Lovedale Tidings

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A pre-breakfast outing organized on Wednesday, 25th May 2022 for about 68 children of class 5 and a few teachers helped develop a big appetite for nature and the beauty it offered. It was a clear and bright summer morning and the venue was the Government Botanical Gar-den in Ooty.

The pupils were received by photojournalist, Mr. M. Satyamoorthy. During the course of a tour of the garden and the interaction that fol-lowed, the pupils became familiar with the history of the garden which has been described by many as a ‘Botanists Paradise’.

Among the features of the 55-acre garden the pupils visited were the conservatory, the bandstand, the fern house, the Italian Garden, the glasshouse and the nursery.

The pupils, including some who were entering the garden for the first time, evinced a great deal of interest in the sprawling main lawn, maintained with Kikuyu grass, just across the threshold. Since the

124th annual floral carnival had just concluded, the children got an opportunity to feast their eyes on a wide variety of flowers that had been displayed.

Floral decorations highlighting events like 'Ooty 200' and the tribal wealth of the blue mountains held their attention. Among the other items were floral replicas of the fauna of the district like the Indian Gaur.

Displayed on a tree was a 'Manja Pai' (bag) of roses to create aware-ness about the government's effort to provide alternatives to the banned plastic bags.

The outing also gave an opportunity for the children to showcase their knowledge of various flowering plants and trees, both exotic and en-demic.


Mental Wellness Workshops by Carpediem

  • Carpediem is an organization founded and led by women with a vision to destigmatize mental well-being. Acceptance for all is key to Carpediem, inspiring it to design services that cater to the needs of individuals across the age span and stakeholders involved.

  • They conducted mental well being sessions for students of class 12 and a session on understanding adolescent behavior for teachers and pastoral care staff associated with those students.

  • Girls session focused on the adolescent girls toolkit, empowerment and personal safety.

  • Boys session focused on empowering adolescent boys, gender stereotyping.

  • Teachers session focused on communicating with adolescent boys & girls

  • The session was mostly experiential filled with activities. Tools like Johari Window were used as a self discovery process.

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                 Display of Talent and Confidence!


William Wordsworth said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”


The Class V Inter House English Poem Recitation was the first Inter House Competition that was held in the School after the COVID pandemic. All pupils from Class V took part in the first round of the competition that was held online.


The eight pupils who were selected for the final round represented their four Houses. The final round of the competition was held in the Prep School large hall on 8th of March, 2022. The Deputy Headmaster and the Head, Department of English, Mr Thomas George were present.


The Judges for the competition were Mr Gijo Joseph, Ms Anshika Josephine, Ms Divya and the Student judge, Ms Trisha Mann Parvataneni. The participants were judged on parameters such as Preparation, Presentation, Expression, Clarity and Overall Impact. The young contestants enthralled the audience with their articulation and memory skill. The preparation and the enthusiasm displayed by the participants was praiseworthy.  Aishwarya who recited the poem ‘Casabianca’ received a special mention from the Judges. The article (given below) from the student judge Ms Trisha Mann Parvateneni says it all!!!


Anita Prabhu


Preparatory School



A Rare Kind of Magic - Trisha Mann Parvataneni –Vice Head Girl


On 8th March 2022, I had the privilege of being the student judge for the Prep School Inter-House Poetry Competition. Waves of nostalgia hit me as I remembered all the times I stood on the same stage and performed in the Prep School large hall.


This event marked a new beginning, the turning over of a fresh page for Lovedale. As the doors of the Large Hall were swung open, students happily marched in to witness the first competition to take place in two years.


The young contestants nervously practiced their poems for the last time, the event organisers shuffled around to set everything up and the judges walked through the rows of seated students, smiling in anticipatory wonder. Colourful stuffed toys lined the stage; with this vibrant backdrop of innocence and playfulness, the competition began.


Although each participant stepped a little hesitatingly towards the microphone, once they began, they were completely immersed in their poetry. One could see a rare kind of magic in their eyes and confidence radiating from their presentations. All the young participants expressed themselves with such passion and clarity that even though I heard the poems repeated several times, I felt as if I were hearing the words for the first time; that is the beauty of poetry!


The judges on the Panel will agree with me when I say: "The music in my heart I bore, long after it was heard no more."


                                          House Position


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हिंदी दिवस आयोजन- द लॉरेंस स्कूल, लवडेल

41 वीं अन्तर्विद्यालयीय हिंदी वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता- आभासी (वर्चुअल)

मंगलवार दिनांक 14 सितंबर 2021 को द लॉरेंस स्कूल लवडेल में हिंदी दिवस के अवसर पर 41 वीं अन्तर्विद्यालयीय वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता का आयोजन ऑनलाइन किया गया। प्रतियोगिता के प्रारंभ की घोषणा विद्यालय के प्रधानाध्यापक श्रीमान के. प्रभाकरन महोदय ने की और ऑनलाइन उपस्थित सभी प्रतियोगियों को हिंदी दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं दी।इस अवसर पर विद्यालय के उपप्रधानध्यापक श्रीमान एन. राजन, बरसर कर्नल सुधाकर बाबू और विद्यालय के सांस्कृतिक गतिविधियों के अध्यक्ष श्रीमान सुरेश भी उपस्थित रहे। प्रतियोगिता का विषय था - "सक्रिय पत्रकारिता लोकतंत्र को प्रभावित करती है।" प्रतियोगिता में गुड शेफर्ड इंटरनेशनल स्कूल, ऊटी की छात्रा भूमि अमित गोयनका ने प्रथम स्थान प्राप्त किया। लॉरेंस विद्यालय के अश्मित भारती ने द्वितीय स्थान प्राप्त किया। लॉरेंस विद्यालय की ही मंजिरी अभय फनसालकर ने तृतीय स्थान प्राप्त किया। वुडसाइड स्कूल के वी. शुभम ने सांत्वना पुरस्कार प्राप्त किया। सर्वाधिक अंक प्राप्त करने वाले लॉरेंस विद्यालय की टीम को प्रतियोगिता का विजेता घोषित किया गया। द्वितीय स्थान प्राप्त करने वाली टीम गुड शेफर्ड इंटरनेशनल स्कूल रही । सेंट जोसेफ अकैडमी, कुन्नूर की टीम तृतीय स्थान पर रही । विद्यालय की परंपरा का निर्वहन करते हुए आयोजक विद्यालय द्वारा चल-वैजयंती द्वितीय स्थान प्राप्त गुड शेफर्ड इंटरनेशनल स्कूल को भेज दी गयी।


Hindi Divas Celebrations

The Lawrence Memorial 41st Inter-School Hindi Debate Competition (online)

On Tuesday, 14 September 2021, the 41st Inter School Debate Competition was organized at The Lawrence School, Lovedale on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’. The Lawrence School, Lovedale, has been successfully organizing this competition for the last 41 years. The Debate was declared open by the Headmaster of The Lawrence School, Lovedale, Mr K. Prabhakaran after he wished all the participants a Happy Hindi Divas. The Motion of the debate was – ‘Pro-active Journalism affects Democracy’. Students from different schools presented their arguments.


Bhumi Amit Goenka of The Good Shepherd International School, Ooty, secured the first position in the competition. Ashmit Bharti and Manjiri Abhay Phansalkar of The Lawrence School, Lovedale, secured the second and third positions respectively. V Shubham of The Woodside School, Ooty, received the consolation prize. The team from The Lawrence School, Lovedale was declared the Winner with the highest score. The Good Shepherd International School stood second. The team from the St. Joseph's Academy, Coonoor, stood third.