PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS PROGRAMMES

ENABLING OUR CHILDREN TO BE HARBINGERS OF GLOBAL PEACE

In this era of globalization it is imperative to provide our students global exposure. Transcending the barriers of discrimination and developing reverence for the human family will benefit them in becoming messengers of peace and nurture global citizenship amongst them. Being a part of various international programmes, we are sure that our children will be able to address issues encompassing them, their school, neighbourhood, nation and world with understanding and tolerance.

Choithram Entrepreneurs Sell Compost Produced In School

November 15, 2014

 As a part of ‘School Enterprise Challenge’ an initiative of UK based NGO ‘Teach A Man to Fish’, students of Choithram School, Manik Bagh are learning to become business leaders of tomorrow and gaining hands-on experience of running a business successfully.

 As a part of this project, students produced compost in the school by dumping dry as well as damp leaves lying scattered in the school campus in an empty pit in the back yard of the school. The entire process of dumping the leaves in the pit, turning it after two months, sieving it and packing it in newspaper bags was taken care of by grade 9 and 10 students of Eco Club. The newspaper bags were also made by the students of grade 6 to 10 during their indoor CCA periods in the school.  Prior to this, students of grade 6 to 10 made beautiful cards out of old greeting cards which were sold to the parents and teachers of the school to enable them to buy manure, the start-up capital as well as print leaflets to be distributed to the people in the neighbourhood.

In the first phase, the compost was sold to the parents and teachers during PTM of Pre-Primary students. The business team comprising of students of grade 11 and 12 ran the enterprise independently taking care of financial, marketing and sales, human resources and production aspect. In the next phase the compost will be sold to nurseries and people residing in the vicinity of the school. The profits generated from the business will be used for rendering help to underprivileged and visually handicapped children of the city. Elise Burbon, an AFS volunteer from Switzerland who is very passionate about environmental issues was the special guest at the occasion.  Elise remarked, ‘It is such a joy witnessing children of Choithram School involved in a project which teaches them real life skills in a practical way.’  Some of the parents remarked that the project was ‘unique’ which brought the children closer to mother earth. Dean of Activities Raminder Mac stated, ‘The benefits of the project have been multifarious; the project has enabled our children to become vanguards of the environment, build team building skills amongst them as well as sensitized them towards the children of lesser God.’

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 Being A Part of ‘Design for Change’, The World’s Largest Movement For Change 

 September 2014

Students of classes VIII and IX chose to solve the problem of excessive drinking of soft drinks amongst the youth and elderly people when they learnt about the devastating side effects of these drinks by performing experiments in the laboratory. They observed that the amount of cold drinks consumed by each person per day exceeded the limit of sugar and caffeine per day. They decided to first conduct a survey in the neighbourhood and in the school and find out the intake of soft drinks by the people, then performed the experiments in the school, spoke to students in the school during the morning assembly time as well as people in the neighbourhood and made them aware about the harmful effects of these drinks.  The Facebook page ‘Choithram School – Say No To Soft  Drinks’ also helped them in reaching the target audience. They felt that their efforts though small might help in creating a positive change in the health of people. This awareness drive was shared with people across the globe as our students were a part of the world’s largest movement for change, ‘Design For Change’ where children are given an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action.

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Choithramians Stage Street Play on Gender Equality

April 29, 2014

As a part of Commonwealth Class activity organized by the British Council on the values of Commonwealth Games Federation – Humanity, Equality, Destiny, Class IX students of Choithram School, Manik Bagh staged a street play in village Harniyakhedi. The students brought to fore the plight of women suffering and struggling with social evils of dowry, acid attack and rape. The street play was a direct and blatant attack on the status of women who in spite of representing half of the total population still suffer all sorts of discrimination in this patriarchal society. The vice and menace has been on the increase even after vocal and theoretical protests. The evils of dowry, rape, eve-teasing, acid attack are like cancer eating into our very moral and social fabric. These atrocious acts not only disfigure but also inflict the victim emotionally and mentally. Why we have turned a deaf ear to the voice of our own conscience? In Indian mythology women are ‘SHAKTI’ but sociologically they are not. We worship SHAKTI in the temples but the same is denied rights and privileges in the society, Why this inequality? The scenes would definitely create awareness amongst the people to voice their protests for this evil existing in the society in the myriad forms. The students carried placards with slogans for women empowerment and equality for all to create awareness.

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Mr. Shyam Kumar Azad Witnesses Declamation Event – Students Read Out Excerpts of Speeches Delivered By Freedom Fighters of USA, South Africa and India
November 16, 2013

English Declamation Event related to ‘Freedom Struggle’ was witnessed on November 16, 2013 at Choithram School, Manik Bagh. Students of class VI donning the attire of freedom fighters of USA, South Africa and India read out excerpts of the important speeches of these great men. The programme was marked by the visit of legendary nonagenarian Indian patriot Mr. Shyam Kumar Azad and eminent advocate Mr. Bharat Rampuri Goswami whose father played a pivotal role in the freedom struggle.

