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Global Indian International School, Ahmedabad

Topic: Celebration of International Yoga Day

GIIS Ahmedabad organized a Yoga session to celebrate “International Yoga Day” in the MPH for the students of grade 1-10. The International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June to bring peace, harmony, happiness and success to every soul in the world. This celebration gave a great opportunity to the students to imbibe the value of self-discipline, physical and spiritual practice that needs to be carried every day. The day began with different competitions like poster making, slogan writing, essay writing & poem writing on “International Yoga Day”. The children got the chance to know how yoga embodies unity of mind and body. Mr. Bhagirath Gohil, a renowned yoga and naturopathy expert was invited to grace the occasion. The event started with the garlanding of Gandhiji’s bust by the guest followed by the Morning Prayer. Ms. Ruchika presented a Tulsi sapling to the guest after which he gave a short speech on benefits of yoga in today’s modern world. He asked the students to have appositive attitude and a willingness to accomplish their task. A short presentation on 8 limbs of yoga, different asanas and yoga postures like Vrikshasana, Uttaanaasana, Trikonaasana, Bhadrasana, Shashankaasana, Bhujangasana, PawanaMuktaasana were shown by the sports teachers. Excellent display of flexibility and co-ordination by the teachers left the audience awestruck. The students’ presentation of various asanas was no less. Finally the session ended with Pranayama, meditation & sir’s message on how important is being fit and healthy in life. The interactive Q/A session between the expert and the students gave an insight to them as to how they could increase their concentration to stay focused in academics.


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Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Topic: Celebration of International Yoga Day

On the occasion of Fifth Annual - International Day of Yoga 2019, Sri Sadguru Sri Mallikarjuna Garu, addressed the students of Oxford Grammar School, Himayatnagar. Sri Sadguru Sri Mallikarjuna Garu advised students to practice yoga on a regular basis. He elucidated the history of several asanas. He stressed on the importance and benefits of Yoga. He instilled the essence of unification of mind, body and soul through meditation. The young Oxfordians enthusiastically participated in performing various asanas to inculcate moral values in their long run of life.


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Neerja Modi School, Jaipur

Installation of INTACH Heritage Club

The Neerja Modi School, Jaipur is happy and delighted to set up a heritage club in the school from this academic session. The school has named this club as MIRAS-THE HERITAGE CLUB, wherein the word ‘miras’ is derived from an Arabic word which means ‘heritage’. The club is open to students from class VI to VIII and currently consists of 50 members. The meetings of the club are to be held once in a month. Under the esteemed guidance of our school teachers and senior students, the club made it to its first meeting which was held on 20th April, 2019. The joyfulness and excitement amongst the members to know more about heritage made this meeting a successful one. Students of this club were told about Heritage, Culture and Art of India. The students were briefed about what INTACH is and the importance of protecting and preserving one’s heritage. The students were also told about the various types of heritage. An interactive session was also taken up by our core members and teachers who answered to all kinds of interesting questions that were put up by our young exciting minds. Children were encouraged to feel the heritage in each and every aspect of their life. An activity was conducted by the club where the members were asked to write about the types of insects, animals, flowers they see around their habitat, so that they could be made more aware about their environment and natural heritage. Also they were asked to express their feelings upon few questions such as: What does heritage mean to them? Why do they want to be a member of this club? What can the member do to save the heritage of the city? Etc. A documentation card making for an Art Form was given to the members as a holiday assignment which they have to submit after their vacations expressing about their interest in an Art Form. Thus, the heritage club feels honored to make a small step towards inculcating and spreading awareness in the society towards Heritage and hope to make the best efforts towards Heritage Conservation and Education.


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Delhi Public School, Sec-45, Gurgaon

INTACH activities for the month of May

JUNIOR WING
‘All for one and one for all keep biodiversity or our future may fall'

WORLD BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY DAY
The students of Junior School, INTACH Club celebrated World Migratory Day and World Biological Diversity Day. They were made acquainted with the term ‘Biodiversity’ and the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. The students of Classes III, IV and V learnt through numerous fun filled activities about the importance of both the days celebrated in the month of May. The students were enlightened briefly about the importance of migratory birds in our ecosystem. The students drew beautiful logos on the theme. Videos shown and role- play visualization themselves as birds were performed. This activity gave them the platform to showcase their talent and made them realized the importance of birds and their diverse habitats. The school also organized a three day adventurous and enlightening tour to Jim Corbett National Park for the students of classes IV and V from 2nd May'19 to 4th May '19. It was an exciting trip which helped the students to appreciate nature and the need to preserve our forests and animals living therein. This excursion created an everlasting impression on the young minds about the need to safeguard our ecological inheritance.

