“You have to dream, before your dreams can come true.” Dr. A. P. J. Kalam
Tara Therattil, Naman Agrawal and Suzana Binu had a dream. And in March 2018, they shared the dream with the authorities in school. In June, the interview happened with TED Corp. and Tara won the license to host “TEDxLovedale” at The Lawrence School, Lovedale.
There was much excitement about the prospect of holding a TEDx program in School, as it was to be the first TEDx in Lovedale.
The theme of TEDxLovedale was “Breaking Barriers”
In Tara’s words –
“It takes courage to cross the line of so called impossibility. To penetrate what is said to be impenetrable. Some have ripped through every judgement, stereotype, expectation and obstacle to serve humanity through their diverse and varied talents. These individuals not only changed the world but showed us that we can too.
People like them exist today; here and now; all around us. They are just like us. We can be them. And after this, one might still ask,
Break All Barriers.
TEDx Youth@Lovedale will finally bring down that wall once and for all.”
And so, just like that, Team TEDxLovedale was on a roll. Meetings , permissions, floundering, planning and all the hours of heads together to have some order to the chaos on campus, that was TEDx.
There were a myriad of teams – Décor, Design, Finance, Logistics, Food, Manufacturing – to name a few. There were questions, ideas, ramblings, laughter and most of all, there was a sense of camaraderie . All teams, all ideas were worked together as a team with one sole purpose – make TEDxLovedale a grand success.
Late nights, early mornings, rainy afternoons – nothing stopped the team from dreaming and working together.
What unfolded was creativity unlimited – ideas for décor – using waste and locally available items like pine cones. Dances – for the variety entertainment planned during the tea break.
Tables made from old, used tyres. Decorations for the Large Hall from paper and newspaper.
And the list of their creativity is endless.
And the final day and the excitement was palpable. It all began with the arrival of the Speakers on to Campus and then, Rehearsals and practices and student Speakers practicing.
Setting up of the Large Hall, making sure all the logos on the Stage was set up, ensuring the LED Screen was working. The audience setup, the decorations and the lights simply brought the entire Large Hall alive with their ideas.
The Event began on schedule and the entire Programme was on cue. The seven speakers and their topics were –
Kamal Sagar – Think Design
Dr. Srividya Sivakumar – Writing Revolt: Breaking Barriers one word at a Time
Audrey Maben – Living Life Microlight
Sangeetha Jairam – Unravel through Travel
Arvind Narrain – Loving the Constitution
Boniface Prabhu – Unstoppable
Kshitij Khandelwal – How to be a Modern day Cartographer
And the Student speakers were:
Rohan Mathew and Vedant Singh – The Last Barrier – Religious Conflicts
Nikhita T and Samriddhi J – Explaining things as they are
Noureen K C – The other side of the mirror
Anshuman Bhonsle – Progress has shot down evolution
The student speakers were indeed outstanding and they had the audience completely enthralled. Not only were their topics interesting, but their content and delivery were outstanding.
It was interspersed with tea, the school band performing, variety entertainment and children playing both Indian and western music in between the breaks of the show.
The dinner that ended the program, saw besides delicious food – children of the western orchestra delighting the audience at dinner with their musical talent.
All in all – TEDxLoveldale was one delightful afternoon – not to be forgotten.
Yoga teacher/Alumni Coordinator
US Universities Career Fair held on 2nd September 2018
The following US universities took part in the US Universities Career Fair.
1. FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY(Winter Park, FL): Anu Kalhan
2. NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY(Raleigh, NC): Ronnie Chalmers
3. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN(Savannah, GA): Robert Nelson
4. SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA(Slippery Rock, PA): Genevieve Bordogna
5. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ(Santa Cruz, CA): Zia Isola, PhD and Michelle Whittingham
6. UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT(Storrs, CT): Kristina Rivera
7. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA(Iowa City, IA): Becky Hanson
8. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY(Lexington, KY): Kathryn King
9. UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE(Durham, NH): Chelsea Warner
10. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY(Murfreesboro, TN): Henry Chambers
11. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE(Northridge, CA): Aaron Lindberg and Alex Brown
12. MILLSAPS COLLEGE(Jackson, MS): Austin Moore
The Vice Chancellor of University of California, Santa Cruz was also present
Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2018 (JUNIOR SCHOOL)
The Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2018 (Junior School) was held on 29.08.2018 in the Senior School Large Hall. The teams comprised four participants per House.
The quiz began with the introduction of the quizmaster and contestants from each house. The rules of the inter-house quiz competition were then announced for the benefit of the contestants.
The format of the quiz entailed six rounds, wherein the final round was a Rapid Fire round which the students enjoyed the most.
Although, all the teams participated actively, the team that scored the most was the Nilgiri House which won the contest with 39 points closely followed by the Vindhya House which stood at the second position with 38 points.
Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2018 (SENIOR SCHOOL)
The Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2018 (Senior School) was conducted on 12.09.2018 in the Senior School Large Hall.
The Quiz began with the introduction of the quizmaster and the contestants from each House. The rules of the quiz competition were then read out for the benefit of the contestants before the commencement of the program.
All the teams participated with great enthusiasm, skilfully answering the questions. Though some of the questions were very tricky the teams tried to answer them with confidence. The quiz consisted of 6 rounds - Warm Up Round, Reasoning Round, HOTs Round , Logic Round, Choice Round and Rapid Fire. The final round, the Rapid-fire round, gave the teams a chance to catch up on lost points and provided them with an opportunity to get back into the competition.
