Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is the festival that honors Lord Ganesha. It marks the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the favourite festivals of our young Presidians which they celebrate with dance, music, pooja with friends and family. Students were involved in making ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Pandal’ in different ways like decorating mandir using coloured sheets and decorative materials. Our activity program started with Ganesh Vandana. We motivated students to have a green Ganesh Chaturthi and to inculcate this nature-friendly attitude in them, an eco-friendly Ganesha was crafted and beautifully decorated for the occasion. Students shared the importance of this festival and how they celebrate it at home. The session came alive with the mesmerizing chanting of ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya.'
A hopscotch game was organized for the students of Nursery where they played the game of letters and numbers. It helps children to master body control, which is the core of numerous other skills like build body strength, balance, eye/hand coordination, and more. This activity helped them to recognize the letters, understand the sounds and relate them to the objects through a letter-sound relationship. In Maths they made a dice with 1-5 Dominos/dots on its sides, the child had to roll the dice, count the dots and jump on the correct number made on the floor. Through this activity, the children learned how to count and recognize the correct letter. It was a fun-filled activity where the students enjoyed immensely along with learning various other concepts. They were excited to play and asked the teachers to organize more games.
Kaavya Prinja took part in an International Essay Writing Competition organized by Gratitude Consultancy in August. In the international results, announced on 25 August 2021, her essay on the topic “My personal experience of Online Classes’ and perspective on future of Blended Learning’ has been adjudged the best entry. Along with the first position, she has won a cash prize of $ 150.
The Presidians of grades 6-8 attended a Webinar organized & conducted by ENACTUS IIT, Delhi in collaboration with Vigyantaram technology. The students were provided with a platform to showcase their views on the latest technology use in education as part of this first of its kind series in INDIA. It will culminate as a competition of innovative ideas using technology in education across India. The introductory webinar which gave an overview of the spectrum of topics as Robotics in daily life, AI, Real-time mobile, and game development sparked the hidden interests of the Presidians who were eager to enroll themselves for the second stage.
Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. This festival is celebrated all over the country with full enthusiasm and devotion in different forms like Dahi Handi (next day), kite-flying, fair, fasting, traditional sweet dishes etc. Janmashtami is also one of the favourite festivals of our young Presidians which they celebrate with music, dance, pooja with friends and family. Students were involved in making ‘Janmashtami Jhanki’ in different ways like decorating mandir using coloured sheets and decoration materials, matki making with clay and paper flute, and other decorative things. They also made coconut ladoo and Charnamrita for prasads. They shared the importance of this festival and how they celebrated it at home with full zeal. They also sang bhajan and songs for Lord Krishna.
Students always enjoy indulging in science experiments. Practical knowledge is always exciting and motivating for the students. To enhance the experience of doing things on their own rather than memorizing it, students of grade 7, across sections, performed an activity ‘To test the nature of various substances given.’ They used 3 different natural indicators like Turmeric solution, Litmus paper, and Hibiscus flower solution. Natural Indicator is a type of indicator that can be found naturally and can determine whether the substance is an acidic substance or a basic substance. During the activity, they used solutions to test their nature after which they wrote down their observations in their notebooks. Students tested various solutions and found out whether they are acidic or basic based on their observation.
Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit means ‘the tie or knot of protection,’ it is one of the most endearing ways to celebrate the bond between brother and sister. To strengthen this bond, Presidium conducted a ‘Rakhi making/thali making’ activity. Students from all the classes participated in the activity and made colorful rakhis and thalis. They used decorative materials like threads, stars, mirrors, pearls, and flowers for making beautiful rakhis and thalis. Students made it from the material available at home to give it a personal touch. Presidium believes that such celebration of festivals with true spirit teaches students about our Indian traditions. Every student was so excited to share their creativity with their friends and teachers. This activity gave the students a chance to embrace their tradition as well as their artistic side.