INVESTITURE CEREMONY (2019-2020) - June 21, 2019:-
The investiture ceremony of Aradhana Academy for the academic session 2019-2020 was held on 21 st June in the school premises with great pomp and dignity. Mr.T.Mallesh Bangalore police official was the chief guest of the ceremony. The chief guest Mr.Mallesh, principal Sr.Siji, Vice principal Sr.Viji, Secretary Sr.Jaya, treasurer Sr. Shiny were invited with general salute and slow marching along with the student contingents comprising of ex-cabinet and newly elected cabinet members.
The ceremony began with the welcome speech, prayer and prayer song followed by the reading from holy books (BIBLE, GITA & QURAN). The honourable guest congratulated the student council and addressed the gathering with his inspiring speech on the leadership. The handing over of the sashes to the newly elected candidates was done by the Chief Guest, principal Sr.Siji, vice principal Sr.Viji, Secretary Sr.Jaya, and Treasurer Sr. Shiny. Our beloved principal Sr.Siji administered the oath to newly elected school cabinet members. She congratulated the newly appointed members and briefed about the responsibilities entrusted to them.
The ceremony concluded with the sharing of joyous moments by the newly elected Head Boy and Head girl. Finally it ended with the school anthem. To mark the Environment day (5 Th June) the honourable chief guest planted a sapling followed by the high school students doing the same. Following are our Students who are elected the new cabinet members 2019-20.
Following are our Students who are elected the new cabinet members 2019-20.
|HEAD BOY||ALVIN LIL SHAJI||CLASS-IX-ICSE|
|HEAD GIRL||SRIYA SIVAKUMAR||CLASS-IX-ICSE|
|ASSISTANT HEAD BOY||AKHIL RAMESH||CLASS-VIII-ICSE|
|ASSISTANT HEAD GIRL||YASHASWINI.R||CLASS-VIII-STATE|
|COLUMBIA CAPTAIN||AIZA FATHIMA||CLASS-IX-STATE|
|COLUMBIA VICE CAPTAIN||GLENN BRAGGS||CLASS-IX-ICSE|
|DOLPHINUS CAPTAIN||IRENE SARA||CLASS-IX-STATE|
|DOLPHINUS VICE CAPTAIN||ROUNAK KUMAR||CLASS-IX-STATE|
|PAVO CAPTAIN||KUMARI MUSKAN||CLASS-IX-ICSE|
|PAVO VICE CAPTAIN||ADITHYA SIMHA||CLASS-VIII-STATE|
|UNICORN CAPTAIN||KHUSHI .C.S||CLASS-VIII-ICSE|
|UNICORN VICE CAPTAIN||KARAN TAK||CLASS-IX-STATE|
|SPORTS CAPTAIN||HARSHRAJ CHOWDARY||CLASS-VIII-STATE|
|CCA CAPTAIN||AHELI SENGUPTA||CLASS-VIII-ICSE|
PUC ORIENTATION- I & II-PUC:-
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20; 08 June 2019
“A parent is a teacher at home and a teacher is a parent in school and the child is the centre of our universe.”
An orientation program was organized on 08 th June 2019 for the parents of I & II-PUC students.
The aim was to familiarize the parents as ‘partners in progress’ with the curriculum, rules and regulations of the school, teaching methodologies and the co-scholastic activities.
The session started with a prayer and welcome note.
Later Principal Sr.Siji addressed the gathering. Sister welcomed the new entrant and gave an overview about the college. She stressed that excellent academics and holistic development of the student is the main aim and objective of Aradhana PU College.
Each Staff member introduced themselves to the parents as a brief to understand about the subjects that will be handled for the academic year.
It was followed by PUC In-charge Ms.Usha Devi briefing all the parents and students about examination pattern, rules and regulations.
Mr. Nithin introduced the parents to Edchemy, which is the pupil portal of the college.
The program ended with a vote of thanks. There was personal interaction between the parents and teachers of II PUC.