MIDDLE WING
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
INTACH school group celebrated International Museum Day on 8th May 2019. The middle school students researched and wrote about the unusual museums with different specializations. The children participated enthusiastically and learnt about fascinating exhibits contained in these out of the ordinary museums. The school also organized an educational trip to National Gandhi Museum for students of class 8 in association with ITIHAAS. The students got an opportunity to witness the display of a rich collection of photographs, original relics and letters belonging to the Father of the Nation. Each picture had an interesting tale to narrate. The instructors from Itihaas shared many stories and facts about his life. A charkha session was also organized wherein the students got experience on how to spin a yarn.


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Global Indian International School, Ahmedabad

Topic: World Earth Day

The Global Indian International School, Ahmedabad had a weeklong celebration of World Earth Day on April 22 with a special assembly on the theme Nurture the Nature by the students of 8 B to mark the 49th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. This day is celebrated each year to remind us about the need to protect and safeguard our environment so that we can make this planet a better place to live in for our future generations. It was a great day to showcase environmental education, highlight efforts to make the school eco-friendly and engage the whole student community in making a difference. A week long cleanliness drive ensured that the students neatly turned out their classrooms. Children also participated in creative activities like slogan writing, Collage-making, poster making and poem writing displaying their artistic and linguistic skills while showcasing their awareness about conserving natural resources. As a part of the Awareness Drive, the students displayed posters carrying slogans on World Earth Day and Nurture the Nature in the neighboring localities. Boys of grade 8B presented a unique street play wherein they addressed important issues like pollution, garbage, extinction of flora and fauna, etc. They also provided solutions like registration, recycling, carpooling, spreading awareness for environmental protection. Mrs. Darshana Malkani narrated a touching poem on nature's plight, and how humanity is racing ahead without caring for Mother Earth. A PowerPoint presentation sharing the history and the importance of this significant day was followed by an awakening video which showed how our actions can impact mother Earth. Organic vegetation, saving the endangered species, avoiding the use of plastic and taking initiatives were some of the solutions provided to save the environment. The girls of the class presented a unique dance showing the consequences of what would happen if the trees no longer existed. It also helped to awaken the spirit of living in harmony with the nature for a peaceful existence. Principal Sir concluded the assembly by appreciating the children's efforts and also enlightened the GIIS students about the "Elevating Green" and "Unival" project. He reminded the children of their responsibility towards Mother Earth and administered a pledge to protect and save our fast depleting natural resources and that we would respect our natural inheritance and be good caretaker of their planet. There is HOPE if people will begin to awaken that SPIRITUAL part of them, that heartfelt knowledge that we are CARETAKERS of this PLANET.


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Delhi Public School, Gurgaon

Intach Activities for the Month of April

JUNIOR WING
“What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself”.

With the quoted belief, the Junior School INTACH Club introduced the students to the aim and purpose of having the INTACH club in our school, they were made familiar with the enriching and fun filled activities planned for this month. Children of class III, IV and V were introduced to INTACH, its mission and prominent work done by the organization.

The Junior Wing conducted activities on the theme World Health Day, Earth Day and World Heritage Day. The theme of World Health Day “Universal Health Coverage” and the slogan “Health for All” were explained to the class. Students were made aware about the role of nutritious food in their growth and development. A brief introduction to the importance of celebrating Earth Day was given to the students by informative videos as well as discussion in the class. They designed badges on the theme ‘save mother earth’. Students also took active part in sharing their ideas for a clean and green Earth as well as saving and preserving the heritage and drew attractive illustrations in their activity notebooks. A video clip of the world heritage sites in India was shown to increase their awareness about the Heritage monuments and sites in our country. Quiz on Heritage sites of India saw enthusiastic participation of the students wherein they learnt about the need of preserving heritage sites and were made aware of new facts about the heritage sites in India. ANAGRAM solving activity helped children learn new words related to environmental issues. Students of Junior school participated in World Heritage Day organised by ITIHAAS, a competition on 3D exhibits from waste material on the theme UNESCO World Heritage sites in India,at Purana Qila,New Delhi. They presented their model on Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and made the school proud by securing the second position in Junior School Category.

