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Sri Sankara Vidyashramam MHSS

Topic: World Heritage Day- 18th April 2017

On the occasion of World Heritage Day, Traditional Games of India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Malayasia were taught to the students of class I and II. They played games like Palankuzhi, Pandi, Seven Stones, Five Stones, Tug of War, Dragon’s Tail, Ball and Cup, Hide and Seek and Sack Race. The Students played these games with lots of enthusiasm. In the times of increasing dependency on technology and virtual games, this activity gave students a new method to harness their valuable energy, while teaching them a lesson in heritage and sportsperson spirit.


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Global Indian International School, Indore

Topic: Movie Festival on Wildlife and Environment

The goal of wildlife conservation is to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and also to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness for humans and other species alike. To spread awareness about our wildlife & Environment “The Nature Volunteers” a renowned non profitable NGO organised a three days movie festival in Indore.

From GIIS, Indore 150 students along with their parents & 5 teachers participated in this festival with great enthusiasm. The show was open for all, so parents have also shown their love towards nature by bringing their kids to the venue. First day two movies were screened based on the conservation of Tiger and water. The first movie was “Corbett’s Legacy” in which they have shown the life of Jim Corbett and how he became a famous conservationist from a famous hunter.

Students got a glimpse of how movies can be used as a medium to spread a message. Students are now excited to take up different topics to make movies about heritage awareness.


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Global Indian International School, Chincwad

Topic: Promulgation of the Core Values in GIIS

Values are very important to any school as they govern us in our daily life, whether we recognize them or not, they guide our decision making in everything that we do. That’s why GIIS Chinchwad devised a way to inculcate Gandhi ji’s values and principles in the students. The school adopted these values and provided a framework to school and students, which will ultimately help influence and shape the students’ culture. They, the word "MAHATMA" holds all our values together as:

Manage with Information and Metrics
Agility and Adaptability
Honesty, Integrity and Ethical Practices
Attitude before Knowledge
Team Work
Mentor, Coach and make a difference
Ambience for Learning

In the assembly, students spoke about the values and how can they imbibe core values propagated in the school leading to a righteous life. Students shared their thoughts through a short performance signifying different core values of the school. Their thoughts reflected how GIISian values have made a difference while dealing with a situation.

Dr Vohra said, “Gandhiian values are such that hold true even in today’s times and play a major role in imbibing in the youth the way to lead their lives purposefully.”

For the love of Mother Earth

To bring awareness toward environmental protection, World earth day is celebrated on 22nd April worldwide. On this day, students at GIIS demonstrated their support and concern towards mother earth. They discussed “how with some conscious efforts they can contribute to save our planet?”

“Social Animal“– the most intelligent creature on earth is to be blamed. Many children came with thoughts, “how they can save our mother nature?” Few students came with suggestions like being eco-friendly, planting more trees; less use of energy, less use of plastic, use of public transport can help to save our planet. They were made aware that how 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) can help us to save our earth from devastation. Students understood that it’s in our hands to save and keep earth beautiful.

On this occasion Principal, Dr. Amrita Vora said, “Devastation of Mother Earth is really a big concern which is immensely affecting our climate. As responsible human beings, we collectively need to take care of our mother earth who has blessed us with all recourses for our survival and one day we all have to give her back in one or the other way”


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Spring Dale Senior School, Amritsar, Punjab

Topic: Heritage walk to 'The Golden Temple'

The students of Spring Dale Senior School, Amritsar, Punjab went to the Golden Temple like a tourist who has come there to explore and adore this symbol of peace and humanity. Before entering the Temple they passed through the new facelift which stretched from the historic town hall to the Golden Temple. This stretch is called the heritage street and very beautifully depicted the art and heritage of Punjab. The road also represented the values of our freedom struggle by erecting a unique rock sculpture in front of Jallianwala Bagh which is lit with an eternal flame of our freedom struggle. A dilapidated building of Dharam Singh Market has also been given a facelift to spell the grandeur of Amritsar markets. As they went inside the temple through this alluring street they stopped at every information point to grab as much as knowledge as they could. The students also enjoyed the palatable Guru Ka Langar which is served to all faiths, backgrounds, society's without any discrimination. They admired the beauty of the place; the amazing carvings, the huge architecture, the divine peace and the charming sanctum sanctorum. We even visited the Sikh museum, The Ajaib Ghar, which depicted the Sikh warriors and their struggle to keep this faith of Sikhism alive. The visit to the museum instilled in us a feeling of patriotism and respect for our country and religion. All in all, a group of 20 Spring Daleans and 2 teachers had an ethereal feeling in the spiritual atmosphere and an unforgettable experience.


