A Trekking Trip to the Red Hills
The sound of the orange liquid dripping down into 43 bottles and its refreshing taste made us feel excited. It was Sunday, 26TH February… the day when we were going on our special quest.
It all started after we filled our bottles with refreshing orange juice. We climbed onto the bus, took our seats and started our journey. On the way, we listened to some songs. The bumpy ride which leads to our trekking trail was filled with loud music, laughter, smiles and sharing of experiences with our friends.
After one hour we set foot on our destination. When we got down, the fresh air of Emeralds greeted us with a slow breeze. As we ascended uphill towards the resorts, four dogs bounded towards us with waving tails and gleeful eyes. We all pounced on the dogs and started playing with them. We started our awaited trek. Unconsciously, we split up into various groups. We helped each other. We took a few breaks to surrender our thirst and hunger. Despite all this, we reunited at the peak. Then was the difficult part - to descend to our resort. Most of us opted to slide, walk and roll down the slope!
We finally landed up just in time for lunch. We had an appetizing cuisine such as paneer, chilli chicken, salad and in the end, we had a mouth-watering dessert. The dessert was a sweet and dainty combination of sweet custard and butterscotch ice-cream. After lunch we had an interval for about thirty minutes. We enjoyed playing with the dogs and also sang duets.
We bid goodbye to the beautiful mountains, the dogs, the nature, the resort and left the beautiful abode. We thank our teachers - Beena Ma’am, Nidhi Ma’am, Sangeetha Ma’am, Mano Sir and Ruth Akka for accompanying us on this memorable trip.
Class VIII- Nilgiri House
A Trip to Odae, Kotagiri
On Thursday, 17th March 2023, after our Annual Assessment, the boys of Class V were taken for an outing to Odae in Kotagiri. We listened and sang to many songs. Our Housemaster Mr. Murali Dhanagopal, Ms. Sangeetha Jairam, Ms. Malini, Ms. Karpagam and Nadiya Akka accompanied us.
Once we got off the bus, we walked to the viewpoint - Catherine Falls. We were really thrilled to see the water flowing and hear it as well; we were informed that after four months of rain, the falls would rush faster and filled to the brim.
Then we reached Odae which is a serene and beautiful place surrounded by water full of fish! We also had some delicious food. The place had a big pond filled with fish of various shapes, sizes and colours. We were eager to feed the fish in the pond. Then it began to rain. After we finished our meals, we waited for the rain to stop and then we boarded our buses. Then was our eventual return to school. When we got back here was an unspoken competition about which bus was better. To me, it is every moment that counts.
Dhruv Prashanth Menon
Class V- Vindhya House
Class 6 A and C- Outdoor Class - Field Trip
Chapter: Electricity and circuits
The pupils of Class 6 A and C had an opportunity to visit our School’s power house as a part of an experiential learning programme on February 7, 2023.
This trip was a great occasion for us to learn about the generation, distribution, and use of electricity in a real-world setting.
At the powerhouse, we were greeted by Mr. Selvan, our electrical engineer, who provided a brief overview of the different components of the power station and the process of generating electricity.
We were amazed to learn about the role of transformers in the electrical power system and how they are used to increase or decrease the voltage of the electrical power supply. Mr. Selvan explained how transformers work.
Mr. Selvan also explained about the source and the amount of electric current that the school receives from a place in Ooty called Sandy Nalla. He explained the step-up and step-down procedure and how electricity is stored in our power house and distributed to various areas in our school.
We also had a look at the generator room, and its functions and learned about the various safety measures and precautions that are taken at the power house to ensure that the electricity is generated and distributed safely. We were reminded about the importance of electricity in our daily lives.
The field trip to the electricity power house was an eye-opener for us. It provided a hands-on opportunity to learn about the generation, distribution, and use of electricity and the role of transformers in the electrical power system.
We returned to class with a better understanding of the importance of electricity and the science behind it.
Our trip was very fruitful and we enjoyed our outdoor class.
We thank CJ Ma’am, HOD Science for granting permission and our Science teacher SKR Ma’am, for organising this wonderful experience.
Pupils of Class 6A and 6C.
Chapter - A Seed tells a Farmer's Story
Recently, the pupils of Class 5 A, B & C went on a nature walk in the school's garden. The aim of the walk was to educate the pupils about the tools used in gardening and the role they play in maintaining a healthy and vibrant garden.
The pupils were greeted by the school's gardener, Mr. Santhosh. He explained the various tools used in gardening. They learnt about different types of tools, such as spades, shovels, and pruning shears, and how they are used for different tasks, such as digging, transplanting, and shaping plants.
The pupils were also introduced to the different types of plants in the garden, from flowers to vegetables. The gardener explained how different plants have different needs and how the tools are used to care for them and keep them healthy.
