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2017 – 2018

Student Council Elections
June 29, 2017 

The Student Council Elections, held in the month of June gave the students a glimpse into the working of a democracy. Five committees were formed to look into the functioning of the election processes – nomination, campaigning, voting, counting, and result declaration. These groups, led by grade IX students, ensured that systems were in place and processes were followed. Following an intensive period of campaigning, the Executive Committee Members of the Council were democratically elected through an electronic voting process.

- Shrika Balaji, IX Neidhal

 

Investiture Ceremony
July 5, 2017

The Prefectorial Board of Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam for the academic year 2017-18 was sworn in during a solemn ceremony. This is when the leaders are formally entrusted with their duties. The Executive Board of the student body will be led by the Head Boy, Akhil Nair and Head Girl Shreya Sandipta Khuntia.

The Honourable Chief Guest of the day, Commodore Vijesh K Garg VSM, struck the right chord with the students when he spoke about leaders and leadership. He laid emphasis on the fact that it is in school that children are first exposed to and experience the nuances of leadership and are fostered with lifelong skills of responsibility, commitment and dedication.

The Principal Dr. Swaminathan Krishna who himself is an ardent believer in student empowerment, congratulated the newly elected office bearers and urged them to upload the values and principles that the school stands for.

- Ritvik Senthil, Grade X

Archives – Global Teacher Accreditation 2013-14

Teacher applicants for the year: 

Ms. Meenakshi Nagaraj – English HoD & teacher Class 9,10

Ms. Meenakshi Nagaraj has completed an Action Research Project in Class IX. Her project involved designing an effective and time efficient strategy to teach Prose, Poetry and Shakespeare using Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic activities. She was inspired to explore alternate teaching methodologies which encourage active class room involvement by partial and passive participants in the class. Her research involved studying the VAK approach and developing effective teaching strategies based on student feedback. It brought out the effectiveness of VAK styles and student involvement in the planning process, highlighting learner centric teaching-learning.

As Head of the English department, her work also helped orient English teachers in the school. Her presentations on her Action Research, made to the school management and 3 group schools, were received with evident interest and it was decided to extend VAK to all language departments. She intends to formulate a plan to share her learning on VAK and make it synonymous with class room teaching.

Archives – Global Teacher Accreditation 2014-15

CHSV Principal is nominated as the GTA mentor.

As a GTA mentor, Ms. Deivanai is the educator coach for 5 teacher applicants from South India. She mentors the action research participants during the course of their project and facilitates training and review sessions.

Teacher applicants for the year:

1. Ms. Shobana Balaji – Math HoD & teacher Class 10

Of the 5 GTA topics offered for research, Ms. Shobana Balaji chose “Digital Innovations in the Classroom” and the project she is working on is titled “How will Blended Learning enable delivery of Differentiated Instructions in Mathematics for Grade 10 students?” 

Blended Learning is an education program where the student learns in part through online delivery of content and in part in a classroom (“brick and mortar”) setting. Differentiated Instructions is a teaching methodology where students with different learning abilities are given opportunities to learn at their own pace.

Hence the action research on this topic will help formulate a blended learning environment to deliver differentiated instructions and resources to students. Students will be able to learn at their own pace, place and time. This personalised teaching/learning will also help them become independent learners, responsible for their own learning. It will also cater to visual and auditory learners.

In her Action Research, she is using the “Flipped Class room” model of Blended Learning where students learn the content online through videos, related links, worksheets etc., and come prepared for the class the following day to complete the numericals and proofs on the same topic.

2. Ms.Rajalakshmi  – Math Teacher Class 6,7,8

Ms. Rajalakshmi, is involved in the GTA project to optimise teaching, understand the hindering variables between teaching and learning, measure the variables, analyse them, and arrive at tangible results to maximise the imparting of learning objective. Her research topic is “Dispelling misconceptions in integers to maximise learning in class 6”. The purpose of this endeavour is to gain an insight into the causes of misconceptions in this topic and to enable the students to come up with individual learning strategies. She has chosen class 6 as her interest group as this is the level where students learn the basic concepts of integers and build it thereafterThe main objective of her study is to adopt a student centric approach to learning.

