exhibition to commemorate the contribution of the Tata in past 150 years. She praised the efforts of the Principal, Staff and Students who worked very hard to achieve this magnanimous feat with their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. She recalled her journey with Tata and the fond memories of Jamshedpur, where she was brought up.
The exhibition showcased 17 Tata ventures starting from the Core Values, which displayed the timeless values of integrity, excellence, unity, responsibility and pioneering, of the Tata Group. The next was the Evolution which enlisted the milestones achieved by the group. This was followed by Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces which redefined opulence by creating the interiors of Taj Hotels. Iron and Steel showcased the contribution of TISCO and the values which are stronger than steel. Consumer Goods had various products of Tata, which gave the strong message of leadership with trust. Tata Airlines created the feeling and trust of flying with Vistara. Tata Motors connected aspirations with reality. Tata Power showed the contribution in lighting up lives. Tata Communications displayed the partnership for the Digital World.
Tata Consultancy Services made everyone experience certainty. Tata Trent showcased its various ventures like Westside and Star Bazaar. Tata Housing displayed the various housing projects, including Xylem, across India. Tata institutions collated information about various iconic institutions which are committed to nation building. Worldwide Footprint presented the global footprints of the group which spans in more than 100 countries in six continents. Tata Entrepreneurial Spirit exhibited the pioneers of the industry. Tata Sports showcased the best sports academies which are grooming a new generation of winners. Tata Sustainable Development exhibited the difference that it has made to the lives of the people.
The budding visionaries of the school presented the exhibition in a creative and attractive manner. Robotic skills were seen through the working model of RADA and the security alarm on the door. The model of the DNA of the core values of Tatas made an interesting display and attracted the viewers. The students of Calss I and above spoke about the Scholarships and the journey of advertisements of Tatas, in the Evoulution segment. An eye catching model of the Globe stood in the centre of the Global Footprints to display the presence of the group across the world. Tata institutions showcased a model of the relocation of the Blue Whale, which was made out of clay.
Tata Trent set forth the products of Westside, Zudio, Landmark and Star Bazaar. Tata Consultancy Services saw a 3D model of Revenue generated from 2014-18 and the GPRS Tracking system. Tata Steel exhibited the Tata Nagar Tank which was made up of strong steel and was part of the World War-II. Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces recorded the magnificent journey of hospitality, grandeur and ‘never say die spirit’ of 26/11 attacks. Consumer Goods had a lavish display of Tata products ranging from jewelry to coffee and salt to spices along with a ‘Selfie Corner’. Tata Sports enlisted the names of players sponsored by Tata.
An Art Craft Exhibition with the theme of ‘Japanese Art’ was inaugurated in the Art Room. Japan was chosen as the theme because of their strong value system and the zeal with which they bounce back after being demolished so many times. A wall with Koi Fish paintings, a symbol of wealth and good fortune, and Japanese handmade fans, stood strong. The exhibition also showcased the various art work like Flamingo Painting with the help of hands, paper pasting and thumb impressions made interesting displays. Rajasthani art, Madhubani and Kalamkari paintings done by the artistic students of the school, decorated the walls. Leaf Pattern designs added to the colourful look. Bright colored, paper lamps, hung from the ceiling, giving a vibrant look.
The common thread, which weaved all the ventures, was Values, History and Timeline, Awards and Recognition, Corporate Social Responsibility and Tales Worth Sharing. Mr. Kumar Lalit and Mr. Saud Usmani from Tata Motors, lauded the research, creativity, detailing and the intention behind the exhibition.
The exhibition provided an opportunity and platform for students to showcase their imagination, ingenuity, with in depth knowledge of the topic. It was heartening to notice that the students had been inspired to conceptualize and initiate their research and reading through self-motivation and with a concern for sustainability and inclusivity. The untold stories of Tata Titans reached out to students who are the future of this country which added to their values, grit and most of all humaneness. Students spoke with confidence and presented the facts in an admiring manner. Thus, adding to the holistic development of the students. Parent’s written feedback spoke volumes about their appreciation and acknowledgement. Parents were happy to see their children coming out of their comfort zones and do things which add to their personality as these activities are aimed to polish the students to shine like stars in this galaxy.
