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Global Indian International School, Noida and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad and were awarded the Best Heritage Club 2014 award.

Global Indian International School, Noida

Heritage club activities of 2015-16 included celebration of international days such as World Heritage Day, World Dance Day, World Music Day, Hiroshima Day, Earth Day, Van Mahotsav, World Population Day, Peace Day etc., educational tour to Jaipur and Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, Nehrau Planetarium etc, celebration of Ambedkar Jayanti, Independence Day, Onam, Janmashtami, Gandhi Jayanti, Dussehra, organized cleanliness drive from 5th to 8th October etc






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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School, Hyderabad

The club organized various competitions during Heritage week, celebrated Janmashtami, Guru Purnima, Pongal, Sankranthi, Christmas, Raksha Bandhan, Ramzan, Republic Day, etc, made eco friendly Ganesha Idols during Ganesh Chaturthi, organized pet show, self defense training to girls, Diwali Mela, activity on Saving Earth and Nature, Literary fest, Hindi saptah, Telugu Week, etc celebrated Road Safety Week, World Yoga Day, Hiroshima Nagasaki Day, World Muisc Day, Nutrition Day, world Food Day etc.








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Second Prize

Delhi School of Excellence, Hyderabad

Various activities held in the school includes celebration of Eid, RakshaBandhan, Ganesh chaturthi ,Diwali, Pongal, Gandhi Jayanti, Guru Nanak Jayanti, days such as World Environment Day, Kargil Diwas, World Heritage Day on 18th April, Hindi Diwas, Rashtriya Ekta Divas, etc field trip to Salarjung Museum, Stat e Archaeological Museum, etc.






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Delhi Public School, Sec 45, Gurgaon

Club held various activities including enactment of water cycle and Chipko movement, poster brain storming session on water conservation, celebration of Earth Day, Heritage Day, Museum Day, Day of the World’s Indigenous People, Literary Day, International Day of Non- Violence, Animal welfare Day, Van Mahostav, Children’s Day , World Tourism Day etc, trips to Qutub complex, Kiran Nadar Museum, Jantar Mantar, Tughlaqabad Fort etc.





Guru Nanak Khalsa Balika Intercollege ,Varanasi


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Third Prize

Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata

Various activities conducted by the club includes visit to CIMA Art gallery, Arts acre, Victoria memorial and poster making competition, Princep Ghat, Bihar, Jain temple Pawapuri etc organized classical music session with Rupa Chowdhury, Children’s Day mini fete, clean up drive at park street cemetery etc.




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Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Pendurthi, Visakhapatnam

Heritage club conducted many activities such as joint school science exhibition on Ayurveda, Heritage Sabha, celebrated World Photography Day by clicking pictures of monuments in Vizag, Heritage Week, Doctors day, Matrubhasha Dinotsavam, Independence Day, Children’s Day, Janmastami, flowers day, Ganit week, etc, music concert by Spic Macay, heritage walk to Thotlakonda, etc.




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Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matriculation Hr. sec. School, Chennai

Club activities includes celebration of theme days such as Road Safety week, National Youth Day, Birth anniversary of Subash Chandra Bose, World Wetland Day, World Environment Day, World oceans Day, World Ozone Day, World post Day etc, Talk on conserving India’s Magnificent Wildlife and Exhibition Of Splendors of Indian architecture by INTACH Chennai Chapter, visit to Vaidya grama, Adyar Poonga, heritage walk to High court etc.






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St. Mark's Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi

Club organized ‘Danube meets Ganges- ADunaés a Gangesztalálkozik-‘, an Indo-Hungarian Art exhibition, Art Competition on ‘I Care for My Family’, ‘I Care for My Nation’ and ‘I Care for My Planet’, Manthan – an Inter Class Dance Competition, Crafts Awareness Programme, ‘Card Making’ activity, Eid, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Durga Puja, Dussehra,Navratras, Diwali, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Basant Panchami, International Peace Day, Communal Harmony Campaign Week was celebrated etc.