Mr. Goswami, while addressing the students felt the surge of pride remembering our jingoistic heroes who laid down their lives for the freedom. Mr. Azad in his inspiring and didactic speech shared the contribution of unsung heroes viz. Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad and exhorted the students to safeguard the hard-earned freedom. The students listened with bated breath. The architects of resurgent India spoke incredibly well as they were the voices of Oliver Tambo, Subhash Chandta Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln etc. Their efforts were appreciated by the guests as it was the defining moment for them to be a part of the process.

 

Tiny Tots Spread The Message Of Saving Animals From Extinction – Carnvial Event At Choithram School, Manikbagh
November 8,2013

Children of class I of Choithram School attired as endangered animals of various countries of the world took part in a colourful Carnival Event on Friday, November 8, 2013. The students spread the message of saving these animals from extinction by singing songs, through a well synchronized mime act show and a skit enactment. Some of them wore masks made by them while others carried placards with short messages related to saving these animals. Another group of students stood on a big world map at their respective positions and were able to tell the name of the endangered animal they role played, name of the country in which they were becoming endangered, their food habits as well the name of their young one. Dr. Maddhu Sakksena, a PETA activist looking after injured and sick stray animals and working actively against cruelty to animals through Aarambh Foundation, an NGO founded by her was the chief guest on the occasion.  Dr. Sakkshena lauded the efforts of the students and teachers and was amazed at the way the students performed flawlessly.

 

Montessori Kids Role Play National Animals of Various Countries
October 28, 2013

Mr. Rajit R. Okhandiar, Chief Conservator of Forest and Mr. O. P. Sharma, Assistant Conservator of Forest were the guests at the Fancy Dress Event organized for Montessori children of Choithram School, Manik Bagh on Monday, October 28, 2013. The tiny tots dressed up as national animals of various countries stood on a big world map at their respective positions and introduced themselves.  The students were able to tell the name of the national animal they role played, name of the country to which they belonged, their food habits as well the name of their young one. Mr. Okhandiar said such activities help the children to be made aware about the animals and the environment in general.

 

Mrs. Raminder Mac Visits Germany On AFS Volunteer Development Programme
October 12, 2013

Mrs. Raminder Mac, Dean of Activities of the school was one of the 13 volunteers selected from the country by AFS to go to Germany on a Volunteer Development Programme from September 21 to October 6, 2013. Meeting different people provided her an astounding opportunity to learn about the culture of the country and gain immensely from it. During her stay she witnessed how German students learnt Hindi at the Creative Learning Institute of Dr. Marga and Dr. Kim Singh.  She also visited the Society for Protection of Kindergarten where the children of working mothers were looked after while the mothers learnt German and knitting in different rooms of the building. She also attended Ulrike  Syndikus’s one hour session for mental peace for relieving stress and felt transported into another world.

She visited four schools, interacted with the Principals and students and promoted Indian German student exchange programs between the two nations. In IGS Anna Seghers Mainz – Integrierte Gesamtschule Anna Seghers Mainz, a Comprehensive school where bright, weak and not so bright students study together she witnessed grade 12 English class as well as interacted with the students thereafter.  During her visit to Maria Ward Schule, Mainz (for girls only), a Gymnasium where the best students study, she saw grade 11 English class being conducted and interacted with grade 11 & 13 students informing them about AFS programs and the rich Indian culture.  She visited a Primary school in Weinbegschule Hochheim and sat in grade III English class where the children were totally absorbed in the lesson. In Graf-Stauffenberg Gymnasium Schule in the town Florsheim she saw how Physics and German lessons were taught to grade 6 students. She gained insight about German teaching methodology during her visits to schools as well as understood the differences between Indian and German educational pattern.

During the trip she visited various places with the host families and AFS German volunteers like Pffafen Schwarbenheim, Bad Kreuznach, Mainz, Hochheim, Frankfurt, Ingelheim, Ruedesheim, Wiesbaden and Eltiville. She also attended the AFS chapter meeting at Wiesbaden and attended the annual AFS volunteer gathering at Oberursel where 100 AFS Germany volunteers viewed the Indian counter displaying Indian artifacts and put forth her views in the workshops conducted by AFS Germany chapter. The Indian volunteers also worked on a handbook prepared by volunteers in the previous years and elucidated their suggestions pertaining to religion, friendship, environmental and gender related issues. She witnessed the strong family bond existing in the family with all of them praying together before every meal and then saying ‘good appetite’ before eating. She also learnt that Germans are very punctual and pay a lot of emphasis on time management as well as believe in direct communication and do not beat around the bush.  The programme aimed at inter-cultural learning at the global level made her realize that ‘the world is a family’.

