Guest Lectures

Class XI Students during the launch of Career GPS

The Business Studies students of grade 11 visited GRT Grand Hotel for the launch of Career GPS. Various entrepreneurs, distinguished people from the industry and many other school students attended this program. There were speakers from diverse fields, who shared their personal experiences. The program was informative and inspiring.

- V Nivedita Raman, grade XI

Session on Career Guidance

The students of Grades 11 and 12 attended an interesting session by Manu Sharma, a representative from Ashoka university. The session happened just at the right time, for students who are on the brink of choosing where they want to go next. Ms. Sharma talked about Ashoka’s unique style of education, where students are taught how to think critically. They are given the freedom to choose what they want to study according to their own personal interests and goals. The session was highly informative and gave the students an idea of what the road ahead might look like.

- Nivedita Naveen, grade XII

Math made Easy

The students of Grade 12 attended a session by Professor Surya Banerjee, who teaches mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. The session was aimed at inspiring a love for mathematics among students and showing them the fascinating nature of the subject. Professor Banerjee delved into the intriguing field of game theory and explained how to use the strategy of backward induction. He also broke down interesting math concepts such as the Prisoner’s Dilemma and Nash’s Equilibrium and also demonstrated how math is used in auctions. He gave examples that showed how math exists in nearly every walk of life, including fields such as economics and the decoding of human behavior. The students understood the expansive nature of mathematics and how it is present everywhere.

Important Acts of the Constitution

Class XII Sociology students were briefed on certain important Acts of the Indian Constitution by Mr. Prabhu, an advocate of Madras High Court. Some of the important Acts discussed were the Hindu Marriage Act and Caste Disabilities Removal Act. It was an extremely useful session for us not only because it helped us understand the textbook theories in these topics better but also understand how Indian constitution works today. The session gave us all the much needed answers.

- Sneha Krishnan, grade XII

Personal Care and Hygiene

The students of Class V & VI had a session with Dr. Karpagambal and Dr. Humayun. They prepared the boys and girls to deal with puberty and spoke on the importance of personal hygiene.

Dental Care and Oral Hygiene

Dr. Shankar Raman gave us an expert talk on teeth. He told us that a tooth is the only part of the body that cannot protect itself. He told us all about teeth including what to eat and what to avoid, and ways to keep them clean. We took an interesting quiz at the end of the talk.

- Sahana Sriram & Vidyuth .A -Grade IV Mohanam

Workshop on the Role of Children in Disaster Recovery

Two students and teachers attended a workshop conducted by the University of Madras on the Role of Children in Disaster Recovery in Chennai. The workshop threw light on the psychological recovery outcomes of children after the events in 2015. It included interactive sessions on interventions t increase Disaster Resilience of Children. The participating schools received awards from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras.

Rocks, Minerals and Ores – Grade VI

Grade VI had a guest lecture on Rocks, Minerals and Ores, by Ms. Charukesi. The students were excited to learn about different types of mining, fuels, differences between ores and minerals, different types of rocks, etc.

Judiciary – Grade X

As part of a guest lecture on ‘Judiciary’, PC Siddharth, a law student and alumni of Hari Shree, engaged the students of grade X on a topic in their Civics lesson. He spoke about the court terminologies and gave real life examples which helped the children connect to the theme.

Design Thinking – Grades VI to XII

The students of grades VI to XII had a session with Mr. Kuldeep Dantewadia and Mr.Gautam Prakash of ‘Reap Benefit’ on how they can be ‘problem solvers’ for local environmental and civic problems. They inspired the children with real life stories of the innovative solutions developed by them and children they have worked with.

Genetics – Grade XII

Dr. Ramakrishnan from Chettinad Health City conducted a guest lecture on Genetics for the Biology students of grade XII

Abiotic components – Grade VI

Padmaja Acharya conducted an interactive and lively session for the students of grade VI on ‘Our Environment’. We learned a lot about biotic and abiotic components and saving the earth’s resources. Some of us volunteered to be a part of a play to initiate a discussion on the rotation and revolution of the earth.

- B. Sririsha, VI Suryagandhi

Soil, Agriculture and Natural Resources – Grade IV

Mr. Ram Prasad gave us a guest lecture on Agriculture, Soil and Natural Resources. He spoke about his farm, the crops he grew and traditional and modern farming methods. We saw the five different types of soil and learnt about food crops and cash crops. We were surprised to know how much water is needed for crops to grow. We realized that we should not waste food since this also means that we waste water.

- Pradhyutha, Shraddha, Shalini, IV Shankarabaranam

Health and Hygiene – Grade VI

Dr. Karpagambal Sairam gave us an out-of-text book session with her engaging lecture on various aspects of Health and Hygiene. She told us about the importance of following a balanced diet and keeping ourselves clean and healthy.

- Ria Rajakumar, VI Roja

Judiciary in India – Grade VII

During his guest lecture on ‘Judiciary in India’, Advocate S Muthukumar used realistic and relatable situations to explain how each court works. The mock court he used to demonstrate the process made it a very interesting experience. We understood about the role and importance of the Judiciary in India.

- Divya Chidambaram, VII Manickam

Climate and Natural Vegetation – Grade VIII

Dr. Swaminthan Krishna conducted a session on ‘Climate and Natural Vegetation’ as part of a Geography Guest Lecture for the students of grade VIII.

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’


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