Santa! Santa! Where are you?
This Christmas I have been looking for you.
Yes, it was time for Christmas celebration, on 21stDec, 2018 for jaipurian Pre-Primary wing. The entire school was festooned with colourful streamers, balloons and brightly decorated Santa with sleigh.
Children were dressed up in bright red colour to match up to the Santa’s cap.
Melodious Christmas carols were sung by our little cherubs, along with theall time favourite ‘Jingle Bell’ song tuned with a Tango done by our tinytots. They enjoyed making a Christmas tree with paper plates and a handprint of Reindeer. Celebration culminated with the feast of Santa with yummylicious cupcake. The festival of Christmas instills in us a spirit of giving without a thought of getting.
A Mocktail Party for the kids of our Pre-Primary section was organized on the 13th of July2018. The idea sprung up as a result of the scorching heat of summers and the humidity of the monsoon. Indeed, this was a creative way of teaching the kids the importance of healthy drinks and keeping aerated drinks away.
As we mingle with friends, in the same way two drinks are mixed and we get a taste of mocktail. So, by teaching them how to mix, stir and blend, a variety of drinks were prepared e.g Lemonade, Rose Delight, Orange Squash etc. , The kids enjoyed and relished the flavour of their choice. The idea was to make the kids realize that there are healthy drinks to choose from. The teachers ensured that every child should select any one the drinks and be a part of the event. Every kid was upbeat and we cajoled them to have these drinks instead of aerated drinks whenever there is an urge.
The teachers interacted with the kids and got to know their views. Well, they were enthusiastic and happy and were refreshed after having the mocktail.
I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately .
I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow out of life.
To put to rout all that was not life,
And not when I had come to die,
Discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau
Recently, I was rummaging through some of my stuff when I found a large envelope, yellow on its serrated edges, in the nostalgic gubbins. Intrigued, I tore the envelope open and found an album of my class photographs. Perfunctorily, I began contemplating those photos, studying my classmates realizing how tiny we all were once, how innocent and stupid we all were once. In the photos of the initial years, all of us had that gargantuan (‘CHEEEEEEEEEESE’ induced) smiles on our diminutive faces. I wondered what used to make us laugh so heartily at trivial things. But as the years went by, the smiles in the photographs also began to fade. What stole those smiles ? Were they the passing years with an increased academic burden ?Or the indication of appalling pre- mature generation or did we forget to simply live in the moment?
As I recovered from the much needed nostalgia, I began to ponder over my life. My mother used to tell me and still reminds me at intervals that school life is the best phase of life , and that once gone, it’ll never return. Now, when that phase is on the verge of termination, I realize that the previous years have slipped through my fingers like grains of sand and I cannot retrieve them. Now in eleventh, I am in a class with fifteen completely novel students , our choice of subjects had brought us together. Till the previous year , I was amidst students with whom I had developed a special rapport over the last ten years and then one fine day we all were strewn in different classes. It was only then that I realized what ‘pain of separation’ actually meant. Suddenly , all the moments that we had spent together, making fun of one another, playing games in the class, eating between the lessons, fighting over puny things and then making up , came rushing to my mind. Little had we realized at that time that these moments would be gone forever.
Many a time and oft, we are so caught up in our chores that we forget to live in the moment. Some of us spend most of our time studying while some devote the majority of our time sulking over things we don’t have. The world has become so competitive that we need to strive hard for survival but ceasing to live is not the ideal way out. Life is short therefore we ought to seize every day. We ought to listen to our heart’s desire instead of procrastinating it till the ‘right ‘ moment because the ‘right’ moment might never come, and bring torrents of regrets instead.
Taking risks, having fun, lighting your burden by easing things out, won’t make you an underdog if in the process you discover yourself or your talent or simply find happiness. That is what life is all about, it’s about making the most of the present without mulling much over that future which might never come. In a nutshell, listen to your heart, do what you love, if its reading that you love then feast on literature, if you love cooking, put you heart and soul into cooking and enjoy every bit of it. Do anything and everything that you desire by seizing the day so that even if you weren’t to wake up the next day, you wouldn’t have any regrets.
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur
A two day workshop for non ATL schools and underprivileged students was organised by ATAL Tinkering laboratory of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School on 24th and 25th May, 2018. The topic for the workshop was ‘Basic Electronics and Robotics’. 95 students from five different schools participated in the workshop.
On the first day the students were told about the basic purpose of the ATL lab.They were also informed about the basic components required for the making of electronic circuits. Students were explained how components are connected in series and parallel. They had hands on experience of connecting LED in series and parallel using Broadboard. Participants also made a vibrating bug using ice-cream sticks, paper cup and vibrating motor. Students were introduced to the basic principles of Robotics and various types of robots that have been made all over the world.