School Re- Opening Day –Monday, June 3 , 2019:-
The class X students and teachers had been preparing for the start of school opening day. The excitement in the campus was so positive. Finally it was on June 3, 2019 when our efforts were met with pure joy and excitement for our students.
Aradhana always begins a new academic session with new learning garden. We had amidst us Sr.Mini, Provincial; Sr.Viji Vice Principal:
The ceremony started with a prayer and prayer song and dance followed by Shanaya of grade X welcomed the gathering with her warm words.
Sr Mini began with a few sweet words stressing upon holiness, joy and beauty. Sr. Mini welcomed new students and motivated them towards a fresh start. She also added to enjoy the presence of everything in the Campus. Sr.Viji concluded “Let’s go hand in hand with the parents, management, students, teachers and this new academic year bring new life to you all.”
The Coordinator, Mrs. Vasudha, announced the prizes for Olympiad The graceful dance performed by the students of grade IX was excellent.
Finally, “All good things come to an end”. Teachers sang the School Anthem followed by vote of thanks. As students dispersed to their classroom, they were thrilled and ready to start another wonderful year ahead in Aradhana.
Theatre in Education 30 May 2019 :-
On 30th May 2019 the workshop was conducted by Mr. Chandrakeerthi on the topic- “Theatre in Education”
It was fun learning and interactive session. The below mention points were covered
The Benefits of Theatre in Education
- Self-Confidence: Taking risks in class and performing for an audience teach students to trust their ideas. ...
- Cooperation/Collaboration: Theatre combines the creative ideas and abilities from its participants. ...
- Problem Solving: ...
- Fun: ...
- Trust: ...
- Memory: ...
- Social Awareness: ...
- Aesthetic Appreciation:
We the staff of ’Aradhana’ enjoyed the session and learned a lot. We whole heartedly thank our principal for giving an exposure to attend this session.
ORIENTATION DAY - 25-05-2019 (SATURDAY) :-
For New Admission Parents : ICSE, State & Kidsworld
The Program began with an inspirational Quotation about the education. This was conducted between 10am and 12 pm.
The welcome speech was delivered by Mrs. Radha Sharma (Admission Coordinator), welcoming the parents, our dignitaries Sr.Siji, Principal, Vice principal Sr.Viji, Secretary Sr.Jaya and Our guest of honour for the day was Mr.B.G.Bhaskar.
It was followed by a small prayer to remember the almighty on an auspicious day. Later Sr.Siji addressed the parents regarding certain rules and regulations of the School, certain Do’s &Don’ts, Tips on parenting and so on. A PPT about Aradhana School was also presented for the parents to have more information about the School.
Dr. BG Bhaskar, who has served in Education Field for the Past 21 Years at Various capacities like Teacher, Researcher, Assistant Professor, Administrator, Teacher Educator, Principal of various reputed Teacher Training Institutions, Guest Faculty in Bangalore University-Department of Education. He has a very strong background on pedagogy of Teaching and Child Psychology. Presently serving as a Resource Person at Ratna Sagar Pvt Limited. He Presented a TALK ON PARENTING, He involved the parents in certain activities where the parents were actively seen participating.
Over all it was a very enjoyable and an eye opening session for the parents. The parents shared their experiences about their child hood days and the childhood days of their own children.
The coordinators introduced themselves to the gathering. Mrs. Mrudula Kidsworld Coordinator, Mrs.Aneesa Banu (Coordinator Primary and Middle School 1-7-ICSE) and Mrs.Vasudha Bangera (High School Coordinator for 8-10-ICSE) and State Coordinator (6- 10) Mrs.Mangala Prema. The coordinators thanked the parents for choosing Aradhana School for seeking admission which is a stepping stone for their new beginning.
Mr.Nithin from Edchemy , a Parent portal which is a platform for all the important information for the parents to access in regards to fees payment, over all view academics, attendance. The session helped the parents to clarify on few things.