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Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi

The heritage club activities of 2015-16 includes Heritage day celebration, organized Go Green Rally, awareness campaign against child labour, Flag making activity, Kite decoration and slogan writing activity, Badge making activity on Environment, visit to Tamil Nadu Fair’ at Connaught place, Wall magazine – illustrating moral values learnt, trips to Feroz Shah Kotla, Chokhi Dhani, Sonipat etc.



Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh


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Visakha Valley School, Visakhapatnam

Various club activities includes Fancy Dress Competition on Traditional and Ethnic dresses of India, Poster Making on Save the Monuments of Visakhapatnam, Essay Writing on Heritage Hidden In cotton, quiz on ‘Indian Monuments, held an exhibition of Art and Crafts and Plantation Drive, Trip to Hawa Mahal and the theme park- Ramanarayanam, celebrated International Day of Forests, Women's Day, Yoga Day, Music Day, Van Mahotsav, World Nature Conservation Day, etc.



Visakha Valley School, Visakhapatnam


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Sri Sankara Sr. Sec. School, Adyar, Chennai

Heritage Club activities are birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, World Water Day, World Environment Day, World Heritage Week, Madras Day, birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Van Mahotsav Week, Pongal, Republic Day , Independence Day, Navarathri, Diwali, Thyagaraja Aradhana celebrations etc, students maintain a herbal garden, Talk on Conservation of wildlife etc.




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Sunbeam Suncity, Varanasi

Various club activities include maintaining club board on themes such as Tehzeeb e- Hind, conducting assemblies on topics such as craftsman etc, cleanathon, programmes on endangered languages, ancient sports and modern games, visiting Sarnath, holding heritage exhibitions, clean up drives, celebrating heritage day etc


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Special Mention

Meridian School For Boys and Girls

Several activities planned were visit to Butterfly and Deer Park, cleaning of Bapu-Ghat, field trip to Golconda Fort, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, meeting Princess Ezra at Chowmahallah Palace, Excursion to Rajasthan and Punjab, Heritage Corridor, Chankya Chandragupta Play, Desert Dreams-A vibrantly colourful presentation, Celebration of cultural festivals etc.




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My School Satya Surabhi, Kodaikanal

The activities conducted by club are working towards saving nature. cleaning Kodaikanal and its water bodies, Forest Reserves, spreading education and awareness amongst the tourists , adopted Pambar stream and the forest cover around it, activities on Living Heritage inlcudes Dhol Cholam A folk Dance from Mani Pur (Sponsored by Spic Macay), Pinnal Attam aFolk Dance Form of Tamil Nadu, Bommal Attam a Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu etc, Celebration of World Tiger Day, cleaning of Valakattu Odai water body, a study tour was conducted on the legends, architecture and history of Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple etc.




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Oxford Public School, Gwalior

Heritage Club undertook activities such as adoption and Heritage Walk to Tansen Tomb, Photography activity & Workshop of the tomb, Heritage Quiz (CBSE, INTACH, In-House), Heritage Olympiad, Painting workshop in Chitera painting, Vaidic Mathematics Workshop, Celebration of Heritage Week, Celebration of Audio Visual Heritage Month under which many more activities such as showing of Film Festival (Old Films like Mother India, Raja Harishchandra [first silent movie] etc. and also presentation on old Musical Instruments, Hand painted film poster making competition etc were done, Heritage Exhibition, Various Social Science Projects on monuments, culture and past etc.