3. Ms. Sivagamasundari – Math teacher  Class 8,9

Ms. Sivakamasundari is implementing an Action Research Project in Class VIII. With the intent of bringing innovations in the Math class, the project aims to help students overcome their fear of abstract algebraic concepts and retain algebraic identities with ease. The students are given opportunities to connect with prior learning, visualise identities using algebraic tiles and engage in activities which facilitate understanding. Understanding the logic behind algebraic concepts and relating it to geometry aids recollection. Students are also encouraged to use website links in the form of games and work sheets.

Class room activities include videos for the visual learner, hands-on activity for the kinaesthetic learner and interactive smart board lessons for both types of learners.  This project is also an opportunity for the teacher and student to benefit from teaching strategies being practised across the globe.

4. Ms.Viji Arunkumar– Social Studies teacher Class 4,5

The CHSV Social Studies curriculum under Anveshna is shifting focus from content centered instruction to learner based instruction.  With this as the primary objective, Ms.Viji’s Action Research aims at using technology as a VAK tool to enhance interest in Social Studies at the upper primary level.  As students today are tech savvy, a technology-driven pedagogical approach should perk their interest and encourage them to take a deep dive into the subject.  With technology advancements, they will be in a better position to leverage technology to gain more knowledge about the global community.

Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures

Australian Culture – Geography

November 23, 2017

Mr. Davonte Ponnuswamy, an Australian national,  addressed the students of grade VI and gave them a birds eye view of the culture and life style in Australia.

Career Guidance – Commerce

November 20, 2017

The Commerce students of grade XI and XII attended a session on ‘Career Guidance and Career Options in Commerce’ by Mr. Anirban Sinha, Chartered Accountant and Director of Business Finance and Global Pricing Head at CSS Corp.

Junk Food –   Biology

November 18, 2017

Ms.Subashini, Senior Dietician from Chettinad Health City, gave a presentation to students of grade VII on Junk Food and its ill effects on the human body.

 - Tarun Gargeya, VII Vaiduryam

Respiration in Plants – Biology 

November 17, 2017

Dr.Ramya from Chettinad Health City spoke to the Biology students of grade XI on ‘Respiration in Plants’

‘d’ and  ‘f’ block elements  – Chemistry

November 16, 2017

Mr. VijayKumar, subject expert delivered a lecture to the Chemistry students of grade 12 on the topic ‘d and f block elements’, besides giving valuable tips for the Board Exams.

Internet Safety  

November 4, 2017

Dr. Kala Baskar, Director-in-charge, Centre of Cyber and Forensic Information Security, University of Madras, delivered a lecture on Internet Safety. She talked about the different kinds of ways people hack devices to access our personal information like phishing and keyloggers. She also gave us some tips on how to stay away from these kind of hackers.

- Juhusree, grade VII 

An insight into Horticulture – Biology

October 28, 2017

Harish Krishnamurthi, Horticulturist from ‘Offshoot’ spoke to the students of grade VI on structure and function of plants.  The interactive session gave me an opportunity to see plants sprouting at very close quarters.

- Athreya Sunil

Natural Resources  – Geography  

Our Principal addressed us on the topic ‘Natural Resources’. He beautifully explained how everything and everyone is a resource.  He showed us the state of our capital Delhi, which has become so polluted that it is our responsibility as the future generation to not only conserve these resources, but also protect our environment.

- Grade V students

Story Telling
October 7, 2017

The Story telling workshop by Mr. Craig Jenkins, a renowned story teller  from UK, was on how to explore the  use of hand gestures, facial expressions, characterization and voice modulation to present stories in a fun, exciting and educational way. His session started with a few games which could be implemented in class to increase the  focus and concentration of children.

