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Blogbait-“The Principle of True Art is Not to Portray But to Evoke”

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Art is an activity which is very close to my heart. Since childhood, I used to play with colors. When I joined Jaipuria as a boarder I saw some of my classmates paintings and sketches and that’s how I developed a keen interest in Art. I began painting even after school hours. I made a Madhubani painting and created it by using geometrical patterns. I enhanced the quality of the painting and tried to make it special. I used different shades while creating this piece of art. Since, I am from Bihar and it is quite famous for Madhubani Art, I was inspired to create this painting.

Painting helps me to relax, unwind & makes me feel better whenever something goes wrong. Through art, I can express my feelings. My art teacher, Vasundhra Ma’am has helped me by introducing the color scheme. My teacher also told me how to shade with acrylic paint. She helped me a lot to fulfill my desire to be creative.

Divyanshu Gupta

VIII-A

I stand for Peace

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At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow, we endeavor to make a positive impact on the thought process of students through powerful Assemblies. A variety of relevant issues are discussed and a conscious attempt is made to equip children with core life skills.

On 7th March one such powerful Assembly was taken up by Ms. Warsha Sawant the Science Teacher. She showed a visual and began by asking students, how many felt that war was a solution to the escalating tension between India & Pakistan. A few students advocated war stating that Indians must not be perceived as cowards while others felt that war has never led to permanent solutions.

On the contrary, war leads to destruction and chaos and loss of millions of lives. The teacher then shared a Ted Talk by Professor Owen Brian Toon (University of Colorado). Hearing the talk, the students realized the world wide impact that an Indo-Pak nuclear war would have on the entire planet, destroying human & plant life along with climatic conditions.

(link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7hOpT0lPGI )

The most important message that the students took back was that “In today’s wars there is no final victory and the only war that India and Pakistan should have is a War against poverty, illiteracy and backwardness

The students could relate this situation to the Sustainable Development Goal, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.Another video was shared with them about the Peace Boat which starts its voyage from Japan and creates awareness about the SDGs in various countries along its route.

https://vimeo.com/188333446

The ultimate question is whether we should choose peace and work towards completing these sustainable development goals or choose a nuclear war which would destroy the whole human civilization.

Last but not the least the students were asked, what can be their role in promoting peace. The students had made their choice and replied that as responsible citizens we should not spread hate messages on social media and not get influenced by fake news and rumours about any such situation.

 

Green Brings Gold

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GREEN Olympiad is an annual written examination on environment initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 1999. The exam is conducted by Environment Education & Awareness Area (EEA) of TERI and attracts participation from school students across India and abroad. The theme of this year’s Olympiad was “Environment and Sustainable Development“. The Olympiad was conducted at three levels including – Level 1: Class 4 –5, Level 2 :Class 6 -8 and Level 3: Class 9 – 10.

Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow believes in encouraging students to widen their academic horizons beyond school books and prepare to excel in today’s competitive environment. Our students also participated in TERI Green Olympiad 2018 conducted on 30th October 2018. Thirty eight students from the school appeared for the exam out of which five  of our students excelled & attained Certificate of Distinction. Mili Verma (Class IX)- 86%,  Khushi Yadav (Class IX)-84% , Sandhya Yadav ( Class IX) – 82% , Ankush Verma ( Class IX) – 78% & Rishi Raj Pratap Singh ( Class IX) -72%. They have been awarded Certificate of Distinction and Mili Verma has won the Gold medal and has been declared as the State Winner from Uttar Pradesh ,India.

Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners and indeed a proud moment for the entire Jaipurian fraternity!!!

 

 

“Old is gold”……. Reliving the Past.

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No matter where we go,

No matter what we do,

It’s our roots that hold us firm,

and our values that keep us true.

At Seth Anandaram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, we believe that culture, traditions and values play an integral part in education. In today’s fast paced world, full of packaged goods and factory-made things, we have become enslaved to the idea of branding and marketing and have forgotten our age-old practices.

To instil in students’ awareness about age old practices – ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Old is Gold’ activities were conducted over a span of two weeks in the school. The entire school took part in this initiative. The first session began on 6th February 2019 , when students were asked what people might have used before soaps, shampoos, cosmetics were invented. They were then shown live demonstrations of making ‘Face packs, face scrubs etc. using house hold kitchen items like -turmeric,gram flour, oats, fresh cream, honey, banana, aloe vera etc. They were also told about the various benefits of Amla, Shikakai, Ritha,Henna etc for hair care.Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and some gladly applied these pastes on their faces. They got a hands-on experience of making traditional beauty products which are chemical free and environmentally safe. They realised that nature’s bounty caters for everything.They also realised how we have become over dependent on shower gels, shampoos & other products that are full of chemicals when compared to pure home made products.