The exhibition concluded with a promise and hope to imbibe the values exhibited by Tata in the past 150 years.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.“We often use the quotation when we introduce someone who holds a position of repute in an organization. But what if, if one gets to work with one such individual. How would this everyday experience be? How would it feel to be with someone who always Walks the Talk? How would it feel to work with a boss who shares the same passion-of raising children who are more tolerant, compassionate and empathetic.
Well, my blog refers to none other than my dear Principal Ms.Poonam Kochitty. Going back to the answer of the question and sharing the everyday experience, I must admit that it’s just mind boggling. The more closely I get a chance to work with her, the more I am in awe of her.
It often makes me wonder as to how she is able to handle every task with such ease and calmness and finesse. Her smiling face simply brings life to our school. In the last two and a half years that I have worked with her I have not only groomed myself professionally but have also learnt some very important life lessons.
In four days from now we have the TATA exhibition coming up in school. This has been the most crucial phase ever since I have been here. This is so, because a few teachers are attending workshops in Delhi, two of them seriously ill and two have just joined our Jaipurian family. With such a dearth of staff we are covering seventeen ventures of the TATA Group in seventeen rooms of our school campus.
In the exhibition, from discussing the layout of each room, to reading the script given to each child, from understanding the décor of each room to selecting songs for the inaugural ceremony, she is seen everywhere doing multiple tasks simultaneously. A minutest error cannot get unnoticed under her eyes.
So one morning she calls me to her office and tells me that I need not worry as she will take over the room allotted to a teacher who is ill. It simply leaves me speechless. Every day I see her taking sessions with the children to apprise them about the 150 glorious years of the Tata Group, their values, ethics and the code of conduct. Recently I even saw her mentoring the Physics and Chemistry class apart from the regular Geography classes that she takes.
Of late I got to know that she is reading out a book to the senior most class of the school. So, one day she just read my eyes and said, ’I love doing all this, it gives me happiness’. She often talks about ’Good Karma’ and how it comes back manifolds and the power of positive thinking in one’s life.
Once I took a written feedback from the senior most class and sought answer to the question that what would they miss the most once they leave the school. To my surprise almost 95% of the children wrote that they would miss their Principal. Isn’t this enough a response that needs no explanation and substantiates what my heart feels day in and day out.
How can one not be inspired to learn more, do more and become more from a mentor like her who has put her life and soul in grooming the teachers and students alike.
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, celebrated its Third Annual Day on 24 November’18 amidst great zest, vibrancy and elation. Mr. Jayant Krishna, Management Consultant, Key Evangelist Skill Development and the former Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of National Skill Development Corporation, was the Honorable Chief Guest for the gala event. Among other dignitaries present were Chairman, Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, members of the management, Principals of other school, guests and parents.
The theme of ‘Future Ready’ was chosen keeping in mind the need to empower students, make them aware of technological changes and given them an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. This will enable them to become a powerful force for achieving the United Nation’s vision of a more peaceful, healthy and equitable world.
The evening commenced with the lighting of the Ceremonial lamp and the chanting of Sholkas. This was followed by the prayer song ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘I ‘m the Clay and You are the Potter’ by the students of Pre-Primary, IV and VIII.
The Chairman, Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, welcomed the Honorable Chief Guest, Mr. Jayant Krishna and apprised him about the vision and mission of the school. Mrs. Poonam Kochitty, Principal, presented the Annual Report for the session 2018-19 highlighting the key achievements of the school and their initiatives in integrating technology with Education. A Sufi prayer rendition soothed the soul and set the tone for the cultural programme.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Jayant Krishna, was superlative in his appreciation of the students, teachers and Management for a classic programme presented. He lauded the vision and the relentless hard work done by students and their mentors for presenting such a message oriented show. He stressed on the development of skills which is a necessity to be ready for the future.