Social Research Methodology
October 9, 2017

The Sociology, Psychology and History students of grade XI and XII attended a guest lecture by Dr. Vijo Varghese Vincent, Research Associate at the International Justice Mission, on Social Research Methodology. He told the students about research design, validity of research, sampling methodology and the need for ethics and morality while conducting research. The students also sought guidance on doing their projects.

“The workshop was extremely useful as I learnt the different types of research, data analysis, sampling and also how projects are formulated. I am definitely sure that this will be a lesson I won’t forget. The person teaching this was very informative”

 - Varsha Babu, XI

“… it greatly helped me with several concepts that I was having trouble with. Through the lecture I found out how to properly and professionally research on a topic and the different methods and processes used to do so. This guest lecture helped me understand how to do my projects in the future.”

- Samyukt Vasu, XI

“…We learnt various new methods that were previously unknown to us and also we learnt about the norms and ethics of research. Overall it was an enriching experience”

- Sidhant, XI 

Tamil Literature – History
October 2017

The students of grade IX had the opportunity to interact with Ms. Jayalakshmi, Ms. Tamilselvi and Ms. Mangalam from the Department of Tamil during the History period. The teachers shared information on the significance of Tirukkural and how Tirukkural is applicable in our daily lives. The session also had an overview of Sangam Literature and the literary works like Silapadikaaram and Manimekalai.

Nervous Control and Co-ordination – Biology
October 2017

Nervous Control and Co ordination for class XI by Dr. Shiv Bhushan Sharma from Chettinad Health City

Career Counselling – Commerce
October 2017

The students of grade XI and XII attended a Career Guidance session by Ms. Sujatha Balakrishnan, Head of the Department of Commerce from Ethiraj College on ‘Career Guidance and Career Options in Commerce.’

“The career guidance session was very highly helpful as we got an insight into career options for the future. 

 -  Guru Raj XII and Valli Nayagam, grade XII

“The session was really interesting as she explained about how the choice of institution is really important for higher education. It also gave us an insight on how to prepare for college.

- Ashwin and Shreya, grade XII.

Soil Erosion and Weathering – Geography
October 2017

Ms. Radha Varadarajan spoke to the students of grade VII on ‘Soil Erosion and Weathering’. She gave us an insight into the difference between weathering and erosion and the different ways to conserve the soil. The lecture was supported by practical demonstration of soil cookies with and without roots, which made us understand the importance of roots in preventing soil erosion.

- Advaith Menon, grade VII

Art of Brochure Making
October 13, 2017

The interactive session for the students of VII Maragatham with Ms. Fathima on designing a brochure demonstrated how both pictures and text convey a powerful message. The group activity enabled us to design the basic outline for our brochure on ‘The Art of Composting’. The session also enlightened us on the need to keep in mind the target audience and the effective way to approach them.

- Ananya V Ganesh, Grade VII

Paper Conservation 
October 13, 2017

Mr. Ramanan from ITC WOW spoke to the students of VIII Pavazham. His visit was an eye opener to realize how India is one of the major contributors to wasting paper. The informative videos and ppts on recycling paper showed how the garbage load in India can be reduced by nearly 25%.

- Mahendra Kurup, Grade VIII

Ayyam Ittu Unn – Give before you Eat 
October 13, 2017

Dr Issa Fathima Jasmine addressed the students of IX Neidhal and VI Roja on food wastage and the consequences of wasting food which includes poverty and shortage of food for the future generations. She gave us precise statistics and data on where and how much food gets wasted every day. She told us about the community fridge which has been placed in Besant Nagar which works on the principle of anonymous donation of food , clothes, toys etc. This gives an opportunity for the needy to use the things available there without hurting their dignity.

-  Akhilan Ravichandran and Deekshanya, Grade IX

Energy Management by Mr. Narsimhan Santhanam
September 2017

Guest Lecture for students of grade X Madhuvanti by Mr. Narsimhan Santhanam, founder of EAI (Energy Alternative India).  Under his guidance, the students are working on a project to learn about energy consumption and alternatives.