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Step by Step High School, Jaipur

Activities conducted by the club are field trip to Barefoot College (NGO), workshop on ‘Conservation and Preservation of Artefacts’, workshop on 'Holistic Health Through Yoga', “Cartiste” workshop focussed on the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, adopted of ‘Hawa Mahal’ for cleaning and maintaining it, Kahani Festival, Kathak workshop, documentation event on 'Preserving the Diminishing and Dying Arts of India’, inviting eminent authors in school for talks and discussions, awareness campaign on rain water
Conservation etc




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Vidhya Peetham, Salem

Heritage Club Activities of 2015 – 16 are celebrating of Aadi Perukku, Vinayagar Chaturthi, Raksha Bandan, Gokulashtami, Navarathri, Diwali, Pongal, Onam, Children's Day, Thiru Karthigai deepam etc, Rangoli and sikku kolam competition, Margazhi Rangoli Utsav, visit to the government museum etc.
Conservation etc




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New Achievers

A.M.S. P.Obul Reddy Public School, Hyderabad

Club activities include awareness on different forms of dance, their costumes and culture, traditional food and their recipes made during the festivals, many periods and dynasties, different religions widely practiced in India like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism, different ancient crafts of India like Bidri work, Kalamkari, Pottery, Nirmal and Tanjore paintings etc , visit to Golconda Fort etc.




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Hill Top School, Jamshedpur

Heritage Club held activities such as showing PowerPoint presentations explaining the different types of Heritage (Natural, Built, Living and Material, project on GAP (Ganga Action Plan), a project on ‘Trees’, a field trip to the Coin Museum in Sakchi, ‘Heritage Walk’ around their city of Jamshedpur (Bistupur), collage making on 5 Historical Sites in India, various quizzes, crossword puzzles, various cultural dance, musical and puppetry workshops in collaboration with Spic Macay etc




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TI Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai

Club activities includes "Dream Madras 2015" exhibition and a Puppet Show, Celebration of Onam, Navratri and depiction of Mahishasura Vadham, Krishna Jayanthi, Pongal and showing different folk forms of Tamilnadu such as Kummi (a dance form) and Villupattuu (story presented in the form of a song), Margazhi Mahotsavam – Kolam Competition, visit to Kanchipuram to learn the art and architecture of the Pallava Period etc.




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Diamond Jubilee High School For Girls, Mumbai

Heritage Club activities are Quiz competition held at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, awareness programme on conservation of Natural Heritage and three different skits in 3 different languages (English, Hindi, Marathi), celebration of Gandhi Jayanti and the importance of Khadi, field trip to the Gateway of India, PPT presentation and a short fashion show on the clothes of different states of India etc.




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Delhi Public School, Sector-45, Gurgaon

Topic- INTACH activities for the month of April

JUNIOR WING

Celebrating Earth Week
The students were ready for celebrating Earth week after they were made aware of natural heritage like water, trees and animals, built heritage like monuments and cities, material heritage like museum and art, living heritage like craft traditions, performing arts, literature and community. The students made illustrations depicting our planet Earth as very sad with speech bubbles mentioning 5 reasons for its unhappiness. This session was followed by a ‘HAPPY EARTH WEEK’, wherein students depicted how they would make earth clean, green and pollution- free. The Importance of our green friends-TREES, was highlighted by enactment of the 'Chipko Movement'. The budding poets came up with brilliant poems on 'Earth' with the aid of a few help words given by the teachers. The class V students became writers by coming up with extra ordinary autobiography of a sad earth. The students prepared placards and posters to ‘Save Earth’ with innovative names of movements and messages for a clean and green Earth. Student drew water cycle and then showed their theatrical capabilities by enacting a skit on the same. Students also tabulated water conserving activities for 7 days.

MIDDLE WING

Topic- World Heritage Day
The INTACH School Group conducted an activity for the students of middle school on the topic ‘Design Your Own Manuscript’. The students designed beautiful manuscripts in their local language in calligraphic style on the achievements of rulers of the ancient, medieval and British period in India. Students of DPS Gurgaon participated in the world Heritage Day celebrations organized by ITIHAAS in collaboration with ASI at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on 18th April’ 16. A group banner making completion was held on the theme ‘Heritage and Me’. Our school was awarded Runners up Prize for the same.