Prizes were given to students who participated in various Inter school competitions at National and International levels and won laurels. Aaradhya Mishra of class I, won the National Award in the Hindi Olympiad organized by Hindi Vikas Sansthan; Ojas Singh of class II, qualified for Nationals in the Skating Championship organized by CBSE, Aarsh Srivastava of class IX was among the top 50 in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, Krishna Tulsyan, class IX and Sagar Rai, class VI participated and were among the top 100 in the country, in Progate, Japan’s biggest online web service where everyone can learn coding; Hardik Raj Kapoor, class IX, Anubhav Singh, class IX and Ayush Jain , class VIII won the II prize in Movie Making Competition, organized by Amity International School, Gurgaon; Samra and Simone Thethi won the II prize in Erudit- Pintura, a painting competition, organized by Allenhouse Public School, Kanpur. They were felicitated for their hard work and spirited efforts. Vote of thanks was proposed by the Headmistress, Ms. Monika Taneja.
The cultural programme commenced with the song ‘Earth We Are In It Together’ by the students of Pre-Primary, IV & VIII. The song echoed the concerns of threats of pollution, climate change and problems that have pervaded our lives. This was followed by a poem ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, a Sanskrit phrase which reiterated that ‘the world is one family’. The Chinese Dance by the girls of VII, VIII & IX carried forward the pledge to preserve a clean and green earth and plant more trees. Students from classes IV, V & VI recited a heart breaking poem- “Orangutan” about the plight of displaced animals. Music is the simple idea that can improve lives and make this world a better place to live.
This thought echoed in the performance of the school’s Rock Band which regaled everyone with their rocking performance of ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons. The students of classes III, IV and V enthralled the audience with their scintillating performance of Gujarati Folk Dance, in an earnest request to their parents to spend more time with them. A presentation by the students of class III, on Mumbai Dabbawalas was a thoughtful gesture in order to showcase the noble work done by Dabbawals with zero error. The budding music talents of the school played and rendered mellifluous songs of yesteryears which are based on classical music, in an effort to unite mind, body and soul. Percussion played through sticks on buckets was unique and stole the show. The performance created a magical atmosphere which left the audience spellbound.
A Fairy Tale Mash-Up by the students of I, II and III sent the audience into peals of laughter. It transported them to the world of stories where they met characters like Little Red Riding Hood to Hanuman and Sita Ma. The Senior students presented the Hoop and Clap Dance with exuberance and unmatched zeal. They used the Hoops to make different formations which depicted coordination and concentration as teamwork and collaboration are essential 21st century skills. Students of classes I, II & III took the audience from the world of clowns to the world of robots with their ‘Clown and Robot’ dance. Hindi poems were recited as Fillers by Ashish and Abhinav Singh. These poems described the present day society and how mobile phones have replaced camera, calculator and also friends!
Progress and being future ready are necessary and inevitable, yet it is important to stay rooted and sustain what we’ve inherited. The event culminated with the Ghoomar dance – a colorful vibrant dance joined by all the participants. The visual feast created a magical scene that few will forget in the days to come. It was an exhilarating & befitting end to the program.
With an objective to create awareness among children about the importance of consumption of fruits in their regular diet, Pre Primary wing of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow, took up the activity of “Fruity Creations”. The children were encouraged to use their creativity.
Students of Pre Nursery made boats and octopus with apple and bananas. Students of Nursery created fish with oranges and a palm tree with kiwi and bananas, whereas the students of class KG turned bananas into birds. The excitement and enthusiasm of children was visible on their faces with presentation made by them using the fruits.
The concept behind this creativity was not only to make the different presentations with the fruits but also to encourage children to include fruits as a part of their diet as fruits increase the immunity and memory.
“When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against time”
“The Run”, the city’s biggest marathon was conducted by National Health Mission sponsored by Times NIE, Team Satyam, Clat Possible, Lucknow Gazelles on 18th November,2018. The venue of the event was Ekana International Cricket Stadium.The Chief-Guest of the event was Mr. Sujeet Pandey (IG Lucknow) and DM Lucknow Mr. Kaushal Raj Sharma. There were participants from all over the city in different categories.
The students of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School also participated in “First Timed 5K Run “in the category of 11-16 age group. Students participated in large numbers and ran enthusiastically with a spirit of togetherness.
Participants from the school were Khushi Yadav, Aryan Patel, Gaurav Gupta, Ayush Yadav and Nayab Khan.
All these students got a Tough Boy/ Girl finisher medal and Event t-shirts.