Waste Management by Mr. Rangarajan 
September 2017

Students of grade VII Vairam had a session with the secretary of the RA Puram Residents Association, Mr. Rangarajan, on neighbourhood waste management activities.

Story Telling by Ms. Sri Vidya
September 2017

The students of grade II had an interactive story telling session with Ms.Sri Vidya from Story Trails.

Reproductive Health by Dr. Radha
September 2017

Guest Lecture on Reproductive Health by Dr. Radha Pandiyan from Chettinad Health City.

Gene Expression by Dr.Sheikh Ahmed
September 2017

Dr. Sheikh Ahmed spoke to Biology students of grade XII on gene expression and its regulation

Structure of the Eye by Dr. Adnan 
September 2017

Dr. Adnan Mohamed Mytheen spoke to students of grade X on the structure of the eye and its defects

Biotechnology for Dr.Kumar
September 2017

Dr. Kumar Ebenezer spoke to students of grade XII on Biotechnology and applications.

Water Conservation by Mr.Nityanand Jayaraman
August 2017

Noted environmentalist, Mr.Nityanand Jayaraman spoke to the students who are working on water conservation as part of Global Citizenship. He spoke on issues like the plight of Chennai rivers, rain patterns, ill effects of desalination plants, unplanned development and the usage of marsh lands as dump yards.

Making Seed Balls with Mr.Kamesh
August 2017

The students of grade VII Manickam, during their ‘Seedball Session’ with Mr.Kamesh of ‘Vizhithezhu Arakkattalai’, brainstormed on the problems faced by farmers and the reasons behind poor yield, food shortage and resultant farmer suicides. The hands on experience of making the seed ball is their baby step towards planting trees that would prevent soil erosion. The session culminated with the students making the Green Ganesha carrying the seed ball within him, ably assisted by Dorai Anna.

Rolling into Shape with Ms.Priscilla
August 2017

Students of grade VII Vaiduryam have basket weaving sessions, facilitated by Ms. Lois Priscilla, who is an expert in creating craft out of old and unused newspapers and magazines. 

Traffic Management with the local Traffic Police
August 2017

The students of IX Kurinji attended a session by the Chennai Traffic Police, led by C Alexander, Inspector of Police and M Venkateswaralu, Sub-Inspector of Police. The students had a hands on learning on Road Safety, Traffic Signals and Traffic Management. The interactive session made the students understand the effort that goes behind the day of a traffic policeman.  The students were given handouts of traffic signs to better understand the traffic regulation system.

Vegetable Cultivation with Mr.Jaishankar Kanappan
August 2017

Mr. Jaishankar of Kanchi Organic Farm guided the students of grade X Sahana and VIII Muthu on vegetable cultivation and  soil preparation. The students took the learning forward by sowing seeds in the school garden.

Finance by Mr.P.V Subramanyam
July 2017

Mr. P. V. Subramanyam, financial expert spoke to the students of grade XI and XII on the power of compounding and the necessity for smart investments. The topics ranged from household finances, accounting and banking to real income, mutual funds and insurance.

Dental Hygiene by Dr.Phanimala
July 2017

Dr. Phanimala, cosmetic dentist and dental surgeon, spoke to the students of grade IV on the importance of dental hygiene, besides showing them a presentation and video on the anatomy of the tooth.

An insight into AIDS by Mr.Sathish Kumar
July 2017

Mr SK Satish Kumar ,Training Manager at YRG CARE, spoke on how Aids is not only a disease but a judgement we have brought upon ourselves. He briefed the students on the disease, its prevention and treatment.

Cultivation of Crops by Mr.Radha Varadarajan
July 2017

Ms.Radha Varadarjan, our Sustainability Education consultant, spoke to students of grade V on crops and cultivation practices, with special emphasis on paddy cultivation.

Essential 21st century skills by Mr.Gupteswar Rao
June 2017

Mr.Gupteswar Rao addressed the students from grades VI to VIII on ‘Essential Skills to be possessed by 21st century students’

 

Archives – Field Trips / Excursions

Junior Campus Trips

House Visits

House-visits are cozy, safe, friendly and fun for the tiny tots. A yummy snack, a story to enjoy and the immense happiness in sharing your friends’ toys are some of the hall-marks of the house visits.