Spic Macay
To promote cultural awareness among students, a lecture-cum-demonstration based on the Indian classical dance form of Kathak was organized at Delhi Public School, Gurgaon on 7th April, 2016 in the school auditorium, under the aegis of SPIC MACAY which was attended by the students of class VII. Ms. Archana Prasad, Treasurer (Gurgaon Chapter) of SPIC MACAY was also present on the occasion. This was followed by Ms. Monisa Nayak’s, Kathak Dancer, enthralling performance interspersed with a talk on the history and evolution of Kathak as a dance form. She not only demonstrated the various mudras, but also kept the students engaged by involving them in interactive learning alongside. Her team of musicians and accompanists comprising of Shri Yogesh Gangani, Mohd Ayub Khan and Ms Shruti Tanwar added to the magic of the awe-inspiring performance.

Earth Day Celebration
DPS Gurgaon celebrated earth week from 18th April to 23rd April 2016. The importance of environment and how it could be preserved was discussed in the classes. A pledge to protect it was taken by the students. Various activities like poster making, designing infographics on protecting our planet Earth were organized for the students. Power point Presentation on Earth Day was shown to the students.

Visit to Qutub Complex
DPS Gurgaon in collaboration with ITIHAAS had organized an educational excursion for students of class 8 to Mehrauli Archaeological Park on 23rd April’16. Students were educated about the history of Qutub Minar, Iron Pillar, Jamali Kamali and Alai Darwaza. The instructors from ITIHAAS organized various activities for our students and narrated lots of interesting stories.

SENIOR WING

Visit to Parliament House Police Station and Patiala House Court
Delhi Public School, sec45 in collaboration with ITIHAAS organised an ILM on judiciary for the classes of IX and X on 22nd April 2016. The students got the opportunity to visit the Parliament street Police station, the Patiala Court and the Supreme Court Museum. They interacted with the police officials and the judges and also witnessed court proceedings. The visit to the museum was as enriching as the students came face to face with the whole judicial history of our country.




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Sri Sankara Vidyashramam, Chennai

Topic- Activities for the month March and April 2016

20th March- WORLD SPARROW DAY
On the occasion of World Sparrow day, our club members drew pictures of sparrows and wrote slogans to bring awareness about protecting sparrows that are on the verge of extinction.

21st March -WORLD FOREST DAY
On the occasion of World Forest Day, our club members drew picture of forest and wrote slogans and took an oath, to plant more trees and to avoid deforestation in the name of urbanization.

22nd March- World Water Day
On the occasion of World Water Day the club members marked the important rivers of the world in the world map. They also spoke on the importance of saving every drop of water available. They were sad reading the plight of people in different drought prone areas of the world.

25th March-Good Friday, 27th March- Easter
On the occasion of Good Friday and Easter, the students of that community wrote about this occasion and made their fellow club members aware of the importance days.

7th April World Health Day
On this occasion the club members wrote on the importance of good health and they all promised to eat right food and exercise and lead a healthy life.

14th April, Baisaki, New Year
On this occasion the club members learnt about the importance of New Year celebrations in various parts of India.

14th April, Dr Ambedkar Jayanthi
Every Year 14th April is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanthi, Father of our Constitution. This year we observed his 125 Birthday.




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Bal Bharati Public School, Manesar

Topic- Visit to Hauz Khas- on the occasion of world water day, 22nd March 2016

The heritage club of BalBharati Public school- Manesar visited the Hauz Khas complex on the occasion of world water day.

The complex comprise of a water tank, an Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb and a deer park.

The imperial tank was built by the Khilji ruler for fulfilling the demand of water raised by natives of Siri. Feroz Shah Tughlaq revamped the tank by cleaning its silt thereby removing the blockage interrupting the inlet channels. Its architect was Malik Ghazi Shahna. It is a blend of Indo Islamic architecture. Our students observed the different architectural features of the sultanate, such as:

  • Entry to doorways from the South
  • Octagonal spherical dome resting over the solid walls
  • Qibla
  • Mehrabs
  • Citadel

Students took an oath on the reservoir bank to conserve water for the future generations. They appreciated the amazing practices in the historical period for conservation of natural resources.




