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Varnajala – Colours of Life

Varnajala – Colours of Life

March 30-April 5, 2018

The Annual Art Exhibition showcased the art and craft work of the staff and students of the Junior and Senior Campus of the school and our group school, Srihari Vikasam. The event compiled myriad expressions of Art such as tie and dye, pottery, sculpture, craft, murals, paintings, candle making etc. Work done by the students during their Creative Expressions classes, Spot Studies and Portrait Drawing sessions were also showcased. Students of Junior Campus and Sri Hari Vikasam were excited to visit the exhibition. Since the exhibition coincided with the Annual Day events, many parents got the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the creativity of the children.

                                                                                                - Grade XII Art Students

 

Little Graduates

Little Graduates

During their Graduation Day function, the tiny tots of the Junior Campus were all dressed up and they received certificates as they got ready to graduate to senior school.

Farewell – Grade X and XII

Farewell – Grade X and XII

The outgoing students of grade X got an unforgettable get-together organized by grade IX. It included a performance by a band to the song ‘It’s Time’, an amazing drum recital by the very talented Arun Solaiappan of the outgoing batch, a play by the teachers and entertaining games. A mouth watering meal and a photo session were the perfect finale to a memorable evening that will hopefully stay with our seniors.

- Shashank R, grade IX

 

The grade XII farewell was organized by the students of grade XI who entertained us with dance, music, quiz and various games. We enjoyed watching the videos compiled specially for us by our teachers and friends, followed by a scrumptious dinner at the roof top. The decorations and lights all around us made it a magical evening and made us feel nostalgic as we received our mementos.

                                                                        - Samyuktha Sreekanth, grade XII

 

Annual Day Celebrations

Annual Day Celebrations

April 3-5, 2018

One World One Family. Compassion For All – The grade II programmes revolved around this theme. This was conveyed through verses on compassion from the Bhagavad Gita, the invocation dance and a dance performance set to the rhythm of Africa, China and Spain. Using the animal kingdom and nature as the backdrop, the concept of kindness was also portrayed through plays. The grand finale of the event was a sing-along song ‘Namaste! We are the children of the Earth, together we can make a change’.

Love and Peace is integral to our lives and happiness. This was brought out by the students of grade III through dance, music and theatre. Music included the famous ‘Maithreem Bhajatha’ and melodious and foot tapping numbers in English and Hindi. Serenity, Joy, Happiness and Peace took turns to fill the atmosphere during the dance performances, ranging from classical to fusion to western.  Theatre conveyed the theme through spirited performances and thoughtful scripts during both compering and drama.

Every time you laugh, a little bit of your stress flies out the window. You can laugh at something.  You can laugh with someone and more importantly, you can laugh away your  worries. It’s about the ability to laugh at yourself and your situation. ‘Humour’- the theme of grade IV was brought out by an English skit, ‘A House in Kumuli’ which was a story about a ghost with memory loss, followed by a dance where the children dressed as Charlie Chaplin, imitating his actions. The Tamil skit ‘Obamavum Vathakuzhambum’ highlighted the values of our culture. The children also displayed their skills with ribbons, hoola hoops, pompoms and acrobatics during the Carnival Dance.

Shikshaa – Learning – A Different Perspective. All the grade V performances were in line with the theme – learning happens from everywhere, every experience and everyone. The songs conveyed that learning happens not only from teachers but also from mistakes. The different forms of Dances – Classical, Tribal and Western and the grand finale displayed cross cultural learning. The Drama reinforced the theme that any kind of learning is possible through practicing patience and being persistent.

‘Samrakshanam – Care, Connect and Conserve. Let’s nurture nature, so that we can have a  better future.’ The grade VI students conveyed this in the form of music, dance, mime and    theatre. The highlight was the drama where ‘Compost Raja’ won the battle against ‘Plastic Raja’ with the support of the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The whole theme was brought as a solution to the problems faced by aliens who visit Earth from a messy planet in search of solutions.

Individually we are a drop. Together we are an Ocean. The theme of grade VII was ‘Water- the Elixir of Life.’ Children started off the show with the Ganga sthotram to invoke the blessings of God. They depicted the importance of water, a necessary resource for life, used from brushing to flushing, through street play, drama, music and dance. The children transported the audience to a world of tranquility through the sounds of waves and the flow of rivers.

The grade VIII show unfolded around the theme ‘Sadbhava – Co-existence’, through various performing arts. Each form of Art was deeply woven around the theme and brought out the idea of looking at co-existence as a way of harmonious living. There is no existence without co-existence. So let’s share our similarities, celebrate our differences and co-exist.

Samyuktham – A Mélange of Arts! Though we are from different cultures and speak different languages, we are all one. This theme was presented by the students of grade IX through a fusion of different forms of dance like the Kathak, Odissi and Bhratanatyam. The street play, skit and music further reiterated the idea.

Your mission in life is not just to survive but to thrive,

To make an addition to feel, understand, act and strive.

If everyone’s ambition is entitlement, itself an aberration,

Then who is to commission transformation?

The desire to do good for others

The ability to feel the thought and attitude of another

To show a disposition of forbearance

To do a generous act toward the disfavoured.

