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A Brief Encounter with History

A Brief Encounter with History

October 9, 2017

The only way we young Indians seem to connect to Mahatma Gandhi is through our history books, which, although filled with details of his life and achievements, seem so impersonal and distant.

What if something were to make this experience real and more vivid? Imagine having someone who lived through those times, or better yet, having Mahatma Gandhi close aide sharing his experiences directly with us!!!! Wouldn’t that be truly awesome? Our wishes came true on the 9th of October, 2017, when Mr. V. Kalyanam, a personal assistant of Gandhiji visited our school and shared some of the memorable moments that he had spent with the Father of the nation, Mr. Kalyanam was a government clerk, earning a salary of Sixty Rupees a month, apparently a high salary in the early part of the 20th century. He abandoned his career and joined Mahatma Gandhi. His association with Gandhiji instilled a lot of discipline. He cultivated the habit of rising every day at 4 AM and undertake at least 9 hours of manual labour. He described his daily routine, his job of typing out letters, many encounters with Gandhiji and also shared his insight into Gandhi’s family. The deep sense of respect that the British administration had for Gandhiji, despite being his adversaries was quite amazing to note. He mentioned an interesting fact that more than 200 statues of Gandhi have been installed in many countries across the world, indicating how universally regarded Gandhiji is.

Mr. Kalyanam is ninety six years old but had a recollection of events as if they happened just yesterday. The students of CHSV were thoroughly engrossed in conversation with Mr. Kalayanam who gave us a ring side view of our own history in a way that no text book ever can. It was truly an unforgettable experience and we consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet him.

- Anya Rajha, Grade IX

 

Seeding for Tomorrow

Seeding for Tomorrow

October 13, 2017

On a bright Friday morning, the students of VII Manickam and VI Suryagandhi got together in groups and started making neem seed balls in red soil. We were guided by Mr.Kamesh of  ’Vizhithezhu Arakkattalai’. After a while it became really easy. It was a fun filled morning, at the end of which our group alone had made over 400 balls. We have now left them to dry and soon we will be planting the seeds. We hope that this small act of ours will influence many more people to join this movement as seed balls are more effective than regular seeds. It is a cheaper and more effective way of planting saplings.

- Krishna Karthikeyan, grade VII

 

 

A Green Diwali

A Green Diwali

We all love the luminous festival of Diwali! However over a period of time, the celebration of Diwali has been causing a lot of concern with regard to noise and air pollution.

So, we decided to highlight the importance of celebrating a ‘Green Diwali’. The reception area and class rooms were decorated with a beautiful rangoli and diyas. The students also created awareness by conveying the message that Diwali is a festival of ‘lights’ and not of ‘noise’. We also took an oath to celebrate a Green Diwali with a signature campaign. Inter house events were also held based on the theme of Green Diwali.

- Shreeya Subramanian, Grade VIII  

 

The debate conducted by the Department of Tamil had the boys and girls deliberate on Green Diwali. While the boys team was for a Green Diwali, the girls seemed to think otherwise. The spirited debate was an eye opener to the current state of our earth and the need to protect our environment by reducing the amount of pollution, while staying connected with our tradition and our roots.

 

 

Celebrating Ayudha Pooja

Celebrating Ayudha Pooja

September 29, 2017 

On the occasion of Ayudha Pooja, the students and staff performed a pooja in the premises of the school invoking the blessings of the Lord for a fruitful and successful year ahead.

Teachers’ Day

Teachers’ Day

September 5, 2017

Students across the school organised various programmes to entertain the teachers. The teachers had an opportunity to bond with their students through the various music and dance performances.  The teachers participated in various games, organized by the students and enjoyed every bit of it.

 

Navaratri Celebrations

Navaratri Celebrations

September 22, 2017

We celebrated Navaratri in school by keeping a small 3 step Golu in our reception area. The Golu dolls were brought by the students. The students of IV Mohanam also presented a special assembly on this nine day festival. They explained why Navaratri is celebrated and how Mahishasura was killed. Dance and music made the assembly colourful and fun. Our teachers also danced and sang for us to celebrate Navaratri.

- Mahima Jhanvi Karthik, Grade V

Onam Celebrations

Onam Celebrations

September 5, 2017

Onam, the annual harvest festival of Kerala, celebrates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the homecoming of Mahabali. This festival was celebrated with the same fervour and gusto seen in the state of Kerala, with the campus decorated with a pookalam. Students performed songs and danced on the occasion.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

August 28, 2017

Vinayaka Chaturthi was celebrated with great gusto and enthusiasm across all grade levels. Students and admin staff sang shlokas and bhajans on Vinayaka to bring out the spirit of the occasion. They also delivered speeches and presented dance performances during the assembly. The highlight of the event was the arrival of children dressed as Ganesha, the harbinger of good luck and prosperity. The whole school wore a festive look on the day.

CHSVMUN – Diplomats in Making

CHSVMUN - Diplomats in Making

August 19 and 20, 2017

The CHSV Model United Nations was organized in school with purposeful and enthusiastic diplomats from many schools in Chennai, debating on diverse world issues.

Report by Ms.Hareni Elango of the MUN World Press Team:

The room was abuzz with excitement and delegates were in whispered conversations. The auditorium was packed with enthusiastic diplomats who were itching to get the conference started. The Director General, Neha Prabhu and the Secretary General, Tejas Gopalan declared the conference open. Following the introduction of the executive board members, the delegates broke into their committees to begin two days of constructive debate about world issue. The delegates looked forward to the real life simulation of the Press Conference on the second day of the MUN with anticipation and excitement. They answered the carefully formulated questions with unwavering tenacity and perseverance. Simultaneously every committee was engaged in discussions ranging from political assassinations to the desperate situation of laborers. After eight hours of intense negotiation and gratifying debates, came the award ceremony. The CHSVMUN was one of a kind, right from its live streaming to its social night, planned and executed with utmost care each step of the way. It was an absolutely delightful experience for all the delegates who had been a part of this year’s CHSVMUN.

Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day Celebrations

August 15, 2017

CHSV celebrated Independence Day in the campus with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. The spirit of the day was brought alive with patriotic songs, speeches, a skit and a dance celebrating the nation.