Later Mr.Francis and his partner explained the parents about the transport system and the functioning of GPRS which will be used for the parents to access about the pickup and drop of children before and after school.
The orientation day ended with a VOTE OF THANKS by Mrs.Veena Vaz who thanked the parents for their positive participation and attending the program.
Parents went for a campus tour which is to have a look of all the classrooms, where they visited every classroom.
All the classrooms were very well arranged & decorated with lot of welcome notes and colourful charts, prepared by the teachers. The teachers assisted the parents to see the classrooms.
Workshop for Teachers 12 April 2019 :- Integrated Teaching
On 12/4/2019 workshop was held on the topic “INTEGRATED TEACHING” organized by Ratna sagar chaired by Dr.C.G.Bhaskar.
The main theme of the workshop was based on how students could relate a particular topic to various subjects in their curriculum, which helps in thinking differently and creatively. The session was started with the comfort zone of the children followed by interdisciplinary skills. The seven C’s of teaching(challenging, controlling, consolidating, clarifying, conferring, captivating, caring). Next it was headed by an activity for the application of the integrated teaching based on a newspaper activity provided with various props to include in the project created by the teachers. Everybody participated with an enthusiasm and performed very well.
Followed by a couple of circle activities to inculcate the habit of collaborative learning, skills, teamwork, mutual respect, observation in the classroom. Object analysis and phenomenal analysis was done with integrating a topic with various subjects.
We had a great workshop learning many things and try to be a facilitator rather than a teacher.
Day 1 - Workshop on Multiple Intelligence(April 02, 2019) :-
An educational workshop is meant to set frameworks emphasizing interactions and exchange of information among a group of participants in a creative way.
The workshop on 2nd April 2019 (Tuesday) was conducted by Mr.Abak Chatterjee from Ratna Sagar Publications. The workshop started with the PPT giving brief insight on the Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Explanations on long term memory and short term memory, etc were presented focusing mainly on the core points like:
It was also briefed about the Multiple Intelligences advocated by the Psychologist Howard Gardener. According to him all human beings have multiple intelligences. These intelligences can be nurtured and strengthened.
The 8 Multiple Intelligence are here as follows:
- 1. Linguistic: Children with this kind enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.
- 2. Logical Mathematical: Children with this kind are interested in patterns, strategy games and experiments.
- 3. Naturalistic: Ability to recognise and categorise plants, and other objects related to nature.
- 4. Interpersonal: Children who are leaders among the rest of the children, and who are good at communication.
- 5. Musical: Children of this kind will always be singing or humming to themselves. They usually are aware of the sound that others may miss. Ex: When it rains they enjoy the sound of it, the sound of shoes which others do not notice.
- 6. Spatial: Here children may be fascinated by spending time with puzzles, drawing, block buildings etc.
- 7. Body Kinaesthetic: These children are hyperactive children. They are often athletes, dancers, etc.
- 8. Intrapersonal: These Children are very much aware of their own feelings and are self motivated.
The teachers were oriented about the importance of assessing the multiple intelligence in all the children in classroom through simple observations. The workshop concluded with the interactive activities for teachers to help them understand the application of the 8 multiple intelligences.
They formed groups and each of the groups was given a subject related topic where ideas had to be planned on the basis of all 8 intelligences. Overall it was a highly interactive and informative workshop.
Day 2 - Workshop on Happy Classroom (April 03, 2019) :-
Esteemed resource persona Mrs.Abak Chatterjee conducted a 6 hour long session on “A happy Classroom”. This seminar was attended by teachers from I-X Grade. The session was power packed with activities, games and videos and anecdotes. A happy classroom strives towards the acceptance of every single child by making them an ally and not a soldier who follows orders. It was taught that a happy classroom empowers students thereby increasing meaningful academic learning. It also facilitates social and emotional growth, and decreases negative behaviour. The following techniques and aspects of a happy classroom were discussed elaborately on;
- Time Management,
- Types of classroom management styles,
- Motivating factors,
- Response to stimulus,
- Assertive skills,
- Classroom seating arrangement,
- Classroom strategies,
- Mc Gregor’s Theory X and Theory Y.