 - Sadayaa – a grade XI presentation on Compassion

Hall Ticket Pooja

Hall Ticket Pooja

January 31, 2018 

The students of grade X and grade XII gathered for a Special Pooja after which the hall tickets for the upcoming board exams were handed to them. The occasion was very auspicious and the students received the blessings of their Acharyas and Parents. The priest chanted ‘slokas’ for the wellbeing of the students and school. The ceremony gave a sense of confidence and strength for the students to face their exams.

- Samyuktha Sreekanth, Press Co-ordinator

 

Making a Difference – CHSV Funfest

Making a Difference – CHSV Funfest

February 17, 2018 

The parents and children of Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam organized the FUNFEST, a fund-raiser, with a plethora of stalls vending a variety of merchandise, several shows and attractions for the children and adults alike. With the many folk art performances through the day by Namma Parambariyum, the carnival provided loads of fun for all. Not only was it an entertainer, it was also a zero waste, green event which showcased the learning of the children from their global citizenship program. Several talent shows allowed students to perform music, dance, stand up comedy and dress up story sessions. The event saw a footfall of 4500 people, many of whom were awestruck by the transformation of the school campus into a gala carnival and the seamless segregation and management of recyclable waste and the implementation of a plastic free sustainable event, thus achieving the school’s motto – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

- Ms. Ramya Mani

 

Fun Fest was an amazing event and we were all very excited about it. We enjoyed the comedy shows and fun filled music, especially the energy packed traditional drum performances. The traditional games, fortune telling and hair colouring was a lot of fun. I am eagerly awaiting the next Fun Fest!

- Tamizhinian, Grade V

The CHSV Fun Fest was an eco-friendly fund raising carnival with games, food and plenty of enthusiasm. Games like Mad Bull and Laser Tag and the Scary House attracted many children. The aroma of food wafting through the air tempted one and all. A talent show where the students could overcome their inhibitions and exhibit their talent attracted enthusiastic participation. All efforts were made to keep the event ‘Zero Waste’ with cloth bags replacing plastic bags and waste segregation done at source.

- Rohit, Grade VII

Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam – The Global Citizenship Stall

The Global Citizenship stall during Fun Fest sold products made by the students during their project sessions. It included mats woven from old sarees, baskets from used paper, hand-made note books, composting brochures, compost in paper bags, student designed health and fitness interactive calendars and muffins with a message. There were also campaigns, street plays and flash mobs by the students to promote their message.

 - Rakshana, Grade VII

 

The paper eating monster made by the Mission Kaagaz team

Composting is the way to go…  brochures that tell you how!

Hand-made books and exquisite mats for sale… all made by us

Water Scarcity – what the future holds, a mime show from grade VII

Water Conservation – through music and movement

 

Saluting the Spirit of Freedom

Saluting the Spirit of Freedom

The Republic Day celebration showcases the spirit of patriotism and pride that every Indian feels for their country. Our national flag was hoisted by the Principal. The children and the teachers rendered a Bharatiyar song followed by a dance that perfectly captured not only the geographical diversity of India, but also the unity in our diversity. Speeches were delivered in Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit and English, with the same inspiring message of national integration.

- Amrutha Nathan, IX Neidhal

Pongal O Pongal!

Pongal O Pongal!

January 18, 2018

The festivities for the day began with an informative play performed by the enthusiastic 6th and 7th graders on why we celebrate Pongal. The singers of our school lifted our spirits with an upbeat folk song followed by our dancers who set the floor on fire with their performance. The excitement on everyone’s faces turned to sheer wonder at the sight of the beautiful cow and her calf. As the pongal started to spill over the pot, thrilled whoops of exhilaration echoed throughout the school. Our Principal and teachers performed the customary rites with the aid of the priest to invoke blessings at this auspicious time. Overall, it was an enrapturing and delightful day.

- Adithi Sharan (Vairam)and Ananya V Ganesh, grade VII

The skit performed during Pongal celebrations was based on sharing the significance of celebrating the festival, with a foreigner on a visit to India. The highlight of the program was cooking pongal in a mud pot and performing pooja for the cow and calf as part of “Mattu Pongal”. When the pongal boiled over, we all shouted “pongalo pongal”. At the end of the day we got to taste juicy sugarcane.

- Kavya Devareddy, and R Yaalini, VI Suryagandhi

Grade XII Pradarshan

Grade XII Pradarshan

December 14, 2017

Pradarshan, the grade XII talent show proved to be a welcome change from the pressure and stress of exams and boards. Every student got an opportunity to be on stage and showcase their talents in front of their parents, teachers and friends. The show began with an invocation song and dance, followed by a speech by the Principal. The highlights of the evening were the play ‘Dialogues in the Dark’, conceived, written and directed by the students themselves, the fusion dance and music and a comical skit ‘Ghost Therapy’.  Pradarshan is proof that every student has multifarious talents and this was a day which would remain in our memory to cherish forever.

- Samyuktha Sreekanth, grade XII

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day

December 22, 2017

Celebrating Akkas and Annas day has been a tradition in our school for long. It is a day when the school appreciates the exceptional job done by the Akkas and Annas throughout the year.  Various entertainment programs were organised for them and they got an opportunity to get on the stage to display their talents. As a token of our appreciation, this year too gifts were bought for them and the students organised a pot-luck and invited them to their classrooms to share a meal with them.