29th July, 2016

Namaste Dear Parents,

We are happy to keep you informed about the various events and happenings at Suchitra!!

Here’s the fortnightly round up of the medley of activities at Suchitra. The month of July was a blink and miss with a flurry of activities and competitions. It was exhilarating!!

Please read on for some interesting news from the Suchitra Campus…

NEWS FROM PRE-PRIMARY

SIMPLE MACHINES 

On Thursday 21st July, we created stations with simple machines and objects that helped prove that simple machines make our work easier.

There was a lever station, wedge station, inclined-plane station, wheel and axel station, pulley station and a screw station. Children examined tools and machines and learnt how the machines improve the lives of humans. Children had the opportunity to operate these machines and understand the working of the machines.

RAIN DANCE

As we are learning about various changes, we also touched upon the changes in season. We organized a ‘RAIN DANCE’ for kids on Tuesday 26th July. Through this we could draw their attention to the water puddle on which they splashed and played in the morning which disappeared later in the day. Children were encouraged to think where and how the water disappeared and in the process develop an understanding of the water cycle.

THEME-END PRESENTATION

13886494_1368812079801034_1148670821773596629_nThe first Theme-end Presentation of this academic year was held on Friday 29th July. It was amazing to see the Playgroup and Nursery children display their confidence on the stage. The Jr. KG children mesmerised the crowd with their song, skit and dance. Sr. KG children displayed their learning through slide show of amazing facts, talk on reason for seasons and skit on life cycle of frog, germination of seed, stages of human growth and life cycle of the butterfly. The song on body parts and the butterfly dance was fascinating.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday 1st August                    – Bonalu Holiday

Tuesday 2nd August                   – Introduction of new theme (Discovery of India & People who help us)

Wednesday 3rd August             – Recitation competition (elimination round)

Wednesday 10th August           – Recitation competition (Final round)

Thursday 11th August               – Field trip (Sarva Dharm Sthal)

NEWS FROM PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL 

LANGUAGE WEEK BEGINS

The entire week, starting 18th July, was a very busy week with a plethora of Inter- House competitions celebrating the English Language Week.

20160719_095049Monday, 18th July, was the day of ENGLISH SOLO AND GROUP POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION. It was a day when Edward Lear, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Shelly came alive on stage.  The students recited beautiful poems engaging with the audience through physical presence, including appropriate body language, confidence and eye contact. Some of the memorable poems were ‘Kubla Khan’, ‘Why Mankind Why’, to name a few. We were proud spectators as the children enthralled us with their performance. Ms Nalini Nanda Kumar, raconteur and compere of international fame, was the chief guest and judge for the day.

Tuesday, 19th July, was the day of STORY-TELLING AND EXTEMPORE COMPETITION. Students from Grades I and II narrated interesting stories from Aesop Fables and Akbar – Birbal tales. They brought the characters to life with their confidence, voice modulation, stage presence and beautiful props to support.

The students of grades III to X taxed their imagination to think off their feet. Their prioritization and sequencing of thoughts to display logical thinking was commendable. The poise and comfort with which they spoke, spoke volumes about the commendable job my teachers are doing to instil various skills in our children.

Mrs Urmi Mazundar ( HOD English) from St. Andrews School, Bowenpally, graced the occasion and judged the event. In her speech she expressed amazement at the expertise that the children seemed to display in thinking on-the-spot. She had profuse praise for the brilliant display on the day.

Wednesday, 20th July, was the day for CREATIVE WRITING AND POETRY WRITING COMPETITION for all the grades. Students had to write poems on interesting topics like ‘Magic show’, ‘Homework’, ‘My cozy spot at home’, ‘When everything goes wrong’, to name a few. Creative writing topics like ‘The idea hit me like a tornado’, ‘My journey on a pirate ship’; ‘The dark hallway’ highlighted our students powers of expression, empathy and critical reading and thinking.