MIDDLE WING
The middle wing students VII wrote interesting and unknown facts about monuments of India on the occasion of World Heritage Day on 5th April. The students participated enthusiastically and highlighted the measures to preserve the monuments and keep them alive for upcoming generations. Students of class VIII prepared an itinerary of Gurgaon titled- ‘Gurgaon City Tour.’ These activities helped students gain an insight into the rich cultural heritage of India. To promote cultural awareness among students, Delhi Public School Gurgaon, under the aegis of SPICMACAY, organized a lecture-cum-demonstration on Thursday, 11th April, 2019 in the school auditorium. The renowned Manipuri dancers, Padma Shri, Raj Kumar Singhajit Singh and Ms. Charu Sija Mathur performed for the students of classes VI-IX. Students from various other schools of Gurgaon were invited for the same. Ms. Archana Prasad, Head of Spic Macay Gurgaon Chapter, also attended the programme. The show commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the eminent artists and the Director Principal, Ms. Aditi Misra. The distinguished guest artists were then felicitated with tokens of appreciation. Shri Raj Kumar Singhajit Singh and Ms. Charu Sija Mathur, took the students through the journey of understanding the nuances of the Manipuri dance form by giving valuable insights. They spoke about how the language of dance transcends all boundaries. Their performance along with their team of musicians and accompanists comprising of Mr. Jagannath Ghoshal, Mr. Pradeep Singh, Mr. Sarat Singh and Ms. Laxmi Devi left the audience spellbound. The interactive lecture-cum-demonstration with the students made the session not only enjoyable but also informative. It was an unforgettable life experience for the students as they were exposed to the rich cultural heritage of India.


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The Oriental Seminary, Kolkata

Topic: World Heritage Day, 18th April, 2019

On the occasion of World Heritage Day on 18th April, 2019, the Oriental Seminary School organized an audio-visual quiz contest. The quiz was organized to sensitize the students to know more about their heritage and also about the interesting facts of their city Kolkata. The Quiz was based on the following topics-

1. Identifying Indian musical instruments
2. Famous heritage sites of India
3. Wonders of the world
4. Interesting facts about Kolkata

Prizes and sweets were distributed to the students at the end of the event. The event was thoroughly enjoyed both by the students and the teachers as well.


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Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Topic: International Mother Language Day 21st February 2019

Children Educational Academy in association with Oxford Grammar School hosted International Mother Language Day on 21st February, 2019 in School premises. The dignitaries for the event were Dr. Gangadevu Yadaiah, Dr. K. Narender, Prof. Nizam College Vernacular language experts, teachers and Pracheena Heritage Members attended the program. The programme was presided over by Children Education Academy, Chairman & Bala Chelimi, Editor Mr. Manikonda Vedakumar, who emphasized the importance of mother tongue in every body’s life and nothing can replace the beauty and comfort ability of mother tongue. Languages must be taught by parents, teachers in play way method as mother tongue is heard by child even in the womb. Chief Guest Dr. Gangadevu Yadaiah, son of soil, social activist, worked for upliftment of tribal people of various districts of Telangana. He informed the audience that languages started spoken orally then lead to the formation of the script, while some languages don’t have script. Telugu, for instance is spoken all over the world for its sweetness and rhythm. The writers Mr. Gangadevu Yadaiah read out beautiful short poem which children enjoyed thoroughly. Languages build contacts, improve relationship and make movement in the world comfortable. Language can be learnt not only in books but by getting exposure, reading and writing. UNESCO survey informed Telugu as an extinction language. Dr. K. Narender insisted on using mother tongue at home, calling parents and relatives in mother tongue and advised students to be vocal in mother tongue whichever they have.


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Delhi Public School, Sec-45, Gurugram

Activities for the month of January 2019

JUNIOR WING
Month of January brought with it the thrill and excitement. Starting with the celebration of Republic Day, a special assembly on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day was conducted in the school auditorium. Posters on Republic Day were made enthusiastically by the students as they learnt about the importance of being a republic nation. Holding to this spirit several activities were conducted during the month such as Indian Army Day, National Tourism Day, Makkar Sankranti, National Voters Day, Swami Vivakananda's birthday/ National Youth Day. The students with the help of the teachers enthusiastically participated, observed and discussed about the importance of each activity. Posters, videos and talks were organized to give a better understanding to the students of the various activities that were conducted.

MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL
DPS, Gurgaon, in association with INTACH club, organized an inter school poster making and essay writing competition– Paani Ki Kahani- My Water Heritage on 23rd Jan 2019, for students of classes VI to IX, to instill in them a deep love for our culture and heritage. The Director Principal of the School, Ms. Aditi Misra, felicitated the guests and the dignitaries for being a part of the event. She also stressed on the importance of water heritage and how this competition will help the students to spread awareness and work towards preserving each little drop of water. The guest speaker for the event was Professor Parul Munjal, Associate Professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon. The other distinguished guests were Major Atul Dev, Convener INTACH Gurugram Chapter, Ms Namrata Mishra, Chairperson, Education Committee, INTACH and Ms Anjali Saran, Executive member, INTACH Gurugram. Major Atul Dev in his address appreciated the students for their knowledge and awareness of their heritage and culture. Prof Parul Munjal, the guest speaker, reiterated the importance of water conservation and spoke about the heritage of Gurgaon. The program ended with the vote of thanks, proposed by Ms. Namrata Mishra. The informative and interactive session enriched the students.


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