 

 

Being A Part Of The British Council International School Award (ISA)
June 2013

Our school will be a part of The British Council International School Award (ISA), a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for nurturing global citizenship in young people as well as enriching teaching and learning process. All the students of the school from Montessori to class XII will be involved in various projects with international dimension during the next session. Collaboration on curriculum projects with students of different schools in UK, USA and Singapore will facilitate understanding of international educational and cultural practices as well as foster camaraderie among the students of different nations. The school’s action plan has been approved by the British Council.

Being A Part of ‘Design for Change’, The World’s Largest Movement For ChangeSeptember 2012

In order to cultivate the habit of reading amongst the children, a system of class library was introduced in classes V and VI in the month of September 2012 wherein every student brought one old English story book from home.  The students managed the library themselves, keeping a record of date of issue and return of the books under the supervision of their teachers.  This not only facilitated them to read nearly 35 books in the entire academic session but also fostered skills of independent management.  After reading a particular book they narrated the story/ character they liked/any anecdote/incident from the book which further boosted their speaking skills. Reading books also enhanced their vocabulary as well as writing skills.  This concept was shared with people across the globe as our students were a part of the world’s largest movement for change, ‘Design For Change’ where children are given an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. The presentation of our students can be viewed at india@dfcworld.com

Collaboration With B/Shri Dhammananda Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla a School in Sri Lanka
August 2012 – March 2013

Under ‘Art of Thinking’ activity in English, we collaborated with B/Shri Dhammananda Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla a school in Sri Lanka and shared poems penned by students of both the schools in the project space provided by British Council Connecting Classroom. While their poems were from their magazine ‘Glint’ our poems were a part of our e-magazine ‘Penchant’. The students of our school were elated to know that their poems were being read by children sitting so many miles apart and felt happy to read the poems penned by children of the Sri Lankan School.

Poems from magazine “Glint”

Written by students of

B/Sri Dhammananda Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla, Sri Lanka

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Great Poets Come Alive At Choithram School
August 2012 to October 2012

Students of class IV and V were assigned names of poets and authors of different countries. They researched about them, shared their poems and stories in the class with their peers. Some of the countries that they studied while researching about poets were – UK (John Keats, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Jennings, Thomas Hardy), USA (Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott), Russia (Anna Akhmatova) and of the authors were – UK (Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, John Ruskin, Agatha Christie, J. K. Rowling), Russia (Karl Marx), South Africa (Nelson Mandela), USA (Margaret Mitchell, Richard Nixon, Mark Twain). The students were excited to research about the authors and poets assigned to them and exhibited the same exuberance while sharing their poems and stories in the class with their peers. They were also pleased to be called by their new names and corrected any student/teacher if they called them by their actual name.

Introduction of French
June 10, 2012

Introduction of French in classes VI to VIII during the session 2012 – 2013 was a step towards making our students global citizens. The students sang a mellifluous French song at the Annual Function of the school welcoming the audience and hoping that unity prevails all over the world.

Being A Part Of Grand Banyan Project, An Initiative Of British Council
August 2011 – October 2011

As a part of ‘A Million Notebooks Challenge’ activity initiated under the Grand Banyan Project by British Council, students of classes IV to X helped in collecting a total of 315 kg paper waste during the period August – October 2011.This paper waste was brought by children in the form of sheets of paper, discarded books and notebooks, old newspapers and magazines.  The paper waste was then collected by a representative deputed by the British Council from our school and would help in providing less advantaged children with notebooks from recycled paper. This movement for environment awareness and sustainable action also enabled students to learn about their responsibility towards the underprivileged members of the society.

Being A Part of ‘Design for Change’, The World’s Largest Movement For Change
August 2011 – October 2011

Our students were a part of the world’s largest movement for change, ‘Design for Change’ where children are given an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. This movement encompasses four important spheres – Feel, Imagine, Do and Share and enables children to learn that ‘I Can’ are the two most powerful words in the world. Students of classes VI to VIII discussed various problems in groups in their classes and realized that the basic problem that troubled most of them was that the school campus was not being cared by the students. Students were littering the class rooms and corridors, not switching off the fans and lights when not required, not closing the taps of the water coolers and washrooms and bringing polythene bags to the school.

It was decided to take up this initiative of ‘Making the School an Eco-Friendly Oasis’ as an integral part of the school project for classes IV to XII. October 1 was celebrated as the ‘Change Day’ where students of classes VI to XI undertook ‘Cleanliness Drive’ wherein they cleaned their classrooms and corridors of the school. It was planned as a voluntary activity, but the enthusiasm shown by everyone was really unexpected.  The youngsters learnt about their responsibility towards the environment for making a greener tomorrow and felt transformed by this initiative. Raghvendra Mahashabde of class X prepared the You Tube presentation of Design for Change, url address being -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8zXsrq-PQY