A Sneak Preview of the Senior Campus

Grade 1 students were thrilled to get a glimpse of their future classrooms, library, dining hall, computer lab, art room and more.

Annual Field Trips

Children along with their Parents and Acharyas enjoyed a fun filled Annual Field Trip to various locations.

Grade VI in Pondicherry

February 18, 2017

Students from grade VI had a day trip to Pondicherry where they walked along the promenade, saw the beach, visited the Aurobindo ashram, Government museum, aquarium and botanical garden. Team building activities and the enjoyable bus journey added to their experience.

Grade VIII in Kothagiri

February 10 – 14, 2017

The students of grade VIII went on a trip to Kothagiri where they camped in tents, participated in adventure sports and interacted with the indigenous people of the hills.

Grade VII in Yelagiri

February 10 – 14, 2017

Students of grade VII had an adventurous and fun filled trip to Yelagiri where they enjoyed a camp fire, trekking in the hillside and participated in team building activities.

Grade II visits ‘The Farm’

February 10, 2017

Students of grade II visited ‘The Farm’, an outdoor experience where they could pet farm animals, enjoy the green space and make their own pizza.

Grade III visits Dakshinachitra

January 27, 2017

Students of grade III went on a day trip to Dakshinachitra where they learnt about the culture, heritage and architecture of South India. They interacted with artisans and folk artists and rode in a bullock cart.

Grade IV at the Parle-G biscuit factory

October 21, 2016 

This is what the students had to say…..

We watched a video on how they manufacture biscuits and candies. We saw the process-making the dough, moulding, heating, cooling and packaging. They gave us biscuits to taste. Yum! We had lots of fun.

Grade IX in Uttaranchal and Nagerhole   

Students of grade IX had the option to visit Uttaranchal or Nagerhole as part of their outbound trip.

The Uttaranchal trip included trekking in the Himalayas, white water rafting in the Ganges and visiting the holy city of Rishikesh.

Class IX visits Nagerhole 

The students of grade IX who opted for Nagerhole enjoyed a few days in the wilderness.  A close encounter with an elephant and a safari completed their tryst with nature.

Grade XI and XII in Wayanad
August 28-September 2, 2016 

During their trip to Wayanad, students of grades XI and XII enjoyed mountaineering, camp stay and a visit to a cave and waterfall.

Grade X in Nagerhole
August 24 – 27, 2016  

Students of grade X had a unique and exciting experience of living in the wilderness in Nagerhole National Park. They enjoyed a wild life safari in the park.

Grade V in Mahabalipuram
July 29, 2016  

Taking in the history and architecture of Mahabalipuram

Friends make it so much fun!

At the Seashell musuem

Archives – Study Trips

Colours of Life

Art Elective students of grade X & XII visited the Art Houz Gallery and saw the works of 14 year old B.S Ganesh.

A walk down Annals of History – Grade X at Fort St. George

March 29, 2017 

Students of grade X took a trip down memory lane to Fort Museum in Fort St.George, reliving the British Raj.

A report by Rishi and Ashank:

As part of interdisciplinary learning, we visited Fort St. George. We had a taste of ‘Madras’ during the colonial times. We saw the uniforms used during the pre independence times besides the coins, artefacts, ornaments and art work. A visit to St. Mary’s church, a perfect example of Anglo Indian architecture, culminated the study tour.

Grade X visits Kancheepuram

March 25, 2017 

Students of grade X went on a study trip to rural areas in Kancheepuram to facilitate experiential learning as part of their Geography lesson in agriculture and also a culmination of the agri literacy programme as part of their grade IX SUPW. Ms. Radha Varadarajan, the agri literacy facilitator guided the students and teachers during the trip.