The young learners were fascinated by the walk in the garden and the hands-on learning experience it provided. They learnt about the importance of taking care of the plants and how the tools are used to make that happen.
The nature walk in the school's gardens was a valuable experience for the pupils of class 5. It provided an opportunity to learn about the tools used in gardening and the role they play in maintaining a healthy and vibrant garden. They returned to class with a greater appreciation for the beauty of nature and the importance of taking care of the plants in our daily lives.
The pupils enjoyed the practical classes. They saw the equipment demonstrated by our school gardener. All of them tried their best to make a small class garden. Though it was difficult to plough and till the soil to make a bed, that too in the hot Sun, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their activity classes. They understood and realised the hard work of our farmers.
A few pupils who wanted to become agriculturalists in the future were wondered over the fact that agriculturists engaged in a lot of physical work, and that they had to be healthy and strong to do this tough job. They also understood the different steps involved in cultivation, the importance of compost, the harmful effects of fertilizers and chemicals, and the importance of healthy food and physical fitness. The young learners even composed an action song to remember the farming activities.
Field Trip - Forest
The pupils of Class 7 A and C of our School went on a nature walk inside a nearby forest to learn about the benefits of spending time in nature. The walk was a great opportunity for the students to connect with nature and learn about the various flora and fauna that live in the forest.
As the pupils walked along the forest trail, they were surrounded by tall trees, shrubs, lush green undergrowth and the rich forest floor. The teacher explained the important role that the creatures play in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
The pupils were also introduced to the concept of forest conservation and the need to protect the forest and its inhabitants. They learnt about the importance of responsible recreation in the forest, such as avoiding littering, respecting wildlife, and minimizing impact on the environment.
During the nature walk, the teacher also introduced the pupils to the different layers of the forest, namely the crown layer, understory layer, and the forest floor. The crown layer is the uppermost layer, where the tallest trees reach for the Sun. The understory layer is located below the crown layer, and is made up of smaller trees, shrubs, and bushes. The forest floor is the bottom layer and is covered with a carpet of fallen leaves, branches, and other organic matter.
Each layer of the forest has its own unique ecosystem, with different plants and animals adapted to the different levels of light, temperature, and moisture. The pupils were amazed to learn about the complexity and diversity of life in the forest and the role that each layer plays in supporting the ecosystem as a whole.
This information helped the pupils to better understand the interconnectedness of the forest and the importance of preserving each layer and its inhabitants. They left the forest with a greater appreciation for the beauty and complexity of nature, and the need to protect it for future generations.
The pupils learnt about the benefits of spending time in nature, including the positive impact on mental and physical health. They were taught that spending time in nature can reduce stress and enhance cognitive functions. The teacher also explained how exposure to nature can help increase creativity and boost energy levels.
Managing and Overcoming Negative Emotions
One of the necessary life skills that children need to build is how to manage negative emotions i.e emotions that may cause them to hurt themselves or others. The Counselor, Ms. Merlyn Fernandes conducted the topic on Managing Emotions for students from grades 5 to 8. Students were randomly assigned to 4 teams in each class. Each team was given a specific emotion to discuss and brainstorm points to manage or overcome it. The four emotions were - anger, sadness, fear and jealousy. Each had a team leader who had to ensure that every member in his/her team contributed points to the discussion. The teams then presented their content in the presence of the entire class. One such presentation was done by the following students of grade 5B on managing and overcoming jealousy. Jealousy can cause people to malign others’ reputation, destroy their work or property, spread rumours, make false complaints and instigate others against the victim. Students learned that the feelings of jealousy can be channelized constructively by working on oneself, appreciating the efforts of others, taking inspiration from them and accepting that there will always be someone better than them so there is no need to feel threatened.
The grade 5B students presenting are:
The IPSC Students’ Leadership Conclave 2022 – Daly College, Indore
The IPSC Students’ Leadership Conclave 2022, hosted by Daly College, Indore, was held from the 9th to the 12th of November 2022. Sivakummaran(Head boy), Manjiri Phansalkar (Head girl), Manan Singhal (Vice Head boy), Asmitha Gotipati (Vice Head girl), Arjun Sharandev and Diya Jaiswal (Class 11) along with Mr. Rajan Narayanan, Deputy Headmaster and Mrs. Sonali Ghosh (Department of Humanities) attended the Conclave. A four-day event, the Conclave included informative sessions and engaging activities to foster and encourage excellence in leadership among student leaders.
On day 1, the 9th of November 2022, the Conclave began with an introductory session on leadership challenges and solutions. This session focused on the description of one challenge that we had faced as the Students Council of the School and the manner in which we resolved the issue.
The Opening Ceremony of the Conclave was held on day 2, the 10th of November 2022. The ceremony began with showcasing the school flags of each delegation followed by a musical and a dance performance by our host, Daly College, Indore.