On 17th November’18 the students of SAJS, Lucknow had an exciting workshop. The task was to design Stomp Rockets for grade 1st to 3rd , Hydro Rockets for grade 4thto 6th and Whoosh Rockets for the students of 7th to 9th. The workshop was conducted in three sessions by Dr. Sarvesh K Bhardwaj -Astrophysicist from The Scientific Development and Research Organization (SDRO). The organization nurtures scientific curiosity with astronomical education and uncovers the excitement of space exploration through their outreach programs for academic leaders, educators and students. Dr. Bhardwaj told the students about the importance of astronomy and also apprised the students about space technology being an upcoming field in India and abroad.
The children were excited to make their rockets and even more excited to launch them in the playground. Dr. Bhardwaj patiently answered the questions asked by the children and addressed them as ‘Young Scientists’. He was so in awe of our children confidently asking questions and also the finesse with which they were making their rockets that he announced two special prizes.
Apart from knowing the basic Physics behind launching a rocket,the hands on experience helped the children to understand how an appropriate shape and direction of wings helps a rocket to propel in the desired direction. The SDRO team from Delhi thanked the Principal Ms. Poonam Kochitty for her support and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the school.
“Children are the world’s most valuable resources and the best HOPE for the FUTURE.”
Every year Children’s Day is celebrated across India in the memory of our first Prime Minister Pdt. Jawahar Lal Nehru whose immense love for children is known world-wide. To make our children feel special this year the teachers of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School celebrated Children’s Day on Nov. 14, 2018 in the school campus with full zeal and zest.
The formal programme started in the morning with a calming mindfulness session. It was followed bya colourful program which included poems by Ms.Shilpi Kumar and Ms. Surya. There was a medley of songs anda group dance by the teachers and some solo dance performances by Ms.Shikha, Ms.Surbhi and Ms.Seema. Apart from this Mr.Yogesh, Mr.Anubhav and Ms.Shikha sang solo songs like A million dreams’ and regional Indian songs. The children were delighted to see their teachers performing so enthusiastically. Besides, there was a Fun Quiz taken by the Headmistress Ms. Monika Taneja which the children enjoyed and laughed their hearts out. To conclude the programme our Principal Ms.Poonam Kochitty greeted the students on the occasion and reminded them to be grateful and give a thought to the countless children who are homeless underprivileged, deprived, exploited or living in war torn areas.
Class Teachers organized various Fun Races and games for the students. The day‘s celebration concluded with the cake cutting ceremony for Pre-Primary, Primary and Seniors separately. It was indeed memorable for one and all.
Each year, Microsoft conducts a 48-hour global learning event- Skype a Thon that brings classrooms together, using Skype to not only deepen students’ understanding of the world beyond their classroom walls, but also to help them become global citizens. This year it was held on 13th and 14th November and our school being a Microsoft School participated in it.
This year’s Microsoft Initiative aims to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal; ‘Quality Education’ and to make a positive change in the world by connecting students from various backgrounds, cultures and faiths. This year’s skypeathon was extra special as the money earned from participating and travelling every 400 virtual miles would be donated to help the students of WE, an organization that makes ‘doing good doable’.
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow has been working in close quarters with Microsoft and making SDGs a way of life, since the past year and a half.
Our first Skype session held on 13th November was a Virtual Field Trip to Miyawaki Forest with The Ashok Leyland School, Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
A Miyawaki forest is based on a concept introduced by a Japanese Botanist, Akira Miyawaki, in which a variety of plants are grown in such a way that each plant contributes towards the growth of the other plants in the forest. The students of The Ashok Leyland School briefed our students about the different varieties of plants, they had planted and why they chose flowering plants such as neem, hibiscus, champa, etc. They discussed about Panchkavya (cow dung, urine, and milk, curd and ghee) can be used to keep the soil fertile. It was an interactive session as the participants were curious to find out what motivated them to take such an initiative? How were the plant varieties chosen?Do they use any kind of chemicals to ensure better growth of plants?
Each of their queries was quite satisfactorily addressed by the students and their teacher Mr.Chandra choodeswaran. Overall, a very fruitful session as it motivated them to think beyond the books and work towards an ecofriendly and sustainable environment.