This initiative was taken further in the following week on 13th February 2019, by telling students about traditional and healthy food items that are nutritious as well as tasty. Many children these days prefer packaged snacks and ready to eat meals that are full of preservatives. To counter the influence of factory-made food items, students were told about many healthy snacks that are both tasty and nutritive. The teachers and students together made healthy food items like – Sprouts,Salads,Puffed Rice Chaat (Bhel Puri) etc.Students were taught how to make Sattu (ground pulses and cereals) Sharbat, Jal-jeera etc.They were told about the health benefits of various ingredients. Students understood the value of homemade things that are pure. They experienced a sense of pride as they engaged in these activities. Furthermore, they understood the ill effects of packaged goods.The truly learnt the value of the adage ‘OLD IS GOLD’ through these activities.

 

 

World Read Aloud Day

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Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belong to all people.

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow, organised a Skype Session with Brandy wine Heights School, Top ton Pennsylvania (USA) on 8th February. Students of grade 5 of both the schools interacted with each other and recited a poem.

The students of Brandy wine Heights School recited ‘The Road Not Taken’by Robert Frost; this poem allows the reader to think about choices we make in our life. On the other hand, the students of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, eloquently recited the poem ‘Indian Weavers’  by Sarojini Naidu,which talks about three types of dresses that Indian Weavers weave at three particular times of the day. Metaphorically each time and the dress worn in that time symbolises a particular stage of life.

The session concluded with an interactive session between the students of both the schools. The event gave an opportunity to all the students present to gain knowledge about a different country and their educational system.

This Skype Session also enabled the students to become more confident, realise the importance of reading and to understand a world beyond their classroom.

 

 

Session on Speech Recognition & Voice Technology

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution”

     –Albert Einstein

 

SAJS, Lucknow has always believed in taking lessons beyond classrooms and relating it to the real world. Inviting Guest Speakers, to interact with our students and share something new and exciting, has always been an endeavor in this regard. Mr. Kalaimania parent working at Nuance India Private Limited was invited to school on 9th February, 2019 as a Guest Speaker. Mr. Kalaimani, works in the field of Speech Recognition and Voice Technology.

Technology today has pervaded our lives. It is a booming market full of exciting and innovative products and new learning opportunities.Mr. Kalaimani shared the details of his expertise which is related to the technology of recognizing and understanding the voice and performing the required task. He discussed about Automatic Speech Recognition and its uses. He cited various examples where this technique is currently in use- navigation, voice dialing (hands free), in cars. He related this to user friendly products that we use in our daily lives- Alexa&Siri, which can save our time.

Mr. Kalaimani, further explained the process of Speech Recognition. Devang(VIII) shared his knowledge and spoke about turning speech into binary and then into codes. Mr. Kalaimani appreciated Devang’s knowledge about the topic and gave step wise details of how voice is turned into codes. He also explained Speaker Dependent and Speaker Independent technology. He stressed on the fact that man is constantly trying to turn imagination into reality. We are living in the future with technology all around us which should be used in a positive manner.  Later he interacted with students and answered their queries patiently. Students could easily relate this technology to Siri(Apple product) and Alexa(Amazon product), at home.

It was an informative session and helped the students to understand the implication and scope of Voice Technology. Principal, Ms. Poonam Kochitty, presented a token of appreciation to Mr. Kalaimani and expressed her gratitude for taking out his valuable time to interact with the students.

 

 

 

 

Jaipuria Wins Gold Certificate

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Actions backed by good intentions often lead to great results. Little did we know that the e-waste awareness activities that we have conducted in school will lead us to winning a Gold Certificate by the organization, ‘Karo Sambhav’.

The award ceremony was held at Kunwar’s Global School on 6th February’19 where children and teachers from other schools of the city were also invited. It was an honour to receive the award from Ms.Pooja Agarwal, Educationist and Entrepreneur, Pro-Chancellor SRMU, Dean SRMCEM. Ms. Agarwal in her speech clearly stated that we humans do not look for solutions to problems till we realize that it is our problem. She insisted that the children should be a force of change makers who creatively look for solutions to the prevailing environmental problems.

As the children shared their experiences of the e-waste management activities organized in their school, the Karo Sambhav team was happy to know the endeavors put in by the teachers and the school management to get children into mindful thinking and reiterating the concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair.

 

 

 

Morning Assembly

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Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow

Morning Assembly

Date:February 5,2019

Topic : Does God have a gender?

 

Continuing with our recent Assemblies on “Gender Equality”, Devansh (IX), Manya (VIII) and Shubhanshi (VIII) conducted an assembly on 5th February’19 beginning   with a discussion about Gender Equality which is SDG-5. They shared and discussed the meaning that is equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender. This was followed by a video which reiterated that God is gender neutral. Devang(VIII) spoke about male specie being the Alpha species and the dominant one. That is one of the reasons why we address God as ‘He’. Manya discussed about “Ardhnarishwar” and the story of Rishi Bhrigni. It is a woman who gives a man his identity and takes no credit for it.