Report by Shriya and Ambika:

Kancheepuram greeted us with refreshing coconut water and kancheepuram idlis. Our first stop was to a farm where we had a hands on experience of transplanting paddy in the slushy fields. The talk on the process of cultivating rice made us appreciate the farmer’s efforts at feeding the nation. We also enjoyed a bullock cart ride and tried our hands at the Potter’s Wheel. The visit to a nearby temple gave us a glimpse into ‘Therukoothu’, where the artists were performing episodes from the Mahabharatha. The next stop was to a huge paddy field where we got to see a harvester in action, harvesting, winnowing and threshing the crops. The trip ended with a visit to a vegetable garden where we had a refreshing picnic under the shady trees.

Visit to Thiruvannamalai 

January 31, 2017

Students from the School Prefectorial Board, Interact Club and grade XI had the opportunity to visit Thiruvannamalai, where they interacted with the staff and students of Marudam School and met Mr.Govind, who is involved in restoring the forest area around the hills there. The students realized the need for adopting sustainable solutions on a war footing in order to conserve our limited natural resources.

Krithy Kumar, Asst. Press Co-ordinator who had the opportunity to be part of the team shares her experience -

I thought there was a difference between the problems faced by the students in the villages and the cities. This trip certainly changed my perspective of life and gave me a new essence to bonding. En route to Marudam Farm School, we visited the peaceful Tiruvanamalai temple. The experience of sitting on a rock in a park and listening to Mr.Govind, a man who has adapted himself to a lifestyle in harmony with nature, talk about how we can save humanity, gave me clearer idea as to why we should cherish each and every moment in our lives. When we reached the Marudam School, there was a very lively vibe. We learnt a village dance form called Kaliyiyal, made friendship bracelets, participated in a theatre class and interacted with the students over there. It was indeed a life-changing experience.

Grade VII Biology Field trip to Modern Bread Industries

January 18, 2017  

Students of grade VII visited Modern Bread Industries as an extension of their academic activity in Biology. They toured the baking unit and learnt the different processes carried out, from fermenting the dough till it turns out to be the bread sold in the market as ‘Modern Bread’.

Grade VII visit to Chennai Port

January 10 , 2017

The students of grade VII were taken on a field trip to Chennai Port in conjunction with their lesson on Hydrosphere. They were guided by an employee of the port who explained about the different types of ships docked there and their uses.  Here is what the children had to say..

‘We went on a field trip to Chennai Port. We learnt about the making and maintenance of different ships and their uses. This trip gave us an insight into how much work goes into the import and export of items, something that we took for granted all along.’

- Pranav and Tejas, Grade VII

Grade VIII visits Semmozhi Poonga

January 6, 2017

Students of grade IX visited the Semmozhi Poonga as part of their Biology study trip. Here is what they had to say..

‘The erstwhile Woodlands Drive-In hotel is now the land of woods. This poonga is home to over 500 species of plants and 100 species of trees. The moist air, dense flora and exotic plants separate you from the city.  This trip gave us a hands-on learning of the different characteristics of various plants.’

 - Thoshika B, Aakash.M, Sahana Bharadwaj – Grade VIII

Grade VI – Science

November 16 and 17 

Students of grade VI visited the Adyar Poonga, an ecological park set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Adyar estuary. Students were guided through the premises by the Education Officer at the park and were shown videos on the restoration of this fragile ecosystem.

Grade IX, X and XI –Art

October 26, 2016 

Students of grade IX, X and XI who have opted for Art their elective, visited Art exhibitions at Art Houz Gallery and Lalit Kala Academy, which showcased the works of artists Mr.Vijay Pitchamani and Mr.Sivakumar (actor). They got the opportunity to interact with Mr.Vijay and understand the techniques involved, first hand.

Grade XI and XII – History

October 17, 2016 

History students of grade XI and XII visited the Egmore museum and Connemara Public Library to do research on topics for their internals.

Grade XI – Humanities

October 4, 2016

Humanities students of grade XI interacted with similar grade students of Srihari Vikasam. They got an opportunity to see their talents and understand how they overcome their challenges.