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PCK Matric, Naidupuram, Kodaikanal

Topic- Heritage club exhibition- Antiques

On 16th October 2015 the heritage exhibition was conducted in our school by the heritage club members in the presence of our honourable chief guests Mrs. Sunayana and Sr. Arul selvi. Members of our school heritage club along with Mr. Joshuva, Mr. Bose and Mr. Kalimuthu who have many antiques, the incharge staff Mrs. Sasikal and Mrs. Reetha had organized this exhibition. Our headmistress Sr. Mary Therese honoured our chief guests. Exhibition was inaugurated with great enthusiasm at the entrance of our school hall. Banners were displayed in many places to highlight the importance of heritage. Our club students took incharge of different items of the antiques and gave explaination. Our school albums and books were displayed in the heritage exhibition. Since our school is running the 100th year, it is also considered as a valued heritage place. Students were over whelmed to see the coins which were kept on the heritage exhibition. They were from our forefather’s era. When students explained about the years when the coins were made it helped us to understand and know the economic status of our nation in those days. Different types of phones which were used in olden days. Gramophones and its CD were also displayed in this exhibition. Our students explained how it worked in the olden days and about its history in detail. The other precious things are pots, swords, ancient dresses, paintings, photographs and old books. We were surprised to see some weapons which were used in the war and still it is strong. Students delighted to look at the ancient dressing styles and some valuables books. The pot maker showed us how to make a pot by using the wheel. The parents of our students also visited and came to know of the antiques. Many schools like St.Xavier’s HSS , St.Xavier’s Primary R.C. Primary and C.S.I School, packiapuram also visited this exhibition. This exhibition instilled in students and parents the value for old things old buildings, monuments and art.




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Ajanta Public School, sec 31, Gurgaon

Topic- Heritage Club Activities - 2015

Green Olympiad Students
Ajanta Public School, sec 31 is associated with TERI. On the part of their project, “The Energy and Resources Institute” conducts “GREEN OLYMPIAD” which is an annual written examination on the environment. The exam is conducted every year for Educating Youth on Sustainable Development Division and attracts participation from lakhs of school students across India and abroad. The examination is open only for schools affiliated to recognized education boards and educational trusts. Our students also appeared in the examination. We are glad to announce that 6 students were awarded prestigious “Certificate of Merit” and others were awarded with Participation Certificates for successfully clearing the exams and scoring good marks. We congratulate them all.

Students who have been awarded “Certificate of Merit “are:
1. Vanshita Yadav
2. Sakshi Bhambri
3. Jayati Bhatnagar
4. Parul Yadav
5. Megha Mehlawat
6. Nirali Atri

Mr. Vaibhav Kapoor, the Principal congratulated the meritorious students for their successful achievements.

Earth Awareness Week
Earth Awareness Week was celebrated in Ajanta Public School from 20th April to 22nd April’2015 with an aim to spread awareness to save the planet. A special thematic assembly was organized and a talk was delivered on the importance of Earth Day and the reason of celebration, emphasizing our role to save planet earth. There were story telling sessions by teachers of Classes 1st and 2nd. Boards were displayed with Earth awareness quotations and posters. Further, several competitions was held to mark the occasion. The students from Classes 1st to 6th participated and enjoyed making beautiful “Awareness Cards on Earth Saving” awareness messages with recycled or waste paper & Collages on “Effects of Pollution” super scribing eco - awareness messages. Best entries were selected and appreciated. School Chairman Mr. Ramesh Kapoor appreciated the students and club efforts. The event was organized by Ajanta Eco-Club.