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F.D. High School, Ahmedabad

Topic: Heritage visit to Gujarat Vidyapith and Kanoria Art Museum

On the occasion of the Heritage Week (19-25 November), UNESCO Heritage Club 46 students of F.D. High School, Ahmedabad along with Mr. Shoaib Tirmizi(Asst. Teacher) and Ms. Khatija Shaikh(Shikshan Sahayak) were taken on heritage city tour to museums at Gujarat Vidyapith and Kanoria Art Museum. Dr. Tejal Adharyvu, chief curator and care taker of the Adivasi museum at Gujarat Vidyapith explained the importance of the museum to the students and then took the students to the different dipartments of the museum explaining them various highlights of the artifacts displayed. Mr. Vishnubhai Patel was very cooperative and gave a helping hand to the students.

The students were then taken to Kanoria Centre for Art. Here the students met Mr. Shahidhusen Ansari, renowned Jardoshi work artisian. He showed the students different work of his including various UNESCOheritage Monuments he had made with Jardoshi. Haider Ahmed art exhibition by artisits of Hyderabad and Ahmedabad showcased in the same campus was also visited by the students.

The students also visited L D Museum of Endology and N C Mehta Art Museum. After Lunch the students visited Jeevantirth, Vadaj where in Aadhar Heritage Film Festival was held. Different short films on various heritage and different heritage technology which are on the brink of extinction. The students also shared their experiences with the promoters of the Heritage Film Festival.


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Delhi Public School, Sec.-45, Gurugram

Topic- Activities for the month of February

JUNIOR WING

BASANT PANCHAMI

Basant Panchami is a festival that highlights the onset of spring season. The students of Junior Wing were up in celebrations, seeking divine blessing, on the occasion of the auspicious Basant Panchami. Students were enlightened with the story of Basant Panchami and how Goddess Saraswati bestowed on earth her blessing of voice, music, speech and knowledge. Learning about the significance and the rituals involved with this festival helped all to stay connected with our culture. Students made badges symbolic to the festival. They indulged into the tasty platter of yellow food too. A special assembly on Basant Panchami was presented by Jamuna house to invoke blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning and creativity. Assembly began with a graceful Saraswati Vandana. The students enlightened the audience about how Basant Panchami is celebrated in various states of India through an engrossing skit. The assembly drew to a close with a ‘Devi Vandana’ dance.

MIDDLE WING

NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY

Students of DPS Gurgaon eagerly await Seek-EkKhoj, the Science Fest of Middle School, a platform to translate ideas into reality and give wings to dreams of budding scientists. Ms.AditiMisra, Principal, DPS Gurgaon, declared the fest open by unravelling a maze in our body. A brainchild of Pulse, the Biology Club, and this maze depicted the various levels of organisation of the human body. Other activities like ‘walk in cell’, study of the type of leaf introduced an element of fun in the study of biology. Parents and students enjoyed the execution of Rube Goldberg Machine designed by Red Shift, the Physics Club. The machine is a device that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. Allotropes, the Chemistry Club cast its spell by various tricks that made use of chemical changes. The magical contact explosive, fortune teller jar, bleeding lemon left many astounded. ‘Periodically’ introduced learners to the periodic table and highlighted the uses of elements in daily life. Innovation always gets applauded and this year, the icing on the cake was movie making where children from different sections made movies based on science in everyday life. These movies were made under the guidance of the teachers of ICT department and shown in the auditorium. Ideas of eager students nurtured by enthusiastic mentors and shaped by the inspiration and encouragement of the teachers found a final shape in the various projects put on display. Confident explanations and interesting activities left the parents, judges and visitors spellbound. Concepts like working of dams,burglar alarm, water purifiers, optical illusion, surface tension were presented through exhibits and working models. The projects were judged by a distinguished panel of judges. According to Marcel Proust - The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Seek EkKhoj is a step in that direction.

VISIT TO NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE

An educational trip was organized by the school to the National Science Centre; Delhi for the students of class VIII .The visit proved to be a great way to arouse curiosity in the minds of school students and was a thrilling and motivating experience.