Principal, Ms. Poonam Kochitty, touched upon the sensitive topic of Transgenders. She spoke about how they are treated in our society and discriminated. She reminded everyone that they did not choose to be the way they are and deserve to be accepted and respected. She further added that we all need to appreciate differences. She also discussed about LGBT and their rights. She said that we need to be more open minded and accept other people’s preferences. We are no one to pass judgment on anyone and need to change our attitude.

It was a thought provoking assembly which sparked in the children the need to question existing attitudes & perceptions. questioning existing attitudes and perceptions.

 

 

 

Karo Sambhav

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On the 30th and  31st of January’19, the students of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School engaged in a whole school activity, brainstorming on real world problems related to E waste. Different classes engaged in different activities and the school was abuzz with excited discussions, hands on activities, viewing videos and expressing opinions, making robots from e-waste and many more. An overall awareness about this menace resulted and the report will be shared with ‘Karo Sambhav’ that suggested this initiative. It is an organization that finds inclusive, sustainable, scalable and transparent solutions for e-waste handling in India and our school joined hands with them in taking this awareness forward.

Rapid economic growth, coupled with urbanization and a growing demand for consumer goods, has increased both the consumption and the production of electronic gadgets across the globe. As these goods are being treated as disposable items more and more every day, there is a whooping rise in the percentage of e-waste being generated.  E-waste is the term used to describe old, end-of-life electronic appliances such as computers, laptops, TVs, DVD players, mobile phones, mp3 players, etc., which have been disposed by their original users.

The objective of the whole school activity was to make the students understand the importance of responsible consumption and production, the need to reduce, reuse and recycle and to bring to light the toxicity levels in various electronic gadgets.

 

The following activities were taken up by different classes-

 Class Nursey-Reused the old and damaged CDs to make diyas for Diwali
 Class KG-Reused the damaged CDs to make a clock.
 Class I– Video on – What is E-Waste/ Identifying and Colouring e-waste worksheet was done post a class discussion.
 Class II– Video on – What is E-Waste management and Journey of garbage/ Landfill picture analysis and class discussion –
 Class III– Audio on “Environmentalists teach Dos and Don’ts of e-waste. Group activity-Children had discussions on e-waste management/Mind maps were made. Vocabulary like- dumping ground, smoldering, wasteland etc were discussed
 Class IVA– Word Search-The children did a puzzle worksheet on words related to e-waste like refurbish, landfill, etc.
 Class IVB-PowerPoint on, ‘Why is the computer considered toxic’
 Class VA-Poster-making was taken up by the students to spread the awareness on e-waste management.
 Class VB-3D Paint Software was used by the children to make drawings on e-waste management.
 Class VI-The children were shown a video on e-waste management. They designed robots using e-waste.
 Class VIIA-The students used multiplication/division/averages to estimate the e waste in their community and learnt about electronics recycling.
 Class VIIIB-Through research the students learnt about the materials used in the modern day electronics and the need to recycle them.
 Class IXA/B-Video on children being employed at waste segregation sites/carcinogenic materials in electronics followed by a brainstorming session.
 According to statistics, India has emerged as the world’s second largest mobile market and the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world; discarding roughly 18.5lakh tons of electronic waste last year. With numbers growing at an alarming rate, we hope that such initiatives at school level will help in building responsible citizens who are empathetic and future sensitive.

 

 

 

Children Must be Taught ‘How‘ to Think not ‘What’ to Think

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The Primary assembly on 4th February was a learning experience for each one of us, students and teachers alike. Our little star Sayuri Kadian of grade 1 wowed the audience with her spectacular assembly presentation on ‘Do unicorns really exist?’

She independently made a presentation using “Sway” and began with questions as to how many of them believed that unicorns are for real.  This was followed by a series of slides on unicorns and a few facts related to the same. She also talked about other one horned creatures like the narwhal and Indian rhinoceros which made everyone wonder whether unicorns did exist at some point of time or not. The session was interesting and interactive. Sayuri asked simple questions to the audience to which they responded actively. The assembly concluded with fun a video song ‘unicorn walking on the rainbow’.

The fact that children are great imitators and they learn by seeing was distinctly exhibited in Sayuri’s presentation, which she conducted independently and confidently. It was quite a reflection of the school’s culture that considers morning assembly an integral positive start to the day.

This effortless assembly presentation by Sayuri was not just a boost to her confidence but was also a source of encouragement for others to build on their potential. Her presentation throws light on the fact that earning is an on-going process and a young student can be a great teacher too.