Thursday, 21st July, was the day for ORATION AND DECLAMATION COMPETITION. Grades III-VII had been given the topic a few days in advance to prepare a speech for their oration. All the participants were well- prepared and even the little ones exhibited immense confidence and poise. Grade X students outdid themselves during the Declamation Competition. The participants did not make any attempt to mimic the original author of the speech. Instead, speakers developed an oration that delivered the message of the author in an original and engaging manner with clarity, emotion, and persuasiveness. Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, John Cena radiated on the faces of the participants. Mrs. Shukla Dasgupta, Headmistress of Delhi Public School, Nacharam, graced the occasion and judged the event and expressed great admiration for the children.

Friday, 22nd July, was the closing day of the Language Week with INTER-HOUSE DEBATE COMPETITION. Four houses were pitted against each other. The audience witnessed heated debates on discussed topics in today’s world. Topics like ‘Cinemas are only to entertain the masses’, ‘Private tuitions are a necessary evil’, to name a few. It seemed like the perfect choice considering most of the pre-teens and teens around the world are actively involved in cinema and private tuitions. Speakers conveyed their points, presented well-formulated arguments and spoke confidently to prove their point. The countering sessions spiced up the talk, making the debate more enjoyable. Mrs. Shruti Bhattarcharya , Head of the Department of English, Gitanjali Senior School, was the chief guest and the judge for the day.  

CAS PROGRAMME: VISIT TO ZILA PARISHAD SCHOOL, VENELLAGADDA

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As a part of the CAS Programme the students of grade IX visited the ZILA PARISHAD SCHOOL on 27th July. Our students became thoroughly engaged in this process and truly understood the responsibility given to them. Our students sang a prayer song followed by interesting games and an interactive session. Their immersion in the interactions was remarkable. As a token of love, our students presented gifts to their new friends which were cherished and appreciated by them followed by a lunch at Suchitra campus. The self-realization of the fact that how small things give great happiness and how blessed all of us at Suchitra are, made the whole trip worth it.

VISIT TO SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

The students of grade X visited DEVNAR SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, BEGUMPET on 27th July. The purpose of this visit was to sensitize them to the ways in which the visually challenged cope with life and to recognize the blessing of ‘sight’ that we take for granted in our lives.

The students were taken around the school and were explained about the different resources used  to impart education to the visually challenged students. They enjoyed an interactive session and shared chocolates with their special friends. Somewhere it is said that scarcity brings out the best in a person. And that was quite clear from the visit. Surely as children walked out of those gates, they knew that something had changed in all of them—the way they saw things, the way they looked at others and most of all the way they looked at themselves.

SARVESH PARADKAR of GRADE X shares through his words how he took back a powerful lesson for himself:  “We received the unique opportunity to interact with the students. It was a joy to talk to our grade 10 counterparts. We got to see how they learn a variety of subjects using the Braille script and other auditory aids. From the chairman of the school, we learnt how several alumni, despite being visually impaired, have successfully pursued academics. Some have completed their CA, others are now in renowned law universities, engineering colleges and even gainfully employed in IT firms. We learnt how the students overcome their disability with sheer hard work and willpower. By doing so, they have managed to thrive in various paths of life. I took back one powerful message inscribed in my heart – if they can overcome the barriers of their disability to be happy and productive, then all the hurdles we conceive to our success are purely excuses.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

1st August                          : Holiday- Bonalu

8th -9th August                : Talen-Time: Inter-School Literary Competitions

11th August                       : Inter- House Patriotic Song Competition

 

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Dear Parents the past week- Literary Week-  has been extremely hectic as for any competition, to get the final participants we start from the very grass root level. The whole process started more than 2 weeks back.  I can say with complete confidence that each and every child of the school was given an opportunity to participate and eventually those who showed that bit of extra talent came on to the stage and took away  top honours. Please rejoice in the fact that all are being groomed and given the opportunity to explore. Finally the winners are those who ace it at all levels. I am sure your child too is next in line and has the potential.

My apologies as we had many hiccups in trying to organise fee payment through ICICI Bank. The bank just could not get its software readied and as a result we cut a sorry picture.

We request you to come and pay the II Term Fee in school itself. Please do keep in mind the last date for Fee Payment – 31st July (without any late Fee).

Warm Regards

Renu Shorey

Director Principal, Suchitra Academy

http://www.suchitra.in

 

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