The Second Session ‘Sing around the world’ gave the students an opportunity to interact with their counterparts in Hungary and share their musical heritage. It was a session where the participants had to share folk songs. The aim was to generate a folk song collection from all round the world. Our students shared two folk songs with them. One was a Haryanvi bhajan “Bata mere yaar Sudama re” and the other “Shiv Bhola Bhandari”.
The Primary School, Hungry sang one song and played two instruments, a flute and a violin. The mellifluous performances from each side left the other asking for more. It was indeed a great cultural exchange through music.
The Third Session was again with the students of The Ashok Leyland School, Hosur, Tamil Nadu. It was called “The Values for Kids”. The students apprised each other about the values which are a way of life in their respective schools like Respect For Elders, Never break others trust, Ability to Sacrifice, Importance of a Good Education, Honesty Matters, Learning to
be Helpful, Empathetic and Spiritual.
It was quite an amazing session of exchange of the Moral Values for Children to Lead a Great Life.
The Fourth Session was held on 14th November, 2018. It was a “Cultural Cooking Exchange” with at Nova Army School in Russia. It was an exciting day for the students of grade V as they were not only celebrating Childrens’ Day but had also travelled many virtual miles to interact with the grade VII students.
The session began with the exchange of pleasantries. Shruti Yadav of class V introduced our school and shared the information about our festivals and the foods prepared during
Our children gave a demo of preparing “Nariyal ladoos” and “
” and our friends from Russia shared a presentation on how to prepare ‘Bliny – Russian Pancakes. The session ended with a promise to exchange recipes and try out the dishes.
The end of the two day Skype-a-Thon gave the students an opportunity to break through the walls of the classroom and interact with their peers all over the world. It gave the students firsthand information on various subjects, a chance to share their stories and at the same time spark empathy and compassion in students around the world.
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow is a perfect blend of modern methods of teaching coupled with technology integration. It is the only school in Lucknow that doesn’t limit itself to using technology as a means to impart subject content alone.The latest project undertaken by the school is its tie up with Japan’s biggest company Progate, a web service where everyone can learn to code.
On Monday, 12th November 2018, our first “Free Learning Experience Workshop” was conducted by Progate that allowed students to explore modern programming languages and find answers to their queries.
The resource person Ms. Ankita Mishra (India Community Associate, Progate Inc. Japan) started the session by applauding the fact that Seth Anandram Jaipuria, Lucknow is the only school in Uttar Pradesh that has a tie up with Progate.
She also congratulated Krishna Tulsyan of grade IX and Sagar Rai of grade VI for becoming “Progate Star Learners’. She was happy to announce that the boys were among the Top Rankers in India!
It was a personalized session as the Resource Person had a one to one interaction with each and every student. She discussed the importance of Coding. She apprised the students that Coding requires precision and learning to code boosts one’s attention to detail. Also, learning how to focus on the small things makes one better at any project or job. Students too shared their experiences on Progate. They shared how they were using coding in school and what their future plans were.
The resource person was so happy that she tagged the children as Progate Ninjas and enthusiastic learners. The children were delighted to receive Progate stickers. The participants of the workshop were elated when the resource Person shared that the Progate team from Japan was looking forward to visit the school in the month of February, 2019.
All thanks to the enlightening and engaging Progate Workshop, the number of members has risen from a meager thirty,as more children have enrolled themselves on its online platform.
Outdoor Cooking- An Exposure to Practical Learning and Survival Skills
On November 1, 2018 we had outdoor classroom activity. There were three activities- cycling, kite flying and cooking. These activities were organized to show children that we can learn many things outside the classroom like team building, dividing work and responsible behavior.
We decided to take part in cooking activity which is a survival skill. We had to make beverage-‘Tea’. The students were divided in a group of 5. For us, it was our first time to make tea, and it was filled with fun, frolic and lots of learning. We had to make our own choohlas(stoves) with bricks and burn camphor dried leaves and wood sticks in it. The simple recipe of aromatic ginger tea was followed. The flavorsome tea was made with the efforts of all the students. We were told to be magnanimous, by serving tea to the helpers and staff members.
We were delighted to complete this activity and we are grateful to our Principal ma’am and teachers who gave us this opportunity.
ManshaVerma and Sanskriti Singh