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Global Indian International School, Chinchwad

Topic- Heritage Club activities in December 2014

Minority Rights Day is observed on 18th December every year throughout the world. The students of Grade X organized an event for the underprivileged children to commemorate Minority Rights Day. The children started the programme with a medley of songs and a musical presentation using drums which was followed by a number of age appropriate games. The students had also arranged for snacks and refreshments for their special guests. The children were given mementos and gifts that they would cherish and remember for a long time as it was a special moment of joy for them. A group photograph of the students and the excited invitees sealed the moment forever. the event of ‘Cooking without fire with Moms’ was organised, on 19th of December 2014 .Children along with their mothers were seen putting their culinary skills to trial. The little chefs were ecstatic and thrilled and showed off their prized dishes. The Annual Concert for Grade I was held on 19th December 2014. The theme for Kaleidoscope was ‘Colours’. Colours have always been an inseparable ingredient of Indian heritage and tradition, be it the festive vibrance of ‘Holi’ or the harvest festivals.The chief guests for the day were the hugely popular footballers from Pune FC, Mr. Arata Izumi and Mr. Luciano Sabrosa. The skits performed by the students ‘Town White’ and ‘Rainbow’ were spun around the theme of colour. The children also gave a melodious and mesmerizing recital of the classical song -Raga Brindavani Sarang. A bright and dazzling Fashion Show was a special treat for the day. To conclude the event Christmas Carols were also sung along by everyone to usher in the festive season. To bring out the energy and the high spirit of Christmas, GIIS Chinchwad had organized special assemblies on 22nd and 23rd December 2014.The tiny tots of Pre Primary presented the beautiful message of love, sharing, caring and celebrating happiness with friends and family. With the stage set on the Christmas theme, children dressed in red and white were all in cheerful spirits and the atmosphere was festive. The message of love and happiness, the true essence of Christmas was delightfully presented with a merry skit.. The children enacted their roles gleefully and belted out their dialogues heartily. All the children enthusiastically sang along the Christmas Carol ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’ soaking in the spirit of the day and wishing a Merry Christmas to all. Students from French language club presented carols in French to welcome the festive spirit. Extravaganza - the Annual Concert for Grade II & III was held on December 23rd 2014.The theme of the concert was ‘Incredible India’. It highlighted the spirit of cultural harmony and illustrated the rich cultural heritage of India. Students at GIIS Chinchwad come from across the country and world. The theme of the concert was a celebration of the spirit of Unity in Diversity! The performances were a splendid visual of the cultural heritage of India cutting across regions and religions. The vibrant costumes depicting the beauty of our unique culture! The pulsating spirit of Punjab, the beauty of Kashmir, the colours of Karnataka, the serenity of Assam ...were all being depicted marvellously with exhilarating dance, drama, and melodious songs. The concert was immensely appreciated by the parents and the guest audience and was an overwhelming success!


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Global Indian International School, Chinchwad

Topic- Activities conducted in April, July, August and September 2014

To mark the World Heritage Day on 18th April 2014, a special assembly was conducted by the Hibiscus house. The aim was to sensitise students towards the different types of heritage monuments of our country as well as in the other countries. The assembly began with the morning prayer song followed by a skit presentation which showcased various heritage sites including monuments, caves, temples and the natural heritage of India. The children were exposed to the world heritage history through a quiz session. GIIS students took a pledge to safeguard their heritage.
On the Special Assembly on Earth Day (22nd April 2014), to promote environmental awareness, students explained the meaning of Earth Day. They explained the importance of three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Tiny tots of classes 1 & 2 brought some used items like: plastic, newspaper, empty plastic bags etc. and explained how these items can be reused before throwing as garbage. The message behind this activity was to tell the students that we should reduce the garbage as much as possible by reusing the items or by recycling them. Students also presented the Facts about the celebration of Earth Day. “Heal the World” and “Janani Janmabhumi” songs sung by the students, to show the gratitude to the Mother Earth with the message to take care to the environment for the sake of our own life. Students took a pledge to ‘plant a tree today’ and ‘go green’.
On Youth International Day (12th August 2014), the assembly started with a vibrant note of good morning. Little ones of grade one and two were dressed in different attire of national leaders, with a message to up-coming youth that we should follow the values of our leaders along with the advancement of technology. A question was put up for the children viewing the program that who is their youth icon? There were vivid replies from many of the students and they were clear in their thought and speech. A Hindi song performance was also done and children sung with full melody. Along with the banners in hand children conveyed some un-forgetful messages to their friends.