Class VI – Government Museum, Egmore

July 26, 2016  

As an extension of their History lesson, students of grade VI visited the Government Museum in Egmore to engage in experiential learning.

Admiring the ancient sculptures

Taking notes on interesting facts

Learning is fun!

A dinosaur comes alive!

Archives – Celebrations

Archives – Education for Sustainability

Sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At Hari Shree, we have initiated an Education for Sustainability programme which is implemented as part of SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work). Students from classes IV to X and class XII have one session per week whereas class XI has an extended session once a month. The curriculum for this programme has been specifically designed for Hari Shree by subject expert and sustainable strategic consultant Ms.Radha Varadarajan. Each grade level has a specific topic, all of which comes under the framework of Education for Sustainability.

Class IV – Rags to Riches

Learning Objective – Learning the importance of ‘upcycling’ old and used things through creative projects.

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Class V – Nature Apprentice

Learning Objective – Beginner’s course in natural resources, their management and conservation

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Class VI –Eat Right, Stay Bright

Learning Objective – The importance of eating right for a good life is highlighted through this program

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Class VII – Eco Club

Learning Objective – Understanding good sustainability practices and learning how to be nature stewards

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Class VIII – Money Matters

Learning Objective – A starter course in financial literacy which offers students the tools and techniques necessary to understand the economics of things

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Class IX – Agri Literacy

Learning Objective – Hands on learning experience in agriculture

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Class X – Equality and Empowerment

Learning Objective – Identifying gender equality and gender inequality. Exploring the role of women all over the world and the big idea of double dividend, learning what equality in race, religion, caste and creed means

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Class XI – Facing the Future

Learning Objective – This program informs students about what might be in store for the future they face. Political, Social, Environmental and Technological challenges and opportunities ahead are discussed.

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Class XII – We Teach, We Learn

Learning Objective – Understand the nuances of teaching, learn to plan lessons and work with students of Sigappi School in the areas of communication and civic sense.

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Quality Education, Equality Justice and Peace

Quality Education, Equality Justice and Peace

Education for All

10 students from grade XII visited GUVI, an IIT Madras incubated company to understand the process of content development. As part of their global citizenship project, these students have chosen to create engaging and accessible subject related content in vernacular languages for underprivileged children in corporation schools.

Students making a presentation of the educational videos they made in vernacular languages. Topics ranged from atomic structure in Chemistry to concepts of Economics.

Traffic Congestion – A Daily Issue 

The students of Grade IX Kurinji are working on the intricacies of traffic management, with a special focus on roads leading to the school.

Local traffic policemen have guided the students on traffic management, signals etc. A hands-on session was conducted in the auditorium. Data was collected and a survey of modes of transportation has been done. It’s time now for action…

A hands-on session with the local Traffic Police

Getting into the nitty gritty of traffic signals..

Stop, Go… and much much more.

Getting a taste of regulating traffic along with the neighbourhood traffic police

The road safety volunteers are on the job!

An attempt to make a difference to the traffic problems around them.

Yours Imperfectionally: Everyone is Beautiful 

Bullying and Body Shaming are unfortunate realities and the students of grade XI have decided to address this issue by creating awareness and sensitizing students and the community on the need for respect and tolerance. The various groups in the class are working on communication strategies like Public Service Announcements (PSA), Posters, a Street Play, Movies and Blogs.

Drawing, sketching, designing… let’s spread awareness on body shaming.

A picture conveys a thousand words… the grade XI posters

The message to love yourself, the way you are…  self respect is where it all starts.

Bringing the campaign together… sessions with Ms.Fathima, creative director of Potatopotao.

A rap song on Body Shaming in the Primary assembly. the younger ones are all ears.

#I’mperfect – the tagline packs quite a punch.. getting the message across to students of all ages

A little note from a grade II student says it all… we understand what you are trying to tell us!

A street play during the senior assembly…  stand up against body shaming and misguided standards of beauty and perfection. Beauty is not skin deep..