Often a teacher’s happiness or state of mind is overlooked. The truth is, a cup can only pour out what it is filled with and the same applies with teachers. A happy teacher exudes happiness, and a frustrated teacher spreads her frustration.
Therefore regular introspection will be helpful to remind teachers why they got into teaching in the first place. Teachers should encourage children to introspect more in order to build their morale.
Here are a few pointers to achieve a happy classroom;
- Imbibe morals and values in children and discourage materialism.
- Set a good example for your students to follow.
- Keep reminding the children to show gratitude lest they will take everything for granted.
- Teachers must put in special efforts to push children to overcome various negativities and direct them to think positive using motivational techniques.
- Introduce concepts of constantly sharing and caring.
- Practise meditation to instantly calm down the children.
- All children not necessarily need to be corrected by being reprimanded. Many a time counselling can throw light upon the root cause.
- Build on confidence and dreams which shouldn’t be tangible, (ex: Push children to dream to become an honest and earnest being).
A happy classroom isn’t hard to maintain if the teachers equip themselves with the techniques discussed and have a strong will to take up the challenge. Your happy classroom will make the teaching and learning process fun and weave wonders for the children’s future.
Workshop - 28 March 2019:-
Workshop was Conducted for Kids world teachers along with Primary teachers of Class-1&2 on 28-3-19 in the School auditorium. The resource person for the programme Ms. Asha Devi , she is a teacher since 16 years and has been teaching STATE, CBSE and International Schools.She is a Montessori consultant, Trainer, Curriculum writer, counselor and story teller.She has been facilitating workshop for teachers, parents, Government primary sectors and NGOs.
Theatre Culmination Day 2019: Report:-
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. -Thornton Wilder
Who am I?
Actors were asked to get their mother’s saree and father’s shirt/t-shirt, along with a childhood memory- A favourite toy, dolls, first year birthday photograph, or a favourite thing with which have an emotional bonding.
All the actors (boy and girls) were dressed up in a same attire- mother’s saree as a dhoti on a white t-shirt and colourful veils tied on the waist. The whole idea was to emphasize on gender neutrality and evoke an emotion within about their existence and also to make them understand family relationships.
Play began playing various desi games on stage, singing various children songs, enacting Shakespear’s ‘All the world a stage’, expressing the Navarasas (emotions), a musical orchestra- demonstrating sound patterns through voices. Four Abhinayas of Acting: Angika, Vachika, Aaharya and Sathvika. Concluded with a short play- No war, please!
Audience turned actors!
That's the magic of theatre: it has the power to transform an audience or an individual, to get revelation experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think.
Theatre Culmination day 2019, witnessed a good number of parents participating in the workshop conducted on community building. After the performance- actor’s parents, grandparents, siblings were requested to join for a workshop. At first, many found to be very hesitant to participate. But soon after the second call, they volunteered and stood up for the session!
Initially, they were asked to walk around the empty space and feel comfortable, then a command was given to interact with three strangers and were asked to introduce themselves- saying out their names and date of birth. Later each one of them introduced one another to the whole team. Yes, the ice broke amongst the audience and their inhibitions too. Next stage of the session was to join their children for a group improvisation on various topics: body as a tool to create various objects, alphabets, numbers and a group scene enactment and so on.
Hence, the parents and their children came together performing as actors with a fun filled session!
Spot light on various issues:
- Gender Neutrality: Gender is given too much importance. We should be able to see humans as humans! Gender neutral parenting attempts to parent in ways that you don’t reinforce the stereotypes or preconceived notions that have traditionally defined gender roles.
- Young adults: Puberty and psychological issues.
- Exam pressure- Passion and Profession.
- Dyslexia- difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters & other symbols but that do not affect general intelligence.
- Television- An idiot box.
- Food habits
- Anti-War: Peace must prevail. Child saying her friend to go out of the country!