The celebration of Van Mahotsav Week at GIIS Noida was an ideal opportunity to instill personal and social responsibility in our students towards safeguarding trees and forests. The focus of these celebrations is towards forming a personal connect between the students and trees through a process of experience, reflection and creation. To celebrate the Festival of trees called Van Mahotsava primary students of GIIS Noida participated in various activities held on 10 July 2014.
Grade III- The students were given old newspaper and they were told to bring decorative material to do a paper bag making activity.
Grade IV- The students of class IV participated in book mark making activity. They brought old pictures, greeting cards, used chart papers, pamphlets, cardboard to make book mark.
Grade V- Grade5 students brought different types of medicinal plants like neem, aloe vera, basil , giloy etc. Each one explained about the particular plant they brought.
Grade VI-To promote environmental awareness Student of class VI had participated in poster making competition on this occasion. Each group had made their poster on title ‘GREEN EARTH, CLEAN EARTH’.
Grade VII- They participated in a massive plantation drive within the school premises. Children along with their class teacher, Ms Guneet K Kochhar and their Eco club teacher Dr. Jyoti Mishra went around the school holding tiny saplings and the water can. On 11th September, 2014, Hindi Doha Recitation was conducted, to instill in children an understanding of “Hindi” language on occasion of Hindi Diwas and develop language skill and inculcate in children deep knowledge and rich wisdom hidden in the Indian culture. Final round was conducted on 11th August, 2014. Kids recited Doha so well that the audience and judges utterly got caught up.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, A Hasya Kavi Sammelan was organized in the school on 12 September 2014 in the MPH from 8:30 am to 9:30 am to instill the importance of Hindi language among students. 21 shortlisted students from classes 4, 5 ,6 and 7 presented self composed funny poems. Ms. Meena Rahtogi, a retired hindi teacher was the chief guest as well as one of the judges.


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Arya Vidya Mandir DPS Sec 45

The V.C.W Arya Vidya Mandir Heritage Club has been buzzing with activity. The theme chosen for this academic term is Science and History- two sides of the same coin. The main purpose of this theme is to bring out how each and every aspect of our Heritage has a close relation with science. It is sad that when we forget the very scientific relevance of our historical treasure, they become nothing but superstitions. The Heritage Club session dwelled on this theme. Students shared information on the scientific principles on which certain monuments are built with the group. It was indeed a thought-provoking one.

Students were lucky to have made three visits this term. The 11th and 12th of December are secured for ‘Archaeology Day’ celebrations by the Department of Extra Mural Studies, Mumbai University. Students of Std VIII along with the Heritage Club flocked to the Kalina Campus of MU to broaden their historical vision. Students got a hands on experience at pottery, excavation, stone cutting,etc. They actively participated in the History Quiz and also bought bookmarks with their names inscribed in Bramhi, Kharoshti, etc. On the whole, it was a very engaging excursion.
Our Club members were on their way to the MMRDA grounds to observe the displays put up for the Indian Science Congress.. The demos, models, charts, videos, samples were a treat to all our senses. They catered to the students interests and quenched their curiosities. They also visited the ‘Rocks and Fossils’ exhibition at Kalina Campus of MU ,organized a s a part of the Congress. Students learnt a lot about stones and how they are excavated. They were amazed to see the various forms of the semi precious and precious stones in their original forms.