Health, Fitness and Hygiene

Students of grade VIII Neelam are working on analysing health and fitness in the school and community and contributing to health and wellness at all levels. Their plan of action includes learning traditional fitness art from experts and healthy recipes from chefs. All the learning will culminate in a year end calendar incorporating the ideas.

Self evaluation of fitness is the first step.. students of VIII Neelam

Putting ourselves to the test… how fit are we?

Ms.Preethi does a session with the students on fitness through dance and zumba..

The work begins on the health and fitness calendar.. getting ready a health slogan for every day of the year

Mr.Bala guides the students on the technicalities of designing and printing a calendar

Ms.Prabha, nutritionist talks to the students of grade XII on health and nutrition

Dental hygiene – an entertaining and informative street play by grade XII during the primary assembly

A sensitive issue handled with power and aplomb – a street play on menstrual hygiene by the grade XII students.

Let’s spread the message of hygiene – at the nearby Sigappi school

Students of grade XII are going to present a Street Play and a Flash Mob to promote Health and Hygiene in the campus and neighbourhood.  A medical camp for the Akkas and Annas of the school will also be organized.

 

Water Conservation – Every Drop Counts

Water Conservation - Every Drop Counts

Students of grade VI Suryagandhi and X Desh are working on creating awareness and taking action on Water Conservation. They understood water conservation from different perspectives, starting with touring the school to see the rainwater harvesting system installed within the campus. They learnt about concepts like surface water and ground water.

Mr.Nityanand Jayaraman, noted environmentalist, speaks to the students on issues connected to water. He spoke about the plight of Chennai Rivers, rain patterns, ill effects of desalination plants, unplanned development and the usage of marsh lands as dump yards.

How do we go about our campaign to save water?

Ms.Radha Varadarajan gives the students an overview of the rainwater harvesting system installed in school. The learnt about the different points of water collection, reasons for water logging etc. Students calculated the amount of water collected in the structure for a given amount of rainfall.

Let’s spread the message…

A rally to save water… let’s spread the word… Every drop counts.

Learning from the experts – at the Rain Centre, Akash Ganga Trust with Dr.Sekar Raghavan, a pioneer in the field of rain water harvesting.

Rain water harvesting in buildings – seeing how it works

Dr.Shekar Raghavan gives the students involved in water conservation a guided tour of his facility.

From Ambition to Action

12 students from the X Desh participated in an NGO organized, volunteer driven effort to clean the Mylapore Chitrakulam, a sacred tank believed to 20 centuries old.

Mylapore tank cleaning underway

So much trash in a part of a temple tank… imagine the plight of other water bodies..

Think Globally, Act Locally – Project Elixir  

The students of grade VII Manickam aims to conserve water through afforestation. They believe in the quote – “Dig a foot to plant a tree and save a 100 feet dig in search of water”.

It started with an awareness session in the form of a skit, scripted and enacted by the students. Mr.Kamesh of ‘Vizhithezhu Arakkattalai’, spoke to the students about seed ball preparation.  They also brainstormed on the problems faced by farmers and the reasons behind poor yield, food shortage and resultant farmer suicides. The hands on experience of making the seed balls is their first step towards planting trees that would prevent soil erosion. Since this activity coincided with Ganesh Chaturthi, the students put the seed balls in Ganesha moulds and made their own Green Ganeshas.

Mr.Kamesh talks to the students on farmer problems, food and water scarcity

A demonstration of  the seed ball making process

Green Ganesha – laying the seed balls in the Ganesha mould

Our eco-friendly Ganeshas are ready, we are happy and so is the environment

Water conservation through afforestation – Making seed balls for a better planet

Students at work under the guidance of their Acharyas and Mr.Kamesh, around  2000 seed balls with neem seeds inside were made and kept to dry

Now here is the best part…. let’s disperse the seed balls… throwing them onto the sides of Canal Bank Road, as part of an initiative to restore the water body

Fly away little seed….  bring back the water to our lands

Mr.Ram and Mr.Bala giving the students a guided tour of his lush terrace garden filled with vegetation