The Aravalli House won the Quiz Competition scoring 39 points followed by Nilgiri House with 34 points.
Lawrence Memorial Inter School Hindi Debate
The Thirty-eighth Lawrence Memorial Inter school Hindi Debate Competition was organized on 14 September, 2018 on the occasion of the Rashtriya Hindi Diwas. The objective of the Lawrence Memorial Inter school Hindi Debate is to create a wider awareness and deeper appreciation of the Hindi language among the younger generation. The topic for this year’s debate was "Nirankush Social media desh aur samaj ke liye khatra hai".
Thirteen schools from the Nilgiris District took part in the debate competition. The Chief Guest for the debate was Mr. O.P.S. Khola, Director Central Soil & Water Conservation & Research Center, Ooty. The debate was adjudged by a panel of three judges - Mr. Sudhir Kulkarni, Civil Engineer (Retired), Writer & Researcher, Ooty, Mrs. Kundan Singh, Station Master, Coonoor and Mr. Mothi Botra, a Journalist with the Rajasthan Patrika.
The 'Lawrence Memorial Shield' was awarded to the Holy Innocents High School, Coonoor. The Lawrence School Lovedale stood second in the Inter School Hindi Debate Competition. Trishla Parekh of Holy Innocents High School, Coonoor came first with 133 points and Apoorva Panda of the same school came third with 126 points. The Lawrence School Lovedale was represented by Satya Bhatia (X) and Pragyaa (Class X) who were declared second individually among the 26 participants from 13 participating schools with 126 points each. Both the students brought laurels to our School with their commendable participation.
1st position: VINDHYA HOUSE
2nd position: ARAVALLI HOUSE
3rd position: SUMERU HOUSE
4th position: NILGIRI HOUSE
Digi Quiz 2018
The Computer Science “Digi Quiz 2018” (Junior School) was conducted on 11.09.2018 from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Senior School Large Hall. The entire Junior school witnessed the programme.
There were four participants from each house (at least 1 boy and 1 girl). The teams had to comprise at least one participant from each class (VII, VIII and IX).
Final Result were as follows:
1st Position – Vindhya House
2nd Position – Sumeru House
3rd Position – Aravalli House
4th Position – Nilgiri House
Report on the Prep School Inter House Art Competition
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”- Pablo Picasso
The Preppers displayed their artistic talent by participating in the Inter House Art Competition held on Monday, 20th August 2018. They were asked to choose one of the following topics:
My Dream World
Festivals of India
38 enthusiastic students from Class V and VI demonstrated their creativity and thoroughly enjoyed putting out their ideas on paper. Ms Tamilarasi R, the Art and Craft teacher was highly supportive to all participants.
We congratulate the Winners!!
I Position – Anvitha Mohan – VI A Vindhya
II Position – Nirupama Sudhir – VI C Sumeru
III Position – Nethra Verna – VI B Aravalli
IV Position – Veeksha K – VI C Vindhya
A Flute Concert - by Pandit Ronu Majumdar
A flute concert was organised in The Lawrence School Lovedale by the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among Youth (SPICMACAY) on Saturday, 11th August 2018.
The students and staff of The Lawrence School Lovedale were privileged to witness the performance of the internationally renowned and India’s ace flautist, Pandit Ronu Majumdar. The Large Hall reverberated with the melodious notes of his flute. Pandit Ronu Majumdar was joined on the flute by his teenage son, Rishikesh Majumdar and Pandit Ajeet Pathak on the tabla.
Pt Ronu Majumdar is responsible for popularizing the Indian Flute (Bansuri) in the younger generation. He is a force to reckon with in the realm of Indian classical music, both as a thinking musician and a scintillating performer. Pt.Ronu Majumdar is firmly rooted in the Maihar gharana which has also given shape to sturdy musical oaks like Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has been felicitated with numerous accolades for his mesmerizing performances worldwide.
The concert was spellbinding and mesmerized the audience leaving them yearning for more.
Inter School Higher Secondary Quiz Contest
The inaugural Inter School Higher Secondary quiz contest “Quizzical 2018” was hosted by the Alumni Association of St. Joseph's College at Coonoor on the 4th of August, 2018.
Two of our students from Senior School, Naman Agrawal of class 12 and Yash Raj of class 11, participated in the competition.
Out of a total of 12 schools that were represented, our students came out with flying colors and bagged the first place along with a cash prize of ₹ 10 000.
Ground Breaking Ceremony for reconstruction of Swimming Pool on 3rd Aug 2018.
The swimming pool would be upgraded to a covered and heated pool with a view to utilize the pool throughout the year. It is a Half Olympic size pool.
The pool would be operational by 20th Jan 2019.
Class X Inter-class English Debate
The class 10 Inter-class English Debate was held on Friday, in the SS large hall. The topic under fire was: 'Security cameras in boarding schools are an invasion of privacy.'
The debate witnessed a healthy exchange of ideas between the students followed by a Q&A from the rebuttal team. The grand jury comprising - Mrs Ruchi Pradhan Datta, Mrs Anita Prabhu and Anshuman Bhonsle (student judge) declared the following pupils as the winners.
Best Speaker - Dorjee
2nd Best Speaker - Nandini Bhattacharya
3rd Best Speaker - Christelle Julienne David
First position - 10B
Second - 10A
Third - 10C