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Ryan International School, Sector-40 Gurgaon

Topic- Heritage club activities

Ryan International School, Sector-40, Gurgaon participated in Inter Ryan Skating Championship held in Rohini, Delhi and pocketed great laurels. Arshelle Raheja of class IV did the school proud by winning a silver medal in the competition, while T.A Shreyas from class IV, Aditya from Class V and Siddhant Magon from Class VII won a bronze each. The School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma also motivated them to follow Chairman Sir Dr. A.F. Pinto’s vision of ‘Excelling in Sports’ and representing India at International Sports events. There was an Inter class English Declamation competition on the eve of Republic Day. Points highlighted were –significance of the constitution of India and celebrations and grandeur which mark the event. There were two rounds of the competition where the significance of Republic Day along with the traditions and rituals related to the Republic Day were discussed. Heritage Club organized an activity bonafire to mark the Harvest festival ‘Lohri’ with much aplomb. To celebrate the festivity, students danced and sang on the peppy music. Popcorn, peanuts, sweets like gajak, rewari etc were distributed to the students. The teachers explained to the students the scientific & social importance of the festival that it brings immense joy and happiness to the farmers who are producers of food for us. A morning assembly focused around the value for the month i.e. Graciousness. The assembly began with Bible Reading and prayer by the children of Mahatma Gandhi House. The special feature of the day was the “Fable Narration” by the students of Heritage Club. Students dressed up as the character of the story “The Lion and the Mouse” presented a lively show. The moral of the story was explained. A special assembly was conducted to inculcate the value of graciousness in the students by dramatizing the Bible Enactment “The Gracious Father” on 16.01.15 by Heritage Club. The enactment depicted that a man lived on a beautiful farm with his two sons. School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma highlighted the importance of graciousness in ones lives and how one needs to practice graciousness on the society. Heritage Club, participated in the ‘Beti Bachao – Beti padhao’ competition held by Haryana School Shikshapariyojna Parishad. Posters made by students depicting the role of women in the society were an eye opener. There was a special assembly on 15th January 2015 to mark the country’s 67th Army Day. The students dressed as army officers talked about the role of Indian army and how they are ready to fight at all the hard times at Indian borders as well as with natural disaster. A special assembly was to inculcate the value of Graciousness in the students by dramatizing the Bible enactment ‘Graciousness can win hearts’. The enactment depicted that people still keep themselves in bondage of their sins, hatred and bitterness even though they have been forgiven and set free after their punishment. A street play and a peace march was held at D.T. City Centre based on the theme ‘Swachh Bharat”. Keeping in line with Mahatma Gandhi’s tenets ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ students presented an eye opening street play before the onlookers. To mark the preliminary celebrations of the Republic Day, event was held to show state tableaus showcasing the splendor of Indian states, namely: Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Goa. To observe the Martyrs Day, students prayed for the peace of the country the students of Class VI conducted a talk show on the topic “Different Movements Led by the Gandhi Ji ". The students spoke about like Non - Cooperation, Dandi - March and Quit India Movement few well known slogans stressed upon students of class V A also presented a talk show on the movement as "Quit India movements. A special assembly organized on “National Youth Day” on 12th January 2015 to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekanand. The cabinet members enthusiastically presented a talk show on famous Young personalities of India. Students participated in 14th National Cyber Olympiad and won great laurels. An array of events to mark Republic day was organized in Ambience Mall. The Ryanites displayed the patriotic extravaganza and various performances were presented to evoke the feeling of Patriotism. The scintillating Dance performance ‘Proud to be an Indian’ left the onlookers spellbound.