The Science Centre provided a whole world of wonder and amazement with 137 interactive ‘hands-on’ exhibits. The students were excited to observe certain exhibits which had similarity to their science projects during the science fest- Seek: Ek Khoj. Wrestling the gorilla arm, virtual makeup, find the direction of sound, walking through the mirror maze, infinity well, animated dinosaurs, resvponding to electric shock, lifting a lid against an electromagnet and many others caught the attention of students instantly and they thoroughly enjoyed being part of these fun filled activities

FILMIT FESTIVAL

Students of classes VII and VIII brought laurels to the school by winning Best Film with Best Direction for ‘The Flight of The Crow’ and Best Original Story for the film ‘Kaan Mailia’ in the Filmit competition by INTACH. These films were selected from more than 200 entries in the NCR of which 10 were screened. The guest of honor for the event was Dr. Nila Madhav Panda, an acclaimed film maker. He appreciated the efforts of the students to showcase the heritage of India. Bhavini Pahuja and Bhavya Manchanda of class VII were also awarded second prize and special mention prize for ‘Dilli Ki Shaan’ competition at National Level. They made documentation cards on natural and built heritage of Delhi and supported it with an illustration.


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Sri Sarada Secondary School, Chennai

Topic: Plantation Activity

The Sri Sarada Senior Secondary School, Chennai, organised a plantation activity for the middle school children for instilling the importance of the natural heritage that plays an important role in our daily life.


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Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Topic: Indian Council for Cultural Relations Art Gallery visit.

Students of the Pracheena Heritage Club from Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad visited the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Art Gallery. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations. ICCR owns a rich collection of exhibitions which are sent for display in major festivals and art events abroad.

The students learnt to appreciate the various aspects of Indian and International culture through the visit.


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Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Mat. Hr. Sec School

Topic: Heritage Club Month Report - January

Road Safety Week
The road safety week was celebrated from the 11th of January to 17th of January. The students prepared charts and spoke about the importance of safety while driving as well as walking on the roads

Republic Day
On the occasion of Republic Day the tri colour was hoisted by a senior teacher, the pledge was taken, patriotic songs were sung by choir and students spoke about the importance of patriotism

Martyr's Day
The students observed 2 minutes silence at 11 am and they prepared charts on Gandhiji and also on other Martyr’s of India, they understood the meaning of Martyr and the sacrifice they have done for the independence of our country.

Jallikattu
The students were very enthusiastic to find out about the protest lead by the youth demanding Jallikattu in Tamilnadu, they gathered information about these and were happy to present it to the class.


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Global Indian International, Ahmedabad

Topic: Martyr’s Day (January)

Global Indian International School, celebrated the Martyr’s Day today, on the 30th of January 2017 in memory of he who died so that we may live peacefully - M.K.Gandhi. Students were prepared with an assembly in order to educate the other students staring from grade 1 to grade 8. The assembly was conceptualized around the ideology of Gandhi, the three principles that he wished for us to follow:-See no evil, speak no evil, hear no Evil.

Students took up the role of depicting Munna and Bapu inspired from the famous Bollywood movie- Munnabhai MBBS. Munna claimed to have understood the ideologies of Gandhi but was upset that the generation today still does not understand what he has. Gandhi proves the change in our generation with a small skit. All three principles, also called Gandhiji ke teen Bandar were seen on stage.

The assembly was succeeded by the song- Ae mere vatanke logon sung beautifully by a grade 6 student. It instilled a wave of patriotism amongst all the young eyes.

2 minutes of silence was practiced in the memory, for it is our duty to remember those who served the nation, all of them gave some, while he gave his all! Students were overwhelmed with the message received by them and Munna was convinced that Gandhi is still alive with us through his ideologies. Gandhiji walked through the crowd with a smile dominating his face in peace of what he has left behind and in pride to see the youngsters stand up to his words!


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DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, SEC.-45, GURGAON

Topic: Republic Day Celebrations

JUNIOR WING

The INTACH Heritage Club students celebrated India's 68th republic day with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor.

This opportunity was utilized to teach children about various facets of the country like the meaning of Republic, why we celebrate Republic day on 26 January, the role of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar in drafting the Constitution of our country, importance and significance of Amar Jawan Jyoti.

A wide range of special activities, centered on the theme, were conducted to instill the spirit of national pride and love for the country.

Through these various interesting activities students felt proud and happy for being citizens of the world's largest democracy. They not only enjoyed the activities but went home proud and happy Indians.

A special assembly on Republic Day was presented. The assembly commenced with a patriotic song which was followed by a skit emphasising on the importance of Republic Day. A graceful dance ‘Hum Hain Hindustani’ marked the culmination of the assembly.





MIDDLE WING

Each student of middle school was assigned the name of an Indian state. The students then researched about that state and designed a postage stamp or a post card to be used by its citizens. The students made beautiful stamps and post cards on a physical feature, person, landmark or dance forms etc. that the state is noted for. The students also presented their stamps and post cards in the class explaining why they chose to use the image they used. The activity made children familiar with the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of our country. The INTACH Heritage Club members of the middle school also prepared a board on the topic ‘Republic Day’.


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