The keynote address was delivered by the Chief Guest, Dr. Anil Srinivasan who, very humorously, captivated the audience with his talk on individualistic perfection. A talk on emotional resilience by Dr Kiran Shandilya affirmed the ideology of communication, mindfulness and humane leadership.
During the post-lunch discussion, we were to rate ten world leaders out of a hundred, based on their positive and negative aspects of leadership. For the evening session, we had ‘The Big Fight’, similar to a TV news debate but with topics relevant to present-day leadership. The dinner named Shab-e-Malwa that followed at the Principal’s residence was indeed a dinner to remember! The highlight of the dinner was that we ‘walked on fire’! Our day ended with a privileged chat with Dr. Anil Srinivasan.
The 3rd day, 11th of November 2022, kick-started with the Bhairavi Breakfast in the lawns. The delegates enjoyed their breakfast listening to the sitar playing Raag Bhairavi, the ‘Queen of Morning Raagas’!
The day was dedicated to group activities designed to instil a sense of teamwork. The evening donned the robe of a traditional DJ night followed by a sumptuous dinner.
On the fourth and final day, the 12th of November 2022, we were introduced to leadership lessons that we imbibe from our surroundings in terms of aerial, terrestrial and reptile leaders. This led to a ‘Prefect X – Mandarins Musings’, similar to a Ted–X talk which was presented by our Headboy on the team’s takeaways from the Conclave. Later that day, at the Closing Ceremony, we met actress Tisca Chopra who was the Chief Guest for the evening. We witnessed another extravagant dance performance followed by the Chief Guest’s inspiring address to the audience.
The Conclave was an enlightening experience for us all and assisted us in setting a strong foundation for our future ventures in leadership.
Sivakummaran, Manan, Asmitha, Arjun, Diya & Manjiri
Inter House Art Competition (PS)
An Inter-House Art Competition for the pupils of Class V was held in the Art Room on Saturday, 29 October 2022 between 2.15 Pm and 4.30 PM. Truly the event was a sight to behold as our budding artists from Class 5 splashed the canvas with paintings that portrayed scenes based on themes such as the Deepavali Celebrations, village life, the winter snows and the splendour of the underwater world.
The results are as follows:
CLASS V: Individual Positions
1st Position - DIYA PRATHAP
2nd Position - S.S. DHANVANTIKA
3rd Position - AARRAV ESHWAR
1st Position - NILGIRI (86 points)
2nd Position - ARAVALLI (66 points)
3rd Position - VINDHYA (54 points)
4TH Position - SUMERU (53.5 points)
Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2022(JUNIOR SCHOOL)
The Inter House Mathematics Quiz 2022 (Junior School) was conducted on 5th October 2022 in the Senior School Large Hall.
The teams comprised four participants from each House.
The Rules of the quiz were explained to the participants prior to the event.
The six rounds of the competition which included Warm Up, General, Brain Teasers, Reasoning, Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) and Rapid fire, engaged the pupils for an hour leading to a nail-biting finish!
The students showcased their mathematical brilliance by rapidly and correctly answering the questions.
The event was indeed a very informative and knowledge-enriching competition for the participants and for all the pupils.
Although all the Houses performed well, the Aravalli House and the Nilgiri House bagged the first and the second positions, respectively.
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Inter-House French Poetry Recitation Competition for Senior School
The Inter-House French Poem Recitation Competition for the Senior School was held on 22 September 2022 at 2.00 PM. The Sumeru House won the competition with a total of 274 points. Vindhya and Aravalli stood second and third, respectively.
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Inter-House French Recitation Competition for classes 9 and 10
The Inter House French Poetry Recitation Competition for Classes 9 and 10 was conducted on 22.09.2022, Thursday and 24.09.22, Saturday in the Senior School Language Lab and the Jessy Joseph Hall, respectively.
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The Lawrence Memorial 42nd Inter-School Hindi Debate Competition (online)
The 42nd Lawrence Memorial Inter-School Hindi Debate was held on the occasion of the Hindi Diwas on 14.09.2022. The event was held online. Twenty-two participants from the English-Speaking Schools of the Nilgiris participated in the event.
The Results are as follows:
Ayana Goswami (with 136.5 points out of 150) of The Lawrence School was placed first as the best individual speaker.
The Second-best speaker was Manjiri Abhay Phansalkar (135.5 points / 150) also of The Lawrence School, Lovedale.
Nidhi Aggarwal of the Good Shepherd International School (128.5 points/ 150) was placed in the Third position.
Ruthwi Neeraj of St. Hilda's School who was placed in the fourth position with 124 points received the consolation prize.
Team positions are as follows:
The Lawrence School, Lovedale won the Lawrence Memorial Shield once again with 272 of 300 points
The Good Shepherd International School stood second with 247 of 300 points.
At the Third position was the St. Hilda's School, Ooty, with 245 of 300 points.