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DAV International School, Verka Chowk, Amritsar

Topic- Heritage Club Activities conducted in January 2015

On 13th January 2015, the students celebrated Lohri with great zeal under the tutelage of Principal Anjana Gupta and Mr. Harpal Singh, Chirman , Nanhi Chhani Foundation. A special cultural bonanza on the theme ‘Kudiyan Di lohri’ was held in collaboration with , Nanhi Chhani Foundation, with an objective to create awareness among the masses regarding the burning issues such as gender, ratio, dowry, female feticide etc. students danced to the drum beats around the bonfire to celebrate the festival. In order to create awareness among the students for the preservation of the heritage site, the students visited Pul Kanjari on January 31, 2015. On the 26th January 2015, the Republic day was celebrated with all its solemnity and grandeur. The celebration commenced with the hoisting of Indian flag by the principal. The celebration also included singing of patriotic songs and dramatic presentation by toddlers. The principal briefed the students about the significance of this day and urged them to uphold the honor, integrity, diversity and uniqueness of India.


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PSBB Senior Secondary School, K K Nagar, Chennai

Topic- Heritage Celebrations and madras day celebrations

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda (12 January) has been declared as Heritage Day by the Central Board. On this day, a grand performance comprising various events was organized in the School premises. The Chief Guest was V.Sriram, a music historian who besides having great passion for culture also writes books and hosts exhibitions that present the true meaning and perspective of culture. The event, organized by the Social Science faculty, focused on a form of heritage – Music Heritage. The occasion began with a small introduction to the meaning of heritage and its various types, namely Food Heritage, Literary Heritage and so on. The event later portrayed a “KATHA KALAKSHEPAM” performance by the students of Std. IX and X. The story was about the life of the Nayanmar Thirunavakarasu. It was truly exciting for ‘first-time viewers’. This was followed by a “THERU KOOTHU” that startled the Chief Guest with amazement and rolled the audience into loops of laughter. This joy was further carried over to the “JUGALBANDHI” performance that came up. Though a JUGALBANDHI is only presented by two singers and is basically sung in Hindustani classical music, the students presented yet another new creativity – the performance was a GROPU JUGALBANDHI and it had a blend of both Hindustani and Carnatic raagas. It was truly a heart stirring performance that drove the audience into entity. After appreciating the participants, the Chief Guest delivered an inspiring and educational speech on the importance of Indian culture in other countries and the need to learn art forms and languages that belong to our culture. Through his speech, students were inspired. They were moved after listening to the importance their culture had in foreign countries and the Western world. Many of us feel that we need to imbibe and practice Western values and culture that seem “trendy” and “cool” but we fail to understand that even the people of the West are trying to absorb our values, tradition and culture only for its originality and purity.

The madras day celebrations conducted by PSBB KKN ON 27.8.2014 celebrated 375 glorious years of madras the city that perfectly blends together rich tradition and modern ideas making the city truly cosmopolitan in nature. Following the centuries old tradition the celebration started with an invocation to the almighty .Then a special prayer composed by Mrs.Chitradevi ,a Tamil faculty who brought out the beauty of praying to the supreme deity in one’s own language. This was followed by the chief guest’s introduction wherein Dr.ChitraMadhavan,a renowned art historian was the chief guest and Mr.Vijaysarathy, a man of great calibre was the guest of honour. Karagam the ancient yet charming dance form was demonstrated with such skill and perfection that it made the audience awe in wonder .The dance also won a thunderous applause at the end for the precision and passion displayed by the dancers who had worked hard for the performance to become a success. Dr. ChitraMadhavan, a notable alumna dealt in depth and threw light on the beauty of Indian cultural heritage in and around the city of temples through her video presentation. Next up in line was the video presentation that brought to spotlight the evolution of tamil cinema from the reminiscent and breath taking past to the trendsetting present. This was followed by a skit that showcased the acting greats of the world’s 3rd best industry and the talent behind the screen who have made it possible. Madras Medleys showcased the vocal talents of students and made the audience take a dive down the memory lane. There were a line of competitions that were meticulously planned to bring out and showcase the talent that the future of Chennai possessed in in abundance. The prize distribution done by the Chief guest was done as to spread the idea and richness of madras and encourage those students who had well realized it. To mark the end of the events the principal of PSBBKKN, Mrs. Indra Vaidyanathan delivered her formal vote of thanks thereby thanking one and all who were the backbone of the event and made the event fruitful.