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Bhatnagar International School, Delhi

Topic- Celebration of Heritage week- Heritage Walk to Rahim Khane Khana and Humayun’s Tomb

The students of Bhatnagar International School were taken for a heritage walk as a part of the Celebration of Heritage Week to Rahim Khane Khana and Humayun’s Tomb which is in Nizamuddin East. The students learned that Rahim Khane Khana served both Akbar and Jahangir and wrote several couplets in Hindi under the familiar name of ‘Rahim’. The students enjoyed a walk in the large garden around the tomb which is like a city getaway. They learnt about the architecture of those times. The students were then taken to Humayun’s Tomb, one of the hot spots for visitors in the capital. Humayun’s Tomb is listed as one among the fifteen heritage sites in India. The students learnt that it is a Taj Mahal like structure, minus the marbles of the Taj. The edifice is flanked on all sides by gardens. The students were shown the tomb and explained the difference between the tomb of males and females. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It is the first garden-tomb of its kind in India. The students also participated in a clean-up drive in the premises of these historic monuments. This activity not only helped in cleaning the premises of the monuments but also ignited a sense of patriotism in the students for the rich cultural heritage of India. They noticed that these monuments are neglected and not well maintained and have written a letter of plea to the concerned authorities for the maintenance and upliftment of these monuments.


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GKD Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore

Topic- Heritage Club activities

Navarathiri
Navarathiri, was celebrated with attractive Kolu setting. The uniqueness of our Kolu is the displaying of the concept of women empowerment and Krishna leela. Navarathiri is the festival for women folk. The neat array of portraits of distinguish women highlighted the role of women in various field in the past and the present. The kolu linked the divine power of Goddesses with the inspiring modern women achievers.Durga for bravary ,Lakshimi for wealth, Saraswathi for knowledge. The arrangement of Lord Krishna ‘s life in Chronological order attracted the children. All the nine days students offered prayers with bhajans. Navarathiri ,a festival of delight also indirectly insists on the need for taking healthy diet. Throughout nine days different types of “sundals” were offered as Prasad. Sundal made of Moong dal,Chenna ,Peas and a combination of different grams either sweet or salty supplies protein rich diet to the consumers. Young girls go around houses inviting neighbours for Kolu and also attending kolu in the neighbour hood gets an opportunity to know the tradition behind the festival. They also reveal their talent in singing through bhajans and slogans.

Wild life Conservation Week
Wild life Conservation Week was observed in our school.Throughout the week students performed various activities like skit,story-telling ,poetry recitation insisting the significance of wild life and also about extinct animals .This programme created awareness in young mind to protect the fauna and flora. Wild life conservation is the practice of protecting wild life plants and animal species and their habitat.The goal of wild life conservation is to ensure that nature will be around for future generation to enjoy and also to recognise the importance of wild life and wilderness for humans and also other species alike. Our members drew their favourite forest scene, animal etc.




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Sri Sankara Vidyashramam, Chennai

Topic- Heritage Club activities for the Month of February 2016

World Wetland day 2nd Feb 2016
In connection with World wetlands day, Members of our club did a Map Activity marking the 10 major wet lands of World. They also spoke about the importance of saving wetlands.

International Mother language day 21st Feb
In connection with International Mother Language Day our students prepared a write up to create awareness about the importance of mother tongue.

Maha Maham 22nd February 2016
Maha Magam is a religious festival held once in 12 years in kumbakonam. Our students decorated the Bulletin Boards with information bringing about the significance of the event. A few students who were fortunate enough to participate in the Maha maham festival at Kumbakonam spoke about its importance.

National Science Day 28th February 2016
The students discussed about the importance of science in everyday life. They also wrote about the significance of National Science Day. “Raman Effect” also discussed by the students.

Report On Filmit Prize Distribution Function
The prize distribution programme of the FILMIT Project for the year 2015 - 2016, was held on 17 02.16, in our school . It was organized by INTACH, New Delhi. About 75 students from 10 different schools participated in this event. The chief guest was Mr. G Sundar Director of Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai. Ms Purnima Datt of Intach , Delhi , Ms Padma and Ms Sharmila Ganesh of Intach Chennai, were also present for the function.




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