On the second day, the students were told about the components that are required for making a basic DPDT car. Students prepared the car from the scratch; from drilling holes in the chassis to fixing motors and aligning the wheels and electrical circuits. After the task was over all the models were put to test in a competition. Students were very excited to see the cars prepared by them taking to racing tracks.They cheered for their cars and the winners were awarded.
The most striking feature of the workshop was that it was completely mentored by a group of students from classes VIl ,VIIIand IX.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and temperate.”
The Bard of Avon
Last afternoon, the temperature rose to as high as 40 Degree Celsius. It was high, even for a bird searching for an early worm. Leaves fell down like lashes, as the grass on the other side turned ochre, rather than retaining its “greener” hue.
The reason is the same, from Mumbai to Mizoram. The unforgiving summer has arrived, with all its fury. There are only a few things which the human mind can comprehend, that can allay Phoebus’ fire. One can stay indoors, make fans out of old newspapers, and end up with just a small case of the infamous Tennis Elbow. Or one can carry water at all times, preferably with sugar dissolved in it, to escape the ignominious possibility of a heatstroke. In a crisis like this, we often seek out solace from CFCs, or Air conditioners. We must therefore keep in mind, that even Electricity needs a rest, and that if it isn’t required, it is better to switch it off. Moreover, it is imperative that we realize that plants also require water, and we must try to conserve it, by closing leaky taps and getting them fixed. Beating the heat seems difficult nowadays, but the least we can do is put up a brave fight.
Moreover, we must join our forces against this dry Tempest, and understand that it isn’t too late to save Earth, before it actually is.
Hopefully it’ll rain today, and I can return to my nest, unbaked.
In anticipation (of a cloudy sky),
Class XI B
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur
An engaging workshop was held on the 30th of May 2018 for Pre-Primary and Primary teachers of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School , Kanpur on NCF i.e. National Curriculum Framework . The dynamic facilitator was Mrs. Sangeeta Krishan .
She furnished the teachers with an array of thought provoking and brilliant ideas on the aims of education, how to break various barriers and contribute to social change.
She conducted several interesting activities for the teachers to enhance their ‘Constructive skills ‘. They gained knowledge on the Principles of NCF , the difference between Constructive and Behavioural teaching methodology , the appropriate ‘Learning Material’ to be used , Holistic Approach of Learning , Assessments , Community Participation , Critical Pedagogy and a variety of techniques to make a class ‘Student Centric’ .
So to say- It turned out to be the passport to a successful Student – Teacher Relationship .
On the 30th of May, 2018 our school organized a workshop on ‘Effective Classroom Teaching and Communication Skills’ teachers from Classes VI to XII actively participated in the session conducted by Mrs. Monica Kakkar.
She is an extensive traveller and a voracious reader. She also is an excellent storyteller and a spiritual Motivator.
In the Course of the session she emphasized upon developing thinking skills through story telling.
It was a very informative and enriching workshop.
A Games & Sports workshop was held on 29 May, 2018 in our school for skill Development of our Games & Sports teachers. Dr. Amitabh Tiwari (Prof. V.S.S.D. College, Kanpur) shared his teaching experience and useful techniques in “Goal setting” for peak performance, “Cognitive technique” for building confidence, enhancing performance.
All the teachers from the Sports faculty are grateful to our Principal, Mrs. Shikha Banerjee for this workshop which proved to be quite fruitful for all of us.
Two workshops were conducted by the Music & Dance Department on 28 and 29 May, 2018.
First Workshop (28 May, 2018)
GUEST- Aacharya Umakant Pathak Ji (All India Radio Artist Since 1962)
PERFORMANCE – Flute Recital
LECTURE- Lecture on The Importance of Laya and Taal in Music and 22 Shrutis in Music and how to develop interest in Music by making Learning a joyful experience.
He also gave a wonderful performance on a flute by presenting Raga Yaman. He has written a book “Flute Science” and has demonstrated 440 Ragas on the internet. He is a proud recipient of various awards like SURMANI, SURSINGAR etc.
Second Workshop (29 May, 2018)
ARTIST’S NAME- Gauri Sanjay Pathak
She has an ALANKAR in Music, VISHARAD in CLASSICAL music (Vocal) Teaching Experience of 24 Years and is currently working in Sir Padampat Singhania Education Center, Kanpur. She performed Geet Govind, Nritya Natika, Megh Dutam, Dashawataar, Durga.
She informed us about the intricacies involved in Kathak Dance and Rhythm and performed Kathak Dance and Gat Bhaav.